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Nintendo and Niantic unveil ‘Pokémon Quest’ & two upcoming Pokémon games for Switch

Pokemon trainers everywhere are able to download a new “free-to-start” game called Pokémon Quest for the Nintendo Switch. The newest Pokémon title was made available as Nintendo and Niantic also announced there will be two other Pokémon games on the way. While Pokémon Quest is already available to play, the other two titles will require a bit of a wait until players can begin those quests.

 

According to a TechCrunch report, Nintendo and Niantic made their latest announcements during a Tokyo press event. Two new titles, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are going to be released in several months. They indicated that the two new titles set to join the Pokémon lineup will arrive in late 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. These new titles are expected to have some sort of tie-in with Pokémon Go, with more details set to be available as the games get closer to release.

 

In the meantime, players are able to check out the new Pokémon Quest game. More details for the title were provided via the Pokémon Twitter page where they indicated a player can put together a team of up to three Pokémon to explore the secrets of Tumblecube Island.

 

Nintendo saw how much of an impact the Pokémon game has had on their sales. The company is hoping that the release of the “free-to-start” title and the announcement of the two other titles, will provide a similar boost to their Switch sales. The popular Niantic title Pokémon Go was downloaded over 750 million times, giving a boost to the Nintendo 3DS platform. In addition, there was a Pokémon Go Plus accessory launched to enhance gameplay which looks like it will integrate into Switch as a joy-con.

 

The most exciting announcement for Nintendo Switch fans could be the tease of a new title for 2019. As The Verge reported, Game Freak is planning to release a “core” RPG Pokémon game sometime next year. Fans will certainly be anxious to see that title arrive once they’ve mastered the other three games on the Switch.s

Is Nintendo Expanding its Reach Deeper into the Mobile Phone Industry?

Nintendo has a new president, and this president wants to expand Nintendo’s mobile game presence.

In a recent interview with Nikkei, Shuntaro Furukawa, the new President of Nintendo, said he wants to grow Nintendo’s mobile section into a near one billion dollar industry. Shuntaro Furukawa and Nintendo want to mimic the success of Pokemon Go.

Furukawa believes that the best thing for Nintendo is to throw ideas out there and hope something becomes a financial success; the mobile gaming industry is a huge market that is mostly untapped by the big three in game: Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

Furukawa is not official the President of Nintendo yet. When current president, Tatsumi Kimishima retires in June, Furukawa will take over the position.

Furukawa, in addition to his goal of expanding Nintendo’s stake in the mobile platform, wants to expand Nintendo’s console’s reach to new territory. “For over 30 years,” Furukawa said. “We have been selling in […] the same regions.” Furukawa is speaking about the Japanese, American and European markets; Furukawa wants to expand the operations of Nintendo to places like South East Asia and the Middle East.

When Kimishima steps down as president he will take on a new role as an adviser. Kimishima will set up a panel of five individuals total to offer his opinion on final decisions. “Other people are gifted at evaluating products,” Kimishima said. Kimishima says that ultimately he has the final say in all decisions as an adviser.

Despite the young age of 46, which is incredibly young for a top businessman in Japan, Furukawa is all set to take over as President of Nintendo.

Nintendo’s most famous character, Mario, has already made his debut on mobile devices with the launch of Super Mario Run.

Announcements on which current and new IPs coming to mobile have not yet been made. Gamers and fans of Nintendo should expect more announcements once Furukawa is official made president in June.

‘Dark Souls’ Gets Nintendo Switch Port, Showcases Improved Engine.

Nintendo stunned the world with the Switch as it rapidly became their best selling console in the prolonged history of the legendary gaming company. One of the major reasons that the Switch found such success was that Nintendo opened up their doors to have more third-party access from other developers in the industry. Now, the Switch is racking up amazing title additions to their library and one of the most surprising additions is that of ‘Dark Souls’.

‘Dark Souls’ is an absolute classic in the world of hardcore gamers. The legendary fantasy series is known for its visceral gameplay and unforgiving difficulty. ‘Dark Souls’ has been a mainstay on consoles and the series is continuing to grow, now Nintendo is getting their first chance to bring it into their catalog. Nintendo will be porting the original ‘Dark Souls’ which premiered on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Gamers were right to be skeptical as to the quality of the port to the Nintendo console/handheld but so far the early reviews have been nothing but positive.

