Nintendo @ E3 2016
You can find a general overview of these innitiatives below:
- The Legend of Zelda Twitter campaign for Miitomo in-app gifts:Miitomousers should check @NintendoAmerica on Twitter today for a special tweet kicking off a collaboration between the mobile app and the Legend of Zeldafranchise. If the tweet gets a combined 10,000 retweets worldwide, Nintendo will issue a “Link’s new hair wig” as an in-app gift to all users of Nintendo’s Miitomo mobile app. If it gets 20,000 combined retweets, Nintendo will give all Miitomo users a “Link wig” in the Miitomo app.June 14
- More of The Legend of Zelda in Miitomo:Miitomo will continue its celebration of The Legend of Zelda with a themed Miitomo Drop game that will give players the chance to win TheLegend of Zelda-themed in-app gear for their Mii character. Players will also be able to use Miitomo coins inMiitomo to purchase The Legend of Zelda collaboration items. An additionalThe Legend of Zelda collaboration gift will be available on the My Nintendo website, and players can exchange their My Nintendo Platinum Points for this item.
- Nintendo Treehouse: Live – Day 1: Nintendo’s kickoff to the E3 trade show begins at 9 a.m. PT, with an introduction by Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime and the world’s first look at live gameplay of The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U console. Viewers can also catch the first live gameplay of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games. Watch Nintendo Treehouse: Live via Nintendo’s channels on YouTube and Twitch, as well as on http://e3.nintendo.com.
- Nintendo eShop sale: Starting at 11 a.m. PT until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 21, Nintendo is offering discounts on some of its most popular games as a special treat for fans. My Nintendo members who are signed in will also get a special bonus if they buy select games included in the sale. Anyone who hasn’t signed up for My Nintendo yet is encouraged to do so now to avoid the E3 rush. To get the extra discount, My Nintendo members must link their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Network ID and access Nintendo eShop on their device at least once before they make a purchase. The discounted games can be purchased in Nintendo eShop or at http://e3.nintendo.com. Details about the discounts can also be found athttp://e3.nintendo.com.June 15
- Nintendo Treehouse: Live – Day 2: Starting at 10 a.m. PT, the Nintendo Treehouse: Live programming will showcase upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, including Monster Hunter Generations from Capcom, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. The day will start with a special Pokémon GO developer Q&A. Watch all of Nintendo’s action from the E3 show floor via Nintendo’s channels onYouTube and Twitch, as well as on http://e3.nintendo.com.
The Miitomo campaign for The Legend of Zelda has already reached over 20,000 re-tweets, allowing users to obtain the “Link’s new hair wig” and “green Link wig” items. Because of this success, Nintendo added a new component to the event. If the number of worldwide tweets reaches 40,000 by June 13 at 7:59 AM PT / 10:59 AM ET, a “black 8-bit Link tee” will also be provided in Miitomo. Check the tweets below:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) 8 June 2016
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) 10 June 2016
Moreover, Nintendo opened a special community on Miiverse in celebration of E3 as usual. You can visit the E3 2016 community here.
National StreetPass Week will also be hosted between June 10 and June 19. 3DS owners can stop by a Nintendo Zone location to receive up to six StreetPass tags from around North America.
Here’s the news from the 3DS eShop:
Nintendo is heading to E3 2016 to give fans a first look at the upcoming The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U console. Bring your Nintendo 3DS system to a Nintendo Zone location from June 10-19 to collect up to six StreetPass tags from around North America!
A special Mii for Reggie Fils-Aime is being distributed in celebration of E3 and this National StreetPass week event.
Finally, it has been announced that at sometime between 5:30 PM ET and 6 PM ET (2:30 PM PT and 3 PM PT), Nintendo will be stopping by the official YouTube stream hosted by Geoff Keighley. The schedule notes that “special guests” will be appearing, but no specific information about who or what is mentioned. You can watch it on YouTube’s E3 streaming page when the time comes, which can be found over here.
Also looks like some artwork from Zelda Wii U has begun to show up online:
Another week, another batch of new information about Pokémon Sun & Moon has arrived.
First, we have information from CoroCoro, revealing two new Pokémon, among other game details.
