Mario Kart 8 WiiU Direct April 30th

[intro] About a week ago Nintendo showed us a special edition of Nintendo Direct, their streaming channel, about the upcoming title Mario Kart 8 for WiiU. Here’s our small report on that. [/intro] That what is making Mario Kart 8 different from its previous 7 versions is that the WiiU has much more capacity and … Continue reading “Mario Kart 8 WiiU Direct April 30th”

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About a week ago Nintendo showed us a special edition of Nintendo Direct, their streaming channel, about the upcoming title Mario Kart 8 for WiiU. Here’s our small report on that.

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That what is making Mario Kart 8 different from its previous 7 versions is that the WiiU has much more capacity and technology for advanced graphical and physical stuff in animation, graphics quality and calculation capacity.

Antigravity is one of these features. Antigravity is that the Kart’s will be able to go upside down on gravity defying courses. Think loops like in Sonic or in certain stunt racing games.

A light blue panel turns your kart into an antigravity hovercraft. The camera changes slightly (not following the kart any longer, as that would make players sick, but a sort of side view) for a better view on the action. Replays however do show the looping action if you want it to.

With the antigravity the courses can go along the side of walls of buildings, down a waterfall or make loops.

Normally you should avoid crashing into opponents as that would slow you down, but in antigravity mode you should crash into them to create spin turbo, a special turbo speeding you to victory! You can also smash into blue rotating bars (object) on the course to create the same effect.

Mario Kart 8 comes with course diversity:
– Underground racing
– Gravity defying courses
– Curved surfaces

In Mario Kart 8 you will also be able to customize your kart:
– Body type
– Tire type
– Glider type

This will create unique looks and it will make sure for optimal performance specified for each course.

Mario Kart 8 comes with minions and heroes for the official races

Bowser’s minions:
– Larry
– Troy
– Iggy
– Lemmy
– Morton
– Wendy
– Ludwig

The Heroes:
– Baby Rosalina
– Pink Gold Peach
– and all the other Mario Heroes
– And your Mii characters

Special and new pickup blocks on the courses:

+ Boomerang Flower
– You have two chances to hit, once on the way out towards the target and another time when it returns.
– You can keep on throwing.

+ Piranha Plant
– Eats your opponents in front of your kart, even banana’s on the course.

+ Figure Eight
– 8 powerups in one, have fun with blasting away your opponents!

+ Super Horn
– Shockwave to take out others
– Shielding to protect from objects or attacks targeted at you

Karts vs Bikes
In Mario Kart 7 was the Bike the fastest on courses. After extensive testing and optimizing have both Bike and Kart become on an even chance depending on the course. The results are very close on miliseconds.

Online Play
Because the console can handle much more, you can play with up to 12 players in one course.

There are four online modes available:
– Globally
– Regionally
– With friends
– Tournaments

There will be voice chat available to communicate with friends and rivals.
The Tournaments are events that are held by Nintendo in holidays and weekends.

Ghost data from all around the world can be downloaded and can be used to compete against.

When you beat a staff’s ghost data, you are rewarded with a special Miiverse stamp and your ghost data will be uploaded.

Mario Kart 8 comes with live recorded music.

Mario Kart TV
Mario Kart TV will be a new channel for WiiU. With this channel, Nintendo hopes to spread the word about Mario Kart 8 and ofcourse make a great platform for sharing and viewing each others gameplay.

Mario Kart TV features:
– View highlights of your own races
– View replays from yourself and others
– Upload your gameplay
– Download videos from around the world
– Share highlights with a comment on Miiverse
– Upload race highlights directly to your youtube channel (with accounts that are in good standing)
– Share your content via social media

Release date:
Mario Kart 8 will be released on the 30th of May 2014. For those with Club Nintendo membership (certain countries do not have access to this feature, so check yourself), there will be a special deal for those buying Mario Kart 8 before July, as a second free WiiU game download code can be obtained.

The following games can be chosen when you order before July and are a Nintendo Club Member:
– Nintendoland
– Monster Hunter 3
– Game & Wario
– Pikmin 3
– Wonderful 101
– Zelda Windwaker HD
– Sonic Lost World
– Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
– Wii PartyU
– New Super Mario Bros. U.

Here’s a new trailer for Mario Kart 8:

That’s it for now!

Game on!

Steven

Nintendo Direct of the 18th of December 2013

[intro] Here’s our overview of todays Nintendo Direct, revealing a new game that features Link and lot’s of release info about 3DS games and WiiU games. [/intro] First of all, Link will appear in a new game by Tecmo Koei. Tecmo Koei is the producer of the Dynasty Warrior Series and is now producing together … Continue reading “Nintendo Direct of the 18th of December 2013”

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Here’s our overview of todays Nintendo Direct, revealing a new game that features Link and lot’s of release info about 3DS games and WiiU games.

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First of all, Link will appear in a new game by Tecmo Koei. Tecmo Koei is the producer of the Dynasty Warrior Series and is now producing together with Nintendo a special version of the game with Link. Possible name will be Hyrule Warrior, but this name is not final yet. The game will come out next year (2014).

