We have finally found out that the long-awaited Pokemon fighter, Pokken Tournament, will be coming to Japanese arcades on July 16th. As well as revealing the release date for the game, Bandai Namco has also revealed that Charizard and Weavile will feature as playable characters in the beat-em-up. These two characters will join Lucario, Machamp, Pikachu, Gardevoir, Suicune, and Gengar. Japanese consumers who play the game before July 31 using their Bandai Namco Passport Card will be able to use Jirachi and Whimsicott as support Pokemon.
You most probably know that both Sony and Nintendo were planning to work with each other on something you may know as the PlayStation. The idea was scrapped by Nintendo, but a user on Reddit claims to have gotten his hands on the mystical device which played both CD’s and SNES games. We can’t verify its legitimacy, but the prototype certainly should prove to ensure some interesting discussion around the web.
“My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dads [sic] company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of “junk” he was supposed to throw out.
“I have not had a chance to boot her up, I don’t have a power cable at the moment, but it seems like it’s a pretty common DC cable. I’ll have to get one and see how it goes.”
If you are in the market for a Nintendo handheld then you may want to consider purchasing a Nintendo 2DS. The official Nintendo online store currently has 20 percent off refurbished Nintendo 2DS systems. So you can grab one for $60, which is pretty damn cheap. There’s a ton of great games on the Nintendo 3DS and this list should help you make the purchasing decision a little easier.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata believes that the company should be more proactive when it comes to licensing their iconic franchises. We’ve already seen the success of amiibo, which is part of Nintendo’s merchandise, and heard about the upcoming expansion into theme parks with Universal. However, Iwata says this isn’t enough and points towards movies and television programs as ways they can branch out with their recognisable IP.
“We have been discussing internally that we should be more proactive, and it is imperative that we establish a global structure to deploy such business all around the world. As a large proportion of our sales come from outside Japan, we have various ideas in mind for collaboration on the character licensing business across Japan, North America and Europe. And this expansion won’t be limited to merchandise; it may take various forms including, for example, images or even movies or TV programs. Even though I am not sure of the actual forms, it is safe to say that in addition to profitable licensing businesses, Nintendo will take risks we believe are worthwhile. On the other hand, not a small number of businesses have ended up with a pile of leftover stock after a particular product’s short-lived period of popularity. It would surely ruin the value of Nintendo IP and would not enhance corporate value over the long term if we chose this path. Therefore, I would like to recap that our current plan is not to simply increase the number of proposals but to be more proactive than in the past by making appropriate decisions that will enhance our overall corporate value over the long term.”
Splatoon has been nothing short of a success for Nintendo, and considering it’s a brand IP, it has performed extremely well in the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. It’s not too surprising as it’s a great game coupled with a gorgeous art style and super fun gameplay. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has informed investors that he is extremely grateful for Splatoon sales as they weren’t too sure how well the game would fare.
“Having received high recognition from our consumers for its novelty, this title’s sell-through sales reached 1 million units in less than a month from its release. We feel very grateful for this, since our view was not so optimistic prior to release, for it being a non-series title.”
There may not be a more gruesome title than the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Corpse Party: Blood Covered – Repeated Fear. The game, which takes place in an elementary school, has the player try to escape from the countless corpses and souls of deceased children. As you may have guessed, this 5pb. game is (so far) Japan exclusive and will release on July 30th. Check out the newest trailer below:
Nintendo says it remains committed to releasing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles while the NX has launched. Obviously I wouldn’t expect the period to happen for too long, but it should be for the first few months. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says that the company wants to satisfy those that purchased the Wii U to what he says is “the maximum extent possible.”
“Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or what will happen to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero. When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX.”
“Therefore, while we are preparing NX for the future, we are discussing within our internal development teams as well as with the second-party developers we co-develop software with and also with third-party software publishers about how to continue creating software for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. So, I believe that your point of concern should not happen immediately. As for Wii U, we will continue to make efforts, as it is a priority within the company to think about how we can satisfy the consumers who purchased this system to the maximum extent possible.”