Few tech companies are regarded with such prestige as Nintendo. And despite a shaky past couple of years, the Japanese firm have looked to catch up with the success of addictive puzzle and online blackjack games in the mobile gaming realm with the successful release of their Miitomo gaming app. And whilst news of will please many of the company’s fans, the fact that the games rely on the pre-existing titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing prove that Nintendo is not afraid to revisit old gaming glories. This is especially evident in 2016 with Mario once again getting a gaming outing opposite his old Sega rival, Sonic the Hedgehog, in the Rio 16 Olympics game that will come to the Wii U console in June. This will see a typically cartoonish take on many iconic Olympic sports such as sprinting, beach volleyball and even rugby for the first time. And with the Paper Mario: Colour Splash once again showing how adaptable the chubby plumber is in the gaming arena, it’s clear that this iconic is here to stay. The Pokémon craze also looks to get an extended run later this year when Pokémon Sun and Moon aims to provide two separate role-playing games for the 3DS. And given the , it looks like the cute and colourful franchise is going to enjoy yet another massive success. This is in addition to the augmented reality fun of Pokémon Go that shows that it’s going to a big year for the franchise. And although the fact that the Pokémon trading card online game hitting the Google Play store shouldn’t trouble the likes of Betway, who enable players to thanks to their easy-to-use casino site, it does show that card-gaming is showing no signs of going away. Interestingly, it looks like The Legend of Zelda could soon be making a welcome return as the star of the highly-secretive Nintendo NX console. The fantasy series has enjoyed many remakes over the years with this year’s Twilight Princess being successfully remastered for the Wii U. And with the impressive developments in the Amiibo Challenge giving gamers a much more tangible way to interact with their gaming devices, it looks like Nintendo’s legacy rests on its retro triumphs as well as its technological innovations.
It was recently announced that the highly anticipated Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-Spirit of Justice will launch this September. Capcom has also confirmed that the game will only be available as an eShop digital download. The price will be set to £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 respectively. For those of us who are not familiar with the story, below is an insert from the recent press release: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice sees Phoenix in a brand new location: a courtroom situated in the Kingdom of Khura’in, origin of the Kurain Channeling Technique, where mysterious séance trials decide the fate of all defendants. Brand new to the series is the Divination Séance gameplay mechanic that allows the player to revisit the last moments of a victim’s life. Players must fight to unravel the discrepancies and contradictions between the Royal Priestess’s Insight and what is shown in the séance. Meanwhile, defense attorney Apollo Justice faces his own challenges holding down the fort at the Wright Anything Agency, as he takes on a case that will have explosive implications. Both our heroes are joined by a host of returning friends and adversaries in their fight to bring about justice. Are you looking forward to downloading Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-Spirit of Justice? Source:
A new 2DS platformer game by Mobot Studios is scheduled to be released on Wii U soon. Demongeon is set in a 2D world where you play as a demon who is trying to escape his fate. It is a challenging level-based game that unlocks different modes as you progress in levels. This project which was able to get funding from their Kickstarter campaign promises fast paced levels with a fun soundtrack. The soundtrack will be available on Spotify. Are you looking forward to seeing Demongeon on Wii U? Source:
It's almost here! The next Splatfest is taking place next weekend. The theme will be Miitomo and will allow users to dress up or dress in fun costumes. The epic showdown will start on May 13th, 8pm PT and ends on May 15th at 3am PT. What has many players extra excited about this Splatoon Splatfest is that it will be open to players of all regions. Allowing you to mingle and battle with other members across the region. The results will be also be global. You can head over to Inkopolis Plaza right now to cast your vote. Are you excited to join in on this Splatfest? Source:
Humble Bundle is currently offering a slightly different budget game package to what they usually provide in the form of their Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle. If you weren’t already aware, the bundle, that’s offers a range of 3DS and Wii U games from third party developers and publishers, all for less than $13 (or less, depending on which games you want to pick up). It’s an absolutely fantastic deal, providing a total of twelve games plus a 3DS theme for less than half of the price you’d typically pay for one game. However, it’s the sort of bargain that Nintendo fans simply aren’t used to. Nintendo has most likely played a huge part in orchestrating the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle and we really do commend them for that. However, it’s time that they took a look at their own digital storefront and offered something similar. The fact of the matter is that the Nintendo eShop is hugely lagging behind the online storefronts of other major console manufacturers when it comes to discounts. In an average week, you will typically find a number of discounted items in Nintendo eShop downloads offering. However, those items are typically small eShop titles from independent developers. Very rarely do we see Nintendo knocking a considerable amount of their own first-party titles or third party retail releases in the same way that Sony do with PlayStation and Microsoft do with Xbox. In fact, the price of a typical retail game on the eShop remains pretty high, even years following its release. Surely Nintendo can’t be making money from these incredibly over-priced games. Isn’t it time they started offering discounts? That being said, Nintendo has made some progress towards this. Recently launching their My Nintendo service, the replacement to Club Nintendo offers a number of rewards in terms of money off first party titles. It’s definitely a start but still far from the weekly sales that Sony offers on their digital storefront. This is a time when Nintendo can’t afford for the competition to have a major advantage over them, so in my humble opinion, they should be slashing prices wherever possible. Not only do Nintendo risk losing their players to the opposition, but with the likes of accessible for free, Nintendo should remain vigilant. In conclusion, the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle is a great start, but Nintendo needs to start offering their players an awful lot more when it comes to digital discounts.
