This is only a rumour at present but it would seem as though the Mii Fighter amiibo collection of figurines could well be exclusive to Toys R Us. Toys for Games recently tweeted an image showing the figures with a Toys R Us exclusive logo over them. As I said before it’s only a rumour at present, but it doesn’t sound too far fetched going by other amiibo. Guess we shall have to wait and see!
Ever wondered how Nintendo manage to find the perfect balance of difficultly in the acclaimed Super Mario series? Well, Nintendo’s very own Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka have explained just how they manage such a tricky task and as you would expect it isn’t easy. The firm employs testing teams to play through the iconic games, but Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Tezuka often find themselves stepping in.
“For me one of the things was maybe the gap between the really advanced players and the first-time players. The difficulty balance is always something that I hear frustrations about from the public, whichever way we decide to go. We always have the testing team test our game, but whatever they say is really fun, the first-time players might consider to be very difficult. One of the things I do sometimes at the later phases of development is go in and hear the testing team’s requests and actually pull that away and lower the barrier or change what it is they want. Sometimes I even hear from the testing team, ‘You’re destroying the fun’, but on the other hand, the flipside is you hear the first-time players saying ‘If I can’t clear a level it’s not fun for me. If I can’t complete a game it’s not fun for me’. The more years that have passed, the gap between advanced and first-time players has become wider.” – Miyamoto
“Even though we put a lot of time and effort into trying to balance the difficulty, when we actually release there are a good group of people who can’t complete the whole game, and so we always have that internal struggle of the gap between the advanced and first-time players. That’s why one of the things we’re trying with Yoshi’s Woolly World is to have two different versions of events for the advanced and the beginner players. We changed the performance of it, but then even in the beginner mode we did put a lot of stuff in there so that advanced players can still have fun. We put a lot of time and effort into trying to balance that out.” – Tezuka
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Earlier this week, we posted about Medabots: Metabee, and Medabots: Rokusho coming to the European Nintendo eShop. The titles were first released on the Game Boy Advance, and have now arrived on the Wii U via the Virtual Console for €6.99 / £6.29. If you want to see the gameplay of Medabots: Metabee on the Wii U, Nintendaan has posted a first look video showing over thirty minutes of gameplay. You can check it out over on his YouTube channel.
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Totaka’s Song is a melody created by sound designer, Kazumi Totaka. It can be found in various titles that Totaka has worked on including The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX , Luigi’s Mansion, Pikmin 2, and Mario Kart 8.
Nintendo Life has also found the song in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. It can be found by scanning K.K. Slider’s amiibo card, placing his turntable in his home for the first time, and turning it on. They have posted a video on their YouTube channel to show when it happens in the game.
In fact, this song has also appeared in past versions of Animal Crossing, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: Wild World. You can find a full list of ways to find this melody in various titles over on Nintendo’s Wikia page.
If you’re still undecided on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, check out our review here.
Nintendo of America has revealed the North American box-art for the soon to be released Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for the Wii U. The sports title, which has replaced Star Fox Zero as the big holiday Wii U title alongside Xenoblade Chronicles X, is due to be released on November 20th. Are you a fan of the box-art?
Compete with friends in the multiplayer Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash game on the Wii U system. Along with the fun and dynamic gameplay known to the franchise, surprise your opponents with a new move to the series, the Jumpshot, which sends the ball flying down the court. Change the sport up with new Mega Battles, using the Mega Mushroom to gain an advantage over the competition. Claim your spot in Mario Tennis lore in singles (1v1) or doubles (2v2) as you play with and against family, friends or the CPU using returning and new characters to the series.
- Compete with friends in the multiplayer Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash game on the Wii U system.
- Play against friends and family in multiplayer matches.
- Play against friends and family in both singles (1v1) and doubles (2v2) matches as your favorite Mushroom Kingdom character.
- Control your character’s every movement on the court, using precise timing and the correct shot to outwit your opponent.
- Use the new Jumpshot technique to return shots like never before.
- In Mega Battles, get the Mega Mushroom to gain a “big” advantage over your competition.
- New characters make their Mario Tennis debut.
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A few days ago, Bandai Namco streamed live footage of Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden on Twitch. If you missed it, the recorded footage of this stream has become available to watch on their official Twitch channel, and you can now take a look here. Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden will be released on the Nintendo 3DS on October 16th in Europe and Australia, followed by October 20th in North America. If you pre-order the title via the Nintendo eShop, you’ll get 6 support characters which are – Kid Goku, Garlic Jr., Meta-Cooler, Super Vegito, Baby Goku, and Kid Gohan.
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Wii U owners in Europe and Australia will have to wait a bit longer for Freedom Planet to come out. The combat-based platformer won’t arrive in either region until November, according to developer GalaxyTrail, which has yet to announce a solid release date. Freedom Planet debuted last week in North America on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. It asks players to help a monster girl named Lilac and her friends save the world from a war influenced by an alien attack force.
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