Mr. Satoru Iwata, CEO and previous software developer at Nintendo sadly passed away on July 11, 2015. We will all miss him greatly!
Mr. Iwata began his career at HAL laboratory in 1983 as a software developer. He was involved in the production of such games as Kirby, Earthbound and Balloon fight. He also assisted with the development of Pokemon Gold and Silver and Pokemon Snap. Working all the way up the ladder, he eventually became CEO of Nintendo of America in 2013.
Since I haven’t updated the site in quite a while, just in case you have been living under a rock, the Rareware developers of old are at it again, this time on their own — with a brand new platformer game, Yooka-Laylee! The game is being funded by kickstarter and there are only 10 days to go before the funding rounds end! They have raised over 2.7 million dollars so far so the game is definitely coming. Yooka-Laylee will be released for Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U!
Nintendo has finally broken tradition and will be releasing games on Androids, iPhones and more? At least within the coming years. Nintendo will not be dedicating internal resources to the games however — they will be partnering up with the biggest smartphone game company in Japan, DeNA Co., Ltd. This must be a popular decision as Nintendo’s stock has jumped nearly $4 today so far.
For the first time ever, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise will be powered by some real-world horsepower. An Aug. 27 game update to Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U console will deliver a variety of new features for players, including the ability in-game to download three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s.
The GLA model comes with special wheel options, while players can customize all three new karts with various wheels and gliders in the game. The new content arrives on the 22nd anniversary of the launch of the original Mario Kart game, Super Mario Kart, which first launched in Japan on Aug. 27, 1992. To further celebrate the upcoming anniversary, Super Mario Kart launches today for $7.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Players can now experience where the series got its start.
Between Aug. 27 and Sept. 23, Nintendo and Mercedes-Benz will also host an online worldwide “Mercedes Cup” tournament. All competitors need is a Wii U console, Mario Kart 8 game, a broadband Internet connection and the Mercedes-Benz karts. Access to the “Mercedes Cup” in the game can be found in the online tournament section.
The Mario Kart 8 game update will also add a variety of new features designed to enhance the racing experience for everyone. These include:
• Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races.
• The order of the menu after each race will be changed to “Next Race”, followed by “Watch Highlight Reel”.
• The game will remember the most recent kart options that were selected, even if the Wii U system was powered down.
• Users will be able to change options of other players’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to different characters or actions.
• A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they’ve collected, the win-loss record of their online battles and their frequently used characters.
• Improved the stability of the online connection to enhance user experience during online battles.