If you live around New York City and are shaken by the death of Satoru Iwata, head to Nintendo World Store (10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020) to offer your condolences. According to Twitter user @Toadsanime, the Nintendo mega-store has set aside a portion of two-story building for those mourning to pay respects. While Nintendo World Store has not posted anything regarding this due to Nintendo’s voluntary social media blackout, a Nintendo representative has informed My Nintendo News that this will be held through the day and may carry on through tomorrow.
Update: Emily Rogers says it is being published in the US via XSEED.
As has previously been reported it would seem as though Devil’s Third will be coming to the United States. Nintendo of America tweeted that they realise Wii U owners want the game and promises that more details regarding its release will be announced soon. They haven’t specifically said that they’re publishing it, so the Siliconera rumour that stated a third-party publisher would be publishing it sounds quite likely. Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait to find out.
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This year, Nintendo fans can celebrate Independence Day by playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the New Nintendo 3DS XL as Mario dressed in an American flag outfit from the original game NES Open Tournament Golf. Dubbed “Uncle Sam Mario” by Super Smash Bros. enthusiasts, playing as Mario is a fun way to celebrate the holiday.
Fans can also celebrate July 4th this year at the beach, poolside or while traveling with new on-the-go titles from Nintendo including Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Stretchmo (available on the Nintendo eShop) or Code Name S.T.E.A.M.on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including the New Nintendo 3DS XL. In Code Name S.T.E.A.M, Abe Lincoln recruits a range of characters from across fictional literature to form a group with one task: to protect a Victorian era world from an alien menace. And from 7/2/2015 to 7/6/2015, players can see how their squad stacks up in the online tournament with the perfect name – Independence. This engaging, online tournament will use the Medal Battle ruleset.
Families can also have fun at home with Splatoon for Wii U. The first-ever North American Splatoon Splatfest will take place on July 4th at midnight PST and feature in-game fireworks in celebration of Independence Day. Splatfest, which runs for 24 hours, has players compete in online Turf War challenges – just pick a side and battle it out to earn points (in this case, team cat or dog)!
And what better way to celebrate our country’s independence than with fireworks? Everyone loves fireworks as they dazzle the sky with colors and texture, even your friends at Nintendo. Fireworks have even been long been incorporated into Nintendo games since the beginning, like at the end of the first level in the original Super Mario Bros. after Mario jumps on the flagpole, which is also included in the upcoming Super Mario Maker for Wii U launching this fall. Fireworks have carried through appearing in other recent titles like Mario Kart 8.
One of the biggest peeves of North American Nintendo fans is the fact that the company decided against releasing the standard New Nintendo 3DS in favour of the larger New Nintendo 3DS XL. People want to be able to decorate their New Nintendo 3DS consoles with the innovative faceplates on offer to European consumers. The executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America, Scott Moffitt has said in a recent interview that they don’t feel that the market in the United States needs the standard New Nintendo 3DS right now, but if they feel that they need to introduce it later on then its something they will consider.
“With Nintendo, every market and every region makes their own choice of what their hardware lineup ought to be for their market and makes the best guess they can for what will satisfy the needs of gamers in that market,” Moffitt said. “So I’ll never say never, but if we see a consumer need for that and fill out our portfolio of hardware offerings on the portable side we will consider bringing them in. But right now our lineup, we believe, satisfies the needs of the widest variety of gamers in our territory.”
Nintendo of America has taken to Facebook to address the all-important issue of amiibo availability. The company says it is aware of the growing demand for the figures and is looking at ways to increase production. Nintendo of America also says that they are looking to reissue certain figures and bring back out of stock amiibo.
“We appreciate the enthusiasm that our fans continue to show toward amiibo. Sales for the product have exceeded our expectations. We understand how frustrating it can be at times if consumers are unable to find certain figures, and we apologize for that.”
“We’re trying to meet the demands of our fans and consumers by increasing the amount of amiibo we manufacture and ship to retail. We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening.”
“As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details.”
“Nintendo plans to make it easier for consumers to know when new amiibo are on the way, through Nintendo press announcements, timely updates on our social media channels and working closely with retailers.”
“We remain committed to keeping amiibo affordable and easy to access as a platform to enhance game-play experiences. These plans include Animal Crossing amiibo cards that will become available by the end of 2015, and a free-to-download app for Wii U called amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits that launched on April 30, 2015, that lets consumers enjoy playable scenes from certain NES and Super NES games with amiibo”
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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In a recent report featured on Venture Beat the publication says that Nintendo of America is determined to make sure that Washington becomes tougher on intellectual property laws. The move comes after the company has been hit by a number of patent trolls and also the R4 card scandal on the Nintendo DS. Nintendo of America says they’ve hired Choe Groves lobbyist Jennifer Groves in a renewed effort to crack down on intellectual property laws.
The publisher has officially hired Washington lobbying firm Choe Groves Consulting, according to Politico. Nintendo wants the federal government to get tougher on intellectual property laws, international trade, and piracy, and Choe Groves will try to convince the people in Washington, D.C. to take up that cause. These are issues that plague all kinds of entertainment companies, and Nintendo has an obvious interest in seeing legislators add more protection for content creators.