One of the titles that Wii U owners are looking forward to the most is The Legend of Zelda. We were told it had been delayed and would be coming in 2016. However, today Nintendo listed the Wii U titles due out for 2016 and The Legend of Zelda isn’t one of them. There’s titles such as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, but The Legend of Zelda Wii U simply has a release date of TBD, which means to be determined. Let’s hope it is coming next year.
Notice something different about Miiverse today? That’s because the free family-friendly service that lets players communicate with other Nintendo players around the world just got a redesign. The makeover is not only visual – the update comes with new features that make sharing tips, drawings and comments about Wii U or Nintendo 3DS games more enjoyable than ever.
The new features included in the redesign include the following:
- Screen Shot Album – Saving and organizing screen shots that people take in games are made easier with the new Screen Shot Album. The private album can only be viewed by the player and can hold up to 100 screen shots from a variety of games. The images can even be neatly sorted by game name for easy searching.
- Play Journal – With the Play Journal, players can record their unique game experiences by writing journal entries about games as they play them. Creating a journal entry is as easy as opening Miiverse while playing a compatible game, and each entry will include a screen shot that shows exactly what was happening in the game when the player pressed the HOME button. The new Play Journal feature replaces the ability for users to post directly to their own activity feeds.
- New Look – In the main community for each Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game, posts will be categorized in three easy-to-browse sections:
- Play Journal Entries – All Play Journal entries from players about a specific game will be located here. By viewing the displayed screen shots, players can quickly find other players who are in the same section of the game, making it easy to find relevant tips, comments and experiences.
- Drawings – Miiverse is full of incredible drawings from fans. This community section will display artwork other players have created about the game, in order of popularity.
- Discussions – If players want to ask questions or start conversations about a game, this is the perfect place to do it. The inclusion of tags in these discussions makes it easier for players to find what they are looking for.
Source: Nintendo PR
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The Wii U has had a tough time in a competitive marketplace but Nintendo has announced that the console has now sold over 10 million units since it launched back in 2012. Nintendo’s latest IP the super-colourful Splatoon has been a success for the company since it released back in May. The shooter has sold 1.62 million units by June 30th. On the hardware side, Nintendo also announced that it has sold over 1 million Nintendo 3DS consoles during the last quarter. Software sales for the Nintendo 3DS have also been encouraging at 7.92 million. Nintendo has yet to give sales figures for amiibo figures but says they are “favourable.”
Nintendo has announced its first-quarter financial results and they aren’t to be sniffed at. The company posted its biggest First-Quarter results since 2012. Net sales reached an impressive £466.7m for the three months ending June 30th. The company’s operating income rose to £5.94m. Overall profits for the First-Quarter of 2015 were at £42.8m.
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Nintendo Germany has tweeted that it will be live streaming on Twitch during next week’s Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany. Nintendo will be broadcasting from the event on August 6th, 7th, and 8th. It’s not clear if it is just Nintendo Germany hosting the Twitch live stream or whether Nintendo Europe and Nintendo of America will also be live streaming things from the event.
On 6th August, a free software update for Splatoon on Wii U brings a large amount of new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level-cap and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Players will now be able to create a winning strategy and fight to be the best and most battle tested squid-squad around.
The new update introduces Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking options. In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection. After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.
In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customisable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favourite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: if the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.
With this robust new update also comes an increased level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle modes. After downloading the software update, players will be able to reach level 50 (raised from level 20) and rank S and S+ in Ranked Battle (both higher than A+).
While Inklings around the world are enjoying and mastering the current arsenal of weapons in Splatoon, two new weapon types will be available with the update, adding a new layer of strategy to the game. The bucket-like Slosher weapons hurl ink straight ahead at an impressive range. By adjusting the angle, these new weapons can be used to splat opponents who are up high or even on the other side of a wall. With the Gatling-style Splatling, players can charge all-powerful ink. A maximum charge unleashes the full potential of this particular weapon type. In addition to the new weapons, more than 40 pieces of gear, including everything from a leather jacket to a sushi-chef costume are coming to the various in-game shops in Splatoon.
Despite its size and scope, this massive August update is not the end of the splat-tacular free content coming to Splatoon. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and into autumn, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. More details on these additions will be revealed in the future.
DoCoMo, the popular Japanese mobile network, has revealed a rare Super Mario themed New Nintendo 3DS coverplates. The catch is that it is only available via their Premium Club and will set gamers back a hefty 20,000 points. However these points get them a white New Nintendo 3DS and the coverplates, which are inspired by the work of Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso. We haven’t heard whether these special coverplates will be sold separately. If they are only available via the DoCoMo deal then they are certainly going to be worth some cash to collectors.