The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo has shared another three clips from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild through its social media accounts. Check them out below:
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) 22 de agosto de 2016
Check out a few of the weapons you’ll be able to use in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!https://t.co/oI1IiBknuu
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) 24 de agosto de 2016
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) 26 de agosto de 2016
The Legend of Zelda Figures and Books
Several new figures and books dedicated to The Legend of Zelda are going to be released in the coming months.
First, Medicom is adding three new Zelda figures to its “Ultra Detail” line. These are based on Link’s incarnations from Twilight Princess, Majora’s Mask 3D, and A Link Between Worlds. They will release in Japan next May, with pricing set at 1,080 yen for each.
Next we have a figure by First 4 Figures which features Wind Waker Link on The King of Red Lions. The statue is 25 inches tall from the tip of the mast to the base, making it one of the largest pieces in the Zelda line from the company. It’ll come in deluxe full-color packaging, a hand numbered base, and an authenticity card that allows you to purchase the same product number for future pieces in the Wind Waker series.
There are two versions of the figure, a standard one and an exclusive one. In the exclusive version, bright LEDs pulse rhythmically, giving the impression of flowing water. The standard version costs $449.99, while the exclusive version goes for $479.99. Both ship in Q2 2017.
You can find some screenshots and videos of the figure below:
Moving on to books, VIZ Media has now announced two other volumes of their “Legendary Edition” of Zelda mangas. Majora’s Mask and A Link to the Past will comprise volume 3, with a release planned for March 2017, and The Minish Cap and Phantom Hourglass will then follow in May comprising volume 4.
Meanwhile, Nintendo is teaming up with Dark Horse Books for the release of The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts, which is slated for February 21, 2017.
This is an english release of Japan’s “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Graphics” and contains more than 400 pages of illustrations from the entire series, including Breath of the Wild.
According to the Amazon description:
Wild! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much, much more! The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts collects many of your favorite masterpieces from the storied franchise, as well as rare and never before seen content, presented in one handsome hardcover.
Select artwork from the entirety of the franchise!
A nostalgic look at the past!
An exciting look at the future!
Interviews with some of the artists behind The Legend of Zelda series!
North America and Europe will need to wait until next year for its localization.
In the Japanese release, specific wording has been found that hints at extra future releases. We may see a second book this winter followed by a third in 2017. Obviously there have not been any specific announcements yet. However, in the meantime, you can find some photos of the Japanese version of the book below, taken by Retorhic.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
V-Jump has released some new gameplay footage of Pokémon Sun & Moon, showcasing the male trainer undertaking a part-time job at a resort beach tossing some stranded Pyukumuku back into the ocean. This is because Pyukumuku won’t budge from a spot they’ve taken a liking to, not even to hunt for food, so to prevent them from starving or shooing tourists away, the people of Alola toss them back into the sea.
The gameplay footage shows exactly that, the trainer walking around the beach and interacting with all the stranded Pyukumuku, eventually clearing the beach of all of them. The trainer is then rewarded with a whopping 20,000 Pokedollars at the end, which is a pretty good sum. If the part-time job is a repeatable activity, it could turn out to be a pretty nice and simple way to farm some money.
You can find the video below:
Nintendo Minute – Pokémon World Championships
The latest episode of Nintendo Minute features Kit and Krysta sharing some footage from the Pokémon World Championships and sharing their experiences at the event.
A new Pokémon GO update is now available on all devices, bringing the game up to version 0.35.0 for Android and 1.5.0 for iOS.
This update adds the Pokémon Appraisal feature explained below:
“Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon’s attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle.”
Niantic also says there are “Minor bot fixes” with this update, and that it’s “still working hard on several new and exciting features to come in the future”.
On the business side, Pokémon GO is now seen as the most successful mobile launch in history, according to SuperData Research. It has surpassed Monster Strike as the top mobile game, and managed to take first place in top-grossing and top-download rankings for every country it launched in.
Global digital game sales in July were up 10% year-over-year to $5.9 billion. Thanks to Pokémon GO, the mobile category grew 16% from a year ago.
