Nintendo and Disney have teamed up for a hardware and software bundle giveaway. For a chance to win a Mickey Edition Nintendo 3DS XL system and the newly released Disney Magical World game, text the keyword “Magic” to 347639. Entries are limited to one text per day and a total of five winners will be chosen. The sweepstakes period ends April 27.
Activision has revealed that the company initially wanted to team up with a company for the immensely popular Skylanders series, and they wanted that specific partner to be Nintendo. The company was surprised that Nintendo didn’t want to partner with them as they thought Nintendo would have been the perfect fit for the franchise.
“We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo,” says Ford. “I think there was some co-marketing money and the Wii was doing well. They had some success with peripherals.”
“They spent a long time looking and looking,” says Reiche. “They were just like ‘we have never seen anything like this before.’ I’ve always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs].” Although there was a limited co-marketing deal, Nintendo did not want to make a full commitment to Skylanders. “We have no idea why,” says Reiche. “Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn’t rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days.”
“Reiche is still surprised that the entertainment giant which reacted most quickly was Disney, which launched Disney Infinity in 2013 and is looking to expand the franchise. “Nintendo could have kicked Disney’s ass,” says Reiche. “If I was running Nintendo I would have jumped on this.”
Prolific blogger NintenDaan has managed to get his hands on a Japanese copy of The Ace Attorney Collection for the Nintendo 3DS. The collection, which features the first three games, launched in Japan today, so hopefully that will make an impact on the Media Create charts. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection features both English and Japanese language options. You can watch it, above.
Bandai Namco have stated on their official product page that One Piece Unlimited World Red will be coming to US in July. The latest instalment of the Unlimited Series brings Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew on a brand new adventure with all new characters.
Set sail on a gripping adventure in the New World with the beloved Straw Hat Crew in One Piece Unlimited World Red. Dive into a wayfaring journey with fun-filled escapades, action-packed battles and powerful comrades in a whole new never-before-seen scenario. Play as members of the Straw Hat crew and progress through the episodic storyline with encounters against famous bosses like Rob Lucci, Caesar Clown, and more. Master a large variation of flashy combos and test your reflexes by pressing the right button at the right time to counter, dodge or otherwise interact with enemies. Enjoy endless playability by exploring the central town and taking on quests to assist the townfolk and gain more rewards and items.
French gaming website Gamesblog is reporting that a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle will be sold in Europe. The bundle includes a 32GB Wii U Premium console with a copy of the highly anticipated karting title. It also includes a one week trail of Wii Karaoke U. The bundle will apparently retail for 299 Euros.
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. The only new 3DS software to enter the charts is Crayon Shin-chan, which sells just over 16,000 copies and debuts in fifth place. Though the latest Mario Party title and Yokai Watch continue to sell well, figures are still erring on the side of caution following the dominance of the mobile market. 3rd Robot Wars Z for PlayStation 3 is Japan’s chart-topper, but EA’s Titanfall comes in 9th place, selling just over 10k.
The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U suffer a blow in the hardware charts this week, with sales of the PlayStation Vita topping the combined sales of the 3DS by a mere 2k. Sales for the Wii U are also at its lowest in a number of weeks, where it’s been roughly averaging between 7 and 10k. Here’s the top 20 software and hardware charts.
- [PS3] 3rd Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-Hen – 142,433 (New)
- [PSV] 3rd Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-Hen – 128,236 (New)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch – 33,833 (720,220)
- [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 28,114 (285,987)
- [3DS] Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Kasukabe Eiga Stars! – 16,409 (New)
- [PSV] Mato Kurenai Yuugekitai – 14,468 (New)
- [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 – 13,552 (206,066)
- [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 11,005 (190,036)
-  Titanfall – 10,478 (New)
- [PS3] Mato Kurenai Yuugekitai – 8,469 (New)
- [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS – 7,461 (164,418)
- [Wii U] Just Dance Wii U – 7,164 (25,567)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 6,987 (547,360)
- [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd – 6,333 (121,071)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 6,020 (4,029,314)
- [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear – 5,951 (136,033)
- [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 – 5,609 (96,485)
- [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4 – 5,369 (74,165)
- [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS – 5,353 (139,875)
- [PS3] Dark Souls II – 5,286 (325,463)
- PlayStation Vita – 24,078 (25,017)
- 3DS LL – 17,291 (22,947)
- PlayStation 4 – 13,034 (13,401)
- PlayStation 3 – 7,305 (10,871)
- 3DS – 6,271 (9,091)
- Wii U – 5,512 (7,962)
- PSP – 2,027 (2,892)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,220 (1,371)
- Xbox 360 – 229 (276)
Nintendo has unveiled it will be showing off five of its hottest games at WonderCon later this week. Budding Mario Kart 8 racers will be able to get their heart rates pumping with playable tracks at the event, while both Nintendo 3DS gems Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour will be playable before release as well. The annual convention will take place in Anaheim, California, between April 18 and 20. Below is a list of the Nintendo games playable at WonderCon.
Nintendo of America has issued wrongly sized Yoshi T-Shirts to Club Nintendo members after the reward was made available again earlier this month. The green dinosaur was so in vogue with fans that his t-shirts sold out in a few short days, but due to an unfortunate hiccup from the Club Nintendo team, members received sizes that were simply too large or too small for them.
However, Nintendo has since been notified of the problem and has apologised for the inconvenience. Those who ordered a Yoshi T-shirt from the US Club Nintendo website will receive a confirmation email detailing that Nintendo will ship the correctly sized product at no extra charge, plus members can also keep the original T-shirt – handy if you have a sibling or friend who missed out on the chance to nab one. Did you get an incorrectly sized tee? Let us know in the comments below.
Yoshio Sakamoto, the director behind Super Metroid and Metroid: Other M, doesn’t sound like he’s returning to the series anytime soon. Sakamoto says that he wants to create entertainment that’s completely different and that genuinely brings new emotions. Sakamoto is currently the director of Tomodachi Life.
“I do not intend to do so. There might [currently] be various tasks I might be involved in with past series. However, even if so, I would always like to introduce new entertainment and new fun to those series.”
“… This might be indirect, but if we can make new types of gamers enjoy video games for the first time through Tomodachi Life, then they might eventually become interested in the more conventional games. … I would like to challenge myself to do that.”
While Sonic Boom has left some fans of the franchise startled with its intriguing artistic design, most cannot wait to see what the game’s developers Big Red Button have to offer the blue hedgehog and his friends. In a recent interview with ONM UK, Big Red Button’s CEO and visual director Bob Rafai has shared interesting information surrounding Sonic Boom’s CryEngine 3 use.
The game’s development team boasts talent from the likes of Naughty Dog, High Impact Games and Heavy Iron Studios and has enhanced the standard version of CryEngine 3, in order to provide the best for fans of the SEGA franchise on the Wii U. Rafai says CryEngine 3 cannot normally utilise split-screen gaming but, due to working with the engine’s creator, the team has managed to feature a split-screen display both on the GamePad and the TV.
“You associate CryEngine with lush, tropical, beachy things. These are also things with which Sonic is associated, so they work together. We worked in close contact with Crytek in Germany, and the team there is pretty excited about that as well. In the end, it was simply the right choice for the project.”