I have reported on all of games with anime influences or are anime based on different consoles, PC, and other platforms. I never had to chance to report on Nintendo which was my gateway into video games. I started this news central thread to post news of Nintendo if I run across them on Anime News Network or Crunchyroll aside from Pokemon since we have a Pokemon Club thread.
This is a new loyalty program that replaces the old program, Club Nintendo.
*It'll have two types of reward 'currency' - Platinum Points will be awarded for playing smart device games, accessing the eShop and when meeting other conditions. Gold Points are more conventional, awarded for buying Wii U and 3DS content from the eShop. *Platinum Points - These will be redeemed on 'a range of digital content', covering multiple platforms. So those that pre-register for Miitomo will receive a Platinum Point to use in the app (odds must be short on it being a Mii outfit). *Gold Points - This is a throwback to the Wii U Premium / Deluxe ID scheme; you buy games for gold points, then get an eShop discount to spend on more games. *Platinum Points will only be earned on Wii U and 3DS for accessing the eShop, without the clever ideas we're likely to see in early smart device games (we suspect NX will use the feature fully, however). *To get points on Wii U and 3DS you'll need to link your Nintendo Account to your Nintendo Network ID, just as we had to with Club Nintendo. There'll be no such requirement in Miitomo, remember, and the Nintendo Account is being established to be accessed and created with logins from the likes of Facebook and Twitter. In other words, you won't need a Nintendo Network ID (via a Nintendo console) to create a Nintendo Account.
So what happened? We had information about our engine, two years back, when we announced support for the platform. This had assured us we could port to the Wii U with relatively little hassle by now. However, due to ongoing internal contractual issues beyond our control between the platform holder and engine developer, we just don't know when or if this situation will have a good resolution. We are looking into the options available and doing what we can to help push the issue, including posting about it here.
This means we will still offer the option of Wii U in the Surveys, with the stipulation that if you do choose it as your platform, and we end up unable to support it this year, we will offer you a key on another platform of your choice. We would rather keep this option open, knowing there's still a possibility for it to work, than cancel the port right now.
With Nintendo Direct (bit behind here) - got lots of trailers:
Star Fox Zero Wii U
Release Date: April 22
Star Fox Guard - new game featuring setting up defenses in a maze against enemies. Star Fox Guard will be bundled as a download code with the First Print Edition of Star Fox Zero, and can also be purchased digitally as a separate game.
Release Date: April 28, Beta on April 14
Bravely Second: End Layer
Demo is released on March 10; the game will be released on April 15 for North America. Europe already has the game since Feb. 26.3
In addition to a copy of the game, the Collector's Edition in the North America will include the game's original soundtrack and a 250-page art book. The Collector's Edition retails for US$69.99. The Collector's Edition in Europe of the game includes these items plus a figurine of the character Agnes.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Release Date: Late 2016
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
The first game will also be discounted until June 1, 2016.
I didn't think I had more news for this thread since most games had their own discussion thread.
I can add the Miitopia 3DS game for anyone interested
In the game, players play as a protagonist in an adventurous world of swords and magic. Players' can take Miis they like along with them as companion adventurers with classes such as a sorcerer, warrior, monk, thief, or other non-conventional classes such as idol, cook, cat, imp, military tank, and more. In the game, an evil Great Demon King is stealing the faces of the inhabitants of Miitopia, and players must travel the world and defeat the Great Demon King to return their faces.
Players can also choose the cast for the Great Demon King from their favorite Miis, and can also decide the personality of their companions, such as "full of energy," "kind," "does things at their own pace," or "stubborn."
Players can also stay at inns on their adventure, and choose to stay in a room with one of their companions, which will trigger certain scenes and level up their relationship. Relationships between the Miis can also sometimes cause fighting or other consequences. Players can also give money to their companions so companions can buy new weapons, items, or costumes.
The game arrives in Japan on December 8, and retails for 4,700 yen (about US$45.50). A "preview version" of the game is available to download for free on the Nintendo e-Shop.
Nintendo to End Production of Current Wii U Sets in Japan Soon
Nintendo had said production would continue in this fiscal year or later
Since Wednesday, Nintendo updated the Japanese web page on its Wii U game console lineup to report that production is ending soon on both currently available console sets. The listings for both the Wii U Splatoon Set and the Wii U Premium Set state that they are "slated to end production soon (in Japan)." Nintendo does not list new sets to replace these current sets.
Nintendo's English website does not list an end to production on the console sets available in North America.
The Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei reported in March that Nintendo would cease production of the Wii U this year. Nintendo responded later that month that it planned to continue production on the Wii U in the current fiscal year or later. The current fiscal year in Japan is between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
Nintendo launched the Wii U system in 2012 and has since reported weak sales for the Wii U compared to its predecessors. As of September, the Wii U had sold 13.36 million units worldwide, compared to the Wii's 101.63 million units worldwide. The Wii had surpassed 70 million units by its fourth year.
Surpassing the sales of Wii U (which personally isn't too surprising given the Wii U struggle to sell hardware) Fastest selling console (Unlike past consoles, the Switch launched with strong games, Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
These are the most played games in no order
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Super Mario Odyssey Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Splatoon 2 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Stardew Valley Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ARMS The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ NBA 2K18 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch Fire Emblem Warriors Lego City Undercover Sonic Mania Pokken Tournament DX 1-2-Switch FIFA 18 Disgaea 5 Complete Rocket League
Nintendo announced on Thursday that its Miitomo app will end service at 3:00 a.m. EDT on May 9. The company ceased sales of Miitomo coins on January 24, but will continue to offer daily login bonuses until the service closes.
Players will not be able to use any of the game's features after service ends, but they may transfer their Mii character (without its personality and other information) to their Nintendo account. Sidekick Mii characters can be saved and moved to Nintendo 3DS or Wii U systems via QR code. Miifotos must be saved before the end of service.
Nintendo will no longer display Miitomo-themed icons and clothing items on Nintendo accounts or in the Super Mario Run smartphone game after service has ended.
Nintendo launched the game in March 2016 in Japan, and it had reached 1 million users in Japan within four days. The game launched in North America and Europe later the same month.
Back in November we posted about a report that had Nintendo teaming up with Despicable Me and Minions studio Illumination Entertainment on a new Super Mario movie. Nintendo confirmed it this week, formally announcing the partnership and plans for the Super Mario movie project, which has Chris Meledandri on board as co-producer alongside Mario mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto.