The Nintendo Milk Farm Challenge – Friday Fun

In a recent promotional event, Nintendo of America took to the Billings Farm & Museum to take on real-life farmers in a 1-2-Switch challenge. The challenge pitted gamers against farmers to see who would fair best in the Milk game in the new Nintendo Switch exclusive 1-2-Switch.

Below are some of the photos that were taken at the event.

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Again, it is wonderful to see how committed Nintendo is to their new IP, and the Nintendo Switch, which is greatly benefiting from the focused efforts. Currently the Nintendo Switch is continuing to see very strong sales and high demand globally, and it’s not even peak selling season for consumer electronics in any region. Imagine the results of this momentum once maintained throughout the remainder of the year! Nintendo is really ready to bring fun into a year that truly needs it.

Have you gotten to play 1-2-Switch, yet? Do you own it? What are your thoughts on the game?

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



Splatoon Players Could Win a Trip to E3

Some time ago, Nintendo partnered with the online competition site Battlefy. Now, that partnership is being used to create another means for players to engage with the company in one of the largest gaming events in the US, the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) this year.

Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, has already been quoted as saying that Nintendo has some “big plans” for E3. Now, it appears there will be a competitive element attached to those plans, as the company will be hosting a Splatoon tournament, from which players will have the opportunity to compete and win a trip to E3 this year.

As E3 draws nearer, we will continue to see a lot of fantastic ways in which Nintendo will build upon the momentum that they have created for every aspect of their business, currently. Their most prevalent and exciting aspect at the moment is, of course, the Nintendo Switch, and that will be the main focus at E3, so I fully expect the on-site finals will feature the new Splatoon 2 which is due for release in the Summer!

Will you look to participate in the competition? Did you compete in the previous tournament?

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

An Overview of the Gear in Splatoon 2

Nintendo has shared some new details on the newest entry in the phenomenal hit Splatoon franchise. Splatoon uses a load-out system for players to customize their game play by focusing on differing abilities as dictated by the “gear” that their “Inklings” wear during battle. With various weapon types and gear types, players are able to create the playing experience that appeals to them specifically.

For players who are familiar with the franchise from the first game, they are already accustomed to the gear, and leveling up their abilities. Many players look to customizing their Inklings appearance primarily according to style, and others primarily through ability/function. Then of course, there are those who will employ a strategy that focuses on both. Either way, Inkling gear is vitally important to a player’s game, so be sure to check out the quick overview below so that you are ready for battle this Summer.

Nintendo is doing an amazing job of maintaining the early progress and momentum of their new dedicated home gaming device, the Nintendo Switch. With the deliberate actions that the company is taking, their ordered steps are paying off wonderfully well, and the momentum is definitely pointing in the right direction. As Nintendo continues to create more and more demand for the system by showcasing, promoting, and releasing new and exciting games, the key is to continue to maintain sufficient supply. As long as they are able to do that, the Nintendo Switch will, indeed, remain a momentum device!

How do you like the gear that we have seen so far? Will you customize gear based on appearance, or based on ability?Are you anticipating getting your hands on Splatoon 2 immediately at release?

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

Bonus Session of The Making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Released

Last week Nintendo released a 3-part series of videos featuring the creators of the phenomenally-made The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and today they released a bonus video to accompany the series. The series gave a lot of great details about the making of this amazing game.

For both the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch, players have an opportunity to experience a vast world, with sweeping vistas, easily immersive scenery and  soothing musical climates. This bonus video gives viewers some light-hearted answers to burning questions like the developers’ favorite scenes, food dishes, and characters, and the like.

If you already watched the first three parts of the series, you’ll definitely want to see this bonus video, and if you haven’t be sure to watch them, as well as the above. Nintendo is doing quite a lot to make sure their desired result of getting their IP in front of more people is realized more and more. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going a long way toward making sure that Nintendo continues to create an incredible new era in the video game environment!

How do you like these developer videos? Which game would you like to see a Making of-series for next? Which video was your best in the entire series?

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


Are You Prepared For the Global Testfire?

As Nintendo prepares to launch their new iteration in the Splatoon franchise on the Nintendo Switch, they have begun to make sure players will have a good comfort level with some of the new weapons along with a couple of the new stages. The Global Testfire event kicks off in just a couple of hours, and if you are going to be participating, you want to make sure you are well prepared and ready to jump in right away.

To help you do that, below are some informative resources for you to familiarize yourself with the weapons that will be available to you during the event, as well as the controls.


Splatoon 2 looks like it is going to be a phenomenal successor to the original, and with the amount of hours that I still put into that game, I cannot wait to start pouring even more time into Splatoon 2 when it is released. Nintendo is starting to create another amazing environment in the gaming community, and for those of us who count themselves as fans of the company, we are poised to enjoy every minute of it. For those who do not, they are certainly welcome, but it may be most advantageous to do so sooner rather than later.

