Nintendo has stressed the importance of catering to all audiences through its games. In an interview with US Gamer, Nintendo designer Katsuya Eguchi explained that the company wants their projects to speak to a wide variety of players. To make this possible, Nintendo developers consist of experienced and lesser-skilled players alike who work toward settling balanced difficulty levels.
“In terms of games like Mario, an action game, a lot of audiences are obviously very good at action games, but there are also more inexperienced players, like children, who still enjoy playing Mario,” said Eguchi. “There’s a varying range of skill levels. To match that kind of target audience, we make sure that our team setup matches that. If we have only skilled players making the game, we end up having a game where the difficulty level is a little high, or the problem-solving involved is very challenging. By including people who may not play games as much, or are inexperienced in gaming, having them as part of the dev team makes us realize some things that we maybe wouldn’t have if we only had core gamers making the game.
“And that’s just one aspect. There are lots of different perspectives that go into creating even a single title. In that sense, it’s very beneficial to have diversity in our staff, and that’s something I like to keep at the forefront of my mind as we build toward other projects.”
Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed new alternate costumes for both Samus and Mario. Sakuari announced that Samus will now be able to wear the Light Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echos. Not be outdone, Mario now has a costume based on Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course! NES Open Tournament Golf.
Pic of the day. The character farther in the back isn’t from the Imperial forces, and the character in the front is not the infamous drum-playing puppet in Osaka. No, Mario is actually wearing an outfit from Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course! NES Open Tournament Golf might be a more familiar title.
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If you’re looking for some super cool trainers then Converse has you covered. The firm will begin stocking these Converse X Super Mario Bros shoes in Japan from August. Be warned though, as they are pretty damn expensive and will set you back ¥21,600 ($211).
Minecraft is now the second best-selling video game ever, beating the iconic Tetris on the Game Boy and Super Mario Bros on the NES. The only game it hasn’t yet beaten is Wii Sports which as you’ll remember came bundled with Wii consoles. Minecraft has sold a staggering 54 million and Wii Sports sold 82 million. Nintendo has already said that they’d like Minecraft on Wii U. The game is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita.
Online video game retailer Play Asia has listed the Super Mario White Nintendo 3DS XL console for release in North America. The retailer says that the console, which is bundled with New Super Mario Bros 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer, should be released in July for $299.99.
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Tamashii Nations and Bandai have teamed up with Nintendo to create the ultimate Super Mario figure for consumers to purchase on Amazon. Highly advanced S.H.Figuarts articulation allows for precise posing to bring all the intense video game action directly to your fingertips. S.H.Figuarts Super Mario set features “? Block”, coin, coin stand and super mushroom. Separately sold diorama play sets allow you to expand the Mario world.
Sales data recently provided by Ubisoft shows that the Mario series is the second biggest-selling franchise since 2005. Unsurprisingly it’s Activison’s behemoth Call of Duty which is the best-selling video game franchise in the world. Wii Fit for the original Wii comes in at number six. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed is placed at number four and the Just Dance series is placed at number thirteen. You can see the best-selling franchises in the chart above.
Nintendo UK has announced that the wonderful Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is finally available for purchase on Club Nintendo. You not only get the brilliant soundtrack but you also get the snazzy CD case too.This two-disc collection features 77 tracks performed by the Mario 3D World Big Band and retails for 3000 stars.
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Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has told EDGE that the team are busy creating a new Mario title, but wouldn’t reveal which platform the game will come to. EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura said that if the game does come to Wii U then they need to figure out ways to make better use of the Wii U GamePad.
“Yoshiaki Koizumi says that while work has begun on the new game, it could not confirm whether it’ll be 3DS or Wii U title. “That’s still a secret!” he says. “I can tell you, though, that we’ve already started approaching our next challenge.”
“There’s still a lot more room for discovery and invention, and we’ll continue to propose new and exciting game mechanics going into the future.” If follow-up to Super Mario 3D World is to be a Wii U game, co-director and EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura says his team “might need to make even more use of the GamePad.”
Tecmo Koei has expressed its interest in working on Nintendo’s Mario series. Speaking with ONM, Tecmo vice president Hibashi Kinuma revealed that his company would also like to work on franchises owned by Disney, such as Star Wars. A subsidiary of the publisher, Team Ninja, developed the Wii title Metroid: Other M alongside Nintendo in 2010.
“Disney, Star Wars and Mario are just a few of the various franchises we’d like to work with,” said Kinuma.