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Greetings from Comic-Con 2012!

July 15, 2012

Jam packed days at Comic Con and Legoland. In GEEK heaven! I probably have a couple dozen posts I want to do, but I’m in the midst of too much awesomeness to stop and write about it!

Stay tuned though! I will start posting tons right after Con (assuming I’m not completely passed out on the couch from over geeking out). I’ll be doing posts on new Lego sets and minifigs, how inept Sony is with handling Human Beings, previews for new Nintendo games/products, and a WORLD EXCLUSIVE about something I got straight from the mouth of Mario.


Nintendo Reveals Comic-Con 2012 Lineup

July 9, 2012

Nintendo announced today that in addition to their booth, they will once again be renting out the Marriott Hotel next door to Comic-Con to create their “Nintendo Gaming Lounge”. However, in contrast to how incredible last year’s selection of games was, this year feels like a major missed opportunity. The Wii U is sadly absent and most of the games they are showing have been released for months.

Yet, it isn’t all bleak. The 3DS XL will be playable as well as New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon! Check out the full list and the press release below.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– At this year’s Comic-Con International 2012 event taking place July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, members of the general public will enjoy an early chance to get their hands on Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of the Nintendo 3DS system with 90 percent larger screens that launches Aug. 19.

In addition to Nintendo’s booth at the show (#5135), multiple activities will take place at a special Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina at 333 W. Harbor Drive, adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. A Comic-Con badge is not required to gain entry to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge.

Games that are scheduled to be playable at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge include:

Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL

New Super Mario Bros. 2
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.)
HEROES OF RUIN (Square Enix)
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] (Square Enix)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Nintendo DS family

Pokémon Conquest

Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
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Via GoNintendo.

Club Nintendo 2012 Gold and Platinum Elite Status Rewards Revealed

July 6, 2012

Club Nintendo announced today their Platinum and Gold rewards for 2012. The Platinum members exclusively get a set of three posters (the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Kid Icarus: Uprising) or a deck of Mario playing cards.

Gold members (or platinum members who don’t want the cards or posters) get the standard calendar which seems to be the new yearly gold level prize.

Alternatively, if you are a platinum or gold member who doesn’t want any of the physical prizes, you can instead choose to get a downloadable game. You can choose from Super Mario Kart or The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask from the Wii Virtual Console, Metroid II: Return of Samus from the 3DS Virtual Console, or Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! from DSiWare (only redeemable on a 3DS, though).

What do you think? Stay tuned for my… impressions.

Via a variety of sources including GoNintendo, Joystiq, and IGN.

Last Chance to Reach Elite Status for Club Nintendo 2011/2012!

June 30, 2012

The Club Nintendo year ends today! Be sure to reach your elite platinum or gold status so you can redeem your exclusive reward!

New Nintendo Direct on Thursday the 21st (UPDATE) NOA at 9:00 P.M. PT

June 21, 2012

UPDATE: Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe are also holding Nintendo Directs. NOA’s is tonight at 9:00 PT and will be focused on 3DS, DS, and Wii. Watch it live here.


Original: Good old Nintendo is treating us to more news again on Friday! This is a Japanese Nintendo Direct, but I’d still expect some news that could apply to the world. It’ll be airing at 8:00 P.M. PT on the 21st. You can watch it live (in Japanese) here.

My wish for the event? News about Animal Crossing 3DS! “No Animal Crossing” was actually trending on Twitter after their 3DS E3 Software Showcase. They had to have noticed that right?

Via GoNintendo here, here, and here.

E3 2012: The Wii U

June 11, 2012

While Nintendo has plenty yet to reveal about the Wii U (price, release date (though it will be coming this holiday season), etc.), they did announce plenty about their new console at E3 2012. In this post I’ll cover everything I can gather about the Wii U announced at E3, including plenty of info regarding the controllers, web interaction, and console specs.

The GamePad

The most obvious feature of the Wii U is the new, unique GamePad controller. Watch the above video for all of it’s magical features.

In addition to all the features shown in the video, here are a few other noteworthy things:

  • The battery life of the GamePad is 3-5 hours depending on screen brightness. Charge time is 2 and 1/2 hours, though you can play while the GamePad is charging.
  • If a developer makes use of it, games can also be played off of the TV. The feature is called Off-Play TV and will most likely be tagged on boxes.
  • The Wii U will support up to two Wii U GamePad’s at a time, though console performance takes a hit – frame rate drops to 30 FPS.
  • In addition to the Wii U GamePad, the console will also support up to four of the new Wii U Pro Controller or Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers as well as Wii accessories like Nunchuks, Classic Controllers, and the Wii Balance Board.

