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.
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!
For those wanting to play Call of Duty on the Wii U, it’s been a roller coaster to say the least. The rumors have been flying around whether or not it Black Ops 3 would be on the system for a while now. You could link your Nintendo Network ID on the site and even recently, they told fans to “stay soon” when they were asked about Call of Duty on Wii U. Well, here’s some more rumors and speculation.
Activision allegedly sent some viral marketing out to Reddit mods. However, the message was also sent to the Wii U subreddit. Of course, this can be fake or a mess up on Activision’s end, however if it is real, one could assume that something is going on. Who knows though. E3 is right around the corner!
It’s time once again to take a look at what releases we can look forward to on the Wii U and 3DS this week.
Wii U – Physical Releases
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush £34.99/€39.99 (£31.49/€35.99 If you own another downloaded Kirby game) – The long awaited brand new Kirby game (that came out in the US in February under the name Kirby and the Rainbow Curse) is finally hitting the UK this week. Rainbow Paintbrush follows the touch-screen style gameplay of Kirby and the Canvas Curse that came out on DS in 2005 but with brand new and beautiful claymation style graphics. Continue reading European Releases: Week Beginning 5th May 2015
Over the past week, there’s been a lot of new footage of Xenoblade Chronicles X due to it releasing in other parts of the world. While us in the west have to wait for a release, those in the east are already playing the game. This also means that importers are already getting into the game as well, which means we’re also getting a lot of new info. Some such info comes in the way of NintenDomination’s Tilmen who’s confirmed the framerate and resolution via twitter.
Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s time to find out what’s coming to our beloved Nintendo consoles in Europe this week…
Wii U (Download)
Amiibo Touch & Play – Not so much a game but more of a new way of interacting with your ever expanding collection of Amiibo. The app, which will be available to download exclusively from the Wii U eShop this Thursday (30/04/2015) will give players access to 10 minute demos of 30 NES & SNES games from the Virtual Console by simply tapping an Amiibo against your Gamepad. All Amiibo are compatible and a demo will be randomly assigned to your Amiibo when you scan it in. Amiibo Touch & Play will be available for free and you can find out more about it by clicking here. Continue reading European Releases: Week Beginning 27th April
A smaller announcement that came from the Nintendo Direct earlier this month was for a piece of software called Amiibo Tap. The app came out earlier this week in Japan and it’s now on its way to North America.
amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits (confirmed for April 30): Download the game from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, then tap any amiibo to your Wii U GamePad. You’ll unlock a random playable three-minute scene from a classic NES or Super NES game. It’s a cool way to extend the playability of amiibo. Here’s the game page: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/FHXK5fELXvygJ9ALk2bqyATmG-iDm07q
While I don’t think this will be something people will be going out and buying Amiibos for, I can see how this would give all those Amiibo collectors something extra to mess around with. How do you feel about Amiibo Tap? Will you be checking it out when it comes out?
Not a lot of new info came out of today’s presentation for Xenoblade Chronicles X but we did learn some interesting and good things. For starters, the translation is still being worked on so things are subject to change, but, the mechs aren’t called Dolls in the western version. Instead they’re called Skells, short for Exoskeleton.
Another little bit of news is the fact the game was reconfirmed for a 2015 release. When they spoke of the translation in the Treehouse, they said the game is still coming later this year. Sure it’s not a release date but at least we know we’ll be getting it this year.
As for the presentation itself, you can watch the whole thing after the jump.
Not too long ago, Nintendo was one of the few game companies out there that wasn’t doing DLC. This stance was praised by some due to the countless instances of bad DLC in games but was a complaint by others who wanted Nintendo to keep their games alive by expanding on them. This stance however is no more. Over the past few years, Nintendo has been introducing DLC in various different titles. Recently, it seems Nintendo has fully embraced DLC with most of the larger games integrating it as well as the Amiibo’s being used as a form of it.