Nintendo recently released a new trailer for their RPG epic, Xenoblade Chronicles X. It shows off the games gorgeous environments and gives you another chance to see how vast the the world is. Not too long ago, in an interview with Famitsu, Monolith Soft revealed the game will be 400km^2, which makes the game the 10th largest non randomly generated game in existence. The game will also feature 32 player passive online, 4 player questing, Off-TV play, and Wii U Pro Controller support. It’ll be getting a late April release in Japan but for those in North America and Europe, we unfortunately have to wait a bit longer. This is unfortunate too as my excitement is becoming harder to contain!
During the Fragments of Silicon podcast, Tantalus Media revealed that they’re working on a new AAA Wii U title.
We’re doing that. It hasn’t been announced, but it will be soon. And can I just further add to the mystique and say that it’s big. It’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done. And it’ll come out this year, and I hope it won’t disappoint.
Tantalus Media is known for their work on Wii U ports such as Mass Effect 3 Special Edition and Deus Ex: Human Revolutions Director’s Cut. If Tantalus is working on something bigger then those 2 titles, then whatever they’re working on must be pretty big.
Tantalus also confirmed that they’ll be porting a Wii U title over to Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. No word on what it is or when it will be revealed though.
The 2D side-scrolling skateboarding platformer OlliOlli that’s been available on a number of other platforms like PS4 and Vita is making its way to the 3DS and Wii U, courtesy of Roll7 and Curve Digital. The publisher announced the game over Twitter and even included a nice bonus announcement. The game is going to be cross-buy, which is a first for a third party developer here in the States.
Nintendo recently announced that Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars would be the first cross-buy game from them. In Europe last year players could get a download code for Squids Odyssey on the Wii U if they bought the 3DS version of the game.
I reached out to Curve to ask if they would be giving out a download code for one version of the game or if it would be through some other method. As soon as I hear back from them I’ll let you know. It’s exciting that we’re finally starting to see cross-buy games on Wii U and 3DS. The feature has been a part of the Playstation Network for a while now and it’s been incredibly well received.
Muteki and Choice Provisions, formerly Gaijin Games, have teamed up and announced that Dragon Fantasy Book I and Dragon Fantasy Book II are coming to Wii U, 3DS, and Steam under new names. Dragon Fantasy Book 1 will be named Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria. Dragon Fantasy Book 2 will be named Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice. Both games were originally on iOS, Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. No release date has been given for either but definitely keep a look out for them.
In different yet interesting news, a recent Nielsen survey asked Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Wii U owners what there top reasons were for purchasing the systems they did. While this list in no way represents the entire user base of any of the 3 consoles, I was actually a bit surprised by the results. The majority of PS4 users they interviewed said Better Resolution followed by Blue-ray Player. The majority of Xbox One owners said Brand followed by Innovative Features. The Majority of Wii U owners said Fun-Factor followed by Better for Kids. Myself, when I buy a system it’s based almost solely on the exclusive games that I can’t get anywhere else followed by the fun-factor. Maybe I’m out of touch. Is my old age showing? Don’t stare at my white mustache hairs!
The Nielsen survey also asked to see how many of the owners also owned previous generation systems. The results were also quite surprising.
It is Donkey Kong day on the Virtual Console. No less than 6 different DK games are being made available on the 3DS and Wii U. Also, the release of the third person shooter, Ironfall Invasion hits the 3DS. For a limited time buying one of the Virtual Console games will get you 30% off the purchase of Tropical Freeze on Wii U or DKC Returns 3D on 3DS.
Head past the break for the full list of games on sale.
At this point it should come as no surprise that there is a Gold Mario amiibo coming. Today, through a press release, Nintendo confirmed that the figure is real and that it is going to be a Walmart exclusive. Launching alongside Mario Party 10, the Super Mario amiibo – Gold Edition will be the third Mario figure in the amiibo line and will be sold at 3,000 Walmart stores around the country for $12.96. He joins Fireball Mario and the new Super Mario amiibo and has the same functionality as the other two figures.
Mario Party 10 launches on March 20th and comes bundled with the regular Super Mario amiibo. The golden moustache launches that same day, separately. Reports are that Walmart will not be taking pre-orders on this figure so if you want him you might have to work for him.