With only a few days before its release, Yoshi’s New Island has received a new TV commercial that showcases some of Yoshi’s in-game abilities. Because, you know, “only Yoshi can turn into a bobsled.” Check out the commercial after the jump.
The Nintendo Wii U and 3DS eShops will be undergoing “extended maintenance” on March 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. PST, according to the company’s Network Information page.
The aforementioned maintenance will also affect the Wii’s Shopping Channel and the DS’ Nintendo DSi Shop. While the maintenance is in progress, players can expect various parts of the affected services to be “intermittently unavailable.”
The team behind Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs has confirmed via a livestream that the game’s drop-in multiplayer feature will be able to be turned off for players who would rather not welcome other players into their worlds. Found within the game’s menu, players will be able to decide whether or not they would like to utilize Watch Dogs‘ online features with the simple toggle of one of the game’s options.
Mario Kart 8 is all set to launch on May 30, and European gamers are getting a special treat. Nintendo has unveiled a Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition deal that will net players a Spiny Shell collector’s item, pictured above. Hopefully it won’t ruin as many friendships as the item does in the game itself! You can catch a teaser for this special edition by clicking below.
Rejoice, Yoshi lovers! The rumored Yoshi edition 3DS has been confirmed by Nintendo, and it looks even better than the mock-up image. The latest in the lineup of special 3DS models features Yoshi and his eggs, and will launch alongside Yoshi’s New Island (not as a bundle, as previously rumored) for $199.99. Will you be picking one up?
Sakurai is back with another Smash Bros. update on Miiverse, and today’s screenshot reveals some new baddies. Kotake and Koume, the witch sisters collectively known as Twinrova, will be part of the Gerudo Valley stage on 3DS. In the Legend of Zelda games, this deadly duo wields the power of fire and ice attacks, so you’ll want to watch out for them when they pop up!
Investors have been pushing Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata to downsize for some time now. With profits in decline for several years now, they believe the staff should be downsized to a number more in line with annual earnings (or lack thereof). However, Nintendo’s top dog has a different opinion, and Nintendo has been doing even more hiring than usual lately in order to crank out key titles faster.
This becomes incredibly apparent when you take a glance at the Nintendo of America Twitter page, which is now an incredibly long list of job openings that includes everything from AI and UI engineers to translators, copyright counselors, software engineers, and more. All in all, Nintendo of America advertised 63 vacant positions in February, including 37 in a single day’s span. Prior to February’s hiring spree, Nintendo hadn’t listed a vacancy (at least via Twitter) since last October – a month which saw just two job listings. Looks like the big N is pushing for a big expansion in the US.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the latest game from Nintendo-owned Retro Studios, is out on the shelves, but that doesn’t mean it’s vacation time for the development team. Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe spoke with GameSpot about Tropical Freeze, the possibilities on Wii U (a system Kelbaugh calls ‘a powerhouse’), and where the studio goes from here.
During the interview, Tanabe revealed that Retro is already hard at work on their next game. In fact, GameSpot’s report indicates that they’ve been at work on their next project for at least a few months, since the majority of work wrapped up on Tropical Freeze last November. Neither would indicate whether Retro is working on another Donkey Kong, returning to the Metroid franchise, or working on something different. What would you like to see?
Finally, after an astounding 16 days of play time, the social experiment Twitch Plays Pokémon has finally completed Pokémon Red.
But the adventure doesn’t end with Pokeémon Red, as the channel is teasing something new. As of right now, the channel’s countdown timer shows that “a new adventure will begin” in under six hours. It has been suggested that the upcoming “adventure could be Pokémon Gold, Silver, or Crystal.
Update: Nintendo has released a statement to Polygon confirming that users will still be able to Wii, DS and DSi games in offline mode. “Other online functionality on Wii and Nintendo DS, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time,” according to Nintendo. The global termination of the service will take place May 20, 2014 worldwide.
Online play for 3DS and Wii U will be unaffected, aside from Wii U’s Wii mode and “DS games played on Nintendo 3DS family systems.”
The next installment in the Lego video game series, Lego The Hobbit, is set to release on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe, according to Warner Bros.
In direct correlation with Peter Jackson’s films based off of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the game will follow the events from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Square Enix’s Bravely Second, a sequel to Bravely Default, will focus more on narrative than actual exploration, according to series producer Tomoya Asano.
And although the game will still be built around an expansive world, players choices and actions will be more integral to the game’s overarching story.