A rumour has appeared online suggesting that Nintendo and Platinum Games have doubled down on the motion controls in the troubled Star Fox Zero. The game understandably is in its final stages of development and Platinum and Nintendo have been hard at work tweaking the motion controls and reinforcing them. NeoGAF member ShockingAlberto claims that the game has been in “development hell” and that “fundamental control aspects simply don’t work.”
“I also heard that Star Fox Zero is in the final stretches, which makes sense since it’s coming out in April. But it’s not all cat treats and scratching posts for the game. The foxing minds at Nintendo and PlatinumGames doubled down on motion controls. My owner dug those controls, but seems like most people disagreed with him (like I often do). Could it spell doom for Star Fox? I don’t really know.”
“From what I have heard, development hell would be characterizing it charitably.
More like “Everyone is panicking as the game gets sent to certification because certain fundamental control aspects simply don’t work.”
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Zelda fans will be happy to know that Nintendo Badge Arcade now features badges from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Like all badges, they can be used to customize your Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu. Some can even be used as an icon to start up a program such as the handheld’s camera, music and Nintendo eShop applications. Nintendo Badge Arcade can be downloaded for free via the eShop.
Tatsumi Kimishima has outlined his strategy as president of Nintendo and says that young staff including developers are the key to the company’s future success. He also said that he wants the developers to be better known and public-facing. Kimishima says My Nintendo will also be vital to Nintendo’s success and the company wants to create a connection with its large customer base. He also clarified that the Quality of Life initiative is currently on the back burner.
Kimishima: Yes, when I became President, I said that it was my role to continue the strategy established under the prior management. From this point, we need young people to come in as a new generation and give lots of new ideas. It’s important to create an organization in which they can thrive. To do so, we’ve established a system in which many people with potential can play active roles. It may be hard to see from outside the company, but our organization has changed greatly. We also want more game developers to become known, so we’ll be sending more out to be public-facing. As for strategy, our hardware/software game business is central, but we’re integrating smart device activities into our actual business, and will derive synergies between them. My Nintendo is an important part of that. We want to create connections with customers by having them become My Nintendo members. Also, although QOL wasn’t asked about we’re not at the stage for the sleep and fatigue [sensor] to become a product, so it won’t be released (as a product) by March. We do, however, think that we can do something in the area of QOL, so we will continue to consider expanding into this field.
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Nintendo has published a new video for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD which gives us a better look at Wii U GamePad usage in the game. Thankfully some of it does look rather handy and should make scrolling through your inventory and selecting items just that much more quicker. The Kyoto based company also produced a video showcasing the use of the Wolf Link amiibo in the game which adds an additional dungeon.
Broken Rules, the developer’s behind Wii U ports which include Guacamelee and Blek, have publicly stated that they would love to port Undertale across to the Wii U. Original games developed by Broken Rules include And Yet It Moves on WiiWare and Chasing Aurora on Wii U eShop. As you probably saw yesterday, Akinwale Lakeru who is developer support at Nintendo of America, reached out to the developer of Undertale to try and get the game on the Wii U eShop.
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One amiibo that everyone is excited for is the stylish Wolf Link amiibo. Well, prolific blogger and YouTuber NintenDaan has managed to get his hands on this very amiibo and has produced an unboxing video ahead of the amiibo’s release on March 4th. The Wolf Link amiibo comes bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD in the United States. You can read the latest details about the remake in this extensive post, right here.