Written by: J.H. Longman
It’s been news galore this week, from Mario to Link, to Inklings to Pokémon and as always, we’re here to keep you updated. Below you can catch all of our choice picks of noteworthy news this week and we’ve included a new section where we include our latest reviews. These are the Miketendo64 News Highlights of the week!
Super Mario Maker (YAMAMURA, DAISY AND A MILLION SALES):
It has been a great week for Super Mario Maker, finally hitting one million units sold in the US alone, joining the “1 Million Club,” whose current members include Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U and Splatoon. This was also the week where both mystery mushroom costumes #119 and #120 (Yamamura & Daisy) graced us with their presence, bringing an end to another row.
Source: rawmeatcowboy of GoNintendo
Splatoon (THE FINAL WEAPON):
After months and months of new maps and weapons, endless content, the final content has come, weapon number 74, the Custom Hydra Splatling, which is joined by both the Sprinkler serving as its sub-weapon and a Bubbler for when thing are looking dire. Splatoon has had an incredible run but the free-ride is over, but silver lining is the Splatfests will continue!
Source: Jeffrey McDonell of Gamnesia
Pokkén Tournament (NEW FIGHTERS ANNOUNCED):
Last week we were promised the announcement of one new fighter, and while we were left waiting for the announcement of the one, we also got to learn about three more. As well as Shadow Mewtwo being available as a fighter, so will another Mewtwo in his standard colouring. The other two fighters are the dragon-type Garchomp and Braixen. Last but not least, is Chandelure, the fire/ghost-type Pokémon, who will be showcased in a reveal video which will see its first showing at a Game Party Japan, on January the 31st during the Pokkén Tournament competition.
Sources: Edwin Garcia of Nerdist & Harrison Bolin of Gamnesia
HYRULE WARRIORS LEGENDS (THE FAMITSU SCORES ARE IN):
With its release drawing ever nearer, more and more gameplay footage is flooding Youtube, but that’s not all. The Famitsu scores are in and with scores of two 9’s, an 8 and a 10, Hyrule Warriors Legends earned itself a score of 36/40. The same score that Hyrule Warriors for Wii U received.
Source: @salramano of Gematsu.com
Mini-Mario & Friends Amiibo Challenge (THE ALL NEW AMIIBO GAME):
A while back a rumour came to light that there is an amiibo based game in the works, one that is being developed by Nintendo Software Technology. We actually covered the rumour last month and you can see that article right here: Is there a New Amiibo Based Game on the Horizon?
Well the rumour is so much more. It is in fact a game, for both the Wii U and 3DS and it will be releasing in Japan at the end of the month. The game is called Mini Mario & Friends Amiibo Challenge and being developed by the team behind the Mario vs Donkey Kong Series, the game has the same aesthetic and very similar gameplay. Although the game is free, the only way to actually get it, is if you purchase an amiibo after the 28th of January, as every amiibo after that date will come with a download code for the game.
For footage of the game in action, look below. For more details on the subject, check out the source article.
Source: Mike Scorpio of Miketendo64
Pokémon (#Pokemon20 CELEBRATIONS):
Other Pokémon news this week, Nintendo’s planned 5 million dollar during the Super Bowl to celebrate and advertise the 20th anniversary of Pokémon. A trailer which showcases their upcoming games, new trading cards, Pokémon themed 3DS’ and 2DS’ and movie remasters. There is no doubt about it, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company are going all out with their promotions, truly making it a year to be remembered. Our source feature article bellows contains all the information, but if you’re not in a reading mode, we also have the trailer, enjoy:
Source: J.H. Longman of Miketendo64
Virtual Console (METROID: ZERO MISSION):
This week’s big Metroid news (finally, we’re getting something during the 30th year anniversary year of Metroid), was Metroid: Zero Mission’s debut in the eShop for North America. Zero Mission is a remake of the original game, which is already available for download, but with better graphics, new map, cut-scenes and more. Along with the newer version of the original game, there is also a launch trailer to go with it, for us all to get a much better idea of just what the new version has to offer.
Source: Ben Lamoreux of Gamnesia
Weekly Review (SHOVEL KNIGHT & MAJORA’S MASK 3D):
Instead of one, we have to reviews to share, one for the 3DS and one for the Wii U. After hours and hours of the brutal work that is playing videogames, really getting the feel of both Shovel Knight and Majora’s Mask 3D, two new reviews were penned. Both are really great games, worth the purchase and worth the play. With scores of 9.0/10 and 9.6/10.0 both games did their developers proud, but the only way to see which one score what, is to see the reviews for yourself:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (AMIIBO DUNGEON AND MORE):
Zelda news and our chosen big news, for this week, a whole new dungeon! Not only are there less tears to collect (a shame really), but it’s looking like Link can carry a whole lot more rupees, will feature a gamepad inventory screen much like The Wind Waker HD and a ‘Hero Mode’ which will be available at the start of the game and also, Twilight Princess HD will be receiving a new dungeon, which can only be accessed and have your progress saved, if you possess the Wolf Link amiibo. A lot of us are really excited about this, a new dungeon to explore, but there are a lot of unflattering articles out at the moment that are not supportive of the move on Nintendo’s part. Essentially deeming the need of the amiibo to access the new area a money grab, but in all fairness, every Zelda fan out there most likely already have a Zelda/Smash amiibo. Also the new game comes with the Wolf Link amiibo as a bundle, which is actually very well priced, so just how is this a money grab move? All I know is a release date is coming soon and as weird as using amiibos in Zelda will be at first, I honestly don’t think it will be all that bad and am rather looking forwards to seeing it in action, especially the dungeon.
Source: Tom Phillips of EuroGamer
2016 is certainly proving to be an interesting year and we’re only halfway through the first week. Who knows just where the rest of the year will take us, but as always, we’ve got you covered.
This post was written by Mike Scorpio