Hyrule Warriors was a great crossover title by Koei Tecmo and Nintendo. The team would love to build on this with other iconic Nintendo franchises. Koei Tecmo Executive Vice President Hisashi Koinuma has said that any franchise is fair game including the Super Mario series and also the Pokemon series. Pokemon Producer Junichi Masuda has also joined in saying that he would be open to a Pokemon game based on Musou as long as it wasn’t too violent. Who knows? One of these crossover ideas could eventually come into fruition.
Nintendo’s former head of indies Dan Adelman believes that third party developers skip Nintendo platforms as they don’t think they can compete against the first party titles that are available. You’d think it was more likely due to the fact that Nintendo implements gimmicks in their platforms that large third developers aren’t interested in taking advantage of. Lack of sales on Nintendo platforms doesn’t seem to help either. Here’s what Adelman believes.
“It really comes down to the business case for these publishers. Nintendo consumers buy Nintendo systems primarily for the first party content. There’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophesy in that publishers feel that they can’t compete with Nintendo first party, so they choose not to invest in making high quality products for the platform. There are some notable exceptions to this over the years like Rayman Legends but many times third party publishers set low sales projections for their games, and then decide a development budget based on that. I can’t say outright that they’re wrong either.”
“There have been cases where companies decided to pull out the stops and make a great game for Nintendo platforms only to find that consumers weren’t interested. And it could be because consumers have been burnt by third party games on Nintendo platforms before.”
“For Nintendo to break this cycle, I think they need to invest and absorb some of the risk for third parties who try to embrace the features of Nintendo platforms and help communicate to consumers which games are on par with Nintendo first party games in terms of quality. Sony and Microsoft spend a lot of money securing exclusives – or at least exclusive features – on the top games and since Nintendo doesn’t really do that, third parties focus on the other systems. I’m not sure about Sony, but I know Microsoft also has a team of technical people that will go work with a studio for a few weeks or even months to help them make their games as good as they can be on those platforms.”
We all got incredibly excited when we found out from Nintendo Australia that Fire Emblem 3DS was destined for release this year. However, that excitement hasn’t lasted long as the company has sent out an amendment email stating that there was an error in the listed release dates of Nintendo 3DS titles for 2015. Whether Fire Emblem 3D is coming this year is anyone’s guess.
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New PAX, New Nintendo 3DS XL. During the first PAX South event in San Antonio, Texas, from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, Nintendo is giving fans a chance to get some hands-on time with the New Nintendo 3DS XL system before it launches in the U.S. on Feb. 13. Upcoming Nintendo 3DS games The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which both use the enhanced features of New Nintendo 3DS XL, will also be available to play.
New Nintendo 3DS XL provides a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing portable gaming experience possible. The system features a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, beautifully enhanced super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The system also has faster processing power than the Nintendo 3DS system, which allows some software to start up faster. The increase in CPU power also allows improved download speeds and smoother transitions when switching between software and when using Miiverse. (Download speeds may vary depending on Internet connections.)
PAX South runs for three days, and fans of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask definitely know the importance of a 72-hour timeline within the game. To celebrate the upcoming launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D on Feb. 13, Nintendo is hosting a “72-Hour Mask Challenge,” which asks fans to create their own personalized masks. For more details, stay tuned to the Nintendo of America Twitter account (@NintendoAmerica).
In addition to playing New Nintendo 3DS XL and many fun games, visitors to the Nintendo booth (#1234) at PAX South will have the opportunity to take photos with a real-life replica of the Majora’s Mask and receive paper versions to wear around the convention (while supplies last). Fans that come dressed in costumes inspired by The Legend of Zelda will be able to bypass lines to get hands-on time with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.
Nintendo 3DS games scheduled to be shown include:
• The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D from Nintendo
• Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate from Capcom
• Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo
We all know Nintendo is sponsoring this year’s APEX event, which was a nice surprise. Now it turns out that some insiders are hinting that there will be a special game at the event for people to try out. With Nintendo sponsoring the event it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to guess that either Splatoon or Pokken Tournament will make a surprise appearance at the event. Whatever it is, it should be good.
We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know when. Now Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D official website is open for business. It looks as beautiful as you’d expect and contains plenty of nuggets of helpful information about the remastered Nintendo 64 title. You can check out The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask website, right here.
The latest edition of the always entertaining Nintendo Minute has given gamers in the United States a good overview of the New Nintendo 3DS XL which launches on February 13th. We already know that Nintendo of America has denied fans a chance to purchase the regular New Nintendo 3DS, so this isn’t mentioned in the video. However if you want to see an unboxing and an overview of the console then this video should suit you fine.