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Nintendo Claims 'Bayonetta 2' & 'X' Are Still Coming In 2014

It was a pretty big deal when it was revealed that the sequel to Bayonetta would be getting a sequel that would release exclusively for the Wii U. Also, an RPG simply titled X is on the way for the system that is made from the creators of the cherished Xenoblade and Xenogears. These are two highly anticipated games for the system, but with hardly any more details being released since their announcement people began to wonder whether or not they would still meet their 2014 release dates.

Well, Nintendo has confirmed that both of the games are still slated for their original 2014 release window, with more information and probably concrete release dates being confirmed at this year’s E3.

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire Remakes Coming To 3DS

Nintendo has revealed that the GBA games known as Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire will be getting the remake treatment on the 3DS. The new versions will be called Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire originally launch for the GBA in 2003 and were the third generation of Pokemon games. The games introduced gamers to a new region called Hoehn and added 137 Pokemon to the extensive catalog.

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are in development for the 3DS and are slated for a November 2014 release. Check out the announcement trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywGSON9tNq0′%5D

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Nintendo Posts Huge Loss Thanks (Or Not) To Wii U

Nintendo’s fiscal year ended on March 31st and since then they have been gathering the exact numbers that the company posted in the past year. Unfortunately for Nintendo, the numbers are, again, pretty bad.

Nintendo posted a 46.4 billion yen ($457 million) loss at the end of their most recent fiscal year, which makes it 3 years in a row that the company has come up negative.

This (obviously) is due to the still struggling Wii U system. Originally, Nintendo was estimating that the Wii U would sell 9 million units in the most recent fiscal year, but then they gave that estimate a huge downgrade when they dropped it to just 2.8 million. Well, the exact numbers even came up a bit short of the downgrade, with the Wii U selling just 2.72 million units.

Nintendo said the following in a financial statement:

“The Wii U hardware still has a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits owing mainly to its markdown in the United States and Europe and unit sales of software, which has high profit margins, did not grow sufficiently.”

Luckily for Nintendo, the 3DS continues to sell exceptionally well. The hardware sales for the most recent fiscal year were 12.24 million, bringing its total to a very impressive 43 million units.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Unreal Engine 4

See 'The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time' Recreated With Unreal Engine 4

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is what is considered by many as the greatest video game ever created, so it comes as no surprise that it is something that gets brought up in the conversation with modern-day remakes a lot.

Well, this might not be a remake, but thanks to Vimeo user Michael Eurek we can see what some of Ocarina of Time would look like with one of today’s leading graphics engines, particular the Temple of Time.

The video spans both the entrance and the room containing the Master Sword, and throughout we see every little detail of the interior of the temple with amazing graphics. I will say that it really doesn’t have that charm and warmth that the N64 Temple of Time had, but that is more due to the modern sheen that makes it look more like a real location rather than a creation from a video game.

Check out Michael Eurek’s creation below. [youtuber vimeo=’http://vimeo.com/93897087′%5D

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Nintendo Denies New Hardware Coming At E3 2014

Rumors had been swirling around due to a report on VideoGamer that claimed that Nintendo would be revealing some new hardware at this year’s E3. However, Nintendo has cleared the air and confirmed that they will not be revealing any kind of new hardware at E3.

Nintendo said the following in an official statement:

“I can confirm Nintendo is not revealing any hardware at this year’s E3.”

I personally find this to be really good news, as I would be very disappointed if Nintendo were already continuing with another system. Focus on making the one you have right now great before jumping ship.

Stealth Inc.

'Stealth Inc. 2' Coming Exclusively To Wii U This Year

Curve Studios has announced that their fast-paced stealth platformer, Stealth Inc., will be getting an exclusive sequel on the Wii U called Stealth Inc. 2. The original game was on PC and PlayStation 3 as both an original version and deluxe version, and also garnered more than 1 million downloads across both platforms.

Developer Curve Studios has mentioned that they plan on taking full advantage of the Wii U’s gamepad by introducing co-op play via the touchscreen. They said the following in the announcement for the game:

“We’ve relished revisiting the world of Stealth Inc. It’s given us the chance to really fine tune the Stealth Inc. experience, while also hugely expanding it with the addition of a larger explorable game world, and a more involved narrative.”

Stealth Inc. 2 does not currently have a release date. Check out the launch trailer for the original Stealth Inc. below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JyQJARvlR0#t=24′%5D

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Nintendo Details Digital E3 Events

Nintendo will once again be skipping the E3 stage show in favor of a digital event that will cater directly to their core fans. This is a way to give people who will be attending e3 and those that can’t both a way to get in on the action.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the following about the decisions:

“We demonstrated last year that we are never afraid to reinvent a proven tactic or to break completely new ground if we believe it will provide the best experience for our fans, followers and partners. So, whether you’re attending E3 in person or joining online, there’s an amazing lineup of games, experiences and events coming your way.”

The following are all of the different events that Nintendo will be holding:

Super Smash Bros. Invitational
2014 will see the arrival of not one, but two new Super Smash Bros. games: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. To commemorate this occasion, Nintendo is inviting 16 highly skilled Super Smash Bros. players to the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to compete in a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Thousands of fans in the audience and countless more watching a live stream online will see new Super Smash Bros. characters clash with existing favorites in action for the first time. More important than declaring a winner, however, this event is a celebration of all things Super Smash Bros., and a great way for new and veteran fans to take part in a tribute to this legendary franchise. More information about the 16 invited participants in the tournament, the identity of the announcers, and how fans of the franchise can view the tournament in person and via webcast, will be communicated shortly.

Nintendo Digital Event
Every year, Nintendo looks for the best way to show its games and share its news with fans, media and other key audiences. In 2013, Nintendo decided to forgo a traditional press conference and use a video – in that case a Nintendo Direct – to share its news from E3. The company is building on that approach at E3 2014 with the “Nintendo Digital Event,” a new kind of video program that will reveal and provide further detail about the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond. The Nintendo Digital Event will air at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 10.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
This year, Nintendo will offer fans a deeper look at Nintendo’s biggest games of E3, with information directly from the source. The “Treehouse,” the Product Development department at Nintendo of America, will provide in-depth game demos live and unscripted from Nintendo’s booth. This new program will be live streamed during all hours of the E3 show. Fans can get settled in, open their browsers and experience the Nintendo games at E3 like never before.

Super Smash Bros. Smash Fest @ Best Buy
In 2013, Nintendo broke new ground by expanding its E3 activities outside of the walls of the Los Angeles Convention Center and letting fans play some of the games being played on the show floor at participating Best Buy stores. The partnership between Nintendo and Best Buy continues in 2014 and will mark the first time around the world that fans have had the opportunity to get their hands on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

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Nintendo Planning To Extend Reach Beyond Video Games?

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata recently made a speech about the future of Nintendo, and in the speech he said some very interesting things on where they could be heading going forward.

He said the following about how everyone at Nintendo perceives the company:

“A lot of people around the world think Nintendo is solely a company that makes video games, and I believe more and more of our own employees have started thinking in this way. Some employees in charge of development find themselves in positions where all they are thinking about is how they can make the game in front of them more fun, so I don’t think it can be helped if others outside of our company see us the same way.

He then discusses the previous Nintendo boss’ vision for the company:

“I was wondering how to express Yamauchi’s feelings, and I thought about it non-stop, even during the New Year’s holiday break.”

Lastly, he briefly goes into his thought process going forward:

“At the start of this year, I finally figured that the concept of ‘improving people’s quality of life with fun,’ with emphasis on the ‘fun’, would be perfect for Nintendo. And that’s why I decided to focus on this during the financial results meeting in January.”

It’s unknown exactly what Nintendo will be planning on going forward, as they are definitely most known as a gaming company and have been for decades. However, due to current stumbles with the Wii U, perhaps they are considering different ways to get peoples attention.

“A lot of people around the world think Nintendo is solely a company that makes video games, and I believe more and more of our own employees have started thinking in this way,” Iwata said. “Some employees in charge of development find themselves in positions where all they are thinking about is how they can make the game in front of them more fun, so I don’t think it can be helped if others outside of our company see us the same way.
Read more at http://gamingbolt.com/iwata-talks-about-taking-nintendo-beyond-gaming#ZbQRX3cCrl1KCHmT.99
NES Remix 2

NES Remix 2 Exclusive To Wii U Due To Power Concerns

Koichi Hayashida, the series director of the NES Remix games, has revealed why NES Remix 2 is exclusive to the Wii U in an interview with IGN.

According to Hayashida, it’s exclusive because he wanted the game to have more machine power. He was more familiar with the Wii U platform and realized that focusing specifically on that platform was what would allow him to achieve what he envisioned for the game.

NES Remix 2 released for the Wii U on April 25th.

But, if you step into the shadows a bit more, in order to accomplish what we wanted with NES Remix, and get the effect we wanted out of it and the value that we wanted it to have, we needed some more machine power
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But, if you step into the shadows a bit more, in order to accomplish what we wanted with NES Remix, and get the effect we wanted out of it and the value that we wanted it to have, we needed some more machine power
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“But, if you step into the shadows a bit more, in order to accomplish what we wanted with NES Remix, and get the effect we wanted out of it and the value that we wanted it to have, we needed some more machine power,” Hayashida said.

“I think the Wii U offered that up for us pretty easily, and it just would have been more difficult to do it for the 3DS,” he said. “I think that’s really the answer. It’s just that the Wii U had the machine power we were looking for in order for us to build the software we envisioned from the get go.”
Read more at http://gamingbolt.com/nes-remix-2-exclusive-to-wii-u-because-of-its-system-power#x3fTWCkMqVeWfUof.99

“But, if you step into the shadows a bit more, in order to accomplish what we wanted with NES Remix, and get the effect we wanted out of it and the value that we wanted it to have, we needed some more machine power,” Hayashida said.

“I think the Wii U offered that up for us pretty easily, and it just would have been more difficult to do it for the 3DS,” he said. “I think that’s really the answer. It’s just that the Wii U had the machine power we were looking for in order for us to build the software we envisioned from the get go.”
Read more at http://gamingbolt.com/nes-remix-2-exclusive-to-wii-u-because-of-its-system-power#x3fTWCkMqVeWfUof.99

Ace Attorney

New Ace Attorney Game Set A Century Before Current Games In Series?

The Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi is working on a brand new Ace Attorney game called The Great Ace Attorney, but has revealed that this one will be set 100 years in the past and will star an ancestor of Phoenix Wright.

Famitsu (via Siloconera) revealed that the game is set during the late 1800‘s and stars a character named Ryunosuke Naruhodo, though it is expected that the character’s name last name will be Wright in the American release.

The Great Ace Attorney is set to release for the 3DS, although an official release date has yet to be announced.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

This sounds like it could be a breath of fresh air for the series. Imagine having court cases and investigations without the technology that exists today. Now *that* would be pretty cool to see!

Fatal Frame Wii U

New Fatal Frame Game To Be A Wii U Exclusive

The Fatal Frame series is set to make a comeback thanks to an upcoming collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo. The partnership between the two companies is resulting in this new game being a Wii U exclusive.

It doesn’t look like the game will be coming anytime soon, as a release date or name of the title have not been announced. Perhaps more info will be released at the next Nintendo Direct around E3?

Condemn (OR) Condone:

If this thing gets localized, then this would be a really good thing for the Wii U. The console needs more games that cater to people outside of the family-friendly crowd and this game can deliver just that. I’m just a little worried about how well it would do on the console, mostly due to the fact that the relatively small audience that the Wii U has doesn’t exactly consist of horror fanatics.

Mario Golf World Tour

'Mario Golf: World Tour' Getting Over 100 Downloadable Courses Via DLC

Nintendo has revealed that gamers will be able to receive an additional 108 courses and several new characters via DLC in the upcoming Mario Golf: World Tour.

These new courses and characters will be coming by way of three separate packs. The Mushroom Pack will be available to download as soon as the game releases, the Flower Pack arrives later that month and the Star Pack releases sometime in June.

Each of these packs will include two 18-hole courses and a new character. Toadette comes with the Mushroom Pack, Nabbit comes with the Flower Pack and Rosalina comes with the Star Pack.

These packs are available separately for $6 each, or you can get them all by paying $15 for the season pass. Nintendo also revealed that they will hold special trial tournaments for those who want try the new packs before buying them.

Mario Golf: World Tour releases for the 3DS on May 2nd.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

I’m actually really excited for Mario Golf: World Tour, so it’s always cool to hear that a bunch of new courses will be available within the first month of the game being released. I also think its a really good move on Nintendo’s part by letting gamers get a little taste of the new packs before buying them.

Princess Peach Wii Remote Graces Us With Its Presence This Month

Nintendo has revealed another variation of the Wii remote that will be releasing this month, and this time it is modeled after none other than Princess Peach.

The controller (as you can tell) is pink to match Peach’s dress, there’s a crown design over the speaker, the home and plus/minus buttons are blue to echo her jewelry and the d-pad is yellow to evoke her crown. Check it out below.

WiiSeeThis Princess Peach Wii remote with built in Wii Motion Plus will retail for $39.99 and joins the Mario and Luigi Wii remotes that are also pictured above.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

Though this isn’t something I would be interested in getting (maybe, TEEHEE), it is a really well-designed controller. I love how Nintendo is releasing these themed controllers, even if they are for the damn Wii remotes. We’ve moved on, Nintendo! The Wii U Gamepad is SO MUCH BETTER!