Bandai Namco Says There Will Be “Massive Surprises” For Tales’ 20th Anniversary

We haven’t had a Tales’ game on a Nintendo platform in the west since Tales of the Abyss on the Nintendo 3DS, but let’s hope that will change. Bandai Namco announced today that there will be “massive surprises” in store for Tales fans as the series reaches its 20th anniversary. Who knows what’s going to be announced? But it sure would be nice to have a new game on Nintendo 3DS or Wii U.

An anniversary won’t be complete without massive surprises… Stay tuned for amazing news over the upcoming months!

Individual Super Mario Series Mario Amiibo Will Be Released On April 3rd In The US

Nintendo of America has just tweeted that the lovely Super Mario Bros collection Mario amiibo will be released next month in the United States. In Europe consumers were able to purchase the figure individually, whereas in the United States it was only available in a bundle with Mario Party 10. It doesn’t sound as though this particular amiibo will be retailer specific, which is good news.

Thanks, Rubberyen

Nintendo President Says The Company Wasn’t Cornered Into Smartphone Backtrack

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has gone on record to say that the company wasn’t cornered when it decided to branch out to smartphone and tablet development. Many were surprised when Iwata announced that it had teamed up with DeNA to bring its iconic franchises to smartphones and tablets. Iwata says that this wasn’t because they had run out of options, rather its the result of a changing world regarding how people consume video games.

“A variety of media have written that Nintendo is cornered a number of times, but I do not think we were cornered at all,” he argued. “Needless to say, we are also aware that unless a company can deal with the rapidly changing world, it will face decline. But I would like to emphasise here that our alliance [with DeNA] is not the result of a lack of better options for a cornered company.

“When I first met with [DeNA president and CEO] Mr Moriyasu I started to wonder if there was anything we could work on together. After that, the more we discussed, the more I realized that DeNA knew so many things that Nintendo did not. Mr Moriyasu even said that DeNA did not mind remaining in the background as long as it could collaborate with Nintendo, and I came to realize that this could be a very productive opportunity as in comparison to what Nintendo might have been able to achieve by itself.

“This is why I just said that this is not a decision made out of a lack of options. In fact, Nintendo has received a number of proposals from a variety of companies. Among them, Nintendo has proactively chosen DeNA.”

“We have finally found a clear way to achieve a win-win relationship both for the dedicated video game and smart device businesses by deploying Nintendo IP raised in dedicated video game systems to smart devices,” Iwata said, implying that a smartphone strategy was previously rejected only because Nintendo was yet to identify a satisfactory solution.

“Another thing is collaborating with a powerful partner, DeNA. Instead of one company having to do everything, this partnership will enable us to not assign an excessive number of development staff to areas where weaknesses exist, and as a result will help us avoid disturbances to our software development for dedicated video game systems. We have found an answer to creating an advantageous situation for both sides by letting more people know about Nintendo IP and bridging the gap between these two platforms.

“You mentioned that what I explained today sounded different from what we have said in the past. Please understand that I had been hoping to come up with this sort of solution and that I was finally able to talk about the whole picture today, because various prospects we had been considering and working on have come together as we had hoped, so I personally feel very comfortable today.

“As for your criticism that the decision is late, I think that whether it is late or not will be decided by what we produce in the coming years, and it could rather be described as the best timing. My personal view is that the time is ripe as many factors like various encounters with people, the ways our internal discussions have progressed and the ideas we have generated through that process occurred simultaneously. We will do our best to prove that our decision was made at the right time.”

The Call Of Duty Series Has Sold Over 175 Million Units Which Is Around One Copy Every Two Seconds

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We all know just how popular the Call of Duty series has been. Analysts have said that sales have recently been on the decline, but there’s still no denying it’s an incredibly popular series worldwide. Activision has announced that the Call of Duty franchise has sold over 175 million units which equates to around one copy sold every two seconds. You really can’t argue with that.

Has Reddit Leaked Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door 3D For Nintendo 3DS?

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Well, this is certainly interesting. A Reddit user has posted a teaser video for Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door 3D for the Nintendo 3DS. The video has now been taken down but that hasn’t stopped people from posting some gifs from the aforementioned video. Who knows? It does look fairly believable, but I guess we won’t know for sure until the next Nintendo Direct. Then again, that Rayman leak for Super Smash Bros looked pretty believable and we know that was faked.

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New Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Tour Dates Announced

The Pokémon Company International and Princeton Entertainment announced today 30 new locations and dates for the official Pokémon live orchestral concert, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions. After sold out performances in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, PA and selling 5,000 tickets in Philadelphia, fans across the country will soon get the opportunity to see and hear Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions in a city near them. More information about the new locations, dates, and how to purchase tickets can be found at Pokemon.com/symphony.

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages the chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet up with friends of all ages to catch, battle and trade Pokémon from your favorite games. All-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games, including:

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue
Pokémon Yellow
Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver
Pokémon Crystal
Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire
Pokémon Emerald
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
Pokémon Platinum
Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

The upcoming North America tour includes a first set of dates presented by Live Nation Entertainment in conjunction with Princeton Entertainment. Performances will take place in some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Chicago Theatre and The Greek Theatre, among others. A European tour is scheduled for spring 2016, with additional venue and location details coming soon.

“Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is a spectacular showcase of the memorable music that has been a hallmark of the Pokémon franchise for nearly 20 years,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “The concert series serves as a thank you to fans and an invitation to share our passion for Pokémon by reliving some of our fondest memories with the brand. We look forward to seeing fans of all ages enjoying this very special Pokémon orchestral event together.”

Current Tour Cities:
Baltimore, MD 5/1/2015      Joseph Meyerhoff Hall
New York, NY 6/6/2015      Theater at Madison Square Garden
Cincinnati, OH 6/12/2015      Riverbend Music Center
Cleveland, OH 6/13/2015      Blossom Music Center
Buffalo, NY 6/14/2015      Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Milwaukee, WI 6/19/2015      Riverside Theater
Chicago, IL 6/20/2015      Chicago Theatre
San Diego, CA 7/9/2015      Copley Symphony Hall
Los Angeles, CA 7/11/2015      The Greek Theatre
San Jose, CA 7/12/2015      City National Civic
Vienna, VA 7/18/2015      Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Vancouver, BC 7/22/2015      The Orpheum
Houston, TX 7/25-26/2015  Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
Holmdel, NJ 8/20/2015      PNC Bank Arts Center
Boston, MA 8/22/2015      Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Toronto, ON 8/28/2015      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Montreal, QC 8/30/2015      Place Des Arts
Detroit, MI 9/11/2015      Fox Theatre
Indianapolis, IN 9/12/2015      Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Seattle, WA 9/15/2015      Benaroya Hall
Portland, OR 9/17/2015      Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Mexico City, MX  10/23/2015  Auditorio Nacional
Monterrey, MX 10/25/2015  Monterrey Arena
Sydney, AU 11/20-21/2015 Sydney Opera House
Clearwater, FL 12/3/2015      Ruth Eckerd Hall
Orlando, FL 12/4/2015      Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Pittsburgh, PA 1/24/2016      Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
Grand Rapids, MI 2/5/2016      DeVos Performance Hall

The Japanese Will Be Getting Xenoblade Chronicles X And Bravely Second Soundtracks

Good news if you live in Japan as listings found on the VGMdb state that both Xenoblade Chronicles X and Bravely Second will be getting official soundtracks. The Xenoblade Chronicles X soundtrack will come on five CD’s on May 20th for 4,298 Yen. The soundtrack for Bravely Second will ship on two CD’s and will also be available to purchase on May 20th, but pricing has yet to be announced.

Thanks, N-Dub Nation