Nintendojo » News http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:54:00 +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 #WeWantFatalFrame Campaign Kicks Off On Twitter http://www.nintendojo.com/news/wewantfatalframe-campaign-kicks-off-on-twitter http://www.nintendojo.com/news/wewantfatalframe-campaign-kicks-off-on-twitter#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:00:09 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=131398

Nintendo fans are no strangers to region-based exclusives. After all, just ask any EarthBound fan how long they’ve been waiting for Mother 3. But with Wii U sales starting to gain steam, it would seem that Nintendo would want to give every region a chance to enjoy the same great games. Unfortunately, a recent tweet from Koei Tecmo Europe seems to suggest that Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden could remain exclusive to Japan.

And regarding #WeWantFatalFrame requests, as far as we know this title is JP release only. Back to the office tomorrow FYI. #KTfamily

The company is referring to a campaign fans have started to bring the title to other territories. Fans across North America and Europe have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #WeWantFatalFrame, seemingly undeterred by the title’s current status. While these types of campaigns don’t always work, Operation Rainfall showed that fan petitions can prove successful, despite Nintendo’s protestations to the contrary. The fact of the matter is, if fans want to see the game arrive on our shores, voicing that desire simply couldn’t hurt.

This wouldn’t be the first Fatal Frame title to skip the West. The previous game in the series, a Wii-exclusive, also missed out on release outside of Japan. Still, it’s a disheartening prospect given that the survival horror genre has been quite barren on just about every platform over the last few years. At the very least, the game would provide some strong diversity to the Wii U library. Nintendo has always struggled with the “kiddie” stereotype, and a game like Fatal Frame could only help dispel that notion.

Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden was released in Japan this past weekend. Stay tuned to Nintendojo where we’ll keep you updated on any news of a domestic release.

Source: Twitter

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Epona Gallops Into Hyrule Warriors http://www.nintendojo.com/news/epona-gallops-into-hyrule-warriors http://www.nintendojo.com/news/epona-gallops-into-hyrule-warriors#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:25 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=131394

Over the last couple of months, Nintendo has shown a heretofore-unprecedented interest in downloadable content. Mario Kart 8‘s recently announced free and paid downloadable content generated a lot of buzz, but the company isn’t stopping there. The company has announced a slew of downloadable content for Hyrule Warriors, which just released this past weekend. While the content will add new scenarios and playable characters based on other games from the franchise, more exciting is the fact that Link’s famous steed Epona will be amongst the new features! Fans will be able to ride Epona into battle, and throughout the game’s maps. Here’s a look at what fans should expect in the coming months!

Master Quest Pack: (October 16)

  • Epona
  • New scenario
  • New Adventure Mode map
  • New costumes

Twilight Princess Pack: (December)

  • New playable character
  • New weapons
  • New Adventure Mode map
  • New costumes

Majora’s Mask Pack: (February 2015)

  • New playable characters
  • New weapons
  • New Adventure Mode map
  • New costumes

Boss Pack: (March 2015)

  • New game modes

Nintendo is keeping a few of the announcements quiet for now, but the titles of each pack are certainly telling. Master Quest is likely a more difficult version of the current game, and the Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess packs are likely based on… well, you know. Fans can purchase each pack individually, or buy a season pass for $19.99. Those who purchase a season pass will get a Dark Link costume immediately, similar to the increased Yoshi and Shy Guy colors that accompany the Mario Kart 8 season pass. Frugal fans will also find something to enjoy, however. Nintendo will release playable versions of the game’s villains, Cia, Volga, and Wizzro, for free at some point in the near future.

That isn’t the only similarity between Hyrule Warriors and Nintendo’s popular racing title. Nintendo seems to be making a strategy out of pacing out its release of downloadable content. While it may leave some fans feeling impatient, it’s a smart decision to increase each title’s shelf life. By releasing extra content up to six months after release, Nintendo can help give Wii U owners something to play during potential droughts, and perhaps even sway fans on the fence about buying either game.

Have you picked up Hyrule Warriors yet? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for the game’s official Nintendojo review!

Source: Siliconera

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Japan Offers Up Nearly 50 Background Themes for 3DS http://www.nintendojo.com/news/japan-offers-up-nearly-50-background-themes-for-3ds http://www.nintendojo.com/news/japan-offers-up-nearly-50-background-themes-for-3ds#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:05 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=131400

Next month, Nintendo will offer a system update in Japan that will allow fans to customize their Nintendo 3DS with downloadable themes for the home screen. Price points for the themes will range from 100-200 yen, with a number of different franchises getting representation. While most fans won’t be surprised to see titles like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Animal Crossing: New Leaf represented, third party options will be available, as well! Titles such as Monster Hunter 4G and Yōkai Watch will both be available, though the latter may be less likely in other territories outside of Japan at this point. You can find the full listing, in addition to pricing, below!

  • Animal Crossing (office) – 200 yen
  • Animal Crossing (village board) – 200 yen
  • Animal Crossing (Nooking Junction) – 200 yen
  • Animal Crossing (Able Sisters Mabel) – 200 yen
  • Animal Crossing (Able Sisters Able) – 200 yen
  • Aqua blue squares – 100 yen
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt (10 different themes) – Between 100 and 150 yen
  • Black x White checkered flag – 100 yen
  • Black x White dots – 100 yen
  • Blue x Yellow large dots – 100 yen
  • Bowser round and round – 200 yen
  • Escape Adventure: The Black Fog of Demise – 100 yen
  • Gold x Black stars – 100 yen
  • Luigi – 200 yen
  • Mario – 200 yen
  • Mario characters (felt print) – 200 yen
  • Mario characters (woodgrain) – 200 yen
  • Mario mushrooms – 200 yen
  • Mario round and round – 200 yen
  • Monster Hunter 4G (#1) – 200 yen
  • Monster Hunter 4G (#2) – 200 yen
  • Okiraku series – 100 yen
  • Peach – 200 yen
  • Peach round and round – 200 yen
  • Pink x Green large dots – 100 yen
  • Pink x White stripe – 100 yen
  • Rosalina round and round – 200 yen
  • Simple clear color set Vol.1 – free
  • Simple color set Vol.1 – free
  • Yellow x Purple stars – 100 yen
  • Yōkai Watch – 200 yen
  • Yoshi – 200 yen
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 200 yen

Do you plan on picking out a new background theme for your Nintendo 3DS? Tell us what you plan on buying in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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New Details Emerge Regarding Cancelled Mario Sports Title http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-details-emerge-regarding-cancelled-mario-sports-title http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-details-emerge-regarding-cancelled-mario-sports-title#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:00:40 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=131155 Super Mario Spikers would have mixed Volleyball and wrestling.]]>

Website Unseen64 has dug up some interesting information regarding a cancelled Mario sports title, Super Mario Spikers. The title was in early development for the Wii, beginning life initially as Mario Volleyball. When developer Next Level Games began to integrate wrestling mechanics into the game, the title was changed to Super Mario Spikers, to reflect the fact that the game offered more than just volleyball. Unseen64 also unearthed test footage and concept art, which we’ve mirrored below.

According to a former artist for Next Level Games, development on the title ceased after a failed pitch to Nintendo in 2007. The opportunity came as a result of the developer’s success with soccer title Mario Strikers Charged. The game sounds like it would have featured a bit more physicality than we’re used to seeing from Mario titles, which the artist cites as the reason Nintendo passed on the title. Nintendo felt that it would have violated its code of honor.

It’s always interesting to get a glimpse at games that didn’t see release. Super Mario Spikers looks like it could have been a very unique entry in the Wii library. However, if Nintendo felt that the game could have been detrimental to the long lasting appeal of its properties, it might have been for the best.

Would you have been interested in Super Mario Spikers? Let us know what you think on the comments below!

Source: Unseen64

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Japanese Fans Wait Three Hours to Pre-order Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire http://www.nintendojo.com/news/japanese-fans-wait-three-hours-to-pre-order-pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire http://www.nintendojo.com/news/japanese-fans-wait-three-hours-to-pre-order-pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:30:06 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=131153

Over a decade ago, a large portion of the news media tripped over themselves declaring Pokémon “a dying fad.” This weekend, fans in Japan once again proved just how popular the franchise remains when they lined up at Pokémon Centers around the country to pre-order Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The reported wait time at the Pokémon Center in Tokyo? Just over three hours!

While the majority of fans were there to pre-order the latest titles in the Pokémon franchise, it didn’t stop them from picking up other Pokémon merchandise, as well! Pokémon Centers around the country had also refreshed their quantity of the popular Substitute plush toy, which reportedly sold out in just a half hour at the Pokémon Center in Nagoya. Fans that closely follow Nintendo Direct might recognize the plush toy as the same that Masahiro Sakurai used when he announced some of the assist Pokémon from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. titles on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire release November 21. Stay tuned to Nintendojo where we’ll have more information on the titles as the release date approaches.

Source: Kotaku

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Happy 125th Birthday, Nintendo! http://www.nintendojo.com/news/happy-125th-birthday-nintendo http://www.nintendojo.com/news/happy-125th-birthday-nintendo#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:00:01 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=131151

While there are still a few hours to go in the West, in Japan, it’s already September 23, and that means that Nintendo is officially 125 years old today. It’s a pretty amazing milestone for any company, as few can boast that kind of longevity. Founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, the company predated each one of its competitors by over fifty years, including Sega (1940), Sony (1946), and Microsoft (1975). But as most Nintendo fans know, it wasn’t until the 1970s that Nintendo found its true calling.

The video game publisher started life as The Nintendo Playing Card Company, specializing in the Japanese game of Hanafuda. Looking to expand its business, Hiroshi Yamauchi (grandson to founder Fusajiro) traveled to the United States in 1963 to learn more about the card industry. At that moment, Yamauchi realized the limitations of the industry, and began to seek a new future for the company. After a number of different experiments, including a cab service, toys, and love hotels, Nintendo entered the video game industry. Nintendo had a couple of minor successes early on, but it wasn’t until the release of Donkey Kong in 1981 that the company’s trajectory would be forever changed. Donkey Kong‘s success would spur the company to develop a home gaming console. Two years later, the Family Computer System, also known as the Famicom, released in Japan, and in 1985, the system debuted around the rest of the world as the Nintendo Entertainment System. The rest is history.

While the company has had some struggles since those days, Nintendo has always remained a vital part of the overall industry. The company has managed to stay relevant and profitable, despite continually increasing competition, whether it’s from other console manufacturers, or the rise of mobile gaming. For some, “playing Nintendo” is still an expression synonymous with playing video games. We here at Nintendojo would like to wish the company a very happy birthday, and our sincerest hopes for at least another 125 years.

What are some of your favorite Nintendo memories from the company’s history? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sonic Felyne Costume Coming to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate http://www.nintendojo.com/news/sonic-felyne-costume-coming-to-monster-hunter-4-ultimate http://www.nintendojo.com/news/sonic-felyne-costume-coming-to-monster-hunter-4-ultimate#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:28 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=131047

There is certainly no shortage of crossover items in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate– in addition to the Mario and Luigi Felyne costumes that Capcom announced last year, fans will also be able to dress their Felyne partners in a special suit of armor based on Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog!

While the armor likely won’t make your Felyne any faster, it does come with a replica of Caliburn, the sword that Sonic wielded in his Wii outing, Sonic and the Black Knight.

That isn’t the only new collaboration coming to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate; Capcom also announced that players will be able to download a special Hunting Horn based on Taiko: Drum Master, the unique drumming-based rhythm game by Namco. Both the Sonic costume and Taiko Hunting Horn will be available in the North American and European versions of the game.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate launches in North America in early 2015. The real question is, which costume will you choose for your Felyne: the Mario Bros., or Sonic? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Capcom (via Siliconera)

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Fan-Made Animated Zelda Series Debuts http://www.nintendojo.com/news/fan-made-animated-zelda-series-debuts http://www.nintendojo.com/news/fan-made-animated-zelda-series-debuts#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:48 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=130988

Does the merest hint of an animated Zelda series bring back memories of this? Then you may be interested in having a look at the new (slightly less-cringeworthy) series by Aeipathy Industries, who have recently released the first episode.

