On the last day of 2017, Amazon has a little surprise for us: the company just posted a whole bunch of placeholders for unannounced Switch games.
And to show us that those placeholders will eventually be turned into real games, you can pre-order them from $59.99 to $99.99 (suggesting some games are limited editions or collector’s editions).
In total, 18 titles were listed on Amazon, but they have since then removed some.
And to show that this is totally about the upcoming Nintendo Direct, the placeholder box art says “Just announced at the Nintendo Switch Event”:
Perhaps Amazon got ahead of themselves. And it wouldn’t be the first time a retailer unintentionally leaked the news of upcoming games.
The Nintendo Direct will be held sometime in January.
Earlier this month we reported that Nintendo has teamed up with Nvidia to release old Wii and GameCube games on the Nvidia Shield console in China.
Now they’ve released the first teaser video with a look at how the games run on the Shield.
And they seem to run just fine — Nvidia has confirmed that Wii and GameCube games on the Shield will run in 1080p.
The first round of games available on the Shield will be New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Punch-Out!, and Super Mario Galaxy.
And we’re still wondering if Nintendo and Nvidia could bring this partnership to the rest of the world.
Would you get an Nvidia Shield console if it had a variety of classic Nintendo Wii and GameCube games (assuming there’s still no Virtual Console on the Switch)?
Nintendo had an amazing Christmas week in Japan. They’ve been having a great December with the Switch selling more units than all other consoles combined, but Christmas week was especially good for games.
During Christmas week last week, Nintendo sold an impressive 1.5 million software titles in Japan. That’s just Japan alone.
Here’s how the game sales break down per hardware platform:
Via Dengeki Online (Japanese)
One of the biggest successes on the tech front in 2017 was the Nintendo Switch, a new and unique game console with some amazing titles.
So it’s no wonder that the Switch sold well in 2017. In fact, it was the fifth best selling tech item of 2017.
Fifth place might not sound that great at first glance, but keep in mind this is among all tech gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, competing game consoles, etc.
The Switch was fifth behind the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S3 + Note 8, Amazon Echo Dot, and the Apple Watch.
Nintendo is working on a paid online service for the Switch, which was originally meant to launch in Fall of 2017, but was delayed to 2018.
Now it appears that it’s going to be late 2018. That’s according to Nintendo’s Italian website, and if true, it could be a pretty big delay.
Nintendo has yet to give a specific release date or even a release time frame for their paid Switch online service. The company hasn’t specified what exactly players will get for their money, aside from online multiplayer and a free NES/SNES game per month.
But we do know that the service will be priced at $20 per year, which is much cheaper than the competing Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus services.
Nintendo is looking to bring unique gameplay experiences with the Joy-Con controllers and their built-in HD Rumble feature in 2018.
This comes from NIntendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, who spoke to Japanese publication Asahi about their plans for 2018.
Kimishima said the company is working on creating unique gameplay experiences that utilize the HD Rumble feature to its fullest, and that utilize the unique features of the Joy-Con controllers.
HD Rumble is a first for a Nintendo console, and it uses haptic feedback for a more accurate rumble feedback with much more nuance than regular controllers.
Here’s a quick reminder on how awesome HD Rumble is:
Back in August, we reported that Nintendo had lost a patent case and had to pay $10 million to a company called iLife.
Nintendo appealed the decision, and now the appeals court has come back with a verdict: Nintendo must indeed pay $10 million to iLife.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the verdict, saying that Nintendo infringed on iLife’s motion sensing patent in their Wiimote controllers.
Nintendo can appeal the decision to a higher court, something they are likely to do.
Unlike North America, there is always plenty of sales data for the Japanese market. And because of all the data, we know exactly how many units each console sells on a weekly basis.
And now we know that the Switch has reached another milestone in Japan: the console has outsold Wii U’s lifetime sales in Japan in less than a year.
As of December 26th, the Switch has sold over 3.4 million units in Japan, surpassing Wii U’s lifetime sales of 3.3 million units in the country.
Earlier this week the Switch also outsold the first year sales of the PS2 in Japan, which eventually went on to become the best selling home console of all time.
Level-5, one of the bigger Japanese game developers and publishers, hasn’t really jumped on the Nintendo Switch bandwagon yet.
But they will next year, according to CEO Akihiro Hino.
He told Japanese publication 4Gamer that they plan on focusing on the Switch in 2018. He didn’t get into any specifics about what games we can expect.
Level-5 has been in the games business for a long time — they’ve been making games for almost 20 years, and are famous for Professor Layton, Dark Cloud, and other series.
Which Level-5 games would you love to see on the Switch? Let us know in the comments section below!
The Nintendo Switch has been a much bigger success than Nintendo anticipated. The company even had to increase production twice over the past 9 months to meet demand.
Now they’re quite confident about future sales.
In an interview with Japanese publication Kyoto Shimbun, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said that he wants to sell more than 20 million Switch consoles in the next fiscal year, which starts in April 2018 and ends March 2019.
At this rate, that wouldn’t be too big of a stretch — the Switch has maintained a strong sales momentum ever since supply and demand stabilized a few months ago.
