Volcanion distribution set to hit GameStop this October

Flight of Light hits Kickstarter goal

Flight of Light's modest Kickstarter goal of $3,240 has been hit with a few hours to spare, which means the game will be heading to Wii U. We'll keep tab on any dev updates from here on out.

NES Classic Edition controller cords are roughly 3 feet in length

Well here's a bit of a headache with the NES Classic Edition. It seems that the controller cords are about 3 feet in length. That's really not a lot of space between you and the system. Obviously, NES controller cords were a lot longer. I guess you'll have to be willing to get nice and cozy with your NES Classic Edition...or buy yourself a long HDMI cord!

BBC iPlayer shutting down Wii U service after Jan. 2017

The BBC iPlayer was removed from the Wii U eShop in the UK on Aug. 30th. Those with the app have still been able to use it, but now we've learned that the BBC is going to drop support for the app come Jan. 2017. In other words, get your fill of the app while you still can!

Image & Form - SteamWorld Heist selling better than Dig, Wii U porting issues

A portion of a Nintendo Life interview with Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson...

NL: First of all, can you give an impression of Heist's sales performance on 3DS? It's been around 9 months since it was released, so have you been happy with its reception?

BS: I'm happy to say that SteamWorld Heist has done quite a bit better for us than SteamWorld Dig, and it's been the follow-up that we hoped for! We obviously felt the pressure after Dig did so well both in terms of sales and reception. Expectations from fans and pundits, as well as our internal drive to "use the window of opportunity" we created with Dig, were quite present at times. We really wanted to prove ourselves, that we could make something completely different and way better than Dig, that we could make games that were truly world-class.

...It's holding up very well. I'm beginning to think there's now a crowd - a good chunk of the Nintendo community - that buys our games because they're made by us. They're confident our games are a cut above the rest and worth playing. Also due to the staggered release schedule - 3DS in December, Steam/PSN in June - Steam and PSN sales are playing catch-up. When we look back at SteamWorld Dig, which had a similar stagger, we see that 3DS, Steam and PS4/Vita are now roughly equal in sales. So far Heist has fared better on 3DS and Steam than on PSN.

NL: Has working on the Wii U version been a smooth process for the team?With respect to NDAs, confidential data and so on, are you willing to say how sales on the portable have compared to subsequent releases on PC / PS4?

BS: No, it hasn't really been smooth. We've been running into all kinds of problems porting Heist, both internal and external. Like I mentioned above, porting Heist has been very much harder than porting Dig, and much has to do with the higher complexity of the game. For example, when we ported Dig to PS4, it was the first game ever to go through the PlayStation approval process on the first try.

With that background, maybe we were over-confident in our porting abilities. We got through in the end, and the Wii U version is the best version of SteamWorld Heist to date.

Classic Miyamoto interview reveals that Mario is 24-25 years old

Coming from a 2005 interview with Shigeru Miyamoto...

“I think it was fortuitous that we didn’t put any restrictions on Mario as a character. Normally when you create a character and present him to the world, all the details get filed in: what’s his favourite colour? what kind of food does he like to eat? Aside from the fact that he’s about 24-25 years old, we didn’t define anything else”.

I have to admit, I never really thought about Mario's age. That said, I don't know that I see him as a 25-year-old. He seems a bit older than that, doesn't he? Thanks to Gmansir for the heads up!

Various Pokemon Sun/Moon calendars on the way

So many ways to get your Pokemon Sun/Moon calendar action. You could go the easy route and have it made for you, or you could suffer through a 500 piece puzzle and then try to find a place to display it!