Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nintendo Direct Tomorrow (April 1)

According to Nintendo's official Twitter account, there will be a Nintendo Direct tomorrow on April 1st. While it may seem like an April Fools Joke, Nintendo has confirmed that this is no joke! The direct will be on at 5:00 pm PT / 6:00 pm ET. Nintendo said that the direct will focus on upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. I am also sure we will get some updates about the Mewtwo DLC for Smash Bros. Wii U and an update on the "Mario Kart 8" DLC.

Remember, there are sure to be lots of sites posting pranks and fake news tomorrow. For all the actual news released by Nintendo, be sure to watch the direct yourself or check back in for updates here. People love to spread fake rumors about Nintendo on April Fools Day.

Last Day to Earn Coins On Club Nintendo

As I am sure you already know, Nintendo is closing its customer loyalty program Club Nintendo. This program is going to be replaced by a bigger and better program, according to Nintendo. However, for those of you that still have surveys to take on Club Nintendo, you better do them now!

Club Nintendo officially closes on June 30 of this year. However, today (March 31) is the last day for people to earn coins on Club Nintendo. Meaning, if you have any games to register or any surveys to take, you better do them now. After that, you will have until June 30 to spend your remaining coins or they are gone for good.

Once your coins are gone, you got nothing left to do but sit and wait to see what new loyalty program Nintendo is going to roll out next. I am sure we will hear something about it in the next Nintendo Direct.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

What Nintendo Games to Expect At This Year's E3

This year's E3 is going to be here before you know it. However, with the announcement that the Legend of Zelda Wii U has been delayed and won't be coming out this year, what is Nintendo planning to show off at this year's event. We know Nintendo isn't going to share any new information on the NX. Information on that system will not be released until next year, and the system itself probably wont be out until 2017.

According to a Nintendo of America spokesperson, this year's E3 is going to be all about games that are releasing this year. This is a smart move as 2015 is the last year that Nintendo really has to drive up sales of the Wii U. Once the NX is shown off in 2016, sales for the Wii U are going to all but stop. Nintendo did not say, however, if they are going to be on stage at E3 or if we are going to see another Nintendo Direct. I am betting, without Zelda to show off and no new system, we are likely going to see another Nintendo Direct.

Here is what the spokesman had to say:

“As Mr. Aonuma announced, The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U is no longer targeted as a 2015 release. Rather than sticking to a specific schedule, the team wants to make this the most complete and the best game it can possibly be. The new launch timing has not yet been determined. Because we’d like to focus on developing the game, we aren’t planning on showing it at this year’s E3, where we will be highlighting games launching in 2015. We will let you know when we’re ready to share more specifics.”

Below is a list of games that have either been confirmed or are likely to show up at this year's E3. Some of these games may be playable:

  • Mario Maker
  • Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
  • Star Fox Wii U
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Yoshi's Wooly World
  • Devil's Third
  • New 3DS Fire Emblem

Nintendo has also been working on another 3D Mario. It's very possible that this game may be Mario Galaxy 3. If not, we are likely to see some kind of new 3D Mario game. There has also been talk about a new Metroid game. This rumor was started thanks to the confirmation that Retro is working on a tripe-A title Wii U game. Retro has been handling Donkey Kong Country and Metroid Prime for Nintendo. Since Donkey Kong Country has already been released on the Wii U, it's likely that this is some kind of Metroid game, possibly a new game in the Prime series. There was also loose talk that it could be Diddy Kong Racing 2, but it's highly unlikely. Beyond that we don't know. Nintendo will come out with some kind of big announcement for 2015, with the hopes of further beefing up the Wii U library. What IP do you expect Nintendo to announce for the Wii U at this year's E3?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Retro Metriod and Pit Themes Available For the 3DS

