• Nintendo: Major Game Announcement Incoming

    According to the latest issue of Famitsu DS+Wii, a major game announcement is headed to Nintendo Platforms.

    Famitsu, the Japanese gaming magazine teased a game reveal, which is Nintendo-related which is coming in its next issue. The translation of the article doesn’t specify which platform, so we are only left to assume that the phrase used “Nintendo platforms”.

    Hopefully this indicates a launch across both the Wii U and the 3DS. It could be Dragon Quest seeing that it is a very popular to say the least in Japan. Others have also speculated that it could be an addition to a franchise.

  • Club Nintendo Elite Status Awards

    Finally the Club Nintendo Elite Status awards are here. As many expected they are all digital. The options available are for Wii U and 3DS games, including Virtual Console classics.

    The following is the list of rewards for Platinum members (those who collected 600 coins):

    1. Mario Party: Island Tour for 3DS
    2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS
    3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS
    4. Mario Golf: World Tour for 3DS
    5. Mario Kart 7 for 3DS
    6. Yoshi's New Island for 3DS
    7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U
    8. NES Remix 2 for Wii U
    9. Punch-Out!! for Wii U
    10. Pushmo World for Wii U
    11. Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii U
    12. Ultimate NES Remix for 3DS

    Both Punch-Out!! And Galaxy 2 are recently introduced downloadable Wii introduced by Nintendo. The following games are the list of game available for both Gold and Platinum members:

    1. Crashmo for 3DS
    2. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! for 3DS
    3. Pushmo for 3DS
    4. Super Mario Bros. 3 for 3DS
    5. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for 3DS
    6. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages for 3DS
    7. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons for 3DS
    8. Mysterious Murasame Castle for 3DS
    9. Advance Wars for Wii U
    10. The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
    11. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga for Wii U
    12. Metroid Fusion for Wii U
    13. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels for Wii U
    14. Super Mario Kart for Wii U
    15. WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames! for Wii U
    16. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 for Wii U

    If you are one of those who still have not used the coins for prizes you still have time till June 30th. Although new codes are unfortunately not being accepted so if you haven’t achieved Platinum dreams, I am sorry to say that you’re already a little too late.




    It’s about time I show the Nintendo lovers some love! President of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, had a nice long chat with the folks at IGN about Wii U’s and 3DS’s future when it came to being connected online, quite simply put digital purchases and online play.

    “Online play is always important,” Fils-Aime told IGN. “I guess maybe people read into it, when a Nintendo first-party game doesn’t have connected play, that somehow we’re not interested in connected play. The reality is that when our developers are making a game, they think about the type of experience that they want to see happen. And so for Super Mario 3D World the development team wanted people to be in the same space, having that fun enjoyment, that’s the vision that they had in their head. So they created an experience that was multiplayer in the same room. That doesn’t mean that we don’t care about connected gameplay. It’s just that the developers have a vision for what we want to bring to bear. We do exceptionally well in that in-the-same-room multiplayer experience.”

    It was clear from what Reggie said, Nintendo both understands and belives that connectivity is a huge part of gaming nowadays. Not to mention how important digital downloads have become.

    “From a Nintendo perspective, we needed to have the right infrastructure. We needed to have the right approach from a digital standpoint. And we needed to have the capabilities to execute it right. I would say that, beginning with the 3DS, and certainly to a whole new level with the Wii U, we’re getting digital right. The consumer is voting with their wallets. A game like Animal Crossing, where 30 percent of the sales are happening digitally, the consumer is recognizing the benefits that we have with digital content. Not only in dual distribution products – products sold both digitally and physically – but in the very strong library of digital games, whether it’s games from independent developers or content that we’re bringing back digitally. We’re creating a very strong business proposition on our digital space.”

    There you have it folks. A lot of Nintendo fans have been less than impressed with the online offering and rightfully so. Being connected not only adds another dimension to the gameplay but also enriches it an unbelievable fashion. Being able to compare and compete with friends gives a different kind of drive to players. And there is no doubt how the length of the game is significantly increased due to an online component, giving a game that much greater bang for the buck. Here is to hoping for a brilliant online future for Nintendo.

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