The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

Square-Enix releases official statement on considering Dragon Quest X/XI for NX

Coming from Square Enix...

“Our press release contained the official statement that had been originally planned, and there is no reason to believe any changes were made mid-way to the content of the official announcement. The comment made during the event was not based on the official statement, so please allow us to correct our statement at this moment. We regret any confusion this may have caused.”

Square-Enix is considering both releases, but not officially confirming them. Sounds like they're trying to say the wording during the press conference was incorrect. I still think there's more going on here than Square-Enix wants us to believe, but take their statement at face value for now.

Nintendo Treehouse member on Nintendo being open, voice work, localization & more

Coming from Nintendo's Chris Pranger...

- Nintendo's media policy has recently changed regarding employees being more open about talking about their work
- he is the voice of the first level boss in StarFox Zero
- he is also working on the game
- NOA uses employees as voice actors for fun and cheap work
- Nintendo has a game library where employees can check out games for all systems in order to be well-versed in gaming
- Sakurai kills himself for his games and is very sensitive to fan feedback
- localization costs a ton of money and often the vocal minority of fans who want a game localized isn't a large enough consumer base to justify the localization costs
- seems that Nintendo of Europe took on almost all costs of localization for Xenoblade

Nintendo says they don't ignore the world around them, listen to fan reactions/requests

Coming from Nintendo's Scott Moffitt...

“I would never say we’re blind to the outside world, but we listen to our game fans a lot. We’re always curious to [see] their reaction to new games like Splatoon. We don’t use them as our sole inspiration but we certainly like to hear what they are saying, enjoying and appreciating about a game, in addition to what they would like in future iterations of that game. We take a broad look and always pay attention to what is going on beyond our walls with trends, but it starts with listening really carefully to our gamers."

RARE co-founder has no idea why Nintendo didn't try to buy the company

Coming from a Develop interview with RARE co-founder, Tim Stamper...

“I’ve no idea why they (Nintendo) didn’t do that. I thought we were a good fit.”

I think everyone agrees that RARE and Nintendo were a perfect fit. Sadly, the company doesn't seem to be what it used to. I don't know that it could ever recapture that magic, but at least Nintendo and RARE had some wonderful days together!

Nintendo now says Super Mario Maker features 'dozens' of sample courses

Coming from the official UK page...

Super Mario Maker will feature dozens of sample courses that are directly playable, and can help to inspire players in creating their own. Also included are the four courses featured in the Nintendo World Championships 2015**.

**Please note that this page originally incorrectly stated that the game would contain 100 courses that you can play without an internet connection.

As you can see, this is an update to what the site originally said. We went from 100 courses to dozens. I guess that means the least we can expect would be 24 sample courses?

This week's European downloads - August 6 (Star Fox Command, Dragon Ball Z demo and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Beatbuddy (Threaks) - €8.99/£8.09

Awakened from his slumber, Beatbuddy journeys through lush hand-painted environments on a quest to save his companions and his own immortality. Beatbuddy interacts with the living breathing surroundings that pulse to the beat of an original soundtrack, aiding him as he unlocks new paths and solves puzzles. Experience an action-adventure game in a whole new way, which incorporates music into every aspect of the beautiful world. Players interact with the environment and a variety of creatures to open paths and solve puzzles throughout their journey. Six beautifully hand painted levels, each divided into five chapters, take the player through the unique locations and vivid colour palettes. Featuring an exclusively produced soundtrack with original songs composed specifically for the game by famous artists including Austin Wintory, Parov Stelar, Sabrepulse and La Rochelle Band. Play as Beatbuddy, an ethereal creature who travels to unite with his sisters Melody and Harmony and stop the evil Prince Maestro with the aid of Clef who provides comic relief throughout their journey.

Sanatory Hallways (Wegenbartho) - €9.99/£8.99
Sanatory Hallways is a two player game, in which one character is Charla, a young student who is experiencing nightmares. The other player acts as Mr. Spook, a ghastly character who likes to frighten Charla by using one of his Spook Powers. In order for Charla to break free of the nightmare, she needs to find a blue key, but Mr. Spook prevents her from escaping by scaring her. This can be done either via direct approach or the usage of one of his many tricks, such as creating traps, turning off electricity and many more. Charla can defend herself with a flashlight, as Mr. Spook is vulnerable to light. In Bonus levels Charla is trying to find out the reason why she is having nightmares. More levels for both VS and Singleplayer planned to be released for free in the near future.

Star Fox Command (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99
Star Fox returns to its roots with a blistering space shooter on the Nintendo DS. Lylat needs help. Players hop into their Arwing fighter and fight through a unique branching storyline of missions, all rendered in gorgeous 3-D. Star Fox Command brings a whole new strategic element to the series with a commander’s view of the mission. Using the touch screen, players can draw the routes they and their teammates will take, then battle the enemies they encounter as they take over bases and strategically advance across the map.

