For years Nintendo stood on the fence when it came to putting their big ticket mascots on a system or mobile device other then their own. The tides have since changed and for the very first time in history Mario will appear exclusively on Apple’s App Store.
During Apples September 7 conference revealing the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, Shigeru Miyamoto and Bill Trinen from Nintendo took the stage to show off the new side scrolling runner game where simplicity and ease of use is key. The game is described by Nintendo below.
In this game, Mario constantly moves forward through the courses while you use a variety of jumps to navigate. Mario will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.
There are three different game modes to play. The first mode features challenging courses for you to complete while collecting coins. The second mode has you challenge the play data of other players to show who can beat a course with the most style to impress Toads into joining you. In the third mode, you get to create your own Mushroom Kingdom using the coins and Toads collected by playing the first two game modes.
Super Mario run will be a pay once and play game with no need to spend extra on in app purchases. The game will be hitting the iOS App Store exclusively this December. For a first look check out the gameplay video below.
North Americans can now perform a simple 3DS update which adds not only a revamped Mii Plaza look but the much awaited DLC content to Mii Plaza. 3DS owners have the option of either purchasing the content separately at $4.99 per game or in a bundle pack for $14.99 which saves you $5.00. Check out Nintendo’s Mii Plaza breakdown below.
StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™ lets you meet and play with Mii™ characters created by other gamers. Simply carry your Nintendo 3DS™ system with you in Sleep Mode, and it’ll collect Mii information (and send yours) when you pass other players. When you visit your StreetPass Mii Plaza, you’ll see the new Miis you’ve collected. You never know who you might meet!
You can then use your new Mii friends in fun games, including:
- Find Mii – Recruit a Mii army to defeat monsters, save your own Mii, and earn stylish hats for him or her to wear.
- Puzzle Swap – Trade puzzle pieces with others via StreetPass to complete 3D scenes of Nintendo favorites.
The latest StreetPass Mii Plaza update includes new free Puzzle Swap panels (one of which you will get automatically—the other three you earn via StreetPass!), an updated layout, and new touchscreen controls. You’ll also get access to four new, individually-priced StreetPass games which let you earn tickets you can exchange for new hats and costumes for your Mii:
- Mii Force – Blast your way through enemies in this scrolling space shooter. You’ll use StreetPass Mii characters for special power-ups so you can defeat your enemies—and save the galaxy
- Flower Town – Grow and maintain your own flowers and collect flowers from StreetPass Mii characters to form new breeds and expand your gorgeous garden.
- Warrior’s Way – Collect troops over StreetPass and fight with—or against—other warlords to conquer new countries. Battles take “rock, paper, scissors” to a whole new level.
- Monster Manor – Design and explore a multi-level mansion using pieces that you collect from StreetPass Mii characters. Battle ghosts and find stairways to unlock new levels.
To get the update, simply ensure your Nintendo 3DS system has been updated to the latest version (Ver. 6.1.0-12 U), then follow the prompts shown when you open StreetPass Mii Plaza. Once your update is complete, you’ll be able to purchase any of the new games by selecting “Games” in the Mii Plaza. Select the bunny character next to the game title you’re interested in to learn more or purchase the game (or all four).
Nintendo recently sent out a brand new update for 3DS owners which now allows users to backup save data for downloaded games and newly added Mii Plaza Street Pass games which are currently only available in Japan and UK. Check out the full detail below.
● Save Data Backup Feature
Users can now back up save data for downloadable versions of Nintendo 3DS software and most Virtual Console games
● System stability improvements and other adjustments
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user’s experience.
● StreetPass Mii Plaza
Added an option to update StreetPass Mii Plaza. An update is currently available that will add a shop where the user can purchase new games for StreetPass Mii Plaza. This update also allows the user to set a facial expression for their Mii to use when greeting other users’ Mii characters.
● Save data backup feature
Save data of compatible downloadable software can be backed up and restored.
● System stability improvements and other adjustments
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user’s experience.