Kirby Triple Deluxe is a side-scrolling game for the 3DS, which also has a background stage with which you can switch using one of the abilities of Kirby. Sometimes enemies can also be coming from the back to the front. A lot of puzzles use this new ability. The Hyper ability of Kirby is allowing Kirby to suck a lot of bigger items, helping you to solve puzzles. Ofcourse Kirby will still have the copy ability in this game. There are two other modes available through the game: Kirby Fighters is a fighting game where you can pick one out of ten copy abilities to test out which one is the best to defeat your friends or the PC. Dedede’s Drum Dash is the other mode. It’s a rhythm game where you have to perform an action at the right moment.

Yoshi has been a very popular character over the past years and now Nintendo announces a new title for 3DS called New Yoshi’s Island.

Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Transporter will both be compatible with Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Pokemon Bank is software for 3DS that let’s you store up to 3000 Pokemon. Pokemon Transporter is software on 3DS that let’s you convert your favourite Pokemon you found between Pokemon Black and Pokemon White as well as Pokemon Black 1 and Pokemon White 2 and also towards Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.

Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Transporter will be available from the 27th of December 2013. There is a small fee on Pokemon Bank which will give you Pokemon Transporter for free. You can also download a 30-day free trial until the 31st of January 2014.
If you buy, install and access your Pokemon Bank or Pokemon Transporter before the 30th of September 2014, you will receive a Celebi Pokemon for free as a gift.

Then Nintendo moved on with more WiiU news.

For the new Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze next to Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong another character is added, named Cranky Kong. He will be a playable character in the game and will have abilities that the other Kong cannot perform. Also, if you eat 100 banana’s, you will unlock an ability for a limited amount of time in which all enemies turn to items. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze will be released on the 21st of February 2014.

News from Sega of Sonic Lost World. There is a series of new DLC’s coming to this WiiU game that are designed in the style of other Nintendo Games. The first one is called Yoshi’s Island Zone, which features a lot of typical Yoshi game items and enemies (pipes, eggs, coins, Shy guys) but also features Sonic content such as the Sonic Loop.

This DLC is available right now for free on the Nintendo eShop for WiiU.
There is another DLC for Sonic Lost World coming, but unfortunately they couldn’t give us much information about it yet.

A new sport will be added to WiiU Sport, which is available on the eShop for download. WiiU sport has a special subscription model where you can either buy a day-pass or buy the game per sport. The new sport added is Golf. Golf is played with the Wii remote while facing and looking at the WiiU gamepad which will act as the tee where the ball lies and where you can give the direction of your hit.
There is also a 24-hour trial on WiiU sport to try out the new Golf sport. For WiiU sports (Bowling and Golf) a Wii Remote Plus is required for every player playing. Since last October, all WiiU consoles with updates turned on and enough available space, the WiiU Sports is automatically downloaded and installed on the main menu.

NES Remix will be a new game with a lot of games inside of it. This are games from the old NES, but with a special twist. In it are carefully selected scenes from 16 different NES titles. They have been altered from their originals with brand new features or challenges that make the games feel new and challenging. NES Remix is also integrated with Miiverse and has a 100 new stamps added that you can use. NES Remix is available from today on the Nintendo WiiU eShop for buying.

Dr. Luigi is a variant of the original Dr. Mario game. Luigi has next to the single capsules, also L-shaped capsules which are basicly two capsules combined. The game has a difficulty adjustment setting and you can play also against online against other players.
Germ Buster is a mode of the Brain Training version of the capsule game, but in this version you can use the WiiU Gamepad vertically and you can use the touch screen to more direct interaction with the game.
Dr. Luigi comes to Europe on the 15th of January.

In the name of the celebrations of the year of Luigi, Nintendo also released a special statue from the Luigi’s Mansion 2 game, which will be available through the Nintendo Club Stars catalogue from today.

Mr Shibata wishes us a nice coming holiday and a good gaming 2014. Some Christmas songs have been added to WiiU Karaoke, next to other songs that are coming soon.

You can now register an Nintendo Network ID to your 3DS. You can use a new ID or the same one you are already using on your WiiU. If you add this ID to your 3DS between the 10th of December 2013 and the 31st of January 2014, you will get a download code for free to download the new game Super Mario Bros. Deluxe on Virtual Console on 3DS. It’s a modified version of the original Super Mario Bros.

The codes will be sent in February to the registered emailaddress that is working and confirmed and linked with your Nintendo ID.

There is also a special Club Nintendo promotion for those having a new 3DS or 3DS XL console. Not everybody has Club Nintendo available in their country, so please check that first. When you apply for all the rules in the promotion, you will receive a specific free game. You can read more about this promotion on the Nintendo UK website.

Super Mario Bros. 3 coming to Virtual Console from the 26th of December 2013 for both 3DS and WiiU. A special limited offer is available until the 3rd of January 2014 for the WiiU.

The coming weeks in celebration of the Christmas holiday there are all kind of offers on games available through the Nintendo eShop for WiiU.

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright will be released in Europe on the 28th of March 2014.

Last but not least, Nintendo showed us a strange trailer featuring a flying (and falling) Kirby on.. a race track.. and then a battle with Rosalinde from Mario Galaxy. The strange mixup was on purpose to feature two games in one. The added character Rosalinde to Super Smash Bros WiiU and to feature the upcoming Mario Kart 8. Mario Kart 8 features better graphics, new challenging stages and also here Rosalinde. It will be released in the Spring of 2014.

That’s all for this Nintendo Direct!

Game on!

Steven