It's Nintendo's 125th anniversary! Yes, waaaay back in September 1889 "Nintendo Koppai" was founded as a playing card manufacturer. But over the last 40 years or so, Nintendo has grown into one of the most prolific, successful, and beloved video game makers anywhere. To celebrate, all month long we're playing 125 of of the greatest Nintendo games ever made.
So come on this journey with us, and relive some of our fondest Nintendo-made memories. Up now: one of the greatest Zelda games ever made - A Link to the Past!
Amongst the news coming out of today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that over 300 staff will lose their jobs by the end of the month.
The 320 lay-offs, confirmed via statement to Kotaku earlier today, are inclusive of the 130 job cuts reported in June of this year.
The additional 190 losses are believed to be based within Nintendo of Europe’s Localisation Development (ELD) department and have been attributed to “a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.”
More than anything else, the word I heard used to describe S2 Games’ new MOBA Strife was “accessibility.” However, since accessibility is often perceived as a negative, S2 Games’ CEO Marc DeForest was quick to point out how Strife’s design foundation is not that far from soccer. Soccer requires one ball and is probably the easiest sport to start to try and play (contributing to the fact that it’s so wildly popular), but player skill varies wildly, from children bumbling around on a street corner to the pros who represent their nations in the World Cup. Like soccer, Strife aims to be easier than its competition to get into, but also have a metagame and competitive level of play that will satisfy the hardest of the hardcore.
PAX Prime is here! Every year gamers of every age, race, and creed descend into Seattle’s convention center. With so many things going on, it’s impossible to see every single nook and cranny of the show.
This year we want you to tell the community team what you would like to see. Whether you want us to ask Tim Schafer about his next game or you want to see someone crawl on the ground like Big Boss. We will do our best to get those requests to you.
Microsoft has released an outline for their upcoming September update for the Xbox One, which highlights new party, interactive, and SmartGlass features. Two apps - a new media player and party app - have been added to the fray, expanding the consoles formatting and social capabilities. The media player will allows users to play media from their USBs and will support a range of new formats, including MKV and animated GIFs. The new party app allows users to become the leader of their party and control things like invitations, removing other players, and checking out what other members of the party are doing. The SmartGlass upgrade gives players the ability to update their status messages, see full conversations at a time, and post recorded game clips directly from the Now Playing bar.
Dollhouse's Enver Gjokaj (who you've also probably seen on Community, Dexter, The Walking Dead, and many other shows) has landed a co-starring gig on Marvel's Agent Carter, starring Hayley Atwell.
Per Deadline, Gjokaj - who actually appeared as "Young Cop" during the New York battle scene at the end of Marvel's The Avengers - will play the "sweet and honorable Agent Daniel Sousa, a true war hero who has risked his life many times – resulting once in a crippling leg injury."
Castlevania producer Dave Cox has announced that, after almost two decades with Konami, today is his last day.
"After seventeen years I have decided to leave Konami to explore new opportunities. Today is my final day with the company #endofanera," tweeted Cox earlier today. "I want to think Konami for the opportunity and all those people who supported me and the team on our journey."
Cox joined Konami in 1997. Since that time he has worked on some of Konami's biggest titles, including Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Suikoden. But his first title to manage was Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. He went on to lead the development of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, which became the best selling Castlevania game in the series and restored the reputation of the struggling franchise.
Carrie Cutter - aka the DC Comics villainess Cupid - is coming to Arrow's Season 3. And she's being played by Supernatural's Mama Winchester herself, Amy Gumenick.
EW.com broke the news that Gumenick - who played the younger version of Sam and Dean's mom, Mary, on The CW's Supernatural - will play the dangerously obsessed fan who has a lethal crush on Arrow.
Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who actually created the Cupid character when he was writing for Green Arrow, told EW "I always loved the idea of Green Arrow having a crazed fan."
One thing for darn tootin' certain about FX's Fargo is that it made an insta-star out of Allison Tolman, who played courageous Bemidji deputy, Molly Solverson. But with Fargo being an anthology series, and next season being set in the 70s, she can't exactly come back for an encore. So where is she headed next?
TVLine is reporting that the Emmy-nominated Tolman has landed a guest role on FOX's The Mindy Project, as a romance novelist named Abby Berman.
Nintendo has confirmed Xenoblade Chronicles is set to be released on the new 3DS and 3DS XL consoles announced earlier today.
The company has confirmed the upgraded hardware, particularly the CPU, means its possible for Monolith's open-world RPG to be run on the new handhelds. The older models will not be able to handle the game.
At the moment, all we know for certain is that Xenoblade Chronicles will hit New 3DS in Japan next year, but there's no word on when or if it'll head West. Seeing as the new handhelds aren't expected on these shores until next year anyway, it could be a bit of a wait before we get to take it for a spin.
Microsoft has announced State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is headed to Xbox One in Spring 2015.
