Nintendojo http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Fri, 06 May 2016 14:23:06 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.2 Copyright Nintendojo 2011 wpAdmin@nintendojo.com (Nintendojo) wpAdmin@nintendojo.com (Nintendojo) Podcast 1440 http://nintendojo.com/wp-content/uploads/podpress_temp/nd_podcast144.jpg Nintendojo http://www.nintendojo.com 144 144 Nintendojo's Weekly Podcasts, including Dojo-Show-Go! and Airship Travelogues Nintendojo's weekly podcasts! We talk about the latest games, news and other zany items in the World of Nintendo... and beyond. Nintendo, Wii, GameCube, DS, nintendo, 64, NES, SNES Nintendojo Nintendojo wpAdmin@nintendojo.com no no New Pokémon Sun and Moon Info Coming May 10 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-pokemon-sun-and-moon-info-coming-may-10 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-pokemon-sun-and-moon-info-coming-may-10#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 14:00:20 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156427 News Desk Masthead - Pokémon Pokemon

News on the seventh generation of Pokémon titles, Pokémon Sun and Moon, has been scarce since the pair were revealed this past February, but that’s all about to change in a few short days.

Earlier today on Twitter, Pokémon director Junichi Masuda announced that more information on the anticipated titles will be revealed on May 10. The reveal is scheduled to happen at 9 PM Japan Standard Time (8 AM Eastern Time), though it hasn’t been confirmed if it will be through a digital broadcast or some other means.

What do you think we’ll learn about the new titles? Share your theories in the comments!

Source: Line Blog

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World Video Game Hall of Fame Welcomes Six New Inductees http://www.nintendojo.com/news/world-video-game-hall-of-fame-welcomes-six-new-inductees http://www.nintendojo.com/news/world-video-game-hall-of-fame-welcomes-six-new-inductees#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:58 +0000 Angela Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156410

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, tackled the task of narrowing down from a list of fifteen prospective video games the six titles that would be the second class of inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. After much deliberation, the following games have joined the likes of Super Mario Bros. and Tetris as Hall-of-Fame-worthy:

  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Oregon Trail
  • The Sims
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders

Their inclusion into the World Video Game Hall of Fame brings the total number of inductees to 12, following the 2014 inaugural class of honorees:

  • Doom
  • Pac-Man
  • Pong
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetris
  • World of Warcraft

What do you think of the choices that were made for this round of inductees? Any that you agree or disagree with? Which titles would you next like to see receive this honor? Let us know in the comments section!

Source: Game Informer

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The Pokémon Company Brought in $2.1 Billion in Retail Revenue in 2015 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/the-pokemon-company-brought-in-2-1-billion-in-retail-revenue-in-2015 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/the-pokemon-company-brought-in-2-1-billion-in-retail-revenue-in-2015#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 22:00:28 +0000 Angela Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156405

The Pokémon machine keeps on hummin’– according to 2015 brand licensing results provided to License! Global, The Pokémon Company saw $2.1 billion in total retail sales of licensed products worldwide, landing the company at the 29th spot on the list. Licensed products include video games, the official trading card game, the anime, and more.

2015′s total revenue is just slightly above the $2 billion The Pokémon Company generated in 2014.

The following is an excerpt on Pokemon from License! Global’s report:

The Pokémon 20th anniversary kicked off with the brand’s first ever Pokémon Super Bowl ad during Super Bowl 50, which was viewed by more than 110 million people during the game and watched more than 26 million times on YouTube. The spot encourages fans to Train On. Four Mythical Pokémon video game character distribution events will take place at participating GameStop locations throughout 2016, with one being distributed quarterly. TOMY International, Pokémon’s master toy licensee, has also created special Mythical Pokémon figures and plush to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon. Pokémon TCG fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon with the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion. Highly anticipated Pokémon video games launch in 2016, including the fast-action fighting game for the Wii U, Pokkén Tournament, which launched in March. Also, the seventh generation of Pokémon video games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, will launch in time for the holiday season for the Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Have you snagged any cool Pokémon merchandise lately? Drop a comment below to let us know about it!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Nintendo Outlines Its E3 Plans http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-outlines-its-e3-plans http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-outlines-its-e3-plans#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 14:00:49 +0000 Kevin Knezevic http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156401

Nintendo stunned many fans last week when it announced that the only playable title it will showcase at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo will be the Wii U installment of the Legend of Zelda. As hotly anticipated as that game may be, it was unusual for the company to devote its entire showing to a single game– especially considering the variety of events it hosted during last year’s expo.

