Nintendo Posts Club Nintendo Favourites!
Or in other words, what members of Club Nintendo consider the best games of 2013. Which as everyone has likely figured out, consist at least 90% of Nintendo games and roughly mirror the list of titles the company has promoted most in the last 12 months. Keep reading to see the list…
Has 2013 Been an Impressive Year for Nintendo Games?
Usually, the amount of good games released in a year is fairly low, with just one or two bonafide classics being released alongside a whole ton of lesser titles no one really cares about. But in 2013, it seems things have been… a little different. In fact, I’d say that this year has actually been one of Nintendo’s best ever years for new games, with every month seemingly bringing a new classic! So here’s a nice look back at 2013 and all the fantastic new games that Nintendo released throughout it.
Fire Emblem Awakening could have been the last Fire Emblem Game
That’s if the sales were poor anyway. Here’s an interesting quote from an interview with the developers in Spanish gaming magazine “Hobby Consola”:
Question: Fire Emblem has had a long lifetime. Do you get the feeling it gets harder to release a new episode every time?
Yamagami: No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team “My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!”. Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That’s how this new project was born!
In other words, if Awakening had failed to sell… that’d be it for Fire Emblem as a franchise. So be grateful people, it’s your support for the game that’s kept the series from being cancelled for low sales! That’s a pretty close call if you ask me…
Are you glad Fire Emblem Awakening did so well? And what would you be thinking if Fire Emblem had been cancelled as a series?
Register Three 3DS Games, Get a Fourth One Free – So Many Games Promotion
Been buying a lot of new 3DS games recently now that the system has tons of great games available to purchase? Can’t afford yet another title and want to be part of an interesting promotion? Well you may just be in luck, since Nintendo of Europe is launching the ‘So Many Games!’ promotion and letting anyone who registers three games get another one for absolutely free!
Best of all, the games eligible for this promotion are some of the best new games around, as shown by this list:
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS version)
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
So it seems like a great deal to take advantage of if you ask me. After all, you’ve already likely bought Luigi’s Mansion 2, have some sort of interest in Fire Emblem Awakening and Animal Crossing and want at least one of those games a fair bit, right? What’s more, the promotion lasts all the way to June 30th, so there’s plenty of time to purchase any games from the above list that haven’t been released yet too.
Any European Nintendo fans interested in taking up this offer?
Nintendo’s Digital Sales are Sky Rocketing… Well Obviously
As far as digital game sales go, Nintendo is apparently very pleased with them at the moment. 11% of all Nintendo’s sales from the first party 3DS games available both digitally and physically are from digital download sales, and 80 000 of Fire Emblem Awakening’s sales too. So as far as that goes, they’re doing well.
But am I the only one who’s thinking that this news is all a little… obvious?
I mean, call me a cynic if you like, but what did they expect was going to happen? Prior to the 3DS and Wii U, there were absolutely ZERO full Nintendo games being sold on the eShop or through download services. Wanted a Wii or DS game? You had to go outside and buy it from a shop, with the only things sold online being bite sized titles like WarioWare Snapped and Paper Plane. Or Virtual Console titles.
Above: Fire Emblem Awakening is doing well as far as eShop sales go.
So of course their digital sales are ‘soaring’, their new games are actually being made available for download digitally when they wouldn’t have been before. It’s a bit like saying Luigi’s Mansion 2 has sold 100% more copies in 2013 because it wasn’t available to buy in 2012.
Still, it’s nice to see Nintendo making a fair bit of money from digitally distributed versions of their games at long last and people deciding to buy these versions instead of retail ones. And it’s good to know 3DS game sales are up this year (although again, not a whole lot of great games for 3DS were released in 2012 compared to 2013). Just maybe they should consider the rather minor external factors that cause this to be the case before acting like it means people are saying digital download copies of games are the next big thing.
Nintendo; Our Digital Sales are Soaring – GamesIndustry.biz
Nintendo UK Is Right; 2013 is the Year of the 3DS!
In a recent interview with MCV, Nintendo UK calls 2013 the ‘year of the 3DS’ in reference to all the great 3DS titles coming out in the following 7-8 months. Here’s their original quote:
Our aim is obviously to upgrade as many DS owners as possible and with our strongest ever software line up and with games which appeal to all of our different audiences, this year really is the year of 3DS
The 2013 software line-up is the strongest we’ve ever had and combined with a diverse back-catalogue that includes both Nintendo favourites like Mario, Professor Layton and Zelda as well as titles like Kid Icarus and Heroes of Ruin or New Style Boutique, there really is something for everyone.
You can expect to see extensive sampling, heavy weight TV campaigns, significant online activity and a focus on building communities via social media and events.
And do you know what? I think they’re most definitely right. Just look at all the fantastic games we’ll be playing before the end of the year:
- Mario & Luigi Dream Team
- Pokemon X and Y
- Fire Emblem Awakening
- Animal Crossing New Leaf
- The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past 2
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Mario Golf World Tour
- Mario Party 10/3DS
- Bravely Default
That’s already a pretty good line up for the year without even knowing about whatever games Nintendo is going to announce in the Nintendo Directs held in the meantime. Not to mention the ton of new games I honestly expect to be revealed at E3 in June…
Above: 2013’s 3DS library is off to a blinding start with these games.
Or the games released before then in the year, like Luigi’s Mansion 2. Can’t forget that.
In fact, I’d say the 3DS in general has one of the strongest lineups of any Nintendo handheld system in history. What other system already had the sort of line up the 3DS does now? None. GBA? You must be joking, the system didn’t even get a new Mario platformer in its entire lifespan. DS? Had a great games library, but the 3DS one is looking better. The Zelda games certainly are to say the least (Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks vs Ocarina of Time 3D and Link to the Past 2 is no contest). Hell, it may even outdo the original Game Boy/Game Boy Color by about the end of 2014…
So yes, 2013 definitely does look like it’ll be the year of the 3DS. Here’s to a great games line up for the 3DS for years to come!
Want to Know Why Fire Emblem Awakening’s Characters Have No Feet? Here’s Your Answer!
If you’ve ever been online a while back when Fire Emblem Awakening was first released, you may have seen the discussions about the character designs in the game. Or more accurately, about why it seemed like none of the characters had any feet. Here’s a good example:
Above: As you can see, they have no defined feet so to speak of.
Well now it seems Nintendo have finally came out with a proper answer, as mentioned in a developer interview about the game. Here it is:
Speaking of doing something difererent, we have to ask a question a lot of the fans are wondering — what happened with the feet? (laughs)
(Laughs) Well, they’re there…they’re just…omitted a little bit.
The idea was to add a unique sort of deformation to the characters. As for why it ended up like this… At the start of the project, we weren’t entirely sure how many bones and joints we’d be able to use in each character model. As it is now, there’s a joint at the knees, and then there’s nothing below that for the ankles and the feet. This makes it a bit easier to apply animation to models as well. We found out afterward that, with the 3DS, we had more than enough CPU strength available to flesh out the models a bit, add real ankles and so on. We were like “Well, if there’s a next time, maybe there’ll be more ankles…” (laughs)
We thought we could make it something that would work well with the characters, but now I’m not so sure. (laughs) So it’s hard to give a real reason for it, but…well, I think it’s kind of cute, though! (laughs) Isn’t it? They look like they’re wearing high heels. Aren’t high heels the big fashion these days?
8-4:Did you get any feedback about this from Japanese players as well?
Kusakihara:Yeah, some people focused on the feet a lot. (laughs) I think if this was a game that involved people kicking and such, we would have put in real ankles. Instead, you’re using handheld weapons for the most part, so we figured we could sort of omit some of the detail down there…
Yokota:We did get feedback about that in the playtesting sessions, but by that point it was like “Well, we can’t do much about that now.” (laughs)
Kusakihara:A lot of people seemed really preoccupied with the feet… Ah, well. (laughs)
So to summarise, they didn’t know how many resources they could allocate to animating character models, hence didn’t add any ‘joints’ below the knees. And so while it later turned out the 3DS did most definitely have enough power to properly animate Fire Emblem character’s feet and include them in gameplay, they just didn’t bother to change it later.
That should just about answer everyone’s questions about this peculiar design decision in Fire Emblem Awakening, right?
Who’s Your Favourite Fire Emblem Awakening Character? Nintendo Opens Voting…
Yes, Nintendo have now started an official poll for Fire Emblem Awakening fans and are asking people who their favourite Fire Emblem Awakening characters are. Here’s the poll on their 3DS Facebook page:
And here’s the list of characters you can choose from:
Yeah, I have no absolutely no idea who most of these people are, but I guess the Fire Emblem Awakening fans out there must have some favourites, right? And given how often they come up in discussion elsewhere, I’m going to assume Chrom, Marth and maybe Anna are going to end up coming fairly high in the results list (after all, people are wanting for Super Smash Bros. That’s got to mean something).
So who’s your favourite Fire Emblem Awakening character? And regardless of who it is, have you gone and voted for them on in the official poll?
Nintendo Giving Away Fire Emblem Art Books!
All you need to do is reply to their Tweet (shown below) and say why you love Fire Emble Awakening. Here’s the Tweet from their official Nintendo of America Twitter channel telling everyone about the contest:
So go over there now and try it! If you’re lucky, you might even be one of those few people who end up winning a Fire Emblem Awakening Art Book! And I’m sure most Fire Emblem fans would love that, right?
Nintendo of America Twitter; Win a Fire Emblem Awakening Art Book!
Today’s Nintendo Direct will cover Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon
At least, people on NeooGAF have found video thumbnails related to the official Nintendo Direct Youtube channel showing Satoru Iwata wearing a Luigi cap in front of the standard Nintendo Direct background, so it seems like that’ll be at least one of the games covered in the coming presentation.
Above: Oh, I wonder what this could be…
They’ve also found evidence that the Nintendo Direct will talk about Fire Emblem Awakening, LEGO City Undercover and Animal Crossing New Leaf, so it seems this will be one hell of a Nintendo Direct. Here are all the logos found:
So it looks like we’ve got a good idea about what types of games Nintendo will be discussing at today’s presentation, and they look like the types of games that should be interesting to hear about. Will this be all? Unlikely, but it means today’s Nintendo Direct looks to be getting off to a good start.