Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that company is considering bringing back dormant franchises for Wii U. Fils-Aime reiterated that Nintendo has over thirty different franchises and they are looking closely at which games would be best suited to their current platforms, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Which IP would you like Nintendo to revisit?
“You know, I think we have to be really clear on the time period that we are talking about, and we need to be really clear on the specific franchises that we are talking about. I do think though, that it’s helpful to look at what we’ve done with Wii, and what we’ve done to date with Nintendo 3DS. With Wii, there was just about every Nintendo franchise brought to bear on that platform, including “Metroid,” in a number of different incarnations. When you look at Nintendo 3DS, we’ve been able to bring back beloved Nintendo franchises like “Kid Icarus” and “Luigi’s Mansion.”
“Nintendo is a very fortunate place, we have over 30 different franchises, and we look constantly for opportunities to bring those franchises to bear on our most current systems. I’m not making any promises, and I’m not making any commitments, but certainly we are thinking about, for Wii U and for 3DS, what are those franchises? Maybe those franchises that have been dormant for a few years, that we can loving bring to those platforms to drive our business forward.”
Smash Bros series creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed that the story mode for Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS won’t be like the one found in Brawl. The Wii incarnation of Smash Bros contained the Subspace Emissary which was a sprawling side-scroller mode with detailed cut-scenes. Sakurai says the single player mode for Super Smash Bros Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be different from this, but wouldn’t reveal anymore details.
“There will be a single player [campaign], but it won’t be like the [Subspace Emissary] mode in Brawl.
One thing we can do with the Smash Bros. series that’s unique to us – because we have all these different disparate characters brought together – is we can create that sort of fan-movie experience as a special gift. But now those things are posted on the internet, it doesn’t really become a gift for people who played the game.”
“What we decided this time around, we’re just going to have [those movies unlocked] from the beginning. We’re going to have a movie for Wii Fit Trainer, The Villager and Mega Man and they’ll be viewable right at the beginning, you can watch those right away.”
The cute as a button Animal Crossing: New Leaf has taken the number 2 spot in the all formats UK chart this week, but it was pipped to the post by that pesky game The Last Of Us. It was going to be a tough one to beat, but Animal Crossing held its own and debuted at the highest position for a Nintendo title this year. We wonder if the mayor had something to do with that? Let us know if you picked this title up over the weekend, and if you didn’t you should definitely check out our UK review.
In other 3DS news, the console has taken a little bit of a beating by software within the all formats chart, but with the staying power of Luigi’s Mansion 2, we’re keeping the Nintendo title just inside the top 10, where it sits at number 9 this week. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D slips down to number 15 this week though, but all in all the 3DS retains its solid ground within the UK Charts – make sure you check them out here.
At E3 last week, the Nintendo 3DS’ first original Zelda game was given an official title – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Although the game is set in the world of the Super NES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, it features a new storyline and introduces an ability that transforms Link into a drawing, which makes it possible for him to move along walls of dungeons. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be released in November.
The Nintendo 3DS’ first Zelda game was a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Similarly, the Wii U receives its first Zelda game – also a remake – later this year. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, which features upgraded visuals and enhanced controls, arrives on Wii U in October.
Amazon is holding a sale on a number of quality Nintendo 3DS games. The popular online retailer has critically acclaimed titles such as Fire Emblem: Awakening and Super Mario 3D Land up for grabs at $29.99. I’m not sure how long this sale will last, so if you’re looking to purchase any of these titles then the best time to do it is right now. Here’s a list of the sale.
- Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends of the Titan ($29.96)
- Fire Emblem: Awakening ($29.98)
- Kid Icarus: Uprising ($31.59)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D ($29.98)
- Mario Kart 7 ($29.98)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 ($29.98)
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star ($29.99)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity ($29.99)
- Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask ($25.99)
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers ($29.69)
- Style Savvy: Trendsetters ($16.96)
- Super Mario 3D Land ($29.99)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in North America on June 9th – less than a week ago from today. Nintendo has revealed, via the official Nintendo 3DS Facebook page, that the game has already sold over 200,000 copies in North America alone. The game, which we’ve heaped praises on in our review, is available for purchase at both retail and the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
It has been confirmed that a Nintendo 3DS version of Pwnee Studios’ upcoming platform game, Cloudberry Kingdom, is being developed. The game, which features procedurally generated levels, is set to release as a downloadable title for a number of platforms, including Wii U, later this summer; however, there’s currently no word on whether the Nintendo 3DS version will arrive.
It seems like every game nowadays offers downloadable content. Nintendo even started selling DLC in 2012, with Nintendo 3DS games Fire Emblem Awakening and New Super Mario Bros. 2. This makes us wonder whether the publisher’s next Super Smash Bros. games will offer DLC. Fortunately, for those who don’t want to pay extra to elongate a game they’ve already purchased, there are no plans for DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
“At the current time we have no plans,” Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai told IGN. “I consider my job at this point, and my main responsibility, to make the Wii U and 3DS versions the best and the fullest experience possible. That said, once finished, it’s the type of thing we could take into consideration, but for now, you could consider DLC as not being in the cards.”
Nintendo has, once again, stated that consumers can only experience its franchises on its systems. In an interview with GamesBeat, Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America, said, “‘Content is king’ has never been more true. The only way to experience our franchises is going to be on the Wii U.”
Moffitt also said that while Sony and Microsoft may compete to attract core gamers toward their platforms, Nintendo aims to grab everyone’s attention, including avid gamers, children, adults and families. “While Microsoft and Sony may compete for the hearts and minds of core gamers, our fans will appreciate the breadth of content that we’ve got, which has universal appeal,” explained Moffitt.
“Innovation is what Nintendo stands for,” added Moffit. “We’re proving that with a fresh new, re-imagined array of games we’re bringing to market this year.”
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has said that he is absolutely “ecstatic” that Mega Man will be featuring in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Inafune also said that he looked forward to “playing and beating my kids with Mega Man in Smash Bros.” Super Smash Bros is due for release next year and won’t feature cross-platform play.