Calling all amiibo collectors, you should head out to today. The Animal Crossing's Isabelle and Kirby amiibo pre-orders start today at 3pm EST. Isabelle is a fun-loving dog whose role is to aid the player as a secretary. Her goal is to make the town better! Kirby, one of Nintendo's most famous icon characters really needs no introduction. Don't miss out on owning these collector items! Isabelle and Kirby can be purchased as stand-alone items for $12.99 each. They are both scheduled to launch on June 10th in North America. Source:
Star Fox Zero has now topped the best seller game list on . The highly desired 3D scrolling shooter game follows Fox McCloud and friends in a new adventure to save the universe from his enemies. You will also have to master flying the Arwing jet, Gyrowing flight drone, and Landmaster tank! Star Fox Zero is for Wii U and will be released this Friday, April 22, 2016, along with Star Fox Ground. The game will also be compatible with amiibo. Reviews will be out tomorrow so stay tuned. Are you excited to play Star Fox Zero? Source:
Emily Rogers, a blogger known for being active in the gaming community has reported that we should expect Zelda Wii U news soon. She further stated that her sources are reliable and also shared you will be able to choose between a male and female character. According to her sources, is still in development and will be released on both Wii U and the upcoming Nintendo NX platform. The new platform will also be released this year. Nintendo President Kimishima is quoted saying: "As far as NX goes, I've said it's different and obviously a new experience," Kimishima said. "That being said, I can assure you we're not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. It's something unique and different. It's something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base." Source:
App Annie, a mobile app analytics platform has just announced the Top 5 Worldwide Grossing Portable Games for 2015. The is pretty detailed and list games by platforms including the IOS App Store, Google Play and Handheld Game Consoles. On top of the best-selling handheld games is Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Monster Hunter X, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team/White Dog Squad and finally Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Which games do you think should be on the list? Source:
Good news for those of us waiting to buy the new Star Fox Zero. It has been reported that is now taking pre-orders and adding a special bonus! In this release, our hero space pilot Fox McCloud is back, bringing peace to the galaxy by blasting away his enemies. As a bonus, you will get the Falco amiibo for $4.99. Falco is a talented pilot and part of the Star Fox team. We know Falco as once leading his own galactic gang before joining the heroic team. This deal is only available online so hurry! Source:
Awesome news fellow Disney fans, IGN is reporting that Wreck-It-Ralph 2 could possibly be in the works. What's equally as exciting is they could feature the one and only Mario. If you remember the last film featured Bowser, Pacman, Sonic and Q-bert! Disney and Nintendo have a successful relationship and mutual love for showing fans what they want to see. Rich Moore who is the film director has hinted about the sequel. He is quoted saying "I think the world of that first film is so big and the characters are very rich and I just think that they have more stories in them." What game characters would you like to see featured in the film? Source:
When I first picked up a back in 2006, not long after the second iteration of Nintendo’s handheld had launched, there was a good few first party titles available on the platform. At that time, I picked up a number of those first party releases, as you’d expect, including quite predictably Super Mario 64 DS and as you might have guessed, Animal Crossing: Wild World. That being said, there was one particularly new first party title that caught my eye and it went by the name of Clubhouse Games, or 42 All-Time Classics as it was known in Europe. Clubhouse Games was a casino focused title that signalled a new era of handheld gaming for Nintendo, an era focused at the larger audience. It was a fairly mature puzzle title but one packed with content and something incredibly new for Nintendo. For those who don’t recall, Clubhouse Games was a release focused around a number of popular casino games, including card games like Blackjack, Texas hold ‘em and Pig. It also featured a number of favourite board games, along with some action modes including bowling, darts and billiards. It was the ultimate mature gaming package and clearly part of Nintendo’s new focus towards mature gamers. Most of Clubhouse Games’ mini-games could be played single-player and given my addiction to solitaire back then, that’s where I spent most my time. However, the inclusion of multiplayer over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was pretty revolutionary at the time, with Clubhouse Games actually being the first title I used the service with. But what happened to Clubhouse Games? I always loved the title as a fantastic way to wind down and I hoped it would be a series that Nintendo would carry with them through their next generations of handheld consoles, but that wasn’t the case. I could definitely see a new Clubhouse Games title as a release and it’s actually something I’d really enjoy playing on my 3DS. To be honest, Nintendo could turn to sites like to provide inspiration for a new Clubhouse Games release. They have a fantastic range of casino focused mini-games that would be well at home within the series. Whatever happened to Clubhouse Games Nintendo? I can only hope that they will one day bring back one of the games that launched the DS.
