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.
A supposed page from the latest Game Informer is claiming the upcoming Star Fox Wii U game will support both analog and motion controls.
The pages reads as follows;
“Nintendo is planning on bringing Fox Mcloud out of retirement for a new entry on the Wii U. Fox will be able to fly his Arwing and seamlessly transform into a tank during certian sequences. Pilots can control the game either with their Gamepad’s analog sticks or motion control. The game was very early in development and looked admittedly rought the last we saw of it, but we’re hoping Fox gets the new, grand adventure he deserves.”
According to a questionable report from 4chan it appears that Rayman may be set for DLC in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. A video was leaked showing Rayman in the roster. The video seems to be pretty convincing and for those that remember a Nintendo employee from Canada seemed to imply that Rayman would be playable last August. Check out the video below.
Update: The video has been confirmed as a fake.
Nintendo has been hyping their exclusive shooter Splatoon for quite some time now. Splatoon is a paint based shooter where players must take over their opponents by filling the level with their teams paint color. Today we have a highly detailed look at the US box art for Splatoon. Splatoon will arrive in North America this May.
Nintendo has finally release a major system update for Wii U weighing in at a hefty 700MB. Here is a list of the new features you can expect from the latest version 4.0.0 U.
- A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode¹Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV
- Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV
- A feature to automatically receive recommended software and demo titles from Nintendo using SpotPass
- Support for USB keyboards
- An option to disable use of a Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware, such as PCs and smartphones
- Support for Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound when playing Wii software
Changes to Wii U Menu:
- Added a friend list icon to the Wii U Menu for easier access to the Friend List
Changes to System Settings:
- An option to automatically receive recommended software is now available under “Internet”
- A setting to select which cable outputs sound is available through “TV”
- Users can choose to output sound through an HDMI cable, non-HDMI cable, or both cables at the same time. Click here for instructions
- A setting to adjust the hourly interval in which standby functions are performed is available under “Power Settings” when Standby Functions are enabled
Changes to Wii U Chat:
- Added the option to view a friend’s profile on Miiverse when sending or receiving a chat request
- Users can now chat using a headset connected to the Wii U GamePad
Changes to Internet Browser:
- Pressing the R or L Buttons on the Wii U GamePad will skip video playback forward/back a small amount of time
- Holding the R Button will speed up video playback
- Ability to save username and passwords for websites that require login²
- Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots
- Added support for viewing PDF files³
- Added features intended for website developers that allow the user to enable developer tools and set user agent
Improvements to system stability and usability:
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
During todays Nintendo Direct, Mr. Iwata announced some new details surrounding Super Mario 3D Land for Wii U. A new power up called the Cherry Power Up joins along side the new Cat Mario suit. The Cherry Power Up allows Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad to multiply their character up to four times for added fire power. Mr. Iwata stated that the game will feature four player co-op play and a great single player campaign. Super Mario 3D Land will hit store shelves and the Nintendo eShop on November 22. Along with a new gameplay trailer which can be seen below Nintendo announced two Wii Remote Plus controllers. On November 1st Mario fans can pick up either a Mario or Luigi themed Wii Remote Plus controller.
Wii U owners will soon be able to take control of Scrooge Mcduck in the upcoming multi-platform remaster of Disney’s Duck Tales game which originally released on the NES in 1989. In a new WayForward “Duckumentary” it has been revealed that the game will launch in North America on August 13 for $14.99 and August 15 in Europe for €14.99. Check out WayForwards background Duckumenary below.
Rejoice Wii U owners because another system update has arrived on Wii U with further stability improvements to the overall operating system. While this may not be the much anticipated big summer update many had hoped for it adds a few new features. The major Wii U summer update appears to be delayed until later this year. Check out the firmware update details below.
Improvements to Standby Functions:
- The standby functions will now regularly connect to the Internet when the Wii U is powered down to check for available SpotPass data or software and system updates. Software updates will be installed while the Wii U is powered down, and system updates will be installed the next time the Wii U is powered on.
Improvements to system stability and usability:
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.
During the Nintendo E3 Best Buy event I was able to get some time with The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. You’ll have to excuse the poor navigating of Link as I was testing the controls and gameplay out during the demo. It’s without a doubt that Wind Waker makes a beautiful transition to HD. The colours “pop” more then ever before and the way the sun reflects in the sky to the crisp texture details in the environment all add a new sense of depth to this classic entry in the series. The controls were fairly tight with the exception of entering a hole in the wall where I experienced a slight camera hiccup while trying to get Link to the other side. My overall time with the remastered HD Wind Waker was met with a positive view for the release scheduled this fall. I can’t help but dream about where the series will go next with Wii U’s HD console. Check out my hands on video below.