Wii & Wii U Updates
08 May 2013
So where have I been? Well, since October I've found myself on the Nintendo Force Magazine team, drawing comics. Sadly, combined with other commitments (work and otherwise), I have had less and less time to work on NinDB. Over the last few days, however, I have had a fair number of people mention the site in positively glowing terms, so I thought I'd spend a bit of time getting it up to date.
There may be a few more long overdue updates over the next few days, including the latest 3DS eShop releases plus the "Kazumi Totaka's Song" found in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Nintober 2012 - 31 Nintendo Monsters in 31 Days
02 Oct 2012
Back in 2008 I did a fun little art project where I sketched 11 Nintendo baddies in the run up to Halloween. Last year I returned to the project, drawing 31 Nintendo monsters in 31 days, finished pieces with character profiles (ala. Smash Bros. trophies). I called this month long project Nintober, and it was fun, but also incredibly challenging.
This year, Nintober has returned big time. I have another 31 days of monsters to draw, and each day I will be uploading them at the Nintober Tumblr blog. You can also view all the previous entries from 2008 and 2011 there.
As part of the project I am also going to be collecting donations for the MS Society. Multiple Sclerosis is a serious illness that's hit very close to home, as my own arty sister who is a bigwig in the Mother/EarthBound community has been diagnosed with it. Frankly I'm not going to run a marathon or shave all my hair off - so drawing loads of videogame characters with tight time constraints is my own little fundraiser. You can donate at the Nintober JustGiving Page. Any help raising money or getting the word out is more than welcome!
As for NinDB? Well, I have been neglecting it horribly to focus on my artwork as well as a number of other projects. It's been a quiet year for Nintendo though, which isn't a huge surprise with a new console cycle on the horizon. I'm sure by the end of the year there will be a few more updates.
E3 2012 Nintendo Conference
05 Jun 2012
Nintendo has finished its E3 2012 press conference to what can be described as a lukewarm reception. Despite starting strong with the reveal of Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U, the conference went on with surprisingly little first party Wii U software on show. After revealing Wii Fit U and a slew of third party titles, the conference stuttered to its end with Nintendo Land, a Wii-Play-esque demo compilation with Nintendo cameos.
After the show, two more Wii U games were shown on the official site: Game & Wario, a new entry in the WarioWare series, and Project P-100 by Platinum Games.
There is a dedicated hour-long Nintendo 3DS conference still to come, plus a developer roundtable tonight. Hopefully there will be more reveals to come, as it is this amateur Nintendo historian's opinion that no Nintendo launch has ever looked as devoid of quality first party offerings as the Wii U.
Nintendo Direct 04/12
21 Apr 2012
As we await the Nintendo news maelstrom that is E3, Nintendo has prepared a new Nintendo Direct update for us, giving us a few snippets of news to chew over until June.
- Kirby's 20th anniversary will be celebrated with the release of 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure in Japan, as well as a Kirby 20th Anniversary campaign.
- Pokémon: Black 2 & White 2 was shown again, alongside two new 3DS download games: Pokémon AR Searcher and Pokémon Zenkokuzukan Pro (Pokédex 3D Pro).
- 3DS software update for new folder system.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 on Nintendo 3DS announced for August 2012.
- Some new information on Fire Emblem: Awakening, Animal Crossing 3DS, Culdcept, Calciobit and Mario Tennis Open.
A European Nintendo Direct will be shown later today. It is likely much of the presentation will include the same content as the Japanese version. To celebrate Nintendo Direct there are also new puzzles for StreetPass: Mii Plaza (Fire Emblem in Japan and Mario Tennis Open in the US and Europe), plus a new piece of European stationery in Swapnote.