WayForward has just uploaded the launch trailer for the long-awaited Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. The description says the final chapter in the Shantae story is her biggest adventure yet. When Shantae loses her genie magic, she must join forces with the nefarious pirate Risky Boots to save Sequin Land from an evil curse.
As Shantae, explore mysterious islands, solve puzzling labyrinths, wield powerful pirate weapons, and slay monsters with Shantae’s signature hair-whip attack! Big bosses, off-beat humor, and a cast of characters both weird and wonderful as only WayForward can deliver. Available in North America on 3DS 10.23.14 for $19.99.
The Spinner themes are now available on the Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop, but they will cost you £1.79 each. The themes appeared earlier last week where they were priced up as free, but anyone that tried to download them were greeted with an error message. You can now download Spinner Mario, Spinner Rosalina, Spinner Bowser and Spinner Peach on the European Theme Store.
The Pokemon Company has revealed via its official website that the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game and the Pokémon Trading Card Game will be coming to the North American Nintendo 3DS eShop. Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game is coming out on November 6th and the Pokémon Trading Card Game is out on November 13th.
You’ll also get a code with your purchase of one of two classic Pokémon games coming to the Virtual Console service on Nintendo eShop: the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game (out Nov. 6) or the Pokémon Trading Card Game (out Nov. 13). You’ll find your free demo code on your eShop receipt (download codes available while supplies last).
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Today, Ubisoft announced that after 10 years of collaboration, the company and Jade Raymond have agreed to pursue future opportunities separately. Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.
During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29.
“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours.”
With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas. Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will oversee Toronto’s continued role as a key contributor to the development of some of the biggest brands at Ubisoft, as well as a number of unannounced projects.
“On behalf of Ubisoft, I’d like to thank Jade for her leadership and many contributions over the years, and wish her all the best in her next adventures,” said Mallat. “The Toronto studio is a key part of the Ubisoft global network, and Alex has been at the heart of the studio’s growth over the years. He was the obvious choice to lead this talented group of people as they continue to develop amazing games.”
The Pokémon Company International has revealed details on the powerful Mega-Evolved forms of Steelix and Glalie in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
Steelix, the Steel- and Ground-type Pokémon who evolves from Onyx, can Mega Evolve into Mega Steelix, which raises its Defense stat greatly and gives it the Steel-type move, Iron Tail. Iron Tail is most destructive during a sandstorm, thanks to its Sand Force Ability, which increases the power of Rock-, Ground-, and Steel-type moves by 30% during the sandstorm weather condition.
Glalie, the Ice-type Pokémon, can Mega Evolve into Mega Glalie, raising its Speed and significantly raising its Attack and Special Attack. Upon Mega Evolving, it gains the Ability, Refrigerate, which makes Normal-type moves into Ice-type moves. It also gains the Ice-type move, Sheer Cold, which can knock a target out in one blow!
Trainers with the Special Demo Version of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire can catch Glalie and transfer them to the official launch version on November 21st using Pokémon Link.
Nintendo’s UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce has told MCV magazine that they remain optimistic about Wii U sales. Pearce says sales of the Wii U are up 60% and they believe that there’s momentum. Pearce concluded by saying that the Christmas period will be all-important for the console and they will be marketing it with a big campaign.
“Wii U has had quite a good year so far,” said Nintendo’s UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce when MCV came to visit the company in Windsor this week.”
“Yet Pearce’s positive appraisal comes from her belief that the Wii U has turned a corner. When it comes with competing with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that ship – for want of a better cliché – has sailed. But Wii U is actually growing. Sales are up over 60 per cent in the UK this year. And from Nintendo UK’s perspective there’s been a change in public opinion.”
“We’ve really seen momentum pick up with Mario Kart 8 back in May,” continues Pearce. “That was when we saw a step change, not just in terms of sales but also people’s attitudes to Wii U. People are starting to consider buying now, which was cemented by our E3 activity. All the software that we showed then gave people confidence that there were lots of games coming that they wanted.”
UK boss Simon Kemp adds: “We’ve felt a real increase in interest and momentum. Compared to 12 months ago, it does feel noticeably different.”
“It is still about driving hardware to Nintendo fans,” says Pearce. “We have some support, but there’s still more out there. And then we will broaden the console out to families around Christmas time.”
In a recent interview with trade publication MCV Nintendo UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce revealed that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire pre-orders are higher than Pokemon X and Y. Pearce says she’s optimistic that the title will perform well in the UK charts and says it’s a pattern they’re seeing globally.
“Pre-orders for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
are doing really well at the moment. It is pre-ordering more
than X and Y, so we are quite optimistic about that one.”
“With X and Y, we reignited Pokémon fans that have been
playing for years. But we’ve brought in new people as well.
We will be talking to Nintendo fans for these games, but
also newcomers and all the kids we’ve been talking to
over the summer.”
“In terms of marketing support, this is getting a similar sized campaign to what we did on X and Y,” says Pearce. “And in terms of pre-orders it is tracking better. So from that perspective, it is at least at the level of X and Y.”
Kemp adds: “A big part of the audience won’t have been around when the original Ruby and Sapphire was around. And also these games will be quite a different experience.”
“That’s a big part of the campaign,” says Pearce. “We are finding that the demo versions of things are working really well for us. The Super Smash Bros demo was really popular and converted lots of people to purchase.”
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