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If your looking to get your hands on some retro themes for your 3DS, Nintendo added Metriod and Pit themes to the Theme Shop this week. Not only do the themes have cool animations when you scroll, but they feature some great music from both games. If you got an extra $1.99 to spend, you might as well check them out.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures" Coming to Wii U April 2nd

If you're a Angry Video Game Nerd fan like I am, you will be happy to hear that "Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures" is coming to the Wii U. Thankfully, you won't have to wait long to get your hands on it either. The game will be released on the Wii U eShop on April 2nd for just $10. You can read a short description of the game below or see a video above. Remember you can watch the Angry Video Game Nerd on YouTube. While your there, check out some of his other videos, like the James & Mike Mondays videos, where they play new games every Monday.

Influenced by retro classics, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures features the AVGN and friends as they blast their way through 10 levels of fun, fast paced 2D action based on the AVGN’s adventures in his online series. With multiple playable characters, power ups, cameos galore, tons of secrets and more, we’re making a game that all fans of video games will enjoy. If you’re a fan of old school difficulty, fart jokes, The Nerd and/or old school platformers chances are you’ll enjoy AVGN Adventures. 
Some say “hard” we saying “rewarding!” Why? Because every check point you get, every boss you beat, every accomplishment is earned. You feel like like a stud. This is a game that allows you to brag to your friends if you beat it. Yes, this is the official The Angry Video Game Nerd game!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

(Video) In-depth Look at the New Fate System in "Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2"

Here is a new video from Atlus that gives a more in-depth look at the new Fate System in the upcoming game "Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2." You can check out the video above. This system adds just another level of strategy to an already deep game.

Nintendo Smartphone Games Will Be "Free-to-Start" Not "Free-to-Play"

When you hear the term "free-to-play," what do you think of? I tend to think of a glorified demo. A game that I can download for free, play a small piece of it, but will need to pay some kind of money in order to progress or get the full experience. Maybe this is why Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, says that he hates labeling games as "free-to-play." Something that was brought to light during a recent Time interview.

This is why mobile games created by Nintendo are going to be "free-to-start." While this pretty much means the same thing, it's at least a more accurate description of what consumers are actually getting. Well Nintendo be able to change the mobile market with this term? Probably not right away. However, it's refreshing to see someone come to the mobile market that is labeling its games honestly. Nothing is worse than picking up a game you think you can play for free, and be forced to pay real money in order to progress the story. When I think of free-to-play, I think of a game that I can play the story without paying, but if I want extras, I need to pay. I am not against paying for games, but be up front with me about it.

With the news that Nintendo is throwing its hat into the mobile market, everyone is expecting to see some free-to-start Zelda and Mario games just around the corner. However, I don't think that we are going to see any of these kinds of games in the traditional sense. Nintendo has already made it clear that they are still a hardware developer first. They proved this by announcing the Nintendo NX. I think we are going to see games like "Pokemon Shuffle," which is pretty much a "Candy Crush" like clone.

I also think that we may see Nintendo start releasing virtual console games on mobile devices. Nintendo recently went out and cleaned house by removing a number of Nintendo emulators from the Android and Apple stores. This was followed by an announcement that they were entering the mobile market. These events seem to closely linked to be pure chance.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Update for the Nintendo 3DS is Now Available

A new update has recently been released for the Nintendo 3DS. This is the update that will bring amiibo support to the original 3DS and 3DS XL. For the New 3DS XL, this update brings a number of changes to the Home Menu Layout and some changes to the Theme Shop. You can see a full list of changes below:

Changes to HOME Menu:

  • A Home Menu Layout setting has been added to HOME Menu Settings. Users can save and load up to 8 layouts of the HOME Menu with different theme and software icon arrangements
  • Changes to Theme Shop:
  • Additional categories have been added under “View More” for easier navigation of the Theme Shop
  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS Systems Only:

  • amiibo Settings has been added to HOME Menu Settings. amiibo Settings allows users to register an amiibo owner and nickname, delete data written to an amiibo by supported software, or reset an amiibo