This week's North American downloads - July 24 (Master Reboot, Siesta Fiesta and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week's Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Siesta Fiesta - Siesta Fiesta combines various elements of classic arcade game play - from brick-breaker to modern-day platformer - to create a truly unique adventure. Use the ball-like Siesta to smash Piñata Blocks, activate power-ups, battle bosses and trigger a host of wacky contraptions. Siesta Fiesta is available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Wooden Sen'SeY - Jump and grapple your way through exotic worlds, dodging obstacles such as fire, collapsing platforms, pits and whirring metal blades. If you want a real challenge, speed through 30 hair-tearing levels as quickly as possible in Time Attack mode and try to beat the developers' times in each stage. Click here to watch the latest trailer for Wooden Sen'SeY.

Virtual Console on Wii U
Ufouria: The Saga - Join Bop-Louie as he searches for his three friends to help him escape an unknown world. But it won't be easy. Brain-boggling mazes, traps and bizarre pitfalls stand in your way back to Ufouria. Click here to watch the trailer for Ufouria: The Saga.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Blaster Master - Jason, in search of his pet frog named Fred, has fallen down a manhole into a world of danger. Mutant-sized creatures he never imagined await him at every turn. In order to survive, Jason must pair up with an armored combat vehicle codenamed SOPHIA. It's panic or perish as you blast through an endless maze of tunnels, seeking secret passages for an escape.

Nintendo eShop Sales
Trine 2: Director's Cut - Trine 2: Director's Cut is 60 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $7.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 12 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Joindots Game Sale - 3D Game Collection, Gardenscapes, Jewel Match 3 and more Joindots games are on sale until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 14 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Poker Dice Solitaire Future - Poker Dice Solitaire Future is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 6 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Price reduction:
Chubbins is being reduced to $3.99 from $5.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Also new this week:
Master Reboot (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Super Toy Cars (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
101 Pony Pets 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Pick-A-Gem (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Scooby Doo! & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Hyrule Warriors - NicoNico live-stream Coming Tomorrow

Tomorrow NicoNico will be having a presentation that is set to feature Hyrule Warriors as well as other games.

The stream can be watched here provided you set up a NicoNico account.

The stream is tomorrow (July 24th) times for the stream are:
12AM AEST (the crossover between the 24th & 25th)


(Rough Translation) - Itagaki chose Wii U for Devil's Third because Nintendo loves games more than anyone else

Devil's Third coming to the Wii U was quite a surprise coming from E3. Mr. Itagaki isn't someone you'd traditionally peg as a Nintendo fan, but clearly he likes the company since Devil's Third is coming to Wii U. When asked about the decision to bring the game over, Mr. Itagaki stated that he went with Nintendo because they love games more than anyone else. Thanks to iYakku for the heads up!


Hyrule Warriors - Sheik, Princess Ruto & Darunia Confirmed as Playable

Famitsu have confirmed that Sheik, Princess Ruto and Darunia (all from Ocarina of Time) are playable in the Hyrule Warriors. So far we only have the above image of Sheik, but the article on Famitsu mentions Ruto and Darunia as well. The article also mentions Golden Skultulas will appear in the game in some fashion and that Impa and Lana will receive two new weapons. Expect more images to surface once Famitsu releases in Japan later this week (note: all translation was done via Google translate).


Wii U firmware update 5.1.0 U now available

Version 5.1.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:

New Features:

Wii U to Wii U System Transfer
Users can now transfer (move) all software and data from one Wii U to another
A “System Transfer” option has been added within System Settings

Changes to Nintendo eShop:

Users can now navigate the Nintendo eShop using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller
Improvements to system stability and usability:

Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Thanks to all that sent this in!


This week's European downloads - July 24 (Siesta Fiesta, Mega Man games and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Master Reboot (Wales Interactive) - €11.99/£9.99
Imagine a world where death is no longer final, where precious memories are saved to enjoy forever, where your soul is immortal, welcome to the Soul Cloud. Upload your soul to our dedicated servers and relax knowing that a part of you will live on for eternity. That favourite holiday, happy moments from your childhood, meeting that special someone for the first time. All these memories saved for your digital soul for your family to revisit again and again. The Soul Cloud - saving your past to secure your future. Master Reboot is a haunting first person sci-fi adventure horror game set inside the Soul Cloud. It's an exploration game with action and puzzle elements set across 34 unique environments. The game features a distinctive visual style, intriguing storyline, psychological adventure-game action and dynamic atmospheric soundtracks. Get prepared for upload... Where am I? Who am I? It's time to piece your life... and death back together.

