Nintendo is remaining quiet when it comes to their next hardware which is currently codenamed NX. However, Forbes couldn’t resist questioning Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about the platform. They didn’t get a whole lot of information other than the developers have to have a steadfast idea that will only be possible on a new system before they start developing for it. Reggie made it sound as though the console is quite some way off, but he could simply be saying this so that they don’t cannibalise sales of the Wii U and 3DS.
But doesn’t the fact that the NX has been revealed, that people know it’s coming at some point in the future, make it difficult for you to get the message out there about the current platform?
“Honestly, no. Consumers know that effectively, as we complete one piece of hardware, we always start thinking about the next. So we’re constantly challenging ourselves. What’s new? What’s different? What’s coming down the pipe?”
“The way we approach it is when there’s a game or an approach that we can’t do on the current system, that’s when we begin in earnest to focus on the next system. So what that means is that our developers, a number of them must have certain ideas that will be enabled by the NX. We’re going to have to develop those ideas and get that software ready. And that’s going to drive the timing for when we provide more details on NX.”
Twitter user Moldyclay 64 has updated his rather handy amiibo compatibility chart to help you understand which amiibo are compatible with which games. If you are an amiibo collector then it’s hard to remember which amiibo work with each game, so this chart should prove to be useful. It is well worth bookmarking or saving to your computer.
One of the announcements that pleased a number of fans at this year’s Nintendo E3 Digital Event was the fact that Platinum Game’s were developing the new Star Fox for Wii U, which is titled Star Fox Zero. Polygon managed to catch up with Nintendo EAD’s Yugo Hayashi and Yusuke Hashimoto from Platinum Games to find out just how the exciting collaboration came to be. Hayashi says that the team at Nintendo didn’t have enough resources to make the game, but they were certain that an acclaimed action studio such as Platinum Games would be a perfect fit for the title.
“Internally, we thought we maybe didn’t have enough resources to make it. So we started looking outside for a good fit.
“We already had some relationship with Platinum Games and in thinking about who would be be a good company to make a Star Fox game, obviously Platinum Games are very good at making action games, they’re very good at making games that are visually exciting. So we thought they would be a perfect fit.”
– EAD’s Yugo Hayashi
“When I was getting into the project it kind of started up for me as how do we use this to make stages that will be fun to play. How do we create extravagant, exciting situations. Basically, as the development has gone forward it has been the two teams passing it back and forth and talking about that kind of thing.”
“When you get to the boss and it switches to the target view and you have that kind of extravagant cinematic view, flying around the boss with a first-person view,” he said. “That was the first time I thought we were kind of getting at what I hoped to achieve with this project.”
“I think the reason for that is because it’s a cinematic scene, a cinematic effect, but you’re able to control it and create these kind of action moments while flying around in the way you attack.”
– Platinum Games, Yusuke Hashimoto
The reasonably well-received Pokemon Shuffle has been a hit on the Nintendo 3DS since it launched. Nintendo has already mentioned that it has surpassed 4 million downloads, which is impressive to say the least. Now the inevitable has happened and the Pokemon Company has announced that Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is coming to the iTunes App Store and Google Play later this year. No doubt it will be a massive success on each of these platforms.
Pokémon Shuffle Mobile is coming to iTunes App Store and Google Play in 2015! In Pokémon Shuffle Mobile, your goal is to clear various stages by lining up the same Pokémon and clearing these matches from the puzzle area. Within each puzzle stage, you can deal damage to the wild Pokémon you face by lining up three of the same Pokémon to clear them. Battle and try to catch the Pokémon before you run out of moves!
If you reside in Europe and have any Club Nintendo stars left then you will probably be interested to learn that the adorable Captain Toad Figurine Lamp is currently available for purchase on the service. It is not cheap, setting you back 6000 of your hard-earned stars, but it is probably totally worth it. Don’t forget that you need to use your stars up as Club Nintendo will be closing soon and will be replaced with a brand new service.
Nintendo should be celebrating today as Yoshi’s Woolly World, which is exclusive to the Wii U, has entered into the UK all-formats charts at number four. Sadly Splatoon has slipped and is no longer in the top ten, but currently it’s holding on at number thirteen. As expected the number one spot as gone to Batman: Arkham Knight for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Here’s the best-selling games this week.
01 (NE) PS4 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
02 (NE) XBO BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
03 (02) 360 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
04 (NE) WIU YOSHI’S WOOLLY WORLD (NINTENDO)
05 (01) XBO THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
06 (03) PS4 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
07 (07) PS4 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
08 (04) PS4 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
09 (05) XBO LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (06) PS3 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
11 (08) XBO THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
12 (13) XBO HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION (MICROSOFT)
13 (09) WIU SPLATOON (NINTENDO)
14 (11) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
15 (15) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
16 (NE) PS4 FINAL FANTASY XIV: HEAVENSWARD (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
17 (14) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
18 (NE) PS4 J-STARS VICTORY VS+ (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
19 (19) XBO CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
20 (17) 3DS LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
Kevin Callahan, the guy behind the original Diddy Kong Racing 2 rumour, is at it again and says that the sequel is now in development for the NX. Callahan says Nintendo is aiming at launching the NX for $149.99. The reason for the cheap price point is that Nintendo doesn’t want to compete against the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Callahan points to the fact that Nintendo has trademarked the word Diddy Kong and that Retro Studios haven’t revealed a new Wii U game as evidence that the game is coming. At this point in time this news is nothing but a big fat juicy rumour.
The Diddy Kong Racing 2 project was moved over to new hardware that will be launched in 2016. The new platform is aiming for a price of $149.99 to avoid competing directly (price wise) with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The company fears that it would be market suicide to release another overly expensive box in the middle of a console generation, when most consumers have already invested in a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Wii U development kits are being used to develop NX software; the NX hardware is technically a Wii U except with higher memory bandwidth and a more balanced CPU.