As Nintendo prepares to show off a number of cool indie games at PAX West in Seattle, the video game maker is making sure that game lovers all across the country can get in on the action from afar: The esteemed “Nindie” community has come together to put the spotlight on independent games in Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Every Thursday in September, a new digital release will hit Nintendo eShop for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or both at an introductory pricing promotion of 10 percent off during the first week of launch. Additionally, the featured developers will share video stories about their projects’ development in Nintendo eShop. The featured developers will also curate a shelf in Nintendo eShop highlighting some of their favorite games.
Our Nindie partners have been hard at work creating amazing content for Nintendo fans,” said Damon Baker of Nintendo of America’s Publisher and Developer Relations. “The #Nindies Summer Jam promotion not only makes it easy for fans to check out all the latest and greatest indie games on Nintendo eShop, but to also learn more about the developers that have worked so hard to create them.”
The release schedule is as follows:
Axiom Verge from Thomas Happ Games – In this retro-style action-platform-exploration game, use the Wii U GamePad as your map, a way to easily swap between weapons or for Off-TV Play. A failed scientist dies in an accident, only to awaken in a mysterious, alien world. Where is he? How did he get here? And why do the fundamental laws of reality appear broken? Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It’s a thin line. It’s Axiom Verge. Available on Wii U.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition from Thunder Lotus Games – Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Norse warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Jotun: Valhalla Edition features Valhalla Mode, a boss rush mode with even fiercer versions of the already challenging jotun. Exclusive to the Wii U version, the map is always displayed on the GamePad and God Powers can be activated using the touch screen. The game launches on Wii U first, and its GamePad features make this the definitive version. Impress the Gods!
Noitu Love: Devolution from MP2 Games – The year is 2288. The city is protected by an organization called “The Peacekeepers League” and everything is swell except that it’s under attack by a robot army lead by professor Darnacus Damnation! Or is it… ? Available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with intuitive, touch-screen controlled gameplay.
Severed from Drinkbox Studios – Take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha, who wields a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world in search of her family. Available on Wii U. Features include: Cross-Buy between Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Off-TV Play, in-game Achievements, HD graphical optimizations.
Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 from INTI CREATES – Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 is a 2D action-platforming game in the style of the Japanese classics of yesteryear. The great controls, crisp graphics, unique play mechanics and epic boss battles from the first installment are all here, along with a host of new features. Available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.
You can see the trailer for the promotion below
This is extremely cool and we hope to cover most if not all of these games in the future.
Here are the Nintendo eShop Downloads for North America for the week of August 25th 2016
Wii U Download
Shadow Archer – $2.99
Wii U Virtual Console
Super Mario 64 DS – $7.99
Japanese Rail Sim 3D Monorail Trip to Okinawa – $19.99
Pixel Paint – $3.99
The Legend of Kusakari – $4.99
New 3DS Virtual Console
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – $7.99
Street Fighter Alpha 2 – $7.99
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers – $7.99
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
Wii U / 3DS
– Summer Savings – There’s one week left of the Summer Savings event, so don’t miss out. Nintendo fans are invited to celebrate the last days of summer with our Summer Savings event, which offers discounts of up to 30 percent on select games. Shop online at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals or on Nintendo eShop during the sale, which runs through 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– The Delusions of Von Sottendorf and His Square Mind (Nintendo 3DS) and The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version (Wii U) are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 8.
– Journey of a Special Average Balloon, The Letter and more games from TreeFall Studios are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 31.
– Kung Fu FIGHT! is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to 99 cents) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.
– Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1
– Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is more than 65 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.
– Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is 75 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.
– Toy Defense, Wakedas and more games from Circle Ent. are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.
Nintendo has acquired 70% of retail distributor JESNET. They have worked extensively with each other in the past and this could be seen as a strengthening of those business ties. Alternatively, it could be that Nintendo is preparing a major launch for the NX when it comes out and is sparing no expense. Either way, we will keep you updated.
To Whom It May Concern
August 25, 2016
Listed Company Name: Nintendo Co., Ltd. Representative: Tatsumi Kimishima
Representative Director and President
(Code Number: 7974 First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange)
Contact Person: Yutaka Takenaga
Deputy General Manager
Corporate Analysis & Administration Division (TEL 075 – 662 – 9600)
Notification of the Subsidiarization of JESNET Co. Ltd. and the Acceptance of Assignment of Business from AJIOKA Co., Ltd.
Nintendo Co., Ltd., (HQ: Kyoto Minami-ku; Representative Director and President: Tatsumi Kimishima; hereinafter “Nintendo”) would like to announce that it has passed a resolution to acquire the stock of JESNET Co. Ltd. (HQ: Sapporo, Hokkaido; Representative Director and President: Jou Suzuki; hereinafter “JESNET”) and make it a subsidiary of Nintendo at the August 25, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors. Furthermore, on the same day as JESNET becomes a subsidiary of Nintendo, JESNET will accept the assignment of the video game wholesale business from AJIOKA Co., Ltd. (HQ: Nishio, Aichi; Representative Director and President: Gentarou Ajioka; hereinafter “AJIOKA”). JESNET and AJIOKA have also agreed to this resolution.
In an update to our earlier story, Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers is also coming to the 3DS VC tomorrow
New challengers, new moves! Get ready to fight!
When Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers debuted, the fighting game genre would be forever changed. Along with a revolutionary combo system, the game introduced a new set of challengers to fight alongside the original Street Fighter II cast. In addition to the classic characters, players take control of four brand new characters in exciting head-to-head fighting game play! Choose T. Hawk and his unmatched strength to crush your opponents. Use Deejay’s unrivaled kickboxing ability to defeat your opponents. Fight with the furious kung fu of Fei Long and unleash your inner dragon. Drill your rivals with the deadly beauty of Cammy and emerge victorious. Get ready for the Street Fighter Tournament and to fight!
After being outed in a rating, Super Mario 64 DS is confirmed for the Wii U VC on 8/25
Play as four different Mushroom Kingdom characters, and recover all 150 Power Stars!
Mario, Luigi, and Wario set out for a party at Princess Peach’s castle but arrive to find it empty except for Yoshi. They soon discover that Bowser has stolen the Power Stars and imprisoned the Toads. Enter all of the castle paintings, and save the day! Then try out some action-packed minigames!
Street Fighters II Turbo Hyper Fighting will be coming to the New 3DS VC Tomorrow
Warriors from around the world battle each other at incredible speeds!
Street Fighter™ II defined gaming in the 1990s by revolutionizing the fighting game genre. Street Fighter™ II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, was the third and final release of the original Street Fighter II series. The original eight world warriors are featured, along with playable boss characters Balrog, Sagat, and M. Bison. The game offered enhanced gameplay speed and improved character balancing.
Street Fighter Alpha 2 explodes on-screen with lightning-fast gameplay and amazing innovations. Quick Move Reversals, Alpha Counters and the incredible Custom Combo System create a new standard for all games to fight by. Push your talents to the limit as you discover new hidden moves and reversals for every character. Neutralize opponent’s attacks with high and low Alpha Counters and execute incredible Custom Combos to create your own rapid-fire assault of attacks. All your favorite warriors are back for more! Previously hidden characters Dan, Akuma, and Bison are joined by five new fighters: Rolento, Gen, Sakura, and classic favorites Dhalsim and Zangief.
Today Nintendo discussed their full plans for PAX West 2016, which includes and indie game show with another round of Nindies at Night and more footage of their previously announced games.
Here are Nintendo’s full plans for Pax West 2016.
Nindies@Night: For the second year, Nintendo will kick off its PAX West activities with an event at the EMP Museum in Seattle. The event is free and open to the public and will give people a chance to sample both first playable and anticipated video games from our Nindie community. Playable games include Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ Games), Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Thunder Lotus Games), Shantae Half-Genie Hero (WayForward/XSEED), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), World to the West (Rain Games), FAST Racing NEO – NEO Future Pack (Shin’en) and SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for the Wii U console, and Runbow Pocket (13AM Games), Punch Club (tiny Build Games), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 (INTI CREATES), Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games) and Gurumin: A Monsterous Adventure (Mastiff) for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Attendees will also have the chance to snag some giveaways and prizes, while supplies last. Additionally, all attendees will have access to EMP’s Indie Game Revolution exhibit, which includes newly installed titles from the Nintendo independent community. The Nindies@Night event takes place 8 p.m.-midnight on Sept. 1 at the EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N in Seattle.
Indie Lounge at PAX West: For anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the Nindies@Night event, we are bringing the same playable Nindie content to PAX West in the convention center on the sixth floor in Room 612. Developers will be there to demonstrate their games and answer questions, and giveaway free swag. Indie Lounge hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday to Sunday, and noon-6 p.m. on Monday.
Nintendo’s Booth: PAX West attendees can swing by the Nintendo booth (South Hall, Booth No. 2335) to check out a variety of fun games and products. In addition to a number of fun activities themed to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Nintendo plans to have playable versions of the Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and YO-KAI WATCH 2 games on hand. Additionally, visitors can check out cool displays of amiibo figures and the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition hardware, which launches Nov. 11.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Photo Experience: A photo booth will be set up at the Nintendo booth for fans to take some fun photos with two legendary Pokémon and Pokémon trainers. Additionally, fans who pre-order Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon onsite will receive a collectable gift.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Developer Discussion: The producer of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past from Square Enix will host a game-focused developer discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Hydra Theater.
PAX West 2016 runs from September 2 to September 5.
In a recent interview, Shin’en revealed they are working on a new project and it will be on a Nintendo console. However they also noted that it is too early to discuss the finer details
The problem is I can’t talk about it. I’d really like to talk about it, but if I say anything…. let me put it this way: we’re very happy to work with Nintendo, we’ll keep doing it and our next project will be with them. We’re also carrying out new experiments and creating new prototypes, but I can’t talk about this either, because they’re so deep in their initial stage that there would be no point talking about it now.
In early 2017, the Pokémon TCG introduces the Sun & Moon Series and new Pokémon-GX cards. The term GX describes special attacks and special Pokémon that are completely new to the Pokémon TCG. These exciting advancements will require players to develop new tactics and strategy as they engage in one of the world’s most popular trading card games.
Each Pokémon-GX has a devastating GX attack that can instantly reverse a player’s disadvantage or create an early-game advantage. A player can’t use more than one GX attack in a game, so deciding which GX attack to use and when poses a strategic challenge.
In Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon, Pokémon-GX will make their first appearance. There are four defining characteristics of Pokémon-GX.
Only Pokémon-GX have GX attacks which can be used once per game.
Each Pokémon-GX has a maximum of two attacks in addition to its GX attack. Pokémon-GX have ordinary attacks and Abilities besides their GX attack. It’s possible to use different attacks as the situation demands.
Pokémon-GX have strong attacks and high HP, so they can overwhelm their opponent’s Pokémon without needing to rely on the GX attack.
This extra power comes with a price. When a Pokémon-GX is Knocked Out, the opponent takes two Prize cards, so players need to strategically decide when to use them.
The Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala, who appear on the covers of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, will be featured in the Sun & Moon expansion as Pokémon-GX.
The Sol Burst-GX attack allows a player to attach up to 5 Energy cards from their deck to their Pokémon in any way they like, making it a powerful attack that’s useful for super Energy acceleration.
The Lunar Fall-GX attack lets a player immediately Knock Out any of their opponent’s Basic Pokémon.
This is looking really cool and I hope fans of The Pokémon TCG enjoy this new addition.