Nintendojo » News http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Sat, 06 Feb 2016 04:02:45 +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 Rumor: Mother 3 Translation Possibly on the Way? http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/rumor-mother-3-translation-possibly-on-the-way http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/rumor-mother-3-translation-possibly-on-the-way#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:00:55 +0000 Craig Harnett http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153682

The Mother series is a bit of an oddball, to say the least. From its beginnings as a Japanese-only release in 1989 for Famicom, its 1994 sequel was given a Western release on SNES and renamed EarthBound. Critics in the US panned it at the time, only for the game to then develop a cult following. In 2006, Mother 3, the final game in the series, was released on Game Boy Advance, but again, only in Japan.

However, over the years, dedicated fans have put pressure on Nintendo to have the series translated and made available worldwide. It was only last year that this persistence paid off, with EarthBound Beginnings (the original Mother for NES) having its well-deserved Western debut on Wii U.

With two games in the bag and one to go, surely it goes without saying that the excellent Mother 3 would see the light of day on US shores? Well, if today’s rumors are anything to go by, then we shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out.

Emily Rogers, a well-connected gaming journalist, recently posted comments on Twitter that suggested Mother 3 is apparently undergoing localization. Emily has proved herself to be a reliable source in the past, and logically, one would hope that this rumor is true, not only because it’s the last in the Mother series to have its Western release, but also that it’s the games tenth anniversary this year.

Since Emily’s little outburst, Nintendo Life contributor, Liam Robertson, also took to Twitter, pretty much confirming the rumor whilst also poking fun at Emily. Check out the tweet below:

So what do you think? Is Mother 3 finally inbound for its US release? Let us know in your comments.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Nintendo Download: 02.04.2016 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-02-04-2016 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-02-04-2016#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:00:08 +0000 Craig Harnett http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153674

It’s a big (and slightly sad) week for Smash fans, with the last DLC for Super Smash Bros. finally becoming available. In fact, Wii U owners are spoilt for choice this week, with arguably one of  Capcom’s greatest survival horror games for Wii now available from the Virtual Console, a number of download only titles to choose from, and a humongous list of discounts to take advantage of. You lucky people!


Releases

Wii U eShop

  • Shütshimi – $9.99
  • FreezeME - $9.99
  • PEG SOLITAIRE – $1.49

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition - $19.99

Wii U DLC

All of the below DLC is available for Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. both as single purchase or cross buy.

  • Bayonetta & Umbra Clock Tower Set – $5.99 for one platform, $6.99 for both
  • [Fighter] Corrin – $4.99 for one platform, $5.99 for both
  • [Mii Fighter Costume] Bionic Set – $0.75 for one platform, $1.15 for both
  • [Mii Fighter Costume] Takamaru Set – $0.75 for one platform, $1.15 for both
  • [Mii Fighter Costume] Ashley Set$0.75 for one platform, $1.15 for both
  • [Mii Fighter Costume] Gil Set – $0.75 for one platform, $1.15 for both
  • [Mii Fighter Costume] Tails Set$0.75 for one platform, $1.15 for both
  • [Mii Fighter Costume] Knuckles Set -$0.75 for one platform, $1.15 for both
  • [Bundle] All-in-One Fighter Bundle – $34.93 for one platform, $41.93 for both
  • [Bundle] Stage Bundle – $8.46 on 3DS, $10.45 for Wii U, $14.45 for both

Wii U Demos

  • Typoman – free

3DS eShop

  • Alphadia – $9.99

Discounts

Wii U eShop

  • Typoman -$11.89 until February 18, normally $13.99
  • Trine Enchanted Edition – on discount until 3rd March
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut – on discount until 3rd March
  • Ascent of Kings – $1.49 from February 5 to February 15, normally $1.99
  • Color Zen – on discount until 29th February
  • Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade - on discount until 29th February
  • KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker – $4.99 until February 13, normally $7.99
  • Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility – $1.49 until  February 18, normally $1.99
  • Super Destronaut – $1.59 until February18, normally $1.99
  • BLOK DROP U – $0.70 until March 30, normally $2.99
  • TABLETOP GALLERY – $0.70 until March 30, normally $2.99
  • PIXEL SLIME U – $0.70 until March 30, normally $2.99
  • POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE – $0.35 until March 30, normally $1.49
  • SHUT THE BOX - $0.35 until March 30, normally $1.49
  • SPIKEY WALLS - $0.35 until March 30, normally $1.49
  • TOSS N GO – $0.35 until March 30, normally $1.49
  • DON’T CRASH – $0.35 until March 30, normally $1.49
  • COLOR BOMBS – $0.35 until March 30, normally $1.49
  • AVOIDER – $0.35 until March 30, normally $1.49
  • PENTAPUZZLE – $1.05 until March 30, normally $4.49
  • Baila Latino – $12.90 until February 29, normally $29.90

3DS eShop

  • Snow Moto Racing 3D – $3.99 until February 11, normally $7.99

Source: Nintendo

 

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Rumor: Nintendo’s Sleep Sensor May Be Cancelled http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/rumor-nintendos-sleep-sensor-may-be-cancelled http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/rumor-nintendos-sleep-sensor-may-be-cancelled#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:00:20 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153634

Nintendo previously announced a new health-based platform back in 2014 as part of a new “Quality of Life” pillar for the company, but its future is now uncertain.

