This weekend is going to be pretty big for Nintendo. Splatoon is going to be making a mess of things and the next wave of the Amiibos are going to be disappearing from stores faster then they came on May 29th. Also, the qualifying rounds for the Nintendo World Championships are happening May 30th at Best Buy. Likewise, Best Buy is doing their part to make the weekend even sweeter.
If you purchase Splatoon from Best Buy, you’ll get a double sided poster with your purchase (while supplies last). Also, Best Buy is holding a StreetPass weekend at their stores from May 29th to May 31st and are stating you can get up to 6 StreetPass tags from other users. Sounds like a good time to hit up a Best Buy.
Over the past few years, Unity has become the go to engine for many developers because of its ease of use and low barrier of entry. It really helped the booming indie development scene and helped keep a lot of developers making games, despite so many bigger studios going out of business.
I’d personally say, one of the smartest things Nintendo has done in the past few years was make the partnership with Unity. Because of that partnership, we’ve seen a good number of indie games hit Wii U, despite many publishers pulling out and negativity get thrown towards the system. This helped fill the gap with games.
Back in March when Unity 5 was announced, it came as no surprise that Wii U was one of the 21 platforms they announced support for. However, Unity also said they didn’t know when Wii U would have support for the new Engine. This won’t be for long however. Nintendo Everything is stating they’ve received word that a beta build of Unity 5.0.1 was just sent to developers. Unity is telling developers to stick with Unity 4.3 if their games will be submitted before fall but it appears it won’t be too long before we see Unity 5 on Wii U.
For racing enthusiasts, I got good news for you. Project Cars is out on the PS4, XB1 and PC and is a pretty good game. Unfortunately, the bad news is, for those wanting Project Cars on Wii U, you may be disappointed.
Slightly Mad’s head of studio, Ian Bell, shared on the Project Cars forum that they’re having troubles with Wii U development. He also stated their current build is running at 720p, 23 fps, and is really cut back on looks. He also states that they’re hoping for a hardware announcement from Nintendo this year at E3 (which we know is not likely to happen).
Whether or not Project Cars will still hit Wii U or if development will move to NX is yet to be seen. Of course, having Project Cars as a launch game for NX would be huge however Wii U could definitely use a game like this. Heck, Wii U could use all the support it can get, especially at retail. Either way, it appears that Project Cars on a Nintendo system will be a waiting game.
When the Kickstarter project was originally announced for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night one platform was curiously missing from the announcement. Wii U was not mentioned. Considering how close the Castlevania franchise and Nintendo have been over the last 20+ years it seemed strange. Now we know there’s a chance for the Wii U to get the game as well.
As of right now the game is sitting at $2.75 million dollars raised. The newest stretch goal that’s been unveiled shows that a Wii U version of the game will be officially announced once the campaign reaches $3 million. They’re not far off and they’ve got 16 days to go.
The Wii U version of the game, should the stretch goal be reached, will be developed by Armature Studios. That studio was formed by the members of Retro Studios that left to create their own development house. Their most recent release was the 3DS and Vita versions of Batman: Arkham Origins.
What we do know is that this stretch goal needs to be met. I would really like to play this game on Wii U.
There was a time when something like this would never have happened, but now is not that time. Nintendo has teamed up with a number of independent developers to put together a Humble Bundle for the Wii U and 3DS eShop. The Pay-what-you-want service has eight games listed with more coming soon.
The three you get at any price are:
- Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U)
- Woah Dave (3DS)
- Mighty Switch Force (3DS)
If you pay more than the average, which as of this writing was $7.14 you get:
- The Fall (Wii U)
- OlliOlli (Wii U & 3DS)
- Moon Chronicles (3DS)
There are two more games that you get if you pay more than $10. Those are:
- Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U)
- SteamWorld Dig (Wii U & 3DS)
Overall this is more than $88 worth of games that you can get for whatever price you’re willing to pay. It’s a great bunch of games too. With the exception of The Fall I’ve played them all and they’re all really entertaining games. Check it out at http://www.humblebundle.com.
At least with these I know some of the artists. Still don’t really know many of the songs that will appear in Guitar Hero Live! Here’s the next round of 10 songs that will appear in the game.
- Halestorm – “Love Bites”
- Tenacious D – “Tribute”
- Beartooth – “I Have A Problem”
- Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
- Rise Against – “Tragedy + Time”
- Soundgarden – “Been Away Too Long”
- Anthrax – “Got the Time”
- Architects – “Gravedigger”
- Chevelle – “The Clincher”
- A Day to Remember – “Right Back At It Again”
Guitar Hero Live! comes out later this year on a number of different platforms. Check back next week for the next round of songs that will be featured in the game.
The Pokemon franchise is most well-known for its ‘gotta catch ‘em all’ RPG series of games. The series has featured a number of different spin-off series. The most popular of the spin-off games is probably the Mystery Dungeon line of games, which has collectively sold more than 13 million units worldwide.
This winter the latest game in that series will release on the 3DS, called Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. Not a lot of details are known about the game as of now. The Mystery Dungeon line of games is known for randomly generated dungeons that change every time you enter them. Enemy characters move only when your characters move. You’ll get the chance to battle alongside Legendary and Mythical Pokemon.
It’s actually my favorite series in the Pokemon franchise. I’ve played them all at this point and there’s a good possibility that I’ll be playing this one as well. Stay tuned here for more details as they become available.