Pokémon GO has also positively impacted Nintendo hardware and software sales. SuperData shared the following:
“Nintendo’s mobile strategy ended up paying off exactly as intended. 3DS unit sales rose by over 50 percent from a year ago, an astonishing feat for underpowered hardware nearing the end of its lifespan. Furthermore, sales of 3DS games boomed. Combined sales of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon X and Y (2015 and 2013 releases) nearly doubled. Pokémon Go is the only factor that can explain jumps in sales of this magnitude. We are optimistic that mobile spin-offs for Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will have a positive impact on Nintendo’s ecosystem.”
Meanwhile, Bloomberg and Axiom Capital Management have provided an extensive look at various Pokémon GO stats through the middle of the month. Based on data from Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey, and Apptopia, the game’s daily active users, downloads, engagement, and time spent daily are all off their peaks and on a downward trend, as you can see in the charts below.
It should probably have been expected that it wouldn’t maintain its initial levels, especially now that the app has launched in many major countries. We’ll likely see it stabilize at a certain point and to continue to do well while it receives proper support.
Nintendo just released another video in a multi-part series about a squad of toads helping Mario in Paper Mario: Color Splash. You can find it below:
Game producer Hisashi Nogami was in attendance at Gamescom’s ESL hosted Splatoon Showdown, an official eSports tournament, and took on a few interview questions during the event.
Nogami talked about the Splatoon competitive scene, how Nintendo approached development for Splatoon, and his favorite weapon. You can find the video about that below:
— ESL Splatoon (@ESLSplatoon) 17 de agosto de 2016
IGN also spoke with Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami and Nintendo EPD general manager Katsuya Eguchi at Gamescom.
Here’s some of the more relevant things they had to share:
Nogami on Splatoon’s big success (sold over four million units)
“It felt like it has been a while since we created a brand new franchise. We’re really happy with the response to Splatoon and with the amount of fans who are supporting it.”
Nogami on the Squid Sisters’ popularity
“We didn’t realize how popular the squid sisters would be. It’s only after the release that we saw how much people like those characters. We hadn’t thought of doing a Callie and Marie Splatfest until we saw what a great reaction it had from the fans.”
On which Squid Sister Nogami and Eguchi prefer
“I just want to say, in response to this question, they both feel like daughters to me. This is a very difficult question to answer. It’s like being asked which of your own daughters do you prefer. But, to be honest, in the last Splatfest I played as Team Callie. And I was disappointed by the final results.”
“This is a really tough question. I really like both of them. But, if I’m going on my first impression based on when I saw the two characters for the first time, I slightly liked Callie a bit more as well. That was my first impression, but now I lean more towards the Marie side. Similar to my answer to the dog and cat question earlier and their personalities, … Callie is the more energetic one and her personality would be the equivalent of what a dog is like, in terms of being more fond and coming up to engage with you. Whereas Marie is more cat-like one that does her own thing and isn’t so bothered about stuff. I initially was fond of Callie and then over time I started to prefer Marie. As time passes, I will probably go back to liking Callie.” – Eguchi
Nogami and Eguchi also took sides on a few Splatfest topics which you can check out on IGN itself, over here.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Planet Robobot’s website has recently been updated with more concept art for the game, this time featuring the two mini modes, Team Kirby Clash and Kirby 3D Rumble. It shows off artwork and layouts for the stages, including two cut outfits for Team Kirby Clash, an archer and a pirate. You can check those out in the gallery below:
The second “Kirby: Planet Robobot Ask-a-thon” was also hosted on Miiverse recently, and just like last time, director Shinya Kumazaki replied to several fan questions.
This discussion has a lot of talk about Meta Knight and some story elements. There’s also a little bit on music, but that will be better covered in the next ask-a-thon.
Here’s the discussion in image format.
You can easily reserve it on Play-Asia or GoodSmile, but on Play-Asia there’s a pre-order deadline of September 18, and you’ll need to reserve it by July 21 on Good Smile. The figure will be shipped in March.
Here’s an overview and some screenshots of the figure:
From the popular ‘Kirby’ game series comes a Nendoroid of Meta Knight! Just like the previously released Nendoroid Kirby, Meta Knight makes use of magnets for posing, making his movements smooth and easy to place in all sorts of different positions!
He also comes with a selection of optional parts including his sword together with large effect parts to display him slashing with the sword. You can also display him wearing his cape as well as transformed into his flying version with interchangeable wing parts! He even comes with parts that allow you to change the direction he is looking allowing for all sorts of awesome Meta Knight poses!
Star Fox Zero
You can check out the interview in question over here, if you are interested in it.
