Nintendojo » News http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Sat, 23 May 2015 18:43:05 +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 Reminder: Splatoon Global Testfire Tomorrow http://www.nintendojo.com/news/reminder-splatoon-global-testfire-tomorrow http://www.nintendojo.com/news/reminder-splatoon-global-testfire-tomorrow#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:19 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141559 Splatoon demo!]]>

If you’ve yet to participate in the Splatoon Global Testfire, you’ll have one more chance to go hands-on with the colorful new shooter tomorrow, May 23, when Nintendo hosts a final round of the Global Testfire demo.

Like the previous rounds, tomorrow’s Testfire will only be accessible during a specific time, in this case 3-4 PM Pacific Time. The demo randomly pairs players up in Splatoon’s signature Turf War mode, in which two teams of four compete to cover as much of the battle arena with their ink as possible. To take part in the demo, simply download it from the Wii U eShop and play it during the designated time.

We had a lot of fun with the initial rounds of the Global Testfire, so if you haven’t had a chance to try Splatoon for yourself, you won’t want to miss out on tomorrow’s demo!

Will you be taking part in the final Testfire? Let us know in the comments!

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Is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Coming to Wii U? http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/is-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-coming-to-wii-u http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/is-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-coming-to-wii-u#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 01:00:14 +0000 Anthony Vigna http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141493

I think I speak for everyone at this site when I say that we were all pretty bummed out by the fact that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night wasn’t coming to Wii U. With the amount of spiritual successors on the rise as of late, it was a shame to see that we wouldn’t be able to play a new Castlevania-styled game on a Nintendo console. However, Wii U support for Bloodstained may be in the cards as a new stretch goal.

Recently, Bloodstained surpassed $2.5 million and earned the Classic Mode stretch goal, which uses the linear level design that we’re familiar with from the original Castlevania on NES. This also opened up the next stretch goal for developing a larger castle for the game’s main mode, but what’s interesting is the area that is directly underneath that stretch goal.

Can you see anything? It’s a bit hard to make out, but if you apply brightness to the image like some creative backers did on Kickstarter, you can see what looks to be the top half of the Wii U logo! Take a look:

It’s hard to be doubtful about a Wii U release after seeing that, but if you still are, creative lead Koji Igarashi strongly hinted at the possibility of this happening in the FAQ of the game’s Kickstarter page:

Our budget left us with two options: Build the biggest, most beautiful game we can, or make sure it runs everywhere from the start. As things stand today, we can’t afford to create the two separate versions of this game that would be necessary to make it run on every console. That said, we’ve heard legends about a remarkable treasure hidden in the castle basement…

You can see in the first image that the previously reached stretch goals are located inside of the castle while the newest stretch goals that have yet to be reached remain underground. Maybe the “remarkable treasure hidden in the castle basement” that Igarashi hinted about is one of the newer, buried stretch goals, further supporting the theory that Bloodstained is coming to Wii U! Let us know what you think of this rumor in the comments below.

Source: Kickstarter

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A New Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Game Is Being Made http://www.nintendojo.com/news/a-new-pokemon-mystery-dungeon-game-is-being-made http://www.nintendojo.com/news/a-new-pokemon-mystery-dungeon-game-is-being-made#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 23:30:37 +0000 Anthony Vigna http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141513

Itching to play a new Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game? Well, you’re in luck: Nintendo announced that Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will release on 3DS in North America later this year and in Europe early in 2016.

Unfortunately, that’s all we really know about this new title. Nintendo said, “Players can look forward to even greater, randomly created dungeons that change each time they enter,” but didn’t provide us with any screenshots, gameplay videos, or any kind of explanation for how the new game works. However, with its target release date in North America this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more information about the latest Mystery Dungeon game at E3.

What’s your take on this announcement? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: IGN

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Nintendo Download: 05.21.2015 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-05-21-2015 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-05-21-2015#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 22:00:44 +0000 Anthony Vigna http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141476 Puzzle & Dragons, Swords & Soldiers II, and a bunch of discounts await you!]]>

Yes, it’s that time of the week again! We have another installment of the Nintendo Download to share with you here at the Dojo, featuring some solid downloadable games on Wii U and 3DS, along with some tempting discounts for both systems. Check it out:


Releases

Wii U eShop

  • Swords & Soldiers II – $19.99
  • Blocky Bot – $1.99
  • Journey of a Special Average Balloon – $1.49
  • Shapes of Gray – $6.99
  • Stone Shire – $7.99
  • Vector Assault – $4.99

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Mega Man Zero 2 – $7.99
  • Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force – $7.99

3DS eShop

  • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition – $29.99
  • Samurai Defender – $3.99

Discounts

Wii U eShop

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge – Reduced from $39.99 to $19.99 until May 28
  • Bombing Bastards – Reduced from $6.99 to $4.99 until June 1
  • Shiny the Firefly – Reduced from $9.99 to $6.99 until June 20
  • Master Reboot – Reduced from $14.99 to $7.49 until June 18

