Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that Pikmin Short Movies will be released via the Nintendo eShop on both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The film, which was premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival last month, is a compilation of three shorts: “The Night Juicer,” “Treasures in a Bottle” and “Occupational Hazards.” Miyamoto recently touched on the possibility of producing further films based on Pikmin or other Nintendo characters.
Nintendo Russia has gotten super creative with spray cans and hired a team of talented artists to draw a wonderful Mario themed mural in central Moscow. I’m not sure how long it took them to create the piece, but it’s undoubtedly a stunning piece of work.
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is out soon for the Nintendo 3DS and thankfully we’ve got some more gameplay footage for those on the fence about the Nintendo 3DS version of the game. GameXplain recently got to test out a new tropical themed level which showcases the 2D platforming action on offer. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is out on November 11th.
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Thinking of purchasing the budget Nintendo 2DS console? Well Walmart will be selling the handheld for only $79 on Monday. The handheld, which plays all your Nintendo 3DS games minus the 3D, generally retails for $129.99. So if you get one you know you’re getting a bargain. The deal starts on Walmart.com shortly after midnight Pacific Time on Monday, November 3rd.
They’ve been a number of prominent campaigns on social media asking for Nintendo to remove region locking on its platforms, but nothing has come to light yet. Speaking to investors during the recent question and answer session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that he is aware of the particular issue and says that it’s something the company will think hard about for future hardware.
Q4: At present, your company’s hardware and games make use of region-locking, by which games purchased in one region cannot be played in another region. Are there any plans to unlock this restriction?
A4: Iwata: The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.
Haven’t picked up a Wii U yet? Well now could be a good time to do so as US retailer Newegg currently has the console on offer for the day. The Limited Shell Shocker Deal includes a Basic 8GB Wii U console with Skylanders Swap Force, a Wii U Pro Controller and Mario Kart 8 for the reasonable price of $299.99.