This year, however, it looks like even the company’s digital broadcasts will be devoted entirely to Zelda. In lieu of the Nintendo Digital Event that typically precedes E3, Nintendo will be airing a day-long Treehouse live stream of the next Zelda title. The stream begins on June 14 at 9 AM Pacific Time, and will feature plenty of in-depth footage, as well as developer interviews, “behind-the-scenes info,” and more. The stream will be broadcast on the company’s YouTube and Twitch channels, as well as on its E3 2016 online hub.

What do you think of Nintendo’s E3 plans this year? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Nintendo

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Hidden Game Found in Sega 3D Classics Collection http://www.nintendojo.com/news/hidden-game-found-in-sega-3d-classics-collection http://www.nintendojo.com/news/hidden-game-found-in-sega-3d-classics-collection#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:52 +0000 Robert Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156390

We rather loved Sega 3D Classics Collection when we played it; the game is chock full of golden oldie Sega games that have been remastered and polished up for 3DS, boasting stereoscopic visuals and numerous features that should entrance new and old fans, alike. Still, as fun as the collection is, no one would complain if Sega had thrown in another game or two, and as luck would have it, there is indeed an extra title floating around that has been discovered by fans!

Bumping the total offerings from nine to ten, the presence of the Master System version of Fantasy Zone serves to both boost Sega 3D Classics Collection’s software total as well as put a grin on the faces of retro enthusiast. Do the following to unlock the game:

  1. Head to the Extras section on the menu screen.
  2. Tap the area of the screen near the “Back to Menu” button. An enemy will appear!
  3. Tap the enemy. Boom! Fantasy Zone is yours.

Pretty cool that a game steeped in history like this would have a decidedly old-school secret squirreled away. One can’t help but wonder if there’s anything else hidden away in the collection that will be discovered in the coming weeks and months…

Source: Siliconera

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Nintendo-Themed Vans Coming Soon http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-themed-vans-coming-soon http://www.nintendojo.com/news/nintendo-themed-vans-coming-soon#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 22:00:40 +0000 Robert Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156384

There’s only so much temptation that a person can take, and as this writer reports the following news, be aware that he has reached his maximum threshold. In a stroke of sheer brilliance, Nintendo and shoe company Vans have partnered to deliver a line of footwear themed with the former’s assortment of different characters. There’s no two ways about it; I will own these. Every pair. Possibly even purchase more than one of each.

This is serious business in the fashion world, Nintendojo readers. The line of shoes pulls from the usual suspects of Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, but the sight of Duck Hunt (rocking some digital camouflage in the background) was a particular thrill to behold. Check out some pics of the shoes below, and hit up this link for the full lineup.

This Nintendo/Van collaboration will be dropping in stores this July; are you planning to get some for yourself? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Gizmodo

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Sonic Rumored For Lego Dimensions http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/sonic-rumored-for-lego-dimensions http://www.nintendojo.com/news/rumors/sonic-rumored-for-lego-dimensions#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 20:00:34 +0000 Robert Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156382

As someone who has pined for the creation of Nintendo-themed Lego sets since he was a wee tot, the idea of Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Lego Dimensions is deliriously irresistible. The rumor mill suggests that it’s all but inevitable that Sega’s plucky mascot will be heading to the game, at least if a list of Series 2 set names is anything to go off of. An entry of “S” has been spotted, and there’s been speculation that the listing is in reference to the Blue Blur himself.

A couple of Lego Insider users spotted the “S” entry and have been adamant that Sonic will be heading to the game. One of the users has a solid track record of identifying leaks like this before, so it’s with a grain of salt that we share this tantalizing rumor. Sega hasn’t confirmed the information, but with the 25th anniversary of the character underway, it would be a fun way of reinserting Sonic into the public’s consciousness once more to have him appear in Lego Dimensions!

