Nintendo of America is currently conducting a survey to find out what gamers thought of their E3 coverage this year. We had the Nintendo Digital Conference which was a resounding success and we also got to go behind the scenes with the Treehouse team. You can voice your opinions in the survey, right here.
Nintendo has registered the Quality of Life trademark in Europe today. Quality of Life is Nintendo’s next project, separate from their traditional video game consoles. We haven’t heard too much about who they’re targeting and what the device will be like, but Nintendo has said that the device will focus on fun.
Nintendo of America has posted a brand new trailer for the upcoming Hyrule Warriors which is exclusive to the Wii U. The latest video shows off Princess Zelda using the Wind Waker as a baton to fend off the legions of enemies intent on attacking her. Hyrule Warriors launches on September 26th in the United States.
Nintendo Europe will be running a special promotion for those of you that own either NES Remix or NES Remix 2. If you own either of those titles then you’re eligible to get 50% off select NES titles on the Wii U eShop. These games include The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and Dr Mario. The promotion begins on the 24th of July. Which games will you be purchasing?
Online gaming publication Siliconera recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bill Trinen, the Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America. Bill explained about the origins of Nintendo Treehouse and how it was in the early days compared to now.
“The thing about Treehouse is that it’s actually a huge team [now]. When I joined Nintendo back in ’98, there were two of us. We localized games, captured all the screenshots for promotional materials, wrote all of the manuals, captured all of the footage to help with T.V. ads for media…the list gets longer.”
“From there, the team started to grow, and one of the first things I said was, ‘We really need somebody else to capture the footage [for media], because there’s actual localization work to do, and we can’t do it all,’ so then we added what’s now called our Marketing Support Team.”
“Then there’s my team. I left out of localization several years ago and started up what is essentially the product marketing team. Our role is to educate the NOA internal marketing teams and their agencies on what the products are and how they can identify the key features of a product.”
“We also have our brand management/Pokémon team that handles all of the Pokémon products. They do some things around the Kirby franchise. Today, Treehouse is a very large group. Localization alone is 40 or 50 people. It’s hard to imagine that we started by translating text into .txt files.”
“There have actually been rumors that Mr. Miyamoto is going to retire, you know, so this E3 we were going to spread the rumor that the two of us had bought a place in a Hawaii and that we’re going to retire together. But really, when I first joined Nintendo it was in 1998. I had gone in for an interview on a contract job and didn’t hear back, so, I just sort of assumed I didn’t get the job. Then I heard back from this agency that had hooked me up with the interview and they said, ‘well yeah, they don’t want to hire you for the contract job, they just want to HIRE you!’ So, naturally, I said, hey, sure—I’ll do that!”
“As a part of the testing process for Ocarina of Time, we were doing these nightly telephone conference calls, because we didn’t have video conference technology back then—but we at least had email—so we would do these calls every night and I ended up being the one who was translating them for the testing team in Redmond.”
“I was going about my merry way for a few months when, one day, Jim Merrick comes up to me and says, ‘you’re Bill, right? You speak Japanese, don’t you?’ I was young and naïve, so of course I said, ‘Yeah! Yeah I speak Japanese!’
“Miyamoto was really nervous because he had never spoken in front of an audience that large before—and I was really nervous because I had never met Mr. Miyamoto. I can’t remember it exactly, but there was this little joke at the beginning…anyways, we got on stage, and he gets to his joke, tells it, I translate it, and the whole room just busts up. That’s been our motto ever since—whenever were doing anything, we don’t really care what the audience thinks, the two of us are just going to get up and have fun.”
“Before the trip, I told my wife, ‘I’m going to come back either looking for a new job or I’ll be staying at Nintendo for a very long time.”
Nintendo has announced that it has opened up a new Miiverse community called Camp Miiverse. The new board will see players participate in gaming events that span the entire of Miiverse. Tom, the moderator, says anyone is welcome provided they have the games that the team will be playing. Here’s what he had to say.
“Starting today for the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting gaming events that will span across Miiverse! Anyone can join as long as you have the games we’ll be playing. How it works: CHECK OUT our post where we’ll announce each day’s activity. We’ll post it right here in Camp Miiverse. PLAY the game! Try to beat our challenge! POST your screenshot proving you beat our challenge in THAT GAME’S COMMUNITY. Over there! Not here! RESULTS will be posted the next day. Events will generally be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For Mondays and Wednesdays you’ll have all day to play, and events held on Fridays will run all weekend long.”
Thanks, Adam and Codymkw
Kids with a current Nintendo console are in for a treat, as the first episode in a new series of kid-friendly video content called The Cat Mario Show is now freely available to watch on Nintendo eShop on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.
The bite-sized presentation delivers a puppet show hosted by Cat Mario and Cat Peach and is peppered with fun facts, tips and quizzes for Nintendo’s youngest fans. In the first video, the two hand-puppet hosts reveal insider secrets on becoming a Mario Expert and challenge kids to spot the hidden Luigi in SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD, while the show also delivers some top tips on becoming super powerful in the Kirby Fighters battle mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
With new episodes to be released over time, kids can now get their paws on the first episode by visiting Nintendo eShop on their Nintendo console and loading up The Cat Mario Show – a purr-fect slice of Nintendo-style fun for kids and parents alike.
If you’re wondering which Nintendo eShop titles you can get your hands on this week then wonder no more. Nintendo of America has announced that this week you can purchase Strike Force Foxx for the Nintendo 3DS and also get 50% off the acclaimed SteamWorld Dig. Here’s the titles you can download this week.
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Strike Force Foxx – Take control of Captain Raymond Foxx as you guide your Razor-One helicopter through intense missions, battling the enemy and saving your citizens. Take to the air in your helicopter in more than 35 missions to eliminate numerous obstacles, including gunmen, tanks, helicopters, planes, machine-gunning jeeps, heat-seeking missiles, gunboats and submarines. Strike Force Foxx is available now exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch the latest trailer.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Mr. Driller 2 – Armed with a mighty drill, dig deep through multicolored blocks until reaching safety. Not all of the blocks will be breakable, but be careful that the blocks you break don’t fall on you or cut off your air supply. How deep can you dig underground?
- NintendoeShop Sales
- SteamWorld Dig – The critically acclaimed SteamWorld Dig is 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS now through 9 a.m. PT on July 31. Can you dig it? Get SteamWorld Dig now!
- Little Inferno – Little Inferno is 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U now through 9 a.m. PT on July 24.
- escapeVektor – escapeVektor is available at the discounted price of $3.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS now through 9 a.m. PT on July 31.
- Snow Moto Racing 3D – Snow Moto Racing 3D is available at the discounted price of $3.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS now through 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 21.
- ATLUS Games – Shin Megami Tensei IV, Shin Megami: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and more ATLUS games are on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS from 9 a.m. PT on July 21 through 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 4.
Also new this week:
- Comic Workshop (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Nintendo is heading to Comic-Con in San Diego to bring a collection of fun games and engaging events directly to fans. Visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on time with Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, as well as additional upcoming 2014 games like Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Add to this an exciting multiday stream of live game-play challenges on the Nintendo Twitch channel and a host of other fun activities, and you have Nintendo’s biggest presence at Comic-Con ever.
“Nintendo fans are going to have a great time with what we have planned for San Diego Comic-Con this year, whether they are attending the event or watching at home from across the country,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “From first hands-on opportunities to tournaments and a fun live stream, we want to make sure that everyone has a great time experiencing Nintendo at the show.”
Nintendo’s hub at San Diego Comic-Con will be located at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on the first floor of the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel, an area open to the general public, so even fans who don’t have a Comic-Con badge can get in on the fun. The playable games scheduled to appear include:
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo
- Pokémon Art Academy from Nintendo
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Nintendo
- Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal from SEGA
- THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL from Square Enix, Inc.
- Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
- Siesta Fiesta from Mojo Bones Ltd. (Nintendo eShop)
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U from Nintendo
- Hyrule Warriors from Nintendo
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from Nintendo
- Yoshi’s Woolly World from Nintendo
- Mario Kart 8 from Nintendo
- Bayonetta 2 from Nintendo
- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric from SEGA
- Just Dance 2015 from Ubisoft
- Skylanders Trap Team from Activision
- Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop)
- 1001 Spikes from Nicalis (Nintendo eShop)
- Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition from DrinkBox Studios (Nintendo eShop)
Visitors to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will also be able to view a display of amiibo, figures modeled after Nintendo characters that will interact with compatible Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. A special area themed after Tomodachi Life will also be available, where visitors can recharge their minds, bodies and Nintendo 3DS systems. In addition to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, Nintendo will have a booth at the San Diego Convention Center dedicated entirely to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
On July 25 and July 26, Nintendo will stream Nintendo Challenge Live, a stage show hosted from the Nintendo Gaming Lounge that features intense tournament competition and awesome game-play challenges from some of the hottest upcoming games on Nintendo platforms. Fans can open their browsers to http://www.twitch.tv/nintendo to catch all of the action and stick around for hours to soak in all the festivities.
Nintendo will be hosting its first-ever tournament for the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game. Tournament slots are limited for the one-day event, and fans will be able to sign up the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. The full tournament will be streamed athttp://www.twitch.tv/nintendo. The tournament will be conducted using the E3 version of the game. This version represents a game still in development and may not represent the final quality and balance of the game, which launches on Oct. 3.
Mario Kart 8 is already one of the best-selling Wii U games of all time, and the love for the game and franchise will be well-represented at Comic-Con. Racers who visit the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be able to compete in local Mario Kart 8 competitions. The bracket-style competitions will pit 32 players against each other. The winner of each local competition will then be invited to take on racers around the world using the online tournament feature ofMario Kart 8. Players at home can join the online tournaments with a chance to face off against the local champions. The online tournament codes and schedule will be announced via Nintendo’s social media channels in the future.
Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 aren’t the only franchises with unique activities at Comic-Con. Bayonetta fans will want to make sure they mark their calendars for a screening of the new animated film Bayonetta: Bloody Fate from FUNimation Entertainment. The stylized animated movie follows the powerful witch Bayonetta as she battles the forces of heaven to regain her memory. The feature film will screen Friday, July 25, at 9:35 p.m. PT in Marriott Hall Room 4 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel.
Japanese gamers generally get great promotional gifts and this looks set to continue with the latest items available on Club Nintendo. There’s a super cute Yoshi plushie which is available for 650 points and some Super Mario Bros decorative tape for 250 points. There’s currently no word as to whether these will come to the west.
Thanks, Jason P