Nintendo Wire http://nintendowire.com Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:56:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nintendo aims to capture old-fashioned fun with friends through the Switch http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/nintendo-aims-capture-old-fashioned-fun-friends-switch/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/nintendo-aims-capture-old-fashioned-fun-friends-switch/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:56:04 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41279 You’ve got a full house of kings and jacks. You’ve put all of your chips into the pot. You look into the eyes of your opponent to try and decipher what they’ve got. Then, you lay ‘em down. Your rival wasn’t even close: only had two pairs in their hand....

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You’ve got a full house of kings and jacks. You’ve put all of your chips into the pot. You look into the eyes of your opponent to try and decipher what they’ve got. Then, you lay ‘em down. Your rival wasn’t even close: only had two pairs in their hand. A slight smile begins to form at the corner of your mouth: you’ve won big. Is there any feeling in the world more thrilling than a good game of cards with everything on the line?

At the Switch event last week, Nintendo made a big point when discussing what went into the development of the Switch. An element from every prior piece of Nintendo hardware can be found in the Nintendo Switch. Motion controls from the Wii, a tablet-like device from the Wii U, controllers modeled after the SNES, the list goes on. In addition to this: Nintendo recently discussed how the Switch pulls from concepts even further back in Nintendo’s long history: playing cards.

“When you play cards, you look opponents in the eye to read their strategy, and that is fun. We realized no video game devices have been able to offer that kind of entertainment.”

-Yoshiaki Koizumi, General Producer of the Nintendo Switch

Way back when, Nintendo was a playing card company. Time has taken the company down many different paths, eventually leading to video games. Now, Nintendo will look to capture some of that old playing card magic with the Switch. Some games will now focus on looking at the other players rather than the screen, just like a card game.

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Nintendo has always, especially in recent years, strived to take the road less traveled in terms of design. With the Switch, the new possibilities are seemingly endless. Thanks to the technical depth of the Joy-Con controllers, the Switch will be able to expand and redefine the meaning of what it is to play a video game. Games such as 1-2-Switch will already begin to usher in a new style of gameplay: video games without constantly looking at a screen. Features like HD Rumble, the IR Camera and motion controls will make new gameplay experiences seem like second nature.

With the portability of the console, taking the Switch on the go will be like having a party ready to go in your pocket. Pull out the Switch, boot up a party game, and it won’t even feel like you’re playing a video game; it’ll feel like old-fashioned fun with friends.


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Badge Arcade News: 1/16/17 http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/badge-arcade-news-11617/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/badge-arcade-news-11617/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:16:43 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41270 Hey, listen! NES Zelda badges continue to swarm the Badge Arcade today, with big bad Ganon himself leading the charge. Where’s a Master Sword when you need it? Don’t forget, The Badge Arcade is taking players on a nostalgic trip through history all this week with a handful of Nintendo...

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Hey, listen! NES Zelda badges continue to swarm the Badge Arcade today, with big bad Ganon himself leading the charge. Where’s a Master Sword when you need it?

Don’t forget, The Badge Arcade is taking players on a nostalgic trip through history all this week with a handful of Nintendo console and software catchers in celebration of their next console’s launch on March 3rd! Finally badge fanatics can add GameCube, Wii U and R.O.B. badges to their growing digital console collections.

EVERYTHING NEW

 

Free play: Yes

The Triforce of free play is yours!

PRACTICE CATCHER

FINAL CHANCE

As peace slowly restores to the lands of Hyrule, all four of today’s Zelda catchers are quickly being banished to the Badge Arcade’s Twilight Realm. Grab ‘em while you can!

SPECIAL THEME: NO

There are no special themes being offered this week.

THANK YOU PROMOTION: YES

Thank You badges return to the Arcade for the next few weeks! From now through January 26th at 2:00 a.m. PST, every dollar you spend will nab you one of these four dapper looking Arcade Bunny badges. Don’t miss out on boss bunny in all his mustached glory.

That’s all for today! Catch you tomorrow!

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Konami press release provides details for Super Bomberman R http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/konami-press-release-provides-details-super-bomberman-r/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/konami-press-release-provides-details-super-bomberman-r/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:03:02 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41263 Bomberman fans were more than excited when a new title for the classic series was announced for the Switch during the big presentation in Tokyo last Thursday night– and the news isn’t stopping there! Konami just sent out a press release shedding more light on the game, titled Super Bomberman...

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Bomberman fans were more than excited when a new title for the classic series was announced for the Switch during the big presentation in Tokyo last Thursday night– and the news isn’t stopping there! Konami just sent out a press release shedding more light on the game, titled Super Bomberman R. In it, we learn that a mix of both old and new elements from the original ’80s game will be present.

Have a look:

Get ready to battle people from all over the world. It’ll be Bomberman time before you know it!


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First Nintendo Switch commercial unveiled http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/first-nintendo-switch-commercial-unveiled/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/first-nintendo-switch-commercial-unveiled/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:45:56 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41261 Now the presentation is over and done with and we have confirmation of a release date and price, the Nintendo Switch marketing is starting up! The first commercial has been discovered via Nintendo Germany’s Facebook page, which you can check out below: First TV commercial for #NintendoSwitch! (From German Nintendo...

