Microsoft announced at E3 last week that it was working on an "early access" program for Xbox One / Windows games - clearly inspired by the success of Valve's early access program for Steam. Now Nintendo is saying that it is considering such a program as well.
Speaking to Polygon, Nintendo of America’s third-party relations and indie development head Damon Baker said that, while they don't have anything to announce at this point, his company is kicking the idea around…
If you missed Friday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 148), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are once again joined by super cool dude Justin Leeper to talk about all the games they loved and hated from last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles. Who won the E3? Who had the best games? Who failed miserably?
The Change.org petition to cancel the development of Metroid Prime: Federation Force - a four-player co-op 3DS title revealed by Nintendo earlier in the week - has 12,424 supporters as of this writing. The petition calls for Nintendo to cancel the game - basically relocate everyone working on it to other projects or fire them and waste any investment the struggling company has in the game. Why? Because it's not the "real Metroid" game fans wanted.
As we noted in our coverage of the Nintendo Direct E3 broadcast, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U exists, Nintendo simply decided not to show it. According to what Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells IGN UK, the game is still in development for Wii U and IS NOT being shifted to its next console system. So why didn't Nintendo show it at its E3 presentation? It didn't want to frustrate fans.
Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells Polygon in an extensive interview at E3 that the translation of Mr. Iwata's tweet addressing fan complaints was not an apology, it was an acknowledgement.
"It was not an apology," said Nintendo of American president Reggie Fils-Aime. "It was not a statement about the content we're showing, essentially it was an 'I hear you' message."
A Change.org petition calling for the cancelation of Metroid Prime: Federation Force is making the rounds following Nintendo's reveal of the game. To say that fan reaction to Nintendo's overall line-up of games showcased during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation might be overblown is an understatement.
At its annual pre-recorded E3 digital presentation, Nintendo detailed all the new (mostly) first-party titles coming to the Wii U and 3DS coming in 2015 and 2016. The presentation was light-hearted, whimsical and interspersed with vignettes of Nintendo's most recognizable executives - Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime - as Sesame Street-style puppets doing goofy things - like Iwata looking thoughtfully at a bunch of bananas and Reggie noting that "My puppet body is ready." Fun stuff.
Today there will be three E3 press events starting at 9am PT (Noon ET) with the Nintendo Direct E3 pre-recorded presentation. That will be followed by the Square Enix media briefing at 10am PT (1pm ET), and the PC Gaming Show at 5pm PT (8pm ET). You can watch them all live via Twitch, but we'll have a recap of each shortly after each one concludes.
"Earthbound 3 will be called Earthbound: Endings," is just one of the crazy predictions Andrew has put together before Nintendo holds its annual Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing tomorrow and he's got 10 more in his latest video. As it did last year and the year before that, Nintendo won't actually host its E3 event in Los Angeles, instead opting to do a special "Nintendo Direct" online event. It does have a booth of the show floor, of course.
Nintendo announced this morning that it has sold 15 million 3DS hand-held gaming systems in the United States since its launch. The system debuted in North America on March 27, 2011. After some initial trouble moving units Nintendo gave the system a generous price cut ($249 to $169), which helped immensely to move units. But, as Nintendo notes in today's announcement, a continued stream of popular software titles is the key factor in the system's success in America.
Rumors earlier in the week suggested that Nintendo's next console system - currently codenamed "NX" - would be using the Android operating system, but Nintendo says that these reports are just not true. Commenting to the Wall Street Journal today (thanks Andrew Eisen), a Nintendo spokesperson told the publication that there is no truth to the rumors.
In an unprecedented move, the Humble Bundle has teamed up with Nintendo to offer Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games (redeemable on the eShops) for whatever price you want.
The Humble Nindie Bundle lets you pay whatever you want for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Woah Dave!, and Mighty Switch Force. Pay more than the average price, and you'll also get The Fall, OlliOlli, and Moon Chronicles. Pay $10 or more, and you can get all of that plus Stealth Inc 2 and SteamWorld Dig.
