Zelda fans will be happy to know that Nintendo Badge Arcade now features badges from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Like all badges, they can be used to customize your Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu. Some can even be used as an icon to start up a program such as the handheld’s camera, music and Nintendo eShop applications. Nintendo Badge Arcade can be downloaded for free via the eShop.
If there weren’t already enough reasons to love Mondays, here’s another: Nintendo has announced that their console-based shopping networks will be undergoing maintenance. As always, this affects both the Wii U and 3DS eShop, as well as the Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop–all of which will be unavailable for a few hours. You can see the times for your area below.
- 12 PM – 4 PM PT
- 3 PM – 7 PM ET
- 8 PM – 12 AM GMT
- 9 PM – 1 AM CET
Tatsumi Kimishima has outlined his strategy as president of Nintendo and says that young staff including developers are the key to the company’s future success. He also said that he wants the developers to be better known and public-facing. Kimishima says My Nintendo will also be vital to Nintendo’s success and the company wants to create a connection with its large customer base. He also clarified that the Quality of Life initiative is currently on the back burner.
Kimishima: Yes, when I became President, I said that it was my role to continue the strategy established under the prior management. From this point, we need young people to come in as a new generation and give lots of new ideas. It’s important to create an organization in which they can thrive. To do so, we’ve established a system in which many people with potential can play active roles. It may be hard to see from outside the company, but our organization has changed greatly. We also want more game developers to become known, so we’ll be sending more out to be public-facing. As for strategy, our hardware/software game business is central, but we’re integrating smart device activities into our actual business, and will derive synergies between them. My Nintendo is an important part of that. We want to create connections with customers by having them become My Nintendo members. Also, although QOL wasn’t asked about we’re not at the stage for the sleep and fatigue [sensor] to become a product, so it won’t be released (as a product) by March. We do, however, think that we can do something in the area of QOL, so we will continue to consider expanding into this field.
Broken Rules, the developer’s behind Wii U ports which include Guacamelee and Blek, have publicly stated that they would love to port Undertale across to the Wii U. Original games developed by Broken Rules include And Yet It Moves on WiiWare and Chasing Aurora on Wii U eShop. As you probably saw yesterday, Akinwale Lakeru who is developer support at Nintendo of America, reached out to the developer of Undertale to try and get the game on the Wii U eShop.
Nintendo of America has detailed precisely which games you can download this week from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. Heading the list is the Super Smash Bros DLC which adds two additional characters to the mix, Bayonetta and Corrin. For those action/adventure fans amongst you you will be pleased to know that Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is now available on the Wii U eShop. Anyway, here’s what’s available this week!
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS DLC – Bayonetta from the Bayonetta series and Corrin from the Fire Emblem Fates games are now available for download in the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games. Prices are $5.99 for each character in one game version, or $6.99 for each character in both game versions. In addition, new costumes, bundles and a new stage are now available for purchase in both versions.
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Shütshimi – Shütshimi, a shoot-‘em-up game starring a muscle-bound fish with memory problems, is available now on the Wii U console. This family-friendly game features a chaotic four-player local co-op mode and off-TV game play.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition – The enhanced Wii console version of one of the most celebrated action games ever made is heading to the Wii U console! Leon S. Kennedy is a U.S. agent with a top-secret mission: to rescue the president’s daughter, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious organization. Explore a town that is overrun by monstrous beings. Use the Wii Remote controller to aim, fire, slash and elude enemies. Also play as Ada Wong in “Separate Ways,” a prelude to the events of Resident Evil 4.
Nintendo eShop sales:
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Typoman is 15 percent off (reduced from $13.99 to $11.89) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 18.
- Baila Latino is more than 50 percent off (reduced from $29.90 to $12.90) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 29.
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut and Trine Enchanted Edition are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March. 3.
- Ascent of Kings is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) from Feb. 5 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 15.
- Color Zen, Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade and more games from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 29.
- KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 13.
- Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 18.
- Super Destronaut is 20 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.59) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 18.
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Snow Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 11.
- You Have a New Client Waiting! Maddie is looking for a home designer in the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game for the Nintendo 3DS system. Fulfilling Maddie’s request will net you new items for your catalog. This pup is a big fan of office supplies, so help her stay organized with a Notebook Bed or Eraser Sofa. Maddie is available for a limited time via the SpotPass feature, so check the in-game Nintendo 3DS system on the second floor of Nook’s Homes to meet her and take her on as a client.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
- New themes this week include:
- Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX “Letter Set”
Also new this week:
- Alphadia (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- FreezeMe (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Peg Solitaire (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Typoman – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
For some reason, Akinwale Lakeru – developer support at Nintendo of America – has reached out to to Toby Fox, the creator of Undertale. Could this be related to an attempt at bringing the indie hit to Nintendo platforms? There’s no way to say for sure, but that didn’t stop fans from hoping for the affirmative. Undertale was originally released in September 2015 on PC and Mac. It is a role-playing game in which you control a human who falls underground into a monster-filled world, where you are tasked with trying to find your way out.
The intriguing Detective Pikachu could well be an episodic series. The game is roughly five hours long and when players reach the end of the game (spoiler ahead) Mewtwo pops up and a ‘To Be Continued’ message is displayed to the user. It is only an eShop title, but the hint that it is episodic is backed up by Detective Pikachu’s subtitle which is ‘birth’ of the deductive adventure. Let’s hope he embarks on many more crime solving adventures!