If Nintendo wants to sell 20 million in the next fiscal year, it’ll be interesting to see which games they have in store for us. Zelda, Mario, and Splatoon 2 made sure the Switch had a great first year, but what games are going to sustain 20 million next year?
The Switch has been an incredible success for Nintendo, more so in Japan than anywhere else. Over the past few weeks, the Switch has sold more units than all other consoles combined.
Now the console has reached a new milestone in Japan: the console has surpassed first year sales of the PS2, which is the best selling console of all time.
Oddly enough, both the Switch and the PS2 were released at the beginning of March: March 3, 2017 for the Switch and March 4, 2000 for the PS2.
The Switch has now sold over 3.2 million units in Japan, the PS2 sold just over 3 million during the same time.
The PS2 eventually became the best selling video game console of all time, with over 155 million units sold.
The weekly Japanese sales numbers are out and the Nintendo Switch is running circles around the competition: the console sold more units than all other consoles combined. And this isn’t the first time it has happened.
The Switch sold almost 270,000 units in Japan last week, way ahead of no. 2 on the spot, the PS4, with just 50,000 units.
On the software side, Mario Odyssey was back at the top as the best selling game.
Check out the full hardware and software sales numbers below.
And the best selling games:
Nintendo has delayed 64 GB Switch cartridges until 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Right now the highest capacity cartridges are 32 GB, which means that some games simply do not fit on to a cartridge and need additional downloads, which can be dozens of gigabytes.
Some games even need a warning on the box due to their storage requirements.
The 64 GB versions were supposed to be available in the second half of 2018, but developers will now have to wait longer. The delay is due to technical issues Nintendo is having.
The end result? According to the WSJ report, some developers might wait until the new cartridges are available before releasing their game on the Switch.
Nintendo has posted a new job listing in Japan for a Splatoon 2 level designer, hinting at more Splatoon 2 content in the future.
Splatoon 2 has been updated regularly with new content, sometimes every weekend with new weapons and about once a month with new stages. Now that appears to be the plan for 2018 as well.
The job description covers creation of new levels, adjustments of current levels, etc.
The listing also points out that “No game development experience is necessary!” and mentions a yearly salary of 3.8 to 8.1 million Yen, depending on experience. That translates to about $35,000 to $70,000 USD.
Thanks to Mike for sending this one in!
And Merry Christmas!
According to Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi, the company already started thinking about the Switch after the Wii U was released back in 2012.
He said that by the end of 2014, they had two concepts that they wanted to explore with the Switch: detachable controllers (Joy-Cons) and a home/portable hybrid console.
The end result: the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi chimed in, saying that the company saw the games business being split between hardcore home console gaming and casual mobile gaming. They then set out to combine the two with the Switch console.
But this revelation also begs the question: is Nintendo now thinking about their next console?
Or perhaps they just weren’t confident in the Wii U so they immediately went to work on the next console.
Earlier this year someone discovered that Nintendo had added a secret NES Golf game into the Switch firmware. However, with the most recent firmware update to the Switch, Nintendo has removed the golf game.
The game was named “Flog”, which is “Golf” backwards and is actually NES Golf, a 1984 game made by Nintendo. It was added to the Switch likely to test out an NES emulator on the Switch.
And it was fully playable: two players could play the game on two Joy-Cons.
Now the game has been removed and all mentions of it in the code have been wiped as well.
RIP NES Golf on Switch, he hardly knew you!
Super Mario Odyssey is one of the top 2 games of 2017 (the other being Zelda: Breath of the Wild, of course), and YouTuber Beta64 recently made an in-depth video about the early days of the game and how it compares to the final version.
The video also compares some sections of the game that were shown in early trailers and the final versions to see the difference. And there’s a difference for sure.
Hit indie multiplayer game Rocket League beat out Super Mario Odyssey a few weeks ago to take the top spot as the best selling game on the Switch eShop. And after a couple of weeks of being number two behind Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Rocket League is back as the best selling game on the eShop.
These are the top 20 best selling Switch games:
1. Rocket League
2. Enter the Gungeon
3. Super Mario Odyssey
4. Overcooked: Special Edition
5. Stardew Valley
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
8. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
9. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
10. Human: Fall Flat
11. SteamWorld Dig 2
12. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
14. Nine Parchments
15. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
16. Romancing SaGa 2
17. Splatoon 2
18. Sonic Mania
20. Resident Evil Revelations 2
If you still haven’t tried Rocket League on Switch, it’s right now 25% off on the eShop.
The Switch fighting game Arms just got a big update, version 5.0, which adds a new fighter and some other new content. And this will be the last time we get new content for Arms.
Nintendo has confirmed that there are no more “big updates” planned for Arms, updates that normally include new content.
The company will still support the game with patches to tweak gameplay and fix bugs, but as far as new content goes, this is it.
Arms was released earlier this Summer, and since release, it has gotten plenty of free content: five new fighters and five new stages have been released for free to players since launch.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has gotten its first big patch on the Nintendo Switch. The patch brings along a second round of Expansion pass items to players, a new easy mode to the Tiger Tiger! mini-game, and more.
You can check out the full patch changelog below.
And as usual, a very fast YouTuber has already released a video showing the new update in action. Check it out:
What’s your take on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Switch so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.