Nintendojo » News nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 23:08:59 +0000 en hourly 1 Copyright Nintendojo 2011 (Nintendojo) (Nintendojo) Podcast 1440 Nintendojo 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 no no Voice Actors Union Votes in Favor of Strike Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:00:43 +0000 Jon Stevens

We recently reported that The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Sag-Aftra), the union that represents video game voice-over actors, was preparing to hold a vote on whether or not to go on strike over working conditions. The vote has now taken place and an overwhelming majority voted to go ahead with the strike– 96.52 percent, in fact.

In order for the vote to proceed, it needed to secure a 75 percent approval, so this result has gone far beyond what was needed. This doesn’t mean yet, however, that a strike will necessarily be taking place. The Sag-Aftra is trying to secure more favorable terms for actors after the expiration of the previous “Interactive Media Agreement” in December of last year and, having managed to secure approval from its members to strike, the union is now in a stronger position to negotiate terms.

Sag-Aftra hopes to secure royalties for actors where games sell upwards of 2 million copies and wants stunt coordinators to be involved where there are risky motion-capture involved. In addition, it wants to be able to secure a higher “stunt pay” for “vocally stressful” recording sessions and a greater level of transparency about the actual content of the game, ahead of actors committing to the role.

A number of famous video game voice actors have previously given their support to the motion, including Will Wheaton, Jennifer Hale (from the Mass Effect series), David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid), and Tara Strong (Batman: Arkham City) and more. The union itself, meanwhile, has said that,

“With this result in hand, the Negotiating Committee will seek to return to the bargaining table and continue to press for a fair resolution on behalf of performers working in video games.”

Source: Nintendo Life

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Super Meat Boy Teased for Wii U Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:00:03 +0000 Jon Stevens Super Meat Boy Art

Before Super Mario Maker let gamers create some of the most fiendishly difficult platforming levels in existence, Super Meat Boy existed to fill that gap in the market. Team Meat, the game’s creators, have now hinted that they may also be bringing the game to Wii U.

Super Meat Boy was released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this month and, as part of an official blog thanking everyone who made the port possible, the developers made the following remark: “To the fan’s we’re still excluding I’ll leave you with this: Wii haven’t forgotten about U.”

The combination of “Wii” and “U” seems to be a not so subtle hint that a Wii U version of the game is in the works. No other information was released beyond that, though, so we have no idea when to expect it or how much it will cost. For now, it is good to hear that any Wii U owners who have yet to play this devilishly difficult platformer may still have a chance to.

Super Meat Boy was originally released on Xbox 360 and PC in 2010 and was critically well-received. The main antagonist in the game, “Dr. Fetus,” also made a cameo in a piece of DLC released for Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which we declared a masterpiece back when it was released in 2013.

Are you excited by the idea of Super Meat Boy on Wii U or have you been cut to pieces too many times already while playing the game? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Siliconera

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Nintendo Download: 10.08.2015 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:00:24 +0000 Jon Stevens

This week’s Nintendo Download features a number of big names, some great discounts, and even a few more Home themes for your 3DS.

Read on for the full list:

New Releases

Wii U eShop

  • Race the Sun - $10.00
  • Whispering Willows - $9.99
  • Perpetual Blast – $3.99

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Pocky & Rocky With Becky – $6.99

3DS Retail/eShop

  • Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash – $29.99 (available from October 9)
  • The Legend of Legacy – $39.99 (available from October 13)
  • Goosebumps: The Game – $29.99 (available from October 13)
  • The Smurfs - $29.99 (available from October 13)
  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $5.99

3DS Home Themes

  • SEGA Game Gear Theme
  • SEGA Genesis Theme
  • Chibi-Robo & Friends


Wii U eShop

  • Little Inferno – $4.99 until October 15 (normally $9.99)
  • KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker – $4.99 until October 30 (normally $7.99)
  • Explody Bomb – $1 until October 29 (normally $1.99)