According to the Japanese newspaper, Asahi, this platform may be either be abandoned or, at the very least, no longer a priority for Nintendo. The paper reports that Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told investors regarding the device:

“It’s not yet at the level of a Nintendo product. If we can release it, we’ll release it. If we can’t, then we’ll examine things further.”

As part of this platform, Nintendo had previously announced that it was developing a sleep sensor that could monitor people’s lifestyles and analyze data, helping people to exercise and eat right.

The Asahi newspaper was in fact originally one of the first outlets that reported on the sleep sensor, featuring an interview with the late former president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata. At the time, Mr. Iwata had promoted the quality of life initiative as a key pillar for the company.

While any such plans may disappoint some fans who were looking forward to seeing what Nintendo was working on, it hasn’t come as too much of a surprise. Indeed, analysts predicted as far back as August of last year that Nintendo was shifting its focus away form this area.

Will you be losing sleep over the loss of Nintendo’s sleep monitor? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Kotaku

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New “My Nintendo” Details Revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-my-nintendo-details-revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-my-nintendo-details-revealed#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:00:22 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153625

During a recent investor meeting, Nintendo shared new details about its upcoming My Nintendo service, which will replace the recently ended Club Nintendo.

The service is launching alongside the new Miitomo app, which can be pre-registered from February 17 in 16 countries across the globe and which will be available in Japan in March.

When the service launches, it will feature a points program that rewards players in a number of different ways. Platinum points can be acquired by using apps on smartphone and by logging into the eShop, although not from playing Wii U or 3DS games. These can be used to get digital content and original goods. Gold points, meanwhile, are acquired by buying content on the eShop and can be exchanged for discount coupons on Wii U or 3DS games.

This reiterates what Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima outlined back in October of last year. It is worth mentioning, however, that while it was previously stated that users could earn points by playing games, Nintendo does not appear to have mentioned anything further in this regard.

The My Nintend’ service will debut this March in 39 countries and Nintendo aims for it to have at least 100 million users.

Do you like the sound of the new points systems and does this seem like a suitable replacement for Club Nintendo? Share your thoughts below.

Source: Siliconera

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Nintendo Reveals the Most Popular Amiibo http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-reveals-the-most-popular-amiibo http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-reveals-the-most-popular-amiibo#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:00:31 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153614

During a recent investor meeting, Nintendo revealed which Amiibo figures have sold the highest number of figures in each region.

As translated by Twitter user Chesemeister3k, the sales figures reveal the following as the most popular:

North America:

  1. Link
  2. Bowser
  3. Toon Link
  4. Mewtwo
  5. Sonic
  6. Pikachu
  7. Classic Mario
  8. Pac-Man
  9. Mega Man
  10. Ganondorf

Europe:

  1. Classic Mario
  2. Link
  3. Squid
  4. Green Yarn Yoshi
  5. Mario
  6. Smash Mario
  7. Pikachu
  8. Inkling Boy
  9. Toad
  10. Inkling Girl

Japan:

  1. Inkling Girl
  2. Squid
  3. Inkling Boy
  4. Mario
  5. Classic Mario
  6. Modern Mario
  7. Isabelle
  8. Kirby
  9. Green Yarn Yoshi
  10. Digby

During the same meeting, Nintendo also announced that 31 million Amiibo have now been shipped around the globe, with 9.9 million of these shipped in the last quarter. More specifically, it revealed that 20.5 million Amiibo have been sold so far, which works out at around 1.60 Amiibo for every Wii U owner.

These figures either show a high adoption rate by Wii U owners, or that collectors are buying every Amiibo figure they can get there hands on– something that wouldn’t be surprising given how quickly new figures sell out.

Indeed, apart from Nintendojo’s Craig Harnett (who feels too old for the Amiibo craze), Nintendo fans seem to be loving the figurines. Even the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will release alongside another new Amiibo, and Zelda-themed Amiibo will also be able to function in-game.

What do you make of the Amiibo rankings? Is your favorite represented? Let us know in the comments.

Source:  IGN

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7th Dragon III Getting North American Release http://www.nintendojo.com/news/7th-dragon-iii-getting-north-american-release http://www.nintendojo.com/news/7th-dragon-iii-getting-north-american-release#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 04:00:32 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153584

Japanese developers have created countless RPGs that, despite wide spread acclaim within their own country, have never made their way to foreign shores. With today’s announcement, the 7th Dragon franchise can be removed from that list.

7th Dragon III Code: VFD has a rather unique setup as your player character joins up with a video game company waging a time-traveling war against dragons that present an existential threat to the world. The gameplay appears to put a major focus on dungeon diving while building your highly customizable, class-based party. When not adventuring, players will be able to socialize with the game’s cast of characters and work on improving their base with wonderfully useful additions like a cat cafe. All of this comes wrapped with what looks like some pretty slick visuals with a contemporary style that fits the game’s main setting, near-future Tokyo.

7th Dragon III Code: VFD will be released in North America sometime this summer, so stay on the lookout for more information in the coming months.

Source: Siliconera

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More NX News Promised “Not Too Late” This Year http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-nx-news-promised-not-too-late-this-year http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-nx-news-promised-not-too-late-this-year#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 02:00:09 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153575

Few things in the video game industry build anticipation like the wait for new consoles, and that’s especially true when we know something is coming sooner rather than later. At a recent financial briefing, Nintendo gave the vaguest of teases that there is indeed news coming up about its highly anticipated next console, so far known only as NX.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima stated that additional information would be coming “not too late in the course of this year.” Of course, this statement leaves a great deal to the imagination, as “not too late” isn’t particularly precise language, but one could easily see how it might lend credence to speculation that there will be significant announces at E3 in June, if not sooner. Of course, time will tell how accurate those rumblings are.

It’s also worth noting that the briefing included conversations about Nintendo’s impending push into the mobile space, so more information on that effort is expected in the near future as well.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/lego-star-wars-the-force-awakens-revealed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/lego-star-wars-the-force-awakens-revealed#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:45 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153571

The combination of Lego and Star Wars in a video game was an odd concept at first, but it obviously paid off, turning Lego into a juggernaut video game franchise and resulting in some of the best Star Wars games of the past 15 years. Naturally, it only makes sense that the two entertainment empires come together again to celebrate the critically and commercially acclaimed rebirth of Star Wars as a movie franchise.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens promises to be more than a simple retelling of the movie with the trademark brand of Lego humor. Instead, the game will extend beyond the scope of the film to cover events leading up the opening text crawl, as well as feature some new additions to the gameplay formula. Along new modes like Blaster Battles, there are new mechanics such as Multi-Builds, items that be constructed into several different items to allow players to choose how the progress, and for the first time in the combined franchise, enemies will also be able to build up new ways to try and stop you.

The game will be available for Wii U and 3DS on June 28.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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More Splatoon DLC on the Way? http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-splatoon-dlc-on-the-way http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-splatoon-dlc-on-the-way#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:45 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153533

Splatoon fans have had an awful lot to keep them occupied since the game released last May. In addition to the game’s various Splatfest tournaments, the title has also received a steady stream of new maps, weapons, and modes, free of charge. That came to an end last month, as Nintendo announced the final map and weapon had been released for Splatoon.

Since that announcement was made, it seems as though plans may have changed. At the Splatoon Koshien 2016 Tournament in Japan, producer Hisoshi Nogami gave fans a bit of hope. A poster on NeoGAF translated the following quote:

“We announced that updates to the game would end in January, but I’m starting to wonder if we can’t organize a little something else.”

More Splatoon content would certainly be a good thing. The title has proven to be one of Wii U’s biggest hits, and a proven system seller in just about every region. The title has sold more than 4 million units worldwide as of this writing. Nintendo has also found quite a bit of success with downloadable content this console generation. All of Splatoon’s additional content has been free thus far, while Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 both got a nice extension of content thanks to paid DLC. While any additional new content would probably come at a cost, it stands to reason that fans would be more than willing to pay a little extra to keep new content coming.

Obviously it’s far too early to know exactly what Nogami is referring to, but rumors have begun to swirl about a pair of Amiibo figures based on the Squid Sisters, Marie and Callie. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information as it develops!

Source: NeoGAF

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Corrin and Bayonetta DLC Available for Super Smash Bros. this Week http://www.nintendojo.com/news/corrin-and-bayonetta-dlc-available-for-super-smash-bros-this-week http://www.nintendojo.com/news/corrin-and-bayonetta-dlc-available-for-super-smash-bros-this-week#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:30:18 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=153506

Over a year after its release, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U will receive its final set of downloadable content. The game’s final two fighters, Corrin and Bayonetta, will be available in North America on February 3, and in Japan and Europe the following day.

The news was announced by Nintendo over the weekend at the NicoNico Championship in Japan. The announcement was accompanied by an all-new gameplay video showing off the two characters in action. We’ve embedded it below for your viewing pleasure!

Like Cloud and Ryu before her, a download of Bayonetta will be accompanied by the character’s new stage, Umbra Clock Tower. The download will cost $6 for one version or $7 for both. Corrin will cost one dollar less. In addition to the pair of new characters, the final set of new Mii Fighter costumes will also be available for download that day.

Do you plan on downloading either character? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Siliconera

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