Nintendo has revealed a new Yoshi-themed Nintendo eShop card. The $10 card can be applied to an eShop account on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, allowing the buyer to have funds on hand to use toward the purchase of downloadable games and applications. The company previously released eShop cards displaying images of Mario and Luigi. Cards also come in $20, $35 and $50 options.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter series turns 10 today and has outshined many of its other franchises in terms of behemoth sales, particularly in Japan. So in celebration of the series’ anniversary, Eurogamer has interviewed the creator and producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto. He speaks of the franchise’s success with its core emphasis on local multiplayer and on producing Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS, scheduled for 2015 in the west, which features online multiplayer mode.
“[Monster Hunter is a game] where, even if you’re a newbie, you can play along with expert players and they can support you in playing along with them, and you don’t feel like you’re just useless or left behind. They can help you get involved in the game and then help you brush up your skills. It’s that kind of communal play aspect that I think has been key to its popularity in Japan.
“Monster Hunter 4 has got online play for the first time in a portable entry in the series. That’s going to mean we’ve got a whole new stage we can bring the community to. We have our community members now who love to meet up and play the game on local wireless. We hope they can be ambassadors for the title, so when we get more people into the next one and they want to play online, they’ve got a whole gang of people waiting there who know the game inside out. So, the online functionality will be a big step in the west in growing our community size even larger than it is today.”
Tsujimoto also touched upon why Monster Hunter has continued on Nintendo platforms, saying that resources are a big part of that and, with a small team, would not want to spread themselves too thinly, in order to “do the best” they can on the specified platform. But regards to a Wii U version for Monster Hunter 4, the producer was rather coy, saying the following:
“At the moment we’re focused on 3DS, purely because with the previous title, the 3DS version couldn’t go online on their own. There was a system to bring them online in conjunction with the Wii U console, but they were only local wireless play by themselves.”
Nintendo UK has uploaded a new TV advert for Yoshi’s New Island. While Nintendo of America opted for comedy by hurling eggs through a barn, Nintendo UK has kept things grounded, letting the gameplay speak for itself.
There’s never a dull moment with Yoshi in his new adventure, where you can transform into different vehicles and even grab the flutter wings – a delightful choice for the newcomer – with his cute little cry sounding alongside the ability. It’s a simple TV advert, but will it hit the mark? Yoshi’s New Island releases this Friday in both Europe and North America for the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo has launched a new website to showcase all the wonderful indie titles on offer within the 3DS and Wii U eShops. With the slogan, “get the games you want, when you want them,” Nintendo has provided fans with information on all titles that are currently available on the gaming platforms.
With a smart user interface, consumers can browse through the website collection, which includes Steamworld Dig, UnEpic and Moon Chronicles, plus new users can find information on how to add funds and download on the eShop, as well as links to a host of other 3DS and Wii U games. With new Kickstarter campaigns launching every week, indie developers are fast becoming an integral part to Nintendo’s catalogue of games. You can check out the new indie website, here.
Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed a brand new Pokemon stage for the 3DS version. This Parisian Retreat will light your battles sky-high at night, providing fighters with ample entertainment on the cobbled streets.
In his Miiverse post, Sakurai says that Pokemon X and Y’s Lumiose City is at the heart of all the action, with the Prism Tower taking centre-stage for all the fights. Speculation on how this stage will work has already begun, hopefully as a glitch-free zone, so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.
“The Prism Tower rises above Lumiose City. Up until a few seconds ago, the fighters were brawling on top of that tower. No, really.”
This week’s European download is offering two more Luigi discounts in the 3DS and Wii U eShop as an honorary send-off to the famed green plumber. It’s the last week within the Year of Luigi, so starting this Thursday you can purchase the fantastic Luigi’s Mansion 2 on the 3DS for €35.99 or £31.99 compared to the usual price of €44.99 / £39.99.
However, if you’ve been there, done that, and even got the Luigi Mansion figurine, then you can always opt for Dr. Luigi on the Wii U, priced at the delightful €9.99 or £8.99 compared to the usual €14.99 / £13.49. Both Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Dr. Luigi will be available at the reduced price until March 18, when the Year of Luigi officially concludes. Other temporary eShop discounts include:
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
- BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - €3.99 / £3.33 until March 20, usually €11.99 / £9.99
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
- Star Wars Pinball - €3.49 / £3.14 until March 20, usually €6.99 / £6.29
- Marvel Pinball 3D - €3.49 / £3.14 until March 20, usually €6.99 / £6.29
- Zen Pinball 3D - €2.49 / £2.24 until March 20, usually €4.99 / £4.49
- Wakedas - €1.99 / £1.69 until March 27, usually €2.99 / £2.50
- Witch & Hero - €1.99 / £1.79 until March 27, usually €4.00 / £3.60
- World Conqueror 3D - €3.99 / £3.59 until March 27, usually €4.99 / £4.49