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4 Games & 1 Release Date (2/8/13)

August 2, 2013

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So today was one of those days in which a bunch of games were announced for Nintendo consoles. Not necessarily games which will get you overly excited, but games nether the less. This wasn’t to be unexpected though; this happens on the majority of Fridays from my experience. I suppose you might wonder what these four games are, but we’re going to begin today’s blog with the release date mentioned in the title.

You probably noticed that the release date which was announced today was for the Wii U title The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, the remake of the GameCube game The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Unfortunately for the majority of readers, the release date given by Nintendo today was for the Japanese version of the game, which will launch on September 26th in Nintendo’s homeland. The Wind Waker HD is set to be released in North America and Europe sometime during October. This news was revealed alongside the Japanese cover art for the game (see above), which is some of the best I’ve seen for years. I’m can only wish the European version of Wind Waker HD gets the same cover art as the Japanese game.

Onto the four games then, starting with Monster Hunter Frontier Online. This Japan-only game was originally released on the PC in 2007, and was later ported to the Xbox 360 in 2010. Capcom are now bringing the game to the Wii U and PS3 on December 11th; it’s extremely unlikely Monster Hunter Frontier Online will ever be released in the west, so don’t get your hopes up on this. You can see the announcement trailer here.

The second of the games announced today was Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths, which will come to the 3DS and Wii U later this year in October. However, there is a crucial detail anybody who wants to purchase this Neko Entertainment game should know. You will only be able to play the game in French. This is probably the first time ever a games target audience is the French and Canadians from Quebec. An odd decision by Neko Entertainment when you consider how many people will be unable to play the game because of this.

Next up is a 3DS eShop title Jump Trials Supreme, which is developed and published by G-Style. The game is a successor to the DSiWare title Jump Trials Extreme, a 2D platformer in which the player has 10 seconds to reach the goal. Once again, Jump Trails Extreme has only been given a Japanese release date of November, with no news on a North American or European release so far.

The final of todays game reveals was Breath of Fire II, which will come to the Wii U Virtual Console in the upcoming months. Breath of Fire II was released on the SNES in 1994, and the RPG has since been ported to the Game Boy Advance and the Wii Virtual Console.

Away from game reveals, Satoru Iwata has revealed that the four 3DS Streetpass DLC Games which Nintendo released last month have already made Nintendo 400 Million Yen ($4.3 Million/£2.6 Million), despite the fact that the DLC received almost no promotion. Iwata believes the success of these four titles was down to the amount of people sharing news about the Streetpass games on Twitter and Facebook. You can read all of what Iwata said below:

With the 3DS, there is the StreetPass Mii Plaza, which you can use to play games with Miis that you meet by walking past other people carrying a 3DS. However, because people were growing tired of playing the same couple games, we have, in fact, brought four new StreetPass Mii Plaza games! Four new games have been added, where you can buy one game for ¥500 or all four games at a discounted price of ¥1500.

One month has passed since we added these new StreetPass Mii Plaza games, and we did not use any type of mass advertising. It was written on our homepage, with information about all the new content included in the update. You are also made aware when you visit the StreetPass Mii Plaza for the first time after the update, but we didn’t use anything like television commercials to advertise.

However, in this state, we have generated a lot of income from our customers. Furthermore, a lot of the people who are playing and enjoying the new games are communicating and advertising through outlets like Twitter. Thanks to this, the circle of customers is growing bigger and bigger, and interestingly, sales were a strong ¥400 million in only a month.

That’s all for today then. See you tomorrow.

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