Animal Crossing devs on the series’ modest beginnings, approach to making games, more
Today, the Nintendo UK site issued a new interview with two of Animal Crossing’s primary developers. General producer Katsuya Eguchi and Animal Crossing series producer Hisashi Nogami fielded a number of questions.
The two devs weighed in on the Animal Crossing series as a whole, but more general topics as well. They were asked if they anticipated Animal Crossing becoming so popular, approach to making games, what they aim for when creating titles, and more.
We’ve picked out Eguchi and Nogami’s notable responses below.
Happy 10th anniversary, Wii
Posted on 9 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Wii | 88 Comments | 1 Likes
Yesterday, Wii U celebrated its fourth anniversary. Wii has now reached a milestone of its own. The console shipped on November 19, 2006, making it ten years old.
I personally have many great memories of Wii. It’s the only console I’ve ever waited on a long for. I spent hours outside Best Buy on launch day – I can still remember how cold it was. Wii also has some of my favorite games of all time in Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Okami. Just can’t believe it’s been ten years already!
UK software sales for October 2016
The latest issue of MCV has a listing of the best-selling games in the UK for the month of October. The results are posted below, based on data collected between October 2 and October 29.
As far as physical software sales by platform goes, here are the results:
01 (01) PlayStation 4 – 1,114,993 (46.8%)
02 (02) Xbox One – 957,750 (40.2%)
03 (03) Xbox 360 – 92,916 (3.9%)
04 (04) Nintendo 3DS – 73,856 (3.1%)
05 (05) PlayStation 3 – 52,414 (2.2%)
06 (06) Nintendo Wii U – 40,502 (1.7%)
07 (07) PC Software – 38,119 (1.6%)
08 (08) PlayStation Vita – 7,147 (0.3%)
09 (09) Nintendo Wii – 4,765 (0.2%)
10 (10) Nintendo DS – 2,382 (0.1%)
New accessory will let you use original NES controllers with the NES Classic Edition
Posted on 9 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News, Wii, Wii U | 3 Comments | 0 Likes
The NES Classic Edition doesn’t allow for native support with original NES controllers. However, Hyperkin is looking to solve that with a new accessory. Later this month, players will be able to use the NES controllers as well as joysticks with a 6-inch adapter. You’ll also be able to connect it to a Wii U or Wii.
The adapter doesn’t seem to have an exact release date yet. We do know though that it will be priced at $10.
Just Dance 2017 footage
Just Dance 2017 arrived on Wii U and Wii yesterday, with a Switch version set for March. Watch an hour of footage from NintenDaan below.
Ubisoft shares the full Just Dance 2017 tracklist
Ubisoft is making the full Just Dance 2017 tracklist known ahead of launch on October 25. The game is initially heading to Wii U and Wii, but an NX version is also being prepared for 2017.
The Just Dance 2017 tracklist contains over 40 songs, including “Cheap Thrills” by Sia ft. Sean Paul and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, and classic favorites like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen and quirky tunes such as “Oishii Oishii” by Wanko Ni Mero Mero. The new Maroon 5 track that debuted this week, “Don’t Wanna Know” will also be included.
Head past the break for the full tracklist.
Activision CEO believed the Wii would “completely transform video games” the first time he saw it
Posted on 10 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Wii | 28 Comments | 0 Likes
During a recent episode of the Corner Office podcast, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick commented on a wide array of topics. Some interesting discussion came about when Kotick was speaking about how he’s been able to get early looks at certain things that would end up having a big impact on society. Kotick referenced the Macintosh and Toy Story, but in the video game industry, his favorite example is the Wii.
Before the Wii was unveiled, Kotick was invited to Nintendo’s headquarters in Japan for a preview of the platform. Late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto were both present. Kotick was simply handed a Wii remote, and was asked to try fishing. It all came naturally, and after that demo, he believed “this is going to completely transform video games”.
Kotick’s full words:
The Voice heading to Wii this November
Posted on 10 months ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in News, Videos, Wii | 6 Comments | 0 Likes
Yes, you read that right: The Voice, based on the popular show of the same name, is being released on Wii, and not Wii U, in the UK this November (though you can obviously still play it on your Wii U thanks to the system’s Wii backwards compatibility).
The game will feature several modes taken from the TV show and a selection of 30 songs, including “Ruby” by Kaiser Chiefs, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, “Kiss Me” by Olly Murs and “Karma Charmeleon” by Culture Club.
The game will be available as either a stand-alone package with just the game for £34.99 or bundled with 2 microphones for £44.99.
Finally, take a look at the video below, which shows off some of the songs:
Former Sony Computer Entertainment America boss praises Nintendo, didn’t anticipate Wii being so successful
Posted on 10 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Wii | 14 Comments | 0 Likes
It’s easy to forget that Nintendo wasn’t in the best position following the GameCube. It wasn’t one of the company’s better-performing systems, so all eyes were on the big N to see what they’d come up with next.
Nintendo promised a revolution with the Wii, and that’s arguably what we got. That turned out to be its best-selling console, and one of its best-selling gaming platforms as a whole. With the initial hysteria surrounding Wii, it was incredibly tough to find for a long time. Nintendo was also successful with its mission of connecting with casual gamers.
In retrospect, not many could have anticipated the Wii’s success. Former Sony Computer Entertainment America president and CEO Jack Tretton “certainly didn’t.”
Yuji Naka, Takashi Iizuka, Miyamoto on Sonic jumping over to Nintendo platforms
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These days, it’s easy to associate Sonic with Nintendo. The character has appeared in Olympics games with Mario, and SEGA even partnered with the big N on some exclusive games. During the early ’90s, however, things were much different as Mario and Sonic were pretty big rivals.
Game Informer put up a new piece today about how Sonic eventually landed on Nintendo platforms following SEGA’s exit from the gaming hardware business. It contains some interesting quotes from the likes of creator Yuji Naka, Sonic developer Takashi Iizuka, and even Shigeru Miyamoto.
Read up on some noteworthy comments below. You can find Game Informer’s article here for more.