Ouch. We always knew Nintendo weren’t doing as well as they used to be, but to lay off 320 people? That’s a pretty serious sign that times are hard at the company, especially given their kind tendency to avoid getting rid of staff whenever possible. Here’s the official company announcement about the staff changes:
As previously communicated in June 2014, approximately 130 permanent employees will be released by Nintendo of Europe (Germany) at the end of August 2014 as part of a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.
As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganizing its European Localization Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the long-term. It is intended that there will be an increase in outsourcing future translation and test activities to third-party companies on an as-needed basis, and very sadly this has meant having ended the contracts of 190 temporary agency workers, who were formally notified of this decision in June 2014.
Either way, the ex employees included around 130 full time Nintendo of Europe staff and an additional 190 from the Germany based localisation department. And while it’s always going to be sad news to see people lose their jobs in this precarious economic climate, I have to admit it was almost inevitable. Nintendo of Europe just weren’t selling Nintendo’s games and systems to enough people, and their marketing just wasn’t doing anything positive for Nintendo’s reputation across the continent. So they were going to be in this situation regardless of what happened (even if it was always going to be hard on the unfortunate staff working there).
We hope these people can find new jobs soon, and that Nintendo of Europe won’t have to get rid of any more people.
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…
On the official website, in a new section called ‘Music’.
But do you know what’s best of all here?
They actually use music from Mario & Luigi Dream Team! Yeah I know, this site really likes singing that game’s praises. But come on, it’s a game with a soundtrack that was just made to be remixed in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U. Like this:
Or the tons of boss themes from the game itself that sound even better. After all, would anyone not like hearing Antasma’s battle theme remixed in the new Super Smash Bros title?
That aside, there are a bunch of other cool themes that are posted on there, so if you want to see the full list (and listen to them for yourself), click the link below and keep reading!
Can be found at the following link. Yes it’s a tad long what with all the stuff the writer rants about in regards to the industry, but I think it’s dead on the money. Here it is:
Just read it, seriously. It’s pretty much in a nutshell why I’ve stopped reading any non Nintendo specific gaming sites altogether, because they’re utter trash written by narcissistic, selfish jerks who seen to despise the very existence of a gaming community.
More accurately, one’s been announced for Japan, with the live stream airing from 12pm UK time (about 7:00 am Eastern time). No word on whether a US or UK one will also be airing around the same time (nothing on the official sites hints at one in any shape or form), but hey, it should still be interesting for anyone wanting cool info about the latest 3DS games. Because hey, you know Super Smash Bros is right round the corner, right?
So yes, just a heads up. It’s just a pity we won’t be covering it live here at Nintendo 3DS Daily…
Remember when Nintendo used to target casual gamers, back in the DS and Wii era? Well, if this statement by Miyamoto is right, it looks like they’ve changed their ways in regards to that, and aren’t going to be aiming any more titles at them.
In Miyamoto’s own words (from an Edge interview). First up, on casual gamers/gaming in general:
These are the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland. Their attitude is, ‘Okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.It’s kind of a passive attitude they’re taking, and to me it’s kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games].
And about Nintendo’s move from targetting them:
Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It’s a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people’s daily lives.
So yeah, that’s sure something. Looks like those Wii generation gamers are Nintendo customers no more, and that the company has finally decided to ignore them altogether.
Okay, I’m officially in shock now. The official Nintendo UK store, has listing for DLC based on Animal Crossing New Leaf and the Legend of Zelda series. As in, Animal Crossing and Zelda characters in Mario Kart 8. No, this is not a drill. I’m not making it up folks, and it’s not a rumour I’ve taken from the internet. This is official. Behold:
Yes, that’s Link from A Link Between Worlds riding a motorbike, as well as both the villager and that assistant character from Animal Crossing, in Mario Kart 8. And in addition to that:
Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Dry Bowser are also new playable characters, And wait, what’s this?
Each pack comes with eight new race courses! So for buying these, you’re getting basically a whole new Mario Kart bolted onto the existing one! Epic win or what?
If you need proof, well, here are the links on the official store:
This is being listed directly on the official Nintendo store. Yes it’s not shown on the home page, but it actually exists on Nintendo’s servers. Nintendo Kart is officially coming, and it will be awesome!
What do you think about Mario Kart 8′s awesome new DLC? That’s coming in 2015?
As some of you may remember, Nintendo and Game Freak showed off pictures of Lucario in what appeared to be a Pokemon fighting game earlier this year. But now, it’s finally been officially revealed! Starring fighting type Pokemon like Lucario and Machamp, Pokken Tournament is apparently a Tekken style fighting game that’ll soon be released in Japanese arcades. Here’s the official announcement, as well as English trailer for the game:
So yeah, looks pretty cool eh? But I’m not 100% happy with this announcement, and you can find out why in the full post…