Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U - No Transforming Characters Due to 3DS Limitations

Below is a quote from a Famitsu interview with Masahiro Sakurai translated by Siliconera

“It’s basically due to the 3DS’ limitations,” said Sakurai, when asked why Zelda and Sheik, and Samus and Zerosuit Samus, are different characters. “It was impossible to have both characters exist together [as one] on 3DS. However, reaching that limit can sometimes lead in good directions. Transforming characters had the drawback of ambiguous tactics and such, and I believe that they have become more fresh now."

Check out the full details here!

Thomas Was Alone Launching on Wii U this November

LONDON – 01.10.2014 – Curve Digital has today announced its intention to bring indie platformer Thomas Was Alone to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U.

Created by Mike Bithell, with a BAFTA-award winning voice over performance by Danny Wallace and with a rousing score by David Housden, Thomas Was Alone is a study in simplicity. A 2D platform-puzzle game that quickly engages and engrosses the player with its charming storyline and art style.

To celebrate the announcement, Curve has created ‘documentary’ video of the experience of porting the game to Console, which you can view and embed on YouTube.

Originally released on Steam in July 2012, Thomas has since enjoyed releases on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and iPad, developed by Curve Studios and Bossa Studios. The game has sold over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the bestselling indie titles ever.

Curve Studios, the original developer of the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions, will be developing the new versions of Thomas Was Alone, which will be available on the Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2014.

As a cross-buy title, The PlayStation version of Thomas Was Alone will be available free of charge to anyone who owns the original game on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita, including customers who downloaded the game during PlayStation Plus.

Curve Digital Managing Director, Jason Perkins said: “Thomas Was Alone came to PlayStation right at the start of their campaign to make console development more appealing to smaller developers. Since then, indie games have become a much larger part of the landscape for all major platform holders. It’s exciting to be working with Mike again and to be able to bring the title to even more gamers while offering a free copy for original PlayStation fans.”

Creator and developer of the original game, Mike Bithell, commented: “Working with Sony on Thomas was a great experience and opened my eyes to the potential of smaller budget titles on consoles in general.”

The game will be available to purchase on all formats for £6.99 / $9.99.

About Curve Digital

Founded in 2012, Curve Digital publishes original IP and enhanced conversions of popular independent video games. Working with high profile developers such as Jasper Byrne (Lone Survivor) and Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone), Curve Digital helps individuals and small teams bring their games to a larger audience on popular console formats, including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Wii-U.

PR: Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS Arrives This Week To Take on Europe

Fighting series goes portable to broad critical acclaim

1st October 2014 – The wait is almost over, with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS arriving this week, on 3rd October, to take on Europe. Fans can get their hands on the first portable outing for the Smash Bros. series and experience a huge wealth of content, including a roster of over 40 playable characters made up of new challengers and favourite veterans, the Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Smash Run mode, and online For Glory and For Fun modes that allow players to challenge the world.

Critics throughout Europe have praised the series’ jump to portable play across the board:

CVG, 9 out of 10 – “Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is extraordinarily slick”, “Whether you enjoy it as a technical fighting game or an insane Nintendo block party, Smash Bros' handheld debut delivers big on all fronts.”
Nintendo Life, 9 out of 10 – “Remarkable production values combined with a staggering amount of content and fan service make Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS an entertaining, rewarding and downright addictive title that’s immensely hard to put down.”
Pocket Gamer, 9 out of 10 – “Super Smash Bros. is as fast, frenetic, and wonderfully satisfying on handheld. And this pint size version has more of everything - including fighters, trophies, and modes”
Videogamer.com, 9 out of 10 – “Packing a substantial amount of content and the same fantastic gameplay as its home console siblings, it gives the forthcoming Wii U version an awful lot to live up to.”
Huffington Post, 9 out of 10 – “It combines everything that is great about Nintendo - deceptively simple gaming mechanics, bright and colourful graphics, fantastic design and a subtle sense of irony and humour - and produces something with the depth of the best hardcore fighters on the market, and the variety of the entire Nintendo eShop. … it will establish itself as a total classic in the system's line-up for years to come. Roll on the Wii U version later this year.”

Anyone eager to get a taste of how Smash Bros. feels after its transition to portable format can try the free demo now available on Nintendo eShop. This demo features the Smash mode with five playable characters (Mario, Villager, Link, Pikachu and Mega Man), one stage (Battlefield) and the ability to compete in local multiplayer matches with fellow Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners who have downloaded the demo to their systems, which can be played up to 30 times.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS on 3rd October at retail or digitally from Nintendo eShop. At launch, smash fans also have the choice to own the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Limited Edition Pack which is a red Nintendo 3DS XL system with a Super Smash Bros. motif on the front and the game pre-installed while stocks last.

Please note the creation of a Nintendo Network ID is required in order to download demos from Nintendo eShop.

For further details:
Super Smash Bros. website http://www.smashbros.com/
Super Smash Bros. on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smashbros
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk
Nintendo 2DS Website http://www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendo2ds
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Nintendo Official UK Store http://store.nintendo.co.uk/
Nintendo UK Media Assets Library (registered users only) http://assetslibrary.nintendo.co.uk/

Japanese Weekly Software & Hardware Sales - Sep 22nd - 28th ( Fatal Frame 5 Debut Week)

01./01. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) - 109.811 / 1.375.818 (-66%)
02./00. [PSV] The Legend Of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II # (Nihon Falcom) {2014.09.25} (¥7.344) - 86.283 / NEW
03./00. [PSV] DanganRonpa: Another Episode (Spike Chunsoft) {2014.09.25} (¥7.020) - 70.596 / NEW
04./02. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) - 66.847 / 2.592.438 (+19%)
05./00. [PS3] The Legend Of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II # (Nihon Falcom) {2014.09.25} (¥8.424) - 65.498 / NEW
06./00. [3DS] Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki!! # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.09.25} (¥6.145) - 43.839 / NEW
07./00. [WIU] Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Raven (Nintendo) {2014.09.27} (¥7.128) - 27.505 / NEW

