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DS Games Coming To Virtual Console

January 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Virtual Console Logo

Not the Virtual Console you expect mind you.  Nintendo announced that the games would be making their way to the Wii U’s Virtual Console.  The company announced that now that technical hurdles which were keeping the games from displaying properly have been overcome they will move forward on getting the handheld games onto the Wii U’s classic games service.  It can be assumed that games would use the Game Pad as the bottom screen and the TV as the top screen.  Games that utilized the system in book style (held sideways, screens side by side) would display on the Game Pad. 

No word yet on when these games would appear, what games would be available, pricing or if third parties would be involved.  As we find out more information we’ll make sure to pass it along.

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Brave/Default System Is A Breath of Fresh Air

January 29, 2014 Leave a comment

bravely default

There are as many different battle systems out there as there are RPGs.  You have the pure turn based style games like Dragon Quest, the Active Time Battle system of Final Fantasy and even purely action based combat systems where you fight in real time.  I know that Bravely Default isn’t the first game that allows RPG characters to hold an action for later in a turn or has a way to take their turn early, but it’s the first game that I’ve seen that uses it as so much of a focus of the game’s battle system.   

The Brave/Default system is one of the more complex systems out there and takes a little while to wrap your head around, but when you do you’ll find it to be incredibly flexible and quite frankly a lot of fun to use.  If you haven’t played the demo available on the eShop or know anything about the battle system let me explain basically how it works. 

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Nintendo Execs to Take Pay Cut

January 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Iwata Revolution Reveal

The Wii U hasn’t done nearly as well as Nintendo would have liked it to.  That fact can’t really be disputed.  On the heels of Nintendo’s downgrading of Wii U and 3DS forecasts last week more news about Nintendo’s future is expected this week when their investor’s meeting goes down.  Ahead of that meeting it’s being reported that Nintendo executives will be taking a paycut.

According to AFP Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is expected to take a 50% paycut, but he won’t be the only one doing so.  Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda both will be taking salary hits of 30%.  Other directors at the company will be taking a 20% cut.

This isn’t the first time that Nintendo executives have done this.  During the struggles of the 3DS first year the group also took paycuts.  These moves aren’t necessarily financial as these salaries wouldn’t make a huge dent in the company’s financials.  It’s more of a symbolic gesture and one that these people wouldn’t necessarily have to have done.  They are taking responsibility for the failures of Nintendo’s hardware and doing so while not having to fire or lay off any of the employees below them.  Nintendo’s not hurting for cash and these employees didn’t need to cut their salary.  Sometimes symbolic gestures are what you need.

Stay tuned here for more information about all of Nintendo’s financial news as it unfolds this week.

Go Round – Super Mario 3D World

January 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Cats everywhere! There’s only one way to fix this! I better throw my friends off the side of the level! We laugh uncontrollably as we play Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U. Next week is Go Round 200 and later this week you’ll get the best of Go Round moments 100-199. YouTube is where it’s at, yo!

Next Level Games: We Do Nintendo Stuff Now

January 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Super Mario Strikers

You might not have heard the name of Canada-based developer Next Level Games, but if you own a Nintendo console there’s a good chance that you’ve played at least one of their games.  The company was founded just over 10 years ago in 2002 and the first game they worked on was NHL Hitz Pro for Midway.  Since then they’ve moved on to work almost exclusively with Nintendo on a number of their properties. 

They are the lead developer of the Mario Strikers franchise.  They also led the development of the 2009 reboot of the Punch-Out!! franchise.  After that they worked on the Wii port of some third party games like Transformers: Cybertron Adventures and Captain America: Super Soldier.  Most recently they completed development of the sequel to a game that came out not long before their creation; Luigi’s Mansion.

While they are not technically a Nintendo developer the company has stated, through co-founder Jason Carr, that they are working exclusively on Nintendo products now.  The small 70 person team studio likes the stability and the fit that comes from working with Nintendo.  When asked if they’d thought about working with another company he said there was no reason for them to venture outside of that relationship because Nintendo continues to give them bigger and better IP to work with they like the relationship they’ve built with the company. 

Next Level Games has routinely been featured among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, most recently in 2012, and a big part of that is family and fun.  In an interview with Gamasutra Carr and producer Ken Yeeloy talked about why they’d been successful.  They can’t go toe to toe with companies like EA when it comes to employee benefits and incentives.  Instead they have fostered a place where people have fun when they come to work, but they also put a focus on employees families.  The company doesn’t incentivize people to stay in the office away from their families.  They don’t push long hours on their employees because they think it would make them unhappy.  They attempt to foster a nice balance between work life and family life so that people enjoy coming in to work every day. 

