It looks like Mega Man may be heading to the big screen after a go-ahead from 20th Century Fox, according to Tracking Board. They will be partnering up with Chernin Entertainment to create a fan film based on the franchise that originally began in 1987.
Of course it’s still early days so details are minimal and there’s still a chance it could fall through, however, with Mega Man’s fan base there certainly shouldn’t be any problems in gaining appeal for an upcoming film based on him. We will keep you updated with any further details that come to light in the coming months – and let’s hope we see a Mega Man film in the near future!
Best Buy and Nintendo have a good relationship and that looks set to continue as Nintendo has scooped the retailer’s store front space with Super Mario Maker. Previously the space was used to advertise Windows, but it seems as though Nintendo has scooped a deal to have Super Mario Maker adorn the front of Best Buy’s stores throughout the United States.
A recent job listing by Nintendo of America suggests that Nintendo Software Technology (NST) has been set to work on mobile games and applications in the future. Mobile is now a huge segment of the games industry and Nintendo plans to showcase one of their mobile specific titles later this year.
“New job listing, for a “Software Engineer — Mobile Game Developer”, suggests that the successful individual in the role will “play a key role in helping Nintendo build fun and engaging mobile applications and games as a member of NST’s game team.” They must also possess “working knowledge of iOS and/or Android SDK’s.”
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Those hoping to get their hands on the standard New Nintendo 3DS from GameStop which comes pre-bundled with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are out of luck as the product has already sold out. It just goes to show just how much demand there was in the United States for the original version which includes interchangeable face plates.
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More NX rumours have emerged reiterating information that has come before with a sprinkling of additional bits. As with all NX rumours this information should be taken with a grain of salt as Nintendo has previously stated that they won’t be sharing any information about their next platform until next year. That being said it’s always nice to get some speculation going. Here’s the latest batch of rumours.
- He’s under strict NDA with Nintendo Japan
- Informations are from march 2015, with some updates from june-july
- He received a bunch of patents (some of them are publics now), info about what Nintendo is planning and a list of games potentially in development (some of them may or may not have been cancelled), third parties included
- NX is a platform, not tied with a single device
- Wii U is still in the picture thanks to good software results for games like Splatoon, will still be the main home console in 2016
- 3DS is a bit old, they’re planning of replacing it. Some games will still come out on it, but big projects are being moved on portable NX
- With NX, Nintendo wants to create a platform where they can develop software for multiple devices with ease, from the home console to the portable to smartphone and tablets. They’ll have a big catalogue available for multiple platforms, with cross buy, cross saves and cross play, similar to what Microsoft is doing with Xbox One and PC thanks to Windows 10 (that allows to play many Xbox games on PC, which is also getting a bunch of ports from Xbone). Each platform will still have exclusive games
- NNID is tied to the single device, but it will allow to share details between platforms, like friend list, contents, local coop games, etc. Thanks to the new membership program (the successor of Club Nintendo), we’ll benefit from the new Nintendo policies in terms of rewards
- They’ll show the portable in spring 2016, will be out for the end of the year or spring 2017 max. Specs will be higher than PS Vita but nothing mindblowing, screen resolution should be 540p, considering 720p if costs go down. BC with 3DS was problematic
- Wii U successor will not have an optical drive, which will be optional. It will sync with the portable (not obligatory). Specs won’t be super high, but close to PS4/X1 (doesn’t know how much, like with the portable this is still subject to change anyway). Cross games will look better on the home
- Nintendo is focusing a lot on the anti-piracy system
- Big focus on the OS as well. They hired people that worked for Google on Android, the guys who worked on the Gamecube OS and Wii U browser are there too. Optimized versions of the same OS for every NX platform (think, again, W10), each with its set of specific functions. Updates will come out at the same time, they’re focusing on making the OS blazing fast on every platform
- The home console can connect with the portable to send to it its own version of the games you buy, will use the same tech as the Wii U-Wii U Gamepad streaming to do that, or the internet connection
- The home will have bc with the Wii U. Gamepad should be compatible as a controller, considering selling it standalone. Can connect with the portable for offtv and bc. WiiMote compatibility is being considered too. As for support, since the new home won’t have an optical drive, they’re considering an external one. Also being considered NNID/eShop bc for titles bought on the eShop. Seems they’re considering digital games sharing too, but this bit is not perfectly clear
- The portable will have its own internal memory, which will be expandable
- There will be a complete overhaul of online infrastructures, but Nintendo is determined to hold successful operations as Miiverse, extending it even further and making it a central hub for communications by developers and a meeting place for players. It will be even more interactive with the ability to upload videos and screenshots in an integrated system and not dependent on the game
- Voice chat and interactions between users will be revisited too, much will depend on the users age though, to protect the minors
- The home will be out 6-12 months after the portable, creating the “NX system” that will allow Nintendo to better use their resources in games development
- They approached third parties during E3. Capcom, Square-Enix, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts already have devkits. Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Sonic, F-Zero and Metroid are in development, doesn’t know if these are main episodes or spin offs. Zelda is currently a Wii U only title due to high development costs, but they can reconsider to have another big game at NX launch
- Prices will be low, 200-300€ (for the home?), considering a bundle with both for no more than 500€
- Many of these things will be discussed in future Nintendo Directs, which will have a different host in every market if Nintendo can’t find a new CEO by october
- A new 3D Mario will be shown, along with a new Zelda trailer. Retro moved their project on NX, will not be unveiled before 10-18 months
- They’ll talk about a new “Club Nintendo”, which will be in full function with NX
- Considering making agreements with phone carriers in order to better manage applications like Miiverse, Club Nintendo and the ability to purchase software by phone. Some of these will be out by March 2016
- Is everything set yet? Yes, but with Nintendo you’ll never know. If he has updates he will share them with us.
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Nintendo of America, and Nintendo in general, appear to be promoting Runbow pretty well, and for good reason. In case you’re not aware the vibrant 2D platformer has achieved an 89 review score on Metacritic which is certainly not to be sniffed at. The latest promotional video for the game includes a very special guest from Nintendo of America and is well worth a watch. Runbow is out on the Wii U eShop now.
As you may well know, Splatoon has been doing really well since its release at the end of the May. So well in fact, that it has sold more copies in Japan in its first 14 weeks than Super Smash Bros. Wii U did in the same time-frame.
Here’s the figures:
However, it’s yet to outdo the lifetime sales of Super Smash Bros. Wii U in Japan – Splatoon has currently sold 610,000 units against Smash Bros. Wii U selling around 670,000 units. There’s plenty of time for Splatoon to catch up though, as it was released almost six months after Smash Bros. Watch this space!
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