3DS eShop

  • Shiny Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overcloked - $9.99 from October 12 to October 26 (normally $29.99)
  • Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit – Discounted from October 12 to October 19
  • Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends - Discounted from October 12 to October 19
  • Retro City Rampage: DX – $5.99 until October 22 (normally $9.99)
  • escapeVektor – $3.49 from October 10 to October 19 (normally $6.99)
  • Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX – $4.99 until November 8 (normally $8.00)
  • Jewel Match 3 - Discounted until October 22
  • Funfair Party Games - Discounted until October 22
  • Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version – $4.99 until October 29 (normally $9.99)
  • Darts Up 3D - Discounted until November 5
  • Soccer Up 3D - Discounted until November 5

Alongside the three 3DS Home themes listed above, Sega also recently confirmed on Twitter that a Game Gear theme will be coming to America. A previous theme based on the Game Gear has already been released in Japan, but the U.S. version will apparently feature different music and art. Sega has yet to announce a release date and price, though, so if you are on the lookout for a new theme for your 3DS, you could always get one of those released this week in the meantime.

I personally just downloaded the Hanafuda theme from the now defunct European Club Nintendo, so will be holding off on any new themes for a while. Having just started watching Goosebumps again for the first time since my childhood, though, I will almost certainly be trying out the 3DS Goosebumps game!

Will you be picking up anything this week? As usual, let us know in the comments below.

Source: Nintendo

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Nintendo Launches SplatNet Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:17 +0000 Kevin Knezevic Splatoon stats and more!]]>

Splatoon is one of Wii U’s most popular online titles, and now Nintendo has made it even easier to stay in the loop with the advent of SplatNet, a website that allows you to keep track of your Splatoon statistics and set up play sessions with your friends.

By signing into SplatNet with your Nintendo Network ID, Splatoon players can view a number of different stats even when they aren’t playing the game, from your current rank to the type of equipment you’ve used. You can also schedule a play time to notify your friends and followers of when you’ll be splatting. And most exciting of all, SplatNet allows you to see which maps are in the rotation, so you can hop online when your favorite stage is available.

Are you one of the many players who are still addicted to Splatoon? Will you be using SplatNet to keep track of the game when you aren’t playing it? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo

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New Wii U “Premium” Bundle Hitting Europe Wed, 07 Oct 2015 22:00:17 +0000 Kevin Knezevic Splatoon and Mario Kart 8.]]> News Desk Masthead - Wii U 3

Earlier today on Twitter, Nintendo’s UK branch announced that another new Wii U bundle will be coming to Europe on October 30.

Dubbed the Wii U “Premium Pack,” the bundle includes a 32 GB Wii U console and a download code for Splatoon. In addition to that, the console also comes with a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 pre-installed on it, giving new Wii U owners two of the system’s greatest titles in one package.

Nintendo has yet to announce a price for the Wii U Premium Pack, but the company did say that it will be a limited-time offer, so if you live in Europe and have yet to pick up a Wii U, there’s certainly no excuse to miss this bundle!

Source: Twitter

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Symphony of the Goddesses Coming to The Late Show Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:00:50 +0000 Andy Hoover

Since taking over The Late Show, Stephen Colbert has devoted a surprisingly large amount of time to video games, featuring famed let’s player Pewdiepie as well as the highly anticipated space exploration sim No Man’s Sky. This month, Colbert will be showing Nintendo fans some love by featuring The Legend of the Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses orchestra as a musical guest.

The orchestra, which has seen several tours in recent years featuring music from the Legend of Zelda series, will be appearing on The Late Show on October 13. This timing is also quite fortuitous as that date just happens to be ten days before the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. It still remains to be seen which songs will be played, but seeing how the music from the series many entries has never been anything but exceptional, you should probably bet on the selection being pretty good.

One of our writers got the chance to check out The Symphony of the Goddess not long ago and enjoyed it a great deal, so it should come as little surprise that we are excited to see the show get an opportunity to shine on such a large, mainstream broadcast.

Source: Siliconera

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Skull Kid Joins Hyrule Warriors Legends’ Roster Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:30:47 +0000 Andy Hoover

At first glance, Hyrule Warriors Legends for 3DS might have appeared to be a fairly straightforward port of the surprisingly successful fusion of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors for Wii U. However, the growing roster of new characters is proving that this is much more than simply a portable version of the game. And this perception is made all the stronger with the addition of one of the franchise’s most memorable villains.