Wooden Sen'Sey (Neko Entertainment) - €9.99/£8.00
Wooden Sen'SeY is an action-platform game set in a unique Japanese Steam Rock world that is full of humour. You follow Goro, a village chief, through a series of levels on his quest for vengeance. He defeats his enemies using his axes to slice, dice, squash and grapple! Wooden Sen'SeY aims to offer players a unique gaming experience inspired by old school game mechanisms while incorporating modern technology and magnificent 3D graphics.

Super Toy Cars (Eclipse Games) - €7.99/£6.99
Super Toy Cars is a tabletop arcade combat racing game featuring fast and cool-looking cars, impressive tracks made of everyday objects and a bunch of power-ups that will let you destroy your opposition. Collect all cars and upgrades to keep up with competition while you progress in career mode or have a quick race either against AI opponents or against friends. You can play up to 4 players locally. There are 16 different cars in the game each one with its unique handling model. You can experiment with them and play the ones that best suit your driving style and the different situations you'll find in our 12 tracks. Oh, and maybe you'll want to use different cars depending on which type of event you're playing, because we have 48 events in career mode, but not all of them are races! Super Toy Cars is a big game and has lots of options for you to tinker and play with, but most importantly this game has been carefully crafted to be fun to play and race, either alone or with friends.

Mega Man Battle Network (Capcom, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
In the future, a youngster named Lan battles cyber-crime with his Personal Exploration Terminal (PET). But Lan's PET is no ordinary avatar; it's Mega Man.EXE, a cyber-identity which infiltrates the crime-ridden network to battle destructive computer viruses! Defeat viruses in real time and collect Battle Chips: data containing valuable weapons and critical system info. There are more than 175 Battle Chips to collect. Help Lan and Mega Man.EXE restore peace and order to the network! This is the US version of the game.

Mega Man 5 (Capcom, NES VC) - €4.99/£3.49
Proto Man - once the trusted brother of Mega Man - has mysteriously gone berserk, kidnapping Dr. Light and forcing Mega Man to go on the offensive. Assisted by his new sidekick Beat, a robotic bird, and his faithful robo-dog Rush, Mega Man must battle through eight thrilling levels and defeat the robot masters lurking within. Defy gravity in Gravity Man's stage, chip away the defences in Stone Man's stage and catch some surf in Wave Man's stage, before the final showdown! This is the US version of the game.

Mega Man 6 (Capcom, NES VC) - €4.99/£3.49
The first Annual Robot Tournament was going well - until the mysterious Mr. X took the top eight robots to conquer the world. Enter Mega Man to save the day! Mega Man 6 was the last of the series to be released on NESTM, and it goes out with a bang! Battle through eight new stages and defeat the boss in each, to take its power for yourself. Also, adaptors allow Mega Man and cybernetic canine Rush, to combine and become Jet Mega Man or Power Mega Man, to fly and perform power punches. This is the US version of the game.

Special offers
You must own NES Remix 1 or 2 to take part in this NES games promotion
Clu Clu Land (Nintendo, NES VC) - €2.49/£1.74 (Ends July 31, normal price €4.99/£3.49)
Dr Mario (Nintendo, NES VC) - €2.49/£1.74 (Ends July 31, normal price €4.99/£3.49)
Excitebike (Nintendo, NES VC) - €2.49/£1.74 (Ends July 31, normal price €4.99/£3.49)
Super Mario Bros (Nintendo, NES VC) - €3.49/£2.44 (Ends July 31, normal price €4.99/£3.49)
Ice Hockey (Nintendo, NES VC) - €2.49/£1.74 (Ends July 31, normal price €4.99/£3.49)
The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, NES VC) - €3.49/£2.44 (Ends July 31, normal price €4.99/£3.49)
Urban Champion (Nintendo, NES VC) - €2.49/£1.74 (Ends July 31, normal price €4.99/£3.49)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Siesta Fiesta (Mojo Bones) - €4.49/£3.99
Siesta Fiesta is a colourful action game where players take control of the snoozing Siesta as he's taken on a one-of-a-kind tour of Fiestaville: home to the beloved Fiestas. Use Siesta's bed to bounce, boost and rebound across the island's 8 fun-filled regions. Siesta Fiesta combines various elements of classic arcade gameplay to create a truly unique adventure. Use the ball-like Siesta to smash Piñata Blocks, activate Power-ups, battle bosses and trigger a host of whacky contraptions. With its intuitive gameplay and varied level design, Siesta Fiesta aims to appeal to both long-time gamers and newcomers alike.

