Diddy Kong is the 24th character to join the Wii U and 3DS version of Super Smash Brothers.
Update: Nintendo has confirmed the European release date will be the same as the North American release date, March 14th.
Nintendo has announced that Yoshi’s New Island will launch on 3DS at retail and on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on March 14 in North America.
The roster of characters for Nintendo’s upcoming game, Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS, has just improved to 21 characters after the announcement of Kirby’s arch nemesis King Dedede.
Following Hey You, Pikachu! and Pokemon Channel, Nintendo appears to be bringing a similar game to the 3DS. the Japanese Broadcaster NHK has a trailer for a full reveal set for October 28th.
it’s been over 10 years since Pokemon Channel released, the last game focusing on taking care of a pet Pikachu. The images, supplied via IGN, appear to have Pikachu mimicking facial expressions. it’s unclear whether this will play a role in the game or is simply building Pikachu’s ‘liveliness’.
Both Hey You, Pikachu! and Pokemon Channel were not well received critically, scoring in the mid 50s on Metacritic. Although people don’t seem to grasp the concept that not all games are made for their age range, and perhaps putting aside the technical aspects those games were really fun, and still are if you can shut off your explosions and graphics focused brain.
As far as launching this game on the 3DS is concerned, Both Hey You, Pikachu! and Pokemon Channel had resemblance to a virtual pet simulator, offering on a mobile platform could increase the popularity of the game.
(The images are probably the most creepy thing you will lay eyes on today.)
Nintendo has revealed that Pokemon X and Y combined have sold over four million units to date worldwide during its first two days on store shelves; the game launched on October 12th worldwide.
The game has launched to mass critical appeal and currently holds an 88 Metascore on Metacritic and further bolsters Nintendo’s lead in the hardware market where it finished first in the US for the fifth consecutive month for the top-selling piece of hardware.
Pokemon X and Y brings players to an all-new region with brand new Pokemon to catch, new gym leaders to battle, different starter Pokemon, and two new exciting ways to battle, in the sky or against a horde of foes.
Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari had a warning for Nintendo in a recent interview with the BBC. He claims that Nintendo is on a “Path to Irrelevance” Bushnell is no stranger to this type of situation. The Atari Jaguar failed horribly and he thinks that Nintendo will have the same fate as his company.
He also touched upon handheld gaming and target audiences. “I don’t think handheld game-only devices make sense anymore,” “Not when you have an iPod or an Android microtablet.”
“Nintendo always had a soft spot for young people – they sort of did the 12-and-under pretty well, and the other guys did the 12-and-over.”
“And now I think the other [consoles] are good enough on those things, and the rush to upgrade from the 12-and-under is not nearly as important.”
What do you all think about his statements? Is Nintendo in trouble because of the Wii-U or can they make a comeback and remain the amazing and iconic company that they have been for years? Only time will tell, but Nintendo needs to step up their game if they want to avoid Atari’s fate.
In a recent interview with IGN following the company’s announcement of the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime reaffirmed that Nintendo is still pushing hard to get independent developer support for their devices.
“The independent developer, especially those developers who have experience, who’ve shown real capabilities, we love those independent developers,” Fils-Aime told IGN. “And what we’re doing is creating even more of an infrastructure for a brand-new independent developer, someone who’s never created content before, to be effective on our platform. So it’s an area that we’re spending a lot more time and a lot more energy to create the infrastructure to help these developers publish their content and be effective. It’s something that we have had to learn how to do. Because our systems aren’t straightforward for a developer who hasn’t had a lot of experience.”
“First, you want the tools to be able to create your content and bring it onto the system,” he said. “That’s why we’ve announced the relationship with Unity. That’s why we’ve created the Nintendo Web Framework. Again, we’ve taken steps on the development side to make our system independent-friendly. Second thing we’ve done is we’ve created the merchandising capabilities, right? So when you’re on the eShop, how we promote and merchandise content.”
“You’ll see that we’re merchandising indies’ content right alongside our content,” he continued. “There’s no separate area. There’s no challenge of discovery to find this content. That’s what the independent developers really love, because they know that consumers are going to the eShop looking for. If there’s a value program for some Virtual Console content, or if we’ve re-released a new piece of content, and right alongside that is going to be indies’ content. They love that.”
