Nintendo recently announced that fans will be able to try out Switch at Tokaigi 2017: Game Party Japan on February 11th and February 12th at Makuhari Messe in Chiba (the same venue used for Tokyo Game Show).
Further details were not announced, but Nintendo is also listed as the sole “special partner” for the convention.
Moreover, in an interview with Maxi-Geek, Tantalus Media CEO Tom Crago revealed that his studio has been working on projects for the Switch. According to Crago, the studio which developed The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, has been working on unannounced titles “for some time”, and Nintendo has made the development process “friendly and systematic”. He also stated he’s personally excited for the Switch’s portability, and suggested that, if Nintendo fans have any particular titles that they want to see ported, that they should suggest them through Tantalus’s Facebook page.
NES Classic Edition
A special event was recently held at Nintendo NY to celebrate the release of the NES Classic Edition in North America. Below you can find a few photos of the event thogether with their descriptions.
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans line up to be one of the first to purchase the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system, which comes loaded with 30 retro games, at Nintendo NY on Nov. 10, 2016.
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, a consumer plays Super Mario Bros., which is one of 30 classic NES games built into the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system at an event at Nintendo NY on Nov. 10, 2016
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Nintendo fans celebrate the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System, which made its debut in the ’80s, at a costume contest celebrating the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system, which comes loaded with 30 retro games, at Nintendo NY on Nov. 10, 2016.
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Zuri R. from Brooklyn, NY is the first person to purchase the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system, which comes loaded with 30 retro games, at Nintendo NY on Nov. 11, 2016.
Furthermore, the Nintendo Power Line was temporarily brought back during the weekend, so players could call in to receive game tips and other help from Nintendo counselors.
Game Informer shared the full recording of what you would hear when you called the “new” Nintendo Power Line. Rather than speaking with a person, you would hear an automated recording that promotes the NES Classic Edition, but it does include some tips. Three gameplay counselors gave out tips for The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Metroid, and shared small stories about their time working on the hotline back then.
The NES Classic Edition website was also updated with game manuals for all thirty titles included in the system, so you can access the printed versions as well as the new electronic manuals to compare. A few manuals are up for the NES Classic Edition itself, where you can read the start up instructions and how to use the Home Menu for North America, plus the Operations Manual for those in Europe/Australia/New Zealand.
Besides that, the NES Classic Edition has been selling quite well, so some consumers have had trouble acquiring one for themselves.
Due to this, Nintendo has shared a message stating it’s “working hard to keep up with consumer demand”, and that fans can expect “a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year”, but should keep contacting their “local retailers to check availability. A selection of participating retailers can be found @ http://Nintendo.com/nes-classic“.
Australia should also be getting a new shipment in early December according to Nintendo.
Finally, Famitsu released some photos of the Japanese Nintendo Classics Mini: Famicom, which you can take a look at in the gallery below.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
The latest issue of CoroCoro magazine has shared some more information about Pokémon Sun & Moon.
Three new Ultra Beasts are shown in the magazine, two of them possibly version exclusive. The other one is UB-05 Gluttony.
A new black Pokémon is also shown, which is said to be quite a mystery, and to possibly be related to Solgaleo and Lunala.
The Z-Moves for the starters are also revealed, with Decidueye’s unique Z-Move being called “Shadow Arrows Strike” in Japan, while Incineroar’s is called “Hyper Dark Crusher”.
You can find the scans in the gallery below:
New screenshots were also released via the North American eShop, which you can find below.
Furthermore, producer Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, were recently interviewed by Nintendo of Australia and GamesTM magazine.
You can find the Nintendo of Australia Q&A video below, and a summary of the GamesTM interview over here, which covers topics like the different approach to Pokémon GO, the constant news updates for Sun & Moon, their thoughts on fan theories, the importance of communication, and concerns surrounding Hyper Training.
Developers of #PokemonSunMoon answer your questions in this Q & A video!
You posed the questions, and the makers of Pokémon answered… pic.twitter.com/LDIfcHDHzu
— Nintendo AU NZ (@NintendoAUNZ) 11 November 2016
Finally, the latest episode of Nintendo Minute featured Kit and Krysta sitting down with JWittz to chat about Pokémon Sun & Moon. You can check out the episode below.
A new update for Pokémon GO is now out. It adds the daily bonus system to Pokémon GO, which will reward players for catching a Pokémon and visiting a PokéStop each day, by granting them further rewards.
Besides that, Eurogamer recently got a chance to interview Mike Quigley, Niantic’s chief marketing officer, about Pokémon GO. In the interview they talked about topics such as Pokémon GO’s success, third party apps and server stress, and the game’s lifespan and its update structure. You can read the interview over here.
Episode 12 of Pokémon Generations is now available on the official Pokémon YouTube channel. You can watch it below.
Super Mario Maker
Nintendo has released a new Japanese trailer for Super Mario Maker for 3DS. You can find it below.
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
Nintendo of Europe has recently confirmed on Twitter that players will be able to make your own patterns for Yoshi that will appear in-game.
A new batch of screenshots from the game has also been recently shared, which you can take a look at in the gallery below.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo
Nintendo has published a new commercial in Japan to promote the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo. You can watch it below.
Miitomo’s big November update is now live on both iOS and Android, bringing the game up to version 2.0.1.
You can find the announcement, patch notes, new screenshots, and trailers for it below.
10th NOVEMBER, 2016 – When Nintendo’s first smart-device app, Miitomo, launched in March, it set the stage for future mobile games like the upcoming Super Mario Run. Miitomo has received a major update that adds even more ways for players to express themselves and communicate with friends and is out now.
After downloading the free update, users can immediately enhance their social adventures by sending private messages to any of their friends who also have the Miitomo app, customising their in-game Mii character’s room with things like posters and Nintendo-themed wallpaper and sharing their answers and outfits with even more Miitomo users.
Here is a taste of some of the new things users can do after downloading the free Miitomo update:
· Private messages: After downloading the update, users can send private messages to anyone on their friends list. Users can set the expression of their Mii, and either a user’s main Mii character or a Sidekick Mii will personally deliver the in-app message to the friend.
· Room customisation: Rooms can be decorated with custom flooring and wallpaper, which can both be collected for free in the in-app Miitomo Drop game or by completing in-app actions. Some of the wallpaper is even inspired by some of Nintendo’s key franchises like Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. Rooms can also be decorated with posters, adorned with Miifoto images or even real-life photos contained on the user’s smart device. Each room can hold up to eight posters. Poster spots, which each hold one poster, can be purchased individually for £0.79 from the in-game store.
· Style Central: Dressing up in the latest outfits in Miitomo is a big part of the fun. With the new Style Central feature, users can submit up to three of their favourite custom outfits a day to share with other users. These other users can browse the submitted outfits to ‘like’ them or try them on. By sharing outfits, users receive My Nintendo points that can be redeemed for fun Nintendo rewards. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/ for more information about My Nintendo.
· Answer Central: One of the main features of Miitomo is answering fun questions and sharing those answers with others. The new Answer Central hub displays a public list of questions and answers that anyone can browse or comment on. This opens up the social interactions to a much wider base.
· Sidekick Mii characters: Sidekick Mii characters are controlled by the account user, but play secondary roles to the main Mii. Sidekicks have their own rooms, can be dressed and can even be set to public or private. Up to 100 Sidekick Mii characters can be assigned to the main user.
· Easier to Use: A new timeline feature allows you to see your friends’ latest answers without the need to speak to other Mii characters. You will also be able to see your friends’ customised rooms.
Alongside today’s update, Miitomo has launched in more countries including Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. For more information about Miitomo, visit https://miitomo.com.
A major new Miitomo update available now allows users to send private messages, customise rooms, use Sidekick Mii characters, and much more.
1. Send a message with a Mii!
You can exchange messages with your friends using Mii characters as messengers. Be sure to choose an expression that matches the message!
