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Nintendo Switch questions answered, parental controls details revealed!

Nintendo Switch Preview Event
Toronto, Canada
January 27, 2017

Nintendo brought the new Switch console to Toronto this weekend, in its only Canadian stop on the North American Tour. As in all the cities, the first two days of the event were by invitation only, and the third day was open to the public.

Attendees at the event were treated to multiple demos stations for the Nintendo Switch, with first party titles like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, a Splatoon 2 demo, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Many third party games were also available to play, such as PuYoPuYo Tetris, Ultra Street Fighter II, and Disgaea 5.

Nintendo of Canada graciously gave me interview time with Julie Gagnon, Media Relations Lead, and I asked her about the Switch launch, and about some of the features that were revealed during the presentation on January 12 in Tokyo.

When I asked about the parental controls, and whether we would be able to set time limits on a per-child basis, rather than globally for the whole system, Gagnon revealed that we would be able to set up sub-accounts for each child, and that the time limits would be different for each account.

The decision to utilize a phone app for parental control settings, as well as for online voice chat, was one of convenience for the user, says Gagnon. "It's part of anyone's life now. For example the parental controls are very easy and fun to manage from your phone, so we wanted to integrate it in a very convenient way into people's lives as well. "

For more info on the Switch and its launch, please check out the video above, and go to www.nintendo.com/switch

Posted on January 28, 2017 and filed under gamerparent tv.

It's Star Fox Zero launch day!

Be a Hero in Star Fox Zero!

Hop Into the Pilot’s Seat for an Intense Space Adventure in Star Fox Zero for Wii U

REDMOND, Wash., April 22, 2016 – ALERT! ALERT! This is not a drill! The galaxy as we know it is in jeopardy! The evil Andross has taken over the Lylat System and only you and the Star Fox crew can stop them! The Star Fox Zero game is now available exclusively for Wii U consoles, so pin on your pilot wings and dry clean your flight suit – it’s time to report for duty in this action-packed interplanetary adventure.

The Star Fox series makes its Wii U debut in Star Fox Zero, once again reuniting leader Fox McCloud with his memorable team composed of hotshot Falco Lombardi, reliable Peppy Hare and engineer Slippy Toad. For this new adventure, you take on the role of Fox McCloud as he pilots multiple transforming vehicles using a unique control scheme that lets you shoot in one direction while flying in another. Star Fox Zero is the first game in the series to employ independent controls for flying and aiming your lasers. By looking at the TV to identify your target and using the motion controls on the Wii U GamePad controller to aim and shoot with precision, the game lets players feel like they are right in the pilot’s seat, especially when using the game’s “3D Voice” feature to hear squad-mate audio directly from the GamePad.

Star Fox Zero is a game that’s only possible through the second-screen experience of the Wii U GamePad,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Many video game fans have experienced the Star Fox series through the years, but never with this level of full-throttle action.”

Co-created by Nintendo and PlatinumGames, developers of the Bayonetta series,Star Fox Zero provides the planet-hopping action that fans have come to love, while introducing new vehicles, missions and a unique control scheme. In addition to flying the now-iconic Arwing vehicle, you can also pilot the ground-based Landmaster Tank and new GyroWing, a hovering drone ideal for stealth-based missions. The Arwing can also transform into the bipedal Walker, allowing for further exploration in the game’s varied levels.

The levels in Star Fox Zero aren’t just about going from point A to point B. Many of the game’s gorgeous locales contain secret exits and hidden collectibles, inviting you to retry missions to discover everything. Just like previous Star Fox games, exploring and discovering new things is part of the fun. By using your stellar piloting skills, you can destroy as many enemies as possible to try to get the highest score. You can even have another player sync up a Wii U Pro controller or Wii Remote controller and Nunchuk (sold separately) and assist in missions by flying the Arwing while you aim and shoot using the motion controls of the GamePad to take out even more enemies.

Star Fox fans are in for a special treat by tapping a Fox or Falco amiibo figure (sold separately). Tapping the Super Smash Bros. series Fox amiibo replaces the normal Arwing with a low-polygon Retro Arwing from the Super Nintendo days (complete with retro music for Corneria). Tapping the Falco amiibo unlocks a special Black Arwing: a high-powered spacecraft created for brave pilots willing to fly with very little shielding.

Every retail version of Star Fox Zero also comes with the Star Fox Guard game on a second disc. This fun and frantic game finds you defending a mining facility owned by Grippy Toad (Slippy’s uncle) from waves of enemy robots using the second screen on the Wii U GamePad controller. A full-fledged Star Fox experience in its own right, Star Fox Guard features 100 stages for players to take on, and also allows players to create and share their own challenges with other players online.

Barrel roll into this unforgettable adventure by purchasing the game in stores at a suggested retail price of $59.99. Star Fox Guard is included in every physical version of Star Fox Zero. Both Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard can also by purchased digitally in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or at Nintendo.com for $49.99 and $14.99, respectively. If you purchase the digital version of either game separately, you will receive an automatic discount of $4.99 through Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop upon purchase of the other game.

