January 9 to 15 Nintendo News Roundup

Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017

Last week marked the full unveiling of Nintendo’s new home console, the Nintendo Switch.

You can watch the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 below, followed by the official PR announcement where you can read about what’s in store in the coming months regarding the Switch.

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo announced today that the new Nintendo Switch system will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 at a suggested retail price of $299.99 in the United States.

The system will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two stylish versions of the system will be released: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. Both versions will be the same price.

“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. “We will introduce the world to new experiences made possible by the unique characteristics of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the Joy-Con.”

Nintendo Switch is a breakthrough home video game system. It not only connects to a TV at home, but it also instantly transforms into an on-the-go handheld using its 6.2-inch screen. For the first time, players can enjoy a full home-console experience anytime, anywhere. The screen includes capacitive multi-touch capabilities for compatible games. Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. While away from home, Nintendo Switch can be charged by plugging the AC adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector.

The versatile Joy-Con offer multiple surprising new ways for players to have fun. Two Joy-Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two-player action in supported games. Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro-sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.

Nintendo Switch also contains a number of built-in features that make it more interactive. The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screenshots of gameplay to share with friends on social media. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. For example, it can tell how far away a player’s hand is, and even if the hand is forming a rock, paper or scissors shape. Both Joy-Con include advanced HD Rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before. The effect is so detailed that a player could, for example, feel the sensation of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. With HD Rumble players can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.

Nintendo Switch makes it easy for players to stay connected. Up to eight systems can be connected for local wireless play. The player can place the system upright anywhere by using the built-in stand, then easily share Joy-Con for multiplayer fun away from the TV. The system will support online Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming. Nintendo also unveiled a new online subscription service that will begin with a free trial at launch. The service includes a smart-device application available in Summer 2017 that will let users invite friends to play online, set play appointments and chat with one another as they play compatible games. The fully featured paid service will be available in the fall.

Nintendo Switch will be supported by world-class third-party publishers including Activision Publishing Inc., Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and major Japanese publishers. Some publishers, such as Bethesda Softworks, are joining Nintendo for the first time. Players can look forward to major franchises on Nintendo Switch such as EA SPORTS FIFA, The Elder Scrolls, NBA 2K, Minecraft and more. Nintendo Switch software will not be region locked.

The unique capabilities of the console and Joy-Con have combined with innovations from past systems to create Nintendo’s most flexible, feature-packed video game system ever. This is demonstrated by the wide variety of unique games that were announced for launch day, this summer and into the 2017 holiday season, from both Nintendo and its third-party partners. From the engrossing open-air experience of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the party fun of 1-2-Switch, Nintendo Switch offers something for everyone.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Prepare for the biggest Legend of Zelda adventure yet, with an open-air style that breaks new boundaries while honoring the origins of the acclaimed series. Explore a world of unprecedented size and discover more than 100 puzzle-filled Shrines of Trials, plus a wide variety of weapons, outfits and gear. Players won’t want to stop playing, and they won’t have to since Nintendo Switch allows them to continue the adventure anywhere, anytime.

The game is compatible with Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo, the Wolf Link amiibo (which will be re-issued as a standalone amiibo on Feb. 3) and the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo. In addition to the previously announced Link (Rider), Link (Archer) and Guardian amiibo, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo will also include new Zelda and Bokoblin amiibo. The amiibo in this series carry a suggested retail price of $15.99, except for the massive Guardian amiibo, which has a suggested retail price of $19.99.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will provide players with a landmark Nintendo Switch experience on the system’s launch day in March, and will be available as a standard edition, Special Edition and Master Edition. The Special Edition includes the game, a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sound Selection CD for a suggested retail price of $99.99. The Master Edition includes all of those items plus a Master Sword of Resurrection figure, and has a suggested retail price of $129.99.

1-2-Switch: This is the first Nintendo video game in which players compete in fun activities while staring into each other’s eyes instead of at the TV screen. From Wild West gunslinging to copying each other’s dance moves, the games in 1-2-Switch make creative use of a broad variety of Nintendo Switch features to liven up parties with anyone, anywhere, at any time. 1-2-Switch will be available alongside the Nintendo Switch system on its launch day in March.