The series is produced under the Zeldamotion banner and is an adaptation of Akira Himekawa’s Legend of Zelda manga series. It is made completely by fans and is supported by direct donations via either its website, or its own Patreon campaign. The Zeldamotion project itself was previously unsuccessful in finding funding through Kickstarter earlier this year, but it seems that all is well under way now.

The entire episode can be viewed right here:

So what do you think? Is this the animated Zelda series that you have been waiting for? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Hyrule Warriors DLC Packs Announced for Japan http://www.nintendojo.com/news/hyrule-warriors-dlc-packs-announced-for-japan http://www.nintendojo.com/news/hyrule-warriors-dlc-packs-announced-for-japan#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:00:10 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=130981

Koei Tecmo has announced the latest update for Hyrule Warriors, and detailed four upcoming DLC packs.

The update adds three of the game’s antagonists to the list of playable characters:  Cia, Volga, and Wizzro. It also includes a new feature in order to allow players to turn enemy introduction clips on or off.

The developer also revealed that the future DLC packs will include the following:

  • The “Backdoor” Hyrule Warriors pack: A new weapon, new scenario, an adventure map, and two costumes. Will release on October 16 for 1,200 yen (around $11).
  • Twilight Princess pack: A new character, a weapon, an adventure map, and two costumes. Will be released in November 2014 for 1,200 yen.
  • Majora’s Mask pack: Two new characters, an adventure map, and three costumes. Will be released in January 2015 for 1,200 yen.
  • Ganon pack: Two new game modes. Will be released in February 2015 for 500 yen. (around $4.60)

Anyone who reserved all four of these DLC packs starting September 30 will also get a free Dark Link Costume.

 

The prices for these packs will likely change on the game’s release in the west, so stay tuned for more information.

 

Hyrule Warriors is all set to be released on September 19 in Europe and September 26 in North America.

Source: Siliconera

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Nintendo Download: 09.18.2014 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-09-18-2014 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-09-18-2014#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:25 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=130970

This week’s Nintendo Download features a number of big names, alongside a long awaited 3DS demo (at least for those of us who didn’t receive an early access code). Read on for the entire list of offerings:

Releases

Wii U eShop

  • Arrow Time U – $1.99
  • Spikey Walls – $0.99

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Wild Guns – $7.99

3DS Retail

  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
  • Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit
  • FIFA 15

3DS eShop

  • Horse Vet 3D - $19.99
  • Secret Empires of the Ancient World – $4.99

3DS Virtual Console

  • Legend of the River King 2 – $4.99

3DS Demo

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Free)

Discounts

3DS eShop

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – Reduced to $24.99 from $34.99 until 09.25.14
  • Pokémon Battle Trozei - Reduced to $5.49 from $7.99 until 09.25.14
  • Metroid – Reduced to $3.49 from $4.99 until 09.25.14
  • Moon Chronicles and Mutant Mudds – Reduced until 10.02.14
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV, Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, and other Atlus games - Reduced from 09.22.14 until 09.29.14
  • Strike Force Foxx, Coaster Creator 3D, and other Big John Games – Reduced until 10.02.14
  • Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition – Reduced to $14.99 from $29.99 until 10.06.14

Wii U eShop

  • Pokémon Rumble U – Reduced to $10.99 from $17.99 until 09.25.14
  • Wii Fit U – Reduced to $19.99 from $29.99 until 09.25.14
  • Metroid – Reduced to $3.49 from $4.99 until 09.25.14

The Super Smash Bros. demo seems like a no-brainer (read Robert’s impressions if you need any incentive), but what else will you be picking up this week?

Source: Nintendo, Super Smashing Sale

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