Nintendo has shared more information on the 8 brand new levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. The new levels are available for players of both the original and new mode, and each one is based on one of the game’s 8 worlds. These levels introduce new challenges like falling tar and flipping platforms that will test your skills after beating the main levels.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons have both already been announced for release on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, but now we have gotten an official launch date. Available May 30th, the games will be up for download for a dollar less than the regular price for the first 3 weeks. From May 30th – June 20th, the games will sell for $4.99, and after three weeks the price will go up to $5.99. Sure, you’re only saving one dollar, but it’s still a good deal, making both games only $10 to buy together for a limited time.
Will you take advantage of this deal? -Greg Boe (admin)
Along with all the great SEGA news we’ve gotten from this morning’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, we’ve received some great news regarding the Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS eShop. Most likely in celebration of Nintendo and SEGA’s recently announced partnership, the company is releasing 13 SEGA Game Gear classics to the eShop in the near future. Here’s the list: Columns, Crystal Warriors, Defenders of Oasis, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, G-LOC: Air Battles, Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya, Sonic Blast, Sonic Drift 2, Sonic Labyrinth, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Tails Adventure, and Vampire: Master of Darkness.
Do you plan on downloading any of these games? -Greg Boe (admin)
Nintendo has recently entered a worldwide partnership with SEGA for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. To start off their legendary partnership with a bang, Nintendo and SEGA are bringing us Sonic Lost World – a new action platforming title, slated for a release exclusively for Wii U and 3DS. All we have on the game at the moment is the image above, which actually shows us a lot. First, notice that Sonic is standing on top of a red two-seated, vintage-style biplane, known by SEGA fans as the Tornado. This plane made its debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and has since become a trademark vehicle of Sonic and his best pal Tails. The fact that the developers have brought back the Tornado leads us to believe that this game is taking the series back to its Genesis roots. The crumbling planet you see in the distance could possibly be Mobius, Sonic’s home-world. If this is Mobius, then we might see some familiar faces from the comics like Sally and Fiona. You never know! The fact that Nintendo is co-developing this new title will ensure a success at launch, and could possibly make this the best Sonic game yet. I don’t know about you guys, but I couldn’t be more excited.
Nintendo promises to give us more details on the game before E3 (starts June 11th), so we should at least get a trailer and some more details by then. What do you think this game will be like? Let us know in the comments! -Greg Boe (admin)
A strong launch for LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins helped Nintendo 3DS™ maintain its torrid pace in 2013. Through the first four months of the year, Nintendo has already sold more than 2.1 million units of first-party Nintendo 3DS software in the U.S. alone, an increase of 52 percent over the same time period last year. In 2012, it took 30 weeks for Nintendo 3DS to sell 2 million units of first-party software. In 2013, the platform accomplished that same feat in 18 weeks.
With the peak holiday selling season still ahead and a strong lineup of upcoming games that includes Donkey Kong Country™ Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing™: New Leaf on June 9,Mario and Luigi™: Dream Team on Aug. 11, as well as new titles in the Pokémon™, Mario Golf™ and Legend of Zelda™ franchises, Nintendo 3DS is poised to have the strongest year of sales in its history.
Some notable sales numbers* achieved by Nintendo in April include:
- LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins sold nearly 94,000 combined physical and digital copies after launching on April 24.
- Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon sold more than 140,000 combined physical and digital units in April and has now sold more than 530,000 total units to date.
- In its sixth month on the market, New Super Mario Bros.™ U for the Wii U™ system increased its lifetime sales total to nearly 770,000 combined physical and digital units.
During the next several months, a cavalcade of fan-favorite franchises will launch for Wii U. This includes Game & Wario™ on June 23, Pikmin™ 3 on Aug. 4, Disney’s Planes from Disney Interactive on Aug. 6 and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Blacklist™ from Ubisoft on Aug. 20. At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart™, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros.™ franchises.
Published to YouTube earlier this morning, the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast focuses on the Summer lineup of Wii U and 3DS games. Later today, I’ll have written up a few articles in more detail on the broadcast, but for now, watch it for yourself in the video embedded above! -Greg Boe (admin)
We’ve been aware of the new Sonic the Hedgehog title under development for a while now, but now we’ve received info that SEGA has filed a trademark on a game called “Sonic Lost World”. Obviously, this is to be the title of the company’s new game. It’s important to note that the title is currently only trademarked in Europe, but other regions are sure to follow in the coming weeks. SEGA still wishes to keep the project secret, but I’m guessing we’ll see an official announcement at E3 next month. The Sonic the Hedgehog series has been quite the roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs, but from the time the devs are spending on this one, I’m predicting it will be a big hit.
Expect to see this game to launch before the end of 2013. -Greg Boe (admin)
Source: Gaming Charged
Nerd Cubed is a Youtube personality that plays a variety of games in wonderfully hilarious videos. In today’s video, Dan, the maker of Nerd Cubed, touched briefly on the fact that he had developed and was ready to publish a video on the game Lego City Undercover but had received an interesting message from Nintendo. Apparently, the end result of their message was that he was not to publish his video promoting the Nintendo game on Youtube. Now, this is a very interesting occurrence as he was planning and ready to present candid, fun gameplay to promote a game that Nintendo created and spent plenty of money on advertisements. Of course, the title has been receiving slightly above average ratings on a multitude of gaming sites so it is possible that Nintendo is slightly ashamed of this title and expected more from it. This could be a reasonable motivation to hid the title from public eyes, right? -Ryan Baxter
Do you think this is the reason Nintendo is keeping a lid on their Lego City Undercover gameplay? Do they have the right to stop Youtube posting? Let us know in the comments below!
May 15, 2013
To celebrate the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3Dfor Nintendo 3DS on May 24, Nintendo is partnering with the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27) to host an event on the L.A. Zoo grounds. The four-day event will feature fun activities for all members of the family, including an interactive experience at the Campo Gorilla Reserve, various demo stations where attendees can play theDonkey Kong Country Returns 3D game and coupon giveaways for $5 off the game at participating GameStop retail stores. For the weekend, the gorilla area will be temporarily renamed the “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at Campo Gorilla Reserve.”
“Fans will get a chance to spend time with Donkey Kong and some of his friends from the animal kingdom at the L.A. Zoo this Memorial Day weekend,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “They’ll be able to experience a fun day with Nintendo at the zoo and play Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.”
One of the weekend’s main events, a “Donkey Kong Interactive Experience,” allows visitors to watch L.A. Zoo staff feed the real-life gorillas from giant cardboard barrels that are inspired by the barrels featured in the video game. This friendly, educational activity is a one-of-a-kind experience for families and a treat for the gorillas. In addition to the feeding, there will be opportunities for fans to take pictures with the costumed Donkey Kong character around the zoo.
“Our gorillas have never had a visit from a celebrity of Donkey Kong’s stature,” said John R. Lewis, director of the Los Angeles Zoo. “All the planned activities for the weekend fit perfectly in line with the family-friendly environment of the zoo, as well as bring awareness to the animals in the gorilla reserve.”
The original Donkey Kong Country Returns game has been rebuilt from the ground up for ease-of-play on Nintendo 3DS. Players control iconic character Donkey Kong as he runs, jumps, blasts, rides and pounds his way through a series of beautiful, challenging, side-scrolling levels. The upcoming game is optimized for portable play and features a new mode, eight additional levels and stunning 3D graphics.