To learn more about the characters and story of Star Fox Zero, you can view theStar Fox Zero: The Battle Begins animated short athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA2-0nTxaGg. Created in partnership with Shigeru Miyamoto, Production I.G and WIT STUDIO, the short explores the backstory behind the game and its first level, Corneria.

For more information about Star Fox Zero, visit http://starfoxzero.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

Posted on April 22, 2016 and filed under News.

Nintendo Earnings Report - What to look for

Takashi Mochizuki at the WSJ blog Digits:

–CEO TATSUMI KIMISHIMA: This will be the first earnings report issued by Nintendo under the leadership of new CEO Tatsumi Kimishima. He has attended these briefings as Mr. Iwata’s lieutenant, but was mostly silent. Analysts will look for him to explain his views on key strategies and will likely compare his performance to that of his predecessor.

–MORE TIE-UP DEALS: Nintendo is opening up, striking many surprising partnership deals recently, including with smartphone game provider DeNA Co.2432.TO +0.87%,Comcast Corp.CMCSA +0.45% theme-park subsidiary Universal Parks & Resorts as well as Google-spinout Niantic Inc. Former Nintendo Chief Executive Satoru Iwata, who died of cancer in July, had said the firm aimed to expand the use of Nintendo characters to help popularize Nintendo games.

EARNINGS FORECAST: According to a poll of five analysts by financial data provider Nikkei Quick, Nintendo is expected to post a net profit of 16.1 billion yen ($133 million) for the half-year period, up from a 14.3 billion yen profit in the year-earlier period. For the July-September quarter, the analysts expect a 6.9 billion yen net profit, down from 24.2 billion yen.

Posted on October 26, 2015 and filed under News.

Starfox Zero delayed until 2016

Creator Shigeru Minamoto took to Facebook to make the announcement:

A Message from Mr. Miyamoto Regarding Star Fox Zero

I made a big decision last week.

We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.

To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.

Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.

Posted on September 18, 2015 and filed under News.

Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition December 4th

Launching alongside the standalone version of massive Wii U role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles X on Dec. 4 is a Special Edition overflowing with great content. Perfect for fans who want to experience everything Xenoblade Chronicles X has to offer, players who purchase the Special Edition at a suggested retail price of $89.99 will get a beautifully designed package that contains:

  • The Xenoblade Chronicles X game
  • A gorgeous book of concept art with more than 100 pages, featuring select art for the very first time
  • A unique USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game’s memorable soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

Unique to North America, this Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition is now available for pre-order at select retailers nationwide.

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo announces games and dates for the rest of 2015

Aiming to keep momentum going through the holidays

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 24, 2015 – Ensuring that 2015 is packed with gaming fun for everyone, Nintendo announces a robust lineup of games and special offers for the remainder of the year. The Wii U home console and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems will showcase a huge number of games, most of which are exclusive to those platforms.

“Nintendo has games, amiibo and systems to satisfy all kinds of players, whether they’re looking for back-to-school gifts or getting an early start on their holiday shopping,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “No one can match the quality or uniqueness of what Nintendo has to offer for the rest of 2015.”
Here’s a look at what Nintendo has on tap for the rest of 2015:

Wii U Bundle
· Walmart and Walmart.com will be the exclusive retailers for a special Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle that includes the game, Idea Book and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo. The bundle goes on sale the 11th of September for $299.96.

Wii U Games
· Super Mario Maker launches on the 11th of September at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Yoshi’s Woolly World launches Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The game will also be available in a bundle that includes a green Yarn Yoshi amiibo at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The green Yarn Yoshi is available as part of the bundle, with individual pink and light-blue Yarn Yoshi amiibo also launching on Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $16.99 each.
· A new combo pack that includes two great games goes on sale Oct. 16. The pack includes both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, co-developed by Koei Tecmo Games, launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Oct. 22 for $49.99, just in time for Halloween. Players can download this free-to-start game and play the prologue, chapter 1 and most of chapter 2 for free. The full version of the game can be purchased as DLC directly from the Nintendo eShop or via the in-game menu.
· Star Fox Zero launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Xenoblade Chronicles X launches Dec. 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Devil’s Third launches Dec. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and amiibo figures for Animal Crossingcharacters Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel and Lottie launch Holiday 2015.
· Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches Holiday 2015.
· Runbow from 13AM Games will launch in North America on Aug. 27 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. For the first month after launch, anyone who downloaded the Nindies@Home demo version will receive 15 percent off the regular price of $14.99. Runbow is an up-to-nine-player action platform party game that includes guest characters from some of the Nintendo eShop’s most popular indie titles, like Azure Striker GunvoltShovel KnightGuacamelee! and Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
· Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition from Disney Interactive launches Aug. 30 at a suggested retail price of $64.99.
· The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack for Wii U from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $74.99. For the first time in Skylandershistory, two of Nintendo’s iconic characters – Donkey Kong and Bowser – will guest star as playable characters and will also work with select amiibo-compatible games with a simple twist of the character’s base. Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser will be exclusively playable on Wii U, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
· LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launches Sept. 27 at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Additional LEGO Dimensions Level, Team and Fun Packs will also be available on Sept. 27 at the respective suggested retail prices of $29.99, $24.99 and $14.99.
· Guitar Hero Live from Activision launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $99.99.
· Just Dance 2016 from Ubisoft launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
· Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games – winner of more than 100 awards, including many “Game of the Year” accolades – is coming to retail stores. The classically styled adventure launches on Wii U in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