Here’s the fine details in regards to the addition of the new street pass games. These additional games will now cost£4.49 / €4.99 each, with a Combo pack setting you back £13.49 / €14.99.
Enjoy a side-scrolling shoot ’em up featuring Mii characters as an intergalactic police force defending the galaxy against evil space pirates.
Cultivate seeds into full bloom and cross-pollenate with other players’ flowers to create dozens of hybrids, or even completely new flowers.
Perfect for those who enjoy a good scare! Exchange map segments with other users to plot your way to the top of a haunted mansion.
As ruler of the realm, try to conquer all 20 countries on the map while defending and expanding your own castle.
By playing these games you can earn plaza tickets – swap them at the Exchange Booth for exciting new hats!
Set a facial expression for your Mii to use when greeting other users’ Mii characters.
Despite many who thought Nintendo’s E3 Direct was rather bland and lacking the wow factor many expected, Nintendo did deliver on a rather safe but enjoyable looking line up for Wii U. Here’s an in depth recap of all the games Nintendo announced during the presentation.
Wii U Games Announcements
- SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD: Super Mario 3D World is a continuation of the series Super Mario 3D Land which was originally released on 3DS. For the first time in a 3D Mario game it will feature up to four players in multiplayer mode with either Mario, Luigi, Toad or Peach to choose from. Each character will feature their own unique ability such as Peach’s ability to hover in mid air, toad’s ability to run faster then others and of course Luigi’s classic long jump. The game will feature a brand new suit called the Cat Mario suit. The Cat Mario suite can perform new actions such as climbing up walls and scratching enemies with his claws. You can look out for the new Super Mario 3D World game this December.
- Mario Kart 8: Mario Kart 8 features a brand new gameplay mechanic called the anti gravity which has been implemented within the courses. With this new mechanic players can race upside walls and upside down creating a brand new dimension to the game. You can also race underwater, glide in the air or ride motorcycles like in Mario Kart Wii. The game will feature its classic online multiplayer mode and for the first time ever Miiverse integration. Through Miiverse players can share racing highlights via Miiverse. The feature is dubbed Mario Kart TV. Mario Kart 8 is set to launch in Spring 2014.
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker: Earlier this year it was revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker would be making its way to Wii U as a completely remastered titles with updated HD visuals. Below is a new trailer showing off the latest in game footage of the upcoming Zelda title. Wind Waker will feature 1080p support, new shaders support to help visual expressions, refined texture graphics. The Tingle feature in the game has been upgraded to be used with Miiverse. Look out for Wind Waker this October.
- The Wonderful 101: The Wonderful 101 is an action game where a group of heroes and their leader battle against the space invader group who have started to attack earth. The hero features a mode called unit mode where the hero joins all partners together to form a giant special weapon which can be used to defeat large enemies and bosses. Unite mode can activated by using the gamepad to draw gestures which will determine how powerful your weapon is.The Wonderful 101 will be available on September 15th, 2013.
- Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a new title by famed developers Retro studios which features Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong back at Donkey Kong Island which has been taken over by a new enemy. In order to save Donkey Kong Island, Donkey Kong must set off against the new set of enemies called Vikings from the North Sea. The game will feature new dynamic camera angles and HD visuals to help realize the world of Donkey Kong. Look out for Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze this November.
- Bayonetta 2: During the E3 show Nintendo showed off the much anticipated Bayonetta 2 which is exclusive to Wii U. Bayonetta 2 will arrive in 2014. Check out the latest epic trailer below.
- X: From the creators of Xenoblade comes this new epic title X by Monolith Soft. X is an open world adventure game for Wii U. Look out for X in 2014. Check out the trailer below for a taste of this fantastic looking game.
- Super Smash Bros (Wii U & 3DS): Here is the latest trailer for the upcoming Super Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS. Super Smash Bros is set for release in 2o14.
- Wii Party U: Wii Party U is a collection of stand out board and party games that utilize the unique features of the Wii U Gamepad and Wii remote controllers. The game will feature 80 new and different mini games and the addition of a brand new mode called “Table Top Mini Games” which you can play using one Gamepad and two players. Wii Party U was originally supposed to be released this summer however the game is being delayed in order to take more time to work on the game. The new release window for Wii Party U is October of this year.
