The Nintendo NX is Rumoured to Have 4K Support

Nintendo’s upcoming console, codenamed ‘NX’, has been the subject of numerous rumours from multiple sources who apparently know confidential details about the system’s key features. Reports have suggested Nintendo will adopt the X86 architecture and be a handheld/home console hybrid. Other leaks indicate it might even use the latest version of Android. The latest rumour was originally posted on Reddit but the author has since decided to remove the post. Thankfully, MyNintendoNews managed to save the details which are listed below:

  • The retail name for the NX is unknown to developers (or they are holding back). I’ve asked multiple sources.
  • I know of at least 1 third-party Wii U game that has/have been successfully ported to NX.
  • Amiibo are still supported (if you hadn’t already guessed).
  • Friend codes are still a thing (unfortunately).
  • I don’t know when the NX will be announced. Speculation is this month.
  • There are multiple “gimmicks” with the NX, one is optional.
  • There are physical dev-kits out in the wild, I don’t have access to these.
  • I don’t know the model of the GPU, however there is little doubt (from what I’ve been told) that it an AMD.
  • The NX is capable of outputting 4k. Consensus is upscaling and streaming.
  • DDR4 Memory (between 6GB – 8GB). EDIT: Available to software.

Apparently, the NX will support 4K, but the games will not natively run at this resolution. It’s not overly surprising given the graphical horsepower required to push so many pixels. Honestly, I’m really concerned by the claim of multiple “gimmicks” because history dictates similar measures proved to be unpopular. While the Wii U gamepad is a novel idea, I found it uncomfortable for prolonged periods. On another note, the Wii remote didn’t really add anything to core games and felt extremely unnecessary. I think it’s important for Nintendo to innovate but create something which doesn’t have any gimmicks.

Of course, this is from an unverified source so it’s vital to take these claims with a pinch of salt.

In Profit and Mobile Gaming, Could Nintendo Be Back?

Nintendo recently announced their first year in profit in four years, celebrating the continued success of the Wii U and the 3DS. But does the future look as bright as the present for Nintendo?

Launched alongside one of their trademark games for the Wii U, Super Smash Bros Melee, Nintendo got into the collectible miniature market. The Amiibo’s can be used in certain games, and will continue to be supported in future games, and with a reported sales of approximately 10.5 million figures sold, its clear to see why Nintendo has reacted well to the sales of their Amiibo’s. They did admit that people have been inconvenienced by the shortages on certain models, so much so that Nintendo have vowed to increase production of the models that have sold out or are “indispensable to play a certain game”. With approximately 66% of Amiibo sales sold in the US and Canada, with a further 20% in Europe and 11% sold in Japan there are clear regions where the Amiibo’s have been received better.

Future plans for the Amiibo’s include the release of a 3DS NFC Reader/Writer, allowing users of the original 3DS to use Amiibos, without having to buy the new model. A new selection of Amiibo’s will be released, including Yarn based Yoshi’s and card-type Amiibo’s, expanding on the figurine based collection that is currently available.

Nintedo celebrated, for the third year in a row, the increased digital sales, increasing by about 30% reaching a total of 31.3 billion yen (Approximately £1.69 billion).

One of the biggest announcements was the development of games on smart devices using Nintendo IP. What this actually means long-term is you can expect to see Nintendo characters and games making their way onto smartphones and tablets, with a focus on combining all of their services together to create a unified background for all the different systems.

Alongside their new mobile games and Amiibo’s Universal Park and Resorts will be using Nintendo IP to create a selection of new rides and theme part attractions.

Out of all of this I take one thing away, Pokemon may be coming to smartphones and tablets! We can dream, right? I mean, the Smart boy, was originally announced as an April Fools joke, Hyperkin have announced that they will be creating a device that will turn the iPhone 6 Plus (and maybe other smart phones) into a Gameboy colour, letting those who are old enough to remember the device to own one and enjoy classics such as Pokemon Red and Blue with an original feeling controller.

Information courtesy of Nintendo.

