Satoru Iwata: DYK Gaming

I know this is over one year since Iwata’s death, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about him. I won’t ever forget him. This video is very informative and very well done. I hope you enjoy it, for what it is. “On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

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New in Fire Emblem TCG!

In Japan, the latest in the Fire Emblem TCG is from Roy’s game, the sequel to Fire Emblem Rekka No Ken, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Binding blade is one of my personal favorites so this is a must buy for me. There are decks that are from Awakening, Fates, Radiant Dawn, Shadow Dragon, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, and now Binding Blade. Each deck is about $15-$20, but the Binding Blade deck is $25-$30. The game is very fun, and the card effects and rules are simple and easy to memorize, and I really recommend you give it a shot. I’ll leave a link here to get all the card translations and rules for the TCG.

http://serenesforest.net/wiki/index.php/Fire_Emblem_TCG

Bayonetta joins the playable cast of Super Smash Bros! (YES!)

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Nintendo announced its final roster update for Super Smash Bros, revealing that Sega’s gun-toting Umbra Witch Bayonetta will join the cross-franchise brawler as a playable character next year on the Wii U and 3DS.

Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai announced that Bayonetta won her spot in the Super Smash Bros. cast by popular vote, beating out fighters from previous games in the series and ranking in as the single most-wanted “negotiable and realizable character” worldwide

Bayonetta boasts her own unique collection of moves and abilities, making her a formidable opponent. Throughout the course of each match, Bayonetta can take down foes using her four pistols, powerful melee attacks, and time-warping abilities that allow her to temporarily slow down rival characters. For her show-stopping Final Smash move, Bayonetta summons a gigantic demon that clamps down on opponents with its massive teeth.

Bayonetta is a combo-based character who can string together several quick attacks in a row, similar to how she controlled in the original Bayonetta games. Upon starting a combo, players can take to the air and juggle their opponents for multiple successive hits. Bayonetta also brings her “Bullet Arts” gunplay mechanics into battle, allowing players to extend their combos by holding down an attack button at any point.

The Super Smash Bros. series has featured many playable guest stars from non-Nintendo franchises over the years, starting with Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Gear’s Solid Snake in 2008’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii console. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS continued the trend with the introduction of Street Fighter’s Ryu earlier this year, and a downloadable content pack released this week adds Final Fantasy VII‘s Cloud Strife as a playable character.

Nintendo revealed that Corrin from the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates will also join the Super Smash Bros. roster next year. Bayonetta and Corrin will launch as playable characters for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS in February of 2016.

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Now for my opinion. I LOVE Bayonetta. I was originally against the idea of playing as a half naked witch all the time when I first saw Bayonetta 2, but then I played the demo and really enjoyed it. So I bought the game, beat both games in just three days, and LOVED it. Bayonetta is by far my favorite videogame of all time (The first game is my favorite, second one is my second).

I also ended up buying other crap, such as the art book, “The Eyes of Bayonetta,” and the movie, “Bayonetta: Bloody Fate.” And the fact that Bayonetta is coming to smash, I AM HYPED!!!

This Hello Kitty New Nintendo 3DS Console Is Just Purrrfect. (Terrible pun)

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Cute as a button

North American Nintendo fans may be over the moon about the fact that the smaller New 3DS console – the one with the collectable cover plates – is finally coming to the US, but over in Japan they’ve got through quite a few special editions of the customisable handheld system already – and there’s another being added to the list.

Sanrio and Nintendo have just announced that a new special Hello Kitty New Nintendo 3DS bundle is on its way. Expected to cost around 17000 Yen not including tax (approx £93 / $140 / 127 Euros), this should prove irresistible to any self-respecting Kitty fan (that’s basically everybody, right?).

Of course, the chances of this bundle ever leaving Japan are slim, but if you’re really keen then you could always import one.

AFB: WHY IS THIS A THING!? This is such a waste of a collaboration! Granted, the better collaborations are more difficult and usually are just harder to do in general, but why would you think this is a good idea? Also, this is just japan, but still, you could use your time better then by agreeing to this?! Anything is better then sitting down with another companies representatives and them ask you, “Could we make a HELLO KITTY 3ds?” I just don’t understand it.

Pikmin 4 in Development and “Very Close to Completion”

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According to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, Pikmin 4 is in development, and in the very same interview, held by Eurogamer back in July, it’s “very close to completion,” surely that means by now it could be finished, right?

Eurogamer published an interview today that took place in July with Miyamoto where they talked about the next colourful adventure game, Pikmin, and in that interview Miyamoto revealed that a new one was coming and that it was almost complete.

“It’s actually very close to completion,” Miyamoto said. “Pikmin teams are always working on the next one.”

Nintendo has also confirmed the news in a separate statement to the publication saying:

“We can confirm that Pikmin 4 is in development but that is all we can confirm at present.”

The last Pikmin title launched on the Wii U in 2013, so we’re all about ready for the next instalment into the series, right? Well maybe not, as Miyamoto didn’t reveal which platform Pikmin 4 will launch on which could suggest Nintendo are saving it for their Codename NX console.

Though with the game almost near completion, we’d also speculate that it could launch for Nintendo’s current hardware too, though again, that’s all just speculation for now.

Sorry for not posting here on the OBA forums, I was very sick AGAIN. So, to make up for it, I’ll be posting several more articles.

Nintendo explains why it won’t annualize Smash Bros, Mario Kart

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Nintendo has addressed questions about annualizing franchises such as Mario Kart and Smash bros., saying it prefers to focus on creating unique new experiences each time and, as with recent Wii U games, releasing downloadable content.

Speaking to Examiner, Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt explained that surprising the player is a key part of its gaming experiences, which is why yearly releases aren’t a part of its strategy.

“We tend not to annualise our franchises, there’s not a new Mario Kart every year,” he said. “What we’ve tried to do with the Wii U is first, create a fully-featured, really enjoyable game that has something for everybody, has surprises that you’ll discover as you play through levels, and it gives you a good amount of quality entertainment.”

“For fans who love (Mario Kart), we’ve released extra content over time so that it keeps the game fresh and allows them to experience more than they could when they originally bought the game.”

He continued: “That’s the approach we take, rather than annualising the franchise, we are periodically releasing new courses, levels, and features that keep people playing. We see a huge surge in gameplay hours on Mario Kart when we release (new content).”

Nintendo’s strategy differs for franchises such as Pokemon, where the company is more open to annual releases.

“If you look at the Pokemon franchise, we have released multiple core games for the 3DS. We like to give fans something every year, but something like Mario Kart or Smash Bros. — there may only be one version of that franchise in the whole console cycle.”

According to Moffitt, the decision to annualise a franchise is dependent on “the franchise, the developer and what new ideas they can bring to (a) franchise to move the gameplay forward and keep (it) fresh,” but that “incremental changes may not be worth a whole new release.”

Nintendo has delivered new mode,s course and fun for Mario Kart 8 as downloadable content. Smash Bros. for Wii U has also been updated with new characters. Most recently, the all-star roster added Fire Emblem’s Roy and Street Fighter’s Ryu.

Nintendo’s next console, codenamed NX, was first announced in March. Specific details on what the hardware will be have not yet been released.

If the manufacturing story is accurate, it would suggest that the corporation has a final idea on how the product will look and what components it will use. Reports have indicated Nintendo NX could be out in October 2015.

2015? Bullcrap.