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Now the presentation is over and done with and we have confirmation of a release date and price, the Nintendo Switch marketing is starting up! The first commercial has been discovered via Nintendo Germany’s Facebook page, which you can check out below:

It seems to carry the same vibe as the announcement trailer, which is a good move considering how many views that accumulated on YouTube. There’s also a heavy focus on Breath of the Wild, the system’s biggest launch title. We’ll be sure to bring you more Switch news and trailers as they’re shown off.

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Mii V Mii: Season 2 – Fight 46 http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/mii-v-mii-season-2-fight-46/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/mii-v-mii-season-2-fight-46/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:28:11 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41257 Are you getting anxious? We’re officially one fight away from the end of Season 2 after this! Kick off the week by seeing who’s kicking major butt in Fight 46. Watch the Golden Gunners, the Silver Swordsmen and the Bronze Brawlers duke it out in the latest battle. Check out...

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Are you getting anxious? We’re officially one fight away from the end of Season 2 after this! Kick off the week by seeing who’s kicking major butt in Fight 46. Watch the Golden Gunners, the Silver Swordsmen and the Bronze Brawlers duke it out in the latest battle. Check out the fight below!

 
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Monolift Soft shares Xenoblade Chronicles 2 concept art http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/monolift-soft-shares-xenoblade-chronicles-2-concept-art/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/monolift-soft-shares-xenoblade-chronicles-2-concept-art/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:19:58 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41248 Here’s a little something for all you Xenoblade fans out there. Monolift Soft has made some of the first pieces of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 concept art available to the public through its website.   Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was just announced for the Switch a few days ago during the very...

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Here’s a little something for all you Xenoblade fans out there. Monolift Soft has made some of the first pieces of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 concept art available to the public through its website.

 
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was just announced for the Switch a few days ago during the very exciting Switch presentation. With the announcement made so recently, we don’t yet have a lot of information about the upcoming title. We will, however, update you with the latest news as soon as it’s released, so stay tuned!


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Switch was intended to have a doglike appearance http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/switch-intended-doglike-appearance/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/switch-intended-doglike-appearance/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:31:38 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41240 Immediately after the Switch was first revealed back in October of last year, Nintendo fans took to social media to proclaim their love for the new console’s doglike appearance, lopsided eyes and all. You’ve got to admit: the likeness is a bit uncanny. Artists from around the world couldn’t help...

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Immediately after the Switch was first revealed back in October of last year, Nintendo fans took to social media to proclaim their love for the new console’s doglike appearance, lopsided eyes and all. You’ve got to admit: the likeness is a bit uncanny.

Featuring: Nintendo Switch (left) and GandaKris’ custom Switch Puppy amiibo (right)

Artists from around the world couldn’t help but celebrate the puppy-esque qualities of the hardware, and before you knew it, artwork showcasing the lovable Switch pup started popping up just about everywhere. From drawings, to plush toys, to custom amiibo, the Switch puppy became somewhat of a Nintendo fan phenomenon.

As it turns out, the affinity between the Switch and dog was no accident; it was, in fact, intentional, according to Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi. He confirmed this when speaking with Wall Street Journal’s tech journalist Takashi Mochizuki recently by saying that his team was thinking of a dog while making the Switch.

So, there you have it! The soon-to-be-released console was designed to have that cute appearance after all. And honestly, we think it’s pretty great that Nintendo puts so much heart and personality into every detail of a new product.


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Potential Spoiler: New Breath of the Wild menu hints at story delivery http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/potential-spoiler-new-breath-wild-menu-hints-story-delivery/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/potential-spoiler-new-breath-wild-menu-hints-story-delivery/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:39:49 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41234 While the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild demo available at the Switch event seems to be very much the same as the Wii U demo from back at E3, there may be one extra feature that wasn’t discovered back then. This is potentially spoiler territory as it concerns...

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While the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild demo available at the Switch event seems to be very much the same as the Wii U demo from back at E3, there may be one extra feature that wasn’t discovered back then. This is potentially spoiler territory as it concerns how the story may be delivered, so be sure to click away now!


The above image can be found at the 18:20 mark in a recent GameInformer playthough video, and it depicts a “Memories” menu. While there’s no knowing what this could mean for certain, it’s likely this is how we’ll see the events of the past unfold, before Link was placed in a 100 year stasis. These scenes were especially prevalent in the last trailer where Hyrule looked like it was in a lot better shape.

Now if we speculate even further, the flower in the background has been sighted multiple times and it is even on the Master Sword statue that comes with the special edition of the game. Could players have to collect these flowers to unlock memories? We’ll just have to wait and see.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd, and it will also arrive hit Wii U on the same date.

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Square Enix launches a new Facebook page for updates on Octopath Traveler and the Bravely series http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/square-enix-launches-new-facebook-page-updates-octopath-traveler-bravely-series/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/square-enix-launches-new-facebook-page-updates-octopath-traveler-bravely-series/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:12:55 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41229 One of the more peculiar game announcements to come out of the Nintendo Switch presentation was Project Octopath Traveler, a Square Enix game from the producer of the Bravely series – Tomoya Asano. Now he and his team have opened a new Facebook page devoted to their future projects, with...

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One of the more peculiar game announcements to come out of the Nintendo Switch presentation was Project Octopath Traveler, a Square Enix game from the producer of the Bravely series – Tomoya Asano.

Now he and his team have opened a new Facebook page devoted to their future projects, with Octopath Traveler being at the forefront (although the Bravely series is referenced in the About section.) Here’s their first message, translation courtesy of Gematsu:

“This is Square Enix producer Tomoya Asano.

It’s my pleasure to finally announce our newest project, the fully original role-playing game Octopath Traveler!

While we can’t reveal any specific details quite yet (keep an eye out for promotional media in the near future), we’d like to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at the development process in the meantime.

A long road lies ahead of us, but we hope that you’ll come along for the journey!”

It’s interesting that there are no references to Silicon Studio, the developers of the two 3DS Bravely games. It could be that this new “Asano Team” is a more direct studio under Square Enix, but it’s hard to say at the moment.

We’ll be sure to bring you more news on Octopath Traveler and the Bravely series as it is unveiled.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will not have any extra race tracks http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/mario-kart-8-deluxe-will-not-extra-race-tracks/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/16/mario-kart-8-deluxe-will-not-extra-race-tracks/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:54:15 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41227 While many were excited to see the addition of a fully-fledged Battle Mode and the Splatoon Inklings to the Nintendo Switch’s version of Mario Kart 8, subtitled “Deluxe”, more than a few people were wondering if the game would receive extra race tracks. According to one of the Japanese streams...

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While many were excited to see the addition of a fully-fledged Battle Mode and the Splatoon Inklings to the Nintendo Switch’s version of Mario Kart 8, subtitled “Deluxe”, more than a few people were wondering if the game would receive extra race tracks. According to one of the Japanese streams that followed the Presentation the answer is no – the game will have 48 tracks, the exact number available in Mario Kart 8 combined with all of those available in the DLC.

The translation comes via Source Gaming, a website dedicated to translating these kinds of presentations, so it’s likely true.

Of course this is only really an issue for those who owned the original Wii U version, and even those fans will have access to the new battle mode which does offer some unique stages (including one based on Splatoon.) There’s always the chance Nintendo will return to the game and add even more DLC tracks later, too. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28th.

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Switch will support up to 2TB Micro SDXC memory cards http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/15/switch-will-support-2tb-micro-sdxc-memory-cards/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/15/switch-will-support-2tb-micro-sdxc-memory-cards/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:15:53 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41222 Fantastic news for anyone who’s embraced an all digital future yet was concerned with the Switch’s measly 32GB of internal storage. While we already knew the system would support Micro SDXC cards up to 256GB, a Nintendo representative clarified over the weekend that the Switch can be further expanded up...

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Fantastic news for anyone who’s embraced an all digital future yet was concerned with the Switch’s measly 32GB of internal storage. While we already knew the system would support Micro SDXC cards up to 256GB, a Nintendo representative clarified over the weekend that the Switch can be further expanded up to a whopping 2TB of memory. The news comes courtesy of Game Informer with a full statement found below:

“Nintendo Switch is compatible with the SDXC standard, which supports up to 2TB.”

It’s important to note that we are still a ways off from 1TB Micro SDXC cards hitting the market, let alone 2TB models. Considering the largest available SDXC cards currently hold 512GB of storage and retails for no less than $200, it could prove quite the expensive endeavor once they do finally launch. Nonetheless, it’s great to know the option will be available for those with a wad of coins burning a hole in their overalls.

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Super Mario Odyssey will be playable at E3 2017 http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/15/super-mario-odyssey-will-playable-e3-2017/ http://nintendowire.com/blog/2017/01/15/super-mario-odyssey-will-playable-e3-2017/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:07:23 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=41218 With Super Mario Odyssey being a Holiday 2017 title it is understandably not playable at the various Switch events in the lead-up to release. It won’t be too long till people can start going hands-on with Mario’s latest adventure though, as Reggie has confirmed that it will be playable at...

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With Super Mario Odyssey being a Holiday 2017 title it is understandably not playable at the various Switch events in the lead-up to release. It won’t be too long till people can start going hands-on with Mario’s latest adventure though, as Reggie has confirmed that it will be playable at E3, in response to a question from IGN:

“The only decision that was made from an E3 consideration standpoint was ‘do we show Super Mario Odyssey from a hands-on perspective today versus E3?’ And we’re going to show it at E3. But at least from a Nintendo perspective, there’s no other consideration that is driven by E3.”

This also marks the first time Nintendo has brought up this year’s E3, confirming their attendance on June 13-15. At E3 2016 Nintendo had a pretty muted presence, only showcasing Breath of the Wild on the show floor and having no traditional Nintendo Direct, but here’s hoping with a brand-new console on store shelves they have a lot more to talk about this year.

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