Nintendo surprised everyone this morning when it announced that it would be revealing a new “interactive experience” for Switch geared towards “kids and kids-at-heart.” Without any real inkling of what the announcement would entail, fans tuned into the company’s official YouTube and Facebook feeds to find out what all the hubbub was about, and this is what greeted them:
Here’s Nintendo’s official press release:
Nintendo Labo Combines the Magic of Nintendo Switch with the Fun of DIY Creations Make, Play and Discover with Interactive DIY Kits for Nintendo Switch
FIFA 18 has reportedly sold more copies on Switch than on Playstation 4 in Japan, according to Dengeki Online.
77,892 copies of FIFA 18 were sold on PS4 in Japan in its first few weeks on sale, before it fell out of range of the Top 50 best selling games. Meanwhile, the Switch version of the game has consistently remained in the Top 50 chart since launch and has sold 89,329 copies in that time.
The news is perhaps somewhat surprising given the fact that the Switch version of the game doesn’t include some of the features found on PS4, Xbox One and PC. In particular, the Switch version doesn’t run on EA’s Frostbite engine and does not include The Journey story mode.
That clearly hasn’t affected sales of the game on Switcht in Japan. The story is vastly different in the West though, where PS4 and Xbox One sales of the game significantly outpace those on otherp platforms.
Japan’s most famous mecha franchise will soon be making its Switch premiere. Bandai Namco previously released SD Gundam G Generation Genesis on PlayStation 4 and Vita, but the publisher has now revealed their plans to bring the game to Nintendo’s newest system in the latest issue of Famitsu.
Like previous entries in the SD Gundam sub-series, Generation Genesis is a turn-based strategy game featuring smaller, cuter, chibi-like versions of the famous mecha from the long-running anime franchise. Furthermore, the first run of the game will come with a digital copy of Super Gachapon World: SD Gundam X, which was originally released on the Super Famicom.
SD Gundam G Generation Genesis will come out in Japan on April 26. So far, nothing has been said about a release in any other markets.
While Nintendo Switch continues to dominate the talk of the gaming industry both in terms of home and portable play, it can be easy to forget that 3DS is still around and has many years of great games under its belt. For those still interested in playing Nintendo’s more seasoned system, they’ll be glad to hear a few of its best games will soon be getting a price drop as they join the Nintendo Selects lineup.
Starting February 3rd, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D Land, and Ultimate NES Remix will be getting permanent price drops to $19.99.
Of course, the Nintendo Selects honor comes with a box redesign, so collectors and purists might want to keep an eye out for the original packaging while they still can. For everyone else though, this should make these brilliant games all the more appealing.
Scribblenauts was a unique, creative game that gave gamers a world full of puzzles and challenges they were free to solve in pretty much any way they could think up. Players could type in any word from a list of thousands to summon almost every conceivable item into the game world and it would often act accordingly, as predators would chase prey and particle accelerators would explode into black holes. Now, the series is coming back with a new title on Switch.
In Scribblenauts Showdown, the series is putting a bigger emphasis on multiplayer fun. The titular Showdown mode is designed around competitive tasks for up to four players while Versus mode features 25 mini-games that can be tackled by one to two players. Those familiar with the original games will be glad to know that Showdown also includes Sandbox mode, which falls more in line with the series’ original gameplay while also allowing for two player co-op. Or you can always just summon Cthulhu and let the great old one wreak havoc.
However, the best thing about this announcement is that gamers don’t have long to wait as Scribblenauts Showdown will be launching on March 6 in North America and March 9 in Europe.
Source: Nintendo Everything
Over the last few years, Limited Run Games has provided PlayStation 4 and Vita owners a way to pick up indie games in a physical format. One of the publisher’s very first offerings was Saturday Morning RPG, Mighty Rabbit Studios’ homage to 80’s popular culture. Today, Limited Run Games announced that Saturday Morning RPG would also be their first title on Nintendo Switch, a fact that’s fairly surprising considering Saturday Morning RPG hadn’t been announced for Switch yet!
Originally released in 2012, Saturday Morning RPG debuted to strong reviews. Featuring a soundtrack by Vince DiCola (of Transformers: The Movie fame) and a plethora of homages to cartoons such as DuckTales, Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe and more, the title seems like a great choice for Limited Run Games’ first release!
Saturday Morning RPG currently has a tentative Spring 2018 release date. PS4 releases from Limited Run Games tend to cost $24.99, but with the higher cost of Switch cartridges, there could be a slight price difference.
Source: Nintendo Everything
Last year, Snake Pass gave Switch one of its earliest eShop hits. Though occasionally frustrating, the game’s unique gameplay, gorgeous visuals and David Wise soundtrack endeared the game to fans and critics alike. Developer Sumo Digital mentioned DLC as a possibility early on, but things have been fairly quiet since. At least, until now.
