Nintendo is busy ramping up marketing for the release of Super Mario Maker this month and what better way to spread the word than to get some YouTube celebrities such as iJustine and other YouTubers onboard to create the ultimate Super Mario Maker level. There’s five teams and their levels will be posted to YouTube tomorrow and you can vote for which one you believe is the best. You can watch an overview video of the Super Mario Maker Super Creator Challenge, below.
The Nintendo US Store is currently stocking refurbished 32GB White Wii U Deluxe consoles with a copy of Nintendo Land and the super fun Super Mario 3D World for $235. It should be noted that you don’t generally see White 32GB Wii U consoles, so who knows? Maybe in the future they will be worth something. Anyway, it’s a good deal as it stands and these are sure to be snapped up.
US retailer Best Buy is currently running a flash sale that will last for four hours. There’s plenty of gaming items to be had including a New Nintendo 3DS XL with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and a charger for $214.98. You can also pick up Code Name STEAM for $19.99. To see all the deals that are on offer check out the page, here.
Amazon.com has now started to sell digital Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games on their website. Sadly as with most digital versions they are slightly more pricey than the physical version. You can buy a variety of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games including New Super Mario Bros 2, Splatoon, Hyrule Warriors and many more. Here’s the games that are supported so far on Amazon.
The tragic passing of late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata came as a shock to gamers and developers so it seems extremely fitting that he should be honoured at PAX Prime this weekend. The organisers behind the event have set up a special area designed for those who wish to pay their respects. It’s a relatively small area which features a display that pays tribute to his many accomplishments. It’s a nice way of being reminded what Mr Iwata did for the video game industry.
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Nintendo’s Senior Marketing Manager for publisher and developer relations, Damon Baker, recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Game Informer about the rise of indie titles on Nintendo platforms. Baker explained that the Kyoto based company doesn’t get many exclusivity deals as they’re less reluctant to throw cash around than Sony or Microsoft. However, Baker says that independent developers benefit more from simultaneous releases rather than exclusivity deals.
“We’re not known for exclusive [indie games] in particular, and that’s because we’re not throwing around a lot of cash. We also don’t see a huge benefit to developers in driving exclusive deals with platforms and consoles. They need to do what’s right for them from a business perspective, and we want to help complement that and make sure that they’re making the most from the experience on our platforms. We very much encourage all of our development partners to release simultaneously across all platforms.”
“We’ve seen the data that proves that the developers are the ones that are going to benefit from that versus going with an exclusive arrangement. We’re certainly not going to frown upon those people that are bringing exclusive content over to us, because we will make the most of it and make sure they are doing a great job with it. I think that we have a strong focus on multiplatform content, and that’s because we do have a point of differentiation with our control schemes and what these developers can create in a unique environment.”
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Good news for the Pokemon fans out there as Nintendo has announced that more Pokemon movies have been added to iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. You will be able to watch Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. These are currently only on the US stores, but they should hopefully appear soon in Europe.
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew sees Ash unknowingly release a Lucario sealed in a staff once owned by Sir Aaron, at a time long before Poké Balls were made. Confused as to what happened, Lucario looks for answers with Ash joining such journey of discovery.
Temple of the Sea continues Ash, May, Max and Brock progress through the Battle Frontier. They encounter a travelling family circus who later reveal that they have all shared the same dream that May has, where they see a temple under the sea and with a mysterious Pokémon. That sparks an adventure to discover whether it holds any truth.
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