RUMOR: New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe Heading To Switch [DETAILS]


Mario’s latest 2D platforming iteration from last gen is building steam via rumor-mill to be offering a port to those gaming on Nintendo’s hybrid console this gen. There isn’t much indication detailing the extent of the softwares portfolio if being a deluxe version and including Read more “RUMOR: New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe Heading To Switch [DETAILS]”

Retro Studios’ Secret Project Is “Story Heavy” And Likely A New Nintendo IP [DETAILS]

The popular employment-oriented social networking service LinkedIn has provided clues through a profile listing of Retro Studios talent that illustrates one of the writers at Retro Studios (previously a manager) had updated their Resume with the following detail:

Working with a highly skilled team to bridge the gaps between game design needs and telling a compelling story in a meaningful world. Finding the best ways to construct the narrative we want the player to experience with the tools and restrictions available through text, dialogue, and non-traditional storytelling.

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Media Create Sales (Feb 12 – Feb 18) – Second NS Drop in a Row, Zelda:BOTW Passes 1 Million

Week Feb 12 – Feb 18

In this the 51st week of the NS on the market the NS sold 39,303 bringing LTD sales to 3,718,131 and YTD sales to 405,512. The second drop in a row. The console is still selling out, Nintendo just can’t seem to provide consistent stock levels.

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[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.


NEW: Super “Puppet” Mario Coming To Nintendo Labo & Switch [RUMOR]

Nintendo puppets

During E3 2001 Nintendo accidentally published in an online release document the listing of 3 unknown and unannounced titles in development. Quickly after its debut in worldwide public visibility the viral Nintendo document’s source was promptly removed, but not a moment however before the curiosity of an industry had ignited.

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