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.”
Highly detailed box art (above) for the European version of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D has finally been revealed. The game appears to be coming in a new sleek black case. The updated port of the classic Wii game will feature 3D visuals and Amiibo support. The Japanese file size of the game is said to be 3.6GB which translates to around 28800 blocks on your New 3DS.
On Friday the 13th, Nintendo will be releasing a New 3DS XL system which adds motion tracking 3D, a “C” stick, ZL/ZR buttons, faster CPU, NFC support for Amiibo figures and extended batter life. The system will arrive in a standard red and black color configuration and two limited editions based around Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Majora’s Mask. Both Mojara’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will release this day as well. It’s going to be arguably one of the most important days of the year for Nintendo and they’ve shown no signs of allowing us to forget. Check out some of these entertaining trailers below.
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.
Multiple reports are claiming that Pokémon Shuffle may arrive on the 3DS eShop next week in North America. This news was apparently revealed via an official news letter that apparently states the game will be available on Wednesday, February 18th. Pokemon Shuffle involves the player matching three or more Pokemon in a “puzzles and dragons” style puzzle area. Matching Pokemon will deal damage as the player battle wild Pokémon across diverse stages.
Scott Moffitt from Nintendo has shed some light on how New Super Mario Bros 2 has been doing. Moffitt states,“Software sells hardware, and no one sells either quite like Mario“. The launch of both New Super Mario Bros 2 and the 3DS XL in August helped Nintendo achieve the following:
- Nintendo 3DS software sales increased by more than 68 percent over sales in July.
- Nintendo 3DS hardware sales increased by more than 36 percent over sales in July.
- The No. 1 and No. 2 top-selling software SKUs for the month are both exclusive to Nintendo 3DS. New Super Mario Bros. 2 sold more than 240,000 units to finish No. 1, and KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] from Square Enix sold more than 180,000 copies to finish No. 2.
Moffitt went on to state the following:
“Software sells hardware, and no one sells either quite like Mario”.
“In addition to helping New Super Mario Bros. 2 get off to a great start, Nintendo 3DS XL is driving increased interest in titles such as Kid Icarus: Uprising, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Mario Kart 7. These games have been on the market for more than six months but provide a completely new experience on the larger screens. Combine these titles with the upcoming Paper Mario: Sticker Starand a robust list of third-party games, and Nintendo 3DS is poised to be high on holiday wish lists this year.”
It looks like sales picked up well not only in Japan but North America as well. With Paper Mario Sticker Star, Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask, Code of Princess and much more coming this holiday season there should be no signs of slowing down.
Japanese magazine Jump has revealed that Toriko: Gourmet Monsters, a title from Namco Bandai is set to hit the 3DS. Toriko: Gourmet Monsters is described as a monster raising game and is set to release this winter. No further information is available at this time.