It appears the Splatoon Global Testfire went better then Nintendo expected. Not only did the servers hold up very well but it also got a lot of people interested in the game. So much so that apparently the game is climbing pre-order charts on Amazon globally. Here in North America, Splatoon is already at the top of the Wii U list and even climbed into the top 20 list for all games. It seems the Global Testfire has payed off for Splatoon.
We all know that Nintendo recently shutdown Club Nintendo and announced that its replacement is on the way. During the announcement of the DeNA partnership back in March, we learned that there is a new membership program coming this fall that would span multiple devices. Well during the recent investors meeting, Nintendo gave us a little more info on both of them. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata stated that the membership program will include “an improved version of the current loyalty program.” Read what he said exactly after the jump.
A little over a week ago, Xenoblade Chronicles X released in Japan. We now have the media create numbers for that week to see how it did and how it effected the Wii U. Well it did quite well and gave Wii U a nice sales boost. Xenoblade Chronicles X sold 88k and came in at 3rd on the charts. Wii U sold 22,898 units and topped charts.
Xenoblade Chronicles X didn’t top charts but the game did very well and had a positive impact on Wii U in Japan. It’ll be interesting to see how the game will do when it comes west. We still don’t have a release date for North America and Europe but hopefully it won’t be too much longer now. E3 is right around the corner!
Nintendo said this before and they’re saying it again. There’s more games in development for Wii U then what they’ve already announced. This is something they reiterated in the recent investors meeting. Here’s what Iwata said exactly:
These are the already announced Wii U titles that will be released in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, and there are also unannounced titles that are not listed here. Among these titles, there are games that actively utilize the Wii U GamePad, including several we showed at E3 last year that are considered part of the Wii U GamePad utilization project led by Mr. Miyamoto.
With all of the recent rumors of unannounced new games from Nintendo and publisher support for Wii U it’s going to make for an interesting E3. Luckily, we’ll be getting a lot more information in the very near future!
What did we learn with this week’s Nintendo Download? Fans prefer Mega Man & Bass. That was the winner of Capcom’s contest to determine which Mega Man game would come to the Virtual Console. Splatoon gets a time limited demo. Codename S.T.E.A.M. gets a new contest. Steamworld Dig goes on sale. If you haven’t bought that game yet, then do so now. It’s only $4.50 on Wii U and 3DS. That’s a steal.
You can also pre-load Puzzle & Dragons Z & Super Mario Bros. Edition before it goes on sale later this month. Head past the break for the full list of games available this week.
I guess we should have seen this announcement coming. It was only a matter of time before Disney leveraged the juggernaut that is Star Wars. Today, Disney officially confirmed that Disney Infinity 3.0 will features characters from the Star Wars universe.
The newest installment of Disney’s toys to life franchise, Disney Infinity 3.0 launches this Fall. The starter set will retail for $64.99. It includes a figure for Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano as well as a Star Wars playset entitled Twilight of the Republic.
That isn’t the only foray into the universe of Star Wars. There are at least three Star Wars playsets that have been announced. One of them takes places during the events of the Prequel Trilogy, Episodes I-III. Another one takes place during the events of the Original Trilogy, Episodes IV-VI. The last one will lead into the events of the newly announced trilogy, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to the Star Wars playsets we can expect to see some based on Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out as well as a new Marvel playset that features Hulkbuster Iron Man, Ultron and other charaters in the Marvel Universe.
Lastly there will be more characters from across the Disney library. These include new figures for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy, Mulan and Olaf. There will be more announcements of characters and playsets to come at a later date.
This has also been confirmed. My Disney Infinity figure collection will grow by the number of Star Wars characters that are available. Here’s a trailer showing some of the new content. Head past the break for a few screenshots featuring many of the newly announced characters.
Disney Infinity 3.0 will be available this Fall for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC, iOS, and Android.
Last week Nintendo unleashed 200cc mode through an update to the game. It immediately made the game so much faster than it had been and added another new level of challenge. Many people were confused by the update because the content wasn’t unlocked immediately. You had to either play online to race that face or unlock it through the game’s single player progression. In order to access it offline you had to have finished 150cc mode and gotten at least first place in every cup, if not at least one gold star.
Nintendo released a new update today that, along with “improving the overall gameplay experience,” also unlocked Mirror Mode and 200cc from the start. Now every, after updating the game, will have access to the insanity that is that speed. I highly recommend playing Baby Park at 200cc. it’s an incredible, hectic and upredictable experience.
The spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kaooie series, Project Ukulele, was officially revealed today as Yooka-Laylee. The game is named after the two main characters, Yooka and Laylee. Yooka is a chameleon who uses its tongue like a grappling hook and Laylee is a bat who can grab Yooka and fly as well as fire sonic blasts. The character designs were done by Steve Mayles, who also did the designs for the Donkey Kong Country games and Banjo and Kazooie. Likewise, the game is created by the same team who did the Donkey Kong Country games and Banjo Kazooie.
This will be the first game by Playtonic Games, a studio comprised of former Rare developers. They’ll be launching a Kickstarter May 1st to fund the project. All backers will be able to pick up the finished game for £10/$15. There will also be other rewards such as the soundtrack, art books, and a 64-bit special edition. Furthermore, Playtonic Games intends to release the game on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and, drum roll please, Wii U. Head over to IGN to see some gameplay.
This week is the week for the Virtual Console I’ve been waiting for. Paper Mario (N64) hits Wii U. amiibo Tap launches giving amiibo owners a chance to play short demos of various games from Nintendo’s history at a quick tap of a figure. Puzzle & Dragons gets a demo. More Star Wars Pinball lands, and much, much more. Head past the break for all the details.
Keiji Inafune, Comcept and Inti Creates are proud to announce the release date of their game Mighty No. 9. The game, which began life as a Kickstarter project after Inafune left Capcom, will hit digital stores on September 15th this year in North America. The game is launching for a number of systems including Wii U, 3DS, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Linux. Most versions will launch on that day, but Vita and 3DS owners will have to wait a little longer as those versions won’t be available with the rest at launch.
For a long list of some of the features in the game head past the break.