Nintendo Labo: NEW Videos From Nintendo/ Toy-Con Variety [DETAILS]

Three new videos Feb 15 that showed off some more details about Nintendo Labo, as well as additional features of the first two Nintendo Labo kits – the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit – which launch on 4 20.

Robot Kit

Build your own wearable Toy-Con Robot suit and assume control of a giant in-game robot, completing challenges and destroying in-game objects to unlock powerful new abilities.

If you’re feeling competitive, you can even challenge a friend in two-player local battles or compare your high scores/rankings with other players! (An additional Robot Kit and Joy-Con controllers are required for two-player mode; sold separately.)

Nintendo Labo encourages you to use your imagination and creativity to customize your cardboard Toy-Con creations in a variety of ways. The Robot Kit even allows you to customize and level-up your in-game robot.

Variety Kit

Toy-Con Piano: After assembling your 13-key Piano, you can host an impromptu recital or record your songs and play them back for your biggest fans-in-the-making. Experiment with different sounds and pitches to create something truly unique – even a song composed entirely of cat noises! 

Toy-Con Motorbike: Grab ahold of your newly constructed handlebars and race through different tracks, challenging CPU opponents or collecting targets across mountainous terrain. You can even create your own custom tracks, so start planning your designs now!

Toy-Con Fishing Rod: There are many exotic fish to discover, and some of the deep-ocean fish are particularly tricky to catch. Show off your collection in Aquarium mode and have fun creating your own fish with different shapes and colors – simply insert and scan different cards in the Toy-Con Piano to get started. (Assembled Toy-Con Piano is required to access Aquarium mode.)

Toy-Con House: Befriend the cute creature living in your Toy-Con House (shown on the Nintendo Switch screen) and discover different ways to interact and play with it. There are a variety of experiences to discover, including mine cart races, bowling and jump rope.

Toy-Con RC Car: The RC Car is full of unique and surprising features. Since the Variety Kit includes materials to build two Toy-Con RC Cars, you can race against a friend, set up obstacle courses or even compete in a sumo-inspired challenge to try to knock your opponent’s RC Car over (additional Joy-Con controllers are required; sold separately). Create a path using the reflective stickers included in the kit, and set the car to auto-drive along a specific route using the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con controller.


Monolith Software’s Secret UE4 Project Is Online, Fantasy Action, Quest Based [DETAILS]




During an interview with Monolith Soft developers Yasuyuki Honne and Tomohiro Hagiwara, the studio expressed their wishes to make games based on original IP that Monolith Soft owns.



Although Monolith Soft has been in business for a long time, the studio took on many projects with IP that they do not own, notably the games from the Xenoblade series and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.



Yasuyuki Honne says he hopes to change that in the future, by letting the Kyoto studio work on games based on Monolith Soft’s original IP. The Kyoto studio is currently working only on Nintendo IPs.


[NEW] Platinum Director Hideki Kamiya’s Series Of Tweets On Bayonetta & Nintendo History


Hideki Kamiya has shared some info regarding Bayonetta development and marketing behind the scenes. Interesting to learn why the PlayStation version was so poor and that Bayonetta 2 once planned as multi plat.

Transcribed below:



I’ve got something I want to tell you all. It’s about Bayonetta 3.

We are a developer that creates games by signing contracts with publishers and receiving funds from them in order to cover development costs. For Bayonetta 1, we signed a contract with Sega and received funds from them, then we proposed a design for the game and entered production. All of the rights belong to Sega.   


At the time, our company had only just been established, and we weren’t properly equipped for multiplatform development, so after discussing with Sega, we decided to develop the game exclusively for Xbox 360. However, after that, one of Sega’s trading partners ended up making a port for PS3, at Sega’s behest. More recently, they also decided that a Steam version should be developed, which was released last year. Sega owns the rights to all of these versions.


When we started making Bayonetta 2, we initially received funds from Sega to develop the game for multiple platforms, but the project was halted due to circumstances at Sega. Nintendo then stepped in to continue funding the game, allowing us to finish it. As such, the rights belong to Sega and Nintendo. The rights owners decided the game should be made for Wii U. Nintendo was also kind enough to fund a port of Bayo 1 for Wii U, and they even allowed us to use the Japanese voice track we created for the Wii U version in the PC version of Bayo 1 as well.


