Jun 19

Splatoon’s Splatfest Delayed in North America

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Tomorrow was supposed to be the beginning of North America’s first Splatfest, where Splatoon players go head-to-head on teams based on their choice in an online poll.

However, due to widespread matchmaking problems – players being unable to get into a match and abnormally long wait times – during Japan’s Splatfest last week, Nintendo of America is postponing the event until they can work out the kinks.

In other Splatoon news, a new map, Bluefin Depot, is being added to the map rotation today at 7 p.m. PST.

Source: Squid Research Lab

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Jun 18

eShop Thursday: “Zero” Edition

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Zero was a pretty special number at this year’s E3. After all, it was the number:

  • used in the next Star Fox game
  • …of f**ks given by the general public for Nintendo’s Digital Event
  • used in the unofficial title for the English version of the first Mother game: EarthBound Zero

Earlier this week, Nintendo and Mother series creator Shigesato Itoi revealed that the NES prequel to EarthBound is already out in the Wii U eShop as EarthBound Beginnings. This is the first time the game has been officially made available in North America.

Also out this week, the Wii U Virtual Console release of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and an application that allows the 3DS to be used as a controller in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U without the need for the 3DS version of the game.

Nintendo is also currently offering up to 30 percent off various first- and third-party games on the 3DS and Wii U.

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Jun 17

Metroid Prime Producer Refers to NX as a Console While Discussing A Possible Sequel

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Nintendo chose to not say anything about their new platform, codenamed “NX,” at this year’s E3, leaving almost everything about it shrouded in mystery, but Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe may have inadvertently revealed that the NX will be a new home console.

While speaking with Eurogamer about a possible new console entry in the Prime series, Tanabe explained that such a project would take a lot of time and resources, very likely pushing the game out of the Wii U’s life cycle… and onto the NX.

“If we started for Wii U now, it would likely take three years or so. So it would likely now be on Nintendo’s NX console,” Tanabe said. “It’s a long time but it would need to include a lot of content, which would take a lot of work on the development side.”

Tanabe does have ideas for a possible sequel, including having Samus visit a planet where she would have the ability to manipulate time and alter events.

As for whether any of this would actually happen any time soon, Tanabe said that he hasn’t been able to get a team together to work on a Wii U Prime and he hasn’t really considered looking into partnering up with another developer, like Retro Studios.

Nintendo announced Metroid Prime: Federation Force for the 3DS during yesterday’s Digital Event, but it was received poorly by the public due to it being a spin-off with a quasi-super-deformed art style and focus on multiplayer co-op. Metroid fans were so disappointed with the announcement that there is now a petition to have the game cancelled.

Source: Eurogamer

 

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Jun 16

Star Fox Zero is A Collaboration with Platinum Games

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We got our first real look at the next Star Fox game, titled Star Fox Zero, earlier today during Nintendo’s Digital Event. While most of the game’s segment was dedicated to talking about its new content – dual-screen gameplay, multiple vehicles and the ability to transform the Arwing into the Walker from the cancelled Star Fox 2 – a couple of interesting tidbits about the game didn’t surface until after its premiere.

Most notable is Platinum Games’ involvement with the development of Star Fox Zero. Now, don’t expect the Star Fox team to start doing Bayonetta-esque Torture Attacks any time soon; The game’s main design is still being done at Nintendo’s Kyoto offices, while art is being handled at Platinum’s office in Osaka.

The other thing worth mentioning is that the game runs at 60 fps on both the TV and the Wii U GamePad, despite having to render two distinct viewpoints simultaneously. Unfortunately, this performance does come at the cost of visual fidelity, as Platinum’s Yusuke Hashimoto explained,

“The visuals kind of can’t be that rich, but we also want them to appear rich. That’s been an interesting technical challenge for me, and I’ve used my experience as a designer in the past to help with that.”

Of course, it’s hard to talk about Platinum Games and Star Fox without thinking about Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya, who was once quoted as wanting to work on a Star Fox title. Sadly, Hashimoto confirmed that Kamiya is not involved with Zero.

Source: Kotaku, Polygon

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Jun 15

Play Demos of Upcoming Wii U Indie Games, Get 15 Percent Off When They Launch

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The newly-launched Nindies@Home program lets you demo nine upcoming Wii U indie games beginning today until June 22. Not only that, but for any game you try out during that period, you will get 15 percent off when the full game launches.

The nine games available:

  • Extreme Exorcism
  • forma.8
  • Freedom Planet
  • Lovely Planet
  • Mutant Mudds Super Challenge
  • RIVE
  • Runbow
  • Soul Axiom
  • Typoman

Source: Press Release

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Jun 14

This Week in Games: “Ultra Super Smash Bros. II Turbo Championship” Edition

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There’s nothing coming out this week, but that’s okay, the recent confirmation that Street Fighter‘s Ryu is in Super Smash Bros. and is available now more than makes up for it.

Now, to wait for the eShop traffic to die down so we can actually get him.

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Jun 13

Rumor: Ryu and Fire Emblem’s Roy Heading to Super Smash Bros.

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Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. presentation isn’t until tomorrow morning, but a couple of leaked videos may have spoiled the addition of Street Fighter‘s Ryu and Fire Emblem‘s Roy to the game’s roster.

 The clips were reportedly datamined from a recent update to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Other things found include:

Source: r/Games, TripleXero, MemeScreen, @RandomTBush, 2, 3

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Jun 12

Lifetime 3DS Sales Shoot Past 15 Million Units in the United States

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The 3DS family of handhelds have sold more than 15 million units to date in the U.S., according to Nintendo’s internal figures. This makes the 3DS the eighth Nintendo system to do so, joining the ranks of the original Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and DS.

Nintendo of America Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt shared his pride over the accomplishment,

“While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we’ve created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software. With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States.”

Part of the reason the 3DS was able to reach this milestone was because of constant hardware reiterations, like the most recent New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Source: Press Release

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Jun 12

New Splatoon Weapon Incoming

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Splatoon Splash-O-Matic

The next piece of free Splatoon DLC is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. PST today.

The Splash-o-matic is a Shooter-type with low spread, low attack power, but a fast rate of fire. It comes with the Suction Bomb sub-weapon and the Bomb Rush special weapon.

Source: Squid Research Lab

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Jun 12

Nintendo’s Finalized E3 Schedule Announced

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Nintendo E3 2015 Schedule

Nintendo released their updated E3 schedule today, complete with approximate starting and ending times for their events. Everything begins this Sunday with the live presentation for the new DLC coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

All times in PST unless stated otherwise:

  • Sunday, June 14:
    • 7:40 a.m. – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS New Content Presentation
    • 2:20 – 3:00 p.m. – Nintendo World Championships 2015 Treehouse Pre-Show
    • 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Nintendo World Championships 2015
  • Tuesday, June 16:
    • 9:00 a.m. – Nintendo Digital Event
    • Immediately after – Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3
  • Wednesday, June 17:
    • 9:55 a.m. – Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3
    • 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. (local time) – Nintendo Access: Mario Maker @ Best Buy
  • Thursday, June 18:
    • 9:55 a.m. – Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3
  • Saturday, June 20:
    • Noon – 5 p.m. (local time) – Nintendo Access: Mario Maker @ Best Buy

Source: e3.nintendo.com

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