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Nintendo announces three new hardware bundles!

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Today, Nintendo announced two new Wii U hardware bundles and one new 2DS bundle that comes in three different flavors.  Starting in Mid-September, Nintendo fans can get a bundle of a 32GB Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land for $299.99.  These copies of games will be physical disks instead of digital download codes.  Walmart is getting an exclusive Wii U bundle, with a 32GB consoles, Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo Land coming in at $299.99 as well.  The Walmart bundle is only available “while supplies last”.

Handheld fans are not getting left in the dark either, with one new bundle coming in three different colors.  For $129.99, Nintendo fans can purchase a 2DS bundled with a copy of Mario Kart 7.  The 2DS in the bundle will come in one of three colors:  Electric Blue, Crimson Red or Sea Green.  It should be noted that the Mario Kart 7 in this bundle is a digital download.  The 2DS bundles will be hitting retailers in early October, possibly launching just after Super Smash Bros 3DS.

by, Bobby Marquardt

source: Nintendo 


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

Three new fighters announced for Super Smash Bros!

For the past week, Nintendo has been promising to reveal an all new fighter for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS.  Nintendo lived up to that pledge and then some by revealing three new additions to the roster.  First up is the return of Captain Falco!  the F-Zero protagonist, and long time Smash Bros fighter will once again join the ever expanding cast of Super Smash Bros.  Joining the Captain will be two additional fighters from the Fire Emblem universe: Lucina and Robin.

Lucina and Robin will be familiar to fans of the recent 3DS smash hit Fire Emblem: Awakening, as they each were first introduced there.  Lucina is a master swordswoman, who’s prowess will put her on equal footing with the other Fire Emblem fighters already in Smash Bros.  Robin is a name many may not know immediately, but he is actually the protagonist of Awakening.  Though players can choose a name in-game, Robin is the character’s official canon name.  Robin is a spellsword, who can cast numerous lightning spells from his tomes and fight her opponents up close with a blade.  Robin will be playable as both a male and female.

Although Chrom was teased in the above video, he will not be playable in Super Smash Bros.  He is in the game, but just as a part of Robin’s Final Smash.  It’s not currently known if Nintendo has any more fighters to unveil for their premier fighter.  Smash Bros’ official website has all of it’s spaces filled for characters currently.  While these spaces have been expanded in the past, it could mean the roster is now full at 36 characters.  I’m sure we’ll learn more as we get closer to the 3DS release on October 3rd, and Wii U release this Holiday.

by, Bobby Marquardt

PS4, Watch Dogs, and Mario Kart 8 lead strong May US sales

WATCH_DOGS™_20140531174442The May NPD sales numbers are in for the US, and the results may surprise you.  On the hardware side, the number one selling console, for the fifth straight month, was the PlayStation 4.  While the PS4 and Xbox One were obviously still in high demand, other consoles were not slouch either.  “Much of May 2014’s hardware growth was due to Xbox One and PS4, there was also year-over-year growth for the Wii U, and PS Vita,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.  Neogaf calculates that the Wii U’s software sales were nearly 60k, an 85% increase compared to 2013.  The Nintendo 3DS was the second best selling hardware.

Software sales bore quite a few surprises.  Number one, to the shock of no one, is Watch Dogs.  Ubisoft’s new IP sold over 1 million in it’s first day, and the sales momentum continued from their.  In at the number two spot was Mario Kart 8.  This is incredibly surprising as Mario Kart 8 was only out for TWO DAYS in May.  The positive word of mouth will likely lead to high sales numbers for June as well.  In third we find the PlayStation exclusive MLB 14: The Show.  This marks the second PlayStation exclusive to crack the top three this year, joining Infamous Second Son from March.

Places fourth through tenth are as follows: Wolfenstein: The New Order, Minecraft, The Amazing Spider-man 2, NBA 2K14, Titanfall, Kirby Triple Deluxe, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.  The most shocking of all of these is to see the 3DS exclusive Kirby Triple Deluxe cracking the top ten after a relatively quiet launch.  Callahan spoke about the software sales, saying “Collectively, May 2014 launches sold 800 percent more in dollar sales than May 2013 launches did their respective launch months. New launches represented 50 percent of dollar sales this month, which compared to only 9 percent for new launches in May 2013.”

by, Bobby Marquardt

source: Gamesindustry.biz


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

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

Nintendo unveils Gamecube controller adapter for Wii U

Gamecube Wii USmash fans who can’t live without the classic Gamecube controller rejoice!  During today’s reveals about the upcoming Smash Tournament at E3, Nintendo also unveiled an adapter for the Wii U that will allow Gamecube controllers to be playable on Wii U.  It will be compatible with the upcoming version of Super Smash Bros Wii U, and will presumably be at E3’s tournament as well.  No other game’s have currently been announced as compatible with this adapter.

No details were given on the price of the adapter, but it is presumed to be releasing later this year, to coincide with the release of Super Smash Bros Wii U.  Another, possible, announcement, is that Nintendo may start making official Gamecube controllers again.  The controller featured in the photo to the right has never been seen before.  Nintendo may be preparing to fully leverage Smash Bros as it’s Wii U seller by giving fans exactly what they’ve been clamoring for.

by, Bobby Marquardt