ARMS: Featuring a unique multiplayer fighting sport that lets players trade blows using extendable arms, this game includes elements of both boxing and shooting games, plus a new cast of characters. After customizing a character with a variety of arms, the player holds one Joy-Con in each hand and throws left and right punches at the opponent. Characters can jump and dash, and players can bend their punches by twisting their hands as they swing. As players learn the game and improve their skills, they will discover a deeper level of advanced tactics. Players can compete against the computer, against a friend on a split screen using a second set of Joy-Con (sold separately), against worldwide rivals online, or with two Nintendo Switch systems over a local wireless connection. ARMS will be available this Spring.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: With Nintendo Switch, fans can enjoy the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 anywhere, anytime, even with up to eight friends in local wireless multiplayer. All your favorite tracks and characters return from the Wii U version, plus all DLC tracks and characters, and new characters join the roster, too: Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy from Splatoon, as well as King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr.! Plus, Battle mode has been revamped and includes Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, with new courses such as Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, and returning ones like GCN Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1. Players can now carry two items at a time, including new items returning from previous Mario Kart games such as Boo (the item-stealing ghost) and the Feather, which gives players a high jump in Battle mode. Players can even choose to use a new Smart Steering feature, which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids, even at 200cc. Play in TV mode in up to 1080p. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches in April.

Splatoon 2: Traditional 4-on-4 turf battles return in this full sequel to the original breakout hit game, along with new stages, new fashions and new weapons such as the two-handed Splat Dualies. Players can compete on the TV or on the go. Whether they use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (sold separately) or Joy-Con, players can aim their ink using gyro controls. Splatoon 2 supports both local and online multiplayer matches. The game will also support voice chat using the new Nintendo Switch smart device app (a free, limited version of the app will be available this summer), and will add new stages, fashions and weapons after launch, as the original game did. Splatoon 2 is scheduled to launch this summer.

Super Mario Odyssey: This is the first sandbox game that allows Mario to fully explore his world since Super Mario 64 on Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Sunshine on Nintendo GameCube. Mario jumps out of the Mushroom Kingdom and embarks on a journey through mysterious new places and new experiences, such as sailing between worlds aboard an airship and the ability to throw Mario’s cap. Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled to launch during the 2017 holiday season.

Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!: In this creative new kind of Action-Puzzle game, players communicate, cooperate and use their imaginations to solve basic and advanced puzzles by cutting paper characters into new shapes. People can play solo or with a friend in the main game, then bring in a bigger group to solve up to four-player dynamic puzzles or compete in other activities. Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! will release in March exclusively in Nintendo eShop.

For more information about Nintendo Switch, including a video of the announcements, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch.

You can find some extra details about the Online Service over here.

Nintendo has also confirmed that the Switch won’t feature Miiverse or StreetPass, and will support micro SDXC memory cards with up to 2TB of storage (even though you won’t be able to buy cards with more than 512GB on the market for now).

The following accessories will also be available at launch alongside the console.

Nintendo Switch Dock Set $89.99 MSRP*

Includes a Nintendo Switch Dock, Nintendo Switch AC adapter, and an HDMI cable. (Note that one of each of these items are included with each Nintendo Switch system.)

If you’d like to use your Nintendo Switch with multiple TVs in the house, this set provides everything you need to dock your system and play in TV mode.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller$69.99MSRP*

Take your game sessions up a notch with the Pro Controller. Includes motion controls, HD rumble, built-in amiibo functionality, and more.

Joy Con Pair Blue, Joy Con Pair Red, Joy Con Pair Blue/Red $79.99MSRP*

Pick up an extra set (or two) of Joy-Con, the controllers that make new kinds of gaming possible.

Joy-Con (L)/Joy-Con (R) $49.99MSRP*

Add more players to compatible games with a left or right Joy-Con controller (sold separately).

Joy-Con Charging Grip $29.99MSRP*

Combine the left and right Joy-Con into one larger controller with this handy grip. It also lets you keep playing while you’re charging your Joy-Con, so you don’t have to miss a minute.

Joy-Con Wheel (Set of 2)$14.99MSRP*

Insert a Joy-Con into this accessory to feel like you’re behind the wheel in your favorite racing game.

Joy-Con controllers not included.

You can further learn about the console’s characteristics by watching the videos below.

Nintendo also provided a quick look at the Joy-Con controllers and Switch interface through the images below.

