Monthly Archives January 2017

The Top 10 Wii U Games – Nintendo Prime Podcast Ep. 14 (Part 2)

The Wii U is essentially dead, so we look back on our favorite games as suggested by one our few (but existing!) Nintendo Prime Podcast fans. It’s a wild journey that Eric and yours truly venture on, with some surprising inclusions, including a demo for a certain game many of you have likely not played yet.

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A Fan Creates an Amazing Pokémon Sun & Moon Kazoo Mix of Team Skull Grunt Battle

YouTuber Tsuko G. has created a masterful Kazoo version of Pokémon Sun & Moon‘s Team Skull Grunt Battle music. To be completely honest, I had never heard a game song recreated with a Kazoo to such perfection before, but apparently this a thing people on the internet do to amazing success, given this video has over 60,000 views.

I am fairly impressed by his work as I never viewed the Kazoo as such a versatile instrument.

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NES Classic Edition Has Sold Over 1.5 Million Units World Wide as Production Increases

The NES Classic Edition has been a fairly hot commodity since it released back in November, as it’s nearly impossible to find them on store shelves. If they do appear, chances are they are gone that exact same day. Online ordering is virtually impossible (unless you want to buy second hand off of Ebay). Clearly, Nintendo has massively mismanaged sales expectations for the system itself. Still, how successful is it?

It turns out that Nintendo is reporting, according Wall Street Journal writer Takashi Mochizuki, that it has sold over 1.5 million Nintendo Classic Editions world wide (includes all versions). He also reiterates that they are increasing production of the unit currently to meet demand. Are you impressed by these sales figures?

Source: Twitter

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Pokemon GO Has Passed 1 Billion Dollars in Gross Revenue & is the Fastest App to Reach That Milestone

Pokemon GO is not done breaking records just yet. While apparently the total daily spending has seen a decline, Pokemon GO still is driving heavy usage rates and big earning potential during special events, like last year’s Halloween bash. As such, the game has now become the fastest app in mobile history to pass 1 Billion Dollars in gross revenue, according to SensorTower.

This is huge news, as revenue continues to pour in while the full Generation 2 launch, one that will likely bring many players back into the fold, hasn’t even truly begun. Pokemon GO continues to be a world wide success story that likely won’t be dissipating anytime soon...

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After 8 Years of Development, Mega Man 2.5D has Released

Whelp, mark this down as a fan project that may just stand a chance at survival. The fine folks over at PetersJoStrand.com have spent the better part of eight years developing Mega Man 2.5D.  Here’s how they describe the game:

Mega Man 2.5D is a fangame developed by a small team of obsessive Mega Man fans. It began in 2009 as an animated proof-of-concept. This got a surprising amount of positive response, and because of this a couple of us got together with the goal of making a playable game out of it.

There are mainly two things that set Mega Man 2.5D apart from most other Mega Man games. The first is the co-op mode, where two players team up to take on Dr. Wily. The other is the use of camera perspective changes which is featured a lot in the single-player mode of the game.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Preview Highlights Polish, Quality, and More

Fire Emblem Heroes arrives on smart devices in just a couple days. While a slew of information seems to be coming out today about the game (more on this in another post), the first thing we want to highlight is a rather excellent preview/overview by the folks over at Polygon. They were not allowed to record video of the game itself, but they were allowed to take screenshots. Thus, what they did was make a video displaying the screenshots and explaining what is going on, how everything works, and why this feels like a true Fire Emblem game.

What is quickly noticeable is that this game features a high level of polish. Maybe that isn’t too surprising to veteran fans of Nintendo, but it’s nice to see that Nintendo is taking the high road in how it approaches games on the smart device platform...

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Here’s the 30th Anniversary Zelda Album Set List

Missed out on one of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts? Or do you want to listen to them again, and relish in that wonderful memory?

On February 15th, The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Concert album will be released in Japan. Two different versions are available for pre-order: a regular edition which includes 2 CDs worth of songs from the concert, and a limited edition that consists of the 2CDs, an additional DVD of the live performance from the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, a set of badges, and CD stand–all of which comes in a nice box.

The pieces that are to be included in the album are to generally match what was played in concert. Here’s the set list:

1. Hyrule Castle

From A Link to the Past...

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Pokémon Sun & Moon Sold 14.69 Million Units to Become Fastest Selling Game in Nintendo History

No, Pokémon Sun & Moon is not the best selling game in Nintendo history, let alone Pokemon history (though, it’s almost holding on to the #2 slot all by itself). However, for a single quarter it is now presently the fastest selling game in Nintendo history, well on pace to become the best selling Pokemon game ever. There is still a long ways to go and we don’t know when the game will show some slowdown in sales, but what we do know is that it’s flying off shelves at a record pace.

This data comes from Nintendo’s latest financial report, where they detailed out total sales for Pokemon Sun & Moon. NeoGAF has compiled a sales comparison chart to show where Pokemon games rank currently all time, which shows just how huge of a meteoric rise Sun & Moon truly are enjoying:

  • Green, Red & Blue: ...
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Tatsumi Kimishima States Nintendo Will Increase Switch Production, Pre-Orders are Good

The Nintendo Switch is already exceeding Nintendo’s internal projections and expectations, at least according to Tatsumi Kimishima, President and CEO of Nintendo of Japan. In financial results briefing in Japan today, he stated that the pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch are “good so far” and that they are going to ramp up Switch production to meet the current demand.

Nintendo did say they had a plan in place to up production should their initial shipment and projections be too low for demand, likely to not recreate the issues the Wii had where it was nearly impossible to find it out store shelves for over a year. Still, the fact they are already ramping up production suggests that demand has far exceeded their initial shipment of two million units during launch month worldwide.

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Wii U Production Has Officially Ended in Japan

Now that we’re practically one month removed from the launch of the Nintendo Switch, it should come as no surprise that the Wii U is ended production for various parts of the world. According to Nintendo Japan, they are no longer producing Wii U’s in Japan, meaning that there will be no more restocks of the console moving forward in that country. There have been rumors circulating for awhile that Wii U production ended late last year for most of the west, which could explain why I’ve had a hard time find any brand new units on store shelves.

There are still reasons to buy a Wii U beyond a collectors standpoint, as the Nintendo Switch is not backwards compatible.

Source: Nintendo Japan

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