The Console

The Wii U is a powerhouse. It looks to have better graphics than that of the Xbox 360 and PS3. Don’t believe me? Compare these shots from Batman: Arkham City. Click on the image and look really closely.

And here is the Wii U’s tech specs.

The Wii U will also have an eShop ready at launch where users will be able to download both download titles and retail titles and users will also be able to transfer their existing Wii Virtual Console game library to the Wii U.

The Miiverse

Nintendo is implementing a new online social network for use in the Wii U, 3DS, and future Nintendo consoles called the Miiverse. I covered it in my Nintendo Direct post (which has a lot more information about Miiverse than this post does), but there are a few new things Nintendo announced. There are a number of interesting features they are adding, both good and bad. Here are some of them.

  • There will be three levels of security for posting messages one of which is having actual people read them.
  • Because of this it will take about 30 minutes to have a message posted.
  • Friend codes still exist, but are being redone.
  • Users will be able to have a different level of contact with their friends than the general population.
  • You can have up to 12 accounts on each system.
  • Miiverse is tailored to the users featuring certain games for different users.

The Games

Nintendo has announced the full list of Wii U titles to release on or close to launch. Here is the full list below.

Various photos and information found on GoNintendo, Wii U Blog, ONM, and Wii U Daily.

E3 2012: Wii Fit U

June 5, 2012

Nintendo announced Wii Fit U at their E3 presentation today. It works with the Wii Balance board and comes packaged with a small fit meter that tracks daily activity. Read all about it here.

E3 2012 Wii U Lineup Trailer

June 5, 2012

What an interesting E3. While we saw a lot of amazing looking games (New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, Nintendo Land, and Scribblenauts Unlimited come to mind) we seemed to be missing deeper Nintendo published titles (Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros, Galaxy style Mario, etc.) on their new console.

While I work on posting photos, trailers, and E3 news, enjoy the Wii U lineup trailer above.

E3 2012: Rayman Legends

June 4, 2012

Ubisoft held their press conference today officially unveiling Rayman Legends (along with a slew of other Wii U games), their Wii U exclusive platforming adventure in the spirit of Rayman Origins. This is the most certainly the coolest Wii U footage I’ve seen. It looks beautiful and I love how they are using the Wii U Gamepad. Read all about it here.

Via ONM.

Pre E3 2012 Nintendo Direct: Miiverse, Wii U Gamepad Final Design, Wii U Pro Controller, and More!

June 3, 2012

Mr. Iwata talked it up for a half hour, telling the world all about the Wii U (with a focus on the social elements!). Lots and lots of fantastic stuff. In case you don’t want to sit and watch the corniness, here is a recap of what went down from GoNintendo (because I really don’t feel like repeating them) and if you just want to watch the biggest news showcased in a cheesy skit, you can view the online action promo here.

  • E3 presentation on Tuesday to focus on Wii U games.
  • Nintendo began discussing what they should do with Wii U back in 2008
  • Nintendo wants to unite people with Wii U rather than separate them
  • controller is called the Wii U GamePad

  • control sticks can be pushed down, button layout has been changed to maximize comfort – mystery square is the NFC reader/writer

  • controller can act as a TV remote

  • controller features motion and gyro sensors
  • Wii U supports Wiimote, Nunchuk, Balance Board
  • Wii U Pro Controller described by Iwata as a “more attractive for longer and more intensive forms of gaming”

  • Wii U seen in black
  • Wii U to have video chat

  • Wii U menu system called Mii Wara Wara, a plaza full of Miis saying all sorts of things

  • view your Mii, Miis on your system, your friend’s Miis and Miis in the same country having similar experiences
  • The Miiverse lets you see what friends are doing, even if you don’t have the same games as them
  • bring up the Miiverse during gameplay as well


  • communication between Miis can happen via text messages, but can also be viewed/used via the Wii U GamePad

  • hand-write notes or make doodles on the GamePad for the Miiverse

  • Miiverse allows you to add facial expressions for your Mii

  • post screenshots from gameplay, or content that you’ve created yourself
  • Miiverse can be accessed by all games via home button
  • Miiverse can be used with games that don’t feature online interactions
  • these interactions are browser-based. After launch, you can access Miiverse on your PC, 3DS or any web-enabled mobile device
  • Miiverse keeps future Nintendo devices in mind, whatever they may be- Wii U internet browser lets you share what’s on the Game Pad via your TV

  • close a virtual curtain over a TV screen to keep what you’re browsing on the Game Pad a secret, reveal when you want to
  • plenty of 3DS news coming during ‘other upcoming opportunities’