WaterMelon Games has uploaded a brand new teaser trailer for upcoming Wii U game Pier Solar HD. The trailer showcases areas available to explore within the JRPG-inspired title, while the gorgeous music keeps on pace with the intrepid team. Pier Solar HD will arrive on the Wii U eShop, as well as PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, Android and Dreamcast in April. Let us know if this is a game you’ll be purchasing in the comments below.
Miiverse has had another minor update on both Wii U and 3DS. Marty’s been on hand to divulge the new feature’s details in Nintendo’s online community, which allows members to filter popular posts within communities by date. Here’s what Marty said in full:
“We’ve added a feature that lets you filter a community’s popular posts by date. Note that the date displayed is when the posts were popular, rather than when they were made.”
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land storms the charts to take the top spot with over 130,000 copies sold, while PlayStation 4′s Knack slips down into second place. Kirby: Triple Deluxe hangs on in 10th position, while Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sells a further 10k and sits just inside the top 20 in 17th.
Meanwhile in the hardware charts, the PlayStation 4 remains at the top, though suffers from a considerable drop in sales after its launch week due to alleged supply constraints. 3DS sales are elevated a further 6k from last week totalling 38k, while the Wii U brings in 8k like clockwork once again. Below you’ll find the top 20 software, followed by the hardware chart.
- [3DS] Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi – 130,782 (New)
- [PS4] Knack – 66,772 (376,076)
- [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear – 58,329 (New)
- [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin – 54,148 (192,305)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys – 53,276 (687,709)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch – 37,493 (496,455)
- [PS3] Deception IV: Blood Ties – 23,254 (New)
- [PS4] Yakuza: Ishin – 22,466 (105,006)
- [PSV] Deception IV: Blood Ties – 19,322 (New)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 17,706 (475,502)
- [PSV] Infinite Statos 2: Ignition Hearts – 15,213 (New)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 14,479 (1,388,812)
- [PS4] Battlefield 4 – 13,117 (37,916)
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- [PSV] Valhalla Knights 3 Gold – 11,186 (New)
- [3DS] Kuroko no Basuke: Shouri e no Kiseki – 10,378 (56,059)
- [Wii U] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 10,056 (60,103)
- [PS4] Killzone: Shadow Fall – 8,501 (40,837)
- [PS4] Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – 8,430 (20,524)
- [PS3] Infinite Statos 2: Ignition Hearts – 8,246 (New)
- PlayStation 4 – 65,685 (309,154)
- 3DS LL – 26,027 (22,253)
- PlayStation Vita – 21,581 (16,857)
- PlayStation 3 – 13,155 (9,983)
- 3DS – 11,986 (9,898)
- Wii U – 8,204 (8,407)
- PSP – 3,652 (3,171)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,543 (1,383)
- Xbox 360 – 257 (241)
Ubisoft has filed two trademarks for Catz and Dogz, according to a stealthy spot by NeoGaf members. The trademark was filed on February 27 and signed by Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot, but what it exactly pertains to, and which game platforms it may arrive on, is currently unknown.
Back in the mid-90s, Catz and Dogz was released for the PC, and has amassed a number of sequels over the years. Consoles soon started to draw from the craze and Petz: Catz 2 and Dogz 2 was released for the Wii in 2007. The most recent Catz and Dogz game, however, was released in 2008, with Petz Fantasy 3D branching out of the cats and dogs category for the 3DS in 2011. Whether Ubisoft’s next venture with the franchise will hit Nintendo consoles in the future, or if it will remain on the PC, is still shrouded in mystery.
Tokyo Majin Gakuen series director Shuuhou Imai has revealed his new Nintendo 3DS game, Hamatora: Look at Smoking World. Earlier this week, Imai teased the announcement on his blog for the 3DS game, which he both wrote and directed, saying details would be released later in the week.
Imai will collaborate with Unchained Blade developer FuRyu to bring Hamatora: Look at Smoking World to the Japanese 3DS. For those who are new to the anime, Imai assures that the game is user-friendly and will take place in the same universe as Hamatora: The Animation, but will feature a different story.
Set in the town of Kobe, the RPG adventure game focuses on a high-school transfer student with special powers, and will feature an original cast of characters, with a strategy-based RPG battle system. You can see a short teaser trailer for the game above. Hamatora: Look at Smoking World is due for release in Japan on July 17, this year.
Nintendo is more than aware that mobile gaming is on the rise, but the Kyoto-based company has been strongly against popping their red-capped mascot onto smart devices for some time. However, that’s not to say they haven’t considered it, but rather have expressed interest into developing an advertising app on smart devices to raise consumer awareness.
The age-old debate sparked up once more when GameSpot interviewed Kensuke Tanabe and asked him why it was such a problematic task to transfer Mario to such platforms. Tanabe stressed that the control migration to smart devices just wouldn’t be feasible, making it a “really difficult task”.
