Bernd Fakesch, the General Manager of Nintendo Germany, has apparently told a German news agency that we should see the next instalment of Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 sometime next spring. We already knew that Mario Kart was due to be released in the spring, but most of us expected Smash Bros next Christmas. Hopefully this turns out to be true.
“For next spring two more big license games are also announced for our TV console with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.”
Best Buy currently have a fantastic offer on Nintendo games at the moment. If you purchase one top title then you can get a second for a whopping 50% off. These games include the critically acclaimed Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. You can check out the deal, right here.
Outspoken industry analyst Michael Pachter has questioned why Satoru Iwata is still president of Nintendo. Pachter thinks that Nintendo and Iwata should embrace smartphone gaming and bring their fantastic range of IP’s to mobile platforms to help increase revenue. He concluded by saying that the Wii U has so far failed to catch on with consumers.
“The Wii U’s performance so far Pachter characterized as “underwhelming,” but noted it’s possible “but unlikely” that exciting new titles will reinvigorate growth. He believes that Nintendo is missing a huge opportunity to bring new gamers into their brands: Nintendo should put old GameBoy Advance content on phones and tablets for free, and charge $3 to $5 for more recent titles from the DS. “
“I don’t know why Iwata is still employed. Given that he refuses to take advantage of this opportunity while the handheld market continues to shrink and the Wii U has failed so far to catch on in a big way.”
Former Rare games coder and Nyamyam co-founder Phil Tossell has claimed that Nintendo were once “quite envious” of Rare’s technical ability and artistic design within their hit games. After becoming a second-party developer for Nintendo in the early ’90s, Rare had success with Donkey Kong Country, Conker’s Bad Fur Day and Starfox Adventures to name but a few, though it was Banjo-Kazooie that really kicked up a storm on the N64.
According to a RetroGamer interview, Phil Tossell, while working at Rare, said Shigeru Miyamoto often visited the studio regularly and heard a startling rumour that Nintendo revised their textures on Zelda after seeing Rare’s game development.
“Nintendo were often quite envious of us. I got the feeling they thought our games were technically and artistically superior to theirs. Miyamoto would visit regularly and I heard a rumor they redid all of the textures on Zelda after they’d seen our work on Banjo-Kazooie because our game looked better!”
Nintendo UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce has said that she’s very pleased with the reception that both The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World have received by the press. She says that both titles have been lauded as must have games by the mainstream media and specialist press. You can read our Super Mario 3D World review here, and our Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds review right here.
“The latest adventures in two of our most loved franchises, Mario and The Legend of Zelda, have achieved 10/10 review scores in mainstream and specialist media and have been credited as ‘must-have titles’ as well as reasons to purchase hardware,” said Nintendo UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce. We look forward to hearing more from the fans.”
Nintendo has made a number of adjustments to Miiverse today. The changes have presumably been made to accommodate the upcoming 3DS version of the Wii U social network. Besides the existing communities for Wii U software, many new communities will be created for Nintendo 3DS software and even more users will join Miiverse. Here’s a list of the changes, according to Marty.
- New display options in the community list You can now display more communities at once, with the newest communities displayed first. You can also use a filter to display communities based on categories such as “Wii U software”, “Virtual Console” and so on.
- A change to the profile page Your profile no longer displays the total number of Yeahs you have given. However, you can still see the number of Yeahs on individual posts.
- A change to the default display setting within a community Until now, when you entered a community, the newest posts were displayed first. From now on, posts by people who have played the game will be displayed by default.
This was already announced in the latest Nintendo Direct, but I wanted to remind you that Miiverse is coming to Nintendo 3DS in December. Please note that a Nintendo Network ID is required to use Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS. If you already have a Nintendo Network ID on Wii U, you can continue using the same ID on your Nintendo 3DS. For more details, please visit the official Nintendo website.
Investment site The Motley Fool is reporting that Logitech’s recently unveiled iPhone controller, the PowerShell, could ultimately mean the death of Nintendo. The publication says that Apple is already more important than Nintendo as a recent study showed that there are 126 million mobile gamers. In comparison, Nintendo has sold about 35 million 3DS consoles worldwide. However, it should be mentioned that Apple has yet to announce a first party controller for the system.
But Nintendo’s reliance on handheld gaming is dangerous, and potentially fatal. With Logitech’s new controller, Apple’s phones could finally get the sorts of the games that attract core gamers. When that happens, the reasons to own Nintendo’s handheld will plummet.
Recent images that have appeared on NeoGAF suggest that Nintendo has greatly increased its presence at US retailer Toys R Us. You can see from the photos provided here that there’s plenty of Nintendo merchandise to be found at the popular retail outlet. So if you’re looking to check out what Nintendo has to offer this holiday season then it’s well worth visiting your local Toys R Us store to get hands on with some of the big games this Christmas.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has promised on GameTrailers that the Wii U won’t see the same kind of software drought that plagued the Wii U during the first half of 2013. Reggie admitted that Nintendo had made a mistake, but they hope to rectify that in 2014 with a steady flow of software for the format.
“The way we’re going to be different is, we’re gonna certainly have a steadier pace of games – both for Wii U and for 3DS.”
“The marketing activity is going to be constant throughout the entire year. You tease me a little bit that ‘boy the first half [of 2013] was a little quiet,’ and y’know what, you look back and it was. We’re not going to be making that same mistake in 2014.”
“So the pace, the ongoing activity, touching the consumer, and messaging what we’re all about. That’s going to be a big difference next year.”
The arrival of Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour, has seen Nintendo’s shares up 4.15 percent. The shares reached a a three-month high yesterday, ending the day gaining 4.15 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Wii U has really struggled, but Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime is confident that the console will perform to the company’s expectations in the coming months.