It’s unclear what project the company is working on as they have not announced any new games since the release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.   This company has become one of my favorite developers over the last few years  and you can bet that whatever comes next from that studio is going to be high quality and it will most likely be another Nintendo property.

2013 Year in Review: Developer of the Year

December 25, 2013 Leave a comment

2013 Year in Review

A lot of different developers release a lot of different games during the year. Some of them go on to rank as the best game of the year and maybe even the best game you’ve ever played. Others end up in the dustbin of history never to be talked of again. Some developers always stand out above the rest having a steady string of high quality titles that showcase their creative ability better than anyone else.  Who stood out to us?  Well, let’s find out who we thought were the Developers of the Year.

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2013 Year in Review: Tony’s Top 10 Games of the Year

December 24, 2013 Leave a comment

2013 Year in Review

2013 has been quite the year in gaming, especially for me.  We finally got the sequel to a game that I’ve been waiting to play for over a decade.  Another game went from being one of the franchises I was least interested in to one I think is a fantastic franchise.  Other games let me take character from completely different franchises and put them into scenarios only your imagination could have dreamed of.  New consoles have been released.  Handhelds have proven that they still have what it takes to compete with the up and coming cell phone market.

Regardless of what type of games you like to play it’s been a great year for gaming.  Digital markets have been growing to the point where the games you find on places like XBLA and Nintendo’s eShop are undistinguishable from the games you get in retail stores.  I played a bunch of games this year, but here are the ten titles that I think stood out above all the rest this year.

To let you know how I came about this list.  I started by putting down all of the games I played for the first time this year (as that’s the criteria we have for our End of the Year Lists on the site).  I played 65 different games for the first time this year.  I whittled that down the to the list of games that I would have considered for a spot on my GotY list and that brought it down to 23 titles.  Of those eleven were 3DS games, eleven were Wii U games, two were Xbox 360 games and one was a Wii game.  Then I whittled that down even further by going over any that I reviewed, thinking of the experiences I had playing those games and which ones stuck out with me most.

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Nintendo Boasts Sales Improvements in November

December 13, 2013 Leave a comment

A Link Between Worlds 5

A new month means new NPD numbers and Nintendo was eager to let you know how they’re doing this month.  Up first is the 3DS, which according to Nintendo just passed the 10.5 million mark in lifetime sales, selling more than 770,000 units in the month of November.  Much of this can be contributed to two solid game releases recently.  The first is Pokemon X/Y, which is still selling well, having moved more than 220,000 units bringing its lifetime sales total to more than 2.35 million units sold.  The other is The Legend of Zelda:  A Link Between Worlds, which also came bundled with its own limited edition system.  The newest in Link’s adventures sold more than 280,000 units combined digitally and physical.  If you include the sales of the bundled 3DS system the game sold more than 400,000 units.

All of Nintendo’s highest profile 3DS software had huge increases in their sales number during November with some, like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land seing 130% and 235% sales increases respectively over the previous month.  New hardware means more people buying games.

The Wii U has also seen significant improvement.  The system has seen continued increases in sales over in Japan in recent weeks, rising every week for at least the last three weeks.  Here in North America the Wii U saw an increase of over 340% in November compared to October’s numbers.  Estimates put that at around 220,000 units sold during the month.  Super Mario World, the first 3D adventure for Nintendo portly plumber on the systemn managed to move 210,000 units during its first week on sale.

20% Off eShop Cards

December 9, 2013 Leave a comment

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Best Buy is offering 20% off all it’s Nintendo eShop prepaid cards. This deal ends on December 14th and is good online or in store. With Nintendo’s eShop “wallets” merging for both Wii U and 3DS this month, this is the most flexible $50 you can get for Nintendo digital downloads.

Visit your local Best Buy or this link.

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Monster Hunter Okie Go! – Episode 6

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Kept you waiting, huh? Behold the return of MHOG! Our heroes have come back stronger than you can possible imagine. We have almost all made it to HR5 or beyond, we see the appearance of the Nargacuga, and we didn’t even need to summon our Megazord. Could you see us trying to pilot a mech like the Megazord? It would be so awesome, but honestly I don’t think we would be able to agree who gets to control which arm or leg.

Cast:

Tony – Niklaus
Ethan – Shiomi
Gary – Amras
Federico – Fedorenko

Do you want to join in the hunts? Just send an email to podcast@nintendo-okie letting us know you would like to be a part of the show. We’ll let you know when we’re recording the next episode. If you just want to hunt with us that’s always welcome. You can usually find one or more of us pretty easily.

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