Written  by:  J.H.  Longman

I thought last week was exciting, but this week blows “yesterday’s” news right out of the water and now the Miketendo64 team are on hand to share some of the best and our personal favourite revelations to have unfolded this week.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS (SMASH DIRECT):

We were hopeful we’d get two, instead we got three and yet mixed responses are had by many. So many gutted to not get the likes of Banjo & Kazooie, or Goku, but while many were left in mourning, there were a lot of us shouting excitedly as we fist-pumped the air when we heard Bayonetta is on her way. Smash is getting the Wicked Witch of smiting Angels! And of course there is also Cloud and lead protagonist from the newest instalment for the Fire Emblem series, Corrin, who is playable as both male and female. Oh and let’s not forget not one but two levels where announced, new Mii Fighter costumes and hats, but there will be dlc available immediately after the Smash Direct but also sometime in February as well. But either way, hats off to you Sakurai, your continued work to the Smash series is outstanding! And before I forget, there was Amiibo news revealed too, but that comes later.

Smash Bros Poster


Super Mario Maker (ALL NEW UPDATES):

Second biggest news to grace the ears of Nintendo gamers, Super Mario Maker is to receive a new update within the next few days, bringing with it never before seen features that includes the Fire Koopa Clown Car and the revolutionising Bookmark feature, which will enable gamers to find levels a whole lot easier. There’s also the inclusion of records, certain words being restricted from level names and as far as new costumes for Mario goes, this week has seen two already, Felyne and Arcade Bunny and now two more are also to follow. Except there is no waiting to find out who they are as both have been revealed already, except instead of a single dose of Earthbound, we’re getting a double with  Mr. Saturn and Master Belch. All I can say is with all these latest SMM occurrences, there will certainly be some interesting levels to follow.

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Minecraft: Wii U Edition (NEW RELEASE):

Last week it was revealed and this week it is the newest release in the eShop and straight away there were plenty of customers lining up to part ways with their hard-earned cash, just so they could experiences the fun of Minecraft on a Nintendo console and as previously mentioned, there is a whole range of packs already available for keen gamers to sink their teeth in and despite the allure it has, the Miketendo64 team is okay with giving it a pass for now. We’re too busy smashing it!



Splatoon & Monster Hunter X (MAKING MILLIONS):

Over to Japan, both Splatoon and Monster Hunter X, are making a killing in Japan with Monster Hunter X achieving 2 million sales and although only making half as many, Splatoon shows it is still “big in Japan” and now aims to let the Squid Sisters to show the world what they can do when on the 30th of January, the Squid sisters will be putting on a love show at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba city, but this is not the only revealed Splatoon news that came out this week. After so many new stages, weapons and costumes, the free regular updates for Splatoon are coming to an end. As of January 2016 Splatoon will finally have its lot and so far, paid dlc is not on the cards. Like the old saying goes, “All good things come to an end.”



Nintendo offline (AND NAPSTER):

With almost every week seeing another serious maintenance session, this week was no exception, except this time during the Wednesday-Thursday crossover, all of Nintendo’s online services were down but thankfully everything went smoothly and all is working again. As for some Wii U’s out there, when the maintenance was over, a few surprised console owners came face to face with Napster installed on their Wii U. However don’t take it for granted, Naptser is only three for the first 30 days, after that you will have to start paying subscription fees to keep it around and seeing as how we have all came this far for this long without it, “do we really need it?” And still on the subject of maintenance, we are in for another dose. You can catch the details below:



Super Mario Maker: (Two rounds of maintenance)

– 3 PM PT (Monday) – 5 PM PT (Monday)
– 6 PM ET (Monday) – 8 PM ET (Monday)
– 11 PM in the UK (Monday) – 1 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 12 AM in Europe (Tuesday) – 2 AM in Europe (Tuesday)

– 8:50 PM PT (Monday) – 10 PM PT (Monday)
– 11:50 PM ET (Monday) – 1 AM ET (Tuesday)
– 4:50 AM in the UK (Tuesday) – 6 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 5:50 AM in Europe (Tuesday) – 7 AM in Europe (Tuesday)

Xenoblade Chronicles X:

– 4:30 PM PT (Monday) – 6 PM PT (Monday)
–7:30 PM ET (Monday) – 9 PM ET (Monday)
– 12:30 AM in the UK (Tuesday) – 2 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 1:30 AM in Europe (Tuesday) – 3 AM in Europe (Tuesday)

 The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes:

– 9:50 AM PT (Monday) – 11 PM PT (Monday)
– 12:50 AM ET (Tuesday) – 2 AM ET (Tuesday)
– 5:50 AM in the UK (Tuesday) – 7 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 6:50 AM in Europe (Tuesday) – 8 AM in Europe (Tuesday)



And later is now, as well as new fighters for Smash, 2016 will also be seeing some very new amiibos of the new fighters, meaning get ready everyone because this time next year little Bayonetta’s, Corrin’s and Cloud’s will be standing proudly amongst all our other prized amiibos. And let’s not forget Roy, Ryu and Famicon coloured R.O.B will also be (and the stunning Wolf Link available we can all get our hands on in much when we get our copies of Twilight Princess HD). 10 million amiibos have sold in the US alone and with these seven hitting the shelves in 2016, another 1.5 million should easily follow.

 And what do you know? We’re at the end of this week’s news round up as always, but you’ve heard from me and now we want to hear from you. What reveal had you the most excited? And just what piece of news made your week?

Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!


By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: contact@miketendo64.com / jack.lo@miketendo64.com Website: https://miketendo64.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVMO4QgcniAjhLxoyc9n8Q

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