Nintendojo http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:59:17 +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 Prima Announces Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics http://www.nintendojo.com/news/prima-announces-playing-with-power-nintendo-nes-classics http://www.nintendojo.com/news/prima-announces-playing-with-power-nintendo-nes-classics#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:45:36 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158779

This November’s release of the NES Mini will give many gamers their first opportunity to play some of the most influential games of all-time. That same month, Prima, best known for their strategy guides, will release Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics, a book that should make a strong companion for the NES Mini. Regardless, fans old and new will likely find quite a bit to enjoy in the upcoming book.

The book will feature a behind-the-scenes look at 17 classic NES titles, from Donkey Kong to The Legend of Zelda. The book will compile a number of interviews, commentaries, old advertisements, and excerpts from classic issues of Nintendo Power. The hardcover book comes in a slipcase designed to look like a classic NES cartridge.

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics will release November 18, one week after the NES Mini.

Source: Prima

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Project Sonic 2017 Announced for NX http://www.nintendojo.com/news/project-sonic-2017-announced-for-nx http://www.nintendojo.com/news/project-sonic-2017-announced-for-nx#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:01 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158761

During this weekend’s San Diego Comic Convention, Sega held an event in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. A number of new projects were showcased, including a brand-new, 3D adventure game, headed to the NX in 2017!

The game is tentatively titled Project Sonic 2017. Despite the appearance of the younger, “classic” Sonic that appeared alongside the “current” Sonic in Sonic Generations, Sega cautions that the title is not a sequel. The game is, however, being handled by the team behind Generations and Sonic Colors, so hopefully it will feature the same level of quality as those two titles!

In addition to the Project Sonic 2017 announcement, Sega also showcased a number of other upcoming projects. A 2D title, Sonic Mania, was announced for PS4 and Xbox One, though no announcement for Wii U or NX has been made, at this time. Sega also showed off the character’s upcoming appearance in Lego Dimensions as well. The expansion for that title will release November 18.

For the first time in a long time, it looks like Sonic the Hedgehog’s future could be a bright one. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Sega

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Original Darksiders Coming to Wii U http://www.nintendojo.com/news/original-darksiders-coming-to-wii-u http://www.nintendojo.com/news/original-darksiders-coming-to-wii-u#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:15:04 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158743

Wii U owners that took part in the “Friends of Nintendo” Humble Bundle deal were recently treated to Darksiders II, a system launch title that came in a bit under the radar, despite strong reviews. The game’s predecessor released in 2010 on the PS3 and Xbox360, but has yet to appear on a Nintendo system.

According to developer Nordic Games, that will change this winter when the title releases both physically and digitally on Wii U! The Wii U version of the game will have online features, including Miiverse compatibility. Nordic Games also plans to support the title’s relaunch with some new merchandise, as well.

In Darksiders, players take on the role of War, one of the biblical four horsemen of the apocalypse. Like the sequel, the title takes gameplay inspiration from The Legend of Zelda franchise, and released to solid reviews. The title’s story and character designs come courtesy of comic book artist Joe Madureira, perhaps best known for his work on Marvel characters such as Spider-Man and the X-Men.

Darksiders is expected to retail at a budget price of $19.99. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more details as the game’s release date approaches!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Metroid Prime: Blast Ball Demo Now Available http://www.nintendojo.com/news/metroid-prime-blast-ball-demo-now-available http://www.nintendojo.com/news/metroid-prime-blast-ball-demo-now-available#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:00:26 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158737

Next Level Games’ cooperative Metroid spinoff, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, isn’t slated to arrive in stores until August 19, but 3DS owners can get an early taste of its competitive mode Blast Ball now thanks to the release of a free demo in the 3DS eShop.

Unlike the game proper, which tasks up to four players with completing various cooperative missions, Blast Ball is a three-on-three game of FPS soccer. Two teams of players compete to shoot a large orb into the opposing team’s goal, using various power-ups to gain an advantage over opponents.

Unlike typical 3DS demos, there is no play limit for Blast Ball, though the demo version will only support online play for a limited time.

