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Nintendo Q&A: Kimishima comments on NX missing the holidays, 3DS focus

imageKimishima feels that 3DS will make up for Wii U’s lack of software and projected hardware sales thanks to a strong line up of exclusive titles. He notes that as an “upside” to the 800K projected sales is that they can focus on 3DS

While noting that missing the Holiday season would be a missed opportunity in some regard, they hope to launch the system properly since they plan that the platform will be one played for a long time time so not only do they want a strong launch but they also want to software to continuously release post launch.

Thanks, Nintendo Everything  and Cheesemeister!

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RUMOR MILL: RETRO Studios working on a new IP for NX due next year

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Emily Rogers, a source that has proven trust worthy in the past, has found out that RETRO Studios is hard at work on developing a new IP for Nintendo NX due in 2017.

She states that it sounds like a new IP is in the works as it’s not a new Metroid game nor is it Donkey Kong Country related.

Traditonally, RETRO has required 3 years per project, so it should be ready by early 2017 unless development issues have occurred.

Eshop update 4/28/2016 (Xenoblade Chronicles)

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Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge – Make Minis march like never before in this free download. To get started, simply tap any amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad controller or a New Nintendo 3DS system. Or, tap select amiibo figures to guide one of 11 Minis across more than 50 levels, using their in-game Minis and their unique abilities, like Yoshi who can eat enemies, to reach the exit. But watch out! Mine carts, ghostly Boos and other new obstacles lurk around every corner.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Disney Art Academy – Pre-Purchase – To help you start playing as soon as possible, if you pre-purchase the game in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, it will pre-load the game to your system. That means you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it launches on May 13. Be one of the first to play! Game playable in 2D only.

SEGA 3D Classics Collection – A collection of nine classic SEGA games in one game … and in 3D! From the arcades straight to your Nintendo 3DS system, experience the classics that defined genres.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Lost Reavers – Lost Reavers is a free-to-play, four-player co-op game that asks players to haul treasure safely back to extraction points while their friends protect them. Choose one of four distinct characters to play, and explore a variety of worlds ranging from Ancient Ruins and Medieval Castles to a Modern City.

The Deer God – The Deer God is a game about survival, reincarnation and karma. Find power-ups, unlock ancient secrets and test your platforming skills in this unique side-scrolling pixelated adventure!

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Xenoblade Chronicles – You’ve played him in the Super Smash Bros. games, so now experience Shulk in his very first adventure! Discover expansive environments and deep character customization options as you delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons (robots). Explore the game’s unique upgrade, battle and relationship-building systems as you fight to change the future with trusty allies and the ancient Monado blade.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Gardenscapes (Nintendo 3DS), Jones on Fire (Wii U) and more games from JoinDots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Journey of a Special Average Balloon and Outside of the Realm from Eli Brewer are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
The Letter is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
Explody Bomb and Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility from Alkterios Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 19.
SDK Paint is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 11.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
To celebrate the developer’s 10th anniversary, Swords & Soldiers 3D, Tappingo and more games from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan, Etrian Mystery Dungeon and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 9.
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $8 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 25.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Star Fox Zero: Space Battle
Shovel Knight Campfire Dream
Plague Knight’s Theme

Also new this week:
ASH (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

New digital sales data from Nintendo

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Pokemon’s VC release has amassed over 1.5 million sales.

Total profit from digital content is 43.9 billion yen for the latest fiscal year with the fourth quarter containing the largest amount of sales thanks to new Smash Bros. DLC, Fire Emblem DLC, and Pokemon.

Top sales are in said order:

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New amiibo sales data

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Almost 25 million figures have been sold with 28.9 million amiibo cards.

The Splatoon line had surpassed over a million sold in Japan alone.

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a few evergreen figures have been established with high sell through rates, Link remaining the most popular figure

 

REVIEW: Star Fox Zero

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No rest for the best

Star Fox Zero is the latest entry in the famous Star Fox franchise in over 10 years and is the result of a collaboration between Platinum Games and Nintendo. A potential match made in heaven has resulted in quite the controversy from its simple visuals to its difficult to master controls. So did the project crash and burn? Or does it soar through the stars?

Star Fox Zero is a reboot/reimagining of Star Fox 64 containing the same basic story line and planets but altering each event and location so it doesn’t feel like a complete retread. Not having to deal with the baggage added by Star Fox Adventures, Assault, and Command allows for a more enjoyable story. Nothing amazing, but it gets the job done and allows for the cast to do their job as well as they can. Most of the voice actors from the Nintendo 64 entry return to reprise their roles and they’re as good as ever. Fox sounds as heroic as he has always sounded and Wolf sounds as menacing as he is intended to, though characters like Peppy suffer a bit of a downgrade (partly due to his voice actor not returning). The stages, despite taking place in the same planets/solar system as the original game, all feel new with a few references to the old titles. It all feels fresh instead of feeling like a retread of older levels.

Star Fox Zero, unlike Star Fox 64, features a level select screen allowing you to play whatever level you wish as soon as you unlock it. This makes finding secrets and alternate paths considerably more streamlined and enjoyable while still feeling pretty good. A lot of the secret stages are remixes of previous stages but they can make previous stages feel completely different. For example, the stealth stage Zoness turns into a high speed, high action speed run with the Arwing/Walker. Another stage transforms an all range mode battle arena into an on rails chase to gun down a Star Wolf member. Additionally every stage has hidden medals to find which can be achieved by accomplishing certain tasks, accumulating enough hits, or just searching every nook and cranny in a stage to find them. The result is a game that feels similar to Star Fox 64 keeping the high replayability that the original games were famous for but with enough content to fit modern standards.

The biggest point of contention and the elephant in the room is undoubtedly the controls. Motion controls gained a reputation for being bad for games during the Wii/Kinect era with a lot of titles poorly utilizing the technology. How does Star Fox Zero handle them? While not flawless, the controls are actually rather good! There’s a definite learning curve, but I found the controls intuitive enough to become adjusted by the end of the first stage. While it has a high skill floor, it also achieves a very high skill season which is really great for a game based on replayability. There is a lot more doable with the new controls allowing for less limitations in the game design. Making the controls simpler would make the game more accessible allowing more people to try and enjoy the game while likely raising the average review score, I feel like it would limit what the designers could accomplish while balancing for both controls schemes and I appreciate Miyamoto and his team for stinking to their guns in this case.

Star Fox Zero is the Star Fox 64 sequel we’ve all been waiting for and it feels as if the franchise had never left . It’s a title that you get out of it what you put into it, but if you’re willing to put in the effort you’re in for a great ride.

9/10

 

Nintendo Patent Infringement Case Has Been Overturned

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This is an update to a legal case from 2013 in which Nintendo was found guilty of infringing on patents by the company Tomita Technologies International Ltd.

The appointed Judge ruled that Nintendo must pay 1.82% on the wholesale of every 3DS sold (This essentially being the MSRP, or the price that the 3DS is sold for at retail). When combined with damages this total loss equates to ~200 million dollars to over 230 million.

The latest update shows that Nintendo won the case with the American court finding Nintendo not guilty of infringement potentially saving Nintendo millions.