In a recent tweet by the company, Sumo Digital teased that “hibernation” will soon end for Noodle the Snake. At this time, further details are nonexistent, but new content for the title would certainly be more than welcome! Before the release of Yooka-Laylee, Sumo Digital hinted at a desire for a DLC appearance by that game’s snake, Trowzer, with Playtonic showing an openness to the idea. We’ll see if that comes to pass but, regardless, fans should know what to expect in the very near future!
Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more as it develops!
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For anyone unfamiliar with ARMS’ Party Crash events, they temporarily take over the regular Party Match mode and allow players to earn points in fights to raise their Lab Level. At the end of the Party Crash event, all participants receive in-game currency and badges depending on what Lab Level they reached.
Have you participated in a Party Crash event? Will you be taking part in the event this weekend?
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The announcement was made by Nintendo at the same time that it delivered the other major Pikachu-centric news that Detective Pikachu will be launching March 23 2018.
It’s absolutely adorable and easy to see why the system sold out in Japan. So prepare to stand in line and do whatever you have to do to get your hands on this one before it’s gone! Let us know in the comments if you’re going to try and pick it up on January 26.
We’ve all read the headlines: Nintendo Switch is selling like hotcakes and breaking all kinds of sales records. Well, expect more headlines, because the Switch isn’t showing any signs of slowing down as it continues to steamroll sales records.
French outlet Le Figaro has reported that 911,000 Switch units were sold in France in 2017, outselling the 832,000 Wii U consoles sold in the country throughout the Wii U’s lifetime. Nintendo Italy also announced that the Switch has become the fastest selling console of all time in the region, which Nintendo Italy’s general manager, Andrea Persegati, attributes to the platform’s library of software that has really connected with Italian consumers.
Switch sales even boosted GameStop’s holiday sales — the company recently reported results for its nine-week holiday period ended December 30, showing sales up 10.6% year-over-year to $2.77 billion. Switch (and Xbox One X) drove hardware sales up 38%, while new game sales rose 7.3% year-over-year, attributable to Call of Duty: World War II and Switch titles. The Switch was also responsible for driving accessory sales, which jumped 33.7% over last year’s holiday season.
The Nintendo Switch is a special little console and I think it’s safe to say that we can expect many more great things in its future.
The casting of Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu in the upcoming live-action Pokémon film made a localization of the Detective Pikachu 3DS game seem inevitable. This morning, The Pokémon Company officially announced the news, alongside a big new Amiibo that towers over the original Pikachu!
The Amiibo will apparently unlock hints and special videos to help stuck players. It’s certainly a notable release, given that no previous Pokémon game has had Amiibo released in support (the Pokémon Amiibo have all been from the Super Smash Bros. line). Hopefully, this will result in more releases, particularly when the next Pokémon game releases on Switch!
Detective Pikachu and its accompanying Amiibo will release in North America on March 23. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information as it develops!
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The game has been on Steam Greenlight for some time now, and you can read the developer’s description of the game from there below:
Pato Box is an adventure and fighting game inspired by the “Punch-Out!!” series, taking place in the building of a corrupted corporation.
You play as Patobox, a boxing champion with a special distinction of having a duck’s head in a man’s body. He has been betrayed by members of Deathflock, the same company that has been sponsoring him during his career. Patobox will find retribution by finding Deathflock’s henchmen while discovering the dark secrets the company hides and the truth behind his treason one fight at a time.
Dive through Deathflock’s building, explore and encounter a series of intense fights that will test your reflexes and awareness while Patobox’s story reveals itself.
The gameplay is a mix between the adventure and fighting genres, and it features an interesting black and white art style, which you can see in the trailer.
The game had previously been successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2017 and was originally announced for Windows, Mac and PSVita.
Pato Box is playable at Pax South 2018 this weekend and will arrive on Switch some time in 2018.
Source: Nintendo Life
While rumors had been swirling about a possible Nintendo Direct all week, the company still managed to surprise fans today when they dropped a quick Direct Mini with little to no advance notice. During the presentation, a number of new titles and enhanced ports were announced, including Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Version, Mario Tennis Aces and Dark Souls: Remastered! We’ll have more information on all of today’s surprise announcements in the near future. In the meantime, you can watch today’s presentation below!
The Switch certainly has a plethora of games to look forward to in 2018! What was your favorite of today’s announcements? Let us know in the comments below!
Hardware sales were apparently up from 117.05 billion yen ($1.05 billion) in 2016, to 202.37 billion yen ($1.81 billion) in 2017. There was a similar jump on the software side. Software sales in 2016 were 182.4 billion yen ($1.63 billion) and this number increased to 189.3 billion yen ($1.69 billion) in 2017.
While the PS4 continued to sell well, a large part of this spike can be attributed to Switch, with an estimate of over 3 million units sold and four of the top ten selling games of the year on the platform.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the massive success of Switch in the last year, with Amazon recently announcing that it’s top ten game sales from 2017 was dominated by Switch titles.
Still, given the ongoing slump in the Japanese game market in recent years, it is great to hear that the console has helped revitalize the Japanese market.
In the developer’s own words:
In Super Cane Magic ZERO, the world of WOTF is in danger after the village of Poptarts explodes, sparking a vegetable riot and leaving the world’s fate in the hands of a group of semi-naked people who have only just fallen from the sky. Start your adventure as Dude, Dudette or one of the many other wacky characters, find the dog, restore the Internet and save the day!
The game includes randomly generated dungeons and PvP arenas for local co-op. It also features a colorful gameworld developed in collaboration with Sio, a popular Italian cartoonist.
Super Cane Magic ZERO was previously in Steam Early Access, where it received ‘Very Positive’ reviews. The developer previously announced that the game would be arriving on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One in Spring 2018.
While a Nintendo Switch release date has yet to be announced, it will apparently arrive “soon after” it does on other consoles.
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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon players are coming off a successful month as they racked up enough points in Mantine Surfing to win December’s Global Mission. However, they have no time to rest because Nintendo has announced what to expect for this month’s mission.
Trainers have been tasked with winning 100,000 fights in the Battle Agency while using parties of rented Pokémon by January 22. Those who register for the event will receive 4,000 Festival Coins if the objective is met or 2,000 if the world’s trainers fail. Those who don’t register will get 2,000 and 1,000 respectively.
So, if you have either, or both, of the latest Pokémon games for 3DS, be sure to register and head on over to the Battle Agency to do your part.
Xeno Crisis is an interesting project. The game is being developed by Bitmap Bureau, the studio behind 2D platformer 88 Heroes, and got its start on Kickstarter with the goal of ultimately releasing as a downloadable PC game as well as a physical, working Sega Genesis cartridge or a Dreamcast disc. The campaign easily achieved its $30,000 goal so the developers added a stretch goal for a Switch version, which was also met.
The game is an arena shooter in the same vein as something like Smash TV. To get a better idea of its gameplay and Aliens-inspired style, check out the trailer below:
One has to give credit to Bitmap Bureau’s retro devotion, though the Switch version will likely prove much more practical for most gamers. Of course, an SNES version would have undoubtedly been best!
Source: Nintendo Everything
SteamWorld Dig 2, the latest chapter in Image & Form’s celebrated series, launched last year to impressive commercial and critical success as it frequently popped up on the eShop’s best seller’s list. So far, however, downloading a digital copy has been the only way to play the game, but a recent ratings board listing suggests that might not always be the case.
A recent update to from the USK, effectively Germany’s version of the ESRB, listed the rating for a physical release of SteamWorld Dig 2. The listing has Rising Star Games as the publisher, and seeing how the company has previously worked with Image & Form on physical versions of their other games, it is looking more and more likely.
Of course, nothing has officially been announced yet, either for Europe or any other market, so we’ll have to wait until we hear something from the developer or the publisher. Regardless of whether or not SteamWorld Dig 2 eventually gets a physical release, it is a phenomenal game well worth playing no matter how you get it. In fact, it’s so good that not only did we name it the best Switch eShop game last year, but one of the best games of 2017, period.
Source: Nintendo Life
In 2017, the Switch eShop accumulated an impressive number of indie games. To kick off 2018, Nintendo announced today a sale on the eShop, offering up savings on nine of 2017’s more impressive offerings. The following games have been discounted by 25 percent or more:
Prices listed reflect cost on the North American eShop, though the percent decreases are available in all regions. Those on the fence can check out our reviews for Death Squared here and the Wii U version of Severed here. Decide quickly, though! The sale ends January 15.
Yasuhiro Wada’s (creator of Story of Seasons) latest project, Birthdays the Beginning, is headed to Nintendo Switch in Japan as Happy Birthdays on March 29.
This sandbox life-sim centers around creating entire ecosystems within cube-shaped worlds. Players start with a flat, barren plot of land and then create water, watching as life springs from its depths. From there it’s possible to build up land masses, add plant life, alter the temperature of the atmosphere and watch as animal life begins to evolve on land and the world continues to expand.
The Switch version of Birthdays the Beginning will feature improvements over the PlayStation 4 and PC versions, including easier navigation for things like conditions and places where life is born, game tempo improvements and the introduction of new animals.
Check out the trailer below:
Birthdays the Beginning is available on Playstation 4 and PC in the US so it remains to be seen whether the Switch version will also make its way to the West.