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Paper Mario Colour Splash… has not exactly gotten a good reputation since it’s reveal. From the hordes of negative votes and comments, to the #MakePaperMarioGreatAgain hashtag to endless angry videos about the game, it’s basically gone down as well as a lead balloon.
But could the game be getting a special edition regardless? It seems so, since Amazon is listing the game as a ‘standard edition’. Here’s the wording from the page:
Paper Mario: Color Splash – Wii U Standard Edition
So what could this edition include? Well, usually special editions include stuff like Amiibo, art books, soundtracks, etc. Sometimes even a special limited version of the console too, as a sort of bundle deal.
Honestly, it’s probably not going to be the latter. Why? Wii U is basically dead now. And even if it wasn’t, the percentage of its audience who’ll buy Paper Mario Colour Splash is… maybe about 10%. Its general reception, reputation and ties with Sticker Star could well cause it to bomb worse than Paper Jam did on the 3DS. Only a fool would sell a bundle with those odds for sales success behind it. An art book or soundtrack could be plausible, though the number of people that would care for concept art of ‘generic New Super Mario Bros enemies in Paper Mario style’ is another question.
Above: Maybe not the game that needs a special edition…
An Amiibo or Amiibo cards… well, that’s the interesting possibility. What’s more, the very gameplay concept revolves around cards. If there was ever a reason to include some special Amiibo cards in the box, well that’s it. Scan in cards with special characters on the front, get more powerful attacks for in battle. Bit like in Paper Jam, except using new Amiibo as well as existing ones.
It could also be a mistake or reference to something else I guess.
But either way, there’s now the possibility of a special edition version of Paper Mario Colour Splash. Are you buying it?
Paper Mario: Color Splash – Wii U Standard Edition – Amazon
It’s been a while coming, but now popular survival horror franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s is coming to consoles! Yes, creator Scott Cawthon is in talks with various companies about bringing them to home systems. And what’s more, they’ll be full blown remakes. As said to a forum user who asked about whether the games could come to consoles:
Actually, yes! It will happen. I’m talking with a few companies who are interested in doing console remakes of the original games
However, there’s one catch.
Namely, it seems unlikely that the Wii U will be one of these platforms. Oh sure, it’s the ideal system for the games. And yes, the in game camera switching seems absolutely perfect for the GamePad.
But according to Scott, ut might not happen. Why?
Because he’s unsure if the Wii U will still be a thing when the game’s are finally released. In his own words:
Yeah I doubt the Wii-U will be thing by the time a console release is ready.
Which is a fair concern to be perfectly honest. Remember, the Nintendo NX is coming out in March 2017. The console ports at Five Nights at Freddy’s haven’t even started development yet, and could easily take until 2017 to remake given that each of the games needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Could we get an NX version instead? Possibly, though that itself would take even more time given that Scott likely doesn’t own a dev kit for the system yet.
Have you ever wished to play as Mario and friends in Minecraft?
Or that you could officially explore places like Princess Peach’s Castle and Isle Delfino in the Minecraft’s iconic style?
Well if so, you’re in luck! Nintendo has just announced that the ‘Super Mario Mash-Up Pack’ is coming to Minecraft: Wii U Edition on May 17th. This pack will be released for free, and feature:
- Textures based on Mario games like New Super Mario Bros, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine
- Tons of character skins, for everyone from Mario and Luigi to Bowser, Wario and even Diddy Kong.
- Redone enemies based on the Mario series. Like Hammer Bros and Dry Bones replacing the traditional Creepers and Zombies.
- And even classic Mario music based on Super Mario 64!
There’s even an included Mario World that features all this new content. Here’s a trailer showing some of it in action:
It’s a pretty clever move by Nintendo when you think about it. Minecraft is massively popular with the type of kids who don’t already play Nintendo games that much, and this sort of character pack might inspire some of them to check out Nintendo’s own series. It’s also a nice follow up to Super Mario Maker in general, since it lets Nintendo have a hand in releasing a sort of ‘3D Mario Maker’ without needing to put time and effort into providing a new engine and editor from scratch. Is it as good as an editor for Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy might be? Not really, but it does seem like something that will keep a few die hard Mario fans busy for a while.
But what do you think? Do you like the look of this new Mario themed Minecraft pack? And for that matter, should Nintendo do similar deals for Pokemon and Zelda?
Ever since Splatoon was launched early last year, online contests called Splatfests have been a regular occurrence. Based on everything from choices of food to favourite Spongebob character, they’re team based events where players pick a side and engage in battles against members of the other team.
But up to now, they’ve been region specific. For example, the first one was:
Rice vs. Bread (in Japan)
Rock vs. Pop (in Europe)
Cats vs. Dogs (in North America)
Now though, things seem to be changing. A new splatfest event has been announced, and this one is global! Yes, people from every region battle against other players from other regions, all over whether they prefer attending fancy parties or costume parties. This will start on the 13th of May (PDT)/14th May (other time zones) and run until May 15th. Here’s the banner for the event:
As you can see, it’s also tied in to Miitomo, and will help promote Nintendo’s new mobile app a bit as well.
So that’s the new Splatfest event. It’s worldwide, it’s based on which type of party you prefer attending and it’s starting on May 13th/14th. Are you going to be taking part in this one? Post your thoughts here or on our social media channels today!
Splatfest Details – Nintendo of America’s Twitter Account
I’m afraid so, the game is now due to be released in 2017 rather than at the end of this year. Still, there’s some good news in it too, as the game is now heading to the Nintendo NX! Yep, just like Twilight Princess before it, Zelda U is now being released on both the Wii U and Nintendo NX systems. This should give early adopters for the latter a Zelda game to play on launch day, assuming it comes out around that time.
It’s also going to be playable at E3 2016, so hey, guess that’s something.
Nintendo have also released a ‘new’ piece of artwork for the game. Well, they say it’s new, it’s really just the same version of Link from the screenshots but in better quality. Here it is:
Here’s a tweet from Nintendo backing up the delayed release date and Nintendo NX release:
So what do you think about this? Are you happy the game is also being released on the Nintendo NX? Or do you wish it had stayed a Wii U only game and been released this year? Post your thoughts in the forums here or on our social media channels now!