For just a second forget our prediction of Sony announcing the PS4 in less than a week and lets focus our attention upon another major name within the gaming world – Nintendo!
At 2pm (GMT) today, Nintendo held a very special Japanese broadcast/ video presentation, featuring an all new Mario and Donkey Kong, a release date for HarmoKnight and more, it is time to discover what Nintendo had in store for us.
Who doesn’t love discovering a new game or playing a new game in a much loved series?! I certainly do! A main feature of today’s announcement, and the highlights, was multiple new 3DS eShop titles being announced during the presentation
Mario and Donkey Kong
The pair are back and this time a new entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, an instant classic, was revealed. Titled ‘Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move’. Altering from from previous entries in the much loved series players will now view all the action in full 3D. Another interesting feature is we will also have the ability to create our own levels. There is no release date set currently. Click below to view the trailer.
Although already being released in Japan, on 14th March, exactly one month from now, this game will be released in North America…the free trail version that is. Created by the much loved Pokemon developer Game Freak, this rhythm action game will then be released on 28th March. In this game you play as a young hero called Tempo, him along with his friends explore and discover thoughout music-themed stages. Each level has different notes distributed throughout it that cleverly correspond to the music that is playing. While collecting these notes and following along with the rythm, you will have to fight off enemies named “Noizoids” and choose between branching paths, saving the world of Melodia is your duty. Click below to view the trailer.
To really grab our attention (and re-gain it) Nintendo announced at the end of their broadcast that some of the already released games will be on sale. This is a really clever trick into making us purchase Nintendo games which we may not have thought about previously and so our admiration, and their sales increase.
Gaming website IGN quote the following are already currently, or will be, on offer.
Starting Today:Bit.Trip Saga is five bucks off, marked down to $9.99 from its normal price of $14.99.
Starting February 21:Crashmo goes on sale for $5.99, down three dollars from its normal $8.99.
Starting February 28: Fractured Soul for four bucks cheaper, down to $7.99 from its usual $11.99.
Starting March 7:Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword drops two dollars, down to $4.99.
Starting March 14: Same deal for Ketzal’s Corridors. It goes to $4.99, a savings of two dollars.
Starting March 21:Mutant Mudds hits $5.99 from its normal $8.99.
The complete broadcast can be seen in the following link, please note that the complete broadcast is in Japenese however if you have ever wondered what a man dressed up as Luigi is like then it is worth the watch.
Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi Special
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