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indieszero made NES Remix, but Nintendo was still very much involved with the game’s development. In fact, two prominent staffers from EAD Tokyo contributed to the project.

Koichi Hayashida, director of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D Land, served as director. We found out about this previously through a message Hayashia posted on Miiverse.

Yoshiaki Koizumi also worked on NES Remix as producer. Koizumi previously directed Super Mario Galaxy and produced Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, and Super Mario 3D World.

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Dengeki recently had the opportunity to interview Tomoya Asano, producer of Bravely Default and Bravely Second. The Japanese outlet asked about SP Drinks, Bravely Second’s development status, and more. Asano also revealed at one point that he hopes “to release a game for the Bravely series at least once a year.”

You can find Asano’s comments below. All translations come courtesy of Siliconera.

A number of Atlus games are now available at cheaper prices on the 3DS eShop. Through January 6, the following sales are in effect:

Shin Megami Tensei IV – $29.99 (was $49.99)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – $29.99 (was $39.99)
Etrian Odyssey IV – $19.99 (was $29.99)
Code of Princess – $19.99 (was $29.99)
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – $19.99 (was $29.99)
Devil Survivor Overclocked – $19.99 (was $29.99)

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Project CARS is set to be released on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U. While the three former platforms are considered to be quite a bit more powerful than Nintendo’s console, Slightly Mad Studios’ new racer won’t be held back by Wii U’s tech.

Creative director Andy Tudor told Red Bull that although “some super-high-level graphical effects may not be possible,” Wii U will allow for unique functionality thanks to the GamePad.

He explained:

“The Wii U is more than capable of providing the core Project CARS experience. Sure, some super-high-level graphical effects may not be possible but in comparison it also offers a unique interaction experience via the GamePad controller, with the second screen potentially becoming your track map overview, rear-view mirror, telemetry, or simply mimicking a real race car steering wheel whilst you use the gyroscope to drive.”

Tudor went on to comment on the exciting potential of Miiverse for Project CARS, and mentioned how the game could fill a empty genre on the platform:

“Plus there are great possibilities to extend our existing WMD community into the Mii Community with discussion and sharing of content and ideas. There’s no realistic racing game on the Wii U currently yet, and we hear the fans crying out for one. Project CARS provides a Forza or Gran Turismo-like experience for those gamers and it’ll be something to really show off what the system is capable of. From our internal playing, it’s looking extremely promising.”

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This week’s (and next week’s) European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

CastleStorm – €9.99 / £7.99
Cocoto Magic Circus 2 – €29.99 / £24.99

Wii U VC

Super Mario Bros. 3 – €3.99 / £2.79 until 02.01.2014 23:59 UTC. Will be €4.99 / £3.59

3DS Download

EDGE – €1.99 / £1.79 until 23.01.2014 23:59 local time. Will be €3.99 / £3.59
Bird Mania Christmas 3D – €1.99 / £1.79
Pokémon Bank – Includes 30-day free trial if Pokémon Bank is first started before 31st January 2014
Pokémon Bank: 1-year pass – €4.99 / £4.49
Poké Transporter – Free

Pokémon Bank is an application and service for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that will allow you to deposit, store, and manage your Pokémon in private Boxes on the Internet! Pokémon Bank is a paid service, with an annual charge for usage. Pokémon Bank will be a powerful resource for players who like to obtain many different kinds of Pokémon, or for those who like to raise many Pokémon in preparation for battles and competitions! The application has a variety of search functions, so you can find the Pokémon you’re after among all of the Pokémon you’ve deposited. Even if you deposit a lot of Pokémon, you won’t have to worry about being unable to find the Pokémon you need! Pokémon Bank also makes it easy to transfer Pokémon from multiple copies of Pokémon X a nd Pokémon Y—including the downloadable versions—to a single game!

When you download Pokémon Bank, you can also download the free linked application Poké Transporter! When you insert a Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, or Pokémon White Version 2 Game Card into a Nintendo 3DS system, you’ll be able to use Poké Transporter to transfer Pokémon from these games into their own online Boxes. Then, you can easily transfer those Pokémon into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y using Pokémon Bank. Poké Transporter is a free downloadable application for the Nintendo 3DS system that will be available along with Pokémon Bank.

Note: Poké Transporter cannot return Pokémon to Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, or Pokémon White Version 2 after they have been stored in an online Box. You may also find yourself unable to use Pokémon Bank or Poké Transporter to deposit any Pokémon created illegally by software unauthorised by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo into your online Boxes, or to move these Pokémon between online Boxes.

3DS VC

Super Mario Bros. 3 – €3.99 / £2.79 until 02.01.2014 23:59 UTC. Will be €4.99 / £3.59
Mario Tennis – €4.99 / £4.49

Special Offers

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – €48.99 / £38.99 until January 2; regularly €69.99 / £55.99
Assassin’s Creed III – €9.99 / £7.99 until January 2; regularly €19.99 / £15.99
Splinter Cell Blacklist – €22.49 / £18.49 until January 2; regularly €44.99 / £36.99
The Smurfs 2 – €19.99 / £15.99 until January 2; regularly €39.99 / £31.99
Rayman Legends – €20.99 / £16.99 until January 2; regularly €29.99 / £23.99
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth – €9.99 / £7.99 until January 2; regularly €19.99 / £15.99
Rabbids Land – €9.99 / £7.99 until January 2; regularly €19.99 / £15.99
Sports Connection – €9.99 / £7.99 until January 2; regularly €19.99 / £15.99
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved – €9.99 / £7.99 until January 2; regularly €19.99 / £15.99
ZombiU – €9.99 / £7.99 until January 2; regularly €19.99 / £15.99
Cloudberry Kingdom – €4.99 / £3.99 until January 2; regularly €9.99 / £7.99
DuckTales Remastered – €8.99 / £7.15 until January 9; regularly €14.99 / £11.99
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara – €7.49 / £5.99 until January 9; regularly €14.99 / £11.99
Resident Evil Revelations – €24.99 / £19.99 until January 9; regularly €49.99 / £39.99

