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.
Nintendo of America has detailed precisely which games you can get your hands on this week via the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. The big new release this week is Bayonetta 2 which has received a number of stellar reviews. Level 5’s Fantasy Life is also going to made available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Here’s this week’s downloads.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- A bewitching Bayonetta deal! – Anyone who purchases the digital version of Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2 in the Nintendoe Shop on Wii U will receive an automatic discount that will be applied to the purchase of the other game, making the total for both games just $59.98.
- Bayonetta 2 – Bayonetta’s back and more powerful than ever. Wield wild new weapons and execute deadly new moves – like the powerful Umbran Climax – to take out angels and demons in this breathtaking action game. You can even team up with friends in two-player online co-op fights. Bayonetta 2 will be available on Oct. 24. A free demo for Bayonetta 2 is now available in the Nintendo eShop. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Bayonetta – Bayonetta is a butt-kicking, havoc-wreaking witch, and she’ll shoot, whip and slice as she uncovers the truth about her own past. Her weapons and moves are all stylishly over the top, but she can also dodge attacks to slow down time and inflict Torture Attacks on her enemies. Bayonetta will be available on Oct. 24.
- Just Dance 2015 – The world’s No. 1 dance game is back with new moves, game modes and more than 40 top tracks, featuring hit songs by Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna. In the new Community Remix, players become a Just Dance coach, while in the new Dance Challenger Mode, everyone can dance along or compete against players around the world. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- Fantasy Life – It’s time to get a Life! Embark on the adventure of your dream life as you craft, cast, battle and role-play like never before. With the innovative Life system, your choices don’t just upgrade characters – they help shape your journey! Fantasy Life will be available on Oct. 24. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Pokémon Art Academy – Players take on the role of a young aspiring artist who enrolls in the prestigious (and colorful!) Pokémon Art Academy to learn how to draw Pokémon under the tutelage of Professor Andy. Through novice lessons they are taught the basics of art and introduced to various tools and techniques they will use to create a variety of different Pokémon from every known region. Pokémon Art Academy will be available on Oct. 24. Click here to watch a trailer for the game. Get a download code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version when purchasing the Pokémon Art Academy game exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS (download codes are available while supplies last). Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the next games in the beloved Pokémon series, both launch on Nov. 21.
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – Set sail for adventure with Shantae, the belly-dancing, hair-whipping half-genie. When Shantae loses her genie magic, she must team up with her arch nemesis Risky Boots and become a pirate in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. In this new adventure, Shantae travels to mysterious islands, explores daunting labyrinths, masters pirate weapons and slays huge boss monsters with her signature hair-whip attack. Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse is now available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for this game.
Nintendo eShop Sales
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- Sweet Memories: Black Jack is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 6.
- Wakedas is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 6.
Also new this week:
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land – Oct. 30 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Demon’s Crest – Oct. 30 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness – Oct. 30 (Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
NinjaBee has announced the release date of A World of Keflings for Wii U. The city-building title will release via the Nintendo eShop in the U.S. on November 13th, and it will be priced at $9.99. The sequel to the A Kingdom for Keflings, A World of Keflings revolves around tiny characters called Keflings, who need help building their kingdoms. As a giant, players teach Keflings to harvest resources and develop a booming economy. Interestingly, the game doesn’t include an antogonist or conflict.
Nintendo has unveiled a new teaser for Mario Kart 8. The latest trailer for the Wii U racing title showcases gameplay footage of Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, both of whom are included in the game’s first DLC pack, which is scheduled to release next month. The video also reveals that the upcoming pack includes Yoshi Circuit from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! In addition, it contains Link from The Legend of Zelda, four new vehicles and seven other courses. Consumers who advance purchase the pack in addition to next year’s Animal Crossing-themed bundle can begin using eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy immediately.
WayForward Technologies has released a new character trailer for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. The video puts a spotlight on Ammo Baron, the loudmouthed leader of the Ammonian Army who has his sights set on Sequin Land. When the Ammo Baron adopts Shantae’s home as his new military staging ground, things quickly go from bad to worse. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse’s official launch trailer was also recently revealed. The game arrives this Thursday, October 23rd, in North America. It will be available for $19.99, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.
The Pokemon Company has revealed via its official website that the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game and the Pokémon Trading Card Game will be coming to the North American Nintendo 3DS eShop. Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game is coming out on November 6th and the Pokémon Trading Card Game is out on November 13th.
You’ll also get a code with your purchase of one of two classic Pokémon games coming to the Virtual Console service on Nintendo eShop: the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game (out Nov. 6) or the Pokémon Trading Card Game (out Nov. 13). You’ll find your free demo code on your eShop receipt (download codes available while supplies last).
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Yacht Club Games has revealed that its debut title, the critically-acclaimed Shovel Knight, wouldn’t be on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS without the help of Dan Adelman. Adelman, who served as the head of Nintendo of America’s indie program for nearly a decade, was apparently the main motive for bringing the retro-inspired platformer to the Nintendo eShop. Available now in North America, Shovel Knight arrives in Europe and Australia next month.
“Without Dan, Shovel Knight wouldn’t be on the Wii U/3DS and maybe it wouldn’t exist at all,” Yacht Club Games said. “We essentially sent Dan a blind email before our Kickstarter asking if we could be approved as developers on the platforms. He put his full trust in us and the game – without that, who knows if the Kickstarter would have even funded!
“He is unbelievably supportive of indies, and it’s amazing to see a person so committed to aiding smaller teams so that they can focus on creating interesting and unique experiences. Also, he’s a spicy curry champ. Champion of indies and spicy curry…what more could you want?”