Nightly News Roundup: 04.23.2012

So many things happened this weekend! We can barely fit them into a News Roundup!

By Kyle England. Posted 04/23/2012 19:15 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Nintendo Direct brings a blowout of information

This weekend, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata broadcasted a new episode of Nintendo Direct, bringing with him a plethora of new Nintendo announcements.

First off, the Nintendo 3DS will be receiving a firmware update on April 25. This update will allow the user to organize their games and icons into named folders on the 3DS menu. It will also allow 3DS games to receive patches directly over Wi-Fi from Nintendo. One of the first games to take advantage of this patching feature will be Mario Kart 7, which will correct the infamous glitch on the Maka Wuhu track that allows racers to bypass most of the course.

The new Animal Crossing for 3DS was confirmed as having a Fall 2012 release date. Baby Peach and Luma will also be joining the character roster of Mario Tennis Open, and hundreds of special accessories that can be utilized by a Mii character were also unveiled.

Nintendo plans to celebrate Kirby’s 20th birthday in 2012 as well. A compilation disc of Kirby games is planned to be released for Wii, but which games will be included and when the game will release have yet to be announced.

A premium update to the Pokédex 3D will be coming to Japan in July, which will feature all 649 Pokémon. The Pokémon AR Searcher was also revealed, which will let players capture Pokémon using the 3DS augmented reality technology.

Most exciting is the unveiling of New Super Mario. Bros 2, which will be coming to the 3DS this August. The game will be similar to New Super Mario Bros. for the original Nintendo DS, but it will obviously take advantage of the 3D effects. The only gameplay footage revealed about this new game so far has only been a collection of screenshots. New features that the screenshots show are Mario using the traditional Tanooki ears and tail from Super Mario Bros. 3 to fly, and a new power-up that turns Mario gold. Expect more details on Mario’s newest 2D romp as they appear!

Source: Nintendo Direct (via Nintendo World Report)

Operation Rainfall plans to pitch Pandora’s Tower directly to publishers

With no North American release of Pandora’s Tower for Wii planned, Operation Rainfall have decided to take matters into their own hands. They will be pitching the game themselves to various publishers in North America, which include Aksys Games, ATLUS, NIS America, Rising Star, UTV Ignition, and XSEED Games JKS. Operation Rainfall is taking donations to reach the goal of sending promotional packs to each publisher, and they are offering rewards to those who help. A donation of $5 will net you a downloadable pack of wallpapers, while those who donate $10 will get a special collector’s box meant for holding all three Operation Rainfall titles.

While the donation goal has been reached as of now, Operation Rainfall is still taking contributions to further their cause.

Source: Operation Rainfall

New Trailers ahoy!

In the wake of Nintendo Direct, a new trailer for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 and several new trailers for Mario Tennis Open have cropped up. Check them out!

Source: Nintendo World Report

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