Nintendo News Roundup: Week of August 8th

What’s up everybody and welcome to the Nintendo News Roundup. Did you miss any of the news regarding Nintendo this week? Well look no further. Here you’ll find the important news, not so important news, and Nintendo things that are just news to me.

Another New Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailer Released

Another week brings another new Pokémon trailer. This trailer like many of the others that have come before it include new Pokémon and Alolan form Pokémon. The new Pokémon they showed include; Wishiwashi, a Water type that has a solo form as well as a more powerful school form. Pyukumuku, another Water type and Morelull a Grass/Fairy type. The Alolan form Pokémon are Meowth, with a Dark type; the trailer didn’t indicate if the Meowth evolves into a Dark type Persian. Raichu is the other Alolan variant. The Alolan Raichu is a Electric/Psychic type. Again no indication if it evolves from an Alolan Pikachu. If so it’ll be even more adorable looking than the Raichu guaranteed.

Unlike the previous trailer, we got our first look at Team Skull. They look to be playing the antagonist role Team Rocket has played for so many years. Led by Guzma and Plumeria, the actual motivation for Team Skull is still up in the air. Guess we’ll just have to wait until Pokémon Sun & Moon come out in November; or until another trailer drops. If Pokémon company keeps releasing trailers at this pace we’ll see the entire game before it comes out. You can check out the trailer below.

Happy 30th Anniversary Metroid

The greatness that is the Metroid franchise began thirty years ago. The original game, simply titled Metroid, was released August 6, 1986 in Japan for the Famicom Disk System. The game finally came to North America in August of 1987 in cartridge form for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Nintendo of course chose to pass on any type of Metroid celebration. Instead, STILL treating it like the bastard child they believe it to be. It’s my second favorite Nintendo franchise and for Nintendo to not celebrate it seems unfathomable to me. I mean there was a “Year of Luigi” for god sake.

This looks familiar.
Not much has changed for the 30th Anniversary.

A few fans did take it upon themselves to celebrate Samus Aran and her exploits  with the fan-made AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake. Launched on August 6th to coincide with the release of the original Metroid. Nintendo quickly lawyered up and took the game down the next day. Via Polygon, a letter from Miller, Nash, Graham, and Dunn LLP cited infringements of Nintendo’s copyrighted material; which is in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. You can’t find the .zip file for the game anymore, but the internet never let’s anything die. The game can still be found on torrent sites. I’m not advocating people to use torrents; I’m just informing you that it’s an option.

Nintendo has every right to protect its intellectual property. I have zero issue with them taking it down, but they really need to do something more with Metroid. Metroid Prime: Federation Force does comes out next week. I’m not going to condemn the game until I play it, but I have no expectations for it. It releases on the Nintendo 3DS on August 19. We can only hope that Retro Studios is in fact working on an actual Metroid game for the Nintendo NX.

New Nintendo Patent Shows Detachable Controllers

Published on Aug, 11,2016 by the U.S. Patent Office, and pointed out by Neogaf user, Disorientator. The patent filed by Nintendo shows a touchscreen device that has detachable controllers that can be attached on to each side. The detachable controllers uses the infrared camera to read the button presses instead of an actual connection between the controllers and the main screen. It may sound kind of odd to use an infrared connection instead of Bluetooth, but it seems Nintendo is trying to make this thing as cheap and energy efficient as possible.

Let’s not forget the second analog stick attachment for the original Nintendo 3DS was connected via infrared connection and that worked fine. Nintendo did work out how to make a wireless controller finally function correctly with the Wavebird for the GameCube. So I’m sure this with function with no issues. You can check a picture of the device below or click on the links to look at the patent itself.

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Notable game releases this week (via Nintendo Press Room)

Wii U eShop:

Tadpole Treble – Get ready for a creative adventure as you swim through sheet music and avoid the notes of the game’s catchy soundtrack. Along the way, you’ll encounter massive bosses, fully sung songs and plenty of unlockable’s. As well as an intuitive full stage/song creation mode using the Wii U GamePad controller.

You can check out Ryan’s review of the game right here on TiCGN.

Wii U Virtual Console:

Wave Race 64 Choose one of four characters, each with his or her own unique abilities and style, and master the game’s excellent controls. Make your way through nine courses, each with its own challenges. Take a break from racing to try the Stunt Mode. Polish your skills pulling off handstands, rolls and flips.

Nintendo 3DS eShop:

Disney Art AcademyDemo Version –  In the full version of the game, players can discover their inner artists to capture the stunning visuals of over 80 Disney and Pixar characters. With advice and lessons inspired by Disney art and Pixar animations, they learn to use a bundle of different drawing tools to create Elsa and Olaf from Disney Frozen, characters from Disney Inside Out, or characters like Mickey Mouse. They can even share their creations with their friends. The demo version gives players access to two lessons to try out: Mickey Mouse and Olaf from Disney Frozen. Game and demo in 2D

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console:

Mega Man X –  Hundreds of years after his death, Dr. Light’s final creation is discovered. Now, the future lies on the brink of destruction and X must use all of his newfound powers and abilities to hunt down the maverick Reploids and their leader, Sigma, before the human race is wiped from the planet.

That isn’t all the Nintendo news this week. Those are just the important ones to me. If you feel like I’ve missed anything Nintendo related that happened this week that is important or just important to you, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

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