Bernd Fakesch, the General Manager of Nintendo Germany, has apparently told a German news agency that we should see the next instalment of Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 sometime next spring. We already knew that Mario Kart was due to be released in the spring, but most of us expected Smash Bros next Christmas. Hopefully this turns out to be true.
“For next spring two more big license games are also announced for our TV console with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.”
The Pokémon Company International has today released the classic soundtracks from the Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen video games on iTunes. The Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection features beautifully adapted and orchestrated versions of the original in-game music, composed by Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose and Morikazu Aoki. The game originally launched in 2004, and the original soundtrack accompanied Pokémon Trainers on their journey across the Kanto region.
The release follows on the heels of the Pokémon X & Pokémon Y: Super Music Collection release which featured enhanced versions of the game’s soundtrack.
Fans can expect more to come in 2014 from the Pokémon musical archives, including the soundtracks of:
- Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver
- Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire
- Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
- Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
- Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2
The Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection can be downloaded on iTunes here.
Despite earning the coveted award for Worst Company in America, EA has now been named one of the “Best Places to Work 2014” by the Human Rights Campaign. EA has received a 100 percent rating on the 12th Corporate Equality Index, and was praised by its commitment to employing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. EA is one of 304 businesses to receive a perfect 100 percent rating.
Early last month Capcom ran a competition in the United Kingdom which tasked the community with creating their very own Capcom Christmas Card. The winning Christmas Card was the lovely Monster Hunter themed card, which you can see above. The winner was David Hankin who won himself a PlayStation 4. You can view the top five finalists work, right here.
Famed industry analyst Michael Pachter has told MCV that he believes that Wii U hardware sales will fall 65 per cent year-on-year. This means that Wii U US November sales are estimated at 149K by Pachter. The news comes ahead of the November NPD results which should indicate just how well the console has done against the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. However, it should be noted that last November is when the system launched, so sales should be higher.
Pachter added that Wii U is expected to have suffered significantly as a result of the launches, with hardware sales falling 65 per cent year-on-year. Xbox 360 and PS3 sales are predicted to have fallen 44 per cent and 28 per cent respectively
This week’s Nintendo downloads for Europe have been confirmed. Leading the pack is the highly regarded Super Nintendo classic, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Wii U eShop. The acclaimed Zelda adventure will retail for €7.99 / £5.49. You can see the rest of the downloads and sales available, below.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Virtual Console) – €7.99 / £5.49
- Wii Party U – €44.99 / £34.99
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! – €44.99 / £36.99
- RUSH – €1.99 / £1.79 until 9/01/14, then €3.99 / £3.59
- Wii Fit U Quick Check – Free
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! – €34.99 / £28.49
- Donkey Kong 3 (Virtual Console) – €4.99 / £4.49
- 3D Ecco the Dolphin – €4.49 / £4.09
- 3D Galaxy Force II – €4.99 / £4.49
- Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker – €19.99 / £17.99
- Girl’s Fashion Shoot – €29.99 / £29.99
- Nano Assault EX Demo – Free
- AeternoBlade Demo – Free
- Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (3DS) – Now: €19.99 / £14.99 until 9/1/14, Was: €29.99 / £24.99
- Snow Moto Racing 3D (3DS) – €5.99 / £5.39 until 9/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Bugs Vs Tanks (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Crimson Shroud (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Liberation Maiden (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- The Starship Damrey (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
Permanent Price Reductions
- Nano Assault EX (Wii U) – Now: €9.99 / £8.74, Was: €14.99 / £12.49
Super Smash Bros designer Masahiro Sakurai has announced that the long-awaited Super Smash Bros on Nintendo the 3DS and Wii U features a Steel Diver sub machine gun. The news was announced by Sakurai on Wii U social network Miiverse.
Pic of the day. Q: “Is this a Steel Diver?” A: “Yes, indeed, that is a Steel Diver.” The sub from Steel Diver is now a cute projectile weapon–it launches torpedoes that fly slowly at first.
Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers has reconfirmed that Miiverse, Nintendo Network ID and shared eShop balances will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS today after the maintenance that is due to start sometime this evening. Rogers previously hinted that Miiverse is due today, but she has now confirmed it via Twitter.
Miiverse/NNID/shared eshop balances after maintenance. RT @Eric_Silver Is it against the law to just tell people its Miiverse?
The latest edition of US gaming publication Game Informer includes plenty of fresh tidbits of information about Retro Studios current project, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed at the VGX Awards on Saturday that Cranky Kong will be a playable character in the game, and that there might be a fifth playable character that Nintendo has yet to announced. Anyway, here’s the info from Game Informer.
- Snowmads are made up of penguins, owls, rabbits, sea lions, and walruses
- Diddy Kong’s cartwheel attack useful for close attacks
- Use Kong Pow with Diddy to turn all enemies on the screen into extra balloons
- As previously mentioned, Dixie’s Kong Pow turns onscreen enemies into gold hearts
- Dixie’s ponytail is like a propeller underwater for extra speed
- Enemies will get tougher as you progress
- Tucks (penguin-like enemies) start out with Donkey Kong being able to take them out by jumping on their heads or rolling into them
- Later, they’ll have spears and helmets at their disposal, so you can only attack them from behind
- Tucks will then come with double-sided spears and spiked helmets, so they must be stunned first before you can attack
- 6 islands
- 6-7 levels per island
- Boss stage and a bonus level as well
- Bonus level unlocks after collecting all KONG letters in each level
- World 1: Lost Mangroves (rainforest, vine grabbing, zip-lining)
- World 2: Autumn Heights (Bavarian-like mountain, mine carts, hot-air balloons, giant owls, jagged cliff faces)
- World 3: Bright Savannah (tall grass, orange/brown colors, like an African safari, dodge brush fire and penguins with spears)
- World 4: Sea Breeze Cove (blue harbors, sandy inlets, lots of swimming, dodge electric seaweed and manage air supply)
- World 5: Juicy Jungle (tropical forest that produces a rare fruit, home to an elaborate processing plant, jump off jellies to reach new heights)
- World 6: DK Island (Donkey Kong’s tree house has been frosted over, has homages to levels from Donkey Kong Country Returns)
- Will always control Donkey Kong in single-player
- Side characters add to Donkey Kong’s abilities
- Subtle differences between the side characters
- Can switch between side characters by breaking barrels in the levels
- Icons on the barrels rotate slowly so that you can pick your partner
- Offers challenging gameplay
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.