Nintendo Classic Mini: NES / Famicom
Nintendo UK recently held a livestream showcasing some gameplay from Nintendo Classic Mini: NES games. You can find the archived footage below.
Meanwhile, in Japan some new store display photos of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom have started appearing online. Check the out in the gallery below.
The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Concert
Nintendo recently hosted a special 30th anniversary concert for The Legend of Zelda in Kyoto, Japan. It was a big event as key staff involved with the series were present, including Shigeru Miyamoto, Eiji Aonuma, Takashi Tezuka, and Koji Kondo. Famitsu shared an in-depth report of what happened.
Here’s a roundup of the innitial info:
– Voice actress Ruriko Aoki, a big fan of the series, hosted the concert.
– Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Zelda series, appeared early on and delivered a brief message.
– Mentioned how Zelda follows after Mario each time there’s an anniversary, sort of like a younger brother.
– Noted that Zelda is a game that is deeply related with music and instruments, giving the ocarina and baton as examples.
– Says things like the interactivity of puzzles that players solve, resulting in the famous classic jingle, are important and he wants these types of elements to be a continued part of Zelda.
– Aonuma talked about Zelda’s 30th anniversary and Breath of the Wild.
– Started by saying how a concert was held for the 25th anniversary, and five years have passed since then, with Nintendo releasing A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes during that time period.
– Nintendo had been asked when there would be a new main title following Skyward Sword, “but it ended up taking five years…”
– Aonuma mentioned how on the day of the concert, he stopped by Nintendo’s offices before heading there to check on the Breath of the Wild staff, who were working on the game while relinquishing their holidays in hopes of giving it their all.
– Breath of the Wild development is now at its climax. Nintendo also plans to continue sharing new information about the title.
– Nintendo didn’t explain why Link is wearing blue clothes in Breath of the Wild, but it sounds like they intend to talk about it at some point.
– Aonuma also seemed to be joking around about the T-shirt he was wearing, which was Link’s blue outfit from Wind Waker, and has the same color. That blue color will have a very important meaning in the story, so Aonuma hopes fans look forward to hearing more.
– Koji Kondo, who has been composing music since the very first Zelda, shared a personal story in reflection of how 30 years have passed, as he’s now finally finished paying his house loan. On top of that, his eldest daughter is getting married next month. It really puts into perspective just how much time has passed for Kondo.
– Kondo experienced some hardships while working on Zelda, especially early on. For instance, the sound you hear when correctly solving puzzles was very short, but the work needed to express that was about the same as an actual background song. Other than that, making in-game sounds wasn’t easy, like the sound of stabbing with the sword for example.
– Takashi Tezuka was the last key staffer to talk during the concert, and also reminisced about the past 30 years.
– He recalled how there were many constraints for early NES games when talking about the first Zelda.
– Tezuka worked on the dungeon maps in the first Zelda, but because he probably misunderstood something, he created dungeons that only took up half of the allocated space. Because of this, Miyamoto suggested using the other half on something else, and that’s when the “Second Quest” was born.
Tezuka, Miyamoto, and Kondo then talked about Zelda going forward:
Tezuka said he was in charge of Zelda for its first ten years, but then passed it along to Aonuma. He believes that exploring the world is very fun, and that’s what has helped make Zelda what it is, so he wanted Aonuma to create lots of worlds that would not forsake those things. And unlike Mario, the plot here is important, so Tezuka is looking forward to more stories being featured that will excite everyone.
Miyamoto’s comments were directed more towards Breath of the Wild, which was made after Skyward Sword, and is almost done. It’s returning to the roots of the series, where you continue to play alone through trial and error.
It’s a game in which you come up with ways of playing by yourself, so they’d like to make these things as a basis for Zelda going forward.
Finally, after Koji Kondo performed Kakariko Village from Ocarina of Time, he noted that it was created by about ten Zelda staffers (meaning it wasn’t made by him alone). Kondo handles compositions by himself, but thanks to the planners who made the graphics for the worlds and the designs of the very unique characters, he’s been able to create songs within a large variety of genres. Kondo would like to continue making great Zelda titles with those developers.
Below you can find some photos from the Zelda concert below, which includes some brand new design documents from the very first game, and the lineup of songs that were performed.
