News: Yooka-Laylee Goes Gold, Switch Release Is Digital Only

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Launches on other platforms April 11th

The long-awaited Kickstarter success Yoo-Ka Laylee has finally gone gold, and a Switch version is not far behind. With the previously promised (and definitive) Wii U version cancelled, Kickstarter backers will have several options to chose from. Playtonic's Kickstarter page outlines these options, also confirming that the Switch port will be...

News: Wii U Tech Demo Project Giant Robot Finally Cancelled

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Quelle Surprise

Nintendo has formally cancelled Giant Project Robot for Wii U. The tech demo originally introduced at E3 2014 has spent year after year on the release schedule as a 'TBD' release, but never went beyond tech demo form. The company issued a statement to Polygon, explaining, "we made this decision after considering our overall product and development...

News: Nintendo’s Tatsumi Kimishima Is “Considering” A 3DS Successor

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

4DS, anyone?

Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has been quoted as considering a future dedicated portable. In speaking to Japanese newspaper Kyoto Shinbun, he said that he still saw a need and market for such a 3DS successor. This does not in any way confirm the existence of a 3DS successor, or refresh,...

News: Nintendo Download Highlights For February 2nd

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Woolly Bully

February kicks off with a healthy dollup of eShop releases. Friday sees the launch not only of a 3DS port of Wii U's Yoshi's Woolly World, but a cute new Poochy amiibo as well. Wii U gets a pair of new TurboGrafix 16 classics, including Bomberman 94 and Gradius. Meanwhile on mobile, Fire Emblem Heroes launches today, a freemium strategy game with...

News: Nintendo CEO Kimishima Outlines Switch’s Online Pricing

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Less expensive than you think

In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima gave an outline for what users can expect to pay for the Switch's online service (translations via Dr. Serkan Toto). The Switch's online features will run from 2-3000 yen annually, or roughly $17.50 to $26.50 USD. This marks the Switch the first Nintendo platform that allows users to pay...

News: Nintendo Switch Bestowed Honor Of Company’s First Super Bowl Ad

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"You make me a, you make me a believer"

For the first time ever, Nintendo will launch a commercial during the Super Bowl, in particular to promote the upcoming Nintendo Switch. The company's North American branch uploaded a trio of videos today for the campaign, all drawing from a four minute promo. The song used across these ads is Imagine Dragon's Believe. Here's the actual 30...

News: Nintendo Posts Third Quarter Profits Amid Sliding Sales Revenue

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pokemon saves the day in Q3 2017

Nintendo has posted their financial results for the third quarter FY 2017 ending December 31st, and as the company posted profit, the rest of the quarter was marked with mixed news. Nintendo's Operating Income for the quarter was  26.3 billion yen, while net sales were 311.1 million Yen. This is actually down from the same period last year, with...

News: Nintendo Ramping Up Switch Production Following Pre-Order Reception

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Off to a good early start

In its latest financials, Nintendo says that Switch pre-orders have been positive so far, and the company plans to increase production for after launch to meet demand based on these figures. This does not change Nintendo's previous plans to ship 2 million units of the Switch worldwide however. We are continuously producing in earnest, and there...

News: Animal Crossing Mobile Delayed To Fiscal Year 2018

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Making room for already-released mobile games

Despite earlier promises to the contrary, Nintendo's Animal Crossing mobile app will not be releasing by the end of March 2017. The game has been delayed to the next fiscal year ending March 31st, 2018. Nintendo explained the delay as needed to give more breathing room to their recently released games like Super Mario Run and the imminent Fire...

News: Super Mario Run Downloaded 78 Million Times, Only 5% Are Paying For It

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fails to meet expectations

Since its release in December 2016, Super Mario Run has been downloaded on iOS devices 78 million times worldwide. Out of that figure, only 5% of consumers are actually paying the game's price ($9.99 USD). Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima says this falls below Nintendo's expectations, where the company was hoping for double-digit...