Best Nintendo-Related April Fools Jokes of 2014

It’s that day that everyone either seems to love or hate — April 1. While many live for this day of pranks and jokes, others loathe it. It seems the internet contributes to the day of foolery more and more every year. Here is our round-up of some of the best Nintendo-related jokes we found for this year.

UPDATES: We will update this post with additional findings, so check back often.

 


 

Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge

Each year, Google has a number of fun “new” products or features. This year was no exception, and one of their best was the Pokémon Challenge on Google Maps.

 


 

Virtual DS

Vooks posted something our podcast team has tossed around for several months — a reiteration of the Virtual Boy — the Virtual DS, which would retail for $399.95. “It’s a mix of the Nintendo 3DS and Virtual Boy technology. With Oculus Rift stimulating eye balls and Sony’s Project Morpheus to do the same too,” says Vooks.

 


 

Virtual U

NintendoLife also jumped on board with the Virtual Boy theme and announced the Virtual U. They stated, “Nintendo will aim to innovate beyond its lighter frame, however, tackling social applications likely to also emerge through Facebook’s Oculus Rift,” as it seems this Virtual U will fit into the new “Quality of Life” plan for Nintendo.

 


 

Cartridge Classics

It looks like the Virtual Console is off to a rough start on Wii U, so the team over at The Gamers Lounge found out Nintendo will be reissuing its old cartridges, in connection with the release of the Retro5. They quote Reggie Fils-Aime saying, “We realized that by blowing the dust off the old cartridge molds and melting down some leftover Wii Zappers and other leftover Wii clip-on accessories to form the cases, these reproduction cartridges basically pay for themselves in production!”

 


 

Nester Joins Super Smash Bros. Roster

The unofficial Super Smash Bros. site has a great mock-up of the newest character on the roster — the Nintendo Power magazine mascot, Nester. They seemed to really work hard on this, but the unfortunate side-effect is that it has made us really want Nester on the final roster!

 


 

Nintendo to Acquire Microsoft’s XBox Gaming Division

Yes, this one is from us. We thought it would be fun to go outrageous this year. Analysts have been talking about both Microsoft and Sony splitting up their companies, selling off their gaming divisions, so we thought Nintendo might be one that could benefit from buying the XBox division. Sure, this would probably never happen, but it’s fun to imagine.

 


 

Worst Joke: EA Pokes Fun at Wii U

In the middle of some funny and silly articles, EA decided to take to Twitter in what many have been calling a bullying move. They stated that their powerful Frostbite 3 engine will now run on the Wii U, “since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform.” While at first this doesn’t seem like much, the recent history between the two companies allude to this being a cruel joke. The tweets have since been taken down, but Kotaku was quick to grab them.

“Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.”

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

“Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive.”

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

“Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.”

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

UPDATE: It looks like Peter Moore has gone to Twitter on his own account to share his thoughts:

“Our apologies to partners @NintendoAmerica & fan @FrostbiteEngine ’s poor attempt at April Fools not condoned by EA : unacceptable/ stupid”
— Peter Moore (@petermooreEA) 5:48 PM – 1 Apr 2014

And earlier in the day, Frostbite took some rather harsh action themselves:

“Prepped for #GoT next week by beheading the programmer who ran this account for being mean and unfunny. He was a great programmer though.”
— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) 1:04 PM – 1 April 2014

 


 

So, were you fooled by any of these “pranks?” Was there one we missed putting on our list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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About the author:

Steve has been a Nintendo fan since the NES. He currently owns a NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GameBoy, DS, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL. His favorite types of games are action platformers and multiplayer “party” games. Overall, he loves a game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours, and if that can be shared with friends, it is even better.

Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since April 2008. He started off as an avid reader, and eventually was asked to jump on the team. Currently, he enjoys writing game reviews and sharing breaking news with the fans and readers. You will also find him on the forums as an admin.

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