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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


Shulk revealed for Super Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS!

A new challengers arrives!  Today, Nintendo revealed Shulk of the Xenoblade series will join the fray in the upcoming Super Smash Bros game.  Shulk seems to be another heavy sword character, similar to Marth and Link.  His sword may have different styles, not unlike the recent edition of Robin, from Fire Emblem, though Robin uses different spells for different effects.  Shulk is the first Xenoblade character to join a Smash Bros game, but the series will certainly become more known to fans over the next year or so.  A Xenoblade sequel is coming to Wii U next year, and a 3DS title was announced just today.

This announcement basically confirms earlier leaks of the final Smash Bros roster.  The other brand new characters yet to be revealed are Bowser Jr. and the Dog from Duck Hunt.  On top of that, returning favorites like Falco, R.O.B. and Dr. Mario appeared on the leak as well.  Shulk will be on the roster of both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the new Smash Bros title.  The 3DS version is set to launch on October 3rd of this year, while the Wii U variant is set for a still vague Holiday 2014 release.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Pac-Man and Mr. Game & Watch are joining Super Smash Bros!!

Nintendo has announced that Pac-man, the Bandai-Namco mascot, will be joining the battle of Super Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS.  Pac-man will swap between two and 3D forms mid-fight in Smash, letting him pull off trademark Pac-man moves like EATING EVERYTHING.  A Pac-Man stage was revealed for the 3DS version, which was based around the original arcade version of Pac-Man.  The trailer shows just how far we’ve come since the early 90s console war, with Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, and Pac-man all now appearing in the same game.

Joining Pac-man is a returning Mr. Game & Watch.  Previously playable in Melee, Mr. Game & Watch was skipped for Brawl.  No real gameplay of Game & Watch was shown, he was merely showcased in a joke showing that he and Pac-Man were the predecessors to Mario and Donkey Kong.  Donkey Kong released to arcades in 1981, while Pac-man and Mr. Game & Watch were launched in 1980.  No release date was yet given for the Wii U version, but the 3DS version will launch on October 3rd.

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.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire announced, coming this November!

Today Nintendo announced a remake of Pokemon’s third generation is coming to the 3DS.  Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be coming to the 3DS this November, and mark the first return to the Hoenn region since the Game Boy Advanced’s Pokemone Emerald.  No gameplay was shown, but if the remakes of Red, Blue, Silver and Gold are any indication, expect these to be full 3D, like Pokemon X & Y.

No other news was given about the games, but it’s safe to expect more information on them at E3 this year.  Nintendo’s planned livestream for E3 will be a pre-recorded event, instead of a traditional press conference, but will still feature much of the same content, like new, reveals and gameplay demos.  This move to stick with what works is not new for Nintendo, but it more necessary now in the face of the company’s third consecutive yearly loss.

by, Bobby Marquardt

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

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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