Well, there’s a whole bunch of other cool things, but due to time zone differences… we’ll have them up tomorrow. But for now, enjoy this cool feature!
So yeah, there’s a bunch of cool stuff, including this! What do you think?
Well, isn’t this an interesting piece of news? Apparently, Nintendo of Europe has now picked up trademarks for the terms ‘Virtual Boy’ and ‘Polarium’. Here’s some proof of this:
But there are two very interesting things to note here. Namely:
1. The Virtual Boy wasn’t even released in Europe, and Polarium hasn’t had a game for more than ten years. So it’s very unlikely that these trademarks are being used purely to safeguard the names.
Above: You wouldn’t wait ten years to register a trademark for this. Not unless you had plans for a sequel or rerelease.
2. They’re not being renewed, they’re being registered for the first time ever. The two trademarks in question were literally just registered today.
Above: Filed on the 21st of October 2014.
This means that Nintendo has to have some sort of plan for the two of them. Like say, a new game in the Polarium series for the 3DS or Wii U eShop. Or a Virtual Boy Virtual Console section, where games like VB Wario Land and Mario Clash are downloadable online.
So yes. Nintendo apparently has some sort of plan for the Virtual Boy. Will it tie into Super Smash Bros 4? Will it involve the Virtual Console finally having games for the system available? Post your thoughts below or at Talk Nintendo.com today!
A short while back, we posted about how hackers had found evidence that DLC was in the works for Super Smash Bros 4. But while the character select screen arrows found in the Super Smash Bros for 3DS data files were a pretty big clue in themselves, they weren’t exactly a guarantee of extra content. After all, lots of stuff ends up ununused in video games. For all we knew, those arrows could be from a scrapped sixty character roster that was in development before the game’s release date.
But now, it seems like some more decisive evidence has been found. Consisting of Japanese text strings found within yet more files, these actually spell out DLC in the clearest way possible. So let’s dive in and take a look!
First up, some data that supposedly displays messages for DLC:
『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをSDカードにつく作ります
SDカードがさ差さっていません でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差してください
SDカードをにんしき認識できませんでした でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差しなおしてください
ついか追加データがこわれているため SDカードに 『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをつく作りなお直します
Don’t understand what the above means? Well to put it simply, it’s saying to insert an SD card to save downloaded data to. Or in other words, to save content you bought as DLC on.
They’ve already long been found by people playing the Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo (as seen here), but now Nintendo themselves have posted up pictures and information of them on the official site. So here’s all the info the official website has for these Pokemon:
Let’s start with Mega Glalie. Looks pretty scary with this new appearance, right?
And if the creepy looks weren’t enough… well, the backstory given on the official site makes it even worse. In Nintendo’s own words:
The excessive energy from its Mega Evolution gushes out of its mouth, blasting away and destroying its jaw. It is no longer able to close its mouth
So yeah. It destroys its own jaw when it Mega Evolves and can’t close its mouth as a result. Kind of creepy that, isn’t it?
Looks aside, its typing is the same (just Ice), but it gains the ability Refrigerate, which turns all its Normal type moves into Ice ones. Pretty cool, even if its typing means it’ll probably last about five minutes in battle before getting completely wiped out.
Next up, Mega Steelix…
As you probably now though, tensions between gamers and gaming journalists are at breaking point. Thanks to the Gamergate controversy, the entire gaming world has quite literally turned to hell and people on almost all sides have shown themselves to utterly awful individuals in all sorts of ways.
But now, things have reached an all new low. Behold, some very, very disturbing proof that many individuals fighting against gamers are actively malicious, sociopathic individuals:
And heck, just this in general:
Didn’t feel like going through that? Well, how about this summary. We have:
Yeah, I’m done here. We’re done here. From now on, I am actively boycotting sites like Kotaku until the people involved in the above comments get permently removed from their jobs. And while most of our affiliates are decent people who are either baffled by recent events or actively critical of them, I am also going to remove all links to any website that dares do any of the above or actively bully and harass gamers. If you act like the people shown above, you do not deserve to succeed in gaming or ‘journalism’. Period.
Well, it’s more a livestream event than a Nintendo Direct, but none the less, it’s coming on October 24th 2014. Here are Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America’s Twitter posts about the matter:
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) October 20, 2014
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 20, 2014
What’s more interesting though, are the timing and the content. For one thing, this presentation is being shown literally ONE DAY before Bayonetta is released in North America. So we might well see some sort of crossover with said game, like Bayonetta herself appearing as a DLC character or something. Wouldn’t that be one hell of a marketing campaign?
Tons and tons of it to be precise. Behold, the biggest collection of Captain Toad official art you’ll ever see!
But do you want to see more? Aka the other 35 or so pictures? If so, click the link below and keep reading!
Well, the hackers sure are quick aren’t they? Apparently, despite the game only being available in demo form, they’ve already gone and datamined literally the entire game, complete with all the trainer Pokemon, all move tutors and all Mega Evolutions! So if you want to see stuff like all move tutors, all trainer teams, all Mega Evolutions and all other stuff, click the read more link below! You won’t be disappointed!
Just be warned though, there are obvious spoilers. Because this is an absolute ton of stuff that you’re probably not meant to know until about a week after the game’s been released…
In Super Smash Bros 4, obviously. The general gist seems to be that your Amiibo characters gain in levels every time they fight, and learn to do things like mimicking opponent fighters and their strategies. Here’s Nintendo’s official ‘guide’ on how the Amiibo system works in Smash Bros:
Your Amiibos are read and turned into ‘figure fighters’ that can battle either with or against you. In other words, if you’ve got an empty character slot on the screen and scan an Amiibo via the NFC touchpoint, it appears in said slot as ‘My [character name]‘.
The more your Amiibos fight, the higher their levels gets. The maximum level one can be is level 50, and each level increase boosts their attack power and defence.
They also pick up strategies from opponents, meaning that their AI learns to adapt to what you or your enemies do to counter them. So as shown, if your opponent blocks with their shield, the Amiibo fighter mimics this and then grabs them to bypass said tactic. It’s kind of like the rumoured ‘learning’ ability AIs were supposed to have in Brawl, except… you know, it actually exists.
You can equip them with the equipment found in game, like you can with custom fighters. They also learn to fight differently based on their raised, becoming attack, defence or speed focused respectively.
Well, isn’t this interesting? In a case of embracing video game memes and Mario Kart 8’s Luigi Death Stare fad, the people over at Halloween Costumes.com have now gone and made a pumpkin carving based on it! Here’s a picture showing it in action:
It’s certainly a unique idea, isn’t it? I mean, a Jack-o’-lantern with Luigi’s mean looking face on it? And based straight off an internet meme? That’s sure to get some attention from the trick and treaters knocking on your door in the evening!
So yeah, if you want to carve your own Jack-o’-lanternbased on the Luigi Death Stare, go ahead and download the template from their site. And maybe some of the other ones too, if you’re a fan of Ghostbusters or Game or Thrones…