Nintendojo » News http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 01:42:10 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.2 Copyright Nintendojo 2011 wpAdmin@nintendojo.com (Nintendojo) wpAdmin@nintendojo.com (Nintendojo) Podcast 1440 http://nintendojo.com/wp-content/uploads/podpress_temp/nd_podcast144.jpg Nintendojo http://www.nintendojo.com 144 144 Nintendojo's Weekly Podcasts, including Dojo-Show-Go! and Airship Travelogues Nintendojo's weekly podcasts! We talk about the latest games, news and other zany items in the World of Nintendo... and beyond. Nintendo, Wii, GameCube, DS, nintendo, 64, NES, SNES Nintendojo Nintendojo wpAdmin@nintendojo.com no no Nintendo Download: 07.02.2015 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-07-02-2015 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-07-02-2015#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:00:13 +0000 Anthony Pelone http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143964

A number of discounts await fans this week! Furthermore, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time hits the Wii U Virtual Console, alongside some new online releases. Check out the list below:


Releases

Wii U eShop

  • Roving Rogue - $7.99
  • Quadcopter Pilot Challenge - $8.99

Wii U Virtual Console

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - $9.99

3DS eShop

  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 – $39.99
  • Mercenaries Saga 2 – $4.99

Discounts

Wii U eShop

  • Ittle Dew - $4.99 until July 30 (normally $9.99)
  • Bombing Bastards - discounted until July 9
  • Spot the Differences: Party! – discounted until July 9
  • Plenty of Fishies - $2.99 until July 31 (normally $4.99)

3DS eShop

  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies - $16.79 until July 16 (normally $29.99)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - $22.49 until July 16 (normally $29.99)
  • Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages - $2.99 until July 9 (normally $4.99)
  • European Conqueror 3D - discounted until July 23
  • The Legend of Dark Witch - discounted until July 23
  • Tappingo – discounted until July 23
  • Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove - discounted until January 1
  • 4 Elements - discounted until January 1
  • Toy Stunt Bike - $2.49 until July 30 (normally $4.99)

Source: Nintendo

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Yo-kai Watch Used to Market Terminator: Genisys in Japan http://www.nintendojo.com/news/yo-kai-watch-used-to-market-terminator-genisys-in-japan http://www.nintendojo.com/news/yo-kai-watch-used-to-market-terminator-genisys-in-japan#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:00:16 +0000 Anthony Pelone http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143974

Yo-kai Watch mania in Japan is about to get even crazier. For the Japanese premiere of the movie Terminator: Genisys, Arnold Schwarzenegger will come face-to-face with his feline counterpart: Robonyan, a robotic version of Yo-kai Watch cat mascot Jibanyan. This new kitty’s forged as a direct tribute to Schwarzenegger’s role as the Terminator T-800, complete with the familiar line “I’ll be back,” as seen in the following statement from the new character:

“It’s an honor to be invited to the sunny stage. If it turns into a fight, I won’t lose, but instead I think I’ll try to negotiate a part in a Hollywood movie or something. See you at the red carpet! I’LL BE BACK!”

Does this familiar tribute excite you for Yo-kai Watch’s American arrival this fall? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Anime News Network

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Users Can Report Content in Super Mario Maker http://www.nintendojo.com/news/users-can-report-content-in-super-mario-maker http://www.nintendojo.com/news/users-can-report-content-in-super-mario-maker#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:39 +0000 Anthony Pelone http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143967

Will Super Mario Maker have a level filter? No, says Nintendo, but there is a option for fans to report…well, inappropriately shaped levels submitted online. While any level can be submitted online (after they’ve been played through once by the creator, anyway), user-made stages based on certain bodily functions are certain to slip through the cracks, so Nintendo can’t check through every level submitted. If a level is reported as obscene material, Nintendo will carefully review the stage to determine if it’s inappropriate or not.

Will you be a good Super Mario Maker citizen and report such naughtiness, or are you content to let its online servers be contaminated with dirty toilet humor? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Enthusiast

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Reggie Asks for Trust On the Quality of Federation Force http://www.nintendojo.com/news/reggie-says-trust-us-on-the-quality-of-federation-force http://www.nintendojo.com/news/reggie-says-trust-us-on-the-quality-of-federation-force#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:00:52 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143953

Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime has heard the outcry against Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and he wants to help assuage fan concerns. In an interview with Mashable, Reggie discussed the fan reaction to the new game, and how Nintendo likes to keep old IP fresh.

“What the fan at home saw was something in the Metroid Prime universe that they weren’t expecting. The reaction has been negative. There’s no sugar coating it,” said Reggie. “This is an example where fans who aren’t able to get their hands on the game may be at a bit of a competitive disadvantage. Everyone who has played what we are showing regarding Metroid Prime [Federation Force], they’ve come across really pleased. My ask is that fans trust us.”

Reggie went to compare what Next Level Games is doing with Metroid to how longtime Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma is changing the Zelda formula in the next big Legend of Zelda Wii U game. “Mr. Aonuma has said that he is challenging many of the conventional wisdoms of Zelda gaming in this new Zelda, and that’s what we do. We believe we have to do that to keep the franchises fresh. We believe that in order to propel the franchises forward, we have to be the ones to constantly challenge the paradigms, challenge the conventional wisdom, challenge what we thought was the essence of the particular franchise, and a particular form of gameplay.”

Do you agree with Reggie? Does his explanation of Nintendo’s approach to keeping franchises interesting resonate? And will you trust in Nintendo and Next Level Games when Metroid Prime: Federation Force comes in 2016? One thing is for certain, and that is Nintendo is definitely opening up and responding to the fan reaction to this game in a big way. This is a good sign and shows that someone cares what Metroid fans have to say, at least.

Source: Mashable

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Shovel Knight Physical Release Unearthed for Wii U and 3DS http://www.nintendojo.com/news/shovel-knight-physical-release-unearthed-for-wii-u-and-3ds http://www.nintendojo.com/news/shovel-knight-physical-release-unearthed-for-wii-u-and-3ds#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:37 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143949

Yacht Club’s 8-bit masterpiece Shovel Knight is coming to retail stores with a physical release! The game arrives on disc and cartridge for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS October 13 for NA and October 16 for Europe. This version is priced similarly to its eShop counterpart with a MSRP of $19.99. But wait, there’s more!

The retail version of Shovel Knight will come pre-loaded with the new content pack Plague of Shadows. This update is being rolled out for free to all versions of the game later this year and introduces a new quest where Plague Knight is the hero. A challenge mode that includes over 50 challenge stages is also being included in the update that will be on the retail game. But we aren’t done yet!

Yacht Club Games is planning several more free content updates for both the digital and retail versions of Shovel Knight. These include new quests for Specter Knight and King Knight, a multiplayer battle mode, and a gender swap mode. Retail versions of Shovel Knight will also include a full physical game manual, similar to the Kickstarter reward from the game’s original crowdfunding campaign.

Shovel Knight is an excellent game that we quite enjoyed at Nintendojo. It will make an excellent addition to the Wii U and 3DS physical library. Will you be picking up a retail copy this Fall? I plan to definitely snag one for Wii U.

Source: Yacht Club Games

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Miiverse Getting Substantial Redesign this Summer http://www.nintendojo.com/news/miiverse-getting-a-design-overhaul-this-summer http://www.nintendojo.com/news/miiverse-getting-a-design-overhaul-this-summer#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:00:23 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143942

Nintendo has announced that Miiverse will be updated later this summer with a slew of new features and a complete redesign. The update will include some additional functions and some modifications to existing communities and the activity feed.

A new screenshot album tool will allow each Miiverse user to save up to 100 game screenshots in his or her own private space. The new Play Journal feature will make capturing and discussing certain moments in a game much easier. These will include large screenshots alongside user commentary on the game. Finally, in what is perhaps the biggest change, the community pages in Miiverse are getting a new paint job.

Communities will now feature categorized posts, allowing users to browse just Play Journals, Drawings, or Discussions. This is a change over the continuous feed of all types of content currently featured on Miiverse. However, this update will get rid of the activity feed feature, which is being replaced by the Play Journals. Miiverse is also lifting restrictions on posting many times in succession. This comes with a caveat as users will now be limited to making 30 posts per day.

