Archive for April, 2013

Yacht Club Games/Shovel Knight Nintendo Feed Interview

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Nintendo Feed: Shovel Knight will be your first game, can you briefly describe what this game is and how it came about?

Yacht Club Games: Shovel Knight is the tale of the eponymous hero Shovel Knight and his adventures as he endeavors to rescue his lost beloved and overthrow the evil Enchantress! However, the game really started as an answer to a question: Could we build a whole game around a downthrust attack? It is a mechanic that resonates with all of us as being satisfying and engaging… so the question was something we gave some serious thought to. We started to ask, well, what other actions would the player be doing? Probably flipping guys over to downthrust their soft underbellys, digging down through blocks, bouncing on enemies to get higher….and as we talked, the theme of a shovel seemed to be what naturally formed. Someone said Shovel Knight: the Shoveling Knight and we all started laughing and realized that it seriously could work!

Nintendo Feed: Shovel Knight will be funded by Kickstarter, that’s become quite a growing trend with independent games development. How does it help you to get your game to release and put Shovel Knight on the radar?

Yacht Club Games: Kickstarter was really a great tool for us as we used it both as a method of funding but also as a way to engage the community in a way we never had before. In the past, we would release a game and then see how people liked it; with the Kickstarter campaign, it was a unique opportunity to interact with our growing fan base to answer questions as they came up. This way, we could get people excited long before the actual game was finalized!

For more of the Yacht Club Games/Shovel Knight interview, visit Nintendo Feed, linked below.

Source: Nintendo Feed

Nintendo Changes E3 2013 Plans

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Nintendo announced that they will be scaling back their E3 presentation plans this year. Instead of doing a large press conference for everyone, they are planning to do smaller events focused on specific groups. For example there will be one event for distributors and one for media. And of course Nintendo will be doing Nintendo Direct events throughout the year. Here’s the full official statement from Nintendo President/CEO Satoru Iwata as seen on the NCL web site:

Also, I would like to use this opportunity to talk about this year’s E3.

In the past we invited reporters, investors and analysts, industry partners, such as software
publishers, and distributors who attended E3 to our large-scale presentations. We also used
them as a communication tool in which we broadcast our presentations on the Internet to
reach out to video game fans around the globe. I believe that many are expecting us to
host a similar event this year.

On the other hand, since we set out on new endeavors such as Nintendo Direct two years
ago in October, we have been paying special attention to the fact that different people
demand different types of information from us. For example, as video game fans are
looking for information about games, it seems that they are less interested in sales figures
that investors and analysts on the other hand attach much greater importance to, and
distribution partners are looking for information on how we are going to market our
products in the immediate future. At previous financial briefing sessions we announced
information about our products, showed videos and even uploaded the recording of these
events onto our website, but given that we now have an established method such as
Nintendo Direct, we feel that we will be able to deliver our messages more appropriately
and effectively by doing so individually based on the various needs of different groups of
people.

At E3 this year, we are not planning to launch new hardware, and our main activity at E3
will be to announce and have people experience our software. Many people are certainly
very interested in learning more about the Wii U titles that we are going to announce.
We will use E3 as an ideal opportunity to talk in detail mainly about the Wii U titles that
we are going to launch this year, and we also plan to make it possible for visitors to try the
games immediately. As a brand new challenge, we are working to establish a new
presentation style for E3.

First, we decided not to host a large-scale presentation targeted at everyone in the
international audience where we announce new information as we did in the past.

Instead, at the E3 show this year, we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically
focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market. There will be one closed event for American
distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western
gaming media. Also, I did not speak at last year’s presentation, and I am not planning to speak
at these events at the E3 show this year either. Apart from these exclusive events for
visitors, we are continuing to investigate ways to deliver information about our games directly
to our home audience around the time of E3. We will share more information about them once
they have officially been decided.

During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo
Direct, to deliver information to our Japanese audience, including those who are at this financial
briefing, mainly focusing on the software that we are going to launch in Japan, and we will
take the same approach outside Japan for the overseas fans as well.

Source: Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Nintendo Unveils Official Miiverse Web Site With Web Access

Nintendo has finally made the Miiverse community accessible outside of the Wii U console. You can now log in any web browser from your PC, 3DS, or just about any other web enabled device. It appears that some features are not available on the browser version, such as searching for new friends to add. So you’ll still have to use your Wii U for that. You also can only register for a Nintendo Network ID through a Wii U as well. It also appears that you cannot create new topics/posts through the web version. You can reply to existing ones, but not start a new one apparently. Still it’s pretty cool that Nintendo did come through with this. Maybe some of the missing features will be added in later. As you might imagine, the site is getting a lot of traffic, so if it’s going slow just be patient or try again later. Here’s what the website looks like prior to signing in:

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Source: GoNintendo & Miiverse Official Site

This Day In Gaming History – April 25th

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2000

  • Reprise Records releases an album by Neil Young called Silver & Gold. The cover art for the album was shot with a Game Boy Camera.

