The Super Mario Maker website launched officially today in Japan, and with that we have some additional information regarding amiibo. Over 99 costumes can be used in Super Mario Maker. Every amiibo figure, with the exception of Mii Fighters, can be playable, including the upcoming Chibi Robo amiibo as well as the Animal Crossing amiibo and cards. If you don't have every figure (does anyone?) they can also be unlocked through the game itself.
For those in Japan looking to play either of these classic Wii titles, you're in luck as they're hitting the eShop in August! Both are due on August 19, and pricing is set at 2,700 yen for both titles.
Nintendo News: Miiverse Gets a Major Update That Makes Discussing Games Easier Than Ever
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Notice something different about Miiverse today? That’s because the free family-friendly service that lets players communicate with other Nintendo players around the world just got a redesign. The makeover is not only visual – the update comes with new features that make sharing tips, drawings and comments about Wii U or Nintendo 3DS games more enjoyable than ever.
The new features included in the redesign include the following:
Screen Shot Album – Saving and organizing screen shots that people take in games are made easier with the new Screen Shot Album. The private album can only be viewed by the player and can hold up to 100 screen shots from a variety of games. The images can even be neatly sorted by game name for easy searching.
Play Journal – With the Play Journal, players can record their unique game experiences by writing journal entries about games as they play them. Creating a journal entry is as easy as opening Miiverse while playing a compatible game, and each entry will include a screen shot that shows exactly what was happening in the game when the player pressed the HOME button. The new Play Journal feature replaces the ability for users to post directly to their own activity feeds.
New Look – In the main community for each Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game, posts will be categorized in three easy-to-browse sections:
Play Journal Entries – All Play Journal entries from players about a specific game will be located here. By viewing the displayed screen shots, players can quickly find other players who are in the same section of the game, making it easy to find relevant tips, comments and experiences.
Drawings – Miiverse is full of incredible drawings from fans. This community section will display artwork other players have created about the game, in order of popularity.
Discussions – If players want to ask questions or start conversations about a game, this is the perfect place to do it. The inclusion of tags in these discussions makes it easier for players to find what they are looking for.
Miiverse can be accessed on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems, as well as via Web browsers. For more information about Miiverse, visit https://miiverse.nintendo.net/.
[おしらせ]7月31日（金）の午前に、WiiU版/3DS版のアップデートを実施いたします。 WiiU版の大会機能、リプレイ投稿機能に加え、有料追加コンテンツ（Miiファイターコスチューム、ステージ）の配信をいたします。 pic.twitter.com/NPc5qBCr1s— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (@SmashBrosJP) July 29, 2015
[大会モード] 一定期間のポイントを競う“大会”を開催できるようになります。“大会”は対戦ルールなどを自由に設定可能です。また、たくさんのプレイヤーと頂点を争う“トーナメント”もオープンします。 大会モードは無料でお楽しみいただけます pic.twitter.com/Iz9QVEnGmK— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (@SmashBrosJP) July 29, 2015
[追加ステージ]追加されるステージは、初代スマブラからのリメイクステージである「ピーチ城 上空（64）」、「ハイラル城（64）」の2つです。 価格は共に税込250円（1機種）/税込350円（両機種）。（7月31日配信） pic.twitter.com/JAh7DHlQCw— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (@SmashBrosJP) July 29, 2015
[追加コスチューム：パーカー（からだ）]スマブラマークがプリントされたド派手なパーカー。 袖口の炎もワンポイント。 パンツはクールなグレー。 全てのタイプのMiiファイターが着用可能だぞ！（7月31日配信） pic.twitter.com/eOxm72FVJF— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (@SmashBrosJP) July 29, 2015
[追加コスチューム：キングクルール（格闘）]『スーパードンキーコング』より、キングクルールセットが登場。 ギョロリとした目玉に金色にかがやく王冠。 これを着れば気分はクレムリン軍団のボスだ！（7月31日配信） pic.twitter.com/PYI4P9ahsg— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (@SmashBrosJP) July 29, 2015
[追加コスチューム：クロム（剣術）]『ファイアーエムブレム 覚醒』より、クロムセットが登場。 王族に現れることのある聖痕までばっちり再現。 神剣ファルシオンを携えて、先祖マルスと大乱闘だ！（7月31日配信） pic.twitter.com/7bwtQPWyUw— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (@SmashBrosJP) July 29, 2015
今回のアップデートで追加されるMiiファイターコスチュームは本日ご紹介したものだけではありません！ 明日も引き続き、本アカウントでご紹介いたしますので、お楽しみに！— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (@SmashBrosJP) July 29, 2015
Busy day, but not a bad thing. I like to stay busy. I like to play games more, but at least it's passing time until the weekend! Let's keep on pushing through and get to that relaxing weekend ahead. See you in a few, short hours!
It's sad to say, but it seems like the Wii U isn't going to hit its stride. There's certainly more interest in the platform as years roll on, but it's just not pulling in enough numbers to make it a viable platform for a number of years. That fact is even harsher when you look at how insanely well the Wii did. Following up that success with the lukewarm Wii U sales is a tough pill to swallow. People used to blast GameCube for poor sales, but even the Wii U hasn't caught up with that platform.
I really do enjoy the Wii U and the content available on it, but I can see the writing on the wall. The system just isn't going to stick around for as long as we'd like it to, no matter how much current owners love it. I'd really like to see the system get another 2-3 years of use and support, but I can't envision a situation where that happens. Even Nintendo seems to have recognized that the Wii U was a bit of a swing and a miss, so they've moved onto the platform's successor a bit earlier than anticipated.
The question that Nintendo fans have had for awhile now is just when will the NX release? All that is speculation right now. The only thing we do know is that Mr. Iwata promised we'd learn more about the system in 2016. While Iwata may no longer be with us, I'm sure his plans will be honored and continued by the rest of Nintendo's upper management. We will indeed learn more about Nintendo's plan for the NX, which should help paint a better picture as far as what it'll do and when it might release.
It seems like the NX could be further along in development than most thought. Earlier today, Square-Enix came out and said that they'd like to bring Dragon Quest XI to the NX. It seemed like it was a done deal and officially happening, but Square-Enix quickly backpedaled and said that it's something they'd like to have happen if possible. I think the cat is out of the bag on this one. Certainly seems like Square-Enix know a bit more about the platform than others. With rumblings of Nintendo hitting up third parties at E3 2015 to talk NX, it's not surprising to hear Square-Enix talking about the system.
So...just when are we going to see the NX release? Maybe that rumor of a Summer 2016 release isn't all that crazy, even though it bucks the trend of Nintendo's November releases for first hardware iterations. Even if a Summer release doesn't happen, will we really see the NX launch in November 2016? Could this be the last year that the Wii U has all to itself when it comes to Nintendo consoles? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!