Jun 21

Wii U and 3DS Network Maintenance Scheduled for the Next Couple of Weeks

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Online play, rankings and other network services for the Wii U and 3DS will go down a few times this week and the next for scheduled maintenance. The dates and times for the maintenance are as follows:

  • June 22 4:00 p.m. – June 23 4:00 a.m. PT
  • June 23 6:00 p.m. – June 24 2:00 a.m. PT
  • June 27 4:00 p.m. – June 27 7:00 p.m. PT

Source: Nintendo.com

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Jun 21

Deep Silver Issuing Patch to Fix Major Bugs in Mighty No. 9 for Wii U

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There are reports of several issues with the Wii U version of Mighty No. 9, including low frame rates and the game possibly bricking hardlocking consoles. Publisher Deep Silver issued a statement to GamesBeat acknowledging the problems and stating that a patch is already on the way.

“We’re aware of some isolated incidents of consumers experiencing issues on Wii U, and they’re actually being addressed in a patch that’s deploying out on Wii U systems today. The patch is already live in Europe, and should be hitting U.S. before the end of the day.”

Source: GamesBeat

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Jun 21

Metroid Prime: Federation Force amiibo Support Announced

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The Nintendo of America Twitter account gave everyone a little look at how amiibo will work with Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

Tapping in the Samus or Zero Suit Samus amiibo while going through missions will not only change up the look of your Mech, it will provide “helpful in-game upgrades.”

Other amiibo are also confirmed to work with the game. The Mario and Bowser amiibo will unlock special Mech designs to use in the Blast Ball mode.

Nintendo of Japan recently put out a 10-minute trailer showing off gameplay and some amiibo functionality.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force launches for the 3DS on August 19.

Source: @NintendoAmerica, 2

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Jun 20

GameStop CEO Claims NX Will Use Physical Media

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The rumors of Nintendo eschewing physical formats to go all-digital with their next system, codenamed “NX,” appear to be false. In an edited transcript of a GameStop earnings conference call, Paul Raines, CEO of the gaming retail chain, claimed that the NX will still use physical media.

“But it is early, guys, and we have got to all keep cool heads. Certainly I would say that the fact that there are rumors of that type just confirms for you that this is an important console for next year. It will have physical media, we will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role. So we’re excited about that.”

Nintendo is still not saying much about their next system. All they have been able to confirm so far is that it will launch next year and that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title.

Source: Yahoo! [via GamingBolt]

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Jun 20

Three Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Titles Coming to Wii U Virtual Console This Thursday

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky are all coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this Thursday.

Red Rescue Team originally launched on the GBA back in 2005. It was accompanied by Blue Rescue Team, which came out for the DS. Both games were mostly identical in terms of story and gameplay, but the DS version made use of the then-new dual-screen layout.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky is the enhanced version of the Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness pair of DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games. It added new playable characters, expanded on the original story and included more dungeons.

Nintendo did not announce prices for the games, but general pricing for the Virtual Console is $9.99 for DS games and $7.99 for GBA titles.

Source: Nintendo

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Jun 20

Zero Time Dilemma Will Not Support Stereoscopic 3D

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Anyone picking up the 3DS version of Zero Time Dilemma looking to experience the game’s story with some 3D flair will be disappointed to hear that the game will have zero 3D support.

Nintendo Everything confirmed it with their review copy and the game’s official site from Nintendo Japan appears to back up that claim.

Zero Time Dilemma launches for the 3DS and Vita on June 28 in Europe and North America. The Japanese release will follow on June 30, which is also the worldwide release date for the PC version.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Jun 19

This Week in Games: “It’s ‘Sharp.’ Not ‘Hashtag'” Edition

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Pizza disaster Mighty No. 9 makes its way to the Wii U this Tuesday and it will be joined later this week by Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. It may not be the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover everyone wanted, but that doesn’t mean the game doesn’t still look fun.

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Jun 18

Monolith Soft Is Involved with the Development of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed to Game Informer that Monolith Soft, the studio behind the Xenoblade Chronicles games, are helping out on the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

“Yes they are involved in this Zelda,” Miyamoto said. “People from Tokyo and Kyoto are working together on this. There is a team of over 100 helping work on this project, and their work has really been helpful.”

It is not difficult to see how Monolith Soft could be helpful in creating the massive new Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. The studio has plenty of experience in crafting huge open world environments, like the Bionis and Mechonis in Xenoblade Chronicles and Mira in Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Collaborations between the two companies is not uncommon. They previously worked on Skyward Sword together, in addition to several other first-party titles, like Splatoon and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Source: Game Informer

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Jun 17

Nintendo U.K. Opens Pre-Orders for Pokémon GO Plus

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Pokemon GO Plus UK

The Pokémon GO Plus is now available for pre-order on the Nintendo U.K. online store.

The optional Bluetooth device for Pokémon GO is priced at £34.99 and will ship in late July. Orders are restricted to one per customer.

Pokémon GO is scheduled to launch for Android and iOS devices later this year. Just last month, developer Niantic Labs began recruiting players for their closed field test.

Source: My Nintendo News

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Jun 17

Nintendo Toying With The Idea of Shaking up the Mario Formula

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is being pushed by Nintendo as a game that breaks away from the conventions of the more recent Zelda titles. In an interview with IGN, legendary designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto hinted that a similar change may be coming to the Mario series.

“We’re always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you’ll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two. Maybe next E3 we’ll be able to share something.”

One of the key issues Nintendo will have to deal with in making this change is the difference in the size and types of audiences the Mario games cater to compared to the Zelda series.

“It’s kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games,” Miyamoto said.

It does not seem like an insurmountable task. The new talent Nintendo has been bringing in over the past few years have allowed them to rethink their approaches to game design. It is partially because of these new people that Breath of the Wild is able to feel so fresh and new.

Source: IGN

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