1. Hyrule Castle
2. Princess Zelda’s Theme
3. Wind Waker Medley
4. Ocarina of Time Medley
5. Boss Battle Medley
6. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds & Triforce Heroes Medley
7. Skyward Sword Staff Roll
8. Zelda 30th Anniversary Symphony
9. Zelda Minor Songs Medley
10. Gerudo Valley
11. Hyrule Field (Ocarina of Time)
12. Great Fairy Theme
13. Twilight Princess Medley
14. The Legend of Zelda Main Theme
15. Kakariko Village
16. Breath of the Wild Main Theme (from the E3 trailer – was a surprise and caused cheers from the crowd when the song was announced)
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest
Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., which is responsible for organizing the concerts, recently sent out a press release that confirms more tour dates and details about the show itself.
You can check out the updated schedule here to see if the concert tour is coming to a city near you, and the press release below.
SAN FRANCISCO – October 6, 2016 – Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. today announced new content for The Master Quest 2016-2017 tour across North America. Upcoming shows will feature ALL NEW music and visuals from Tri Force Heroes, a new intermezzo from Temple of Time, updated visuals and gameplay from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD remake, and awesome new merchandise in the Zelda Symphony shop.“For gaming audiences, it isn’t a huge surprise that Zelda fans are so rabid, but from a business perspective, it’s kind of a crazy phenomenon. And tech-wise, we’re talking about a 2-hour concert featuring a 66-piece orchestra and 24-person choir, with video footage to match,” said Jason Michael Paul, President of Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., the company producing the concert tour. “Arrangements are directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda).”
Fans can view a complete tour schedule with new show dates and ticketing information, as well as sign up for a regularly updated digital newsletter at http://zelda-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Facebook and Twitter.
Reading, PA – November 4
Santander Performing Arts Center (Tickets)
Washington, DC – November 5
Warner Theater (Tickets)
Louisville, KY – November 10
Whitney Hall (Tickets)
Rochester, NY – November 11
Kodak Hall (Tickets)
Chicago, IL – November 12
Auditorium Theater (Tickets)
Newark, NJ – November 13
Charleston, SC – November 17
Houston, TX – November 18
Revention Center (Tickets)
Milwaukee, WI – November 19
Riverside Theater (Tickets)
Fresno, CA – November 20
Saroyan Theatre (Tickets)
Phoenix, AZ – November 21
Phoenix Convention Centre (Tickets)
Salt Lake City, UT – December 4
Abravenal Hall (Tickets)
Quebec City, QC, Canada – December 7
Grand Theatre de Quebec (Tickets)
San Jose, CA – December 10
City National Civic (Tickets)
St. Petersburg, FL – December 16
The Mahaffey Theater (Tickets)
Fort Worth, TX – January 7
Bass Performance Hall (Tickets)
Honolulu, HI – January 13
Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall (Tickets)
Oklahoma City, OK – January 21
Civic Center Music Hall (Tickets)
This year, the Houston concert (November 18) will feature a particularly special addition – famed ocarina performer David Ramos! A native of San Antonio, TX, David Erick Ramos has been performing with the ocarina for over 16 years. He first discovered the instrument through the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and has since amassed over 50 million views on his ocarina related YouTube videos. A classically trained musician, David has toured throughout the US to perform and promote the instrument through educational workshops, including several in collaboration with the Symphony of the Goddesses. He recently represented the United States as a featured performer at the 2015 International Ocarina Festival in Budrio, Italy.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
The Pokémon Company has released another couple of trailer for Pokémon Sun & Moon.
These trailers introduces Dartrix, Torracat, and Brionne, the starter pokémon evolutions, mechanics like the Festival Plaza and Poké Pelago, the return of Mega Evolutions, and a Special Demo for the games.
Take a look at the trailers below, followed by some information and screenshots relating to them.
FIRST-PARTNER POKÉMON EVOLUTIONS, A SPECIAL DEMO VERSION AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR POKÉMON SUN AND POKÉMON MOON!
New Pokémon, gameplay features, a Special Demo Version and Mega Evolution details revealed for upcoming Pokémon games.
London—4 October 2016— The Pokémon Company International showcased a bunch of new information for the latest games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, coming to Europe on 23 November and available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.The evolved forms of the three first-partner Pokémon, Dartrix, Torracat and Brionne, were unveiled:Dartrix
The Blade Quill Pokémon Dartrix evolves from Rowlet. Dartrix attacks by throwing its knife-edged feathers, and it possesses extremely sharp senses. This Pokémon can detect opponents behind it and can throw feathers to strike them without even seeing them. This Pokémon cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment it has.Torracat
The Fire Cat Pokémon Torracat evolves from Litten. This Pokémon produces flames for its attacks from a bell-like sac attached at the base of its throat. Torracat has a great love for battle and will attack relentlessly. Its mane can sense what is going on around it, even in the dark, and is able to detect the presence of hidden enemies.Brionne
The Pop Star Pokémon Brionne evolves from Popplio. Brionne can dance in perfect time with others and is always cheery and positive. A very hard worker, Brionne learns dances by imitating other members of its colony and can sometimes even learn dances from humans. As this Pokémon dances, it creates balloons and slaps them into its target, making them explode and deal damage to its opponents.In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, communication features are gathered together in the new Festival Plaza. Players will be able to see other people playing near them, or other players that are connected to the internet to battle or trade. By talking to people and listening to their requests in Festival Plaza, players can receive Festival Coins. There are cool stores to spend Festival Coins in, such as dye houses, goody shops (where rare items are sold) and even bouncy castles for Pokémon to train in. As players gather more Festival Coins, their Festival Plaza will rank up, yielding rewards and making more activities available. Players will even gain the ability to host missions, where multiple players can work together to try to achieve certain goals.Another new feature that was announced was Poké Pelago. In Poké Pelago, Pokémon that are stored in a PC Box can explore a variety of isles, play on athletic equipment and enjoy other fun activities. If players send many Pokémon to Poké Pelago, they can develop more facilities on the isles and also develop new kinds of isles. As these isles are developed and increase in number, they will allow players to obtain items and even raise Pokémon.Mega Evolution is making a return as well. Pokémon that were able to Mega Evolve in previous Pokémon games will also be able to Mega Evolve in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The Mega Stones for Pokémon with the capability to Mega Evolve that appear in the Alola region may be received from characters in the game or obtained from special shops.The Pokémon Global Link will be updated for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and will be available from the games’ launch date. The updated Pokémon Global Link site will have new features, including new online competitions, global missions and more. More information and features on the upcoming site can be found here.The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version was also unveiled and will be available to download directly from Nintendo eShop or via the official Nintendo website starting from 18 October. The Special Demo Version introduces players to the Alola region and features Ash-Greninja, the Pokémon that appears alongside the hero Ash in the animated TV series Pokémon the Series: XYZ. Players will be able to transfer their Ash-Greninja from the Special Demo Version to their full version of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon once the game launches on 23 November.
A new trailer that showcases all of the announced details can be found here: https://youtu.be/zNozujMpFD8
For more information, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/SunMoon.
– The Pokémon Sun & Moon Special Demo Version will take up roughly 400MB (3,100 blocks) of space, according to the Official Japanese website.
– The site also mentions that the full Pokémon Sun & Moon game will take up 3.2 GB (26,200 blocks) on your 3DS’ SD card.
– It also warns that having both the demo and the full game downloaded would exceed the capacity of the standard-issue 4 GB SD card, recommending the use of a larger capacity card so you can have both on it.
– The Spanish Pokémon Sun & Moon website posted a screenshot showing a new Ice Stone. It’s currently unclear what it’ll be used for, but a probable guess would be using it to evolve Alolan Vulpix into Alolan Ninetails, or other new Ice type pokémon yet to be introduced. You can find the screenshot below, together with the others.
Moreover, an english version of the “Legendaries” trailer has been uploaded too, which you can watch below.
This version of the trailer is interesting because it confirms a few extra details:
– There’s a Trial Captain named Ilima (presumably from Melemele, since Ilima are the yellow flowers representative of Oahu)
– Three of the Poké Ride options are named as Lapras Paddle, Sharpedo Jet, and Charizard Glide, and can be called upon using the Ride Pager
– The Fighting and Ghost type Z-Moves are called All-Out Pummelling and Never-Ending Nightmare respectively
– The English names for Burnet and Lychee aren’t shown in this version like they are in the Japanese one, but the French version shows Lychee as Alyxia, and we do see a scene where a person named “___via” is talking with Aether Foundation grunts
Furthermore, the next official update has been scheduled to October 14 at the following times:
– 6 AM PT
– 9 AM ET
– 2 PM in the UK
– 3 PM in Europe
– 10 PM in Japan
Besides that, CoroCoro’s next issue about the “true power” of Type: Null will be out on the 15th, and the next episode of Pokénchi (Gathering at the Pokémon House) has promised a big presentation of Pokémon Sun & Moon footage and information about the upcoming anime. As usual, I wouldn’t expect Pokénchi to reveal much we don’t already know by then though.
Finally, we have another look at the packs for the real-life version of the Z-Ring and Z-Crystals, confirming these Z-Crystals names: Ghostium, Bugnium, Darkinium, Normalium, Fightinium, Electrium, Steelium, Poisonium, Rockium, Firium, Grassium, and Waterium.
And a confirmation that Japan is getting a special 2DS system on December 8, with a light blue design featuring Pikachu and the Sun & Moon starters. Pricing is set at 10,584 yen, and it doesn’t include a copy of either game.
