Reddit user “mast3r_sword” has come up with an incredibly impressive custom amiibo. The Ice Climbers have been created from scratch – box and all.
mast3r_sword obtained a base model in 3D, did some retopology, and modeled/sculpted it until he managed to get the Ice Climbers in a pose inspired from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Naturally, this original amiibo won’t work in any game, though the base can be opened and a chip from another figure can be installed.
I continue to be amazed by the original amiibo creations people are coming up with. I know I could never make something like this!
Gaming sales in Japan were not very good last week – so much so that they’re the worst sales since 2001.
Based on the latest Media Create data, just 235,000 video games were sold between May 11 and May 17. Along with it being a sixty percent drop compared to the previous week, it’s also a 61.93 percent drop compared to the same week last year.
One part of the problem is that gaming sales tend to slow down following Golden Week. Media Create also points out that there was a total lack of new titles. Instead, a bunch of remastered and reworked games were released.
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is selling a bit slowly as well. Sales are up to 232,683 copies, but it has only sold through 59.19 percent of its initial shipment.
The Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association shared the main visual for the Tokyo Game Show 2015. It’s intended to express the idea of playing games more freely. “Flying” and “Floating” are both a couple of key concepts conveyed through the image.
TGS 2015 will take place between September 17 and September 20. As usual, it’ll be held at the Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba, Japan.
According to Q-Games boss Dylan Cuthbert, who worked on the original SNES title, Star Fox Command, and Star Fox 64 for 3DS, a finished version of Star Fox 2 exists.
In an interview with Nintendo Life, Cuthbert mentioned that he was able to play the game during the development of Star Fox Command.
Even after the decision was made we went ahead and completed it, taking it to be fully QA’d through Mario Club. During development [of Star Fox Command] we received a copy of the mastered Star Fox 2 ROM to play, and it was quite a blast.
Cuthbert also noted that ROM images found on the Internet are unfinished prototypes, as they are missing elements that make it complete. Unfortunately, it sounds like we probably won’t ever see what the finished version looks like.
The legal problems regarding the now-defunct Argonaut Software are probably a nightmare. Never say never though! The fully complete Japanese ROM at least does exist.
A few more details about the Nintendo World Championships 2015 have surfaced. Notably, we now know about the limitations of players, along with specific prizes. You can read up on a full roundup of information below (some new, some of it recap).
1717 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA
3675 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA
10760 NW 17th St., Miami, FL
900 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL
12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove, MN
5001 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY
9378 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX
2214 S. 48th St., Tacoma, WA
Event Times and Details
Doors open to register at 9am local time on 30th May – the competition will run from 10am to 7pm local time.
Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis for a maximum of 750 players, which comes to 6000 overall competitors nationwide.
If under 18 you’ll need a guardian or parent with you, all competitors must be 13 or older.
All competitors will need to complete a simple form to register – you can print this out and complete it ahead of time.
You will complete a run of Championship Mode in Ultimate NES Remix on 3DS systems provided by the store
The top scorer in each local event after all 750 players have taken part is the winner. If there’s a tie there’ll be a play-off with the Super Mario Bros. part of the Championship Mode.
Overall there will be eight event winners that qualify, joined by eight ‘guests’ in the live final.
One winner per local event will win two plane tickets to LA, along with two nights in a hotel – this’ll be to participate in the live final on 14th June. Those that live in or near LA may receive travel costs without the hotel stay.
Each winner also receives a $250 VISA gift card on the trip.
Today, Nintendo of America announced that Doug Bowser has been hired as its new Vice President of sales.
Bowser “will oversee a variety of sales-related functions, including Sales, In-store Merchandising, Retail Strategy and Retail Marketing. He will play a key role in driving national sales strategies to generate demand and achieve revenue objectives across all of Nintendo’s product lines.” He’ll also “manage Nintendo’s key retail customer relationships and will oversee retail marketing for the Nintendo World store in New York.”
Bowser previously worked at Electronic Arts. He joined the company in 2007 and most recently acted as the Vice President of Global Business Planning. Before his role at EA, Bowser worked at Procter & Gamble in a number of sales leadership roles in Asia, Latin America and the U.S.
Bowser will report to Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Scott Moffitt. Moffitt said of today’s announcement:
Doug Bowser is an outstanding addition to our Nintendo team, as he brings a deep blend of both consumer package goods and video game sales experience. I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to ensure the broad Nintendo product lineup of hardware, software and accessories are strongly represented throughout U.S. retail points of distribution.
Update: Bumped to the top. We now have confirmation that this news applies to Australia and New Zealand as well.
Club Nintendo may have essentially ended in North America, but it’s still alive and kicking in other territories. In Europe, there are plenty of additional rewards still to come, including a Mario Kart 8 soundtrack, Captain Toad lamp, and more.
Take a look at a recent email from Nintendo showcasing some of the upcoming Club Nintendo Europe rewards below. As items are added to the catalog, we’ll keep you updated.