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GoNintendo Review - Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker could very well be one of the most important games I've ever played. That's an importance for me personally. I don't know if you'll get the same feeling that I did, but I am more than happy to share my experience with you. For me, Super Mario Maker serves as an amazing lesson in game development. We all know that it takes a lot of coding and programming to make a game actually function, but that's only one piece of the puzzle. It's the actual creation of what a game is at it's heart that's the tricky part. Super Mario Maker has given me more respect for game creators than I've ever had before, and I thought I had a lot!

For all intents and purposes, Super Mario Maker really does let you get right into the creation of classic-style Mario levels. You might not have every single bell and whistle that popped up in classic Mario outings, but you have a ton of content at your fingertips. Super Mario Maker truly does allow you to strut your stuff and take game design for a whirl. The nasty business of coding has been pushed aside, making way for you to go hands-on with an expertly-crafted design tool that makes level creation a snap. It's ridiculously easy to create what you want, but it's infinitely hard to figure out what you want to create.

I think we've all thought about designing a Mario game from time to time. We've seen some stages and thought we would be able to tweak them to make them even more enjoyable. An extra enemy here or another jump there. Minor adjustments to make an overall experience that much better. It seems like such a simple thing to accomplish, but you really see how hard it is when Super Mario Maker gives you the keys to the kingdom. Now comes the 'put up' part of put up or shut up. You have nothing standing in your way...nothing to stop you from making your masterpieces that you've been planning out for years.

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Ace Attorney 6 confirmed for a western release

Earlier today, Capcom announced Ace Attorney 6, and more details about the game shall be released in the near future. For now, players can rest assured knowing that the game shall not solely be released in Japan. Capcom made the following statement:

Ace Attorney 6 (working title) will be coming to the west. We’ll have more information on the Western release soon.

A new trailer is expected to be revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Games Show, which takes place from September 17th to September 20th.

Super Mario Sunshine - Cancelled multiplayer and other tidbits from development

Some tidbits on the development of Super Mario Sunshine; the first two are fairly new, the other ones are older, but still not widely known:

- An unused camera behaviour in the game's code suggests that the developers at least experimented with a multiplayer mode. Although it was dropped for unknown reasons, the early beta multiplayer camera is still functional.
- At Space World 2001, Miyamoto presented the first trailer to journalists. It is famous for showing a very early version of Sunshine. According to a complete video of the presentation, which hasn't surfaced until now, Miyamoto stated that the material was confidential and was not supposed to be published. ( This didn't prevent IGN from sharing a filmed version of that footage.
- Work on Sunshine began around Late 2000/Early 2001, so that the game was in development for only around one and a half years. It heavily suffered from time constraints, which even Miyamoto admitted 2003 in an interview.
- Sunshine was originally planned to feature some kind of train system to connect the various areas.
- At least five worlds were cut from the final game. Their names can still be found in the game's code.
- Corona Mountain was supposed to be a world like all the others with multiple episodes.
- Sunshine originally run at 60 fps, even the version shown at E3 2002 mere weeks before release was 60 fps. The final game was downgraded to 30 fps for unknown reasons.

(Information provided by Tobias Schmitz.)

Hyrule Warriors Legends will have a playable demo at the Tokyo Games Show 2015

Koei-Tecmo has announced that Hyrule Warrios Legends shall have a playable demo and new trailer at the 2015 Tokyo Games show. More information is expected to be revealed about the game within the coming weeks just before the conference begins. The Tokyo Games Show begin takes place from September 17th to September 20th, and Hyrule Warriors Legends is slated for an early 2016 release.

Ace Attorney 6 announced for Nintendo 3DS systems

In the latest issue of Famitsu, Ace Attorney 6 was teased. The game shall be playable at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show, and Famitsu shall soon have a 6-page interview with the developers. This is currently the only known information about this game, but more should be revealed in the coming days.

Nintendo Announces Two New Nintendo 3DS Systems Coming This Fall

At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.

On Sept. 25 the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle, which i ...
On Sept. 25 the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle, which includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.

Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.

“More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”

New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device*. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.

Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer by purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.

Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.

Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app.

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Pokemon Co. on more Pokken Tournament content, Virtual Console, anniversary plans

A portion of a NWR interview with J.C. Smith, Director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokemon Company International...

JS: So Pokken Tournament…plans will be revealed later. But obviously it’s coming to the Wii U so there will be all kinds of opportunities for people around the world to play, compete, do whatever. We’re not announcing anything of note at this point though.

NWR: So no word on any content stuff, like will the game be bigger?

JS: Not yet!

NWR: I did see something during the demo yesterday that was about how more Pokémon will be revealed soon…

JS: Mhm. You got to see the reveal of Pikachu Libre yesterday, so that was a new one for the Japanese audience.

NWR: So it sounds like more are going to follow suit…

JS: Maybe!

NWR: All right. Just so I can throw these questions at you, I think a lot about Pokémon on Virtual Console, something that has not happened yet…

JS: Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Trading Card Game…

NWR: The RPGs!

JS: [Laughs]

NWR: I obviously know if there are plans you cannot tell me about them, but can you tell me what’s held them back so far?

JS: I cannot because I do not know if it has been held back. They may have just made a decision not to. But yeah, I haven’t discussed that at all.

NWR: Will Pokkén Tournament be…is that your main plan for the early part of the 2016 anniversary?

JS: No.

NWR: Okay, so it is not your main plan for the early part.

JS: I’m splitting hairs. No, there’s lots of stuff planned for the 2016 year but nothing I can talk about now.

NWR: Okay, okay! Then, what can you say about the future of Pokémon?

