We now have our first official release date for a Mario game for mobile. Super Mario Run will be launching December 15th for all iOS platforms. What we know is fairly limited at this point. The core game will have multiple different world themes as is expected from Mario games. It is also meant to be played one handed with Mario constantly moving and gamers only having control of jumps. In addition to the core Mario mode there will also be a kingdom builder and a Toad’s Rally mode. The Rally mode allows you to compete with others, while Kingdom builder seems to be a cosmetic feature. The game is going to be on the pricey side for mobile games, costing $9.99. As so little is known about it at this point, there is no news if there will then be further microtransactions to follow up with the game. My personal hope is that Nintendo keeps any additional charges for this (and future mobile games) limited to cosmetic, or not at all. It is hard for me personally to get excited for a new mobile game when so many rely so heavily on microstransactions. Honestly I have been iffy about Nintendo shifting to an emphasis on mobile games and I still am. Super Mario Run does seem like an enjoyable mobile game, and the price is large enough that they might avoid the negative direction that most mobile games takes. It doesn’t appear that there is anything really unique about this Mario game, other than Mario constantly running. If Nintendo is going to focus so heavily on mobile game I would hope that they would bring something unique to the mobile experience. That being said I have to admit any judgement at this point is purely speculative. We will know more with Super Mario Run actually launches, and when we see feature games from Nintendo. For now iOS owners get ready to bring Mario to new devices.
Nintendo has announced a mini NES system that will come preloaded with 30 classic games. It will come with a controller designed as the original NES controller, and HDMI support. Essentially it is a virtual console in a different package than the Wii U. It will be launching November 11th for $60 US. Second controllers will be $9.99 US. The big question that hasn’t been answered is whether or not it will ever be able to support other NES games. The Wii U virtual console does have other NES games available on it, so there is an argument that it just comes pre loaded with 30 games, but also the ability to get the other NES games out there. When we do find out more information we will let you know, until then the 30 games the mini NES comes with are pretty impressive, so this could be a must have for many gamers.
-Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
-Donkey Kong Jr
-DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
-MEGA MAN 2
-Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
-Super Mario Bros.
-Super Mario Bros. 2
-Super Mario Bros. 3
-The Legend of Zelda
-Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Nintendo has reached a pretty amazing milestone, with over 60 million 3DS units sold worldwide. This includes the entire 3DS line, 2DS, New 3DS, XL, etc. Nintendo had gotten close to the milestone before, but sales were starting to stall on the handheld console. A recent price drop for a few of the models was apparently what Nintendo needed, allowing the company to finally reach a pretty epic sales milestone. We would like to congratulate Nintendo and tell everyone to enjoy their 3DS!
Nintendo has announced that the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, from the popular game Splatoon will be joining the amiibo family. The new amiibo will be on sale July 8th. The amiibo will unlock performances in the game. They are also extremely detailed, and should be pleasing to fans of the game. There will also be new variants of the Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid available the same day. How long these will be available for retail is not yet known at this time. So amiibo and Splatoon fans rejoice.