Nightly News Roundup: 07.30.2012

Nintendo Land will be a keeper, promises hardware producer for Wii U.

By Pierre Bienaimé. Posted 07/30/2012 19:02 3 Comments     ShareThis
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Nintendo Senior Producer Promises Bigger and Better Things in Nintendo Land

Nintendo’s Katsuya Eguchi recently spoke with Gameplanet in an interview on the company’s philosophy for Wii U. Among the topics discussed were the importance of the Pro Controller in appealing to hardcore fans, the company’s dedication to surprising its fans once again, and Nintendo Land‘s role as a game with more staying power than its “comes with the console” predecessors: Wii Sports and Wii Play.

“Wii Sports was very fun, but there was a desire [in making Nintendo Land] to have experiences […] that had a bit more depth or longevity to them. Something that more passionate game fans might be able to sink their teeth into a little bit more.”


You might know Eguchi as the creator of the Animal Crossing franchise, though he also worked on Star Fox, Super Mario World, and the aforementioned Wii games.

Whether Nintendo Land‘s dozen mini-games garner more playtime than Wii Sports and Wii Play is anyone’s guess, but we hope Eguchi’s sentiment amounts to a reality. If half of them are as fun as Tanks! (part of Wii Play), I’ll consider it a rousing victory.

Check the source link for Frank Gibson/Gameplanet’s full interview; it doubles as a fine profile on Eguchi’s career.

Source: Gameplanet

Better Battery Life for 3DS Trumped a Second Circle Pad

More words from Nintendo’s top brass! From Nintendo UK’s Ben Taylor:

“We did review the possibility of the second controller, but we felt that increased battery life was really important to players, and this would have been affected if we had introduced one. It would also have made the console a lot bigger and bulkier.”


“Importantly, the majority of games, for instance the likes of Mario Kart 7 or Super Mario 3D land, don’t benefit from the second controller. A second circle pad peripheral is in development for the 3DS XL which can be used for titles such as Resident Evil Revelations.”

If you’re still disappointed by the decision, at least you know why it was made.

Source: My Nintendo News

3D Solitaire, Anyone? Oh, Wait…

A 3D take on the classic card game hits the Nintendo eShop on August 2nd. Costs $3.00. Looks like this:

The game features three backdrops, and the unlockable right to use your own photos for the purpose.

3 Responses to “Nightly News Roundup: 07.30.2012”

  • 381 points
    Hyawatta says...

    You can’t have just one bite of NintendoLand. Once you have a taste, you’ll take another chip, & you’ll eat it!

    NintendoLand is very competitive. I wanted to keep playing so I could get better at it. I could not put it down even at the cost of running out of time to play other Wii U games. When we first played Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, the ghost destroyed us, but after a couple of sessions, we completely turned the tables and took out the ghost rather quickly. In Animal Crossing Sweet Day, I was the decoy. I had both guards chasing me around which freed up the other players to collect the candy at their leisure. In Legend of Zelda Battle Quest, I learned to take my time, look out for projectiles, and block. We got farther each time as we realized that it took skill and patience to progress.

    I can see that there is depth and longevity in building up ones skills in the attractions. This has shown me that it can be just as challenging to compete against other players in NintendoLand as it is in other genres such as fighting games and FPS’s. There are many Wii U games that I want at launch, but NintendoLand has risen to the top of my list.

  • 156 points
    Bradly Halestorm says...

    I will make it known now that Nintendo Land is the title I’m most looking forward to come launch. It looks like the perfect party compilation, and the ideal way to spend a Saturday night with a case of beer and a few buddies.

    • 576 points
      MegabusterLegends3 says...

      My only problem is, when I have a new system, I want to have a game to play on it that I can play into the Wii hours of the morning (See what I did there? Heheheh). With Nintendo Land, I see me myself often having nothing to play on the console because I don’t happen to have a couple of friends available to play a Nintendo Land minigame (which is almost all of the time). This same thing happened to me with Wii Play and Wii Sports. That’s why Pikmin 3 and NSMBU are a little higher on the list for me.

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