As we all know, some major changes are going on at Nintendo and among those changes is new hardware. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that their next system, codenamed NX, is in development right now. They also told us we’ll get a reveal sometime in 2016. While the rumors and hints from Nintendo about the direction they’re taking their new hardware is exciting, there are many people who are worried their older hardware will be killed off too soon. During the recent investors meeting, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata addressed these fears claiming they’ll continue to support the Wii U and 3DS when the NX comes out.
Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or what will happen to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero. When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX. Therefore, while we are preparing NX for the future, we are discussing within our internal development teams as well as with the second-party developers we co-develop software with and also with third-party software publishers about how to continue creating software for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. So, I believe that your point of concern should not happen immediately. As for Wii U, we will continue to make efforts, as it is a priority within the company to think about how we can satisfy the consumers who purchased this system to the maximum extent possible.
Admittedly, while I’m excited for the future, I’m worried about the Wii U and 3DS and didn’t want to see them kill these platforms off too early. I’m glad to hear that they’ll still be supporting the older hardware after the newer hardware comes out. The Wii U hasn’t even been on the market 3 years and the New 3DS just came out. I want to get at least another 2 years out of both. That said, he didn’t state how long the support will last. Here’s hoping it’ll be at least till 2017!
Want to play Hyrule Warriors on your 3DS? Well, you’ve still got to wait, but another musou game launches this week if you just can’t wait to hack and slash hundreds of dudes on the go. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 headlines this week’s Nintendo Download. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time comes to the Virtual Console on Wii U. Phoenix Wright has a couple of 3DS titles go on sale. If you’re in the competitive spirit check out new modes for Splatoon or participate in another Codename S.T.E.A.M. tournament.
Head past the break for everything coming to both the Wii U and 3DS eShops.
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Whatever Hyperkin is doing right now they need to stop and go into full production of this controller right now. This is exactly the type of Pro Controller for Wii U I’ve been dying to have. I absolutely adore the GameCube Controller. I’ve routinely called it my favorite controller of all-time. Since the Wii U was first rumored people were making mock-ups of the controller and one that caught my eye was a white shelled controller with blue buttons that was designed exactly like the GameCube controller. I would buy this in a heartbeat and I’d get a “full” set of four just to have around.
This controller is going to be at EVO 2015. According to Hyperkin if the reaction is good they will move into full production. This is a fully wireless controller without the need for a dongle. It works exactly as a Pro Controller and is supported by every game that supports that input method. They have said that they will consider a wired verison and that they’ll be looking for player feedback while at EVO this year.
How much would you pay for such a beautiful controller? Well the projected price range is $30-40, which is about right for a Wii U Pro Controller and at least $20 less than a Dual Shock 4, for comparison.
Please, Hyperkin, whatever you do make this controller a reality.
Get ready to get those pocketbooks out because you’re going to want to buy the physical version of Shovel Knight when it launches later this year. What does the retail version of the game have in the box you ask? Well, it’s got a disc, silly.
The retail release will include the original game as well as the first content update Plague of Shadows. Additionally it will include a challenge mode with more than 50 challenge levels to explore. You’ll also get access to all future updates of the game for free as they come available. Those include:
- Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!
- King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
- Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)
- Body Swap Mode – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!
Is that all, you ask. Well, no it isn’t. For people like me the retail release will also include an instruction manual. A full, actual lovingly crafted instruction manual similar to the reward that Kickstarter backers got. That’s actually a pretty big deal and makes me that much more interested to wait and pick this game up at retail when it launches.
How much will all of this cost. I’m sure you’re wondering that. Well, it’ll cost $19.99. Not too bad, really. Shovel Knight launches on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe for the Wii U, 3DS, PS4 and Xbox One.
Evidence continues to pile up with yet another ratings listing pointing to the fact that 505 Games’ Minecraft style game Terraria is coming to Wii U. This time the ESRB has a listing for the game, with a possible Vita retail release rumored as well. What’s strange is that there is no mention of the 3DS version,which has been a part of past rumors.
Whatever it is, the company needs to confirm this. I’ve played Terraria on the PS4, Vita and PC at this point, but I’d play it all over again on Wii U using the Game Pad to manage inventory.
The long awaited version 1.3 update drops tomorrow so that will keep players of the game happy for a while, but I really want this Wii U release to become a thing. There are times that I find myself enjoying this game more than I do Minecraft.
Renegade Kid have confirmed that their Metroid-esque platformer Xeodrifter will be coming to Wii U soon. They submitted the game to Nintendo for lotcheck, which means release shouldn’t be that far off. What’s more exciting is that they’re continuing to show support for cross-buy games on Nintendo platforms as they announced details for people who purchase the game.
When it launches for Wii U it will cost you $9.99. Not only does that get you the Wii U release, but you’ll also get a copy of the game on 3DS. Current 3DS owners who already have a copy of the game will receive the Wii U version for free when it launches.
This goes along with their upcoming release of Mutant Mudds Super Challenge which will also be cross-buy when it launches later this year. This is something I can fully get behind and hope we see more developers doing in the future.
As we all know, Nintendo has a lot of Intellectual Property, however, not all of it is used as much as many fans would like. Much of this is due to the fact they have dedicated teams for specific series’ such as Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon but not for everything else. Also, some series’ are easier for Nintendo to approach as they play into their strengths. Others are a bit more tricky, with even Mr. Miyamoto not sure how to approach a revival for them.
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