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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 May, 2017 At 07:47 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has revealed new details for the first DLC release for the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

This expansion will contain new content such as Trial of the Sword, the hard mode, new equipment and armors, and a new travel option. The hard mode is also not what was expected and is different than in past games.

  • Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, players can challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as “Cave of Trials Challenge”), where enemies appear one after another. Link starts without any armor or weapons, and if he defeats all of the enemies in the room he can proceed to the next area. Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms for players to complete. When Link clears all of the trials, the true power of the Master Sword will awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state.
  • Hard Mode: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already considered one of the most thrilling games in The Legend of Zelda series, and fans looking for a challenge are in for a treat with the new Hard Mode. In Hard Mode, the “ranks” of enemies in the game are increased (i.e. Red Bokoblins change to Blue), and players might even encounter higher-ranking enemies they wouldn’t find through normal play. Enemies will also slowly recover health in battle, forcing you to defeat them more quickly. They will also more easily spot Link as he approaches them, making these enemies tougher to sneak up on. In addition, floating planks held aloft by balloons will be scattered around Hyrule. By successfully reaching these planks, players can battle enemies and collect treasure.
  • Hero’s Path Mode: Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a large world it’s sometimes hard for players to remember where they’ve been. To help with tracking progress, the new Hero’s Path Mode will document every step players take, and mark their path in green on the map. The route taken will be tracked for the player’s last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline. This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven’t visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven’t encountered yet.
  • Travel Medallion: There will be a new treasure chest somewhere in the game world which contains the Travel Medallion. With the Travel Medallion, players can create a temporary new travel point on the map where they are currently standing. Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. Only one travel point can be registered on the map at a time.
  • Korok Mask: By finding the new Korok Mask, players will have a much easier time finding Korok locations in the game. When equipped, the mask will shake, indicating that a Korok is hidden somewhere nearby.
  • New Equipment: Eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous characters and games in the series will be added to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after downloading the first DLC pack. Once discovered by the player, they will yield equipment themed after fan-favorite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora’s Mask.

 

Nintendo is adding a lot more content than expected, but then again they don’t half it when it comes to DLC.   Nintendo is really trying to give their fans their money’s worth, considering the price of the expansion pack.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Apr, 2017 At 12:12 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has released their financial results for the 2016 fiscal year.

– The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild recorded sales of 2.76 million units
– The total units sold including the Wii U version is 3.84 million units
– “1-2-Switch has been generating buzz.”
– Switch hardware: 2.74 million
– Switch software: 5.46 million
– Pokemon Sun/Moon sales: 15.44 million
– Super Mario Maker for 3DS sales: 2.34 million
– Kirby: Planet Robobot – 1.36 million
– Pokemon GO drove 3DS sales outside of Japan
– 3DS sales during this period was 7.27 million units (7% increase on a year-on-year basis)
– 3DS software sales volume reached 55.08 million units (14% increase on a year-on-year basis)
– Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U: 1.08 million units
– Wii U software sales volume during this period was 14.8 million units (46% decrease on a year-on-year basis)
– Wii U hardware decreased to a sales volume of 760 thousand units (77% decrease on a year-on-year basis)
– Super Mario Run “elicited a fantastic response from consumers worldwide”
– Fire Emblem Heroes “is being enjoyed by both long-time fans of the Fire Emblem series and consumers who have never played the series on dedicated video game systems.”
– amiibo: 9.1 million units for figure-type and 9.3 million units for card-type
– Fewer offerings of downloadable content, so digital sales were also down to a large extent on the same period last year
– Operating profit: 489.0 billion yen against net sales of 29.3 billion yen (of which 359.0 billion yen, or
73.4% of the total sales, were overseas sales)
– 50.3 billion yen share of profit of entities accounted for using the equity method related to The Pokémon Company and other investments, resulting in an ordinary profit of 20.2 billion yen
– Due to the sale of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball, Nintendo recorded gain on sales of investment securities totaling 64.5 billion yen as extraordinary income, meaning that the net profit attributable to owners of
parent was 102.5 billion yen
– Targeting 10 million hardware units for Switch for the next year
– Targeting 35 million software units for Switch for the next year

Nintendo has stated they will maintain excitement about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch, which  they note are off to a phenomenal start, as well as with the release Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in April and ARMS in June worldwide. They commented that the release of Splatoon 2 in July, will help exemplify the concept of Nintendo Switch, enabling consumers to play anywhere, anytime, and with anyone, and will bring competition between consumers to new levels of excitement. They aim to stimulate the platform and expand sales going into the holiday season this year.

Nintendo 3DS hardware sales worldwide have surpassed 66 million units and it has developed into a platform that Nintendo feels they can rely on for sales. They noted that they have multiple titles in development, include Pikmin and multiple Kirby games. 3DS is able to reach a wide audience of all ages and groups and among both men and women, and that is something Nintendo likes.

Nintendo also commented on their smart device business.

In the smart-device business, we released three game applications during this period, each with different playstyles and profit models. We were able to present opportunities for consumers who had never played Nintendo games before and those who live in regions we had previously been unable to reach to experience Nintendo’s intellectual property (Nintendo IP) and the different worlds featured in Nintendo games. Going forward we will endeavor to expand our smart-device business by making use of the experience we have gained so far to provide new game applications, while also focusing on continued operations for our released applications so that consumers can enjoy playing them for a long time.

Nintendo projects a net sales of 750.0 billion yen, an operating profit of 65.0 billion yen, an ordinary profit of 60.0 billion yen and a net profit attributable to owners of parent of 45.0 billion yen.

Not bad at all.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Apr, 2017 At 11:42 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Ratalaika Games has announced their first game for Nintendo Switch, with a port of League of Evil for the system.

They sent out the following tweet

 

There is some bad news though, as the Wii U version of the game has been cancelled completely. With the Wii U fading out and the Switch hitting its stride, it just makes sense.

Will you check this out?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Apr, 2017 At 02:35 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It had been reported earlier by some sites that Axiom Verge would be coming to Switch and would have a physical release. Dan Adelman, who handles the PR for the game, has since stated this is not true.

In fact, Adelman has strongly implied Nintendo rejected the game and it could have been a launch title otherwise.

This is extremely strange. The game has been received well and seen success wherever it was available. This even includes the Wii U where it shot up the sales charts quickly. Why is Nintendo not allowing it on the Switch, especially if it would have been ready for launch day?  This is very unusual.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Apr, 2017 At 01:16 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarTwo classic Rayman games for the GBA will be coming to the Wii U virtual console. Rayman Advance and Rayman 3 for the GBA will come to the eshop when it updates tomorrow.

 

Classic Rayman action!

In Rayman’s world, nature and people live together in peace. But one day, the evil Mister Dark steals the Great Protoon that provides energy and balance in the world. Betilla tried to stop him, but she wasn’t strong enough. Now strange new creatures appear and capture every Electoon they can find! They definitely need a hero… Rayman to the rescue!

 

Wreak havoc with Rayman

When Globox, Rayman’s best friend, inadvertently swallows a dreadful black Lum, it isn’t the end of the world — but it could be! To prevent a full-scale invasion of malicious, ill-mannered hordes there is only one solution: Rayman must get someone to treat his burdensome pal.

. Will you be buying either of these games?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 01:51 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Wii U isn’t done yet.

THQ Nordic announced today that Darksiders Warmastered edition is not cancelled on Wii U contrary to the rumors. The game is still coming and now a May 23rd release date. THQ Nordic was a big supporter of the Wii U, after Darksiders II sold well on the eShop, and brought more games to the system. As such, it is good to see that they will support it to the very end.

There aren’t plans for a Switch version that we have been made aware of, but THQ Nordic did say they have 2 big projects in the works for the Switch, so something Darksiders related might still happen.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Mar, 2017 At 07:37 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Brady Duke has done something wonderful.  The 7 year old loved playing Wii, but when he heard a police officer in his hometown was killed when responding to a shooting, he took it upon himself to do something.

He donated his Wii to the police department, both as a thank you to their service and to  help them deal with the loss of their fallen brother. He even loaded it with his favourite games before sending it with a note thanking them for their service to the community in keeping them safe.

The police accepted then accepted the gift, and stated it did indeed help them after Detective Jason Weiland was killed. This is a story showing both the goodness of humanity, and that there are parents who raise their children well. Brady is a good kid and did a wonderful thing. I hope Nintendo takes note of it.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Mar, 2017 At 03:03 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Pokémon Company has announced The 2017 Pokken Tournament Championship Series

Take a shot at becoming the Pokkén Tournament World Champion when the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series returns in 2017! In addition to the title, a combined $25,000 in prizes are on the line at the qualifying competitions in June and the World Championships event in Anaheim, California, this August.

This year, 16 players will qualify for the World Championships, and there will be only one age division for all competitors. Four players will receive invitations from each of the two qualifying events, plus four more players will be chosen from Japan, and the four top players from a Last Chance Qualifier occurring right before the main Worlds event will be the final contenders.

Good luck battling to become the next Pokkén Tournament World Champion!

The Pokémon Company continuing to support the game’s competitive scene is a great sign for the game’s future. Not only does it help the competitive scene grow but it also means it is likely we will see a Switch version of the game, as that is the system Nintendo is focusing on now. Perhaps we will even see the content that didn’t come tot he Wii U version, in a Switch version

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Mar, 2017 At 11:30 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We knew it was coming thanks to Nintendo of Europe showing it in an image, but now it has been made official. Bloodstained: ROTN will be coming to the Switch, while the Wii U version has been cancelled.

A kickstarter update was put out where Iga stated that “the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.” While it had made sense to include Wii U during the campaign that is no longer the case due to Nintendo shifting their focus to the Switch,

It continues

 “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch,”

If you supported Bloodstained on Kickstarter , there is an option change their backer survey platform from Wii U to Switch or any other version, or other versions to Switch. I already changed my platform of choice on the backer survey, from PS4 to Switch. The option is there already.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Mar, 2017 At 08:43 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Here is some great news for fans of Splatoon and fans of comics. As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of CoroCoro, there will be a Splatoon full color comic book featured in  an issue due out April 15th,
But that is not all. There will be a Splatoon comic series appearing monthly, starting in the June issue. This is likely to coincide with Splatoon 2, as it will be a great bit of promotion for the game. Hopefully we can get these comics in the west as well, perhaps by Dark Horse, who seem to have a working relationship with Nintendo.

 

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