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Nintendo Direct April 2013 Recap – Year of the Luigi, EarthBound to VC, New & Old Zeldas

 
Nintendo broadcasted it’s Nintendo Direct video updating gamers on future plans across various platforms today. Satoru Iwata, Global President of Nintendo, called this year the “Year of Luigi” with some Luigi focused gaming in the Super Mario Bros. series.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is to be released on August 11 on the 3DS. The 3DS features are utilized to incorporate all new battle styles that take place in both the real world that requires cooperation with the brothers and Luigi’s dream world that can involve many Luigi’s helping Mario advance through levels.

Luigi will also be the focus of a New Super Mario Bros. U DLC. New Super Luigi U will take advantage of Luigi’s characteristics like being able to jump higher than Mario. The DLC is scheduled for a summer release.

Also announced were a new entries for Mario Party and Yoshi’s Island on the 3DS. Iwata also revealed Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move for the 3DS eShop. It is a puzzle game where the player will guide Mario or Donkey Kong to the end of each stage. Expect to create stages and upload them or download other user created stages.

Pikmin 3 finally got a release date, August 4.

Following up on the recent Pikachu 3DS XL system, there is a new Animal Crossing 3DS XL system coming.

Capcom’s Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will hit the eShop on May 30.

Square Enix’s Bravely Default: Flying Fairy might be one of the more bizarre names for their RPGs, but it is coming to 3DS. Sometime in 2014. Yikes. The concept of skipping a turn in battle to have a chance to do more damage in later rounds is very intriguing. Also added to the 2014 roster is Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy for 3DS.

Shin Megami Tensei IV for 3DS hits July 16 and Atlus has revealed the first shipment to include plenty of swag. How does a 176-page Strategy & Design Book, which features the starter guide and a range of artwork, a soundtrack that covers the breadth of the SMT series, and a slipcase with key art by Atlus graphic artist Masayuki Doi grab you?

Forget everything you just read. This is the big news. EarthBound is coming to Wii U Virtual Console by the end of the year.

Okay, maybe this news tidbit might be a tad bigger. Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, Inc. dropped a Legend of Zelda bomb on us. A new Legend of Zelda taking place in the A Link to the Past world. The 3D display will be used to show depth in environments. You will also be able to turn into a “paper” Link to walk along walls, adding a new “dimension” to solving puzzles.

 

 

 

When Gamers Get Greedy: The Issue Of Entitlement Among Franchise Fans

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The issue of gamer entitlement is one that has been talked about a lot, especially this year with the whole Mass Effect 3 ending debacle. So why do a lot of gamers seem to feel so entitled? Should gamers be able to demand things from developers and publishers? I will answer these questions and more as I attempt to break down the issue of gamer entitlement.

Video games are unique in the fact that their fan base is seemingly becoming more and more entitled every year. You simply don’t see this kind of entitlement with other entertainment mediums. If a movie comes out that has a terrible ending, you don’t hear people demanding that the director and actors film a new one. The same goes for music and television as well. You may hear people complaining about a certain movie or CD, but there is a big difference between voicing your dissatisfaction with something and demanding that it be altered in some way that will take time and money from the people who created it in the first place.

Nintendo and Unity Unite

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Unity Technologies, developer of the cross-platform Unity engine have announced a worldwide license agreement with Nintendo for their upcoming Wii U console. This will mean a form of the popular engine is going to be available to both Nintendo and their third-party development partners in order to create new software for the Wii U.

This agreement will also entitle Unity Technologies to release a Wii U add-on for current users of the engine, enabling software already developed with Unity to be easily ported onto the Wii U platform.

Unity is already in use by 1.2 million developers worldwide which would suggest we’ll see some exciting games ported from all the platforms that currently support the engine; for example: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC and even iOS and Android. This will allow the possibility for popular games like Rochard, AaaaaAAaaaAAA…!!!, Muffin Knight, Deer Hunter and Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood to make an appearance on the upcoming console and will guarantee to provide a stable influx of original indie content.

This agreement seems to be a sensible move by Nintendo who will be putting a focus on software downloads with the Wii U. The potential for indie games companies to contribute will provide good variety, pushing the console’s innovative control system and gamepad.

According to Unity Technologies the Unity Wii U content will not be widely available until 2013.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Trailer Features Mushrooms and Nintendo Costumes

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The recent Wii U announcements, which you can read more about here, revealed some rather surprising news for the November bound system. Not the least of which is it’s very own Tekken Tag Tournament 2 port featuring exclusive Nintendo character costumes and a Mushroom Battle Mode. Namco Bandai released a trailer for Tokyo Game Show 2012 to help you visualize how Nintendo has crossed 0ver into Tekken land.

That’s right, you can now dress your characters in Mario, Luigi, Link, and Zelda costumes. Quite the exclusive for one of 2012′s top fighters. But wait, you get more. Battle it out with mushrooms that can grow or shrink your characters and just add some over-the-top Super Mario craziness to the Wii U launch title. Tag in on November 18, 2012.

The Big List: Wii U ‘Launch Window’ Games

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Don’t know what games to buy when you pick up your new Wii U console in November? Well here’s something that you may find helpful. This is a list (taken directly from Nintendo’s Wii U  media briefing this morning) of all the Wii U games that are expected to release within the system’s launch window (November 18, 2012-March 2013):

 

2k Sports:

-NBA 2k13 (2k Sports)

 

Activision:

-007 Legends

-Call of Duty: Black Ops II

-Transformers Prime

-Wipeout 3

-Skylanders Giants

-Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 (NA only)

-Rapala Pro Bass Fishing (NA only)

 

Capcom:

-Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Bayonetta 2 Wii U Exclusive

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Probably the biggest surprise this morning is that Nintendo managed to snatch up an exclusive title, the sequel to Platinum Games’ blockbuster action game, Bayonetta. However, don’t get too excited just yet. It appears the title will not release any time soon, as no release date was given nor was any actual gameplay footage shown. The only thing shown was a brief  teaser trailer with the game’s official logo. One last tidbit is that the game will be published by Nintendo. Kudos to them! Check out the trailer below:

New Super Mario Bros. U Boxart

This morning Nintendo confirmed during their Wii U media briefing that New Super Mario Bros. U will be available at the system’s launch. In the meantime, here is the official boxart for the game:

Now gamers will be able to recognize it on store shelves and pick up a copy alongside their shiny Wii U come this November.

Wii U Release Date and Price Revealed

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Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America got straight to the point this morning with the official release of the Wii U. That’s right folks, Wii U will hit North American store shelves on November 18, 2012, just in time for the holidays. Nintendo will offer two bundles at launch; a basic bundle and a deluxe bundle. Each bundle will cost $299.99 and $349.99 respectively. The following is included in each bundle:

 

Basic Bundle ($299.99):

-The console

-The gamepad

-power cord

-HDMI cable

-sensor bar

-8 GB Memory

 

 

 

 

 

Rayman Legends- Castle Rock Footage

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This is quite possibly one of the greatest things I have ever seen. Watch, and be amazed!

Source: IGN

F-Zero announced as part of NintendoLand

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F-Zero is back on a Nintendo console after nine years! Well, only partially, as it turns out after F-Zero was announced as the sixth of the twelve franchises to be part of the minigame bonanza that is NintendoLand. Whilst it doesn’t signal a return for the popular racing franchise it at least breathes new life into long standing rumours that an F-Zero game is forthcoming.