Welcome all to episode 302 of Infendo Radio, hosted by Holly Fellmeth.
On this weeks show Holly goes over What she’s been playing (Weapon de Omasse Shop and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate), the Nintendo News and finishes with special feature ‘Weaknesses of the Wii U’
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Nintendo has announced through their Pokemon website that Pokemon will be available to be streamed on Netflix starting March 1. Episodes available as of now are the classic episodes, Pokemon Black & White and Indigo League. Two movies are also available: Pokemon The Movie: White – Victini ad Zekrom and Pokemon The Movie: Black: Victini and Reshiram are also available on Netflix.
Ronimo Games has announced Swords and Soldiers 2 for Wii U. The original game was a 2009 WiiWare title for Wii. If you have never heard of Swords and Soldiers, you can get a taste of what that game is like here. Ronimo has yet to announce a release date, but you can play SaS2 at the sold out PAX East in Boston…if you already have a ticket of course.
So the Wii U has two Mario Games, Pikmen 3, Game & Wario, Wind Waker HD, Wii Fit U/Wii Party U and the newly released Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and still things look bleak for the fledgling console. The good news is Nintendo games generally have low first week sales, but push copies over a longer period than other first party titles. The bad news is long term sales are not going to help the struggling device anytime soon.
It seems all hope rests on the upcoming Super Smash Brothers or the future Zelda title, but with so little information about this latest entry in the series, it clearly is not going to be released for another year at least and Mario Kart 8 will certainly push more units and its predecessor helped the 3DS take off but can lightning strike twice.
Nintendo could try developing a new IP but an original game comes with risks which I’m not sure Nintendo will take and although strong third party support is instrumental for a successful console, it seems most developers are waiting for Nintendo to generate a larger install base. Until this happens, it seems the Wii U will remain in limbo.
To end this article on a more positive note, I truly believe the Wii U will see a resurgence, but what do you think it will take?
Gamers typically want to get the high score, but YouTuber NotEntirelySure has uploaded a video of an impressive feat that requires exactly the opposite: getting the lowest possible score in Super Mario Bros. without using any continues. The final 500 points in this unique run come from touching 5 of the game’s flagpoles at the very bottom precisely when the clock hits 000. Mario loses just one life in the entire run after a first attempt at the tricky wall jump maneuver in level 8-1 fails. Don’t ask me how a wall jump like that works in Super Mario Bros., because I have no idea.
Watch the video above to see the one-of-a-kind SMB run for yourself. Also, if you would like to keep track of all of Infendo’s YouTube Spotlight videos, click here for the complete playlist on my channel.
Booktrade has reported that Blake Harris’ upcoming novel Console Wars will be made into a feature-length film. The book will be a retelling of SEGA’s rise to prominence during the late 80s and early 90s as they challenged Nintendo for market share of the video game industry.
The film project, which will be helmed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (their last endeavor was the 2013 surprise comedic hit This Is The End and their latest, The Interview, will open in October) and produced by Scott Rudin, will be told in a narrative setting, as well as a documentary to release alongside it. The book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, is slated for release on May 13. You can pre-order at Amazon here.
The synopsis of Harris’ retelling of one of gaming’s greatest rivalries is described below:
“Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.”
Do you think a film adaptation (made by Sony Pictures. Wrap your head around that) of Nintendo’s biggest challenge during its early console years will have enough to be an engaging and thought-provoking retelling (ala David Fincher’s The Social Network)? Tell us in the comments below.