Opinion: The current state of Wii U, Nintendo Network, and Nintendo

*Disclaimer: This is an opinion article, which means views and opinions on the subject are my own, unless you view it the same way and share my opinion. I respect the fact that everyone has a different opinion, so I also request that you can accept how I see and view the subject.*

Just to make it clear: I think the Wii U is a fantastic system, and that Nintendo is a great company. I purchased my Wii U at launch in November of 2012, and since I’ve put hundreds and hundreds of hours into it alone with games like Mario Kart 8, Call of Duty: Black Ops IISuper Mario 3D WorldThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and I don’t plan on stopping, especially with upcoming games like Watch_DogsSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U, and much more.  I may not agree with some of their business ideas, but I wouldn’t put time into running The Nintendo Home if I honestly didn’t enjoy the company or their consoles.

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Ganondorf Accidentally Shown In New Smash Bros. 3DS Trailer

In a recent Japanese trailer, a good amount of details about Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS were revealed, and Ganondorf was accidentally shown. As you can see in the picture above, he’s on the corner of the screen, distant from Pikachu. Many people figured he was going to return, but this is a still a nice confirmation. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches on September 13th in Japan, and October 3rd in North America. You can find the full trailer here.

New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL models announced in Japan

IMG_0204.PNGNintendo of Japan also announced a new revision for both the 3DS and 3DS XL, with a faster CPU, a C analog stick, better 3D, ZL and ZR buttons, a moved stylus and cartridge slot, built in NFC, wireless PC back ups, and interchangeable front covers. Games that take advantage of the more powerful CPU will not work on the original 3DS and 3DS XL. The two launch in Japan this November, while North America and Europe will only receive it in 2015. You can check out more pictures below:

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Home Menu Themes coming to the Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo has just announced that customizable themes will be coming to the 3DS this October. Coming from a PR email:

Following a system update in October, Nintendo will be introducing new Nintendo 3DS HOME menu themes that change the menu background, icons and folders, and music and sound effects. Themes will be available for purchase from a Theme Shop that will be added to the HOME menu. More details will be announced in the future.

Mario Kart 8 DLC coming this Fall

Nintendo’s online UK store his listed a “The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8″ DLC pack, as well as another pick with Animal Crossing. The first pack releases November 2014 and includes Link, the return of Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii along with seven other tracks, the Blue Falcon kart, and other characters. The second pack includes Isabelle and Villager, as well as eight tracks and four vehicles, and releases May 2015. If you purchase both packs, you’ll also get eight different colored Yoshi and Shy Guy characters. Here’s what the listing says:

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Over 20 Minutes of SteamWorld Dig Gameplay for Wii U

This week, 3DS eShop favorite SteamWorld Dig will be releasing on the Wii U with Off-TV support, HD graphics, and a clutter-free screen with stats and maps available on the GamePad. Above is over twenty minutes of gameplay of the game from NintendaanSteamWorld Dig for Wii U launches August 28th for $9.99 in America, or £6.99 and €8.99 with a 25% discount in Europe if you own the 3DS version of the game.

This Week’s Nintendo eShop Downloads (8/21)

3DS

This week you can download Demon King Box and BLAZBLUE -CLONEPHANTASMA-, as well as Xtreme Sports on Virtual Console.

Wii U

This week you can download a retail-digital download version of Disney Infinity is available for free, but requires the purchase of a base, as well as Midtown Crazy RaceMega Man 6 and Life Force are also available on Virtual Console.

 

3DS Homebrew Channel Releasing Soon

A hacker by the name of Smealum has coded, with gemisisDev helping design the menu, and revealed a 3DS Homebrew channel that will be releasing soon for European, American, and Japanese region 3DS systems. The Homebrew channel is currently confirmed to work on the latest firmware update, and will also remove the region lock on systems later on , allowing you to play any game from any region not assigned to your 3DS. The Homebrew channel will not support ROMs however, to prevent piracy of games, but will have its own applications within the channel.