May 2

Nintendo NX Not Expected to Sell At A Loss At Launch

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Wii U Console Black

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima wants to avoid the mistakes made with the Wii U, and one of the ways he is looking to do that is by not selling their next system, codenamed “NX,” for less than it costs to produce.

“When Wii U was launched, the yen was very strong,” Kimishima told investors at a recent Q & A meeting. ” I am assuming that situation will not repeat itself. Selling at a loss at launch would not support the business, so we are keeping that mind in developing NX.”

Kimishima also said that the company plans to support the NX with consistent software releases, which is part of the reason why the system is coming out in March.

“One of the reasons for choosing the launch timing that we did is so that the software lineup will be ready in time for the hardware launch. Not only at launch, but we also need to be able to continuously release titles after launch. We are planning for this to be a platform that consumers can enjoy for a long time.”

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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May 2

Mighty No. 9 Launching in June, Handheld Versions Coming Later

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Mighty No 9

After strings of delays and setbacks, Mighty No. 9 is finally coming out. The latest update from the game’s Kickstarter confirms that it has “gone gold,” meaning it should be entering mass production, and will launch on June 21 in North America and Asia and on June 24 for the rest of the world.

Mighty No. 9 will be available for the Wii U, PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One and PC (Windows, Linux, OS X). Handheld ports for the 3DS and Vita are coming and will launch at a later date.

Source: Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter

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May 1

This Week in Games: “Secretly an eShop Post” Edition

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Nothing coming out this week, but you can look forward to Pocket Card Jockey in the 3DS eShop later this Thursday!

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Apr 30

Squid Sisters and New Inkling amiibo Arriving July 8

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Nintendo announced two new sets of Splatoon amiibo launching on July 8.

The first features the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie. When tapped into the game, instead of unlocking challenge stages, the figures open up options to watch the duo perform brand new songs. The pair will be bundled together and retail for $24.99.

Launching that same day are new colors for the Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl and Inkling Squid amiibo. All three will be sold as a set for $34.99, but the Inkling Boy and Girl will also be available separately for $12.99 each.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Apr 29

Splatoon’s Squid Sisters Perform at NicoNico Choukaigi 2016

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Splatoon‘s idol duo Callie and Marie put on another live concert, this time for the crowd at this year’s NicoNico Choukaigi gaming event in Japan.

The performance was almost identical to the one held last January during the Splatoon Koshien Finals, with the exception of a couple of new songs.

Source: @pKjd

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Apr 29

Zelda Concert Series Selling Replica Wind Waker Batons

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Wind Waker Baton

The online store for the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert series is taking pre-orders for replicas of The Wind Waker, the titular baton from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and the same one used by the concert’s conductor.

The baton is nearly 15 inches long and is priced at $40. Orders are expected to ship out this June.

Source: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses online store [via Nintendo Life]

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Apr 29

Legendary Pokémon Zygarde Distribution Event Currently Running in Europe

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Zygarde Europe

Pokémon trainers in Europe can now receive the Legendary Pokémon Zygarde for free via Nintendo Network.

There was no prior notice for the distribution event or any official announcement from Nintendo or The Pokémon Company, so it is unclear how long the event will last or if Zygarde will come to other regions.

You can get Zygarde by using the Mystery Gift menu in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby, X or Y and selecting the “Get Via Internet” option.

Source: @SerebiiNet

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Apr 28

eShop Thursday: “amiibo Not Included” Edition

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Mini Mario and Friends 00

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is now out for the general public on the 3DS and Wii U. Previously, it was only available to people that purchased an amiibo at participating retailers.

As for 3DS-only stuff, there’s the digital version of SEGA 3D Classics Collection. You get the convenience of having all nine games on your 3DS at all times, but you give up getting those cool decals and that amazing box art.

On the Wii U, there’s the full version of Lost Reavers, Bandai Namco’s free-to-play online co-op dungeon crawler, and the non-3D version of Xenoblade Chronicles.

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Apr 28

Nintendo Greatly Reducing Wii U Production for This Fiscal Year

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Wii U Unit Reduction Slide

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced plans to taper the production of Wii U hardware for this fiscal year. The company expects to ship only 800,000 new Wii U units by the end of March 2017. During the previous fiscal year, they expected to ship 3.4 million units.

The large drop-off is due in part to the release of the company’s next platform, codenamed “NX,” which is slated to launch worldwide in March.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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Apr 28

Second Wave of Fire Emblem Fates DLC Maps Coming Next Week

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Fire Emblem Fates DLC Wave 2

Beginning May 5, the first of the next set of DLC maps for Fire Emblem Fates will go on sale.

This second wave of DLC will be more story-heavy than the first and focus on a six-part adventure starring alternate versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children. Since it is a separate story, players will not be able to use their characters from the main game.

The first map “I: In Endless Dreams” goes on sale on May 5 for $0.49. It will release alongside the free bonus map “Another Gift from Anna,” which gives players the Boots and Paragon items.

New maps will be released each following week for $1.99.

  • May 12 – II: Realms Collide
  • May 19 – III: The Changing Tide
  • May 26 – IV: Light’s Sacrifice
  • June 2 – V: Endless Dawn
  • June 9 – End: Lost in the Waves

A Map Pack 2 will also be available beginning May 5. It will include all six maps at a discounted price of $7.99.

Source: Press Release

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