During Nintendo’s Direct conference today, the company confirmed that Luigi will be included in the upcoming roster for Super Smash Bros. on both the Wii U and 3DS.
You can see the full Nintendo Direct event in the video below, which revealed a new Animal Crossing Mii Community Hub for the Wii U, new exclusive content for Rayman Legends, and a release date for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney.
While Nintendo did indeed skip out on having an “official” press conference this year, I think it was a smart move. Why spend all the money to reserve a time slot to advertise a struggling console that would most likely get lost in all the noise at E3 day one, anyhow? They did however live stream an event online this morning that unveiled a bunch of cool new games for both the 3DS and the Wii U, but many of them aren’t coming out until 2014!
Here’s the rundown of what happened:
Super Smash Bros.: Nintendo officially took the curtain off of Super Smash Bros. and announced that the game will be coming to both the Wii U and 3DS sometime in 2014. They also announced a handful of characters that will be featured in the game including Mega Man, Mario, Samus Aran, Fox McCloud, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Pit, Bowser and Princess Peach. The game will retain its 2D mechanics as well.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD: The HD remake of one of the best Zelda games made to date will be coming out for the Wii U this October. While the only notable changes to the game are some graphical updates and gameplay adjustments to better suit the Wii U gamepad, why wouldn’t you want to re-immerse yourself into this Gamecube classic?
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Under development by Retro Studios, the next iteration of Donkey Kong will be coming to the Wii U in 2D-side-scrolling format and feature a slew of new enemies such as vikings, walruses, owls, and penguins armed with crossbows! What’s better than that?
Bayonetta 2: A new trailer was shown off for the game depicting Bayonetta with a bit of a makeover with a shorter hairstyle this time around. Much of the game appears to be the same as its predecessor though with it over-the-top battle scenes against massive enemies and the suggestive slow motion shots of Bayonetta as she goes about mopping up here enemies. Fans of the series should feel right at home with the sequel.
Mario Kart 8: I guess numbered sequels are the way to go now with the Mario Kart franchise as Nintendo unveiled Mario Kart 8, which is due out next Spring. the game will introduce a host of new mechanics such as a new hover kart feature that works similar to the glider from MK7 and 8 will also see the return of bikes to the game. The confirmed characters so far are Mario, Toadette, Daisy, Koopa Troopa, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Waluigi and Peach.
Super Mario World 3D: Nintendo has finally given a name to their upcoming 3D Mario game, calling Super Mario World 3D, which will once again allow for up to four players to play with each other at once and see the return of Toad, Luigi and Princess Peach with the same unique traits as before. Peach with her float in mid-air, Toad being able to run slightly faster, and Luigi having his longer, higher jump.
Pokemon X and Y: While very little details were given concerning the game, Nintendo did give the game a global release date, saying the game will launch this October. They also revealed a few of the new and returning Pokemon, such as the new fairy type Pokemon Sylveon, Jigglypuff, Gardevoir, and Marill.
14 new third party games are coming to the Wii U & 3DS: Though not as many games are coming to the system as we may have hoped for from third party developers, Nintendo did confirm that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Deux Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Disney Infinity, Just Dance 2014, Rayman Legends, Scribblenauts: Unmasked, Disney Planes, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Skylanders Swap Force, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Sonic: Lost World, and Watch Dogs will all becoming to the Wii U and 3DS.
Nintendo has announced a new Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS and will be a sequel to the 1991 SNES classic, A Link To The Past.
Hyrule will have a similar look and feel, but the new version will incorporate a heavy focus on the 3D screen to its gameplay.
Link also has the ability to transform into a 2D drawing, which will allow him to switch the perspective of the game to that of a side-on view. He will also be able to slip through narrow gaps of the game world such as the iron bars of a jail cell while using this ability.
No release date was given for the game yet, but Nintendo said it will be released in time for the 2013 holiday season. You can also look forward to a special trailer being made available on the Nintendo eShop soon.