The Nintendo NX system is scheduled to launch this year. Unfortunately, many game developers are still in the dark about what the system is. President Tatsumi Kimishima has stated Nintendo NX will be unlike any other console the company has on the market. Game development studio Rebellion who has created titles such as Sniper Elite V2 and Judge Dredd is quoted saying although they stand behind Nintendo's new creation, they are not sure their games will be compatible. “I know no more about [NX] than you do, so we’d be purely speculating. If it’s something that will run our games and if it isn’t some weird wobble balance board or something that’s totally irrelevant to what we’re doing then, if we can and if there’s a market there, if there’s a commercial opportunity, then we definitely want to capitalise on that.” What do you think about Nintendo NX? Source:
Recently we heard news about the anticipated release of Pokémon Sun and Moon. The Japanese publication CoroCoro has stated that it will have updates and information relating to the game in upcoming issues. They also share that they will hold a special countdown to the release. CoroCoro also makes reference to the "Pokémon Elections", which refer to a possible series of Pokémon movies. The next issue will be released on April 15th. It will be interesting to see what information they will share, are you excited about Pokémon Sun and Moon? Source:
Given the massive popularity of the series, it is no surprise that there are lots of different games available in the Mario franchise – although even Nintendo fans might be have been released since it launched with Donkey Kong back in the early 1980s. Mario is a genuine gaming legend, although a lot of people forget that he was known as Jumpman in his earliest incarnation. Like a lot of the best games, many of the Mario ones feature secret levels to be uncovered and this article will explore some of the best ones. The Super Mario Bros game from 1985 has a secret level that most fans of the game will already know about – the underwater Negative World – but a strange hack was recently uncovered that opens the door to hundreds of additional secret levels. To be able to access them, you need original copies of the Super Mario Bros and Nintendo Tennis games, as well as a top-loader Nintendo Entertainment System. The process involves removing the Mario game from the system during level 1-1, replacing it with the Tennis game, resetting, starting the singles game, removing it, putting Mario Bros back and resetting again. This will open up a different . However, there are risks, as it has the potential to damage both the system and the games. 1993’s Super Mario World also offers Nintendo gamers plenty of secret levels to explore, including the Star World, which can be entered through any of five different entry points. By this stage, the series was actively encouraging its players to look for these secret levels, and doing so – for example discovering the second exit by leaping below the Cheese Bridge – became an integral part of the experience. Furthermore, once a player had found his or her way into the Star World, they found there were more hidden exits to be located – culminating in the one within the Star World 5 secret level: the Special World. This was a harsh contrast to the Star World levels, with players having to overcome challenges called things like Tubular, Outrageous and the incredibly tough Awesome – where you have to make it through small, icy slopes while Bullet Bills are shot at you from off-screen. Some of the more recent games in the Mario series have featured secret levels set within casinos – most notably the in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and The Secret of Casino Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine. The latter is set within the official casino for the Isle Delfino and allows players to collect blue coins – but also opens up other secret levels by trying to score 777 on the casino’s slot machines, before using the nozzle to turn the . The former requires you to have a Bright Card to get entry and is accessed via Bean Valley and a secret passageway. You will also have to overcome a Chomp Chomp within this valley and perform three jumps, for the level to appear. The Mario series is so popular around the world that there is even an official day of celebration – March 10th is Mario Day – so why not mark it by playing these secret levels.
Recently it was reported that a few popular game titles will be added to the Nintendo Selects line. Amazon has just reported that it will allow pre-ordering beginning at $19.99. This means that if you already have an Amazon Prime membership you could receive an additional 20% off! Some of the titles include Donkey Kong Country, Tropical Freeze, NES Remix Pack, Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Party: Island Tour and Yoshi’s New Island for 3DS. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii system. Are you excited to see these titles on Nintendo Select? Source:
Game Theory recently sat down with Bill Trinen and Shigeru Miyamoto to discuss what's new with Star Fox. At first, they weren't going to create a new Star Fox game but decided it was time to reinvent the game with today's style gameplay. They focused on the Wii U flight control aspect to have the user truly experience what it's like to fly. The end result is a good story with great gameplay! Shigeru also answers age-old questions, like why does Star Fox have metal legs? terestingly, what happens to his tail when he sits? Are you looking forward to seeing the new Star Fox game? Source: