Nintendo’s Pokémon Direct

Friday morning Nintendo held a global Pokémon Direct in which they revealed a few things to mark the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the first Pokémon game in Japan.

The company shared a brief history of the franchise on their handheld devices, and then premiered the newest iteration. The “leaked” information turned out to be correct, but that proved detrimental to many fans because it certainly spoiled the surprise from Nintendo. Aside from absolute details from the game, like new monsters and evolutions, we got virtually the same info with the name drop days ago.

The state of the gaming community has gotten a bit silly in my opinion, when it comes to certain things, and “leaking” information is right up there with game-breaking, and cheating…I feel they have no place in the community. What good does it do anyone to spoil the simple fun of getting the surprise when it’s ready to be given?! It’s akin to spoiling a movie plot, or even knowing the winner of the game before it is played.

The Direct was a little short with the main focus on the new game(s), Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The game is scheduled for release later this year, and I am sure there will be more information shared in the months leading up to its release.

If you did not have the opportunity to see the Pokémon Direct live, you can see it below:

Do you feel that the “leak” spoiled your surprise for the Direct? Will it affect your desire to get the game? What do you think will be new about this iteration?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


Pokémon Direct in the Morning

Nintendo has announced that the latest Nintendo Direct will be a Pokémon-focused Direct event and will take place this morning, Friday, February 26, at 10am EDT/7am PDT.

There has been a lot of speculation about what will/may be covered, and even some early “leaked” information that very well may or may not be accurate. Unfortunately, if it does turn out to be accurate info (and it appears it may be), that does steal some of Nintendo’s shine for an official event. Especially since so little information has been coming directly from the company lately.

It will be interesting to see ALL of the information that Nintendo intends to share, however. I will be sure to provide continuing details about the Direct afterward.

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Do you intend to watch the Pokémon Direct live in the morning? Are you a big Pokémon fan? What do you anticipate seeing during the Direct?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Fantastic Launch for Fire Emblem Fates in NA

The Nintendo 3DS’s newest Fire Emblem iteration has finally launched in the West, and it has truly made a splash. Fire Emblem Fates has become a record-setting game at its launch as the ” fastest-selling game in the history of the long-running, critically acclaimed franchise in the United States.” That record was previously held by Fire Emblem Awakening.

“Both fans and critics are falling for Fire Emblem Fates, and the early sales numbers prove the game’s undeniable appeal,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “This strong momentum for Nintendo 3DS is only the beginning, as many more high-quality exclusive games are set to launch for the hand-held system over the next few months.”

There will also be paid DLC support for the game going forward.

The first DLC map for Fire Emblem Fates launched for free on Feb. 19, with additional paid maps coming on a regular basis through April 21. By purchasing Map Pack 1 DLC for only $17.99, 11 maps plus bonus content will be available as they are released at a discount when compared to buying each map individually. When purchased individually, all of the maps would total more than $24. On March 10, a third story, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, launches for a suggested retail price of only $19.99 exclusively as DLC forFire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. This third path also offers a new adventure that sheds new light on the characters and settings from the other two games, and is ideal for players who have already completed one or both of the other versions.

It looks like a lot of the talk of Nintendo slowing down in 2016 has been premature, and support for the 3DS is still going strong.

Have you played any of the previous Fire Emblem games before? Have you picked up the game yet? If not, do you intend to do so?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!



What’s Possible in Nintendo IP-Based Media

For quite some time now, Nintendo has spoken about the desire to allow their IP to be used in several different ways outside of video games, solely. Mr. Satoru Iwata spoke about that desire several times before his passing, as well as Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto. We are already very aware that Nintendo is currently working on some sort of theme park attraction(s) with Universal Studios, with Miyamoto-san working closely and diligently with the principles involved in that venture.

What I would like to talk about today, though,Imaginings Mini-Series Mondays is specifically the possibilities of movies, series, and anime. Nintendo’s new President, Tatsumi Kimishima has also spoken about the expansion of the company’s IP, and mentioned these aspects, recently. I would like to take a look at what we might be able to see and hopefully look forward to enjoying in the very near future. This is the first entry in a Mini-Series Mondays where I will be looking at several possibilities that we Nintendo fans can look forward to in the near future.

Over the course of the Wii U’s lifespan we have seen several things that could be hints or glimpses into what we could expect.

