Toys R Us in the US are offering Buy 1 Get 1 40% Off on all Amiibo games, figures and game accessories from April 26th to May 2nd, but in-store only. If you have that Amiibo figure you’ve been waiting to get your hands on, now might be the time to do it! Hopefully there’ll be some UK offers popping up soon.
In case you missed it, Nintendo of America has uploaded the Nintendo Treehouse segment that happened after the Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday. The enthusiastic team over at Nintendo Treehouse give you a decent size walk-through of the humongous game as well as gloss over the interface and battle system. If you’re at all interested in Xenoblade Chronicles X then you will probably want to watch this video.
We’ve got some brand new footage of the long-awaited Mario Maker which was taken directly from Game Center CX SP at NicoNico Chokaigi 2015. The event was a Super Mario 30th Anniversary special and featured two games, which were the original Super Mario Bros and Mario Maker. In the video you can witness Shinya Arino playing Super Mario Bros with the DanceDance Revolution mat, which is rather amusing. The second part showcases Mario Maker on the Wii U. Shinya Arino made three custom levels before the event for three special guests to play their way through. The third guess is none other than Shigeru Miyamoto. Be sure to check out all the fun and games in the video, above.
If you live in Canada or happen to be there, get yourselves down to your local Toys R Us before the end of the month to grab select amiibo compatible Wii U games, like Mario Kart 8 or Hyrule Warriors, for $10 off. It’s not a bad deal, it’d be nice if the rest of the world had it. The offer ends in 5 days on the 30th April, so you better hurry!
Nintendo has released some information about digital offers you can find in the eShop until the end of the month. You can check them out in the handy bullet point list below. Which offers will you be taking the plunge with this month?
- Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 – Available now
The new DLC pack gives you three new characters, eight new tracks and four new vehicles. Pack 2 is available for $7.99 or, alternatively, snatch them both at $11.99.
- Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros – Available from April 28th
Everyone will soon be able to play with Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros for $3.99 for either the Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, or for both at $4.99.
- amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits – Available from April 30th
Download this game from the eShop and tap any of your amiibo to your Wii U gamepad to unlock playable 3-minute scenes from a SNES or NES game – a fun way to use your amiibo and relive the classics.
- Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition – Demo available from April 30th: Download the demo from the eShop and get a feel for the puzzle game through Mushroom Kingdom, in order to be ready for its release on May 22nd. Plus, any progress recorded in the demo can be transferred to the full game when purchased.
You might have noticed it yourself, seeing less and less SNES games being released on the Wii U Virtual Console, and now Natsume have said that “Nintendo’s interests have moved onto other classic systems.” This was revealed in a Q&A on the Natsume Community Manager’s official tumblr, after being asked: “Will the two Pocky & Rocky SNES games ever be re-released on the Virtual Console?”
The Q&A also offered some insight into how the titles are brought to Virtual Console. They told us that Nintendo actually do most of the work, after they discuss with the publisher which title would be best to bring to Virtual Console. What console do you think will be Nintendo’s next focus? I, for one, am sad to see the SNES titles go!
How does the virtual console porting process work? What are all the steps needed to put a game (Like HM2 GBC for example) on VC?
The titles for Virtual Console are handled by Nintendo. The publisher and Nintendo discuss which classic titles would be a good fit and have the best potential to sell. Once a title is agreed upon, Nintendo and the publisher work together to bring that title to the designated system, with Nintendo doing the bulk of the work.
Will the two Pocky & Rocky SNES games ever be re-released on the Virtual Console?
At this point, it’s unlikely we’ll see any other Natsume SNES games coming to the Virtual Console, as Nintendo’s interest has moved onto other classic systems.