Nintendo Starts Up Loot Crate Alternative

Heard of Loot Crate?  If you haven’t, it’s basically a service that sends a box of gaming merchandise to your door every month.  It’s pretty much a monthly ‘gear’ club for anyone involved in the gamer or geek lifestyle, a cheap way to get a random box of free objects every month or so.

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Above: An example crate from the Loot Crate website.  Funny enough, it actually has a Nintendo themed piece of merchandise included…

Either way, Nintendo has announced that they’re starting their own version.  Known as the ‘N-Box’ (why do we think Microsoft might not like that name?), it will feature various Nintendo themed toys, clothing and other such accessories and will be offered with three, six or twelve month subscriptions.

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But what do we think of this?  Well, it could be a nice idea if you’re one of those people who just has to have a house filled with Mario and Zelda themed merchandise, but the usefulness of the idea will have to come down to the price and what’s actually being offered in said boxes.  Either way, it’s definitely an interesting new concept from Nintendo, isn’t it?

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Nintendo Will Apparently Offer Loot Crate Subscription Rival – My Nintendo News

Has King K Rool Won the Smash Bros Character Ballot

It may just be an interesting coincidence, but as of DK Jungle Climber’s release on Virtual Console, it seems like Nintendo has trademarked K Rool’s name.  Here’s the description, in case you can’t spot it:

King K. Rool™ is up to no good again, and it’s up to Donkey Kong™ to swing into action. Using a simple control scheme that makes the game fun and easy to play, players of all skill levels can swing and climb to new heights.

People pretty quickly guessed that this had something to do with Smash Bros:

But is it true? Well,it is pretty suspicious that a character that Nintendo hasn’t used for a while (and hasn’t trademarked the name of before) suddenly gets a registered trademark just a few months prior to the Smash Bros ballot results being revealed.  Okay, it could potentially have something to do with Jungle Climber (he’s in that game as well, obviously), but come on.  Paon’s game is pretty much ignored by just about everyone, and they didn’t exactly trademark his name back when Donkey Kong Country 1 or 2 came out…

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Above: The original game’s description does not show any trademarks.

Add how King K Rool is very clearly winning the fan’s votes at the moment, and it seems likely Nintendo’s already decided to use him as Smash Bros character DLC. But what do you think? Does this trademark fiasco hint at the king making his return in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U?

Universal Working on Third Theme Park with Nintendo Rides?

Well, ever since the company’s deal with Nintendo was announced earlier this year, it’s been speculated.  But now it seems things might finally be coming around.

An ‘insider’ has stated that Universal is working on a new theme park in the US, complete with Nintendo theme rides and attractions!  They then go on to say that not only is a Mario Kart rie a certainty, but that talks about both Pokemon and Zelda themed attractions are also underway, with the new park having multiple areas themed after different Nintendo franchises (due to the kids section of the park not having room for all the Nintendo attractions on its own).

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Above: Mario Kart and Zelda may be getting theme park rides and attractions at a new Universal Orlando park

It also talks of World of Warcraft, and the possibility that Universal has gotten a deal going to open up rides and attractions based on that famous game as well.  So if you’ve a MMORPG fan wanting to live out your fantasies in real life… that seems like it could be a very real possibility too.  Perhaps the whole concept will tie into your online characters as well, like stuff you buy actually affecting your virtual avatars?

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Above: World of Warcraft is apparently represented in this theme park as well.

So that’s apparently a glimpse into Universal’s plans for a video game based theme park.  It’s an interesting sounding concept if it is true (and the idea of Mario Kart and Zelda themed rides makes us excited just thinking about it), but take it as hearsay so far, since it’s based on an ‘exclusive’ that hasn’t got a lot of evidence behind it.

What do you think about Universal’s possible plans for a new theme park?  Does the talk of Nintendo and World of Warcraft themed attractions make you interested?

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Universal Orlando working on Third Park with Heavy Video Game Influence – This is Infamous

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2 Announced for PC and Console Platforms

Liked the original Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, a somewhat creative retro style platformer that took inspiration from the old school games in the nerd’s videos?  Well if so, it seems you’re in luck.

Developer FreakZone Games has announced a sequel is currently in development, with a logo and a first glimpse of the game being shown off in their Twitter feed.  Here are the original tweets showing the game in action at SCG:

All in all, it should be a nice little ‘retraux’ game experience for anyone wanting something in the style of a classic NES title.  Or for that matter, someone wanting to actually play a major new game on a Nintendo system, since the title has been announced for Nintendo consoles and the original one was on both the 3DS and Wii U.

But what do you think about the prospect of another video game starring the Angry Video Game Nerd?

Fan Creates Automatic Puzzle Swap Robot for 3DS!

No, it doesn’t shake the console over and over in some desparate bid to rack up Play Coins, but it does automatically spent the ones you have earned on puzzle pieces, assuming you’re too lazy to keep pressing the A button yourself.  Here’s a video of the machine in action:

So what can we say here?  Well, we will get Youtube user JBrothersZ points for originality here, the idea of a robot being made just to spent Play Coins on puzzle pieces is a nifty one in itself.  We just think the usefulness of this device is somewhat questionable.

What do you think of the automated Puzzle Swap robot shown above?