The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - The smartly handled business of Nintendo

Anyone feel like this week is moving slowly? Come on and get here, weekend! What's the big hold up? I'm ready for some rest and relaxation! See you in a few, short hours.

Let's look at the facts, shall we? Nintendo in today's day and age isn't doing as well as they were in last generation. It pains me to see that happen. Such highs were hit with the Wii and DS. They were huge sellers and turned into pop-culture icons. Gaming transcended the usual gamer and reached a new audience thanks to Nintendo's design ideas. It was a wonderful thing to see and I loved riding that wave of new Nintendo fans and smiling faces.

It would be crazy to think that Nintendo could match that success with another generation of platforms, but sadly the Wii U and 3DS seem to have struggled more than expected. We live in a new world with more ways to get entertainment than ever. While the 3DS had a rough time out of the gate, Nintendo turned that platform around into a pretty successful piece of hardware. With Wii U, it just seems like the lack of third party support and confusion at launch caused too many people to ignore the system.

There's no doubt that those falters hurt Nintendo. They caused Nintendo to post losses, which is a very un-Nintendo like thing to happen. At that time, Iwata vowed to turn the company around and get profit coming back in. He knew it wouldn't happen right away, but her promised to make that happen in time. He also pledged to do that without laying off waves of employees. How can you expect your devs to make great content when they're constantly worrying about being let go?

While Mr. Iwata may no longer be with us, his actions are very clear today. Nintendo has been turning a profit for awhile now, and they even managed to do that again in the notoriously tough Q1. This was thanks to the success of key titles, especially Splatoon. On top of that, amiibo are a real success story for Nintendo, with plenty more options on the way. Quality content continues to come from Nintendo, but costs have been cut and the company is running in a leaner, meaner mode.

It's a real testament to how Nintendo can weather a storm and make things work. Obviously they didn't want to get to this point and have to prove themselves in poor times, but that's just what they did. Now Nintendo moves forward towards new horizons. There are more games and platforms on the way. New ventures into other areas of entertainment are taking place. It's an exciting and scary time for Nintendo, but it sure is going to be fun to see how it all pans out. I'm in for the long haul...are you?

Japan - Official Splatoon keychains released

Super Mario Maker includes 'skinny' mushroom Mario

When Mario dreams of the perfect version of himself, this is probably what he sees. This is 'Skinny' Mario, which comes from grabbing a special mushroom in Super Mario Maker. Man, I cannot wait to see more of this style Mario, especially in the other graphical styles! ...and yes, this is the real deal. The image comes straight from the latest NoE trailer for the game.

Team17 open to Wii U/3DS development if fans show interest

For those that don't know, Team17 is the dev behind the Worms series. I'd love to see Worms hit at least one of Nintendo's current platforms. Let's make this happen!

Japan - LEGO Jurassic World 3DS boxart

LEGO Jurassic World hits Japan on Nov. 5th, 2015.

'Ship Love' is the winning Super Mario Maker level from the Facebook Hackathon


Nintendo eShop for Wii U promotion includes 15 percent off purchase of full games

Starting tomorrow, Nintendo eShop is offering a promotion so that fans in Australia and New Zealand can play some of the hottest upcoming indie games on Wii U.

For a limited time only, the Nindies@Home programme – launched recently in the United States and Europe – lets people download* free preview versions of nine Nindie games from Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Three different titles will be available each week until 20th August 2015, and best of all, once the full games launch, players of the Nindies@Home preview versions can save 15 percent on the price of each respective full version for one month after their release**.

Games and developers participating in the Nindies@Home programme include:

31st July – 6th August

forma.8 from Mixed Bag: In a distant future, the small exploration probe forma.8 is stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Players must explore a huge open world to help the probe acquire 10 different power-ups and recover a powerful energy source deep under the surface. The game includes an area exclusive to the Wii U version.

Runbow from 13AM Games: Up to nine players can join in the colourful chaos in this Nintendo eShop exclusive. The world transforms before players’ eyes with each swipe of colour, so think fast to stay alive. Go head to head in Run, Arena and King of the Hill, or play as the ColorMaster and manipulate the environment on the Wii U GamePad controller. Players can take on challenges alone or with friends in Runbow’s Adventure Mode. The full game also features guest characters from other Nintendo eShop titles.

Extreme Exorcism from Ripstone: In this paranormal Wii U platformer, every move players make comes back to haunt them. After each round players survive, a ghost will appear to mimic their every move from the round before. The longer a player survives, the more extreme the game becomes. The game offers 20 ghostbusting weapons, 50 challenges and co-op or deathmatch battles for up to four friends.

7th August – 13th August

Lovely Planet from tinybuild and QUICKTEQUILA: This first-person shooter gun ballet for Wii U is set in a cutesy abstract world. Players jump and shoot their way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty semi-automatic. The game offers a hundred levels to master and five worlds to discover, with multiple secrets hidden deep within each world.

RIVE from Two Tribes: This metal wrecking, robot hacking Wii U shooter combines old-school gaming values in a new-school execution. With intense 360-degree shooting and platforming action, players learn to alter the behaviour of their robotic enemies by collecting and uploading hacks.

Typoman from Headup Games: Change Words, Change Worlds! Typoman is a two-dimensional puzzle platformer distinguished by a unique game world. Be the HERO and set out on the journey to become whole and gain the powers you need to defeat the giant, evil demon that rules the world you are trapped in.

14th August – 20th August

Freedom Planet from GalaxyTrail Games: Players fight their way across the celestial world of Avalice, where cats are green, motorcycles drive up walls and monster girls do most of the butt kicking. This cartoony, combat-based platform Wii U adventure pits a spunky dragonoid and her friends against an alien attack force.

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge from Renegade Kid: This platformer picks up right where the original Mutant Mudds left off. The game, which is exclusive to Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, includes 40 new dimension-bending levels and epic boss fights designed for super players.

Soul Axiom from Wales Interactive: More than 40 unique locations await in this first-person sci-fi Wii U adventure. The game is a psychological thriller with exploration and puzzle elements. Players interact with cryptic logic puzzles, make psychological decisions and explore memories to unlock the secrets of their identity.

*Depending on the Wii U console you own and the use of it, an additional storage device may be required to download software from Nintendo eShop.

** Full version must be purchased on the same Wii U the preview version was downloaded to. The preview version must be downloaded first.