Gaming developers, you have it all wrong. You want to make extra cash? Then stop fiddling with season passes, attack-pants and micro-DLC. Believe it or not, gamers want to get physical like an Olivia Newton John song, with some quality merch. It’s worked for Skylanders. It’s been a blockbuster tactic for Disney Infinity. And now Nintendo is joining that market with its beautiful Amiibo figures for Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo spent so much energy focusing on Luigi last year, hoping that shifting attention away from the red brother would have a correlating affect on their bank accounts. Surprising almost no one, it did little to boost the sales of Nintendo games and particularly the Wii U. Now Luigi's year is coming to an end - I wonder what the new year will bring.
I’ve got a soft spot for the Nintendo Direct conferences that pop up every month. They’re humble slices of gaming news, stripped off all that Hollywood teaser jazz nonsense, and get right down to business. Nintendo didn’t stray too far from their usual conferences last night, but they’re certainly taking one or two game characters in unexpected directions.
Nintendo declared 2013 as the "Year of Luigi", with fantastic emphasis on the much loved character. Now they've released a hilarious mocumentary that takes it to another level.
I like the way that Nintendo releases news on their upcoming events. No massive media circuses or teasing, just down to business information, reveals and banter from the big guys in charge of the company. Last night was business as usual then, with quite a few games announced. Here’s what went down last night.
I really love how Nintendo does it’s press and marketing these days. Instead of going though the press, it does its marketing directly to the consumer, with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata doing near monthly videos to let gamers know what to expect on Nintendo platforms. Yesterday, the company hosted another one; here’s the good stuff from Nintendo direct.
Man, Mario gets all the attention; the best mushrooms and even all the girls. That all changes this year, because it’s the year of Luigi. That’s the overall message from the perpetually delightful Nintendo president Satoru Iwata from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct.
Franchises come and go, but the successful ones hang around for many a year, releasing new titles on an annual basis. Or every six months. Or every week, because that’s what it feels like some days whenever another Super Mario game pops up. The Italian plumber has been a staple of Nintendo for quite a few years now, carrying the heavy burden of mascot for an entire generation of gamers, with new games popping up constantly. And according to Nintendo, they aren’t worried about over-saturating the market with Mario at all.
What happens when you envision all the characters from the Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong titles as humans and then put them in a movie where they are fighting over a city? Well you get this video from TheGameStation which is 2 parts awesome and 10 parts insaneâ€¦
CollegeHumor often have videogame themed posts, and most â€“ but not all of them â€“ are great. The latest one, 5 imaginary Facebook status updates and their accompanying comments falls firmly in that â€œgreatâ€ category. It manages to nail the characters, playing them to type perfectly. From Marioâ€™s disdain at Peachâ€™s renewed capture, Tailsâ€™ pathetic abject adulation for Sonic or Final Fantasy VIIâ€™s Cloud decidedly emo nature, thereâ€™s sure to be something to make you giggle.
Before anyone asks, yes I used â€œFacebookâ€ as a verb, and yes Iâ€™m a little upset about it.
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