What’s more interesting though, are the timing and the content. For one thing, this presentation is being shown literally ONE DAY before Bayonetta is released in North America. So we might well see some sort of crossover with said game, like Bayonetta herself appearing as a DLC character or something. Wouldn’t that be one hell of a marketing campaign?
In Super Smash Bros 4, obviously. The general gist seems to be that your Amiibo characters gain in levels every time they fight, and learn to do things like mimicking opponent fighters and their strategies. Here’s Nintendo’s official ‘guide’ on how the Amiibo system works in Smash Bros:
Your Amiibos are read and turned into ‘figure fighters’ that can battle either with or against you. In other words, if you’ve got an empty character slot on the screen and scan an Amiibo via the NFC touchpoint, it appears in said slot as ‘My [character name]‘.
The more your Amiibos fight, the higher their levels gets. The maximum level one can be is level 50, and each level increase boosts their attack power and defence.
They also pick up strategies from opponents, meaning that their AI learns to adapt to what you or your enemies do to counter them. So as shown, if your opponent blocks with their shield, the Amiibo fighter mimics this and then grabs them to bypass said tactic. It’s kind of like the rumoured ‘learning’ ability AIs were supposed to have in Brawl, except… you know, it actually exists.
You can equip them with the equipment found in game, like you can with custom fighters. They also learn to fight differently based on their raised, becoming attack, defence or speed focused respectively.
They’ve been unavailable for a while now (after the former disappeared off the Wii’s eShop back in about 2012). But now, thanks to some generosity over at Nintendo of Europe, the entire Donkey Kong Country series will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console!
And that’s not all. Just like in Japan, the Donkey Kong Land titles for Game Boy will also be heading the VC’s way, with the series being available on the 3DS’ Virtual Console.
Oh, and if you buy them, you can get 33% off Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D or 33% off Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Depending on what games you buy from what Virtual Console of course (the DKC series gets you a discount for Tropical Freeze, the DKL series a discount for Returns 3D). This extra promotion will be running from the 16th of October to the 6th of November, as part of what Nintendo UK calls ‘Donkey Kong Country Weeks’. Here’s the Twitter post about it:
Which most interestingly, shows that some very specific songs are going to be present in the Wii U version. What ones? Well, here’s the soundtrack CD picture, have a look yourself:
Notice anything interesting? Well, I do. Namely, that Gear Getaway is included as a Wii U song. So it’s likely that the Donkey Kong stage for the game will be factory or cave themed instead of a traditional Jungle level, especially given how said theme was already used in the 3DS game as bonus music.
Other songs of note include the Great Cave Offensive (which backs up rumours of a level based on said game being revealed for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros 4), and the Xenoblade Medley (which shows that a lot more songs from the game will be present in the Wii U version).
So yes, interesting potential information in this song list. Pity the soundtrack itself will probably be ignored, what with all the music ending up on Youtube within a week or so of the game’s release.
In a move designed to please fans of Mario Kart DS (and other old school Mario Kart games), Nintendo have announced the B-Dasher will be coming to Mario Kart 8. It’ll be available in one of the DLC packs released later this year.
Here’s a trailer:
So it’s a nice enough new vehicle. But what do I think of the kart? Well to be perfectly honest, I’m not too interested in it. Link and the Villager as characters? Awesome. New tracks? Cooler than cool. But the B-Dasher wasn’t a very good kart back in the Mario Kart DS days, and to be honest, I strongly doubt it’ll turn out to be a very good kart in Mario kart 8 either. Nothing wrong with new karts, it’s just that this one doesn’t seem like one of the better choices.
So it’s a no from me. Maybe I’ll be a bit more enthusiastic if Nintendo reveals the Dry Bomber, Egg 1 or ROB BLS karts are returning as DLC instead…
Ever kind of looked at the Wii and DS game libraries and wished Nintendo still had that ‘Seal of Quality’ thing? Or desperately started praying that the flood of crap found on the app store’s of the mobile phone world wouldn’t make it’s way to the 3DS and Wii U? Well, you could just be about to have another breakdown, because this new ‘indie’ title looks to be one of the worst games ever released on a Nintendo system. And trust me, in an age where Torchlight and Fireplacing actually existed… that’s actually saying something.
Just look at Meme Run:
See that low quality piece of flash game like crap? Well… according to the developer… it’s coming to the Wii U eShop.
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!
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?
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
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!