Nintendo at Gamescom 2016
Gamescom 2016 has now come to a close. Here’s a look at Nintendo’s booth.
Besides that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was chosen as “Best of Gamescom” and “Best Wii U Game” in regards to the Gamescom Awards. There were a couple of other notable winners as well, those being Mario Party: Star Rush which took home the award for “Best Mobile Game”, and Skylanders Imaginators that won the “Best Family Game” prize.
Next year’s expo has already been dated, and the show will take place between August 22 and August 26, 2017.
Next year’s Gamescom will be a bit different, since for the first time it will take place between Tuesday and Saturday. In other words, everything is held a day early in 2017. It’s also planned from here on out to have Gamescom staged during the last full week of August.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has picked up yet another reward. The game has been selected as the “Most talked about upcoming game” on Facebook. Based on the image shared by Nintendo, this may only take into account the month of August though.
Speaking of Facebook, Nintendo has shared another couple of clips on the social medial site, showcasing the Koroks and the Woodcutter’s Axe, in addition to another small clip with the Magnesis ability, which was shared on Twitter. You can find the videos below:
Shrine Oman Au introduces the Magnesis ability in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.https://t.co/Gon92lqtWH
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) 18 August 2016
Pokémon Sun & Moon
New details about Pokémon Sun & Moon were recently shared at Gamescom.
First, we got a new pokémon called Tortunator, which you can learn more about by reading the official press release and watching the trailer below:
New Alola region Pokémon revealed at gamescom in Cologne!
Cologne, Germany—18 August 2016: Earlier today on stage at gamescom in Germany, GAME FREAK’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori unveiled the brand-new Pokémon Turtonator which can be found in the Alola region in the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games.More information about the new Pokémon:Name: Turtonator
Category: Blast Turtle Pokémon
Weight: 467.4 lbs.
Ability: Shell ArmorThe Blast Turtle Pokémon Turtonator lives around volcanoes and camouflages itself as a rock to wait for its prey. This Pokémon feeds on sulfur and other materials found near volcanic craters, and as a result its shell is covered in a layer of explosive material. During battle, when something strikes Turtonator, sparks fly from the horns on its shell, igniting this layer and causing an explosion.Turtonator can learn the exclusive move Shell Trap. With this move, the Pokémon lays a trap for the opponent at the start of the turn. If Turtonator is hit by an opponent’s physical attack during that turn, the trap triggers an explosion resulting in huge damage to the opponent.
A new video which showcases Turtonator can be found here: https://youtu.be/5luB1aqmMww
Besides that, we got another look at the Battle Royale multiplayer mode, and a segment with Shigeki Morimoto, just before a special discussion between Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, which you can find more about below:
Morimoto confirmed he was the one who included Mew in Pokémon Red & Green. Despite not actually being obtainable at the time, he added it because it might be used in some way at a later time. When asked about his favorite pokémon, he naturally went with Mew.
Morimoto was then asked which new pokémon is the most interesting to him and the one he would like to have in his team. His answered Alolan Exeggcutor is his favorite. He used it before and is looking forward to using it again in its new form.
Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda was then show in a video segment interviewing Shigeru Ohmori, which answered three questions.
The first question was about how Ohmori is handling his new role as director. He said he learned a lot from Masuda about what developing a Pokemon game is like, and that this time he wanted to deliver his own interpretation of that accumulated knowledge to players. This can be seen in some of the new features and in the overall presentation.
Ohmori was next asked about what significance the new Hyper Training feature will have for battles, since Level 100 pokémon can now be made even stronger via Hyper Training. From Ohmori’s view point, being able to improve even level 100 pokémon will add more depth to battles. He says Hyper Training is designed so all players can experience that new depth.
Finally, Ohmori said Mimikyu is his favorite new pokémon so far, because he sympathizes with its sad backstory, which almost brings a tear to his eye. Mimiyku will have a special / unusual battle entrance animation in Sun and Moon, so players can look forward to that.
After this, the programming went back to Morimoto, who was asked where the idea for Battle Royal came from. He explained that the team wanted to design a type of battle that allows as many players as possible to participate and have fun at the same time. He also thought it was important that not necessarily the strongest player will win in a Battle Royal.
He also explained that the winner is determined by the number of pokémon defeated by each player and how many they have left; 1 gold star (seen in the Battle Royale UI) marks 1 defeated Pokemon; and if it’s a draw, the remaining HP of the remaining pokémon is used to determine the winner.
Meanwhile, on the next day, a new pokémon was announced during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Pokémon World Championships.
