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Nintendo reveals New 3DS, new Xenoblade title will only run on this new model

New 3DSNintendo announced a new version of their popular 3DS handhelds today that will feature a second stick, color coated buttons, and new shoulder buttons.  The new systems were announced during today’s Nintendo Japan Direct, and will be coming to Japan this Fall, with other markets to follow in 2015.  The biggest addition is the inclusion of a second, smaller analog stick, refereed to as a “nub”.  It will function like the C stick from the Nintendo Gamecube.  Their will be an additional shoulder button as well.

These new models will have better processors then previous models, which Nintendo says will allow for faster eShop browsing and downloading.  We know for certain that one game will take full advantage of the new processing power, Xenoblade Chronicles.  The port of the beloved Wii RPG will run exclusively on this new hardware model.  Siliconera reports “The remake is something they’ve previously wanted to do for the Nintendo 3DS, but were not able to due to its lack of CPU power, but now that it’s getting a boost with the newer version, it has been made possible.” The New 3DS will also come with a built in NFC reader on the bottom touchscreen for the launch of Nintendo’s upcoming amibo figures.

by, Bobby Marquardt

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Full recap of Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event

Nintendo had their Digital Event for E3 this morning, and you can watch it in full above.  Otherwise, I’ve given you a recap below, complete with with the footage of each game.  The show opened with Nintendo poking fun at itself and it’s fans with sketches produced by Robot Chicken.  These sketches continued throughout the show, and were actually rather humorous, with jokes about Lil Mac’s refusal to take off his gloves, and Bowser just meeting Peach while getting Coffee

We next found ourselves in the midst of a fight between Reggie Fils Amie and Satoru Iwata.  After some anime inspire batling, they took their fight to the Wii U instead, introducing playable Mii fighters to Smash Bros.  They will come in three forms, brawler (reminiscent to Mario), swordsmen (reminiscent of Link), and gunner (reminiscent of Samus).  Sakurai, Smash Bros executive producer, went on to show a trailer for Smash Bros 3DS’ many modes, and give gamers a release date of October 3rd.  The Wii U version is still scheduled for Holiday 2014 release.

Reggie Fils Amie next introduced Nintendo’s foray into the NFC figure world, with Amiibos.  These figures will work across multiple titles, with Smash being the first, and support coming for Mario Kart 8 soon.  The figures will have their own unique stats and attributes, though not much else was divulged on them at this time.  The video below with Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen better explains the figures as computer controlled AI that get better with each match or race.

Yoshi’s Wooly World was announced next, with it’s developers from Good Feel company, speaking about their studies of yarn and wool to get them just right.  Their is two player coop, and no time limit on levels.  There goal is to bring smiles to the faces of gamers just by owning it.  It is arriving in 2015.

Nintendo next showed a trailer for Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker.  It looks to be a spin-off of Super Mario 3D World, and is coming this Holiday.

It’s here.  We finally got our first look at The Legend of Zelda Wii U.  It was revealed that the game will be open world, with “no set path” for experiences.  The showcase ended with Link battling a robot-spider-like monster, and it looked just plain stunning.  It will be arriving in 2015 (which is way too long away)

Zelda was followed by an all new gameplay trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, showing just how good it will look.  As we previously learned, the game will run on the Pokemon X&Y engine, and have Mega Evolutions.  It is releasing on 3DS on November 21st.

Bayonetta 2 got a new trailer next, and it was revaled that this Wii U exclsuive will also come with the first Bayonetta in the package.  Their will also be Nintendo themed costumes for Bayonetta, including Samus, Peach and Link.  It launches this October.

The developers of Hyrule Warriors spoke on the event, talking about how they hope to make Dynasty Warrior fans out of Zelda fans, and vice versa.  Giant bosses, a staple of Zelda, are being added to Hyrule Warriors to ensure this feels like a Zelda title.  Link and Zelda were confirmed as playable characters, as were Impa and Midna from Twilight Princess.  It is releasing exclusively to Wii U on September 26th.

Kirby: Canvas Curse is getting a sequel of sorts of Wii U with the announcement of Kirby: Rainbow Curse.  Players will draw paths and direct Kirby with the gamepad, and Kirby will get a host of new forms to use including submarine, rocket, and tank.  It will arrive in 2015.

Monolith Software’s X officially has a title: Xenoblade Chronicles X.  Monlith showed off a new story trailer, and revealed a 2015 release window.

Nitnendo next showed off Mario Maker.  This game will let players build and play their own Mario levels, either in classic Mario graphics, or New Super Marios Brothers Wii U graphics.  Coming to Wii U in 2015.

Nintendo closed the show with a brand new IP!  It’s called Splatoon, and is a 4v4 multiplayer shooter, where players try to cover a map with their teams ink.  Oh, and you’re a squid who can transform into human form to fire that ink.

But that was not all!  Nintendo faked us out with the close actually being a new character revealed for Super Smash Bros! Lady Palutena from the Kid Icarus franchise will be joining the fray.

What’d you think of Nitnendo’s E3 Digital Event?  Are you still hungry for more?  Because it looks like we are getting a new Star Fox Wii U announcement this afternoon, so stay tuned!

by, Bobby Marquardt

Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy announced for the 3DS

Capcom announced today that the original three Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney games will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS this Winter in the Ace Attorney Trilogy collection.  This collection will be coming to the US and Europe, and will include Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney: Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations for $30.  These games are being remastered to run on the 3DS’ 3D function as well.

The release will be an eShop only release in the west, though the games did receive a retail release in Japan.  Thankfully, the Japanese version of the collection will be included with your purchase price.  Capcom is bringing the collection to E3 2014, so expect to see even more of it next week.

Ike joins Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS!

Super smash bros IkeVeteran fighter approaches! Ike from the Fire Emblem franchise is returning to Super Smash Bros in the Wii U and 3DS editions!  The fighter’s return was announced on Masahiro Sakurai’s Miiverse page, with Sakurai writing “Ike, the swordsman of magnificent strength, joins the battle!! Strike your foes down with his powerful smash attacks.”  As the picture to to the right shows, Ike is far beefier in this version then before, turning Ike into more of a heavy damage character.  “Ike’s design is based on the hero that appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. His sword deals heavy damage in Smash Bros., so this design suits him very well! Rest assured, he can use Aether as well.

Ike is the 30th fighter to join the newest installment of the Super Smash Bros series.  He will join newcomers like Mega Man, the Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, and Greninja, as well as series mainstays like Mario, Link, Kirby and so many more.  How many more characters are set to be revealed?  We have no real idea, but rest assured that we will see at least one new character during Nintendo’s E3 Direct.  Fans can get even more of the game when 16 of the top Smash Player from around the world compete at a Nintendo sponsored tournament at E3, and play the game at participating Best Buy retailers during E3 week.

Super Smash Bros 3DS is set for release this Summer, with the Wii U version following this Winter.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Nintendo reports third consecutive yearly loss due to sluggish sales of Wii U

Nintendo logo

Nintendo has announced it’s fiscal year 2014 results, and they are not good.  The company is reporting a 46,425 billion yen ($456.4 million) operating loss for the year.  During the first three months of 2014, the last quarter of the fiscal year, Nintendo sold 590,000 3DS units, and 310,000 Wii U units.  3DS lifetime sales now sit at a healthy 43 million units, while the Wii U has sold just over 6 million units in it’s year and a half lifetime.

The Wii U had a “negative impact” on Nintendo’s profits.  In it’s announcement, Nintendo wrote “With respect to “Wii U,” while five key first-party titles, such as “Super Mario 3D World,” “New Super Mario Bros. U” and “New Super Luigi U” became million-seller titles, the “Wii U” business as a whole showed slow growth. The global sales of the “Wii U” hardware and software reached only 2.72 million and 18.86 million units respectively.”

Nintendo is only forecasting to sell 3.6 million Wii U units in the next fiscal year, a stark contrast from the 12 million they expected to sell last fiscal year.  The 3DS also missed it’s projected sales mark, though it sold an extremely respectable 12.24 million units.  On the software side, the Wii U sold 18.86 million units, and the 3DS sold 67.89 million units worldwide.

To stimulate sales, Nintendo plans on release “key titles” throughout the year to continue to make robust sales off of the 3DS platform.  Nintendo admits they are facing large challenges with the Wii U, but plans to stimulate sales in many ways.  They will add Nintendo DS games to the Wii U virtual console, and provide software that will take advantage of the Wii U gamepad and it’s NCF reader which Nintendo calls the Wii U’s “most important differentiator.”

This reporter’s opinion:  Boy, this is not good.  Nintendo has to find something to generate sales for the Wii U, and it needs to come now.  They in a bad place with their console, and need to generate buzz for it.  On the other hand, the 3DS is doing great even with the massive rise in mobile games.  I don’t honestly see how this news can come without Satoru Iwata stepping down as Nintendo CEO.  His leadership, while it did lead the company to strong sales in the last generation, has been abysmal for this generation.  While I wish he wouldn’t have to step down, I don’t see how he could keep the job after this sort of news.

by, Bobby Marquardt

sources: Nintendo (1), (2)

Mario Golf: World Tour’s season pass detailed

Mario Golf World Tour

Mario Golf: World Tour brings the links to the 3DS in under two weeks, and Nintendo has announced it will feature a season pass that bundles together the games three add-ons.  The add-ons will be three packs that feature six, 18 hole golf courses, for a total of 108 extra holes.  For context, the game itself features 10 courses, for a total of 126 holes.  Each of the packs will include one extra character and two courses.

Starting on May 2nd (the game’s release date), the season pass will have the first DLC pack, called The Mushroom pack.  It will include the playable Toadette character.  Later that month, the Flower Pack will launch, which will include Peach as a playable character.  In June, the final pack, the Star Pack will feature Rosalina as a playable golfer.  Each pack by itself will cost $5.99, though players will have the opportunity to try the packs before they buy with Trial Tournaments.

The season pass will cost $14.99,  giving players $3 off the on the courses.  Those who buy the season pass also will receive a bonus playable character: Gold Mario.  It will be available through the Nintendo E-Shop on May 2nd.  What do you think of this move by Nintendo?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

source: Polygon

Super Smash Bros’ Direct showcased five new fighters, new stages, and gave us release windows!

