Instead of doing a big press event like the other console manufacturers, Nintendo decided to do things differently this year. They did a Nintendo Direct broadcast along with not just a booth at the E3 show floor, but also at Best Buys around the US. Those Best Buy demo stations will be available June 12 and 15 for four hour blocks each. Unfortunately, that is about all that Nintendo had going for it.
Since Nintendo has no new hardware to reveal this year, the Direct was all about games. Mostly Nintendo brand games. Yes, we will be getting a new 3D Mario, Super Mario 3D World. This will be a four player game and features Toad and Peach as playable characters. Mario also gets a new cat power up that allows him to climb walls. Next we will be getting a new Mario Kart game. This one features more 3D racing action such as racing along walls and ceilings. If you have vertigo problems this might not be good for you. Among the other games shown is a new Donkey Kong game that features Vikings as the antagonists. This one is called Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. The Windwaker HD Remake was featured as well. Continue reading Nintendo Shows That Nintendo Is The Only Reason To Get A Wii U
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I think I need a daisy for this. I seem to have entered a loop of “Nintendo loves me. It loves me not.” While I am still excited for the coming release of the WiiU console, I am disheartened by the companies most recent news. It will continue its policy of region locking games.
Nintendo’s confirmation followed a translated revelation in Japanese magazine Famitsu: “What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played.”
You may remember the trouble Nintendo had last year when it refused to release several games in the US that Japanese and European gamers were enjoying. Because the Wii was region locked, importing the games was not a simple proposition. While some gamers resorted to importing and then soft modding their console in order to bypass the region lock, many others campaigned under the banner of Operation Rainfall in order to get official releases of The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles.
One would think that Nintendo would have learned from that ordeal and would have instead adopted policeis that would mitigate the need for such fan action. Instead, Nintendo has placed itself in a position where consumers will no doubt have to resort to the same actions to get some games in the US and other regions.
– E. Zachary Knight