The first pokémon revealed is Nekkoara (JP), a Normal-type with the Ability Sure Sleeper (ぜったいねむり), which prevents it from being afflicted by status conditions other than sleep. It is classified as the Dreaming (ゆめうつつ) Pokémon, and appears to be based on a koala. Nekkoara is 1’8″ (0.5 m) tall and weighs 20.3 lbs. (9.2 kg).
The other new pokémon is called Iwanko, and is a Rock-type pokémon, with the Abilities Keen Eye and Vital Spirit. It is known as the Puppy (こいぬ) Pokémon, and it seems to be based on a dog. Iwanko is 1’04” (0.4 m) tall and weighs 43.9 lbs. (19.9 kg). This Pokémon was previously show in a trailer uploaded to the CoroCoro YouTube channel, during a very brief moment.
Moreover, Solgaleo and Lunala and are shown to have minor alternate forms, and are said to exhibit their fullest power in these Phases.
Solgaleo’s minor alternate form is known as Rising Phase (ライジングフェーズ), and it is described as being like the sun. In this Phase, it appears more radiant and its colored accents all become yellow. Solgaleo is seen in this Phase during the animation for its signature move Sunsteel Strike.
Lunala’s minor alternate form is known as Full Moon Phase (フルムーンフェーズ), in which it is said to call the moon. In this Phase, its wings glow white, highlighting its skeletal structure. Lunala is seen in this Phase during the animation for its signature move Moongeist Beam.
Furthermore, more details about Magearna are revealed.
It has the new Ability Soul Heart (ソウルハート), which can repeatedly raise its Special Attack stat, but the trigger for it is currently unknown. It can also learn the new move Fleur Cannon (フルールカノン).
A special Pokémon Ga-Olé disk will include a QR Code that allows players to obtain Magearna in Pokémon Sun and Moon when scanned. This Magearna will be level 50, have the Ability Soul Heart, and know the moves Fleur Cannon, Flash Cannon, Lucky Chant and Helping Hand.
CoroCoro also says that the Greninja event to be held at the movie is based on the Pokémon Election results. This Greninja has the ability Protean and the moves Hydro Pump, Gunk Shot, Mat Block and Happy Hour.
You can find all the CoroCoro magazine scans related to this in the gallery below:
Besides CoroCoro, two brand new trailers were shown at the Taiwan National Championships.
This footage shows Zygarde 10% Forme and Zygarde Complete Forme in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Zygarde 10% Forme is shown using the moves Thousand Waves and Thousand Arrows, which exist in the code of the Generation VI games, but are currently unobtainable. When at low HP, Zygarde 10% Forme’s Ability Swarm Change (スワームチェンジ) activates, allowing it to change into Complete Forme Zygarde while restoring its HP.
Zygarde Complete Forme was showcased using the new move Core Enforcer (Core Punisher in Japan), in which Zygarde rises into the air, charges an energy orb at its chest, and then shoots a beam in a Z shape towards the target, which then bursts on fire. The type of the move has not been revealed, but it dealt super-effective damage to Garchomp.
(I would speculate it being Dragon type, since it makes the most sense)
You can find the trailers below:
All playable Pokemon will be getting updates, as well as the Support Pokémon Snivy, Croagunk, Magneton, Quagsire, Diglett, Yveltal, Latios and Cresselia.
Serebii.net has translated the patch notes, so check this page out if you want to see those.
One such entity was GamesBeat, who has now published a comprehensive report on the game. The site covers details about the different aspects of gameplay, microtransactions, Pokémon GO Plus device, and much more.
You can check out the article over here if you are interested in the game.
Pokémon 20th Anniversary
In celebration of the Pokémon 20th anniversary The Pokémon Company continues to upload videos with more of its well known faces. This time, we have a message from Creatures president Hirokazu Tanaka. Creatures has helped developed the Pokémon TCG, toys, and several spin-off titles in the series, including Pokémon Ranger, PokéPark, and Detective Pikachu. You can find the video below:
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
The official North American website for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is now open. You can find the page over here.
The pre-load for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is also available on the eShop now, and requires 12.8GB of disk space.
Besides that, Nintendo has released three character trailers for Itsuki, Tsubaba, and Touma, and GameXplain has posted some gameplay footage of the title. You can find all the videos below:
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is now available for pre-load on the Wii U eShop. The game takes up 2863.5 MB of disk space.
Nintendo has also published several commercials for it, which you can watch below:
Super Mario Maker
Polygon has released another video in its “Devs Make Mario” series. In this latest episode, Shantae designer James Montagna is featured. Check it out below:
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Planet Robobot recently launched in North America and Europe. To celebrate, director Shinya Kumazaki posted a message about the game on Miiverse.
In it, Kumazaki talks about Planet Robobot itself before moving on to Kirby in general. He mentions the series’ 25th anniversary coming up next year and HAL’s plans “to keep taking the Kirby series to new heights for years to come”.
You can read the full message over here.
Nintendo also published several new trailers and commercials for the game during the week, which you can watch below:
The new update for Splatoon is now available, bringing the game up to version 2.8.0.
Nintendo has added Sheldon’s Picks Vol.2, and also balanced weapons and gear abilities, adjusted stages, and made other fixes.
Here’s the full patch notes in case you missed them before:
Weapons and Gear Added
- Eight new weapons have been added and will now appear in the weapon shop.
- Weapons will be available in the weapon shop after viewing the Inkopolis News on 6/8 from 11:00 AM (PT) onward.
- Two new pieces of gear have also been added and will now appear in their respective shops.
Weapon and Gear Ability Balancing
- Adjustments have been made to specifications for certain Main and Sub weapons, and gear abilities.
- More information coming soon!
- Arowana Mall: Adjustment made to prevent players from taking unintended shortcuts in all modes.
- Bluefin Depot: Fixed an issue that allowed players to move inside certain objects in Rainmaker mode.
- Camp Triggerfish: Adjusted the size of the “Don’t retreat!” warning zone near team starting areas.
- Piranha Pit: Adjustment made to prevent players from taking unintended shortcuts in all modes.
Multiplayer Bug Fixes
- Fixed an issue that allowed players to jump higher than intended when touching an opponent’s Splash Wall.
- Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
Nintendo has also introduced the final two weapons for Sheldon’s Picks Vol.2, the Aerospray PG and the Heavy Splatling Remix.
Here’s the details and screenshots related to both:
The Aerospray PG is best described as a little update to the Aerospray MG that Sheldon built from his grandpappy’s blueprints. No matter how you describe it, it’s definitely a hand-crafted work of art. Burst Bombs help claim turf and the Kraken crushes enemy defenses.
Heavy Splatling Remix
Meet the Heavy Splatling Remix. It’s not a remix to your favorite headbanger – It’s, uh, a remixed version of the Heavy Splatling. Warm up the crowd with the Sprinkler sub and then drown ‘em out with the devastating Killer Wail for an encore.
GameXplain also posted a video taking a look at these new weapons, so check it out if you want:
On the Splatfest front, the next Splatfest has been announced for Japan, and will start on June 18 at 9 AM.
The upcoming Splatfest features a partnership with Meiji, with players being asked to choose between Kinoko no Yama (Mountain of Mushrooms) or Takenoko no Sato (Bamboo Shoot Village).
– Votes – 51% / 49%
– Wins – 52% / 48%
– Final Results – 363 / 337 – World Wins
Finally, Tower Records is preparing to promote Splatoon in a big way via a special Splatoon-themed sale that will be running from June 24 to July 24.
The company plans on offering items like T-shirts, apparel such as mugs, stickers, and pins, confectionery, and other things. Limited edition items including a backpack and water bottle will also be up for grab through scratch cards distributed in store. Moreover, the Splatune soundtrack will be sold as well, and free Squid Sisters-inspired stickers will be available, although only in a limited basis. The collaboration T-shirts will even be added to Splatoon itself.
Below you can find new trailers for Virtual Console games that were recently added to the eShop.
Kirby’s Dream Course (Japan, SNES)
Custom Robo V2 (Japan, N64)
Sennen Kazoku (Japan GBA)
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Europe, DS)
– Rainy-day jacket
– Raindrop skirt
– Thunderbolt jeans
– Thunderbolt pendant
– Head umbrella
– Rain-soaked newspaper
– Rain-soaked shirt (set)
– Rain-soaked pants (set)
– Hydrangea cap
– Froggy hood (set)
– Froggy suit (set)
– Snail shell
Moreover, there’s a new Everybody Answers question. The featured question is: “What’s a mysterious experience you’ve had?” The event runs until June 17 at 4:59 PM PT / 7:59 PM PT. If you answer the question while it’s active, you’ll get Miitomo Platinum Points on My Nintendo.
