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January 31, 2013

Trine 2 Update Available Now in Europe, North America WiiU

by Tyler Ohlew - 3:44 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: NeoGAF, http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=4688641...

UPDATE: Now North America can chat and play with their Pro Controllers, too!

Trine 2: Director's Cut has received an update in Europe with support for the Wii U Pro Controller, voice chat in online multiplayer, German voice acting, improved visuals, and "a bunch of minor gameplay features and fixes, confirms Frozenbyte's Joel Kinnunen.

The update will be arriving to North America soon, with Kinnunen noting he expects it to arrive shortly.


Nintendo Downloads - January 31, 2013 3DSWiiUDS

by Tyler Ohlew - 8:04 am EST
Total comments: 1

It's pretty wet and wild this week in Nintendo Downloads.

There's nothing better than a week of Nintendo Downloads where I can find a theme shared between at least two of the releases. But here I am, looking at a week where liquid is a prominent factor (the theme is shared between Ikachan for the 3DS eShop and Puddle for the Wii U eShop), but so is...I dunno,... Read more...

January 30, 2013

Miyamoto Changing His Gaming Style, Developers Have Yet to Add Uniqueness to Wii U Games WiiU

by Patrick Barnett - 6:53 pm EST
Total comments: 65 Source: https://twitter.com/gibbogame

Wii U is revolutionizing the way Shigeru Miyamoto plays games.

The Wii U has changed Shigeru Miyamoto's gaming style, the famed Nintendo developer declared during Nintendo's live results briefing where he and Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata took the stage.

During the event both Iwata and Miyamoto discussed that Nintendo's newest console has changed the way they play. Iwata described the system as being a part of his life, with this being the first time that has happened to him.


Animal Crossing: New Leaf Reconfirmed for First Half of 2013 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:12 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: https://twitter.com/gibbogame

Breathe easy, Animal Crossing fans. The 3DS game might actually hit North America by June.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is coming to North America in "early 2013" according to Nintendo's latest financial briefing. During the live results briefing, the title was also referred to as coming out "by mid-year."

Other titles were also mentioned, including Fire Emblem: Awakening, Brain Age: Concentration... Read more...

Google Street View for Wii U Renamed, Delayed WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:10 pm EST
Total comments: 9 Source: https://twitter.com/gibbogame

Your January dreams of using your GamePad to look at your house are dashed.

The Google Street View application for Wii U is now named Wii Street U, and is coming to Japan in mid-February, according to Nintendo's latest results briefing. The app is slightly delayed from its original January release window.

Originally revealed in a December Nintendo Direct, Wii Street U was... Read more...

3 Million Wii U, 12.7 Million 3DS Systems Sold in 2012

by Tom Malina - 2:28 pm EST
Total comments: 24 Source: (Description), Nintendo, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/130130e.pdf

Nintendo Land is the biggest selling Wii U game, whilst New Super Mario Bros. 2 takes the 3DS sales top spot.

Nintendo sold 12.71 million 3DS systems and 3.06 million Wii U consoles in 2012, according to the hardware giant's latest financial highlights.

Out of the 3DS units sold last year, the 3DS XL accounted for 7.05 million of them, bringing the total lifetime-to-date sales of the handheld to 29.84 million. 


Dates Revealed For Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign Games WiiU

by Tyler Ohlew - 12:56 pm EST
Total comments: 8 Source: (Description), Nintendo.com, http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/downloads/virtual-con...

When can your GamePad get its Super 'troid on? 

Nintendo has revealed the release dates for all seven titles of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign.

Balloon Fight: January 23 - February 21

F-Zero (SNES): February 20 - March 21

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES): March 20 - April 18

Kirby's Adventure (NES): April 17 - May 16

Super Metroid (SNES): May 15 - June 13


Nintendo Cuts Sales Forecasts for Fiscal Year, Anticipates Annual Net Profit WiiU3DS

by Tom Malina - 12:52 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: (Description), Nintendo, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/130130_2e.pd...

Net profit is projected despite the slashed sales projections and expected loss in operating income. 

Nintendo has reduced its forecast of global Wii U and 3DS hardware and software sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, but still expects to post an annual net profit.

The company now envisages selling 4 million units worldwide in Wii U consoles, down from the previous estimation of 5.5 million units, while software projections have been modified from 24 million to 16 million units.


Nintendo Australia Offers NSMB2 Certificate 3DS

by Andrew Brown - 9:06 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: (Millionaire Coin Hunt), http://gamesites.nintendo.com.au/millionaire-coin-...

The closest thing to a degree in Mariology you can get.

To celebrate the worldwide coin total for New Super Mario Bros. 2 reaching 500 billion coins, Nintendo Australia is sending out limited edition certificates to millionaire players. 

In a promotion dubbed the Millionaire Coin Hunt, any Australian player who has already achieved the goal of collecting... Read more...

First 4 Figures Exclusive Darunia Statue Available for Pre-Order Wii3DSGC

by Justin Berube - 9:02 am EST
Total comments: 5 Source: (First 4 Figures), http://www.first4figures.com/component/option,com_...

Zelda fans will need to act fast to get one of the 350 produced.

First 4 Figures has just opened pre-orders for an Exclusive Fire Sage Darunia statue. This exclusive version of Darunia, limited to 350 pieces worldwide, is only available from the First 4 Figures website for $209.99.

Zelda fans will recognize Darunia, the leader of the Goron race and eventual Sage of Fire, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.


Miiverse Update Makes Finding Your Favorites Easier  WiiU

by Daan Koopman - 8:57 am EST
Total comments: 4 Source: (Miiverse)

Better implemention of favorite communities, posts and buttons ahead!

Nintendo has updated Miiverse this morning worldwide, giving the service some new small functions.

Favorite communities are now displayed in the dedicated communities menu, which were located in the profile settings before the update. Every community has a fresher button lay-out,... Read more...

Gunman Clive Update Available Now 3DS

by Nicholas Bray - 8:07 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: (Description), https://twitter.com/BertilHrberg/status/2960429194...

Clive shoots and scores an update.

An update is now available in the Nintendo eShop for Gunman Clive in both North America and Europe. 

The update was designed to fix a bug that crashed the game during stage 10. A few other unnamed issues were also addressed with this patch.

Gunman Clive is a side-scrolling platform game with...

Epic Mickey Developer Shut Down Wii

by Tyler Ohlew - 7:57 am EST
Total comments: 16 Source: Polygon, http://t.co/MDUxjuLl

Junction Point Studios and Warren Spector no longer have a home at Disney Interactive.

Junction Point Studios, the developer behind Epic Mickey and its sequel, has been shut down.

The closure, as reported by Polygon, was confirmed by a representative of Disney. This source said the reason behind the move was "changes to our Games organization."

Following the closure, Junction Point's president and co-founder Warren Spector stepped down as the vice president of Disney Interactive Studios.


January 29, 2013

Zen Pinball 2 Dated in Europe, 'Coming Very Soon' to North America WiiU

by Patrick Barnett - 2:41 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: (Description), Zen Studios, http://blog.zenstudios.com/?p=2881

Once scheduled for a December release, Zen Pinball 2 is almost here.

Zen Pinball 2 will release this Thursday, January 31, in Europe. North America will get the title "very soon" according to developer Zen Studios.

Zen Studio's apologized for the delay which has pushed the game to a February release in North America. The developer said "We thank you for your patience during the delay, but we had to make 10000% sure the game worked correctly so you all can have fun playing the game immediately."


LEGO City Undercover Would 'Lose Something' on Other Platforms Says Exec. Producer WiiU

by Zack Kaplan - 2:20 pm EST
Total comments: 8 Source: Official Nintendo Magazine, http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/46241/le...

Megabloks are just not LEGO bricks, and other systems just aren't Wii U. 

LEGO City Undercover would not be the same on different platforms according to Executive Producer Loz Doyle.

In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, Doyle states that "LEGO City Undercover would definitely lose something on other platforms, Chase is actually given a LEGO version of the GamePad as his Police Communicator, so it's really woven into the story."


China Considers Lifting Ban on Console Sales WiiU

by Kimberly Keller - 12:06 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: (Forbes), http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/01/28/...

Nintendo may be allowed in China once again.

China may end its 13-year ban on video game console sales. China's state-run newspaper, The China Daily, reported today that the Ministry of Culture has begun discussions with other Chinese agencies and gaming manufacturers about lifting the ban.

The ban was established in 2000 in an effort to protect... Read more...

EB Games Canada Selling Fire Emblem Awakening Today 3DS

by Tyler Ohlew - 9:04 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: (Description), Twitter, https://twitter.com/EBGamesCanada/status/296288264...

I may have to take down a beaver or two on the way, but it beats waiting.

EB Games, a division of video game retailer GameStop, is selling Fire Emblem Awakening early in Canada. 

When contacted, a representative at the retailer said that an email was sent out to EB Games locations across Canada detailing the early sale. Stores are informed to make their copies of Fire Emblem Awakening available for purchase as soon as inventory arrived. 


January 26, 2013

RFN RetroActive LIVE: Majora's Mask Site News

by Jonathan Metts - 8:46 am EST
Total comments: 6

This is the place to be for the live event on Sunday!

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If you want to participate in our live version of Radio Free Nintendo's RetroActive feature, you've come to the right page! We're talking about the classic and controversial Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, originally released for N64 back in the year 2000.... Read more...

January 25, 2013

Atari Follows THQ and Files for Bankruptcy

by Kimberly Keller - 3:13 pm EST
Total comments: 7 Source: (CNN), (Forbes), (IGN), http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/21/technology/atari-b..., http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnyegriffiths/201..., http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/22/south-park-...

A sad start to the new year.

It might be the end of an era for two companies as THQ and Atari filed for bankruptcy in December and January, respectively.

THQ has officially ceased to exist as of Tuesday when the company’s studios and properties were auctioned off. Atari, however, hopes to transition into digital publishing and live on in a new form.


Local and Online Multiplayer Present in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 3DS

by Zack Kaplan - 6:05 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: IGN, Press Release, http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/24/more-detail...

Can the Mushroom Kingdom handle more then one Luigi? Time will tell.

Local, Download Play, and online multiplayer modes are in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

All multiplayer takes place inside the ScareScraper, where players can experience Hunter Mode, the only mode unveiled at this time. 

In Hunter Mode players take control of multiple Luigi's, each... Read more...


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