When it comes to the games lineup for each region, here’s what Nintendo had to share:

Europe

North America

Japan

Launch (March 3):
– The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
– Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence with Power Up Kit
– I Am Setsuna
– Puyo Puyo Tetris S
– Disgaea 5
– Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 with Power Up Kit
– Super Bomberman R
– Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
– Snipperclips
– 1-2-Switch

April 28:
– Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Spring:
– Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker
– ARMS

Summer:
– Splatoon 2

Winter:
– Super Mario Odyssey

2017:
– Xenoblade 2

TBD:
– Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
– Newest title in Shin Megami Tensei series
– Project Octopath Traveler
– Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
– NBA 2k18
– BlazBlue
– FIFA
– Sonic Mania
– Dragon Quest XI
– Dragon Quest X
– Fire Emblem Musou (Warriors)
– Project Sonic 2017
– Derby Stallion
– Taiko no Tatsujin
– Arcade Archives
– “Tales of” series
– Story of Seasons (Harvest Moon)
– The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
– Minecraft

Furthermore, Immersion has revealed an agreement with Nintendo, which allowed the company to bring their TouchSense Technology to the Nintendo Switch System. Here’s the official word on the matter:

Immersion and Nintendo Enter into Agreement to Bring Immersion’s TouchSense Technology to the Nintendo Switch System

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ:IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Nintendo to allow Immersion to adapt its TouchSense® technology to the new Nintendo SwitchTM system. As part of the agreement, Nintendo receives a license to Immersion’s patent portfolio.

Once it is adapted to the Nintendo Switch system, game developers will be able to use Immersion’s TouchSense software suite to design games for the Nintendo Switch system. Immersion’s TouchSense software will help developers provide immersive touch-based gaming controls to players around the world.

Game developers have long known that adding the sense of touch to games heightens the experience and keeps players engaged. Recent research shows that utilizing haptics technology in the gaming experience increases satisfaction and enjoyment during gameplay. With the Nintendo Switch system, game developers can now leverage the sense of touch, providing game players an incredible tactile experience that isn’t currently available on any other game system.

“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with Nintendo to bring Immersion’s TouchSense technology to their customers,” said Vic Viegas, CEO of Immersion. “Nintendo sets the bar with their gaming systems, and adding advanced touch effects will give them an additional edge in delivering an incredible gaming experience to their customers.”

Besides the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, Nintendo also held the Nintendo Switch Experience 2017 in Japan. You can watch the recording for day 1 of the event below, and several other videos from day 1 and 2 in this Youtube playlist.

https://youtu.be/D4YrHReUh50

The Japanese didn’t get to keep all the fun to themselves though, because Nintendo also hosted a Nintendo Switch Premiere event in London and New York. You can find a video for the UK event below, followed by some photos from the North American one.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Photos are available on Business Wire’s website and the Associated Press photo network of the Nintendo Switch press event in New York:

Photo 1

NEW YORK – JAN 13: In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime debuts the groundbreaking Nintendo Switch video game system at a press event in New York on Jan. 13, 2017. Launching March 3, 2017, Nintendo Switch combines the power of a home console with the mobility of a handheld. It’s a new era in gaming that delivers entirely new ways to play wherever and whenever people want. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nintendo of America)

Photo 2

NEW YORK – JAN 13: In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, a guest poses for photos in the Super Mario Odyssey photo booth during a press event in New York on Jan. 13, 2017. Launching March 3, 2017, the Nintendo Switch video game system combines the power of a home console with the mobility of a handheld. It’s a new era in gaming that delivers entirely new ways to play wherever and whenever people want. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nintendo of America)

Photo 3

NEW YORK – JAN 13: In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, a guest enjoys playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the groundbreaking new Nintendo Switch video game system at a special preview event in New York on Jan. 13, 2017. Launching March 3, 2017, Nintendo Switch combines the power of a home console with the mobility of a handheld. It’s a new era in gaming that delivers entirely new ways to play wherever and whenever people want. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nintendo of America)

Photo 4

NEW YORK – JAN 13: In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, a guest enjoys playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the groundbreaking new Nintendo Switch video game system at a special preview event in New York on Jan. 13, 2017. Launching March 3, 2017, Nintendo Switch combines the power of a home console with the mobility of a handheld. It’s a new era in gaming that delivers entirely new ways to play wherever and whenever people want. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nintendo of America)

Photo 5

NEW YORK – JAN 13: In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, a guest enjoys playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the groundbreaking new Nintendo Switch video game system at a special preview event in New York on Jan. 13, 2017. Launching March 3, 2017, Nintendo Switch combines the power of a home console with the mobility of a handheld. It’s a new era in gaming that delivers entirely new ways to play wherever and whenever people want. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nintendo of America)

Finally, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé was interviewed a few times about the Switch and provided extra details and explanations about certain topics. Therefore, you should probably check out the interviews listed below.

GameSpot – Why the Switch doesn’t have a bundled game, how the price was decided, and how 1-2-Switch is a similar experience to Wii Play instead of Wii Sports.

Wired – On the online service and free monthly games, re-buying Virtual Console titles, supply concerns, the Switch and 3DS coexistence.

CNET – On providing a steady stream of new games, reason for paid online service, confirmation of no Friend Codes.

GameSpot – On whether the Switch might see Mother 3 and Metroid, avoiding large gaps between game releases.

Nintendo Treehouse Live with Nintendo Switch

After the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, Nintendo showcased several of the upcoming games during a Nintendo Treehouse Live presentation which you can watch below. In it, you can get a better look at ARMS, the Nintendo Switch console, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector’s Editions, Splatoon 2, Super Bomberman R, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, Fire Emblem Warriors, SnipperClips, Has-Been Heroes, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and 1-2 Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo has now confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be out on March 3 for both the Switch and Wii U in all regions. The file size for the Switch version will be 13.4 GB big, while the Wii U version sits at 13 GB. You can take a look at the new trailer and artwork below.

The game will also be released in a Master Edition and a Special Edition in North America, and in a Limited Edition in Europe. The Master Edition will feature all the items listed in the image below, while the Special Edition won’t include the Master Sword Statue. In addition, the European Limited Edition won’t include the Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, the Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, nor the Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, as you can also see below.

Nintendo is also adding Bokoblin and Zelda amiibos to the Breath of the Wild amiibo line. You can take a look at them in the gallery below.

Besides all the news, Nintendo is also keeping up the usual weekly screenshot and artwork for the game. You can take a look at both of those below.

Finally, you can take a look at the videos below for some gameplay footage and comparisons between the Switch and Wii U versions.

https://youtu.be/6sg0JkSIyq8

Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo has revealed a new 3D Sandbox Mario game for the Switch, called Super Mario Odyssey, which is currently scheduled for a Holiday 2017 release. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé also told IGN that the title will be present at E3 this year.

You can watch the trailer below, and then take a look at the facts sheet and some screenshots after that to learn more about the game.

Finally, you can watch the video below to get a feel for Mario’s movements in this game.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo is bringing an improved port of Wii U’s Mario Kart 8 to the Nintendo Switch under the name of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It will release on April 28, 2017.

The game features 5 new characters and a revamped Battle mode, but no new racing tracks. It will consistently run at 60 frames per second and 1080p when docked, and 720p when in portable mode. When playing with more than two people, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rearranges its configuration to 1080p running at 30 FPS though.

You can find the game’s trailer, facts sheet, and various screenshots below.

Splatoon 2

Nintendo has announced that a sequel to Splatoon will be gracing the Switch this upcoming Summer. Splatoon 2 will take place two years after the original game, and will also feature various returning characters.

You can find a trailer, facts sheet, and several screenshots below.

The official Splatoon tumblr (The Squid Research Lab) has also started sharing various information about the new title. You can find it quoted below.

The Squid Research Lab can confirm that Inkopolis Plaza is no longer the central hub of Inkling culture. Apparently a new location within Inkopolis known as “Inkopolis Square” is now the most popular area for young Inklings. Many new businesses have opened shop in Inkopolis Square, and it is only two subway stations away from Inkopolis Plaza. We at the Squid Research Lab were surprised to learn that the center of Inkling culture has changed locations in such a short amount of time, but perhaps there is something to be learned about the Inkling way of life in all this. Or maybe we’re just thinking about it too hard.

