May 22, 2016 - 9:56 PM - by garyopa
You Better Hold Off On Streaming Your Mario-Themed ‘Minecraft’ Sessions
There’s a reason why it’s so difficult to find Let’s Plays, or playthroughs of your favorite, most recent Nintendo games on YT, it’s because they don’t want you to see them unless they're getting paid
Originally, before the big release of Minecraft with Super Mario themes in it, the studio behind the mash-up 4JStudios claimed you would not have to worry about big 'N' dropping the Let's Play banhammer on you, that it would be safe to livestream your gameplay, well that does not seem to be the case as few YouTube'ers have already filed complaints with 4JStudios that Nintendo is claiming 'copyright' on their videos, which means big 'N' gets all the money from any ads on their YT channel, robbing the YT'ers from their already small monthly paycheque they been working so hard on each day to get.
4JStudios says they are looking into the complaints and working with Nintendo to resolve the issue, but so far no comment from big 'N' on what the solution will be, so in the meantime if you want to keep your litte 'ad money' for yourself, don't share any Minecraft!
In a decidedly old-school stance against streamers who want to publish their recorded footage of Nintendo games, the Japanese company would have any Nintendo-related content stricken from YouTube. Last year, they introduced the Nintendo Creator's Program, which was basically a revenue-sharing system for gaming content creators who wanted to feature Nintendo intellectual property. It hasn't gone over that well, especially considering the ethical questions that would come up if Nintendo is getting revenue from reviews of their own games.
Now, it looks like the recent Super Mario Bros. skin pack for Minecraft is causing major headaches for gamers. Nintendo's digital watchdogs are yanking the Minecraft content from all over the web and hitting creators with copyright dings on their YouTube channels. This goes against Nintendo's promise that the Mario skins, a free add-on for Minecraft would not be affected by their digital policies. 4J Studios, who was behind the add-on, addressed the issues on Twitter.
NEWS SOURCE: You Better Hold Off On Streaming Your Mario-Themed ‘Minecraft’ Sessions (via) UpRoxx
May 20, 2016 - 1:11 PM - by garyopa
Nationwide Price Drop, plus Mario Kart 7 included as Digital Download!
Last week, our friends at Nintendo announced that the Nintendo 2DS portable system was dropping to an incredible $79.99.
Well, today's the day!
Our friends at Nintendo dropped by early this morning at our MaxConsole News Desk, with this friendly reminder:
Now with the Memorial Day long weekend upon us, and most schools ending also today, and as most Americans call it the official start of Summer Break, now is the perfect time to grab a Nintendo 2DS handheld for your young ones or for that matter grandparents they seem to love it also and enjoy the start of Summer with all your wonderful characters from the Nintendo world starting out with Mario Kart 7.
Last week, we announced that the Nintendo 2DS portable system was dropping to an incredible $79.99. Well, today's the day!
As of this morning, the Nintendo 2DS portable system is now only $79.99 at retailers nationwide. This is a better value than ever, especially for parents looking to introduce their kids to their first gaming device. Some systems will even come pre-installed with the popular Mario Kart 7 racing game.
Nintendo 2DS is great for gaming on the go and a nice companion for families during summer travel. It comes with fun, built-in entertainment options, the ability to take photos and videos and wireless access to Nintendo eShop to explore a large library of games for all types of players. The system includes two screens (including a touch screen) and plays Nintendo 3DS games, plus nearly all Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games in 2D.
A quality hand-held system from Nintendo, Mario Kart 7 and the ability to play thousands of different games on one device for only $79.99? It really doesn't get any better than that!
For more details about Nintendo 2DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/2ds
-Your friends at Nintendo
Our thanks to 'Nintendo' for their continued loyal support of MaxConsole!
May 16, 2016 - 2:04 PM - by garyopa
Launches in the US on Sept. 30 / New Hasbro Toys & New Season of the Show are Also Coming This Year
All Things Yo-kai continues when the new YO-KAI WATCH 2 launches in the U.S.A, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld systems on Sept, 30th, with a new lineup of Hasbro Toys and TV Shows!
The Yo-Kai craze in Japan is out of this world, and recently big 'N' jumped over the pond and bought with them the first of Yo-Kai's devices to North America, and its been very successful, and as such they decided to order up another season of TV Shows and launch the Yo-Kai-Watch 2 in USA on September 30th along side a new lineup of Hasbro toys for your young brats to whine daily for!
