Mighty No 9 Now Has a Release Date

It’s been delayed three times. Problems with ‘network functionality’ have caused issues for months, and many people have already given up on the game. Indeed, Mighty No 9 was quickly taking up Duke Nukem Forever’s mantle of ‘game that never gets released’ due to all the delays and development problems it’s been having.

But now it seems the Mighty No 9 debacle might finally be coming to a close. The game has now gone gold, and will now be released on June 21st (in America and Asia) and June 24th (everywhere else). What’s more, unlike the previous release dates, the team even outright states that ‘there will be no further delays’. Here’s the announcement post about it on the official Mighty No 9 website:

Mighty No 9 – Goes Gold (official site)

It’s still not everything (apparently the 3DS and Vita ports are coming at a later date), but now it seems the wait for this Mega Man successor is finally over. But will people still care about Keiji Inafune’s project when June rolls around? Will it live up to the hype its generated in the last few months? Will the Wii U version even sell now that the console is being discontinued within a year or two? We’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think about Mighty No 9’s new release date?

The Nintendo NX Is Being Released in March 2017!

It’s finally here! A release window for Nintendo’s next system, the Nintendo NX! Rumoured for years and smack bang in the centre of dozens of ‘leaks’ on social media sites, the console has now been announced for March 2017. Here’s the official Nintendo of America tweet about it, proving the consoles release month:

It’s also been posted about by other branches of the company, like Nintendo UK:

Nintendo of Europe in general:

And Nintendo of Japan:

But while some sort of update on the system is nice to have, there’s a catch. Because it’s coming in March 2017 rather than holiday 2016, the console won’t be shown at E3 this year. Instead, the focus will be on just one game:

The Legend of Zelda, which is now coming to both the Wii U and Nintendo NX. This will literally be the only playable Nintendo game at E3 2016.

People are not exactly taking this well. Indeed, the outcry about this (some would say suspicious) delay is on par of that for Metroid Prime Federation Force and Paper Mario Colour Splash. Heck, it’s so much outcry that previously pro Nintendo users and sites are going all Michael Pachter on the company and predicting its inevitable doom.

But let’s be reasonable eh? The Nintendo NX is coming March 2017, Zelda is going to be on said system, and it won’t make an appearance (or a big one) at E3 2016.

Mario Tennis Ultra Smash Coming to Wii U on November 20th

That’s according to Nintendo of America anyway, who have posted a message about the game’s launch date on their Twitter feed.  Here’s the post regarding the title:

But while it doesn’t seem to be a terrible game by any definition of the word, you do have to wonder why this game is being released already. It literally just got announced at this year’s E3, and we’ve seen… maybe a single trailer for the game since (which in turn maybe showed off a single court and a couple of characters). Doesn’t that seem a little… sudden to anyone else? After all, every other major game tends to get stuff like a decent official website, a couple of trailers and a ton of screenshots and concept art before its release date.

Mario Tennis Media

Above: Literally everything we (and Mario Wiki) know about this game.

So why the sudden release? Well, some people are saying it could have something to do with Star Fox Zero. You see, Star Fox Zero… is not in a particularly finished state at this point in time. It exists, it’s got a fair amount of gameplay working… but it’s still miles below the level of quality people expect from a major new Nintendo title. So the theory is that this game is being pushed out the door to make sure that something… okay, anything is available for the Wii U at Christmas 2015.

Which is kind of problematic to be honest. Star Fox Zero is (arguably) not a system seller in its own right, and Mario Tennis Ultra Smash is even less of one. If people don’t have the Wii U after Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros 4, Mario 3D World, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, they’re probably not buying it after seeing this game.

But let’s wait and see. Perhaps the game may actually turn out be a really polished, well designed experience after the last couple of months in development.

The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes Launching 23rd October

Back in E3, Nintendo announced a new co-op Zelda title called The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes.  Starring three versions of Link and based around different types of clothing granting him various abilities, it drew mixed reactions upon its reveal.

Above: A basic trailer for the game.

Either way, they’ve now also revealed when said game will be released. When?  October 23rd 2015.  This release date will be shared by North America and Europe, with Australia getting the game one day later on October 24th.

So what’s there to say here?  To be honest, not sure.  It’s a decent enough seeming game from the videos that exist (albeit with an art style and gameplay type that has put off a few fans), but it’s not exactly on the level of A Link Between Worlds or Zelda U in terms of hype.

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Majora’s Mask 3D Being Released on 30th of June 2015

I was originally going to post about this game’s February 15th release date.  Unfortunately, Nintendo UK have now confirmed that it’s being released on the 30th of June instead, as can be seen on the mobile version of their online store.

Need more proof?  Here’s a picture of the game purchase page, as of the time of writing:

majorasmask3drelease

From what we can tell, this release date seems to be accurate given the ‘Spring 2015’ rumours and hints flying around.  And also, because this is Nintendo UK’s store we’re talking about, a website which actually managed to reveal the existence of Zelda and Animal Crossing DLC for Mario Kart 8 way before Nintendo ever intended to.

So yes.  Majora’s Mask 3D is probably going to be released on the 30th of June 2015.

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