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The list of the world's top brands no longer includes Nintendo
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For the first time since the list of the world's top brands creation, Nintendo is no longer on it.
Br> According to Destructoid:

Interbrand says Nintendo is not one of the top 100 brands in the world anymore [audible gasp from the audience]. This is the first time the Japanese developer/publisher/platform-holder has been excluded from the list since the list came about in 2001.

Interbrand justifies the snub by saying that Nintendo is not keeping up with changes in people's lives. Specifically, it points to Nintendo's unwillingness to jump into the mobile gaming scene earlier than it did. Outfits like Amazon and Facebook were cited as examples of companies that increased their brand's value by rapidly adopting new trends.

As is to be expected, Interbrand's list is topped by two juggernauts. Apple's brand was valued at an estimated $170 billion, followed by Google's $120 billion. I've heard of those two companies! The list works!



Better luck next year, I suppose.

Shigeru Miyamoto says Star Fox Zero is delayed on a facebook post.
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Legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto himself wrote a Facebook post Sept. 17 to announce that Star Fox Zero would not ship this year.

Even though the goal had long been for a holiday season launch of the anthropomorphic fighter pilot game, more work is needed Miyamoto said.

We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.

To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.



Star Fox Zero was playable at E3 and it received widely mixed reactions. Some praised the control scheme, which employs the use of the Wii U game pad to steer the ships and some found the gameplay distracting and awkward.

Miyamoto said they hope to see the game released in the first quarter of 2016. This leaves Yoshi's Wooly World (in America) and Xenoblade Chronicles X as the only first part Wii U games to see a release through the rest of this year.

Via: Nintendo
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Just four days after the release of Nintendo's really neat looking Super Mario Maker creation game, the Big N has gone ahead and announced that Super Smash Bros. for both the Wii U and 3DS will receive DLC based on the creative platform.

Though they did not announce a price, the video says that it will be available Sept. 30.

Via: Nintendo
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Nintendo celebrated the 30th birthday of Super Mario Bros. with the release of this excellent little video documenting the creation of that iconic game.

Shigeru Miyamoto explains his inspiration and process for how the lasting gem came into being.

Technically, Sept. 13 was the 30th anniversary, but who knows when that is relative to today, what with modern time zones and all. So, Google got into the spirit today with a nifty little Easter egg.

If you type "Super Mario Bros." into search, a question box will appear in the results and you can go ahead and collect all the coins you want.



Unfortunately, you do not receive an extra life if you click it 100 times.

Happy belated b-day Super Mario Bros. Thanks for introducing me to a life long habit of reality avoidance.

Nintendo announced release dates for star fox zero and xenoblade chronicles x.
Via: Gamespot
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In true Nintendo fashion, the company let loose a wealth of information Aug. 24, involving release dates, combo packs and a Super Mario Maker Wii U Bundle.



Gamespot has the details:

According to Nintendo, Star Fox Zero will launch in North America and Europe on November 20. Xenoblade Chronicles X, meanwhile, will be available in both territories on December 4.

Although Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is listed as "Holiday 2015" for North America, Nintendo has confirmed the more specific November 20 date for Europe.

A new combo pack bringing together New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will go on sale on October 16 in North America for a recommended retail price of $59.99.

Walmart will be the exclusive retailer for the Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle, which includes the game, an Idea Book, and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Colour Amiibo. It will be available on September 11 for $299.96.



You can read the full list here.

Nintendo announces a mega yarn yoshi amiibo.
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We were introduced to the yarn Yoshi amiibo at E3, but nothing could have prepared us for this cuteness.

According to Nintendo Life, Nintendo will release a giant, 'mega' version of the adorable thing:

The Yarn Yoshi amiibo triplicate was a great move by Nintendo - it brought the idea of toys-to-life into actual toys that aren't glorified statuettes. Three clearly wasn't enough though, as now we can expect a giant variation of these adorable critters to arrive in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in November.

The amiibo has identical functionality in Yoshi's Woolly World to its standard-sized cohorts, spawning a second Yoshi to be controlled in tandem to your main dinosaur pal. The amiibo chip is contained in this one's foot rather than its base, and it stands at roughly two and a half to three times the height of the previous three.



Oh my god, look at it:



Although it's a few months after the release of Yoshi's Wolly World, it still melts our hearst.

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