3DS eShop

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge – Reduced from $29.99 to $14.99 until May 28
  • SpongeBob HeroPants – Reduced from $29.99 to $19.99 until May 28
  • Yumi’s Odd Odyssey – Reduced from $19.99 to $9.99 until May 31
  • Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning – Reduced from $29.99 to $19.99 until May 31
  • Retro City Rampage: DX – Reduced from $9.99 to $4.99 until May 28
  • Hello Kitty Picnic With Sanrio Friends – Reduced from May 25 until June 1
  • Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing – Reduced from May 25 until June 1
  • I Love My Little Boy – Reduced from $24.99 to $14.99 until June 4
  • I Love My Little Girl – Reduced from $24.99 to $14.99 until June 4
  • 3D MahJongg – Reduced from $4.99 to $3.99 until June 4
  • Gardenscapes – Reduced from $7.99 to $5.99 until June 4
  • Battleminer – Reduced from $7.99 to $3.99 until June 18

Perhaps the biggest release this week is Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for 3DS, a game I truly hope will not be overlooked. The mechanics in the Puzzle & Dragons series look deceptively simple and may seem like a typical match-three puzzler. However, there’s actually a ton of traditional JRPG strategy in these games that requires you to think about the elemental units you will use in battle, use special moves effectively, and create the best combos to maximize damage and healing. If turn-based combat and puzzle games excite you, then do not hesitate to pick this one up. You’ll also get Puzzle & Dragons Z for free with every purchase!

This is also a pretty good week for indie games, as Swords & Soldiers II has finally made its way to Wii U. The first Swords & Soldiers offered fantastic real-time strategy gameplay on a 2D plane and was hilarious to boot, earning it a solid B+ in our review. With the release of Swords & Soldiers II, it looks like developer Ronimo Games was able to deliver the same enjoyable experience on a much higher budget. There’s also a few indie discounts that you consider as well, such as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey (3DS), Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS), and Master Reboot (Wii U).

Personally, I quickly jumped on that Retro City Rampage: DX discount after seeing it was only $4.99 this week. Did you find anything that interests you? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo

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More New Tracks Confirmed for Guitar Hero Live http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-new-tracks-confirmed-for-guitar-hero-live http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-new-tracks-confirmed-for-guitar-hero-live#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 01:00:18 +0000 Angela Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141388

Another round of new tracks has been confirmed by Activision for Guitar Hero Live, set to launch sometime later this year.

According to the image of the latest tracklist, ten new songs ranging from artists and bands such as Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Trivium, and more will be playable in the upcoming Guitar Hero title. So far there has been quite the mix of rock and alternative tracks announced between this tracklist and the initial list Activision revealed, but there are more than likely additional tracks waiting in the wings.

Is there any song here you’re looking forward to playing? What bands, artists, or particular songs are you hoping to see included in Guitar Hero Live? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Upcoming PowerA Amiibo Stand Looks “A”-mazing http://www.nintendojo.com/news/upcoming-powera-amiibo-stand-looks-a-mazing http://www.nintendojo.com/news/upcoming-powera-amiibo-stand-looks-a-mazing#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 23:30:35 +0000 Angela Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141381

Third-party accessory manufacturer PowerA will be providing us with a new way to display our Amiibo this August that is both functional and awesome.

Coming in at 15-inches tall, this unique Amiibo stand is a replica of the stairs and flag Mario climbs at the end of World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros. on NES, with room to flaunt six Amiibo (seven, if you want to relegate someone to the bottom spot at the base of the flagpole). So if you’ve amassed quite the number of Amiibo, you may need to start deciding now who will be taking their place as a new denizen of World 1-1!

This fantastic collectible to show off your other fantastic collectibles will be available August 3 for $30. Let’s hope that this isn’t as hard to come by as most of the Amiibo themselves are!

Are you hoping to get your hands on one of PowerA’s new display stands? Which of your Amiibo would get a coveted spot on it? Let us know in the comments!

Source: IGN

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Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 for 3DS Headed to the West in June http://www.nintendojo.com/news/samurai-warriors-chronicles-3-for-3ds-headed-to-the-west-in-june http://www.nintendojo.com/news/samurai-warriors-chronicles-3-for-3ds-headed-to-the-west-in-june#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 22:00:35 +0000 Angela Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141376

While the PS Vita version of Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 was recently given a rating for release in Australia– a strong indicator of Koei Tecmo’s intentions of bringing the game to the West– the 3DS version of the game was not included in the news, leaving the question of whether or not it too would be coming westward up in the air.

Now, Koei Tecmo has confirmed that it will be bringing Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 for 3DS to the West, landing in Europe June 24. Setting it apart from its PS Vita counterpart are 3DS-exclusive costumes based on characters from Hyrule Warriors like Link and Zelda. However, a North American release date has still not yet been confirmed, though it is likely given the European confirmation.

