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January 31, 2018

Nintendo Officially Partners with Illumination for New Mario Movie

by John Rairdin - 8:45 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo

It has to better than last time... right?

To wrap up their financial briefing this morning in Japan, Nintendo officially confirmed their long rumored partnership with Illumination to produce an animated Super Mario Brothers movie. No details or proposed release window were given, merely a confirmation of the project's existence. It has however been confirmed that Shigeru Miyamoto will be co-producing the film, alongside Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri.

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Mario Kart Tour Announced For Smartphones Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 5:40 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Nintendo

The green flag will drop by March 2019.

The next smartphone game from Nintendo will race into smart devices by March of next year.

Mario Kart Tour was announced for smartphones at Nintendo's strategy meeting tonight. The game is slated to launch by the end of the next fiscal year (April -> March 2019). No other information is available.

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Switch Online Service To Launch In September Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 5:24 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

Get your splatting in now.

The free ride is a few months away from ending on Switch.

At tonight's post-earnings strategy meeting, CEO Tatsumi Kimishima announced that the Switch's paid online service will begin in September of 2018.

#NintendoSwitch Online will launch in September 2018! pic.twitter.com/h3Rpeyymsx

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Nintendo Announces Third Quarter Financial Results: Switch Officially Outships Wii U

by Donald Theriault - 1:08 am PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo

The pass we've all been waiting for.

The Switch has passed its first target.

Nintendo has released their results for the 3rd quarter of fiscal 2017 (ending December 31), and have officially confirmed lifetime shipments of the Switch of 14.86 million units to pass the Wii U's 13.56m lifetime shipments. It is now the fastest selling home console by units shipped in company history, passing the sales of the Wii (13.17m) for the same timeframe.

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January 30, 2018

Fire Emblem Heroes Announces Plans For First Anniversary Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 8:01 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo Mobile

Now with more headpats.

Fire Emblem Heroes will have their first anniversary bash starting Friday, and the plans were laid out in a video posted earlier this evening.

A special bonus of 50 orbs will be given to all players who log in between the anniversary and March 7, with another 50 available through special daily... Read more...

This Is The Police 2 Locks Up 2018 Release Date Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:06 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: THQ Nordic

Handsome, proud and strong.

A key member of the Switch's adventure game lineup will come back for a second round this year.

This Is The Police 2 has been tagged for a 2018 release on Switch. The sequel will carry on the adventure and simulation game combination of the original, which involves managing a police force and making decisions at the crime scene.

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January 29, 2018

Project Octopath Traveler Details Demo Feedback, Improvements Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:35 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Square Enix

Sleeker, faster, and more streamlined.

A new English-subtitled video on Square Enix's Japanese Youtube channel has detailed improvements made to Project Octopath Traveler following the demo release last September.

The development team confirms that changes will be coming to the speed of the game, including a faster default movement... Read more...

Multiple Titles Coming From Atooi, Including Soccer Slammers

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Jools Watsham provides a behind-the-scenes look of Atooi via his blog.

Developer Atooi dropped some news today via a blog post from owner Jools Watsham, including a surprising announcement of a new Switch title “Soccer Slammers”. Watsham describes it as an arcade soccer game that takes inspiration from NBA Jam that promises 2-On-2 fast-paced gameplay.

Soccer Slammers will be coming out in time for the World Cup, which starts in mid June.

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January 25, 2018

Wild Guns Reloading On Switch In Early 2018 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:47 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Natsume

No RPG elements here, except for one of the new modes.

A remake of one of the games that put Natsume on the map will blast into the Switch in the next few months.

Wild Guns Reloaded, the remake of Natsume's 1995 scrolling shooter, has been tabbed for a "early 2018" release on Switch. The original title released on the Wii U Virtual Console in late 2015.

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Flinthook, Mercenary Kings Announced For Switch With Limited Physical Releases Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:41 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Limited Run Games, Tribute Games

Two more critically acclaimed action games for Switch.

Following the announcement of Dead Cells earlier today, two more indie hits will come to Switch.

Tribute Games have announced that their popular treasure hunting title Flinthook and side-scrolling shooter Mercenary Kings will come to Switch, with the latter arriving on February 6 in a "Reloaded... Read more...