Have you downloaded the Blast Ball demo yet? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo

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Legendary Entertainment Acquires Detective Pikachu Film Rights http://www.nintendojo.com/news/legendary-entertainment-acquires-detective-pikachu-film-rights http://www.nintendojo.com/news/legendary-entertainment-acquires-detective-pikachu-film-rights#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:00:33 +0000 Marc Deschamps http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158722

Though the rights to a live-action Pokémon film have been in contention for some time, the massive success of Pokémon Go created an unprecedented demand for a Hollywood adaptation. According to Variety, the film rights have been acquired by Legendary Entertainment, and a new movie will begin production starting in 2017!

Surprisingly enough, the film will not focus on a quest to acquire gym badges or become a Pokémon master. Instead, the film will be based on Detective Pikachu, the 2016 eShop game featuring the franchise mascot as a plucky detective. The game has yet to release outside of Japan, though this should greatly increase the likelihood of a localization!

Given Nintendo’s hesitance in Hollywood (particularly after the Super Mario Bros. movie), the film’s focus on a Pokémon spin-off makes perfect sense. All of the Pokémon theatrical releases have focused on side stories, and a live-action film carries extra pressure: a failure could hurt the brand. If the movie focused on the same concepts as the main series games, it could take away from the special nature of the games themselves, especially if the movie failed.

It will be quite interesting to see how the development of Detective Pikachu goes from here. Will the fan demand for a Danny Devito-voiced Pikachu now come to fruition? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Variety

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Pokémon STOP http://www.nintendojo.com/features/editorials/pokemon-stop http://www.nintendojo.com/features/editorials/pokemon-stop#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:00:45 +0000 Joshua A. Johnston http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158698

Pokémon Go is a hit. We’ve had geocaching and we’ve had Ingress, but that all pales in comparison to this social phenomenon. Players are literally everywhere: if you haven’t seen them roaming parks, converging on church parking lots, or doing slow drive-bys of municipal buildings, then you’ve probably seen their many updates on social media. (Or, if you’re like me, you’ve seen plenty of both.)

Although some people have debated the merits of the game, a lot of the public chatter has been over whether the game’s impact on society is good or bad … a sign of just how big this thing has gotten. Everyone has an opinion on the game and whether it is a new portal to American fitness or a sign of the Apocalypse.

I’m not going to try to tell people whether or not they should play the game or not. But I do think that there are some warning signs that gamers should consider in playing. If any of these apply to you, take a hard look in the mirror.

You might want think about putting the stop on Pokémon Go if …

You’re impeding on other peoples’ private property.

Stories have circulated of kids loitering near private homes that were inadvertently marked as gyms or foraging through private property looking for monsters. I’ve seen it: a poor family down the street from me found themselves getting a lot of strange attention because a trio of flags in their front yard were designated a Pokéstop. Kids traipse through their lawn, loiter on the sidewalk, and do slow drive-bys. If you can’t resist making a nuisance of others, you might need a break.

It’s supplanting other outdoor time.

One of the great virtues of Go is that it gets people out and about. I’ve had several people report that the game has shaken up the sedentary lives of them and others around them. Let’s call that what it is: in a country with such a high obesity rate, an uptick moderate exercise is a welcome development. And in some ways it’s not all that different, in principle, than what some fitness apps do through their system of achievements. As a bonus, I’ve noticed that many Go players are hunting with friends, making it a social activity, too.

But if the hunt is taking you away from other outdoor activities you might otherwise do, stop and think about it. Hiking has been shown to have wonderful benefits for mental health, but those benefits are mitigated if you are locked into the screen in front of you. There is something to be said for walking through the forest for the forest’s sake.

It’s distracting you to the point of safety.

Because of Go, we can now add distracted gaming to the list of mishaps that can affect pedestrians and drivers. Your brain can only process so many things at once, which is why texting while driving is so inherently dangerous. People on foot need to be equally careful, and a close eye on finding Pokémon is an eye not on traffic. Since getting hit by a car hurts really bad, just be careful. If nothing else, put the thing away when you cross the street or proceed down a steep ravine.

If you’re out in the middle of nowhere at 2 am.

Seriously, use common sense. There have been reports of players walking into ponds or even off cliffs. A few players have been victimized by armed robbers. And that doesn’t even include the three dead bodies players stumbled on in just a week. (If you don’t believe me, try Googling “Pokemon Go dead body” and see where that takes you.) If the game is consuming your life to the point where you need to be in some dark part of a park in the wee hours of the morning, go home, get some sleep, then wake up and remind yourself how important and special life is. Don’t take it for granted.

