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April 30, 2012

Wii U Version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Seems Likely WiiU3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:25 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/345821/sonic-...

You'd think it would only be funny to developers if the game is actually coming to the system.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, just officially announced today after months of rumors, might have a good chance of coming to Wii U this year, according to a few interviews with Joe Neate, producer at developer Sumo Digital.

"I'm sure there are still discussions ongoing about that at the... Read more...

Nintendo Is Hashing Out The Details for Third-Party Retail Digital Distribution 3DSWiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:23 pm EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: (Nintendo of America)

Third-party publishers will be able to offer their games as both disc-based products and digital downloads, but Nintendo hasn't finalized the plans.

Third parties will likely have the option to put their retail games up for download on 3DS and Wii U, but Nintendo of America is still working on the details.

"We are currently preparing a program for third parties but have nothing specific to announce at this time," a Nintendo of America representative told us earlier today.


Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Announced 3DSWiiU

by Pedro Hernandez - 3:01 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Sega, http://blogs.sega.com/2012/04/30/sonic-all-stars-r...

The hit racing game gets a sequel on the 3DS; no Wii U version announced.

Sega unveiled Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the sequel to 2010's Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. The game will be coming to the 3DS, the only Nintendo system to receive the game. It will be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and PC Download.

Once again developed...

Pokémon Smash Shows off New Pokémon Black and White 2 Footage DS

by Alex Culafi - 2:59 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Serebii)

Not many details were shown, but we finally have some really good footage of two new routes.

New footage of Keldeo, Pokémon, and early areas were shown off in the latest episode of Pokémon Smash.

During the footage, the legendary Pokémon Keldeo was shown fighting against Sewaddle in a new route as well as Growlithe in a new route surrounded by multiple towers and raised platforms connected by bridges. In a seperate double battle, Magby, Magnemite, Koffing, and two Sunkern were taking part.


Midnight Purple 3DS Announced 3DS

by Andrew Brown - 8:51 am EDT
Total comments: 12

Just heard this on the grapevine...

The 3DS will get a new Midnight Purple version in North America next month, Nintendo announced today.

The new grape-flavored variant is the fifth handheld color to join its multicolored brethren of Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue, Flame Red, and Pearl Pink since the system's launch last year, and will be hitting stores in the US on May 20, the same day that Mario Tennis Open launches.  The retail price will be $169.99.


Nintendo Release Dates Get Updated at Investors Meeting DS3DSWii

by Alex Culafi - 7:44 am EDT
Total comments: 18 Source: (Nintendo)

It sure isn't a good time to be the Wii right about now.

A release date schedule for notable upcoming 3DS, DS, and Wii games was released by Nintendo during the recent investors meeting.

In Europe, the only real changes from the previous January release schedule are the addition of Project Zero 2: Wii Edition and updated release dates for Pandora's Tower... Read more...

NWR Community Night 5/1/12 - Excitebots: Trick Racing Site NewsWii

by J.P. Corbran - 7:42 am EDT
Total comments: 7

This week we're revisiting this overlooked and over-the-top Wii racing game.

After so many weeks of 3DS games, this week's NWR community event is going back to a Wii racing game that many overlooked: Excitebots: Trick Racing. As usual, we're starting at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 Pacific, so if you're one of the lucky few who owns this hidden gem, post your friend code in the TalkBack below and prepare for an intense night of racing.


April 27, 2012

'Majority of Nintendo-Published' Retail Titles Available for Download WiiU3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:52 pm EDT
Total comments: 36 Source: (Nintendo of America)

Not every game will be available for download, Nintendo of America revealed.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 and only the majority (not all) of first-party 3DS and Wii U games will debut simultaneously as a retail and download game, Nintendo of America confirmed today in a statement.

Nintendo Co., Ltd., the main Japanese branch of the company, announced yesterday during an investor's... Read more...

Exclusive: DSiWare Shooter Flip The Core Revealed DS

by Carmine Red - 12:44 pm EDT
Total comments: 5

Engine software's side-scrolling shooter lets players rotate the game world to get past obstacles, and we have an exclusive first look at the game's trailer.

Engine Software's upcoming side-scrolling shooter Flip The Core was described as labor of love at GDC, where Nintendo World Report first became aware of the game's existence. The developer's self-published side-scrolling shooter appears to "flip" the side-scrolling genre around by allowing players to rotate the game world, repositioning obstacles and enemies to get through dead-ends and tight spots.


Rayman Legends Highlights Wii U-Exclusive Features WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:53 am EDT
Total comments: 18

A leaked trailer shows off near-field communication adding Rabbids and Assassin's Creed characters to the game.

Ubisoft responded to the leak with the following statement:

"An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins' sequel has leaked over the Internet. This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final game, the final console or their features.

This...

