Super Mario Maker Will Have 100 Pre-Made Levels

Super Mario Maker looks like a whole lot of fun. I think everyone’s wanted to make their own sadistic Mario stage at some point. You’ll be able to upload and download other creators’ levels from the internet to play at any time, but, according to the official Super Mario Maker UK website, there will be 100 offline pre-packaged courses to play. You can play these stages straight from the disc. No online connection is necessary.

I’m glad that Nintendo will have their own levels on the disc. I just wonder how difficult they will be.

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Sakurai Says That Several More Smash Bros. DLC Characters Are Planned

So far, Mewtwo, Lucas, Ryu, and Roy have been added to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Masahiro Sakurai recently had an interview with Famitsu in which he speaks about future DLC plans.

According to Sakurai, he want to make as many DLC characters for fans as possible for as long as he can keep the development team together. He predicts that there will be “several” more characters made before the Smash Bros. team moves on. This will include fan-requested characters via the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, as well.

Sakurai asks for patience from fans as they develop more DLC content.

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PC Version of Batman: Arkham Knight Temporarily No Longer for Sale on Steam

Batman: Arkham Knight had, to put it lightly, a fairly problematic release on PC. The game has received an influx of negative Steam reviews due to bad framerate drops, glitches, and other issues causing poor performance.

Many were shocked when WB Games finally did the right thing and pulled the game from Steam until the issues are ironed out. WB has even recommended that Steam users get refunded via Steam’s new refund policy (which is surprising for a “AAA” publisher). WB Games had this to say regarding Arkham Knight on Steam:

“Dear Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners, 

We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall. 

Thank you to those players who have already given valuable feedback. We are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support (http://support.wbgames.com/). If you purchased your copy of the game and are not satisfied with your experience, then we ask for your patience while these issues are resolved. If desired, you can request a refund at https://help.steampowered.com (Steam refund policies can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds) or the retail location where you purchased the game. 

The Batman: Arkham fans have continually supported the franchise to its current height of success, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played. “

It was odd that WB Games even released the game on PC at such a poor state when PS4 and Xbox One users have been reporting much better performance. It’s pretty clear that this was a somewhat lazy port. Regardless, I’m glad that WB games stepped up and did the right thing to salvage the situation.

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Fire Emblem Fates Will Include Same-Sex Marriage

Fire Emblem Awakening featured the ability to let the player character get in a relationship and marry another character of the opposite sex, but finally, Nintendo has added same-sex marriage into Fire Emblem Fates.

Fire Emblem Fates releases June 25 on 3DS in Japan, and it will release next year in North America and Europe. There will be two retail versions of Fates- Conquest and Birthright. Conquest will allow for two male characters to get married, and Birthright will allow two female characters to do the same. The third version of the game (which will be included as DLC) will allow for either. And, of course, straight marriage will be included in the game as usual. Nintendo gave this confirmation about the inclusion of same-sex marriage:

“Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions. In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan. For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date.”

“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle. Both of the aforementioned characters can be encountered in the third edition of the game.”

“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”

I’m unbelievably happy that Nintendo is finally embracing the diversity of gamers and its own fanbase. I think that they’re learning that it’s best to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to games with life-simulation elements. Let’s hope that this won’t be that last example of Nintendo showing support for LGBT fans in their games.

It took long enough, but I won’t be cynical. Better late than never!

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20th Anniversary Dualshock 4 Coming This September

Not too long ago, Sony produced a very small amount of 20th anniversary limited edition PS4′s. Due to supply not nearly meeting the demand, they command enormous prices on sites like ebay. Thankfully, the mass market will now have a chance to buy the 20th anniversary controller on its own this September.

The stand-alone controller will cost $64.99 when it comes out, and pre-orders are already available.

This controller looks amazing. The original Playstation gives me a lot of great nostalgia just thinking about it, so I’d buy this controller in a heartbeat.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Have “No New Characters” and “More Realistic Gameplay”

Sony and Square Enix sent the gaming world by storm when they announced a remake of the legendary Final Fantasy VII. According to the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura, there will not be any new characters added that weren’t in the original PS1 game. However, there will be some gameplay improvements to modernize the game, whilst still keeping within the spirit of the original. Nomura is shooting for a more “realistic” gameplay style, but he assures fans of the original that the original game’s charm will remain intact. He’s doing his best to stay true to the original, but he’s also changing enough to give the remake its own identity.

It seems that Nomura is really aiming for a great balance of old and new with this remake. Final Fantasy VII is a classic and one of my favorite games of all time, but the remake can’t just be a copy of the original, and Nomura knows this.

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Reggie Fils-Aimé Hints at Standard New 3DS Arriving to the US

When I posted our April Fools day prank of the New 3DS getting localized, we actually received a lot of backlash from passionate fans of the little machine.  Admittedly, it was pretty funny but this time the standard New 3DS might actually be making its way to the United States. In an interview with Kotaku, Reggie had this to say:

“So we’ve got nothing to announce here. We’ve certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the base model. We analyzed the results in Japan and saw the lion’s share of the volume was on the XL model, and that’s with no 2DS existing in the Japanese market. And so as we thought about what’s the best line-up for us we thought the new XL and 2DS would be our best line-up. Not going to make any promises but, you know, I would suggest to your readers that they stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up.”

From a business standpoint, it makes sense. Nintendo will most likely try to get as much out the New 3DS as possible before its eventual replacement.  Nintendo also seems to be trying to stretch the lifespan of the New 3DS, hinting at more exclusive games for the platform that will hit the eShop:

“There are digital games coming out that are specific to New Nintendo 3DS.”

This should be interesting to see what Nintendo has in store for its handheld, especially with talk surrounding their future platform, codenamed: NX, which could potentially replace both 3DS and Wii U.

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Metroid Prime Producer: Metroid Prime Would Need to be Continued on NX

A day after Nintendo’s head-scratching E3 Digital Event, Metroid Prime Producer, Kensuke Tanabe has given us some insight into the direction Nintendo is going in. Speaking with Eurogamer, Tanabe expressed the desire to continue the series but made it relatively clear that it most likely wouldn’t be coming to Wii U:

“If we started for Wii U now, it would likely take three years or so. So it would likely now be on Nintendo’s NX console.”

This news is most likely going to upset a lot of Nintendo fans because many thought that a Metroid Prime game was in the works for the Wii U. Apparently that’s not the case. At this point it seems like everyone including Nintendo, is moving on from the Wii U and focusing on the aging 3DS and future NX. It’s concerning because there is no guarantee that the NX will be any better. The last two days have been extremely eye-opening for Nintendo fans; there are a lot of questions that don’t appear to have answers.

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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Announced for Wii U

Nintendo announced a new Mario sports game titled Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U. It is planned for release in Holiday 2015. You can watch the reveal trailer below.

This addition to the series will include interesting power ups and game modes. The Mario Tennis games have always been good fun, but I’m not sure that it was E3 material.

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Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Announced for 3DS

One of Nintendo’s few exciting announcements at their E3 Digital Event had to be Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam on 3DS. It’s a crossover between the normal characters of the Mario & Luigi RPG series and the paper-craft characters of the Paper Mario series. You can watch the reveal trailer below.

This seems like it will be a fun and enjoyable return to form for both Mario RPG franchises. The trailer seems to show a huge variety in gameplay. I can’t wait to see more.

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