You’ve already heard the rather exciting rumour relating to Retro Studios and Monster Games resurrecting the Diddy Kong Racing franchise, now more information about the title has surfaced online. The sources can’t be verified, but a couple of members of NeoGAF claim they have insider knowledge of the project. You can read their thoughts, here.
“DKR2 to be released in 2016, codeveloped by monster and retro. monster is handling the 3ds version while retro takes care of the wii u.”
“It has a longer development cycle than usual because it will be the first ‘unified’ game (ala Smash Bros) produced by Nintendo of America. it is far and away Nintendo of America’s largest project to date. All NoA hands are on deck, including redmond’s NST”
- Tanabe is a key player and is largely responsible for making this all happen
- Amiibo’s were critical in reviving NoJs interest in DKR2. internal forecasts show Amiibo’s will sell like hotcakes and nintendo is going to make amiibos of nearly every franchise they have ever owned. one major objective of the game is to boost the popularity of lesser known franchises in order to push amiibos
“I’m gonna have to finally come out and be “that guy” in this thread.
Never thought this would be something I could say, but I have a line of communication with Monster, and while I can’t confirm 100% it’s DKR2, I can confirm, perhaps well outside my comfort level, that they’re working on something for the WiiU that is pretty much talked about by everyone involved as the most exciting thing to be done on WiiU yet, and that they are certain it’s going to blow people away upon reveal. I genuinely wasn’t told details because while I may want to know, I don’t trust myself with that much knowledge, so it’s likely best they didn’t either.”
“More fuel to the fire; Nintendo might have bought Timber in Oct 2012″
Diggeh from the Neogaf forums is reporting that the latest Nintendo 3DS system update is making a number of his existing games run a lot smoother. Diggeh says that Rayman Origins has been transformed from a sluggish game into a very smooth platformer. He has also tested out a number of other Nintendo 3DS games including Ridge Racer and Sonic Generations, both of which he says have been improved. Have you noticed any improvements to the games after downloading the latest system update?
The Wii U GamePad of NeoGAF member nbthedude was, unfortunately, misplaced. The controller, which features a 6.2-inch touchscreen, was never found, so the owner ordered a replacement from Nintendo. To his or her surprise, the owner had to pay over $150 to receive a replacement – the price was accumulated from the cost of the controller itself, sales tax and a shipping charge. If your Wii U GamePad is misplaced, your only option is to order a replacement directly from Nintendo, as the new controllers aren’t currently sold as stand alone products in stores.
Based on the source code for the Nintendo Direct page in the UK, NeoGAF member Aquamarine is certain that Wii U Virtual Console will be revealed today, during the Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct. Aquamarine claims that “Virtual Console (Wii U)” was recently added to the Nintendo web page. This is not too far-fetched, as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata yesterday confirmed that he will talk about Nintendo-developed services during the online presentation, which airs January 23rd, at 9 a.m. ET.
The Nintendo Network ID of NeoGAF member suikodan was apparently deleted, because his or her young niece posted a drawing onto his or her Miiverse account. Because the niece wanted to get credit for her drawing, she asked suikodan to specify the drawing was made by her, a 10-year-old.
Apparently, after Miiverse moderators saw the girl’s post, suikodan’s Nintendo Network ID was deleted, as “children need parental consent to create an account online.” After the incident, the NeoGAF member explained what had happened to a Nintendo representative, who assured that he or she will be able to re-download games that were previously purchased in the Nintendo eShop via that account.
NeoGAF member DSN2K claims that after purchasing a used Wii U console, he or she is able to download all the games the previous owner had purchased in the Nintendo eShop at no extra charge.
Although multiple players can make separate user accounts on the Wii U, the games downloaded from the Nintendo eShop are linked to the console itself. This means that, for example, if one Wii U user downloads games from the Nintendo eShop via his or her personal account, all user accounts on that specific system have access to the same downloaded content.
If this claim by DSN2K is true, consumers can potentially save a ton of money by purchasing a used Wii U console, as there are numerous retail titles that can be downloaded directly from the Nintendo eShop.
NeoGAF user IdeaMan says a branded, next generation game that people thought couldn’t run on Wii U is in development for the upcoming console. The user also claims that he knows the name of the game but says he can’t reveal it.
According to a rumor, right when Wii U launches this November, consumers will not be able to experience some of the new console’s features, including Miiverse and Near field communication (NFC), so that they will not be overwhelmed by the excess of its features. The rumor suggests that Nintendo intends to add features to Wii U over time, including the support of dual Wii U GamePads, to combat products from the firm’s competition.
According to a Neogaf user by the name of Shikamaru Ninja, legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto is expected to leave Nintendo’s EAD division by December. Apparently, it troubles Miyamoto that his position as EAD General Manager overshadows the content created by new producers and directors at Nintendo’s largest gaming division. New Super Mario Bros. series producer Takashi Tezuka is rumored to take Miyamoto’s place at EAD.
Here’s a list of supposed changes at Nintendo, which the user claims are gathered from Guardian UK, Nikkei and Wired:
- Major shift in Kyoto development sources involving three Research & Development buildings
- Shigeru Miyamoto stepping down as EAD General Manager
- Takashi Tezuka becoming new EAD General Manager
- New Groups / New Producers announced for EAD Kyoto / SPD Kyoto
- EAD Tokyo Expansion / Masahiro Sakurai possibly Joining EAD Tokyo
- New Division lead by Miyamoto with younger staff focused on smaller scale games
- Miyamoto’s Departure Inspiring New IPs for the EAD Kyoto Division
Like any new video game console, it takes time for developers to get used to Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U. According to a NeoGAF member, developers are definitely becoming more and more familiar with the Wii U, and have apparently managed to increase the framerate of their Wii U projects, and found ways to enhance images, quality and effects of their games. The same member also claims that the Wii U GamePad’s sound quality is surprisingly good.