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Cooking Mama 5 Launches on 3DS This Winter in Japan

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If your hunger for more Cooking Mama cannot be satisfied, another game in the franchise may help. The latest installment in the Cooking Mama franchise will be appearing on the Nintendo 3DS sometime this winter in Japan.

Additionally, the game will be on playable during Japan’s Shogakukan’s Ciao Summer Festival on July 28th alongside Gardening Mama: Mama and the Forest Friends.

Thus far, no release window outside of Japan has been outed.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Project X Zone Launch Trailer

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Nintendo Everything has posted a launch trailer for the upcoming Project X Zone on 3DS.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Game & Wario Release Trailer

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Nintendo has uploaded an official release trailer for Game & Wario for the Wii U.

[Source: Nintendo]

Sales Concerns Pushed Rayman Legends Back to Fall Release

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One of the Wii U’s most anticipated launch titles, Rayman Legends, was originally announced as a Nintendo exclusive, much like the upcoming Bayonetta 2. We learned later that Rayman Legends would instead be delayed, ultimately due to Ubisoft deciding to put Rayman Legends on not only the Wii U, but Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Playstation Vita. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot claims that the decision to make Legends multiplatform was due to sales concerns.

Ubisoft was seemingly not convinced that Rayman Legends would sell well enough on the Wii U only. Guillemot adds,

The game is going to be fantastic, and we didn’t want those creators to wind up in a position where even after making a fantastic game, they didn’t sell well enough.

Not surprisingly, Ubisoft wants what they consider one of their best games ever made to be accessible to as many gamers as possible. As the Wii U version of the game has been apparently finished since February, owners of that edition of the title will enjoy 30 additional levels to traverse.

Rayman Legends is set to launch on Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita on August 30th in Europe and September 3th in North America.

[Source: IGN]

The Future Looks Bright, the Wii U “Will Start To Perform Better,” says Miyamoto in TIME Interview

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TIME Magazine caught up with Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto to discuss both the hardware and software of the Wii U, even inquiring his thoughts on “always-online” features for home consoles. Capturing the attention of gamers by both less expensive pricing and unique games seems to be Nintendo’s focus.

Shigeru comments in the interview:

First and foremost, I think, with Nintendo products what’s often most important is that people touch and play and interact with our products — once they do, they begin to truly understand what makes them great. I think the same can be said of Wii U.

We’ve seen that, while it can be difficult to initially explain to people all the benefits of Wii U, the people who have purchased the system and have been interacting with it have high satisfaction levels. Our original objective with Wii U was to try to develop and release the system before tablets and those types of devices had penetrated the marketplace and were being found in most households, but I think that people who have tablets in the household now will actually have an easier time understanding the benefits of that combination of tablet-style gameplay with the television. And, particularly because of the cost advantage that Wii U has, the fact that you can instantly turn the system on and have that instant connection between the tablet and the TV helps make that benefit even more clear.

As we begin to release our software, with the strong software lineup that we have this fall, I think gradually more and more people are going to begin to buy the hardware for the software and to understand the benefits of having Wii U in their living room.

Click the source below to read the full interview between TIME’s Matt Peckham and Mr. Miyamoto.

[Source: TIME]

Steel Diver goes Free-To-Play

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Nintendo recently unexpectedly revealed that they would be releasing a new, free-to-play game launching sometime at the end of the year. Speculation caught fire when Nintendo elaborated that neither Mario nor Pokemon, undeniably Nintendo’s two largest franchises, would be the focus of the game. Now, we have confirmation that the free-to-play game will come from the Steel Diver franchise.

Shigeru Miyamoto talked to IGN this past E3 and revealed that a new Steel Diver title would indeed be Nintendo’s upcoming free-to-play game. While the Nintendo 3DS was also granted a Steel Diver game, this new title will not be a mere port of that experience. However, there does not seem to be a confirmed platform for this particular game just yet.

Miyamoto seems excited for the new game, boasting that he has some ideas brewing for Steel Diver. Still, a lot of the developer and publisher focus will be on hitting the right chords with the game’s sales model.

The game may soon make an appearance in a future Nintendo Direct.

[Source: IGN]

10 Hour Dragon Quest X Livestream Event Incoming With “Important Announcement”

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Square Enix will be hosting a full, livestreamed event for Dragon Quest X for a whopping ten hours on June 22nd.