Here’s the trailer, screenshots and information showcasing the new pokémon and his recently revealed friends:
NEW POKÉMON REVEALED FOR POKÉMON SUN AND POKÉMON MOON
Fans at the 2016 Pokémon World Championships Among the First to See Crabrawler
SAN FRANCISCO, CA —August 19, 2016— At the 2016 Pokémon World Championships today, The Pokémon Company International gave its passionate fans a first look at new Pokémon coming to the highly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The fascinating Alola region Pokémon will appear in the latest generation of Pokémon video games that will launch in Europe on November 23.The newly revealed Alola region Pokémon include:Name: Crabrawler
Crabrawler is a Boxing Pokémon that really hates to lose. It can be found clinging to buildings with its powerful pincers that also pack a powerful punch, or gathering around trees in search of Berries, its favourite food.The following Alola Region Pokémon were also recently revealed:
Stufful may have a small body, but this Pokémon has extraordinary strength. Despite its cute, fluffy appearance, Stufful dislikes being touched and will flail its arms in protest. Stufful evolves into Bewear.
Sandygast emerges when the grudges of fallen Pokémon soak into the sand after battle, and its tunnel-like mouth can suck the vitality from people and Pokémon. Sandygast also features a new Water Compaction Ability, never before seen in other Pokémon, where its Defense stat goes up by two if it’s hit with a Water-type move. Sandygast evolves into Palossand.
Palossand disguises itself as a sandcastle, with its shovel on top serving, it is believed, as a radar to search out prey. Unsuspecting small Pokémon are dragged into Palossand’s body through its sandy vortex so it can steal their life force.
A video featuring these new Alola Pokémon can be found here: https://youtu.be/8qLSii_HS1U
For more information about the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/SunMoon.
Pokémon X & Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Pokémon players in Europe and Australia can now insert the code “HAPPY” into the Mystery Gift option and receive a special Meowth with the move Happy Hour.
This move doubles the amount of prize money when you win a battle, so it can be paired with Amulet Coin and Meowth’s Pay Day move for some easy money making, specially when battling trainers like the Gentleman, Monsiour, Madame, Rich Boy, and Lady.
It has now been confirmed that Pokémon GO has obtained five Guinness World Records.
Pokémon GO secured records in areas of downloads, revenue, and chart positioning. Here’s an overview of the records:
1. Most revenue grossed by a mobile game in its first month
Niantic’s landmark GPS-based game Pokémon Go generated an astonishing $206.5 million of revenue in its first month. Making the achievement even more impressive is that the mobile game has been released in staggered stages across the world. It first launched in in USA, Australia and New Zealand on 6 July 2016, followed by countries in Europe from 13 July. Amazingly, it didn’t release in Japan – the spiritual home of Pokémon – until halfway through its first month, on 22 July. As of 10 August 2016, some major gaming markets such as South Korea, were still yet to enjoy an official, regional release of Pokémon Go.
2. Most downloaded mobile game in its first month
The game has been downloaded 130 million times since its initial launch on 6 July 2016. That means there are roughly 30 million more Pokémon Go players than the current population of Philippines, and 10 million less than the current population of Russia.
3. Most international charts topped simultaneously for a mobile game in its first month (downloads)
Niantic’s Pokémon Go topped mobile download charts in 70 different countries simultaneously since its initial launch on 6 July 2016. In this landmark game, players use GPS technology to track down and capture Pokémon in real-world locations, before training them up to battle other players in “gyms”.
4. Most international charts topped simultaneously for a mobile game in its first month (revenue)
Pokémon Go was also the top-grossing mobile game in 55 different countries simultaneously since its initial launch on 6 July 2016.
5. Fastest time to gross $100 million by a mobile game
Amazingly, Pokémon Go took just 20 days to gross $100 million in revenue – the fastest time a mobile game has ever achieved this in its first month since launch. The game broke the $100 million barrier in revenue on 26 July.
When it comes to updates, a new server-side update has been pushed out. Reddit user NaestaChalmers provides a summary of the changes found so far:
– New movesets for some pokémon (confirmed by Game_Master file)
– Dodging changed to general max. 75% damage evasion (confirmed by Game_Master file)
– Regional spawn rates increased heavily (confirmed by obvious observations)
– Increased potion drop rates (highly likely due to multiple observations and testing)
– Rare spawn increase in general (highly likely due to multiple observations)
– Faster egg hatch updates (likely due to observations and minor tests – needs more testing)
– Nest changes, needs to be further elaborated (unlikely: some observations but no general evidence, most did not change)
Besides this, Niantic has started sending ban e-mails to users that are found cheating, and has since followed up with an official statement about the situation on its website. Here’s what Niantic had to say:
After reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking unfair advantage of and abusing Pokémon GO. Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating.
Our main priority with Pokémon GO is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate game experience for all players. If our system has determined that you cheated, then you will receive an email stating that your account has been terminated.
If you do believe your account has been terminated incorrectly, you should report it to the Pokémon GO Help Center:
Finally, we have a new video showcasing Pokémon GO Plus, the upcoming accessory for Pokémon GO, from Gamescom. Take a look below:
Detective Pikachu Movie
Variety recently reported that Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are in negotiations to write the script for Detective Pikachu, the new live-action Pokémon film made by Legendary.
Perlman is known for her previous work on Guardians of the Galaxy, and upcoming involvement with the live-action Captain Marvel film. Hirsch created the cartoon series Gravity Falls.
Like previously mentioned, Toho will distribute Detective Pikachu in Japan, while Universal Pictures will be taking care of the movie in overseas territories.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Nintendo has recently released another couple of trailers for Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Check them out below:
In addition to this, with the release of the game in North America, various footage from the game has been posted online. You can take a look at it below, but please be aware of potential spoilers if you want to enjoy the game by yourself.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Nintendo recently released a new video from Paper Mario: Color Splash. It features the first in a multi-part series about a squad of toads helping Mario in his adventure (and not getting the glory they deserve). Check it out below:
Besides this, Paper Mario: Color Splash was featured during Nintendo’s Gamescom stream, where half an hour of footage from Dark Bloo Inn was shown. You can find it below:
Mario Party: Star Rush
Mario Party: Star Rush was playable at Gamescom 2016, and Nintendo even brought the full game to the expo.
Word out of Gamescom is that Star Rush offers the following modes:
– Character Museum: Look at characters you collected, amiibo option, can use them as a main hub character
– Minigames: Free-for-all, boss, bowser, coinathlon options
– Toad Scramble: various grid based boards, three worlds open in demo (grass, ocean, ghost house)
– Coinathlon: collect many coins in dedicated 60 second minigames, can use items to stop in tracks, every coin counts as space, three laps
– Balloon Bash: be quick with collecting coins on this mini board, 20 turns, minigames at end of each round
– Rhythm Recital: musical minigame using the touchscreen. Play famous Mario tunes. Each character has instrument
– Multiplayer: download and local options, guest download data can be transferred to final game
In addition to this, new footage was shown during Nintendo’s Gamescom stream, which you can find below:
According to Nintendo, the Splatoon Testfire Demo is returning once again. Between Augsut 25 and August 28 between the hours of 3 PM PT and 5 PM PT (5 PM ET and 8 PM ET), Wii U owners can experience the game’s multiplayer through a demo on the eShop.
Four different weapons and two popular maps are included:
The demo will also be coming to Europe between August 18 and September 1.
Nintendo also shared the following information about Splatoon:
“To date, ink blasted from all modes and Splatfests in Splatoon have covered 3 million virtual square miles, which is equal in size to Australia, or approximately the size of the contiguous United States! Splatoon has also sold over 4 million units worldwide since it launched last year.”
Furthermore, Nintendo and ESL announced a new partnership at Gamescom 2016. Starting in early September, the two sides are partnering for official online tournaments in Europe. The entire event will last for six months.
You can find the official details below:
17th August, 2016 – Splatoon fans across Europe will soon have a new reason to prep their paint rollers and bring out their blasters, with today’s announcement of 6 months of online tournaments for Nintendo’s family-friendly Wii U shooter, starting in early September and hosted by ESL, the world’s largest esports company.
At gamescom in Cologne, the top four ranked teams from ESL Play’s early Splatoon qualifiers were getting ready for their final battle, as they were greeted on stage by Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata and Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami.
“I’m happy to announce that, starting in early September, Nintendo and ESL will team up for official online Splatoon tournaments in Europe,” said Satoru Shibata. ”They’ll last for six months, so we hope you’ll all look forward to taking part.”
Wii U owners who have yet to take Splatoon for a spin will also be pleased to know that from 18th August until 1st September, they can take part in the Splatoon Summer Testfire 2016 – Free Online Demo Event that was announced just yesterday, and is just a free download* away for any Wii U owner**. To help new players make a splash in their first Turf War matches, Nintendo has released a series of Splatoon – Top Tips! videos covering the basic skills players need to master, straight from the game’s co-director, Tsubasa Sakaguchi.
