We now know that Donkey Kong and Bowser are joining into the Skylanders series with Skylanders Superchargers, but did you know that some other ideas were tossed around? There were originally discussions to have Peach as a character, but Nintendo said that all Mario 'hero' characters were off limits. Discussions about including Kirby also took place, but Hal Laboratory owns those rights. Finally there was talk of some StarFox characters joining the title, but Nintendo said with Star Fox Zero due out soon, they wanted all the attention on that game.
Obviously, there's an important point to make here. Splatoon is indeed popular, but you have to remember that Smash Bros. Wii U also launched on 3DS. That definitely cut into sales. If Smash was only on Wii U, I think we'd see a different match-up here.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Gunman Clive HD Collection – The Nintendo 3DS indie hits Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2 are now on the Wii U console in one complete package. Experience both games in high definition as you take on the role of Gunman Clive and fight bandits, robots and dinosaurs in this Western-themed action platformer. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
Virtual Console on Wii U
VS. Excitebike – Fans love Excitebike for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. And now, for the first time since its release in Japan, the Famicom Disk System version of the VS. Excitebike game is available in North America – complete with two-player split screen! Create tracks using 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for the best time or take on friends.
Mario Golf – In this Nintendo 64 classic, Mario takes a well-deserved break from his role as the Mushroom Kingdom’s busiest hero and returns to the links for some world-class golfing action. With easy-to-learn game play that is fun for all ages, head out to the fairways on your own or bring up to three other players along.
Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Jett Tailfin is 23 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 8.
Land it Rocket is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 17.
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is 33 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 17.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Etrian Mystery Dungeon is 25 percent off (reduced from $39.99 to $29.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 7.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is 40 percent off (reduced from $49.99 to $29.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 7.
WAKEDAS, Witch & Hero and World Conqueror 3D from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24.
AeternoBlade is 46 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24.
Art of Balance TOUCH! is 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $5.20) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Steel Driver” Tournament – See how your squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with your friends and around the world. The new “Steel Driver” tournament runs Sept. 3 through Sept. 7. Opt in via the SpotPass feature on the Nintendo 3DS system for notifications about future tournaments. Good luck, agents!
Proun+ (Nintendo 3DS) is reduced to $4.99 (from $6.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (Nintendo 3DS) is reduced to $29.99 (from $39.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7.
Gravblocks+ (Wii U) is reduced to $3.49 (from 4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.
Also new this week:
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Proun+ – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Super Mario Maker could very well be one of the most important games I've ever played. That's an importance for me personally. I don't know if you'll get the same feeling that I did, but I am more than happy to share my experience with you. For me, Super Mario Maker serves as an amazing lesson in game development. We all know that it takes a lot of coding and programming to make a game actually function, but that's only one piece of the puzzle. It's the actual creation of what a game is at it's heart that's the tricky part. Super Mario Maker has given me more respect for game creators than I've ever had before, and I thought I had a lot!
For all intents and purposes, Super Mario Maker really does let you get right into the creation of classic-style Mario levels. You might not have every single bell and whistle that popped up in classic Mario outings, but you have a ton of content at your fingertips. Super Mario Maker truly does allow you to strut your stuff and take game design for a whirl. The nasty business of coding has been pushed aside, making way for you to go hands-on with an expertly-crafted design tool that makes level creation a snap. It's ridiculously easy to create what you want, but it's infinitely hard to figure out what you want to create.
I think we've all thought about designing a Mario game from time to time. We've seen some stages and thought we would be able to tweak them to make them even more enjoyable. An extra enemy here or another jump there. Minor adjustments to make an overall experience that much better. It seems like such a simple thing to accomplish, but you really see how hard it is when Super Mario Maker gives you the keys to the kingdom. Now comes the 'put up' part of put up or shut up. You have nothing standing in your way...nothing to stop you from making your masterpieces that you've been planning out for years.
Earlier today, Capcom announced Ace Attorney 6, and more details about the game shall be released in the near future. For now, players can rest assured knowing that the game shall not solely be released in Japan. Capcom made the following statement:
Ace Attorney 6 (working title) will be coming to the west. We’ll have more information on the Western release soon.
A new trailer is expected to be revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Games Show, which takes place from September 17th to September 20th.
Some tidbits on the development of Super Mario Sunshine; the first two are fairly new, the other ones are older, but still not widely known:
- An unused camera behaviour in the game's code suggests that the developers at least experimented with a multiplayer mode. Although it was dropped for unknown reasons, the early beta multiplayer camera is still functional.
- At Space World 2001, Miyamoto presented the first trailer to journalists. It is famous for showing a very early version of Sunshine. According to a complete video of the presentation, which hasn't surfaced until now, Miyamoto stated that the material was confidential and was not supposed to be published. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU2-T6evbjQ) This didn't prevent IGN from sharing a filmed version of that footage.
- Work on Sunshine began around Late 2000/Early 2001, so that the game was in development for only around one and a half years. It heavily suffered from time constraints, which even Miyamoto admitted 2003 in an interview.
- Sunshine was originally planned to feature some kind of train system to connect the various areas.
- At least five worlds were cut from the final game. Their names can still be found in the game's code.
- Corona Mountain was supposed to be a world like all the others with multiple episodes.
- Sunshine originally run at 60 fps, even the version shown at E3 2002 mere weeks before release was 60 fps. The final game was downgraded to 30 fps for unknown reasons.
(Information provided by Tobias Schmitz.)
Koei-Tecmo has announced that Hyrule Warrios Legends shall have a playable demo and new trailer at the 2015 Tokyo Games show. More information is expected to be revealed about the game within the coming weeks just before the conference begins. The Tokyo Games Show begin takes place from September 17th to September 20th, and Hyrule Warriors Legends is slated for an early 2016 release.
In the latest issue of Famitsu, Ace Attorney 6 was teased. The game shall be playable at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show, and Famitsu shall soon have a 6-page interview with the developers. This is currently the only known information about this game, but more should be revealed in the coming days.
At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.
On Sept. 25 the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle, which i ...
On Sept. 25 the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle, which includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card (Photo: Business Wire)
In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.
Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.
“More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”
New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device*. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.
Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer by purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.
Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.
Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app.
For more information about New Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/new-nintendo-3ds/.