Nintendo 3DS Games
· Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer launches Sept. 25 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. The set of 100 Animal Crossing amiibo cards, which are compatible with the game, launch the same day. The game comes with one complimentary amiibo card, so players can experience how to use the cards to bring additionalAnimal Crossing characters into the game. People who opt to download the digital version of the game in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at the same price will receive an exclusive Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer HOME Menu Theme instead of an amiibo card. Cards are sold separately in packs of six at a suggested retail price of $5.99 per pack. A bundle also launching on Sept. 25 includes the game, one amiibo card and the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The wireless NFC Reader/Writer is also sold separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99.
· Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash launches Oct. 9 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. A bundle that includes the Chibi-Robo amiibo launches the same day at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
·The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes launches Oct. 23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Japanese sensation YO-KAI WATCH launches in the U.S. on Nov. 6 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Skylanders SuperChargers Racing from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $64.99. On Nintendo 3DS, gamers can go head to head with competitive multiplayer via local play or online with up to four players. Iconic Nintendo character Bowser and his Sky vehicle, Clown Cruiser, are available in theSkylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Packs for Wii and Nintendo 3DS, and can also be played on the Wii U system.
· The Nintendo 3DS version of Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games will launch in stores in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

amiibo News
· A new 3-pack of Mii Fighters from Super Smash Bros. will launch on Nov. 1 at a suggested retail price of $34.99.
· The Mewtwo amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 13 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.
· Mega Yarn Yoshi, a giant green Yoshi amiibo made from yarn, goes on sale Nov. 15 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. When tapped to the GamePad controller inYoshi’s Woolly World, Mega Yarn Yoshi activates “Double Yoshi,” a second Yoshi to use at any point in the middle of a stage, as well as the ability to save a player’s favorite Yoshi pattern to the amiibo. The standard Yarn Yoshi amiibo also enables the same functionality.
· The Falco amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.

Nintendo 2DS
· Effective Aug. 30, the new suggested retail price of Nintendo 2DS will be $99.99, down from the current suggested retail price of $129.99. The system still comes with a free download code for the digital version of Mario Kart 7.

Posted on August 24, 2015 and filed under News.

Wave 4 amiibo release dates announced

From the press release:

Nintendo is launching a variety of amiibo figures in September, including several amiibo hitting store shelves on the 11th of September.

The amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September feature many fan-favorite characters from the Super Smash Bros. series like Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf and Bowser Jr. A special Super Mario Bros. 30th series Mario amiibo modeled after Mario’s 8-bit look in the original Super Mario Bros. game will offer compatibility with the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console. Both the game and the amiibo figure will launch on the 11th of September.

The full list of amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September includes:

  • 30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Ganondorf
  • Olimar
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Dr. Mario

On Sept. 25, a Retro 3 Pack will launch, which includes R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series in a single package.

Further details about availability and pre-order schedules for these figures will be announced directly from various retailers in the near future. Three figures based on Mii Fighters, which were previously announced for release in September, will now launch as a 3 pack in November. More information about launch plans for the 30thAnniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo in North America will be shared in the future.

For more information about amiibo, visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo.

Posted on August 5, 2015 and filed under News.

Splatoon August Update details, coming August 5th

Details have emerged about the previously announced August Update for Nintendo's popular online multiplayer game Splatoon for the Wii U.

From the press release:

On Aug. 5, a free software update in the Splatoon game for the Wii U console brings a large amount of new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level cap and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Players will now be able to create a winning strategy and fight to be the best and most battle-tested squid squad around.

The new update introduces Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking options. In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection. After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.

In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customizable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favorite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: If the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.

With this robust new update also comes an increased level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle modes. After downloading the software update, players will be able to reach level 50 (raised from level 20) and rank S and S+ (both higher than A+).

While Inklings around the world are enjoying and mastering the current arsenal of weapons in Splatoon, two new weapon types will be available with the update, adding a new layer of strategy to the game. The bucket-like Slosher weapons hurl ink straight ahead at an impressive range. By adjusting the angle, these new weapons can be used to splat opponents who are up high or even on the other side of a wall. With the Gatling-style Splatling, players can charge blasts of all-powerful ink. A maximum charge unleashes the full potential of this particular weapon type. In addition to the new weapons, more than 40 pieces of gear, including everything from a leather jacket to a sushi-chef costume, are coming to the various in-game shops in Splatoon.

