There have been an awful lot of news-worthy things to occur this week, and we were able to catch some of them. We celebrated 30, we got presidential, some things were changed around, we got to explore even more, we ran into a delay, we got more than a million, and now we are festive again!
The week began with the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the release of the original Super Mario Bros. in 1985. One of the most iconic video game characters/franchises of all-time is now 30 and quite possibly, with the release of Super Mario Maker, as fresh as ever.
On Monday, Nintendo named Tatsumi Kimishima the company’s newest, and 5th-ever President. This move is seen as a temporary measure as the company is in the midst of transitioning from the current console generations for handheld and for home, along with the company’s foray into smart devices, as well. Kimishima-san also said as much in remarks he made to The Nikkei shortly after he was announced as the new President.
Following the Presidential news, we also learned that Corporate Nintendo would be implementing some restructuring to take effect on Wednesday, September 16. This restructuring saw Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Takeda take on all-new roles, along with the creation of new divisions for the advancement of the company into the completely new and unseen future.
This week also saw the release of a new Splatoon map to conquer for players. The new map, named Hammerhead Bridge, is big on verticality, and split into to two distinct paths. So be sure to put in the work to master this new map at every opportunity you get.
Miyamoto-san announced a delay in the highly anticipated Wii U title, Star Fox Zero much to the dismay of many fans. However disappointing the news is though, many fans either felt it would happen anyway, or they seem to understand that it was truly necessary.
Super Mario Maker fans were greeted with the news that in the single week since the game’s release, users had uploaded more than one million levels already. The number of levels available to players already is absolutely astounding, and will only prove to increase exponentially as time passes.
And on Saturday, the fifth Splatfest was held, themed Art versus Science, and Art won by a fairly slim margin.
We saw plenty of new this week. There were also some things that did not make the share column here in the blog, but they still bear repeating.
Today, Skylanders SuperChargers races onto the Wii U and 3DS. New retail releases are usually done on Fridays in NA, but this Sunday release from Activision is bringing something special and unique to the table.
Skylanders is packing some major star power with the introduction of two of Nintendo’s iconic characters — Donkey Kong and Bowser — as guest stars in Skylanders SuperChargers for the first time in Skylanders history. The characters, along with their specially created vehicles will be available exclusively in Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs for the Nintendo platforms. These special Skylanders will be playable in both Skylanders SuperChargers and select amiibo-compatible games with a simple twist of the character’s base, so players can store their saved data in both modes with a simple twist of the figure’s base.
Also this week, Wii U owners were treated to the news that Xenoblade Chronicles X will come with 4 FREE DLC characters to help out with our adventures.
The four additional characters for Xenoblade Chronicles X are Axana, Boze, HB, and Yelve. Each character has two unique Special Arts and blueprints, and becomes playable after completing the three quests tied to them.
We also learned that several key Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases became available for pre-orders, including Special Editions and retailer-exclusives. There are lots of reasons to be an excited Nintendo fan right now, so be sure to be prepared for all of the great content coming your way in a very short period of time.
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!