Nintendo News Roundup July 3 2016 Feature

June 27 to July 3 Nintendo News Roundup

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata recently shared a brief message about his first impressions while playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo of Spain’s Youtube Channel. You can find the video below:

Besidesd that, DigitalFoundry has uploaded a second analysis on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This time it’s more of discussion and impressions video, based on what they could play of the game. Give it a watch below:

Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends have now received the new updates and DLC. Wii U is now on version 1.10.0, while 3DS is now on version 1.4.0.

The patch notes for Wii U state that adjustments were made to some of the characters, and some bugs were fixed. On 3DS, the level cap was increased, medals and fairies were added, rupees earned through StreetPass Link and characters were adjusted, and various bugs were addressed.

The Link’s Awakening Pack, is available on both of Nintendo’s platforms. It includes Marin, the boots weapon for Linkle, 16 new costumes, plus 16 new My Fairy costume pieces and an Adventure Mode map specifically on 3DS.

Koei Tecmo has released a new extended trailer for this content, and you can also find some gameplay footage by GameXplain below:

Besides this, Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends will be receiving two more DLC packs in the months ahead. One based on Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks is due in September, while another dedicated to A Link Between Worlds is scheduled for November.

Meanwhile, Ramdom Talking Bush has posted the newest sprites in the game online, and due to some placeholder mugshots we now know that the missing characters are the following:

– Tゼルダ – (T Zelda – likely Toon Zelda)
– ラヴィオ (Ravio)
– ユガ (Yuga)

The Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks pack is getting one character, and two more will be released in the A Link Between Worlds pack. “T Zelda” would be for the former and may refer to Princess Zelda from Spirit Tracks. Ravio and Yuga are both from A Link Between Worlds like you probably already know.

Pokémon Sun & Moon

The Pokémon Company has shared a big amount of new information and gameplay footage from Pokémon Sun & Moon.

First, we have a couple new trailers (for Japan and the West) showing off seven new pokémon, and second, we have a bit of new footage shown at the Hong Kong VGC 2016 which covers Rockruff and Komala, which had previously been revealed on CoroCoro. You can take a look at the videos below:

And here’s what The Pokémon Company had to say about the newly revealed pokémon:

London, United Kingdom – July 1, 2016 – The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have revealed new 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 Alola region Pokémon will appear in the latest generation of Pokémon video games which will launch in Europe on November 23.

A new trailer that showcases all of these amazing Pokémon and new gameplay in action can be found here:

The newly revealed Pokémon include:

Name: Tapu Koko
Type: Electric/Fairy
Tapu Koko is the guardian deity of Melemele Island, one of the islands of the Alola region. Tapu Koko’s Ability is Electric Surge, an Ability which has never been seen before. The Electric Surge Ability fills the field around the Pokémon’s feet with electricity when it appears, raising the power of any Electric-type moves for Pokémon on the ground and preventing any Pokémon from falling asleep.

Name: Charjabug
Type: Bug/Electric
Charjabug is the first Evolution of Grubbin, a new Alola region Pokémon revealed last month. Charjabug’s Battery Ability allows it to raise the power of allies’ special moves.

Name: Vikavolt
Type: Bug/Electric
Vikavolt, the Evolution of Charjabug, is like a fortress that zooms through the forest, using its huge jaws to control a beam of electricity which it can fire from its mouth.

Name: Drampa
Type: Normal/Dragon
Drampa are dragons that live alone in the mountains 10,000 feet above sea level. With Drampa’s Berserk Ability, this Pokémon’s Special Attack stat will go up by one when its HP drops below half.

Name: Bruxish
Type: Water/Psychic
Bruxish emits a strong psychic power from the protuberance on its head while grinding its teeth loudly. Some Bruxish have the new Dazzling Ability which prevents opponents from using priority moves that normally strike first.

Name: Cutiefly
Type: Bug/Fairy
Cutiefly can detect the auras of living things, including people, Pokémon and plants. They seek out flowers by the colour and brightness of their auras, and then they gather the nectar and pollen.

Name: Togedemaru
Type: Electric/Steel
Togedemaru is the Roly-Poly Pokémon which gathers electricity and stores it. The long needle that grows from the back of its head works as a lightning rod to attract electricity.

Name: Rockruff
Type: Rock
Rockruff has an excellent sense of smell, and once it has smelled an odour, it doesn’t forget it. There are tales of these Pokémon getting separated from their Trainers, then using the faintest traces of their scent to track them for days until they are reunited.

Name: Komala
Type: Normal
No one has ever seen a Komala awake. It eats, travels and even battles while sound asleep. According to ancient people, its saliva can be used as medicine for the sick or sleepless. Komala has the Comatose Ability which keeps it perpetually in a drowsing state, preventing it from getting any other status conditions.

New forms of the Legendary Pokémon Zygarde will appear for the first time in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Zygarde is made up of a multitude of cell-like components and, depending on how many of them it has gathered together, its appearance changes.

Name: Zygarde 50% Forme
Type: Dragon/Ground
Zygarde believes it has a duty to protect the ecosystem, and it monitors the Pokémon ecosystem to ensure that the ecosystem is not disrupted. While the power it possesses is overwhelming, this form contains only 50% of Zygarde’s cells. A Zygarde 10% or Zygarde 50% with the Power Construct Ability will be able to change into its Complete Forme during battle if its HP drops below half.

Name: Zygarde 10% Forme
Type: Dragon/Ground
When an emergency occurs, this form can take action separately from Zygarde 50% Forme, which comprises its main body. Thousand Arrows is a special move that only Zygarde can learn. It’s a Ground-type move that can also do damage to Flying types and to Pokémon with the Levitate Ability. After being hit by this move, Flying types and Pokémon with the Levitate Ability will continue to take damage from other Ground-type moves used in subsequent turns. Thousand Waves is also a move that only Zygarde can learn. This move makes it impossible for an opponent to flee or be swapped out of battle.

Name: Zygarde Complete Forme
Type: Dragon/Ground
Zygarde’s completed form is specialized for battle, enabling Zygarde to fight with its full power and fulfill its duty of protecting the Pokémon ecosystem. Core Enforcer is a move that only Zygarde can learn, and it can erase the Abilities of any opponents that have already used a move on the same turn that it’s used.

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You can find about several other details about those pokémon and the games at the official site (linked above), like how you are able to ride a Stoutland in an area of the game for example.

Finally, you can find several pieces of artwork and screenshots in the gallery below:

Pokémon X & Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Shaymin is now available as the latest 20th Anniversary Mystery Gift Mythical Pokémon distribution for Pokémon X & Y, and Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. The distribution ends on July 24.

The Pokémon Company has also posted a trailer to promote this, which you can find below:

Pokkén Tournament

The arcade version of Pokkén Tournament will be getting a major update on July 20, adding Garchomp, Braixen, and Shadow Mewtwo. On top of this, it sounds like a new character be added though.

A broadcast on Niconico during the middle of July will be covering the update. Additionally, based on the official image below, it’s implied that a new fighter will be revealed.

pokken-tease-1The Niconico stream will air on July 14 at the following times:

– 4 AM PT
– 7 AM ET
– 12 PM in the UK
– 1 PM in Europe

Although this news pertains specifically to the arcade version of Pokkédn Tournament, one would think that the new fighter would be made available in the Wii U version soon after as well. And dataminers have recently found references to Scizor, Darkrai, and Empoleon in the latest update, which doesn’t necessarily confirm that one of these three will be announced, but does lend some credence to the possibility of it happening.

Pokémon GO

pokemon-go-1Polygon recently interviewed J.C. Smith, The Pokémon Company’s senior director of consumer marketing, and Niantic CEO John Hanke, and discussed with them various topics about Pokémon GO. Among these topics are the aim of Pokémon GO, which isn’t to recreate the experience of the main series games, and the importance of accessibility to both series veterans and newcomers. You can find the interview over here, if you want to give it a look.


Splatoon will be getting its latest update next week, bringing the game up to version 2.9.0. It will release in the evening of July 5 in North America, and the early morning hours of July 6 in Europe.

After applying the update, players will be able to use the new Callie and Marie amiibo. Weapons have been balanced, a small stage adjustment has been implemented, and some multiplayer bug fixes were taken care of.

373MB of free space will be required for the update.

You can find the full patch notes for Splatoon version 2.9.0 below:

Compatible amiibo Added

  • Now compatible with Callie and Marie amiibo.


Main Weapon Balancing

  • Adjustments have been made to specifications for certain Main Wepons.
  • More info


Special Weapon Effect Duration Balancing

  • Adjustments have been made to specifications for certain Special Weapon Effects.
  • More info


Stage Adjustments

  • Ancho-V Games: Fixed an issue in Rainmaker mode, in which certain terrain wasn’t appearing correctly on the turf map when inked.


Multiplayer Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused players performing a Super Jump while swimming through ink to appear to be sliding long distances to opponents.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Ink Mines placed on enemy turf to occasionally be visible byopponents, whether or not they had the Bomb Sniffer gear ability.



  • Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

CallieMarieThe next, and final, Splatfest has also been revealed. The theme will be Callie vs. Marie, with the two Squid Sisters and their fans finally settling the great debate. The Splatfest starts at 2 AM PST on July 22, and will finish at 2AM on July 24. It will be a worldwide Splatfest, with scores from each region being polled together (although the top 100 players from each region will be signaled out individually). Players can start getting their Splatfest shirts on July 4, at 7 PM PST.

This time, the playable stages will be voted on by players. E-mails will be sent out to the accounts linked to players’ Nintendo Network IDs, with voting ending on July 12th.

CallieMarieVotingMoreover, to celebrate the upcoming final Splatfest, Splatoon will be discounted 25% off on the European eShop from July 7th till July 21st. So if you want to take part in the final Callie vs. Marie event and don’t have Splatoon yet, now’s your chance.

Continuing the celebration efforts, Wii Karaoke U will receive three Squid Sisters songs on July 28th: “City of Colour”, “Ink Me Up” and “Calamari Inkantation”. If you don’t want to pay actual money to try these songs, remember that you can get a 1 hour Wii Karaoke U ticket on My Nintendo for 100 Platinum Points once per month instead.

splatoon-live-in-maku-hariFinally, on July 13, Japan will be receiving the Splatoon Live in Makuhari CD. Famitsu published the full lineup of tracks included in it, which you can find listed below:

1. Opening?MC1 (1st Live)
2. Ink Me Up (1st Live)
3. Now or Never! (1st Live)
4. MC2 (1st Live)
5. City of Color (1st Live)
6. MC3 (1st Live)
7. Maritime Memory (1st Live)
8. MC4 (1st Live)
9. Calamari Inkantation (1st Live)
10. Opening?MC1 (2nd Live)
11. Ink Me Up (2nd Live)
12. Now or Never! (2nd Live)
13. MC2 (2nd Live)
14. Callie’s solo – Tokimeki☆Bomb Rush (2nd Live)
15. Marie’s solo – Sumisoae no Yoru (2nd Live)
16. MC3 (2nd Live)
17. City of Color (2nd Live)
18. MC4 (2nd Live)
19. Maritime Memory (2nd Live)
20. MC5 (2nd Live)
21. Calamari Inkantation (2nd Live)
22. Ink Me Up
23. Now or Never!
24. Callie’s solo – Tokimeki☆Bomb Rush
25. Marie’s solo – Sumisoae no Yoru
26. City of Color
27. Maritime Memory
28. Calamari Inkantation
29. High Color News Title Call
30. SE: Voice (Callie) Surprise
31. SE: Voice (Callie) Closing Words
32. SE: Voice (Callie) Laughter
33. SE: Voice (Callie) Excitement
34. SE: Voice (Marie) Greeting
35. SE: Voice (Marie) Announcement
36. SE: Voice (Marie) Halfhearted answer
37. SE: Voice (Marie) Excitement
38. City of Color (Shy-Ho-Shy Demo)
39. Splattack! ~ Friend List (Fall 2015 PV)
40. Splattack! (New Stage Dancing)

Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker will be getting costumes based on the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, on July 8th. A special event course will be available, and players will have to beat it twice to get each costume. It’s possible their amiibo will unlock the costumes as well when scanned, but it has not been confirmed. You can watch a video of the costumes below:

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

WiiU_TokyoMirageSessions_FE_E32016_SCRN_04Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has arrived in the west recently, and Mitsuru Hirata, one of the RPG’s directors, recognized the event and shared a few words on Twitter prior to launch.

Here’s what Hirata wrote:

“Come to think of it, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE release date is this week on 24th isn’t it! For various reasons we had to change some outfits, contents of events and vocals, but I think the outfits of the overseas version are quite cute! If you live overseas and own a Wii U by all means buy the game!”

Besides that, GameSpot interview Atlus producer Shinjiro Takata and Nintendo designer Hitoshi Yamagami, and the two talked about various topics such as localization and what made Nintendo and Wii U a good fit for the project. You can read the full interview here.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

The Japanese Kirby: Planet Robobot website was updated recently with new concept art. The new images show the Haltmann Works Company and Susie. Take a look at them in the gallery below:


Nintendo has uploaded a new trailer for BoxBoxBoy! which is out now on the 3DS eShop. You can find it below:

You can also find some gameplay footage below, courtesy of justonegamr:


Miitomo has received a couple of new updates, and Nintendo has provided a list of their contents.

Users can look forward to the following:

– Share recent news at any time when you talk with your own Mii character
– Tap links in answers and comments to open them in a browser
– The cap on popularity level and style level will be raised to 30
– More options for sharing or sending invitations
– Mexico, Switzerland, and South Africa will be available as country setting options
– Additional optimizations and bug fixes are also planned
– Added options to share images and answers (via WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger)
– A conversation menu will now be displayed when talking to a Mii
– A question of the day will now be displayed in the recent activity tab
– Daily bonus progress can now be checked at any time
– Implemented bug fixes and speed optimizations

Miitomo is being distributed in Mexico, Switzerland, and South Africa since June 30.

Aside from the update news, new items are out now in Miitomo. Here’s the full lineup:

– Nautical bucket hat
– Polo shirt w/ emblem
– Denim shorts
– Ribbed lace knee-highs
– Leather crisscross sandals
– Shooting star pin
– Cow hood
– Cow suit
– Chipmunk tail
– Baseball cap (set)
– Baseball uniform (set)
– Straw hat
– Basic tank top
– Striped painter’s pants
– Vivid asymmetrical tights
– Pointed-toe pumps

Along with the items, a “Made of star stuff… Starlight Style #1” stage has been added to Miitomo. This provides the following items:

– Star sunglasses
– Stardust one piece
– Stardust pumps
– Stars pendent

miitomo-june-30Another new feature will be Star Accounts, which are “notable” Miis that will visit you and allow you to hear (and star) their answers. These will presumably be Nintendo developers, celebrities and the like. However, this feature will only be available if your phone’s location is set to Japan. It is not known at the moment if this feature will be added to other regions as well at a later point.

Nintendo UK has also started to put up a transcript for a conversation held between Miitomo producer Yoshio Sakamoto and EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi around the Miitomo app. You can find it over here.

Virtual Console

Below you can find trailers for some Virtual Console titles that have been recently released on the Nintendo eShop.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Japan, N64)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (North America, N64)

Hyper Japan Festival 2016

SlidesNintendo has recently shared its plans for Hyper Japan Festival 2016. Along with playable games, a number of activities are in store.

Yo-kai Watch, Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII, Fire Emblem, and Pokémon seem to be the center of attention in some form or another. Here’s the full list of events straight from Nintendo:

In a true celebration of the Japanese phenomenon YO-KAI WATCH® Nintendo will be inviting visitors to step into Springdale, offering them a fully immersive experience and the chance to get involved with a host of YO-KAI WATCH® themed activities. Starting today, Nintendo UK is hosting a unique Fan Art Contest, challenging you to share your artistic interpretation of your favourite Yo-kai in a bid to win a one-off YO-KAI WATCH® prize bundle and have your art prominently showcased on the Nintendo booth at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 for all visitors to admire. For more details on how to get involved, Click here.

During HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016, you will have the chance to wander the town of Springdale, take part in the iconic YO-KAI WATCH® dance with Jibanyan in front of a green screen with the opportunity for you to share your creation directly to your social channels*, as well as take part in a Yo-kai Stamp Quest, a mission whereby the first 300 people each day to spot ten hidden Yo-kai located around Springdale on the Nintendo booth (and receive a stamp for each Yo-kai they spot, as well as a stamp for playing the game on the booth) will be rewarded with a YO-KAI WATCH® Medal Mystery Bag*! Everyone that completes the Yo-kai Stamp Quest will also have the opportunity to enter into a prize draw raffle for a chance to win a host of special YO-KAI WATCH® goodies.

With 2016 being an epic year for RPG offerings on Nintendo 3DS, visitors will be able to get hands-on with some of the best of them, as Nintendo’s booth will feature a wide selection of #3DSAdventures.

Celebrating the launch weekend of Capcom®’s Monster Hunter Generations™ a sprawling action RPG, Nintendo has a whole host of activities planned. As well as being playable on the Nintendo booth, budding hunters can download the Monster Hunter Generations demo from 30th June on the Nintendo eShop and bring their Nintendo 3DS family system to hunt with other players to slay in style. You will also have the chance to follow the action as expert players take to the stage, as well as pose with a Prowler and a host of props in a special Monster Hunter Generations photo set on the Nintendo booth.

DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past will be playable for the first time in the UK exclusively at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016. Visitors will get the opportunity to travel to the past to save the present in this timeless quest, completely revamped from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo UK has today launched a Fire Emblem Cosplay Contest that will give all entrants the opportunity to showcase their creations on the main stage in the Nintendo booth. Those participating will be able to take to the catwalk before an overall winner is decided. The winning entry will receive a whole host of Fire Emblem goodies. To find out more on how to enter click here. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will all be playable on the Nintendo booth, in addition to other #3DSAdventures games that include Hyrule Warriors: Legends, Bravely Second: End Layer and Final Fantasy Explorers.

Pikachu is also set to make an appearance at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 in celebration of the Year of Pokémon. Fans will be able to get a special distribution* of Shiny Xerneas (Level 100) for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Be sure to head to the Year of Pokémon area on the Nintendo booth to get your unique download code. Players can also expect to take a walk down Pokémon memory lane to trigger warm feelings of nostalgia, as well as get hands on with some of the most recent Pokémon games including the action packed Pokkén Tournament for Wii U, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow .

This is just a taste of what’s to come from Nintendo at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 and more exciting details, activities and playable games will be announced in the coming weeks.

HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 will take place from Friday 15th July until Sunday 17th July 2016 at the Olympia, London.

UNIQLO UT Grand Prix 2017

UNIQLO has launched its UNIQLO T-shirt (UT) Grand Prix 2017 design contest, this time in partnership with Nintendo. Anyone around the world can enter until August 31.

As expected, the theme of this year’s contest is Nintendo. Participants are encouraged “to express the joy and excitement of Nintendo’s games through clothing while also fostering creative talent”. Fans can make designs based on the company’s various franchises including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong.

UNIQLO UT Grand Prix winners will be notified in Spring 2017. They’ll receive up to $10,000 in prize money, and an invitation to attend a special awards ceremony in Japan. Shigeru Miyamoto will be one of the competition’s judges and will also be present at the awards ceremony. Major prize winners will also receive an NX signed by Miyamoto.

These are the full lineup of prizes:

– Grand Prize: $10,000, an invitation to awards ceremony attended by Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo NX signed by him, and a special commemorative award
– Second Prize: $3,000, an invitation to awards ceremony attended by Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo NX signed by him
– Finalist Prizes: $500 each

Winning designs will be featured in UNIQLO’s Spring/Summer 2017 UT Collection, which will be available in men’s, women’s, and kids’ lines from UNIQLO stores in 18 countries and at the online store.

You can find a trailer for this partnership below:

Camp Miiverse

Camp Miiverse is back for its third consecutive year. Starting on July 14, Nintendo fans will be able to participate in some fun on the site.

Camp Miiverse will be held for a week and is featuring popular games for Wii U/3DS. For each competition, a side in a team will be chosen. Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Splatoon are just some of the titles that will be featured during Camp Miiverse week.

Here’s the full notice from Miiverse:

Hey Miiverse,

Playing games this summer? Camp Miiverse is coming back on July 14th! This week-long event will feature events based on popular Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games. And with every camp competition, we’ll play choosing a side in a team – so choose wisely.

And new for this year, we want you to help shape our camp!

We will be featuring popular games like Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon, but let us know if you have any great ideas on what teams should play against each other, and what game you would like to see featured and the challenge.

If you let us know your thoughts in the comments below, you might see your idea being used in this summer’s Camp Miiverse!

Here are the questions:
1.) What team theme would work for this year? (like Team Mario vs. Team Link)
2.) What Wii U game, and its challenge do you think will be fun? (example: finish 1-1 in Super Mario Bros. with your fastest time)
3.) What Nintendo 3DS game and challenge do you think would be fun?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Anyone with a Miiverse access will be able to join the camp beginning July 14th. All you have to do is access the Camp Miiverse community and participate in the challenges during camping season. Happy camping!

Nintendo Minute

The latest episode of Nintendo Minute is now out, featuring Kit and Krysta sharing some more gaming confessions. You can watch it below: