Nintendo has begun issuing reprints of popular Wii games without the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo due to the online service’s worldwide closure on May 20. According to a snapshot of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s reprint for the Nintendo Wii, it no longer sports the NWC logo on the case and has an amended ESRB rating, which states that its online functionality is no longer rated by the board.
Although only one reprint has been confirmed, it’s possible Nintendo will be reprinting cases for those games that still guarantee sales. However, in the mean time the publisher has warned those who purchase games that its online service for Wii and DS games will close by placing stickers on such titles that use the service. The Wi-Fi connection will close permanently on May 20, perfectly placed for the upcoming Mario Kart 8 release.
Shinesparkers, the talented group behind Harmony of a Hunter, has announced that they’re preparing a tribute to Nintendo’s popular fighter, Super Smash Bros. This fan project aims to encapsulate all three Smash Bros games - the original Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64, GameCube sequel Melee and Brawl on Wii. The album will be titled Harmony of Heroes and will be available as a free digital download when it’s released in 2014. Here’s what Darren from Shinesparkers had to say about the exciting project.
“Our latest project builds on the success of our previous projects Harmony of a Hunter and Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, which were created in celebration and support of Metroid’s twenty fifth anniversary. While we were proud of our achievements, we were overwhelmed by the love and support of our albums that we decided to consider another. After 101% Run released and seventy five tracks later, we were satisfied that we had effectively covered the vast majority of music from the Metroid franchise to a standard that many fans could appreciate. But we also knew that it would be difficult to fill a third album of music from the franchise.”
“It was important that our next album had a different focus, but still appealed to the dedicated and loyal fan base we had received. To ensure this was still achievable, we decided that Harmony of Heroes would also be highly diverse in terms of musical genre and feature musicians like our previous projects. We identified that a lot of Metroid fans were also fans of other Nintendo franchises and Super Smash Bros, so we felt it would be a desirable project. Super Smash Bros is a hot topic right now with fans eagerly anticipating the upcoming games on Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.”
“Harmony of Heroes will focus on music from all three Super Smash Bros games and feature some of the most cherished and loved franchises in Nintendo history, including Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Kirby and Pokemon. We also want to assure people that the Metroid franchise will be suitably represented in Harmony of Heroes. I can confirm that some musicians from our previous projects will be contributing music to this album, as well as brand new musicians hoping to make their debut for the first time. Harmony of Heroes will be assisted by Pyro Paper Planes and Buoy, two musicians from Harmony of a Hunter. Both of them have been a huge and essential support to the project so far, offering some great advice and suggestions to make this album something incredibly special. You will be hearing more from them during the development of this project. We are also thankful to Sam Dillard for creating and scoring our announcement trailer.”
“Finally, I would like to confirm that Harmony of Heroes will be released in 2014 as a free digital release via our website. We hope that Smash Bros fans will look forward to our project and that fans of Shinesparkers and Harmony of a Hunter will continue to support us.”
The Official Nintendo Magazine says the forthcoming Super Smash Bros. title for Wii U would be better than Wii’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl if it includes seven things. Among the seven things are a better online infrastructure, more cooperative options, the addition friend leagues, character transfer between Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the ability to take in-game screenshots and share them, feature more Nintendo history throughout the game, and the option of playing as the Master Hand.
What would you like added to the first HD Super Smash Bros. title?
The next Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will probably allow gamers to choose among different controller types, according to producer Masahiro Sakurai. Sakurai mentions the fact that the Nintendo GameCube controller isn’t the only way to control Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and his team “will look into ways that fits the Wii U.”
Although it’s a Wii exclusive, motion controls are almost nonexistent in Super Smash Bros. Brawl – would you like Wii U’s (or Nintendo 3DS’s) Super Smash Bros. game to implement motion controls in some way?
In North America, two titles – Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin 2 - join the Nintendo Selects collection. Both of these games were originally released on Nintendo GameCube but have been updated with enhanced Wii controls and are available to purchase for $19.99. Two original Wii games – Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Country Returns – are now $29.99 instead of $49.99. Which game(s) will you be picking up?
The next Super Smash Bros. is not going to be released any time soon – in the meantime, play Project M. Project M is a Super Smash Bros. Melee-inspired mod that can be applied to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The mod is legal because you need to have a copy of Brawl in your possession.
Project M’s purpose is to make Brawl’s gameplay mechanics similar to Melee’s style. Project M also removes the random tripping prevalent in Brawl, balances the characters, and adds new stages such as Skyward Sword’s Skyloft. The mod is free of charge and can be downloaded from Project M’s website.
“Project M is playable on ANY NTSC Wii, without any hardware modification, and even without any longterm software modification. All that is needed to get started is an SD card and a copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.”
Smashboards has announced that it’s officially banning Metaknight on Super Smash Bros Brawl in the USA under the Unity Ruleset 2.0. The reasoning behind the move is firstly because of his impeccable recovery options and speed, and secondly he is considered to have between an even to significantly advantageous match-up against every character in the cast. R.I.P Metaknight.