Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bry Sharland's NP Tribute

Artist Bry Sharland sent this piece of artwork to me the other day.  He is hoping to spread it around the internet as a means of honoring Nintendo Power before it closes up shop, and maybe even get his image published in one of the final issues.

Below you'll find a link to the full image along with Bry's heartfelt message to NP.  If you like Bry's work, share it with your friends, won't you?

"To The Honorable Staff of Nintendo Power,

I write this letter to you with a deep melancholy. I refused to believe the rumors that you were closing down. Then, cold confirmation that you wouldn’t be there for me after December. Anger took me, and tears fell whenever I remembered a crucial fact. The fact that you and your magazine have meant so much to me throughout my whole life. I was four when the first issue came out, and I had just played Zelda II for the first time. Though I could barely read, the bright pictures and maps in your magazine helped me make it through the mazes of Death Mountain and the mysteries of the secret town of Kasuto. I wanted to reach out; to help. Hold a subscription drive, write letters to NCL, get the help of Operation Rainfall and I wanted to do something for you after all you’ve done for me.

The most exciting piece of mail I’ve received every month, to this day, has always been Nintendo Power. It brings me so much joy to see what’s on the cover and what’s getting reviewed. I should say it brings me that joy twice a month, as I’m always excited for taking the power polls, too. My friends and I still pull out old issues for help with retro games (of which I am a huge collector), like when we played through Young Merlin for laughs on my beloved Super Nintendo. I’m only missing a few issues in the entire run of the magazine.

In all the tough parts of my life, Nintendo, and Nintendo Power, were always there for me. When I didn’t think I could make it in 6th grade, and thought about ending it all, NP saved me with news of Super Mario 64 and Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. When my Dad said he was getting remarried and my life fell into despair, NP was there with previews of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and hope for the future. And as an adult, after wanting to give up after getting laid off multiple times as an art teacher, NP made me feel like a kid again with news of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Though sure, I check Nintendo blogs obsessively, you hold a special place in my heart. I don’t want endless bright screens of every little piece of news when I can have a beautiful printed magazine to pore over. Even when news and screenshots from Nintendo Power are posted online, I always to refuse to read those articles until I’ve received my issue and can read it myself, straight from the source. Honestly, I’m terribly depressed about a world without you. I proudly wear my Nintendo Power Player shirt (a replica, as my original fell apart from years of wear and tear.)

I’m including a painting I started working on in August as soon as I found out the news about the magazine ending. I poured my heart and soul into it. It’s the expression of all the feelings I’ve had, tempered with the sadness of losing you this December. It was really hard getting it done on time, as I work two jobs and often don’t have the time or energy after work. I pray that you will print it, and this letter, in one of your final issues. None of my letters as a kid made it into the magazine, but you were always kind enough to write back to me either way. Thank you for that. Thank you for everything.

Much love,

Bry Sharland"

Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

“Tune in to tomorrow at 7AM PT for a new Nintendo Direct! We’ll be taking an in-depth look at several announced Nintendo 3DS games coming this holiday season, and there might even be a sneak peek at a few 2013 titles!”

Looks like there might be some interesting content discussed on a Nintendo Direct tomorrow.  Will you be tuning in?  Feel free to stop by the site's Chat if you're available!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pure Nintendo Kickstarter

There is 5 days left in the kickstarter found here

As many know Nintendo Power is ending at the end of the year and there is a kickstarter found above.

Here is the levels for the kickstarter at this point in time.

$10 That will get you a P-wing logo sticker.
$20 That will get you a full year (6 issues) of Pure Nintendo Magazine.
$30 This is limited to 10 backers. 7 are taken so far. 3 are left.That will give you the $40 reward tier which is a full year for them and one of their friends.
$40 This will give you and a friend a full year of Pure Nintendo Magazine.
$50 You will get a shout out in the magazine a full year of the magazine and a Pure Nintendo polo.
$100 Limited to 50. 44 remaining. You get both a Pure Nintendo Hoodie and a Pure Nintendo T-Shirt along with a full year of Pure Nintendo Magazine.
$200 Limited to 50. 49 remaining. A Pure Nintendo hoodie and a Pure Nintendo polo and a full year of Pure Nintendo Magazine.
$300 Giving this amount you get a P-wing sticker,hoodie,polo,T-shirt, and a full year of Pure Nintendo Magazine.
$350 Finally for this amount you get a full page ad, a hoodie, and all the items from the $20 and $50 levels.

