Nintendo Everything: General Nintendo
The Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 almost made it to North America through a Nintendo Power giveaway, author Jon Irwin reveals in an upcoming book. Gail Tilden, former vice president of brand management at Nintendo of America and one of Nintendo Power’s founding editors, divulged to Irwin that she led a campaign that would allow subscribers to obtain a copy.
“We weren’t doing anything with it! [So] I worked up with my Nintendo Power agency a campaign called ‘The Lost Levels,’” Tilden said.
A representative from Nintendo of America has confirmed that the company will not have a booth at this year’s Comic-Con.
This marks the first time in four years that Nintendo will not be having a presence at NYCC. In 2013, Eiji Aonuma stopped by and hosted a panel for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
There are quite a few changes being made to the rewards system for Club Nintendo in Japan. First, it looks like the gold and platinum ranks will no longer exist come the end of this month, meaning the next lot of rewards being offered to gold and platinum members will be the last. To go along with this, no Club Nintendo points will be offered for registering a New 3DS and going forward only software titles will be eligble for points and not hardware units. At this time, all other regions remain unaffected, and you can check out the final offerings for gold and platinum members below: an exclusive Picross game and 2015 calendar for platinum and just the 2015 calendar for gold members.
CVG is reporting that Ubisoft has created a dedicated “core team” within the company featuring members from the Child of Light development group.
In an interview with the site, Ubisoft Montreal’s VP of creative Lionel Raynaud said:
“We are super happy with Child of Light. The team did a good job and the game had a great reception. We were proud to deliver something new and unique – a lot of people were surprised that Montreal was delivering this kind of game. The team learned a lot about RPG mechanics during development and this has resulted in us creating a core team. The people who made this game now want to work together again, whether it’s on a small game or not. This dynamic has incredible value in the industry and it’s what we want to do: we want to create core teams that want to make great games.”
“So yes, we will encourage other initiatives like Child of Light and there’s a chance that we will have many more games like that in the future. I already have many different projects that are in the pitch stage – I even had one in my office this morning, which was super exciting.”
Plourde himself has “moved on” from the Child of Light team to work on a different project. However, the chance to work on a smaller game provided him with the opportunity “to grow and try something different.”
“It wasn’t the most commercial idea so it became very personal – I even did a lot of the PR myself; GDC talks, global tours etc. I have moved on. I guess I’m a special snowflake in this case, because I hate being stuck in one place. At some point somebody put me in a room and said, ‘Pat, you’re the Rainbow Six guy!’ or ‘You’re the Assassin’s Creed guy!’ but I said no, even after Far Cry.”
Eurogamer has published a new interview with Hyrule Warriors producer Hisashi Koinuma, Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi, and Koei Tecmo exec and Omega Force leader Akihiro Suzuki. The discussion naturally included more talk of the Wii U game, as well as topics like working with Nintendo again (plus Mario interest?!), and even Star Wars.
You’ll find a few excerpts from Eurogamer’s interview below. Head on over here for the full thing.
Nintendo is celebrating its 125th birthday today having been established way back on September 23, 1889 (just turned 12 AM in Japan a few minutes ago). Congrats to the Big N!
As many of you know, Nintendo wasn’t a video game company in its early years. Nintendo started out as a card company before getting involved with other ventures like taxis, love hotels, a TV network, food, toys, and more.
This year’s Tokyo Game Show was a rousing success. 251,832 people showed up the expo, which is the second largest attendance total ever – only behind last year’s event.
As far as the 2015 Tokyo Game Show is concerned, it’s been confirmed that the event will take place between September 17 and September 20. All of the festivities will be held once again at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba.