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Jason Clement posted a article in NintendoRoughly speaking, Nintendo appears to be off to a pretty good start with their smartphone games. SURE, there was a bit of outcry over the fact that Super Mario Run was $10 and people who regularly play free-to-play games weren't quite used to that but it also ended up energizing sales for Super Mario Maker 3DS and other Mario titles since its release. And y'know, there's the whole Pokemon GO thing as well, even if that's actually developed by Niantic and not Nintendo (though they have some stakes in it), but that's neither here or there. At any rate, you can expect Nintendo to keep up the smartphone releases for the foreseeable future. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima stated in a recent investor Q&A that the company plans to release "two to three" games a year and that they would primarily serve as a way of introducing the company's intellectual property to a wider audience. So far the company has released three games on smartphones since March 2016: Miitomo, Super Mario Run, and the recently released Fire Emblem Heroes. An Animal Crossing game was expected to release before the end of this March, but has now been pushed back to the end of 2017. Given that two games have been announced for this year so far (and one has already released), it's likely we'll hear about a third at some point. Source: Nintendo (via Gamasutra) What are your thoughts on Nintendo's smartphone games so far?
Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsWe've got some big headlines today, most notably related to the Final Fantasy XV news that last night brought, and also a number of other announcements as well. Check out the headlines below! Everything you need to know about the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event, including the game's release date Last night's UNCOVERED: Final Fantasy XV event was quite a doozy. Not only did Square Enix reveal the game's official release date, they also revealed that they're going all-out to promote the game with a cross-media projects. First off, let's not beat around the bush - the game is officially releasing on September 30th on PS4 and Xbox One. Oh, and there's a new trailer for the game as well which showcases the song "Stand By Me" as performed by Forence and the Machine. Moving on, there will be three different versions you can buy- Day 1 Edition - $59.99 - Comes with Final Fantasy series Masamune DLC weapon - Xbox Store pre-order exclusive: Two Xbox One avatars, including Noctis Special Outfit and Carbuncle pet - PlayStation Store pre-order exclusive: Dynamic PS4 theme for PS4 owners Deluxe Edition - $89.99 - All Day One content plus... - An exclusive steelbook containing Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglaive movie - Platinum Leviathan Regalia design - Royal Raiment costume DLC Ultimate Collector's Edition - $269.99 (available only on Square Enix's online store) - All Deluxe Edition content plus... - An exclusive steelbook containing the official Final Fantasy XV Blu-ray soundtrack (featuring music from Final Fantasy XV, Kingsglaive, and Brotherhood) - Hardcover artbook - Limited Edition Variant Noctis Play Arts -Kai- action figure - In-game item packs Additionally it was also revealed that Final Fantasy XV would be getting two multimedia projects. The first is a CG prequel movie called Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, and it will set the stage for the game's beginning. Actors Sean Bean, Lena Headey, and Aaron Paul are set to star as the main cast. The movie will be released digitally before the game's launch. The second project is an anime series called Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV, and it will consist of five standalone episodes that explore the friendships between Noctis and his three companions. All episodes will be free and will be viewable on Youtube before the game's launch. The first episode is up for watch . Also, a new demo called Platinum Demo: Final Fantasy XV has been released which players play through a fragmented dreamscape as young Noctis and his companion, Carbuncle. The demo is available right now on both Xbox One and PS4. Finally, Square Enix is releasing a pinball game on mobile devices called Justice Five which features RPG elements and the game's most iconic monsters. It will be coming soon to the Google Play and App Stores, and will also be playable in Final Fantasy XV. Source: Press Release Nintendo's Miitomo launches today on Google Play and iOS App Store It's finally here: Nintendo's first stab at a mobile game. Miitomo is described as a free-to-play social experience with friends. After creating your own personal Mii and customizing it to your liking, you can then add friends who have the app in-person or by linking existing Twitter and Facebook accounts. Ultimately, the app creates conversations and discussion among friends by answering questions that are presented to you. By doing different things on the app, you can also gain coins to use on Nintendo's new reward system, My Nintendo. If that sounds interesting, you can download it for free right now! Source: Press Release Axiom Verge officially coming to Vita in April PlayStation fans have been waiting for about a year for Axiom Verge to come to the Vita, and now it looks like that time is finally upon us. Creator Tom Happ took to the PlayStation Blog to explain what was behind the delay as well as a release date: April 19th! Additionally the game will be cross-buy, meaning that if you already have it on PS4, you'll get it at no charge on Vita (and vice-versa). And last but not least, the game will be 10% off on both platforms for a week when the Vita version launches. If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out Jonathan's review of the game; it's one of the few games we've given a perfect score to and it also placed 8th on GP's Top 10 Games of 2015. Source: PlayStation Blog Nintendo to shut down DSiware Shop next year It was bound to happen sooner or later. Presumably, all DSiware titles will still be purchasable through the 3DS eShop, so it seems the dissolution of the DSiware Shop will affect very few (only those that own and use a DSi). Users will still have until September 30, 2016 to add new points to the shop to buy things, but the service will shut down altogether on March 31, 2017. Source: Nintendo Life This week in new Nintendo eShop releases (3/31/16) Not a whole lot of big releases this week although there is one new Wii game: Mario Super Sluggers! And of course, Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus also makes its debut on Wii U. Check out Jonathan's review of it if you haven't already. Here's a look at all the new releases on the Wii U and 3DS eShop today. Wii U Lovely Planet Pokken Tournament - Demo Version Mario Super Sluggers (Wii) 6-Hand Video Poker Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus Now I Know My ABCs Pixlcross 3DS Justice Chronicles DLC Fire Emblem Fates - New DLC Map - Vanguard Dawn What are your thoughts on the new details about Final Fantasy XV? And will you play Miitomo?
Jonathan Higgins posted a article in Individual ValuesWelcome to the forty-fourth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. -------------------------------- I'm Lovin' It! Love is in the air this week... or is it the overwhelming smell of french fries? It“s going to be remarkably tough not to use my PokÃ©mon-related space here to fill your heads with hundreds of McDonald“s references. Alas, I get to add some extra sauce to what was, at first, going to be a speculative piece on the Nintendo News this week (as it relates to PokÃ©mon). The Mythical PokÃ©mon Hoopa has been confirmed for distribution in the United States from November 27th through December 23rd, 2015. The PokÃ©mon Company are indeed teaming up with McDonald“s restaurants to make this happen. Bring your 3DS and a copy of XY or ORAS to participating restaurants, and get your Hoopa -- though it“s unconfirmed by what means. I“m hoping it will just be distributed wirelessly thanks to Nintendo Zones already being a thing, but nothing is concrete. Can you imagine being a food service worker and suddenly getting an influx of kids (and adults) asking about Hoopa when you haven“t played PokÃ©mon in ten years? Arceus help them. Now then: barring a quick nod to the Shiny Xerneas distribution going on in Japan (hey, it“s the first time a legit one has been made available), let“s move on to what this week“s discussion was really going to be about: The Nintendo Investor“s Briefing that took place Thursday in Japan, Wednesday night here. Here are the slides, in English. I feel like PokÃ©mon GO and Miitomo combined are Nintendo“s big test/first steps into the mobile arena -- and one is obviously much more popular that the other. Far more relevant to my interests though, is the newly announced Nintendo Account. Here“s a fun blurb: â€œ...the service will eventually allow game save data, such as character data, to be stored in our cloud system so that you can use them both for the software for dedicated game systems and for our smart device applications.â€ Remember that time I belly-ached about PokÃ©mon and Save Data? If this new Nintendo Account deal lets me backup my PokÃ©mon data to the cloud in case my critters not already stored on PokÃ©mon Bank are corrupted -- I will be a happy Clamperl. This new twist could also mean that data from PokÃ©mon GO could eventually work together with data from the next mainline PokÃ©mon games, too. Oh, right -- speaking of: PokÃ©mon XY&Z ...the anime, mind you, has officially begun in Japan. Japanese PokÃ©mon fans got a first look at the new Zygarde forms that we“ll probably see announced in a new game very soon. Now that there“s rumblings of a US Hoopa distribution, I may have to revise my predictions of the "PokÃ©mon Z" announcement until mid-November, right before the McDonald“s magic happens. That“s all for me this week! Stay tuned next time for another Region Spotlight unless the new Hyrule Warriors Legends trailer planned for next week turns out to be part of a Nintendo Direct that has a "PokÃ©mon Z" announcement in it. And hey, we“re under a month away from the release of PokÃ©mon Super Mystery Dungeon! Plenty of mysteries on the horizon. What do you make of the Nintendo Account news? Is backing up one“s PokÃ©mon data beyond the capabilities of PokÃ©mon Bank soon to be a reality? When oh when will we finally get the "PokÃ©mon Z" announcement we“ve been waiting for? Share your thoughts!