The team at Digital Foundry put together a string of gameplay footage from the PS3, Xbox 360 and the upcoming Nintendo Switch version which was teased via the Nintendo Direct. Using their analysis tools, Digital Foundry was capable of deducing that the Switch port of the game will sit at 1080p when docked and 720p when the Switch is taken mobile. This is in line with what Nintendo has been targeting in terms of their ported upgrade quality. Digital Foundry also went on to deduce that the Nintendo Switch footage did not feature new textures or extra remodeling efforts, though at this point in time we don’t know if Nintendo has any plans to actually address new models or textures.

One of the most exciting aspects of the ‘Dark Souls’ port is that it shows Nintendo is serious about catering to older gamers. The title is slated to release on May 25th but more news will drop in the meantime.

‘GTA 5’ Comes to Nintendo Switch Amid Flurry of Excitement.

Nintendo continues to do things the right way with their commitment to bringing in mature ports for their latest release, the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has always largely been a relatively wholesome and family-focused company, but they are starting to open their eyes to older gamers who grew up with their systems and are looking for a more mature experience. This has led Nintendo to work hard to expand their library with high-quality ports of classic games. Among those classic and mature ports are ‘Skyrim’ and ‘Doom’ and now ‘GTA 5’ is getting added to the list.

Okay, so Nintendo hasn’t officially added the title to their list of ports yet but rumors are increasingly circulating which makes gamers of all stripes increasingly interested and excited. Nintendo has been pushing more and more toward becoming a full third-party partner and adding titles ‘GTA 5’ from companies like Rockstar is pretty much the peak of what could be their porting process. Of course, had you brought up the idea of a GTA title on a Nintendo console, not through emulation, we would have scoffed at the prospect. GTA is about as non-family friendly as you are going to find in the wide world of gaming and that means that Nintendo would had to have shifted their marketing techniques in a big way. Yet here we are and it is looking all the more possible.

Still, there are some hurdles in the way of this becoming a reality and a few of them may not be obvious at first glance. The first hurdle that Nintendo would have to clear with a port is the issue of memory. GTA 5 is a monolithic game and the Switch only has a 32GB internal HDD. Nintendo has plans to address this in 2019 when they release their 64 GB HDD but that won’t happen for a while now. The second sticking point, and likely the biggest, is how Nintendo would handle GTA Online which is essentially the only reason the title is still popular. Still, we’re at a point where anything is believable and our fingers are crossed.

Nintendo Switch Unlikely to Get ‘Monster Hunter: World’

If you haven’t been living under a gaming rock for the past couple of months, you’ll likely know just how popular ‘Monster Hunter: World’ has been since its release on the PS4 and XB1. Monster Hunter: World is the sequel to the original title, ‘Monster Hunter’, which was released on the PlayStation 2 back in January of 2008. ‘World’ is an epic, sprawling video game adventure that allows gamers the chance to crawl through a massive open world in order to capture a variety of unique creatures. Featuring gorgeous graphics, an engaging capturing system, and a beautifully designed world it is no stroke of luck that the title has been so successful. With all of that being said, Nintendo Switch owners might have to just take their lumps on not getting a chance to play the game.

The developers at Capcom have already gone out of their way to admit that it is unlikely to see Monster Hunter: World ported over to the Nintendo Switch anytime soon. The biggest issue is, of course, storage requirements and processing hardware. The Nintendo Switch only has a native 32GB harddrive though Nintendo has already made plans to add a 64GB harddrive at some point in the future.

Haruhior Tsujimoto, President at Capcom, sat down for an interview with Toyo Keizai in order to expound on the success of the title while explaining some of the difficulties they are facing in terms of porting the title out to other consoles. Tsujimoto went on to point out the fact that the Nintendo Switch plays and handles differently than traditional consoles like the PS4 and the XB1. Tsujimoto was hesitant to definitively rule out a Nintendo port, but his phrasing makes it seem unlikely. Tsujimoto did go on to say that Capcom will be focusing on making titles explicitly with the Nintendo Switch in mind for their future releases. While this is a nice thing to hear, it really won’t soothe Switch owners who are missing out on the year’s best title so far.

