No, we’re not kidding. Apparently, visiting the non existent eShop page for ‘The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess 3D may get your Nintendo Network ID banned.
Ab0ve: What a German player might see after clicking the fake link
Which to be honest, is pretty messed up on Nintendo’s end, and absolutely terrible programming as well. I mean, the game doesn’t exist. So when you get a StreetPass hit from a hoaxer who’s set it to their ‘currently played’ title, the link will obviously go to a non existent page.
But now visiting that link is getting people’s accounts banned for ‘suspicious activity’?
That’s just incredible. It means that either the system is auto flagging any visit to a non existent eShop page as a ‘hacking’ attempt or something similar, or someone at Nintendo thinks every single error you encounter is due to maliciously using the console.
So yes. Nintendo is actually treating any error on StreetPass Mii Plaza as a hacking attempt (or similar) and people are actually getting banned for visiting non existent pages used by a hoaxer pretending to have a remake of Twilight Princess for the 3DS. The stupidity of it all just utterly beggars belief…
Enjoying Pokemon Rumble World but can’t bother to wait for the events or pay for DLC? Well if so, it seems like you might be in luck. Reddit user Internutt has found a full list of the game’s passwords (as taken from a hacked version of the title), which will let you use every single Pokemon off the bat! Here’s the list:
|Reward||US Password||EU Password||JP Password|
Enjoy them I guess. Hopefully this encourages Nintendo to make less mobile style games in future.
In other words, it lets you stream content from your PC to your 3DS, sort of like how the Wii U GamePad can display content from the TV on the controller. Here’s a video showing it in action (complete with World of Warcraft):
Now obviously, there are a few technical issues to fix. Like the awful frame rate in the 3DS footage (due to it not really having the power necessary to run a MMORPG like World of Warcraft). But hey, it’s early days yet, and I do suspect such a piece of software could become really handy for much less CPU intensive things. Like say, testing web browsers on the 3DS, or perhaps using it for basic text or image editing. It could be pretty good for emulation too, assuming the device has enough power to emulate a NES or SNES era game as streamed from a PC.
What do you think of this homebrew and how it lets you use the 3DS as a remote desktop? Do you think that it could open the way for some interesting cross system ‘play’, and perhaps even turn the 3DS into the PC equivalent of a Wii U GamePad?
As pretty much any long time Zelda fan should know by now, the track record for 2D remakes of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is pretty bad. Indeed, with the past efforts being hampered by everything from supposed cease and desist letters to a faked car crash, the general rule seems to be that not one attempt at the project has gotten past a few months of development.
But now, someone online is making a rather more interesting version of Ocarina of Time 2D. Behold, Ocarina of Time 2D with online multiplayer functionality!
And as you can see, it’s doing pretty well on that front too. It’s got multiplayer online servers you can connect to and play on. It’s got an in game chat function that let you talk to other Zelda fans as you explore Hyrule together. And what’s more, it’s even got a demo you can download! You can find that on the official website right here:
So yes, if you’re a fan of the Zelda series or Nintendo fan games in general, you owe it to yourself to support this project. Let’s see if we can finally get a full blown Ocarina of Time 2D remake out there with the ability to play through the Adult Link dungeons!
What’s more, they’re literally less relevant than such ‘amazing’ things as the box the game came in and whether it has online multiplayer. Here’s the ESA’s findings in regards to what drives people video game purchases:
It’s kind of staggering, isn’t it? Okay, we all probably knew that word of mouth had a big effect in driving game sales and that the media wasn’t the most important thing in the world. But to have them actually less important than the art style, box art or educational value of the game? That’s got to be quite the blow for video game ‘journalism’.
Either way, here’s the list of factors sorted by how much they actually affect someone’s interest in buying a game:
So what can we take from this data? Well, make a game that people like the idea of and are willing to talk about online, and you’ll see better sales as a result.
We can also take from this that some people have very questionable tastes in video games and don’t do much in the way of critical thinking. I mean, buying a game based solely on its age rating? Are these all kids trying to act more mature than they actually are by buying M rated games while at the age of 12? And given how much the packaging factored into things… I guess some people really do tend to judge a book by its cover.
But what do you think about these reasons people buy games? Are you surprised that the gaming media is completely irrelevant in the larger picture of things?
Don’t take this as anything more than a rumour as of now, but apparently Banjo Kazooie might be getting a film by the team behind Disney hit movie ‘Wreck it Ralph’. No, really. There’s apparently a rumour going around some gaming convention about it, as shown in these tweets:
There was a rumor floating around at Wondercon about Disney interested in making a big animated Banjo-Kazooie film w/ Microsoft for 2018/19
— Jenny P. (@JennyWPratt) April 6, 2015
The rumor was about having the "Wreck It Ralph" team write and direct the Banjo-Kazooie film.
