Nintendo is asking Yoshi’s New Island players if they would mind sharing their gameplay data with the company presumably to improve future games. Kotaku says that the first screen you see when you start up Yoshi’s New Island asks you to “Share gameplay data with Nintendo? We will use this info to help develop future games”. Players that agree to share their data will have it uploaded over the internet.
Miiverse has had another minor update on both Wii U and 3DS. Marty’s been on hand to divulge the new feature’s details in Nintendo’s online community, which allows members to filter popular posts within communities by date. Here’s what Marty said in full:
“We’ve added a feature that lets you filter a community’s popular posts by date. Note that the date displayed is when the posts were popular, rather than when they were made.”
Ubisoft has filed two trademarks for Catz and Dogz, according to a stealthy spot by NeoGaf members. The trademark was filed on February 27 and signed by Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot, but what it exactly pertains to, and which game platforms it may arrive on, is currently unknown.
Back in the mid-90s, Catz and Dogz was released for the PC, and has amassed a number of sequels over the years. Consoles soon started to draw from the craze and Petz: Catz 2 and Dogz 2 was released for the Wii in 2007. The most recent Catz and Dogz game, however, was released in 2008, with Petz Fantasy 3D branching out of the cats and dogs category for the 3DS in 2011. Whether Ubisoft’s next venture with the franchise will hit Nintendo consoles in the future, or if it will remain on the PC, is still shrouded in mystery.
Nintendo is more than aware that mobile gaming is on the rise, but the Kyoto-based company has been strongly against popping their red-capped mascot onto smart devices for some time. However, that’s not to say they haven’t considered it, but rather have expressed interest into developing an advertising app on smart devices to raise consumer awareness.
The age-old debate sparked up once more when GameSpot interviewed Kensuke Tanabe and asked him why it was such a problematic task to transfer Mario to such platforms. Tanabe stressed that the control migration to smart devices just wouldn’t be feasible, making it a “really difficult task”.
“With games like Mario and Donkey Kong, the control input is such an important part of that; I think if you’re trying to replicate that feeling of control that you have traditional to those games, translating those to a smart device, that’s a just a really, really difficult task.
“Of course I’m not ignoring the fact that the marketplace is flooded with these devices and that there are a lot of games created specifically for them. Personally, as I mentioned earlier, I don’t have a curiosity of or feeling of needing to create or wanting to create games for those devices. I want Nintendo games to be played on Nintendo hardware.”
Retro Studios CEO Michael Kelbaugh was also on hand to deliver his opinion, claiming that – first and foremost – it’s the game and its content that matters for the Donkey Kong developer, while business production and platform choice is ultimately Nintendo’s decision.
“What we’re focused on is just making a great game. Wherever it ends up, that’s not our decision, so I think we need to concentrate on making great content and let Nintendo decide what box they want to put it in, how they want to package it. Watching this whole debate going on right now…I don’t give it a whole lot of thought just because I’m concentrating on making a fun, great game and hardware’s always kind of a revolving target, I guess.”
Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer has revealed on Twitter that he loves the Super Smash Bros franchise, but says not to expect a similar game on Xbox One with Microsoft and Rare IP’s. Spencer then went onto praise Nintendo’s beloved franchises and says that’s one of the many reasons that Super Smash Bros is as renowned as it is.
Nintendo America has launched the vibrant Yoshi’s New Island website featuring additional story information and gorgeous wallpaper art. Among the above features, you’ll also find two trailers and the cutesy-pie intro scene – just in case you missed them – along with the trademark Yoshi melody in the background. Yoshi’s all set for a new adventure come March 14 when he lands on the 3DS family systems – let us know if you will be joining in on the fun in the comments below. You can find the new website, here.
USAopoly announced a high-calibre line-up at the 2014 American International Toy Fair last month following its 20th Anniversary in production business. Amongst the many Doctor Who-themed board games, USAopoly also revealed that two new Nintendo Monopoly products would be gracing high-store shelves this September. Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda and Monopoly: Pokemon will be priced at $45, with the latter franchise featuring the original Kanto area.
During the investors meeting in January, Iwata claimed that Nintendo would begin to expand the character licensing agreements into new fields. Nintendo has branched into board game territory before, with a Pokemon-themed Monopoly game released in the late ’90s and a general Nintendo Monopoly board game, which saw the light of day in 2006, but the company is now assuming a wider position.
In accordance with Nintendo’s new plans, USAopoly has also unveiled Super Mario Connect 4: Mario and Luigi, which will be priced at $24.95, to be released this Spring. As of yet, there’s no word on whether the themed board games will be released in Europe .
This week’s European download is offering discounts galore on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Since the Year of Luigi is due to come to an end on March 18, Nintendo has given the green plumber one last glittering send-off in a special Luigi-themed sale starting this Thursday. So if you’ve yet to get your hands on Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. for 3DS or New Super Luigi U for the Wii U, you’ll no longer miss out on the enemy-bopping fun.
New Super Luigi U – which is add-on content for New Super Mario. Bros. U – can be purchased for the delightful price of €14.99 or £13.49 (usually €19.99 / £17.99). But if an RPG tickles your fancy, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. can be grabbed for €31.99 or £27.99 (usually €39.99 / £34.99). Both will be available at reduced prices until March 13. Plus, you can also grab Super Mario Bros. for either Wii U or 3DS at €2.49 or £1.74 (usually €4.99 / £3.49) until the same date.
There are a multitude of other discounts featured from Thursday, both temporary and permanent, so if you’re itching for a new game on the 3DS check out the list below.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts:
- The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves – €6.99 / £6.29 until March 13 (usually €9.99 / £8.99)
- Football Up 3D - €3.49 / £2.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- SpeedX 3D – €2.10 / £1.89 until May 1 (usually €2.99 / £2.69)
- Monster Shooter – €2.10 / £1.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £6.29)
- 3D Game Collection – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €13.99 / £11.99)
- Funfair Party Games – €6.99 / £6.99 until March 27 (usually €19.99 / £17.99)
- Gardenscapes – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- 3D Mahjongg – €3.99 / £3.29 until March 27 (usually €4.99 / £4.49)
- Jewel Match 3 – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- Murder on the Titanic – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- Secret Agent Files: Miami – €6.99 / £5.79 until March 27 (usually €7.99 / £6.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts:
- Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns – €19.99 / £17.99 (was €29.99 / £24.99)
- Beyblade: Evolution – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Girls’ Fashion Shoot – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Crazy Kangaroo – €1.99 / £1.89 (was €2.99 / £2.69)
The twin sorceress sisters from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Kotake and Koume will be featured in the upcoming fighting game’s Gerudo Valley stage. The two grannies, collectively known as Twinrova, were ultimately defeated by Link, who discovered a way to turn their power against them with the Mirror Shield. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to launch this year.
In a recent interview with US Gamer, Retro Studios Michael Kelbaugh said that the talented development team would be lucky to get the chance to work on another game in the Metroid franchise. We already heard last week that Retro Studios have been busy developing a new game since development of Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze ended back in November.
“You’re not going to find a larger bunch of Metroid of Metroid Prime fans than at Retro studios. We’ll be lucky to someday, maybe, work on another one. There’s a lot of people in the studio left over from Metroid Prime that are very passionate about Metroid… If the fans keep asking, then maybe we’ll answer.”