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This Week in Nintendo History: November 29th to December 5th

Okay, I know I said I would need to quit acknowledging every anniversary of every little thing that comes along in gaming (unless you people like them, that is), but then Nintendo Okie had to go and drop a big batch of big ones on us. To keep it brief, their article looks back at games released on Nintendo platforms this very week, including Startropics, 1080 Avalanche, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pikmin, Kirby Squeak Squad, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Super Mario Strikers, Mario Tennis: Power Tour, and Konami's Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. That's quite a noteworthy list. Animal Crossing, Melee, and Castlevania are some definite favorites of mine, while I never got to play Mario Tennis, 1080, or Squeak Squad. Pikmin is good, but made even better with the New Play Control! version on the Wii. Super Mario Strikers is a fun game I never got to purchase, but I should get the Wii sequel sometime. And then there is Startropics, which I wish would be revisited. There is so much I love about the game, but for one rather prohibitive factor: the gameplay. It just feels far cheaper and less polished than the Zelda game it was based on, I'm sorry to say, and as a result, I've been reluctant to touch its sequel, Zoda's Revenge. Read More


The Next Three Animal Crossing: City Folk DLC Revealed

So, did anyone playing Animal Crossing: City Folk get their Dolphin spaceship from Pikmin? Today's the last day! That said, GoNintendo has dug up the next batch of downloadable content for AC:CF. Starting Wednesday, August 5th, the Ladder Shades make an encore appearance, perhaps as a number of people seemed to have trouble getting them the first time. From the 15th to the 29th, Hopscotch Flooring will be available to celebrate school starting again. But the most interesting and most curious the one following that: It is said to "celebrate the anniversary of the Animal Crossing on the GameCube." Whatever could it be? As an aside, to anyone still playing Wild World, is Nintendo still supporting that with DLC? I'm curious. Read More


Media: Behold the Arrival of Captain Olimar's Spaceship in Animal Crossing: City Folk

A couple of weeks ago, we discovered with great joy that Captain Olimar of Pikmin fame would see his ship, the Dolphin, join the list of downloadable collectibles for Animal Crossing: City Folk. At the time, we thought it might be to commemorate the release of Pikmin 2 in the New Play Control! lineup of Wii games, just as the Pikmin cap did for the original. But that would seem a bit sudden. As it turns out, it was to commemorate another, arguably more important event. You can find out what and see the model for yourself in the following video: Sadly, it suffers from the same flaw as so many other AC:CF items, in that it just doesn't really do anything. Aeropause notes, "Back in Wild World, there was a Pikmin planter box that held three pikmin buds… they made happy little sounds when you clicked on them." I like one idea I'd seen somewhere that suggested it should have blasted off and then crashed back down to Earth. On a separate note, I wonder if that thing is to scale? Read More


GDC 2009: Nintendo Planning DS Games with DSi-Only Features

If one can remember, back in the era of the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, there were some games which would be playable on the original handheld, but would be enhanced when played on the Game Boy Color or Super Game Boy adapter. Fast forward about a decade, give or take, and Nintendo's history is repeating itself with the DSi. Read More


Nintendo of Australia Sends Pikmin DLC to Animal Crossing: City Folk Players

"DLC" and "Nintendo" aren't often heard in the same sentence together, at least not without the words "why isn't there more" involved. Of course, space is the obvious reason, but I digress: Downloadable content for Nintendo games is a fairly rare thing. However, Animal Crossing: City Folk, much like Wild World before it, is going to prove itself to be an exception to the unofficial rule, as Nintendo prepares to unleash Pikmin upon the masses once again. Read More


Update: Nintendo Responds to Animal Crossing's 'Slurry' Folk

Earlier, we brought the rather surprising news that in sending out completed copies of Animal Crossing: Wild World for the press to transfer data to Animal Crossing: City Folk, MTV Multiplayer and Kotaku came across something of a hip-hop slur/racial epithet (depending on who you ask). Since the initial reports of one baa-d sheep straying from the flock, Nintendo has contacted us, coming forward to respond to the issue at hand: "Previously played copies of the 2005 DS game Animal Crossing: Wild World were sent to 14 members of the media to demonstrate the ability of players to transfer items to the new Animal Crossing: City Folk for Wii. We regret that an offensive phrase was included without our knowledge via a wireless function that allows user-generated catchphrases to spread virally from one game to the next. This version is limited to 14 copies created for media review purposes only and is not available at retailers. We sincerely apologize for the incident and are working with media who received the game cards to return them to Nintendo immediately." -- Nintendo of America Hmm, I wonder how eager any of them are to return this little conversation piece. Or how many have made plans for eBay. [Editor's note: We were contacted by Nintendo shortly after publishing this post, which originally had a source link. However, we've since removed it since Nintendo contacted us itself. -- Phillip Levin] Read More


