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.
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.
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?
Nintendo and Facebook… not exactly two names you hear together every day, is it?
Either way, the official Super Mario Maker Hackathon has now become at Facebook’s HQ, with the social networking site’s staff competing to see who can make the best Mario level. Set over the next few days, the event will see the winner’s level recreated and available to play after the game’s launch, presumably as some sort of official download for the game’s fans. Here are some early pictures from the event, as posted by Kitellis and Nintendo themselves on Instagram.
So yes, as you can see, they’re taking this very seriously, to the point of even drawing plans for the levels on paper up front. Dedication? Perhaps, though we’d personally question whether using a level editing tool like this is really what a ‘hackathon’ is meant to be about. Wouldn’t that make more sense for a Mario ROM hack or fan game or something, where you actually have to edit code?
That’s according to Japanese gaming magazine V-Jump anyway, who state that the announcement will be live streamed online. Here’s a picture of the magazine page announcing it, for those who happen to read Japanese:
So what do we think?
Well, we would like to say that there’s no evidence this is going to be a brand new main series installment. Okay, the live stream thing might suggest that, but then again… didn’t quite a few less notable Dragon Quest games and spinoffs get Nintendo Direct showcases and what not? For all we know this could be some sort of obscure spinoff that hardly anyone ends up paying attention to.
But hey, we’ll just have to wait and see about that. Perhaps it really is a new main series RPG, and the hype’s so massive it brings Japan as a whole to a standstill.
What kind of game do you think Square Enix will be announcing on July 28th?
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:
It's real! AVGN Adventures 2 coming or PC and console. Definitely going for Nintendo again, but maybe others too. pic.twitter.com/fwRGomMSMC
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?
It’s extremely unfortunate that we’re having to write this article for Gaming Reinvented, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55 due to a bile duct tumour.
He died this Saturday, with his ill health being the reason for a lack of presence at E3 2015.
Either way, Mr Iwata was someone who brought a lot to Nintendo. Programming games back when it wasn’t really seen as a legitimate career choice, he was involved in programming games for HAL Laboratory and Nintendo back in the 80s and 90s. In fact, he was so good at doing this that he managed to turn around the likes of Earthbound and make it actually playable (leading to one of the best RPGs of its era). He also worked on Pokemon Gold and Silver, compressing the data enough that the entirety of Kanto from the previous games could be made to fit in the space left on the cartridge.
And that’s even before we look at his achievements as Nintendo CEO. When Iwata took the helm in 2002, Nintendo was in trouble. The Gamecube was underperforming compared to its competitors, the GBA was then Nintendo’s least popular handheld console and their reputation in many regions was summed up in one word as ‘irrelevant’. But Satoru Iwata managed to use the Blue Ocean strategy to turn things around. He marketed the Wii and DS to people who’d never played games before and ended up making two of the most popular and success systems ever released on the market. From there, his work on the 3DS was extraordinary and again managed to turn around a failing system by releasing a near endless stream of great games for it and actually making it worth owning.
Yet he never lost sight of the customers or the fans. With comments such as:
On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.
The only person who has the right to be selfish is the customer
He never lost sight of who Nintendo’s real audience was. He never got driven into the world of cheap ‘freemium’ mobile games by investors wanting to take part in the app ‘gold rush’. He never turned Nintendo in a game driven by endless DLC releases and horse armour. He never told the developers to rush out games that weren’t ready just because the company spotted a quick sales opportunity.