The ambitious open world zombie survival title debuted on Xbox 360 last June and, following a very warm reception, the company has decided to bring it over to the next-gen console.
The Year One Survival Edition of the title includes the original State of Decay with a resolution bumped up to 1080p, along with previously released add-ons Breakdown and Lifeline, as well as some completely new content. More information will be released closer to the game's release.
Bayonetta 2’s soundtrack will be “much livelier” than the “low-key” score of the original Bayonetta game.
Writing on the official Bayonetta blog, composer Masami Ueda states that they’ve “upped the style” and experimented with new sounds, giving upcoming Wii U title Bayonetta 2 - to be released in North America on October 24 - an altogether new and different tone.
The post goes on to confirm that, owing to the commercial success of Bayonetta’s original soundtrack, the full score of Bayonetta 2 will also be available to purchase.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
Defiance has been taking advantage of the absence of Dominion these past two weeks. The show closed out its second season with another batch of two episodes as the running conflict with Irzu/the Kaziri came to a head and Defiance faced certain annihilation. As with last week, it's probably just as well Syfy doubled up on the show, as the two halves might not have been enough on their own.
I'm only focusing on the actual season finale in this review, which is actually a bit difficult since "All Things Must Pass" flowed so seamlessly into "I Almost Prayed." The finale opened on quite the dark note. Tommy died as a result of Irisa's stabbing, leaving Nolan distraught and all the more hellbent on stopping the Kaziri's destruction of the planet. And Irisa got her hands bloody in the opening moments as she guided the total obliteration of New York City. That scene certainly set the tone for the coming conflict.
Telltale has released the first information about its upcoming episodic Game of Thrones title, and it's pretty tantalising stuff.
The below image was revealed and, while solid facts are thin on the ground, that hasn't stopped us from doing some research about what it all may mean. As you can probably imagine, spoilers for Game of Thrones books and the TV show follow. With that out of the way, speculation hats on. We're going in.
Nintendo has today confirmed that Hyrule Warriors will launch with free downloadable content.
The day one release will add a new mode, weapon and the "option to select music".
Described as a mashup of Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda, the game will also be supported for “the long run” by Nintendo, with more content planned down the line.
There's no information yet on the details - or pricing - of further additional content, but the first DLC pack will be launched when the game is released (that's September 19, 20 and 26 in Europe, Australia and North America respectively). The game's already out for Japanese fans.
SEGA has announced Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition, which it's billing as the definitive version of the game.
The Emperor Edition brings together all the strategy game's free content to date, including revisions to gameplay and features, along with a brand new Campaign Expansion called "Imperator Augustus". Anyone who already owns Rome II will have their version automatically updated to the Emperor Edition come launch day, which is planned for sometime in September.
The new features include Twitch integration, touch controls, new factions, new units and the Mac version, alongside an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles and improved visuals.
Reserve your very own collection of interactive Nintendo figures, as Nintendo has revealed that the first series of Amiibo figures are now available for pre-order.
The first set of figures includes the following Nintendo characters, and the figures are planned to interact initially with the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U:
It seems that Nintendo is through playing games, at least when it comes to moving hardware. The company announced today that several new hardware bundles will be hitting retailers beginning next month.
Starting in mid-September, Nintendo will offer a Wii U bundle at retailers that includes not just the console, but physical copies of both Super Mario 3D World, but also a copy of the original Wii U bundled title, Nintendo Land, all for $299 USD.
The second Wii U bundle will be available exclusively at Walmart stores and will come with physical copies of the aforementioned Nintendo Land, along with Mario Kart 8, again for $299 USD.
The final bundled hardware and software set Nintendo announced is a choice between Crimson Red, Electric Blue, and Sea Green Nintendo 2DS with a download code for Mario Kart 7. The 2DS bundle will be hitting "early October" and retails for $129 USD.
Nintendo has revealed redesigned models of the 3DS and 3DS XL featuring an additional directional button and trigger, along with NFC support.
Referred to simply as the "New 3DS" and "New 3DS XL", the refreshed handheld models purport to feature an improved screen enabling the 3D effects to be viewed from more angles than before. They also boast improved CPU and longer battery life.
Despite the new additions, the handhelds will be the same size as the ones currently available. A new C-button grants the ability to control games with dual analogue controls, while a micro SD card slot and NFC-technology are also part of the package. Interestingly, this means the planned NFC reading device the company's talked about in relation to its new Amiibo range is likely only relevant for older models.
Xenoblade Chronicles' fighter Shulk has been confirmed as a playable fighter in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. title for Wii U and 3DS.
The news was confirmed in a just-finished Japan-only Nintendo Direct. Rumours about the blond boy's inclusion have been floating for some time, since his name appear on a leaked list purporting to show the full roster of characters. Other big names included Bowser Jr. and Ganondorf.
Last month, Nintendo unveiled three new fighters for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS: Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin. To check out all of the combatants in the upcoming game, be sure to check out IGN's wiki.