101 posts tagged wii
TinyCast 025 - Nintendo WiFi's Missed Connections
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TinyCast 25! We spend this episode eulogizing Nintendo’s WiFi Connection service — speculating about its sudden death, discussing the difficulties of preservation, and lamenting the online features we’ll miss. We also go on tangents about game ports and Children of Mana for some reason.
DS/Wii WiFi Connection, 3DS Video app closing ⊟
Well that was a weird way to end the 3DS’s birthday. Along with releasing another vague firmware update for the 3DS last night, Nintendo announced that it’s closing the WiFi Connection service for DS and Wii games around the world on May 20, as well as its 3DS Video app in Japan and Europe at the end of March (no word yet on the North American edition).
This won’t affect devices that use Nintendo Network for online features like the 3DS and Wii U, but this is a huge blow to a lot of games. Say goodbye to online multiplayer in Mario Kart DS and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. No more DLC for people who decide to pick up classics like Dragon Quest IX. Hope you don’t mind not accessing leaderboards or trading user-generated content (WarioWare DIY…) anymore!
You will still be able to purchase DSiWare games — online features for those titles will no long worker, though — and use the built-in web browser on the DSi, though. You will be able to buy Wii games through the Wii Shop, too.
This really, really sucks. I can deal with Nintendo Video shutting down, as it was a service that never lived up to its potential despite some fun offerings (shout-outs to Dinosaur Office). But losing WiFi Connection makes some quality DS games feel incomplete as far as content goes at best, and removes critical features in other titles at worst.
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Report: Nintendo to offer “mini-games,” videos on smartphones ⊟
A report from Nikkei (a Japanese paper that is often on point about Nintendo rumors) says Nintendo will unveil its concession to the world of smartphones on Thursday, around when the company is expected to hold its quarterly financial results briefing.
No, Nintendo won’t be publishing its marquee games for iPhones, and you shouldn’t sell your 3DS. According to the paper, Nintendo will offer videos and mini-games to help bring awareness to their products.
It’s not quite “Finally Nintendo is making its games for mobile, doing what they obviously should have done years ago to save their company,” which is good, because that approach is about as smart as it sounds when you say it out loud. This strategy sounds more like what The Pokémon Company has done on iOS with its video and mini-game apps. I’m alright with that!
[Update: Nintendo denies Nikkei’s report and says it has “no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices.”]
This great comic, by the way comes from Stephen Maurice Graham — lots of great artwork and comics about games on his Tumblr. I like to think that this strip is like the second part of every Iwata comic!
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Maybe the best Club Nintendo game downloads ever ⊟
I don’t usually advise people to spend their Coins on the monthly Club Nintendo game deals – use them to buy something you can’t get with regular money! But this month’s offerings are so, so good, that I thought I should point them out just in case you had more Coins than, um, coins.
Through Dec. 8, Metroid and Dillon’s Rolling Western are available for 3DS, and Zelda: A Link to the Past and Cubello are available for Wii.
If you never played Cubello, especially, get on that. That might be one of my favorite games of this generation. I developed a real problem with both that and Rotohex.
Win Retro City Rampage on WiiWare ⊟
Professional crazy person Brian Provinciano is giving away 100 copies of Retro City Rampage on WiiWare right now, for people who sign up for the newsletter and follow on Facebook/Twitter. If you’re in North America (or have an NA region Wii/Wii U), sign up and maybe get yourself a copy of this great game! I’d still rather be playing this than GTAV.
If you’re in Europe… keep an eye on our Twitter.
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Rodea is still alive!
It’s been a while since we last heard anything about Rodea the Sky Soldier — the Wii/3DS action title from Sega legend Yuji Naka and his studio Prope — but Japanese publisher Kadokawa reassured fans last week that the game is still on the way.
Kadokawa president Yoshimi Yasuda says the studio has reworked the 3DS versions controls, and that the handheld version is around 70 percent complete, according to an interview with 4gamer translated by Nintendo World Report.
Club Nintendo’s Platinum/Gold gifts
If you got “Platinum” status from North America’s Club Nintendo this year, you can order yourself this 3-poster set, with Zelda: Wind Waker, Year of Luigi, and Pikmin 3 posters. Your other Platinum-only option, revealed today, is a Majora’s Mask soundtrack CD for some reason.
Gold-level gifts include the usual desk calendar, and your choice of Wii/3DS downloads including Super Smash Bros., WarioWare DIY Showcase, Sakura Samurai, and other startlingly random options.
But srsly, use your Elite Status to get something that you can’t get with regular money. Right?
Buy Retro City Rampage gear, get free Retro City Rampage
“While supplies last,” any purchase from Fangamer’s excellent Retro City Rampage collection will trigger delivery of a WiiWare code for the game itself, a $10 value.
Even if you already have this incredible, joke-rich sandbox game, the WiiWare release has cool extras, including “ROM City Rampage,” a version of the game that is for-real 8-bit.
The items are pretty great too! I get complimented on my Theftropolis shirt frequently.
While you’re shopping, Fangamer’s got a lot of rad new stuff, like this wonderful Donkey Kong shirt by Zac Gorman, Jacob Smiley’s cute Zelda prints, and the sweet Video Game Romantics shirt by Venus Patrol and Keita Takahashi. I know, I want to have something I can claim is me “and Keita Takahashi” as well.
Oh, and don’t forget to add a Tiny sticker pack to your order!
Bit.Trip sale and more
Several sales going on right now that are worth copying from our Upcoming Releases section to the front page:
- Bit.Trip Saga (3DS) and Complete (Wii) - Around $10 each
- Rhythm Heaven Fever - $10.99
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate - $29.99
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star - $33.60
- Neo Geo X Gold Limited Edition - $129.99
Credit for the CommanderVideo GIF to Lloyd Jones.
Forgot about Pandora’s Tower
We were super busy at the Tiny Cartridge office this week, so we missed this great news: Xseed will release Ganbarion’s Wii action RPG Pandora’s Tower (published by Nintendo in Japan and Europe) in North America some time this Spring. The people at Xseed are heroes, reminders that there’s still reason to leave hope in our hearts.
As far as Operation Rainfall projects go, I always thought of this one as the lesser of the trio — were this part of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy of Korean films, this would have been Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance — still great, but not at the same level as the other two entries. Nevertheless, it’s great to see the Wii get one last notable game this year.
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Oboro Muramasa’s Japanese boxart is hot
No one’s announced a U.S. release for this PS Vita port yet as far as I know, but you can still grab the Wii edition for like twenty simoleons.
For one more day, Play-Asia is offering a special sale price on the North American version of the Wii rhythm action game. Yes, there were awesome Wii games in 2012 that weren’t fan campaign-backed RPGs!
Kirby Mass Attack is also on sale, at the same price, for the same time period. I keep typing “Kirby Mass Effect,” and then I keep reading it as “Kirby Das EFX.”
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