Included in the event is an “important announcement,” alongside appearances by creator Yuji Horii and composer Koichi Sugiyama. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida will also make special guest appearances during the ten hour event.

The full schedule of the event is as follows:

4:00 – 4:15 PM (3:00 – 3:15 AM EDT): Opening, A Look on Astoltia.
5:00 PM (4:00 AM EDT): Trivia session for the audience.
5:45 PM (4:45 AM EDT): Special Talk! Dragon Quest X round table discussion.
6:45 PM (5:45 AM EDT): Dragon Quest X early development alumni show. Guest Star: Yoshi-P
7:30 PM (6:30 AM EDT): Recap and dinner time.
8:00 PM (7:00 AM EDT): Battle Trial Special! A new boss appears?
10:00 PM (9:00 AM EDT): Important announcement!
11:00 PM (10:00 AM EDT): Serious consideration about games other than Dragon Quest X.
12:00 AM (11:00 AM EDT): Director’s update and night talk. Remaining sober is impossible!
1:00 AM (12:00 PM EDT) Battle Trial Special 2!
1:30 AM (12:30 PM EDT) Special Ending!

[Source: GoNintendo]

Hideki Konno and Kosuke Yabuki Talk Mario Kart 8 with MTV Multiplayer

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MTV, now even further from running music videos on their channel, has interviewed Hideki Konno of Nintendo EAD and Mario Kart director Kosuke Yabuki about Mario Kart 8 as part of their ongoing MTV Multiplayer series.

In the interview, which primarily discusses the upcoming Wii U game due next year and what was shown at E3, Konno and Yabuki go into detail about numerous parts about the game, including the inclusion of anti-gravity tracks, an idea that succeeded another idea of adding drills to players’ karts for underground racing. Mr. Konno also notes that Mario Kart 8 will continue to include only Mario series characters, as they are trying to avoid creating a “Smash Kart” by adding non-Mario characters.

For the full interview, click the source below. Mario Kart 8 is expected to launch on the Wii U in 2014.

[Source: MTV Multiplayer]

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Trailer Reveals Bonus Content for Wii U

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A new trailer for the upcoming Splinter Cell: Blacklist has been uploaded to Nintendo’s Youtube page. The end of the trailer features some exclusive content only coming to the Wii U version of the game.

[Source: Go Nintendo]

New Splinter Cell: Blacklist Wii U Trailers

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Nintendo’s official Youtube channel has just uploaded two new Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailers for the Wii U edition of the game.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will arrive on the Wii U on August 20th.

[Source: Nintendo Youtube]

North America to Receive Second Project X Demo, Date Not Yet Disclosed

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Namco Bandai’s upcoming Project X Zone, already in the hands of many a gamer with the recent release of its first demo, will be getting a second demo that’s hitting North America sometime soon.

Of course, it has already been confirmed that Europe will get the demo on June 27th in the European 3DS eShop. As for North Americans, they’ll have to wait a bit longer for their date so they can then wait a bit longer for the demo.

The first Project X Demo was released in Europe on May 23rd and in North America June 4th. Namco Bandai at the very least has confirmed that the second demo will hit stateside, but the actual date itself remains to be seen.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Renegade Kid Hints at Future Games, One Possibly Utilizing 3D on Wii U

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The developer behind titles such as Moon, Mutant Mudds, and Dementium has made it clear that its interest in creating for Nintendo platforms is stronger than ever. With the Unity Engine in their grasp, more titles on Nintendo consoles may indeed be on the way, one of which possibly being a 3D game for the Wii U.

Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham explains in a Nintendo Life interview that, through the Unity Engine, a future 3D title from Renegade Kid on Wii U is certainly a possibility. Watsham also claims that the studio has a, “snazzy 2D platformer engine” within their walls and will likely use it for future games.

Interestingly, the focus on a 3D game seems to be geared more toward the Wii U rather than the 3DS, however it is not out of the question that Renegade Kid plans to continue developing for the 3DS, as well. Mutant Mudds 2, for example, will be hitting the 3DS in 2014.

[Source: Nintendo Life]

Nintendo UK: Symphony of the Goddesses Producer Interview

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Nintendo UK’s Youtube channel has just posted up a new video on their channel: a producer interview from The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

This exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the tour provides some stellar insight into the performances and the future of the tour.