Despite its size and scope, this massive August update is not the end of the splat-acular free content coming to Splatoon. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and fall, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. More details about these additions will be revealed in the future.


Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under News.

Thoughts of a Two-Year-Old on Bit Trip Presents... Runner 2

In the first of a new series of posts, Ryan Thompson shares his two-year-old's thoughts on video games. Today, he takes a look at Bit Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

I occasionally (often) play stretches of video games with my kids around. My daughter’s interests influence what games will be played. She is old enough now to express her interests and opinions in ways that only toddlers can. This series of posts will use her thoughts to summarize our gameplay experiences.

First game of the summer is Bit.Trip Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. We played it side by side enough that Daughter will repeat the announcements of the game’s title at random moments throughout the day. Runner2 received plenty of positive praise and mostly favorable reviews, but what did a two year-old think of the colorful, precise and full of character auto-runner?

“Bit.Trip Runner runs FAST! JUST LIKE THIS,” Daughter says as she runs up and down the hallway. As the floor buckles from her heavy footfalls, she adds, “Jumps UP and DOWN and ROUND and ROUND!” This is her description of the basic gameplay of Runner2, combined with a phrase from a current favorite book, Pony Brushes His Teeth. There’s a bit more to the game then jumping, but I’m glad Daughter isn’t trying to slide, kick, jump-kick or block pixel projectiles while she zooms up and down the hallway.

Daughter’s favorite part of the game is the variety of characters. Kids can be fickle, and every level saw a change in costume or character. Runner2 features 8 characters: male, female and retro versions of the main hero, a pickle, reverse merman, anthropomorphized oil can, an elder of the Video species, and Daughter’s favorite (or least, depending on the minute), a hamburger-headed humanoid. She really liked “Hamburger,” actual name Whetfart Cheeseborger, enough that she requested a hamburger dinner. I happily obliged, and she proceeded to take her mini-burger apart in the way Cheeseborger comes apart after a missed jump or hit obstacle, claiming “it’s just like hamburger girl in Bit Trip Runner!” If only she actually ate her dinner with such enthusiasm.

Dad and Daughter Highlights of Runner2

  • “There are RAINBOWS!”
  • “She (Commandgirl Video) has a pretty dress!”
  • “Ooh, pretty!”
  • “I want to be the hamburger”
  • “I DON’T want to be the hamburger”

Runner2 was purchased as part of the Humble Nintendo Indie Bundle. This is the first of the games available in the bundle we’ve completed, and it’s also the first game my daughter has requested to play with no encouragement from a parent.

About the Author

Ryan isn’t a game journalist, but he enjoys writing about his hobby.

He hopes you’ll chat and play some games with him @zoso1701 on Twitter, Miiverse and Steam.

Hear him on the Magic Hour Show Podcast from gamerparent.net!

Posted on July 17, 2015 and filed under Reviews.

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival demo analysis

I know that we all have questions about what exactly this game will be. Nintendo Treehouse demoed the game, and from it we can tell a few things about the game:

  • there will be turnip trading
  • there are other things to do in the game besides the board game
  • each turn of the game advances the calendar a day
  • events like the bug off occur on specific days of the month
  • houses designed for characters in Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer will be imported into the AC amiibo Festival if you use their amiibo card
  • animal visitors to the town will give opportunities to interact with them if you land on specific spaces, eg. Katie, Redd and others.
  • a board game design allows for families to play and interact with Animal Crossing together, rather than the single player experience of traditional Animal Crossing games
  • gyroids on the board will stamp your paper as you pass
  • "It's worth mentioning again that this is just one part of Animal Crossing amiibo festival, the board game is part of what you can play, it's the only thing we're able to talk about and show right now. There is more to Animal Crossing amiibo festival that we'll hopefully be able to talk about at a later date... when we're allowed."

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Posted on June 18, 2015 and filed under Article.

Hands on with Star Fox at E3 [video]

Star Fox Zero has been expected for some time but playing the game first hand was something of a revelation. There's a well judged balance between gyroscope enhanced aiming and twin stick flight controls. The Wii U Game-pad also doubles as a first person view from the ship that is useful for homing in on enemies.

Posted on June 18, 2015 and filed under gamerparent tv.

