May 12

Popular Mobile Game Monster Strike Coming to 3DS

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Mixi, the developers of the free-to-play mobile RPG Monster Strike, announced that a 3DS version of the game is in the works and will be out this year in Japan.

The game is insanely popular in Japan and has quite a strong following overseas. During Mixi’s most recent financial results briefing, the company revealed that the game pulls in approximately $3.8 million a day through in-app purchases.

An anime-adaptation of the game is set to air later this year.

Source: Famitsu, VentureBeat

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May 11

Nintendo-Themed Attractions Coming to Universal Parks & Resorts

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Nintendo Universal Parks Resorts

It turns out Nintendo expanding to mobile was just one part of their plan to promote their intellectual properties. The company recently announced that they’ve reached an agreement with Universal Parks & Resorts to “jointly create attractive experiences by using the characters and the worlds of Nintendo games that people cannot enjoy anywhere else.”

Specific details are still being worked out, so they didn’t say which IPs are going to be used or how, where and when they will be used. They will, however, be announced at a later date.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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May 10

This Week in Games: “The Slightly-Later 2015 Model” Edition

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Project CARS Wii U Box

Project CARS was supposed to come out this week for the Wii U, but it’s been delayed until sometime later in the year. So, we get nothing.

Looking ahead to next week, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be making its way to stores.

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May 9

Nintendo Plans to Release Five Mobile Titles Before May 2017

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Financial Results Mobile Slide 5-9-2015

During Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, company CEO Satoru Iwata told investors that the company is aiming to release approximately five games for mobile devices before the end of the next fiscal year on May 2017.

Iwata acknowledged that five games across the span of two years does not sound like a lot, but he explained that Nintendo wants to focus on quality and to ensure that each title has a healthy lifespan.

“You may think it is a small number,” Iwata said, “but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business.”

Last March, Nintendo announced a co-development partnership with mobile gaming company DeNA. The first mobile game from the cooperative effort is expected to launch before the end of the calendar year.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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May 8

Nintendo Returns to Profitability

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For the first time in four years, Nintendo has become profitable. In their earnings release for the fiscal year ending on March 31,2015, the company reported several gains in income over the previous year.

  • Operating income
    • FY2015: ¥24.8 billion gain (≈$207 million)
    • FY2014: ¥46.4 billion loss (≈$388 million)
  • Ordinary income
    • FY2015: ¥70.5 billion gain (≈$589 million)
    • FY2014: ¥6.1 billion gain (≈$51 million)
  • Net income
    • FY2015: ¥41.8 billion gain (≈$349 million)
    • FY2014: ¥23.2 billion loss (≈$194 million)

Total hardware and software for the 3DS and Wii failed to surpass their performance from the previous year. However, Wii U hardware and software managed to show some improvement over last year’s figures.

  • 3DS Hardware:
    • FY2015: 8.7 million units
    • FY2014: 12.2 million units
  • 3DS Software:
    • FY2015: 62.2 million units
    • FY2014: 67.9 million units
  • Wii Hardware:
    • FY2015: 460,000 units
    • FY2014: 1.2 million units
  • Wii Software:
    • FY2015: 11.7 million units
    • FY2014: 26.2 million units
  • Wii U Hardware:
    • FY2015: 3.4 million units
    • FY2014: 2.7 million units
  • Wii U Software:
    • FY2015: 24.4 million units
    • FY2014: 18.9 million units

Even though there were some losses in sales, the foreign exchange rate between the yen and the dollar helped boost Nintendo’s earnings.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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May 7

eShop Thursday: “No Squiddin’ Around” Edition

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Nintendo is holding the Splatoon Global Testfire tomorrow and Saturday. It’ll be a chance for everyone that downloaded the free demo in the eShop to try out the Turf War mode online.

It’s also the first Thursday of May, meaning “Mega May” is here. Your votes have been tallied and Mega Man & Bass is the first Mega Man game coming to the Virtual Console this month.

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May 6

Three New 3DS Bundles Announced for Europe

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Europe New 3DS Bundles May

New 3DS bundles for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D are coming to Europe on June 26.

Each of the bundles come with: A New 3DS, the original system’s cover plates, an additional set of cover plates with game-related art, and a free game-related Home menu theme.

Of course, the bundles also come with their respective games. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire come pre-installed, while Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a physical copy (presumably because the game would fill up the 4GB Micro SD card included with the system).


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May 5

Senran Kagura: Official Design Works Coming to the U.S.

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Senran Kagura Official Design Works

Senran Kagura: Official Design Works, the art book encompassing artist Nan Yaegashi’s character designs and illustrations from Senran Kagura, Senran Kagura Burst and Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, is being published in the U.S. by UDON Entertainment.

From the official announcement:

“UDON Entertainment’s translation of SENRAN KAGURA: Official Design Works is faithful to the original Japanese book and is chock-full of illustrations of beautiful ninja girls! In addition to character designs, pinups, in-game artwork, and character profiles, the book also features an exclusive interview with the game’s creators and a detailed glossary of important SENRAN KAGURA terms – both of which are must-reads for hardcore fans of the series!”

There’s no release date scheduled for the art book, but UDON says they will release a preview of the book in the near future.

Source: UDON Entertainment

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May 4

Nintendo Releases Official Statement on amiibo Availability

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amiibo Wave 4

No one expected amiibo to be so hard to find, least of all Nintendo. After months of being unable to meet consumer demand, the company released the following statement on their official Facebook page, apologizing for the shortages and assuring customers that they are trying to ramp up production:

“We appreciate the enthusiasm that our fans continue to show toward amiibo. Sales for the product have exceeded our expectations. We understand how frustrating it can be at times if consumers are unable to find certain figures, and we apologize for that.

“We’re trying to meet the demands of our fans and consumers by increasing the amount of amiibo we manufacture and ship to retail. We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening.

“As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details.

“Nintendo plans to make it easier for consumers to know when new amiibo are on the way, through Nintendo press announcements, timely updates on our social media channels and working closely with retailers.

“We remain committed to keeping amiibo affordable and easy to access as a platform to enhance game-play experiences. These plans include Animal Crossing amiibo cards that will become available by the end of 2015, and a free-to-download app for Wii U called amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits that launched on April 30, 2015, that lets consumers enjoy playable scenes from certain NES and Super NES games with amiibo.”

The next wave of amiibo, which include Ness, Pac-Man and the Inklings from Splatoon, are due out on May 29.

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May 3

This Week in Games: “Some Things Change. Some Things Don’t” Edition

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SMT Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Box Art

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 – Record Breaker is the only game shipping this week.

If you missed out on the game’s odd, gravity-defying breasts when it came out on the DS, the enhanced 3DS port won’t do anything to change that, for better or worse. It does, however, add a new full-length story campaign that takes place after the events of the original game. There are also new difficulty settings, voice work for the entire game, tweaked controls and a new character.

First print copies will come with a bonus soundtrack CD, some decals and an outer box to hold all of it.

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