Nintendo has stressed the importance of catering to all audiences through its games. In an interview with US Gamer, Nintendo designer Katsuya Eguchi explained that the company wants their projects to speak to a wide variety of players. To make this possible, Nintendo developers consist of experienced and lesser-skilled players alike who work toward settling balanced difficulty levels.
“In terms of games like Mario, an action game, a lot of audiences are obviously very good at action games, but there are also more inexperienced players, like children, who still enjoy playing Mario,” said Eguchi. “There’s a varying range of skill levels. To match that kind of target audience, we make sure that our team setup matches that. If we have only skilled players making the game, we end up having a game where the difficulty level is a little high, or the problem-solving involved is very challenging. By including people who may not play games as much, or are inexperienced in gaming, having them as part of the dev team makes us realize some things that we maybe wouldn’t have if we only had core gamers making the game.
“And that’s just one aspect. There are lots of different perspectives that go into creating even a single title. In that sense, it’s very beneficial to have diversity in our staff, and that’s something I like to keep at the forefront of my mind as we build toward other projects.”
Koei Tecmo has unveiled another trailer for Hyrule Warriors. The newly-released video focuses on the leader of the Gorons, Darunia, who’s equipped with a massive hammer, which he uses to unleash merciless attacks on a slew of baddies. Darunia is among several other playable characters in the upcoming action game. Hyrule Warriors will be available September 26th on Wii U.
Nintendo has confirmed that the newly-revealed NES Remix Pack will come packaged with Super Luigi Bros. Announced yesterday during Nintendo’s San Diego Comic-Con livestream, NES Remix Pack is a physical version of both NES Remix and NES Remix 2. It will be released in stores this holiday season.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime makes an appearance in Video Games: The Movie. Produced by Zach Braff, the newly-released film is a documentary chronicling the rise of video games from niche to multi-billion dollar industry. It also features interviews with several industry veterans, including Nolan Bushnell, Warren Spector and Hideo Kojima.
Nintendo has released another system update for Nintendo 3DS. According to the company’s website, the new update adds further improvements to overall system stability. It also implements other minor adjustments to enhance the user experience. The handheld received another minor system update earlier this month.
Capcom has confirmed that Mega Man Battle Network is set to arrive July 31st on the Wii U Virtual Console service in North America. The release date was announced in the latest Nintendo Minute episode, in which the YouTube series’ hosts chat about what’s going on in the world of Nintendo and Capcom. Mega Man Battle Network will be available later today, July 24, on Wii U in Europe. It will launch alongside ports of Mega Man 5 and Mega Man 6.
Nintendo has released a new commercial for Mario Kart 8. The 30-second promo showcases the racing title’s colorful visuals and its characters’ facial expressions in glorious slow motion. Luigi’s infamous death stare also makes an appearance, which initiates once the green-clad driver zooms past the seemingly innocent Baby Rosalina. Mario Kart 8 is available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
Another playable character for Hyrule Warriors will be unveiled this week. Based on a tweet by the forthcoming action title’s official Twitter handle, the unannounced character will have something to do with the ground – leading some to speculate that a Goron will be revealed. One of the latest trailers for the game demonstrates how the Wind Waker can be used as a weapon. Hyrule Warriors is scheduled to launch on September 26th for Wii U.
Shin’en Multimedia has revealed that it is planning to release the Wii U iteration of Art of Balance by the end of the summer. The upcoming home console version of the physics-based puzzle game features off-TV play and supports multiple control schemes. It also contains several online and local multiplayer modes that incorporate either competitive or cooperative play.
Nintendo has teased that a “few special surprises” regarding the next Super Smash Bros. will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. The company is also planning to host the first-ever tournament for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS during the upcoming convention, which runs from July 24th to July 27th. The fighting game tourney will be live-streamed on Nintendo’s Twitch page.