Nintendo President Says Company Is Working On “New Methods” For Nintendo Labo

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It’s no secret that Nintendo Labo hasn’t quite managed to reach the lofty heights Nintendo may have hoped for or expected, but it certainly isn’t done just yet.

From the start, Labo has been a particularly intriguing venture for Nintendo; rather than the standard marketing process for games, Labo has been pushed as something different entirely, perhaps most prominently as a creative tool for education. Thanks to this, the typical gaming audience didn’t hoover it up at launch and it didn’t take long at all for it to disappear from the gaming charts, never to be seen again.

So what exactly is going on with Labo now, and what can we expect to see from it in the future? Well, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has touched on this very point in a recent interview with Kyoto Shimbun (translated by Nintendo Everything).

Nintendo Labo was an innovative, new set of games that incorporated aspects of engineering. How has it been going?

It hasn’t sold as well as our other hit games have, but we did have an increase in sales for Labo during the end of the year. There are many new ways to experience Labo, and we’re working on formulating new methods that convey its allure so Labo’s sales will have longer legs.

Whether “formulating new methods” for Labo means new Toy-Con packs, or simply new advertisement and marketing plans, isn’t 100% clear, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see more sets arrive at some point this year. The genius at work behind its design, and the pure creativity that can be born because of it, are clear for all to see; perhaps all it needs is a little refinement?

What do you think? Do you think Nintendo Labo has the potential to succeed further in the future? Do you own any kits yourself? Let us know in the comments below.

A New Line Of Smart, Customisable Pokémon Shirts Is On The Way, Orders Open Next Week

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Finding clothing based on your favourite video game franchises, especially ones like Pokémon, isn’t always easy as an adult, especially when most designs available can be a little childish or in your face in nature. This new line of shirts could be just the thing you’ve been looking for, though, and orders are opening very soon indeed.

The designs have been created thanks to a partnership between The Pokemon Company and Original Stitch; the range goes by the remarkably apt name of ‘Pokémon Shirts’. Eventually, 151 designs will be available – coinciding with each of the original Kanto Pokémon – but the range will start with just a chosen 20.

Those 20 will be part of a special pre-order window next week from 26th – 28th January; the true release is actually scheduled for February. You can check out all 20 of these designs at the official site – the usual fan favourites like Pikachu, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle all appear. It’s currently unclear whether or not the shirts will ship outside of Japan – western buyers may well have to find extravagant import solutions – so fingers crossed we’re treated to some options.

The Pokémon Company has shared an advert for the shirts, once again poking at your nostalgia to make you splash out your real life Poké Dollars. It’s surprisingly epic, to tell the truth, and well worth a watch.

What do you think? Would you wear any of the designs featured? Let us know if there are any you like in the comments below.

The Original Guilty Gear And XX Accent Core Plus R Will Release As A 20th Anniversary Bundle On Switch

Arc System Works and PQube have shared more details surrounding the releases of both Guilty Gear and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R on Switch, revealing that they’ll actually be available together as part of a very special bundle.

Launching this spring, both the original Guilty Gear and XX Accent Core Plus R – the latest updated version of Guilty Gear X2 – will arrive in one tasty fighting bundle – the Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition for Nintendo Switch. You’ll also be able to pick up both separately as digital versions if you prefer.

We’ve gathered each game’s description and a couple of screenshots from today’s press release for you below:

Guilty Gear

“In 1998, one game made huge waves within its genre: Guilty Gear for the original PlayStation. Spectacular special moves that brought the console to its limits, a hardrock soundtrack that still has to meet its match, innovative mechanics and unique charactersthat kicked off an incredibly complex and epic anime story will equally fascinate fighting game fans today, as it did 20 years ago!”

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R

“First released in 2008 in Japan, GUILTY GEAR XX ΛCORE PLUS R is the final installment and epitome of the Guilty Gear XX series that polished everything introduced in the 12 previous installments to reach optimal balance. Mechanics like the universal overhead attack “Dust” as well as “Roman Cancel”, which allows players to cancel all kinds of actions and therefore increases their options dramatically, set the bar for the series’ sequel: Guilty Gear Xrd.”

As noted above, the games arrive on Switch this spring, although no exact date or pricing has been given just yet.

Are you excited to get stuck into these fighting classics on Switch? Tell us below.

Oniken: Unstoppable Edition And Odallus: The Dark Call Are Both Coming To Switch In One Retro Package

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Developer JoyMasher has partnered with Digerati to bring two of its retro-inspired games to Switch next month.

The two games in question are Oniken: Unstoppable Edition and Odallus: The Dark Call, both of which arrive on the console on 8th February (other platforms are getting it later in the year). You’ll be able to snag 20% off each game at launch, and owning one will always grant you access to 10% off the other one.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves; here’s a quick look at each one to help you decide whether or not they’re for you:

Oniken: Unstoppable Edition

In a post-apocalyptic future controlled by a sinister corporation, ninja mercenary Zaku is the last hope for humanity. Inspired by the demanding gameplay of 8-bit action/platformers, Oniken pits your agility and swordplay against a gauntlet of enemies, traps, and challenging bosses.

