Mario creator and game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Nintendo is no longer concerned with the casual gaming market. In a recent feature with Edge Magazine, Miyamoto explained Nintendo’s current stance was its particular need to focus on the dedicated core fan-base. Since the shift to mobile gaming, the casual and “passive” market – that Nintendo profited from in the days of the Wii and DS generation – is no longer there. Here’s what Miyamoto said on the matter:
“[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland. Their attitude is, ‘okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.’ It’s kind of a passive attitude they’re taking, and to me it’s kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games].
“In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population. Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It’s a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people’s daily lives.”
Though Nintendo has yet to come fully forward with their Quality of Life (QOL) initiative, bar from the knowledge it will focus on fun, it appears the company is stepping in the correct direction. Let us know your thoughts on Miyamoto’s statement in the comment section below.
Disney Interactive Studios has added two new characters to its latest sandbox-style action title, Disney Infinity 2.0. For Disney fans looking forward to November’s Marvel-inspired animation, Big Hero 6, you’ll also get to see the title’s two main characters in the upcoming Toy Box Edition this Fall, of which the figures are sold separately.
Check out the amusing trailer above to see Hiro and his robot Baymax take to the skies and burst into the Disney scene to join the other characters. Here’s a brief summary of the new characters’ abilities:
Hiro: From the heart of San Fransokyo into Toy Box 2.0 comes the brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who created “Big Hero 6.” The inventor of mind-controlled microbots uses his brain as his most powerful weapon.
Baymax: There is no robot better suited for the Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 than the plus-sized inflatable Baymax. While this robot might have a huggable side, he definitely packs a hard armor shell. His Kung Fu fighting moves can ward off even the fiercest of enemies. His rocket fist, super strength and thrusters are unmatched.
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. Yokai Watch 2 continues to top the charts with a further 77k units sold, while newcomer The Last of Us: Remastered Edition comes in at second place. Hyrule Warriors drops from last week’s second position to number 6, selling a further 15k copies, and Mario Kart 8 rides in at 8 this week with another 12,931 copies.
In terms of hardware sales, last week’s figure boost for the Wii U has dropped once again, managing to shift just under 9k. 3DS sales also suffer from a small decline as well, totalling 35k compared to 51k last week. You can check out the top 20 software and hardware sales below.
A minor update for the web version of Miiverse has been rolled out. As always, Marty is on board to give us the details on the update, which can be found here. Web users no longer have to log in to their Wii U and 3DS Miiverse accounts in order to select three favourite game genres, as you can now do so straight from the web. To set your favourite genres, simply go to your User Page, then User Menu and into Profile Settings to select them.
Koei Tecmo has announced via Twitter that its free update for Hyrule Warriors will arrive for Japanese Wii U owners on September 1. Along with the usual bug fixes, the free to download Version 1.2.0 will include a new challenge game mode, which allows players to complete a series of specific events against a countdown clock.
The update will also give players the opportunity to change the background music setting for their preference on the battle field, along with adding a brand new weapon for Link: an 8-bit Sword. Other additional tweaks to the game include fixes for the Wii U GamePad’s off-TV play function, stabilising and syncing the in-game sound, as well as enhancements to the game’s overall stability. Screenshots can be viewed in the gallery below, or on the Hyrule Warriors official Japanese website, here.
Amazon Japan has officially opened a new digital store for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games. The games on offer range from first-party exclusives to third-party titles, as well as Japanese eShop exclusives. The selection of games can also differ in price, with Amazon Japan reportedly selling some online codes cheaper than those currently in the eShop.
Unfortunately, consumers must input a Japanese address for purchasing and pre-ordering online codes from Amazon Japan. However, given a Nintendo digital store has opened for Japanese consumers, a digital store for Europe and North America may not be too far behind on the retail website.
Following Nintendo’s scheduled maintenance this morning, Mario Kart 8 version 2.0 is now live and ready to download. For eager Karting owners who simply cannot wait to check out the Mercedes DLC pack, you can head to the eShop and select the free downloadable content, which is approximately 12.5MB in size.
Choosing to download the Mercedes DLC pack will automatically start the download for Version 2.0, giving players access to statistics, an on-screen TV map, and an in-game shop displaying the newly announced and future DLC packs with Link and Animal Crossing characters. However, if the Mercedes cars are not of interest, simply start up Mario Kart 8 and Version 2.0 (approximately 136MB) will download automatically, updating your game.
The update will also add a teaser for the new DLC characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Dry Bowser, Animal Crossing Villager and Isabelle – no doubt serving to taunt players. If you do opt to pre-order the bundle, the selection of eight different coloured Yoshis and Shy Guys will reportedly be available to play straight after pre-ordering. For a run-down of what’s in the update and the Mercedes DLC pack, check out the bullet-pointed list below.
Displays an in-game shop menu on the main start screen, which will take you through what’s included in the new DLC packs arriving November this year and May 2015.
The in-game shop menu will also give you access to the Mercedes free downloadable content, if you haven’t already downloaded it from the eShop.
Displays statistics on the main start page, giving players access to the number of coins they’ve collected, win-loss record play, favourite courses and characters, number of boosts and super boosts, etc.
Adds the ability to display an on-screen TV map both on the main TV screen and on the GamePad for off-TV play. To enable this feature simply press the select button (or (-) minus button) on your chosen controller.
Changes the default menu option after a race to select “Next Race” with the “Watch Highlight Reel” following after.
Enables a system memory function – even when your Wii U is powered down – in order to save your favoured vehicle customisation.
Increases the maximum player race or battle rating to 99,999 from 9,999.
Improves stability for online races and battles, as well a number of other fixes for overall player enjoyment.
Mercedes DLC pack adds three vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz GLA, 300 SL Roadster and the Silver Arrow.