Nintendojo » News nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:52:28 +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 New Giana Sisters Game Currently in the Works Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:10 +0000 Anthony Pershkin

Adrian Goersch of Black Forest Games, the developer behind Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, has confirmed in an interview with Red Bull that a new Giana Sisters title should be out in early 2016. There are currently no details regarding the possible platforms or what the game will even look like, but judging by the amount of times Twisted Dreams was re-released on various platforms, there’s a pretty decent chance a new Giana Sisters game will arrive on Wii U at some point.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams visited Wii U in 2013, but, unfortunately, not in its newest Director’s Cut form. Despite that, the core game is still pretty good, so definitely check it out, if you have a chance.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Headliner Sales Estimated to Be Over a Million in Less Than a Week Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:30:18 +0000 Anthony Pershkin

The third version of the extremely popular Pokémon-like game Yo-Kai Watch 2, appropriately named Headliner, sold way faster than the previous two iterations. According to Famitsu, estimated sales are 1,211,918 units in Japan. It is also worth mentioning that the game came out on Saturday, December 13, but the sales data covers only up to December 14.

The previous two versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 sold 1,281,096 units at launch over four days. The original Yo-Kai Watch sold over 52,901 units over the similar four day period. As you can see, Yo-Kai Watch 2 continues to be the hottest game in Japan right now. Do you think it is because of Japan’s love for Pokémon or because of pretty smart toy integration? Let us in the comments below!

Source: Siliconera

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse Out For Wii U On Christmas Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:30 +0000 Anthony Pershkin

The latest entry in WayForward’s original series Shantae was released on the 3DS eShop not so long ago, and now it’s finally ready to sail ahead for another platform. As a very pleasant surprise, WayForward announced that the Wii U version of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be released digitally this Christmas in North America (with a European release happening in early 2015). The home console version will have specific features like ”HD character portraits by Mega Man developer IntiCreates, Off-TV play, Classic Controller Pro and Wii U Pro Controller support.”

In related news, Destructoid recently interviewed Matt Bozon, creative director at WayForwad, regarding many different topics including the reasons why the company still supports Wii U despite the relatively small install base. Bozon had the following to say:

We’ve been there supporting Nintendo with every system launch starting with the Game Boy Color. We want to be first in line to make games for these legendary platforms. Whether they reach a massive audience or not, Nintendo fans occupy an extremely loyal corner of the game industry. They like intelligent design and visually iconic characters, and they typically understand that games of high quality take time. Sure, we want our games to appear everywhere and be played by everyone, but I feel we have a real connection with Nintendo and its fans.

We’re working to expand our fan base, but Nintendo fans got us here which is why we go the extra mile to serve them when we can.

Bozon also showed interest in seeing Shantae in the new iteration of Smash Bros:

Yes, I would love to play as her in Smash and I want a Shantae Amiibo. Her move set aligns nicely, since she dances to charge up her bigger moves, can get extra jumps by way of Cannon or Harpy Transformation. And she brings more girl power, and has been Nintendo exclusive since back on Game Boy. So yeah, Shantae.

Were you able to hold out for the home console version of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse or were you naughty? Either way, everyone can have the new Shantae under their Christams tree…well, everyone in North America, that is.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Hidden Palutena’s Guidance Audio Discovered in Super Smash Bros. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:00:41 +0000 Robin Wilde

Secret audio files unaccessible to regular players have been discovered in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. As seasoned players of the series’ latest installment will be aware, Palutena’s Guidance is a hidden feature available when playing as Pit in the Palutena’s Temple stage. It usually gives information about whichever fighter Pit is facing, but here merely features the characters acting confused. Take a listen to this GameXplain video featuring the extracted sound:

The purpose of the audio remains unclear, but it may be included as a placeholder file to function in case of new DLC characters being added, or in case of the game being unable to load a regular audio file for some reason. Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo is expected to be added in the new year, and more characters may follow as Nintendo tries to build long term appeal for its new fighting games.

Source: Nintendo Life

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DS Version of Frozen Game Outsells 3DS Version Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:30:53 +0000 Robin Wilde News Desk Masthead - 3DS

While Frozen seems to have ironically caught the world alight, comparatively little attention has been paid to its video game adaptation, Frozen: Olaf’s Quest. It has made regular appearances in the sales charts since its release. It was originally slated to be GameMill’s last 3DS and DS release, at least according to Avanquest’s European games director Simon Reynolds when speaking to MCV.

“Nintendo hasn’t been manufacturing the console for a few years, but we thought that there is a big user base our there, and there is a second hand, hand-me-down market for the old DS consoles,” Reynolds said. “We launched Olaf’s Quest on DS and it’s still outselling 3DS. And we’ve got Disney’s next big film out in January, Big Hero 6, and we’re bringing that out on 3DS and DS. If you’d said to me 18 months ago you’d be bringing out a DS product in January 2015 I’d have laughed.”

Whatever its quality (allegedly mixed), it’s some impressive achievement for Frozen‘s DS version to be in the charts four years after the discontinuation of the console. Add to that the usually limited appeal of movie tie-ins and it demonstrates a seriously popular series.