We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open for further updates, but for North American fans of the series, would you like to see a NA release date confirmed for the 3DS version? And if so, are there any particular Hyrule Warriors costumes you’d want to see in the game? Drop a comment below!

Source: Siliconera

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President Iwata Will Not be at E3 Again This Year http://www.nintendojo.com/news/president-iwata-will-not-be-at-e3-again-this-year http://www.nintendojo.com/news/president-iwata-will-not-be-at-e3-again-this-year#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 17:30:18 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141332

For the second year in a row, Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata will not be attending E3 in Los Angeles this June. Last year, Mr. Iwata could not make the trip across the Pacific due to health concerns. But rest assured, he is not sick again! This time, it looks like he is forgoing the trip because he is handling business that requires him to stay in Japan. Nintendo told IGN this in a statement:

“Nintendo’s focus for E3 this year will be showcasing the many games we have coming for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Mr. Miyamoto and other members of our development team will be in Los Angeles to explain these games and the unique experiences that each offers. Mr. Iwata’s focus in this period will be on other areas of our business that require his presence in Japan.”

Mr. Iwata will still remain in contact with his team at E3 and will be keeping an eye on E3. We can expect the usual crew like Reggie, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Bill Trinen to be around. But these days, now that Nintendo has decided to show digital presentations at E3, does it really matter as much who is at the event? Press can only interview who attends the show, but Mr. Iwata’s absence would have a much greater impact if the company was giving a traditional press conference, for instance.

Despite his lack of presence at the actual show this year, I think it will be safe to say that President Iwata will make an appearance during Nintendo’s Digital Event on June 16. Hopefully he will be involved in another awesome presentation just like last year.

Source: IGN

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Capcom Making HD Remasters a Priority http://www.nintendojo.com/news/capcom-making-hd-remasters-a-priority http://www.nintendojo.com/news/capcom-making-hd-remasters-a-priority#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 16:30:16 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141327

Capcom announced in a Q&A at the latest financial briefing that it will be focusing heavily on HD remasters of previously released games. “HD remasters of our catalogue hit titles will be one of our key business activities. Overseas, it is becoming difficult to sell these lower-priced and re-mastered titles at stores because of the declining number of stores and sales area limitations. Therefore, we started aggressive digital download sales activities. These activities created new demand for these titles.” said Capcom

The company experienced unexpected success with the PC remaster of the original Resident Evil earlier this year, and its success has inspired the company to continue with this approach. Next on the list is Devil May Cry 4, which is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this June. It’s an interesting strategy to prioritize, rather than focusing on all-new content. But this approach seems to bring more profit with less work.

Capcom gave no indication about its plans for these remasters on Wii U. Nintendo and Capcom are enjoying a good relationship at the moment with the success of the exclusive new Monster Hunter games. So, remasters on Wii U only seem natural. Can we expect remasters of such hits as Okami, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, or the fabled “Capcom Five” from the Gamecube era for Wii U? Will Capcom finally release a Mega Man game again?

Source: IGN

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Nintendo Announces Qualifying Events for World Championships http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-announces-qualifying-events-for-world-championships http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-announces-qualifying-events-for-world-championships#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:15:36 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=141316

Last week, Nintendo announced that its plans for E3 2015 included a return of the Nintendo World Championships after 25 years! Today, we now have more information on the event, including the game that will be played and how to enter the event.

On May 30, Nintendo will be holding qualifying events at Best Buy locations in the following cities:

  • San Francisco, CA (1717 Harrison St.)
  • Torrance, CA (3675 Pacific Coast Highway)
  • Miami, FL (10760 NW 17th St.)
  • Schaumburg, IL (900 E. Golf Road)
  • Maple Grove, MN (12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N)
  • Long Island City, NY (5011 Northern Blvd.)
  • Dallas, TX (9378 N Central Expy)
  • Tacoma, WA (2214 S. 48th St.)

The first 750 people in line will be eligible to compete in the event. Competitors will play Championship Mode on NES Ultimate Remix for Nintendo 3DS, and the highest scorer from each event will be invited to E3 2015 to play in the big event on June 14. However, the big event may or may not be Ultimate NES Remix… In the press release Nintendo stated the following:

“The qualifying competition will feature the Championship mode of the Ultimate NES Remix game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. In this mode, players will take on a series of three score-based challenges in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario. Games and systems will be provided at each location, although Ultimate NES Remix is available now in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for anyone who wants to start practicing for the competition. The top scorer from each of the eight regional competitions will move on to the final event in Los Angeles, which will be a multi-round competition with a variety of Nintendo games. An additional eight competitors selected by Nintendo will also compete in the Nintendo World Championships 2015. Nintendo will reveal these competitors in the near future.”

Check out the link to Nintendo’s E3 site to find the registration form and get more details.

What do you think of the NWC 2015? Do you plan to compete and attain ultimate glory? Or maybe you’re like me, and have no qualifying events within 600 miles of you in any direction. West coast gets all the love…

Source: Nintendo

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