Nintendojo » News nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:15:53 +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 Gregg Mayles Reveals New Information About Donkey Kong Country 2 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:45:03 +0000 Marc Deschamps

This weekend marked the 20th anniversary of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, a title which many consider to be the highlight of that particular franchise. To commemorate the occasion, Gregg Mayles, the game’s producer and designer, has taken to Twitter over the last few days to reveal a number of concept sketches and heretofore unknown details regarding the development of the SNES classic.

The original Donkey Kong Country introduced a group of animal friends that could assist Donkey and Diddy in their travels. The sequel expanded upon those characters, but apparently more were also going to be introduced. “Banana animals” were at one point considered for the game, with at least twelve different characters in early design stages. Mayles has also revealed a number of concept sketches, level layouts and a lot more!

Perhaps the most interesting thing Mayles has revealed so far is a list of potential names that Rare and Nintendo had on the table for the character that would become Dixie Kong. Interestingly enough, Diddiane seemed to be a favorite at one point. Dee Dee Kong was also in consideration, despite the fact that it sounds a bit too similar to DK’s other simian companion.

It’s always interesting to get a glimpse at what happened behind-the-scenes of our favorite games. Mayles has released a number of gems about the game, and it looks like he’ll continue to do so over the next few days. Be sure to check out his Twitter account at the link below!

Source: Twitter

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Hollow Knight Trailer Reveals an Atmospheric New Platformer Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:30:28 +0000 Marc Deschamps

Indie games have certainly helped bolster the Wii U’s library this console generation. Hollow Knight, from developer Team Cherry, looks to continue that trend with an upcoming platformer that came about as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. We’ve embedded the game’s trailer below for your viewing pleasure!

Since Thursday, that particular trailer has already been viewed over 600,000 times. That’s a very impressive number for an under-the-radar indie title! Hollow Knight looks like it will take some cues from the “Metroidvania” formula, as the titular character explores a forgotten kingdom. The game’s Kickstarter page describes Hollow Knight as “a challenging, beautiful and mysterious adventure through a surreal world of insects and heroes.” So far, it definitely seems to have the beautiful part down!

Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information on Hollow Knight in the coming months! In the meantime, let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments below!


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Shigesato Itoi Explains Why There Won’t Be a Mother 4 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:00:01 +0000 Marc Deschamps

The Mother series has resulted in plenty of frustration for fans of the franchise. It took 25 years before the first game finally appeared in North America earlier this year, while Mother 3 still hasn’t seen localization. Perhaps compounding that frustration, Shigesato Itoi was recently asked about the possibility of a fourth entry in the Mother franchise, which he called “impossible.” Itoi has made similar remarks about Mother 4 in the past, but this time, the director elaborated on why he isn’t so eager to revisit the series.

“Among big-time popstars, if they, you know, put out ten albums, around the fourth album, they can’t make very good songs. The albums sell, but everyone at the concerts wants to hear songs from those first three albums. Everyone.”

Itoi is no longer involved in the video game industry; he currently works as a copywriter and commentator in Japan. It’s hard to blame Itoi for wanting to end the series on a high note. Jerry Seinfeld turned down millions of dollars because he wanted his show to end while it was still well regarded. Seinfeld has been off the air since 1998, and it’s still considered one of the best television shows of all time. Mother fans might wish to see the franchise continue, but it’s better to want more of something than to wish it had ended sooner.

While the likelihood of another Mother title seems slimmer than ever, the franchise does live on in one particular form. Ness, Lucas, Mr. Saturn and Onett regularly appear in the Super Smash Bros. games, where they’ll likely continue to appear for quite some time. It may come as little solace, but it’s far more than fans of many other forgotten gaming franchises can boast.

Source: Kotaku

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New Splatoon Weapon Debuting Tonight Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:00:15 +0000 Kevin Knezevic

Nintendo has released a steady stream of new content for Splatoon ever since the game’s launch this past May, and that trend will be continuing tonight with the release of another brand new weapon: the Hydra Splatling.

Like other Splatling guns, the Hydra Splatling is slow to charge, but it more than compensates for that with its sheer power. It will be available to purchase within the game beginning at 6 PM Pacific Time. The Hydra Splatling also comes with Splat Bombs as its subweapons and the Echolocator as its special.

Will you be trying the Hydra Splatling out tonight? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Squid Research Lab

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My Hero Academia 3DS Game Announced Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:00:05 +0000 Kyle England

The manga series My Hero Academia is getting a 3DS game titled My Hero Academia: Battle for All, Namco Bandai has announced. Little has been revealed about the game other than that it will be an action title where players can use a variety of characters with “quirks” (superpowers). A few screenshots of the game will be shared in this week’s upcoming Weekly Shonen Jump.

