From developer Rain Games, Teslagrad is due to arrive on the Wii U next week, and with it comes a new trailer to set the scene. The 2D puzzle-platform game – where players control a young orphaned boy across the Kingdom of Elektropia – was released for PC last December, receiving a solid 78 from Metacritic. Now, Wii U owners in North America and Europe can expect to see the fantasy title on the eShop from September 11. Make sure you check out the trailer above to get a feel for Teslagrad’s mechanics and visuals.
Mario Maker will not negatively impact the sales of future releases of core Mario titles, according to Nintendo producer Takashi Tezuka. Although the upcoming side-scrolling level editor application will contain multiple elements that haven’t been implemented in existing entries in the long-running series, Tezuka assures that unannounced Mario titles will also include new features. Mario Maker is scheduled to debut in 2015 for Wii U.
“I think part of the fun of Mario is how you play and experience a series of courses, with boss battles, too, all of which get progressively harder,” said Tezuka. “Mario developers build up the whole world, making sure the different courses all fit well together. I don’t think the overall fun you can have with an entire Mario game is the same as playing a single course made in Mario Maker, and of course future Mario games will include lots of new features… so I don’t think the two will ever be in competition.”
Nintendo of Europe are set to hold a special Zelda-themed sale throughout September in celebration of Hyrule Warriors’ release later this month. Between September 4 and September 26, a selection of The Legend of Zelda titles will be discounted in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and 3DS, so if you’ve yet to experience some of the classic adventure titles, now’s your chance.
As a special offer to Zelda fans, Nintendo of Europe is currently offering those who have previously downloaded Zelda titles to their Wii U or 3DS consoles a 10 per cent discount – €44.99/£35.99 instead of the regular price of €49.99/£39.99 – on Hyrule Warriors from September 19 through to September 26.
Similar to the Super Smash Bros veteran and newcomer flash sales, Nintendo of Europe are keen to drive digital sales on the eShop. The selection of Zelda games will change each week, but for now you can check out which titles – including Wind Waker HD and Ocarina of Time – are discounted this week in the list below.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Nintendo) – €39.99/£32.99 (Ends September 11, normally €59.99/£49.99)
- The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£3.49)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£3.49)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo) – €29.99/£25.99 (Ends September 11, normally €44.99/£39.99)
- The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£4.49)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Nintendo has announced the launch time for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. In a new email sent to its subscribers, the publisher confirmed that the upcoming hand-held version of the fighting title will launch at midnight on October 3rd. It will be available in the Nintendo eShop and in stores. The latest trailer for the game confirms that Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles will be featured as a playable character.
Some interesting information has come from Nintendo’s Unite 2014 video which you can watch above. One of the most alarming pieces of information is the male and female gender ratio. Only 7% of eShop users are female while the majority are male at 93%. Whether this is a good indication of the overall gender split on Wii U isn’t clear, but it seems as though Nintendo has struggled to capture female gamers with Wii U.
- 90+% of Wii U consoles online
- 70+% of connected users (i.e. 63% overall) visit eShop on a “regular basis. Many of those people are repeat.”
Wii U eShop demographics
- 0-12 – 1%
- 13-17 – 5%
- 18-24 – 33%
- 25-34 – 46%
- 35+ – 14%
- M/F – 93/7
Damon Baker of Nintendo of America has revealed in the recent Unity video that Gone Home will be coming to Nintendo’s latest home console. Baker wouldn’t reveal a date, only saying that the indie title will be coming in the near future. If you’re unaware of Gone Home then you can check it out in the video above.
Nintendo of America has revealed which particular games you can download this week from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. The big games this week include Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Azure Striker GUNVOLT which are both for Nintendo 3DS. Here’s the games you can download this week.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Join forces with expert investigator Professor Layton and ace attorney Phoenix Wright in this unbelievable crossover adventure. Find out what new twists they bring to the courtroom as they solve puzzles and debunk witnesses’ lies. Cross-examine multiple witnesses at the same time to uncover the mysteries of the magical city of Labyrinthia.Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at midnight ET on Aug. 29. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Azure Striker GUNVOLT – From Inti Creates and featuring the talents of Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, Azure Striker GUNVOLT takes the best aspects of Japanese 16-bit classics and updates them with new play mechanics and slick graphics. For a limited time, the game comes with a free digital code to download the 8-bit nostalgia-fueled MIGHTY GUNVOLT as well. Azure Striker GUNVOLT will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 29. Click here to watch a trailer forAzure Striker GUNVOLT.
- Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter – Pilot one of three Skyfighters across alien worlds to protect Earth. Push your dogfighting skills to their limits in this futuristic 3D aerial shooter, available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Clickhere to watch a trailer for the game.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Mega Man X3 – Every Thursday in August, Nintendo and Capcomare bringing classic Mega Man games to the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Mega Man X and his partner, Zero, must discover why an antivirus has failed to turn robots from destructive Mavericks into peace-loving Reploids. Run, jump, dash, scale walls, avoid obstacles and fight enemies in eight challenging stages as you hunt for the latest cure.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- SteamWorld Dig – After its positive reception on Nintendo 3DS, indie hit SteamWorld Dig is making its way to Wii U for the first time. In this platform mining adventure, take on the role of Rusty as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Explore an underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors with interface elements that use the Wii U GamePad controller. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- The Fall – Explore an alien world in this unique blend of action game play and adventure-game puzzles in The Fall, which launched Aug. 26. Take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence within a high-tech combat suit, as you struggle to save the suit’s unconscious human occupant. Get ready for a disturbing and engrossing journey as you explore the world of The Fall. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- NintendoeShop Sales
- Select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games from Capcom are now up to 60 percent off in the Nintendo eShop. This offer is valid until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 4.
- Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.95) from 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3 through 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- Soccer Up 3D is 71 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $1.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – Sept. 1 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Nobunaga’s Ambition – Sept. 4 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is being reduced to $19.99 (from $39.99) starting Sept. 1 on Wii U.
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