VG247 Italy has snapped a shot of the character select screen in the upcoming Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. The screen taken shows that there are thirty playable characters to choose from. We heard from the Official Nintendo Magazine in Spain that Diddy Kong will be a playable character, but he’s absent in the default playable characters roster. No doubt he will make a welcomed appearance though.
Nintendo of America has announced that Princess Peach will join Mario and Luigi with a new Wii Remote Plus entirely dedicated to her Royal heritage. Hopefully, the pink remote will find its way over to Europe soon, just as the red and green versions did. You can find all the details, including the controller’s price in the press release below:
Nintendo hereby announces a new Wii Remote Plus controller styled in the royal fashion of Princess Peach. The pink controller features many touches that pay homage to the Mushroom Kingdom’s most powerful heroine, who recently starred in the Super Mario 3D World game for the Wii U console. The new controller includes a crown design over the speaker, blue buttons that echo Peach’s royal jewellery and a golden-yellow plus pad that evokes her regal crown.
The new Peach Pink Wii Remote Plus will start appearing in stores in late April at a suggested retail price of $39.99. It joins other controllers themed to Nintendo characters, including the red Mario and green Luigi controllers. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that call for Wii Remote controllers. Fans of Mario Kart 8 might want to pick up the new remote to control Peach when the game launches May 30.
Disney and Marvel have recently joined forces to present a united front under the Disney Infinity franchise – which will be officially unveiled in a press conference on April 30 – but the company has no current plans to feature any Star Wars characters.
Rumours had been floating across the virtual spectrum that characters from the Star Wars universe may find their way into Disney Infinity, and it was further escalated when the Disney Store posted a Darth Vader figure – pictured above – onto their official Facebook page.
However, the company has since clarified to a social network user that plans to incorporate the franchise are not in motion “at this moment in time.” Patience is a virtue, as they say. Here’s what Disney said in full:
“Whilst there are no plans for Star Wars to join Disney Infinity at this moment in time, Laura, please do continue to check back for more exciting updates to our Star Wars collection!”
The Spanish counterpart of the Official Nintendo Magazine recently reported that Diddy Kong is a playable character in Mario Kart 8. The supposed reveal was followed by a tweet from the publication’s director, Juan Carlos Garcia, who stated that the character’s inclusion in the upcoming racing game can only be confirmed by Nintendo. The publisher previously revealed that the red-clothed chimp is featured in the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
Legendary games designer Michel Ancel teased fans with new art work for the lead protagonist in Beyond Good & Evil on a Rayman Legends Twitch stream that the team did recently. Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been in development for what seems like forever. Hopefully we will catch a new glimpse of the game at E3 in June.
It looks as though the Official Spanish Nintendo Magazine has revealed that Diddy Kong will be joining the party in Mario Kart 8. The official scan was posted as a preview of this month’s magazine. Nintendo has yet to confirm Diddy Kong’s inclusion in the game.
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Ubisoft has announced that they will be holding their E3 press conference on Monday June 9th. The show will start at 11pm in the UK and 3pm in LA. The company is expected to showcase Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Division, The Crew, and hopefully something for Wii U owners. EA’s press conference is set at 1pm PST, 9pm UK time.
Travel with Aurora in the World of Lemuria, where amazing adventures await. Discover fairytale landscapes in a magical world. Following Aurora in her quest to save the kingdom of Lemuria by bringing back the three sources of Light. Child of Light is due for release on a number of platforms including Wii U on April 30th.
Nintendo of Europe has given us the low-down on this week’s eShop releases. From Thursday, the Mario Golf: World Tour and Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl demos will be available to download on the Nintendo 3DS, while indie title Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is temporarily discounted to €8.99 / £7.79 on the Wii U until April 24.
Accompanying the Mario Golf: World Tour demo is a special promotion for the golfing series. Gamers purchasing Mario Golf: World Tour from the eShop, before May 29, will receive a free download code for Mario Golf (Game Boy Colour version). An eShop release for Mario Golf will be available for purchase from May 29 for €4.99 (£4.49) after the above promotion ends. You can check out the other eShop offers available from Thursday in the list below.
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
- Nintendo Pocket Football Club – €11.99 / £10.79 until May 1
- Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion – €9.99 / £8.99 until April 24
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – €17.49 / £14.99 until April 24
- Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – €8.99 / £7.79 until April 24
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
- My Farm – €4.99 (£4.49)
Sonic Lost World producer Takashi Iizuka has shared his initial design worries for the game’s free Zelda DLC. In an interview with 4Gamer, Iizuka said that the team wanted to distinguish the differences in the Zelda level in comparison to the normal Lost World zones.
Though the appearance of rupees and enemies in Hyrule field would be enough to set any Zelda fan’s heartbeat racing, Iizuka said that those who are less familiar with the franchise may not spot the differences from the off-set. So the team designed Sonic in Link’s famed green tunic, but the producer still had design woes over how to implement these features to great effect.
“While talking with the designers, we were wondering how we could have Sonic wear these clothes and look normal while covering his spikes. In any case, I was definitely worried at the time of designing.”