Nintendo World Championships Headline Nintendo’s Expanded Lineup at E3 2015

It may seem like a fever dream, but Nintendo is bringing back the Nintendo World Championship once again!

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo reaches out directly to gaming fans, media and partners with a dynamic lineup for E3 2015, starting with the exciting return of the Nintendo World Championships after a 25-year hiatus. At select Best Buy locations around the country, consumers can vie for a coveted spot in the tournament finals set in Los Angeles to kick off E3 week on Sunday, June 14. Separately on Tuesday, June 16, online viewers can score the latest Nintendo news as it breaks by tuning in to the Nintendo Digital Event, followed by Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, daily live-streamed game demonstrations from the Nintendo booth. Finally, Nintendo will deliver a piece of its E3 experience to consumers nationwide, with two hands-on sampling days of the upcoming Mario Maker Wii U game at participating Best Buy stores. This year, Nintendo will go beyond the show to deliver the E3 spirit and inside scoop to a bigger audience than ever via http://e3.nintendo.com and Nintendo’s social media channels.

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Nintendo Outlines Ink-redible Free Splatoon Demo Events and Post-Launch Content

Pixlbot is incredibly excited for Splatoon, that isn’t a secret. Nintendo just opened the floodgates of info on the game, and we can’t WAIT to get messy.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo is hosting free demo events of Splatoon for all Wii U owners, and people who purchase the game will receive a squid-boatload of free post-launch content. Nintendo announced these and other details during a Nintendo Direct video focused on the Splatoon game, which launches May 29 exclusively for the Wii U console. The Nintendo Direct is above.

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Real Life NintendoLand?! Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts.

Alright, so it isn’t quite what we all wanted when we said we wanted a real life Nintendo theme park, but it’ll do! Universal Studio theme parks in Japan and Florida have come to an agreement to bring Nintendo experiences to the real world!

KYOTO, Japan & ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks – creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds. Click on to read the full PR…

Disney Infinity 3.0 Officially Announced (with Trailer!)

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition now welcomes Star Wars™ to the ever-growing collection of Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar characters, stories and worlds. This fall, Join Forces with some of your favorite characters as you play in their galaxies in story-driven adventures inside Play Sets or create your own universe in the Toy Box! Disney Infinity is the only game franchise where fans can play with Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars™ characters together in one experience. Click on to read the full PR…

Nintendo Apologizes for Amiibo Shortages.

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Nintendo knows that Amiibo are scarce, and if their social media is trustworthy at all, they’re working on it. On a recent Nintendo facebook post:

“We appreciate the enthusiasm that our fans continue to show toward amiibo. Sales for the product have exceeded our expectations. We understand how frustrating it can be at times if consumers are unable to find certain figures, and we apologize for that.
We’re trying to meet the demands of our fans and consumers by increasing the amount of amiibo we manufacture and ship to retail. We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening.

As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details.

Nintendo plans to make it easier for consumers to know when new amiibo are on the way, through Nintendo press announcements, timely updates on our social media channels and working closely with retailers.

We remain committed to keeping amiibo affordable and easy to access as a platform to enhance game-play experiences. These plans include Animal Crossing amiibo cards that will become available by the end of 2015, and a free-to-download app for Wii U called amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits that launched on April 30, 2015, that lets consumers enjoy playable scenes from certain NES and Super NES games with amiibo.”

It’s obvious Nintendo knows of the problem, but we’ll see if they can follow through with their promise.

Become a SteamWorld Ambassador!

Our friends over at Image & Form just revealed a new way for you to play their upcoming game, SteamWorld Heist, before anyone else! Every other Tuesday they’ll post a challenge on their blog. The winner of every individual challenge will be able to join the club of official SteamWorld Ambassadors.

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Nintendo Details Upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Games and a Wide Range of New amiibo

There has been a rumor flying around there would be a Nintendo Direct on April 1st but since the day is notorious for bad video game jokes, everyone passed it up. When Nintendo came around and announced that there was indeed a ND on that day everyone flipped their jimmies. And boy was this direct was a big one.

Here some quick points on what was covered in the direct:

  • Amiibo news galore. We got a hard date for the release of wave 4 amiibo for May 29th along with the release of some Splatoon amiibo.
  • Mario 30th anniversary is upon us.
  • MK8 Animal Crossing pack released on April 23 along with new amiibo suits and the introduction of 200cc!

And a lot more. Click on to read the full PR…

The Legend of Zelda no longer coming in 2015.

The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Mr. Aonuma has just provided a video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, which you can see above. Not only this, but Nintendo of America has reported on their twitter page that the game will not be appearing at E3 2015, which is just a few short months away!

 

What do you think about the news? Did you see it coming? Let us know in the comments!

Nintendo Reveals New Details About Ink-tastic, Squid-tacular Splatoon

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Splatoon, 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.

unnamedThe game’s main online mode is Turf War, in which players with broadband Internet access can compete head-to-head in four-on-four teams to try to cover as much territory as possible in their team’s ink. As they do battle, players will gain levels and earn in-game currency that allows them to customize their Inkling. Players can equip different pieces of clothing, which each provide different game-play perks like swimming more quickly through ink or decreasing the time needed for them to refill their ink canister. Players can also equip pre-determined weapon sets consisting of main weapons like rapid-fire ink guns, long-range ink rifles and paint rollers, as well as sub-weapons like ink bombs or sprinklers. Players can also fill up their special gauge in battle to unleash powerful special weapons for a brief period of time. Players will battle in a variety of online multiplayer maps, including the newly announced Blackbelly Skatepark, Saltspray Rig and Walleye Warehouse.

For the first time, Nintendo also revealed a new multiplayer mode called Ranked Battle, which keeps track WiiU_Splatoon_323_MultiPlayer_SplatZones_Warehouse01of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. As opposed to Turf War, which will be available to all players as soon as they begin playing Splatoon, Splat Zones lets players try to control the territory of specific areas of the map with their ink blasts. As they play these ranked modes online, they will have the opportunity to increase their rating from “C-” to “A+,” which will be dynamically updated based on their performance. Players will need to achieve an in-game online Level of 10 by leveling up their Inkling in Turf War online matches before gaining access to these additional modes. As a result, once the game launches in May, Nintendo will track the global progress of players as they gain levels, and once a critical mass of players has achieved Level 10, this additional mode will be unlocked for players who meet the ranking criteria.

The single-player mode in Splatoon lets players use the game’s mechanics to explore the underground base of the game’s army of octopi antagonists, the Octarians, in original stages that test their ability to shoot, jump and splatter ink. Players can tackle a variety of levels with a variety of clever devices that can only be found in single-player mode. Each of the game’s single-player stages are designed to let players master tips and techniques that can be directly applied to the game’s multiplayer modes.

For more information about Splatoon, visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com.

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