If you weren’t a fan of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD‘s primarily gold packaging, you’ll be happy to know that Nintendo is now selling the colorful version of the box art at retailers in North America. It looks like the gold box art is still being sold if you prefer that one. Which cover would you pick if you had to choose between the two? I would pick the colorful one as I feel it better captures the vibrant nature of game.
Nintendo has released a new minor update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. In addition to including the fighting game’s previous updates, patch version 1.0.9 implements some unspecified adjustments for a more pleasant gaming experience. Another recent update added a neat Miiverse stage, which can be selected when playing Smash mode with less than four players.
Neon Battle is set to launch next week on Wii U. The game, which will be available on July 9 via the Nintendo eShop, tasks players with maneuvering around a circular battlefield to victory by smashing opponents out of their way. It features four different modes and a selection of power-ups. The game also allows you to play solo or with a friend in a race to collect points by bouncing a ball and trying to keep it from going out of bounds.
Nintendo has made a new update for Splatoon available for download. Update version 1.3.0 implements a number of new additions to the Wii U shooter, including several changes to Splatfest and minor adjustments to special weapons and abilities. Full patch notes for update 1.3.0 are listed below:
- When there are more members on one team than the other and the match-making process takes too long, members from the same team will be able to battle each other
- Members will still receive Splatfest Points even when they battle against members of the same team
- Note: Only the results from matches against the opposing team will be included in the overall Splatfest results
- Adjustments have been made to allow some players at random to participate as early as 5 minutes prior to the official start time of Splatfest in order to make for a more pleasant gaming experience (Note: All players will be able to participate once the event begins)
- This adjustment was made to lighten the server load at the beginning of the Splatfest
- Adjustments have been made to the number of Super Sea Snails distributed to members of the losing team that have earned either of the top two Splatfest rank titles
Special Weapon Adjustments:
- Inkstrike: The amount of area covered will be more consistent regardless of where it lands
- Kraken: The amount of knockback is increased when taking damage from an opponent while using Kraken
- Ninja Squid: Swim speed will be lowered when using this ability
- Stealth Jump: The amount of time it takes to Super Jump will be longer when using this ability
- Ink Resistance Up: The effects with respect to the amount of damage and speed when moving through enemy ink will be adjusted
- Other adjustments will be made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience
Among the random sketches that appear in Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber‘s new Where Are Ü Now music video is a drawing of Pokemon’s number-one mascot, Pikachu. The animated entertainment icon makes a very brief cameo in the recording a little after the 1:55 mark. The music video was apparently created using art pieces gathered from a slew of devout Bieber fans. The Pikachu drawing was made by one such follower who goes by the handle @masoneways on Twitter.
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival includes a number of minigames in which Animal Crossing amiibo cards can be used in some way. Although Nintendo is yet to reveal specifics, the feature is mentioned on the product page for the game. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival will launch during the holiday season as a bundle that includes the game, two amiibo figures and three amiibo cards.
Don’t hold your breath if you’re hoping Nintendo will make a Super Mario Maker-type game for The Legend of Zelda. Developing ‘Zelda Maker’ would most likely be more difficult than creating Super Mario Maker, according to Nintendo producer Takashi Tezuka. Super Mario Maker allows players to use the Wii U GamePad to create levels and share them with others. The game is set to launch worldwide on September 11.
“Zelda Maker might be a challenge to make I think,” Tezuka said. “Personally, making Super Mario Maker that was a challenge in itself, and we hope that it’s a success, so thank you for saying that, but I think that might be a difficult task.”