Eric Bright, GameStop senior director of merchandising, spoke with Game Rant recently and had some very nice things to say about the Nintendo Switch,
He began by stating that the Nintendo Switch is off to an amazing start, and he even feels it is at the point where the Switch sales could possibly eclipse the Wii. There were no hard numbers given, but he reiterated that the Switch has one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that GameStop has seen ever.
He elaborated by saying that there is a large demand for power chargers and Joy-Cons, as people want to turn the Switch into a 4 player device. As such, there are plans on having more bundles to meet demand, including a Zelda bundle, as Zelda is the top seller and the most popular game on the system so far.
GameStop has full confidence in Nintendo and believes the Switch will be a game changer for the industry. That is a good news to hear.
Well file this under unexpected news.
The official twitter account of the Mana series ahs posted a ten second clip of Seiken Densetsu 3 running on the Switch.
This could be for the upcoming Switch virtual console but the fact that there is border art seems to signify something else. Could this be aport instead of a virtual console re-release? If so, hopefully it gets localized for the west. This is a game that has long been desired outside of Japan.
In a recent interview with Gaming Trends, Douglas Bogart of Limited Run Games was asked about the Switch. More specifically, he was asked when and if we can expect to see Limited Run Games bring physical versions of digital games to the Switch.
Bogart responded by saying that LRG is currently working on getting onto the Switch. He noted that they have tentative plans to have their first game released this Summer on the Switch
What is noteworthy, is that the interview was about the game Battle Princess Madelyn. However, Limited Run Games did not say if that was the game they would publishing physically.
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.
Ed Boon, the head of NetherRealm Studios, the makers of Injustice and Mortal Kombat, seems to enjoy teasing fans on twitter. He would often tweet things out to tease fans about upcoming Mortal Kombat or Injustice news or features. For example, he teased fans about the move to GGPO for online, as well as for many characters coming to the game.
Boon has now moved his attention to Nintendo fans and has been teasing news of something for Switch.
See his St Patrick’s Day tease below
What is worth mentioning is that if Boon capitalizes words in his tweets, it is a big hint for something. Nothing he does is without reason. What could he be hinting? We will have to wait to find out.
Here is some very good new for Nintendo. The company has decided to double Switch production. Originally they planned to ship 8 million units by the end of fiscal year in March 2018 but now that has changed.
Nintendo will now seek to ship 16 million by March 2018, with room for even further expansion. The Switch has proven to be Nintendo’s fastest selling system and with a great first year of software lined up, this goal should be easy to meet.
If Nintendo keeps this up, the Switch could easily surpass the Wii and DS as their bet selling systems of all time.
Some big news on the Sega front
Project Sonic 2017 is now officially titled Sonic Forces. It is due out for launch this holiday for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
The game’s key element this time is of “forces.” On one side there is Sonic and his friends, and on the other there is Dr. Eggman and his evil army, representing the forces and good and evil.
The game is using a new engine called Hedgehog Engine 2. The developers are promising this will be closer to Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations than other games.
However there is some bad news, as Sonic Mania has been delayed until Summer. This is being done to ensure that the game is of utmost quality.
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Konami sent out the following
Regarding the latency issues during Online Battles (3)
Dear Bomberman Fans,
We are happy to announce a significant upgrade for Super Bomberman R available on Nintendo Switch.
These improvements should greatly refine the game-play, control input and character controls, for both online and offline play.
This is the first of many upcoming updates that will focus on improving the Super Bomberman R play experience.
We appreciate your patience and your continued support..
Stay tuned for more information!
The Super Bomberman R team.
Super Bomberman R has sold extremely well in Japan and likely the rest of the world, and so it isn’t surprising to see Konami rush to fix it up. Hopefully this is a sign of even more Konami support coming.
The patch should be out by now, so play on and enjoy.
Here is an interesting development. Telltale will be supporting the Switch as we know, but there hasn’t been any confirmation on what they will be bringing. That said, a leak may have just shown us what may be coming.
A Russian retailer has listed Batman: The Telltale Series for the Switch. The listing also comes with boxart complete with the Switch logo and the style of the Switch box.
Other retailers have also begun to list the game for Switch. UK stores ozgameshop and 365games also are showing a listing of a Switch version of the game.
Hopefully we receive an announcement sooner rather than later.
Okay, this time on Games That Should Be Revived, I am tackling a game from Nintendo/HAL Laboratory that most don’t remember and flew mostly under the radar. I do not think it even got a virtual console release.Arcana, known in Japan as Card Master: Rimsalia no Fuuin, was a card based RPG dungeon crawler released in 1992. It took a lot of influence from the Wizardry games and games like Shining In The Darkness, Dungeon Master and more,. It also had has a detailed story with a unique twist on the gameplay. The game had a look where all the characters and enemies were represented by cards. Cards were also used in combat at times, but they were not the only part of the game.
The game had numerous issues such as pacing and poor use of the combat that it had, as well as an unforgiving difficulty. This is a shame because it had a lot of potential. In addition to the aforementioned influences, many people I have spoken to about this game have stated that it actually reminded them of Arena, the first game in The Elder Scrolls series. Obviously they are two different styles of RPGs and Arena came out years later on more powerful tech, but people have found some comparisons. They commented that it reminded them of Arena in terms of immersion and atmosphere, if not in actual gameplay. They felt the dame feeling of being drawn in to a great experience, but feel more could have been done with Arcana.
I feel Arcana has a lot of potential to actually be a big series for Nintendo/HAL Laboratory. I do not mean as big as Mario or Zelda, but it could be a very serviceable mid tier series for the publisher. Dungeon Crawler RPGs have seen a big resurgence in recent years, and the game having a unique story and enough of its own identity, with a setup that is entirely its own, Arcana could stand out well among games today. There have been some similar games since, but I would like to see what Nintendo/HAL Laboratory can do with the IP in the modern day,
Obviously there would need to be changes done to it, but the series could be revived as an RPG with a strong dungeon crawler focus but with more emphasis on the overworld as well. Or it could well follow the pattern of Diablo and the Rougelikes but with its own spin on the genre to keep its identity intact. The point I am making is that Arcana was written off far too soon. Nintendo and HAL Laboratory should really consider bringing this game back because it could stand out well for Nintendo today. A title like this would do especially well on the Switch, since the immersion can be had on the go or at home and feel seamless.