Nintendo Reveals Sales Forecasts for Wii, DS, 3DS DSWiiUWii

by Alex Culafi - 7:11 am EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

Nintendo says things are looking up for 3DS. For DS and Wii, however...

Software and hardware sales forecasts regarding 3DS, DS, and Wii were revealed by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata at the recent investors meeting.

On the 3DS front, Nintendo predicts a 100 percent increase in software sales and an increase in hardware sales of almost 40 percent from the previous fiscal year. "From this fiscal term, we will be in the harvest time for the software sales of the Nintendo 3DS," Iwata explained.


April 26, 2012

Animal Crossing 3DS May Use DLC, But Won't Sell Random Items 3DS

by Patrick Barnett - 8:27 pm EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: (Nintendo), http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

UPDATE: Iwata dismisses possibility of "gatcha-type" sales of mystery items.

Nintendo is not and will not be in the business of selling mystery "gatcha-type" items as DLC according to CEO Satoru Iwata. As an example, Iwata said that Nintendo would "continue to make efforts to avoid such misunderstandings as, 'the next 'Animal Crossing' might be a game which relies upon add-on content sales.'"


3DS Full Game Downloads Tied to System 3DS

by Andy Goergen - 8:11 pm EDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Nintendo, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

The rules for 3DS downloads aren't changing just because the game's also available on a card.

When Nintendo begins releasing full 3DS retail titles via eShop this August, those titles will be tied to the specific 3DS system that downloads them in much the same way that the eShop exists for download-only titles today.

In the recent financial results briefing Iwata said "The digitally downloaded... Read more...

3DS Internet Connectivity Rising

by Zachary Miller - 7:57 pm EDT
Total comments: 8

Japan and the U.S. have the highest connection rates.

The Japanese and U.S. markets have seen a steady increase in 3DS internet connectivity to their current rate of 70%, Nintendo revealed during their end-of-the-year investor's meeting. 

This does not mean that 3DS owners in those two territories are necessarily playing games online, but only that they are actively connecting their systems to the internet. This rate is the highest that any of Nintendo's handhelds have ever achieved.


Iwata: Wii U Lineup to Be Very Rich WiiU

by Andy Goergen - 7:52 pm EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Twitter, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

Nintendo has learned their lesson from the Nintendo 3DS launch.

The Wii U will launch with several content-rich titles, Satoru Iwata confirmed in the financial briefing.

The Nintendo 3DS, which launched in March 2011, was perceived as having a less-than-stellar launch lineup. The overall performance of the 3DS led Nintendo to drastically reduce the retail price just a few months into the system's lifespan. 


Nintendo Launching 3DS in Asia This Year 3DS

by Zachary Miller - 7:51 pm EDT
Total comments: 3

Korea will be the first country to see in glasses-free 3D.

Nintendo will be releasing the 3DS in Korea on April 28 and will continue rolling the system out to other Asian countries throughout this fiscal term. Exact release dates and schedules will be provided by Nintendo's local subsidiaries.

The release of the system in Asian regions has been talked about... Read more...

Darkrai Distribution Announced for Pokémon Black and White DS

by Alex Culafi - 7:30 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: (Serebii), http://serebii.net/index2.shtml

Those with English copies of either game can get the Pokémon next month.

A Wi-Fi event distributing the legendary Dark Pokémon Darkrai to English copies of Pokémon Black and White has been announced.

Although not many other details have been revealed, it has been announced that the event will start on May 9 as a tie-in with the release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion "Dark Explorers" on the same day.


Wii U Available Worldwide by End of 2012 WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:56 pm EDT
Total comments: 20 Source: https://twitter.com/#!/gibbogame

Price details won't be revealed until after E3 2012.

Wii U will be out worldwide by the end of 2012, according to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata at Nintendo's end-of-the-year investor's meeting.

This is in line with Nintendo's previous comments that Wii U will be out before the end of 2012, which has been known for a while. This does confirm that it will hit every major region (North America, Japan, Europe, Australia) by the end of the year.


New Super Mario Bros. 2, Wii U Launch Games Coming to eShop and Retail 3DSWiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:48 pm EDT
Total comments: 38 Source: https://twitter.com/#!/gibbogame

The ability to download full games will be available at Wii U launch.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 won't just be coming to retail stores in August, it will also be coming to the eShop as a download. Additionally, the ability to download full games will be available at the launch of the Wii U. The news came out of Nintendo's end-of-the-year investors' meeting in Japan.

Onitore,...

Nintendo Posts 43 Billion Yen Loss in Fiscal Year 2011 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:41 am EDT
Total comments: 41 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2012/120426e.pdf

The loss is a little bit better than expected, but it still sucks.

Nintendo officially announced a 43 billion yen loss during the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012.

It is nearly a 20 billion yen decrease from the 65 billion yen loss forecast in January, but that was mainly because of an unanticipated depreciation of the yen over the past few months. Their sales were actually down 12 billion yen from their previous estimate.



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