Archive for April, 2012

U.S. Wii Game Release List Is Pretty Bare

April 30th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

In comparison to Nintendo of Europe’s efforts, Nintendo’s North American branch has been disappointing when it comes to new game releases.

A look at the list of upcoming first-party titles for the Wii helps to highlights this. Our friends across the pond aren’t only getting Pandora’s Tower, they’re getting the remake of Fatal Frame 2 and the dual-language version of Rhythm Heaven. Meanwhile, the only game listed for the U.S. is Xenoblade Chronicles, which already came out earlier this month.

It’s disheartening to see the U.S. get gypped out of some great-looking last generation Wii games. Who knows, maybe some loving third-party publisher will pick up Nintendo of America’s slack like with The Last Story.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp

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A Look at 3DS Game File Sizes

April 30th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

With retail 3DS games coming to the eShop this August, storage space on the 3DS will become much more precious, especially if you’re using the 2GB SD card that came with the handheld.

According to a list of 3DS game file sizes compiled by Nintendo Gamer, if Resident Evil Revelations were added to the eShop catalog, it would be impossible to download without upgrading to at least a 4GB SD card, and even then there wouldn’t be much space left over for things like apps and other games.

Kid Icarus: Uprising, while able to fit on the bundled SD card, still eats up a lot of space, coming in at 1.61 GB.

Fortunately, not all 3DS games are quite as massive.

  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – 0.67 GB
  • Mario Kart 7 – 0.66 GB
  • Star Fox 64 3D – 0.63 GB
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D – 0.47 GB
  • nintendogs + cats – 0.46 GB
  • Pokémon Rumble Blast – 0.33 GB
  • Super Mario 3D Land – 0.31 GB
  • Steel Diver – 0.18 GB
  • Pilotwings Resort – 0.10 GB

If you’re planning on going the digital route when the option becomes available, it’s definitely a wise (and logical) decision to invest in a higher capacity SD card. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to find 16 and 32 GB for cheap.

Source: Nintendo Gamer [via IGN]

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Midnight Purple 3DS Comes To North America Next Month

April 30th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo has another new 3DS color in the wings.

On May 20, coincidentally the same day Mario Tennis Open comes out, the Midnight Purple 3DS makes its North American debut after seemingly disappearing after it was shown off at E3 2010.

Now, where’s our Spice Orange 3DS, Nintendo?

Source: Press Release

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This Week in Games: “Another Empty Week” Edition

April 29th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Once again, zero games are coming out across all three Nintendo platforms this week.

In fact, things are going to be like this until the 15th, when the Battleship movie tie-in game releases.

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Strong Sales for Fire Emblem Awakening In Its Opening Week

April 28th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Media Create reports that Fire Emblem Awakening has sold 242,600 in its first week, approximately 81.63% of its initial shipment.

The market research firm suggests Awakening‘s success is due in part to it being the first non-remake Fire Emblem to come out since Radiant Dawn for the GameCube in 2007, in addition to receiving some promotion from Nintendo.

The game has been announced from a European release sometime this year. However, nothing has been said about a possible North American launch.

Source: Siliconera

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Rayman Legends Wii U Leaked Trailer Shows Near-Field Communication Use

April 27th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

A trailer for Rayman Legends, Ubisoft’s follow-up to last year’s Rayman Origins, has leaked out before its intended E3 debut. It showcases the numerous ways the game takes advantage of the Wii U’s unconventional control scheme, including a neat use of the controller’s near-field communication abilities to interact with figures a la Skylanders.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft has stated that this is only a demo video and some of the features shown may be cut from the final game.

From Ubisoft’s official statement:

“An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins‘ sequel has leaked over the Internet. This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final game, the final console or their features.

This video was destined for internal production teams who often create game prototypes with work in progress development kits. Ubisoft confirms the development of Rayman Legends handled by Michel Ancel and his team in Montpellier.”

Source: Nintendo World Report

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Wii U to Launch in Australia, Europe, Japan and North America By the Year’s End

April 27th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo wasn’t willing to spill many big details on the Wii U at yesterday’s briefing, but they did announce that the company’s new console would launch in the four major territories before the end of the year and that the Wii U would have retail games available digitally on launch day.

Details on the system’s software lineup, price and the debut of its finalized design will have to wait until E3 this June.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 Will Get An eShop and Retail Release This August

April 27th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be Nintendo’s first retail title that will also be available digitally, Satoru Iwata announced at yesterday’s financial briefing.

The company president also touched on a few details regarding Nintendo’s plans for digital distribution:

  • Like Nintendo’s other eShop downloads, games cannot be shared between multiple 3DSes.
  • Nintendo is working with retailers on how to best approach digital distribution.
  • Retailers will be able to sell 16-digit game download codes that are redeemable in the eShop.
  • Retailers can set their own prices for download codes like with physical games, potentially allowing for discounted prices.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp

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eShop Thursdays: “Where A Kid Can Be A Kid” Edition

April 26th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

I couldn’t care less about a forgettable DSiWare game. I just want to use a 20 or so year old slogan.

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Price Cuts and Strong Yen Contribute to Nintendo’s First Annual Operating Loss

April 26th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo posted an operating loss of ¥37.3 billion (≈$458 million USD) for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012. It’s the first time the company has reported a loss in at least three decades.

The company puts the blame on last August’s 3DS price cut and the effect of the much stronger Yen against foreign currencies.

On the bright side, Nintendo’s losses were not as bad as they originally estimated. Earlier in the year, the company was expected to lose 41.4 billion yen (≈$512 million USD).

On another positive note, Nintendo expects to return to profitability this fiscal year with a estimated operating profit of 35 billion yen (≈$433 million USD).

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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