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The Yo-kai phenomenon continues in 2016. The U.S. has seen the launches of the YO-KAI WATCH video game for Nintendo 3DS, a line of Hasbro toys and games, a top-rated animated series that airs on Disney XD and the mobile game sensation YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble all in the last six months. The world of Yo-kai continues to grow as new video games, toys and shows make their way stateside this year. All things Yo-kai continue on Sept. 30 when YO-KAI WATCH 2 launches in the U.S. exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Already a huge hit in Japan, the sequel to the first smash hit, which is once again developed by LEVEL-5, offers the same deep RPG gameplay and wacky adventures as the first game.
The new adventure also offers many new areas to explore outside of Springdale, more than 100 new Yo-kai, a new-and-improved in-game Yo-kai Watch and even the ability to travel back in time! YO-KAI WATCH 2 will also launch with two versions, YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls, each featuring rare Yo-kai that can only be found in their respective games.
"After being such a massive sensation in Japan, it's great to see the U.S. start to embrace the mischievous and lovable Yo-kai,"
said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "We're excited to continue bringing fun Yo-kai experiences stateside this year."
To expand the Yo-kai brand, Hasbro will add new items to its YO-KAI WATCH line this fall. New toys include the YO-KAI WATCH MODEL ZERO, designed to look like the watch worn by Nate in Season 2 of the animated series. The watch includes YO-MOTION TECHNOLOGY that brings Yo-kai characters to life in a new way.
Fans can insert a YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDAL into the watch and see a projected animation of that character. Hasbro will also release a new series of collectible YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDALS, which are compatible with the new watch, as well as custom YO-KAI WATCH accessories, large plush toys and electronic figures.
Additionally, fans will be able to collect and trade their favorite YO-KAI WATCH characters in a new way with the YO-KAI WATCH Trading Card Game.
Disney XD has acquired a second season of the YO-KAI WATCH animated TV show, which will premiere this summer. This season, join Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan as they get the new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero. But just because he has a new watch, that doesn't mean Nate's life will get any easier. Season 2 has more Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes and, most importantly, more laughs! Tune in to see how a new cast of Yo-kai interrupts Nate's normal life in unexpected and hilarious ways.
Fans who missed the first season can catch up before the second season starts by picking up the DVD of YO-KAI WATCH - Season 1 in stores late 2016 or by streaming the show on Netflix now. Fans can also catch the YO-KAI WATCH manga series from VIZ Media (Volume 5 debuts this month).
Finally, all of your favorite Yo-kai have wobbled into a hit mobile app called YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble. This Top Ten app on the iTunes store brings the fun of Yo-kai characters into smart devices with a puzzle-game twist. With new events coming monthly, this game will continue to grow bigger and better.
The original YO-KAI WATCH video game introduced people in the U.S. to the mysterious Yo-kai. In Japan, these invisible beings - not ghosts or spirits... just Yo-kai! - are steeped in folklore and based on common concerns that everyday citizens have. If a child misplaces
May 12, 2016 - 1:39 PM - by garyopa
Nintendo 3DS Game Lets You Share Your Magical Creations on Social Media
Disney Art Academy launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on May 13
At one time, Disney used to crackdown on young kids drawing Mickey by themselves, but no longer you have to worry about legal issue around this as Disney is partnering up with Nintendo to bring you an exclusive new 3DS game that allows you to draw famous Disney and Pixar characters and share them with your online Nintendo buddies on social media.
So what do you think about this cool idea of Disney and Nintendo working together so that your young ones can draw up their various cartoon characters and share them?
Calling all budding artists and Disney fans! In the Disney Art Academy game, launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on May 13, you can use a wide variety of tools to learn to draw more than 80 Disney and Pixar characters in 2D. By setting your own pace through multiple easy-to-follow lessons, characters like Mickey Mouse, Nemo from Disney Pixar Finding Nemo, Elsa from Disney Frozen, Buzz Lightyear from Disney Pixar Toy Story and Simba from Disney The Lion King come to life on your Nintendo 3DS screen.
"Even if you don't consider yourself an artist, you will be surprised by what you can create in Disney Art Academy,"
said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "The game uses fun lessons to teach drawing skills to artists of all ages and skill levels."