A Squid Research Lab special report:
As we suspected, Turf War is still the most popular sport among Inklings. The basic rules of this sport remain the same–two teams of four Inklings compete to cover the largest area of ground with their ink color within the allotted time. Inklings still eat, sleep, and breathe Turf War, and the sport still drives the direction of fashion, art, and language for Inkling culture.

We have found photographic evidence of one of the new battle stages in Splatoon 2. Inklings call this new area “The Reef”, presumably because it’s a popular area to hang out when it’s not being used for Turf War. The Reef is located a few blocks from Inkopolis Square, and it’s home to some of the most popular boutique shops in the city.

Our research indicates that the mid-battle stage map has changed a bit. Apparently Inklings can press the X Button to view the map at any time during a battle. Once the map is open, they can then press the directional buttons and the A Button to Super Jump to a teammate. Each teammate is assigned to a different directional button, as is the spawn point. The map also features a cursor that can be moved by tilting the controller.

While an Inkling is on the ground, swinging a roller weapon will still result in a standard horizontal swing.

This is the Splat Charger in Splatoon 2. Its design has changed a bit from the original game, as have the designs of the Splat Roller and the Splattershot. These classic weapons are still among the most popular with Inklings.

Charger weapons have gained a new ability since our original analysis of them. Inklings can now store their charge for a short time by entering squid form. Then, when they return to Inkling form, they can instantly unleash a charged shot. Very impressive.

 

The tried-and-true Splattershot hasn’t changed drastically, so veteran Inklings will feel right at home with this weapon. We can also report that all previously existing weapon types, including Splatling and Slosher weapons, will appear in Splatoon 2. Stay tuned for further developments.

Interestingly enough, all of the special weapons that appear in Splatoon 2 are brand new. We’ve been able to secure an image of one of the new special weapons, but we’re unsure of its name. To use it, an Inkling targets as many opponents as he or she can before firing. Once the weapon is fired, four homing missiles are launched at each targeted opponent.

This special weapon is called the Sting Ray. It fires a ray of pressurized ink that can shoot through walls and travel long distances, splatting any enemy players it touches Once activated, it’s very difficult to change the direction of the ray.

This special weapon is the Inkjet. It allows its user to hover in the air, and features a blob launcher that can be used to shoot ink blobs at enemies below. It seems to be a very powerful weapon, but it also leaves its user rather exposed. Once this special weapon runs out, the Inkjet explodes, sending its user to the exact point they activated the special from.

This special weapon is called Splashdown. An Inkling who activates it will jump into into the air and then strike the ground, sending an explosion of ink onto nearby players and surfaces. This special weapon can also be activated mid-Super Jump, creating an explosion of ink upon landing. This technique may be very useful when coming to the aid of a teammate who is under attack.

Finally, you can watch some gameplay footage of Splatoon 2 below.

Fire Emblem Warriors

Nintendo has unveiled a new collaboration title with Koei Tecmo, Fire Emblem Warriors, which will be coming to the Nintendo Switch and New 3DS consoles in Autumn 2017.

You can watch the teaser trailer below, and come back next week for coverage related to it from the January 18th Fire Emblem Direct.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Nintendo and Monolith Software have announced a new entry in the Xenoblade Chronicles series called Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It will be released sometime in 2017.

You can find a trailer, some screenshots, and a bit of preliminary informaiton below.

A NEW JOURNEY TO FIND ELYSIUM BEGINS NOW…

In the latest entry of the Xenoblade Chronicles series, a new hero will seek out Elysium on an immense journey through a brand-new world.

FEATURES:
Executive Director: Tetsuya Takahashi (Monolith Software Inc., Executive Director from Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X)
Character Design: Masatsugu Saito
Music:
Yasunori Mitsuda
ACE (Tomori Kudo, CHiCO)
Kenji Hiramatsu
Manami Kiyota

ARMS

Nintendo has pulled back the curtain on a new IP set to debut in its new Switch console, the fighting sports game ARMS. It will be released sometime in the Spring.

You can find the game’s trailer below, followed by a facts sheet, some screenshots, and some gameplay videos.

1-2-Switch

Another new game revealed by Nintendo was 1-2-Switch, a casual party game that will be available the launch of the Switch.

You can learn more about it through the trailer and facts sheet below.

Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!

The last game to come from Nintendo that received some focus during the Switch unveiling day was Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!, a new multiplayer puzzle game develop in collaboration with SFB Games, which will be releasing sometime in March on the Switch eShop.