Miitomo has once again been updated with more content, including a new stage and some brand new items. Here’s a list of the new additions:
– Festival fee + wristband
– Merch tower + VIP pass
– Comic-book shorts
– Woodland bucket hat
Miitomo Shop Items
– Denim cat
– Houndstooth tweed skirt
– University tee
– Leopard-print pumps
– Back-ribbon socks
– Cubic badge
– Puffy-sleeve ribbon shirt
– Tight denim skirt
Besides this, Nintendo has released another new video to promote Miitomo in Japan. You can watch it below:
Virtual Console Trailers
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War had now been added to the Japanese New 3DS eShop as a downloadable SNES Virtual Console title. You can find the promotional trailer below:
3DS Summer Commercial
Nintendo has put together a new North American commercial to promote 3DS hardware and software for the summer. Check it out below:
New Nintendo Selects titles have now debuted in North America. Wii U has added Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Nintendo Land, and LEGO City: Undercover to the list of Selects titles, while the 3DS line has included Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tomodachi Life, nintendogs + cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends, and LEGO City: Undercover.
All of these titles have officially dropped to $20 at retail and on the eShop.
As a bonus, Nintendo Land can now be purchased digitally again in North America. Nintendo had removed the game for unknown reasons in late 2013.
Finally, you can find two promo videos dedicated to these titles below.
Nintendo at PAX West 2016
That said, the company has now unveiled its lineup and plans for the show, and playable games include Dragon Quest VII, Yo-kai Watch 2, and indie games Punch Club, Runbow Pocket, Severed, and World to the West.
Nintendo’s full plans for PAX West 2016 are the following:
Nindies@Night: For the second year, Nintendo will kick off its PAX West activities with an event at the EMP Museum in Seattle. The event is free and open to the public and will give people a chance to sample both first playable and anticipated video games from our Nindie community. Playable games include Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ Games), Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Thunder Lotus Games), Shantae Half-Genie Hero (WayForward/XSEED), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), World to the West (Rain Games), FAST Racing NEO – NEO Future Pack (Shin’en) and SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for the Wii U console, and Runbow Pocket (13AM Games), Punch Club (tiny Build Games), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 (INTI CREATES), Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games) and Gurumin: A Monsterous Adventure (Mastiff) for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Attendees will also have the chance to snag some giveaways and prizes, while supplies last. Additionally, all attendees will have access to EMP’s Indie Game Revolution exhibit, which includes newly installed titles from the Nintendo independent community. The Nindies@Night event takes place 8 p.m.-midnight on Sept. 1 at the EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N in Seattle.
Indie Lounge at PAX West: For anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the Nindies@Night event, we are bringing the same playable Nindie content to PAX West in the convention center on the sixth floor in Room 612. Developers will be there to demonstrate their games and answer questions, and giveaway free swag. Indie Lounge hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday to Sunday, and noon-6 p.m. on Monday.
Nintendo’s Booth: PAX West attendees can swing by the Nintendo booth (South Hall, Booth No. 2335) to check out a variety of fun games and products. In addition to a number of fun activities themed to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Nintendo plans to have playable versions of the Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and YO-KAI WATCH 2 games on hand. Additionally, visitors can check out cool displays of amiibo figures and the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition hardware, which launches Nov. 11.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Photo Experience: A photo booth will be set up at the Nintendo booth for fans to take some fun photos with two legendary Pokémon and Pokémon trainers. Additionally, fans who pre-order Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon onsite will receive a collectable gift.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Developer Discussion: The producer of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past from Square Enix will host a game-focused developer discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Hydra Theater.
Reggie on the NX
As expected, the topic of the NX came up multiple times throughout the discussion, with Reggie saying how the company has “a strong concept” and talking about lessons learned from Wii U that can be applied to the NX. Other topics that were discussed include their mobile innitiative, merchandise, and the Universal partnership.
You can read the full interview over here.
Mario at the Rio 2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony
The Rio 2016 Olympics have now come to an end, but during the closing event, a special ceremony was held, and it featured a surprise “appearance” from Nintendo’s most well-known franchise.
A video was shown of Mario as the Olympics finish in Rio, and then transitions to the next event to be held in Tokyo four years from now, in 2020. It even featured Japan’s prime minister wearing Mario’s signature hat, and popping up onto the stage via a Warp Pipe!
You can find a small video of the occasion below:
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