Be super quick about it as the official GameCube adapter for Wii U is currently in stock at Amazon for $19.99. These things go quickly and are usually sold at massively inflated prices. At the time of typing this they are available so if you’re a Smash Bros fan with a GameCube controller you need one of these.
Engadget has recently published an interview with Hisashi Nogami on the release of Splatoon during which he talks about a number of subjects. Interestingly, Nogami is asked at the end of the interview when we will see Animal Crossing on the Wii U. Nogami responds by saying that it is difficult for him to answer that question at this moment in time. I think it’s safe to say we should hear some news next month at the Nintendo E3 Digital Event.
So my very last question then is: When are we going to see Animal Crossing on Wii U?
Hisashi Nogami: Well, that’s difficult for me to answer at the moment! Yup. That’s pretty much all we can say.
What I will say is that you may have seen an announcement recently about an Animal Crossing product coming out on the 3DS… I can tack that on to the end of my response.
Thanks, White Eagle
Today is a good day for gamers as the Senior vice president of consumer and industry affairs for E3 has announced that there are now slots allocated to the general public. This means that you no longer need to be in the industry or games press to attend E3 this year. Rich Taylor, senior vice president of consumer and industry affairs for E3, has told Polygon that 4,000 to 5,000 non-industry people will be invited to the show via invites given out by companies who are exhibiting at the event.
“This year, for the first time, there will be prosumers in the halls. While fans have been let into the show in small numbers over the years through contests, the ESA says this new policy is a first.
About 4,000 to 5,000 non-industry people will be invited to the show, Taylor said. The passes, good for full access to the length of the show, will be handed out by ESA member companies which are exhibiting on the floor. The number of passes a company gets is based on the size of its booth, and thus monetary contribution to the show.
“Member exhibitors each have an allotment of some passes that they are permitted to distribute to their valued customers.”
To help promote Splatoon in the United Kingdom, Nintendo UK decided to splat Adrenaline Alley in Corby. As you can see from the video posted below, the skatepark was transformed by some talented artists. Adrenaline Alley will also have 4 Wii U pods and copies of Splatoon to get people playing Splatoon over the summer period. The video features one of the UK’s best girl skateboarders Lois Pendlebury, Tom Bailey and Sam Pulley who are part of the Pixels crew and finally Salar Kooshiki who is an up and coming skater. The skate park is to remain transformed for the entire summer, so if you have a chance make sure you get yourself down there.
Everyone was rather taken aback at the recent actions by Konami during which the company parted ways with Hideo Kojima and left the PT project in limbo. The company also said that they were now focussing their efforts on the mobile space. Konami has come out and has explained that their recent actions have “prompted a great deal of anxiety, for which we apologise.” They then issued a statement to try and make things a little clearer for gamers regarding their future plans. Here’s what the company had to say to The Nikkei.
“Our aim is to continue to build up a comprehensive portfolio of console, arcade, and card game titles for each IP while also making the best possible use of the mobile devices that accompany our customers in their daily life, thus expanding the limits of entertainment and appealing to more and more customers,” Hayakawa said. Indeed, Konami is focusing on mobile, and it’s because the publisher is focusing on its own soil first and foremost.
“Until now, in addition to game development duties, our creators were handling a wide range of responsibilities including managerial roles,” Hayakawa said. This became incredibly complicated, and didn’t work with Konami’s apparent unification of teams, so “we have changed our approach to instead have managerial staff thoroughly focus on strategy and how their individual skills can be best applied, with that strategy then being executed together with the creative staff.”
The strength of Konami as a company, Hayakwa said, is in its “power to create groundbreaking IPs, and our power to refine them into progressively better products.” This “has been the driving force behind our business. However, whereas platforms to date were very limited, we now need to split our approaches between console, arcade, card, and mobile games to best suit the needs of the customer.”
Konami’s statement concluded, “Konami will continue to embrace the challenge of creating entertainment content via different platforms; across not only mobile platforms, but for home consoles, arcade units, and cards, to meet the changing needs of the times. Your support for our current endeavours, and your spurring us on to greater heights, are as always deeply appreciated.”
As I’m sure the majority of you are aware today is the launch day of Splatoon and it wouldn’t be a launch day without a special trailer. Nintendo UK has uploaded the Splatoon Splat or be Splatted trailer which predominately features plenty of super colourful gameplay footage mixed with some impressive CGI.
One game that could shape up to be rather promising this year is the latest game in the immensely popular LEGO series. The latest entry is based on the forthcoming Jurassic World movie which is due to be released this June. Warner Bros has given us a sneak peek at what the actual park and the attractions that you’ll be able to participate in look like remodelled in LEGO. Be sure to give it a watch.