E3 is Open to the Public This Year

When it comes to events in the gaming world, nothing tops E3. Seen as the most important one in the entire calendar, this summer event in LA has been the location of everything from new console reveals to trailers and demos of games as big as Zelda Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Galaxy among many others. It’s the event pretty much every gamer dreams of attending.

And this year, it seems they’ll get their chance! Because as the title suggests, E3 2017 will now be open to the general public as well as the press. Here’s the official post about it via the official E3 Twitter account:

So how does it work anyway?

Well to put it simply, it works as you’d expect. There’s a limited amount of tickets (15,000 of about 50,000) that are now available for anyone to buy. These cost $250 in total (or $150 with an early bird discount), and let the holder enter the convention and try out whatever games are available there.

Either way, everyone does well now. The media still go and get information about new games for their sites and magazines. The industry still have a way to advertise their wares. And now Average Joe can go and enjoy the new games and presentations. Everyone’s happy, right?

Not quite. As you can probably guess, some parts of the media are a little… upset that their event is now open to everyone. After all, why should they mix with the hoi polloi? It’s like we’re treated as gamers rather than ‘insiders’ now!

But still, these are minority views expressed by a couple of folks on Twitter. For the most part, people are happy with E3 being open for the public to attend. It’s just another fun event for the gaming community calendar.

So what do you think? Are you happy that E3 is now available to the public? Or do you wish it was still a press only deal like it was before?

Animal Crossing Mobile Delayed Till April

A while ago, Nintendo announced that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing would be getting apps based on them released for smartphones.

Which is all well and good for Fire Emblem. We’ve got a name for it (Fire Emblem Heroes). There’s been a trailer as part of a recent Fire Emblem themed Nintendo Direct. Plus a release date has been set for February 2017.

But what about Animal Crossing? What happened to that smartphone game?

Well, here’s the answer. Basically, Nintendo have delayed it to the next fiscal year. Which for people who don’t follow finance, means the earliest release date will be sometime in April 2017.

However, that’s not likely to happen. Why? Well, have much Animal Crossing Mobile information have you seen?

Yeah, I thought so. Nintendo hasn’t even posted a name for the game, let alone a logo or trailer. So unless this is coming in the next month or so, it seems most likely that the game will be a Summer or Autumn release. Heck, maybe even later if Super Mario Run is to be taken as an example.

But still, the delay is the only thing we know about so far. So what do you think? When do you expect that Animal Crossing get to be released for smartphones?

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Nintendo’s Q3 Financial Results

Super Mario Run Updated to Version 1.1

Well, this is a bit unexpected! Seems Nintendo has released an update for Super Mario Run, complete with a few new features and fixes!

Most notably, a new Easy Mode! This interesting addition lets players race through levels without the risk of ever dying, since Bubbles are now unlimited and the time limit has been removed altogether. That’s good news for people who aren’t so good at Mario, since they can now literally force themselves through the game without risk of messing up.

But that’s not the only change here! Oh no, difficulty has also been decreased in Toad Rally too. Why?

Because you both gather more Toads as you play and lose less when you lose the race. This means completing Kingdom Builder is much quicker and more convenient, and a lot more people will be able to hit the 9999 Toads mark this time around.

Other additions include the ability for the game to display Korean text, a bit of groundwork for future event releases (like the recent Christmas one) and the ability to download Toad from My Nintendo multiple times. So hey, if you lose your phone or want to move Mario Run to a new one, you can get Toad back really easily now.

And finally, you’ve got the usual bug fixes. Nothing more to say there really. Probably just tweaks to fix issues like the sound sometimes not playing in the app.

So that’s the new Super Mario Run update for you. Do you like it? Could the new features be interesting to use?

Or do you think Nintendo may have toned it down a tad much?

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Super Mario Run Updated (Japanese Nintendo)

Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura Passes Away at Age of 91

As you probably know, 2017 hasn’t been a good year for celebrity deaths. We lost Mary Tyler Moore and John Hurt earlier in the week. Luigi’s Super Show voice actor Tony Rosato passed away just a short while earlier.

And now it seems we’ve got another major gaming industry death today. Namely, Namco founder Masaya Nakamura. Responsible for setting up the company in 1955, Nakamura was responsible for publishing all kinds of great games and franchises over the years. These include Pac-Man, Ridge Racer, the Tales series and Dig Dug among many, many others.

So thank you Mr Nakamura. It’s through your work and dedication that many of these games got released at all. Thanks for starting Namco and bringing us so many great games.

We wish all the best to your friends and family.

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Gematsu Article

Super Mario Run Coming to Android Devices in March

It’s been an iOS exclusive since December now, with its lack of presence on Android baffling analysts and consumers alike. But now it seems the wait is over for Super Mario Run on Android.

Why? Because as mentioned on Twitter, Super Mario Run now has a release month on Android! Namely, March 2017.

Here’s Nintendo’s message with more information about the upcoming launch:

So yeah, the wait is now over for Android users. Let’s see if they’ll enjoy Super Mario Run any more than their iOS counterparts did late last year!