I am extremely thankful to Nintendo for funding the game, and to Sega for allowing them to use the Bayonetta IP.


As for Bayonetta 3, it was decided from the start that the game was going to be developed using Nintendo’s funding. Without their help, we would not have been able to kick off this project. All of the rights still belong to Sega and Nintendo. The rights owners decided that the game should be made for Switch. Game development is a business. Each company has its own circumstances and strategies. Sometimes this means games get made, sometimes it means they get cancelled. But I believe that every single person involved is dedicated to delivering the best possible experience. I know that, to me at least, that’s one of the biggest goals when I set to work.


I cannot express how happy I am that we get to make Bayonetta 3, and we intend to do everything within our power to make it as good as it can be. That’s all we can do, and we consider it our greatest mission.

It took a while for production of Bayonetta 3 to be okayed, but now that it has kicked off, I hope it will turn into a wonderful encounter for all of you. “”



Via PhantomnX

[NEW] Interview Bayonetta Voice Actress Hellena Taylor


Hellena auditioned for the role and the original came out in 2009. She also explained that going into Bayonetta 2 it was a bit difficult as she didn’t really remember what she had done for the first game. The sound booth director gave her some cues and prompts to help her get back in that frame of mind/reference and she said it came right back. She also notes that in Bayonetta 2 she felt more confident in where she was going with her, as she had very little exposure to artwork, etc. to go off of in the first game. The reason she cites as not being given a lot was confidentiality issues.



Hellena also responds to a question about voice actors putting a bit of themselves into their work. She says she did this with the moments between Bayonetta and Cereza by making her a bit more motherly and softer. It’s an interesting interview that runs for about 18 minutes.



Pokémon Nintendo Switch EU Translations Completing Before E3 2018


Pokémon’s Switch iteration has began its localization process out of East to the West. Coming from a valid source with positive track record the EU job scheduled for completion within the month of April, while Chinese translations having recently wrapped it up.

February 27th is the 23rd Anniversary of Pokemon franchise, therefore possible we will see some form present revealing the game.

Keep an eye out!




Nintendo Developing Advanced Defense Equipment @ Japan Ministry of Defense



Toshiba’s preferred bidder for the sale of Toshiba Memory is part of a Japan-U.S.-South Korea consortium, made up of the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), the Development Bank of Japan, Bain Capital, SK Hynix, and others. And the development details are under strict control by the MOD. The deal is at an impasse because the core entity of the consortium (in which case I believe to be Nintendo) has set the resolution of the dispute with Western Digital as a precondition for participation. It would make sense that Nintendo would want their suppliers Toshiba and Toshiba partner Western Digital to stop the war, because the Nintendo Switch is in desperate need of NAND and after already failing to meet demand thanks to competition buying all resources for transport Nintendo would want to buy the chip to ensure Switch success.


Western Digital has filed documents in order to block Toshiba from possibly selling. Makes sense that Nintendo would make that request from WD to GTfO, because if Toshiba can’t sell, and is in such bad shape from losing all that money in America, if Toshiba fails and is delisted from stock exchange people counting on that technology for existing contracts like Switch, will suffer. Toshiba has a strong preference for keeping the unit in Japan. Another important issue favoring the consortium is concern about sensitive technology “leaking”.



The fact Nintendo has been working with Japan Government for 4 years and we don’t know anything is likely due to the strict regulation over the material. Especially when it comes to dual use technology as Nintendo has already expressed has been huge priority from the gate.



Regarding the selection of target defense equipment in R&D, Japan finds It is necessary to consider trends in defense technology, such as smart technology, networking, and unmanned operations, and select the defense equipment for which technological bases should be developed and enhanced. Shinzo Abe published a formulated R&D vision, shared medium to long-term R&D plan with raised predictability for companies, promoted stable and efficient facility investment and personnel distributions and to realize more effective and efficient R&D based on the R&D. The Ministry of Defense have developed ability to survey technological information including civilian advanced technology under circumstances in which the difference between defense technology and civilian technology is getting smarter, in order to achieve effective and efficient defense equipment, it is necessary to appropriately introduce from the outside civilian advanced technology (potential new products) which can be applicable to defense technology.



