Exciting things happen in the world of video games every single day. Everything happens so quickly that it can be tough for a parent to keep track of. Between work, carting the kids to everywhere under the sun, cooking, cleaning, and maybe (just maybe) getting a chance to sleep for a few hours parents just don’t have the time to keep up with everything happening in their child’s hobby.
If the above paragraph describes you, then we have an answer for you. Every Friday morning EFG will be publishing a digest of all of the video game news that is relevant for families. So kick back with your morning coffee and enjoy!
Mighty No. 9 gets a new release date
Mighty No. 9 will be released on Feb. 9, 2016 in North America according to an announcement by Deep Silver (the game’s publisher). It was a huge Kickstarter success, but the momentum has dulled in recent months as the development as sputtered.
Mighty No. 9 will be available both digital and on disc for PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One. It will be released digitally on the same day for Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360.
I can’t wait to play this game, but I am sad to admit I am not very optimistic that it will be released on this newly announced date either. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Nintendo 3DS selects announced in UK
Nintendo UK announced a set of 3DS games being reprinted and discounted called the 3DS selects. Historically, games in this lineup (for the Wii and Wii U) have been sold at a reduced price.
The games listed in the announcement are: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Star Fox 64 3D, Nintendogs +Cats, Mario Tennis Open, Yoshi’s New Island, and Mario Party Island Tour.
We don’t know if this program will continue in the US, but it is very possible as we approach the Holiday season.
Project Spark for Xbox One goes completely free on Oct 5!
Microsoft has announced that Project Spark, the free-to-start game creation program will be transitioning to fully free starting on October 5th. The means that DLC that was previously behind a paywall will be available to everyone.
The update includes HUGE boosts in the maximum terrain and maximum prop limit, more than 200 new assets, as well as an increase to 100 total upload slots for each creator.
Anyone who spent money on the game before it transitions to free will release a credit on their account between thirty to sixty days from October 5th.
Project Spark is a very robust game creation program that presents its users with a change to make some pretty in depth experiences. If anyone in your family is interested in game design then this is worth a look. Just be ready for a steep learning curve.
Mario Tennis Ultra Smash Gets a Release Date!
And the crowd goes wild! #MarioTennis Ultra Smash launches exclusively for #WiiU on 11/20! http://t.co/jE2RuHbbJ8 pic.twitter.com/zqDuiJY9b6
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 29, 2015
Mario Tennis Ultra Smash will serve up another set of Mario Tennis action on November 20. It supports up to four players and will retail for $49.99. We don’t know much else about the gameplay but here’s hoping it’s an ace!
Super Mario Maker sales figures
It was revealed this week that more than 1 million units of Super Mario Maker have been sold around the world since its launch on Sept. 11. The addition of 1 million new “fan” developers has resulted in the more than 2.2 million new Super Mario courses. Those courses have been played 75 million times.
Rare Amiibo Back in Stock Soon!
Look who’s back! Little Mac, Greninja, Shulk, Lucario, Fox & Captain Falcon will be restocked @ select retailers soon pic.twitter.com/PPVOvbjih0 — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 30, 2015
Nintendo tweeted out an interesting picture the other day revealing that several rare amiibo will be back on store shelves soon! They include Little Mac, Greninja, Shulk, Lucario, Fox, and Captain Falcon!
Zangief announced for Street Fighter V!
Minecraft Story Mode Trailer Released!
Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival Release Date
Nintendo updated the product page for Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival with a release date, a bundle and a price point!
Release Date: November 13, 2015
Bundle: Includes the game, 2 Animal Crossing Amiibo, and 4 amiibo cards.