Nintendo Set to Build New R&D Facility in 2012
In January 2012, Nintendo will begin construction on a brand-new research and development facility in the Higashikujo Matsudacho section of Kyoto’s Minami Ward. The new building is set to displace the company’s current Kyoto-based location and become its main R&D facility, with its primary purpose being product development. Once it is finally completed, the building will stand seven stories tall and will house 1,500 employees. Construction will cost the company approximately 12 billion yen and– assuming the world doesn’t end all goes according to plan– is scheduled to be completed some time in 2013.
Third Polarium Title Put On the Shelf
In an interview conducted by Nintendo fansite Cubed3, Mitchell Corporation’s Roy Ozaki revealed the developer was working on a third Polarium title. The puzzler was intended to see release in 2011, but due to unspecified snags in development, the title has been put on hold indefinitely. It will still see release sometime in the indeterminate future, but no further plans for the game have yet been announced.
Special Eevee Evolutions for Download in Pokémon Black and White
While the full Global Link feature of Pokémon Black and White may have been delayed indefinitely because of the recent earthquake in Japan, The Pokémon Company has already revealed the first (set of) special Pokémon that will be available exclusively through the service once it finally launches. After players create a Pokémon Trainer Club account on the official website (linked below), they can play the featured flash game to “befriend” one of Eevee’s seven evolutions. Once the Dream World feature goes live, players can then interact with the evolution they befriended and download it into their copy of the recent Pocket Monsters titles.
What is notable about these specific Pokémon is their new abilities, which cannot be acquired through any means other than the Dream World. No date as to when the service will launch has been set, but the website maintains it will occur later this spring.