Nintendo Switch Explodes to 10 Million Units Sold.

If you were going to crown a ‘gaming industry champion’ for 2017, that title would have to go to Nintendo for their work developing the Switch. The Nintendo Switch exploded out of nowhere to become one of the best-selling consoles on the market as well as one of the most innovative. In fact, during just the first nine months that the console has been on the market more than 10 million units have been sold. Not shipped. Sold. These incredible numbers only begin to paint the picture that is Nintendo’s big year.

A big reason for Nintendo’s success has been their willingness to put out strong titles within their original IP while being willing to open up to third-party developers. Highlights from the first year of the Switch include Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as Mario Odyssey. Both titles are going to be competing for the coveted ‘Game of the Year’ award from several major gaming publications, but they only begin to tell the story that Nintendo has been weaving.

This year we have seen a concentrated effort from Nintendo to expand their library and thus expand their audience. This has meant that Nintendo has been more open to accepting titles for older audience son their main console, the Nintendo Switch. Ports of big titles like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, as well as a remake of Doom, has further cemented Nintendo’s status as an industry titan for every demographic of gamer.

While Nintendo fans are already celebrating the monster year that their favorite company has had, they should instead be looking ahead to what is to come. Nintendo has put down a serious lineup of releases over the next six months that should push the Nintendo Switch into legendary status in terms of sales and gaming library.

Companies like Microsoft and Sony are struggling not to keep up in terms of sales but in terms of breadth of innovation. While Microsoft and Sony continue to try and work with motion control, the Nintendo Switch has already set the standard.

Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” Second Largest Mobile Game at Launch.

There is something so uniquely and intimately satisfying about creating a character in the hit Nintendo series ‘Animal Crossing’ before spending hours shaking trees, fishing and talking to animal-people. Nintendo’s quirky series has been one of the staples in their massive library of IP and now it is going mobile. ‘Animal Cross: Pocket Camp’ hit mobile application stores last week and it ascended quickly to 15 million downloads, making it the second largest mobile game launch in Nintendo’s history — right behind Super Mario Run.

Nintendo has made a habit of giving fans a new ‘Animal Crossing’ title with each generation of their console release, dating all the way back to the Nintendo 64. Fans were notably worried that nothing had been announced in 2017, up until about two months ago when news of ‘Pocket Camp’ first hit the internet. Fans were initially put off by the idea of a mobilization of such a deep and unique game, but those fears have turned out to be unfounded as critical and commercial success has followed the title.

In ‘Pocket Camp’, gamers create a character like they traditionally do in other ‘Animal Crossing’ titles. Afterwards, each player is given a special RV Camper that they can decorate and expand, much like their home. The big twist here is that your character does not live in a village. Instead, you have your own ‘campsite’ that can be completely and uniquely decorated. You can invite other animals to come hang out at your campsite while you perform tasks for them in order to build your friendship. Of course, there is plenty of exploration too. An overworld map allows your character to travel to a handful of different areas, including beaches, parks, and forests, in order to catch bugs, go fishing, and meet new animals and players.

Nintendo has taken a relatively hands-off approach in terms of monetization for ‘Pocket Camp’ which is likely why the title has been so popular, so far. You don’t need to pay a cent to enjoy the game unless you would like to speed up certain tasks or buy specialty aesthetic items to decorate your camp.

Nintendo Switch Reveals New Platformer, “Yooka-Laylee”

If there is one thing that Nintendo has mastered, with almost no competition from other major brands, it is the platformer. With Mario setting the tone and every iconic character after to follow, Nintendo has cornered the style of gameplay almost entirely. Now it looks like the Nintendo Switch is picking up its next great piece of IP in the retro platformer genre, “Yooka-Laylee”. Ignoring the obvious play on words, there looks to be a lot of depth in this title and fans of the style should be eager to get their hands on it when it drops on December 14th, 2017.