To promote utilization of dual-use technology and nurture research in companies for advanced defense equipment, MOD will expand its survey area of civilian advanced technology, improve its ability to survey technological information, and formulate and publish a medium- to long-term strategy on technology. Strengthen cooperation with universities and research institutes. Some of Japan’s universities and research institutes have internationally prominent research environments. Cooperation with and utilizing R&D programs including those that cover dual-use technology In order to promote utilization of dual-use technology efficiently, in line with strengthening cooperation with universities and research institutes, it is necessary to utilize specific R&D programs led by the government.

Nintendo likely developing advanced defense equipment.



[JAPAN] Media Create Sales (Jan 29 – Feb 4) – MHW Keeps Performing Well, NS at 49K


This Week Jan 29 – Feb 4

NEXT WEEK: Feb 5 – Feb 11


Numbers are from Japan only

In this the 49th week of the NS on the market the NS sold 49,165 bringing LTD sales to 3,635,424. A 3K jump for this week.

Monster Hunter sold another 346,187, bring life to date sales to 1,591,356. Not a half bad hold. It looks like Capcoms bet is paying off. Skyrim (NS) meanwhile opens at 14K for the week.

Media Create Software:

01./01. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) – 346.187 / 1.591.356 (-72%)
02./00. [PS4] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.01} (¥7.600) – 68.731 / NEW
03./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 25.758 / 1.997.568 (+0%)
04./02. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} (¥5.980) – 21.279 / 114.059 (-18%)
05./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 21.263 / 1.307.897 (-3%)
06./05. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 15.978 / 1.587.954 (-4%)
07./00. [NSW] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.02.01} (¥6.980) – 13.922 / NEW
08./07. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 12.709 / 847.677 (+24%)
09./06. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 11.028 / 1.539.029 (-13%)
10./11. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980) – 7.037 / 149.345 (+8%)
11./09. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword / Magnum (Level 5) {2017.12.16} (¥4.800) – 6.053 / 496.905 (-22%)
12./14. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 4.453 / 360.484 (+1%)
13./15. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 4.391 / 391.086 (+0%)
14./00. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800) – 3.767 / 110.217
15./13. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 3.731 / 218.461 (-22%)
16./08. [PS4] Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT (Square Enix) {2018.01.11} (¥7.800) – 3.691 / 137.791 (-54%)
17./16. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} (¥7.900) – 3.363 / 382.650 (-20%)
18./20. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. # (Capcom) {2017.08.25} (¥5.800) – 3.180 / 211.119 (+1%)
19./23. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} (¥7.980) – 3.158 / 181.254
20./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 2.775 / 371.535

Media Create Hardware:

System This Week Last Week Last Year YTD Last YTD LTD
PS4 # 109,287 140,145 36,378 437,430 244,597 6,329,833
NS 49,165 47,107 – 322,805 – 3,635,424
3DS # 11,461 11,313 26,101 97,481 200,289 23,920,260
Vita 4,207 3,744 9,626 28,524 79,539 5,816,404
X1 637 1,686 111 4,023 632 92,459
3DS by model (last week):
New 2DS LL – 6,522 (6,842)
New 3DS LL – 3,857 (3,377)
2DS – 1,082 (1,094)

PS4 by model (last week):
PlayStation 4 – 86,174 (110,023)
PlayStation 4 Pro – 23,113 (30,122)

Sources: Gematsu / my sales archive / Reset Era

Media Create week 49 sales comparison (LTD):

NS: 49,165 (3,635,424)
Wii: 37,617 (3,745,527)
3DS: 84,789 (4,789,379)
Wii U: 17,737 (1,154,048)
PSV: 13,091 (1,042,804)
PS4: 13,793 (1,061,274)
NDS: 48,520 (3,528,389)
PSP: 31,078 (2,026,582)
PS3: 12,365 (1,192,852)



EuroGamer CONFIRMS Ex Star Wars 1313 Developers Working On Metroid Prime 4 [UPDATE]

EuroGamer’s Tom Phillips confirmed this morning Namco Bandai Singapore is in fact housing the project in collaboration with Sakamoto, SEE BELOW:


Internet rumours this week pegged Bandai Namco as being the mystery studio behind Metroid Prime 4 – something multiple sources have now confirmed to Eurogamer as being accurate. Specifically, the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusive is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, which we understand is lead studio on the game in collaboration with Nintendo. This studio houses some former LucasArts Singapore staff who previously worked on, among other things, the ambitious cancelled Star Wars 1313.