This Week’s Nintendo eShop Releases and Sales (3/26)

3DS

This week we have the release of LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, as well as Jet Dog and My Pet School 3D.

Wii U

As for Wii U, we have Dot Arcade and Namco Museum on Virtual C0nsole. A demo for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is also available.

Sales

The South Park pinball table in Zen Pinball 2 is currently 50% until April 2nd, TNT Racers – Nitro Machines Edition is 37% off until April 16th, and Rock ‘N Racing Off Road is 16% off until April 12th. The new Moon Chronicles DLC is 50% off until April 2nd, Snow Moto Racing 3D is 50% until April 2nd, and multiple titles from Joindots are on sale until April 9th.

 

 

European Splatoon Release Date Possibly Leaked

According to the European Nintendo press site, we may have leaked release dates for a few upcoming games that previously had no announced dates. Splatoon is listed with a May 29th release, which seems to fall under Nintendo’s Friday release schedule, and Yoshi’s Wooly World is listed with a June 26th release. These dates were most likely not meant to be posted yet, but we should expect to see the games release on those dates if the listings are accurate.

New Details Revealed for Splatoon

Nintendo has revealed new information for the upcoming Splatoon, including online modes such as Turf War and the new Ranked Battle mode. We’re still on track for a May release, but unfortunately no exact date has been revealed. We also haven’t gotten any information relating to the supposed Splatoon amiibo, but we may only see that closer to launch if it’s true. You can also check out the official website here, and the new details below:

Nintendo’s upcoming third-person action shooter game for the Wii U console, combines elements of shooting, strategy and action – and original new characters, Inklings, that can instantaneously transform between human and squid form. Splatoon gives players the goal of covering as much territory as possible with their ink-spewing weapons. The game, which is scheduled to launch in May, features four-on-four online team matches, as well as a full single-player mode that takes players deeper into the game’s unique world and characters.

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Interview: Xander Mobus, Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS Announcer

I had the opportunity to speak with Xander Mobus, the announcer of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS! It was such an awesome experience as he’s such a down-to-earth person and just, genuinely entertaining. You can check out some questions that were asked below. Wanna learn more about his voice acting career, to learn what it’s like to be part of Smash Bros., among 15 more questions? You can check out the video above to see the full interview.

Q: How did you get into voice acting
A: ’Twas a long time ago now, around about the depression era, I do believe. There was a market in the moving pictures for doing voices! Now, I didn’t know what a ‘voice’ was because I never attended school, I’d been on the farm far too long. Uh, no it was uh, I don’t know, I kinda fell into it via happen-stance. I did a lot of silly voices as a kid growing up, stuff like that. A friend of mine essentially said, “Hey, you do silly voices. Wanna be in a thing?” And I was like, “I do silly voices? Sure, why not?” And then it just kinda spitballed from there. Got a demo reel, got an agent, and, uh, the rest, as they say, is history!

Q: Do you have any amiibo? If so, which ones?
A: I don’t. I believe my roommate has Fox. Yeah, Fox. Fox! Uh, I just haven’t, I don’t know? I don’t know why I don’t own any amiibo. I should probably do that.

Q: What was your first video game to memory?
A: I think it was Sonic 3. Yeah, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 on the SEGA Genesis, I think. That was the first console I ever owned, or, well, my brother owned it. The first system I ever owned was the PlayStation 2, which is the best system ever! I love the PlayStation 2. Yeah, I think it was Sonic 3 on the SEGA Genesis.

Q: Do you have a favorite character’s name to say from the game, and did you have any issues with any of them?
A: Yes, and yes. Uh, my favorite was, by far, “Bowser Jr.”! That one was just really fun, and that was kind of the turn—I think I’ve told this story before— but that was kind of the turning point in the recording session where they started letting me have a bit more fun with it. Previous to that it was just, “Mario! Mario! Mario!” on every single character because they didn’t really want to wait any characters more than others. And I understand why, like, you don’t want people, you know, you don’t want people clicking Luigi and having them go, “Luigi, are you F*****g kidding me?” You know, like, you don’t want that. That’s… That’s not cool. But at the same time, there are certain characters that you just want to play with a little more. So, when I did Bowser Jr., it was just sort of like, you know, “Bowser, he’s a big, oh wait, it’s the fun version, Junior!” And I just love getting to do that then they just started letting me have more freedom. What character — Puddin. The Japanese name for Jigglypuff, was.. like pudding, but not. That’s the weird thing about Japanese — I don’t understand Japanese pronunciations, and I don’t say that, like, “I just don’t get how it works.” I mean, there’s a subtlety to it that I apparently have no ear for. Because, the client kept saying, “No, it’s more, “Puddin! Puddin!” No, more, “Puddin! Puddin!” No, still not getting it. So I just wasn’t hearing the difference and it was just, it took me like 15 or 20 minutes to just actually get the name right and I still have no idea what I changed or what they heard that made it correct. But, I’m glad they heard something!

Thank you, Mr. Xander Mobus, for taking the time to speak with me. It was a blast!

This Week’s Nintendo eShop Releases (3/19)

3DS

This week we have Fossil Fighters: Frontier (3/20) as well as Iron Combat: War in the Air and Navy Commander.

Wii U

Kicking off this week is Mario Party 10 (3/20), along with PENTAPUZZLEElliot Quest, and Super DestronautKLONOA 2: Dream Champ Tournament is available on Virtual Console.

Sales

All Renegade Kid games on 3DS and Wii U, including Mutant Mudds and Moon Chronicles, are 50% off until April 2nd. Turtle Tale on 3DS and Wii U is 33% off until April 2nd as well, and Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is 37% off until April 18th. Glory of Generals, Quell Reflect and Swords & Soldiers 3D are also on sale until April 9th, and games from Bigben Interactive are on sale until April 2nd. Paper Monsters Recut is 25% off until April 2nd, and select Disney games from GameMill Entertainment are on sale until April 27th.

Nintendo Partnering With DeNA to Bring Smartphone Apps and Online Services

Nintendo has announced that they will be partnering with Japanese mobile company DeNA to bring their IPs to smartphones and a new online membership service accessible from the Wii U, 3DS, PC, smartphones and devices, and “NX” which we know will be revealed in 2016. Here’s what Nintendo had to say:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. and DeNA Co., Ltd. today entered into a business and capital alliance to develop and operate new game apps for smart devices and build a new multi-device membership service for consumers worldwide.

Leveraging the strength of Nintendo’s intellectual property (IP) and game development skills in combination with DeNA’s world-class expertise in mobile games, both companies will develop and operate new game apps based on Nintendo’s IP, including its iconic game characters, for smart devices. The alliance is intended to complement Nintendo’s dedicated video game systems business and extend Nintendo’s reach into the vast market of smart device users worldwide. Under the alliance, DeNA will also be able to strengthen its gaming business at a global scale by leveraging Nintendo’s IP. To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system.

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BREAKING: Nintendo Bringing IP To Smart Devices

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has announced that Nintendo and DeNA Co., Ltd. will be partnering to provide games for smart devices to aggressively push Nintendo IP. However, games from Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U, and other existing Nintendo platforms will not be ported to smartphones. You can find the conference here.

Update: You can find slides from the presentation here.