In fact, the game seems to be an expanded version of a project that SFB Games had previously shown at EGX 2015 called Friendshapes. Seems like it caught enough of Nintendo’s attention to warrant this collaboration.

You can find a gameplay clip from the Nintendo Switch UK Premiere event below.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

Nintendo has uploaded a few more Japanese Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World commercials and yet another animated short from the game. You can watch them below.

https://youtu.be/no6R2p6j5H4

https://youtu.be/Q-z0w1VGmsU

https://youtu.be/KEy1Vx58kvE

Pokémon Sun & Moon

Pokémon Sun & Moon E3 2016 FeatureA new update for Pokémon Sun & Moon is now out, bringing the games up to version 1.1.

The update is small in nature and primarily addresses some glitches.

You’ll need 296 blocks (37 MB) of free space to download it.

Pokémon GO

Niantic has announced that Pokémon GO’s partnership with Starbucks is being extended to another 5,000 locations, that are now either a PokeStop or Gym too.

The partnership began back in early December, and at the time, there were 7,800 Starbucks being used to promote the mobile game.

Meanwhile, according to Sensor Tower, Pokémon GO received a massive boost in the United States right at the end of 2016. With Niantic promoting the game with a pair of events, it experienced its best single day on December 31 in terms of domestic gross revenue since July 18, with players spending roughly $4.9 million on it during that day.. The week of December 26 was also Pokémon GO’s highest grossing in the U.S. since mid-July at roughly $22.1 million spent.

The end-of-year holiday events performed much better than the Halloween and Thanksgiving events, and also outperformed the initial introduction of Gen 2 Pokémon in early December.

At the end of that week, Pokémon GO was the highest grossing app in the United States, beating out Clash of Clans and Clash Royale during that period.

Miitomo

Miitomo has once again been updated with new and returning content for Miitomo Drop and Miitomo Shop.

You can find the added content listed below.

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– Maid cap
– Classic maid uniform
– Classic butler uniform
– Monocle

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– Eyepatch
– Classy butler uniform
– French maid outfit
– Frilled garter + knee-highs

Best in show! Top Dog (returning)

– Poodle hood (set)
– Poodle suit (set)
– Dog-logo socks
– Dog slippers
– Pet shop jumper
– Jeans w/ ruff patch
– Paw-soled boat shoes
– Spiked collar
– Dalmatian top w/ collar
– Paw-print tights
– Dalmatian ears (set)
– Dalmatian suit (set)

Miitomo Shop Items

– Flower wreath
– Wide-brimmed sun hat + chain
– Down vest + basic shirt
– Fur zip-up
– A-line skirt with bow
– Leopard-print tights
– Campus sneakers
– Skeletal wings

Japanese My Nintendo Store

The My Nintendo Store is now active in Japan. The online shop will begin service on January 23.

The store will contain exclusive goods, and account holders will be able to order Switch from the site. You can also customize the colors of the Joy Con controllers and the Joy Con straps. The system remains the same retail price of ¥29,980 however, and will get members 300 gold points.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also going to have a special limited My Nintendo Store version of the Deluxe Collector’s Edition. While the Regular Deluxe Collector’s Edition comes with a physical version of the game, a Link Breath of the Wild Amiibo (on a horse), map, sound track and a special design sheet, the limited My Nintendo Store version will include all of that as well as the Master Sword statue and a set of 20 postcards. The statue is about 10 inches tall (25 cm), and the set in question will retail for ¥13,870 (about $120 USD)

Special limited versions of the Switch carrying case will also be available in Neon Blue and Neon Red to match the colors of the Joy Con controllers. Customers who also purchase both Switch Hardware and software titles will receive Special B2 size posters featuring artwork of the games they purchased.

Finally, logging in to the My Nintendo Store on or after January 23 will also net members 100 platinum points.

North American eShop Sale

Nintendo is currently holding a sale across the North American Wii U and 3DS eShops, which will last until January 25 at 8:59 AM PT / 11:59 AM ET. Gamers can save on various games, and My Nintendo members can also save an extra 10% on specific titles.

The full lineup of discounted titles is as follows:

Wii U

Splatoon – $46.79 (was $59.99)
Mario Party 10 – $23.39 (was $29.99)
Freedom Planet – $10.49 (was $14.99)
Donkey Kong Country Returns – $15.59 (was $19.99)
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis – $7.79 (was $9.99)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition – $7.49 (was $14.99)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves – $15.59 (was $19.99)
Adventures of Pip – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Ittle Dew – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – $10.49 (was $14.99)
Noitu Love: Devolution – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Severed – $10.49 (was $14.99)
Affordable Space Adventures – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Pirate Pop Plus – $2.99 (was $4.99)
Child of Light – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Rayman Legends – $19.99 (was $39.99)

3DS

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – $15.59 (was $19.99)
Pocket Card Jockey – $5.45 (was $6.99)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Yo-kai Watch – $31.19 (was $39.99)
Story of Seasons – $20.99 (was $29.99)
Disney Art Academy – $23.39 (was $29.99)
Gurumin 3D – $11.99 (was $14.99)
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure – $7.01 (was $8.99)
Wario’s Woods – $3.89 (Was $4.99)
Severed – $10.49 (Was $14.99)
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX – $29.99 (was $39.99)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – $23.99 (was $39.99)
Inazuma Eleven – $14.00 (was $19.99)
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village – $23.99 (was $29.99)
Pirate Pop Plus – $2.99 (was $4.99)
River City: Tokyo Rumble – $23.99 (was $29.99)

And the titles eligible for the 10% discount from My Nintendo are:

Disney Art Academy
Story of Seasons
Yo-kai Watch
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Pocket Card Jockey
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Mario Party 10
Gurumin 3D
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Splatoon
River City: Tokyo Rumble
Pirate Pop Plus
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village
Inazuma Eleven
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
Wario’s Woods
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure

Fire Emblem Music Collection

Fire Emblem Music Collection: Piano – Faith & Engagement, a new Fire Emblem music CD, is soon being released in Japan.

It features piano arrangements of various tracks from across the Fire Emblem series.

Symphony No.5, the team who is producing the CD, has now uploaded a video to Youtube containing excerpts of all the 16 tracks that are on the CD.

You can check out the samples in the video below.

The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts

As you probably have heard before, The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts is slated for release February 21. The book features art from across the entire series of The Lengend of Zelda, including the upcoming entry, Breath of the Wild. It contains rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much more.

However, Dark Horse Comics has now revealed that a The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts Limited Edition is coming, but only 10,000 copies will be produced, featuring an exclusive Master Sword cover and Acetate Slipcase.

As the official Amazon listing states:

“This exclusive edition of only 10,000 copies features an original cover with a raised 3D embossed Master Sword. The book fits into an acetate slip case that features a golden sheath for the Master Sword and emulates the sword being removed from the sheath when the book is removed from the top of the slipcase.

The sword itself is a 3D embossed sculpt with a metallic foil finish and is printed at the size of an actual sword hilt to give the reader the satisfaction of unsheathing the realistic-looking sword from the acetate sleeve sheathe that encases the book. The cover’s background features the Lost Woods in a deep, custom-mixed purple ink with a soft touch lamination and spot-gloss UV which is framed with metallic foil. The pages are gold gilded to round out the premium enhancements.”

You can take a look at a few photos in the gallery below, followed by a first look video by IGN.

First 4 Figures Zelda Figures

First 4 Figures is creating a life size statue of Majora’s Mask.

Pre-orders for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Life Size Replica are also now open. The statue comes in deluxe full-color packaging, with a hand numbered base and authenticity card that allows you to purchase the same product number for future pieces in the Zelda Life Size Replica series.

The official dimensions are:

Product Size:
Height – 25 inches (63cm)
Width – 23 inches (58cm)
Depth – 13 inches (33cm)

Weight – 8KG

Moreover, two versions of the statue are available, the standard version ($354.99) or the exclusive edition ($384.99). In the latter, there are LEDs in the eyes of Majora’s Mask.

You can take a look at the statue in the making of video below.

Finally, First 4 Figures is also working on a Zelda: Breath of The Wild 10″ PVC statue featuring Link. You can check it out in the following video.

Shigeru Miyamoto’s Design Philosophy

Vox has recently put up a video in which Shigeru Miyamoto’s design philosophy is explained. It also features a few comments directly from Miyamoto himself.

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