Yooka-Laylee was originally supposed to release on the PS4, XB1, and Wii U this past April but a slew of technical issues changed the ramping up of the release. Instead, the developers at Playtonic Games decided to hold back and refine their product with a new release window during the Holiday Season for the Nintendo Switch. Over the past several months the team at Playtonic have been focused on technically optimizing the quirky, colorful platformer in order to make it a homerun for Nintendo Switch owners around the world.

For fans of the Yooka-Laylee that have already played the title on the PS4 or XB1, there will be new content and additional gameplay elements that come with the Nintendo Switch. What we do know is that Playtonic Games focused on incorporating the impressive Joy-Con controls as much as possible during their optimization process. You can now play all eight mini-games with just one of the Joy-Con controllers. You can also enjoy a brand new camera system, refined controls, and even a dialogue skip button for the truly impatient gamers.

The Nintendo Switch has turned into one of the biggest console surprises of the past decade. The Switch has completely flipped the Wii U’s relative failure on its head, becoming one of Nintendo’s hottest selling systems of all time. With titles like Yooka-Layle in the fold, gamers are only going to keep coming back for more.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a massive success

There was a time when Nintendo was staying as far away as it possibly could from the mobile gaming market. It appears those days are now over. Nintendo is not only putting out mobile games, but those games are having massive success at launch and beyond. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a spinoff of the full version of Animal Crossing.

Now that this mobile game has launched, it has ended up being the second most successful mobile game launch of all time for Nintendo. While that sounds like a really, really impressive number, we should point out that there really haven’t been that many mobile games coming from Nintendo at all. The good news is that while the pool might be small, there has clearly been a demand for this game.

According to Gamingbolt, this mobile version of Animal Crossing has seen more than 15 million installs worldwide in the first six days since launch. Those numbers are almost twice what Nintendo saw with the launch of Fire Emblem Heroes. That game had a pretty successful launch but only saw eight million installs in the first six days it was on the market. The only game that has actually done better for Nintendo on the mobile platform is Super Mario Run.

The company broke into the mobile platform in a very big way, having more than 32 million installations when the game first hit the market for the iOS and Android devices. The one problem for Nintendo is that Super Mario Run might have had a ton of downloads, but those downloads didn’t really transfer over into people paying money to unlock the whole game.

Fire Emblem Heroes, according to Nintendo’s own book keeping actually led to much better revenues, despite having about a fourth of the downloads and installs. It’s far too early to see if Animal Cross: Pocket Camp is going to do all that well when it comes to revenues, but its off to a good start.

Nintendo Switch dominates Black Friday online sales

If there was any doubt that the Nintendo Switch has been built to be a contender in the console wars, those doubts were likely erased over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Adobe posted a report on Monday as part of its Digital Insights Initiative that tracks the best selling products through retailers’ websites.

Adobe takes this particular report seriously as the company says it’s based on more than 4,500 retail websites and 55 million sales SKUs. At the essence of this new report is that Holiday weekends are big weekends for Nintendo’s newest console. The Switch had a very good Veterans Day weekend, and it had an even better Thanksgiving weekend. The Switch was the best selling console on both weekends, closely trailed by the Playstation VR.

On Thanksgiving weekend, there really wasn’t a particular competition. Of the five big consoles, the Xbox One, the PS4, it’s high def iteration and the Switch, Nintendo blew the competition away. Just how impressive is that feat? Sony has said it had a monstrous Black Friday but its sales didn’t come close to what Nintendo was able to do.

This has to be hailed as more than great news for Nintendo, considering their previous console was an abject failure. While initial reports seemed to be hinting at success for the console, there had to be a bit of trepidation that sales simply weren’t going to be anywhere close to what the company had seen in early projections.

It turns out that games like the newest Legend of Zelda, as well as the Mario Odyssey were big time helps in making sure that people wanted the newest console on the market. Nintendo has also benefitted from the fact that this fall is the first time the Switch has been readily available at most retailers. After it’s launch this spring there were long periods of time when the console wasn’t available at any retailers, whether or not people were talking about brick and mortar stores or online shops.