Archive for June 23rd, 2014

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Will Let Players Charge Smash Attacks With C-Stick & No Z Button

super smash bros for wii u logo 300x128 Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Will Let Players Charge Smash Attacks With C Stick & No Z Button

GameXplain recently mentioned on their Twitter account that they discovered something new about Super Smash Bros. For Wii U during their E3 play through of the game. Unlike in previous Smash games, players will now be able to charge smash attacks using the C-stick by itself and will no longer have to hold the Z button at the same time to charge them. This should make performing smash attacks somewhat easier, especially for newcomers to the series.

Source: Gamnesia & GameXplain

Nintendo Is Okay With Castaway Paradise Despite Similarities To Animal Crossing

castaway paradise screen 1 Nintendo Is Okay With Castaway Paradise Despite Similarities To Animal Crossing

Castaway Paradise is a life simulation game for iOS devices and given how the gameplay and look of the game is similar to Animal Crossing, some have wondered how Nintendo feels regarding the game’s existence and whether or not they would take action against the developers. In a statement to Eurogamer, developer Stolen Couch Games said:

“Some people are concerned of Nintendo’s opinion of our game. All I can say it that we’ve been talking to Nintendo for years. We’ve showed Castaway Paradise to them and everything is fine. We’re even considering bringing Castaway Paradise to the Wii U. There are many differences between the before mentioned games and Castaway Paradise.”

So it seems Nintendo is okay with the game despite it being a lot like their own Animal Crossing series. I guess Nintendo doesn’t consider it similar enough to warrant action against Stolen Couch Games. After all, one could argue that Nintendo borrowed some ideas themselves from The Sims which was released before the first Animal Crossing game.

Source: Eurogamer

Famitsu Review Scores For 6/23/14

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There’s only one Nintendo related review score in Famitsu this week and it’s for IslandDays on the 3DS. Famitsu gave the game the following score:

IslandDays (3DS) – 6/6/5/5

Source: Nintendo Everything & Famitsu

Image: Xona Games

UK Software Sales Charts For Wii U & 3DS For The Week Ending 6/21/14

gfk chart track logo UK Software Sales Charts For Wii U & 3DS For The Week Ending 6/21/14

Here’s the latest sales rankings for Wii U & 3DS for the week ending 6/21/14 for the UK courtesy of Chart Track & Nintendo Everything.

Wii U

  1. Mario Kart 8
  2. Super Mario 3D World
  3. New Super Mario Bros. U
  4. New Super Luigi U
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  6. Sports Connection
  7. FIFA 13
  8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  9. Nintendo Land
  10. Rayman Legends

3DS

  1. Tomodachi Life
  2. Pokémon Y
  3. Pokémon X
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  6. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  7. Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  8. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  9. Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
  10. Mario Golf: World Tour

Source: Nintendo Everything & GFK Chart Track

Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) – More Screenshots

Source: Siliconera & 4Gamer

Divinity: Original Sin (Multi) – Logo & Features Trailer

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Source: PC Gamer & Larian Studios

Tales of the World: Reve Unitia (3DS) – Trailer/Commercial

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Source: Nintendo Everything & Bandai Namco

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Multi) – Lockdown Vignette

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Source: Nintendo Everything & Transformers

Nintendo Originally Considered Creating Splatoon With Established Characters

splatoon logo 300x160 Nintendo Originally Considered Creating Splatoon With Established Characters

Game Informer recently interviewed Splatoon Producer Hisashi Nogami & Co-Director Tsubasa Sakaguchi about Splatoon. They discussed developing the game as well as creating a new IP for Nintendo. GI asked if Splatoon had ever been considered to be created with established characters and the response was:

“With us, first we’re making the game, and then we think what kind of characters we would use with it, and obviously, one of those choices is established IP.

Of course, the most important thing is what matches. What matches with the gameplay and the abilities you are giving to the player, the play style, and ultimately what graphically will match the game you want to make. In the case of this game, we found that it really had to be new characters to would fit this game we were making. It would be kind of weird if Mario got splattered with ink and then exploded.”

So in the planning stages, Nintendo had thought about using characters they had already created, but decided none of them would work well with Splatoon and thus decided to go in a new direction with the squid/human idea.

Source: Gamnesia & Game Informer

Mario Kart 8 (WU) – Mercedes-Benz DLC Confirmed For Western Release

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In one of those you’ve got to see it to believe it types of stories, Nintendo has confirmed that North America & Europe will be receiving the Mercedes-Benz DLC for Mario Kart 8. This DLC will add the Mercedes-Benz GLA as a playable “kart” into the game.

My take: I’m sure Nintendo was paid a nice amount from Mercedes-Benz (at least I hope they were), but I’m not sure this type of thing really belongs in Mario Kart. If they want to make their own take on Forza or Gran Turismo and it include it with that, so be it, but it just seems odd and out of place to me for a Mario Kart game.

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine & Mercedes-Benz