Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content (July 10)

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mario Tennis – The Mushroom Kingdom’s finest hit the court in this wild multiplayer tennis game from Camelot, the talented developers behind theGolden Sun and Mario Golf games. Put some power and spin into your shots to claim victory on your own, or go head to head with up to three friends who also have the game in multiple modes.

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    • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
      • The Epic Indie Sale – Own or buy one of the participating Nindie games and take 60 percent off ALL other participating games. The offer lasts until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 23. Visit for more details.
      • Frenchy Bird is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.
      • TNT Racers – Nitro Machines Edition is 37 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 23.

Whispering Willows INTERVIEW

Gaming Cypher has had the pleasure of interviewing Whispering Willows developer Night Light Interactive and publisher Abstraction Games.

How did you come up with the idea of Whispering Willows? – David Logan with developer Nightlight Interactive 

Most of our team went to college in Chico, CA where there was a particularly famous haunted mansion called Bidwell. That was a huge inspiration to us as well as the local history between the natives and white settlers, and the duality of those stories. Between the eeriness of Bidwell and the horrors of the stories we’d read about, we knew we had a lot of material to work with. The idea was easy to get, but the hard part was making the idea happen in a way that would do these old stories justice.

  1. What has been your biggest challenge with Whispering Willows so far? – Ralph Egas with publisher Abstraction Games 

    Our initial release on Steam didn’t make as much of a splash as we would have liked, but I’m making sure that doesn’t happen with the console releases. When releasing a game like this, it requires so much preparation, planning, and manpower to make sure everything goes off well. I’ve been doing a lot of that, and our PS4/PSVita release has gone very well, but marketing has still been one of the biggest challenges with this game.

  1. Will Whispering Willows be included as a Game Preview on Xbox One? David Logan with developer Nightlight Interactive 

    Abstraction is really excited that Xbox One is offering the Game Preview program. Whispering Willows is already completed and in final certification, so its not going through it, but we are looking at the process for our upcoming titles. When used right these types of opportunities to connect developers with players are a terrific method to improve gameplay before full launch.

  1. Last but not least, if you could be any video game character, who would you be? – David Logan with developer Nightlight Interactive 

    I’m really fond of Mustache Pig from Angry Birds. I don’t feel a connection to any of the other pigs — probably because they’re just pixels on a screen, but Mustache Pig really strikes a chord with me. I feel like I can really get inside the character’s head in his complex and multi-faceted portrayal in the game.

Whispering Willows is a horror themed side-scrolling adventure where players take the role of Elena, a young girl determined to solve the mystery behind her missing father. Using a unique amulet gifted from her father, Elena possesses the extraordinary ability to project her spirit outside of her body. While in this spectral form, she can interact with the benevolent spirits and wicked wraiths that used to dwell within the walls of the sinister Willows Mansion. Help Elena use her astral projection to solve puzzles, help lost spirits, and uncover the mysteries behind her missing father. read more

Doctor Who Travels Across Time and Space in LEGO Dimensions

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed at San Diego Comic-Con details about Doctor Who in LEGO Dimensions, the upcoming entertainment experience that allows players to expand their imaginations beyond traditional gaming to merge physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay.  Peter Capaldi, who plays the 12th Doctor, Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, and Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy, will voice their respective characters from the long running British science fiction television series in LEGO Dimensions. read more

Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content (July 2)

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 – Developed to celebrate the franchise’s 10-year anniversary, Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 incorporates the best features from previousSamurai Warriors games, including the detailed customization mode and battle system ofSamurai Warriors 4, as well as the Challenge Mode, which tests players’ speed and efficiency as they fight against the clock and thousands of enemies simultaneously. Play as either a uniquely customized character or one of the much-loved, historically inspired Samurai. Stories and lives unfold in multiple ways, offering numerous resolutions to large-scale battles and multiple endings affected by the players’ choices, actions and affiliations.
    Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Roving Rogue – What comes after The End? That’s the question that has dogged humankind’s greatest thinkers for millennia. Where do we go? What happens? Who will be there? The answers are: “a crumbling castle,” “you run and teleport” and “steadfast knights, goblin archers, obsessed ghosts, demented wizards and other dangerous foes.” In Roving Rogue, the multiplayer platforming adventure on the Wii U system, the end is the beginning.
    Virtual Console on Wii U
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – One of the most critically acclaimed games ever made arrives in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Set off on a legendary journey to stop Ganondorf, who has plunged Hyrule into darkness. Travel through time as child and adult Link, and experience Hyrule in peace and war to save the world and protect the Triforce.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of Nintendo’s most epic challenges and tells one of its most touching stories – it’s an absolute must-play for Nintendo fans.

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Super Mario Maker, amiibo and Nintendo 3DS Take Center Stage at San Diego Comic-Con

Playable Games and Tournaments Highlight Nintendo’s Family-Friendly Activities

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo is headed to Comic-Con in San Diego with a wide variety of fun games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and multiple fan tournaments for games like Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Fans of all ages are encouraged to visit the Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101), directly adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, from July 9 to July 12 to add a little Nintendo magic to their Comic-Con adventure. The Nintendo Gaming Lounge will feature many unreleased playable Nintendo video games, including Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Skylanders SuperChargersfrom Activision for the Wii U console, and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes and Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash for the Nintendo 3DS system. The lounge will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 9-11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 12. San Diego Comic-Con attendees with a show badge can also visit Nintendo’s booth (No. 235) in the San Diego Convention Center to view a display of almost all released and upcoming amiibo figures. read more

Nintendo Adds New Online Multiplayer Game Mode for Kids and Squids in Splatoon

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Tower Control, a new game mode, will soon be added to the already available multiplayer modes in Splatoon. This mode will be added to Ranked Battle, which also includes Splat Zones. The objective of Tower Control is to ride a single floating tower into the enemy’s base. Both teams rush toward the tower, which is initially placed in the center of the map, and the tower will start moving automatically once a player climbs aboard. But beware: Riding the tower will increase the chances of being splatted, as every player has his or her target on the tower. Riding the tower alone is pretty tough, encouraging randomly selected teams of players to team up to accomplish their goal. Just like in Ranked Battle and Turf War, players will be rewarded for working together as a team. Surrounding the tower and protecting the player riding the tower, using each stage’s features to gain an advantage, and supporting each other are the keys to victory. Tower Control will be available at 7 p.m. PT on July 1. Fans can tune into a special Treehouse: Live with Splatoon Tower Control at 3 p.m. PT today to get a sneak peek of the new mode. read more