My notes on E3 Tuesday

Tuesday

Nintendo Digital Event

  • Opens with puppet Iwata, Reggie, and Miyamoto turning into Peppy, Falco and Fox
  • Trailer of StarFox Zero: Miyamoto talks about the genesis of Star Fox, using the gyro, they want people to play as if they are flying a real plane, game world on TV, cockpit view on Gamepad,
  • Arwing can transform into a walker, various vehicles are available, called Zero because it’s Japanese kanji and looks like a fox tail
  • Reggie talks about the theme of ‘transformation’ - to focus on the coming months
  • Super Mario Maker: players will become creators
  • Amiibo: more new ones on the way, and in new games
  • Skylanders Superchargers, two unexpected guest stars, Turbo Charge DK, Hammer Slam Bowser, you can twist the base, and it becomes an amiibo, and these figures can only be used on Nintendo
  • Back to puppets dancing to the star music
  • The Legend of Zelda TriForce Heroes (Fall 2015) - three player Zelda akin to 4 swords, cutom outfits for Link (Lucky Loungewear is my fave)
  • Meanwhile back at Nintendo headquarters: talk about Zelda TriForce Heroes - coop play, incorporating that same sense of depth in the coop, being able to stack players in a ‘totem’, fashion savvy people filled kingdom, so of course new outfits with new abilities, online multiplayer as well as local
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends 3DS version, a reimagining of the Wii U game, includes all DLC characters, and adding more characters from Wind Waker
  • Trailer shown for Hyrule Warriors Legends (Q1 2016)
  • Back to puppets
  • Another 3DS game Metroid Prime Federation Force (2016) - 4-player coop missions in the Metroid Prime Universe, including Blast Ball which was seen at NWC
  • Fire Emblem If (renamed Fates) (2016) - trailer shown
  • Atlus trailer - Is this Legacy of Legends? No? ending title is in Japanese, with FE (2016) apparently it is Genei Ibun Roku #FE coming to #WiiU so this is a fighting game with fire emblem characters and stuff? OH OK THIS IS Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem as we knew it. I guess the final title isn’t fixed yet. That’s confusing to not title it a bit more clearly.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer - December 4 2015
  • Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer 3DS - Sept 25th, 2015 looks like you build every part of the town
  • Amiibo play on the Wii U, in a board game like tour around animal crossing town, Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival on Wii U Holiday 2015
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Oct 16, 2015) - Emi Watanabe designer interview (a woman! and good English - British no less, software planning and development dept, a coordinator) the game still looks great and super cute, provide the challenge and the fun, amiibos will give Yoshi that costume in yarn
  • Level 5 - Yo-kai Watch on 3DS (Holiday 2015)- looks like they’re keeping many of the Japanese names, but other ones get translated
  • Sticker Mario and 3D Mario collide in Mario and Luigi Paper Jam spring 2016
  • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (holiday 2015) Wii U
  • Super Mario Maker (Sept 11, 2015) - a tool that they use INTERNALLY to make Mario Levels? back in the day they were created by hand, air land and sea was a theme in the very beginning, and now you can do that with flying clouds, you can put things in places they’re normally not found, like a goomba underwater, Costume Mario with current amiibo, new 8Bit Mario Amiibo (available in 2 color schemes) makes your in game Mario bigger, and Super Mario Maker booklet
  • Nintendo Treehouse Live - will demo StarFox Zero, and ability to try out Super Mario Maker at Best Buy in US and Canada on Wed and Sat
  • Let’s Super Mario . com

Square Enix

  • Just Cause 3 trailer (Dec 1st for PS4/XboxOne/PC - PXPC)
  • golf clap for Phil Rogers
  • Rico has grapple, wingsuit, and hang glider, vehicles look good, all kinds of things blow up
  • new title unannounced sneak peek - Platinum developed! Yosuke Saito producer. Looks beautiful, NieR? the world is in decay. for PS4, more info in the Fall. Production has just begun.
  • Wow, the producer is wearing an amazing moon head mask and scarf, I’m assuming from the game? Platinum was approached by Square Enix to strengthen the action element of NieR.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer, behind the scenes making of at Crystal Dynamic, face and graphic realism is pretty incredible.
  • Mobile and tablet games - (previously done Hitman Go, Hitman Sniper) next game is Lara Croft GO
  • Now a trailer with a bunch of games
  • Kingdom Hearts series producer - where is the translator audio? Ah well. Here is a trailer.
  • Now the trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake for PS4
  • PC version of FF VII will be coming to Playstation, will be coming in Winter 2015. Also iOS version.
  • About the Kingdom Hearts Series - new video
  • Fans are excitedly clapping. Or, one guy sitting on the right was.
  • Kingdom Hearts X Unchained Key (iOS and Android) coming to the West
  • Kingdom Hearts III - (the guy is very excited again) Disney collaboration with Square Enix, introducing a brand new world into the game, World Premiere of footage from Kingdom Hearts III
  • For Xbox One and PS4
  • World of Final Fantasy (PS4/Vita 2016) - the cute wee little chibi characters, a producer talks about a game that children and parents could play together using Final Fantasy, an adventure of walking through a world of their toys and figurines. Tower formation of characters stacked on top of each other, changing the dynamic of the character and the game.
  • Hitman - Dec 8th
  • SE and tri-ace new project : Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (2016) trailer followed by another trailer. Two trailers.
  • Eidos Montreal - Deus Ex Mankind Divided (early 2016 on PXPC)
  • Final Fantasy Portal App - this summer for mobile, an encyclopedia of FF
  • A New RPG Project in a newly established studio, named Tokyo RPG Factory. Showing pretty scenes, Project Setsuna, 2016 global release.
Posted on June 17, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo's full list of games announced at E3

