Nintendo has teased that a “few special surprises” regarding the next Super Smash Bros. will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. The company is also planning to host the first-ever tournament for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS during the upcoming convention, which runs from July 24th to July 27th. The fighting game tourney will be live-streamed on Nintendo’s Twitch page.
Nintendo is heading to Comic-Con in San Diego to bring a collection of fun games and engaging events directly to fans. Visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on time with Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, as well as additional upcoming 2014 games like Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Add to this an exciting multiday stream of live game-play challenges on the Nintendo Twitch channel and a host of other fun activities, and you have Nintendo’s biggest presence at Comic-Con ever.
“Nintendo fans are going to have a great time with what we have planned for San Diego Comic-Con this year, whether they are attending the event or watching at home from across the country,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “From first hands-on opportunities to tournaments and a fun live stream, we want to make sure that everyone has a great time experiencing Nintendo at the show.”
Nintendo’s hub at San Diego Comic-Con will be located at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on the first floor of the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel, an area open to the general public, so even fans who don’t have a Comic-Con badge can get in on the fun. The playable games scheduled to appear include:
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo
- Pokémon Art Academy from Nintendo
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Nintendo
- Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal from SEGA
- THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL from Square Enix, Inc.
- Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
- Siesta Fiesta from Mojo Bones Ltd. (Nintendo eShop)
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U from Nintendo
- Hyrule Warriors from Nintendo
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from Nintendo
- Yoshi’s Woolly World from Nintendo
- Mario Kart 8 from Nintendo
- Bayonetta 2 from Nintendo
- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric from SEGA
- Just Dance 2015 from Ubisoft
- Skylanders Trap Team from Activision
- Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
- 1001 Spikes from Nicalis (Nintendo eShop)
- Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition from DrinkBox Studios (Nintendo eShop)
Visitors to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will also be able to view a display of amiibo, figures modeled after Nintendo characters that will interact with compatible Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. A special area themed after Tomodachi Life will also be available, where visitors can recharge their minds, bodies and Nintendo 3DS systems. In addition to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, Nintendo will have a booth at the San Diego Convention Center dedicated entirely to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
On July 25 and July 26, Nintendo will stream Nintendo Challenge Live, a stage show hosted from the Nintendo Gaming Lounge that features intense tournament competition and awesome game-play challenges from some of the hottest upcoming games on Nintendo platforms. Fans can open their browsers to http://www.twitch.tv/nintendo to catch all of the action and stick around for hours to soak in all the festivities.
Nintendo will be hosting its first-ever tournament for the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game. Tournament slots are limited for the one-day event, and fans will be able to sign up the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. The full tournament will be streamed athttp://www.twitch.tv/nintendo. The tournament will be conducted using the E3 version of the game. This version represents a game still in development and may not represent the final quality and balance of the game, which launches on Oct. 3.
Mario Kart 8 is already one of the best-selling Wii U games of all time, and the love for the game and franchise will be well-represented at Comic-Con. Racers who visit the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be able to compete in local Mario Kart 8 competitions. The bracket-style competitions will pit 32 players against each other. The winner of each local competition will then be invited to take on racers around the world using the online tournament feature ofMario Kart 8. Players at home can join the online tournaments with a chance to face off against the local champions. The online tournament codes and schedule will be announced via Nintendo’s social media channels in the future.
Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 aren’t the only franchises with unique activities at Comic-Con. Bayonetta fans will want to make sure they mark their calendars for a screening of the new animated film Bayonetta: Bloody Fate from FUNimation Entertainment. The stylized animated movie follows the powerful witch Bayonetta as she battles the forces of heaven to regain her memory. The feature film will screen Friday, July 25, at 9:35 p.m. PT in Marriott Hall Room 4 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel.
Nintendo will be hosting its first-ever tournament for the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game at San Diego Comic-Con on July 25. Fans are invited to come to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the Marriott Marquis & Marina located at 333 W. Harbor Drive (adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center) for a chance to participate.
Starting at noon, there will be a preliminary round in which groups of four competitors battle it out, with the winner advancing. During the finals, players will duke it out one-on-one to determine the top smasher. Tournament slots are limited, and fans will be able to sign up the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.
