NES Classic Edition
Following the announcement of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition last month, a French-language radio show hosted an interview with Julie Gagnon, who is the communications manager at Nintendo of Canada.
Gagnon discussed a few different topics such as who the company is targeting with the NES Classic Edition, and some different display modes like pixel perfect.
“Everyone who has played before, who maybe today wants to play with their children; everyone who wants to beat the bad guy, but they couldn’t back then; all of the new generations who love Mario today and want to understand how he was at the beginning, I really think this can bring everyone together.”
“It’s also in the spirit where retro is very present, and finally Nintendo offers it in a formula that I think is very accessible for everyone.”
“What is interesting is that we can play through HDMI, but there will be different modes of how we will see the screen – a mode simulating the retro aspect of our old CRT screens, there will be a mode which can be at the resolution of the modern screens in 4:3 format, and a pixel perfect mode which will display each pixel as a square, so people can have fun with this too.”
“Yes, there will be permanent save points and instant temporary saves to be able to resume and that’s for every single of the 30 games, so we don’t have to worry if we don’t have a password, or restart right at the beginning…”
Pokémon Sun & Moon
On August 1, The Pokémon Company shared the latest update on Pokémon Sun & Moon, introducing Alolan Forms of old pokémon, new pokémon, Z-Moves, Island Trials, and much more.
You can find the new official trailers, screenshots and information below:
Z-MOVES AND UNDISCOVERED POKÉMON ANNOUNCED FOR POKÉMON SUN AND POKÉMON MOON!
Fascinating new details about the Alola region and its unique characters also revealed
London, United Kingdom: August 1, 2016— The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed powerful Z-Moves in addition to new characters and Pokémon that can be found in the highly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. These fascinating Alola region characters and Pokémon will appear in the latest generation of Pokémon video games that will launch in North America on November 18.A new trailer that showcases the new Z-Moves and many amazing Pokémon can be found here: https://youtu.be/O3jjynIAJ20Z-Moves
Z-Moves are a new element that has been introduced into the Pokémon battles in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Z-Moves are powerful moves that can only be used once during battle. The explosive force of a Z-Move is the result of both the Trainer and Pokémon releasing their full power together when their wishes resonate with each other. All Pokémon are capable of using Z-Moves in battle.To use Z-Moves, two key items are required: a Z-Ring and a Z-Crystal. The Z-Ring fits on a Trainer’s arm, and Z-Crystals are set into it. If a Pokémon holds the same variety of Z-Crystal as its Trainer, the two will be able to resonate with one another.Z-Ring
TOMY International will be releasing the Z-Ring for sale at participating retailers. When a player uses a Z-Move in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, their real-life Z-Ring will light up, vibrate, and play sounds to go along with the video and sounds in the game.
Alola Region and Trials
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon take place on an archipelago of tropical islands—four nature-filled islands and one man-made island. The Alola region is known as a resort area that attracts tourists from all over the world.
Alola is surrounded by the sea and has a diverse ecology made up of Pokémon that are native to the region along with Pokémon that have more recently arrived in Alola from other regions. In Alola, humans and Pokémon coexist in a very close relationship and a culture has developed that is different from that in other regions.
One aspect of the unique Alola culture is the island challenge, an adventurous rite that involves traveling through each of the four islands. This event helps young people grow into fine Pokémon Trainers. As the main character of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, each player is destined to attempt this island challenge. To complete the island challenge, young trial-goers must overcome the trials on each of the four islands. These trials are not limited to battling with Pokémon. They take a variety of forms including finding items or completing tests of knowledge.
At the end of each trial, a mighty Pokémon known as a Totem Pokémon will be waiting. A Totem Pokémon is much larger than others of its species, and its body is enveloped in a special aura. When Totem Pokémon battle, they summon ally Pokémon to join them. With the support of these allies, the Totem Pokémon become more powerful. Pokémon other than Totem Pokémon also sometimes call on allies to aid them.
The final trial on each island is called the grand trial where Pokémon battle against the kahuna who leads that island. If a trial-goer succeeds in clearing this grand trial, they will be publicly recognized as having cleared all of the island’s trials and can move on to the next island.
Each trial has a captain whose role is to provide guidance to trial-goers. All of the captains are Trainers who undertook trials in their own island challenge several years earlier.