More details on the ESL online Splatoon tournaments are set to be revealed in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the official Splatoon Facebook page or Nintendo of Europe’s Twitter for the latest news.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Nintendo hosted a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament for players 12 and under at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 last month.
The company has now shared a series of videos covering the entire event, which you might want to watch below.
Virtual Console Trailers
Below you can find trailers for various Virtual Console games recently released on the Wii U eShop.
Pokémon Snap (Europe, N64)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Japan, DS)
As usual Miitomo has been updated with new content for Miitomo Drod and Shop once again.
Here’s the roundup of new additions:
– Deadly blossom hairband
– Deadly blossom garb
– Kunai necklace
– Ninja dog scarf (set)
– Ninja dog outfit (set)
– Arabesque bandanna
– Scrollwork jacket
– Basic long-sleeve tee
– Basic colored pnats
– Flashy high-tops
– Floral ribbon barrette
– Guitar case
– Piano dress
– Puppy pal
All Miitomo users can receive a Metroid hat and the 8-bit Samus tee. The former reward can be obtained for 0 Platinum points on My Nintendo until September 15 at 12 AM PT, while the latter will be distributed when opening Miitomo by September 15 at 4 AM PT.
Samus’ various suits are also now available in Miitomo Drop, and you can attempt to earn these until September 15 at 8 PM PT.
Nintendo also added the Mech Suit from Federation Force to My Nintendo. The Mech suit set and Metroid logo tee can be redeemed until September 15 at 12 AM PT. The Mech suit helmet costs 50 Platinum Points, while the Mech suit body goes for 200 Platinum Points.
A Samus emblem pin can also be found in Miitomo Shop until September 15 at 7 AM PT.
Finally, Nintendo has uploaded another trailer for Miitomo to their YouTube channel which you can find below. The trailer details the new features that have been added over the past few months, including the ability to add your friends through Facebook, WhatsApp and other apps.
The latest episode of Nintendo Minute features Kit and Krysta sharing some survival tips for going back to school. The two also give away a few Nintendo goodies. Check it out below:
Summer Savings Sale
A new “Summer Savings” sale is now going on in the North American Wii U and 3DS eShops. Players can save up to 30% on select games until 8:59 AM PT / 11:59 AM ET on September 1.
The lineup of games includes:
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations – $14.00 (was $19.99)
Chibi-Robo: Zip-Lash – $20.99 (was $29.99)
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning – $20.99 (was $29.99)
Kersploosh! – $2.09 (was $2.99)
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Mighty Switch Force! 2 – $4.19 (was $5.99)
Pushmo – $4.89 (was $6.99)
Scribblenauts Unmasked – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Super Mario 3D Land – $20.99 (was $29.99)
Super Mario Bros. 3 – $3.49 (was $4.99)
The LEGO Movie Videogame – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Yumi’s Odd Odyssey – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – $27.99 (was $39.99)
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations – $14.00 (was $19.99)
Dr. Luigi – $10.49 (was $14.99)
Human Resource Machine – $7.49 (was $9.99)
Just Dance 2015 – $15.00 (was $29.99)
Lovely Planet – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash – $34.99 (was $49.99)
Mighty Switch Force! 2 – $4.19 (was $5.99)
Rayman Legends – $19.99 (was $39.99)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Super Mario Bros. – $3.49 (was $4.99)
Super Mario Galaxy – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Swords & Soldiers II – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Yoshi’s Island DS – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Zelda: Phantom Hourglass – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Zelda II – The Adventure of Link – $3.49 (was $4.99)
Four additional Wii U games will be added to the European Nintendo Selects lineup from September 30th forward.
The four new additions are Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Party 10 and Pikmin 3.
Europe and Australia will soon be getting various new game and console bundles.
First we have the new Fire Emblem Fates bundles, which come with copies of Birthright or Conquest and an amiibo. The Birthright version has Ike, whereas Conquest features Marth. An NFC reader accessory is also included.
A tentative launch date of September 22 is scheduled, and the price conversion puts them at about 55€ each.
A Smash Bros. bundle with the Samus amiibo is also being prepared for the same date.
When it comes to console bundles, a Yo-Kai Watch 2DS bundle will be released on October 7th, containing a blue Nintendo 2DS, with Yo-Kai Watch pre-installed.
On the same date, a New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward bundle will also be released, containing a pink Nintendo 2DS, with said game pre-installed.