Nintendo held a Direct this afternoon entirely dedicated to Super Smash Bros.  It gave us new characters, stages, and very detailed announcements about the game’s specs.  The show opened with Smash Bros creator and director Masahiro Sakurai, speaking to fans about the lineage of the game.  Thankfully though, he quickly got down to business by announcing release windows for the games.

  • Super Smash Bros 3DS is scheduled for release this summer, with the Wii U version coming in Winter 2014.  Likely guess for Wii U version is November or December.
  • 3DS version will run at 60fps and full 3D.  Some trophies will run at 30 fps
  • Designs between stages will differ from 3DS to Wii U.  3DS will get two tracks per stages, but Wii U will come with a “treasure trove” of songs.
  • Some 3DS stages were shown, they include Rest Bomb Forest (from Fire Emblem), 3D Land (from Super Mario 3D Land), Spirit Train (from Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks), Arena Ferox (from Fire Emblem), Tortimer Island (from Animal Crossing), Living Room (from Nintendogs), Prism Tower (from Pokemon X/Y), Rainbow Road (from Mario Kart), Find Mii, Balloon Fight, and Jungle Japes (from Donkey Kong).
  • The Wii U had some stages shown as well.  They included Mario Galaxy (from Super Mario Galaxy), Pyrosphere (from Metroid), Town and City (from Animal Crossing), Boxing Ring (from Punch Out!), Pilot Wings (from Pilot Wings Resort), Skyloft (from The Legend of Zelda), Windy Hills (from Sonic: The Lost World), Garden of Hope (from Pikman), Wii Fit Studio (from Wii Fit), Palutena’s Temple (from Fire Emblem), Dr. Wily’s Castle (from Mega Man) and Halberd (from Star Fox).
  • Some Stages, like Battlefield and Final Destination, will appear on each system.  The 3DS and Wii U versions will be linked, but no information on that was currently available.
  • Boss characters like The Yellow Devil (Mega Man) and Ridley (Metroid) will be present on certain stages.  The Yellow Devil attacks characters, and explodes after it is attacked enough.  It will only do damage to the players who did not strike the final hit.
  • Two hoppers for Smash Bros Wii U online: For fun and For Glory.  For Fun has random stages,  For Glory will feature only Final Destination, no items,
  • Every map has flat, Final Destination form.
  • Temporary bans from online play could come from starting and not playing, only targeting one player, cheats, frequent droppings, and repeated self destructs.
  • No ranking modes for online battles, though their will be some sort of matchmaking based on skill.  Players will get a Global Smash Power, which is earned by completing Scoring Competitions in Solo Play.  These will give you a rank that sets you above that many player for your Scoring Competition score.
  • Items shown include the Beam Sword, Bumper, Smart Bomb, Motion Sensor Bomb, the POW block, Beetle, Fire bar, back shield, bombchu, fairy bottle, Ore Club, X Bomb, Hocotate Bomb, Rocket Belt, and Steel Diver.
  • Pokeballs will also make a return, and with them comes Master Balls.  These will include only rare and hard to find Pokemon like Arceus and Entei.  Other Pokemon included in the game are Meowth, Electrode, Eevee, Staryu, Metagross, Fennekin, Meloetta, Gogoat, Deoxys, Palkia, Kyurem, Vectini, Keldeo, and Xerneas.
  • No more character changes mid-match.  Zero Suit Samus is her own character.  Zelda is back as well.  Her Down X move is summoning a Phantom.  Shiek is her own character as well.
  • Many returning characters have been tweaked.  Kirby’s Hammer can now be charged, but charging it too long causes damage.  His Ultra is the Ultra Sword.  Dedede throws Gordos instead of Waadees.  Lucario can mega evolve into Mega Lucario.  Olimar can now only have 3 Pikman followers.  Pikman now comes in a fixed order.  His recovery move involves winged Pikman flying you to safety.  Pit can’t glide anymore, but is powered up a bit.  Yoshi will be returning for the new games, and stands upright as well.
  • Custom Move Sets will be available for games with friends, but not online matchmaking.
  • 3DS get Smash Run, a four player battle mode where players search a dungeon for power ups.  During the game’s five minute time limit, you will fight enemies for power ups.  After the five minutes, players will be put into a showdown for fighters all augmented by the power ups from the dungeon.
  • Sakurai closed the show with a video of the game’s large growing roster.  This was followed by a trailer that showcased two new surprise fighters:  Charizard and Greninja.  Charizard will have his Mega Evolution available.

Some surprising news of the day was that the game will exceed it’s previously confirmed number of fighters.  The sky is now the limit for how many fighters will join the fray, but the site now shows 36 boxes for fighters.  A litany of screenshots of each of the new fighters can be found on Smash Bros’ website.  The biggest surprise is that the 3DS version is coming out many months before the Wii U version.  Is this bad news for the Wii U?  Or are they just hoping to increase their Holiday push for Wii U’s?  I’m sure we’ll learn more about why in the months to come, and almost certainly at E3.

by, Bobby Marquardt