“With games like Mario and Donkey Kong, the control input is such an important part of that; I think if you’re trying to replicate that feeling of control that you have traditional to those games, translating those to a smart device, that’s a just a really, really difficult task.
“Of course I’m not ignoring the fact that the marketplace is flooded with these devices and that there are a lot of games created specifically for them. Personally, as I mentioned earlier, I don’t have a curiosity of or feeling of needing to create or wanting to create games for those devices. I want Nintendo games to be played on Nintendo hardware.”
Retro Studios CEO Michael Kelbaugh was also on hand to deliver his opinion, claiming that – first and foremost – it’s the game and its content that matters for the Donkey Kong developer, while business production and platform choice is ultimately Nintendo’s decision.
“What we’re focused on is just making a great game. Wherever it ends up, that’s not our decision, so I think we need to concentrate on making great content and let Nintendo decide what box they want to put it in, how they want to package it. Watching this whole debate going on right now…I don’t give it a whole lot of thought just because I’m concentrating on making a fun, great game and hardware’s always kind of a revolving target, I guess.”
Nintendo America has launched the vibrant Yoshi’s New Island website featuring additional story information and gorgeous wallpaper art. Among the above features, you’ll also find two trailers and the cutesy-pie intro scene – just in case you missed them – along with the trademark Yoshi melody in the background. Yoshi’s all set for a new adventure come March 14 when he lands on the 3DS family systems – let us know if you will be joining in on the fun in the comments below. You can find the new website, here.
USAopoly announced a high-calibre line-up at the 2014 American International Toy Fair last month following its 20th Anniversary in production business. Amongst the many Doctor Who-themed board games, USAopoly also revealed that two new Nintendo Monopoly products would be gracing high-store shelves this September. Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda and Monopoly: Pokemon will be priced at $45, with the latter franchise featuring the original Kanto area.
During the investors meeting in January, Iwata claimed that Nintendo would begin to expand the character licensing agreements into new fields. Nintendo has branched into board game territory before, with a Pokemon-themed Monopoly game released in the late ’90s and a general Nintendo Monopoly board game, which saw the light of day in 2006, but the company is now assuming a wider position.
In accordance with Nintendo’s new plans, USAopoly has also unveiled Super Mario Connect 4: Mario and Luigi, which will be priced at $24.95, to be released this Spring. As of yet, there’s no word on whether the themed board games will be released in Europe .
This week’s European download is offering discounts galore on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Since the Year of Luigi is due to come to an end on March 18, Nintendo has given the green plumber one last glittering send-off in a special Luigi-themed sale starting this Thursday. So if you’ve yet to get your hands on Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. for 3DS or New Super Luigi U for the Wii U, you’ll no longer miss out on the enemy-bopping fun.
New Super Luigi U – which is add-on content for New Super Mario. Bros. U – can be purchased for the delightful price of €14.99 or £13.49 (usually €19.99 / £17.99). But if an RPG tickles your fancy, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. can be grabbed for €31.99 or £27.99 (usually €39.99 / £34.99). Both will be available at reduced prices until March 13. Plus, you can also grab Super Mario Bros. for either Wii U or 3DS at €2.49 or £1.74 (usually €4.99 / £3.49) until the same date.
There are a multitude of other discounts featured from Thursday, both temporary and permanent, so if you’re itching for a new game on the 3DS check out the list below.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts:
- The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves – €6.99 / £6.29 until March 13 (usually €9.99 / £8.99)
- Football Up 3D - €3.49 / £2.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- SpeedX 3D – €2.10 / £1.89 until May 1 (usually €2.99 / £2.69)
- Monster Shooter – €2.10 / £1.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £6.29)
- 3D Game Collection – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €13.99 / £11.99)
- Funfair Party Games – €6.99 / £6.99 until March 27 (usually €19.99 / £17.99)
- Gardenscapes – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- 3D Mahjongg – €3.99 / £3.29 until March 27 (usually €4.99 / £4.49)
- Jewel Match 3 – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- Murder on the Titanic – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- Secret Agent Files: Miami – €6.99 / £5.79 until March 27 (usually €7.99 / £6.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts:
- Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns – €19.99 / £17.99 (was €29.99 / £24.99)
- Beyblade: Evolution – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Girls’ Fashion Shoot – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Crazy Kangaroo – €1.99 / £1.89 (was €2.99 / £2.69)
Game developer WayForward has revealed via Twitter that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be delayed for another couple of months. The 3DS platform title was due for release between last December and mid-March this year. However, WayForward has informed fans that the game will be in development for a little longer, in order for the team to polish and add the “finishing touches”.
Though there’s still haze surrounding the exact release date of the title, WayForward expect Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse to land on the 3DS eShop in the second quarter of 2014.
“Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be in development for a couple more months while we add a few finishing touches. Almost there!” – WayForward via Twitter