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When I approached Ed and Anton about contributing to the blog, I hadn't the slightest idea that I would be carrying the responsibility of doodling up a banner for Kid Icarus: Uprising. Tensions were high and my nerves were going crazy as I tried to come up with an idea for the ressurection of this classic NES franchise. It's been over 25 years since Pit had a starring role in his own game; 25 years laying dormant, which is no place for a beloved Nintendo character.
I let the star speak for himself. Pit's adventure this time around has adopted the same character design as that of Smash Bros Brawl on Wii. No longer the toga wearing ginger he was in the original Kid Icarus, Pit has been redesigned from head to toe. I wanted to keep the picture simple and centered on the man himself. For 12 years I've been drawing with pencil alone, but I had to go a different direction if I'm going to be contributing to this blog. With a total of 3 weeks of Photoshop experience under my belt, I wasn't able to get too terribly crazy with it considering the limited knowledge I have of the program so far, but I am still happy to say that I gave it my all for this blockbuster title's launch. I hope I have done justice to this video game icon and hope that I can continue to bring more to the table for this blog and the company to which it is dedicated. You can download the desktop wallpaper version of this theme right here.
As you may have been aware, Iwata-san held another Nintendo Direct to showcase upcoming content to consumers at 12PM Japan time today (or 10PM EST yesterday, depending on your timezone). Although much of the context was hidden behind a rather forceful language barrier, I've taken the liberty of transcribing the video's contents as best as possible and have compiled a list of content that Nippon gamers and importers alike can expect in Q1 2012 for their gaming pleasure:
Read more for the interview pulled from Wired....
I just got this in the mail, and I'm super-duper excited! You see, Nintendo has this thing called "Club Nintendo", which is wicked rad. You can register every Nintendo system you buy and any first-party games developed by Nintendo. Doing so earns you virtual coins that you can redeem for awesome little gifts and prizes, including a life-size AR card for your 3DS!
There are even two levels (Gold and Platinum) that you can reach, depending on the time of year and amount of coins you obtain, and those levels come with free prizes. The Gold prize for 2011 was a stylish Star tote bag, and the Platinum gift is this kicky sweet pin set. I'm going to wear all of the pins.
At roughly midnight EST, Nintendo shared a Tweet with its followers that the Nintendo 3DS was being promoted in a Music Video by Justin Bieber.1 The video in question is Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You, in which she also duets with him. The song is part of Bieber's new holiday album Under the Mistletoe. Despite promoting togetherness as being the most important aspect of the holiday season, the video features excited shoppers waiting to redeem their tickets into Macy's midnight opening while those inside excitedly roam around the aisles gleefully filling their carts with various products. At one point, Bieber notices a display of 3DS units and runs over, where he is greeted by shoppers who show off their own units to him. He then excitedly places one in his cart and grabs another before the scene changes to something else.
Retrieved 2011-12-01 from YouTube2
NOTE: The 3DS is seen at the 2:00 mark
While some may question Nintendo's decision to make such a major marketing ploy this season, during which the 3DS will be almost unchallenged in handheld sales worldwide, major music productions by major artists filmed in major department stores seem like a never-miss way to show the world you mean business.
In a press release straight from Nintendo, the company reports that the Nintendo 3DS may indeed surpass the original DS's first year performance. After its recent efforts to improve sales and mend customer frustration, Nintendo reports that in its eighth month on the market the 3DS has surpassed 1.65 million units sold.1 Currently, the Nintendo DS is lauded as the best selling handheld worldwide and the second best selling platform overall, only surpassed by Sony's Playstation 2.2
Originally posted by press.nintendo.com:
The Nintendo DS system sold 2.37 million units in its first 12 months (November 2004-October 2005), with approximately 50 percent of those sales occurring in the holiday time frame. With its first holiday season and the launches of the Super Mario 3D Land™ and Mario Kart™ 7 games on the horizon, Nintendo 3DS is poised to eclipse that number and establish a new benchmark for hand-held gaming launches in the United States.
With many highly anticipated titles on the horizon worldwide, and more titles to come next year, Nintendo's looking nowhere but up as it charges ahead at full speed into the holiday season. For more sales figures from Nintendo, see our references.1http://press.nintendo.com/articles.jsp?id=31614 Retrieved 2011-11-12
2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_game_consoles Retrieved 2011-11-12
You heard right, folks. Japan will be seeing a slew of special hardware bundles later this year, in addition to the new and/or limited edition units currently available. Some of these have a catch, though, so read on to find more information and to see if you can snag one of these delicious imports at a website near you
1Nintendo World Report has shared a recent announcement from Nintendo of Europe of a special The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS. Essentially, it is a Cosmo Black 3DS with special golden patterns on it and gold coloring on the button letters and depth slider. The highlight at the register, however, is the included copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. The sleeve on the game box is also reversible. The bundle is set to hit store shelves November 25th.
2Nintendo of Europe has also announced on their Nintendo 3DS page that it will be releasing two additional product bundles on November 18th and December 2nd, featuring Nintendogs + Cats and Super Mario 3D Land, respectively.
Nintendo announced earlier today through its press page1 that it will be visiting two dozen U.S. shopping malls this season, giving consumers an idea of what to expect in their stockings come Christmas day. There will be hands on demonstrations for upcoming or recently released 3DS titles, as well as games on the Wii and DS systems. Although the majority of titles exhibited will be Nintendo-published, games like Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure™ from Activision Publishing Inc. and Just Dance® 3 from Ubisoft will be shown off, as well.
The Nintendo mall program has been going on since 2006, the same year of the Wii's launch, which could help explain the huge successes of the Wii early in it's life-cycle. It could also play a crucial role in this year's sales figures, as well, but both points are pure speculation on my part. However, last year Nintendo estimates that it reached over 850,000 consumers through its mall program, so we can only wait and see what this season brings.
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We are now in the hot months for new releases! And what better way to make my return then to show up with some new info on Mario Kart 7 from the Latest Nintendo Power! Hit the jump for all the new info!
This is a tale of three RPG games, Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower. I've been a huge RPG gamer for a long time. My favorite game of all time is Final Fantasy 6, even. Each of the games listed above aren't little rinky-dinky titles. They're games that are highly rated by Famitsu. Each of the games received a 36, 38, and 31 out of 40 respectively from the Japanese magazine. The Last Story was composed by famed composer Nobuo Uematsu, so these are big production games that deserve to make their way to North America. RPG fans have established a website where people can go to petition called Operation Rainfall. They're utilizing a mail-in strategy, one game at a time. Go there to find out how you can participate to get three brilliant third party games released in North America.
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