NINTENDO TRANSFORMS ICONIC FRANCHISES TO GIVE PLAYERS UNIQUE GAMING EXPERIENCES

Play Levels Designed by Others or Create Your Own in Super Mario Maker for Wii U

VANCOUVER, B.C., June 16, 2015 – This year Mario reaches an impressive milestone in video gaming: 30 years as a leading man in Nintendo’s timeless Super Mario Bros. series. At E3, Nintendo celebrates Mario’s longevity with a new installment in the franchise called Super Mario Maker, one of many games at the show that transforms familiar characters and their games with unique new looks, styles and game-play features. Players will see new installments of beloved franchises like Star Fox, Yoshi, Animal Crossing, Mario & Luigi,Xenoblade and Metroid, and enjoy the reimagining of Bowser and Donkey Kong as Skylanders figures that also have amiibo functionality with compatible Nintendo games.

During the Nintendo Digital Event video on the opening day of E3 2015 in Los Angeles, Nintendo announced games launching in the near future, with a focus on what fans can enjoy in the second half of 2015 and early 2016. To view the Nintendo Digital Event in its entirety, visit http://e3.nintendo.com. Nintendo will continue to share information on future games and initiatives in the months ahead.

“Millions of video game players worldwide look to Nintendo to deliver surprises and smiles,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “That’s what we have on display at E3 – familiar characters and franchises transformed in unexpected ways that can only be found on Nintendo systems.”

Here’s a roundup of some of the news and games Nintendo is showing this week:

Wii U Games and Other News

·         Super Mario Maker: The next evolution of the Super Mario Bros. series lets people’s imaginations run wild. For the first time ever, friends can have fun playing through levels they create for one another. The Wii U GamePad controller makes it so easy for anyone to create levels; it may feel like simply sketching out ideas on paper. Players can enjoy a seemingly endless supply of inventive Mario levels from players around the world. The game includes a book totaling about 100 pages that illustrates the boundless possibilities inSuper Mario Maker. Nintendo will also release two special Mario amiibo figures to celebrate the 30thanniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game. Tapping these amiibo in Super Mario Maker adds a Big Mushroom power-up to your course, allowing Mario to grow big and bust blocks from any direction, as well as adding a retro visual filter to the game, reminiscent of older cathode ray tube televisions. In addition, many other amiibo will also be compatible with Super Mario Maker through the use of a new item called the Mystery Mushroom. This item allows Mario to take the appearance of many other characters, such as Link, Kirby or Wii Fit Trainer, complete with character-specific animations and sound effects. These character costumes can be unlocked by completing the 100 Mario Challenge mode and many can also be unlocked if the player taps the amiibo of the character to the Wii U GamePad. To coincide with the Super Mario Bros. anniversary, the Super Mario Maker game and the 30th Anniversary amiibo launch the 11th of September.

·         LetsSuperMario.com Website: To continue the celebration of Super Mario’s 30th anniversary, fans around the world are encouraged to create personal “Let’s Super Mario!” video tributes that showcase their love for the legendary franchise. The videos can be submitted to a dedicated website (http://www.LetsSuperMario.com) starting today and might be shared by Nintendo on the website. Whether it’s through song, dance or reliving favourite moments, Nintendo will honour Super Mario by showcasing the creativity of our fans. In the spirit of Nintendo’s mission of putting smiles on the faces of everyone that experiences our products, Nintendo’s share of any ad revenue generated from the Let’s Super Mario 30thAnniversary videos will go toward a donation Nintendo is making to Operation Smile, a global surgical charity dedicated to healing the smiles of children around the world suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate. For more information, visit http://www.operationsmile.org.

·         Yoshi’s Woolly World: Collect, cooperate and get crafty with Yoshi in a world made completely from yarn, felt and other fabrics and textiles. Pulling on strings in the game usually leads to discoveries, while new transformations include a motorcycle, mole and airplane. The game’s simple platforming adventure challenges players to find hidden secrets. Tapping select amiibo characters to the GamePad creates new patterns for Yoshi, while new Yarn Yoshi amiibo let players control two Yoshis at the same time. This first-ever two-player co-op Yoshi game includes Mellow Mode, which gives Yoshi wings, and is perfect for players who just want to hunt for treasure, or newcomers who want to get the hang of the game. The game launches October 16.

·         Star Fox Zero: Fox, Falco, Peppy and Slippy are back in a new adventure. Players pilot an Arwing in the traditional style of TV game play and, in a new twist, players can use the cockpit view on the GamePad to aim and shoot enemies using the gyro controls. Having two unique viewpoints offers distinct gaming advantages and frees up the TV for more cinematic moments in the title’s new all-range mode. Scheduled to launch during the 2015 holiday season, Star Fox Zero includes a new Walker transformation for the Arwing, a new Gyrowing vehicle and the return of the Landmaster Tank.

