This has been a wonderful week and it is continuing to be so as the week comes to an end. Throughout this week, we have learned how special we are, our New is now regular, we became digitally available, got updated, started learning to survive, were YouTube challenged, and then we got locked and loaded once again.
The Weekend Review is a simple means of summing up this week’s news, and also getting a head start on the next.
We started this week at the tail-end of PAX Prime and Nintendo treated North American fans to some much-welcomed news regarding Xenoblade Chronicles X. Like many other regions, we will have access to a Special Edition of the game at retail. Included with the game, are a game-model-inspired USB drive with the OST, a full-color art book, and a matted art card. And of course, this SE is unique to North America.
Nintendo of America also announced that the New Nintendo 3DS will be coming to North America, finally, via an Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle. In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30. We will also be getting three new Wii Remote Plus special designs in Bowser, Toad and Yoshi very soon.
Another thing of note that we learned this week is that Nintendo and Amazon have resolved much of their early Wii U-lifespan issues, and gone even further by allowing digital purchases of several Wii U and 3DS games now. Many retail and even VC games can now be purchased through the site, and customers will be given a Digital Code to redeem in the eShop. This is similar to in-store purchases at retailers like GameStop who then given customers a download code to take home. Obviously the benefits of this on Amazon as it would be in-store, would be the ability to take advantage of purchase bonuses and exclusive incentives, as well as purchase options (i.e. gift cards, PayPal, etc.).
Splatoon player were treated to a new update which brought several new things to game. Players were treated to updated stages, some weapon adjustments, and ranked mode adjustments, as well. These adjustments made it possible for the newest weapon to be added to the game last night.
Nintendo of America is getting so close to the finished localization of Xenoblade Chronicles X, the excitement is almost palpable. With the news of the Special Edition for NA being revealed this week, we are moving into the promotion period for this game. Part of that means giving more strategic info on such a massive game. The first episode of the Survival Guide was released this week, and it was informative and very interesting. Really looking forward to the rest of the series as it releases leading up to the launch of the game on December 4.
Nintendo of America also took to YouTube to find the latest set of challengers to compete and find the best level creators in the company’s soon-to-be-released mega hit, Super Mario Maker. A set of videos showcasing the creation and play of five different custom Super Mario Maker levels were shared, featuring YouTube personalities.
Nintendo will also be airing the 2015 Nintendo World Championships on DisneyXD on September 16 at 8pm ET/PT. The Championships were initially held prior the start of E3 2015, and streamed online. Re-airing them on the Disney network is fantastic, and goes a long way toward continuing to keep Nintendo on the minds of consumers, especially as we get closer to the holiday season.
There are so many great things happening right now in the world of Nintendo, and for its fans. We have fun, exciting and relevant games to play right now. We have games coming out soon, and more after that. And so much more to look forward to. This is a wonderful time to be a gaming fan.
I hope you enjoyed your week, and have a remarkable one to look to next.
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!