In Disney Art Academy, Disney and Pixar characters can be sketched or painted in many different ways. Using nine art tools like pastels, paintbrushes or markers, you can discover your inner artist by participating in lessons inspired by Disney art and animation. These art lessons are absolutely intuitive and, most importantly, fun! Each lesson guides you through a step-by-step progression to draw a single character. What starts as a series of lines and shapes will gradually evolve into a familiar character using your new art skills! If you ever want to take a break, lessons can easily be saved to continue from the same spot at a later time.
You can even add some extra flair with the Magic Brush, a new addition to the Art Academy series. With the Magic Brush, magical additions like stars, bubbles, and glitter can be added to your masterpieces - all easily accessed by using the touch screen on Nintendo 3DS.
As your art skills improve and you create more and more Disney and Pixar characters, you may very well want to share your creations with others. That can easily be accomplished directly in the game by connecting to the Internet and sharing through Miiverse or social media via Image Share. Completed artwork is also saved to the Nintendo 3DS system's SD card, allowing you to upload your creations to a personal computer and print them out. Refrigerators around the country are about to get a lot more colorful (and a lot more magical!) once families start printing their favorite drawings.
If you want to create outside the game's numerous lessons you're in luck, as Disney Art Academy includes a Free Paint mode that lets you draw even more characters any way you choose. In Free Paint, you can put your newly learned skills to the test by drawing on a blank canvas, or you can select from more than 80 Disney images to use as reference as you add to your virtual gallery. All completed artwork can be viewed at any time in the game's Clubhouse, where you can also select your favorite pieces to be viewed in a personal showcase slideshow.
Disney Art Academy launches on May 13, and can be purchased in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at Nintendo.com at a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information about the game, visit http://artacademy.nintendo.com/disney/
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds
May 11, 2016 - 11:21 PM - by garyopa
Spencer writes that working with Nintendo has 'been great'
Microsoft’s Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, mentions that he is satisfied with the results of his company’s partnership with Nintendo to have Minecraft on the Wii U.
What is this, Xbox being mentioned along side the word Nintendo, how impossible, well not really remember that Microsoft bought Minecraft, and they recently mentioned that they are happy that its doing well on the Wii U console!
So what do you think about Phil thanking Nintendo, and will we see more support by Microsoft for Nintendo in the near future?
With fans of Minecraft: Wii U Edition now being aware of the sandbox building title's Super Mario Mash-Up Pack Update coming to the game, a Twitter user recently commended Microsoft's Phil Spencer for retweeting news about the content being added. Interestingly enough, the fan's tweet prompted the Xbox boss to praise the partnership that has taken place between Microsoft and Nintendo in order to make the DLC themed after Super Mario Bros. happen and for Minecraft to exist on the Wii U in the first place.
As seen in the tweet above, Spencer writes that working with Nintendo has "been great," with the Xbox boss adding he's happy Minecraft is doing "so well" on Wii U. Not to mention, it's lovely to see that he seems genuinely excited Nintendo's port of the game on its current console will be receiving content inspired by Super Mario Bros.
By now, many gaming fans surely know that Microsoft paid $2.5 billion to acquire Mojang-that is, Minecraft‘s developer-so it makes sense for Spencer to be pleased about the lucrative association with Nintendo for the title's Wii U version. Plus, the pairing of Nintendo assets and Minecraft is what many have considered to be a perfect match for a long time, with even the block-based game's creator Markus "Notch" Persson has proclaiming Super Smash Bros. should incorporate Steve as a character.
Of course, this isn't the first time that Phil Spencer has spoken up to compliment another platform's release. As it happens, prior to the launch of Naughty Dog's most recent release, the Xbox boss said Uncharted 4 would be a great game, and if the incredibly positive review scores are any indication of its, he was certainly right.
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox Boss Satisfied with Nintendo Partnership for Minecraft (via) GameRant
May 11, 2016 - 7:34 PM - by garyopa
Ruling Also Affects Companion Litigation in Eastern District of Texas
Recently the USA Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the Patent Office to invalidate a patent on manufacturing technology asserted against Nintendo in 2012 by Motion Games.
Phoenix Wright would be proud today, because he can still be played legally on the Wii console, because big 'N' has won yet again another long patent battle in the courts that has been ongoing since 2012 over the design of the Wii Remote, when Motion Games filed against them, which Nintendo won earlier, but they of course like all good little patent trolls took another swing at the hammer and asked for an appeal, but it seems again they lost, leaving them now no choice to finally back out of the court room with their troll tails between their legs.
So what do you think is big 'N' right in fighting off all these patent trolls, or is some infact a little bit legit looking in your eyes?
On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate a patent on manufacturing technology asserted against Nintendo in 2012 by Motion Games, LLC. The court's order also means there are no valid patent claims remaining in a companion litigation pending in the Eastern District of Texas.
Motion Games' patent described cameras and systems that track assembly-line components, such as car parts. Motion Games asserted that the Wii Remote infringed that manufacturing patent. During the litigation, Nintendo successfully overcame numerous needlessly burdensome discovery demands from Motion Games, including improper demands to interrogate top-level executives.
"We are very pleased with the court's confirmation that Motion Games' patent is invalid and never should have been granted,"
said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America's Director of Litigation and Compliance. "Litigation tactics cannot save an invalid patent, and such attempts only underscore the need for patent reform that reduces unnecessary burdens on defendants. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products, and will continue to vigorously defend those products from patent lawsuits."
May 11, 2016 - 1:02 PM - by garyopa
Plus Two New Games for Young Gamers: Style Savvy: Fashion Forward and Disney Magical World 2
On May 20, the Nintendo 2DS will drop to a retail price of $79.99, making the new value price even more appealing for parents who are looking for an entry-level gaming system for their young gamers.
For parents out there looking to get some family fun going for their young kids leaving school soon for the summer break, Nintendo has the perfect deal for them, they are dropping the price on the kid-proof 2DS handheld to only $79.99 plus they also announced some cool new kid-friendly games and its all starting as early as May 20th, so get ready for summer packed with Nintendo Family Fun.
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The entry point to Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS games and franchises has never been more affordable. On May 20, Nintendo will lower the price of its kid-friendly portable Nintendo 2DS system to a suggested retail price of $79.99, a remarkable savings from the previous suggested retail price of $99.99. Some systems even come pre-installed with the universally popular Mario Kart 7 racing game, making the new value price even more appealing for parents who are looking for an entry-level gaming system for their young gamers.
Nintendo 2DS launched in October 2013 and is part of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The system comes with fun built-in entertainment options and applications to take photos and videos, plus wireless access to Nintendo eShop for those with Internet access. The unique design is built to make it easy for smaller hands to hold. The system includes two screens (including a touch screen) and plays Nintendo 3DS games, plus nearly all Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games in 2D. For details about Nintendo 2DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/2ds
"Nintendo 2DS is the best value available for a portable dedicated gaming system and is great for gaming on the go,"
said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "The system has a library full of high-quality games for purchase, some in our Nintendo Selects category for less than $20 each, featuring Mario, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Zelda."
Kids can soon check out the new game in the Kirby series, Kirby: Planet Robobot, which launches June 10, as well as two new kid-friendly games coming later this year: Style Savvy: Fashion Forward and Disney Magical World 2.
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, the third game in the Style Savvy series, gives players a sense of accomplishment by putting them in charge of one of five exciting professions. Players can immerse themselves in a world of fashion by owning a boutique, designing clothes, styling hair, applying makeup or becoming a model. When players make themselves look good, customers who visit their boutiques might start adopting the player's style. The game includes over 19,000 different articles of clothing, items and accessories to choose from. Players can also learn real-world fashion tips from the Fashion 101 guide. To access Nintendo character-themed clothing and accessories in the game, players can tap select amiibo figures to a Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory to trigger an event. Once the event is completed, players can get the special items. The amiibo and Reader/Writer accessory are sold separately. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems feature a built-in NFC reader for amiibo. Style Savvy: Fashion Forward launches Aug. 19.
Disney Magical World 2, the follow up to the popular franchise, lets players enjoy a variety of new adventures in six Disney-themed worlds, such as exploring the world of Disney Frozen, dancing with Disney princesses or soaring through special Magical Dream events. Players will encounter and interact with well-known characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Ariel, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. The game launches Oct. 14.
In the meantime, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has a library of great exclusive games for every type of player, including New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Some of Nintendo's other big hits in the Nintendo Selects category are also available for a suggested
May 09, 2016 - 11:29 AM - by garyopa
In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft: Wii U Editi
Free Super Mario-Themed Game Update Available Only on Minecraft: Wii U Edition on May 17th, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack comes to Minecraft: Wii U Edition as a free game update.