There is no date set for this Miiverse update yet, only a vague “summer” time frame. So, we should probably expect the changes to come by the end of August. Are you interested in the new Miiverse redesign? Were you ever even interested in Miiverse? Let us with a drawing on your Gamepad below!

Source: Miiverse

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Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories Is Back-to-Basics for the Series http://www.nintendojo.com/news/harvest-moon-seeds-of-memories-is-back-to-basics-for-the-series http://www.nintendojo.com/news/harvest-moon-seeds-of-memories-is-back-to-basics-for-the-series#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:08 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143907

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is notable for being one of the more innovative entries in the long running framing franchise, but that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for many fans or reviewers. The 3DS game allowed you to manipulate the world like never before thanks to an almost Minecraft-like ability to change the terrain, but it also left out some of the charm of the older games, like the ability to freely explore the nearby town. Series publisher Natsume says it has heard its customers complaints and will address them in the next entry, Seeds of Memories.

“We heard what our fans had to say. We got compliments as well as criticisms,” said Natsume VP of Operations Graham Markay,.”One of the main issues was probably a town. This returns to the fundamentals. Is there upgrades? Yes. Is there giving gifts? Yes. Are there a variety of bachelors and bachelorettes? Yes. This isn’t a sequel to The Lost Valley.”

Gamers will once again take over a struggling farm and work to return it, along with the surrounding area and nearby town, to their former glory. Along the way, you might just meet the man or woman of your dreams and start a family. The Lost Valley also featured these core elements, but minimized them to focus more on an overarching plot about restoring the seasons to a valley caught up in an ongoing winter. Fans seem to have preferred the more straightforward approach of earlier titles.

Players also seemed to prefer the simpler visuals of previous entries as well, as Natsume is abandoning the 3D, polygonal worlds of The Lost Valley for a colorful, 2D look much more reminiscent of the franchises earlier entries. This isn’t to say that the series is completely forgetting about The Lost Valley or giving up on adding new features. Seeds of Memories, while not a sequel to its predecessor, will bring several characters from The Lost Valley Back while also finally giving players the chance to court and potentially marry the town witch or wizard.

Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories is currently expected release late this year on 3DS and Wii U, with the latter sporting additional features that have yet to be revealed. Be sure to check back to whether or not this entry returns the franchise to its past glory.

Source: Siliconera

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New Metroid Prime: Federation Force Details Revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-metroid-prime-federation-force-details-revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-metroid-prime-federation-force-details-revealed#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:30:10 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143900

While Nintendo might not have expected such a strong negative reaction from series fundamentalists, the company is carrying on with its efforts to explain what Metroid Prime: Federation Force really is and why we should be excited for it. Contributing to this cause is Kensuke Tanabe, a veteran producer for the company who describes himself as something of an “outsider” thanks to his many years of working on Nintendo’s collaboration with third party developers, including Retro’s acclaimed contributions to the Metroid franchise. Based on a recent interview, it would seem that Tanabe’s goal isn’t to just do try something different within the Metroid universe, but also to do something new with the FPS genre.

Tanabe himself admits to not being particularly good with first-person shooters and wanted to make a game that was about more than just shooting enemies. Blast Ball, the game’s competitive 3-on-3 soccer-like game where players move a large ball with their arm cannons, was developed not just as a fun distraction, but also as a tutorial of sorts.

“I really don’t like tutorials,” Tanabe explained, ““If you have this huge target, this huge ball in the middle of the field, it would make it easier to learn aiming and control skills.”

This mindset is also going to carry over into the campaign, which can be played either solo, or alongside up to three other players. Instead of just building levels based around fire fights, Federation Force is very much going to be an objective focused game featuring puzzles and challenges meant to test other core mechanics. Tanabe describes, “one mission where you have a railway with carts on top of it, and your mission will be to push that from beginning to end. The point of this mission will be to avoid the magnetic force against you to get the carts onward to the goal, and there you have the Space Pirates spawn to add to that, to be in your way.”

“I also wanted, instead of having an abundance of enemies to shoot around, to have more time to be able to get used to the controls,” Tanabe explained when talking about what he wanted to create alongside developer Next Level Games. “We’re not just creating a first-person shooter game, we’re creating a Nintendo game.”

But the decision to create Federation Force wasn’t just about adding Nintendo’s flair to the FPS genre, it was also about expanding the universe surrounding the adventures of series protagonist Samus Aran. The franchise has established numerous planets alongside an ongoing conflict between the Galactic Federation and Space Pirates and Tanabe wants to delve into.

“I’d never seen anything that focused on the Galactic Federation against the Space Pirates. I thought that would be an interesting idea to explore,” Tanabe explained. “There will be research that the Federation has to conduct, and they get to the planet thinking it’s an abandoned place that the Federation used to use before, but they find out that the Space Pirates have been using that place to plot something against the Galactic Federation.”

And for all the fans who can’t envision a Metroid game without Smaus Aran, fear not. As Tanabe puts it, “This is your first chance to actually see Samus in-game, through your own eyes. There will definitely be a chance for you to meet with her in the game.”

As for where the core franchise will go, Tanabe stated that the next console entry will almost certainly skip Wii U and come out for Nintendo’s next console, currently going by the codename NX. As for what that game might entail, Tanabe doesn’t know yet, but he does have some theories about what might be going on with a character who pops up at the end of Metroid Prime 3: “That was actually Sylux, who appeared in Metroid Prime Hunters. In my mind, I still have that idea where Sylux is going after Samus. So to continue that story is something I’d love to work on.”

Metroid Prime: Federation Force isn’t expected to hit shelves until sometime next year, so it might be a while before we learn more about this interesting yet controversial title. In the meantime, I highly recommend checking out the full article linked below, and be sure to keep an eye out for more developments in the meantime.

Source: Wired

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Tower Control Coming to Splatoon Tomorrow http://www.nintendojo.com/news/tower-control-coming-to-splatoon-tomorrow http://www.nintendojo.com/news/tower-control-coming-to-splatoon-tomorrow#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:00:19 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143892

Some people might have been critical of Splatoon for its relatively small amount of content available at launch, but no one can deny that Nintendo has done a great job of supporting the game with a steady flow of new content. Tomorrow, that flow will continue with something a bit more substantial than a few new guns: a whole new mode.

Tower Control will be added as a ranked battle mode starting tomorrow, July 1, at 7 PM Pacific Time. The goal of Tower Control is to jump onto a tower in the center of the level in order to claim it for your team. Once you are in control, the tower will move toward the enemy’s goal so long as you or your teammates are riding on it. If nobody gets the tower to the goal, whoever gets to it closest when the clock winds down will claim the victory.

Players were able to get a preview of Tower Control today thanks to Nintendo’s Treehouse, who showed off the new mode on Nintendo’s Twitch channel. If you missed the stream, you can watch the “fact finding mission” at the company’s YouTube channel.

Source: Squid Research Lab

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Sakurai Confirms That “Several” More Super Smash Bros. Characters Will Be Available http://www.nintendojo.com/news/sakurai-confirms-that-several-more-super-smash-bros-characters-will-be-available http://www.nintendojo.com/news/sakurai-confirms-that-several-more-super-smash-bros-characters-will-be-available#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:56 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=143861

When Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai unveiled the downloadable characters Ryu and Roy a couple weeks back, some fans were confused as to whether or not they were included as a result of the online character poll Nintendo conducted. In a recent interview with Famitsu, Sakurai confirmed that not only were these characters planned before the polls opened, but we will still see several more downloadable characters in the Wii U/3DS brawler.

“There is a fighter ballot on the official Smash for Wii U/3DS website. We’ve received an extremely large number of votes, but of course, Lucas, Roy, and Ryu were in developed even before the ballot was created. I had a grasp on their popularity and demand, though.

From now until the end, it is going to be fan service, but I can’t keep the development team together forever, so there’s only going to be several more characters. I also ask for your patience, as we need time to develop more content.”

Sakurai’s comments certainly make the build-up for new fighters all the more interesting. The games already have an impressively heavy (yet balanced) roster. Few fighting games have ever been able to boast that kind of number. It would seem that Nintendo’s strategy to lean on DLC to enhance the replay value for their games has paid off quite well in the Wii U era. It’s certainly kept interest alive in Mario Kart 8, as well!

What new fighter did you vote for in the polls? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: iDigital Times

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