We learned almost a year ago at E3 2014 that a new Star Wars Battlefront game is in the works. Since then the game went silent for the most part with not much talked about. That changed recently when we started getting little teases. Today however we got a reveal trailer and let me tell you, the force is strong with this one.
Dice also revealed to IGN that the game won’t have a campaign but rather a mission mode. The decision to do this was so that you could play the battles of the original Trilogy without forcing you down a story. The mission mode can be played single player, local mulplayer co-op via split-screen, or online co-op. The missions will be two players split-screen for sure though this may change for online. They also went on to state that the original two games were all about multiplayer and they wanted to keep that style going with this one.
Nintendo fans continue to impress me. Their devotion and love to the games from this Japanese country is unmatched by any fanbase anywhere. We’ve seen numerous fan projects where fans bring old games back to life and in new ways. This most recent one has a group of fans working on a 2D demake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. You can see it in action in the video above and it looks fantastic. Not only does it look and feel much like I would expect a 2D, sprite based version of the game would look like they’ve also worked in online multiplayer with different versions of Link to boot.
Based on Nintendo’s track record, most recently with the hi-res version of Super Mario 64 created in Unity this will probably get yanked and will never see the light of day, but it should. I would play this in a second if it was publicly available. I’d buy it straight from Nintendo if they took this, allowed the developers to release it and made it available on the eShop.
Even if things got off to a really slow start things continue to trend upward for Nintendo. They’ve announced today that both the Wii U and the 3DS are selling better now than they were at the same point last year. The 3DS has increased sales more than 80% over the same period, thanks to the release of the New 3DS. The remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask has increased its lifetime sales to more than 730,000 units and Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS continues to sell well with more than 2.4 million units sold in six months.
On the Wii U side of things the console, which many people still deem a failure, has increased its sales from the same period last year by more than 20%. Software sales for the system include Super Smash Bros. For Wii U which has reached more than 1.6 million units sold and Mario Kart 8 which is closing in on 2 million lifetime units. Mario Party 10 launched last month and in its first two weeks on sale had sold more than 290,000 units.
Wii U has some pretty solid titles on the way to continue that upward momentum. Games like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon and Yoshi’s Wooly World should help continue to sell units. 3DS has titles like the newly released remake of Xenoblade Chronicles and a new Fire Emblem game to help boost sales.
What do you think? Is Nintendo going to continue to see this upward momentum? What games on both systems are you most interested in for the next few months?
For those who didn’t know, the Mewtwo DLC is out and ready to be downloaded for those who purchased and registered both versions of Super Smash Bros. Unfortunately, things are not all good. Apparently with the DLC came glitches.
If you use Mewtwo in 10-man Smash on the Wii U, it locks you out of online multiplayer. You can also encounter this bug if you use Mewtwo in Classic, All-Star, Stadium, Trophy Rush, or Smash Run on 3DS.
The good news is Nintendo knows about this and is working on a patch now. Until then, it’s recommended that you don’t use Mewtwo in these modes and just play regular Smash, Smash Tour, or just play online.
Last year Capcom asked fans to vote for which Mega Man games they would like to see first on the 3DS. Well, they’re doing the same thing this year. Capcom is asking fans to vote for which GBA Mega Man game that they want to see next on the Wii U Virtual Console. There are four choices for games to vote for:
- Mega Man and Bass
- Battle Network 3 Blue and White
- Battle Network 4 Red Sun Blue Moon
- Mega Man Zero 2
The poll will end April 29th so head on over before then and cast your vote!
Not a ton of new stuff coming to the eShop this week. There are a few things though, including the new StreetPass games for the 3DS. Nintendo and Capcom have announced May to be Mega May. You get to vote on which Mega Man games will hit the eShop during the month.
All the details on how to vote and everything new to the eShop this week are past the break.
Apparently there’s a hidden menu on the Wii U for external drives. In this menu you can actually turn off sleep mode for you hard drive. What’s even stranger is the menu is literally not listed anywhere on Nintendo’s support site and is so hidden, you can’t really find it via a Google search. Of course, using this feature will obviously make your drives wear out faster but it ultimately could make whatever game you’re running perform better. So for those interested in this feature, here’s how you access it:
- Go to [Settings]
- Go to [Data Management]
- Press and hold down on the D-Pad for half a second
- While holding down on the D-Pad, press and hold the + and – buttons
- You will see the message above
I’ve tested this just now and trust me, it works. This makes me think though. What other crazy things will they find hidden in the Wii U next?