2002

  • Halo (XB) is released by Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios in Japan.
  • Dragon Quest Monsters 1 & 2 (PS1) is released by Enix in Japan.
  • Klonoa Beach Volleyball (PS1) is released by Namco in Japan.

2005

  • Crash Bandicoot (ExEn) is released by In-Fusio and Kaolink.

2006

  • Guilty Gear: Dust Strikers (NDS) is released by Arc System Works and Majesco in North America.
  • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny (PS2) is released by Gust and NIS America in North America.
  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War (PS2) is released by Namco (Project Aces) and Namco Bandai in North America.
  • Winback 2: Project Poseidon (PS2/XB) is released by Cavia, Inc. and Koei in the U.S.
  • LostMagic (NDS) is released by Taito, Garakuta Studio, and Ubisoft in North America.

2008

  • King’s Bounty: The Legend (MAC OS X/WIN) is released by Katauri Interactive and 1C Company in Russia.

2010

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons in the U.S. which features a system called the Funtendo Zii, a parody of the Nintendo Wii. When the power goes out Bart & Lisa use their controllers to fight one another.

2012

  • The Walking Dead: Episode 1 (PSN) is released by Telltale Games in Europe.

2013

  • Mega Man 4 (3DS) is scheduled to be released by Capcom as a Virtual Console title via the eShop service. MM4 originally released in North America in January 1992 for the NES.
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Elite Edition (MAC OS X) is scheduled to be released worldwide by Feral Interactive. The original XCOM game was released back in 1994 as UFO: Enemy Unknown (AKA X-COM: UFO Defense).

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

Random Game Facts – Zelda Twilight Princess = Wind Waker 2?

Hmm, apparently at one point Twilight Princess was going to be a direct sequel to Wind Waker. Instead we got something more of a sequel to Ocarina of Time. Of course we’d get an actual Wind Waker sequel the following year with 2007′s Phantom Hourglass, but it’d be interesting to see if that would’ve been the console WW sequel or if something else entirely would’ve been made. Maybe if Wind Waker HD does well, Nintendo will revisit the idea of a console WW sequel.

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Source: DidYouKnow Gaming

Yesterday’s Recap – April 24th, 2013

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Some interesting news the past couple of days in the world of gaming. Satoru Iwata became the CEO of NOA while still being CEO and President at NCL, the next Call of Duty game’s box art and title may have been leaked, Sony talks PS4, and Microsoft confirmed they will be holding an event to reveal the Next Xbox. Also overnight news broke about Miiverse and Nintendo’s E3 plans. We’ll have more about those topics in separate posts.

We haven’t forgotten about the Zelda: Link to the Past videos. We’re planning to start over with that. I hadn’t played the game in years prior to starting it and got stuck a few times trying to remember where to go, which doesn’t make for that exciting of a speed run/video. Also I’m considering doing a Let’s Play type video series for another game sometime in the future.

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Here’s yesterday’s posts:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Logo & Trailers
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara – Logo
  • Next Xbox Event Date Announced
  • Poker Night 2 – Logo & Launch Trailer
  • Rumor – Europe – Call of Duty: Ghosts Box Art Reve…
  • Mark Cerny Discusses PlayStation 4
  • The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (PS3/PSV) – De…
  • The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (PS3/PSV) – Co…
  • Sony Files New Trademark For Something Called The …
  • Nintendo’s Top Selling Software For Wii U & 3DS
  • Nintendo’s Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results
  • Nintendo of America Gets New CEO
  • Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl – A Few Details Re…
  • Japan – Two New 3DS Virtual Console Titles Announc…
  • Mamegoma Happy! Suites Farm (3DS) – Trailer
  • Great Egg Adventure (3DS) – Screenshots
  • Great Egg Adventure (3DS) – Logo & Title Screen
  • Morning LOL – Toad’s Turnpike
  • This Day In Gaming History – April 24th
  • Site Update

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Logo & Trailers

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Source: AllGamesBeta & Nintendo YouTube Channel

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara – Logo

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Source: AllGamesBeta

Next Xbox Event Date Announced

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Microsoft has officially confirmed that they will indeed be holding an event to reveal their next Xbox console. Rumors have been circulating online for a while now about the event and supposed features including the dread “always online” rumor. Microsoft may finally put that to rest come May 21st. Here’s a screenshot of the website which appears to show an RSVP type form for invited guests:

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Here’s the full announcement courtesy of Major Nelson:

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and
entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus
and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com,
Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then,
19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the
conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

Source: Major Nelson & AllGamesBeta

Poker Night 2 – Logo & Launch Trailer

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Source: AllGamesBeta & Telltale Games YouTube Channel