Bandai Namco is now teasing the announcement of another fighter for the arcade version of Pokkén Tournament on October 13.
It probably will be another one of the three pokémon that were previously leaked within the Wii U version’s code, with Darkrai already being in the arcade, and Scizor and Empoleon remaining as options to be added in. Scizor seems the most likely candidate due to the question mark’s colors you can see in the teaser image below.
Pokémon GO is now out in another slew of countries, mostly in Africa. The lineup includes Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Chad, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Egypt, Morocco, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo.
Besides that, Niantic has introduced a new feature to the game “which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokémon”.
With these bonuses you’ll have a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type. For example, catching Fire-type Pokémon will be easier as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal. Tiers can be increased by catching many Pokémon of the same type.
Here’s the explanation from Niantic and some screenshots of the feature’s medals:
We want to give you a sneak peek of a feature coming soon to Pokémon GO. We are adding a new feature which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokémon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.). These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type. For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokémon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases.
Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching many Pokémon of the same type. If a Pokémon has multiple types, your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type. For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus in this case would be the average of your Normal-type and Flying-type bonuses.
Look forward to this new feature coming soon!
On the business side, it seems like Pokémon GO fell to the fourth spot as the highest-grossing iPhone game in the U.S. on September 29, however, it has now returned to number one once again, based on new data from Sensor Tower and App Annie.
Pokémon GO remains at the third spot in Android charts, since MZ’s Mobile Strike and Game of War are still leading the way on Google Play.
The game is generating more revenue than any other iPhone app in 15 other countries besides the United States, including Canada and the United Kingdom plus emerging regions such as the Philippines. In Japan however, it’s just the fifth highest-grossing iPhone game, behind the messaging app Line and Shadowverse, Monster Strike, and Puzzle & Dragons.
Furthermore, SurveyMoney published a new report about Pokémon GO, and the game’s retention rate seems to be “quite respectable; it’s competitive with those of other top-performing games”, which contrasts with some other things we’ve been hearing about Pokémon GO’s decline.
It’s true that the player retention rate is dropping, but it stacks up favorably when compared to other top mobile titles. SurveyMonkey even says that Niantic’s mobile release is “performing very much like a typical top mobile game”.
This is further illustrated with the following comparison to Clash of Clans, which has fewer active users but a similar retention rate:
– Clash of Clans currently has ~3.85 million weekly active users (WAU), and with a weekly retention rate of 75% (a weekly churn rate of 25%), the game loses ~960 thousand players from week to week.
– Pokémon GO has 15.4 million weekly active users, and with a weekly retention rate of 75%, it loses ~3.9 million users from week to week.
As usual, as the initial hype surrounding Pokémon GO dies down and casual players are leaving, the app is left with the more loyal users. SurveyMonkey says “it wouldn’t be surprising for the weekly retention rate to level off, mostly ending its current gradual decline”, and given Pokémon GO’s retention at the moment, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the game ended up as “one of the most widely-used smartphone games in the U.S. for a long time to come”.
You can find more analytical details about Pokémon GO over here.
The fifth and sixth episodes of Pokémon Generations have now been uploaded to the official Pokémon YouTube channel. Check them out below.
Super Mario Maker for 3DS
New screenshots from Super Mario Maker for 3DS are now available thanks to Amazon’s listing for the game.
Check them out in the gallery below.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Nintendo has recently uploaded the final episode in its “Rescue V” series of videos promoting Paper Mario: Color Splash. You can watch it below.
Moreover, Nintendo released a short video showcasing “Outtakes” of the game. The stop-motion feature sees Paper Mario trying to go through a scene while various things go wrong. You can find it below.
Finally, we have another batch of artwork from the game, showing off characters, maps, and other assets. You can view it in the gallery below.
Mario Party: Star Rush
Nintendo has rencetly published another couple of trailers for Mario Party: Star Rush in Europe and Japan, and a pair of commercials for Japan too.
Give them a watch below, and take a look at some of the gameplay footage after them if you feel like it too.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Nintendo is preparing a new Animal Crossing: New Leaf update for Autumn which will add numerous features to the game. The primary addition is amiibo functionality, allowing you to unlock new content by scanning figures and cards.
Another new feature has now been revealed on the Japanese Animal Crossing Twitter though. After applying the patch, you’ll be able to take photos with what Nintendo is calling the “amiibo camera”. Unfortunately, we don’t really know much more about it than that currently.
Nintendo UK has published a new New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward commercial promoting the new 2DS bundle with the game that is launching soon. Check it out below.