One such glimpse was the Pikmin Short Movies project that Miyamoto-san created and released exclusively on the Nintendo eShop. Though he enjoyed making the shorts, he did admit that creating games and movies were a different undertaking, but the results were fantastic. The art-style and aesthetic were very vivid and could work well with many of the company’s IP in a larger project such as feature film, or even weekly (or perhaps episodic-run) series. The ways in which media is distributed these days creates so much opportunity, as well. Back during the time of Captain N, a Saturday cartoon format was typically the only option, but there are television, digital, and of course, movie theater options available now. Imagine having the ability to watch the new season of Pikmin, StarFox, or Ice Climbers in the Fall on Nickelodeon (for instance), or binge-watching the whole season on Netflix or Hulu, or better yet, on the NX Premium Channel.

(Now remember, this is all just my speculation, so I am not saying there are any deals with Nick, Hulu, Netflix or even a confirmed NX Premium Channel–or confirmed Pikmin, StarFox or Ice Climbers shows in the works, currently! But what if there are?!)

Also during this generation, we were treated to a host of incredible character-reveal videos for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Several fantastic art-styles were shown off like the cell-shaded style of the Little Mac reveal, or the classic anime style of the Palutena reveal, or even the early CGI-style of the Charizard/Geninja reveal. All of these styles were phenomenal and could work very well for any of the above mentioned media. In fact, I am sure I was not the only person hoping that some of these reveals were preludes to series announcements, even then.

Even film creators have gotten into the supposition game where Nintendo is concerned. During a recent DICE panel, Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh were asked about their dream movie material.

Lee, the president of Vertigo Entertainment and producer of The LEGO Movie, gave his opinion.

“Mine would be Nintendo. I think Zelda, Mario, and the whole universe of characters would be perfect for a LEGO Movie type of [film]. I don’t have the rights to it, but I would love to. That would be my Holy Grail.”

Whereas Askarieh, CEO and president of Prime Universe Films, agreed that Nintendo properties were ripe for adaptation.

What would a LEGO Movie-type Nintendo movie be like? That would be an amazing thing to see. Imagine Mario, or Link (with a voice) running around in their respective worlds with the flare and comedy of a LEGO Movie. Imagine Samus Aryn piloting her craft, morphing into a ball, and fighting alongside the Federation with that same flare.

These are the types of things that are absolutely possible with Nintendo IP in different types of media. From anime and live-action series on television, streaming and the like, to movies featuring the characters and worlds that I grew up playing and envisioning in one sense, can soon be possibly viewed in a whole new way. That is what excites me. All of the rich possibilities that are there.

What would you like to see from Nintendo-themed media, whether series or movies? Do you think there are already some concrete things in the works now? Who would you like to see work on any of the projects?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!



Nintendo NY Re-Opens…

Newly re-branded Nintendo NY (formerly Nintendo World Store) re-opened to the public on Friday, February 19, 2016. Nintendo held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the re-branded store.

On hand were Mario and Luigi, Mr. Charles Martinet (the voice of Mario), along with Nintendo of America executives Doug Bowser, Vice President of Sales; Scott Moffitt, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing; and Rick Lessley, Vice President of the Supply Chain Group. When the doors of the remodeled store were opened to fans waiting outside, they were greeted by the renovated interior and design.

Nintendo NY even hosted some Mario Kart 8 play on the new in-store Wii U units. I am sure the fans on-hand were able to have a fantastic time.

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If you are in New York, did you attend the Grand Re-Opening event? Have you ever been to this location before (or for this event)? Do you plan to visit any time soon?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!



And Now Miitomo is Available to Pre-Register

Nintendo’s first official foray into the Smart Device app market has begun with the pre-registration period before the release of Miitomo, Nintendo/DeNA’s first app. Nintendo also launched the official Miitomo website.

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Miitomo is scheduled for global release next month (March 2016), and it should be a fun experience, for sure. I am really looking forward to it, so I quickly pre-registered at the link above. I encourage you to take advantage of the pre-registration bonus shown. Any Platinum Points available during this period having an expiration date makes them that much more appealing.

Will you be pre-registering for Miitomo? Have you already pre-registered for your Nintendo Account? What additional features do you anticipate for the app?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!