If you haven’t noticed the runaway success of Pokémon Go this past week, you’re living under a rock. Look outside—all those people looking at their phones, glancing around, and walking slowly into traffic (hopefully not) are playing the hottest new augmented reality (AR) game. The word on the street is that this is the future of gaming. Perhaps it is. But it’s certainly not the first augmented reality game. The toy industry has been taking shots at this category for years with little to no success. At Toy Fair 2012, WowWee introduced its App Gear line. [Read more...]
Splatoon is a third-person shooter game centered around characters known as inklings who can transform back and forth between humanoid and squid form. The characters hide, climb walls, and travel through colored ink.
The new Splatoon line will introduce four water blasters inspired by the game with new features that will be fun for both fans and collectors alike.
Jakks Pacific Inc. has expanded its licensed World of Nintendo product line with new figures and plush items available this spring. New items include 2.5-inch figures and plush toys with sound effects from the game, and are available now at mass retailers online and in-store.
The World of Nintendo Plush are 7.5 inches and feature characters from the franchises of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, Splatoon, and more, and the World of Nintendo Sounds Plush are plush with embroidered details with motion-activated sounds from the game. Kids can collect characters from Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, and more in 2.5-inch limited articulation figures and 4-inch figures.
Nintendo has partnered with Mojang and Microsoft to bring together the worlds of the Super Mario series and Minecraft. On May 17, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack will come to Minecraft: Wii U Edition as a free game update. Players who download the update will have immediate access to new skins, a Super Mario-themed pre-made world, and a set of Super Mario-themed music and item textures. [Read more...]
Nintendo will launch its first app, Miitomo, in March for iOS and Andriod phones and tablets. Miitomo allows its users to use Mii characters to interact with friends, start conversations, and ask each other questions such as, “Do you believe in aliens?” or “What song has been stuck in your head lately?” Players will also have the ability to use a Miifoto feature take and share photos featuring their Mii. [Read more...]
Minecraft, from Mojang, is launching worldwide on Nintendo’s Wii U home console on Dec. 17. Minecraft: Wii U Edition will come with multiple add-on content packs, and will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Nintendo and Mojang are also collaborating on new content for Nintendo fans, but the details will release at a future date.
The game will feature off-TV play, so players can keep their games going on the screen of the Wii U GamePad controller if the television is in use. The game also comes with some current Minecraft add-on content packs, including Battle & Beasts Skin Pack, Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack, Natural Texture Pack, City Texture Pack, Fantasy Texture Pack, and Festive Mash-up Pack. [Read more...]
This Sunday, Skylanders SuperChargers, from Activision Publishing Inc., will arrive at North American retailers. The new game features Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser, two of Nintendo’s iconic characters, re-imagined as Skylanders for Wii U system starter packs, as well as in Skylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Packs for the Nintendo Wii and 3DS systems.
According to data from the NPD Group, Nintendo has sold an estimated 7 million amiibo figures to date in the U.S. alone. The news comes out less than a month before Nintendo introduces Animal Crossing Series 1 amiibo Cards, scheduled to launch on September 25, along with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS.