Nintendo Russia has gotten super creative with spray cans and hired a team of talented artists to draw a wonderful Mario themed mural in central Moscow. I’m not sure how long it took them to create the piece, but it’s undoubtedly a stunning piece of work.
The refurbished Wii U consoles have been selling pretty quickly since they’ve been on sale. Thankfully, they are back in stock on the Nintendo Store and come complete with Nintendo Land. You can purchase one for $200 and they carry a twelve month warranty.
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They’ve been a number of prominent campaigns on social media asking for Nintendo to remove region locking on its platforms, but nothing has come to light yet. Speaking to investors during the recent question and answer session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that he is aware of the particular issue and says that it’s something the company will think hard about for future hardware.
Q4: At present, your company’s hardware and games make use of region-locking, by which games purchased in one region cannot be played in another region. Are there any plans to unlock this restriction?
A4: Iwata: The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.
You may have noticed that Amiibo displays have begun popping up at your local retailer in the United States. The displays have been set up by Nintendo to educate people on Amiibo’s in a fun way and they look as though they’re working as intended. Be sure to watch the video if you haven’t already seen the Amiibo displays at Walmart.
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We already mentioned that Yoshi, Mario, Peach and Donkey Kong Amiibo figures work with Mario Kart 8, but what we didn’t know is that Mario Peach and Yoshi work with Mario Party 10 for Wii U. We also know that the Yoshi Amiibo figure will work with Yoshi’s Woolly World which is due for release in the US in the first half of 2015.
Yup, you read that right, you will be able to use Yoshi, Mario, Peach and Donkey Kong Amiibo figures with Mario Kart 8. The news surfaced from US retail store Walmart which currently has Amiibo figures on display with a screen displaying details about them to unaware customers. Be sure to check if your local store has them.
Collectors had better get their pre-orders in for Amiibo’s as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed to investors that some will only be available to purchase for a limited time. Once certain figures are removed from sale new ones will join the party. Here’s what he said.
“The amiibo figure lineup for “Super Smash Bros.” will continue to be released even after this year-end sales season, and we hope that this will help to update store shelves. As store shelf space is limited, some amiibo will remain stocked on the shelves as staple choices while some will be limited-time offers which will cede their positions to new ones once they are sold out.”
“Even though amiibo will be compatible only with Wii U at the launch, we are proactively making progress on Nintendo 3DS compatibility. As the New Nintendo 3DS handheld contains an NFC reader/writer, it will be able to support amiibo after a software update. The Nintendo 3DS platform will also be able to do the same via an external NFC reader/writer, which is scheduled to be launched in 2015. With these offerings, we will increase the amiibo compatible software lineup for Nintendo 3DS.”