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Details on amiibo compatibility emerge

Holly Fellmeth On Nov 05th 2014 with 0 Comments

Nintendo’s first wave of amiibo figurines will launch alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on November 21st. Their built-in near-field communication (NFC) technology will allow players to scan them into compatible games easily by swiping them over the bottom left surface of the Wii U GamePad. In addition to their function in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, we now know how the figures will work in two games that are already out: Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors. Here’s the rundown:

Mario Kart 8

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For now, only 10 amiibo have been confirmed compatible with Mario Kart 8: Mario, Yoshi, Kirby, Samus, Link, Captain Falcon, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Peach, and Luigi. Nintendo has designed racing suits for your Mii characters to race in based on each of these characters. Thanks to their respective visors, I think the Samus and Captain Falcon outfits look the best.

Hyrule Warriors

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About two weeks ago, Nintendo revealed that Link’s amiibo would be compatible with Hyrule Warriors, leaving us to wonder exactly how it would work with the game. Now we know: it unlocks a new weapon for Link, the spinner. The spinner was a fan favorite weapon from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and now players can both ride it and decimate hordes of foes with it. Interestingly, every other amiibo that will be compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has a use in Hyrule Warriors as well. Each one you scan into the game will give you a random material, weapon, or rupee. Not too shabby!

Other games that will have some sort of amiibo compatibility include Yoshi’s Wooly World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Mario Party 10. We’ll have to wait and see what the NFC functionality does in each game at a later date!

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Code Name S.T.E.A.M.: New trailer + gameplay revealed

Holly Fellmeth On Nov 05th 2014 with 0 Comments

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Bill Trinen of the Nintendo Treehouse took us through a detailed tour of the tactical gameplay and characters in upcoming 3DS title Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Trinen warned players that the game will take tactical skill and wisdom to master. Steam is your most valuable resource in the game, but it’s limited. Using myriad characters, the player has the chance to form battle strategies for each stage, but only four characters can go into each mission. Overwatch is an important mechanic players need to consider. Using it causes a character to save steam for the enemy’s turn to interrupt, stun, and possibly end its turn early.

Four of the characters and their distinctive skills include:

Henry Fleming

Weapon: All-American Eagle Rifle – shoots 3 shots at a time

Special Attack: Eagle Strike – Henry throws an explosive eagle to deal lots of damage to enemies caught in the blast

Lion (of Oz, apparently)

Weapon: Lion Launcher – allows Lion to launch himself and damage enemies he lands on

Special Attack: Mighty Roar – both damages and stuns enemies surrounding Lion

Tiger Lilly (newly revealed)

Ammunition: Medi-mortar – heals allies that are within its blast radius

Special: Healing Wind – brings powerful healing effects to those who surround her

Tom Sawyer (newly revealed)

Weapon: Punch Gun – knocks enemies away and potentially stuns them

Special Attack: Hijinks – places land mines over the selected area

You can see now why tactical prowess will be needed in this game. As you progress, more characters will be unlockable, even Abe Lincoln himself. Are you ready to use characters’ abilities, overwatch, and each stage’s environment to save Earth from an alien invasion? Code Name S.T.E.A.M., currently in development by Intelligent Systems, will be released sometime in the Spring of 2015.

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Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1: Details, trailer, release date

Holly Fellmeth On Nov 05th 2014 with 0 Comments

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My one prediction for today’s Nintendo Direct involved Mario Kart 8′s first DLC pack: I thought it would be announced for release tomorrow, November 6th. Well, I was only a week off, as it’s officially coming on November 13th. The pack will contain three new racers:

  • Link
  • Tanooki Mario
  • Cat Peach

8 new courses, including:

  • An F-Zero course
  • A Legend of Zelda course
  • An Excitebike course

And 4 new karts, including:

  • The Blue Falcon
  • The Master Cycle (inspired by The Legend of Zelda series)

The shiny new trailer above will take you through a whirlwind tour of that and more. This may have been my favorite part of the whole broadcast.

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Video: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker trailer shows off a little of each stage

Holly Fellmeth On Nov 05th 2014 with 0 Comments

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Nintendo didn’t disappoint with the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker trailer in today’s Direct stream. The trailer shows a little bit of each of the game’s 70 stages, rapid-fire style. Bill Trinen prefaced the trailer by calling the levels “highly detailed.” He also described them as “mini universes,” whatever that means. The game is looking very good, as far as I’m concerned, though. It doesn’t hurt that each level will have challenges that unlock additional content. It comes to North America December 5th and to Europe January 9th.

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D coming Spring 2015

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Proving that Nintendo listens to its fans, the long-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS remake is on the way. Today’s Nintendo Direct opened with a haunting announcement trailer for the game, which will hit shelves in Spring 2015. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the developers of the remake have done their best to “maintain the original level of challenge while keeping it accessible for anyone.” The goal was to make the “gameplay experience as smooth as possible.”

Majora’s Mask was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000. It is regrettably a game I never got very far in, despite my deep admiration of its predecessor, Ocarina of Time. The upcoming 3D remastering of Majora’s Mask may be the version of the game I finally beat. What are your thoughts?

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Infendo Radio Episode 332: Playing Hooky

Holly Fellmeth On Nov 04th 2014 with 1 Comments
Infendo Radio Episode 332: Playing Hooky

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Hey everyone, and welcome to episode 332 of Infendo Radio! In this episode, Lewis Pugh, Colin Crompton, and myself talk about what we’ve been playing lately, which covers Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, and an upcoming, “surprise” Wii U game. We also answer questions from listeners, discussing games that should make a comeback on Wii U, what can save the system, and which Nintendo games we skipped school to play (you really don’t want to miss Colin’s answer to this).

If you want to send us questions to answer in a future show, don’t hesitate! Leave a comment below this post if you’re in your browser, or send an e-mail to contact@infendo.com.

Enjoy the show!

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