Finally, on November 10th players will be able to buy the New Nintendo 3DS XL in Orange + Black, Pearl White and Pink + White, in addition to the already available colors.
You can take a look at all the new bundles in the gallery below:
July 2016 Financial Results
Nintendo has now respoded to July’s NPD report.
The company has now officially confirmed that the 3DS was the top platform in the United States last month in terms of both hardware and software. The success of Monster Hunter Generations, the continued momentum from the 2DS price drop, and the positive public reaction to Pokémon GO were all contributing factors.
Nintendo also highlighted the following in its statement:
– The Nintendo 3DS family of systems sold nearly 80 percent more units this July compared to the same time period a year ago, and finished as the overall best-selling video game system in July. On the software side, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations emerged as the best-selling game for any system.
– July sales of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games for Nintendo 3DS were over 80 percent higher than July 2015. The games launched in November 2014.
– July sales of the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games for Nintendo 3DS were almost 200 percent higher than a year ago. The games launched in October 2013 and finished No. 16 and No. 22 on July’s best-sellers list, respectively.
– Games playable on Nintendo systems claimed five of the top 11 spots on the July best-sellers list. These include Monster Hunter Generations from Capcom at No. 1, Minecraft: Wii U Edition from Microsoft at No. 6, Pokémon Omega Ruby at No. 8, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire at No. 10 and Kirby: Planet Robobot at No. 11.
– The Nintendo 2DS system has crossed the 2 million lifetime sales mark in the U.S.
*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the Obon holiday period helped to boost several Nintendo titles through the sales charts.
Yo-kai Watch 3 sold 93,000 copies for both versions between August 8 and August 14, up 144.65% from the previous week, and has now managed to surpass one million copies sold. Yo-kai Watch 3 is the first title from 2016 to reach that mark.
Moreover, due to demand during Obon, mainstay Nintendo titles experienced increased sales. For example, Kirby: Planet Robobot sold 15,000 copies, which represents a 130.40% increase from the previous week.
It’s also worth mentioning that the 2016 Olympics gave a small sales boost to Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Between Wii U and 3DS, combined sales were at 18,000 copies, selling 1.5 times more than the previous week.
Nintendo on NX
Nikkei Trendy recently published a new interview with Shinya Takahashi, General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development. Even though there’s not much new to talk about, it does offer some additional perspective on some topics, including NX.
The interviewer eventually brings up the point of how when the Wii was being released, he heard that a part of the plan to get the system next to a television in living rooms was to make a game console that moms wouldn’t hate. That prompted Nikkei Trendy to ask if there are similar plans for NX.
“I can’t talk about this in detail yet, but we are aiming so that neither people who like games nor moms dislike it. I think that I want to release a game device that both customers who have much experience in gaming and customers who haven’t played much can enjoy greatly.”
Nikkei Trendy then brought up how when the Wii U was released, there was a long software drought, which seemed to drastically affect the console’s sales. With NX though, it seems it’s being released next March – outside of Christmas, the biggest earnings period of the year – in order to gather enough software. The publication wondered if Nintendo is trying to avoid software shortages by gathering up development teams into one place.
Takahashi said that:
“We are paying attention to that. Having said that, it isn’t about drastically increasing the amount of development staff. To be specific, software development teams and teams that create the development environment are thinking about the NX lineup together. For example, a software development team may have a request ‘if we had this library, then development would progress quickly’. Teams creating the development environment respond to that by considering ‘if we prepare an environment like this, then development will go smoothly’, and they actually discuss with development teams and hear their opinions and prioritize those things. We have built a stronger cooperative relationship compared to what it was before and are making efforts so that software can be developed smoothly.”
It seems like the NX will likely remain a mystery until Nintendo decides to finally show it off to the public. Hopefully, the rumours that that will happen next month are true.
Nintendo Patent for Controller Attachements
Another interesting patent has appeared online, showing controller attachments that could be used in conjunction with a device .
While it was originally submitted in late 2013 and published in early 2014, it was only just updated.
Still, even though it isn’t a new concept, it provides some interesting ideas. Like you can see below, you would supposedly be able to remove and replace control modules for your controller or console, allowing for many different control styles, or even making one suited to your needs. If combined with the IR controls patent we saw a few weeks ago, these controls modules could be produced really cheaply, allowing them to be used regularly in conjunction with new game ideas. All in all, even though we know nothing about the NX, this would be an interesting idea for it.
You can get a better look at the full patent over here and at some images below.