Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Miiverse Gets an Update to Improve Your Activity Feed

Miiverse is a great service but the Activity Feed can take awhile to load at times. Sometimes, it doesn't even load all of the latest activities of our friends. Well, this should now be a problem of the past. Here is what Miiverse Tom had to say about the recent update from Nintendo:

Hello Miiverse, Tom here! 
I’m here to bring you…a Miiverse update! We’ve received many requests for improving the Activity Feed. So starting today, only the newest post of your friends and users you are following will be displayed in the feed, which means the Activity Feed will load faster!

Great, now if Nintendo would just bring back how many "Yeahs" you have received from all of your post combined, I would be happy ...  actually I'll take a unified account system please :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dynamic Designs Finally Finishes Their Fan Translation of the SNES RPG "Daikaiju Monogatari"

Are you into playing obscure SNES RPGs that were never translated into English? Well, you are in luck because Dynamic Designs has finally finished their translation of Hudson Soft's RPG called "Daikaiju Monogatari." The translated title of this game is called "Super Shell Monsters Story." It's a traditional turn-based RPG that shares a lot in common with Dragon Question and Final Fantasy. The game was released back in 1994 and is still impressive today. You can check out some gameplay of the game above. Near the end of the video you can see some of the random battles.

Do you plan on taking on this retro RPG challenge?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

E3 Press Conference Time Zone Chart

Alright guys, E3 is coming up fast! If you are still in the dark about when each press conference will be held, here is a chart that you can use. This chart lays out what time each press conference will be held for each different time zone. Simply find your time zone, find the press conference you want, and it will give you the time that you can catch it.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"90s Arcade Racer" Gameplay Footage for Wii U

Here is a video showcasing some gameplay footage from the upcoming Wii U racing game "90s Arcade Racer." The game runs at 60fps and it looks as if it has some interesting track designs. The game even features some online racing modes. Looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Game Mode and No More Breakable Weapons In "Fire Emblem If"

As the release date for Fire Emblem If on the 3DS inches closer, we are learning more and more about the game. We already know that the game will be split into two different games. One in which the player takes control off the White Kingdom and the second where they take control of the Black Kingdom, which is the more difficult game.

However, there are also other features in the game that are different from previous Fire Emblem games. For example, there is a new play mode called Pheonix. This is an easier mode in which when a player dies on the battle field, they get revived at the start of the player's next turn. This is of course a mode that is meant for people who are new to the series or are looking for less of a challenge.

Another change in the game, which effects every mode (even the hardest difficultly) is how many times you can use a weapon. In previous Fire Emblem games, weapons would break after being used so many times. This element has been removed and players can now use weapons as much as they want without fear off them breaking.

What do you think of these new changes?

Nintendo to Announce Their Plans For E3 Tomorrow

Want to know what Nintendo has planned for E3 this year? Well, you might get a little taste of it tomorrow at 12:00 PM.  Nintendo of America Tweeted the picture above and said that they are going to reveal what they have in store for this year's E3. Can't tell who is in the jump suit, but are we looking at a Punch Out game for the Wii U? We already know the show is going to focus on Wii U and 3DS. We also know that they will not be talking about mobile phone games or the next Nintendo system dubbed the NX.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Satoru Iwata Talks About Nintendo's New Membership Service

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has recently talked briefly about the new Nintendo Membership service that is being developed as a result of a partnership between Nintendo and the mobile gaming company DeNA. So far, we haven't really heard much about what this new membership service will entail. We do know that it will replace Club Nintendo, which is being phased out this year. Thanks to Iwata we also know that the goal of this new service is for gamers to access their account across multiple devices.

Here is what Iwata had to say:

"While we will announce the details of this integrated membership service at a later date, I can share with you at a high level the idea is that the consumer can access multiple devices using one common ID. 
For us to be able to bridge the gap between smart devices and dedicated game systems, we will offer advantages to consumers who use one ID across multiple devices. 
So far, the members input their Club Nintendo ID to use the services. With this new service, our members will be able to visit Nintendo’s website and log in with one ID, and they will receive various services including the ones based on their past purchases and gameplay records as well as services that will be an improved version of the current loyalty program. 
With this new membership, we are planning to deploy services that will make playing Nintendo games with their game pals more fun regardless of which platform they are accessing."

I like that Iwata addressed "past purchases" and "gameplay records." It's sounding more and more like we are finally getting our unified accounts that everyone has been wanting. If this is the case, than your purchases will be tied to an account and not a system. In short, once you buy a digital game, you own it and don't have to rebuy it. In regards to the "gameplay records," he may be hinting at a the possibility of a trophy system for Nintendo systems. This is a system that other platforms already offer, so it would be nice to see Nintendo get on board too.

Weekly Japanese Sales for 4/27 - 5/3: Nintendo Dominates Japan in Both Hardware and Software Sales

Nintendo had a killer week in Japan. Sales figures for the week starting April 27 and ending May 3 shows the Wii U as the best selling system in Japan, even outselling the mighty PS4. These sales were likely due to the launch of Xenoblade Chronicles X. In terms of software, Nintendo took the top five spots with two Wii U games and three 3DS games. You can see the complete figures below:

Hardware Sales:

  1. Wii U – 22,898
  2. PlayStation 4 – 19,782
  3. PlayStation Vita – 17,748
  4. New 3DS LL – 17,062
  5. New 3DS – 5,901
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,956
  7. 3DS – 1,520
  8. 3DS LL – 1,465
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 687
  10. Xbox One – 341

Software Sales:

  1. [3DS]  Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition  - 179,926 (New)
  2. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online  - 98,923 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X - 85,586 (New)
  4. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer -  20,195 (120,242)
  5. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code - 20,103 (99,007)
  6. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition - (125,951)
  7. [PSV] Sakeano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend - 11,202 (New)
  8. [PSV] ToHeart2: Dungeon Travelers - 10,956 (New)
  9. [PSV] Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy -  8,104 (New)
  10. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 - 7,955