Donkey Kong Jungle Climber (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99
Swing into adventure with Donkey Kong to stop the evil King K. Rool from stealing alien bananas and ruling the universe! As DK is constantly in motion you control him simply with the L and R buttons to climb and jump your way through the levels. Diddy Kong also comes along for the ride, performing long range attacks and wielding special items like a hammer to clear a path for DK. There are also a bunch of fun minigames included, and skilled players can unlock additional extra-tough levels for a real challenge!

Special offers
Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Digital) - €6.99/£5.99 (Ends August 27, normally €13.99/£12.99)
Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia) - €3.14/£2.69 (Ends September 5, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia) - €3.69/£3.33 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
My Style Studio: Notebook (Cypronia) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.69)
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends September 3, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends September 3, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends September 3, normally €5.99/£5.39)
High Strangeness (Midnight City) - €4.99/£4.49  (Ends August 9, normally €9.99/£8.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Demo (BANDAI NAMCO Games) - Free

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is a fighting game including the most famous characters of Dragon Ball Z series. You can play with characters from the latest movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection "F". Experience hours of gameplay: Story mode follows the original story of the Manga, in Adventure mode players aim to gather all the Dragon balls, in Versus mode you can fight in a duel. More than 120 playable characters are available. Enjoy a variety of special moves depending on the situation, Ultimate Moves and Even Rush effects are more incredible than ever!

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 1 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €0.99/£0.89
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 2 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - Free
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC – Male (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €1.49/£1.39
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC – Female (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €1.49/£1.39
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New Outfit Set 3 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - Free

Special offers

Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.49 (Ends August 27, normally €3.99/£3.39)
KAMI (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.59 (Ends August 27, normally €2.99/£2.39)
Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.39 (Ends August 27, normally €3.99/£3.19)
Angry Bunnies (Cypronia) - €4.49/£3.99 (Ends September 5, normally €6.49/£5.99)
Bubble Pop World (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.54/£2.54 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends September 3, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Dress To Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends September 3, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends September 3, normally €3.99/£3.59)
TOYS VS MONSTERS (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends September 3, normally €3.99/£3.99)
Hello Kitty & Sanrio Friends 3D Racing (Pqube) - €19.99/£14.99 (Ends September 3, normally €39.99/£29.99)

Damon Baker - Nindies@Home a success, may return in the future, more surprises to come

A portion of a NE interview with Nintendo's Damon Baker...

NE: Has Nintendo been able to take a look at the performance of Nindies@Home? If so, would you say that the company is pleased with the number of downloads for the different demos?

DB: We’ve seen the data and are really happy with the results. It was awesome to see how well-received the program was on a global basis and the numbers also helped us better understand the amount of awareness that was already out there for respective titles. For example, we knew that exclusives like Runbow, Typoman and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge would do great, but it was interesting to see how popular titles like Freedom Planet, RIVE and Soul Axiom were with the fans already.

NE: Is Nindies@Home something you could see return in the future? Would revisiting it outside of E3 be a possibility?

DB: It was a ton of work for all involved, but I think we may see it again at some point. It would be a lot easier now that we made our way through the first one! We took a lot of learnings from the program and are certainly open to a new and improved version at some point in the future.

NE: Nintendo has created some very interesting digital initiatives for fans over the past few months between the Humble Nindie Bundle and Nindies@Home. Can fans expect more unique eShop-centric opportunities in the future?

DB: Thanks! We’re really proud of the Nindie programs we’ve put together and appreciate the support of the fans, the developers and the company as a whole and what they’ve put behind it. Nintendo is over 126 years old and to have had the opportunity to do things that the have never been done before is a bit surreal. We’ve got lots more surprises in store, so stay tuned!

Full interview here

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 520

This is an absolutely insane moment. This show marks 10 full years of the GoNintendo podcast. A show every week for 10 years without missing a single year! It's been a lot of work and pretty time consuming, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Thanks for joining us for any/all of the shows over the years. Here's to another 10 years!t's a two-man show this time around, but one half of that show is the wonderful Nicky Hill. He always has a ...unique way of looking at things. He provides that special something this go-around, making for quite the enjoyable show. Well, at least that's how I felt about it!

Download the show here!

RUMOR - GameStop getting R.O.B./Duck Hunt/Mr. Game & Watch amiibo 3-pack

- special GameStop amiibo event on 8/8 where stores are being allocated extra hours in the early morning
- special 3-pack will be GameStop 3-pack
- pack includes R.O.B., Duck Hunt, and Mr. Game & Watch
- each store will have approximately 30 available for preorder
- preorders will be the traditional "head in store and put $5 down" style and NOT utilize Web In Store
- if a location allows more than their allocated preorders, the customer will simply not receive their pre-order
- 3-pack is the only pre-order officially announced internally for the 8/8 even
- GameStop most likely will not be receiving individuals of R.O.B., Duck Hunt, or Mr. Game & Watch
- Pro members will be allowed in to stores an hour early

Nintendo sells 14.7 million amiibo since launch

Remember when Nintendo called the DS their 'third pillar' just incase things didn't pan out? Well we can consider amiibo the third pillar this time around. It has been confirmed that Nintendo has moved 14.7 million amiibo units since the lineup launched. I'd say that's a pretty impressive total! They also plan to sell another 3.4 million in the next fiscal year.