Special offers
Pokemon Link: Battle (Nintendo) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends July 31, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix) - €3.99/£3.39 (Ends July 31, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix) - €3.99/£3.39 (Ends July 31, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends July 31, normally €9.99/£8.99)

Aonuma discusses the open nature of Zelda Wii U and rethinking conventions

Coming from Eiji Aonuma...

I still won’t say so much about this, but we made it a theme of sorts to review the commonplaces of Zelda. In the Wii U version, I feel like I have to say, “the game will take place in a vast world!” For example, “If you go to the other side of that mountain, what will happen?” or “I have seen this from this side, but I wonder what appears from the other side.” You can play like this, but you might not be that free in the game quite yet. At this time in the Wii U version, if you just think you can continue walking freely, beyond the mountains, over the valleys, you will just continue to walk until you’re very far away. So how you will play the new Zelda, well… I look forward to how everyone will do so!

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GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 466


Nothing will stop this podcast! Not even a 9-hour drive back from North Carolina! We got back from our trip, set up the laptop and squeezed out another. We might be just a tad loopy and out of it this time around, but we tried our best!

Download the show here!

Bill Trinen details how NoA Treehouse works, how his job has evolved and how he got his start

Coming from Bill Trinen, the Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America...

“The thing about Treehouse is that it’s actually a huge team [now]. When I joined Nintendo back in ’98, there were two of us. We localized games, captured all the screenshots for promotional materials, wrote all of the manuals, captured all of the footage to help with T.V. ads for media…the list gets longer.”

From there, the team started to grow, and one of the first things I said was, ‘We really need somebody else to capture the footage [for media], because there’s actual localization work to do, and we can’t do it all,’ so then we added what’s now called our Marketing Support Team.

Then there’s my team. I left out of localization several years ago and started up what is essentially the product marketing team. Our role is to educate the NOA internal marketing teams and their agencies on what the products are and how they can identify the key features of a product.

We also have our brand management/Pokémon team that handles all of the Pokémon products. They do some things around the Kirby franchise. Today, Treehouse is a very large group. Localization alone is 40 or 50 people. It’s hard to imagine that we started by translating text into .txt files.

There have actually been rumors that Mr. Miyamoto is going to retire, you know, so this E3 we were going to spread the rumor that the two of us had bought a place in a Hawaii and that we’re going to retire together. But really, when I first joined Nintendo it was in 1998. I had gone in for an interview on a contract job and didn’t hear back, so, I just sort of assumed I didn’t get the job. Then I heard back from this agency that had hooked me up with the interview and they said, ‘well yeah, they don’t want to hire you for the contract job, they just want to HIRE you!’ So, naturally, I said, hey, sure—I’ll do that!

As a part of the testing process for Ocarina of Time, we were doing these nightly telephone conference calls, because we didn’t have video conference technology back then—but we at least had email—so we would do these calls every night and I ended up being the one who was translating them for the testing team in Redmond.

I was going about my merry way for a few months when, one day, Jim Merrick comes up to me and says, ‘you’re Bill, right? You speak Japanese, don’t you?’ I was young and naïve, so of course I said, ‘Yeah! Yeah I speak Japanese!’

Miyamoto was really nervous because he had never spoken in front of an audience that large before—and I was really nervous because I had never met Mr. Miyamoto. I can’t remember it exactly, but there was this little joke at the beginning…anyways, we got on stage, and he gets to his joke, tells it, I translate it, and the whole room just busts up. That’s been our motto ever since—whenever were doing anything, we don’t really care what the audience thinks, the two of us are just going to get up and have fun.

Before the trip, I told my wife, ‘I’m going to come back either looking for a new job or I’ll be staying at Nintendo for a very long time.”


Rock Band survey asks about new installments for Wii, Wii U

Coming from the official survey...

Which elements would you be the most excited about for the future of Rock Band? Please rank these options from MOST EXCITED (1) to LEAST EXCITED (5).

A sale on existing DLC

A new Rock Band title on LEGACY consoles (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)

A new Rock Band title on CURRENT-GEN consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U)

Take the survey here


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