First Hyrule Warriors Update To Include New Game Mode
Well, this sure is an interesting update, isn’t it? Apparently, the very first update for Hyrule Warriors will include a brand new game mode… which is going to be available for free. This can be seen in the latest Tweet on the official Twitter feed for the title, as seen below:
It translates to ‘update being released to address bugs, which also adds a little new game mode’.
So yeah. Pretty big DLC announcement, especially for a Nintendo title. Perhaps Nintendo themselves will take inspiration from this when releasing DLC for Super Smash Bros 4?
Super Smash Bros for Wii U Being Released Later for Quality Reasons
Or in other words, so Sakurai and co can properly test the game to avoid any annoying crashes or other game breaking bugs. Which based on their quote below, were very nearly a problem in at least one prior Smash Bros game. Here’s what Sakurai says about the delay and Nintendo’s Quality Assurance testing:
Checking is done both domestically and overseas, so for a game like Smash Bros., several hundred people are employed. So, debugging alone becomes a huge project. So much so that one of the biggest reasons for the separate release dates for the 3DS and Wii U versions was so that we could shift the debugging periods.
In a previous Smash Bros., we found a bug during the debugging process where if fighter A hits item B and fighters C and D are simultaneously affected, the game would freeze. Considering not only the different fighters, but items, stages, color settings, play rules, and game modes, the number of varying combinations are astronomical. In order to properly debug, every pattern must be tried, but such a task would be impossible no matter how many decades or centuries you take.
There are many reasons why a game’s release date will be delayed, but eight or nine times out of ten, it’s usually because a bug couldn’t be fixed in time. But it’s better than releasing a product like that
Honestly? I agree with him, at least to an extent. We’ve already had a history plagued by Nintendo games that were rushed out to market and released before proper testing could be done on them (see, the many ScareScraper issues in Luigi’s Mansion 2, the gyro control glitches in Mario & Luigi Dream Team and the Lumiose City game bricking in Pokemon X and Y), and to be honest, the Wii U can’t afford to see Smash Bros 4 suffer a similar fate. I mean, imagine how bad it’d be for Nintendo’s PR if Super Smash Bros for Wii U comes out and people are reporting game freezing/crashing glitches all over the place. The console’s saviour would be dead in the water.
So yeah, the difference between Smash Bros for 3DS and Smash Bros for Wii U and their release dates is for a very good reason, and one we really can’t Sakurai for in any way.
Super Smash Bros for 3DS; File Size Revealed!
Thanks to a look at the Japanese packaging for the game (shown both in the full post and as the featured image for this article), we now know that the game uses up 1GB (17,300 blocks) on an SD card. So in other words, it’s a pretty big game with lots of content packed in.
So how does it compare to others? What does the packaging for the game look like close up? Keep reading to find out!
Rayman 3DS Compilation coming soon?
It’s listed on the German Amazon website after all, which names the 3DS game as ‘Rayman 3er-Compilation‘ (or in other words, Rayman 3 compilation). It’s not known what the game might contain, but given the name it’s been given, my guess is either ‘all the Rayman games up to Legends’ or ‘all the different versions of Rayman 3 they released over the last ten or so years’. Probably the former.
But what do I think about the game? What’s the chance of this being a real, unannounced 3DS game instead of just another hoax? Keep reading to find out!
Gamers Start Petitition for Chinese Language Pokemon Games?
Yep, it’s true. Apparently, a group of Chinese gamers have started up a petition asking Nintendo to localise the games into Chinese. Here’s what they say about why the games should have Chinese added as an in game language option:
Thank you all for introducing us to the wondrous world of Pokémon, and creating infinite encounters and smiles around our world. Today in Washington, D.C., I have another miraculous encounter at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships, which I believe will make my dream come true.
On the other side of this planet, countless enthusiastic Pokémon fans from the Greater China region are watching this tournament online via Twitch. While most of us cannot come here, we share one long-cherished dream that we want you to know — adding in-game Chinese support in Pokémon video games.
All in all, I agree with them 100%. Pokemon games should be available in every major language possible, and with China having such a huge population and such potential in the gaming market, I think it’s absolutely insane that Nintendo isn’t both adding Chinese language options to its games and officially supporting them in the region. Either way, you can find their petition at the link, where it has already gained more than 7200 signatures:
Should Croc 1 and 2 have stayed Yoshi games?
As you may or may not remember, Argonaut Software (makers of the Star Fox games on the original SNES), made some 3D platformers for the Playstation 1 and 2 called Croc and Croc: Legend of the Gobbos.
More interestingly, at one time, these games were intended to be Yoshi titles. Yes really, Argonaut brought the idea behind the games to Nintendo in anticipation of getting to make a 3D Yoshi game for the Nintendo 64, only retooling the titles into the Croc series when Nintendo turned them down.
But should the Croc series have stayed as Yoshi games? I think so, and if you want to find out why, keep reading…
Super Mario 3d World getting maintenance next week?
Well, this is an unusual choice of game for server maintenance, isn’t it? Apparently, Super Mario 3D World is having its online play and leaderboards maintained on the 19th of August, aka next Tuesday.
Here’s the information about it from the Japanese server status website:
From (approx.) Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:30
to Tuesday, 19 August 2014 01:30.
- Wii U
- - Online Play, Rankings etc. for Super Mario 3D World
Wii U getting big remastered game in 2015?
It’s only a rumour, but it appears that this might indeed be so, and that another Wind Waker HD style remake/remastering might be coming to the Wii U sometime in 2015. And as is mentioned in the title, it seems like the game might well be a big deal than we ever expected…
So if you want to read more about this rumour (as well as find out something else that might be great for the Wii U in 2015), click the read more link and keep reading!
Forget Waluigi in Ocarina of Time, try Wario in New Super Mario Bros!
And Super Mario 64 too, while you’re at it. Because while the hack to put Waluigi in Link’s first Nintendo 64 adventure is a pretty great one, I think more people should know about these two fantastic Mario series mods as well, which also star a Wario series character. Except you know, a much cooler one called Wario that’s actually had some great games in the past and wasn’t purely invented for slot filler in a Mario sports title.
So if you want to know what Super Mario 64 and New Super Mario Bros Wii would be like with Wario as the main character (and need something a bit more Mario like to play after saving Hyrule), head inside and check out these great Mario game mods!
Does the Official Smash Bros 4 site hint at eight more newcomers?
Well, take this with more than just a grain of salt, but people online have been talking about some odd empty spots on the official website character list. Nicknamed the ‘mysterious eight’, these spots are found in the form of eight completely blank grey squares on the character list featured at the bottom of any character page, with it being extra easy to notice on Pit’s one. You can see a picture of what I mean in the thumbnail.
So what do I think these empty spots on the site roster represent? Well, head inside and find out!