Odallus: The Dark Call

The old gods have forgotten this land… Odallus is an exploration/action game and loving homage to the 8-bit genre classics. You play as Haggis – a battle-weary warrior who must wield his sword once more to rescue his son from Darkness.


A physical bundle containing both games is also planned for release at Play-Asia. A release date for this collection is still to be set, but you’ll be able to pre-order either a standard or limited edition bundle from the site from 24th January.

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Are you tempted by either of these games? Perhaps you’re considering grabbing both or that lovely bundle? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

The Mystery Of Woolley Mountain Brings Bizarre Comedy Point-And-Click Adventure To Switch This Spring

The Switch is about to play host to another point-and-click adventure in The Mystery of Woolley Mountain, but this is one of the craziest looking ones we’ve seen so far.

The game is described as “an otherworldly point-and-click adventure” which takes inspiration from the likes of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle and The Trap Door. Players must join a gang of time-travelling audio scientists, embarking on a fantastical quest to save a group of children from a malevolent witch. As you can see from the trailer above, the whole thing is filled to the brim with comedic characters and dialogue.

As the game’s press release is keen to point out, the point-and-click legend himself Ron Gilbert (Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, and more) actually pledged his support for the game on Kickstarter (which was actually funded some time ago). It’s hard for a point-and-click adventure to get any better endorsement really…

The Mystery of Woolley Mountain is now scheduled to launch on Nintendo Switch this Spring; if you can’t wait until then, a demo has recently gone live on Steam.

What do you think? Are you intrigued by this one? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Diablo III Season 16 Goes Live Today Bringing New Rewards, Conquests, Quality Of Life Changes And More

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Today sees the introduction of Diablo III‘s Season 16, and there are plenty of goodies waiting for you when it eventually drops.

Season 16 comes alongside a new patch, carrying with it a new theme in which all Seasonal players will benefit from the legendary power of the Ring of Royal Grandeur. There are new cosmetic rewards to be had (as seen in the image below), new Season Journey rewards, new Seasonal Conquests as part of the usual rotation and much, much more.

Cosmetic

The full list of updates, for both the season and the patch itself, is a surprisingly long read. If you want to check out all of the details – including info on how to earn the rewards mentioned above – feel free to check out the full patch notes via Blizzard’s blog post.

Season 16 kicks off today at 5pm PST in North America, 5pm CET in Europe, and 5pm KST in Asia, so make sure to check back in at those times to check it all out for yourself. It is scheduled to come to an end around 17th March.

Season16

Have you been enjoying Diablo III since it released on Switch? Will you be exploring the new content in Season 16? Tell us below.

Here Are The Top 30 Best-Selling Nintendo eShop Games Of 2018 In Japan

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Nintendo has shared lists of the best-selling eShop games of 2018 in Japan, providing us with a good look at which games were the most popular in the gaming giant’s homeland.

Each of the two lists below shows the top 30 most-downloaded games from the eShop during the year 2018. The first list shows exclusively download-only software, while the second is made up of digital sales of games which were also released at retail. You can also see the publisher and original Japanese release date for each game.

Download-Only Software – Top 30

  1. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017]
  2. Stardew Valley (Chucklefish) [11.1.2018]
  3. Puyo Puyo eSports (SEGA) [25.10.2018]
  4. Overcooked! Special Edition (Team17) [12.10.2017]
  5. Hollow Knight (Team Cherry) [13.6.2018]
  6. Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (Ponos) [20.12.2018]
  7. Arcade Archives VS. Super Mario Bros. (Hamster) [22.12.2017]
  8. Dragon Quest X All-In-One Package (Square-Enix) [21.9.2017]
  9. Minna de Kuuki Yomi (G-Mode) [30.8.2018]
  10. Wizard of Legend (Humble Bundle) [15.5.2018]
  11. Dead Cells (Motion Twin) [07.8.2018]
  12. ICEY (X.D. Network) [31.5.2018]
  13. Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom) [30.11.2017]
  14. Snipperclips: Cut it out, together (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
  15. Mom Hid My Game! (hap) [21.12.2017]
  16. Golf Story (Flyhigh Works) [09.3.2018]
  17. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst HD (Bandai-Namco) [26.4.2018]
  18. Detention (PLAYISM) [01.3.2018]
  19. Senran Kagura Reflexions (Marvelous) [24.11.2017]
  20. Gorogoa (Annapurna Interactive) [21.12.2017]
  21. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Inti Creates) [24.5.2018]
  22. Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavour Games) [25.9.2018]
  23. Guns, Gore & Cannoli (Flyhigh Works) [01.2.2018]
  24. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (Capcom) [24.5.2018]
  25. Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte) [07.12.2017]
  26. EARTH WARS (oneoreight) [25.1.2018]
  27. Valkyria Chronicles (SEGA) [27.9.2018]
  28. The Escapists 2 (Team17) [09.8.2018]
  29. Ikaruga (Pikii) [30.5.2018]
  30. Voxel Shot (SAT-BOX) [19.4.2018]

Retail Releases – Digital Sales Top 30

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo) [07.12.2018]
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017]
  3. Overcooked! 2 (Team17) [07.8.2018]
  4. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
  5. Super Mario Party (Nintendo) [05.10.2018]
  6. Octopath Traveler (Square-Enix) [13.7.2018]
  7. Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) [16.3.2018]
  8. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (The Pokémon Company) [17.11.2018]
  9. Minecraft (Microsoft Japan) [21.6.2018]
  10. Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) [22.6.2018]
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [03.3.2017]
  12. Undertale (8-4) [15.9.2018]
  13. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (The Pokémon Company) [17.11.2018]
  14. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai-Namco) [19.7.2018]
  15. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) [27.10.2017]
  16. FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) [29.9.2017]
  17. 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
  18. Bayonetta (Nintendo) [17.2.2018]
  19. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 (Capcom) [26.7.2018]
  20. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo) [01.12.2017]
  21. Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square-Enix) [20.12.2018]
  22. Dragon Quest Builders (Square-Enix) [01.3.2018]
  23. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) [03.5.2018]
  24. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Capcom) [25.8.2017]
  25. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) [13.7.2018]
  26. Super Bomberman R (Konami) [03.3.2017]
  27. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) [18.1.2018]
  28. Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle (Capcom) [20.9.2018]
  29. DEEMO (Flyhigh Works) [21.9.2017]
  30. ARMS (Nintendo) [16.6.2017]

It was also recently revealed that Nintendo Switch exclusives made up the vast majority of Japan’s best selling physical games.

Did any of the titles listed above surprise you? Anything missing that you thought might be featured? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Travis Strikes Again Gets Launch Day Trailer, New Stage Info And News Of A ‘Day 7’ Patch

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes launches today on Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo UK has shared a brand new launch trailer to celebrate (see above).

If you’ve already watched it, don’t go away just yet, because Grasshopper Manufacture also has a couple of final announcements for its latest project, adding to the somewhat last minute reveal of its collaboration with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

The first of these announcements comes in the form of a new stage called ‘Serious Moonlight’. The stage is based on Shadow of the Damned, a PS3/Xbox 360 title directed by Suda51 and released by Grasshopper back in 2011, and serves as one of the games playable on the in-game Death Drive Mk II games console.

The second announcement speaks of a ‘Day 7 Patch’ which, unsurprisingly, is set to be pushed to the game seven days after release. The patch will add a brand new opening movie to the game, although the movie’s contents haven’t been revealed.

If you’re considering picking up a copy of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes for yourself today, make sure to give our full review a read.

Will you be buying this one today? Are you already playing it as we speak? Tell us below.

Real Men Use Items! Looks Like An 8-Bit Super Smash Bros., And It’s Coming Exclusively To Nintendo Platforms

Retro-style Nindie developer Ultra Dolphin Revolution has revealed its latest project Real Men Use Items!, a Super Smash Bros.-like fight to the death planned exclusively for Nintendo systems.

Featuring a complete 8-bit aesthetic, the game has you relying on your reflexes and using anything you can find to survive. Rather than smashing each other around the stage with kicks and punches, you’ll need to make use of items to win this one; you can see this in action for yourself in the video above, with players slowly wiping out each other’s lives using a wide variety of weapons.

The game “pays tribute and parodies common power-ups and items in video game history”, while also featuring items and stages from other Ultra Dolphin Revolution games like Shadow Archer and Spellcaster’s Assistant. You can either play alone or grab up to three friends for chaotic, item-based matches; other modes such as adventure and arcade modes are also planned.

No release date has been set for this one just yet – the developer says that it’s still currently in early development – but we’ll make sure to update you when we get more info.

Until then, though, why not let us know what you think in the comments? Do you like the sound of an 8-bit Smash-style fight to the death?

Video: Old-School Footage Of Reggie At E3 2006 Surfaces On YouTube

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Old footage of Reggie Fils-Aimé at E3 has surfaced online. Apparently, it’s a formal introduction to media managers at a manager media brief about all the content Nintendo intended to showcase at the annual event in 2006.

In the one minute clip, you’ll get to see a younger version of the current Nintendo of America President along with his trademark mannerisms, all while he carefully pronounces the names of his colleagues. He even acknowledges his audience as “important” people because of their critical roles in the success of the company. Take a look at this time capsule in the video below and tell us what you think:

The YouTube channel responsible for the upload said it would share more classic footage soon, so stay tuned for flashbacks to simpler times when it was all about the Nintendo Wii and DS.