New Press Copies of Animal Crossing: Wild World Features Slur

Hol. Lee. Crap. Someone is so getting fired for this. Recently, members of the press (not me, sadly) received copies of Animal Crossing: Wild World with everything unlocked from the House of Mario in order to demonstrate the ease with which one can import their characters and catalogs to the new Wii version, City Folk. What no one expected was to find one of the animal characters dropping the N-word. And no, I don't mean "Nintendo."Nintendo must have known that I'm terrible at "Animal Crossing" and thought I'd need help. So they unlocked a lot of content for me. They appear to have quite accidentally gotten a bit hip-hop about all this. Whoever played this game for me back at Nintendo trained at least one of the characters to greet me with the line [censored here]: "How are you, N—a?" -- MTV MultiplayerAs it turns out, Kotaku got the same deal. Multiplayer is sure to note that this is not standard for the E-rated game (which carries the standard note that all bets are off once you go online), as one is capable of customizing greetings amongst the game's inhabitants; beyond that, the only way it could happen is if one of your friends does something of the sort, or if you've bought a used copy. Or in this case, had one sent to you.And then there's the word in question. I didn't expect a sheep named Baabara to walk up to me n the game and say "I almost forgot about you n—a." ... But I can tell that it isn't meant as an offense. It's clearly meant more as a hip-hop slang greeting. -- MTV MultiplayerThe rest of Multiplayer's report attests to how nice the town and setup the mystery player created is, but that it's just that one thing they never saw coming. It should be interesting to see how Nintendo responds, especially as I'm sure Totilo and Crecente weren't the only two people to receive copies. Read More


Wii Music Tops the Charts in Japan

Though it has failed to set critics' hearts aflutter, it seems that Miyamoto's opus has done well for itself on the Japanese sales charts, taking the number one spot in its first week. Here are the numbers:01. Wii Music (Wii) - 92,000 / NEW 02. Pokémon Platinum (DS) - 72,000 / 1,754,000 03. Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 2 (PSP) - 59,000 / NEW 04. Rhythm Tengoku Gold (DS) - 51,000 / 1,007,000 05. Culdcept DS (DS) - 50,000 / NEWMore after the cut. Read More


Nintendo Still Keeping Wii Music Songs Closely-Guarded; Reveals But Six Tracks

Not sure just why, but Nintendo is keeping fairly mum about what tracks are going to be on Wii Music. However, their website (translated via Siliconera) reveals six songs to which you'll be able to... er, rock out:My Grandfather's Clock Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Ode to Joy Super Mario Brothers Theme The Legend of Zelda Animal Crossing Wild WorldFor those who don't know, this is Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Siliconera also notes:My Grandfather's Clock was a bluegrass song, but it got a J-Pop cover from Ken Hirai. It's unclear if Nintendo of Japan plans to include the remake or the original song. Ode to Joy also got a J-Pop remake from boy band KAT-TUN, but Wii Music might be using the original composition from Beethoven. Without the vocals it's difficult to distinguish. Both of these songs are likely to be in the US version too since their international appeal predates any covers. At least Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is clearly the original composition.And of course, if you have no idea of the origins of the other three, I kindly invite you to get out of my sight. That said, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Yankee Doodle were said to have been at E3, which brings the total to eight... of about fifty songs. Not a lot of info there-- maybe Japan just really likes to be surprised about this stuff? Read More


Touch! Generations Soundtrack Shows Even Club Nintendo Offerings are Leaning Casual

Lately, Nintendo does not cease to bewilder. Especially in this latest move, as they have decided to offer their Club Nintendo members in Japan (we're still waiting here, by the way) a brand spanking new music CD. Nothing too unusual about that. Now, this being a Club Nintendo release, you would expect it to target some of their harder core fans, as past offerings such as Peach Healing Music or Koopa Loud Music had. Something from Zelda or Super Paper Mario, Metroid or Fire Emblem, or something along those lines. Instead? They release to perhaps their most dedicated fans their most casual soundtrack to date: The Touch! Generations Sound Track. While I won't deny that some of these may indeed be catchy, and hey, they do have some Animal Crossing and a Smash Bros. Brawl track on there, I don't think that this is something fans would be as interested in as others, or say an exclusive DS game, or a Super NES controller that works on the Wii. Personally? I'd love to see more game music released via iTunes, as the Bionic Commando Rearmed soundtrack was. On the other hand, it seems that the rest of their offerings may be a little more attuned to the traditional, including a new Game & Watch Collection. See the full track listing after the cut, and discuss whether you think this selection deserves its own CD or not in our comments. Read More