Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros Releasing December 4th!

Or for those who aren’t from Europe, it’s Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, the new Mario & Luigi RPG where characters from the Paper Mario series appear in crossover form.  We just seem to like adding ‘bros’ to the end of game titles for whatever reason (Mario & Luigi Dream Team was called Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros for example).

But regardless of the weird name change, the game now has a European launch date, and that’s December 4th 2015.  This is about all the proof you should ever need:

It’s also being released in Australia on December 10th.

So what can we say? Well, we’re a bit worried that the game’s been rushed given how lacklustre the characters and setting look now, and we do worry that Sticker Star’s awfulness has infested the rest of the Mario RPGs as well, but… Mario & Luigi Dream Team was also launched earlier in Europe, so there is at least some form of precedent when it comes to us getting these games before the American Nintendo fans do.

What do you think about Mario & Luigi Paper Jam and how Europe is getting it months before the US and Canada?

Nintendo; Choose What Questions to Ask Tri Force Heroes Developers!

Despite the game coming out in the very near future and the many hours of video footage available for it online, it seems we don’t really know much about The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and how it fits into the whole Zelda ‘canon’ thing.  Where is the game in the timeline?  Is it canon?  What does it have to do with Four Swords Adventures?  As of now, we don’t seem to know.

But thankfully, answers to these questions (and more) could be coming very soon! Because you see, Nintendo is having an interesting poll over on Twitter.  They’ve posted a list of possible questions to ask the game’s developers, and the fans have to vote to see which ones make the cut!  Here’s the list of questions to choose from:

Honestly, we’d like to see the whole timeline thing answered ourselves. One Nintendo employee has said it’s canon, another has said it isn’t. So to get a proper answer to the canon question would be a nice thing to see.

But what do you think? What questions do you want to see the Tri Force Heroes devs get asked? You know, other than ‘why is this game being made instead of [insert remake name here]?’

Something Strange; A Catchy Luigi’s Mansion Song for Halloween

Not much to say here, other than that you should definitely listen to it if you like the Luigi’s Mansion series:

Composed and sung by popular Youtuber MandoPony (he’s known for making songs based off various video game franchises and TV shows), it’s a nice tribute to the original Gamecube game complete with lyrics summarising much of the story and atmosphere of the game.  All in all, it’s a very catchy song for halloween, and one that’s just perfect for anyone wanting something a bit different to play at a halloween party this year!

What do you think of this song?

Nintendo moving on from Game Boy games on 3DS Virtual Console

Know of a Game Boy that’s not on the 3DS Virtual Console game yet needs to be brought back?  Well if so, it seems like there’s bad news ahead.  When asked about the possibility of their Tail Gator title being released on the 3DS Virtual Console, Natsume Inc said that Nintendo has moved on from Game Boy games and that anything by them that’s not on there won’t be coming in the foreseeable future.  Here’s the tweet where this is mentioned:

So what does this mean? Well first up, it means anything by Natsume from the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, NES or SNES era (that isn’t already out) isn’t going to be released on the Virtual Console. That’s bad news for anyone who grew up with any of their games.


Above: Apparently not coming to 3DS Virtual Console

Secondly, it hints that Nintendo themselves might not be interested in releasing any more Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, and that anything not already there is pretty as good as gone. That’s bad news for anyone who has a Game Boy favourite or two that’s not as mainstream as the Super Mario Lands and Link’s Awakenings of the world. There’s also talk that this is because of money, and that the 3DS VC simply isn’t making enough cash to be worth it to Nintendo or third parties (what with the costs for rerating games and stuff).

But what do you think? Are you disappointed by this? And is it only Natsume Inc’s games that aren’t coming to 3DS VC, or Game Boy games in general?


Nintendo moving on from Game Boy Virtual Console Releases on 3DS – GoNintendo

The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes; New Commercials!

From all parts of the world too!  So here they are, here are some of the new TV commercials and trailers Nintendo is releasing to advertise the game in various regions.  Let’s start with the Japanese ones, which seem to continue the weird trend of having random people act out video games in a ‘comical’ fashion:

There’s also a more serious video, where Eiji Aonuma himself talks about the gameplay and shows how everything works:

It’s nice to see a game designer and producer talk about a game like this, though perhaps it’d be better if Nintendo actually translated the video and posted it on their worldwide Youtube accounts as well.

On a more serious note, the UK commercials and trailers are surprisingly awesome:

Just showing the game in action?  Not having annoying kids and actors talking over it and acting like everything’s the ‘best game ever’?  It’s like Nintendo UK finally realised that the Cartoon Network demographic wasn’t their only one.  Or that trying to advertise directly to kids just annoyed them and stopped them caring about Nintendo’s games due to the perceived immaturity of the adverts.

Either way, those are the latest adverts for the game.  Do you think the Legend of Zelda Tri Force heroes looks like a game you care about based on them?  Is it the kind of game that’s actually likely to sell?

Post your thoughts on this (and more) over at the Gaming Reinvented forums today!