5 Year Anniversary eShop Sale
Nintendo is celebrating the eShop’s fifth anniversary in Europe with a special sale, just like in Japan.Various games will be discounted between Wii U and 3DS from 15:00 (UK time) on June 9 to 23:59 (UK time) on June 23.
Here’s the Wii U lineup:
Art Academy: SketchPad – Sale price: £1.79 (was £3.59) / €1.99 (was €3.99)
Child of Light – Sale price: £5.99 (was £11.99) / €7.49 (was €14.99)
Cube Life: Island Survival – Sale price: £5.59 (was £7.99) / €6.99 (was €9.99)
Donkey Kong 64 – Sale price: £4.49 (was £8.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
EarthBound – Sale price: £3.49 (was £6.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
FAST Racing Neo – Sale price: £8.20 (was £10.99) / €11.20 (was €14.99)
F-Zero – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.49) / €3.99 (was €7.99)
Kirby’s Adventure – Sale price: £1.69 (was £3.49) / €2.49 (was €4.99)
Little Inferno – Sale price: £4.49 (was £8.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
Metroid Prime Trilogy – Sale price: £8.99 (was £17.99) / €9.99 (was €19.99)
Nano Assault Neo – Sale price: £6.70 (was £8.99) / €7.49 (was €9.99)
NES Remix – Sale price: £4.49 (was £8.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
NES Remix 2 – Sale price: £4.49 (was £8.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
Super Mario Bros. 3 – Sale price: £1.69 (was £3.49) / €2.49 (was €4.99)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Sale price: £8.99 (was £17.99) / €9.99 (was €19.99)
Super Mario World – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.49) / €3.99 (was €7.99)
Super Mario 64 – Sale price: £4.49 (was £8.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
Super Metroid – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.49) / €3.99 (was €7.99)
Zelda: A Link to the Past – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.49) / €3.99 (was €7.99)
Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Sale price: £4.49 (was £8.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
Zelda: The Minish Cap – Sale price: £3.09 (was £6.29) / €3.49 (was €6.99)
Toki Tori – Sale price: £0.89 (was £1.79) / €0.99 (was €1.99)
Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Sale price: £6.99 (was £13.99) / €8.49 (was €16.99)
And the 3DS lineup:
3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.39) / €2.99 (was €5.99)
Colors! 3D – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.39) / €2.99 (was €5.99)
Dillon’s Rolling Western – Sale price: £4.49 (was £8.99) / €4.99 (was €9.99)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! – Sale price: £1.85 (was £2.50) / €2.24 (was €2.99)
Gunman Clive – Sale price: £0.99 (was £1.99) / €0.99 (was €1.99)
Kirby’s Dream Land – Sale price: £1.79 (was £3.59) / €1.99 (was €3.99)
Pokedex 3D Pro – Sale price: £6.69 (was £13.49) / €7.49 (was €14.99)
Pokemon Link: Battle! – Sale price: £3.59 (was £7.19) / €3.99 (was €7.99)
Pokemon Trading Card Game – Sale price: £2.19 (was £4.49) / €2.49 (was €4.99)
Pullblox – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.39) / €2.99 (was €5.99)
Shin Megami Tensei IV – Sale price: £8.99 (was £17.99) / €9.99 (was €19.99)
SteamWorld Dig – Sale price: £3.49 (was £7.99) / €4.49 (was €8.99)
Super Mario Bros. – Sale price: £2.19 (was £4.49) / €2.49 (was €4.99)
Super Mario Bros. 2 – Sale price: £2.19 (was £4.49) / €2.49 (was €4.99)
Super Mario Bros. 3 – Sale price: £1.69 (was £3.49) / €2.49 (was €4.99)
Super Mario Land – Sale price: £1.79 (was £3.59) / €1.99 (was €3.99)
Super Mario Land 2 – Sale price: £1.79 (was £3.59) / €1.99 (was €3.99)
The Legend of Zelda – Sale price: £2.19 (was £4.49) / €2.49 (was €4.99)
Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.39) / €2.99 (was €5.99)
Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.39) / €2.99 (was €5.99)
Zelda: Oracle of Ages – Sale price: £2.69 (was £5.39) / €2.99 (was €5.99)
Zen Pinball 3D – Sale price: £1.79 (was £4.49) / €1.99 (was €4.99)
Nintendo has also published a commercial for the Japanese sale, which we covered before. You can find it below:
Play Nintendo Tour 2016
The Play Nintendo Tour is back for another year. Nintendo will host a 12-city tour at malls and other locations in the United States between June 17 and September 5. Fans will be able to play various 3DS games, participate in contests, nab prizes, and partake in photo opportunities.