By the looks of things by their updates and posts this is having the backing of  Nintendo. They will be working with Nintendo closely to get exclusive content found no where else.They will also focus just as much as NP did on third party content maybe even more for the 3DS and WiiU. Also they mentioned that it will be different from their online site as far as content goes so.

At this point in time there is $11,251 of 20,000 of the goal met. So spread it around and donate if you can. Once again the link to the kickstarter can be found here. here

Friday, October 5, 2012

Japan Nintendo Direct for Animal Crossing 3DS.

Here is the details from the Nintendo Direct about Animal Crossing 3DS

Some characters might set up a tent and camp outside much like the first Animal Crossing game. These have been missing from the more recent AC games.

 Visit the recycle shop for various materials. This also has been missing since the first game.

 Help out your in-game friends with purchasing decisions. This is new.

Use your office (as mayor) to make decisions on putting things in town - you pick a location for construction to begin on the items you plan on adding - megaphone is a new item which lets you gather people -All of these are new and a great addition and I think most people have been wanting to run the town.

 Shoe store offers up boots/shoes for sale. This is new. Only thing that we could do with shoes was in City Folk and that was change the color of it in the city.

 Museum store allows you to make custom-made signs. This is new.It offers some changes to your accessories.

 Tom Nook can help you make design changes to your house. I am sirmising that you can change the overall look of it.

Capture and sell your own critters.That is old.

 Dr. Shrunk returns at the club - you can now have many more emotions. 20 in total. all of them will be saved.

Design/sell your own items, which can eventually change during the process - much larger selection of colors this time around when designing. The selling you items is new. And the much large palete of colors is welcome.

 View the homes of people you StreetPass. I believe you could see certain peoples houses if they got a really good HRA score in the city in City Folk but this is automatic.  Trade items with StreetPass as well - take picture via photobooth,bottom screen displays the picture you'll take.

Visit a massage parlor that helps to relax you and put you into a dream stage - ability to explore the town of someone else - early morning music is calm, dawn the music is more upbeat, afternoon is more pleasant-sounding music, nighttime the music has more base, late night music gets mysterious. This is basically the online mode I believe.

 KK Slider takes on the role of a DJ at the club, as well as his regular guitar gig.Expect a much greater number of KK songs this time around - explore a town alongside other people.

Travel via boat to an island and enjoy a song at the same time - grab items from the bottom of the sea - collect rare bugs as well - mini-games and various stores when you visit the island by boat - Tortimer is the host of mini-games and wears a tropical shirt - one mini-game has you trying to navigate a maze to collect a certain item.

Animal Crossing 3DS Bundle for Japan 11/8/ 2012.

Nintendo Direct Europe 10-4-2012.

There was a Europe Nintendo Direct the other day that covered these games.

Nintendo and collaborations
Paper Mario:Sticker Star.
Luigi's Mansion 2.
Fire Emblem 3DS.
Pokemon Black and White 2.
Pokemon Dream Radar.
Pokedex 3D Pro.
New Art Academy.
New Super Mario Bros 2.
New Style Boutique.
Hana Samurai:Art of the Sword.
 Hydroventure:Spin Cycle.
Nano Assault EX.
TheDenpamen They Came by Wave.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.
Liberation Maiden
Aero Porter

3rd party games
Devil Survivor Overclocked.
Virtues Last Reward.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Skylander Giants
Angry Birds Trilogy
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3D
Fifa 13
PES 2013
Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed
Lego Lord of the Rings
Disney Epic Mickey Power of Illusion
Rabbids Rumble
Spy Hunter

Here is the video to the Europe Nintendo Direct from last night.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Japan Nintendo Direct for Animal Crossing 3DS

This Friday there will be a Nintendo Direct in Japan for Animal Crossing 3DS. For us over here in the US that will be at 7am EST/4am PST I will likely be up like I am now for it and in the chat. I am more of a night owl then a early riser. We shall see if there is a NA or Europe event announced for this announced soon or not.

Japan Animal Crossing 3DS Nintendo Direct

Monday, October 1, 2012

North American Nintendo Direct will be at 7:30am PST/10:30 am EST

Most likely will be shown is what was talked about at the Nintendo Direct Japan from a few days ago which was the New Super Mario Bros 2 DLC level packs.

I will be in the chat in the morning and see if I can find the livestream for it in the meantime and update this post with that link when I find it.

Most likely there isn't going to be a stream but Nintendo UK just uploaded this video.


Here is what happened at the NA Nintendo Direct.