Finally soon on May 17th, some cool Super Mario content is coming to Minecraft on the Wii U, and next month on June 17th, we will finally be treated with actual physical retail version of Mincraft for our Wii U consoles, instead of just the digital download one that been out since December.
So what do you think about this mash-up, and have you been enjoying Minecraft, or you waiting for the disc version to come out?
In a match made in block-shaped heaven, Nintendo is partnering with Mojang and Microsoft to bring the imaginative worlds of the Super Mario series and Minecraft together. For the first time ever, players will be able to fend off blocky Hammer Bros. and Dry Bones the same way they do Creepers and Zombies.
On May 17, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack comes to Minecraft: Wii U Edition as a free game update. After downloading the update, players who own the Minecraft: Wii U Edition digital game, which launched last December, 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. All this new content is inspired by games in the iconic Super Mario series, such as Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. When the retail version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition launches in stores on June 17 at a suggested retail price of $29.99, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack will be included on the disc.
"Both the Super Mario franchise and Minecraft embrace the magic of exploration and discovery,"
said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America's Vice President of Publisher & Developer Relations. "Players will have a great time adventuring and creating in this free game update that embraces the unique and memorable elements of both franchises."
The Wii U version of Minecraft features the full game, as well as many of the most popular previously released content packs for no extra charge. Downloading the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack gives players 40 new Super Mario-themed skins, which transform the game's characters into familiar heroes like Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, and even troublemakers like Bowser, Wario and all seven Koopalings. All the world and item textures in the game will also be redone, providing players the opportunity to create their own Super Mario-themed locations within the world of Minecraft. While building, players will even enjoy listening to the smooth sounds of 15 pieces of music from Super Mario 64. Builders of all ages will love crafting massive new worlds using building blocks inspired by a series as accessible and recognizable as Super Mario.
Since launching in 2011, Minecraft has become a global phenomenon, selling more than 70 million games worldwide. The game places players in a massive randomly generated world, and lets them explore, harvest resources and craft anything their imaginations can conjure. The Wii U version of Minecraft features Off-TV Play, touch-screen functionality and online multiplayer.
Minecraft: Wii U Edition can currently be downloaded in Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and on Nintendo.com for $29.99. For more information about Minecraft: Wii U Edition, visit http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail...-wii-u-edition
Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu
May 07, 2016 - 5:57 PM - by garyopa
Pay Want You Want - Support Charity - Get Awesome Games
Nintendo, HumbleBundle and a bunch of game developers have gotten together and released an wonderful selection of top-quality games for both the Nintendo Wii U console and 3DS handheld. Grab it Today!
Another Humble Bundle is out, and this one very worth it in getting as it has a bunch of 3DS and Wii U games for all those loyal Nintendo fans out there, and a little surprise also for those that love to use their consoles & handhelds for other purposes!
Well if the top line was not enough of clue, this one is, get this bundle now if you wish to have a safeguard exploit for the 3DS!
NEWS SOURCE: Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle (via) HumbleBundle
May 07, 2016 - 11:23 AM - by garyopa
Into the World Video Game Hall of Fame as one of Six new video games added to this year!
Last year, Super Mario Bros. was part of an elite inaugural group of six games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
This year, recognition for Nintendo games continues, as the original The Legend of Zelda game for NES was just added to the class of 2016.
So what do you think of the new inductees into the VG-HoF, are they the right choices? And what classic are you still waiting to see added, and hope it makes it in next year in 2017?
In a ceremony held at The Strong on May 5, six games were announced as this year's honored inductees. Selected by a committee of journalists, scholars and video game industry members, inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame are recognized for their iconic status, longevity, geographical reach and influence.
Launching in 1986 at the start of the NES's legendary lifespan, The Legend of Zelda broke new ground by popularizing non-linear gameplay found in many action-adventure games today. The intricately designed series has spawned numerous games in the franchise and introduced the world to classic characters like Link, Zelda and the evil Ganon.
A new entry in The Legend of Zelda series is being developed for Wii U and Nintendo's next system, code-named NX, and scheduled to launch simultaneously for both in 2017. The Wii U version of the game will also be the focus of Nintendo's presence at the E3 video game trade show next month in Los Angeles. For information about Nintendo at E3, visit http://e3.nintendo.com/
For a full listing of available games in The Legend of Zelda series, visit http://www.zelda.com/
. For more information about the World Video Game Hall of Fame, visit http://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org