Gamers who pick up the portable brawler will be able to join the action with the Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask. Not too much is known about how the character will play, but considering the fact the mask he wears possesses the ability to pull a moon from orbit, I think it’s safe to assume Skull Kid will be able to bring the hurt. Also, the Famitsu issue revealing the inclusion of Skull Kid has also shown that another regular baddie, Phantom Ganon, will be showing up, though it appears he will just be a foe and not playable.

Hyrule Warriors Legends should come out in the first quarter of 2016, though only Japan has received a solid release date of January 21. However, if announcements like these keep coming, the wait is just going to get tougher and tougher.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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New Medabots Heading to 3DS Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:00:09 +0000 Andy Hoover

I won’t lie, when it first came out many years ago, I remember looking at the Medabots series of games and anime as little more than a Pokémon clone with robots. Not everyone must have thought that way, because the franchise earned itself a strong enough fan base to keep it going until today. And those fans have something to celebrate, because Medabots 9 has been announced for 3DS.

The reveal in Famitsu didn’t give too much new information, but it did share a few tidbits. First, this entry will once again be split into two versions, Kabuto and Kuwagata. Second, the game will feature new characters including a new protagonist. And finally, Medabots 9 will also include three-on-three fights.

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The game is expected to release in 2016, but little else is known at this time, including whether or not it will be release outside of Japan. Hopefully, more details will come to light over time, so fans of the franchise should be on the lookout for more information.

Source: Gematsu

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Footage of Unreleased N64 Title Viewpoint 2064 Emerges Online Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:45:18 +0000 Marc Deschamps

Last month, a collector added a very unique piece to their gaming collection: Viewpoint 2064, a previously-unreleased Nintendo 64 cartridge. Commanding $2999 on eBay, the oversized development cartridge is apparently playable, and nearly complete. Not content to hide this treasure from the rest of the world, the buyer recently uploaded gameplay footage from the title, which we’ve mirrored below!

Developed by Racdym and Sammy, Viewpoint 2064 was planned as a sequel to the Neo-Geo shooter Viewpoint. The original title was an isometric shooter, but Viewpoint 2064 apparently featured multiple points of view, bearing a slight resemblance to Star Fox 64. The game was first announced at Nintendo’s Space World event in 1999, but the game was quietly cancelled shortly after.

It’s always interesting when games like Viewpoint 2064 are unearthed, as they represent a part of video game history that fans don’t often get to see. Developers and publishers can spend thousands of hours of development time on titles that might never see release. The video game industry has a poor reputation when it comes to preserving their works, and far too often, titles like this become little more than a memory. It’s unknown whether or not the buyer plans on uploading a ROM version of the game, but it would be interesting if Nintendo opted to bring the title to Virtual Console given its playable status, and the attention the eBay auction has garnered.

What do you think of the footage of Viewpoint 2064? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Retro Collect

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Atlus Announces Shin Megami Tensei IV Final For Nintendo 3DS Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:45:15 +0000 Marc Deschamps Shin Megami Tensei IV!]]>

Shin Megami Tensei fans received a bit of a surprise today as Atlus announced a brand new game in the franchise. The publisher teased a major new reveal on Twitter, asking fans for 15,000 tweets related to the franchise before pulling back the curtain on Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final.

As of this time, information on the title is fairly scarce. Shin Megami Tensei IV director Satoshi Oyama will return for the all-new title, which will not be an enhanced remake as the name might suggest. Instead, the game is apparently the first direct sequel in franchise history, revisiting the characters and world of the previous title. According to Famitsu, the word “Decide” will play a key role in the game’s quest.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final is currently scheduled for release in Japan February 2016. A live stream from the website NicoNico is currently scheduled for October 11, where we should receive more information on the upcoming title. In the meantime, stay tuned to Nintendojo where we’ll have more information as it develops.

Source: Siliconera

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