Back in the olden days of gaming, videogame and console names followed a few simple rules. If it was a sequel, you’d add a number to the end of the title. If it was a new console, you’d completely change the name to make it clear it was brand new. And if it was on a Nintendo system? Oh you’d better believe they’d be an extra word stuck before or after the title to make it clear that this game was only on this new system. You know, like Super, 64 or Wii. It made things easy to understand and follow.
Recently though, this all seems to have changed. Nintendo’s marketers and developers seem to have gone a bit insane with the confusing names and descriptions, with many of their latest works being named in a way that at best, confuses the hell out of anyone that isn’t already a die hard Nintendo fan…
With Nintendo’s announcement of the New Nintendo 3DS in recent days, much has been said about the possibility of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire requiring or benefiting from the new system and its greater technical capabilities. But while that possibility can pretty much be entirely ruled out due to simple common sense (the games have already been advertised for both 3DS amd 2DS, with the latter not getting a ‘new’ counterpart), is it possible that Pokemon Z might be a New Nintendo 3DS exclusive instead?
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?
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.
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!
Or perhaps we should say ‘ex Nintendo of America employee’, since rumour has it that the leaker was fired from the company over it and that Nintendo actually plans to sue them, for some reason or another. It was apparently an internal leak, with the employee in question being responsible for sending copies of the game to the ERSB for rating.
They also say that while it’s possible we might see more from him (and that he somehow still has a copy of the game), that he might be less willing to post information online now that the company are looking to sue him for leaking information to the press.
But what do we think about it? Well, read on if you want to find out!
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!
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:
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…
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. Affected services:
- Online Play, Rankings etc. for Super Mario 3D World