Feb 5

Game Boy Pokémon Trainers Become Nendoroids

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Nendoroid Red Blue

Nendoroid figures based on Pokémon artist Ken Sugimori’s original designs for Red and Blue/Green are coming to Japan this July.

The figures will be sold as a set for ¥7500 (≈$64) and include a variety of interchangeable expressions, arms and legs along with a poseable figure of the Mythical Pokémon Mew.

While shipments won’t go out until July 9, pre-orders will open on February 27 and run until March 31 or until supplies run out.

Source: Pokemon.co.jp

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Feb 4

eShop Thursday: “Still One of the Best Reload Animations” Edition

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RE4 Broken Butterfly

Resident Evil 4 (a.k.a. the game that made everyone realize they may have a fetish for detailed animations) makes its way to the Wii U this week, albeit in the form of the “Wii Edition” that had the ridiculously game-breaking IR pointer aiming. At least the game supports the Wii Classic Controller.

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Feb 4

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD’s Additions Make Things Harder and Easier

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Just like the HD port of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess HD will see some added features in its jump to the Wii U.

In addition to the previously announced Cave of Shadows, Hero Mode returns as an option available from the start. Selecting it will cause Link to take double damage and hearts will no longer drop in the world, forcing players to rely on potions and fairies to restore health. As an added twist, the mode will also force Link to discard any Rupees he finds in chests while his wallet is full. Before, Rupees would just be returned to the chest they were found in. To compensate for this change, Link’s wallet will now be able to hold more Rupees.

Twilight Princess HD‘s changes aren’t just about making the game more difficult, though. The new “Ghost Lantern” item alerts Link to the presence of a Poe in the area, which should make the Poe-hunting side quest a little more manageable.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD launches on March 4 and comes bundled with the exclusive Wolf Link amiibo.

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Feb 4

Undertale Creator and Nintendo Were In Talks About A Possible Port

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Undertale Skele-ton

After it was discovered that a Nintendo developer support representative attempted to reach out to Undertale creator Toby Fox, there has been growing speculation of the indie phenomenon possibly coming to Nintendo platforms.

Fox recently confirmed that he has been in contact with Nintendo for months about porting Undertale, but also revealed that such a project would practically require reprogramming the entire game — something Fox admits he is unable to do by himself.

Undertale has exploded in popularity since its launch. Many laud the game’s clever writing, charming characters and moral choices that actually affect the story as some of the best seen in gaming in a long time. Last December, the game managed to take the title of GameFAQs “Best. Game. Ever.,” beating out the heavy favorite The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.

Source: @FwugRadiation [via Nintendo Life]

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Feb 3

Pokémon GO at GDC 2016

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Pokemon GO Logo

Niantic CEO John Hanke is scheduled to speak on Pokémon GO during this year’s Game Developer’s Conference. It’s a possible opportunity for the company to shed some light on their augmented reality spin-off for mobile devices.

A description of the session from the GDC schedule:

“Over the last three years, Niantic, Inc. has been defining the genre of Real World gaming, using smartphones and tablets to connect the digital world to the physical world. Niantic’s newest game, Pokémon GO, ups the challenge of real world gaming design, taking a beloved franchise and setting its hundreds of brightly-colored monsters loose across the globe, adding a new Bluetooth wearable device created by Nintendo to the mix. Join Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke as he discusses how the company has developed a unique vision for delivering a mobile Pokémon experience that gets would-be trainers into the outdoors.

Takeaway

Attendees will get a first-hand, in-depth look at how players are interacting and exploring the world with one another through Pokémon GO, the collaborative approach to design and development for the game and the next evolution of augmented reality and real-world mobile gameplay experiences.”

Pokémon GO will be free to download when it launches later this year for iOS and Android.

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Feb 3

Pre-Registration for Nintendo’s Miitomo Mobile App Begins February 17

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Miitomo Launch

Nintendo plans to launch their mobile communication game/app Miitomo next month, but people will be able to sign up for it before then.

Beginning February 17, anyone can set up a Nintendo Account and pre-register for Miitomo. In addition to being among the first to know when the app gets released, they will also receive My Nintendo Platinum Points and “a special Miitomo bonus.”

The app, which was announced last October, aims to serve as a sort of conversation icebreaker.

Miitomo is a social experience that uses Nintendo’s Mii characters, which first debuted on the Wii console, to engage friends in a lighthearted and welcoming environment. Users can spark fun conversations and learn more about each other by answering questions such as “What song has been stuck in your head lately?”, “Do you believe in aliens?”, or even “If you saw a nose hair sticking out of your friend’s nose, what would you do?” Users can also easily take and share photos featuring their Mii with the Miifoto feature.”

Miitomo is the first of five mobile apps Nintendo plans to release before the end of March 2017.

Source: Press Release

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Feb 3

My Nintendo Rewards Program Launches Worldwide Next Month

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My Nintendo Slide

My Nintendo, the successor to the Club Nintendo customer loyalty program, goes live worldwide next month in the form of a points-based rewards system.

Members will be able to earn two different kinds of points based on their activity: “Platinum Points,” which are earned by using smart device apps, logging into the eShop or by fulfilling certain conditions, and “Gold Points,” which are earned by purchasing Wii U and 3DS games in the eShop.

Platinum Points can be redeemed for digital content (Nintendo used 3DS Home Menu themes as an example during an investor presentation), while Gold Points can be put towards discount coupons for Wii U or 3DS game downloads.

Nintendo plans to expand the My Nintendo program with other services in the future, but for now they will focus on getting the point system up and running.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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Feb 2

The Official Set of Pokémon Valentines Are Both Cringeworthy and Brilliant

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Pikachu Valentine

The Pokemon Center is selling an official set of 12 Pokémon-themed valentines and they might just be the best worst thing to get on February 14.

The wordplay and cleverness in these valentines are strong, but the amazingly cheesy puns (like the one pictured above) can’t compare to the gem posted on the official Pokémon Facebook.

Slowpoke Valentine

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Feb 2

Nintendo Sees Profits Amidst Lower Sales in Latest Earnings Release

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[Update: Corrected Splatoon and Super Mario Maker units “sold” to “shipped”

Nintendo remained profitable through the nine-month period ending in December 2015 despite seeing a slight drop in sales from the same period during the previous year.

Profits took a 31.9 percent dive from $496.1 million (¥59.5 billion) to $338.1 million (¥40.6 billion).

As for net sales, there was a 3.9 percent decrease from $3.7 billion (¥443 billion) to $3.5 billion (¥425 billion).

Operating income actually saw an increase over last year, growing 34.4 percent from $263.4 million (¥31.6 billion) to $354.1 million (¥42.5 billion).

Wii U hardware did slightly better this period, selling 3.06 million units worldwide over the 3.03 million units sold during the previous year. 3DS hardware wasn’t as fortunate, dropping off from 7.08 million units during the previous year to 5.88 million units this year. On the upside, 3DS sales were bolstered by the release of the New 3DS and New 3DS XL.

On the software side, the Wii U saw successes in Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, which shipped 4.06 million and 3.34 million units, respectively. The 3DS also had a big hit in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which sold 2.93 million units worldwide.

amiibo put up some impressive numbers, with the figures selling approximately 20.50 million units and the cards selling approximately 21.50 million units.

Nintendo expects these trends to continue and even improve on the backs of upcoming releases like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. The company forecasts net sales of $4.7 billion (¥570 million) and profits of $291.6 million (¥35 billion) for the fiscal year ending on March 31.

Source: Nintendo Investor Releations

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Feb 2

7th Dragon III Code: VFD is Coming to North America this Summer

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SEGA is bringing 7th Dragon III Code: VFD to North America this summer. It’s been priced at $39.99.

The 3DS dungeon crawler is the fourth entry in the 7th Dragon series and the first one to get an English release. Fortunately, for series newcomers, this one is self-contained and doesn’t require knowledge of the previous games.

The official website is already up and has plenty of information on the character creation system and story.

Source: @SEGA, Gematsu

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