Yes, it turns out that the Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door 3D leak which went viral is fake. It’s not too surprising, but it did lead to plenty of speculation which kept some people entertained. The leak was the result of Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. Oh well, guess we will have to keep on dreaming.
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Popular US retail chain GameStop has revealed some interesting information about the state of physical and digital video games based on DFC data. The retailer says that only 5% of digital downloads are sold to the consumer for AAA games. That means that 95% of purchases are for physical based games. That’s a shockingly low figure for digital games. It could well be due to their expensive pricing and average broadband speeds.
Slide 7 shows some key statistics based on DFC data which analyzes the AAA games sold in 2014. You can see that DFC estimates that of the total number of AAA videogames sold last year 12% were downloaded and 88% were physical. Of the 12% downloaded, it is estimated that 60% were given away in hardware bundles, that means about 5% of AAA titles were downloads, but were actually paid for by consumers. DFC estimates that full game downloads of AAA titles paid for by consumers made up only 2% of the total physical and digital software market.
The latest Iwata Asks interview is now up and this time it’s all about Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. There’s plenty of interesting things included within the interview but one of the stand out quotes comes from Monolith Softs Tetsuya Takahashi who says that his goal with the original game on the Wii was to create a masterpiece within the Japanese RPG genre. Judging from the reviews of the original, and also the Nintendo 3DS version, you could probably say that he achieved his goal. Here’s what he had to say.
Iwata: First, could you look back a little on what you were imagining for the world of Xenoblade Chronicles when you started development for the Wii version?
Takahashi: Of course. My first thought was that I wanted to build a masterpiece within the JRPG3 genre… So while I worked towards completing the game, I carefully gathered all of the many elements necessary to make that happen.
Iwata: JRPG refers to Japanese-made RPGs, which have had a unique evolution in Japan. The term is used more often in other countries, but not so much in Japan. After the Wii version of Xenoblade Chronicles was released, it seemed that there were a lot of people saying “The quality of Xenoblade Chronicles stands out amongst all the JRPGs released within the past few years.” So in that way, you can say that you succeeded in your goal, or should we say, ambition, of creating a masterpiece.
Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Wildfire has just launched in Europe on the Nintendo 3DS and NintenDaan has managed to secure himself a copy. If you’re not sure whether to bite the bullet on Level 5’s latest creation then be sure to watch the first 90 minutes of the game in the video embedded above.
Roystan Ross, has managed to recreate the first level of the beloved Super Mario 64 Bob-Omb Battlefield in HD using Unity. You will be pleased to know that the project is playable, but Ross has no plans to expand upon the universe. I suspect he just wanted to demonstrate what he can do in Unity and the results are good. If you’re interested in playing the project then check out the links here.
Nintendo has released additional Nintendo 3DS themes based on NES classics Metroid and Kid Icarus. The new themes are now available in the handheld’s Theme Shop. 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS users can customize their system by applying themes to their HOME Menu background, icons and folders. The Theme Shop also includes special themes based on other classics such as Mario and The Legend of Zelda series that come with music, sound effects and animations.
Update: Well, that was fast. Nintendo of America has changed the date in their Facebook status to May 2015.
This could be absolutely nothing, but the Nintendo of America Facebook page is currently stating that Splatoon is coming this summer. The European leaked listing has the game down for May 29th and the official strategy guide for the game on Amazon US has it down for May 31st. June is technically the start of summer, but May 29th is basically borderline on it. Let’s hope we get a Nintendo Direct soon to clear up any confusion regarding the release date for the highly anticipated game.
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