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GN Podcast #466
 

Nintendo Direct (Europe and North America) - live-stream/blog


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Since both events are happening at the same time, I'll be live-blogging the North American event first, then going through the European one.

North America

- 30 more Wii U games coming in the next few weeks
- LEGO City Undercover coming first part of 2013
- Chase is called back to LEGO City to take on the case of hunting down his arch enemy. Take on multiple disguises. Crack safes, rescue kittens and more. GamePad is an in-game police communicator. Receive police dispatches, progress updates, scan for hidden criminals and hidden items. Over 100 different vehicles in the game. Collect vehicle tokens to get instant access to vehicles at call-in points. These are created out of Super Bricks. These Super Bricks also build important locations. Visit the prison to see how Rex Fury escaped. Has a Morgan Freeman/Shawshank Redemption spoof as well. New physical place set, High-Speed Chase, to be made available. Comes with codes for special vehicles and missions in the game.
- Pikmin 3 is due out Q2 of 2013
- Game in Wario discussed, same content from the Japanese Nintendo Direct being shown. More footage to be shown on Nintendo's Facebook today.
- Wii Fit U's Fit Meter lets you track your physical activity outside of the Wii U game. Download the data into your game when you get back to your Wii U. Aerobic, strength training and more activities from Wii Fit Plus included. New activities including dance available in Wii Fit U.
- Another playable character coming to Ninja Gaiden III for free. Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series is coming.
- Wii U Panorama View will feature several videos of rare sights and situations. Views of downtown London or a tour of Kyoto. Available as a paid eShop download next Spring. Free preview demo will hit the eShop as well.
- Google Maps Street View hitting Wii U eShop in first quarter of next year.
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has E. Gadd researching the ghosts of Evershade Valley. Friendly ghosts turn evil, and Luigi steps in to figure out what's going on. Poltergust 5000 can be equipped with a special strobe to help suck in ghosts. Ghosts have countless defenses. Due out Spring 2013.


- Brain Age: Concentration Training due out Feb. 10th. Deals with information overload/addiction that we get due to all our internet-connected devices. This makes it hard for us to focus. Brain Age: Concentration Training tests focus and concentration to combat this impact. Will improve your working memory. Difficulty scales dynamically. Compare your performance to others.
- Fire Emblem: Awakening due out Feb. 4th.



- New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coin Challenge Pack C and Platform Panic Pack available for download later today.


- Tokyo Crash Mobs discussed, but no specific date mentioned.
- HarmoKnight confirmed for North American release.



Europe

- LEGO City Undercover being published by Nintendo, due out early 2013
- Kasumi is going to become a playable character in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. Coming January 11
- Nintendo will be publishing Scribblenauts Unlimited in Europe, due out Feb. 8th
- SiNG Party due out Jan. 18th
- Zen Pinball 2 willl be coming to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in December
- Pikmin 3 due out Q2 2013
- Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate due out on 3DS/Wii U in March, 3D video hitting eShop soon
- Panorama View coming on Spring 2013
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf due out Q2 2013
- Luigi's Mansion 2 due out March 2013
- Dr. Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused? features a mode called Devilish Calculations. There's another mode called Devilish Mice. Keep track of where mice run while cats chase them. Title due out on March 8th.
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate due out in March 2013.
- HarmoKnight also heading to the 3DS eShop in Europe. Due out March 2013.
- Picross e2 due out on 3DS eShop shortly. 150 new levels, new Micross mode. Solve a series of smaller puzzles that solver a larger picture-based puzzle. Due out in January.
- Tokyo Crash Mobs due out Jan. 17th
- Hydroventure Spin Cycle due out Dec. 13th
- Wario Land 3 due out on 3DS VC today
- Fire Emblem: Awakening due out April 2013

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05 Dec 2012 13:48

About time HarmoKnight was announced for us! ...though a release date woulda been nice. :(

I need to start saving up for Fire Emblem, though. Not much longer now...! :D
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05 Dec 2012 13:51

Surprised Wii Fit U wasn't given a western date, actually... [Summer release then?]
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05 Dec 2012 13:54

Well, Fire Emblem for February, that's something. No Animal Crossing news is weird. Hopefully not saving release for Holiday 2013.
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05 Dec 2012 13:55

I like the part where we didn't get any dates or months for HarmoKnight, Luigi's Mansion, or Tokyo Crash Mob... and they didn't even mention Fluidity: Spin Cycle, Castlevania, or Animal Crossing. GG NOA, GG.
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05 Dec 2012 13:57

AmicableWalrus wrote:No Animal Crossing news is weird.


I'd love to agree, but I'm afraid it's completely par for the course with the history of this title.

It's weird by standard logic. But Nintendo and NOA do not follow standard logic with releasing this game.
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05 Dec 2012 14:03

MoldyClay wrote:I like the part where we didn't get any dates or months for HarmoKnight, Luigi's Mansion, or Tokyo Crash Mob... and they didn't even mention Fluidity: Spin Cycle, Castlevania, or Animal Crossing. GG NOA, GG.


Wow, really? What did your US Direct even consist of then? :shock:

Us in the UK and Europe got specified quarters or months for all that [other than Tokyo Crash Mob].
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05 Dec 2012 14:04

Radiant wrote:
AmicableWalrus wrote:No Animal Crossing news is weird.


I'd love to agree, but I'm afraid it's completely par for the course with the history of this title.

It's weird by standard logic. But Nintendo and NOA do not follow standard logic with releasing this game.

