Here’s The Launch Trailer For Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Nintendo has released the launch trailer for Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, which launched today, March 5th, via the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Priced at $19.99, the latest entry in the puzzle action series lets players create and share stages that can be played across both platforms. Those who purchase one version of the game will receive a download code for the other version at no additional cost.

NIS America: Rodea The Sky Soldier Wii Version To Be Packaged With First Run Wii U Copies

NIS America is thrilled to announce that first print copies of the Wii U version of Rodea the Sky Soldier will also come packaged with the Wii version of the game. The Wii version will be exclusive to the retail version of the game and available for the first printing. This is currently planned for both North America and Europe. Players will be delighted to experience creator Yuji Naka’s original vision for Rodea.

Nintendo Details Future Indie Games Line-Up For Wii U and 3DS eShop, Includes Octodad And Don’t Starve

Nintendo has announced it’s bringing a whole host of first and third-party games to the Wii U and 3DS eShop during 2015. The company’s rather hefty press release detailed a number of new announcements including the arrival of Never Alone, Octodad and Don’t Starve: Giant Edition for Wii U – which you can view above – and promises exclusive GamePad features and functionality.

For the Nintendo 3DS, games such as BOXBOY! will arrive this Spring and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars launches tomorrow, March 5, featuring cross-buy over both Wii U and 3DS platforms. You’ll find Nintendo’s full eShop schedule outlined below, along with a snippet of the press release.

“The Nintendo eShop continues to grow, offering consumers a vibrant and constantly expanding library of digital content on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS,” said Steve Singer, vice president of Licensing at Nintendo of America. “We’ve seen tremendous support from the ‘Nindie’ developer community, and can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the games we will soon be helping them to launch.”

Wii U

  • 13AM Games – Runbow – Q3 2015
  • Ackk Studios – LLC Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut – August
  • BeautiFun Games – Nihilumbra – Spring
  • Bedtime Digital Games – Back to Bed – May
  • Breakfall – STARWHAL – Q2 2015
  • Curve Digital – NOVA-111 – Summer
  • Curve Digital – OlliOlli – March 5
  • Curve Digital – The Swindle – Summer
  • Curve Digital – Ultratron – May
  • Choice Provisions – Woah Dave! – Q2 2015
  • Choice Provisions – Shutshimi – Q2 2015
  • Digerati Distribution – Slain! – Q3 2015
  • Disparity Games – Ninja Pizza Girl – June
  • Flippfly – LLC RACE THE SUN – Q2 2015
  • Frogmind – BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition – Q2 2015
  • Frozenbyte – Trine Enchanted Edition – March 12
  • Hoplite Research, LLC – Space Hulk – May 2
  • James Montagna – Dot Arcade – March
  • Juicy Beast Studio – Toto Temple Deluxe – Q2 2015
  • KnapNok Games – Affordable Space Adventures – April 9
  • Klei Entertainment – Don’t Starve: Giant Edition – Spring
  • Mixed Bag – forma.8 – Q3 2015
  • Nintendo – Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – March 5
  • Nintendo – Art Academy – 2015
  • PlayEveryWare – Elliot Quest – March
  • Prismatic Games – Hex Heroes – Q3 2015
  • Renegade Kid – Mutant Mudds Super Challenge – Q2 2015
  • Ronimo Games – Swords & Soldiers II – May
  • Saturnine Games – Antipole DX – Q3 2015
  • Super Icon – Life of Pixel – Q2 2015
  • THREAKS – Beatbuddy – Q2 2015
  • Tic Toc Studios – Adventures of Pip – May
  • Turtle Cream – 6180 the moon – Q2 2015
  • Robot Invader/Unity Games – Windup Knight 2 – April
  • Upper One Games – Never Alone – June
  • Wayforward – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – Q3 2015
  • Young Horses, Inc. – Octodad: Dadliest Catch – Summer

Nintendo 3DS

  • Big John Games – Cube Creator 3D  – Q2 2015
  • Big John Games – Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails – Q2 2015
  • Curve Digital – OlliOlli – March 5
  • Choice Provisions – Shutshimi – Q2 2015
  • Engine Software – Proun+ – March 5
  • Image & Form – SteamWorld Heist – August
  • Nintendo – Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – March 5
  • HAL Laboratory, Inc. – BOXBOY! – Spring
  • Renegade Kid – Dementium: The Ward – Q2 2015
  • Renegade Kid – Mutant Mudds Super Challenge – Q2 2015
  • Saturnine Games – Antipole DX – Q3 2015
  • Wayforward – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – Q3 2015
  • PUMO – DOOORS – Spring

Meme Run Was Apparently Pulled From Wii U eShop Due To Copyright Claim

You may have noticed that Meme Run mysteriously disappeared from the eShop yesterday. Its disappearance surprised many as there was no prior notice of the game being pulled by Nintendo from the store. Thankfully someone on Reddit has clarified why the game was pulled and it was actually due to a copyright claim. You can read all about it, right here.

