Nintendo has announced that they’ll be attending this year’s PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts from March 6th – 8th. The New Nintendo 3DS XL will be playable, as well as upcoming new IP Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and Splatoon. Here’s the full announcement and where to find Nintendo’s booth:
Nintendo will be in Boston, Massachusetts, for the upcoming PAX East event to give attendees hands-on time with the New Nintendo 3DS XL system and a variety of great games. The Nintendo booth (#4072) will also feature Splatoon, Nintendo’s upcoming colorful twist on the shooter genre, at the show. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids and mark their territory in teams in a race for splattered-paint dominance. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., which launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 13, will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. PAX East, which runs March 6-8, takes place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at 415 Summer St.
With this week’s 3DS eShop releases, we have IRONFALL Invasion, Titan Attacks!, and Luv Me Buddies Wonderland. Also new on Virtual Console are GameBoy titles Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Land 2, and Donkey Kong Land III which were released in Europe last year.
As for the Wii U eShop, we have GravBlocks+, and on Virtual Console we have the SNES classics Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest, and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble which were also released in Europe previously.
With March just around the corner, we’ll now be seeing more of the upcoming Mario Party 10. Above you can watch the recently released Japanese trailer for the game, giving us a better look at the new minigames, GamePad modes and utilization, and amiibo support among other features. Mario Party 10 releases on March 20th for $49.
The folks over at GameXplain have uploaded over eight minutes of direct feed Xenoblade Chronicles 3D gameplay. The game is a 3D port of the popular Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles, and takes advantage of the New Nintendo 3DS XL by being exclusive to the upgraded model and utilizing the Shulk amiibo for daily in-game bonuses. Xenoblade Chronciles 3D is planned to release sometime in April.
In the latest issue of GameMaster, a British gaming magazine, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker producer Koichi Hayashida expressed that he would like to see Captain Toad expand to more games, including Mario Kart 8. With the recent and upcoming DLC packs revealed, we could definitely see this happen if we were to see additional packs. Here was his comment on contacting the producer of Mario Kart 8 to see it happening:
At this stage we don’t know. I personally want to see him featured in a variety of games. I’ve even ‘secretly’ emailed the director of Mario Kart to see if he’d consider including Captain Toad, but I haven’t heard back from him yet!
As announced in December, the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses have began their third tour across the world titled the Master Quest. The tour originally consisted of nineteen shows from the United States to Japan and Italy and more in between, but has now expanded to nine more shows. You can view the original tour schedule here, and the dates and locations for the new additional ones below:
- Seattle, Washington – Benaraoya Hall; March 6
- Germany – Munich – Olympiahalle; April 20
- Miami, Florida – James L Knight Center; May 3
- Las Vegas, Nevada – The Venetian; June 10
- Los Angeles, California – Walt Disney Concert Hall; June 14
- San Diego, California – Copley Symphony Hall; July 11
- Orlando, Florida – Dr. Phillips Center; July 18
- San Francisco, California – Davies Sumphony Hall; August 29
- San Jose, California – San Jose Civic Center; December 5
If you’re interested in going out to see the symphony, you can book your tickets on the official website, here.
Today marks the launch of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby’s newest game on Wii U featuring a unique clay art style and use of amiibo as well as the GamePad. The game is only $40 as well, joining Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker as a “budget” title but still packing lots of fun. Here’s what Nintendo had to say via a PR email:
From having Kirby ride on hamsters to turning him into yarn, Kirby games have always experimented with inventive visual styles and unique game play. Launching for the Wii U console on Feb. 20, the visually striking new adventure Kirby and the Rainbow Curse finds players controlling Kirby exclusively using the touch screen on the Wii U GamePad controller in a world made of clay. By drawing lines on the touch screen with the stylus, the player creates Rainbow Ropes that will help Kirby navigate obstacles and defeat enemies. Three friends can hop in and out at any time using Wii Remote controllers to play as Waddle Dees and assist Kirby, and players can even use compatible amiibo figures once a day, per stage, to power up Kirby with special abilities.
This week’s new 3DS eShop releases are Pokemon Shuffle, Flap Flap, Excave, and Adventure Bar Story. New DLC for THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL is also available, and a demo for Citizens of Earth.
As for the Wii U eShop, we have Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2/20), AXELAY on Virtual Console, and a demo for Citizens of Earth.
Yesterday a Redditor claimed to have discovered that Walmart would be exclusively selling the leaked Gold Mario amiibo, but only seemed to be a rumor. However, we now have image proof from another Redditor confirming the exclusivity, shown on a poster with a Mario Party 10 ad. We can only hope that the possibly rare amiibo will be supplied well, as retail exclusive amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. line have been very hard to come by.
During Nintendo’s third quarter investors meeting, it was announced that amiibo NFC cards would make their way later this year. Although we only have a confirmation, we could possibly see them being released in random packs or even included with future amiibo, but that’s only speculation.
In contrast to the current figure-shaped amiibo available, we will make amiibo in the form of cards this year as one of our future plans as Mr. Miyamoto mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in October.
Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo, also revealed that amiibos had sold over 5.7 million figures worldwide, with North America accounting for 63% and Europe for 23%. Surprisingly enough, Link was the top seller for three out of four regions, with Mario and Pikachu in the top three for three regions as well. You can check out this information as well as others in Nintendo’s investors meeting briefing here, and slides after the jump.