Whether you love them, hate them or are indifferent to them Nintendo’s amiibo line of figures have drawn plenty of attention. Samus figures with two arm cannons and Peach figures with no legs are gaining massive amounts of attention, not to mention money as they’re selling for multiple thousands of dollars on eBay.
Nintendo has announced that amiibo has started strong, in terms of sales. The initial run of figures have sold more than 700,00 units with copies of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U selling right around that same mark. It’s not all good news as sales of the previous entry in the series on Wii sold nearly twice that much in its first week on sale.
However, Nintendo feels confident going into the new year that they’re in a good position to offer their fans plenty more content. Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt was quoted saying, “We’re extremely confident in our holiday proposition and look forward to closing this year strong and starting 2015 with a full head of steam.”
What do you think of Nintendo’s transition from 2014 into 2015 and what are your thoughts on amiibo as a whole? Let us know.
Fans of 3DS RPGs have another game to get interested in. Atlus has announced the upcoming release of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker. This game, set to hit stores in early 2015 is an enhanced remake of the original Devil Survivor 2 which was available for the DS in 2011. It includes all of the content of the first game remade and enhanced for the 3DS. It also includes completely new material which essentially doubles the length of the game. The new content is available on the menu right from the start for people who want to pick up where the original game left off. The new content also features fully voiced English dialogue.
You’ll be able to pick up the SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker in early 2015 for $49.99. While you wait enjoy this trailer for the game.
I’ve been interested in the the Theatrhythm games, but I’ve not actually pulled the trigger on purchasing one yet. Played both of the demos, though. Square Enix just announced the third game in the series and it’s one I absolutely can’t miss. Theatrhythm Dragon Quest was announced and will be playable in Japan at Jump Festa next week. The game is set to release next March in Japan for the 3DS. No word yet on whether or not it will make the jump to the West, but given that the two previous games both did it’s a good bet that this one will as well.
If you’re familiar with the Etrian Odyssey series of RPGs from Atlus you know that they’re not your typical RPG experience. They generally have a first person in dungeon camera, you keep track of the map yourself, and everything outside of dungeons is controlled via a series of menus. Well, that’s all about to get shaken up with the announcement of their next game.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon combines the RPG elements you’d expect from that series with the rogue-like, ever changing dungeons of the Mystery Dungeon franchise. You control all of the action from a top down perspective, enemies don’t move unless you do and there is loot to collect. A LOT of loot to collect.
There’s not a lot more information yet to talk about, but you can bet we’ll keep you up to date on this one. I’m a big fan of the Mystery Dungeon style of game. Etrian Mystery Dungeon is set to hit shelves sometime in Spring of 2015.
I was interested in Mario Maker when it was first announced. You were going to be able to make Mario games all on your own using assets from New Super Mario Bros. or the original Super Mario Bros. Yesterday at the Video Game Awards Nintendo announced some new details for the game that make it WAY better than it was going to be.
Originally you would create levels and use those two games assets, but the mechanics of the game were all going to use original Mario physics. It seemed weird that you were going to be able to create a game like New Super Mario Bros., but not use those mechanics. Not anymore. Nintendo announced that in addition to those two games they’ve also added assets from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. Not only that, but they will also have mechanics unique to those games like ground pounds, wall jumps, etc. This, I like.
Mario Maker is set to hit Wii U sometime in 2015.
Nintendo took the opportunity at the Video Game Awards last night to do something I don’t remember them doing before, premiere new information about some of their upcoming games. The first bit of information is about the new Zelda game for Wii U. First, let me say, it looks simply amazing. The world is beautiful, vibrant and full of stuff. At one point towards the end of this video Link comes across a pack of wild horses just running around in a field.
They start of the video showing off some of the height of the world and just let you take in Hyrule at sunset and it is gorgeous. They also showed off the new map navigation system that lets you set waypoints by simply tapping them on the map or highlighting them on screen. Link jumps off a cliff and uses the sail cloth from Skward Sword to get down to more level ground. Epona now also has some nice AI built in that lets you give navigation control over letting you engage fully in combat using the sword or by firing arrows from the back of the horse. While riding Aonuma jumped off Epona and Link went into a sort of bullet-time style slowdown that let him aim and fire arrows while jumping.
This footage is simply gorgeous and shows you just how beautiful the new Zelda world is going to be. It’s set to come out before the end of 2015.
Nintendo wants to give you some hands on time with many of their biggest holiday titles. Just how are they doing that? Well, they’re ramping up another Best Buy Experience. This Sunday, December 7th, head to your local Best Buy and get your chance to go hands on with a number of Nintendo titles including Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Pokemon Art Academy, and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Not every Best Buy in the country will be participating. Check out this list to see if there is one in your area. If you’re in the Culver City area you’ll have the opportunity to get your picture taken with Mario. If you head to one of these events drop us a line and let us know what you thought of the games and the experience.