Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will present multiple control options to players. The upcoming action-adventure title’s producer, Stephen Frost, confirmed via Twitter that it will support all the official Wii U and Wii controllers for multiplayer and cooperative modes. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will release on November 18th for Wii U. Those who pre-order the game from Amazon will receive a code to unlock exclusive luminous costumes for Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles.
Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime has explained how amiibo differs from other franchises that use near field communication (NFC) technology. Unlike Disney Infinity and Activision’s Skylanders, Nintendo’s NFC-based platform is optional and designed to work with multiple games from different genres. The first 12 amiibo figures, including Mario, Peach, Samus and Pikachu, are available for pre-order at $12.99 each. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first title with full integration of amiibo functionality.
“Our vision is to have these ‘amiibo’ figures be your playable friends that allow you to enhance the overall experience,” said Fils-Aime. “It’s a different approach from Activision and Disney, which is more to unlock something in the game. You’re going to want to have your ‘amiibo’ figure because it’s going to allow you to enhance your skills, upgrade your character and take the experience over to a friend’s house.”
Nintendo has announced the launch time for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. In a new email sent to its subscribers, the publisher confirmed that the upcoming hand-held version of the fighting title will launch at midnight on October 3rd. It will be available in the Nintendo eShop and in stores. The latest trailer for the game confirms that Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles will be featured as a playable character.
Nintendo has announced that it is planning to host a free Hyrule Warriors fan gathering tomorrow, August 30th, in Seattle, Wash. The event is open to the public but will have limited space. Attendees who cosplay as characters from The Legend of Zelda universe will be allowed to skip to the front of the entrance line. Hyrule Warriors will also be playable at the event, giving eager players a chance to experience the upcoming action game before it launches on September 26th.
Nintendo has confirmed that it talked about the possibility of featuring Mario as the main character in Splatoon. Speaking with Edge, legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the upcoming third-person shooter wouldn’t be considered a new property if it starred the mustachioed icon. The game’s producer, Hisashi Nogami, previously revealed that the concept behind Splatoon could have been built around an established franchise.
“There were heated debates over who the main player character should be. Whether it should be Mario, or a squid,” Miyamoto said. “When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn’t be able to create any new IP.”
Yacht Club Games has unleashed another update for Shovel Knight. In addition to containing a number of bug fixes, the new patch allows Wii U users to play the game without the GamePad. The touch-screen controller can now be toggled between main and sub type by pressing its select button within the pause menu. An update for the Nintendo 3DS version is also in the works and scheduled to arrive soon on the handheld. Shovel Knight is available in the Nintendo eShop.
Two new downloadable content packs will take the world of Mario Kart 8 in directions the franchise has never seen before, while significantly expanding game-play options. The packs, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting Aug. 27 at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.
In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live Aug. 27 that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s. Go to http://ninten.do/6181WR6B to view a video of the in-game karts in action.
“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”
Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. The DLC packs include classic courses like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first DLC pack.
Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs starting Aug. 27 will get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs in advance, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new “Shop” icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
The DLC packs are scheduled to include the following:
Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) – $7.99
- 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
- 4 Vehicles
- 8 Courses
Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) – $7.99
- 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
- 4 Vehicles
- 8 Courses
Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle – $11.99
- 6 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle and
- Dry Bowser
- 8 Vehicles
- 16 Courses
- As a bonus for purchasing both packs bundled or individually, buyers receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately.