Nintendojo » News http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:42:39 +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 Wii U Sales on the Up http://www.nintendojo.com/news/wii-u-sales-on-the-up http://www.nintendojo.com/news/wii-u-sales-on-the-up#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:00:43 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132732

Nintendo’s  financial figures for the period between July and September of this year reveal a number of interesting points.

Sales of Wii U improved during the period, with 610,000 consoles sold– almost  double the amount sold throughout the same period last year. While this is certainly good news, with 1.12 million units sold since April, Nintendo is still some way off its target of 3.6 million for the financial year.

3DS, meanwhile, saw sales fall year-on-year from 2.49 million to 1.27 million units.

Overall, the positive exchange rate meant that Nintendo saw a net profit of ¥14.3 billion ($131.5 million)– a large increase from last year, where it made ¥0.6 billion profit.

Both 3DS and Wii U have had a number of highly anticipated releases in the last few months, with Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Bayonetta 2 on Wii U leading the charge. Nintendo will surely be hoping that the next big Wii U game, Super Smash Bros., will lead to even higher sales for the home console and help reach its sales targets.

Source: IGN

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Wii U and 3DS to be Able to Pre-Download Games http://www.nintendojo.com/news/wii-u-and-3ds-to-be-able-to-pre-download-games http://www.nintendojo.com/news/wii-u-and-3ds-to-be-able-to-pre-download-games#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:00:15 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132726 News Desk Masthead - Iwata

During an investor talk earlier today, Satoru Iwata confirmed that both Wii U and 3DS will soon be able to pre-download new titles before they are released, reducing the amount of time that players will have to wait on release day. Iwata went on to describe how

“The ‘pre-download’ system will be available with download cards sold at stores as well, by entering the download code at Nintendo eShop in advance. Consumers will not be required to save the download card until the release of the game if they enter the download code on the day of purchase.”

This feature will first come to Wii U at the end of this year, with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It will then be rolled out to 3DS at some time next year.

The “pre-download” system is part of an overall strategy which Nintendo is hoping will make buying games easier for audiences.

Source: IGN

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Nintendo Download: 10.30.2014 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-10-30-2014 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-10-30-2014#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00:55 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132716

This week sees a wealth of new content, and there definitely seems to be a Halloween theme to it! Read on for the full list:

Releases

Wii U eShop

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – $14.99
  • Costume Quest 2 – $14.99
  • Cosmophony - £3.99
  • Falling Skies: The Game – $39.99
  • Pixel Paint – £3.99
  • Rock Zombie - $6.99
  • Tetrobot & Co – $9.99
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spot
  • Wipeout Create & Crash
  • Color Zen demo – FREE

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Demon’s Crest – $7.99
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land - $7.99
  • Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness – $4.99

3DS Retail

  • Duck Dynasty – $29.99
  • Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley - $29.99

3DS eShop

  • Woah Dave! – $4.99
  • Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX – $6.00
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spot
  • Wipeout Create & Crash

3DS Virtual Console

  • Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness – $TBC

Discounts

Wii U eShop

  • Blok Drop U – Reduced to $0.99 from $1.99 until 11.27.14

3DS eShop

  • Disney Frozen Olaf’s Quest – Reduced to $19.99 from $29.99 from 10.31.14 until 11.17.14
  • Quell Reflect - Reduced to $2.79 from $3.99 until 11.06.14
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Permanently reduced to $4.99 on 10.31.14
  • Hotel Transylvania – Permanently reduced to $4.99 on 10.31.14
  • Legends of OZ: Dorothy’s Return – Permanently reduced to $4.99 on 10.31.14

In addition to the above, the Resident Evil discounts we reported on yesterday are confirmed to last until November 4.

Be sure to let us know in the comments if you plan on picking up any treats this week– they are guaranteed to be sugar free!

Source: Nintendo

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Costume Quest 2 Launching in the Wii U eShop Tomorrow http://www.nintendojo.com/news/costume-quest-2-launching-in-the-wii-u-eshop-tomorrow http://www.nintendojo.com/news/costume-quest-2-launching-in-the-wii-u-eshop-tomorrow#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:43 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132684

Double Fine announced via Twitter today that it’s Halloween-inspired RPG, Costume Quest 2, will be arriving in the Wii U eShop this Thursday, October 30.

Set immediately after the events of the first Costume Quest, the game follows twins Wren and Reynold as they embark on a trick-or-treating adventure through time to stop the nefarious Dentist from outlawing Halloween. Along with new locations to explore, the game features an improved combat system and a range of new costumes to collect and wear.

Costume Quest 2 will retail for $14.99.

Have you played the original Costume Quest? Will you be downloading Costume Quest 2? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Twitter

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Resident Evil Discounts Coming to the eShop http://www.nintendojo.com/news/resident-evil-discounts-coming-to-the-eshop http://www.nintendojo.com/news/resident-evil-discounts-coming-to-the-eshop#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:10 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132681

Horror fans looking for one last scare before the end of October need look no further. This week, a trio of discounts hits the Nintendo eShop, courtesy of Capcom. Three titles from the Resident Evil franchise are now available at bargain prices! Here’s what you can find on sale:

  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – $7.99, from $19.99
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS) – $8.99, from $19.99
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U) – $15.99, from $49.99

While discounts are always a welcome sight, in this case, it’s even more impressive given the quality of the games themselves. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D scored a B- from the Nintendojo staff, while Resident Evil: Revelations received a B+ both on 3DS and Wii U. At this point, we don’t know how long to expect these discounts to last, so franchise fans should grab them before they disappear!

