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Above is the trailer Nintendo just released for what was previously codenamed the NX. Surprise, it looks exactly like the previously leaked patent images that have been reported on everywhere. A tablet with removable controller sidebars, cartridges, and a TV dock.

The trailer also shows a new Mario game in the 64/Sunshine/Galaxy single-player mold, rather than the more multiplayer focused games they’ve been into for the past couple of generations. Praise Gorb.

Oh, and there’s portable Skrim, which is probably cool for people who still care about Skrim. The Switch will also have a version of Splatoon, apparently, but it’s unclear if it will be retroactively cross-buy with the Wii U version (ha ha, of course it won’t) or even have the same feature set. After all, a multiplayer-only portable game doesn’t seem like the best idea.

Among the last things shown is a new Pro controller which looks like a standard 360/Xone-style pad. That’s good news, as it might indicate that Nintendo is finally focusing on usability instead of gimmickry. Or not. The trailer does have a whole lot of people click-clackin’ them sidebars on and off of the thing. It’s fairly unrealistic, considering the guy on the plane was not eyeballing the dude playing like he’s a goddamned maniac.


Nintendo has announced that they’ll be releasing a mini NES this November, retailing at $60 dollars and pre-loaded with 30 classic titles. It will come with a NES controller with a Wii style plug,  no USB ports so you won’t be able to pop in retro USB controllers (although additional controller will retail at $9.99, which is about as much as a off-brand controller would cost so, whatever.) It also has an HDMI out port, allowing you to play games on your new fangled non-cathode ray tube television. At launch, the system will play the following games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

There does not appear to be a way to update the system, as it doesn’t accept either flash memory or cartridges.

Ok, sure, Zoe Quinn is mostly known for being the genesis of the whole “gamergate” thing which I still don’t fully understand. She’s fairly (in)famous for this exact reason, as well as a pretty lengthy history of shrieking incessantly about things no grown human being should care about, so normally this kind of behavior wouldn’t warrant any further attention — but this is just too funny.

Zoe has published the following tweet, accompanied by two screenshots of the upcoming Paper Mario: Color Splash, a game that nobody, including Nintendo, seemed to remember was coming out:

[In case of deletion, it reads: “what the fuck did I ever do to you, Nintendo, that y’all had to make my suffering into a fucking joke”, with the screenshots saying “Let’s watch the Five Fun Guys dance and shuffle!” and “Man, is this gonna ruin my career?! I can see the headline now: ‘Shufflegate: Exposed!'”]

Zoe appears to view this as a direct attack against her, as if Watergate (and _______ -gate in general) wasn’t already media shorthand for any sort of scandal. Apparently, “Five Guys” was often used as a meme against Quinn, as she reportedly cheated on her boyfriend with five other men. Of course, the Watergate burglary was also committed by five men, and “Fun Guys” is a pretty obvious “fungi” pun. But nah, I’m sure Nintendo’s translators have a specific grudge against her.

Check her twitter timeline for more gems, including her railing against Nintendo for firing someone who was a literal prostitute, and thus criminal, as well as an advocate for pedophilia. Can’t say I’m too sad, or shocked, that a company like Nintendo wouldn’t want to be associated with that person.


Nintendo UK’s website posted an article today that outlines their plans for 2016, including updates for Miitomo, and what Nintendo has planned for other mobile apps. But who cares about all that noise, the real meat of the article is in what Nintendo is aiming to accomplish with their upcoming Wii U Zelda title, and their new system, codenamed NX. It looks like we can expect that Zelda will release both on the Wii U and the NX in a sort of Twilight Princess scenario. However, we can also expect that the NX will not launch until March 2017. Further, Nintendo has no plans to show NX in any capacity during E3, instead focusing on showing Zelda for the Wii U. There is currently no date set for the NX reveal, but it looks like it will probably be done through one of their online events. Sony and Microsoft both revealed their current generation consoles ahead of E3, but we’re reading Nintendo’s “later this year” promise as meaning sometime after E3.


The report comes from The Nikkei, a Japanese newspaper that has a good track record with accurate reporting. Nikkei’s article, translated by Serkan Toto, states that production on the Wii U will be halted this year, a long with all Wii U related accessories. However, this is no confirmation that the NX will launch this year, rather that Nintendo may be looking to blow through their remaining inventory before then. Although Nikkei is considered a reliable source, it’s still important to point out that this news is not coming directly from Nintendo.


UPDATE: Nintendo has denied this claim to Japanese websites, but of course they would.


Finding levels in Mario Maker kinda sucks. You could run through the 100 Mario Challenge and be served up some maybe good mostly bad levels (in other words, don’t do that.) Or you can browse the most popular levels, popular creators, and new levels boards, although they’re mostly populated with automatic levels and courses that play custom music. While the latter is more impressive than the former, you’re not really playing a course either way.

Nintendo is finally offering a solution for this, albeit in the most Nintendo-like fashion. A new website will be launched early next month that will allow users to search for levels via key words. Once you’ve found the level you want, you can tag it, and it will then be playable when you boot up the game. This might strike you as being kind of odd, because why would that not just be built directly into the game in the first place?

But hey, any alternative is better than what we currently have. So, thanks Nintendo???

Not content letting Ryu be the most baffling inclusion in Smash 4‘s roster, Nintendo announced today that Cloud from Final Fantasy VII would be coming to the game as DLC, because fuck it why not. There really isn’t a whole lot to dive into here as everything you need to know is contained the trailer up above, but in case you want want to watch it, here’s a quick rundown of what to expect:

  • You can use a variety of limit breaks, with Omnislash being your final smash.
  • Midgar will be a stage, contains old school summons as hazards.
  • Cloud has a sword, which he can use to cut things.
  • Cloud’s hair is also very sharp, though unlike his sword, it cannot be used as a weapon.
  • You can dress Cloud up in his traditional FFVII outfit or his outfit from Advent Children, that CGI shitstorm you likely spent the better part of the last decade trying to suppress all memories of.
  • There will probably be an Amiibo for this, so you can start dreading the inevitable news of it being a pain in the ass to find.

On that last point, I recently discovered Amiibo hunting videos are a thing, and I’m still trying to figure out if that’s better or worse than grocery unbaggings.

One of the oddest absences from Super Mario Maker is the ability to create checkpoints. Well, as of November 4th that will change.

Nintendo announced that they will be releasing a free patch that will add in the checkpoint function, as well as four other changes: the ability to change mushrooms into fire flowers if you are already super Mario, an enhanced version of fly swatter minigame, levels created by Nintendo operated accounts, and special event levels (though it’s not quite clear what these will be.)

Of course there’s still many more things Mario Maker is sorely missing (like the ability to tag levels, and filter based on tags), but it’s promising in that Nintendo may very well continue to expand upon the game in the future at no cost to consumers. Then again, they might! I don’t know. It’s all speculation, but damn if I’m not happy I can finally add some checkpoints.

Hey, guess what? Another game we’ve seen very little of, which was announced for a late 2015 release, will not be meeting that window!

While my optimistic tendency is to believe that Star Fox Zero and Zelda‘s delays are both so they can be launch titles for a new Nintendo console next year, that’s unlikely, as whatever they’re working on will probably have a 2017 release date. Plus, they specifically said Star Fox Zero was delayed to Spring 2016. This means the unfortunate reality is that what was already a barren 2015 holiday season will be even moreso now. But hey, at least there’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, right?

He may look as though he lacks Iwata's childlike enthusiasm, but just wait until you get Kimishima around some puppets and bananas.

He may look as though he lacks Iwata’s childlike enthusiasm, but just wait until you get Kimishima around some puppets and bananas.

Hey, it’s been a while. How have you been? I’ve been good, playing a whoooole lot of MGSV. You know what has nothing to do with MGSV though? Nintendo.

That’s right! I’m just as shocked as you are.

Speaking of Nintendo, the company has finally named its fifth president: Tatsumi Kimishima, who will be taking over for Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda – who have been overseeing the company on a temporary basis since Iwata’s passing. Kimishima’s time at Nintendo has seen him preside over several departments, including Human Resources and Corporate Analysis & Administration.

Kimishima is expected to fully assume the presidency on September 16th. Until then, I assume, he’s playing MGSV. I mean, that’s what everbody is doing, right?