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Nintendo World Report's Year in Review

May 2013

by Justin Berube - December 24, 2013, 8:00 pm PST

The calm before the E3 storm.

Staff Thoughts

Zack Kaplan, Associate Editor -

Gee it sure is boring around here. Zelda quotes aside, not much happened this month. In the hype for E3 I tried not to become too hyped. Setting expectations low was the overall theme of May and 2013 in general for me. I don't even remember what I played on my Wii U this month. Considering no games (that I was interested in) came out. I mean come on Resident Evil, WOOF!

Justin Berube, Features Editor -

May was one of the slowest months of the year as far as Nintendo news goes. It really was the calm before the E3 storm. Luckily, I had the chance to enjoy Donkey Kong Country Returns again as it released on the 3DS with a few new levels.

We also learned that SwapNote would be coming to North America by the end of the Summer. Yep, that definitely happened.

Andrew Brown, Australia Correspondent - 

Despite a slow news month and a lack of noteworthy main release games, May gave us something that I had been wanting since the addition of 3DS Virtual Console - the release of the two "Oracle" games in the Legend of Zelda series. Finally, those with both a Wii and a 3DS could say they could play every game in the series on their current consoles. Now we just need Wii U to catch up to the Wii...

Features

Will Nintendo's Wii U Software Showcase at E3 Send 3DS to the Background Again? - Nintendo's pre-E3 event will be focused on Wii U. What does that mean for the 3DS?

History of Nintendo Software Technology - From Bionic Commando to Mario vs Donkey Kong.

How Can Tomorrow's Nintendo Direct Lend the Wii U Momentum? - Justin and Carmine wonder how the May 17 Nintendo Direct could propel interest in the Wii U, but taper their expectations.

Roundtable Discussion: Reactions to the May 17 Nintendo Direct - When the NWR staff set out to create this feature, they had no idea just how far the discussion would take them.

E3 2013: The Wii U Show - A neglected handheld does not make a happy Neal, but this Wii U thing could work.

History of Monster Games - How did these American racing game buffs become one of Nintendo's go-to developers?

Reviews

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)

Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U)

Events

Nintendo Direct 5/17/2013

News

Iwata Explains Wii U Game Delays - Nintendo's Global President (and new NoA CEO) sheds some light on the Wii U's slow release progress.

New Pokémon Details Revealed - Region map, Pokédex design, box art and more!

Eevee 3DS XL Available by Lottery in Japan - Gotta catch 'em all?

Nintendo Putting Content ID Claims on 'Let's Play' and Game Coverage Videos on YouTube - YouTube's copyright policy defaults ad revenue to Nintendo, and not content creators.

E3 Demos Playable at Best Buy - "This year, we're making E3 for the people."

Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct to Show 3D Mario, Other Wii U Titles - Nintendo has confirmed on Twitter that it will show Wii U titles in a pre-E3 Nintendo Direct.

Wario Launches Crowdfarter Campaign - Nintendo's anti-hero Wario launches his Game & Wario cashgrab site.

EA: We Are Building Titles for Wii U - EA is not neglecting Nintendo's console after all.

Wii U-Focused Nintendo Direct Airing on First Day of E3 2013 - This pre-E3 Direct is likely this year's version of Nintendo's traditional press conference.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Presentation Planned for E3 - Get hyped for more Pokénews.

Wii U Pro Controller Support Coming to New Super Mario Bros. U - A long overdue addition.

Flipnote Studio 3D Coming to Japan July 3, North America in Summer - Get your GIF on this summer.

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Talkback

ShyGuyDecember 19, 2013

The most complaint filled yearbook EVER. Let me sign your copy...

Yo Mario, keep it real bro!

-ShyGuy

nickmitchDecember 19, 2013

Hey, Luigi! Remember when I said it was your year?

I think I may have been a bit mistaken.

2014 is all yours though!

-nickmitch

azekeDecember 20, 2013

Will not comment on the hoopla around the console this year, because i am that weirdo who thinks console are about games so my report is ALL about games.

I skipped most of the hot stuff 3DS was getting this year:
passed on Fire Emblem
skipped Animal Crossing
shrugged at Pokemon
picked Mario over Zelda: Link Between Worlds
didn't get Luigi's Mansion 2 due to shipping shenanigans on Amazon's side (i eventually got it much, much later, but still haven't even started playing).

The biggest highlight on the 3DS for me this year was me starting to play Kid Icarus: Uprising again. Finished the story and dumped some serious hours into it. And still feel like playing it even more. Also played a few DS and GBA games. Otherwise, most of my Nintendo gaming time went on Wii U.

I haven't actually started gaming on consoles until three years ago so as you can guess i have decades old backlog worth of series that are completely unknown to me. That's why i rarely play games that actually came this year and most of it is just me catching up to general western audience who grew up with this stuff i was missing by surviving through post USSR 90s.

This is more or less what i played on Wii U this year:
New Super Mario Bros U -- alone and with friends
La Mulana on WiiWare
Majora's Mask
A few random matches in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with friends
Toki Tori 2+ -- what a great game!
DuckTales: Remastered
Wonderful 101 -- one of the best gaming experiences i ever had in my life. I was both laughing and crying during game's many finale climaxes. Easily best game across any platform. No, "we want cinematic audience" bullshit, just pure gaming in distilled form. As it should be.
Assassin's Creed III -- this was my first AC on consoles (played through entirety of Ezio trilogy this year on PC and became an addict for this kind of game).
Super Mario 3D World -- second best game i played this year after Wonderful 101. Third best game if you count Bayonetta which of course came out long time ago.
Lots of semi random Wii stuff:
Punch-Out!!
Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands
both Super Mario Galaxy games
both Pikmin games
Rayman Origins (unfortunately Legends was somewhat a disappointment in terms of content compared to Origins)
probably something else i forgot

So with my favorite top three games for this year all being on Wii U (W101, Mario, TT 2), i say it was a great year.

"great Pokemon Mystery Dungeon"

Paging Mr Jones...

Quote from: Shaymin

"great Pokemon Mystery Dungeon"

Paging Mr Jones...

Don't even regret scoring it similarly to X/Y  :cool; . Game was awesome.

pokepal148December 27, 2013

Quote from: Webmalfunction

Quote from: Shaymin

"great Pokemon Mystery Dungeon"

Paging Mr Jones...

Don't even regret scoring it similarly to X/Y  :cool; . Game was awesome.

the second one at least had a decent story going in from start to finish along with some neat imagery made using both screens. Based on the demo the third one just feels like they forgot what they did so well before.

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