Nightly News Roundup: 04.24.2012

Pikmin 2 finally heads to North America, Nintendo picks up more domains, and the latest 3DS firmware update is now available!

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 04/24/2012 23:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

New Play Control! Pikmin 2 Coming to North America in June

According to the latest issue of Nintendo Power, New Play Control! Pikmin 2, a Wii-enhanced re-release of the classic GameCube title, will finally be making its way to North America sometime this June.

Nintendo first launched the New Play Control! line back in 2009 as a way to repurpose certain GameCube titles with motion controls. Among the games to receive this treatment were Mario Power Tennis, Metroid Primes 1 and 2 (in the form of Metroid Prime Trilogy), and the original Pikmin, though its sequel remained conspicuously missing (at least in North America– Europe and Japan both received the game back in 2009). Odd as it may be that we’re just getting it now some three years after the last New Play Control! title, it’s still exciting to see one of the finest GameCube games make its way to Wii, particularly when releases for the console have all but dried up. It’s also likely that this was done as a way to remind gamers of the franchise before the unveiling of Pikmin 3, which was confirmed will be making its public debut at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Source: Nintendo Power (via GoNintendo)

Nintendo Registers, Other Domains

Hot on the heels of last week’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo of America has registered the domains for Fire Emblem: Awakening, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Pokédex 3D Pro.

While it has already been confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pokédex 3D Pro will be making their way to North America before the end of the year, this is the first indication that the company may be planning to bring over Fire Emblem as well. Up until now, Nintendo of America has been characteristically mum on the subject of its localization, and to see it register a domain for the title is a promising sign that it could be releasing it stateside. Still, given the company’s recent attitude toward RPGs in general, there is a chance that it may still decline to localize the game and this acquisition was simply a precaution in case it did.

Source: DailyChanges

3DS Firmware Update Now Available

Also on the heels of last week’s Nintendo Direct presentation, the latest 3DS firmware update is now available.

This particular update allows you to create folders in which to store some of your excess games and applications, freeing up space in your 3DS’s dashboard. The update also enables certain games (like Nintendo’s own Mario Kart 7) to receive patches, though as of yet there are no patches to download. The aforementioned Mario Kart 7 patch is set to go live sometime this May.

Source: Nintendo (via SpotPass)

One Response to “Nightly News Roundup: 04.24.2012”

  • 690 points
    KisakiProject says...

    Pikmin 2 is one of my favorite GCN games. If not my favorite Nintendo game on that platform. If its $20 I would love to replay while waiting for Pikmin 3. Maybe I’ll pick it up after e3 to help satiate my immense desire for that game.

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