Nintendo Scene – A Month In Review – April 2012
Hello all, Amaris here! April has been a busy month for Nintendo. As they begin to prepare for E3, Nintendo has unveiled plans for several new games, as well as news regarding their new console. On this article, I’ll go over some of what I felt were highlights that our amazing writers covered this month.
Earlier this month, Nintendo had registered a domain name for Super Mario Bros 4, which can be found at supermario4.com (oddly enough, the link merely brings you to Nintendo’s main homepage). But a little later on in the month, Nintendo released screenshots for its New Super Mario Bros 2. As Orla covered in her previous article, everyone already knew that back in January Satoru Iwata had revealed that a 2D Super Mario game was in the works for the 3Ds, but is this it? I guess we’ll have to wait for E3 to find out.
Pandora’s Tower was released on the 13th of this month in the UK, and by the looks of the trailer the game looks promising. It is the third RPG to be released, after Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, which both fared well with fans. Hopefully Pandora’s Tower lives up to the success of its predecessors. Check out the clip, it’s worth watching.
Kitacon happened this month for my friends in the UK. Nintendo previewed a bunch of new games at the completely sold out con. The first three entrants won copies of the previously mentioned Pandora’s Tower.
Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Nintendo is planning to reveal a new Wii U Mario game at this year’s E3, as well as a new Pikmin game. Fans that have waited for it will be glad that they did, with the phenomenal graphics for the Wii U being implemented. Miyamoto also spoke of his retirement in Spanish El Mundo’s article. Read the full article here. Spend some time reading it. Miyamoto’s modesty is quite phenomenal.
This month, Stuart posted a report of his travels in Japan. Take a look and read through it, it’s quite a culture shock. I would be speechless if I were standing before Nintendo’s headquarters. I chuckled through parts of Stuart’s report, especially the part where he took a small leaf off of a tree. I laughed mainly because I probably would have done the same thing, haha.
Nintendo has also announced it is putting together a compilation for Kirby’s 20th anniversary. I grew up with Kirby, and I’m very excited for this. I really want to see Kirby and the Crystal Shards in that compilation.
A system update was released on the 25th for the 3Ds, allowing owners to better organize their system. It has also created the possibility to download patches, and a patch for Mario Kart 7 will be available in May.
Square Enix has set a release date for Kingdom Hearts 3D has been set for the 20th of July in the UK and the 31st in North America. Feel free to check out the clip, and see if it piques your interest.
Pokemon Conquest has been announced for release here in North America in June. Pokemon Conquest is the first of its kind, being a crossover of both Pokemon and a game called Nobunga’s Ambition. For those who don’t know, Nobunga’s Ambition was released in 1987, and was set in feudal Japan. Pokemon Conquest seems to be a promising title, and personally I am excited for it. It is way out of Pokemon’s regular comfort zone, and I am interested in seeing where Nintendo goes with it.
To continue with the fabulous Pokemon news, Pokemon Black and White 2 are looking to be no simple rehash of the first two. The game is set 2 years after the originals, new gym leaders have been announced, and the new protagonists are fresh-faced youngsters ready to take on the region of Unova (although I do agree with Katy. Their hairstyles are a little on the wacky side, haha). While I’d admit that I haven’t even broke into my copy of Pokemon Black, I can say that some of the stuff I’ve seen for Pokemon Black and White 2 have made me want to see what the hype’s all about. Check out the trailer here. The Pokemone Black and White movie has been released as well.
More and more will be revealed as Nintendo prepares for E3, which we will be covering in-depth this year. Stay tuned for all the news!