Oftentimes Super Mario Run, the first smartphone game created by Nintendo, feels like a compromised version of the classic games. To work comfortably on a touchscreen held in one hand, Nintendo has…
Dedicated handheld consoles have taken some beatings over the years-thanks, Steve Jobs-but as 2016 comes to a close, the 3DS is still thriving. And the Vita… well, uh, I love the Vita. This is part of our 2016 “State of” series, a look at how the major consoles, VR platforms, and PC are doing this year.
Yooka-Laylee finally has an official release date and price across all platforms – except for the Nintendo Switch. The game’s developers announced the news Tuesday in an update to the game’s Kickstarter page, which hit its original crowdfunding goal in just 38 minutes. In case you missed all the excitement, here’s a quick recap.
Nintendo will end Wii U production this Friday, multiple sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
At the last official count, as of 30th September, Nintendo had shipped 13.36m Wii U consoles. The Wii U’s final tally will likely now be only slightly more.
For comparisons sake, GameCube sold 21m. N64 sold 32m. Wii sold 101m.
Nintendo’s Japanese production line will shut down for the last time this week after the final deadline for orders passed yesterday, Eurogamer understands. Only a small number of further orders were placed.
Wii U launched back in November 2012 and quickly shifted a couple of million units, although sales have been steady to slow ever since.
On Nov. 11, Nintendo will deliver the NES Classic Edition, a $60 pocket-sized machine that will bring back all the greatness of Nintendo’s 1980s and early 90s heyday. And judging from a recent demo session with the upcoming machine, it’s going to channel everything about the 90s era of gaming that we remember.
That means a simple, basic brand of gaming. And it means — gulp — wired gaming.
The unit itself is small, fitting in the palm of your hand, but it’s very nearly fully-featured, although you can’t open the cartridge area. That’s fine, of course, since the 30 games are already pre-loaded onto the console, and since the console will never really change its state. There’s no internet connection, so there are no firmware updates to come, no DLC to buy, and no online marketplace; the NES Classic Edition harkens back to a time when a game was exactly what it was.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are upcoming role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. They are the first installments in the seventh generation of role-playing games. First announced in February 2016 by Tsunekazu Ishihara through a special Nintendo Direct, both Sun and Moon are set to be released worldwide in November 2016, commemorating the franchise’s 20th anniversary.
As with previous installments, each game follows the journey of a young Pokémon trainer (and the trainer’s friends) as they train Pokémon. This time, the game takes place in the Alola region—based on Hawaii—with the object of the game being to thwart the schemes of the nefarious criminal organization Team Skull, all while attempting to challenge various Pokémon trainers of gradually increasing difficulty. Sun and Moon will introduce several dozen new Pokémon species, and includes new features such as Alolan forms of previous generation Pokémon, powerful moves known as Z-Moves, updated battle and training mechanics, and improved polygonal 3D graphics. The games will also adopt the previously introduced battle mechanic known as Mega Evolution, which was first introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Although Sun and Moon are independent of each other, both feature largely the same plot, and while either can be played separately, trading Pokémon between the two games is, as with past titles, necessary in order for a player to obtain every Pokémon species.
Pokémon Sun and Moon are role-playing video games with adventure elements, presented in a third-person, overhead perspective. The player controls a young trainer who goes on a quest to catch and train creatures known as Pokémon, and win battles against other trainers. By defeating enemy Pokémon in turn-based battles, the player’s Pokémon gains experience, allowing them to level up and increase their battle statistics, learn new battle techniques, and in some cases, evolve into more powerful Pokémon. Alternatively, players can capture wild Pokémon, found during random encounters, by weakening them in battle and catching them with Poké Balls, allowing them to be added to their party. Players are also able to battle and trade Pokémon with other human players using the Nintendo 3DS’s connectivity features. Like in previous games in the series, certain Pokémon are only obtainable in either Sun or Moon, with players encouraged to trade with others in order to obtain all Pokémon from both versions.
Developer: Game Freak
Release Date: November 18, 2016
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List of Nintendo 3DS games by release date and alphabetized.
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Release Date (Newest First)
- WarioWare Gold (August 2018)
- Super Mario Maker (December 2016)
- Pokemon Sun & Moon (November 18, 2016)
- Mario Party: Star Rush (November 4, 2016)
- Disney Magical World 2 (October 14, 2016)
- Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (September 27, 2016)
- Kirby: Planet Robobot (April 28, 2016)
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (October 23, 2015)
Mario Party: Star Rush is a party video game developed by Nd Cube and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. It deviates from the normal Mario Party series in its removal of turn-based gameplay in favor of the ability to move at will, simultaneous with other players, and without set paths on the game board. The game was released in Europe, Australia, and Japan in October 2016, and will be released in North America in November 2016. The game is preceded by Mario Party 10 for the Wii U.
Star Rush is a handheld party video game in the Mario Party series based on group minigame events that follow a board game concept. Star Rush’s main change to the franchise is its replacement of turn-based gameplay with the ability to move at will, simultaneously, and without set paths on the game board. The game’s main mode is “Toad Scramble”, in which all players play as Toad from the Mario franchise. Other Mario series characters can be recruited to play on the player’s team, but are not themselves playable. Star Rush features boss battles where players compete to deal the most damage to the boss.
Up to 4 players can join a common multiplayer game when near other players through the Nintendo 3DS handheld console’s local wireless mode. The game is also compatible with 7 of Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines.
Developer: Nintendo, Nd Cube
Genre: Party Game
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 4, 2016
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Pikmin is coming to the Nintendo 3DS! Watch the video preview trailer to learn more about it.
The company’s latest financial report listed out every game still coming to both devices, and, needless to say, Nintendo is done with the Wii U. The only first-party titles still remaining are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is also coming to the Nintendo Switch, and believe it or not, Project Giant Robot. For those that don’t remember, this was shown off by Miyamoto during E3 2014 as a unique way to enjoy the Wii U’s gamepad, but Nintendo distanced itself from the project after it never materialized into a full game.
- Skylanders Imaginators – Activision
- Stardew Valley – Chucklefish Games
- Giana Sisters: Dream Runners – EuroVideo Medien
- Toby: The Secret Mine – Headup Games
- forma.8 – MixedBag
- Zarvot – SnowHydra Games
- World to the West – Soedesco
- Ectoplaza – Syndicate Atomic
- Hollow Knight – Team Cherry
- Just Dance 2017 – Ubisoft
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – WayForward
- Pokémon Sun
- Pokémon Moon
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
- Super Mario Maker for 3DS
- Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
- Mario Sports Superstars
- Ever Oasis
- Pikmin for 3DS
- Dr. Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused?
- Runbow Pocket – 13AM Games
- Dragon Ball Fursions – Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe
- 7th Dragon III Code: VFD – Deep Silver
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse – Deep Silver
- Picross e7 – Jupiter
- Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure – Mastiff
- Cartoon Network Battle Crashers – Maximum Games
- forma.8 – MixedBag
- Harvest Moon: Skytree Village – Rising Star Games
- Sega 3D Classics Collection – Sega of Europe
- Punch Club – tiny Build Games
- Lifespreed – Wee Man Studios
- Corpse Party – XSEED Games