A smaller announcement that came from the Nintendo Direct earlier this month was for a piece of software called Amiibo Tap. The app came out earlier this week in Japan and it’s now on its way to North America.
amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits (confirmed for April 30): Download the game from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, then tap any amiibo to your Wii U GamePad. You’ll unlock a random playable three-minute scene from a classic NES or Super NES game. It’s a cool way to extend the playability of amiibo. Here’s the game page: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/FHXK5fELXvygJ9ALk2bqyATmG-iDm07q
While I don’t think this will be something people will be going out and buying Amiibos for, I can see how this would give all those Amiibo collectors something extra to mess around with. How do you feel about Amiibo Tap? Will you be checking it out when it comes out?
Not a lot of new info came out of today’s presentation for Xenoblade Chronicles X but we did learn some interesting and good things. For starters, the translation is still being worked on so things are subject to change, but, the mechs aren’t called Dolls in the western version. Instead they’re called Skells, short for Exoskeleton.
Another little bit of news is the fact the game was reconfirmed for a 2015 release. When they spoke of the translation in the Treehouse, they said the game is still coming later this year. Sure it’s not a release date but at least we know we’ll be getting it this year.
As for the presentation itself, you can watch the whole thing after the jump.
Not too long ago, Nintendo was one of the few game companies out there that wasn’t doing DLC. This stance was praised by some due to the countless instances of bad DLC in games but was a complaint by others who wanted Nintendo to keep their games alive by expanding on them. This stance however is no more. Over the past few years, Nintendo has been introducing DLC in various different titles. Recently, it seems Nintendo has fully embraced DLC with most of the larger games integrating it as well as the Amiibo’s being used as a form of it.
Myles and Nick have a huge announcement to kick off this very special 10th edition of the NintendPals podcast. After that, normal business resumes with a thin news week, chats about what we’ve been spending our time playing (Nick has added another retro console to his growing collection) and we run down our top games of 2014. Oh and we announce the winner of our League of Heroes competition.
A while back, a game based on the Warhammer 40k universe was shown to be coming to Wii U. That game is called Space Hulk, a turn-based strategy game where you play as the Blood Angel Terminators and fight against the Genestealers. Well it received a release date earlier today for May 2nd.
According to the hub-page, the single player will be based off of the Sin of Damnation campaign. It will feature 3 brand new missions and will include the 12 missions from the classic board game. Multiplayer will be more like the board game pitting players against each other in a head-to-head battle. It isn’t known if the multiplayer will be local or online.
Shin’en is no stranger to the Wii U hardware and is known for being one of the top companies at taking advantage of it. Their new game, FAST Racing Neo, follows that trend. We were teased with screenshots a while ago; however, since then, we haven’t really seen much on the game. Apparently, that will change soon. Speaking with HDWarriors, Shin’en had this to say about the game:
Development is going very smooth. FAST Racing Neo is the biggest, and most beautiful game we ever did, and we’re taking the time to make sure that it’s also the best one. This Summer, people will have seen the game in motion.
They spoke with HDWarriors several times back in 2013 about the Wii U’s hardware, saying there’s much more that could be done with it. They’ve also been talking about this game for a while, saying it uses an engine that gets more out of the Wii U’s power. It’s going to be really interesting to see this game finally running.
Apparently there’s a hidden menu on the Wii U for external drives. In this menu you can actually turn off sleep mode for you hard drive. What’s even stranger is the menu is literally not listed anywhere on Nintendo’s support site and is so hidden, you can’t really find it via a Google search. Of course, using this feature will obviously make your drives wear out faster but it ultimately could make whatever game you’re running perform better. So for those interested in this feature, here’s how you access it:
- Go to [Settings]
- Go to [Data Management]
- Press and hold down on the D-Pad for half a second
- While holding down on the D-Pad, press and hold the + and – buttons
- You will see the message above
I’ve tested this just now and trust me, it works. This makes me think though. What other crazy things will they find hidden in the Wii U next?