Nintendo has released a DLC trailer for Pikmin 3. Players can extend the game’s Mission Mode with several downloadable map packs. The first map pack – priced at $1.99 – adds four remixed stages to the Collect Treasure! mission type. The second map pack is also priced at $1.99 and adds four remixed stages to the Battle Enemies! mission type. The third map pack can be purchased for $4.99, and it adds eight all-new stages with settings like a beach, a house party and a construction zone. Pikmin 3 is available at retail and the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
Club Nintendo Japan has added Animal Crossing magnets to its slew of rewards. The items display the faces of two characters from Animal Crossing: New Leaf – secretary Isabelle and her brother Digby, who’s also in charge of the Happy Home Showcase. The set of two can be redeemed by members of Club Nintendo Japan for 250 points.
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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is open to the idea of him being playable in the next Super Smash Bros. game. Although he was probably joking, Fils-Aime said today that series director Masahiro Sakurai might consider adding him to the Super Smash Bros. roster if a petition gets at least 100,000 signatures from fans. If he does join the fighting game, however, Fils-Aime’s “Final Smash” move would apparently be “MY BODY IS READY SLAM.”
The Nintendo 3DS XL was a top seller at Target on Black Friday, according to a report. All versions of the large handheld – including limited edition models such as the Zelda 3DS XL bundle – were sold for a discounted price on the day after Thanksgiving at the retailer. Other top sellers at Target on Black Friday included the iPad Air, big-screen TVs and Zoomer the Robot Dog.
President Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo of America has said he believes that consumers now understand the difference between Wii and Wii U. Primarily due to Wii U-exclusives that utilize the Wii U GamePad – such as The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 – customers are able to tell both consoles apart, according to Fils-Aime. A few months ago, the executive claimed that the challenges Nintendo’s facing with Wii U are not issues regarding the system’s name.
When the Wii U launched last year, a lot of people didn’t understand it was a whole new console. Are you still dealing with that mistaken perception?
Fils-Aime: That issue has been largely addressed, I think, as we’ve told consumers all the great things you could do with the GamePad as we’ve showed fantastic software like Pikmin 3, and Wonderful 101, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker in HD. The consumer I believe now understands this is a brand new system with brand new capabilities. It has all of the benefits of backward compatibility. And we’re the only next gen system with backward compatibility, so the consumer has this great library of games from Wii, can use them with the Wii U. But now they understand all of the new capabilities that they can have.
Eiji Aonuma has said that he wants the next installment of The Legend of Zelda to exceed fans’ expectations. Included in The Legend of Zelda Box Set: Prima Official Game Guide is a certificate of authenticity signed by the series producer himself. Via the document, Aonuma acknowledges the Zelda fanbase for the long-running franchise’s success. Read Aonuma’s message to Zelda fans below:
It has been 25 years since The Legend of Zelda was introduced to the world, and it is still going strong. This was made possible by the fans who love the series. In the next installment, it is my desire to create a unique experience that is beyond your expectations. We are privileged to have your unwavering support.
Ubisoft has confirmed that the Wii U version of Child of Light will fully support the Wii U GamePad. In an interview with Nintendo Life, the artistic platformer’s creative director, Patrick Plourde, said that details regarding Wii U-specific features will soon be revealed. Child of Light will launch in 2014 for a number of consoles, including Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In terms of the Wii U, has any consideration been given as yet to how the GamePad or Wii Remotes will be utilised, such as pointer controls for the second player or use of the touch screen?
Plourde: The game will fully support the GamePad. More details pretty soon.
The Nintendo 3DS XL is currently being sold for $144.99 on eBay via Toys “R” Us. The black and pink/white editions of the handheld are out of stock, but a limited quantity of the red and blue models are still available. The 3DS XL is normally priced at $199.99. Another retailer, Target, reduced the prices of all editions of the 3DS XL on Black Friday.
3D Super Mario platformers are among the best video games of all time. With superb titles like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy 2, each entry in the series becomes a staple of its generation – and rightfully so. Forget about a groundbreaking story and top-notch graphics; 3D Super Mario games are all about fun, and Super Mario 3D World is no different.
While strolling along in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach come across a never-before-seen transparent Warp Pipe. The four stop to admire the unusual object until a green bug-like creature springs out of it. The creature, known as a Sprixie, is frantically panicking and tries to figure out where the Warp Pipe had taken it. Suddenly, with no explanation and zero dialogue, the big bad Bowser pops out of the same tube, glances at Mario and the gang, traps the Sprixie in a bottle, and takes it back with him into the Warp Pipe.
Without giving it much thought, the brave Peach leaps into the Warp Pipe, followed by Mario, Toad and then Luigi. The heroes end up in a brand-new realm called the Sprixie Kingdom, which consists of multiple worlds that are connected – akin to how courses are placed in most Super Mario games; if you weren’t told it’s a new territory, you’d think it’s another version of the Mushroom Kingdom.
In practically every Mario game to date, Peach is the damsel in distress, offering a legitimate motive for Mario’s epic adventures. Because of this, it was initially alarming to see her role being replaced by a meager bug. You eventually overcome the concern, however, after realizing the game plays like previous great Mario titles.
From the start of the game, you get to select which character you want to play with. Each character is unique and has its ups and downs. Toad, for example, is the fastest runner with the weakest jumping abilities. Although Luigi leaps the highest, his jumps are sort of uncoordinated. Peach can briefly float but can barely run in her pink gown. And Mario is the most balanced character, with his solid jumping and running skills. Players can complete the game with a character of their choice, and they can experiment with the others whenever they like, giving significant reasons to replay levels.
In each course, you are tasked with reaching the Flag Pole. In the first set of courses, the goal is a cinch to reach; however, a greater challenge is offered in later courses as well as to those seeking hidden Green Power Stars and collectible stamps. The game boasts a variety of colorful courses, each with its own theme, puzzles and unique setting. It is easily the best-looking Mario game to date, with a charming soundtrack to boot.
The game supports all Wii U’s control schemes, including the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote. I preferred playing with the GamePad for its full-fledged analog sticks, attributing to precise movement and fluid controls. The GamePad also gives players special abilities. Through its 6.2-inch touch screen, you can freeze enemies, open doors and reveal invisible objects. All GamePad-specific features are welcome additions, albeit a bit underwhelming when trying to showcase what’s so special about the giant controller.
The game introduces a couple new power-ups – most notably the Super Bell, which transforms your character into a cat. As a cat, players can pounce on objects, scratch enemies and scamper up walls. While wearing a cat suit, you feel more secure, as it allows you to climb back up if you slip off a platform. It feels right and its functions totally make sense, because… after all, cats have nine lives.
You can play the entire game alone or with up to three other locals simultaneously. If you choose the multiplayer route, try finding people who are familiar with Mario games. Inexperienced players tend to frustrate the game and run around without knowing what to do, giving the prominent player extra responsibility to constantly explain the game’s seemingly straightforward controls and mechanics. This issue could have been alleviated if the game contained online multiplayer. Not once did I play without wishing my Wii U friend who lives 563 miles away could join me.
Despite excluding online multiplayer and assigning Peach’s iconic role to a bug, Super Mario 3D World is an amazing game. Its addictive gameplay, alluring visuals, catchy music and high replay value all add up to form a compelling package. It’s one of the greatest games of the year and among the best Wii U has to offer. It’s another reason to prove why Mario is the king of platformers.
Nintendo has kicked off the third week of Nintendo eShop discounts. Select Mario titles are now available at the online marketplace for 30 percent off, including Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario World for Wii U, as well as Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for Nintendo 3DS. The downloadable Mario games will return to their original prices on December 5th.