Nintendo E3 2016 Plans
Nintendo has now shared new details regarding its streaming plans for this year’s E3.
During the first day:
Nintendo heads to E3 once again and brings the coverage directly to you with a two-day program from Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3! Tune in starting at 9 a.m. PT on June 14 for a day of live-streaming gameplay focused on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and first live gameplay of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon that kicks off the program!
And on the second day:
Day 2 of Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 will showcase upcoming releases for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, including Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE! Day 2 will start with a special Pokémon GO developer Q&A at 10 a.m. PT on June 15
When it comes to Pokémon, guest developers will stop by during the week, and there will also be new information and trivia about development that can only be heard at E3.
A local Niconico stream will be held on Thursday in Japan, and will summarize the contents of Pokémon’s presence at E3.
Finally , you can take a look at the expo’s final floor plans, showing that Nintendo has its booth spread through three different sections.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
On June 2nd, The Pokémon Company shared a new batch of information, a trailer, and several Japanese gameplay clips, featuring Pokémon Sun & Moon. You can find a roundup of all the main information below, after the videos.
Trailer and videos:
Overview and screenshots:
Bellevue, Washington – June 2, 2016 – The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today introduced the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala that can be found in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The latest generation of Pokémon video games will launch in North America on November 18, exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. In addition to the details about these powerful Pokémon, new characters in the game and new features were also revealed.
The two legendary Pokémon that appear on the packaging of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon play a crucial role in the story. Solgaleo and Lunala hold the key to the adventure that can be found in these highly anticipated games.
Category: Sunne Pokémon
Weight: 507.1 lbs.
Ability: Full Metal Body
Honored as an emissary of the sun since ancient times, Solgaleo is referred to with reverence as “the beast that devours the sun.” Solgaleo’s body holds a vast amount of energy, and it shines with light when it is active. It has a flowing mane with a remarkable resemblance to the sun. Its signature move is Sunsteel Strike, an attack that charges at an opponent with the force of a meteor, disregarding the target’s Ability. Solgaleo’s Ability is Full Metal Body, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Full Metal Body Ability, a Pokémon’s stats will not be lowered by the effects of an opponent’s moves or Ability.
Category: Moone Pokémon
Weight: 264.6 lbs.
Ability: Shadow Shield
Since ancient times, Lunala has been honored as an emissary of the moon. Referred to with reverence as “the beast that calls the moon,” Lunala is constantly absorbing light and converting it into energy. With its wings spread to absorb the surrounding light and glittering like the crescent moon, it resembles a beautiful night sky. Lunala’s signature Moongeist Beam attack releases an ominous beam of light that disregards the target’s Ability. Lunala’s Ability is Shadow Shield, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Shadow Shield Ability, a Pokémon will take less damage from an attack that lands when the Pokémon has full HP.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon take place in the Alola region, which centers around four tropical islands and one artificial island. Many Pokémon that have never been seen before inhabit the lush islands of the Alola region. The story begins right after the main character moves to the Alola region. After choosing to play as a hero or heroine, players can customize their character’s name and appearance. No sooner have they arrived than their adventures begin to unfold, and they meet many fascinating people as they travel through the region.
Professor Kukui is the Alola region’s Pokémon professor. The professor is passionate about his research into Pokémon moves and has sometimes taken direct hits from Pokémon if there was something to be learned from it. Sporting a white lab coat, Professor Kukui has his own unique style.
Lillie is a mysterious girl who assists the professor. This young girl is about the same age as the player’s character and is Professor Kukui’s assistant. She’s not fond of making Pokémon fight in battles, but she loves reading and has read a great number of books. Lillie will play an important role in the story of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
Hau is a Pokémon-loving young boy with a big appetite. He is the same age as the player’s character. Hau becomes one of the main character’s first friends. He has a real weakness for malasadas, a famous treat in the Alola region, and is always in search of malasada shops. Hau is a big-hearted boy who really loves Pokémon.
The Pokédex is a convenient tool that records information about the Pokémon that players see and catch during their adventure. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Professor Kukui provides a special Pokédex known as the Rotom Pokédex. It is inhabited by Rotom, a Pokémon with the power to reside in various electronic appliances. The Rotom Pokédex does much more than record Pokémon info—it has its own personality. Besides showing the player’s current location and their next destination, the Rotom Pokédex also provides advice on where to go next, based on the conversations players have with other characters.
In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, a QR Scanner function allows players to see information about Pokémon when they scan QR Code patterns. By scanning in special QR Code patterns, fans can register Pokémon of the Alola region to their Pokédex and find out where they live. If they scan in the QR Code for a Pokémon that they haven’t yet caught, players can check its habitat and search it out.
The official Pokémon Sun & Moon site also includes some more information about a QR Scanner feature.
Here’s the rundown and screenshots:
In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, there is a QR Scanner function that allows you to see information about Pokémon when you scan QR Code patterns. With the QR Scanner, you scan in a QR Code and check the information about the Pokémon that corresponds to that QR Code. There are QR Code patterns in various places all around you, so try scanning them.
Register Pokémon in Your Pokédex!
By scanning in special QR Code patterns you can register Pokémon of the Alola region to your Pokédex and find out where they live. If you scan in the QR Code for a Pokémon that you haven’t yet caught, you can check its habitat and search it out.
Share QR Code Patterns of Pokémon!
You can display the QR Code patterns for Pokémon you have caught in your own Pokédex. If you and a friend show each other the QR Code patterns for Pokémon you have caught, you can both register the Pokémon in your Pokédexes!
Finally, Junichi Masuda, the director of the Pokémon games, has announced that he will have a Master Class on July 7 pertaining to the series’ 20th anniversary, while at Japan Expo. Currently, we still don’t know if he will mention anything about Pokémon Sun & Moon though.
A new Pokémon distribution is now underway for Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Players can now acquire Manaphy, and hen breed it with Ditto to obtain Phione. The event runs until June 24. You can find the promotional trailer below:
Moreover, a free shiny Gardevoir for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be distributed in several locations accross Japan, with codes being given out at multiple retailers (including Pokémon Centers, Toys ‘R’ Us, Bic Camera, Joshin Denki, Edion, Ito-Yokado and Yodobashi Camera) and a direct download available from 7-11’s 7-Spot. This distribution is to celebrate the upcoming movie, Volcanion & The Ingenious Magearna.
This Gardevoir is Level 50, has the ability Synchronize, and knows the moves Dazzling Gleam, Moonblast, Stored Power and Calm Mind. It will also come holding a Gardevoirite, so that it can Mega-Evolve.
The code distribution will be from June 17th to July 8th, although codes can be redeemed until August 31st.
As the western release of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE approaches, Nintendo has published another two promotional videos about the it, focusing on the game’s story and dungeons.
Check them out below:
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Nintendo has released a new trailer for the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, highlighting the “Heroes Showdown” mode. You can watch it below:
We also have another batch of gameplay clips featuring the various sports, taken by our friend NintenDaan. Check them out below:
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker just got another Mystery Mushroom costume for Mario, this time based on the Shaun the Sheep franchise.
You can find an overview of the course below, followed by some footage of it and the costume.
“Shaun’s Mossy Mole Mischief”:
In this course, inspired by Aardman’s world-famous Shaun the Sheep, Mario must bounce and bound skillfully to avoid traps set out by a motley mob of mischievous Monty Moles! Finish the course to unlock a baa-rilliant Shaun the Sheep reward!
Besides that, Polygon has posted the latest video in its “Devs Make Mario” series, this time featuring, Nidhogg and Flywrench creator Mark Essen. You can watch the episode below:
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Planet Robobot’s western launch is almost here, so Nintendo of Europe has prepared another new trailer for the game. You can watch the “Robobot Rampage” trailer below:
Furthermone, the latest episode of Nintendo Minute features Kit and Krysta playing through a few stages in Kirby: Planet Robobot. You can find it below:
Nintendo will be releasing a new update for Splatoon on June 7, or June 8 in Europe, bringing the game up to version 2.8.0. The update will require 768 MB of available storage to download.
Splatoon’s latest patch adds nine new weapon combos via Sheldon’s Picks Vol.2. Additionally, there will be weapon balance adjustments and bug fixes.
Maintenance will also be taking place next week, and is scheduled for the following times:
– 5:50 PM PT (June 7) – 7 PM PT (June 7)
– 8:50 PM ET (June 7) – 10 PM ET (June 7)
– 1:50 AM in the UK (June 8) – 3 AM in the UK (June 8)
– 2:50 AM in Europe (June 8) – 4 AM in Europe (June 8)
You can find Nintendo’s official changelog below, followed by some screenshots of the weapons included in Sheldon’s Picks Vol.2.
New weapons and gear
-Nine new weapons added, available in the weapon shop Ammo Knights
—Please note: the new weapons and gear will appear in the shop following the release of the software update.
-Two new kinds of gear added, available in the shop
Weapon and ability adjustments
–Luna Blaster-△Special gauge reduction changed from medium (60%) to low (40%)
–Zink Mini Splatling-▼Special gauge reduction changed from medium (60%) to high (75%)
–Refurbished Mini Splatling-△Special gauge reduction changed from medium (60%) to low (40%)
Main weapon balance changes
–Aerospray MG/Aerospray RG-△Spread reduced when player is jumping so it is the same as when player is not jumping.
–Rapid Blaster/Rapid Blaster Deco-△Movement speed while firing increased by about 12%
–Rapid Blaster Pro/Rapid Blaster Pro Deco-△Movement speed while firing increased by about 15%
/△Spread when player is jumping reduced by about 50%
–L-3 Nozzlenose/L-3 Nozzlenose D-△Damage to the Rainmaker shield increased by about 20%
–H-3 Nozzlenose/H-3 Nozzlenose D-△Damage to the Rainmaker shield increased by about 40%
–Sloshing Machine/Sloshing Machine Neo-△Movement speed while firing increased by about 11%
–Inkbrush/Inkbrush Nouveau/Permanent Inkbrush/Octobrush/Octobrush Nouveau-△When repeatedly using swinging attacks, ink will also be painted where you are standing.
Sub weapon balance changes
–Ink Mine-△Reduced the distance the player is moved backwards when placing an Ink Mine
Ability balance changes
–Stealth Jump-▼When doing a Super Jump with this ability equipped, you can’t perform any attacks until you have completely landed.
-Arowana Mall: Adjustments to prevent players from taking certain shortcuts in all modes.
-Bluefin Depot: Fixed a problem where players could go inside a certain object in Rainmaker mode.
-Camp Triggerfish: Adjustment for detecting when you have brought the Rainmaker too far back towards your own starting area
-Piranha Pit: Adjustments to prevent players from taking certain shortcuts in all modes.
Fixes for issues in battles
-Fixes an issue where players could jump higher than usual by touching an opponent’s Splash Wall
-Introduces several enhancements to improve the user’s experience and enjoyment
-This update is required in order to play online.
-Downloading updates will not affect any of your saved data.
The new weapons you can see in the screenshots below go by the following names:
– Bento Splat Charger (Splash Wall sub, Echolocator special)
– Bento Splatterscope (Splash Wall sub, Echolocator special)
– N-ZAP ’83 (Point Sensor sub, Kraken special)
– Necro Range Blaster (Burst Bomb sub, Killer Wail special)
Besides the information mentioned above, Splatoon’s next Splatfest has been announced for Europe. It will be held on June 11, where players can participate in an event which asks if their dream trip would be a world tour or a space adventure.
Miitomo has recently been updated to the new version 1.2.3. The app pages note that this version “implemented feature improvements” so it is likely just a stability patch.
Besides this, a new round of clothing has been added to Miitomo. Here’s the full lineup:
– Camo bucket hat
– Duster cardigan
– Pants w/ checkered hem
– Basic mid-length socks
– Zebra-print pumps
– Fluffy puppy tail
– Plate armor helmet (set)
– Plate armor suit (set)
All of these items can be redeemed in Miitomo Shop in exchange for coins.
– Wedding veil w/ flower crown
– Wedding gown
– Rhinestone necklace
– Rose headpiece
– Rose evening gown
– Chiffon party dress
– Corsage pumps
– Pearly flower pin
– Wedding tuxedo
– Patent tuxedo shoes
– Rose boutonniere
Miitomo Drop stages can be accessed from the Shop tap, and Miitomo coins or game tickets are needed to play.
Star Outfit: 200 Platinum Coins
Animal Slippers: 200 Platinum Coins
SNES T-Shirt: 200 Platinum Coins
You can check them out in the gallery below:
European eShop Highlights
Nintendo recently released a new video showcasing the European digital game highlights from May 2016. You can find it below:
3DS Summer Commercials
Nintendo has recently published a new pair of summer commercials focusing on the 3DS, and a new Bragg Report promoting games you should play this summer. You can watch them below:
Nintendo Sale on Japanese 3DS eShop
The 3DS eShop is celebrating its 5th anniversary next week, so Nintendo will be hosting a huge sale in Japan to honor this occasion. Several retail titles, downloadable software, and Virtual Console games will be discounted, 100 of them, in fact.
The sale will be held between June 7 and June 13 in Japan. My Nintendo members can also receive a 10% bonus discount.
The highlights include:
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 3,650 yen (was 5,616 yen)
Fire Emblem Fates – 3,299 yen (was 5,076 yen)
Mario Kart 7 – 3,209 yen (was 4,937 yen)
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 3,024 yen (was 4,320 yen)
Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus – 3,299 yen (was 5,076)
Dragon Quest VIII – 4,198 yen (was 6,458 yen)
BoxBoy!! – 476 yen (was 680 yen)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – 205 yen (was 411 yen)
And other games included in the sale are:
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
Attack on Titan
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Super Mario 3D Land
Star Fox 64
Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Nintendo Pocket Football Club
Pro Yakyuu Famista Returns
Fantasy Life Link!
The Battle Cats POP!
BoxBoy! One More Box
Let’s Make A Large Frontier Town
Azure Striker Gunvolt
Maison de Maou
Super Bike Rider: Gather! Super Beast Hunter
Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!
Tokyo Crash Mobs
Fluidity: Spin Cycle
Dillon’s Rolling Western
Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger
Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Witch & Hero
Super Mario World
Zelda: A Link to the Past
Puyo Puyo Tsu
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zenin Shūgō!
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai
River City Ransom
Super Dodge Ball
Nintendo World Cup
Atlantis no Nazo
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children – Black Book
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children – Red Book
Mega Man Xtreme
Mega Man Xtreme 2
Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
Trade & Battle: Card Hero
Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge
Mega Man II
Mega Man III
Mega Man IV
Mega Man V
Kirby’s Star Stacker
Kirby’s Pinball Land
Kirby’s Block Ball
For the Frog the Bell Tolls
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
Game & Watch Gallery
Game & Watch Gallery 2
Super Mario Land
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Kirby’s Dream Land
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Yoshi no Panepon
Most memorable games to Famitsu readers
In celebration of Famitsu’s 30th anniversary, the magazine recently held a poll in which readers could vote for the titles they feel are the most memorable on each gaming system. 2,921 ballots were cast on platforms starting with the Famicom all the way through the latest generation of consoles.
Below you can see the results for the top 10 games on each Nintendo system. Results for the other platforms can be found here.