Do you plan on checking out any of Capcom’s Resident Evil discounts? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Life

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Nintendo Unveils Excitebike-Inspired Course for Mario Kart 8 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-unveils-excitebike-inspired-course-for-mario-kart-8 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-unveils-excitebike-inspired-course-for-mario-kart-8#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:49 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132647 Mario Kart 8!]]>

The first batch of add-on content for Mario Kart 8 is set to debut in a few short weeks, and with it will come a handful of new characters and race courses for players to choose. We already know that Yoshi’s Circuit from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! will be one of the tracks available in the DLC pack, but today Nintendo revealed another, entirely new course coming to the game next month:  Excitebike Arena!

The first DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 will be launching in November and will retail for $7.99.

Have you already purchased the first batch of DLC for Mario Kart 8? Has the reveal of Excitebike Arena convinced you to download it when it releases? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Siliconera

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Pikmin Animated Shorts Debut at Tokyo Film Festival http://www.nintendojo.com/news/pikmin-animated-shorts-debut-at-tokyo-film-festival http://www.nintendojo.com/news/pikmin-animated-shorts-debut-at-tokyo-film-festival#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:00:14 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132645

Nintendo’s famed designer Shigeru Miyamoto made his animated debut at the Tokyo International Film Festival with the premiere of three animated short films based on the Pikmin series.

The shorts, titled “The Night Juicer, “Treasure in a Bottle,” and “Occupational Hazards,” began production during the development of Pikmin 3. Despite this new venture, however, Miyamoto insists he hasn’t left video games behind:

“I haven’t moved over, but as computer graphics have gotten better, I started to feel it was something I could get involved with. Making films in the past was something that was made with a completely different skillset but now I feel it’s rather similar.”

Miyamoto revealed that he’s created between 20 and 30 short films, which fans will be able to watch on Nintendo 3DS, though whether this will be through Nintendo Video or a new video app has not been specified.

Source: IGN

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Nintendo Releases Opening Cinematic for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-releases-opening-cinematic-for-super-smash-bros-for-wii-u http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-releases-opening-cinematic-for-super-smash-bros-for-wii-u#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132615

The hype train for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U is now officially in full swing after last week’s Nintendo Direct presentation. And while the promise of Mewtwo and eight player matches definitely whetted our appetites, we now have another small piece to build anticipation: the game’s opening cinematic! Without further ado, here’s the trailer, embedded below!

Our readers that have been keeping a close eye on Sakurai’s updates might find parts of the trailer a bit familiar. It mainly consists of footage we’ve seen from the various character reveals from the last few months. Regardless, it sets a very nice tone for the game, and it’s a step up from the 3DS version, which didn’t feature an opener at all!

Super Smash Bros. on Wii U is available on November 21. Let us know what you thought of the trailer in the comments below!

Source: IGN

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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Bundle Revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-bundle-revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-bundle-revealed#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:03 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132613

In just a few short weeks, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will release on Nintendo 3DS. While most Poké-fans will choose one or the other, Nintendo now has an option for those that want both. The dual pack will be available exclusively at Best Buy and Amazon at an MSRP of $79.98, the same price both games would cost if purchased individually.

While there isn’t a whole lot of incentive to grab both games if you weren’t planning on it already, the bundle does come with a slight reward in the form of a download code for 100 potions per game. That means that trainers just starting their journey will have a little extra help to keep their Pokémon from getting knocked out. It’s not much, but it is a cool little bonus, especially for younger players new to the series.

The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire dual pack will be available the same day as the individual entries, November 21. Do you plan on picking it up? As always, let us know in the comments below!

Source: Siliconera

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Slender: The Arrival Coming to Wii U eShop http://www.nintendojo.com/news/slender-the-arrival-coming-to-wii-u-eshop http://www.nintendojo.com/news/slender-the-arrival-coming-to-wii-u-eshop#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:00:07 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=132586

The Wii U library has improved by significant leaps in the last year, but there are still plenty of genres that could use stronger representation. One of those genres is survival horror, which hasn’t seen a whole lot of representation on any console lately, to be quite frank. While Wii U owners petition Nintendo to bring Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden to the US and Europe, publisher Majesco and developer Blue Isle Studios will help to fill the void when Slender: The Arrival debuts on the Wii U eShop.

Slender: The Arrival tasks players with surviving attacks from the Slender Man, a powerful being with the ability to teleport. Readers might be familiar with the character from the popular Marble Hornets series on YouTube, or from a number of other places the character has appeared online. The game originally appeared on PC and Mac in 2013, and consoles earlier this fall. We’ve embedded the game’s trailer below.

Stay tuned to Nintendojo where we’ll have more information on Slender: The Arrival in the near future. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the title in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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