In addition to the news that Nintendo is working on a free-to-play game it was also discovered, courtesy of the Nintendomination Twitter feed that Bayonetta 2 will feature some sort of micro-transaction economy. According to the information available you will be able to utilize the Nintendo eShop to purchase additional weapons and abilities for Bayonetta.
No word yet on whether this will be similar to games like Dead Space 3 that would allow you to buy weapons through a digital store, but still had the ability to unlock them through game play or something else entirely. More and more titles are beginning to take advantage of people’s willingness to speed up the upgrade process or spend money on shiny new toys. It makes sense that we’d begin to see this on Nintendo systems as well.
As soon as we get more information about this new ecosystem in Bayonetta 2 we’ll let you know.
E3 was a time of high hopes for fans of the Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo is looking to turn around the sluggish sales of the system by releasing a steady stream of games into retail channels. For the rest of this year Nintendo will be publishing one title every month.
It all begins with Pikmin 3, once a launch title, that will be available on August 4th. That will be followed up by the highly anticipated superhero action game from Platinum Games, The Wonderful 101, on September 15th. The GameCube classic The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is set to hit stores in October. Donkey Kong makes his return to consoles with a sequel to 2009’s Donkey Kong Country Returns. The platformer, developed by Retro Studios, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released in November. Mario makes his second appearance on Wii U in December with the release of Super Mario 3D World.
Time will tell if this will be enough to turn around the fortunes of the Wii U. More games can only mean more interest in the console and Nintendo is trying to bring out some heavy hitters for the rest of this year. Which ones, if any, are you interested in?
Starring – Animal Crossing
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I’ll admit that when I first heard the Wii Fit Trainer girl was going to be a playable character in Smash Bros. I thought it had to be a joke. Then I saw the trailer for how she plays and will admit my gut reaction might have been wrong. She could be pretty cool. Anyway, that’s not what we’re here for. This is some good footage of the next Smash Bros. game in action. Sakurai playing this game is pretty cool.
Last week when Nintendo held their most recent Nintendo Direct presentation it was announced they would be holding another similar presentation before E3. Now we know when that will happen. At 10:00 am EST on June 11th you’ll be able to tune in to another of Nintendo’s popular video presentations. This one will focus on Wii U software that will be coming later in the year. We know release dates of the Wii U software that will be coming before that, but I really hope that Nintendo outlines a very solid schedule of releases for the rest of the year.
Tune in for our further adventures in zombie infested London. This week we find C-4, meet a doctor and walk into fire. Again, I will warn you, there are all kinds of spoilers in this podcast.
Starring – Tony, Ethan, Shelby
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That’s right. One of the biggest third party publishers has come out and said flat out that they have no games in development for one of the three major home consoles. EA has been giving signs over the last few weeks that they’re not really interested in developing games for the Wii U. Last week one employee said the Frostbite 3 engine wasn’t running on Wii U. Another said there are currently 15 games in development that use the engine, which would hint at no games for Wii U. Now the company has confirmed those suspicions.
This isn’t the first time that Nintendo has lost the support of a major publisher. Back in the 90’s Nintendo and Square Enix had a falling out that led to a decade with no Square published games on Nintendo systems.
Neither Nintendo nor EA will confirm exactly what the reason for the falling out between the two companies is, but many point to the rumor (and it is just that) that Nintendo balked at allowing EA to push Origin as the digital store on Wii U. I don’t know how much truth there is to that as neither Microsoft, nor Sony, utilize Origin to sell digital content on their systems.
Does this signal another nail in the Wii U coffin? While Nintendo has lost one publisher, they are pushing heavily into the independent market courting a number of developers to bring their games to the Wii U eShop. Other third parties, like Ubisoft, Capcom and Sega, are showing they still consider the Wii U a viable platform and support it with feature similar releases of their high profile games.
Nintendo has been in this position before and survived. If the Wii U turns around the sales slump, will EA once again hop on board the train or will they ride out this coming generation on the back of PS4 and the next Xbox?
Tony, Ethan, and I wanted to play ZombiU and we decided to record some podcasts about it. Over the next few weeks we are going to play through the game and talk about our experience. This is episode one of four. Spoilers be abound so consider yourself warned. Without giving any spoilers right here, we talk about zombies and GamePads; among other things.
Starring – Tony, Ethan, Shelby
Run time – 31:05
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Revelations is coming to consoles in just a few weeks and Capcom sent out a new trailer showcasing some features that will be exclusive to the Wii U. This looks like it might be the best version of any of the consoles just based on these features alone. It also is the one that most closely resembles the original 3DS version. No word on if the spelling error will be corrected for consoles yet.
There is a time in every boy’s life when he must rise to the challenge of manhood and protect his village from monstrous beasts. Other times he will team up with friends and go on an epic journey, gathering resources to better himself for future endeavors. There is also a time in a boy’s life when he could learn what to do during a hunt by watching Tony, Phil, Gamefreak and I go on a journey through Monster Hunter’s guild ranks.