·         Skylanders SuperChargers from Activision: Both Donkey Kong and Bowser guest star in the nextSkylanders game complete with their own vehicles and move sets that celebrate the lore and legacy of their 30+ years in the video game universe. As an added bonus, the Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser Skylanders SuperCharger characters also work as amiibo in compatible Nintendo games, so players can store their save data in both modes with a simple twist of the figure’s base. The game is anticipated to launch September 20.

·         Just Dance 2016 from Ubisoft: Just Dance 2016 is the latest installment in the best-selling music game franchise of all time. Launching October 20, 2015, on both Wii and Wii U, the game features tracks from artists like Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor and Lady Gaga. This year, the free Just Dance Controller app enables Wii U players to use their smartphones to play.

·         Xenoblade Chronicles X: Amid an intergalactic war between aliens and human survivors, players fight for survival while exploring the massive expanses of an unknown planet. Weaponized mechs called “Skells” let players access every location they see. Players also can customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills, called Arts, to strengthen their strategies and defeat enemies efficiently. The game launches December 4.

·         Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival: Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards get their own party game. Players are challenged to collect the most Happy Points by the end of a dynamic board game. The board layout can remain the same, but the spaces and even the environment change, depending on which month players choose for their game. As in other Animal Crossing games, players can buy turnips and use strategy to decide when to sell them for big money. Scheduled to launch during the 2015 holiday season, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival will launch as a bundle that includes the game, two amiibo figures and three amiibo cards.

·         Genei Ibun Roku #FE (name not final): Set in modern Tokyo, young people come together to weave an epic tale alongside heroes from an alternate world. This brand-new RPG, developed by ATLUS, is infused with elements of the popular Fire Emblem series. In the struggle between the worlds of glamour and darkness, these young heroes rise to face the challenge. The game is scheduled to launch in 2016.

·         Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: Up to four players can compete in tennis matches that could only take place in the Mushroom Kingdom. With the addition of Jump Shots to hit high balls overhead, or Giant Mushrooms that when picked up make characters bigger, this Mario Tennis is reborn with features enabling players to aggressively go after higher balls. The game is scheduled to launch during the 2015 holiday season.

Nintendo 3DS

·         The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes: Three players take on the role of individual Link characters and team up to solve puzzles and battle bosses in dungeons. The game features the same top-down view and visual style of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Players must work together, as the group shares all hearts. All three Links can stack on top of one another to create a Totem to reach new locations and solve puzzles or fight enemies. Different outfits offer unique abilities. The game is scheduled to launch this fall.

·         Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: The player transforms into one of 20 Pokémon as he or she sets out on an adventure in a world inhabited solely by the 720 discovered Pokémon, including Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. This game boasts hours of replay-ability by randomly generating each dungeon, so players will never explore the same dungeon twice as they unravel this tale of adventure and mystery. The game is scheduled to launch during the 2015 holiday season.

·         Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: One of the favourite activities in the Animal Crossing series now gets a full game. With more options than ever, players design interiors and exteriors of homes for hundreds of animal characters, and can even design a garden. They can choose where to place the home, and then pick out a house style and colours for the roof, door and fence before getting to work on the interior. Tapping compatible amiibo character cards brings favourite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests into the game, which launches with a complimentary amiibo card on September 25. A bundle will launch the same day and include the game, one amiibo card and the NFC Reader/Writer accessory.

·         YO-KAI WATCH: This game sold millions and became a cultural phenomenon in Japan. Now North American players get to experience the fun of hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. Players explore using their Yo-kai Watch to find Yo-kai, then befriend them and turn them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. The game is scheduled to launch during the 2015 holiday season.

·         Fire Emblem Fates: Two versions of the franchise’s new installment offer players an unprecedented choice: fight an opposing force or join the other side and try to make changes from within. For the first time in the series, players take on the role of the main character and command an army, while struggling to decide which path to follow: helping blood relatives or the family that raised him or her. The game is scheduled to launch in 2016.

·         Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: Paper Mario jumps out of the book and into the bizarre adventures of Mario & Luigi, resulting in hilarious and dangerous hijinks. Become the superstar team of Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario to take on quests, take down enemies and untangle these two unique universes in this playful new entry in the Mario & Luigi series. The game is scheduled to launch in spring 2016.

·         Hyrule Warriors Legends: The Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors comes to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. In the portable version, experience new story elements and playable characters inspired by The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. New features allow players to enhance their tactics and switch between different characters on the fly as they explore and battle in Hyrule’s most famous locales. The game is scheduled to launch in Q1 of 2016.