Source: MCV UK

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More Amiibo Costumes Unveiled for One Piece Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:19 +0000 Robin Wilde

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X, the upcoming Wii U fighting game, is set to receive Amiibo support in the coming weeks in the form of optional costumes for its characters. By scanning the collectible figures, players of the 3DS title (released on November 13 in Japan) will be able to fight while fitted out in the following finery. Nami fans will find her transformed into the Wii Fit Trainer, Franky does a spectacular impression of Donkey Kong, Brook becomes a rather skull-like version of Marth, Chopper dons a Kirby hat, Usopp takes on the essence of Yoshi, and Nico Robin gains armour and firepower (at least visually) while fighting as Samus.

As reported on Friday, the implementation is markedly similar to that used in Mario Kart 8, and also means that Nintendo is not the only company to include Amiibo compatibility in its games. The early worries about limited gimmicky appeal may have been at least somewhat misplaced, it seems.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Club Nintendo Digital Rewards Announced for December Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:30:24 +0000 Marc Deschamps

Club Nintendo has once again been updated with eight new titles for players to download with their extra coins! Kirby seems to have taken over as the club’s de facto mascot with yet another appearance. This month also sees Samus Aran sticking around after her Game Boy adventure appeared on the service last month. Here are this month’s downloadable options!

  • 1080° Snowboarding for Wii/Wii U Virtual Console: 250 Coins
  • Birds and Beans for 3DS eShop: 150 Coins
  • A Kappa’s Trail for 3DS eShop: 200 Coins
  • Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters for 3DS Virtual Console: 150 Coins
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3 for Wii U Virtual Console: 200 Coins
  • Metroid for Wii U eShop: 200 Coins
  • Radar Mission for 3DS Virtual Console: 150 Coins
  • Super Mario Kart for Wii/Wii U Virtual Console: 250 Coins

The titles are available from now until January 19. This month is probably one of the best we’ve seen from the club in terms of strength of content. 1080° Snowboarding and Kirby’s Dreamland 3 both feature gameplay that manages to hold up after all these years. Metroid and Super Mario Kart might seem a little dated in comparison to their more recent iterations, however. Both are still very strong games, but fans should remember that these franchises have evolved quite a bit through the years! As we do every month, Nintendojo would like to point out that 1080° Snowboarding and Super Mario Kart can only be accessed from the Wii menu, requiring players to own a classic controller in order to play.

Do you plan on downloading any of this month’s digital rewards? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Club Nintendo

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Dementium: The Ward Returns on Nintendo 3DS Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:00:42 +0000 Marc Deschamps

When Dementium: The Ward first appeared on Nintendo DS, critical reception was a bit mixed. On one hand, the first-person survival horror title offered a visually impressive experience that gave the system a game that could actually be considered scary, a rare thing for the handheld format. Unfortunately, its short length and irritating enemy respawns resulted in frustration for a number of players. Next year, developer Renegade Kid will get an opportunity to rectify those mistakes when the title returns on the 3DS eShop!

Renegade Kid seems well aware of those early criticisms, and it sounds like fans should expect to see a much stronger experience this time around. According to the developer, the new version of the game will support 3D visuals, 60fps, and a removal of respawning enemies and check points that many fans previously found unfair. If the title is successful, it might even lead to the game’s sequel appearing on the eShop, as well.

Do you plan on checking into Dementium: The Ward? As usual, let us know in the comments below!

Source: Siliconera

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus Getting Amiibo Support Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:30:34 +0000 Marc Deschamps

Last week, Bandai Namco revealed that One Piece Super Grand Battle! X is getting Amiibo support in the form of unlockable costumes based on Nintendo characters. Apparently, the publisher isn’t stopping at just one 3DS title, however! Nintendo’s popular figures will also unlock special plane skins in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus, as well! If you’ve ever wanted to see an A-10A that looks like Mario’s eternal nemesis, check out the very cool video we’ve mirrored below!

Interestingly enough, Mario, Bowser, and Peach’s skins can be obtained in the game through normal means. An Amiibo figure will simply speed up the process. In a manner similar to Mario Kart 8, the skins based on Luigi, Samus, and Link can only be unlocked through Amiibo support, however.

With Amiibo sales proving to be fairly successful so far, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of this sort of support in the future. Is this something you’d like to see continue? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Life

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse North American Box Art Revealed Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:00:47 +0000 Marc Deschamps

This winter, Kirby returns in his first adventure on Wii U. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse won’t be available until February 3, but Nintendo has already revealed box art for the upcoming title. We’ve mirrored it below for your viewing pleasure!

Kirby fans will notice that the game’s titular character is smiling happily, which is something we don’t often get to see in his North American box art. Typically, the character is given a tougher appearance in the region, with some pretty surprising examples through the years. While Kirby has always been known as “one tough cream puff,” it’s nice to see his happier side getting the spotlight for a change.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a spiritual successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse, which appeared on the Nintendo DS. The follow-up boasts claymation graphics and Amiibo support, though we don’t know exactly what to expect in regards to the latter, just yet. Stay tuned to Nintendojo where we’ll have more information on the title in the coming months!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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