That's true. When's the last time NoA publicly acknowledged this game in some substantial form? E3 2011? Then we have Fire Emblem Awakening, one of the most ambitious titles in the series, with an off-stage confirmation at E3, a short English trailer months later, and a 2 months notice for its release. What is going on here...
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05 Dec 2012 14:04

Fire Emblem was the only reason I came here.... Confirmed, early no less, makes me pweassedddd.
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05 Dec 2012 14:05

A post-launch Wii U software drought already? Pretty embarrassing. Europe is getting Picross e 2 and North America doesn't even have the first one yet. WTF?
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05 Dec 2012 14:05

Hahaha. That guy in the Game & Wario video is the most awkward person I've ever seen. Who gave him that job? And why is his one eyebrow up so high the whole time?

EDIT: Wait, he's in all of the videos? Why would they do that? He talks like a robot that isn't very good at talking.
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05 Dec 2012 14:08

Man, by the time Luigi's Mansion 2 comes out, it'll have been almost 2 years since it was first revealed. I really hope it's worth the wait.

Glad Harmoknight is confirmed for a release, in any case. Pikmin 3 being a Q2 game is a bit of a downer, but at least it's made it easier to decide between a U and a 3DS this christmas.
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05 Dec 2012 14:09

Consisted of flying with birds, street view, Wii Fit, Brain Age.

Pikmin and Luigi were the highlights, everything else... meh.

The Wii-U really needed some meat to get the ball rolling, if you fall too far behind in this climate I don't think the console will survive. It either needed to be super powerful or get a lot of 3rd party and 1st party winners in the first year.

They CANNOT use the same marketing theory as the Wii and survive. It wont work with this console.
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05 Dec 2012 14:10

NicCage wrote:Hahaha. That guy in the Game & Wario video is the most awkward person I've ever seen. Who gave him that job? And why is his one eyebrow up so high the whole time?

EDIT: Wait, he's in all of the videos? Why would they do that? He talks like a robot that isn't very good at talking.



The people they have on Nintendo Direct are creepy. I don't know why but it feels like I'm watching something on PBS for 10 year olds the way they explain everything really slowly and stilted. lol
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05 Dec 2012 14:14

@Dromag67
I know! The part where he talked about WarioWare's "random humor" and how "it's silly. In a good way" is delivered in the creepiest way imaginable.
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05 Dec 2012 14:17

Show us "Silly in a bad way" lmao

Added some entertainment, probably in the wrong way though.
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05 Dec 2012 14:23

AmicableWalrus wrote:
Radiant wrote:
AmicableWalrus wrote:No Animal Crossing news is weird.


I'd love to agree, but I'm afraid it's completely par for the course with the history of this title.

It's weird by standard logic. But Nintendo and NOA do not follow standard logic with releasing this game.

That's true. When's the last time NoA publicly acknowledged this game in some substantial form? E3 2011? Then we have Fire Emblem Awakening, one of the most ambitious titles in the series, with an off-stage confirmation at E3, a short English trailer months later, and a 2 months notice for its release. What is going on here...


Well at least Fire Emblem wasn't announced over two years ago...

Animal Crossing NL was shown at the last NA Nintendo Direct actually. Making it look like they were getting ready to release it, but then when the ND came to give the release date not only do we not get a release date, but the game doesn't even show up in any way, shape, or form.

I'm sick of playing this game. I don't even know what's going on anymore. There aren't any excuses left this time.
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05 Dec 2012 14:24

- Brain Age: Concentration Training due out Feb. 10th. Deals with information overload/addiction that we get due to all our internet-connected devices. This makes it hard for us to focus. Brain Age: Concentration Training tests focus and concentration to combat this impact. Will improve your working memory. Difficulty scales dynamically. Compare your performance to others.

Now that sounds like it'll be incredibly useful for me. For the exact reasons stated, I have some trouble concentrating. I'll be keeping my eyes on this title.
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05 Dec 2012 14:25

@Dromag67
It's like they had a team of scientists find out how to suck all of the humor out of that line, and replace it with a general feeling of awkwardness and foreboding. And eyebrows.
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05 Dec 2012 14:29

NicCage wrote:@Dromag67
It's like they had a team of scientists find out how to suck all of the humor out of that line, and replace it with a general feeling of awkwardness and foreboding.


It feels like sometimes they are almost uncomfortable speaking English.

Which is weird because most of those guys talking look like westerners.

They must not let them just act natural, that would take the tension outta these things a little bit if they did.
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05 Dec 2012 14:35

I would trade my left nut for Billy Mays to be resurrected to do these videos. It would be epic on soo many levels.
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05 Dec 2012 15:32

All this and no mention of TVii availability?

Come on, Nintendo, you sold this feature hard, and I early-adopted for the first time on the promise of its coming. Turn on TVii, or tell us when it's coming. And like Jon Voight in Transformers, "I don't want to discuss a damn thing other till that becomes reality".
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05 Dec 2012 16:43

Kasumi? lol I assumed we were getting Rachel. I wonder how she will play. Very exciting news.

Also january 11th sucks. Why couldn't we have this with everybody else? :(
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05 Dec 2012 16:52

So america didnt get difinitive release months for castlevania and luigi's mansion but EU did? I want some answers
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05 Dec 2012 18:08

Radiant wrote:Well at least Fire Emblem wasn't announced over two years ago...

Somehow I get the impression that you don't have a clue as to what's been going on with the series over the past four years, or lack thereof.
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05 Dec 2012 18:09

Lego Iwata?

Doesn't Nintendo have their own Lego brand? :P

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