Extra! Extra! Read All About It…Sort Of.

Alright, so that time of the year 2016 seems to be coming up on us rather quickly, as it seemed to have been taking forever, throughout the first 9-and-a-half months. Finally, we are coming up on the last quarterly report for the calendar year 2016 (which is the second quarter for Nintendo). And this time around, it seems that this will be an extremely important time period, as the announcement of Nintendo’s new and coming hardware is expected to be officially announced and revealed by the end of the Investor’s Briefing and Q&A next week.

Trusted Wall Street Journal reporter, Mr. Takashi Mochizuki, has written about his expectations for the Investor’s Briefing. In addition to the earnings report, the company is also expected to share their forecast projections, along with information regarding Pokémon Go, future Nintendo 3DS plans, Super Mario Run, and of course the Nintendo NX.

Mochizuki is reporting that Nintendo is expected to report both a net profit in earnings, as well as an operating profit!

The Kyoto-based company is expected to report a net profit of 18.5 billion yen ($178.5 million) and an operating profit of ¥3.2 billion yen, according to a median forecast of six analysts polled by data provider Quick. In the year-earlier quarter, Nintendo reported a profit of ¥3.2 billion and operating profit of ¥7.8 billion.

We are also expected to see more information regarding Pokémon Go and the Pokémon Go Plus accessory.

The second-quarter results will provide the first financial indications on the blockbuster smartphone app Pokémon Go. The game was developed by Nintendo affiliate Pokémon Co. and Niantic Inc., an Alphabet Inc. spinout in which Nintendo also invested. In July, Nintendo said it expected no major financial contribution from the game. Nintendo may also provide more fresh data, including sales of the game’s wearable device—Pokémon Go Plus—which Nintendo was in charge of making.

There may also be more on the Nintendo 3DS, as we are nearing the holiday season, and titles for the Wii U are no longer a viable financial topic for the company (aside from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has already been slated for simultaneous release on the NX, as well).

Nintendo is phasing out its flagship console Wii U to focus on the NX. As a result, its popular but aging hand-held 3DS game machine will be one of the company’s few weapons for the coming holiday season. Nintendo prepared many strong titles to boost sales of the 3DS, including a new Pokémon game, Super Mario Maker and Miitopia, which has been a bit of a mystery. Nintendo has promised to talk more about it by the end of the year.

Along with the above-mentioned topics, Nintendo is also expected to share information regarding the latest announced smartphone game, Super Mario Run.

Another partnership creation from its tie-up with smartphone game maker DeNA Co., Nintendo plans to release a Super Mario game for Apple Inc.’s iOS platform in December. Nintendo may announce additional information next week.

As more information is given, we will share it, regarding the NX, however, Takashi Mochizuki believes it is highly probable that we may not get any information this week, and it will all fall into next week, in and around the Investor Meeting. Emily Rogers, however, is adamantly expecting to there to be information given this week, as well as next week. Either way, the trees are rustling and the excitement is definitely building for whatever Nintendo is about to reveal to the public, finally!

Late night UPDATE:

So as we continue to get closer to knowing definitively what Nintendo is going to have for us, it’s time to switch our focus from rumors and speculation, to analysis and true anticipation. I am really excited to see what Nintendo has been cooking up in the lab, and I truly anticipate it to be fantastic! I have been a Nintendo fan since the earliest of their console days. When I first realized there would be a home console to play games like Super Mario Bros. that I had been playing in the arcades, I knew that the NES was exactly what I wanted when it was finally to be released, but until it was I read through the catalog I’d found it in, repeatedly. I imagined playing with the device for hours on-end, until it was released and I could do so, in reality. That is the type of excitement I get from Nintendo, and that is what I am getting from NX, now!

What do you think will be the most exciting (and unexpected) feature of NX for you? Do you plan to get it, no matter what, or do you plan to wait and see what it is, first? How long have you been a fan (or are you, yet) of Nintendo consoles?

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


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Pokémon Safari Coming to EverBank Field

By now, I am sure you have either played Pokémon GO, seen Pokémon GO, or at least heard much about Pokémon GO, as it has apparently taken over the realm of mobile gaming. Nintendo has launched the mobile game in multiple regions worldwide, and is still introducing it to more as we speak.

Several businesses, companies, and brands have wisely taken advantage of the craze over the game. The successful launch of the game, and its appeal have been noticed by many. Over the last week, I have been out of town, traveling on business (outside of gaming), and Pokémon GO was still being discussed…by people other than myself. Funny enough, I found myself often answering the question: “What is Pokémon GO?” Most of the inquisitors had “heard” of the game, and even the main franchise, but had not ever asked the question seeking sincere understanding.

Joining in on the trend of companies advantageously opening up their doors to Pokémon GO’ers, NFL team, The Jacksonville Jaguars have joined in on the fun. The team announced that their home facility, EverBank Field, will be host to a Pokémon Safari event next Monday, July 25 (just before the start of the team’s Training Camp practices).

“We know that everyone has been all over Jacksonville playing Pokémon GO, but have not had the opportunity to play inside EverBank Field.  That’s why we’re opening up the stadium for our fans.” said Jaguars Vice President of Marketing and Digital Media Steve Ziff.  “We want all Jacksonville Pokémon trainers to be the very best and to catch ‘em all!”

Fans will be invited to access exclusive Pokémon GO Pokéstops and gyms inside EverBank Field during a one-night only experience designed to engage those who play the popular augmented reality game.  All Pokémon trainers will be able to take a self-guided tour through the stadium that takes them past the world’s largest video boards, the Military Bell on the Sky Patio and Touchdown the Jaguar.  The event will end with a celebration on FanDuelVille, home of the world-famous Smart Pharmacy Spas and Cabanas, providing the first 1,000 fans who complete the route with an exclusive gym badge.

“At FanDuel, we pride ourselves on the experiences we offer fans and we’re very excited to partner with the Jaguars to bring the first stadium experience of its kind to Pokémon GO fans,” said Jay Amos, EVP of Strategic Partnerships at FanDuel. “The Pokémon Safari aligns with our vision of making sports more exciting by offering a unique opportunity to let fans enjoy all that FanDuelVille has to offer and we’re thrilled to be a part of something no sports team has done before.”

Gates will open to all fans at 6 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Fans will enter through US Assure Club West gates and be guided through a scripted experience that will allow them to access all key locations within the stadium.   Fans are encouraged to use #POKEMONGOJAX in all social posts throughout the evening.

The very thing that Nintendo’s late president, Satoru Iwata, wanted to do when it came to Nintendo’s foray into the mobile gaming arena appears to be happening, and that is of course, allowing people to access their IP in fun, exciting, and engaging ways that are uniquely Nintendo. The company’s innovative ways are not always “first-to-market” ideas and products, but their uniqueness in nature, and desire to bring something “all-new” to an often thought to be saturated market are indeed part of the reason that Nintendo continually finds ways to win even when they are more than counted out!

Have you been playing Pokémon GO? How many have you caught? Would you like to see even more non-gaming entities embrace Pokémon GO, and/or other things Nintendo? If you are nearby, will you be attending the Pokémon Safari event in Jacksonville, Florida?

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


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