The latest edition of Iwata Asks covers the development and release of Wii Sports Club, which constitutes the updated Wii U versions of Wii Sports games like tennis and bowling. The question and answer session with the game’s developers revealed several interesting tidbits about the games, including the unique “Day Pass” pricing system that allows players to play any of the sports games for 24 hours at a price of $1.99, as well as the revelation that Namco Bandai were called upon to play a small part in the development of the game. Here is what developers Kozo Makino and Takayuki Shimamura had to say about Namco Bandai’s involvement:
Makino: “We asked Namco Bandai Studios to develop it, so I first participated as a coordinator. But in the end, I got into just about anything. I mainly worked on the network aspect of the game, but at times I made suggestions on how some features should turn out to be.”
Shimamura: “From the middle of development, Makino-san and Suzuki-san were also working as full-fledged planners. We did ask Namco Bandai Studio to develop the game this time, but staff in Nintendo’s Network Development & Operations Department—the Software Planning & Development Department that these two are in—and EAD also chipped in.”
Wii U fighting mash-up Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U is currently selling for only $9.99 on Amazon.com, marked down from a list price of $39.99. Players can dress their fighters up as characters from the Mario and Zelda series in this latest incarnation of Tekken Tag. The Wii U title has been struggling for sales ever since its release, so this Amazon markdown may give Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a bit of a boost. Here’s hoping the sale helps lift numbers for both the game and the fast-sinking ship that is Nintendo’s Wii U home console.
Namco Bandai has explained to the Examiner exactly why the recently announced Soul Calibur 2 HD Online is skipping Nintendo’s latest home console, Wii U. Basically, the reason why the game isn’t coming to the system is due to poor sales, which has resulted in a small user base for the console. The company says it will bring the game to any platform which will bring in the greatest sales results possible.
“We have always been willing to try any platform if there is enough demand. Project Soul doesn’t have any attachment to a particular console; only the desire to achieve the greatest results possible for the platform chosen.”
announced a new Power Rangers title for the Nintendo 3DS and yesterday they unleashed the trailer. The Power Rangers Megaforce trailer showcases some gameplay, as well as blasting you with the Go! Go! Power Rangers theme tune for added nostalgia effects. You can play as all your Megaforce characters and power up for extra juice with the trading cards. Namco Bandai even have a snazzy website for you to take a look at here. Power Rangers Megaforce will be available this Autumn on the Nintendo 3DS.
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Namco Bandai’s teaser site is no longer a teaser, as it has recently been confirmed that the 3DS title will be a collection of retro classics that were first seen on the Famicom and Super Famicom. According to web publication Siliconera, there are five games that will, so far, appear within the collection that are linked to the original Jump series:
- Dragon Ball: Mystery of Shenlong – originally released in 1986 in Japan and named as Dragon Power in the West in 1988.
- Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend – published in 1987 for the Famicom
- Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend Final Chapter
- Charge! Men’s Private School
- Go! Go! Ackman 3
Namco Bandai’s new teaser site just opened up some extra information for us to speculate over. The teaser website – which you can see here – had previously told us that the new title would be a game for the Nintendo 3DS, and gave us the letter ‘V’ and ‘F’ followed by the numbers ‘20’ and ‘30’. Now, Namco Bandai has dropped further clues as to what the game could be – ‘V’ is followed by 20th Anniversary and ‘F’ by 30th Anniversary. It’s quite clear at this point that the 30th Anniversary the company is referring to is the Famicom, which is currently celebrating 30 years. However, the ‘V’ takes a little more digging, Siliconera reports that it could be to do with Japanese Publication V Jump, which is celebrating its 20th year after it began publishing in 1993.
Further reports suggest that this new title could be an homage to a manga crossover game Bandai published back in the Famicom era - Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden. With just under 3 days to go until the big reveal, it won’t be long until we discover what Namco Bandai are teasing – let us know what you think in the comments below.
Namco Bandai has launched a teaser site which contains minute information for a new Nintendo 3DS title. Originally the website featured the letters ‘V’ and ‘F’ along with the numbers ’20′ and ’30′, as well as a countdown clock. The website has since been updated by Namco Bandai to feature a new title for the Nintendo 3DS. As the countdown clock suggests, the website will fully launch in just 4 days time, however there’s a slight chance we may hear some information leak before the date from various Japanese publications. What do you think the title could be? Feel free to speculate in the comments below.
After the European release was confirmed for Namco Bandai’s One Piece: Romance Dawn – a best-selling manga set to be adapted for the Nintendo 3DS – it appears that the game will not make it across the pond to North America. A Namco Bandai representative told web publication Siliconera that the publisher has “no plans” for such a release, despite the One Piece manga receiving great success in North America – volumes 39-43 placed between in the top 10 on the New York Times Best Seller Manga list. Do you think Namco Bandai should release the adaptation in North America? Let us know your thoughts on this issue.
press release below and the trailer above to get a feel for the game:
The best-selling manga One Piece will be adapted for the Nintendo 3DS, courtesy of Namco Bandai. One Piece: Romance Dawn is a spectacular RPG title which will see players follow Eiichiro Oda’s masterpiece. The adaptation was originally released on the PlayStation Portable last year in Japan, and is set for a release in Europe some time soon. Check out the
In One Piece: Romance Dawn, eager fans will have the opportunity to live all of One Piece epic battles against the most famous bosses such as Buggy, Arlong, Crocodile, Rob Lucci and much more. This new game opens doors to sail through the amazingly 3D drawn One Piece world with Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Nami and other nakama, and run through famous stages such as Baratie, Arlong Park and more.
RPG lovers will enjoy this journey by levelling up their favourite characters, customizing and crafting tons of new items! They also will be able to perform clever strategy with “Grand Tactical Battles” feature, react quickly, and make a swift judgment to decide their own path by pressing the right button. The “Grand Chain” will also let experienced players unleash their power and connect multiple Special Attacks in a row.
It seems as though Namco Bandai’s Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will be released with a slightly lower price tag than other games on the market. North American retailers Amazon and Best Buy are currently listing the Wii U version at a budget $39.99, roughly £26/€30.69.
The title is to be based on the animated series storyline launching this summer, and will feature unique power-ups, multiplayer and maze modes for both co-operative and competitive play. So far, Amazon are detailing the release date for December 31, while Best Buy are looking at an October release, but both dates are unconfirmed by Namco Bandai. Remember to check out the trailer in the meantime to see if you fancy grabbing Pac-Man’s new adventure for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.