10. Kirby’s Adventure – 60 votes
9. Final Fantasy III – 69 votes
8. Earthbound – 72 votes
7. Mario Bros. – 108 votes
6. The Legend of Zelda – 120 votes
5. Dragon Quest II – 186 votes
4. Dragon Quest IV – 228 votes
3. Super Mario Bros. 3 – 279 votes
2. Dragon Quest III – 528 votes
1. Super Mario Bros. – 552 votes
10. Pokémon Yellow – 123 votes
9. Super Mario Land – 141 votes
8. Final Fantasy Adventure – 165 votes
7. Dragon Warrior Monsters – 171 votes
6. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 189 votes
5. Final Fantasy Legend II – 216 votes
4. The Final Fantasy Legend – 243 votes
3. Pokémon Gold and Silver – 273 votes
2. Tetris – 405 votes
1. Pokémon Red and Green – 1176 votes
10. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together – 144 votes
9. Chrono Trigger – 158 votes
8. Kirby Super Star – 159 votes
7. Super Mario RPG – 165 votes
6. Final Fantasy IV – 168 votes
5. Final Fantasy VI – 192 votes
4. Street Fighter II – 201 votes
3. Final Fantasy V – 216 votes
2. Dragon Quest V – 267 votes
1. Super Mario World – 445 votes
10. Pokémon Stadium – 84 votes
9. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards – 96 votes
8. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – 117 votes
7. Donkey Kong – 64 129 votes
6. Shiren the Wanderer 2 – 156 votes
5. Mario Kart 64 – 159 votes
4. GoldenEye 007 – 201 votes
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – 438 votes
2. Super Mario 64 – 527 votes
1. Super Smash Bros. – 550 votes
Game Boy Advance
10. Mega Man Battle Network – 48 votes
9. Kirby & the Amazing Mirror – 72 votes
8. Magical Vacation – 85 votes
7. Pokémon Emerald – 87 votes
6. Mother 3 – 106 votes
5. Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand – 131 votes
4. Golden Sun – 212 votes
3. Fire Emblem – 234 votes
2. Ace Attorney – 358 votes
1. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire – 523 votes
10. Luigi’s Mansion – 56 votes
9. Resident Evil 4 – 66 votes
8. Animal Forest e+ – 75 votes
7. Tales of Symphonia – 96 votes
6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – 120 votes
5. Kirby Air Ride – 126 votes
4. Pikmin – 141 votes
3. Resident Evil – 168 votes
2. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean – 185 votes
1. Super Smash Bros. Melee – 252 votes
10. Rhythm Heaven – 66 votes
9. Etrian Odyssey – 72 votes
8. New Super Mario Bros. – 90 votes
7. Brain Age – 96 votes
6. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver – 105 votes
5. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey – 121 votes
4. Animal Crossing: Wild World – 124 votes
3. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl – 144 votes
2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village – 168 votes
1. Dragon Quest IX – 364 votes
10. Monster Hunter (tri) – 65 votes
9. Super Mario Bros. Wii – 75 votes
8. Mario Kart Wii – 81 votes
7. The Last Story – 91 votes
6. Wii Sports – 123 votes
5. Super Mario Galaxy – 47 votes
4. Dragon Quest X – 151 votes
3. Wii Fit – 168 votes
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl – 189 votes
1. Xenoblade – 256 votes
10. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – 41 votes
9. Project X Zone – 52 votes
8. Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – 65 votes
7. Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse – 66 votes
6. Monster Hunter 4G – 72 votes
5. Mario Kart 7 – 93 votes
4. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 96 votes
3. Fire Emblem Awakening – 186 votes
2. Monster Hunter Generations – 189 votes
1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 238 votes
10. Yoshi’s Woolly World – 27 votes
9. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 32 votes
8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – 48 votes
7. Mario Kart 8 – 59 votes
6. Super Mario Maker – 72 votes
5. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE – 89 votes
4. Xenoblade X – 99 votes
3. Bayonetta 2 – 121 votes
2. Dragon Quest X – 168 votes
1. Splatoon – 556 votes