Rumor: New Mario & Pokemon games within 6 months of NX launch, third party support, more
Posted on 7 years ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch | 145 Comments
As we get closer to the launch of the NX, more and more rumors and supposed leaks start popping up with very little official info floating around. The recent Eurogamer leak seems to have opened the floodgates though, as several other outlets claimed to have sources confirming the leak that the NX will be both a handheld and a home console.
One of these outlets was MCV – and today they released another report with some supposed new info on the NX. According to “sources close to Nintendo”, Game Freak will release a Pokemon game on the NX within 6 months of the platform’s debut. Will this be a port of Sun & Moon, a spin-off game or a “proper” new Pokemon game? MCV doesn’t offer any more information.
Rumor: Pokemon GO launching in Japan tomorrow; McDonald’s sponsoring
Posted on 7 years ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in Mobile, News | 5 Comments
Niantic has been steadily releasing Pokemon GO in various countries over the last couple of days – by now, the game is available in most European and North American countries. One major market where it’s still not available however is Japan. Niantic has previously stated that they’re targeting “the end of July” for the game’s Japanese launch since additional server capacities were needed to facilitate the Japanese player base.
However, it seems like Japanese players won’t have to wait much longer. According to TechCrunch, Pokemon GO will in fact launch in Japan tomorrow. Additionally, over 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants are supposedly going to serve as sponsored gyms. This info comes from unnamed sources, according to TechCrunch.
Obviously, take this news with a grain of salt. While it makes sense for Niantic and The Pokemon Company to want to strike while the iron is hot and capitalize on Pokemon GO’s popularity on Nintendo’s home turf (coincidentally, Japanese summer holidays for students also start tomorrow), it would be a remarkably quick turnaround. The game is still plagued by various server and connection issues in other countries, and the addition of the massive Japanese mobile market would only add to that. I guess we’ll know for sure tomorrow!
Rumor: Star Fox Zero facing development issues over the game’s motion controls
Posted on 7 years ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in News, Rumors | 145 Comments
Some rumors regarding Star Fox Zero’s development have been floating around the internet lately, but since there was no credible source attached, we haven’t reported on them. This has now changed since Liam Robertson has weighed in on the rumors – he has an excellent track record and has proven to be a reliable source, making these rumors a lot more credible. Furthermore, Nintendo Life has followed up with Robertson and got some additional confirmation and comments from him.
It seems that Star Fox Zero’s motion controls are causing some issues and might lead to the game not passing Nintendo of Europe’s Quality Assurance check. Robertson says that the Nintendo of Europe QA team is “concerned” about players’ reactions to the game’s fairly unusual and complex Gamepad motion controls. He also revealed to Nintendo Life that the team who was in charge of Mario Kart 8’s fairly unpopular Battle Mode (which didn’t feature dedicated courses, but rather took place on the regular race tracks) is in charge of Star Fox Zero’s multiplayer. According to Robertson’s sources, the whole project feels “disjointed”. Because of these issues, another release date delay is supposedly possible.
As always, take rumors like this with a grain of salt, even though we’re dealing with a reputable source here. Either way, we should hopefully hear official news about the game soon. Right now, it’s still scheduled to be released in April – if Nintendo decides to stick to that release date, they will likely start promoting the game soon. If a delay does indeed happen, it would also be in Nintendo’s best interest to announce it as early as possible. We will keep you posted.
Eurogamer backs up Mother 3 localization rumors
Posted on 7 years ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in News, Wii U eShop | 15 Comments
Emily Rogers’ hint that Mother 3 would finally see a Western release this year caused quite a stir yesterday. Several news outlets naturally reported on the issue. Eurogamer did the same, however it seems like they, too, have some insider information, Tom Phillips, who wrote the article, claims to also have knowledge of a Mother 3 localization via separate sources. The game is supposedly being released via Wii U Virtual Console to celebrate Mother 3’s 10th anniversary in Japan.
As always with rumors like these, take them with a grain of salt.
