RUMOR - Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle hitting Europe on May 30th

You're looking at what might be the artwork for a Mario Kart 8/Wii U Premium bundle slated for release in Europe on May 30th. No official word from Nintendo at this time, but the rumored bundle is said to include a deluxe Wii U, Mario Kart 8 and a free week-long trial for Wii Karaoke U.


Nintendo had the chance to grab Skylanders as an exclusive, but turned it down

The following comes from a Polygon interview with Toys for Bob co-founders Fred Ford and Paul Rouse...

"We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo. I think there was some co-marketing money and the Wii was doing well. They had some success with peripherals." - Ford
"They (Nintendo) spent a long time looking and looking. They were just like 'we have never seen anything like this before.' I've always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs]. We have no idea why (Nintendo turned it down). Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn't rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days. Nintendo could have kicked Disney's ass. If I was running Nintendo I would have jumped on this." - Rouse

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - GoNintendo Radio Ep. 33

Middle of the week, here we come! Man, weeks are flying by like crazy. Spring is ready to rush on out and get Summer here. I'm all for that! See you in a few, short hours.

I bet you thought the show was going away again...but you were wrong! We were just letting things calm down from last week. We didn't want the show to get lost in the mix with all the Smash Bros. and Tomodachi Life news! Now that we have a quieter week, we're happy to bring you the latest episode!

Download GoNintendo Radio Ep. 33 here!

Sakamoto wants to create new game types as well as traditional, wants to move the industry forward

A portion of a CVG interview with Yoshio Sakamoto...

CVG: In your Tomodachi presentation, you mentioned your mission to 'create a game that moves the industry forwards'. Does that mean you will not return to the more traditional game series that you're known for?

Sakamoto: I do not intend to do so. There might [currently] be various tasks I might be involved in with past series. However, even if so I would always like to introduce new entertainment and new fun to those series.

I would like to satisfy fans of those series, but also working with other talented individuals I would like to create entertainment that's completely different and that brings new emotions. I would like to challenge myself in those unique directions.

This might be indirect, but if we can make new types of gamers enjoy video games for the first time through Tomodachi Life, then they might eventually become interested in the more conventional games. I think we need to ensure that video games remain attractive to consumers, and in order to do so new concepts and ideas are important. I would like to challenge myself to do that.

I am told by many people that I have developed many different types of games over my career, but I think this is solely because I was able to partner with many different people with many different talents. Although the types of games are different, what I think is the same for each development is the process of deciding which kinds of emotions we should bring to players.

When we think in that manner, many approaches of game development are actually the same over different types of games. I think in the end what is most important is hospitality towards consumers. When we develop games we always think, 'what do we have to do to make players happy or satisfied?'


Lobb says Metroid Prime went against what fans wanted, sometimes you have to go against fans

Coming from an EDGE interview with Ken Lobb...

The fight, in the pre-internet world, was that we were getting a lot of pressure from fans. Nowadays, you'd be buried under Twitter, NeoGAF — both of which I love, by the way — but those voices are even louder today than they were back then. It comes back to a lesson I learned a long time ago: always listen to your customer, but also understand that if you do focus testing what you're going to hear is, "I want that thing you did last time, because that was awesome." Every once in a while, you have to learn to not listen to that and go, "Actually, Metroid in firstperson we think could make more sense." Great creatives are going to disrupt their earlier designs and make things that are new, or build completely new games or new genres.

It's hard to argue with that logic when you see how great Metroid Prime turned out, as well as the subsequent entries. Now fans are dying for Metroid to get back to the Prime series. Does that mean Nintendo won't do it?!


Famitsu teasing more Persona Q info for next week, as well as a Spring scoop

Famitsu has teased content for next week's issue. We know that we'll be getting an update on Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, but no specifics were mentioned. The magazine also claims to have its “greatest scoop” of the Spring lined up for next week. Start speculating now!


Nintendo Gives Wii Remote Plus Controller the Royal Treatment

Nintendo hereby announces a new Wii Remote Plus controller styled in the royal fashion of Princess Peach. The pink controller features many touches that pay homage to the Mushroom Kingdom’s most powerful heroine, who recently starred in the Super Mario 3D World game for the Wii U console. The new controller includes a crown design over the speaker, blue buttons that echo Peach’s royal jewelry and a golden-yellow plus pad that evokes her regal crown.

The new Peach Pink Wii Remote Plus will start appearing in stores in late April at a suggested retail price of $39.99. It joins other controllers themed to Nintendo characters, including the red Mario and green Luigi controllers. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that call for Wii Remote controllers. Fans of Mario Kart 8 might want to pick up the new remote to control Peach when the game launches May 30.

PR email

New Skylanders title to be revealed on April 23rd

Activision is sending out these invites to select members of the press. The invite confirms a New York event on April 23rd, which is set to debut "the latest innovation from the franchise that created the toys-to-life category."


Official Nintendo Magazine (Spain) says Diddy Kong is coming to Mario Kart 8 (UPDATE)

ONM Spain director Juan Carlos Garcia has said that this was printed in error. The character may indeed appear in the final game, but the magazine staff has no advance info on this. Diddy was included by mistake.

There it is, as clear as day. Either it's a big mistake or they ONM Spain guys got a bit of inside info!


NoA PR - Nintendo Cuts the Prices of Five Great Nintendo 3DS Games

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Five great Nintendo 3DS games, including the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time, are getting a new lower price. Together these five games have sold more than 9 million combined physical and digital units in the United States alone, and represent some of the most fun game experiences available today. The five games are must-haves for anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system, and their new price represents an even better value for consumers.

Starting April 22, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a suggested retail price of just $29.99 each.

In order, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2 represent the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the United States - each one has sold more than 2.15 million physical and digital units in the U.S. alone. All five of the newly discounted games star classic Nintendo characters and franchises, and their strong sales over time demonstrate the longevity of Nintendo's games. The games make great gifts, engaging entertainment for families and other spring break travelers, or just a way to introduce kids to the fun of video games.

For more information about these products, visit

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo's internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

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