Two New Splatoon Weapons Arrive TONIGHT!!

Last week, Splatoon players got a pretty big update, and even an announcement for this weekend’s Splatfest, but there was no new weapon added. This week however, we get two, and not on the usual Friday evening…they’re coming to the game tonight, Thursday, October 29 at 10pm EST/7pm PST!

The two new additions to the weapon roster are the Luna Blaster Neo, and the H-3 Nozzlenose D.

Will you be testing out the new weapons this evening? Are you excited to get these weapons a day earlier than usual?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


Early Morning Press Conference

Nintendo Company Ltd. held an economic press conference ahead of the quarterly investor briefing, and a few great bits of information were shared.

With the press conference a few pieces of financial info was released. A few highlights of note were Nintendo reported an operating profit year-over-year for the company, the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U both showed a rise in units sold over last year, 3DS and Wii U software are selling very well worldwide, and amiibo have continued to sell remarkably well, especially in overseas markets (in the west–making up 70.9% of total sales). Another great thing to note is that financial forecasts for the remainder of this fiscal year remain unchanged.

So far for fiscal year 2015,

the global sales of the Nintendo 3DS hardware reached 2.28 million units. As for the Nintendo 3DS software, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer became a hit, marking 2.02 million units in sales. In the Japanese market, titles
from various genres such as Rhythm Tengoku (temp.), Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon became popular with a wide variety of people. In addition, a third-party title sold over a million units as well. In the overseas markets, popular Nintendo titles such as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS continued to show steady sales. As a result, the global sales of the Nintendo 3DS software reached 19.20 million units.
With respect to Wii U, Super Mario Maker, which was released globally in September offering a new taste to the Super Mario series, marked 1.88 million units in sales and got off to a good start. Splatoon, which was released in May, marked 2.42 million units in sales and contributed to vitalizing the Wii U platform. The worldwide sales of the Wii U hardware and software were 1.19 million and 12.37 million units respectively.
For amiibo, the newly released card type amiibo showed strong initial sales. At the same time, figure type amiibo have continued to maintain strong momentum and enjoyed robust sales.

In addition to the above figures, it is also being reported that Mario Kart 8 has proven to be an incredibly sticky piece of software.

Along with these financial figures, Tatsumi Kimishima also made several announcements that are sure to brighten the day for fans, globally. First, Kimishima-san will finally be giving more details on the coming mobile game being developed in conjunction with DeNA on Thursday. Secondly, he also informed us that Nintendo Direct is “alive” and we should be seeing at least one before the year is out. That is truly welcome news, as Nintendo Direct has been sorely missed by most Nintendo fans, obviously since the untimely passing of Iwata-san in early July of this year.

Do you think that these numbers indicate a bright path ahead for Nintendo? Are you surprised by how well Nintendo’s hardware, software and amiibo have done financially over the last quarter/year? What do you think the coming Nintendo Direct will feature, and who will host it?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


Super Mario Maker Update Incoming…

Nintendo of America just announced the pending arrival of a feature that many fans have somewhat silently lamented its absence. Super Mario Maker will be getting an update next week that will add Checkpoints as an option in-game, so now players will not be obligated to start completely over on your created stages after an untimely mishap, anymore.

Along with Checkpoints, there will be 4 additional updates coming to Super Mario Maker on November 4, as well. For a quick breakdown of the four additional updates, take a look at the video NOA released earlier, below:

Have you been one of those players wishing for the arrival of checkpoints for stages? How many levels have you created/uploaded, so far? Does the ability to have the distinction made between Power Ups matter to you? Are you looking forward to a more challenging Gnat Attack mini-game? Will you play the Official Levels? Will you be participating in any of the special events? Are you excited about this update, and does it enhance the value of the game for you?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Kirby Presents…

Last week we missed out on some of our Friday Fun, but this week we are back to our adventures in the world of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Last time we were Saved by the Rainbow, so if you missed it, be sure to take a look. This week we will get share to more adventures with Kirby in Star Dash.

Kirby  Presents Star Dash

I hope you enjoyed this little spark of Friday Fun with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Each week we always want to help bring a little light to your Friday to hopefully help usher in a fantastic weekend.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


New Splatfest Coming Next Week…

Nintendo of America has just announced the newest Splatfest for Splatoon. The next Splatfest will be taking place in North America all day Halloween, October 31, from midnight to midnight.

This Splatfest will pit the sides of #TeamPirates against #TeamNinjas, and players have the opportunity to compete during the 24-hour competition during a Turf War battle and rank up points for their chosen side.

Which side will you choose to compete on? Have you been participating in the Splatfest competitions prior to now? Will you compete this coming week, as well? Does the constant attention to this game from Nintendo, keep it in your mind, and thus make it a constant in your gaming rotation?

I love what Nintendo has done with Splatoon, and I love most of the things they have done with their software offerings on Wii U this generation. I truly believe that the ways in which they have addressed certain things like Splatoon, and Mario Kart 8 are beyond top-notch, and could very well be the standard for generations to come!

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Nindies Wednesdays — Short List, But They Are Coming…Updated!

Additional info since posting:

Nintendo will be fully present at IndieCade this weekend. If you are in attendance, be sure to check in with Nintendo’s booth.

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This week in our Nindies Wednesdays spotlight, we will be looking a couple nindie titles that will soon be arriving on the Wii U. The news has been a bit slow on many new arrivals lately, but the games are still making their way to Nintendo’s systems, and promising lots of fun for players.

Tomorrow Corporation has finally Human Resource Machine Comingbeen able to put a release date on their upcoming nindie, Human Resource Machine. A few weeks ago we shared some news about the game, and its impending arrival on the Wii U, but earlier this week, we learned that it will indeed be making launching on October 29 in the Wii U eShop.

We’ve been approved by Nintendo! And just found out (for sure this time!) Human Resource Machine will launch Thursday October 29 on Wii U in North and South America. We’re aiming to get the European version ready for release in November – more info soon.

Another recent Nindies@Night interview from Damon Baker shares some great footage and insights into Graphite Lab’s coming sure-hit, Hive Jump. In this interview, we get a little more information about this highly-anticipated sci-fi shooter. Be sure to check it out below:

I hope this has been enjoyable for you, and you look forward to getting ahold of these nindies when they’re made available.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!