2. Customize your room to perfection!
Unleash your inner designer with wallpaper and flooring styles up for grabs through Miitomo Drop. You can even make in-app posters out of images saved on your device!
3. Strut your stuff in Style Central!
If you’ve ever wanted to show off your stylish outfits to the world, now you can! Miitomo users all over the world will be able to admire and give hearts to your creations, and you can even get your favorites!
4. Satisfy your curiosity with Answer Central.
Answer global questions and see answers from all over the world! See how many hearts and comments you can get on your answers!
5. Have fun making Sidekick Mii characters!
Create new Mii characters that look like anyone, from fictional characters to anyone in the whole wide world. Decorate their rooms, show off their sharp fashion sense in Style Central, and send them as messengers to your friends!
Besides the bigger update, Miitomo has also received the usual minor content in the form of new and returning Miitomo Drop and Miitomo Shop items.
You can find this new content listed below.
– Soccer ball hood
– Soccer referee uniform
– Goalkeeper uniform
– Soccer fan tee
– Soccer fan wig
– Soccer fan bikini top
– Soccer fan short-shorts
– Rally towel + megaphone
– Fantasy princess tiara
– Fantasy princess dress
– Magical princess tiara
– Magical princess dress
– Princely crown
– Royal prince outfit
– Fantasy prince outfit
– Princely shoes
– Cat master
– Royal princess tiara
– Royal princess dress
– Princessy pearl slippers
– Steampunk wings
– Hair bun covers
– Cute bob wig
– Tortoise shell glasses
– Robo-kitty headgear
– Robo-kitty body (set)
– Two-tone pullover fleece
– Mid-length duffle coat
– U-neck sweater + collared shirt
– Cozy jacket + dress
– Woolen houndstooth shorts
– Mid-length pleated skirt
– Side gore ankle boots
– Side-striped sneakers
– Colored stone necklace
– Gradient felt muffler
The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Amiibo
Universo Zelda has recently provided us with another look at The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Amiibo.
Check them out in the video and photos below.
New 3DS Packs
Nintendo has announced that a new pair of limited edition New 3DS systems are launching in North America in time for Black Friday.
Both systems come with a cover plate with a Mushroom Kingdom print, and are slated for release on November 25 with a $99.99 price point in USA and a $139.99 price point in Canada.
You can find the full announcement and some photos below.
New Special-Edition System Comes in Black or White, Features Iconic Mushroom Kingdom Images
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 7, 2016 – It’s a deal spelled out in black and white: For the first time ever, Nintendo’s popular hand-held New Nintendo 3DS video game system will be offered at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Two special-edition models – one black, one white, both featuring Mushroom Kingdom characters and imagery – will be available starting Nov. 25. This system, along with great software, will appeal to gift-givers and value shoppers alike.
“Nintendo has some of the best gifts for the holiday season,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether you’re looking for games for the whole family, or a cool new system at a great value, Nintendo has you covered.”
Once shoppers pick the system, the next step is to load up on great games. Fortunately, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems library is massive, and has options for every type of player. Some of the new and recently released games available during the holiday season include Mario Party Star Rush, which launched Nov. 4; Pokémon Sun* and Pokémon Moon*, which launch Nov. 18; Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS** which launches Dec. 2; and both YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls, which are now available. Shoppers can find more holiday game recommendations along with special offers, bundles and discounts by visiting Nintendo’s official Holiday Gift Guide.
Fans who want to build up their Nintendo 3DS game libraries can turn to evergreen classics like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land or The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. At the same time, they can look to the future, knowing that a new Pikmin game for Nintendo 3DS, Ever Oasis and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King are on the way in 2017.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
The New 3DS has also recently been given three new color options in Europe: Orange + Black, Pearl White, and Pink + White. A promotional trailer for these new options has been therefore released to promote the systems, which you can find below.
Wii U production ending soon
Text on the console’s page now states “Production is scheduled to end soon”, and it applies to both models of Wii U currently available in Japan.
Nintendo of America has also explained the situation in both regions, stating the following (according to IGN):
“As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market. We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing.
We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.”