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April 28, 2016

Pocket Card Jockey, Book Of Unwritten Tales 2 To Hit North American eShops In Early May WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 5:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

North America is hitting the races the same day as Europe.

Nintendo's upcoming games list has revealed a couple of titles coming soon to North America.

The first to release is Pocket Card Jockey, which will release on May 5 in North America. The European release for the solitaire-fueled horse racing simulation was previously announced for the same day.

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KoeiTecmo Confirms NX Titles In Development

by Donald Theriault - 5:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: KoeiTecmo

If there is a Japanese game system, it will have musou. No exceptions.

Although SquareEnix teased it, KoeITecmo are the first company to formally announce support for the NX.

The announcement was made in the company's financial statements that released yesterday, and were reported by a market analyst known as ZhugeEx.

KOEI TECMO confirm that they are starting development on Nintendo's new console codenamed "NX".No project announced just yet.

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First Print Bonus Announced For SMT IV Apocalypse 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 5:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Atlus

And much like Pat Boone for some reason, we're going metal.

Early and preorder buyers of SMT IV Apocalypse will be getting metal this summer.

Atlus today announced that the first print bonus for the game will be three metallic pins designed around the themes of the game, peace and anarchy. The pins are .75" (1.9cm) in diameter and are finished to a high shine.

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Nintendo Downloads – April 28, 2016 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:16 am PDT
Total comments: 17 Source: Nintendo

OK, so THAT happened.

Following a chaotic and messy day of news, a download article seems almost redundant. But the show must go on. Most of the attention today is focused on the “free, but…” trio of the two Mini Mario & Friends Amiibo Challenge and the final version of Lost Reavers following the two week beta period. Note that the Mini Mario game won’t even go past the title screen unless you have, say, Best Princess or another amiibo in that range.

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Fire Emblem Fates Announces "Heirs Of Fate" Map Pack For North America 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:00 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

And you can't bring anybody in with you.

Fire Emblem Fates's first map pack has wound down in North America, but the second pack will launch next week.

"Heirs of Fate" is a six part series of maps that takes a new set of characters on a standalone adventure against a mysterious foe. The packs can be purchased individually or as a part of Map Pack 2, which will also release next Thursday for US$7.99/C$11.29.

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April 27, 2016

Nintendo Divesting Large Portion Of Seattle Mariners Ownership

by Donald Theriault - 5:47 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Nintendo

The Japanese ads behind home plate will likely remain.

Nintendo of America has begun negotiations to sell a large portion of their Seattle Mariners ownership.

The deal, which is subject to approval by Major League Baseball expected in August, will see Nintendo reduce their 55% ownership of First Avenue Entertainment, the partnership that owns the team... Read more...

Xenoblade Chronicles Launching On North American Virtual Console Tomorrow WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 10:57 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Nintendo

The first and last time we'll say this: I'm really feeling it.

North American Wii U owners will be able to partake in an epic adventure starting with tomorrow's eShop update.

Xenoblade Chronicles will release tomorrow as a download on the Wii U for $19.99 (US)/$24.99 (CDN). The first of the Operation Rainfall trio of late-era Wii RPGs to release on disc will be the last to release in North America digitally.

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Nintendo Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Results WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 1:04 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo

Anything sold on Wii U this fiscal year will be a bonus.

Nintendo did post an operating and overall profit for the past fiscal year, though numbers were down across the board.

Financial Indicators:

Net income 32.881bn yen (US$295mn, all conversions based on current market rates) Net sales 504.459bn yen (approx. US$4.5bn) Download sales 44bn yen (US$395mn) Revenue from smart devices and licensing 5.7bn yen (US$51mn)

Hardware numbers:

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Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing Apps Announced For Mobile

by Donald Theriault - 12:33 am PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Nintendo

Two big Nintendo franchises will be among the four mobile titles

Following the launch of Miitomo, Nintendo is looking to big portable hits for their smart apps.

During their earnings press conference today, Nintendo confirmed that the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing series will both be represented in their mobile strategy.

More #Nintendo apps are coming to smart devices, including Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing! pic.twitter.com/VIWLm8ehvH

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Nintendo: NX, Zelda Launching March 2017 Worldwide WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 12:21 am PDT
Total comments: 29 Source: Nintendo

Brand new concepts come later than most expected

There will be one more year for the 3DS and Wii U as Nintendo's main drivers.

Nintendo's full year financial results have released, and with it comes confirmation that the "new concept" of the NX will be a March 2017 release worldwide.

"For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed “NX” with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally."

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April 26, 2016

Pokémon Go Footage Leaks from Australia Mobi

by Adam Abou-Nasr - 8:50 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Darkathion (YouTube)

It comes from a land down under.

Almost nine minutes of Pokemon Go footage has been uploaded by beta tester and YouTube user Darkathion.

The video shows off character customization, the overworld map, catching Pokemon with and without the AR camera, gyms, replenishing items, and hatching Pokemon eggs. This footage comes shortly after the beta version was made available in Australia.

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'Friends of Nintendo' Humble Bundle Available

by Adam Abou-Nasr - 12:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Humble Bundle

Games for Nintendo systems have shown up in another Humble Bundle.

Nine Nintendo-system games are available through Humble Bundle, a digital storefront and charity fundraiser.The bundle is available in North America and Europe.

There are three tiers:

Pay $1 or more

Retro City Rampage: DX Affordable Space Adventures Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Pay $13 or more

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The NWR Mailbag Will Return Site News

by Donald Theriault - 8:17 am PDT
Discuss in talkback!

And the postmaster will dive deep.

Longtime readers of Nintendo World Report might remember that back in the day, we had an occasional mailbag. And thanks to your Patreon support, it's coming back.

You can send your questions to mailbag@nintendoworldreport.com and our crack research team will set to work finding an answer. The plan is to have the mailbag published on the second Tuesday of each month, though patrons will have access a few days before that.

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April 25, 2016

NIS America To Cease Distribution Of Atlus Games In Europe/Australia

by Donald Theriault - 7:55 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: MCV UK

The PAL release of SMT IV Apocalypse could be hit even harder with delays.

A long standing partnership between NIS America and Atlus for game distribution has come to a close.

NIS America terminated the relationship with Atlus effective 15 April, citing contractual concerns following the buyout of Atlus by Sammy (parent corporation of Sega). In a statement to British... Read more...

April 24, 2016

First International Splatfest Results Announced WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 1:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Splatoon

"Is this a civil war?" "No, this is Patrick."

Results from the recent Splatfest competition, which included the first cross-region event:

NA/EU/AUS: Patrick 373, Spongebob 327 (43-57, 55-45) At Bluefin Depot, the popularity curse continues for Callie. Spongebob's big popularity advantage required a 49-51 in order to claim the win, but fell... Read more...

SteamWorld Heist To Get DLC This Week, Update Incoming 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 8:24 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Image & Form

Prepare to meet The Outsider.

The critically acclaimed SteamWorld Heist is about to expand even more.

>p>To coincide with PAX East, Image and Form have announced the first paid expansion for the title, which they later announced would release this coming Thursday:

"The Outsider" is launching April 28 as DLC for SteamWorld Heist! Full details early next week. Here's a sneak peek: pic.twitter.com/Nt5venshSA

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Monster Hunter Generations To Praise The Sun Goddess 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 8:23 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Capcom

Will all of Amaterasu's attacks be present?

Monster Hunter Generations will let you be anything you want - including a god.

Capcom announced this week that one of the playable Felyne costumes in this summer's celebratory title is Amaterasu, the sun god/wolf from the Okami series. The costume will work both in standard play where the Felyne is an AI companion, or in Prowler mode in which you play as the killer cat.

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New Error Found In Super Mario Bros. WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 8:04 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: The Cutting Room Floor

30 years and we're still finding out things about the game that made the NES famous.

Despite its age, new secrets are still being found in Super Mario Bros. - including code errors.

According to a source code disassembly performed last year and published at The Cutting Room Floor, the behavior of Spiny eggs is not as intended. Rather than dropping down, the eggs were meant to be thrown at an angle based on Mario and Lakitu's position and movement speed, as well as having physics for bouncing off pipes or blocks.

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April 21, 2016

Nintendo Downloads - April 21, 2016 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:10 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

W-w-w-wing damage

The big games of the week in both territories are of course, hot out of the Lylat System. Star Fox Zero (and Star Fox Guard) land in your nearest eShop tonight, bringing the classic shooter franchise into HD and camera work. Check out Neal’s Zero and John’s Guard reviews for more details. I’m... Read more...

April 20, 2016

Pocket Card Jockey Gets European Release Date And Demo 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 12:54 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Shuffle up and deal!

UPDATE April 20: The demo is now live in the North American eShop.

The Grand National may have passed, but Europe's about to get its horse race on soon.

This week's Nintendo download announcement for Europe confirmed that Pocket Card Jockey, the GameFreak developed horse racing / solitaire crossover, will have a demo with this week's eShop update and will release on 5 May.

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