Dead Cells Coming To Switch In 2018 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:00 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Motion Twin

The Steam Early Access hit is making its debut on all consoles this year.

One of Steam Early Access's biggest success stories is coming to Switch this year.

French developers Motion Twin have announced that their side-scrolling action RPG Dead Cells will release on Switch among other consoles in 2018. No further specifics about the release date are available, but it will be after the game leaves Steam Early Access. To date, the early version has sold over 600,000 copies.

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Nintendo Downloads - January 25, 2018 Switch3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:10 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Match Game: Square Enix tax in Canada is so disgusting, Ephraim tried to (blank).

Although by volume or price you'd think Lost Sphear is the big release of the week, this is a week where it's worth thinking smaller. Like with Celeste, the game that charmed us all with its appearance in the Nintendo Direct two weeks ago, but may have a big number of its own coming. Or maybe you're into possible lawsuit games, in which case ChromaGun came out on Monday.

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January 24, 2018

Arena Of Valor Announces European Beta Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:24 pm PST
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No word on a possible appearance by a man dressed like a bat.

European Switch owners will have a chance to try one of the platform's first multiplayer battle arena titles this weekend.

Arena of Valor will be hosting its first beta for Europe this weekend, beginning at midnight UTC Saturday (8 p.m. Eastern time Friday) and running for two full days. Player data will not carry over from the beta.

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Darkest Dungeon Locates Retail Release Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:11 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Merge Games

An option for the memory-starved role player.

Darkest Dungeon will soon come to retail on Switch.

The Lovecraftian RPG which released on the Switch last week will release on a Switch card in March with the assistance of Merge Games. MSRP for the Switch edition will be $39.99 and the currently available DLC packs (The Crimson Court and The Shieldbreaker) will be included.

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Miitomo To Close In May Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 7:05 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo

Good night, sweet prince. Or Prince.

After two years of questions, Miitomo will be closing its doors.

The communication app, Nintendo's first foray into the mobile market, will terminate service at midnight Pacific time on May 9. In-app purchases have been turned off as of today.

A full list of items affected by the closure is available on the game's microsite.

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January 23, 2018

My Time At Portia Coming to Nintendo Switch Switch

by John Rairdin - 9:38 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Team 17

A big, wide, open-world of crafting and friendship.

Team 17 confirmed this morning that open-world life simulator My Time at Portia will be arriving on Switch later this year. Developed by Pathea after a successful Kickstarter campaign, My Time at Portia invites players to explore, harvest, craft, and develop relationships in their town. The game also... Read more...

January 22, 2018

Original SteamWorld Dig Coming To Switch February 1 Switch

by Daan Koopman and Donald Theriault - 4:10 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: eShop Action Committee

Just need SteamWorld Tower Defense and we've got a bingo.

SteamWorld Dig 2 wowed audiences on Switch last year, and we'll soon return to where it all began.

In an interview recorded with Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson for an upcoming episode of the eShop Action Committee podcast, Brjann announced that the original SteamWorld Dig would release on Switch on 1 February barring unforseen circumstances. The game will be priced at $9.99.

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January 18, 2018

Nintendo Downloads - January 18, 2018 Switch3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:10 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

On a full house of a day, it's a fuller house of games.

In the North American shops this week, Nintendo really wants you to think that the big game is the 3DS retail release du jour in Kirby: Battle Royale. But we all know the truth: The ability to absorb a foe in a single inhale is insignificant next to the power of Cthulhu. Hencem the big winner this week is Darkest Dungeon, launching on Switch with hopefully readable text in handheld mode.

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Nintendo Sales Party: December 2017 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - 5:32 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo, NPD Group

How do you get to 4.8m Switches in ten months? The holidays help.

Nintendo has released numbers confirming December 2017 as their biggest hardware sales month in seven years in the United States.

Ahead of the release of the monthly US sales report from the NPD Group, Nintendo issued a press statement today confirming that more than 2.6m units of hardware were... Read more...

Snow Moto Racing Freedom Drives Home February Release On Switch Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:00 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Bigben Interactive

They'll get you running hot and cold.

In addition to the water, Switch owners will also be able to race on the snow next month.

Bigben Interactive will be publishing Snow Moto Racing Freedom on Switch next month. This will be the second racing game Bigben releases in February, with the first being Aqua Moto Racing Utopia which was announced last week.

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