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This week’s UK software sales are as follows:

Individual formats

LW TW Title Format Label Publisher
1 1 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS XB360 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
2 2 FIFA 14 XB360 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
17 3 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG XB360 UBISOFT UBISOFT
4 4 JUST DANCE 2014 WII UBISOFT UBISOFT
11 5 FIFA 14 PS4 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
16 6 GRAND THEFT AUTO V XB360 ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
8 7 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL PS4 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
5 8 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS PS3 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
9 9 FIFA 14 PS3 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
19 10 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PS3 ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
12 11 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
25 12 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG PS3 UBISOFT UBISOFT
10 13 BATTLEFIELD 4 XB360 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
3 14 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES XB360 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
15 15 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS PS4 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
6 16 FIFA 14 XB ONE EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
7 17 GRAN TURISMO 6 PS3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
13 18 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS XB ONE ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
21 19 BATTLEFIELD 4 PS4 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
20 20 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS XB360 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
23 21 BATTLEFIELD 4 PS3 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
24 22 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG PS4 UBISOFT UBISOFT
14 23 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES PS3 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
22 24 FORZA MOTORSPORT 5 XB ONE MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
29 25 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS PS3 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
34 26 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
30 27 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 PC SEGA SEGA
26 28 BATTLEFIELD 4 XB ONE EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
36 29 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS PS4 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
31 30 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK BETWEEN WORLDS 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
27 31 DEAD RISING 3 XB ONE MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
32 KNACK PS4 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
32 33 POKEMON X 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
33 34 POKEMON Y 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
38 35 THE LAST OF US PS3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
39 36 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS XB360 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
18 37 WWE 2K14 XB360 2K SPORTS TAKE 2
38 RYSE: SON OF ROME XB ONE MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
39 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES PS4 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
35 40 HALO 4 XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT

All formats

LW TW Title Developer Label Publisher
2 1 FIFA 14 EA CANADA EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
1 2 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS INFINITY WARD ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
5 3 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT (MONTREAL) UBISOFT UBISOFT
4 4 BATTLEFIELD 4 DIGITAL ILLUSIONS EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
3 5 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES TRAVELLER’S TALES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
8 6 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR NORTH ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
6 7 JUST DANCE 2014 UBISOFT (FRANCE) UBISOFT UBISOFT
7 8 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS GHOST GAMES EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
11 9 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL GUERRILLA GAMES SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
12 10 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION 4J STUDIOS MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
10 11 GRAN TURISMO 6 POLYPHONY DIGITAL SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
14 12 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS WB GAMES MONTREAL WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
13 13 SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE VICARIOUS VISIONS SKYLANDERS ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
9 14 WWE 2K14 YUKE’S 2K SPORTS TAKE 2
15 15 FORZA MOTORSPORT 5 TURN 10 STUDIOS MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
16 16 DISNEY INFINITY AVALANCHE SOFTWARE DISNEY INFINITY DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS
25 17 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
19 18 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 SPORTS INTERACTIVE SEGA SEGA
17 19 ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS ROVIO ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
33 20 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES GEARBOX SOFTWARE SEGA SEGA
21 21 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK BETWEEN WORLDS NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
18 22 DEAD RISING 3 CAPCOM VANCOUVER MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
31 23 KNACK SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
23 24 POKEMON X GAME FREAK NINTENDO NINTENDO
24 25 POKEMON Y GAME FREAK NINTENDO NINTENDO
27 26 THE LAST OF US NAUGHTY DOG SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
32 27 LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRAVELLER’S TALES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
22 28 RAYMAN LEGENDS UBISOFT (FRANCE) UBISOFT UBISOFT
28 29 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES TRAVELLER’S TALES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
20 30 TOMB RAIDER CRYSTAL DYNAMICS SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
30 31 RYSE: SON OF ROME CRYTEK MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
26 32 HALO 4 343 INDUSTRIES MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
29 33 SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
34 34 PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE AZRAN LEGACY LEVEL 5 NINTENDO NINTENDO
37 35 SAINTS ROW IV DEEP SILVER VOLITION DEEP SILVER KOCH MEDIA
35 36 F1 2013 CODEMASTERS BIRMINGHAM CODEMASTERS CODEMASTERS
39 37 NBA 2K14 VISUAL CONCEPTS 2K SPORTS TAKE 2
38 38 MARIO KART 7 RETRO STUDIOS / NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
40 39 NEW SUPER LUIGI U NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
40 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO

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Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

Rosalina’s got height! She is seriously tall! However, she boasts an anti-gravity effect, so she’s very light.

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Wii U owners in the US can now purchase a high-capacity GamePad battery from Nintendo’s online store. Whereas the original controller battery lasts just 3-5 hours, the new one offers up to eight hours of use.

You can make a purchase for the high-capacity battery here. Pricing is set at $32 (plus shipping).

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