GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Should Nintendo have jumped on Skylanders?

My hand is starting to hurt pretty bad tonight. I'm getting worried I'm becoming the next Sakurai! Let's hope some sleep will heal things up. See you in a few, short hours!

We learned a bit of very interesting information today from the guys at Toys for Bob. For those that don't know, that's the company that originally came up with the idea for Skylanders. Nowadays Skylanders is a billion-dollar business, with new toys out all the time and yearly installments in the franchise. We're less than 2 weeks away from the reveal of the next entry, but today brought us some truly surprising news. Turns out Activision wanted to pair up with Nintendo for the Skylanders brand.

Toys for Bob and Activision approached Nintendo very early on in the Skylanders development process to try and woo them into teaming up. Nintendo got unprecedented access to the project when ideas were just coming together. Activision and Toys for Bob thought that the Skylanders idea would be a perfect fit for Nintendo. They also believed that Nintendo's history in the industry would bring meaningful insight to move the franchise forward.

It does seem that Nintendo enjoyed the idea for Skylanders and thought it was quite original. That's where the relationship ended, though. Nintendo decided not to team up with Activision on the project, so Toys for Bob and Activision decided to go it alone. As they say, the rest is history. It's quite obvious that Activision did very well on their own with building up the brand into what it is today.

Nintendo obviously missed out on a ton of cash, but did they make the right decision? It's easy to say that Nintendo should have taken the deal in a time where Nintendo is hurting for cash. When you really look into the situation and break the aspects down, did Nintendo make the right decision? Leave a comment and let us know!

Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS - April 17th screen


Hex Heroes - cameos that Prismatic is hoping for and haven't gotten

A potion of a NWR interview with Prismatic Games...

NWR: The game also features cameos from other games, such as Rusty from SteamWorld Dig, Juan from Guacamelee, and Max from Mutant Mudds. While there are plenty of awesome cameos already, were there others you guys were hoping to get in that didn't yet make the cut?

PG: Absolutely. We really had our hearts set on Shantae, Beck of Mighty Number 9, and, my personal favorite, Raz from Psychonauts. We actually have a tweet aimed at Notch asking for a Steve cameo that's reached 100 retweets - we'll see how that plays out.

Full interview here

Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu's Space-Time Great Adventure - more screens

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Kirby Triple Deluxe - Aussie trailer, site open

Japan - This week's digital downloads (April 17th)


Downloadable Titles
Simple DL Series Vol. 26 The Tennis - 400 yen
Star Series: Cute Witch - 300 yen
Titanic Satsujin Jiken - 660 yen
Dokopon Choice Rotte no Omocha! Vol. 1 1 - 5-kan Pack - 3,100 yen
Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (Style Savvy) Yokubari Sengen! Tokimeki Up! (retail title) - 4,571 yen
Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney) 123 Naruhodō Selection (retail title) - 3,990 yen
Meitantei Conan Phantom Kyōshikyoku (retail title) - 6,145 yen
Kuroko Style DEMO - FREE

Virtual Console
Donkey Kong Land (Donkey Kong Land 2, Game Boy) - 411 yen

Wii U

Downloadable Titles

Virtual Console
Akumajō Densetsu (Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Famicom) - 514 yen
Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest (Super Famicom) - 823 yen
Gradius (PC Engine) - 617 yen
Neutopia (PC Engine) - 617 yen


Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction - new Japanese trailer

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Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection - new trailer

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Press Start: Nintendo Charity Gallery announced

Inspired by the 2013 Rare Candy: Pokémon Charity Gallery, the San Jose State University ShrunkenHeadMan Club's Charity Committee has arranged Press Start: Nintendo Charity Gallery. The gallery features characters from a variety of Nintendo games, such as The Legend of Zelda, Earthbound, Animal Crossing, Mario, and many more!

Proceeds from the gallery auction will go to the Morgan Autism Center, an organization devoted to helping autistic individuals. You can find more information about Morgan Autism Center here: http://www.morgancenter.org/

Who are the artists?

All of the artists are from San Jose State University's Animation/Illustration program. Interested students and alumni were assigned a random character from their favorite Nintendo game. Artists were given complete artistic freedom on their piece, and we are excited to present a variety of styles of our favorite games.

Gallery Information

The gallery and bidding will be open from April 25th to May 16th.
The gallery's opening reception is on Friday, April 25th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
with a live performance from Super Soul Bros (www.SuperSoulBros.com)

Our gallery is generously hosted by:
Umpqua Bank
225 West Santa Clara
Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95113

Gallery hours of operation:
Monday thru Thursday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM

Big thank you to the fantastic employees at FedEx 2901, located at 93 E San Carl


Nintendo Pocket Football Club - review

A portion of a NWR review...

Nintendo Pocket Football Club is a great introduction to the football management genre and a fun 3DS eShop title as well. The game deals with deep mechanics, but it is lovingly presented in an easy-to-learn manner that teaches you at a medium pace.

Full review here

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