You can also find the complete announcement with details on activities and available locations below:
REDMOND, Wash., June 6, 2016 – Nintendo has touched millions of families all over the world with its much-loved characters and games. Parents can rekindle the magic of the Nintendo world that shaped their childhood and share the wonderful memories with their kids this summer at the upcoming Play Nintendo Tour. Inspired by the Play Nintendo website, Nintendo’s fun, engaging and age-appropriate online destination for kids and families, the 12-city tour will visit malls and other locations across the United States. The tour will bring the magic of Nintendo to life with playable Nintendo 3DS games starring characters like Mario, Kirby and Donkey Kong from June 17 to Sept. 5. There will be exciting contests, amazing prizes (while supplies last) and photo opportunities. This one-of-a-kind experience bursts with color and imagination to offer parents a fun and engaging way to spend time with their kids. Best of all, the tour is free for everyone.
“With the Play Nintendo Tour, there’s a surprise around every corner for kids and kids at heart,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The tour’s massive play area is filled with Nintendo 3DS games and charming worlds themed around classic games and characters.”
Visitors can hop into a Yoshi egg to play Yoshi’s New Island, recline on a giant banana while checking out Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and relax in pink beanbag chairs to play one of the newest games, Kirby: Planet Robobot, which launches on June 10. People who are into cool family photos or amazing selfies can take some snaps next to a huge Kirby figure, beside an oversized Yoshi egg, inside a barrel flanked by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, under a devastating blue Spiny Shell in the Mario Kart 7 area or next to a giant Pokéball in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire region. The New Super Mario Bros. 2 section features a photogenic flagpole, stacks of coins and a warp pipe, while the YO-KAI WATCH area makes people look like they have stepped into Springdale, the town in the game, complete with mischievous Yo-kai lurking about.
At each location, visitors can compete for a chance to win prizes (while supplies last) and play games on a video wall shaped like a giant Nintendo 3DS system. The Play Nintendo Tour is scheduled to visit the following locations:
June 17-19: Westfield Culver City – Los Angeles
June 24-26: Arrowhead Towne Center – Glendale, Arizona
July 1-3: FlatIron Crossing – Broomfield, Colorado
July 8-10: Mall of America® – Bloomington, Minnesota
July 15-17: Bite of Seattle – Seattle
July 21-24: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina – San Diego
July 29-31: Memorial City Mall – Houston
Aug. 5-7: Woodfield Mall – Schaumburg, Illinois
Aug. 12-14: Roosevelt Field – Garden City, New York
Aug. 19-21: South Shore Plaza – Braintree, Massachusetts
Aug. 26-28: Tysons Corner Center – Tysons Corner, Virginia
Sept. 2-5: North Point Mall – Alpharetta, Georgia
To extend the tour online, the Play Nintendo website features many additional activities that kids and families can enjoy. Kids can create their own Super Mario Maker wallpaper, take a quiz to learn their Pokémon type, discover their Mushroom Kingdom BFF and many more creative and surprising things. For more information about the Play Nintendo Tour, visit https://play.nintendo.com/tour. To enjoy Nintendo’s site for kids and families, visit https://play.nintendo.com/.
BitSummit 2016 will take place on July 9 and 10 in Kyoto. A variety of indie games will showcased at the event.
The Game Awards 2016
A banner shown outside the doors of E3 now reveals that The Game Awards 2016 will take place on December 1. This summer, we are getting more details about the show.