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Nintendo Download: Week of March 26th, 2015

March 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Dot ArcadeBetter late than never right? We can now tell you what games are new on the eShop this week. Not a whole lot here. A new Lego game on 3DS. Dots on the Wii U. Some good sales and a new theme for the 3DS based on the bounty hunter Nintendo forgot.  Head past the break for the full list.

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Super Mario amiibo Goes On Sale in April

March 26, 2015 Leave a comment

super-mario-mario-amiibo-pack-shotThe one figure in the new Super Mario line of amiibo figures that is not available for individual purchase right now is the Mario figure. He is only currently available in the bundle for Mario Party 10. That will change in less than two weeks when, according to Nintendo of Canada the figure will go on sale beginning April 3rd.

This news appears to be confirmed by Nintendo of America. So, good news for anyone wanting to get that figure without having to buy a copy of the game.

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Lucadian Chronicles May Be the First Cross-Platform Game on Wii U

March 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Lucadian ChroniclesIt’s the dream of many players; the ability to cross-play with other systems. Microsoft tried it with Shadowrun. There have been a few others. It looks now like Wii U may be getting its first cross-platform game.

Lucadian Chronicles, a card based RPG has been out on Wii U for a while now. The game, according to its developer, just launched a Steam Greenlight campaign and will be heading to the PC. They made sure to stress that the game wouldn’t suffer on Wii U. On Dark Roast Entertainment’s official Tumblr page they assured players not to worry.

“In the past other companies have released PC versions of console games then stopped supporting the console version – we have no plans to do that. We’re grateful to our Wii U players and any updates / improvements that come to a possible PC version will also come to Wii U.”

They also went on to say that the game would allow for cross-platform play. This should help to reduce waiting times for both communities and ensure that leagues remain active no matter what system you’re playing on. They hope that the release of the game on PC means that they’ll be able to continue to support the game with major content expansions, which would most likely come to both platforms.

It’s nice to see a company taking a game from a console and moving it to PC, but continuing to support all platforms involved. Wii U was a big deal for them to release on and it will continue to be supported as long as the game is active.

Lucadian Chronicles currently has a free-to-play downloadable version on Wii U.

New Antipole Screenshots Released

March 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Antipole LogoAntipole released for DSiWare back in 2011. It was also available on PC and Xbox Live Indie Games. I played it and enjoyed the heck out of it when I did. It’s a platformer that uses magnetism as a primary mechanic. It was challenging at times, but I couldn’t put it down until I was done.

Saturning Games has released a new batch of screenshots for the game, Antipole DX, that is expected to release on Wii U and 3DS sometime this Summer. In addition to the original game it will also include more levels, online leaderboards and Miiverse support.

Seriously. You need to check this out when it comes out. It’s pretty darn good.

Confirmed: No Voice Chat For Splatoon

March 24, 2015 1 comment

SplatoonNintendo has confirmed that there will be no voice chat for Splatoon. It was rumored, but not completely confirmed back in February that the game would lack the feature. For a team-based, multiplayer shooter it would make sense for team members to be able to coordinate, but it will not happen through the game itself. A recent preview of the game by Game Trailer’s Daniel Bloodworth confirmed that the game would not feature in-game chat.

Does this change your feeling or expectation of the game? Was voice chat so integral a feature that you are considering not buying it now? Does it even really matter to you? Will you just use Skype or Team Speak to communicate with friends while playing the game? Let us know?

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Iwata Appears to Understand the Free-To Market

March 24, 2015 Leave a comment

PresidentSatoruIwataI’ve had an issue with the “rush to the bottom” mentality on mobile markets for a long time now. Many people out there won’t even give a game a second look if you have to pay to download it. That’s part of the reason the free-to-play market has grown as big as it has. Now with Nintendo getting into that area of gaming they have to face these harsh realities. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata appears that he does understand the free-to market, but takes issue with calling many of the games there free-to-play.

“I do not like to use the term ‘Free-to-play. I have come to realize that there is a degree of insincerity to consumers with this terminology, since so-called ‘Free-to-play’ should be referred to more accurately as ‘Free-to-start.’”

He also says that Nintendo is not looking to get exclusively into the free-to-start market and that all of their games may not use that model. He sees room for traditional games with set prices and thinks that Nintendo can overcome the problems inherent to the free-to market. He sees that as a viable option, but understands that not all of the games they release on mobile devices fit that option. Some could see release with more traditional fixed pricing options as well. He equated the value of content to the music industry.

“The thing that concerns me most is that, in the digital age, if we fail to make efforts to maintain the value of our content, there is the high possibility for the value to be greatly reduced as the history of the music industry has shown. On the other hand, I have no intention to deny the Free-to-start model. In fact, depending on how we approach this model, we may be able to overcome these problems.”

Nintendo’s recent announcement of a partnership with Japanese mobile company DeNA saw their stock temporarily rise as investors were excited about the notion of Nintendo finally jumping into the mobile market. Their first games are set to come out later this year and we’ll see then just what Nintendo has come up with to “overcome these problems”.

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