JS: I can say that the creators are continuing to come up with awesome ideas and will continue to come up with awesome ideas to put in video games, the trading card game – you see an arcade machine downstairs. So, there’s a lot of cool stuff in store.

Dreii allows for cross-platform play between Wii U and Vita versions

A portion of a NWR interview with dev Joon-Yeung Kim...

NWR: In the press release you sent out, it indicates you can interact with players on other platforms. Can you elaborate on that?

JK: It's a cross platformer so someone can play it on the Vita and you can play it on the Wii U, and you can play together.

Full interview here

This week's European downloads - September 3 (Runbow, Gunman Clive HD and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Runbow (13AM Games) - €13.99/£10.99 (€11.89/£9.34 if you downloaded the Nindies@Home Preview)

Runbow is a fast-paced action party game for up to 9 players. The world changes with each swipe of the background colour and players must think fast as obstacles appear and disappear with the changing backgrounds. Challenge friends in six Game Modes – King of the Hill, Arena, Run, or ColourMaster, or dominate Runbow’s colourful world on your own or co-operatively in Adventure and Bowhemoth.

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Horberg Productions) - €3.99/£3.59
The Nintendo 3DS indie hits Gunman Clive 1 & 2 are finally coming to Wii U in one complete package. Gunman Clive is an old-school side-scrolling action platform game set in the old west. In the year of 18XX, the west is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor Johnson’s daughter and are spreading havoc across the land. Gunman Clive must rescue the girl and bring order to the west, then finish the fight in Gunman Clive 2. His battle against the bandits takes him all around the world and beyond. Jump and shoot your way across diverse and challenging levels and fight massive bosses. Bring out your inner cowboy and get ready for some real gunslinger action.

Zombie Defense (Teyon) - €7.99/£7.19
The dead burst forth from the earth, and beneath a blackened sky an endless horde of zombies rampage across the burning corpse of our dying civilization. You are humanity's last hope. Use classic RTS/tower-defence strategies and tactics to fight against zombies. Gather soldiers, outfit them with lethal weaponry, use new destructive technologies and march to victory in two game modes and 35 deadly missions. Defeat waves of shambling walkers, creeping monstrosities and massive mutant zombie bosses as every weapon of the modern military arsenal is at your disposal. Earn money and upgrade to more effective weapons, vehicles and airstrikes, hire ruthless soldiers and develop killer technologies.

Sin and Punishment (Nintendo, N64 VC) - €9.99/£8.99
The classic shooter can be yours once again! The legendary studio Treasure delivers a masterpiece of game design that stands as one of the all-time greatest shooters. Sin and Punishment tasks you as a young resistance fighter battling Ruffians – mutants bred for food who turned against their masters – and also facing corrupt military forces in your quest to save the planet. Originally released only in Japan for Nintendo 64, Sin and Punishment is available once again via Virtual Console, updated with English menu and tutorial text, and English subtitles in the ending sequence.

StarTropics (Nintendo, NES VC) - €4.99/£4.49
Mike Jones is an ordinary kid on an extraordinary adventure. When his archaeologist uncle goes missing on a tropical island, Mike sets off to uncover the dark secrets lurking in paradise. StarTropics boasts two styles of gameplay: explore the island on foot or in your uncle’s submarine, and battle monsters using a variety of weapons and items. The original NES release included a letter in the game box, with a hidden message. For the Virtual Console version, this has been reproduced in the electronic manual. This is the US version of the game.

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Nintendo, NES VC) - €4.99/£4.49
Mike Jones, high-school ace pitcher and part-time adventurer, returns for another escapade; travelling not into space but back in time. This sequel to StarTropics was released only in North America as one of the last NES titles. Mike is transported through history from the Stone Age to the Wild West. Meet historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Cleopatra, and face the avengers of Zoda – the alien leader whom Mike defeated in his first adventure. Could Zoda be ready to rise again? This is the US version of the game.

Special offers
Rayman Legends (Ubisoft) - €11.99/£9.49 (Ends September 10, normally €29.99/£23.99)
Master Reboot (Wales Interactive) - €5.99/£4.99 (Ends October 1, normally €11.99/£9.99)
Blok Drop U (RCMADIAX) - €0.50/£0.45 (Ends September 30, normally €1.49/£1.29)
Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion (RCMADIAX) - €1.00/£0.90 (Ends September 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Tabletop Gallery (RCMADIAX) - €1.49/£1.39 (Ends September 30, normally €4.49/£4.09)
Nevr Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (E-line Media) - €9.99/£8.59 (Ends September 17, normally €14.99/£12.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Little Battlers eXperience (Nintendo, available September 4) - €39.99/£34.99

Collect, build and battle your own palm-sized robots in Little Battlers eXperience, a futuristic RPG with real-time action fights on Nintendo 3DS family systems. Discover millions of ways to create your own ultimate battle robot.

Proun+ Demo (Engine Software) - Free
In Proun+ you guide a ball racing along a pipe while dodging obstacles. Five different speeds, from Relaxed to Speed of Light, mean this game is suitable for both casual and hardcore gamers, so anyone can enjoy it. The levels are accompanied by jazz-rock music specially written for Proun+. Make no mistake - this game will be a hard challenge at top speed!

SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson: Waist-Deep (Marvelous Europe, Add-on Content) - €4.99/£4.49

Special offers
Rayman Origins (Ubisoft) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends September 10, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia) - €5.20/£4.70 (Ends September 24, normally €6.99/£6.29)
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.59 (Ends September 24, normally €3.99/£3.19)
World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.19 (Ends September 24, normally €4.99/£3.99)
WAKEDAS (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.69 (Ends September 24, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Proun+ (Engine Software) - €3.99/£3.50 (Permanent, was €5.99/£5.39)