Nintendo Toying With The Idea of Shaking up the Mario Formula

June 17th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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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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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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Harvest Moon: Skytree Village Announced for 3DS

June 01st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Harvest Moon Skytree Village Logo

The next game in Natsume’s Harvest Moon series will be called Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, the company announced today. No release date was given, but the 3DS exclusive will be playable at this year’s E3, taking place from June 14 to June 16 in L.A.

This is the third game Natsume produced under the Harvest Moon name since the developers of the original Bokujou Monogatari series began publishing the games in the West as Story of Seasons with XSEED Games.

Skytree Village brings back many features from 2014’s Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, including the ability to freely modify the game’s landscape, and adds in some new content, like a new cast of characters, new crops, a revised fishing mechanic and a new herd animal: the Poitou donkey.

There is also a new story to discover:

“Times have changed in the land known as the Oasis of the Harvest Goddess. Many people used to live in Skytree Village, and the land was lush and green. However, the power of the Harvest Goddess gradually began to wane, and the land became parched and dry.

It’s up to you to revive the seven Skytrees in order to give the Harvest Goddess her power back, and, in turn, bring life back to this desolate land!”

Natsume promises that more details on Harvest Moon: Skytree Village are coming later this month.

Source: Press Release

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Nintendo Treehouse to Host Zelda for Wii U Stream Event on June 14 at E3

May 05th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Zelda Wii U E3 Treehouse Event

Nintendo previously announced that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U would be their main focus for this year’s E3, stating that it would be the only game playable at their booth. Now, it seems they are cementing that fact by putting on a day-long live stream event for the game, hosted by the Nintendo Treehouse.

The stream starts at 9:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, June 14 and will feature gameplay footage, developer commentary and behind-the-scenes content. It will be broadcast simultaneously on YouTube, Twitch and on Nintendo’s E3 site.

Source: Press Release

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Nintendo NX Launching Worldwide in March 2017, Zelda Wii U to Be A Launch Title

April 27th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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In their latest earnings release, Nintendo confirmed that their next gaming platform, codenamed “NX,” will launch globally in March 2017.

In a separate statement, the company announced that they will not have the NX present at this year’s E3, choosing instead to reveal it later this year.

For this year’s E3, Nintendo will focus on the new The Legend of Zelda, which is now launching simultaneously for the Wii U and NX next year. The Wii U version of the game will be playable at the event and will be the only playable game available from Nintendo.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations, Press Release

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Mario Maker Best Buy Demo Locations Announced

June 03rd, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo E3 Mario Maker Best Buy

As part of their E3 festivities, Nintendo is setting up demo stations for Mario Maker at participating Best Buy locations across North America on June 17 and June 20.

There’s a location finder on Nintendo’s E3 site to help you find your nearest store. If you try out the game, you can get a Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary button while supplies last.

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Nintendo President To Miss E3 Again

May 18th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will not be at this year’s E3 in order to focus on business matters in Japan, according to an official statement issued to IGN.

In his place, many of Nintendo’s top talent, including Shigeru Miyamoto, will be at the expo to present the company’s upcoming games. Iwata will still be in close contact with the staff in Los Angeles and he will be paying attention to the reception of the company’s announcements.

This will be the second consecutive year Iwata will not be at E3. He passed on last year’s show because he was waiting to undergo surgery on his bile duct.

Source: IGN

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