Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that Pikmin Short Movies will be released via the Nintendo eShop on both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The film, which was premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival last month, is a compilation of three shorts: “The Night Juicer,” “Treasures in a Bottle” and “Occupational Hazards.” Miyamoto recently touched on the possibility of producing further films based on Pikmin or other Nintendo characters.
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is out soon for the Nintendo 3DS and thankfully we’ve got some more gameplay footage for those on the fence about the Nintendo 3DS version of the game. GameXplain recently got to test out a new tropical themed level which showcases the 2D platforming action on offer. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is out on November 11th.
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They’ve been a number of prominent campaigns on social media asking for Nintendo to remove region locking on its platforms, but nothing has come to light yet. Speaking to investors during the recent question and answer session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that he is aware of the particular issue and says that it’s something the company will think hard about for future hardware.
Q4: At present, your company’s hardware and games make use of region-locking, by which games purchased in one region cannot be played in another region. Are there any plans to unlock this restriction?
A4: Iwata: The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.
Fancy a change of theme on your Nintendo 3DS? Well the Animal Crossing themes are now available to download on your handheld. They aren’t free, but they aren’t very expensive either, so it’s worth taking a look on the Theme Shop. They will set you back $1.99 each.
- Isabelle at Town (Town Hall music)
- Mable (Able Sisters music)
- Sable (Able Sisters music)
- Timmy and Tommy (Nookling Shop music)
- Colourful Pattern (a.k.a. Pop Tarts, title theme music)
- Isabelle and Bulletin Board (1pm music)
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Nintendo of America has outlined exactly which games you can download this week on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. Leading the charge this week is puzzle platformer Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones and Costume Quest 2 for Wii U. If you’re up for some retro gaming then you may want to think about purchasing Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Here’s the games you can get this week.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones is a puzzle platformer that puts you in the role of a clone escaping a sinister and high-tech testing facility. The game includes more than 60 challenging levels connected by a detailed and sprawling overworld. The game even features a full level editor, downloadable community levels and two-player co-op with the Wii U GamePad controller. Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones is now available exclusively for Wii U. Click here to watch the launch trailer for the game.
- Costume Quest 2 – Trick, treat and pick a fight with demented dental soldiers in Costume Quest 2, the sequel to the hit Halloween-themed RPG, Costume Quest. This inspired adventure includes a range of new features and game-play improvements, including new costumes with special abilities and a revamped battle system. Explore spooky time-traversing landscapes, don adorable new costumes that transform into powerful Hallo-warriors and collect Creepier Treat Cards to wield in combat against a legion of hygiene-obsessed baddies. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- DEMON’S CREST – Firebrand the Gargoyle must set off to recover the six magical stones of the Demon Crest before the realms of humans and demons fall into the hands of his evil nemesis, Phalanx. Breathe fire, claw walls and hover across seven intense levels as you fight to save the realms from eternal unrest. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land – King Dedede has stolen and broken the source of dreams from Dream Land. As Kirby, inhale enemies and copy their abilities to transform into a number of powerful and hilarious shapes as you track down the Star Rod fragments. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
- Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness – Available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, join Firebrand on his perilous journey to search for the origin of the mysterious dark beam of light that has destroyed his home in Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness. Explore a magical world, fighting monstrous opponents and acquiring items to increase your magical powers. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- Woah Dave! – In Woah Dave!, players gun for digital glory by slaughtering aliens, stealing their loose change and racking up the highest score possible. Easier said than done, however, as everything on the map – including your own ammo – is trying to kill you. No one ever said being a Dave was easy. Good luck, and may the best Dave win. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
Nintendo eShop Sales
- NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- Blok Drop U is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 27.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is more than 50 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 4.
- Disney Frozen Olaf’s Quest is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) from 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 31 until 9:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 17.
- Quell Reflect is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 6.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 for Nintendo 3DS is being reduced to $4.99 (from $9.99) starting on Oct. 31.
- Hotel Transylvania for Nintendo 3DS is being reduced to $4.99 (from $9.99) starting on Oct. 31.
- Legends of OZ: Dorothy’s Return for Nintendo 3DS is being reduced to $4.99 (from $14.99) starting on Oct. 31.
Also new this week:
- Color Zen – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Cosmophony (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Falling Skies: The Game (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Pixel Paint (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Rock Zombie (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Tetrobot & Co. (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Duck Dynasty (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Nov. 4
- Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
- TRANSFORMERS: Rise of the Dark Spark (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
- Wipeout Create & Crash (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
Collectors had better get their pre-orders in for Amiibo’s as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed to investors that some will only be available to purchase for a limited time. Once certain figures are removed from sale new ones will join the party. Here’s what he said.
“The amiibo figure lineup for “Super Smash Bros.” will continue to be released even after this year-end sales season, and we hope that this will help to update store shelves. As store shelf space is limited, some amiibo will remain stocked on the shelves as staple choices while some will be limited-time offers which will cede their positions to new ones once they are sold out.”
“Even though amiibo will be compatible only with Wii U at the launch, we are proactively making progress on Nintendo 3DS compatibility. As the New Nintendo 3DS handheld contains an NFC reader/writer, it will be able to support amiibo after a software update. The Nintendo 3DS platform will also be able to do the same via an external NFC reader/writer, which is scheduled to be launched in 2015. With these offerings, we will increase the amiibo compatible software lineup for Nintendo 3DS.”
Japan has already gotten its hands on the New Nintendo 3DS, but those of us in the west will have to wait until 2015. Speaking to investors today Nintendo president Satoru Iwata attempted to explain why the Japanese get the device this year, while the west has to wait until some unknown time in 2015. Here’s his explanation.
“Based on these observations, some might wonder if, apart from the domestic market, the sales of Nintendo 3DS will really be able to gain momentum in the overseas markets,” Iwata said.
“Iwata then noted that the 3DS is at a different “stage of popularization” in Japan than in the US and Europe. The handheld is nearing lifetime sales of 17 million in Japan, or about equal with the lifetime sales of the GameBoy Advance. As a result, Iwata said the 3DS’ addressable market has nearly been reached, and the launch of the New 3DS was necessary to grow sales once again.”
“To the contrary, neither of the cumulative sales figures of Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. nor Europe is more than that in Japan despite, based on the historical performance, bigger sales potential,” Iwata said. “In short, Nintendo 3DS is still at an earlier stage of popularization in these two markets. Also, the difference in market characteristics shows up in the software sales pace. In the Japanese market, both hardware and software tend to sell during a short period along with a quick spread of information on them. In the U.S. and Europe, on the other hand, highly acclaimed games are likely to be longtime sellers.”