Will you be participating in the Splatoon 2 Global Testifre? Did you compete in any of the previous events? Will you test out all of the weapon sets or gravitate toward a particular set as a favorite, right away?

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


Nintendo of America Launches the Nintendo Treehouse Log

Nintendo has always been known to be a highly secretive company, and rightly so, as they have successfully created some of the most iconic experiences and franchises that we know to this day. Of course, over time those same ideas have fallen prey to “copycatting” and blatant malicious intentions on some people’s parts. However, over the past several years, the company as a whole has begun to scale back the shroud slightly, here and there. From the occasional Nintendo Direct presentation to the Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentations, fans have been able to share in the joy of getting to know just a bit more about the company they love.

Now, the curtain has been pulled back just a bit more by the Nintendo of America arm of the company by launching an ongoing blog on Tumblr called the Nintendo Treehouse Log. This blog will serve as another way in which the company will be able to communicate with its fans more frequently.

tumblr_inline_omexle86hu1uftrnv_1280The first two posts are from Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff, respectively, and they both serve to illustrate the nature of what the blog will likely develop into going forward. I know that there are other game developers who maintain blogs, as well (like PlatinumGames, for one), so I am very hopeful that the Nintendo Treehouse Log will offer up tremendous amounts of information in the near and distant future.

Over the last several years, we’ve continued looking for new ways to communicate with Nintendo fans and get them the product knowledge and insight that Treehouse staff are uniquely positioned to share. What we’ve seen from Nintendo Treehouse: Live is that there is a hunger for deeper details from people who know and love the games. Sometimes it makes sense for that information to come in the form of a Nintendo Treehouse: Live broadcast, but what we’re finding is that there is more to share over the course of the year, and it may not always make sense to do it in a live stream. That’s where the Nintendo Treehouse Log comes in.

One of the great tidbits of information thattumblr_inline_on6fulrq0l1uftrnv_1280 we were able to get early-on, here from the blog, is how much of the start for the localization team happens. Nate shares his experience with the very first game that he helped to localize in his Nintendo Treehouse career, Paper Mario on the Nintendo 64.

That’s a microcosm of how we start with every game. Sometimes it begins years in advance, when we meet with dev teams to review artwork or game concepts, sometimes it begins when we see a near-finished Japanese product, but no matter when we get in the pool, the core tenet of our process remains unchanged—we need to first understand the game and the developer’s vision before we do anything else.

I am really looking forward to what we will be getting from the staff as they post to the Nintendo Treehouse Log going forward. It will be really interesting to read, and hopefully learn new things often. With the effort that Nintendo continues to put forth to make sure the experiences that fans are having with regards to their IP, it is a testament to the amount of care that Nintendo has for their fans, and I believe it will continue to show, the more they do things like this. I know I certainly plan to share the contents from the blog quite frequently (or as much as it is updated).

What type of things do you hope to see from the Nintendo Treehouse Log? Do you think this will become a major part of Nintendo of America’s strategy for communicating with fans? Will you be reading often?

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

Nintendo’s Treehouse to Compete in Splatoon 2 Global Testfire

Recently we were informed of the upcoming Global Testfire event for Nintendo Switch owners to compete in the newest iteration of one of the company’s latest franchises, Splatoon 2. The Global Testfire is an event that allows players to compete in a demo version of the game, playing in Turf War mode which has the objective of players “inking” the most turf within an allotted time frame. For players who were unable to play the original Splatoon, they will get to enjoy the exhilarating fury that is the pace of this great franchise.

For Splatoon veterans, this event will give them an opportunity to test out some of the new weapon sets, gear and even a couple new stages. This Global Testfire will take place this weekend at the times below:

Event times (You can only play during these time periods)
• 3/24 (Fri) Noon – 12:59 p.m. PT
• 3/24 (Fri) 8:00 p.m. – 8:59 p.m. PT
• 3/25 (Sat) 4:00 a.m. – 4:59 a.m. PT
• 3/25 (Sat) Noon – 12:59 p.m. PT
• 3/25 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. – 8:59 p.m. PT
• 3/26 (Sun) 4:00 a.m. – 4:59 a.m. PT

Now, we also have the opportunity to watch a new Treehouse Live event that will be during the first hour of the Global Testfire.

The new stages that will be featured during this weekend’s event will be The Reef and Musselforge Fitness.

This Global Testfire event looks to be a great introduction, as new players will have the chance to experience the game play of Splatoon for what will likely be their first time, and for the experienced players, it will be a wonderful introduction to those stages and weapons.

What are you more excited to experience for the first time? Were you able to participate in any of the previous Global Testfire events for Splatoon? Will you be able to play in this event?

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