Nintendo of Europe’s website recently published the first part of a Q&A with Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami and Katsuya Eguchi.
Most of the talk is centered around Splatfest topics, but they were also asked about things like their favorite weapon and who’s behind the Squid Research Lab.
You can take a look at the interview over here, and keep on the look out for the second part soon.
Besides that, you might be interested in knowing that Japan is getting a Splatoon-themed “candy kit” which lets you to make your very own gummy candies in the shape of various Splatoon characters. A trailer was made to promote this, which you can watch below.
Miitomo has once again been updated with new Miitomo Drop and Shop content.
You can find a list of the newly added items below.
– Lollipop glasses
– Mint-leaf striped shirt
– Chocolate swirl skirt
– Candy tights
– Custard hat
– Sweet dress w/ sprinkles
– Fruitcake pumps
– Candy cane pin
– Witch hat (set)
– Witch dress (set)
– Witch boots (set)
– Spiderweb tights
Miitomo Shop Items
– Knit cap w/ skull pin
– Basic bomber jacket
– Turtleneck knit dress
– Big buckle + jeans
– Checkered pencil skirt
– Camo pumps
– Lace ankle boots
– Costume jewelry
– Witch’s broom
European eShop Highlights for September 2016
Nintendo has uploaded a new video showcasing a few of the European digital game highlights from September 2016. Check it out below.
Raw Thrills and Nintendo are now working on Cruis’n Blast for the arcades, a game inspired by the N64 launch title Cruis’n USA. It will be available in arcade machine form starting in January.
Here’s what we know so far:
Cruis’n Blast, developed by the crack Raw Thrills studio team, takes Cruis’n into the new millennium as players zoon 200 mph through the bustle of London, blast through the exotic wonders of Madagascar, celebrate Carnival in Rio, amaze to the hi tech splendor of Singapore, and drive an earth-shaking thriller through Death Valley. Every track is packed with speed thrills, exploding scenery, and extreme special FX. In tune with the times, players race in an immersive cockpit simulator loaded with HD supercomputer graphics and immersive effects. The Thrill-D Blaster sound system recreates the sound of an actual race, backed by a pumping soundtrack that is a staple of the Cruis’n experience.
Key features include:
– NEW! Dramatic enclosed cockpit cabinet with fully immersive Thrill-D Blaster™ sound
– NEW! BLAST™ turbo boost for truly insane speed!
– Awesome supercars including Lamborghini Veneno™, Nissan GTR, Corvette 206, and more.
– 43″ 1080p HD LED TV
– Mind-bending color FX from over 1000 Vibrant RGD LED’s
– State of the art GTX 750 Ti Nvidia supercomputer HD graphics
– NEW! Link up to 8 games for massive multiplayer action
Cruis’n Blast underwent testing in select locations during the summer. Due to that, you can find some footage below.
New 2DS Colors
Nintendo will be releasing two new color schemes for the 2DS across North America in November. The old look featured a black front with red or blue on the sides. However, Nintendo says that an “incident” caused by Luigi, caused the new look to have red or blue on the front and black on the sides. These new color schemes are named Electric Blue and Crimson Red. Like other 2DS systems, it’ll cost $80.
Nintendo’s announcement about the new 2DS color scheme and some screenshots can be found below:
Due to an unforeseen “incident” at the Nintendo 2DS factory, Nintendo announces that the hardware’s current color scheme will be changed. (Footage of said “incident” can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/V4JyT_fu0Bs.)
Black front with red or blue on the sides.
New Look (Not At All Caused By Luigi Accidentally Entering the Wrong Manufacturing Code):
Red or blue on the front, black on the sides.
This new color swap will be remembered alongside other such innovations as jelly and peanut butter, or roll and rock. Even Mario approved and decided that the new look will start replacing the old one, so everyone should see the color-swapped Nintendo 2DS systems appear in stores this November.
Despite all these changes, the price stays the same! You can still pick up the Nintendo 2DS system at a suggested retail price of only $79.99, with the Mario Kart 7 game pre-installed in specially marked packages. At a price like that, you could even pick up one for every young gamer in the family!
A new commercial is now airing to promote Jakks Pacific’s line of Nintendo figures. You can take a look at it below.
Furthermore, we have another look at the Fire Emblem Fates Camilla figure, which was shown at New York Comic Con. Intelligent Systems was directly responsible for this figure. You can find the photos in the gallery below.
The latest episode of Nintendo Minute is now available. It features Kit and Krysta playing the “Would You Rather” game in Nintendo style. Both of them wrote down three questions for the other to answer. Check it out below.