[Source: Nintendo UK Youtube]

Nintendo Is Behind Limited Use Demos, Will Not Explain Why

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We’re all fans of demos, especially free ones that are easy to download to our favorite platforms. When Nintendo started releasing these trials for games like Rayman Legends and, more recently, Project X Zone, gamers were justifiably overjoyed. That is, until they found that these demos weren’t all they were cracked up to be. These demo experiences have become limited ones, as they can only be played a certain amount of times.

Over at Game Informer, the issue was pushed. Why exactly would Nintendo limit the amount of times a demo can be played by the user?

Unfortunately, they could not get a straight answer from Nintendo. However, the questioning of an unnamed publisher did yield some information. Apparently, it is up to Nintendo and not the publishers to limit the demos.

As it seems like this practice will continue with future demos, the best option is to be reasonable with how many times you indulge in a particular demo. Crazy, we know, but necessary.

[Source: Game Informer]

Nintendo World Store Celebrates Animal Crossing: New Leaf Release With A New Look

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A day before its official release date in the United States, Animal Cross: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS is getting an entire party held in its name at Nintendo World Store in New York City.

Rockefeller Plaza will be buzzing with a themed extravaganza as the entire store itself will transform into an Animal Crossing-style world only on June 8th from 9am to 1pm EST. Animal Crossing fans will get the chance to pick up exclusive merchandise and to take part in some AC-themed carnival games. A DJ will be spinning some tunes on the 2nd floor of the store while the rest of the place bounces with energy from all the promotions and fans.

Additionally, copies of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and special 3DS hardware bundles tied to the game will be available in limited quantities for purchase throughout the event.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be officially released in the United States a day later on June 9th.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Hungry for More Smash Bros? Give This 77-Stage Project M Demo a Go

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E3 is just around the corner and news on the upcoming Super Smash Bros 4 for Wii U and 3DS is just as close. For those hungry for more Smash, popping in Melee, Brawl, or even Smash 64 may not do the trick after all these years. Thanks to a dedicated group of modders, however, satisfying that hunger just got a lot easier.

Project M, a fan-made Brawl modification meant to put a Melee-like spin on the 2008 Smash Bros installment initially released on the Wii, is better than ever with a free-to-download edition of the game in progress filled to the brim with 77 stages to choose from. The experience, while building on the greatness of Melee alongside the best features of Brawl, feels entirely new – characters play differently, even familiar stages have been given refreshing new takes. With a competitive focus in mind while still being accessible to casual players, Project M is a Smash Bros experience you can’t miss out on.

If you have a copy of Brawl, a Wii, an SD card, and a computer, you’re already on your way to diving into a crazy new Smash experience. The Reddit thread sourced below contains all the needed information to get Project M working properly on your home console.

Project M continues to progress every day and is becoming an established part of competitive Smash tournaments every weekend. Remember, this is not an official Nintendo product and can only be downloaded off the internet (for free and without any fear of viruses) and will only work with official copies of Brawl. If you do decide to skip this one, Nintendo has confirmed that Smash 4 will indeed be part of their E3 Nintendo Direct event.

[Source: Reddit]

PES 2014 MIA for Wii U and 3DS

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Soccer fans, if you’re looking for an experience outside of FIFA, especially on Nintendo consoles, you may want to keep looking.

Utilizing Twitter, Pro Evolution Soccer European community manager Adam Bhatti shed some light as to why PES 2014 will not only be missing the Wii U, but the 3DS as well: “No one bought it.”

Simple enough. While the PES franchise has made an appearance on Nintendo handhelds in the past, this doesn’t seem to be the case for the 2014 version. Now that PES 2014 will not be handled on any Nintendo platform whatsoever, fans of the franchise will have to look to the Xbox 360, Playstation platforms, and PC to get their PES fill.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Monster Hunter: Gift & Hunt Together Announced by Nintendo of Europe

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While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is already one of the best experiences on the 3DS, Nintendo of Europe aims to make it even better with a special “Gift & Hunt” promotion that can land a friend a free copy of the game.

According to the official Nintendo of Europe website, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate owners that register their titles with Club Nintendo before 22:59 (UK) on June 30th will be rewarded with a unique code. If you hand that code over to a friend, your buddy will then have to register their Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL on Club Nintendo between June 3rd and July 31st, as well as the unique recommendation code you have gave them by August 5th, he or she will be eligible to receive a free download code for the entire game!

The promotion is currently only available for 3DS owners of the game and only residents of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, or South Africa that are at least 16 years of age.

(Source: Nintendo of Europe)