Animal Crossing Mobile Is Still Launching this Year

June 23rd, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Despite delays, the new Animal Crossing game planned for smart devices is still expected to launch this year, according to Nintendo COO Reggie Fils-Aimé, who confirmed the 2017 release in a recent interview with Waypoint.

“So, specifically now, Animal Crossing,” Reggie said. “Animal Crossing development continues quite strongly, the teams are very excited about what they have. It’s an application that is going to launch this year, as we’ve committed. And we’ll be sharing more information in due course. We believe, just as we’ve seen with Pokémon Go, just as we’ve seen with Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, we believe that the application will help broaden the user base for Animal Crossing, and it’s going to end up having a positive impact on our dedicated video game business of Animal Crossing. “

Nintendo originally announced the mobile version of Animal Crossing in April 2016. It was supposed to release before the end of the 2017 fiscal year in March, but the company delayed it so it would not interfere with the Android launch of Super Mario Run.

Source: Waypoint

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eShop Thursday: “The End of E3” Edition

June 15th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

E3 is officially over.

There were some ups and downs: We got two confirmations that the Metroid series isn’t actually dead, Capcom apparently has no plans at the moment to localize Monster Hunter XX and we know there is a Kirby and Yoshi game in the works for the Switch. Overall, there are a lot of things to look forward to on the Switch in the next couple of years.

Except for Monster Hunter XX in the West.

As for games coming out in the immediate future, ARMS launches onto the Switch tomorrow.

Nintendo confirmed the addition of two bits of free ARMS DLC during today’s Treehouse stream: Spectator Mode, which is coming later this month, and a new character Max Brass, who will be added to the game next month.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Coming to Switch on August 29

June 12th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

The rumored-then-leaked Mario and Rabbids crossover title for Switch made its official debut during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference earlier today.

Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi will team up with their Rabbid counterparts in a “turn-based combat adventure” that appears to draw heavy inspiration, surprisingly, from the XCOM series. Players will be able to make strategic use of half and full cover, utilize unique character skills and discover new weapons take into battle.

Other details:

  • The game will run on Ubisoft’s Snowdrop Engine, the same engine used in Tom Clancy’s The Division.
  • Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee composer Grant Kirkhope is working on the game’s soundtrack.
  • Nintendo will publish the game in Japan, where it will launch later than the rest of the world, sometime in 2018.

Source: Mario + Rabbids Official Site, Gematsu.com

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Nintendo New York Store Will Offer Its Own E3 Experience Beginning Tuesday

June 10th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Even though Nintendo is getting ready for E3 in Los Angeles this week, the company is also preparing the “E3 Experience” at the Nintendo New York store.

From June 13 to June 18, visitors will be able to try out some of the games being shown at E3, watch the Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3 stream, meet Mario’s voice actor Charles Martinet and get some free giveaways.

Many of the events at the E3 Experience will be first-come, first-served, so people will be allowed to line up outside the store beginning at 7 a.m. each day.

The festivities will kick off at 12 p.m. on June 13 with the Nintendo Spotlight livestream.

Source: NintendoNYC Facebook

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Nintendo Launches Competitive-Focused Twitter Account

June 09th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Earlier today, Nintendo launched @NintendoVS, a new Twitter account aimed primarily at promoting Nintendo competitive events.

The first of these will take place next week during E3, when Nintendo will host a series of tournaments for their upcoming titles ARMSSplatoon 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX.

  • Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational – 2:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 13
  • Pokken Tournament DX Invitational – 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 14
  • ARMS Open Invitational – 3:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 14

Source: @NintendoVS

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Nintendo Toying With The Idea of Shaking up the Mario Formula

June 17th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Mario 3D World Mario

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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New Legend of Zelda Artwork Resurfaces

June 13th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Legend of Zelda Wii U NX Art

New art of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and NX that leaked on Amazon yesterday is now up on the official Nintendo Facebook page.

The image features Link scaling a cliff overlooking a vast landscape that is presumably Hyrule.

Nintendo will showcase the Wii U version of the new Legend of Zelda tomorrow during their all-day E3 live stream, premiering live gameplay footage and interviewing some of the game’s developers. The stream starts at 9 a.m. PST and will air on YouTube, Twitch and on Nintendo’s E3 site.

Source: My Nintendo News

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My Nintendo eShop Sale Coming Next Tuesday

June 08th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

E3 eShop Sale

Coinciding with the start of E3 2016 this Tuesday, June 14, Nintendo will discount several games in the eShop until June 21.

It isn’t clear whether the content will be similar to the company’s 5 Year Anniversary sale currently going on in Europe, but it will be different in that My Nintendo members will receive a special bonus if they purchase certain items.

My Nintendo members will have to link their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Network ID in order to get the bonus. They will also have to visit the eShop at least once before making a purchase.

Source: Press Release

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Yooka-Laylee Launch Pushed Back to 2017

June 06th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Yooka-Laylee will not be coming out this October as originally anticipated. Playtonic Games managing director Gavin Price confirmed that the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie will now launch on Wii U, PC, PS4 and Xbox One in Q1 2017 in order to give the developers extra time to further polish the game.

U.K. news site MCV reports that Playtonic is working internally on the Wii U and PC versions, while Worms series developer Team 17 handles the PS4 and Xbox One ports. Playtonic writer Andy Robinson explained the reason the studio is focusing so much on the Wii U build,

“We naturally have so many backers who opted for Wii U. Because of the size of the team, we couldn’t take on all the consoles. You can imagine from a developer stand-point, that porting from PC to PS4 and Xbox One is slightly more straightforward than porting to Wii U.

“I also think it feels right playing it on a Nintendo system to some people.

“But the other versions will be fantastic as well.”

Technical art director Mark Stevenson also chimed in with a more nostalgic reason,

 “We wanted to make sure that Wii U gets the right attention. There is a lot of nostalgia around Banjo, Banjo heralds from Rare’s Nintendo’s days, and we are all massive Nintendo fans as well.”

To help soften the blow of the delay, the official Team 17 YouTube account put out a new E3 trailer for Yooka-Laylee.

Source: MCV

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Nintendo Will Have More Than Zelda to Show Off at E3

June 02nd, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3

Nintendo is going into this year’s E3 with The Legend of Zelda for Wii U as their main focus, but that won’t be the only thing the company has to show at the event.

The Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 stream will kick things off at 9 a.m. PST on June 14 with live gameplay footage of Pokémon Sun and Moon before going into a day-long showcase for The Legend of Zelda.

On June 15, the Treehouse team will spend the day talking about and presenting upcoming Wii U and 3DS releases. Confirmed titles include: Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE and Pokémon GO.

Nintendo’s E3 streams will be available to watch live on YouTube, Twitch and e3.nintendo.com.

Source: Nintendo.com

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