Rumour: Twilight Princess HD contains new dungeon unlocked via amiibo, Hero Mode and more
Posted on 7 years ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in News, Wii U | 88 Comments
Update: The paragraph containing the amiibo info has been removed from the product listing. Looks like Nintendo gave Amazon a slap on the wrist.
The HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be out in less than two months, however we still don’t know a lot about this version’s new features. A product listing on Amazon France may have just revealed some new details though.
Most importantly, the product listing sheds some light on the game’s amiibo features. Scanning any amiibo from the Legend of Zelda series will allow you to replenish your hearts, arrows and presumably other consumables. Scanning the Wolf Link amiibo, however, unlocks a new dungeon called “The Twilight Cave” – and remember, data recorded on that amiibo can be transferred over to the new Legend of Zelda game on Wii U.
Hero Mode, by now somewhat of a staple of the series, will also be back. You don’t have to unlock it this time – it can be selected right from the start.
Just like in Wind Waker HD, you can also access your inventory directly through the Gamepad’s touch screen, allowing you to select items without pausing the game.
Although product listings on Amazon have traditionally been a pretty reliable source of info, I would still advise you not to take this as 100% confirmed.
Rumor: MercurySteam pitched a Metroid prototype to Nintendo
Posted on 8 years ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in 3DS, Rumors, Wii U | 32 Comments
Liam Robertson of Unseen64 fame has once again uncovered something interesting. In a video published on Nintendo Life, he reveals that Spanish developer Mercury Steam, who worked on the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow games, started working on a first-person Metroid game for both Wii U and 3DS. Samus was the main character, but you were also able to play as seven other bounty hunters. Supposedly they pitched this prototype to Nintendo but were turned down. The current state of the project is unknown, though Liam believes that they stripped the Metroid IP from the project and instead turned it into a new IP.
Obviously none of this is 100% confirmed, but Liam Robertson has a pretty good track record when it comes to uncovered info about cancelled games.
Rumour: Nintendo’s UK online store to offer a subscription box service á la Loot Crate
Posted on 8 years ago by Matt(@OnePunchMaz) in General Nintendo | 7 Comments
MCV reports that the Nintendo UK online store will launch a service called “N-Box” soon, which will be a product similar to the popular “Loot Crate”.
According to MCV, those boxes will contain “toys, clothes and other merchandise inspired by and branded with Nintendo icons such as Mario, Zelda and Pokémon.” You will supposedly be able to buy boxes individually or subscribe for either three, six or 12 months and receive a box each month.
Again, this has not yet been officially confirmed by Nintendo, although MCV are a fairly reputable outlet.
Rumor: Canada not getting Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire with the US release
A user over on NeoGAF has noticed some obscure wording in a couple of the press releases for the upcoming Pokemon titles pertaining to the release of the game in the United States and Canada. The Canadian ORAS site has a listing of November 2014 vs. the US site which has a concrete November 21st release. Additionally, many of the press releases regarding the release have specified that release date is coming to the United States against the usual inclusion of the region. Check out the posts below and let us know what you think:
Originally Posted by JoeM86
As is Europe. It can’t be a coincidence.
In the press releases I’ve got, they have rather emphasised the date as being for the US
E3 has begun and The Pokémon Company International just announced that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which both take place in the beautiful Hoenn region, are launching in the United States on November 21, 2014.
Sableye is a Pokémon that was first discovered in the Hoenn region, which is now confirmed as the location for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, both launching for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in the United States on November 21, 2014.
The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced more details today about the new Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, launching in the United States November 21, 2014, for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Many people thought this was an error, but my friend at PLDH got this response from TPCi earlier today
So it’s worrying. It appears Canada and Europe are excluded from the worldwide launch.
Not too long ago, news was released of a possible Red Steel 2 preview in next month’s Nintendo Power. Fresh off of that comes some additional hype for a game that is said to be an exclusive to next month’s issue of the Official Nintendo Magazine. This is straight from ONM’s Twitter:
“Neil [ONM editor] is currently in another country looking at our exclusive game for issue 43… what could it be? It’s not Ninjabread Man 2 by the way.”
Two big exclusives in two Nintendo magazines seems like a dream come true. More updates on both of the titles as they become available.