Would you be interested in seeing Sonic come to Lego Dimensions? Tell us in the comment!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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VVVVVV Temporarily Pulled from Nintendo eShop http://www.nintendojo.com/news/vvvvvv-temporarily-pulled-from-nintendo-eshop http://www.nintendojo.com/news/vvvvvv-temporarily-pulled-from-nintendo-eshop#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 02:00:47 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156359

VVVVVV for 3DS is a great little platformer with a great retro style and simple, yet challenging mechanics built around switching gravity, and I personally recommend it. Unfortunately, if you think that sounds fun, you’ll either have to wait or get it for a different system, because the 3DS version has been removed from eShop, at least for the moment.

The game’s developer, Terry Cavanagh, recently revealed that an exploit was discovered that, when used in conjunction with other hacks and exploits, could open the system to unapproved uses, such as homebrew software. After this came to light, Nintendo removed the game from eShop, though those who currently have it can still play it unimpeded. Other games have experienced such things before, and are often made available after a patch is released that fixes the exploit.

Hopefully this process won’t take too long and we’ll be able to report that VVVVVV is back up for sale soon. And once it is back up, I really do recommend trying it out.

Source: Siliconera

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Momotaro Dentetsu Game Coming to 3DS and Wii U http://www.nintendojo.com/news/momotaro-dentetsu-game-coming-to-3ds-and-wii-u http://www.nintendojo.com/news/momotaro-dentetsu-game-coming-to-3ds-and-wii-u#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 22:00:41 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156345

Fans of obscure, long-running Japanese board game-like video games have reason to rejoice today: after a four year hiatus, Konami is reviving the Momotaro Dentetsu series. While not as well known in the US due to a lack of releases, the franchise has been around since the late eighties and has seen numerous releases across almost every imaginable platform over its nearly three decades of existence. This time around, the series will be coming to Wii U and 3DS.

While little has been said about this new entry, the franchise has always been a virtual board game about business, industry, real estate, and financially screwing over the competing players. The series is often compared to games like Monopoly, albeit with a distinctly Japanese flair.

More information about the new title will be revealed in a live stream scheduled for May 5 at 9 PM Japan time. However, whether or not it will see a release outside of Japan will likely be answered at a later date.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle Launched http://www.nintendojo.com/news/friends-of-nintendo-humble-bundle-launched http://www.nintendojo.com/news/friends-of-nintendo-humble-bundle-launched#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 22:00:30 +0000 Andy Hoover http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=156149

Update: As promised, the Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle has been updated with more titles. While the $1 and $13 tiers remain unchanged, spending the average amount (currently at $9.76) or more will net you three additional games: Runbow and Swords & Soldiers II for Wii U, and Nano Assault EX for 3DS. So, if you already purchased the bundle, don’t forget to download these games, as well!

For those yet to buy in, the offer is still good for a little over six more days, as of the time of this update. If you want to support a good charity (along with some great indie developers) while also growing your eShop library, it’s best not to procrastinate!


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Humble Bundle has earned the respect of many a gamer by giving them an opportunity to pick up lots of games for potentially steep discounts, while also supporting charities. The most recent bundle is aimed squarely at Nintendo fans and includes a plethora of games– many very well received– for Wii U and 3DS.

For the uninitiated, Humble Bundle lets you pay your own price, and the more you give, the more you receive. With this Bundle, $1.00 will get you Retro City Rampage for 3DS, and Affordable Space Adventures for Wii U and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for Wii U or 3DS. Paying more than $9.76 sweetens the deal with a Retro City Rampage 3DS theme, Freedom Planet for Wii U, Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure for 3DS, and Citizens of Earth for either system. The top tier comes in at $13.00 and adds some AAA titles to the mix, Street Fighter IV for 3DS and Darksiders II for Wii U. Lastly, in keeping with Humble Bundle tradition, more titles will be added to the mix throughout the offer.

Of course, as with every Humble Bundle, this is a limited time offer that will, in this case, expire in 13 days, so if you’re interested you’ll want to decide for sure sooner rather than later.

Source: Humble Bundle

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