It seems as though Nintendo of America’s decision to publish Xenoblade Chronicles X has paid off as the Xenoblade Chronicles X special edition bundle shot to number one on the Amazon US best-sellers chart. The JRPG bundle even overtook the soon to be released Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on the PlayStation 4. Sadly the bundle is now sold out, so if you want it you will probably have to pay inflated prices.
The tragic passing of late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata came as a shock to gamers and developers so it seems extremely fitting that he should be honoured at PAX Prime this weekend. The organisers behind the event have set up a special area designed for those who wish to pay their respects. It’s a relatively small area which features a display that pays tribute to his many accomplishments. It’s a nice way of being reminded what Mr Iwata did for the video game industry.
Nintendo’s Senior Marketing Manager for publisher and developer relations, Damon Baker, recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Game Informer about the rise of indie titles on Nintendo platforms. Baker explained that the Kyoto based company doesn’t get many exclusivity deals as they’re less reluctant to throw cash around than Sony or Microsoft. However, Baker says that independent developers benefit more from simultaneous releases rather than exclusivity deals.
“We’re not known for exclusive [indie games] in particular, and that’s because we’re not throwing around a lot of cash. We also don’t see a huge benefit to developers in driving exclusive deals with platforms and consoles. They need to do what’s right for them from a business perspective, and we want to help complement that and make sure that they’re making the most from the experience on our platforms. We very much encourage all of our development partners to release simultaneously across all platforms.”
“We’ve seen the data that proves that the developers are the ones that are going to benefit from that versus going with an exclusive arrangement. We’re certainly not going to frown upon those people that are bringing exclusive content over to us, because we will make the most of it and make sure they are doing a great job with it. I think that we have a strong focus on multiplatform content, and that’s because we do have a point of differentiation with our control schemes and what these developers can create in a unique environment.”
Nintendo of America has tweeted that Vs Excitebike will be available to download on the North American eShop tomorrow. The company thanked those who participated in Builders Week which saw players attempt challenges in a variety of games including Mario vs Donkey Kong Tipping Stars and Pushmo. Vs Excitebike contains remixed music, 2 player modes and also includes the ability to save created courses. It was originally released on the NES in 1988.
Yoshi’s Woolly World may already be out in Europe, but those of you in the United States will have to wait until October to play the game. To celebrate its upcoming release Nintendo of America has produced an adorable new trailer for the Yoshi’s upcoming wool themed adventure. The gorgeous trailer shows the variety of Yoshi that you can find in the game as well as showing amiibo use.
Xenoblade Chronicles X fans in North America will be able to get their hands on a special edition of the upcoming Wii U role-playing game when it launches on December 4. The special-edition version is priced at $89.99 and includes a copy of the game, a book of concept art with over 100 pages, and a USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit” that comes pre-loaded with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game’s soundtrack. The special edition also contains a limited-edition art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo.
Fans of zombies and vikings won’t have to choose one or the other in the latest indie game announced for Wii U. Zoink Games revealed their newest title, Zombie Vikings, which is a 1-to-4 player co-op story-brawler game set in Norse mythology, where a band of warriors must hack-and-slash their way through the humorous world to return Odin’s stolen eye. Having been on the radar earlier this month, given we saw a sneak peek of the game in a Nintendo of Europe indie reel, it seems the home console is officially on the cards.
The game is schedule to be released on PlayStation 4 on September 1, of which you can check out a trailer below, and developers hope the title will be in the hands of Wii U owners by the end of the year. Zoink Games, the Swedish-based development company, has a history of releasing titles on Wii and Wii U, including The Kore Gang, WeeWaa and Stick It to the Man! The founder of Zoink Games, Klaus Lyngeled, talked with Nintendo World Report about the recent announcement.
Every time we’re out on the social media, and we mention Nintendo, there’s a huge following and they’re so devoted. I feel like we have to do a Nintendo console too, they’re supporting the game community and care about gameplay. … We’d love to release it this year in December, and we want to focus on playing it on the normal Wii Remote so four people can play it simultaneously. I’m not sure we’re going to support the GamePad because it may not make sense, it’s more important to play it with four players.