For fans not able to attend San Diego Comic-Con, tournament action will be streamed live on Nintendo’s Twitch channel. Additional Nintendo Gaming Lounge activities will be announced in the future.
Nintendo Online Store will host a pop-up shop at MCM London Comic Con this year. Nintendo fans will be able get their hands on official goodies and merchandise, as well as lots of other exciting cool stuff, at MCM London Comic Con from Friday 23rd May until Sunday 25th May, at EXCEL London, Royal Victoria Docks.
Items available to buy across the weekend at MCM London Comic Con are exclusive to the Official Nintendo Online Store and include Nintendo t-shirts, such as a Mario men’s and women’s t-shirts, Bullet Bill and Flower Power t-shirts, posters, bags, games, console bundles, game guides, console accessories such as the Mario and Luigi wheel for the Wii U and you can pre-order Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. Guests can take advantage of exclusive items including the 27” Ganondorf figure from The Legend of Zelda series, 14” Zero Suit Samus figure from the Metroid series, 22” Tanooki Mario figure from the Super Mario franchise and 8-bit pixel Mario and Luigi cases.
As well as being able to get hold of exclusive items from the Official Nintendo Online store, guests will also be able to play Mario Kart 8, a week before the official launch date in the UK.
To get Nintendo fans in the mood for the launch of Mario Kart 8, guests can take part in exclusive mini tournaments – being held only at MCM London Comic Con – across the weekend, with the chance to be crowned the best racer! Mario Kart enthusiasts will also be able to pre-order Mario Red or Luigi Green Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles, to receive a free special L cup trophy, from Mario Kart 7, only available when they pre-order at MCM London Comic Con.
If you already own a Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS then make sure you bring your console along to MCM London Comic Con as you will not only be able to increase your StreetPass hits and help complete your achievements but also swap friend codes with other Nintendo fans
Eiji Aonuma’s New York Comic-Con presentation on A Link Between Worlds is beginning to reach legendary status. Nintendo has finally released an official video of the event, hosted by Krysta from Nintendo Minute. Aonuma infamously revealed many details about the game at the event, including a hint that info regarding a Majora’s Mask re-release may be hidden in the game. One interesting segment shows the differences between the 2D and 3D versions of the overworld map imported into A Link Between Worlds from A Link To the Past, with Aonuma admitting that he worked on the conversion to 3D himself because no developers were ready to work on the project yet at that point. A Link Between Worlds will launch on November 22nd.
The Nintendo Unleashed tour makes its final stop of 2013 at MCM London Comic Con from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013 at London’s ExCeL – Royal Victoria Dock. The Nintendo Unleashed experience will be the last event in a successful tour showcasing Nintendo’s family of home and handheld consoles and titles announced at this year’s E3 video game conference in Los Angeles. Nintendo fans will be able to get hands on with new and up and coming Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games.
Gaming fans will also have the chance to get their hands on the new family-friendly Nintendo 2DS handheld console which launched earlier this month. Gamers can road test the new backwards compatible, fixed slate form designed console. The Unleashed tour will be the best place to get hands on time with exclusive ‘triple A’ first party and third party games, launching on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in 2013 and early 2014. Titles on show at Nintendo Unleashed at MCM London include:
- Sonic Lost World
- Bayonetta 2
- Super Mario 3D World
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- Mario Kart 8
- Spin the Bottle
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS:
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Sonic Lost World
- Pokémon X and Pokémon Y
- Putty Squad
- SteamWorld Dig
- Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi
At Nintendo Unleashed, you will not only be able to play demos of upcoming and recently released Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games, but you can also win prizes throughout the duration of the event by completing different activities on the Nintendo stand.
If you already own a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS then make sure you bring your console along to the Nintendo Unleashed tour as you will not only be able to increase your StreetPass hits and help complete your achievements but can also compete with other Nintendo fans in multiplayer events.
The Nintendo Unleashed tour will be at MCM London Comic Con at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre – Royal Victoria Dock. The event will take place across three days from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013. Check Nintendo Facebook and Twitter channels for more details.
The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma apparently planned to reveal the long-awaited Zelda Wii U to attendees at this year’s Comic Con event in New York, but he decided to scrap the announcement as he didn’t have the time to prepare it. As I’m sure you are all aware Aonuma has been busy promoting the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, so that’s clearly been his focus for the time being. Aonuma previously stated that we will receive Zelda Wii U information at E3 2014 in Los Angeles.
So my final question, are you already preparing a new announcement for the next E3, in 2014? Maybe a Zelda for the Wii U? How about this?
“Actually I wanted to prepare something for my visits in Germany and New York, that I can announce. But I was so busy preparing my presentation of A Link between Worlds, that I can’t show you anything “new” today. But you can enjoy my next announcement. As soon as I am back at my office I will start preparing something new that I can show.”
In a new interview with Polygon that took place after his presentation at the New York Comic-Con, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma discussed A Link Between Worlds, Zelda fans in the U.S., and the pervasiveness of “hand-holding” in recent video games. After acknowledging that complaints of hand-holding have been leveled against recent Zelda titles like Skyward Sword, he said that he has come to believe recently that a game with too many hints to guide the player along “actually isn’t that fun.”
He went on to mention that there was a section of A Link Between Worlds where he argued with his director over including a hint, eventually winning the standoff and ensuring that the hint would be left out of the game. Additionally, Aonuma discussed the huge response he received from the crowd in New York during his presentation, saying that he thinks the fans there are “even more passionate than the fans in Japan.” On its release date of November 22nd, gamers will be able to decide for themselves whether A Link Between Worlds includes too much hand-holding. Here are Aonuma’s comments:
On New York fans: “It was kind of crazy, the way I would say one little thing and get this huge reaction from people. It really made me realize that man, the fans here are so passionate. I think they’re even more passionate than the fans in Japan.”
On hand-holding in games: “I think that one thing all game developers worry about when they’re putting something into a game is, ‘Will people notice it? Will people realize what they’re supposed to do?’ And we kind of have a bad habit of hand-holding, trying to make things easier for everyone. But more and more, I start to think that that kind of isn’t actually that fun.”
Zelda Informer has obtained and posted a Youtube video of Eiji Aonuma’s presentation at the New York Comic-Con, which contains tons of new footage and details about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Among the new information trickling out about the game is that the villain in the game is named Yuga, there is something special in the game from Majora’s Mask, which is apparently not just the mask in Ravio’s shop, and items can be upgraded similar to how they are in Skyward Sword. Apparently a bow can be obtained that shoots three arrows at once. A new trailer was released today in conjunction with his Aonuma’s presentation. Enter the above video at your own risk, because Aonuma’s demonstration contains several spoilers about the game!
Nintendo is bringing a wide variety of activities and games to this year’s New York Comic Con event. In addition to having a booth with playable versions of many unreleased Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, as well as the new Nintendo 2DS system, Nintendo is hosting a must-see speaking session with Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U. Other unique events include special activities during Kid’s Day on Oct. 13, competitive video game tournaments, artist demonstrations and giveaways (while supplies last).
“Our games really show off the capabilities of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and consumers love hands-on opportunities,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We have a commitment to offer fans both value and variety going into this holiday season, and with our activities at New York Comic Con, we are out to show why Nintendo offers the most fun experiences available.”
On Friday, Oct. 11, Mr. Aonuma will host a special speaking session focusing on the just-released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD game for Wii U and the upcomingThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds game for Nintendo 3DS. The event will take place in room 1A06 at 2:45 p.m. ET and is open to all New York Comic Con attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visitors to the Nintendo booth (#1436) will have an opportunity to get hands-on time with Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo’s newest hand-held system, as well as the following Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games:
• Super Mario 3D World from Nintendo
• Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze from Nintendo
• The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD from Nintendo
• Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Nintendo
• Bayonetta 2 from Nintendo
• Sonic Lost World from SEGA
• Pokémon X and Pokémon Y from Nintendo
• The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds from Nintendo
• Mario Party: Island Tour from Nintendo
• Sonic Lost World from SEGA
• Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
• Skylanders SWAP Force from Activision Publishing