Satoru Iwata, Please Understand, You Will Be Missed

Nintendo has just announced that President & CEO Satoru Iwata, 55, has died from bile duct growth yesterday, July 11.

Above is the official announcement from Nintendo, regarding Mr. Iwata's sudden death.
Above is the official announcement from Nintendo, regarding Mr. Iwata’s sudden death.

Before succeeding Hiroshi Yamauchi as Nintendo’s president and eventually also becoming the CEO, Iwata worked as a programmer for HAL Laboratory Inc. which created the beloved Kirby, the Mother (EarthBound) series and, of course, Super Smash Bros. Iwata was the programming mastermind behind all those projects, as well as the reason Pokémon Gold & Silver included the Kanto region. With Nintendo, Iwata also lended his skill to help develop The Legend of Zelda games and Animal Crossing series. Nintendo Japan Directs were led by Iwata, who initially made the decision to halt large press conferences, like at E3, and instead divide Nintendo’s showcase into smaller events by demographic.

No further information is known on who will be replacing Mr. Iwata as President & CEO, nor how Nintendo Directs will change from now on. All that is known is that he is no longer with us, he will be dearly missed and not forgotten.

“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

Hyrule Warriors coming to 3DS and bringing two familiar faces

As seen in this newly discovered trailer:

The original Hyrule Warriors on Wii U is being ported and produced by companies Team Ninja and Omega Force for a Nintendo 3DS adaptation. It is unofficially announced as of now but as you can see it appears the game will be contain all the characters from the Wii U version…plus two more!

It has also been discovered that purchasing the 3DS version while already owning the original Wii U version will allow the owner to unlock King of Hyrule and Tetra on their Wii U as well.

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What do you think of this big news!? This will be the newest Zelda game on the 3DS following the enormous Majora’s Mask 3DS release, and now Zelda fans who own a 3DS but not a Wii U will get the chance to finally play the renowned Hyrule Warriors.

Chibi-Robo returns, now on the 3DS!

Today, during a surprise Nintendo Direct, a new Chibi-Robo title was announced! Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash! Unlike the traditional Chibi-Robo title, this one will be a side-scroller and feature action in addition to the quirky puzzles our friendly robo gets into! Chibi-Robo uses his plug as a whip to attack enemies as well as to reach places he could no get to before. Charging his plug increases its power and length in which it extends. Check out the trailer!

As mentioned, an amiibo compatible with the game is to be released exclusively as a bundle with the launch of this game. We currently know this amiibo can transform Chibo-Robo into Super Chibi-Robo and can be leveled up as well as unlock in-game collectible items.

Who could ever say no to this little guy?
Who could ever say no to this little guy?

Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash will be released on the Nintendo 3DS system this October! Come back for more info, here on RL, when its released!

Support Your Local Smash Scene!

Are you a fan of Super Smash Bros.? Do you enjoy playing with friends but also enjoy watching others compete? Ever been to any Super Smash Bros. tournaments for the original game, Melee, Brawl or the newest titles on 3DS and Wii U? Tournaments like these that may seem not seem as popular as competitions for esports like League of Legends or Dota 2, but in fact Melee tournaments seem to collectively award the most prize money in all fighting game competitions. And look at how epic they are:

 

When you have top notch players who dedicate hours on hours of practicing Smash techniques such as teching and wavedashing and polishing their combos to near perfection, coupled with commentators with an obvious passion for the game as they hype up the crowd and spectators, mixed with excited fans who will ‘Ooh!’ and ‘Aah!’ at even the slightest moment of a perpetual comeback or mercy beating, the Super Smash Bros. competitive scene is in a realm of its own, and a great one at that.

ROOM HYPE LEVEL: OVER 9,000
ROOM HYPE LEVEL: OVER 9,000

Huge tournaments don’t occur every day though, or even every weekend and often you may not be able to make it to Vegas for EVO, or Jersey for APEX, or Florida for CEO, but did you know that Smash competitions might be going down in your very backyard? No, not your actual backyard, but it is likely there are weekly tournaments happening at your local gaming/comic book store!

Scope around your neighborhood, and if there are no venues in sight take to Facebook and search for Smash scenes in your city/town/state and join a local group or two! This is a great way for updates, finding local competitions and to organize pick up games. Better yet, if there is a venue close to you with no Smash scene, start your own with friends! Most comic book and video game stores are happy to accommodate these kinds of tournaments because it brings them business and attention and they may charge a small fee for using their location, which is minimal when everyone throws in. High school and college campuses are other excellent locations to start clubs at and hold competitions.

If somebody owns or has access to streaming equipment, displaying the tournament over Twitch or other streaming websites, or posting the best matches, semi-finals and finals on YouTube, is yet another great way to publicize your scene and attract fellow Smashers. I participated in a local tournament in my own town with familiar faces I never knew were also in Smash at a place I had never even been to after I noticed a post on a Facebook group I was apart of, got invited to a separate group for this particular tournament and received an invite by text from a fellow Smash friend of mine.

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Only around 10 people entered this particular tournament and the entry was only five bucks. Sure, it was small, but it had heart. A room full of big, clunky TVs, game systems, friendly people with a similar interest and a copy of Smash and you just can’t go wrong! I lost my first round, and the losers round, by the way, but I like to think a Dr. Mario main like me put up a good fight. Some of these players are just too good! Me and the Doc will get ’em next time.

I encourage all of you fellow Smash fans, and those unaware of this wonderful game, to go out and check out your local Smash scene for a good time. And don’t forget to let us at RL know how it goes!

It is also your last chance to sign up for our Spring Smash Tournament! Don’t forget!