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Nintendo Reveals Stages for Final Splatfest http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-reveals-stages-for-final-splatfest http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-reveals-stages-for-final-splatfest#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:00:19 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158708

The final Splatfest is quickly approaching, and Nintendo has revealed which trio of stages will be featured during the event’s rotation. Unlike previous Splatfests, Splatoon players got a chance to vote for the maps they’d like to play on during the event, which will pit players from North America and Europe against one another. The top three choices turned out to be Walleye Warehouse, Kelp Dome, and for some inconceivable reason, Moray Towers.

Nintendo revealed the final tally of votes late last night via Twitter. Walleye Warehouse, perhaps the most iconic Splatoon stage because it was featured during the game’s beta test last year, was the most popular choice in Japan, while the sniping quagmire that is Moray Towers took the top spot in North America and Europe. Kelp Dome, meanwhile, was the winner among the various other regions participating in the event, which helps offset the presence of Moray Towers in the rotation.

The final Splatfest will begin this Friday at 2 AM Pacific Time and run through Sunday, July 24. Will you be taking part in the festivities? Did your favorite map make the cut? Do you hate Moray Towers as much as I do? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo

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Monster Hunter Generations Will Get Free DLC Every Month http://www.nintendojo.com/news/monster-hunter-generations-will-get-free-dlc-every-month http://www.nintendojo.com/news/monster-hunter-generations-will-get-free-dlc-every-month#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:12 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158681

Capcom is giving players of Monster Hunter Generations a good reason to keep hunting forever (as if the game itself wasn’t enough reason). The 3DS game will be receiving free monthly DLC.

A sampler pack is available for download right now. Capcom will be revealing more details about content as it comes, but look forward to more cross-promotional goodies featuring Nintendo characters!

Source: Capcom

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Official Kirby Cafes Coming to Japan http://www.nintendojo.com/news/official-kirby-cafes-coming-to-japan http://www.nintendojo.com/news/official-kirby-cafes-coming-to-japan#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:00:17 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158673

The cutest place in the entire world is opening up in August! Kirby Cafe will soon be open for business in Osaka, Tokyo, and Nagoya. The restaurants will feature Kirby-themed dishes and confections, as well as a gift shop. There are some real treats in store for Kirby fans who visit the cafe, with a menu based around characters and power-ups.

A Pop-Star shaped seafood curry dish, King Dedede’s BBQ chicken, Meta Knight’s parfait, Whispy Woods bread and sausage, Maxim Tomato soup, tons of cupcakes, and much more await hungry denizens of Dream Land who stop by for a bite. Plus when you’re done you can check out some of the Kirby merch! I have to admit that I only discovered what some the dishes were once I ran the website through a translator. It produced some funny transliterated results such as “Meta Knight is every night secretly eating parfait.”

For now, the Kirby Cafe will remain a Japan-exclusive. Here’s hoping that someday we might see them expand overseas when Nintendo starts opening up those theme parks.

Source: Kirby Cafe

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Big Update Coming for Animal Crossing: New Leaf with Amiibo and Splatoon http://www.nintendojo.com/news/big-update-coming-for-animal-crossing-new-leaf-with-amiibo-and-splatoon http://www.nintendojo.com/news/big-update-coming-for-animal-crossing-new-leaf-with-amiibo-and-splatoon#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:00:58 +0000 Kyle England http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=158670

Attention all mayors! Somehow, someway Nintendo is releasing an update to the 3DS Animal Crossing: New Leaf this fall. Yes, suddenly three years post-release the game will receive a swath of new stuff, including support for Amiibo cards and figures, and the addition of Splatoon-themed content.

It looks scanning Amiibo cards of villagers causes that character to move right into your town. The Animal Crossing figures will also work, but the usage is unclear at this time. Splatoon-themed content is also coming in the form of furniture, decorations, and outfits. Interestingly enough, a couple of squirrel villagers in the screenshots resemble Callie and Marie… Ready to load up the update and return to your neglected town?

Source: Nintendo

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