My Hero Academia is a manga taking place in a world where most people have superpowers. The main character Izuku does not have any powers and is an outcast. The manga is set to be adapted into an anime series produced by Bones, and now a video game. As of now no information regarding an international release has been revealed, of course.

Source: Siliconera

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Dementium Remastered Gets Release Date and Trailer Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:30:51 +0000 Kyle England

Time to get scary. Renegade Kid’s horror game Dementium: The Ward is getting a remaster for Nintendo 3DS, and it’s coming on December 3! Check out the new trailer below:

The remaster has improved graphics, streamlined gameplay, and runs at 60 frames per second even when the 3D is turned on. Dementium was first released as a retail game for Nintendo DS in 2007.

A sequel, Dementium II was released in 2010. Renegade Kid has previously confirmed that a third installment will be coming in the series after the first two games are remastered for Nintendo 3DS.

Source: Renegade Kid

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Nintendo Download: 11.19.2015 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:00:06 +0000 Kyle England

Another week, another batch of new stuff to download from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and 3DS. What’s coming out this week? Well, wonder no more, because directly below lies a nice list of all the good stuff. Don’t believe me? Just look! It’s here! And it’s on the eShop! Here are the new games on the eShop this week.

Wii U eShop

  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash ($49.99)
  • Typoman ($13.99)
  • Totem Topple ($2.99)
  • Lucentek – Activate ($9.99)
  • ZaciSa’s Last Stand (free demo)

Nintendo 3DS eShop

  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon ($39.99, Includes a free 3DS theme with download until December 6
  • Family Fishing ($5.99)
  • I Love My Pony ($24.99)

Virtual Console

  • Wii U – Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival ($7.99)

The biggest releases this week are obviously the retail games Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. Will be out ultra smashin’ and Pokémonin’? With the Nintendo eShop, you have the tools to make your own choices.

Source: Nintendo

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Amazon to Sell Standalone Chibi-Robo Amiibo Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:00:41 +0000 Kevin Knezevic

If you wanted to get your hands on the adorable Chibi-Robo Amiibo but had no interest in its accompanying title, Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash, you’re in luck; online retailer Amazon has announced that it will begin selling the figure by itself a little later today at 2 PM Pacific Time.

The standalone Chibi-Robo Amiibo is an Amazon exclusive, so this will likely be your only chance to snag one by itself. Purchases are limited to two Chibi-Robo figures per customer.

Did you already get the Chibi-Robo Amiibo with Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash? Or have you been waiting for it to go on sale on its own? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Amazon

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Puzzle & Dragons X Details Emerge Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:00:38 +0000 Andy Hoover

Last week, we learned that GungHo Online was making a sequel to Puzzle & Dragons Z for 3DS, which was released in the states bundled with Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros Edition. Unfortunately, not much information was revealed at the time, but that changed today.

The sequel will be called Puzzle & Dragons X and, like its predecessor, will offer a mix of tile matching puzzle solving and monster collecting and battling RPG gameplay on 3DS. This time around, the game will expand on the RPG elements while also offering more game in general than the original, which translates to a total of 500 monsters in the game along with allowing the player character to play a more active role through equipment and abilities.

Nothing has been said regarding a worldwide release for Puzzle & Dragons X, but a 2016 release for Japan has been confirmed.

Source: Siliconera

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Fire Emblem Has Strong Showing in Dynasty Warriors Crossover Poll Wed, 18 Nov 2015 01:00:18 +0000 Andy Hoover

The Dynasty Warriors franchise built a respectably sized but dedicated fanbase by offering a power fantasy in which gamers could assume the role of major historical warriors as they cut, bashed, and beat their way through thousands of enemies. The fans sustained the franchise for years, but Koei Tecmo’s recent trend of taking the gameplay formula and mixing it with other franchises has led to a great deal more success. Nintendo fans need look no further than the excellent Hyrule Warriors.

Famitsu, Japan’s biggest gaming publication, is quite aware of this successful formula and asked its readers which franchises they would like to see receive the Dynasty Warriors treatment. Western gamers might not be too familiar with the first and second place winners, Touken Ranbu Online and Type-Moon respectively, but Nintendo’s turn-based RPG series Fire Emblem managed to come in at number three. Other big names in the top ten include Final Fantasy, Tales of, Shin Megami Tensei, and Persona. Naturally, after work is finished on the current Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei crossover, they should just go ahead and add Dynasty Warriors into the mix.

What franchises do you think deserve the Dynasty Warriors treatment?

Source: Gematsu

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