08./00. [PSV] Dungeon Travelers 2: Ouritsu Tokoshan to Mamono no Fuuin # (Aqua Plus) {2014.09.25} (¥6.264) - 16.460 / NEW
09./00. [PS3] Destiny # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2014.09.11} (¥8.532) - 12.095 / 79.990
10./00. [PSP] La Corda d'Oro 3: Another Sky feat. Amane Gakuen # (Koei Tecmo) {2014.09.25} (¥6.264) - 11.005 / NEW
11./05. [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online (Square Enix) {2014.09.04} (¥4.104) - 7.150 / 96.449 (-49%)
12./03. [WIU] Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo) {2014.09.20} (¥8.316) - 6.970 / 45.797 (-82%)

13./06. [PS4] Destiny # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2014.09.11} (¥8.532) - 6.481 / 110.772 (-50%)
14./08. [PSV] Toukiden: The Age of Demons Extreme # (Koei Tecmo) {2014.08.28} (¥6.264) - 6.220 / 135.476 (-22%)
15./09. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) - 5.936 / 678.250 (-7%)
16./07. [PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm Revolution (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.09.11} (¥7.689) - 5.628 / 55.197 (-40%)
17./00. [PS3] Kamisama to Unmei Kakusei no Cross Thesis # (Nippon Ichi Software) {2014.09.25} (¥7.344) - 5.561 / NEW
18./00. [PSV] Bakumatsu Rock: Ultra Soul # (Marvelous) {2014.09.25} (¥6.264) - 5.551 / NEW
19./11. [3DS] Yoshi's New Island (Nintendo) {2014.07.24} (¥4.936) - 4.342 / 188.390 (+0%)
20./10. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) - 4.082 / 1.278.378 (-10%)


3DS LL 22,988
Vita 15,739
Wii U 9,950
PS4 8,033
3DS 7,451
PS3 6,026
Xbox One 1,113
Vita TV 977
Xbox 360 143
PSP 102

VIRUS Kickstarter - Aiming for Wii U Release & Has 3DS Stretch Goal




Check out the Kickstarter here! (Thanks Axis for sending this in!)

Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. Join The Tailgate Tour

Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Games Let Rival Tailgaters Settle it in Smash



REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Is a Buckeye a better brawler than a Wolverine? What would a Gator’s final smash against a Bulldog look like? Nintendo will help answer some of these questions, as the latest Super Smash Bros. games join The Tailgate Tour.

Nintendo is bringing the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS games to ...


Nintendo is bringing the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS games to top college football tailgate stops across the South and Midwest regions of the United States through the end of November. Before the players hit the gridiron, fans from rival schools will be able to settle it in Smash by competing in head-to-head matches, playing their own part in these classic rivalries. Nintendo will be keeping score as fans compete, with a visual display indicating whether the home or away team has the edge with the Super Smash Bros. action. A demo version of the Wii U version of the game will be used to pit fans of the rival school against one another, while the Nintendo 3DS game will be focused on letting friends settle their scores.

“College football fans need to get their game faces on and their Super Smash Bros. skills ready,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Each week we’re going to track the number of Super Smash Bros. winners from each school and announce who comes out on top on Facebook, so bragging rights are on the line.”

Tailgaters will be able to face off against friends or rivals for fun. The Tailgate Tour will make stops at the following games with Mario and Luigi costumed characters planning to attend the Florida-Georgia game to cheer on the action:


Oct. 4:

LSU at Auburn


Oct. 11:

Penn State at Michigan


Oct. 18:

Georgia vs. Arkansas


Oct. 25:

Alabama at Tennessee


Nov. 1:

Florida vs. Georgia


Nov. 8:

Alabama at LSU


Nov. 15:

Florida State at Miami


Nov. 22:

Louisville at Notre Dame


Nov. 29:

Michigan at Ohio State



Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches Oct. 3, while Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches this holiday season. For more information about Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, visit http://www.smashbros.com/us.

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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Hazewalker team announces Wii U development, second screen plans



Huntsville, Alabama - October 1st, 2014 - Hazewalker, the upcoming dark fantasy Metroidvania game slated to go live on Kickstarter on October 15th, will be coming to the Nintendo Wii U console with fully featured Wii U Gamepad support, TheoryForm Games has announced.

"I want to bring Metroidvania games into the next generation," lead designer David Pierce said. "I want to redefine what people expect from these kinds of games. I’ve been excited by 'second screen' possibilities and the kinds of gameplay experiences they can open up since Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles on the Gamecube and Gameboy Advance."

"Imagine being able to look at your map, thumb through your character’s journal, or see your inventory in the palm of your hands; for me, that’s really exciting. We’ve just started to scratch the surface of the really cool possibilities this brings to the table."

"We are fully committed to an awesome, next-gen second screen experience, and Nintendo has been a fantastic partner to work with so far," David said.

If successfully funded on Kickstarter, TheoryForm has committed to releasing Hazewalker on the Wii U, along with the previously announced PC, Mac, and Linux. TheoryForm will be announcing further console plans as the Kickstarter approaches.

More information about Hazewalker and its development can be found at http://hazewalker.com. A press kit is available at http://www.theoryform.com/press.

About TheoryForm Games:

Founded in 2013, TheoryForm Games is made up of industry veterans and proven content creators working together to create deep, engaging gameplay experiences. Hazewalker, the company’s first project, will seek funding on Kickstarter on October 15th, 2014.

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