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  • 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.

     

  • Xbox One to outsell the PlayStation 4 in North America?

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    So far Sony’s PlayStation 4 has dominated the next-gen console market. Where the Wii U has only sold 6 million since its launch 1.5 years ago, and Xbox One’s 3 million sold (5 million shipped to retailers), the PlayStation has sold over an astonishing 7 million consoles.

    A recent report from International Data Corporation (IDC) gave us a interesting future sales forecast of these consoles. According to it the PS4 is expected to sell about 51 million units by 2016, giving PS4 the largest global console market share.

    This report goes on to state that if Microsoft were to unbundle the Kinect from the Xbox One, they will regain their major share in the North American market.

    "The presumed unbundling of Kinect and Xbox One, which should facilitate rough price parity between it and the PS4, should lead to a spike in Xbox One sales. Assuming the console and sensor are unbundled in 2015, IDC expects Xbox One to recover and emerge with the largest installed base of any console in North America by the end of 2016."

  • 50+ Unity Games Being Developed for Wii U

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    At this year’s Game Developer Conference (GDC) Damon Baker, senior manager of marketing of the licensing department at Nintendo America, had quite a bit to say about the Wii U’s future. According to what he told Siliconera, there are more than 50 games coming out for the Wii U which will be utilizing the Unity engine.

    For now there are 17 games that have already been completed and expected to release in a few months. Baker added, “And then, we have another 50 that are waiting in the wings, that are coming; so we’ve got a lot of Unity content on the way."

    A few of these upcoming titles have already been showcased at GDC and they included Cubemen 2, Little Dew, and Teslagrad. Also let’s not forget the Mario vs. Donkey Kong tech demo that was made using Nintendo Web Framework. This is another game engine that is there to help indie developers create games the Wii U. So here is to hoping that games continue to be created for the Wii U.

  • XBOX ONE - INDIE DEVELOPERS WILL GET UNITY FOR FREE

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    Microsoft has gone ahead and shown more support for the independent developer community. Sony has been supporting indie producers for a while now, with PlayStation 4 turning out to be one of the best platforms for indie games. This console war every feature is a battlefield, thus it is only natural for Microsoft to come in and even out the playing field.

    Microsoft has just revealed that the Unity add-on will be free for indie developers that are registered in the Independent Developers @Xbox program. This was done in order to open up greater possibilities for developers on the Xbox One.

    The Unity add-on which will be releasing in 2014, will allow the registered developers to use the Unity game engine to publish their games on not only on the Xbox One, but also on Windows 8 PCs and Windows 8 devices. According to Microsoft, this move will level out the playing field for all developers, big or small.

    In addition to this, Xbox One-only Unity Pro license will also be offered to “qualified” developers. For now Microsoft has promised to be out on the lookout for any upcoming impressive titles, but making Unity available for free to those who are willing to register is definitely a step ahead in ensuring original and creating content for the Xbox One.

     "Microsoft continues to show their commitment to creating opportunity for developers of all shapes and sizes, a commitment shared by Unity," said Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason. "The drive behind the [email protected] program is exciting for Unity and the games development community in general. We can’t wait to see the results.”

    At this year’s Gamescom the [email protected] program was announced which was created in hopes of making development and publishing much easier on the Xbox One than it was on the Xbox 360; thus being able to compete with other self-publish friendly consoles like the PS4 and Wii U. With more developers working with Unity engine, this sort of pro indie movement could really open up great possibilities for indie developers.

  • NINTENDO WII U AND 3DS’S CONNECTED FUTURE

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    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.

  • PC Gamers Will Get Their Hands on Rayman Legends

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    Rayman Legends, the latest iteration in the classic platformer by Ubisoft has seen countless delays after it was announced as one of the launch title for the Wii U. Ubisoft eventually announced that the game would no longer be a Nintendo exclusive due to sales concerns, and would not be released until September 2013. This time, the game will be available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita and Wii U on August 30 in Europe and September 3 in North America.

    There has been several controversies surrounding the delay of the game, especially on the Wii U. The game’s creator Michel Ancel reportedly joined co-workers in a protest about the decision to delay the game for the Wii U. They requested that the Wii U version be released in February as was originally planned, seeing as work on it was essentially complete.

    But at least all is not lost for gamers waiting to scratch their platforming itch: due to the delay, the production team has apparently managed to put in 30 new levels into the game. Well, at least we know that they’re doing something good for the game in the meantime.

  • Activision Announces 6 titles for Nintendo Wii U

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    Wii U owners, prepare yourselves for a dose of awesomeness this fall: Activision has confirmed 5 other titles alongside their much-lauded Call of Duty: Ghosts which will be released on 5th of November - the same date as versions on other consoles.

    “As we have said before, we’re committed to doing everything we can to support the Wii U, which is why we’re excited to be bringing some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world to the platform this year,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.

    “The Call of Duty franchise continues to be one of the most powerful forces in gaming and Skylanders continues to enchant new fans around the world.  Our studios have been hard at work creating brand new immersive experiences perfectly suited to the Wii U platform and our fall lineup has something for everyone.”

    Hirshberg wasn’t kidding when he said that the company has a lot to offer to a wide range of gamers. The five games announced for the Wii U are Skylanders Swap Force, Angry Birds Trilogy, Angry Birds Star Wars, SpongeBob Squarepants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge and Wipeout Create & Crash. I am most excited about SpongeBob Squarepants, a game that will be blending platforming, action, and puzzle-solving; especially considering the fact that the original voice actors will be involved with the game.

  • Nintendo’s New Strategy – Games!

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    Nintendo got the leg up on the competition, namely Sony and Microsoft, when they revealed their next-gen console (WiiU) a year back in E3 2013. They had pretty much everything going for them - a line-up of strong first party games like Zelda and Mario, a bunch of third party developed games including big names such as Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty.

    Even the new gameplay experience, asymmetric gameplay, made possible with the WiiU Gamepad made die hard Nintendo fan’s ignore and even rejoice the lack luster graphical capacity of the Wii U which only matched that of the PS3 and Xbox360. However it was all for nothing as Nintendo barely managed to get any games out for their new baby.

    Needless to say, without some major news they decided against hosting a press conference this year at E3 2013 simply because nothing could stand in comparison to the proper reveals of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But contrary to rumors suggesting that Nintendo would not show up for E3, they did show up and won the hearts of the fans on the show floor.

    Nintendo seems to have heard the voice of the gamers and seem to be taking steps to ensure that they deliver whatever the gamers desire. A solid business plan that I urge all publishers and studios to follow as well! As such they have brought in a host of first party games starting from Mario Kart 8 to the new Donkey Kong and Super Smash Brothers with Megaman! Most if not all of these games were available for playing at the show floor.

    The games all looked beautiful and pretty much Nintendo fan is dying to get their hands on these. There is no point in arguing and it is pretty much obvious that this is finally a step in the right direction for Nintendo. Hope these games will really help them drive their ever diminishing sales numbers! Although it seems Nintendo might not be directly competing with Microsoft and Sony and WiiU is most likely going to be a secondary console owned by most gamers, I wouldn’t mind seeing Nintendo give the competition a run for their money. The more the competition, the better for us gamers!

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