Hugo Smits, a game developer from Goodbyegalaxygames, has written a blog post titled “Shut up! Nothing is wrong with Nintendo Wii U!” which attempts to defend the Wii U. Smits says the real problem with Nintendo is communication with consumers and developers coupled with Nintendo’s own services. Smits doesn’t think the Wii U is a bad console, but thinks it was just marketed poorly. He goes on to say that the same thing happened with Nintendo 3DS as consumers thought it was just a revised Nintendo DS after all the iterations of the Nintendo DS systems. You can read his post, here.
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu is reporting that Nintendo 3DS sales have passed the 15 million mark in Japan. This figure accounts for both the original Nintendo 3DS and the larger Nintendo 3DS XL. Silconera says that while it’s an impressive statistic, Nintendo 3DS sales were down year-over-year in 2013. This is undoubtedly something that Nintendo will address in the months to come.
Retro City Rampage Lead designer Brian Provinciano has revealed that the game will finally be coming to the Nintendo 3DS sometime in February. Retro City Rampage is developed by VBlank Entertainment and has graced a number of consoles including on Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and PC.
A minor system update for Nintendo 3DS has gone live. Version 7.1.0-15U is virtually identical to a previous update, version 7.1.0-14U, adding further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments to enhance the user experience. The last major system update to release for 3DS, version 7.0.0-13U, brought a number of features to the handheld, including support for Nintendo Network IDs and Miiverse.
Zelda: A Link Between Worlds director, Hiromasa Shikata, has teased in a recent interview in Game Informer that there’s a possibility that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask remake could be coming in the future. It’s safe to assume that if it does come, then it will be for the Nintendo 3DS. We shall have to wait and see.
“[Having Majora's Mask in Link's house] was a special request from Aonuma’s production team. Now why would they ask us to do that?”
Shacknews is reporting that the Wii U had its highest month for unit sales so far. Neither the NPD group or Nintendo have disclosed actual Wii U figures, but it sounds as though the Wii U had a decent month in December. Members of NeoGAF estimate the console sold above 460K Shacknews also says that the Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling system in December and during 2013. Microsoft says its Xbox One and Xbox 360 were the best-selling home consoles.
“Hardware sales of the Wii U were also positive with December 2013 marking its highest month for unit sales month so far,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan
A rumour that has originated on NeoGAF suggests that Nintendo started working on a brand new platform in early 2013. The platform is supposedly a handheld, which would make it the successor to the Nintendo 3DS. This is a rumour, but it’s likely that Nintendo has already begun planning the followup to the successful 3DS console.
Almost certainly off-topic, but I don’t quite want to make a new thread, because it would go to shit quickly. Also, I’d need to post a source, and I don’t really want to get people in trouble. Anyway, Nintendo apparently started working on a new platform in early 2013 and has already selected a vendor for the SoC after talking to several potential candidates. The SoC might be based on an existing design, but will be changed to fit Nintendo’s requirements. I assume it’s for their next handheld, though.
Comic Kobo by developer Collavier allows users to draw professional manga and comic books and it’s coming to the Nintendo 3DS in the west. Creative users will be able to have up to 80 Pages on a single save file and have 80 saves. Users will also be able to take snapshots of their work using the Nintendo 3DS camera and also transfer it to the PC. Comic Studio will be available in Japan on January 15th and will cost 800 yen. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the western release.
Comic Kobo allows users to choose a panel layout, and then create multiple layers, add color, and choose a speech bubble type. The app will also feature a gradient button to blur colors, a font button to change size and direction of font, and the ability to modify black-and-white photographs, choose pen thickness, erase lines, and add straight lines, shapes, or sound effects.
You may remember that Inazuma Eleven was finally listed to be released in the United States during the first quarter of the year. Well it now appears as though Nintendo has pulled the listing from their official website. Nintendo has yet to comment on the mysterious disappearance of the game from its official website, but hopefully we should hear something soon.