Twitter user RCMADIAX has tweeted that Halloween inspired drawings are now available for free in Pokemon Art Academy. That’s right, they will cost you absolutely nothing to download. If you own Pokemon Art Academy then be sure to give them a try.
Those Pikmin short films that legendary video game developer Shigeru Miyamoto is working on will soon be heading to the Nintendo 3DS. The short films were showcased today at the International Tokyo Film Festival and Miyamoto and Kawakami had a press conference talking about how the concept came about.
The three Pikmin shorts are titled “The Night Juicer,” “Treasures in a Bottle,” “Occupational Hazards.” Thankfully, Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to watch them via their console at a later date through the eShop. Interestingly Miyamoto revealed that he drafted the concepts on Flipnote Studio 3D, and send them to the production company who made the shorts. Here’s some details.
They’d considered doing something like this, but avoided it because of the difference between games and films.
Another reason is that a film requires much more ‘setting in stone’ about the characters and world that could be limiting for the company when it comes to future games.
However, with Pikmin they’re very small in game and you can’t see them well without zooming in. So he thought it’d be a good idea with this series, as it’d give more focus to the actual Pikmin.
Storyboards for the shorts were made by Miyamoto using Flipnote 3DS.
Made by an external CGI company. They also produced the opening of the 2012 E3 Presentation, where Miyamoto was followed by CGI Pikmin.
They originally intended to make 10 3-minute short films, but after making the first one they decided on making longer ones. The 2nd is 8 minutes and the 3rd is 13 minutes long.
The 3rd film features 500 Pikmin on screen at once and Pikmin covered in mud. Things they can’t do in-game.
The models are based on the game’s models, but the CGI required about 10 times the fidelity of that in the latest game, so the 3D models themselves are mostly new.
Miyamoto says the live-action Super Mario Brothers film was an interesting interpretation of the universe. When he first read the script, it was a heart-warming tale, like a Disney movie from his childhood, but it gradually evolved into the movie we know today. He thinks it’s interesting what a different interpretation can bring.
Release timing for the Pikmin shorts unannounced; may be compiled together with the logo-movie for Toho Cinemas (which features Pikmin, too) when released on 3DS.
Plans on releasing world-wide; no language to localize.
Pikmin 3 demo is in the works.
Miyamoto wants the short films to be a gateway for some to play the Pikmin games.
The world where dreams come true lands on the 3DS with enough sparkle and pizzazz to feed all ages with joy. And though it’s a life simulation game by genre, its irresistible charm and humour will keep you playing Disney Magical World for hours on end.
Developed by h.a.n.d and published by Bandai Namco, Mickey and friends welcome players into a magical kingdom full of quests, mischievous ghosts who are more than likely to give Nightmare Before Christmas’ characters a run for their money, and alluring outfits to please every eye. With four main areas to explore through magical portals including the 100 Acre Wood, Cinderella, Alice and Aladdin’s world, there’s plenty of variation when it comes to fetch quests, mini-games and dungeons. But it’s not all enemy tussles and item hunting, you’ll also have real work to do as the owner of a café.
Rather than owning your own house and paying off pseudo-mortgages Animal Crossing style, Disney Magical World allows players to pocket their earnings from the café’s food produce and purchase new decorations from Chip and Dale’s workshop or themed staff outfits from Daisy’s Boutique. The near two-hour prologue will introduce players to the basics and, while it’s a little cumbersome, children will love getting to grips with gathering materials to make new recipes, as well as the introduction of firm-favourite characters. But while the café is your main source of in-game currency, collecting stickers is just as vital for progression.
Like any other achievement ranking, collecting stickers will unlock new areas within the game’s main hub, Castleton, along with opening up quests, new outfits and decorations. Completing the prologue will award players with 16 stickers, but collecting 77 will conclude the main storyline. These stickers can then be collected throughout the game under seven different sections – including fishing and farming – which vary in difficulty. Levelling up your café by fulfilling the manager’s requests can also lead to new stickers; unlocking recipes allows players to pick up rarer meals with themes such as Peter Pan, Aladdin, Western, amongst others. Plus, you can even host special-themed parties and invite guests from the Disney universe, taking photos to fill up your album.
While cruising through Disney Magical World’s main hub and quest areas, loading screens can become irksome. Sometimes it can be a mere five seconds, other times you’ll fear the game’s coding has lost its way in the Queen of Hearts’ hedge maze. Also of minor consequence are occasional frame rate drops while running or dashing through Castleton, rather than the top-down view of the quest areas, causing lag or blips during gameplay. Yet it’s mainly the game’s penchant for crash glitches in Alice’s World which delivers an odd, unsettling feeling for players. Whether it’s haunted cruelly by the threats of cutting off one’s head or just bad luck, encountering enemy Boingo’s and warp panels may trigger crashes, forcing players to restart from their last auto-save point.
Generally the game’s best moments lie within the quest areas. Enemies and bosses are varied enough to avoid monotony, while layouts are simple and require classic switches and levers to open up sealed off areas. Drop rates for rare items are primarily based on luck, so players will often have to replay quests to obtain certain materials – no qualms for seasoned dungeon crawlers. The automated aiming system, however, may even have the troublesome Stitch raising an eyebrow. Your wand will target the closest enemy or object in range, which can be perilously awkward when facing bosses with rotating teacups and illuminated lamps, hitting everything but the main target. Here, camera angles also become the enemy with strange zooms that distort your field of vision.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Disney Magical World’s ballroom dancing sequences might just end your friendship with Cinderella all together. Aside from throwing a curveball into the game, the musical mini-game can have you bibbidi-bobbidi-booing in utter frustration. Touchscreen tapping will rarely follow the rhythm of the beat giving you a string of misses and, coupled with the distracting background on the top screen, players may end up seeing stars rather than dancing with the stars.
Despite the game’s blips and hang-ups, Disney Magical World blossoms with its amusing episodes, excellent outfit and decoration choice, and character interaction. As in the words of Eeyore, it might not be much of a tale, but you do get sort of attached to it.
Nintendo UK will be running a promotion which could earn you £20 worth of eShop credit. To be in for a chance of winning the credit all you will need to do is snap a photo of Tomodachi Life with the hashtag of #MyTomodachiLife on Twitter or Facebook. If you don’t use social media you can also email email@example.com and each week they will select a new theme and weekly winner. Be sure to check out the infographic above if you’re planning to enter.
The Super Smash Bros Nintendo Direct has revealed a veteran fighter is returning to the battle. Popular among many Smash fans, Mewtwo is back and ready to take down a few fighters in the arena. Fans will be able to grab him for free in Spring 2015 providing you’ve registered both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game in a special online promotion. More details will become available in the future on the promotion, so stay tuned.
Nintendo of America has reminded fans that if you purchase both Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and register them on Club Nintendo then you can get your hands on an exclusive two disc soundtrack littered with classic tunes.
Nintendo World store has confirmed via Twitter that they will be hosting a Pokemon Art Academy launch event on October 25th in New York. The company invites those who attend to bring their artwork to life during the Pokemon Art Academy launch event. The special event will run from 11am to 3pm, so be sure to attend.