Thursday, July 24, 2014

Xenoblade Chronicles X - GameXplain Discussion

Thought you knew everything there was to know about Xenoblade Chronicles X that was released by Nintendo so far? Well there might have been some small details you missed, and those small details make a big difference in a game like this.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mario Maker - New Footage

Here is some more E3 footage from the guys at GameXplain. I have to admit that it's pretty awesome that you can switch art styles on the fly like that. Nintendo has confirmed that more Mario themes will be available to choose in the final game.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Release Date November 21st?


There was already a leaked release date for the Amiibo figures around the same time as Nov. 21st 2014, now we have a game retailer listing the same date for the actual release of the game itself for the Wii U. Seems to make sense seeing that Black Friday is the following week and Nintendo will be able to ride sales of Smash and still promote Mario Kart 8 in December. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Super Smash Bros 3DS New Gameplay videos

The seemingly never ending slew of post E3 videos continues, but this time I don't think anyone will mind since it is with Super Smash Bros on 3DS. What I like is that these videos are all showing the game being played on the 3DS system itself and not just a gameplay video. Looks nice.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wii U sales up 233% in June 2014, MK8 Top Selling Game

The NPD results are in for June 2014, and the Wii U showed huge improvement in hardware sales and a big hit in Mario Kart 8, being the highest selling single sku game overall consoles and handhelds.

Nintendo PR:

After firing out of the gate at the end of May, Mario Kart 8 had an even stronger second lap. The game was the top-selling physical software SKU in the U.S. in June, and sold more than 470,000 physical and digital units. This brings its lifetime total to more than 885,000 units in the U.S. alone. Mario Kart 8 is also driving new momentum for the Wii U platform and its library of great titles, which includes an industry-best 15 games with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher. Sales of hardware and software in June 2014 were up 233 percent and 373 percent, respectively, over June 2013. For the first half of the year, total sales of Wii U hardware and software have increased by 48 percent and 129 percent, respectively, over the same period in 2013.

“These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.”

Nintendo 3DS also had a strong month: Hardware sales in June increased by more than 55 percent over sales in May, and Tomodachi Life sold more than 175,000 combined physical and digital units after launching on June 6.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2014, Wii U has a great lineup of upcoming games and amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category, that will help Nintendo build on its Mario Kart 8 momentum. Notable titles on the way include: Hyrule Warriors (Sept. 26), Bayonetta 2 (October), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Holiday) and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Holiday). Likewise, three of the most anticipated games of the year are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS in 2014: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Oct. 3) and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Nov. 21).

*Data regarding physical sales of games in June are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

With July and August being slim on new Wii U games, hopefully Mario Kart 8 can continue to push Wii U sales without much in new releases. Once September-December hit, you can expect Wii U sales to go up by a large margin. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fatal Frame Wii U 1080p Debut Trailer

Finally a game that allows you to take pictures with the Gamepad in-game that actually effects gameplay, why couldn't more games put the controller to use like this? Anyway, the trailer doesn't really show this but the presentation highlighted a strong use of the Gamepad for being able to see objects and take photos with the Gamepad that couldn't be seen on the TV screen. The game looks great it is definitely running in real time if you look closely you can notice.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shovel Knight Full Soundtrack

0:00 Main Theme
2:42 Menu Theme
4:18 Intro Cutscene
5:31 Plains of Passage
9:05 Black Knight 1
11:57 Campfire
13:35 Level Select 1
14:58 Pridemoor
18:32 King Knight Battle
21:28 The Flying Machine
25:29 Propeller Knight Battle
28:08 The Lost City
31:57 Mole Knight Battle
34:45 Village
37:54 Watch Me Dance!
38:19 Mona Minigame
40:14 Iron Whale
43:50 Treasure Knight Battle
46:38 Clockwork Tower
50:19 Tinker Knight Battle
51:35 Tinker Tank Battle
54:49 Hall of Champions
58:08 Ghost Battle
1:00:53 Shield Knight Requiem
1:04:06 Troupple King Waltz
1:06:47 Black Knight 2
1:10:03 Armorer Village
1:13:24 Fighting with All Our Might
1:16:39 The Explodatorium
1:20:15 Plague Knight Battle
1:22:54 Lich Yard
1:26:44 Spectre Knight Battle
1:28:58 Stranded Ship
1:32:55 Polar Knight Battle
1:35:42 Arena
1:37:42 Level Select 2
1:39:10 Tower 1
1:42:49 Tower 2
1:45:48 Tower 3
1:46:57 Enchantress 1
1:49:42 Enchantress 2
1:53:24 Ending
1:56:38 Credits

Enjoy the full soundtrack of my personal favorite game of the year so far on any system, Shovel Knight. If you haven't bought it or played it yet, just go buy it now, it's easily worth the $15 bucks.