Newsletter: More Amiibo Waves Incoming, Aonuma Interview, No Rock Band 4 for Wii U

by the NWR Staff - March 5, 2015, 11:11 pm PST
Total comments: 9

If you want Rock Band on Wii U you gotta want it, and Aonuma talks about his influences for Link to the Past.

Today's news features more on Amiibo, why Rock Band 4 isn't heading to Wii U, and a Game Informer interview with Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma talking about his influences as well as Majora's Mask.

Game Informer Talks with Eiji Aonuma

In a recent interview with GI, Eiji Aonuma talks about how it was The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past that influenced him to be a part of the Zelda team. "I eventually reached the point where I wanted to make my own game," said Aonuma, "this was around the time A Link to the Past had come out. Playing that game really made me realize there were lots of different sorts of feelings you could convey in a game; it opened up some new horizons."

He also talks about the three-day cycle found in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and how controversial it still is, years after release. You can read the excerpts from this interview here and here.

Our Take: "Some people like the three-day cycle, others hate it. But I thought it was a clever mechanic, and something different. I think Aonuma wanted to go in a different direction for this Zelda, and definitely succeed in that regard. It's pretty out there. " - Bryan Rose

"With something that started as completely open as Zelda did in its first installment, I can see how a time limit mechanic being imposed turned off a lot of fans. There was more confinement than there had ever been. But with the fact that Majora's Mask was going for a totally different feel, I think the three-day cycle actually rounded it out perfectly. It was supposed to stand out in the world of Zelda and it did, for better or for worse. Also, A Link to the Past was such a huge starting point for a lot of Zelda fans. It's pretty cool to hear that it was Aonuma's entrance into this world too." - Becky Hollada

More Amiibo Waves Incoming

If you think the Amiibo craze will end at the fourth wave, then think again.

Someone on NeoGAF recently sent a message to Nintendo regarding the scarcity of certain Amiibo, and after weeks of waiting for a reply, they finally got their answer. Following the usual rigmarole, the representative had this to say: "We are continually aiming to always have a regular supply of Amiibo in the marketplace and there are many waves of Amiibo to come."

Our Take: "I'm just hoping at this point I can get Ness and Charizard before Best Buy's online pre-orders sell out in 3 minutes." - Bryan Rose

"Nintendo knows exactly what they are doing; if people want to spend money, they'll get more Amiibo out there. I don't think any sought after character is ever truly going to be inaccessible." - Kimberly Keller

"Let's be honest. Whether or not we get excited for this depends on who they release as figures and who they eventually relegate to cards." - Becky Hollada

Harmonix Talks About Lack of Rock Band 4 on Wii U

Today's announcement of Rock Band 4 for the PS4 and XB1 consoles brought good news for those who had been eagerly awaiting a new sequel to the franchise. However, the lack of a Wii U version was very apparent, and soon Harmonix Project Manager Daniel Sussman gave a response as to why there would be no version coming to Nintendo Systems.

"The Wii U is a really hard call for us, but from our initial research the audience is not there yet, and I would be really psyched for there to be this public outcry of “Where is the Wii U? I will absolutely throw money at you and I wanna buy it and preorder it!” and all that."

You can read the full interview over at HardcoreGamer.

Our Take: "I was hoping that if there were more music titles coming that it would arrive on the Wii U, but sadly it's not the case. It's another example of third parties continuing to express a complete lack of interest in the Wii U, and it's getting depressing at this point." - Bryan Rose

"Someone get petition going, let's get some Wii U love over here! - Kimberly Keller

And some other news for the day:

  • Nintendo of America announced today that the voice of President Abraham Lincoln in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will be provided by none other than Wil Wheaton.
  • Stopping by a participating Best Buy on March 7 between 1-4 pm will net you a special Mii for Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma.
  • Zelda fans in the UK are having problems with getting the wrong Zelda-themed face plates for their New 3DS. The face plates come in two designs, one a black Triforce version and the other a Majora's Mask version, and customers are reporting getting the opposite design instead of the one requested. The online listings on the UK store appear to have been switched. Some customers have supposedly been offered replacements while others have been offered refunds, but no official statement from the Nintendo UK store as been issued on the matter.



kokumakerMarch 06, 2015

If they EVER get around to dating Wave 4...

Ian SaneMarch 06, 2015

So I totally backed the wrong horse last gen.  I've got Guitar Hero games on the Wii.  Wrong series, wrong console maker.  No way to guess that at the time but any ability to keep existing DLC is non-applicable for me.  I hope Guitar Hero isn't going to try a revival as well as Activision milking the absolute crap out of that series, eventually having something like four releases in a year, killed the genre, dragging the more restrained Rock Band down with it.  What consumers want is ONE game, ONE set of instrument controllers, and an online store to customize their playlist.  Do anything different than that and the whole will die again.  Unfortunately the record companies have input in this and can mess it up as much as Activision did.  Different artists got their own games or track packs because they insisted on it.  The game needs to put it's foot down and let the artists that don't want to play ball rot, while the artists that do, make the money.

And if goddamn Rock Band, which was on everything last gen, isn't coming to the Wii U then can we put a fork in it?  The Wii U is done.  Dead.  Kaput.  Finished.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)March 06, 2015

If it was on the WiiU, I wouldn't have recommend buying a ton of DLC on there anyway. The lack of true account system should ward off any and ALL people intending on spending hundreds of $$$ on non-physical products on a Nintendo system...

PhilPhillip Stortzum, March 06, 2015

It didn't ward off people with the Wii version which had the same issue of a lack of an account system. DLC sold well, I thought, on the Wii version. Am I mistaken?

I'm not sure they've ever given numbers regarding that that could show one way or another.

DreMurf313March 10, 2015

No Rock Band for Wii U? .....who cares?! Activision & Harmonix ran the music genre into the ground! So they can keep their fake instruments & unnecessary overpriced DLC! If you wanna see a music simulator on the Wii U then bring ROCKSMITH to us! I'd perfer that over a fake guitar!

Linkle LinkMarch 10, 2015

I actually still crack out Rock Band every couple of months. Transferring the Wii data to my Wii U now gives me more memory to buy more songs. The news is disappointing but the original Rock Band wasn't released right away on the Wii either and it came around to it later, if I recall correctly. The same thing may happen again.

Mop it upMarch 10, 2015

I'm liking these newsletter thingies, keep up the good work.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)March 10, 2015

Quote from: Phil

It didn't ward off people with the Wii version which had the same issue of a lack of an account system. DLC sold well, I thought, on the Wii version. Am I mistaken?

The lack of account system makes it impossible to transfer info from Wii to Wii U, short of some kinda of SD-card swapping baloney.
Even the WiiU hasn't fully fixed this issue, with downloads locked to one system (unless you call up Nintendo).

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