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Vblank Entertainment updated the official Retro City Rampage website with a bunch of new screenshots and details for the game’s 3DS version. Most importantly, we now know that Retro City Rampage is hitting the eShop next year for $9.99.

Other details include:

– Will include updates made to the PC version and more
– Not a quick port
– Attention given to every detail
– All missions reworked for 3DS
– Front end and UI rebuilt for two screens
– Touch features where it makes sense
– Touch screen weapon select included
– Can still use the original weapon cycle button
– Larger minimap
– Minimap shows enemy and police locations
– Can zoom and scroll the map with touch or buttons in the pause menu
– Change the radio station quickly with the touch screen as well
– The enemy lock-on works as before
– You can now also hold the L button while pressing the +Control Pad to shoot in specific directions, similar to having a right stick
– The above is optional
– Zoomed in camera
– Camera panning has been added in specific cases
– When driving in vehicles, the camera pulls forward allowing you to see well ahead
– When on certain missions, as seen in the image to the right, the camera pans towards enemies
– HUD/UI reworked to reduce clutter on the top screen
– Important displays such as health and objectives appear on the top while less important information stays on the bottom
– Weapon trucks are now scattered throughout the city
– This allows you to buy weapons without traveling all the way to one of the stores
– More will be added like world interactions and TV Mode color palettes
– Game was submitted for certification earlier this month
– Game won’t be out until next year
– $9.99


Over on the Nintendo of Europe site, Satoru Shibata shared some Christmas greetings for fans of the company. You can find his full message below.

Hello everyone! This is Satoru Shibata of Nintendo of Europe.
First of all, I would really like to thank you all for supporting Nintendo throughout 2013.

I also really appreciate that you continue to watch our Nintendo Direct broadcasts. This year, I tried a few new things in the Nintendo Directs, such as singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and doing a little cosplay of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton… It was quite embarrassing sometimes, and I don’t think I’ll win any Oscars, but I hope I was able to add to your interest in the titles I introduced in the Nintendo Directs. We certainly had fun filming those sections!

By the way, have you already decided which game you’re going to play over the winter holiday?
To tell you the truth, at the moment, the Wii U at the Shibata family home is experiencing its most activity ever. You might wonder why that is. Well, what my wife and I enjoy doing almost every weekend is singing with Wii Karaoke U. We can easily spend three to four hours singing – my home has pretty much become a Japanese karaoke box! Even when I am on a business trip, my wife continues singing karaoke alone. We always have a big laugh when we see how terrible our singing is by looking at the online rankings. I hope that you will try Wii Karaoke U in your home with your family or friends! It’s really fun!

Another game we love is Wii Fit U. Every day, we wear our Fit Meters to record the number of steps we take and the calories we burn. I may be an extreme example, because on weekends I always play tennis for two hours followed by one hour of exercise at the gym, which results in around 20,000 steps and 800 calories burnt. On the other hand, during the week, I never manage to complete 2,000 steps, and burn only 200 calories, because I am sitting in meetings almost all day. So, on workdays, I play Core Luge when I get home to burn more calories. It looks so easy, but if you try to play it seriously, it’s really quite hard! However, my wife easily achieves 20,000 steps every day by walking our dog twice a day, going grocery shopping and doing housework. So I’m never going to catch up with her efforts – we’re doing the Tour of Italy Walking Challenge and she is way ahead of me already…

I’ve actually been telling my friends, family and business partners who visit us at home so enthusiastically about how much fun we have with Wii Karaoke U and Wii Fit U, that many of them have started to play these games themselves now!

Over the winter holiday, I‘m planning to play SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD. In the past, I have never managed to fully complete this kind of platform game, but I’m really determined to try until I reach the last stage with this title.

I hope you will also enjoy videogames with your family and friends during the festive period and that Nintendo products keep you smiling this Christmas – and next year too!
See you next year in more Nintendo Directs!

I wish you a Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year!!


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

A Luma becomes a star. Lumas are tough, but can also be blown away. Luckily, there’s an infinite number of them.

At this point, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would have expected Dark Souls II on Wii U. But a few comments from producer Takeshi Miyazoe aren’t exactly encouraging.

EDGE asked Miyazoe if publisher Namco Bandai had ever considered the game for Wii U. He gave a simple no, and then laughed when the publication asked why. He went on to explain, “It was more of a company decision,” before concluding, “I think the audience for the Wii U is a lot different from the audience for Dark Souls.”

Check out this excerpt from EDGE’s recent article:

Asked whether From Software and Namco ever considered a Wii U port, Miyazoe bluntly replies: “No.” When asked why, he explodes with laughter. “Wii U never came up, and we never doubted that (decision) either,” he says. “It was more of a company decision, so I wasn’t the one that decided this, but I think the audience for the Wii U is a lot different from the audience for Dark Souls.”


3DS update version 7.1.0-14 out now

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A new update is out now for the 3DS. It’s nothing too major, though the firmware has been brought forward to version 7.1.0-14. Today’s update, Nintendo says, provides “Further improvements to overall system stability” while also making small adjustments “to enhance the user experience”.

A whole slew of games have gone on sale between the 3DS and Wii U eShops. You can find a roundup of discounted prices below.


VVVVVV – $4.99 (was $7.99) – sale through 1/3
Mutant Mudds – $4.49 (was $8.99) – sale through 1/2
Cave Story – $6.99 (was $9.99) – sale through 1/3
Art of Balance Touch! – $5.99 (was $6.99) – sale through 1/2
3D Game Collection – $4.99 (was $5.99) – sale through 1/9
Project X Zone – $14.99 (was $34.99) – sale through 1/1
Ikachan – $2.99 (was $4.99) – sale through 1/3
NightSky – $4.99 (was $9.99) – sale through 1/3
Witch & Hero – $2.79 (was $3.99) – sale through 1/8
Arc Style: Soccer 3D – $4.89 (was $6.99) – sale through 1/9
ATV Wild Ride – $3.99 (was $7.99) – sale through 1/2
Gardenscapes – $5.99 (was $7.99) – sale through 1/9
Murder on the Titanic – $5.99 (was $7.99) – sale through 1/9
3D MahJongg – $3.99 (was $4.99) – sale through 1/9
Monster Shooter – $4.00 (was $6.99) – permanent
Soccer Up 3D – $2.99 (was $6.99) – sale through 1/2
Family Tennis 3D – $4.89 (was $6.99) – sale through 1/9
VectorRacing – $4.89 (was $6.99) – sale through 1/9
Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns – $19.99 (was $29.99) – sale through 1/31
Sweet Memories – Blackjack – $2.79 (was $3.99) – sale through 1/8
Bomb Monkey – $2.49 (was $4.99) – sale through 1/2
Big Bass Arcade: No Limit – $4.99 (was $6.99) – sale through 1/2
Smash Bowling 3D – $3.49 (was $4.99) – sale through 1/2
Swords & Soldiers 3D – $5.59 (was $7.99) – sale through 1/8
Family Kart 3D – $3.49 (was $4.99) – sale through 1/9
Deer Hunting King – $3.49 (was $4.99) – sale through 1/9
Hometown Story – $29.99 (was $39.99) – sale through 1/31
World Conqueror 3D – $3.99 (was $5.99) – sale through 1/8
Brunch Panic – $2.79 (was $3.99) – sale through 1/8
Tangram Style – $3.99 (was $6.99) – permanent
WAKEDAS – $1.99 (was $2.99) – sale through 1/8
101 Penguin Pets 3D – $2.99 (was $4.99) – sale through 1/13
Funfair Party Games – $6.99 (was $19.99) – sale through 1/9
Jewel Match 3 – $5.99 (was $6.99) – sale through 1/9
Secret Agent Files: Miami – $6.99 (was $7.99) – sale through 1/9
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – $19.99 (was $39.99) – sale through 12/25
Power Rangers Megaforce – $19.99 (was $34.95) – sale through 1/1

Wii U

Trine 2: Director’s Cut – $7.99 (was $19.99)
Nano Assault Neo – $7.99 (was $9.99)
Little Inferno – $4.99 (was $9.99)
Toki Tori 2+ – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Chasing Aurora – $3.99 (was $7.99)
Mutant Mudds Deluxe – $4.99 (was $9.99)
Star Wars Pinball – $4.99 (was $9.99)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – $11.99 (was $14.99)
TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition – $4.99 (was $7.99)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – $19.99 (was $39.99)

Namco Bandai has slashed the price of Project X Zone pretty heavily on the 3DS eShop. You can now purchase the game for just $14.99. That price is valid through January 1.


As was announced during yesterday’s European Nintendo Direct, Super Mario Bros. 3 will be available on the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console on December 26.


During an appearance on the Japanese multi-media internet talk show Kurokawa Juku, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida shared more kind words for Wii U as well as Super Mario 3D World.

Yoshida first told the audience that he owns two Wii U consoles. He then had some kind words for Mario 3D World, stating:

“The latest Mario game is really good, too. I think the Wii U is just getting started.”

Yoshida ended with the following:

“People can get together and enjoy [the Wii U], it’s got plenty of wonderful games. Nintendo helps raise and teaches the fun of games to people just starting out. I think that’s a very important thing in this industry.”