Pokémon Sun and Moon have continued to light up sales charts and now IGN reports that the pair of games have become the fastest Nintendo titles to sell more than 4 million units.
The information comes from a statement made by Nintendo, citing statistics from the market research firm NPD Group. Since launching last November, Sun and Moon have combined to sell more than 4.5 million units.
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XSEED Games announced today that Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, the latest installment in the farming sim franchise, will launch on the 3DS on February 28 in North America. The game will go on sale for $39.99 and pre-orders from participating retailers will come with a mini capybara plush.
In addition to putting out a launch trailer, the publisher confirmed that the Super Mario Bros. collaboration costumes from the Japanese version will be available in the English release. When worn, the costumes grant special bonuses:
- Mario – Boosts running speed
- Luigi – Improves luck at fishing
- Peach – Better befriend other characters
- Toad – Automatically recharge stamina over time
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The Nintendo Switch will be able to play physical copies of import games without the need for any modification, thanks to Nintendo’s decision to not place any sort of region-locking on the console.
As for digital titles, Nintendo recommends Switch owners buy games from their region’s eShop “to ensure full service and support.” However, there is no actual restriction on which region a user can access. The eShop a user will be able to visit is determined by the region selected in their Nintendo Account, and regions can be freely changed at any time.
The Switch will also allow for up to eight accounts on one system, which means owners can set up multiple accounts, each corresponding to a different region, if they wish.
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There is never not a reason to share the infamous Star Fox 64 promo video Nintendo put out in the 90s. However, there is actually a good reason this week as Star Fox 64 makes its way to the Wii U Virtual Console.
While nowhere near as cheesy, Nintendo has kind of brought back goofy promos in recent years for things like the Nintendo Digital Event.No comments
During last week’s Nintendo Switch hands-on event in New York, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed to Polygon that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be the last Nintendo-made game to appear on the Wii U.
“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Reggie said. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”
While Nintendo is ending first-party software support for the Wii U, Reggie said the company still plans to keep online services operational.
“From our standpoint, sunsetting is quite some time into the future. The ongoing activity from an online standpoint on [Mario] Kart and Splatoon is significant. We’re going to continue to support that.”
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The Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen confirmed today on Twitter that The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be a Switch launch title. It will be the first time a game in the series will be available in retail stores.
Afterbirth+ is a collection of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and its two DLC expansions: Afterbirth and Afterbirth+, both of which add new items, areas, bosses and modes. The game will retail for $39.99.
Isaac publisher Nicalis shared a related image on Twitter, which has since been deleted, showing the Switch home menu with a couple of other Nicalis titles – Cave Story and 1001 Spikes – hinting that the games may also be coming to the new console.No comments
Nintendo revealed four new Fire Emblem games slated to come out over the next two years.
The mobile title Fire Emblem Heroes will be the first, launching in the Google Play store on February 2 and in the App Store at a later date. The game features a shrunken down version of the series’ traditional turn-based strategy gameplay. Players will be able to recruit faces from past Fire Emblem games, along with brand new characters. A pricing model has not been announced, but there was a mention of optional microtransactions during the Direct.
A reimagining of Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second game in the series, is coming to the 3DS on May 19 under the title Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. The game will feature voice acting, redone character art and updated gameplay. However, Shadows of Valentia will also retain some of the unique gameplay elements found in the original game, like free-roaming dungeons.
Fire Emblem Warriors, the Koei Tecmo collaboration for the Switch, will also be coming to New Nintendo 3DS systems this fall. Nintendo confirmed that the game is being developed by the Hyrule Warriors team.
There will be a new mainline Fire Emblem title coming to the Switch. The only thing known is that it is expected to launch in 2018.
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IGN recently put up a list of differences from Nintendo outlining the differences between the Wii U and Switch versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Content-wise, both games will be virtually identical, with the Switch version having slightly better audio and different on-screen button icons. In terms of performance, Nintendo claims that both versions will run at 30 frames per second, with the game being rendered at 720p on Wii U and 900p on the Switch in TV mode.
Other differences include:
- The Wii U version requires a mandatory 3GB install
- The Special Edition and Master Edition bundles will only be available for the Switch version
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches for the Wii U and Switch on March 3.
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While discussing the Nintendo Switch with CNET, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime talked about the upcoming console’s online services and the company’s decision to break away from their previously-held belief that online multiplayer should be a free service.
“The reality is, the way that online experiences have progressed, it’s an expensive proposition,” Reggie said. “The amount of servers we need to support Smash Bros. or Mario Kart — these big multiplayer games — is not a small investment.”
Nintendo’s paid online services will not be available until fall, but until then, early Switch adopters will be able to play online for free.
When the paid service launches proper, subscribers will have access to exclusive benefits, like one free NES or SNES game each month and deals on digital content. Subscribers will also be able to download an official smart device app to set up online lobbies, send invites and voice chat with friends.
As for managing friends, Reggie confirmed that, just like with the Wii U, the Switch will not use friend codes.
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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King comes out on the 3DS this Friday, providing some respite from the recent lack of game releases.
Unfortunately, there do not appear to be many games scheduled to launch in the next few weeks. Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World drops on February 3 and that will have to tide everyone over until the Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches in March.No comments