The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced today that it will work with former Nintendo hardware designer and Ritsumeikan University (Japan) professor Masayuki Uemara to preserve the history of video games. The Strong Museum of Play is home to the Center for the History of Electronic Games.
Uemara, who is the program chair for the Center for Games Studies and Art Research at Ritsumeikan, will work more closely than he already does with the Strong Museum of Play to share knowledge, resources, and staff.
Nintendo's super-secret hush-hush in-development gaming system, the "NX" will not be a "simple replacement " for either the 3DS or the Wii U, according to what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors at a recent investor Q&A session following the release of its most recent results.
As it did last year, Nintendo will host a digital E3 presentation, similar to its "Nintendo Direct" presentations that it holds from time to time online. It will take place on Tuesday, 16th June at 9:00 am Pacific Time. In addition, Nintendo announced that it will bring back the Nintendo World Championships tournament, with regional events to be held in major cities across the US. Participants will play various popular Nintendo games, leading up to a major event at E3. The last time the Nintendo hosted one of these events was in 1990.
I bet you can't wait until the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3, y'all) rolls around next month to learn more about Nintendo's exciting plans about its new console, NX, right? Well too bad, because you aren't going to learn a damn thing about, according to Nintendo. In fact, Nintendo says it probably won't start talking about NX until sometime in 2016. Nintendo also won't be talking about its quality of life platform either.
Nintendo may consider removing region locking in its next console, currently code named "NX." Responding to an investor question at its recent financial briefing (last week), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that it might be possible in NX but not current generation machines like Wii U.
"At the financial results briefing 6 months ago, you said that you would consider removing region-locking in response to a question asking about it," the investor said. "Could you please provide an update on the progress of that deliberation?"
Yesterday as part of his presentation to discuss the company's fiscal year financial results and its roadmap for the remainder of the year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed new details on a new integrated membership service. The service, a broad replacement for the discontinued Club Nintendo, will be tied to multiple platforms including mobile devices, the company's 3DS hand-held, its own dedicated console devices such as the WII U, and the in-development NX gaming system.
Nintendo is about to invade Universal Studios theme parks in a major way. The Wii U and 3DS makers has inked a deal with Universal Parks & Resorts to create rides and attractions at Universal theme parks based on Nintendo's most popular franchises and characters. The deal is part of a new initiative Nintendo announced earlier this year to better leverage its owned properties. It is a deal similar to what it inked with mobile publisher DeNA to bring its IP to the mobile gaming space.
Nintendo has announced its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, revealing that - for the first time in four years - it has positive annual profits. Nintendo reported a 41.8 billion yen ($350 million) profit for the fiscal year ending March 31.
The company also said that global sales of Nintendo 3DS systems (2DS, 3DS, etc.) reached 8.73 million units during the fiscal year. Nintendo's 3DS game Pokémon Alpha Sapphire sold 9.94 million units during the period, while Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS reached 6.8 million units sold.
Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play Nintendo Entertainment System games in prison. According to a TorrentFreak report, Fredrik Neij, - one of the principal operators and co-founders of The Pirate Bay - put in a request to play games on an old Nintendo 8-bit console.
GameStop.com had a bit of trouble today as people scrambled to pre-order the latest batch of Nintendo’s amiibo figures announced at Nintendo Direct yesterday. Now the pre-ordering option is off the table, according to GameStop, who issued a brief statement on its Facebook page. Nintendo is basically saying "it's not our problem" in this particular situation (and rightfully so, because it really has nothing to do with them).
You can read GameStop's statement below:
Recently, programmer Roystan Ross created the first level of Super Mario 64 in HD using Unity and posted it on the web for all the world to play.
Nintendo said "oh no you didn't!" and DMCA'd the crap out of him. Literally. Mr. Ross's innards are now entirely bereft of crap.
The very last Club Nintendo Elite rewards are now available, GameSpot reports. Nintendo announced earlier in the year that it would shut down the rewards program, but gave members up until yesterday to continue earning "coins" to be spent on games and other special virtual items. Now members have until June 30 to spend their coins on any of the available rewards (listed below).