Lana is a captain who is an expert with Water-type Pokémon. She is dedicated to her family and is a reliable older sister who watches over her younger sisters. Captain Mallow is an expert with Grass-type Pokémon. She loves cooking, but it seems that sometimes her taste is a bit particular. Specializing in Electric-type Pokémon, Captain Sophocles is good with mechanics and has invented various machines. Captain Kiawe’s expertise is in Fire-type Pokémon, and together with his Marowak, he studies the traditional dances that have been passed down in the Alola region.
Each of Alola’s four islands has a leader, called the island kahuna, who governs the island. Kahunas are chosen by the Pokémon known as guardian deities, which are also found on each island. Hala is the kahuna of Melemele Island, where the main character has just moved to, and he is also the rival character Hau’s grandfather. Hala’s skill is renowned in the Alola region. He gives the player their first partner Pokémon and expects great things from them.
In the Alola region, certain Pokémon help people reach places that are not accessible using human strength alone. This practice of traveling on Ride Pokémon is typical of the culture of the Alola region, where humans and Pokémon are closely bound together. These Pokémon do not join the player’s team, but they can be called upon anytime for help.
The newly revealed Pokémon include:
Pokémon Adapted to the Alola Region
Some Pokémon have adapted to the distinctive microclimates of the Alola region and have taken on different forms than they have in other regions. These Pokémon are called regional variants. After taking root in the Alola region, they live like native Pokémon. These regional variant Pokémon can have different appearances and types, and their way of living can also differ from that of the forms previously known.
Name: Alolan Exeggutor
Unlike other Exeggutor, the Alolan Exeggutor has a fourth head—on its tail! This fourth head controls the tail independently and can take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks.
Name: Alolan Vulpix
It is said that Vulpix came to the Alola region together with humans, but the Fox Pokémon moved to the snowy mountain peaks to avoid the normal habitats of other Pokémon, and thus it ended up taking on this form.
Name: Alolan Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales is able to produce ice crystals from the fur that covers its body. It can use these ice crystals to block attacks, or it can form balls of ice, which it fires like bullets at opponents. These ice missiles have enough power to pulverize rock.
Name: Alolan Sandshrew
Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas, but the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the them to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains where they took on this form.
Name: Alolan Sandslash
The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.
Oricorio changes its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. Since it has four different forms—the same as the number of islands in Alola—it would seem that different Oricorio live on each of the islands.
· Baile Style
The Baile Style Oricorio is very passionate, and power fills its body when it dances. It sends downy fluff flying during its intense dances.
· Pom-Pom Style
The Pom-Pom Style Oricorio is very friendly toward people, and it uses dancing to encourage Trainers who are feeling glum. When it dances, its feathers are charged with static electricity.
· Pa’u Style
The Pa’u Style Oricorio acts at its own pace, which sometimes makes it difficult to deal with. It sharpens its spirited moves through dance, which increases its psychic power.
· Sensu Style
The Sensu Style Oricorio is quiet and collected. By means of its dance, it gathers the spirits drifting about in an area and borrows their power to fight.
Minior are formed in the stratosphere and live by absorbing the detritus around them. When they’ve consumed a large quantity of particles, their bodies become heavy, and they fall toward the planet’s surface. Minior has a hard and heavy outer shell with a core within.
Gumshoos is the Evolution of Yungoos. It will call on Yungoos allies and stand in the way of trial-goers.
Fomantis is nocturnal, and it performs photosynthesis while it sleeps during the day by spreading out its leaves in all directions. Because of the danger of staying in the same location two days in a row, Fomantis begins its search for the next day’s spot as soon as the sun sets.
Lurantis draws opponents near to itself with its flowerlike appearance and aroma—and then it takes them down. It’s said to be the most gorgeous of all Grass-type Pokémon, due to its brilliant coloration and elegant moves.
Mudbray could once be found all over the world, but it became endangered and is now a protected species. It’s said that the Alola region is the only place in the world where Mudbray can still be found in the wild.
For more information, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/SunMoon.
Besides these news, we also got a first look, and some information regarding the real Z-Ring item that Tomy International will be bringing out when the games release. Players who use a Z-Move in the game, will see their real-life Z-Ring light up, vibrate, and emit sounds to go along with what’s happening in-game.