- Wii Fit U: Wii Fit U was originally slated for a summer release. Nintendo has decided to take more time to work on the game to help implement new features. The new scheduled release window for Wii Fit U is slated for a December launch.
- Art Academy: After Miiverse blew up into an artistic drawing endeavour by many Nintendo fans, Nintendo decided they would like to create a new Art Academy designed for Wii U artist in order to help better show off their drawings in Miiverse. Users will be able to use a host of drawing tools to show off their art work in Miiverse for the world to see. This new drawing tool will be available on the Wii U eShop this summer.
Here is a list of 3rd party Wii U and 3DS releases for 2013;
- Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag (Wii U/October 29th, 2013)
- Batman Arkham Origins (Wii U/October 25th, 2013)
- Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (3DS/October 25, 2013)
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Directors Cut (Wii U/2013)
- Disney Infinity (Wii U/August 18th, 2013)
- Just Dance 2o14 (Wii U/October 8th, 2o13)
- Rayman Legends (Wii U/September 3rd, 2013)
- Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Wii U/Fall 2013)
- Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (3DS/Fall 2013)
- Disney’s Planes (Wii U/August 6th, 2013)
- Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS/July 16th, 2013)
- Skylanders Swap Force (Wii U/October 13th, 2013)
- Skylanders Swap Force (3DS/October 13th, 2013)
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Wii U/August 20th, 2013)
- Sonic Lost World (Wii U/Holiday 2o13)
- Sonic Lost World (3DS/Holiday 2o13)
- Watch Dogs (Wii U/November 19th, 2013)
Here is a list of games set to arrive both Wii U and 3DS eShop in near future:
That wraps up some of the biggest highlights from Nintendo’s E3 conference. Stay tuned for more upcoming news as we get hands on with some E3 games this Saturday.
Nintendo recently announced a partnership with Best Buy to bring E3 games to the masses in both the US and Canada. Adding to the excitement Nintendo will be bring two more events for fans to experience during E3 week. The first even is the Nintendo Cross-Canada Tour which will give people a chance to try out Wii U and 3DS games. Confirmed games on demo are New Super Mario Bros. U, LEGO City: Undercover, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Game & Wario, and Pikmin 3. The event will also include an interactive area where you can snap a Nintendo themed photo at a photo booth and share it with your friends. To add to the fun, try the spin the Cross-Canada Tour Prize Wheel for a chance to win some awesome Nintendo items before you leave. Prizes include T-Shirts, candy, and photo frames. Nintendo has also stated that there may even be a mystery prize or two.
The second event taking place is an Animal Crossing meet up event. To celebrate the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo will be hosting meet ups across Canada where 3DS owners with a copy of the game can interact and share with other Animal Crossing fans. The event will be a great opportunity for fans to StreetPass other players to exchange their Happy Home Showcase, trade items, and play mini-games. There will be an Animal Crossing Ambassador wearing an branded T-shirt at the meet up. Complimentary gifts will be distributed to the first 50 players to show up at each Meet-Up.
Here is the schedule for each event listed below;
Nintendo Cross-Canada Tour Schedule
June 8-9 Charlottetown – Hockey Night in Canada – Play On!”
June 15-16 Halifax – Hockey Night in Canada – Play On!”
June 29-30 Ottawa – Byward Market
July 1 Ottawa – Canada Day at Major’s Park Hill
July 5-7 Toronto / Blue Mountain – Jazz on the Mountain At Blue
July 12 Toronto – Game On 2.0 at Ontario Science Center
July 19-20 Montreal – Jackalope Festival
July 24 Montreal – La Ronde Fireworks
July 26-27 Montreal – St-James on St-Catherines (463 Sainte-Catherine St W)
July 31 Montreal – La Ronde Fireworks
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
August 10-11 Winnipeg – The Forks
August 16- September 2 Toronto – CNE* (trailer not onsite)
August 24-25, 31-September 2 Vancouver – PNE*
…more locations to come!