·         Metroid Prime: Federation Force: Up to four players can connect online or locally to take on co-op missions in this first-person sci-fi adventure set in the Metroid Prime universe. Players don a mech suit and work together as a team to clear out enemy-infested bases and complete objective-based missions. After completing the missions, up to six players can compete in Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, a three-on-three game that requires players to shoot a ball into their opponents’ goal. The game is scheduled to launch in 2016.

Additionally, select Nindie developers will feature exclusive content and reveals on Nintendo Treehouse: Live throughout the week of E3. Titles include Runbow (13AM Games), FAST Racing Neo(Shin’en) and Typoman (Headup Games and Brainseed Factory) for Wii U, SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for Nintendo 3DS, and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Renegade Kid) for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

For details about these games, the Nintendo Treehouse: Live programming and other Nintendo activities during E3 2015, visit http://e3.nintendo.com.

As a treat for fans watching all the E3 action from home, the Nintendo eShop is hosting its biggest sale of the year for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Players can get up to 30 per cent off select games related to some of the top franchises featured at the show, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Yoshi. The sale runs now through June 23 at 8:59 a.m. PT. For full details, check http://e3.nintendo.com/offers.

Posted on June 16, 2015 and filed under News.

Japan Wii U sales jump on the strength of Splatoon

Sales of Nintendo's new friendly shooter Splatoon have been brisk in Japan, so much so that it's been consistently going out of stock in its first week of release.

Sales numbers from Media Create are out and have pegged the sales of Splatoon at 144,818 units in its first 3 days. More interestingly, for the week of May 25 to 31st, Wii sales jumped nearly 10,000 units to 17,313, up from the previous week's number of 7,611. That was enough to place it in the number one spot, with the Playstation VITA and PS4 taking 2 and 3, respectively.

Whether this trend will be reflected in sales from North America and Europe remains to be seen, but early indications are that Splatoon is a big hit for Nintendo in the UK, with it taking the number 2 spot on the sales chart, just under Witcher 3.

Here are the numbers from Japan:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 144,818 (New)
  2. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (Sega, 05/28/15) – 41,442 (New)
  3. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 22,454 (89,839)
  4. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 12,449 (179,625)
  5. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 11,654 (1,006,719)
  6. [PSV] Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons tr. (Bandai Namco, 05/28/15) – 11,215 (New)
  7. [3DS] Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki (Arc System Works, 05/28/15) – 9,444 (New)
  8. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 8,920 (252,479)
  9. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Kurosensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 6,620 (75,242)
  10. [PSV] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 05/28/15) – 6,360 (New)
  11. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 6,282 (140,808)
  12. [XBO] Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (5pb., 05/28/15) – 4,593 (New)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,501 (2,631,071)
  14. [PSV] Possession Magenta (Idea Factory, 05/28/15) – 4,172 (New)
  15. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,507 (2,237,443)
  16. [PS4] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 05/14/15) – 2,994 (24,498)
  17. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 2,858 (207,938)
  18. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 2,607 (146,290)
  19. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (D3 Publisher, 04/02/15) – 2,554 (45,143)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,526 (3,977,777)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Wii U – 17,313 (7,611)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 12,517 (11,352)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 12,272 (12,096)
  4. New 3DS LL – 11,170 (10,134)
  5. New 3DS – 4,129 (3,609)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,069 (2,627)
  7. 3DS – 1,418 (687)
  8. 3DS LL – 919 (827)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 529 (423)
  10. Xbox One – 522 (308)

via Gematsu

Posted on June 3, 2015 and filed under News.

Just get it because CUTE! Chibi-Robo Ziplash Amiibo

In the Nintendo Direct micro the new game Chibi-Robo ZipLash was announced, and while I'd never heard of the diminutive robot until last years Chibi-Robo Photo Finder came out on 3DS, the little guy sure is cute! And now you can get an amiibo of him included in the upcoming game, available in October in NA. Just look at this cuteness:

I simultaneously want to get the new game, and also get the Gamecube game to learn me some history about Chibi-Robo and his back story. Plus possibly plug him into the wall socket and see what happens.

Posted on June 3, 2015 and filed under News.

What's this? Surprise Nintendo Micro Direct [video]

Among the announcements:

  • Chibi-Robo ZipLash (3DS) bundled with amiibo available October
  • Dr. Mario Miracle Cure (3DS) available June 11
  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS) available Winter
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS and Wii U)
  • Splatoon update: new weapon N-Zap 85 (Splattershot Jr. type), Port Mackerel new map available today at 7pm PT, and Ranked Battle is also unlocked at that time
  • Art Academy Home Studio (Wii U) available June 25th
  • Project Treasure trailer
  • E3 will focus on games launching in 2015 and early 2016, and also the Nintendo World Championships 3pm PT June 14th
  • Behind the scenes at E3 with Nintendo on Periscope and Snapchat
  • LBX Little Battlers Experience (3DS) available August 21
  • Puzzle and Dragons update
  • Bravely Second: End Layer is coming in 2016
Posted on June 1, 2015 and filed under News.