The last few years Nintendo has foregone the traditional E3 press conference in favor of a more personable approach, the Nintendo Direct. In those vidoes they showed off and talked about all the games that they had coming up over the next few months to get fans excited for what was to come. This year they’ll be doing something altogether different. They will not be going back to the press conference format. They won’t be doing another hour long Direct video.
This year is all about Zelda. They’re going to be showing off the next installment of the Legend of Zelda series, which is set to release for Wii U and NX sometime in 2017. This year for their pre-conference press event, they will be doing a livestream of The Legend of Zelda. Beginning at 12:00pm EST on June 14th Treehouse Live will be streaming footage from the next game starring Link. The game will be streamed live from the show floor via Nintendo’s Youtube and Twitch channels. You can also view it here: http://e3.nintendo.com.
Will you be watching?
Nintendo have finally announced that the long awaited, animated TV show of the 3DS title Yokai Watch will be making its UK television debut this Saturday (23rd of April) on Cartoon Network. That information was revealed in a tweet which can be seen below.
Are you a fan of the River City series? In celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary Arc System Works and Natsume are working together again to create a new entry in the Kunio-Kun series of games. This one, for the 3DS, is called River City: Tokyo Rumble.
The game will be similar to the NES classic River City Ransom. It will be a side-scrolling brawler featuring the series’ iconic characters. Features of the new title include:
- Play as Kunio, Riki, and other famous fighters from the River City series!
- Take on jobs to earn extra cash, special moves, and more!
- Take a break from the main story to fight in a 4-man Rumble or dodgeball match!
- Take on your friends using Local Play and Download Play!
- Unlock new characters, stages, and songs as you progress through the game!
There has been no announcement yet as to when the game will be released, but it will be shown off and playable at E3 this year, which takes place between June 14 and 16th.
Nintendo will have a booth at PAX East this weekend and will have a number of games playable at the event. One of them, which will be playable for the first time is Tokyo Mirage Sessions # FE, the game previously known as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem. It takes place in real world Tokyo and features a number of familiar locations around the city.
Announced today is a Special Edition of the game which be be available on the June 24th launch. The package will be exclusive to Gamestop and Amazon.com and will cost $79.99. Included in the package is the game, a six song soundtrack CD, six song cards, and a sticker sheet. There will also be five DLC packs, all of which will have codes in the Special Edition. The DLC packs will each cost $1.99 when they launch and include additional quests and costumes.
If you’re heading to PAX this weekend and get to play the game let us know what you think of it. We’re all excited around here for the launch of this game.
Star Fox Zero launches this Friday, April 22nd. To celebrate the launch of the game Nintendo has partnered with Production IG (one of the companies that worked with Nintendo on the Kid Icarus shorts) and WIT Studio to create a short film based on the game and it’s characters. It’s called Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins and it will premiere on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00pm EST.
Immediately following the premiere of the short there will be a special Nintendo Treehouse Live event featuring both Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard. Both of these can be viewed by visiting http://live.nintendo.com.
Nintendo has a long history of working with different restaurants to fill their children’s meals with various Nintendo related products. Children have a history of liking Nintendo related toys. It only makes sense to put those two things together and Nintendo is once again doing just that.
From April 19th – June 30th the company is working with Oklahoma based restaurant chain Sonic to include five different Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam themed toys. Nintendo VP of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt says:
“SONIC Drive-In is the ideal location to premiere the very first toys based on this unique collaboration.”
The toys are themed around the recent mash-up of two Nintendo RPG series featuring the plumber brothers and their paper thin counterparts. One toy shaped like Mario races across the room on wheels, while another featuring Paper Mario and Luigi spins around like a top. Two of the toys even resemble the folded-up paper look of the outrageous papercraft battles featured in the game.
Nintendo’s first smartphone app Miitomo came out in Japan a few weeks ago and has fared very well in the iOS and Playstore charts so far with lots of the Nintendo community getting involved in the app and generally seeming quite favourable towards it.
Nintendo have announced today via Twitter that the app will launch in the UK on the 31st of March which is only a few days away.