Jul 27

Lady Layton Announced at Level-5 Vision 2016

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Titled Lady Layton: The Conspiracy of King Millionaire Ariadne, the latest game in the Layton series will star former-protagonist Professor Hershel Layton’s daughter Catriel Layton, a detective currently searching for her father, who mysteriously disappeared.

Developer Level-5 premiered the first trailer for the game yesterday at their Vision press event, introducing everyone to Catriel and providing a brief look at the kinds of puzzles and mysteries she will be taking on.

The game will launch for the 3DS, Android and iOS in spring 2017 in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

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Jul 27

Nintendo Posts First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

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Due in part to the impact of the strengthening yen on foreign exchange rates, Nintendo posted overall losses this quarter, which ended on June 30, 2016.

The company saw net sales of ¥61.9 billion (≈$587 million) with an operating loss of ¥5.1 billion (≈$48 million).

As for hardware and software numbers, 3DS hardware sold 940,000 units (a seven percent decrease from the same period last year), while 3DS software sold 8.47 million units (a seven percent increase from the same period last year) worldwide.

Wii U hardware sold 220,000 (a 53 percent decrease from the same period last year) units, while Wii U software sold 4.68 million units (a three percent increase from the same period last year) worldwide.

amiibo sales numbers held steady at 1.70 million figures and 1.30 million cards. Nintendo attributes the numbers to a lack of new games that make use of amiibo.

The company’s download sales decreased from this same time last year, something they blame on the decrease of in-game downloadable content.

Despite these losses, Nintendo decided not to revise their financial forecast.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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Jul 27

Pokémon GO Plus Delayed Until September

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The Pokémon GO Plus will miss its originally scheduled launch of late July and instead come out this September, Nintendo announced. The company did not provide an explanation for the delay.

The Bluetooth device is an optional add-on for Pokémon GO that notifies you of in-game events, like nearby Pokémon or PokéStops, without having to constantly look at your phone. When the Pokémon GO Plus begins to flash and vibrate, players can press the button on the device to automatically throw a Pokéball at a Pokémon (only if you have caught the Pokémon before) or collect items from PokéStops.

The Pokémon GO Plus currently has a suggested retail price of $34.99.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Jul 26

Level-5 Trademarks Pop Up for “Lady Layton,” “Inazuma Eleven Ares” and More

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Lady Layton Trademark

Trademarks belonging to developer Level-5 recently appeared on the European Union Intellectual Property Office website, indicating possible names for new entries in their various franchises.

Names spotted include:

  • Lady Layton
  • Inazuma Eleven Ares
  • YO-KAI DAIJITEN
  • YO-KAI WATCH Geraporhythm
  • Otmé HERO
  • Megaton Musashi

Level-5 Vision, the company’s big press event, is scheduled to take place on July 27 in Japan. They have confirmed that their fourth cross-media franchise Snack World, Yo-Kai Watch and a mystery title will all be discussed at the event.

Source: NeoGAF

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Jul 26

Nintendo Adding Free Shirts to Miitomo Later This Week

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After conducting a poll on Twitter, Nintendo will give Miitomo users a free Super Mario in-game shirt beginning July 28.

Since multiple polls were held in different regions, the free shirt people will receive will be different based on their results. Users in Japan and North America will get a pink Boo tee, while Europeans will get a black Bowser tee.

As part of the Miitomo Summer T-shirt Fest event, which also starts this Thursday, Nintendo is giving all Miitomo users a Super Mario All-Stars in-game tee.

Other shirts will also be added as My Nintendo rewards and prizes for Miitomo Drop.

Source: Miitomo.com

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Jul 26

FAST Racing NEO and SteamWorld Collection Head to Retail as Nintendo’s First eShop Selects Titles

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SteamWorld Collection

Nintendo plans to bring eShop games to retail as part of their newly-announced eShop Selects line and their first selections are FAST Racing NEO and SteamWorld Collection, a bundle containing SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist.

Set to launch on September 30 in Europe, these physical copies will come with upcoming DLC already on the disc. FAST Racing NEO will include the NEO Future Pack, which adds eight new tracks, while SteamWorld Collection will have the content from The Outsider, which adds new missions, gear and a new ally.

SteamWorld Collections also marks the official launch of SteamWorld Heist for the Wii U. The digital version will also launch on September 30. A preview of the Wii U version will be playable at this year’s Gamescom next month.

Source: Nintendo.co.uk

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Jul 25

Splatoon Adds New Way to Earn Super Sea Snails

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Splatoon Super Sea Snail Judd

With the final Splatfest over and the correct Squid Sister winning, the question arises: How are Splatoon players now supposed to earn the Splatfest-exclusive Super Sea Snails used to upgrade gear?

Reports from players indicate that Judd the Cat, who lazes about in the game’s central hub, will now reward players with one Super Sea Snail for every 30 matches they win. This number is cumulative and does not need to be achieved in one sitting.

Additionally, point distribution for winning matches appears to have changed. Players reportedly now receive 1,000 points per win in Regular Battles instead of 300 from before.

Source: r/Splatoon

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Jul 25

Pokémon GO Team Leaders Revealed, Future Updates Announced

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Pokemon GO Team Leaders

When Pokémon GO first launched, the art for the leaders of the game’s three factions were not yet complete and represented only by silhouettes. However, during their panel yesterday at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, developer Niantic gave everyone their first look at Candela, Blanche and Spark.

Company CEO John Hanke confirmed that these characters will be developed more and become more involved with the game as it goes on.

Also during the panel, Hanke restated many of the additions planned for future updates. Implementing pokémon trading is one of their top priorities outside of bringing the game to more countries. Niantic also plans to steadily introduce Legendary Pokémon and pokémon from later generations as updates continue to roll out over the course of the game’s development.

Pokémon Centers will be coming in the future. However, the developers did not specify what their function would be or how they would work. They also confirmed that PokéStops will receive changes soon that will add customization options to encourage players to visit different locations.

During their panel, Niantic acknowledged one of the rumors surrounding the game. By renaming an Eevee “Rainer,” “Sparky” or “Pyro,” before evolving it, you can influence whether it evolves into a Vaporeon, Jolteon or Flareon. These names are a direct reference to the Eevee brothers from the Pokémon anime.

Source: PokéBeach [via Siliconera]

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Jul 25

Future Miitomo Update Will Let You Use Candy to Get Game Tickets

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Miitomo Drop

Candy in Miitomo had little purpose. It could be used to listen to answers to specific questions you have not yet heard from friends, but other that that, it was mostly just a consolation prize given away in the Miitomo Drop mini-game.

However, that is going to change in a future update, as Nintendo confirmed they will be adding a “Candy Drop” mini-game where you can spend your candy on chances to win game tickets to use in Miitomo Drop.

Other changes in the future update include:

  • Users can now hear answers when visiting a friend’s room without using candy
  • Adding the option to choose whether to receive the Miifoto of the Day
  • Choose which friends are allowed to visit your room
  • Improved image quality for pictures saved to your device
  • Assorted optimizations and bug fixes

Source: Miitomo Notifications

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Jul 24

This Week in Games: “Filler Week” Edition

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Filler

Again, there’s a short lull in games until mid-August when Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Style Savvy: Fashion Forward drop for the 3DS.

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