To keep it brief, I own the copyright to the Trollface image, and seeing as the image was the ‘star’ of Meme Run, I sent a DMCA takedown notice to Nintendo and want to try and settle the matter amicably. I don’t really intend to have a discussion on fair use or explain my motivations beyond the fact that my business with other parties compels me to make sure that instances of copyright infringement are addressed and resolved. Typically the result in these matters is simply having the use of the image be credited, recovering some kind of monetary compensation, or simply have it removed from the work.

To that end, takedown notices are a necessary first step to quickly open a direct line of communication with the offending party and work on remedying the situation.

I did try to reach out to the creator earlier this year and obtain the information I needed, but he claimed that he was not at liberty to speak about his relationship with Nintendo or any of the particulars regarding the game’s sales data. My lawyer had been busy working on another case (which I am actually not at liberty to talk about lest I void the terms of our agreement) and I prefer to let him handle the matter of my legal representation, so I sort of dragged my feet on actually setting this in motion so he could wrap up our current case.

Thanks, MasterPikachu6

Japan: 3DS Sells 36k And Wii U Sells 6k

This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. With Dragon Quest Heroes a new release in the region, it’s taken the charts by storm and sells just under 600k in combined units on the PlayStation 3 and 4. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D continues to sell at a steady rate and drops into third place this week, while popular RPG Yokai Watch 2 rounds out the top 5.

Regards to hardware sales, the Nintendo 3DS’ total sales drops to 36k and leave it behind the PlayStation 4’s 46k in sales. As was the case last week, the Wii U brings in a further 6k in sales; a steady amount with no real boosts on the horizon until Xenoblade Chronicles X hits the console next month. Below you’ll find the top 20 software charts, followed by the best-selling hardware in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS3] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 325,446 (New)
  2. [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 269,303 (New)
  3. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 39,751 (341,997)
  4. [PSV] God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Bandai Namco, 02/19/15) – 37,650 (271,829)
  5. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 16,443 (2,513,906)
  6. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,680 (2,537,857)
  7. [PSV] Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Forest (FuRyu, 02/26/15) – 10,622 (New)
  8. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 8,249 (81,087)
  9. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 8,159 (2,165,812)
  10. [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (Bandai Namco, 02/11/15) – 7,631 (42,869)
  11. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 7,595 (2,485,659)
  12. [PS4] God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Bandai Namco, 02/19/15) – 7,405 (45,229)
  13. [PSV] Diabolik Lovers: Dark Fate (Idea Factory, 02/26/15) – 7,263 (New)
  14. [PSV] Parfait (TGL, 02/26/15) – 5,697 (New)
  15. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 5,008 (58,518)
  16. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 4,995 (59,438)
  17. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 4,936 (597,730)
  18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,917 (3,928,335)
  19. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 4,898 (925,990)
  20. [PS4] The Order: 1886 (SCE, 02/20/15) – 4,840 (29,863)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 46,139 (24,737)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 23,619 (35,203)
  3. New 3DS LL – 22,620 (23,466)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 8,926 (5,810)
  5. New 3DS – 8,515 (8,657)
  6. Wii U – 6,606 (6,070)
  7. 3DS – 2,795 (2,707)
  8. 3DS LL – 2,666 (3,343)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 838 (731)
  10. Xbox One – 703 (1,381)

Is There A Sega and Game Freak Collaboration On The Way?

RPG site has just received a postcard suggesting that both Sega and Game Freak will be announcing a collaboration soon. There’s no hints regarding what we should expect but it could be related to a Sega anime and video game project. The announcement will take place on March 11th.

Amazon Italy Claims Xenoblade Chronicles X Is Coming To The West In June

We may be one step closer to finding out when Xenoblade Chronicles X will be releasing over here in the west. Amazon Italy has listed the long-awaited game with a release date of June 26th which will hopefully be backed up by other retailers and Nintendo Europe. Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U is scheduled to be released in Japan on April 29th.

Thanks, Michelle