Nintendo Scene – A Month in Review – September
Hello everyone! Amaris here, with the monthly site review. I’m sorry for the late installment! Due to the massive amount of posts this month, I’ve decided to change up the format of this month’s review by choosing 2 or 3 articles from each of the site’s authors, and focusing my review on them. I do hope that this is to all of your liking. Let’s get started!!
STUART: This month, Stuart covered the anti-Japanese tensions in China. Productions of the Wii U were shut down this month, as a result of damage done by protestors. Damage is not the only thing being done by protestors: nasty words have also been exchanged. Nintendo hasn’t been the only company affected by the tensions; Apple, Sony, Nissan, Toyota and Canon have all been affected as well. Why the fighting, you might ask? There is a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, and it is threatening the economical ties that the two countries have. To read more about it, click on Stuart’s article above.
- Now I don’t know if all of you are familiar with Rare or not, but they are a British video game developer that was teamed with Nintendo until 2002. Chris Seavor, an integral part of Rareware, started his career there as a Graphics Engineer in the 90s, and worked on games such as Killer Instinct and the Conker franchise. In an open interview with RareFanDaBase, a fansite for Rare, Chris laid all of his cards on the table and told the site that the founders of the company, Chris and Tim Stamper, had left the company, as well as almost all of its employees. He stated that a company is built on people, not just “brick and mortar”. When asked if Rare would still be the same if it was still partnered with Nintendo, he said absolutely. Personally, as a gamer, I loved all of Rare’s works from the 90s, and miss their partnership with Nintendo.
WES: This month, Wes highlighted Nintendo’s UK tour of the Wii U. Nintendo had announced a number of stops in the UK from September to mid December. Be sure to read Wes’ article to see the nearest location to you!
ORLA: Orla had quite a few good articles this month. Picking just a few will be a challenge, but here goes.
- Orla wrote about new screenshots for New Super Mario Bros U. The screenshots look fantastic, showing off Mario on the back of everyone’s favorite dinosaur. Mini Mario has also been showcased, as well as Mario completing levels, in Orla’s words, “like a boss” (yes, you did write that Orla, haha). The game looks beautiful so far, and I will definitely be picking it up.
- This month, Orla also covered the pricing and specs for the Wii U in Japan. The white 8GB bundle will cost 26,250 Yen, versus the black 32GB Wii U bundle, which will cost 31,500 Yen. The price of the Wii U GamePad is 13,440 Yen when sold separately from either bundle. Nintendo announced the release date in Japan as November 8th. The Wii U will feature 2GB of memory, 1GB for system memory (plus 1GB for games) and will support up to 1080p high definition (Woohoo! Finally!). It will also use its own optical disc format that can hold up to 25GB of data, and the system has a 22.5 MB/sec disc read rate. It will be possible for you to port over your Virtual Console games and WiiWare games from the Wii, which is great news for people that have a pretty big library. You also have the videos and play games on the Wii U GamePad, it will feature low latency so you won’t have any of that nasty lag that nobody likes.
ANDY: Boy, was Andy a big contributor this month. It’s is going to be very difficult for me to only pick out a few articles to highlight, but challenge accepted.
- One of Andy’s most important articles this month had to be his coverage on the Directs that Nintendo did this month for the Wii U. Prices, specs, and release dates were announced for Japan, America, and the UK. I’ve already covered Japan’s information, so here’s the skinny on the U.S. and the UK. All specs will be the same, as well as what’s included in both the basic and premium bundle. The release date for the Wii U in the States is November 18th, while the release date for the UK will be November 30th. Prices in America are as follows: $299.99 for the Basic Package, which includes a white Wii U Console, the Wii U GamePad, Wii U GamePad Stylus, an HDMI Cable, an AC Adapter and a GamePad AC Adapter, and will have 8GB of memory (my phone has that much memory, that’s insane). The Deluxe and more pricey package will cost $349.99, and will include a black Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, Wii U GamePad Stylus, Wii U GamePad Cradle and the Wii U GamePad Stand, an HDMI Cable, an AC Adapter and a GamePad AC Adapter and will feature 32 GB of memory (now that’s more like it). North Americans will also get Nintendo Land if purchasing the Deluxe set. Although there is no set price for the UK, you may get a bargain if you shop around. Good luck to you! A multitude of games were also confirmed, such as Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, Rayman Legends, ZombiU, Bayonetta 2 (which will be WiiU exclusive, woohoo!), Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition, Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13, Assassin’s Creed III, Tekken Tag 2, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Epic Mickey 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition, Warriors Orochi 3, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Darksiders 2, and NBA 2K13. Unfortunately, Pikmin 3 and Game and Wario will not be released upon launch and will instead be released in 2013. Real bummer. That being said, what an impressive line up! North Americans will also be getting TVii, an application that will “bring all of your services to one place”, allowing you to watch video content through your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and Tivo accounts. The feature comes included in every console, Basic and Deluxe, and does not cost any extra. Head on over to Andy’s article to read everything in full; the entire thing is worth the time spent, and there are a few cool videos you can watch as well.
- Activision revealed their lineup for the Wii U this month, and games such as Call of Duty Black Ops 2. Also shown off was Skylanders Giants; Transformers Prime The Game; and 007 Legends, (a game featuring missions based on six Bond films) were showcased. Head on over to watch the trailer and see the lineup for yourself!
- Andy put together a neat summary of all of the numerous trailers released at the Nintendo Direct. If you missed anything, click here to see all of the trailers.
- Although Pikmin 3 was pushed back until 2013, Nintendo has released some new screenshots from the very awesome game. Check them out for yourself!
STEVE: Steve’s posts this month have been very unique and interesting this month.
- My personal favorite articles of Steve’s this month had to be his “The Many Faces of Nintendo Blogging” interviews with both Nintendo Kingdom and Insert Coin Clothing. This series is, in short, is a set of interviews on other various blogging sites, such as ourselves. I find it very interesting to see how other sites do their articles and news. It is very awesome to see and compare how the layouts are different, ways of working are different, and to see each site’s goal and main objective. I think this set is something to watch out for in the future!
- Next is a recap of Steve’s visit to Wii U conference in NY. Steve details from beginning to end on how the conference went, from the opening of the launch date, to the closing of the TVii feature. If you didn’t catch the conference, give Steve’s article a thorough read– any and all you want to know about NY’s event will be there. Steve also wrote up a comprehensible article listing the games showcased at the event, ranging from NintendoLand attractions such as Metroid Blast and Mario Chase, to Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Phew. Alright, well we’ve reached the end of my highlights for this month. This month was a doozy, with over 70+ articles! A big congratulations to the team for all of their hard work and efforts this month. On a bit of a melancholy note, our Orla left us this month to further her video game journalism career. All the best to her and her new position!
That’s all I’ve got time for, folks. Apologies for the late installment, once again! Thank you very much for reading. Be sure to stop by and catch up on the latest Nintendo news here at Nintendo Scene. But if you don’t have enough time for an entire article, follow us on Twitter at @NintendoScene. Have a great month everyone, and game on!!