Square Enix revealed earlier this week that the upcoming Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS will enable you to transform into Cloud and other Final Fantasy protagonists. This is all part of the game’s unique Trance feature which will allow gamers to transform into other legendary Final Fantasy characters. The Trance feature will be time limited and the only character confirmed so far is Cloud, but we will inevitably hear about other characters in the coming months.
Mario creator and game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Nintendo is no longer concerned with the casual gaming market. In a recent feature with Edge Magazine, Miyamoto explained Nintendo’s current stance was its particular need to focus on the dedicated core fan-base. Since the shift to mobile gaming, the casual and “passive” market – that Nintendo profited from in the days of the Wii and DS generation – is no longer there. Here’s what Miyamoto said on the matter:
“[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland. Their attitude is, ‘okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.’ It’s kind of a passive attitude they’re taking, and to me it’s kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try…
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NeoGAF member Shikamaru Ninja has published an update detailing the restructuring at Nintendo’s Kyoto development centre. The information was taken from a number of verified sources which include nintendo.co,jp, kyoto-np.co.jp, srd.co.jp and intsys.co.jp.
Central HQ Building / Kyoto Research Office (old buildings)
– “1,000 developers” from the Central Office HQ vacated
– “100 developers” from the Kyoto Research Office vacated
– Intelligent Systems vacated from Kyoto Research Office into their new private building.
– No more development personnel in Central Office HQ?
– Only Mario Club Co., Ltd left in Kyoto Research Office?
Kyoto Development Center (new building)
– June 2014 official time of personnel transplant
– “1,000” Nintendo developers from Central HQ and “100” Nintendo developers from Kyoto Research Office merged into new Kyoto Development Center.
– Hardware and all Software personnel now in one building.
– 1,100~ / 1,500+ capacity filled thus far
– Nintendo hopes for better efficiency and…
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Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has posted two new Wii U and 3DS screenshots showing off alternative outfits for Zero Suit Samus. In his daily Miiverse post, the brawler’s director mentioned Samus’s top and shorts combo from the Game Boy Advance’s Metroid: Zero Mission was drawn by a female designer – alleviating previous fan concerns that Samus was becoming overtly sexualised.
Aside from her well-designed outfits, sharp-eyed Smash Bros fans will recognise the arrival of a returning stage in the 3DS screenshot above. The original Metroid stage seen in previous Smash entries, Brinstar, will make an re-appearance in the 3DS version of the game. Here’s what Sakurai said for both screenshots on Miiverse:
“Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this… That’s what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these…
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The latest edition of Famitsu has revealed the games that Japanese gamers are looking forward to the most in the coming months. There’s plenty of Nintendo related titles in the list including the soon to be released Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros 3DS. Capcom’s Nintendo 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate tops the list.
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 949 votes
- [PS3] Persona 5 – 800 votes
- [WIU] Hyrule Warriors – 603 votes
- [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 488 votes
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 444 votes
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 432 votes
- [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 419 votes
- [PS3] Tales of Zestiria – 401 votes
- [3DS] Bravely Second – 305 votes
- [PS4] The Evil Within – 297 votes
- [PSV] Toukiden Extreme – 289 votes
- [PSV] Bullet Girls – 262 votes
- [WIU] Bayonetta 2 – 246 votes
- [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U…
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