Hometown Story’s newest trailer has just been published by Natsume USA – and, as expected, it’s as cute as a button. From the creator of the Harvest Moon series Yasuhiro Wada, comes an endearing title that focusses on the day-to-day running of a shop you inherited from your late Grandmother, back in the town you grew up in. Guided by your handy magical sprite Pochica, you’ll be able to build the business back to a fruitful state, making friends with villagers and vendors along the way. Hometown Story is due for release on the Nintendo 3DS in North America on October 22 and in Europe early 2014.
This year’s annual Indiecade Festival played host to a large squadron of independently-developed Wii U and 3DS titles soon to arrive in Nintendo eShops. From October 3rd to the 6th, visitors to the Culver City, California event got hands-on experience with many of the latest and most exciting indie games for Nintendo hardware. Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party for Wii U even won the festival’s prestigious Technology Award.
Nintendo has been making several moves to boost its support of independent games, and the company’s presence at Indiecade was no exception. Here is a roundup of trailers for the indie titles Nintendo fans can expect to see gracing the eShops of Wii U and 3DS in the near future:
Nintendo Wii U Trailers
- Knytt Underground
- Wooden Sen’SeY
- Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party
- Pier Solar and the Great Architects
- 1001 Spikes
- Scram Kitty and His Buddy On Rails
- Shovel Knight
Nintendo 3DS Trailers
- Jet Rocket 2: The Wrath of Taikai
- Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse
- Retro City Rampage
- Siesta Fiesta
While Xbox 360 owners can grab Assassin’s Creed Redemption downloadable content from today, and PlayStation 3 and PC owners from tomorrow, Wii U fans will not be getting their hands on it until next month. Ubisoft announced via press release that players waiting on the third and final installment of Assassin’s Creed 3: Tyranny of King Washington, will have to be a little more patient for the release, scheduled for May 16. But for now, check out the trailer above to stave off your appetite for the stealth game.
Famed video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has finally had some good words to say about Nintendo on the latest edition of his show, Pach-Attack. In the latest episode of the show Pachter discusses the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker as well as the Nintendo eShop. Here’s what Pachter had to say.
PDantas: “Mr.Pachter, do you think Nintendo is expanding their eShop services for countries outside the US anytime soon? I’m in Brazil and I fear I won’t be able to download the new Wind Waker HD when it comes out.”
MP : “Yeah I think so, I think Nintendo is very late to the party with the eShop. But so far what I’ve seen it actually works quite well, you know, I think in typical Nintendo fashion they did it right, they just did it late. So I think it’s their intention that any place you can download their games, they’re happy to sell them to you.”
Marc42: “What do you think of Nintendo re-releasing Wind Waker? No mention of Mario, Metroid etc. Creative troubles?”
MP: “Urm, I think Nintendo is an enigma wrapped up in a question mark. I have no idea what motivates Nintendo to release the games they release. I think you can safely assume that if Nintendo thinks they can make money re-releasing a game, they’re going to re-release the game. I certainly wouldn’t diss them at all for bringing back Wind Waker, and I would not rule out that because today there is no mention of any other game they’re not going to do that. I think that pretty much anything that is Mario or Zelda is under Miyamoto’s control and I think that Miyamoto is given complete freedom to pick and choose what he wants to work on, what he wants his studios to work on. I think that he decided that Wind Waker would just look great in HD. The demos we saw it looks pretty great in HD. It’s a big big franchise and I think they will sell a lot of units. The only constraint to selling units of Wind Waker is the amount of Wii Us out there. So far not very many, but in time there is going to be 10, 15, 25 million and I when there are they are going to get a very high attach rate. That audience is super loyal to the Zelda franchise, of course they’re also loyal to Mario but you’re going to get a new Mario title, probably more of these retro titles later on in the Wii U’s life cycle, but again I’m at a complete loss to explain what motivates Nintendo to do anything, they have their own method, it has worked for them for a long time. I would never ever question their software strategy, I think they do a great job on software, I consistently question their hardware strategy but not software, I think they know what they’re doing.”
A couple Wii U details were shared during today’s GT.TV interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Fils-Aime confirmed Nintendo is publishing Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 worldwide. Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo EAD and Retro Studios are apparently working on ‘fantastic projects’ for the new console. Depending on their progress, Nintendo may reveal Wii U’s new projects before, during or after E3 2013.
Game Trailers editor-in-chief Shane Satterfield came under heavy criticism when he said before E3 that the Wii U launch line-up was “looking pretty damn good”. Satterfield later took to Twitter and stated that the Wii U game that sparked that comment was pulled from the show by Nintendo.
“Just realized that a Wii U game I knew about well before E3 was never announced at the show. I’m guessing there are others to come as well.”
The next episode of GameTrailers will feature a ‘blowout of rather large proportions’ according to the blurb for the forthcoming episode which airs March 22nd. The show will have an exclusive trailer for Warren Spector’s next game, which is presumably Epic Mickey 2 for Wii and Wii U. Here’s what the site has to say about the next episode:
“GTTV will have the world exclusive reveal trailer and first gameplay anywhere of Warren Spector’s next yet-to-be-announced game. It’s going to be …notably significant.”
Reggie Fils-Aime has clearly stated on Game Trailers TV: Nintendo Special that despite what Michael Patcher has lead us to believe, Nintendo are not going to be releasing a high definition version of the Wii.
“Michael [Pachter] continues to be the only one that believes this is going to happen,” the NoA president told presenter Geoff Keighley.
“I don’t know how forcefully we can say that there is no Wii HD.”
- Reggie Fils-Aime