— Jenny P. (@JennyWPratt) April 6, 2015
So yeah. It’s not particularly credible at the moment, but the possibility seems to be there of a Banjo Kazooie film being released in the next few years. Would you want to see Rare’s classic Nintendo 64 series turned into a Disney animated feature? Think it might actually happen?
Oh come on. How the hell can a digital download be sold out?
But apparently, it’s sold out on Club Nintendo. Because as we all know, download codes for games are super limited and hard to attain in the very difficult world of the internet. Behold, Nintendo managing to break every rule of digital download ecommerce in about half a second:
So yes. Earthbound is so disliked by Nintendo that they actually run out of stock for it on a digital service. Truly amazing, isn’t it?
As every Nintendo fan knows, Nintendo held a (surprisingly real) Nintendo Direct presentation on April 1st this year.
Unfortunately, due to real life reasons (mostly work related), I haven’t been able to comment much on the Nintendo Direct presentation recently. So to make up for that, here are my thoughts on each point made in April 1st’s Nintendo Direct video:
On Mario Kart 8 DLC
I like the stuff shown. The Animal Crossing track looks pretty darn awesome, especially with the whole changing seasons gimmick:
Add Mr Resetti as a Monty Mole replacement (yes really), and Bells replacing coins, and it’s kind of a major win for any Animal Crossing fans out there.
Aside from that, 200cc looked rather cool. I liked how much faster the game seemed to be with it, and from the videos I’ve seen online, it actually makes the game more exciting than just about past Mario Kart title through the increased speed alone. Just look at this and tell me it isn’t awesome:
Maybe Nintendo should go even further. Like, scrap 50cc altogether and have future games start at 100cc. We really don’t need a super easy ‘moron mode’ in future Mario Kart games, especially given how generous the items are.
In Regards to Smash Bros 4
For the Super Smash Bros announcements, I was mostly pretty pleased. Mewtwo seems like a nice enough DLC character:
And Lucas was pretty good too…
But neither of them compared to the best Smash Bros announcement of the Direct. Yes, the character poll.
I absolutely love that idea.
I mean, we’re voting for who we want playable in a Smash Bros game, and after release too. Given Sakurai’s complete unwillingness to use any real logic in picking characters and some of the awesome ideas thought up by the community, I just cannot wait to see what awesome characters get announced thanks to fan votes.
I’ve already voted K Rool, and I’ll have votes up for as many Wario characters as I can before the end of the week. For the sake of Super Smash Bros and Nintendo, I’d advise you all to do the same and go here:
There’s also some stuff about Mii costumes, but I didn’t care much about that. Neat enough designs, but Miis are the least interesting characters ever featured in a Nintendo game.
The game looked decent enough, but to be honest… it doesn’t seem to be the kind of game I’m interested in. Maybe because first person shooters were never really much of a thing for me, and at its core, this game is another FPS.
That said, I hope it does well, if only to see a major new Nintendo franchise in the 21st century (and to see all the ‘Nintendo has no new ideas’ idiots shut up for a minute or so).
Or as the Twitter hashtag going around now says, #KrockTheVote. Yes, it’s not even a single day past the previous Nintendo Direct, and we’ve already got a presidential style campaign about King K Rool getting in as a DLC in Super Smash Bros. Here are some… pretty cool highlights:
A Japanese picture going around showing support for K Rool in Super Smash Bros.
An amusing campaign video from a user on DK Vine, featuring a fictional leader of a military dictatorship backing the K Rool for Smash Bros campaign.
— Kremling Kampaigner (@BringBackKRool) April 2, 2015
And finally, an English version of the Japanese picture.
So yes people. Vote for K Rool in Super Smash Bros 4! Get us the DLC newcomer we truly deserve, and a Smash Bros game to remember! Cast your vote for King K Rool here:
No, we’re not kidding. They’ve actually announced a Nintendo Direct for April Fool’s Day:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 31, 2015
As you can see, their Tweet even says ‘this is not an April Fool’s Day joke’!
But with that said… am I the only one a bit suspicious of this? Okay, they say it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke now…
But come on, can you imagine how awesome it’d be if they did manage to throw a joke or two in there somewhere? Like if Iwata actually came forward at the start and send ‘April Fools! There’s no Nintendo Direct today!’?
Or even better, if they showed the best Nintendo Direct ever, will all the games people want (so Zelda Wii U, new Mario Galaxy, some awesome Smash Bros DLC, new Pokemon games, the return of F-Zero and Metroid)… and then turned around at the end and said it was all fake. That would be the most epic trolling ever, and would probably cause an absolute meltdown in the gaming community as a result. Heck, just seeing the reactions of IGN/Gamespot/Kotaku/GoNintendo/whoever would be priceless, just because it’d have made an hour of live coverage worthless in about ten seconds.
So yeah, Nintendo Direct on April 1st. Do you believe it? Or do you think Nintendo might be trying to screw around with everyone?