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Meet Up Schedule
You’ll find our Animal Crossing Ambassadors holding a Meet Up at the following locations from 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Toronto @ Scarborough Town Centre
Toronto @ Wellesly Community Center (June 16th, 22nd and 23rd only)
Calgary @ Cardel Place (June 16th, 22nd and 23rd only)
Edmonton @ Mill Woods Rec Center(June 16th, 22nd and 23rd only)
Halifax @ Scotia Square
Montreal @ Montreal Eaton Centre
Vancouver @ Lansdowne Shopping Centre
Nintendo has finally confirmed the release date for the long awaited Flipnote Studio 3D. Flipnote Studio 3D is set to release on 3DS in North America in early August of this year. If the release date news wasn’t good enough the application will be entirely free and feature two community services. Here’s the full details listed below.
Flipnote Gallery: Friends
- You can create an online gallery and invite your friends to visit and participate.
- Up to 20 people, including you, can participate in each gallery.
- You can post comments, rate flipnotes and download your favorite flipnotes to your Nintendo 3DS.
- You can have up to two galleries open at any given time. Each gallery will be available for 15 days. When one closes, you can open another.
Flipnote Gallery: World
- Flipnote Gallery: World is a paid community service where users can share flipnotes with other Flipnote Studio 3D users from all around the world. The first 30 days of use will be a free trial period. After the free trial, you will need to buy a pass for $0.99 every 30 days to participate. Flipnote Gallery: World will be available free between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- You can post comments, rate flipnotes and download your favorite flipnotes to your Nintendo 3DS. For these activities, you need coins. A certain number of coins are included when you buy a pass.
- You can collect points through activities in Flipnote Gallery: World. After collecting a certain number of points, you will receive a pass, good for the next 30 days. There are two types of points – Coin Points and Collectors’ Points. Coin Points can be collected when you post flipnotes. Collector’s Points can be earned by introducing flipnotes that gain popularity within the community.
Collect Coin Points as a Flipnote Creator:
- Earn good ratings by posting quality flipnotes. You will receive Coin Points based on how well your flipnotes are rated by the community. After earning a certain number of Coin Points, you will receive a pass to participate over the next 30 days for no additional charge.
Collect Collector Points as a Flipnote Collector:
- There are other ways to earn points besides creating flipnotes. You can participate in the community as a collector. A collector finds and rates quality flipnotes and creates a collection. Your collection will be shared with other users. When a lot of visitors view your collection, you’ll earn Collector’s Points. If you earn a lot of Collector’s Points and get a high Collector’s Ranking, you may be awarded a pass to participate over the next 30 days at no additional charge.
Source: Flipnote Studio page
While it may not be a North American release date reveal for those itching to get their hands on this Luigi themed 3DS XL, Nintendo Japan has announced it will be releasing the Luigi silhouetted 3DS XL in Japan on July 18th. This special edition XL will run Japanese buyers around 22,800 yen (approximately 225.90 USD). The bundle includes a SD card with a pre-installed copy of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team which is set to launch in Japan on July 18, Europe on July 12 and North America on Aug. 11. Let’s hope Nintendo brings this sleek looking XL over to the North American side in the near future.
Nintendo and Sega finally revealed the silhouetted image from the Sonic Lost World reveal during the latest Nintendo Direct. Although these silhouettes were revealed in the latest trailer found below there wasn’t much details given. The group known as the Deadly Six have been recruited by Dr. Eggman to make Sonic’s life a miserable one. In a turn of events the Deadly Six turn against Dr. Eggman causing Sonic to join forces with his once arch nemesis in order to prevent the end of the world. Sonic Lost World will feature multiplayer on both the Wii U and 3DS version. Sonic Lost World will utilize the unique capabilities of both the Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U version features multiplayer, color powers using the Gamepad and of course off tv play with the Gamepad. The 3DS version features 3D visuals, color powers and exclusive stages. Sonic Lost World is exclusive to Wii U and 3DS and currently has no release date announced.