It is now post E3 and the rumour mill is still in full flow. The latest rumour suggests that Disney and Nintendo are both teaming up for a number of things including films, video games and interactive toys and merchandise. The second rumour is regarding Nintendo joining forces with Amazon to get their mobile titles on the Amazon App Store. Amazon apparently approached Nintendo about the deal. The rumour comes from the same source that apparently accurately predicted the wave three amiibo information as well as the collaboration between Skylanders and amiibo. Here’s some of the details.
- Nintendo & Disney have negotiated a deal for films, video games and interactive toys/merchandise
- amiibo are not included in Disney Infinity 3.0 because both companies are yet to set an agreement
- Disney wanted to have Mario figurine in Disney Infinity, but Nintendo hasn’t made a deal yet
- Mario could star in Disney films, such as Wreck-It Ralph 2
- Disney wants a game where Mario and Mickey meet up
- Nintendo is open to the idea, but want to set their own pace for it
- Nintendo mobile games will hit the Amazon App Store
- Nintendo will offer their mobile games through Amazon App Store
- Amazon approached Nintendo about the deal
- Nintendo asked Amazon about Amazon TV game
- People at Amazon think that there is something related to Android going on
- Nintendo is moving some of their data out of Amazon Cloud Servers to DeNA ones
We heard earlier today about the crossover between Skylanders and Nintendo’s very own Toys to Life series, amiibo. IGN quizzed Disney Interactive vice president of production John Vignocchi about whether there’s a chance that a Disney crossover could ever happen as it’s something some fans have been hoping for. Vignocchi says that he would love for that to eventually happen, but nothing is on the cards just yet.
“Hopefully, the day Mario meets Mickey Mouse is not that far away,” Disney Interactive vice president of production John Vignocchi said in an interview.
John Blackburn, Disney Interactive’s Avalanche Software vice president and general manager, joked that the dream team will happen whenever Disney CEO Bob Iger “buys Nintendo.”
Nintendo’s amiibo stock shortages are widely known throughout the gaming community, prompting jokes and memes across the amiibo-hunting community. As a negative side effect to the low stock, amiibo are being counterfeited or “scalped” at exorbitant rates. While Nintendo is trying to make amends with their loyal fanbase, Disney Infinity producer John Vignocchi has a few harsh, indirect words for his Japanese competitor.
Speaking to Game Informer’s Ben Hanson, Vignocchi let loose on Nintendo when prompted:
Hanson: Given the turbulent release of Amiibo characters, are you doing anything to prepare for the high demand for Star Wars figures?
Vignocchi: There is never an intention to create a shortage of any figures. It is irresponsible and rude to your hardcore fans. They don’t want to create frustration or the hunt. So they will be stocking the shelves well!
With E3 on the horizon, we can expect more amiibo news to be coming soon. What do you think: was Vignocchi’s comments too harsh, or is Nintendo simply abusing their fans?
This is nothing but a big rumour at present, but it’s certainly worth mentioning. Twitter user Jenny Pratt recently attended Wondercon and mentioned that she had heard rumours that the Disney team behind Wreck it Ralph were interested in making an animated movie based on Banjo Kazooie. The team at Disney are apparently hoping to have the movie out around 2018/2019. We know that Phil Spencer has talked about utilising Rare’s IP so this would be a good start. Who knows?
Cari Mayle, a character artist and 3D artist, has shared images of a new Disney project she is working on for the Wii U. Judging from the images it’s set to be a medieval fantasy game that is exclusive to the platform. The Wii U needs this kind of third-party support, so it’s more than welcome news. Be sure to check out all of Cari Mayle’s artwork for the game at the link here.
These medieval fantasy characters are from an upcoming game for the Wii U (shown with permission). The character designs are by me (with the exception of the dwarf and dark skull knight). Environmental art and design created by me as well. They are not shown, but have a small sample of them with the character stands.
Polygon writer Steve Bowler has written an interesting article that suggests that an acquisition of Nintendo by Disney could help turn the company’s fortunes around. It should be taken into account that this is an opinion piece by Polygon, but it does raise some interesting questions. Although it’s unlikely to ever happen it makes for a good read. Be sure to check out the article, here.
“Nintendo would be Disney’s second priciest intellectual property grab to date. A fairly straightforward way to ballpark a company’s worth is to multiply their net revenue by three to four times. This puts Nintendo somewhere in the neighborhood of a $11 to $22 billion buyout based on the numbers of fiscal 2014”
“This is the lowest it would cost to buy Nintendo in seven years, since the company is in a slump and bleeding cash. If Disney were to buy the company, this is the time. Things are looking up for Nintendo in some ways, but coming off a long stretch of losses and struggling hardware sales there’s only so much big games can do to help the company. Nintendo is at a historic weak point, making the company very attractive for acquisition at a good price.”
“It would still cost a ton of money. To put the $19 billion-ish price into an easy to digest number, buying Nintendo would cost Disney more money than they paid for Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel, combined. It’s a huge purchase, unless you’re Disney.”
“Disney’s current Net Worth is hovering around the $142 billion mark, and the profit they made from the last two fiscal years would allow them to buy Nintendo with cash, if it came to that. And it wouldn’t.”
“The last time Disney made an acquisition this size was when they paid $19 billion for ABC in 1996. With inflation, that purchase would have cost about $29 billion today. Disney is no stranger to huge, ambitious acquisitions.”
“Disney — using the same game plan they used for Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars — could recoup that cost within five years. The secret is that Disney wouldn’t be investing in the video game business, they would be furthering their already near monopoly on characters.”
Nintendo has released a French commercial for Disney Magical World, highlighting some of the recognizable characters found in the life simulation title. The Nintendo 3DS game, which arrives in Europe on October 24th, features more than 60 Disney characters. It allows players to create outfits, run a café or go fishing with Donald Duck. They can also battle ghosts and trade items with their friends.