In Japan, you will be able to collect 18 different crystals, all of which correspond to a different type and Z-move. The Z-Ring will cost 2,600 yen and is packaged with one Z-Crystal. Z-Crystal sets have three each and are priced at 599 yen. A special bundle is also planned for 4,490 yen containing the Z-Ring and six Z-Crystals. Outside of Japan, pre-orders for the Z-Ring Set are now live at Amazon and GamStop, and it includes the Z-Ring, three Z-Crystals, and a 2-inch Pikachu figure.
Below you can find a summary of the product from Amazon, and several screenshots showcasing what it looks like and how it works.
– Feel the thrill of battle as the POKÉMON Z-RING lights up, makes sounds, and vibrates!
– The type based attack icons on each Z-CRYSTAL become visible as they light up when inserted into Z-RING
– Z-RING features two ways to play: synchronized with the video game for 4D experience or in role play
– Video game synchronization allows the player to feel the full power of the Z-MOVE!
– Get different Z-CRYSTALS to unlock different colors, sounds and vibrations.; Two AAA batteries are required and included with the set
Pokémon Z-Ring Set
Continue your quest to become a Pokémon Trainer! Experience the world of Pokémon in a new way with the unique Pokémon Z-Ring and Z-Crystals! Compatible with the latest video game titles in the Pokémon series for Nintendo 3DS Family Systems: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the Z-Ring can interact and synchronize to enhance the game play experience with new Z-Moves!
Pokémon Z-Ring Synchronizes with the Video Game
When synchronized in Nintendo 3DS/2DS Mode and with the Z-Crystal element type matching the Z-Move type performed in the video game, the type based attack icon will appear automatically and players will be able to hear the dedicated type attack sound.
When an Electric-type Z-Crystal is inserted into the Z-Ring, this exciting interactive feature enables players to feel the Electric-type Z-Move at the same time as it appears in the video game! Insert different type Z-Crystals into the Z-Ring to experience the colors, vibration and sound effects for each. (Z-Ring with Grass Z-Crystal shown).
Activate Role Play Mode
The Pokémon Z-Ring can be used without the video game in Role-Play mode! Bring the battle play to life by pressing the button on the Z-Ring to experience the different colors, lights and vibration with each Z-Crystal! The Z-Ring can hold up to six additional Z-Crystals with the active Z-Crystal in place.
Finally, it’s now confirmed that the next round of information about Pokémon Sun & Moon is coming on August 11 / 12 at the following times:
– 6 PM PT (August 11)
– 9 PM ET (August 11)
– 2 AM in the UK (August 12)
– 3 AM in Europe (August 12)
– 10 AM in Japan (August 12)
For a few months now, three artwork sheets have been floating around the internet, containing the supposed final evolutions of the three starter pokémon.
With the release of information about Captain Mallow, which is featured in the artwork for Litten’s final evolution, these are looking more and more likely.
Due to that, I decided to include them and what we know about those pokémon in a spoiler box below.
Pokémon X & Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Arceus can now be obtained for Pokémon games around the world. The distribution Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire is now available in stores.
Codes can be redeemed until November 30.
Here’s the full lineup of where you can obtain Arceus in the various regions:
United States – Gamestop – August 1st through August 24th
Canada – EBGames – August 1st through August 24th
United Kingdom – GAME – August 1st through August 24th
Australia & New Zealand – EBGames – August 1st through August 24th
Spain – GAME – August 1st through August 24th
Germany – Gamestop – August 2nd through August 24th
France – Micromania – August 1st through August 28th
Italy – Gamestop – August 1st through August 24th
Belgium – Nintendo Zone in Game Mania, FNAC CORA and Smartoys – August 1st through August 24th
Austria – Gamestop – August 1st through August 24th
Netherlands – Nintendo Zone in Game Mania – August 1st through August 24th
Finland, Sweden, Norway & Denmark – BR Stores – August 17th
Switzerland – Gamestop – August 1st through August 24th
Portugal – FNAC Stores – August 1st through August 24th
South Africa – BT Games – August 1st through August 24th
You can also find a trailer for the promotion below:
It has also been announced that Volcanion will be distributed as October’s Mythical Pokémon distribution. It’s now confirmed that GameStop will provide codes in the United States as well as Italy and Ireland. You’ll be able to redeem the code in Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire.
Volcanion will be level 70 with the ability Water Absorb, and will know the moves Steam Eruption, Flamethrower, Hydro Pump, and Explosion. The held item is Assault Vest.
A trailer and overview for the english dub of Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel are also now available and can be found below:
“In this latest cinematic adventure, Ash meets the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion! They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. He plans to use its mysterious power to take control of this mechanical kingdom! Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna? One of the greatest battles in Pokémon history is about to unfold!”
Pokémon Go is now out on several other countries and regions, including Brazil, Mexico, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.
Sensor Tower reports that Pokémon GO has generated over $200 million net revenue worldwide. The app managed to do so during its first month of availability across iOS and Android. It has performed better than Supercell’s Clash Royale and King’s Candy Crush Soda Saga, two huge mobile downloads. The chart below shows that Niantic’s game earned more revenue through the first month than the others. It’s also noted that players are still using it for about 26 minutes each day.
Famitsu data also indicates that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire shipments more than doubled since Pokémon GO’s launch in Japan. Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire were at about 3,000 units during the first week in July, but sales are now at nearly 8,000 copies.
Meanwhile, MCV revealed that 3DS XL and 2DS sales have risen 222% and 234% in the UK, in comparison to the same period last year, also thanks to the continued success of Pokémon GO. Pokémon games on 3DS are still selling well, and MCV reports that Nintendo was the top boxed games publisher in the UK in the week before. Ten of the top 50 games were from the company, including Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (No.11), Omega Ruby (No.18), X (No.25) and Y (No.29). Pokémon titles sold roughly 9,000 units. MCV adds that sales of Pokémon trading card, toys, and clothes are also experiencing a boost. Pokémon Sun & Moon pre-orders “have also increased significantly”.
Meanwhile, Niantic has announced it is now looking into additional sponsorships. Fortune reports that Niantic is in talks “with several companies”, and new relationships could be formed similar to the deal with McDonald’s. During the GamesBeat 2016 conference, Niantic mentioned that paid sponsorships can reduce Niantic’s reliance on in-app purchases by players to generate revenue. “It’s tough to understand where you want to draw the line”, John Hanke said. With sponsorships, Niantic felt “we wouldn’t have to cave to that pressure to just dial it up a little more”.
Finally, if you are currently playing Pokémon GO and experiencing any sort of issues, from server downtime, to bugs and glitches, you probably should keep an eye on the update page for the game over here, in case Niantic launches a new update solving the problem bothering you.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
The North American website for Metroid Prime: Federation Force is now available over here. It contains the usual game information, footage, and screenshots.
The game is also available for pre-load in North America, which means you can download most of the data ahead of time, with only a small update needed at launch. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is 10,241 blocks / 1,280.125MB in size.
If you pre-order from the Nintendo UK store you’ll also receive the mousepad pictured below. Orders can be placed here.
Finally, this coming Friday on August 12, select GameStop locations will be hosting a Metroid Prime: Federation Force demo event. Fans can stop by stores between 4 PM and 7 PM local time to try out the game before launch. Nintendo says you’ll be able to play with up to four others in various co-op missions.
You can find a list of participating GameStop stores over here.
Rhythm Heaven Paradise
Rhythm Heaven Paradise is now confirmed by Nintendo to be releasing in Australia and New Zealand on October 22nd.
The game will cost AU$49.95 and, like the European version, will be getting both a retail and eShop release.
Version 2.11.0 is out now for Splatoon. The update is 32MB to download.
Here are the patch notes:
– A bug has been fixed in which the splash with Rollers/Brushes would not hit opponents in certain instances.
– Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
Splatoon Koshien 2017 will once again consist of several battles throughout the rest of the year. It will then culminate on February 11 and February 12, where a winner will be determined.
The initial tournaments are as follows:
September 25: Tokai (Nagoya)
October 16: Hokkaido (Sapporo)
October 22: Tohoku (Morioka)
November 5: Kinki (Osaka)
November 20: Shikoku (Takamatsu)
November 23: Chugoku (Hiroshima)
December 3: Kyushu (Fukuoka)
January 21-22: Kanto (Tokyo)
The rules consist of: Turf Wars, all weapons, all gear, and eight stages in pool that are randomly chosen.
And these were the stages selected during a live stream hosted a short while ago:
1. Walleye Warehouse
2. Museum d’Alfonsino
3. Piranha Pit
4. Urchin Underpass
5. Kelp Dome
6. Ancho-V Games
7. Mahi-Mahi Resort
8. Flounder Heights
Finally, you can take a look at this year’s truck, uniforms, bandanna for all players, and the trophy, in the gallery below.
Nintendo recently released official trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs for the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console. Check them out below:
Miitomo has recently received some new content. Nintendo rolled out several Miitomo Drop stages as well as new items.
Three sets are for “Calling all competitors! High-Impact Sports”, while another three are for “The vast depths! The World of the Sea”.
– Olive wreath
– Track uniform
Miitomo Shop Items:
– Dragon wings
– Sporty tank top
– Baggy tight-ankle sweatpants
– Jelly sandals
– Shell pendant
– Basic headband
– Plain short-sleeve tee
– Plain shorts
Available items include:
– Diving goggles (set)
– Wetsuit (set)
– Flippers (set)
– Oxygen tank
Available items include:
– Luchador mask
– Pro-wrestling costume (separates)
– Pro-wrestler costume (long tights)
– Boxing wear (separates)
– Boxing wear (trunks)
July European eShop Highlights
Nintendo has recently released a new video showcasing the European digital game highlights from July 2016. You can watch it below:
Summer Gaming List
Nintendo has released a Summer Gaming List to guide players buying games this season.
Here’s the full list of titles:
For the Action Buff – Kirby: Planet Robobot
For the Collector – Pokémon Omega Ruby / Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
For the Competitor – Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
For the Social Butterfly – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
For the Thrill Seeker – Mario Kart 7
For the Disney Fan – Disney Art Academy
For the Adventurer – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
For the Nostalgia Lover – New Super Mario Bros. 2
And Nintendo’s explanation of the list:
“The list is simple: Just start with the game that feels best for you and work your way through the rest. You can battle enemies with Kirby while waiting for the burgers to be done in your backyard, paint princesses while playing in the park or unleash a Final Smash while relaxing on the beach. You can even race with Mario and friends during a road trip to your favorite summer location (just watch out for flying Banana Peels!).”
The latest episode of Nintendo Minute features Kit and Krysta debating which is the better console: the Super Nintendo or the original NES. You can find out their verdict in the video below:
Nintendo @ Gamescom 2016
Pokemon developer Shigeki Morimoto, Splatoon developer Hisashi Nogami, and a developer behind Dragon Quest VII will all be appearing as guests. Tim Feldner is set to moderate the Nintendo houseparty on stage which will feature guests, signing session, live demos, and contests, among other things.
A select group of fans will be able to try out The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at Gamescom. For that, you’ll need to win in the Pokkén Tournament, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart 8 tournaments at Gamescom. Players who are victorious in the tournaments will also receive a trophy.
Furthermore, if you haven’t signed up for My Nintendo yet, you can earn 250 Platinum Points for doing so. Current members can earn 300 Platinum Points. Points are also given at Nintendo’s info booth after you receive a stamp card and complete a set of tasks, with those being the following:
– Play Mario Party: Star Rush (1st Stamp)
– Play Monster Hunter Generations (2nd Stamp)
– Play two indie games of your choice (3rd & 4th Stamp)
Finally, these are the games that will be on show at Gamescom:
Mario Party: Star Rush
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
Monster Hunter Generations
Rhythm Paradise Megamix
Pirate Pop Plus
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Super Meat Boy
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
World To The West
Steam World Heist
DLC for FAST Racing Neo
The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Music Collection
CDJapan indicates that “The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Music Collection” will apparently launch next month, since it is listed for release on September 28. Pricing is set at 3,240 yen.
It will feature a collection of tracks from the series, which have been carefully selected from among the titles listed below:
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: Adventure of Link
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
The Kirby Cafe recently debuted in Japan, with the first location opening in Osaka.
Plenty of people stopped by and snapped photos of the venue while there.
That said, you can take a look at what the Kirby Cafe looks like in the gallery below:
Super Mario Adventures
Super Mario Adventures is now returning after more than 20 years thanks to VIZ Media, which will have the comics rounded up in a graphic novel format for sale on October 12, according to Things From Another World.
The site has the following description:
“Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine in 1992-93. The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser but super plumbers Mario and Luigi hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?! Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel is now available once again!”
Super Mario Hot Wheels
The list includes the following vehicles:
Bread Box (Mario)
Bully Goat (Princess Peach)
Cruise Bruiser (Bowser)
Flathead Fury (Yoshi)
Ryura LX (Luigi)
Super Van (Donkey Kong)
You can also take a look at the new Super Mario Hot Wheels in the gallery below: