A minor update for the web version of Miiverse has been rolled out. As always, Marty is on board to give us the details on the update, which can be found here. Web users no longer have to log in to their Wii U and 3DS Miiverse accounts in order to select three favourite game genres, as you can now do so straight from the web. To set your favourite genres, simply go to your User Page, then User Menu and into Profile Settings to select them.
Koei Tecmo has announced via Twitter that its free update for Hyrule Warriors will arrive for Japanese Wii U owners on September 1. Along with the usual bug fixes, the free to download Version 1.2.0 will include a new challenge game mode, which allows players to complete a series of specific events against a countdown clock.
The update will also give players the opportunity to change the background music setting for their preference on the battle field, along with adding a brand new weapon for Link: an 8-bit Sword. Other additional tweaks to the game include fixes for the Wii U GamePad’s off-TV play function, stabilising and syncing the in-game sound, as well as enhancements to the game’s overall stability. Screenshots can be viewed in the gallery below, or on the Hyrule Warriors official Japanese website, here.
Amazon Japan has officially opened a new digital store for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games. The games on offer range from first-party exclusives to third-party titles, as well as Japanese eShop exclusives. The selection of games can also differ in price, with Amazon Japan reportedly selling some online codes cheaper than those currently in the eShop.
Unfortunately, consumers must input a Japanese address for purchasing and pre-ordering online codes from Amazon Japan. However, given a Nintendo digital store has opened for Japanese consumers, a digital store for Europe and North America may not be too far behind on the retail website.
Following Nintendo’s scheduled maintenance this morning, Mario Kart 8 version 2.0 is now live and ready to download. For eager Karting owners who simply cannot wait to check out the Mercedes DLC pack, you can head to the eShop and select the free downloadable content, which is approximately 12.5MB in size.
Choosing to download the Mercedes DLC pack will automatically start the download for Version 2.0, giving players access to statistics, an on-screen TV map, and an in-game shop displaying the newly announced and future DLC packs with Link and Animal Crossing characters. However, if the Mercedes cars are not of interest, simply start up Mario Kart 8 and Version 2.0 (approximately 136MB) will download automatically, updating your game.
The update will also add a teaser for the new DLC characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Dry Bowser, Animal Crossing Villager and Isabelle – no doubt serving to taunt players. If you do opt to pre-order the bundle, the selection of eight different coloured Yoshis and Shy Guys will reportedly be available to play straight after pre-ordering. For a run-down of what’s in the update and the Mercedes DLC pack, check out the bullet-pointed list below.
- Displays an in-game shop menu on the main start screen, which will take you through what’s included in the new DLC packs arriving November this year and May 2015.
- The in-game shop menu will also give you access to the Mercedes free downloadable content, if you haven’t already downloaded it from the eShop.
- Displays statistics on the main start page, giving players access to the number of coins they’ve collected, win-loss record play, favourite courses and characters, number of boosts and super boosts, etc.
- Adds the ability to display an on-screen TV map both on the main TV screen and on the GamePad for off-TV play. To enable this feature simply press the select button (or (-) minus button) on your chosen controller.
- Changes the default menu option after a race to select “Next Race” with the “Watch Highlight Reel” following after.
- Enables a system memory function – even when your Wii U is powered down – in order to save your favoured vehicle customisation.
- Increases the maximum player race or battle rating to 99,999 from 9,999.
- Improves stability for online races and battles, as well a number of other fixes for overall player enjoyment.
- Mercedes DLC pack adds three vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz GLA, 300 SL Roadster and the Silver Arrow.
Yacht Club Games has unleashed another update for Shovel Knight. In addition to containing a number of bug fixes, the new patch allows Wii U users to play the game without the GamePad. The touch-screen controller can now be toggled between main and sub type by pressing its select button within the pause menu. An update for the Nintendo 3DS version is also in the works and scheduled to arrive soon on the handheld. Shovel Knight is available in the Nintendo eShop.
Two new downloadable content packs will take the world of Mario Kart 8 in directions the franchise has never seen before, while significantly expanding game-play options. The packs, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting Aug. 27 at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.
In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live Aug. 27 that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s. Go to http://ninten.do/6181WR6B to view a video of the in-game karts in action.
“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”
Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. The DLC packs include classic courses like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first DLC pack.
Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs starting Aug. 27 will get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs in advance, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new “Shop” icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
The DLC packs are scheduled to include the following:
Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) – $7.99
- 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
- 4 Vehicles
- 8 Courses
Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) – $7.99
- 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
- 4 Vehicles
- 8 Courses
Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle – $11.99
- 6 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle and
- Dry Bowser
- 8 Vehicles
- 16 Courses
- As a bonus for purchasing both packs bundled or individually, buyers receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately.
Nintendo UK may have jumped the gun by putting up the Mario Kart 8 DLC product page on their official webstore but that didn’t stop people from pre-ordering it, or trying too. The product page now says that it’s sold out. Whether that’s because fans decided to purchase it in their droves, or Nintendo UK realised the product page shouldn’t have been up remains to be seen. The first DLC pack comes in November and will cost £7.00 and includes three characters, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, 8 courses and four vehicles.