Remember the Castlevania series, as it was before Lords of Shadow and the current spinoffs? Or how quite a few people miss those days, wanting a return to the old, Symphony of the Night and Super Castlevania IV days?
Well, it looks like we might potentially see something similar in the foreseeable future. Because at the Keiji Inafune panel at PAX, a certain interesting type of flier was being given out, with a teaser for a new project by ex Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi. If you want to see it for yourself, keep reading!
Yes really. They’re posting up bilboards with advertising for the new Super Smash Bros title on them, featuring various much loved characters battling it out. You can see a preview of one of them in the featured image above, taken straight from Sakurai’s Twitter feed…
Doesn’t that show some Nintendo of Japan’s commitment to making this game sell? Because it’s not often you see videogames get real life bilboard advertising in commonly visited areas, even in Japan.
Well, this is certainly a smart way to take advantage of the new system! Apparently, the makers of the upcoming 3DS homebrew channel are not going to release the exploit used until the New Nintendo 3DS comes out, so that they get a way to look at how the new system works before it’s patched.
Here’s the reasoning as explained by lead dev Smealum:
I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away. This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.
Either way, the 3DS Homebrew Channel thing is going to be coming in 2015 now, rather than the 2014 release date previously predicted.
Yes really. You get to buy two copies of Super Smash Bros for 3DS in one box. No, not a copy of Smash Bros 3DS and one for Wii U. Just two copies of the 3DS version.
So what’s the point of it? Honestly, I don’t have the slightest clue whatsoever. Perhaps they think that certain Smash Bros fans are so desperate for the game they’ll buy two copies of the exact same title because it comes in a fancy little box. Or maybe they think that some people want to buy their friends copies of the same game for no apparently obvious reason. Maybe it’s for website owners so they can give away one copy in a site contest. Either guess is as good as any, and I strongly suspect the marketing team hadn’t really thought this through very well.
Yes really. Taken from Nintendomination on Twitter, the roster shown in the picture is apparently the official starting roster for Super Smash Bros 4. In other words, minus the secret/unlockable characters you get later.
And for whatever reason, Wario isn’t shown on it. So now not only do we apparently have a really, really bad amount of Wario series representation in the Smash Bros series, but the main man himself isn’t even one of the characters you start with. Isn’t that just great of Nintendo?
In other news, the starting character roster has apparently now been revealed. I’m just a tad peeved that Wario got completely left out of it. But what do you think about this? (more…)
And by ‘Nintendo takes part’, I don’t just mean Reggie either. Oh sure, he took part (and spectacularly to boot), but pretty much every major figure at Nintendo of America is also shown taking the challenge too. So if you want to see Reggie Fils-Aime, Scott Moffit and just about everyone else in charge at Nintendo of America get drenched, watch the video below!
Makes me wonder who in the gaming industry hasn’t done this yet. Microsoft has. Rare has. Suda51 has. All we need are Sony’s lead executives and Shigeru Miyamoto, and that should be about everyone!
What do you think of Nintendo of America’s Ice Bucket Challenge video?
We’ve seen the usage of flash carts to play pirated copies of 3DS games. We’ve seen tech demos and homebrew running on 3DS systems via unreleased console hacks by notable people. But up until now, we’ve never really seen the 3DS properly ‘hacked’. Oh sure, hacked Pokemon in X and Y are possible and some people are playing games without paying for them, but neither are really on the same level as anything in the Wii or DS ‘scenes’, where games were filled with all manner of hacks and cheats and various other things due to the hardware and software being ripped right open.
Now though, it seems like things are about to change. With a homebrew capable 3DS and a tool called a decrypter void (as well as a bit of trickery on the hardware side), people have now found out how to decrypt 3DS game ROMs. As in, figure out how to get them working in a format that can be more closely examined and have resources ripped out of them, like in the games available for other systems.
So what does this all mean? Well, the following to be honest…
This probably shouldn’t be much of a surprise for long term Super Smash Bros fans (given that he was a playable character in both Melee and Brawl and had roughly zero chance of being cut from the fourth game), but one of the new trailer confirms that Ganondorf is indeed back as a playable character.
Here’s a screenshot from the trailer proving it, with Ganon being just off screen:
See that small bubble to the right? Yep, that’s Ganondorf right there. No idea whether he has new attacks or anything (he’s never officially shown on screen in the video), but hey, it’s nice to at least confirm that he’s playable in the new Super Smash Bros game.
Are you happy to see Ganondorf return as a playable character?
Yes, that’s what literally what they’re calling it. Fortunately, unlike the not so well named ‘New Super Mario Bros’ series or the supposed ‘Yoshi’s New Island’ game for the 3DS, Nintendo’s New Nintendo 3DS is actually a very different console indeed.
As in, it actually has more memory/RAM than the original 3DS (leading to exclusive games only available for the new system model) and an extra analogue stick like in all the old ‘Nintendo 4DS’ designs you see on internet forums. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new features and tech, so read on if you want to find out everything the system has to differentiate it from the original…
Well, looks like quite a few interesting things have been happening today, at least as far as Nintendo goes. And to start off the list, we have Shulk’s official announcement as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U.
For those who don’t know who he is, Shulk is the main character in the much acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles title released on the Wii. A popular RPG brought to foreign shores after many petitions to Nintendo to bother to localise it, Xenoblade Chronicles became one of the most well loved new Nintendo titles and IPs of some time, and did extremely well. And so with both a port of Xenoblade and new installment Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to the Wii U, Shulk was deemed important enough to be added to Super Smash Bros.
Here’s the official trailer for his announcement:
But what do we think about this announcement? Well, if you want to find out, then keep reading…