It was on this day back in 1992 that Kirby first burst onto the scene in his Game Boy title, Kirby's Dream Land. Here we are, 20 years later and Kirby is still going strong! Happy 20th birthday, Kirby. Let's hope you have many, many more!
Nintendo president increasingly talks of the "year-end sales season"...
Nintendo may be looking towards a Wii U release close to Christmas, as the company increasingly talks about the system's launch in a "holiday" context.
Having had a fairly substantial reveal at last year's E3, some might have expected a Wii U launch not too far into the second half of 2012. However, those hoping for a surprise launch in or not-long-after summer may have to give up hope, with Satoru Iwata today telling investors to expect the system to release at the end of the year.
"I believe that you are most interested in the details of the Wii U. Since the Wii U will be launched in Japan, the U.S., Europe and Australia in the year-end sales season... as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3."
Wii launched in North America in November 2006, having had its launch details confirmed in the September of that year. This is the first time Iwata has specifically spoken of Wii U "launching in" the holiday season, rather than merely being on shelves then, so we might be looking at a familiar launch plan for the Wii successor.
Iwata also reiterated that the "final format" of Wii U and its software line-up would be revealed at E3 in June.
An intriguing artist over at Gamesblog has fused The Legend of Zelda series with Bethesda’s Fallout series to create what it calls The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of the Future. There’s plenty of images provided on the site, so why not take a look.
The sumptuous-looking indie racer gets its Wii U version detailed...
Regular readers might already be aware of Project CARS. The ultra-hardcore racing simulator from the developers of Need For Speed: Shift is still notable for its seemingly lavish production values being funded entirely by the gaming community, who also invest time in the actual development of the game.
Slightly Mad Studios has said from the start that it hopes to bring Project CARS to consoles, including Nintendo's next generation system, and it looks like a Wii U version is still on-track, going from an official document on the game.
The document dedicates a page specifically detailing how the Wii U version will use Nintendo's unique controller. The developer is utilising the controller's touchscreen, gyro, and front-facing camera. Here's the info straight from the horse's mouth:
Screen as primary view - I.e., allowing you to transfer play of the game between the TV and on-the-go around the house.
Screen as secondary view - Switch between rear-view mirror, overhead map, telemetry.
Primary input method - Drive by tilting the controller, on-screen buttons replicate the buttons/switches on a real wheel (push to toggle on/off or flip up/down).
Secondary input method - Manage decisions in the pits (swiping through tire choices, setting fuel amount).
Camera - personalise your profile, pose for the podium.
Menu navigation method - Flick photos from your gallery to the TV, private chat with team-mates.
Project CARS is due for completion some time in 2013.
If you have something that can simulate the correct RF signal, it could work. But someone got into a little trouble for trying to reverse engineer the Skylander figures.
I was reading about that after making the post, he figured both the codes and the dock. In some comments one person said he scanned the toys at the shop with his mobile phone and was able to replicate them afterwards (for some reason the toys have the bottom chip part uncovered due to possible demo uses).
On the level of the protocol itself you probably could, but that doesn't mean you could replicate the data for a specific item. Just like you can't easily guess a credit card number....
Obtaining the data would only require someone to scan them and share the code online. Obviously these methods can be seen as illegal.
Nintendo has released the worldwide sales figures for a number of popular Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games. The titles included are The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Pokemon Black & White and Super Mario 3D Land.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 2.61 million (up 0.12 mil. from Dec.)
Pokémon: Rumble Blast – 1.08 million
Pokémon Black/White (DS) – 14.71 million
Mario Kart 7 – 5.24 million
Nintendogs + cats – 2.70 million (for comparison: the original Nintendogs – 23.89 million so far)
Super Mario 3D Land – 5.84 million (for comparison: Super Mario Galaxy – 10.68 million so far)
Nintendo 3DS console – 17.13 million units (up from 15.03 mil. in Dec.)
It is that time again. Time to change the Poll and give it a good scrubbing.
It seems that the answer to my strangely worded poll is No. I think that means that it is not casual enough. Or everyone missread as I have.
Will the Wii U come bundled with an actual game?
I think it will not, unless it is a Wii game. Skyward Sword and Mario would be great bundles! Make it mandatory for everyone who buys a Wii U to have Skywards sword! But what will most likely happen is what that rumor thread by Xxain said. There will just be a bunch of downloaded games already on it. WoW would be cool!
Is the 3DS not "Casual" enough to be popular in America and Europe?
Bananaking was right, I was wrong. Like he always is. About the 3DS not selling at least 19.999 million in 2013...