Nintendo’s Amiibo Characters in Short Supply – Nintendo Vows to Meet Demand

Nintendo have never been the best at ensuring that the supply for their products stays above or relative to the demand – like the shortage of Gamecube controller adapters when Super Smash Bros. came out for the Wii U. But now it seems that Nintendo’s Amiibo’s are becoming in short supply, with rarer characters being damn near impossible to find.

The news came after a post on the companies Facebook page, admitting that they had not anticipated the level of demand the small plastic figures would bring and they even acknowledge the fact that some figures are harder to find than others. However, they are claiming that they will be upping the number of units that are produced and shipped to retail with hopes to keep up with the unexpected demand.

Launched in 2014, the small plastic figures allow users to enhance their in-game experience using near field communication with the Wii U and New 3DS, very much similar to DLC except in a physical form. Aside from just improving the gameplay of supported games, it also brings in a very “gotta catch ’em all” vibe, with users trying to get their hands on the most scarce of characters, sometimes paying premium prices.

Unfortunately this popularity has caused increased prices and unhappy customers but with Nintendo promising to improve, we should see stability once again restored in the near future.

Nintendo’s Next Wave of amiibos to be Sold Only Through eBay

The market for amiibos – Nintnedo’s series of character toys that offer perks when connected to selected games – has become rather lucrative for secondary sales, with the more rare figures being sold on for up to $100. In an effort to suppress this grey market Nintendo has agreed an exclusive partnership with eBay store xXxNoScopexXx to sell the next wave of amiibo figurines.

The deal is designed to stop inflated mark-ups on the resale market by making distribution cheaper and more efficient. Sources close to the deal suggest that this is part of Nintendo’s broader strategy to embrace new market trends.

Source: Destructoid

Man Buys Hundreds of Rosalina Amiibos Out of Spite

A spiteful shopper, going under the pseudonym Daily Dose, has spent over $4,000 on Rosalina amiibo figures. Because he’s such a big fan? No. Because he doesn’t want you to have one.

“I do not appreciate Rosalina appearing in almost every recent Mario game to date. The fact Nintendo promotes her so much and people praise her is just disgusting,” Daily Dose told Nintendo Nuggets. “I hate her fans, too. I know for a fact her amiibo will be among one of the most popular, which is why I took the time to wait and pre-order over 100 of her. I do not want her fans to be happy […] It just crushes me Nintendo from the good days went to this shit for character designs.”

Daily Dose boasts that he still has over $35,000 in disposable spite money, and that he intends to buy up stock of Lucina, Pautena, Robin, and Zero Suit Samus amiibos, too. What weird vendetta he has against those characters and their fans is as yet unclear.

Source: Arcade Sushi

Wii U Had Record Sales Over December

After an early stutter after its 2012 release, the Wii U had its highest-ever sales over December last year, capping off a strong showing over 2014 as a whole.

Nintendo sold 30% more consoles in 2014 than it did in 2013, and over that same period software sales rose by 75%, thanks to flagship releases Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as well as Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2.

Another boost to Nintendo’s sales comes in the form of its amiibo figure series, which to date has sold 2.6 million units.

Source: KitGuru

Nintendo’s Spring 2015 amiibo Line-Up Revealed

Nintendo has revealed the six new amiibos – the Japanese gaming company’s series of character toys that offer perks when connected to selected games – due for release this Spring, plus the selection of games they are compatible with.

According to a chart on Nintendo’s website, the new additions will be Ness from SNES classic Earthbound, Fire Emblem’s Robin and Lucina, Pokémon Charizard, plus Wario and Pac-Man.

The new figurines will be compatible with Hyrule Warriors, Mario Party 10, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Robin and Lucina will also work with Code Name: STEAM.

A selection of Mario amiibos, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi, are set for release on 20th March.

Source: Polygon

Broken Amiibo Figures Are Selling on eBay for Thousands

A number of Nintendo’s Amiibo figures have been selling for ridiculous prices on eBay. The figures in question are exceptionally rare thanks to manufacturing defects.

One such figure, in this case of Samus from the Metroid series, sold last week for a staggering $2,500. Why? Because he had two guns on his hands instead of one. Today, a figure of Princess Peach has received bids up to $510, all because she has no legs. Another one, a Villager from Animal Crossing with twisted arms, is currently at a more respectable $51.

The Amiibo figurines are NFC enabled and are used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Each figure represents a Nintendo character and have already been a hit with collectors.

Nintendo collecting is growing and growing, with rare and unreleased games and other memorabilia selling for staggering amounts in online auctions.

Source: Eurogamer

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Sells Nearly 500,000 Copies in Three Days

After a shaky first year, the growth of Nintendo’s Wii U – in the wake of impressive sales of Mario Kart 8, which doubled sales of the console – continues with the success of Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, which has sold over 490,000 copies in just three days since its release, making it the fastest-selling Wii U game in the console’s short history.

Nintendo hope that another rise in console sales – like with Mario Kart 8 – is set to follow Super Smash Bros.’ strong showing. But Nintendo have another potential cash cow ace up their sleeve, that they hope will benefit from proximity to Super Smash Bros., called Amiibo. Amiibo are a series of character figures – such as Link from the Zelda games, or Fox from the eponymous Star Fox series – similar to the Skylander figurines, that can connect to Wii U or 3DS via NFC. They are compatible with Super Smash Bros. and offers players stats boosts and unlockable content.

Source: TechCrunch

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Comes Out This Week – And You Should Play It

Childhood and teenage memories, few ring any sweeter than playing Smash Bros. for the first time on your Nintendo 64. This week Smash Bros. Wii U comes out – it’s awesome, and you should play it. This November you’ll be able to play through more Smash characters than ever before – with well over 50 fighters joining the fray. Maps are better tweaked – more grand and expertly crafted, and for the first time ever you’ll be able to play Smash Bros. with up to 8 players. We can confirm that it’s mayhem – absolute video gaming chaos that’s waiting to be unleashed. Now you might be thinking – wait a moment, wouldn’t 8 players just be too ridiculous? Nintendo’s thought about every detail in this game, 8 player Smash is reserved for a selection of bigger maps, as well as some special maps designed specifically for grander battles.

Oh, did we mention the graphics? Nintendo finally got the memo about high definition resolutions – and Smash Bros. looks absolutely stunning running in it at 60FPS. Every hair follicle on Link, tuft of fur on Donkey Kong and lighting blast from Megaman looks superb. Stages are bright and vibrant as you’d expect, but the sheer level of attention to detail that Nintendo’s included makes that game incredibly gorgeous. Prepare for the eye candy ladies and gentlemen, as it’s delivered in droves.

It’s now easier than ever tracking players moving at high speeds across the levels, which should tie in well with the now fully fleshed out online components making it the most rounded Smash Bros. experience to date. On top of this, the game even includes support for GameCube controllers – so if you have any spare controllers from back in the day or just prefer the feel of the GameCube controller you can pickup a cheap adapter for the Wii U and battle it out just like you remember from the Melee days. It’s clear that Nintendo’s thrown their heart and soul behind the title, cut-scenes are beautifully rendered and the game just has a level of polish that’s rare to find today.

Learn 50 facts about Smash Bros. Wii U in Nintendo’s extravaganza video

Nintendo for the first time ever is also manufacturing interactive action figures of characters called ‘amiibo’s‘ – they connect through to the NFC chip found in the Wii U game-pad and open up a variety of unlocks to the player. They look pretty awesome, and are available in retailers with the release of the game. The games packed to the brim with more modes that you can poke a stick at – you’ll be dishing out the damage in no time at all. If you’re after a more in depth read through on some of the in-game content, we suggest checking out our run-through article of features available here.

Smash Bros. Wii U is a jam packed game that will bright joy, tears and laughs to everyone playing. The game is finely tuned and is highly accessible to new players – but incorporates a wealth of depth so that masterful players can really show off their practiced skill and knowledge. There’s so much fun on one disc that we bet you’ll be playing for hundreds of hours to come.

Smash Bros. Wii U is available in stores in North America tomorrow.