Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers has teased on Twitter that there’s a surprise coming to Nintendo 3DS owners tomorrow. Rogers says that after the planned maintenance something exciting should happen, which presumably means that Miiverse will finally be live on the Nintendo 3DS. Miiverse for the Nintendo 3DS has been met with some controversy as it won’t support message exchange between friends, or even friend requests.
Monday night, after the maintenance, will be exciting for 3DS owners. I’m not allowed to say why, but I’m sure you can figure it out.
Best Buy currently have a fantastic offer on Nintendo games at the moment. If you purchase one top title then you can get a second for a whopping 50% off. These games include the critically acclaimed Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. You can check out the deal, right here.
US retail chain Best Buy currently have a sale on Nintendo eShop cards. The cards are now 20% off and you can get a $50 eShop card for $40 and a $20 eShop card for $16. So if you’re looking to purchase some goodies from the eShop then it’s well worth buying one.
Last night Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Cranky Kong will be a playable character in Retro Studios forthcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Interestingly, when Reggie was interview by Geoff he hinted that they may have a fifth playable character to announce at a future date. You can hear the tease about a fifth character at the 4:40 mark in the video embedded above. Who would you like to see as a playable character?
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils Aime confirmed today that Cranky Kong will be making an appearance in Retro Studios latest title, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The news leaked a couple of days ago that Cranky Kong would be playable in the game. The leak came from Amazon Italy who posted the official box-art which featured Cranky Kong on the cover.
The official VGX Awards website has been updated to inform you what to expect when the awards show makes its debut this evening. The VGX site says that there will be three unannounced premieres shown off at the event. We already know that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be demoing a previously announced game for the Wii U in the first hour of the show. Any guesses as to what the three unannounced world premieres will be?
- Our first secret world premiere - We cant divulge all of our secrets, but trust us, you’re going to love this one.
- Secret world premiere #2 - Another all-new game, brought to you by VGX.
- Another awesome world premiere - We’ve got some of this year’s biggest trailers – only at VGX.
The VGX site has inadvertently revealed that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is real, but it will only be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. IGN discovered the game a few days ago when a listing for the game appeared on Amazon Italy. The publication said it was coming to next generation consoles, but sadly it appears as though it’s skipping the Wii U. Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition should be shown tonight at the VGX awards.
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Respected technology publication Digital Foundry has praised Nintendo’s highly regarded Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The site was extremely impressed that Nintendo had managed to deliver an extremely fluid 60 frames per second without a single hitch. Digital Foundry then went on to say that Super Mario 3D World is a textbook example of how to build a classic in the modern age.
At a glance, the visuals may not appear particularly astounding, but the skill with which Nintendo has managed to mesh modern technology with great art certainly is and Super Mario 3D World is a textbook example of how to build a classic in the modern age.
Mario titles demand precision and a quick response that call for a solid 60 frames per second update. More so than most games aiming for this goal, EAD has managed to deliver a 100 per cent consistent update. Every moment of the game, every menu transition, and every element of the user interface all operate at 60fps without a single hitch. Shooting for 60fps is no small task and requires cooperation from the entire team throughout the development cycle, but Nintendo takes it further by taking a zero-tolerance approach to frame-rate dips.
Akihiro Hino, the president of acclaimed studio Level 5, has spoken to Famitsu about the company’s future plans. Hino says he wants to diversify the titles and make some for younger people, and also some for a much wider audience, like the breakout hit Fantasy Life. However, Hino says that it’s the games for younger people which have seen fantastic results in Japan, such as Inazuma Eleven and Youkai Watch.
“If I had to split it in two, then it’d be cross-media expansions for children for Nintendo 3DS, such as Youkai Watch and Inazuma Eleven, and then games for a wider audience such as Fantasy Life and Wonder Flick,” answers Hino. “Each target audience requires a different strategy in terms of hardware approach, so I’d like to think about more plans for that.”
“It’s actually still selling quite well. In the case of Inazuma Eleven, the first game’s opening week saw about 40,000 copies sold, and it ended up selling about 400,000 in the end, and I see Youkai Watch going with a similar flow, so I believe we were able to create another successful title. I believe that we’ll be able to surpass that next time, so I’d like to continue focusing on titles made for children.”
Game Informer has clarified that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be showcasing a previously announced Wii U game at the VGX awards. There was a little confusion on Twitter regarding whether it was an unannounced game, or one that has been previously revealed by Nintendo. Most people bets appear to be on Reggie showing off Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Game Informer has partnered with Spike TV to host the live stream on their site.
“Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, will be on-hand to talk about a previously announced Wii U title.”