Nintendo: Switch “a home gaming system first and foremost”
With the Switch having been announced earlier today, it might be easy for some to forget about Nintendo’s two current gaming platforms: Wii U and 3DS. With Switch, Nintendo told Polygon that it’s “a home gaming system first and foremost.” They also shared a few words about Wii U and 3DS.
With 3DS, Nintendo noted that “there’s still a huge hunger for new games”, and “many more games” are on the way. As for Wii U, it’ll become “harder to find” at retail.
The full statement reads:
“Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system first and foremost. We have made no announcement regarding the future of Nintendo 3DS. Obviously with sales of almost 60 million 3DS portables worldwide, there’s still a huge hunger for new games, such as Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. There are many more games in the pipeline.
We have nothing to announce about the production status of Wii U. We announced in April 2016 that as we prepare for the launch of Nintendo Switch in March of 2017, Nintendo will ship 800,000 Wii U hardware units to the global market for this fiscal year. As a result, the inventory of Wii U hardware at retail will become harder to find. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.”
Play Nintendo Show episode 9: Paper Mario: Color Splash – “Paint Palooza”
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The latest episode of the Play Nintendo Show has gone live. View the new video below, which focuses on Paper Mario: Color Splash.
Wii U / 3DS maintenance taking place early next week
It’s been light on the maintenance front this week, but Nintendo already scheduled some maintenance for next week. Wii U and 3DS will be impacted by a couple of hours on Monday/Tuesday, affecting certain network services such as online play and rankings.
The schedule is as follows:
– 5 PM PT (October 24) – 7 PM PT (October 24)
– 8 PM ET (October 24) – 10 PM ET (October 24)
– 1 AM in the UK (October 25) – 3 AM in the UK (October 25)
– 2 AM in Europe (October 25) – 4 AM in Europe (October 25)
Update: Another video – Japanese Zelda: Breath of the Wild website has been updated; two new trailers added
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Update 2: Added a weather video after the break.
Update: Added YouTube links for both videos below.
Original: Ahead of the NX reveal later today where the game might be making an appearance, Nintendo has slightly updated the Japanese website for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
While no new information has technically been added, the website now plays two new videos, titled “In this World” and “In This Era”. Both mostly show footage from the plateau we’ve seen plenty of at E3, but it’s nonetheless nice to see the game in motion.
Wonderful 101 soundtrack leaving digital storefronts after December; Kamiya reminisces
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Via their official blog, Platinum Games announced today that both volumes of the official The Wonderful 101 Original Soundtrack won’t be available on digital storefronts after December 31st. Platinum Games did not state a reason for this. Nonetheless, some key figures at Platinum Games took this chance to reminisce about the soundtrack. First up is director Hideki Kamiya:
I’m sad to say that TW101’s soundtrack is being taken out of distribution. I hope, though, that this announcement reaches as many people as possible and introduces new fans to TW101 and its soundtrack. I’d like to apologize in advance to anyone who, years from now, finds out about TW101 and gets disappointed to see that its original soundtrack isn’t available.
I’ve said this before, but if there’s one phrase that sums up TW101’s soundtrack, “hymns to heroism” would be it. As you’ve probably figured out if you’ve played TW101, I’ve loved superheroes ever since I was a kid. I’ve been blessed with several chances to make games about them throughout my career, even before TW101. But TW101 is the game where I really crammed in as much as I could of what makes heroes so appealing – both their aesthetics, and how they inspire us and give us something to aspire to – to capture what heroes mean to me.
So of course we put special care into the background music that colors the game as well. Superheroes shoulder the burdens of the whole world, and they risk their lives to fight for those weaker than themselves. Their souls shine bright. We aimed to express this through a symphonic orchestral sound, and the result of all our composers’ hard work was a lot of brilliant music.
The tracks appear on the soundtrack in the same order they’re used in the game, so you can experience the heroic story of the Wonderful Ones and their thrilling battles just by listening to it. This goes out to people who’ve played the game, of course, but also to people who haven’t played it yet: Please close your eyes and listen, imagining the heroes’ brief but tumultuous journey, and rally your own fighting spirit to Unite Up and face tomorrow.
…And oh yeah, please share this announcement with everyone you can, because again, I’d love for it to reach as many people as possible. Let’s give everyone a chance to get this special soundtrack before it’s gone.
Head past the break for a comment from Hiroshi Yamaguchi, the game’s composer:
Media Create sales (10/10/16 – 10/16/16)
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The latest Japanese hardware sales from Media Create are as follows:
PS4 – 30,154
New 3DS LL – 15,905
Vita – 8,772
2DS – 8,203
New 3DS – 2,983
Wii U – 2,430
PS3 – 814
3DS – 346
Xbox One – 323
3DS LL – 71
PS VR – 51,644
For comparison’s sake, here are the hardware numbers from last week:
PS4 – 31,071
New 3DS LL – 16,548
2DS – 9,421
Vita – 9,282
New 3DS – 3,084
Wii U – 2,545
PS3 – 820
3DS – 449
3DS LL – 90
Xbox One – 88
And here are the software charts:
Darksiders Warmastered Edition now releasing November 22 as an eShop download, later at retail
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Retailer listings recently pointed to a delay for Darksiders Warmastered Edition. Today, publisher THQ Nordic confirmed the news.
Darksiders Warmastered Edition will arrive on the Wii U eShop on November 22. A physical retail version will follow “at a later stage.” Originally, it was planned for October 25.
Source: THQ Nordic PR
WayForward gives Shantae: Half-Genie Hero status update, product features revealed
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WayForward is extremely close to the finish line with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The studio remains in the testing phase, and is currently taking care of bugs on various platforms. A final date isn’t set, though WayForward will have more news to share once the game reaches the submission phase.
Other than that, WayForward also shared the lineup of product features for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Here’s the news straight from the studio:
- New Game Plus! We’ve added a bonus mode which will unlock when you clear the game for the first time! Speed runners and sequence breakers – this feature is for you. Expect some kind of treat for completing the game quickly!
- Transformations! The game contains five chapters, two of which were stretch goals. As with all previous games, this means 1 transformation per chapter for a total of FIVE, right? NO! This time, Shantae will transform into a whopping 10 forms – 11 if you include the Tinkerbat Form. A few of these forms are very unusual… hmm.
- Magical Attacks and Upgrades. We’ve added upgrades for many of the most popular Shantae powers from the past. Storm Puff, Bubble Shield, Pike Ball, and Fireball are back. But this time you can upgrade all of them through multiple stages, with some devastatingly powerful final forms. For example, you can upgrade Pikeball into the “SCIMITAR”, which will cut any foe down to size in seconds. There are other upgrades too, but we’ll let you find those for yourself!
- GIGA WRENCH and Warp Dance! New to Half-Genie Hero is the Warp Dance. Get this dance, and you can zip around the stages within a given world with ease. To travel between worlds, you can catch a ride on Giga Wrench! Whenever you need a lift, blow Sky’s Bird-Whistle for a quick lift!
- Expanded Art Gallery: As planned, the Scuttle Town Art Gallery will house the 50+ images created by Backers. Now we’ve expanded that feature to include additional artwork created by our concept artists, animators, and friends at Inti Creates. Look for over 100 pieces of original artwork to unlock! If you unlock all of the images, you might get a special reward from the Mayor.
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure on the way to Wii U
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A few episodes of Minecraft: Story Mode can be found on the Wii U eShop. But sometime soon, the full set will come to Nintendo’s console as a physical release.
Listings for Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure have been located in both North America and Europe. PEGI rated the package today, and GameFly recently put up a listing as well. If the retailer’s listing is accurate, Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure launches in North America on December 13.
UK software sales (Week ending 10/15/2016) – Wii U/3DS charts
This week’s Wii U/3DS-specific UK software sales are as follows:
1. Paper Mario: Color Splash – Nintendo
2. Skylanders Imaginators – Activision Blizzard
3. Minecraft Wii U Edition – Nintendo
4. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
5. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
6. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
7. Pokken Tournament – Nintendo
8. Lego Dimensions – Warner Bros. Interactive
9. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
10. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Nintendo
1. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
2. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 7- Nintendo
4. Pokemon Omega Ruby – Nintendo
5. Mario Party: Star Rush – Nintendo
6. Yo-Kai Watch – Nintendo
7. Pokemon X – Nintendo
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – Nintendo
9. Pokemon Y – Nintendo
10. Disney Magical World 2 – Nintendo