Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man series, and former member of Capcom, is hard at work on the upcoming Mighty No. 9, but is also working on a new game for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Azure Striker Gunvolt is an action sidescroller, similar to Mega Man and Metroid. Not much is known about the game yet, but we do know that it will be landing in Japan this summer, and is sure to come to other regions afterwards. Check out the reveal trailer below!
I have spent hours on end catching bugs in the tropical island found in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Many of you who own the game know that if you visit the game at night, you can catch some rare beetles that will bring in loads of cash when you get back to your town. Because of my personal connection to this island resort, I was all the more happy to see the latest Super Smash Bros. announcement. The Animal Crossing Villager is among the newcomers in the roster of both the 3DS and Wii U versions, so it makes sense that we are seeing another AC-themed stage. The Animal Crossing island will most likely be exclusive to the 3DS version. Sakurai commented on the above screenshot when posting it to Miiverse late last week:
Pic of the day. Here’s a new stage for the 3DS version: Tortimer Island! I’ve been here countless times to catch bugs.
Source: Miiverse, via My Nintendo News
If you thought the title Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars had something to do with sexual reproduction (sorry kids), then you are correct. The game is the sequel to a Japan-only game titled, Conception: Please Have My Baby. Nuff said. The game was recently announced for a launch in North America with an April 15th release date. I’m sure those of you who have seen anything from this game before now are a little on the edge about whether or not you should purchase it, and–all sexism aside–you should be. The only way to truly know you’ll like a game is to play it for yourself. Atlus, being the kind-hearted company they are, are preparing a demo for 3DS owners on the eShop. It will be ready for download (free of charge, of course) on March 25th! If all goes well, we should even have a review on the game when it hits North America next month. I’ll definitely be posting my impressions from the demo once it hits the 3DS eShop.
Many of you are familiar with Twitch, the world’s biggest live stream platform for gamers. In recent news, we have seen fan-favorite Nintendo games such as The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon made into MMOs on Twitch, something that has never been done before. The ESA recognizes Twitch as the excellent live stream platform that they are, and have announced their plans to collaborate with them for the live stream during E3 2014. This is some great news for both Twitch, the ESA, and the entire gaming community. With the help of Twitch, E3 2014 is sure to be watched by even more gamers than in years past.
Jonathan Simpson-Bint, chief revenue officer at Twitch, talks about how they can help make this the most watched E3 yet:
“Live video has changed the video game industry in a fundamental way and transformed how gamers learn, communicate and share their passion for games. Twitch looks forward to deepening consumers’ E3 online experience with top E3 news, original interviews, and behind-the-scenes E3 footage.”
Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications and industry affairs at ESA, has also issued a statement:
“E3 is the leading computer and video game event in the world. It is known and respected as the launch pad for the latest in video game news. We look forward to partnering with Twitch and extending E3’s worldwide reach to billions of consumers.”
Source: My Nintendo News
Now, in order to keep these modern devices up-to-date, we have to keep them constantly updating. In accordance with this, both the Wii U and 3DS eShops will be shut down temporarily so they can make it better, fix a few things, and add some new features! This is going to be happening between 1 PM and 5 PM PT. This is going to be quite some time without the amazing joy of downloadable games, but it is worth it for a growing gaming community!
Source: Nintendo Japan
I am personally very excited for the addition of Little Mac in the roster of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. I mean, how cool is it that Nintendo is bringing Punch-Out’s star to another fighting game? On Miiverse series producer Masahiro Sakurai has shared some tips on how to fight with Little Mac:
“Little Mac’s side smash attack is his straight right punch…but it can transform into an uppercut if you tilt diagonally upward, or a body hook if you tilt diagonally downward. The body hook is the most devastating of these moves and it doesn’t blast the opponents away.”
“The trick in activating these punches is to avoid tilting the controls diagonally from the get go–instead, tilt up or down right after the smash attack starts kicking in. You can also tilt up or down while you’re powering up.”
We know that times are tough economically and many of our Chargers have put off purchasing the Wii U out of economic necessity. Well, maybe this will help, if just a little. The Nintendo online store is offering a sale which brings that original deluxe package for the Wii U, including the beginning title Nintendo Land and loads of extra bits, originally priced at $350 and now sitting at $250. However, if this is still too much cost for you, now you can get the system for just $200, but these are refurbished, meaning no Club Nintendo Play Coins. It is, however, a great system for a cheap price! Check it out here!
Airtight Games is coming out with a fantastic new title, Murdered: Soul Suspect! It’s just that… it won’t be coming to the Wii U (insert sad face here). Apparently, according to the developers, the game just isn’t a good fit. In fact, they don’t think that any games can succeed on the Wii U unless it’s specifically designed with the Nintendo console in mind. Rather than launching a round peg in a square hole, Airtight decided to keep the project off Wii U, saving the company time and money.
Source: Go Nintendo
Assist Trophies were introduced to the fighting series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii, and they are coming back in the upcoming games on Wii U and 3DS. Luigi’s doppleganger, Waluigi, was among the Assist Trophy lineup in Brawl. As the screenshot above eludes, he’s coming back! Some had hoped he would be a playable character, but it’s better than nothing.
The list of indie games coming to Nintendo systems just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Back in 2009, developer Ronimo Games brought Swords and Soldiers to Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PlayStation Network, WiiWare and Windows PC. The game’s sequel, Swords and Soldiers 2, has been announced to be released on Wii U in the near future. Check out the first trailer to the new sidescroller below. More news is expected to be uncovered during GDC this month, as well as PAX East in April.
Retro Studios brought the brilliance of Donkey Kong to center stage with their latest title, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. In a recent interview, their president and CEO, Michael Kelbaugh, the question came up of the Wii U’s ability, which has been a hot topic of debate in the media in the past. His response? “Unfortunately, the perception is that it’s not a very powerful machine. That’s just not true. It’s a powerhouse. It’s more than adequate to make great games on.” So, there you have it! A developer that absolutely loves the Wii U! He also stated that the Wii U frees developers from traditional limitations and the last bit of news is that they do have yet another game in the works for the latest title, a title that has been in development for a few months! I can’t wait to see what they roll out!