Chapter 3 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab continues to dive deep into the story behind the Squid Sisters and what they have been up to since the last Splatfest several months ago. Splatoon 2 will be releasing globally soon, and Nintendo is doing a lot to make sure the promotion is as highly effective as possible. As you may be well aware, Callie and Marie were very present in the first Splatoon game, and they have been just as absent in the promotion to this point leading to the upcoming Splatoon 2. These stories are serving the purpose of giving more in-depth lore to the franchise, as well as helping to promote the game in another unique manner, that falls squarely in line with the personality of the IP.

If you missed Chapter 1 and/or Chapter 2, be sure to check them out. Otherwise, enjoy:

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I am really enjoying everything that Nintendo is doing right now to make sure the word is out about the company’s newest game console, the Nintendo Switch. From the steady roll-out of new and incredible content to the ways in which advertisement has been a main focus, everything has been at peak quality. The more they continue to follow that model, the more they will be able to advance the momentum that they are experiencing right now. Be sure to stay tuned for more as it becomes available.

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

Chapter 2 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab has released the second chapter of the Squid Sisters Stories, and it is shedding more light on the situation between Callie and Marie. These two busy entertainers are dealing with the demands of rising popularity, and trying to maintain their relationship all at the same time.

If you have not seen Chapter 1, be sure to take a look at that, and enjoy Chapter 2, below:

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This story is getting more and more interesting the deeper we get into it. The emotional account of Marie in this entry is painting a picture that really illustrates the amount of lore behind the Splatoon franchise that has been absent, but also can truly be filled in going forward. I am excited to see what comes next, and be sure to stay tuned for more as that story continues.

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

The Fastest Selling Game in Franchise History

In the 25-year history of the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has shown to be the fastest selling iteration to-date. This version is virtually a port of the Wii U version , save a few additions, and of course, a much-enhanced Battle Mode. As much of a “system-seller” Mario Kart 8 was for the Wii U, Deluxe seems to have the same effect for an already HOT console in the Nintendo Switch. That is particularly exciting for Nintendo, as the continued momentum of their new console is very important as this year moves forward.

With more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the U.S. on launch day alone (April 28), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch system is the fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series. The previous record holder for the highest first-day sales in the franchise was Mario Kart Wii, with U.S. sales of approximately 433,900 when it launched in 2008. The solid sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe equate to an attach rate of 45 percent – meaning nearly one in two Nintendo Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the first day it was available.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just released last week, and it is already being hailed as the fastest selling game in the franchise’s history. Several retailers experiencing major sales numbers to end the month of April for a game whose system released in March to record numbers. All of this is happening in a traditionally off-season for consumer electronics, especially in video games. These are all incredible signs for Nintendo as a whole, and specifically amazing for the Nintendo Switch.

Have you picked up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, yet? If you have, which aspect do you like best, so far? If you have not, do you intend to pick it up soon?

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


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Nintendo Has Detailed Breath of the Wild DLC Expansion Pack 1

Breath of the Wild Hard ModePrior to the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the game’s producer, Eiji Aonuma shared that there would be a two-part DLC Expansion Pass coming for the game later in the year. More details have now been shared about the first pack that will be coming in the Summer.

In addition to several new armor pieces for Link, there will also be a few other great things, as well. These include a new “Trial of the Sword” challenge, a Hard Mode, and more.

There are 8 treasure chests placed around Hyrule containing armor themed after previous The Legend of Zelda titles. Watch for tips as to the whereabouts of these chests as you travel around Hyrule.

It was revealed early that with these two Packs,Breath of the Wild Phantom Armor there would be a definite new “dungeon” in the second one, and so we see that this first Pack has quite a few interesting modes and bonuses that can absolutely help players to keep their interest piqued going into the second Pack.

I am excited to see what these new modes bring to the heart of the game, and also to see how much more difficult the game feels with the Hard Mode. Watching the more difficult enemies become that much tougher…and regain health if they’re not dispatched quickly enough; that will be terrific for many replays.

Breath of the Wild Tingle's OutfitIt amazes me how well Nintendo has continually hit repeatedly on their latest moves with regards to software releases, specialty items, console, and even information dissemination. Over again, we are reminded that this is a great time to be a Nintendo fan; and for those of us who are longtime fans, this really is a time we’ve looked forward to experiencing again. The best thing about it is Nintendo knows that advancing this momentum is priority number one! There is no time to rest!

Have you already ordered the DLC Expansion Pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? If not, do you like what you like what you’ve seen so far, and does it convince you to pick it up? If so, are you excited about what you have seen so far?

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


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Splatoon 2 is Going to Be Amazing!!

Last Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct gave Nintendo fans a brand new glimpse into the world of Splatoon 2, as we were treated to loads of great information. Over the past few weeks, we have been getting more and more details about the newest iteration in the Splatoon franchise, and the Nintendo Direct offered up even more.

tumblr_inline_oof8sltyk91t4m0j9_1280The Direct came with the introduction of the newest mode in the franchise, Salmon Run. This new mode is an online multiplayer (for 4 teammates) mode akin to a “horde mode”. Salmon Run looks like a lot of fun, and I am really looking forward to spending a lot of time with it and any other new aspects of Splatoon 2.

There was also the newly announced amiibo compatibility that will be a part of Splatoon 2. Along with new abilities, Nintendo announced the arrival of three more franchise amiibo, bringing the total number of amiibo that will be compatible with Splatoon 2 to eight (Phase 1 Inkling Boy/Girl, Inkling Squid, Callie, Marie, and now Phase 2 Inkling Boy/Girl, and Inkling Squid).

The first game arrived, and it was a very tumblr_inline_oof8skggpd1t4m0j9_1280successful “experiment” by the company, taking a chance on a new idea, brought to life by a younger team who were allowed to create a fantastic gaming experience. Now, we will see what experience, and two years of creative thinking will afford Nintendo Switch owners the opportunity to experience.

During the latter portion of the life of the Wii U, Nintendo was forced to rely on their ingenuity and desire to succeed. That response by the company is why, by many accounts, you should never “count out Nintendo”. When most people have predicted their demise over and over again, they continually surprise people with their resiliency. Having the ability to thrive at the very time that many don’t expect you to survive is the mark of excellence. The Splatoon franchise was born out of that time, just like many other times in the company’s history. My advice…stay tuned!

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

A Record Breaking Month for Nintendo

The month of March annually marks the end of Nintendo’s fiscal calendar, and last month, FY 2016 ended with the launch of a brand dedicated home gaming console for the company along with the launch of the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on both Wii U and Nintendo Switch. It was known for months that Nintendo intended to do all that they possibly could to make sure they had a very strong month within all of their businesses.

Within the next few days, the company will be holding their Annual Investor’s Meeting to discuss and disclose their performance. They have, however, shared some early details  on the progress of the key indicators from the month of March, and things look extremely promising. For just North America alone, the Nintendo Switch is one of the fastest-selling consoles of all time (and definitely Nintendo’s fastest selling console, ever). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild saw the franchise’s best-ever launch months, selling more than 1.3 million units, and ever besting a 100% attach rate on the company’s brand new console. That also means that Breath of the Wild is the company’s best ever console launch title, as well.

“Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “With its various play modes and the innovative features of the Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone.”

One thing that I have learned, is that momentum is probably the biggest factor in business, hands-down. It is one of those things that can be all around, yet remain as elusive as most anything imaginable. Because of that, it is something that always must be nurtured, cared for, and never taken for granted. Momentum is easily maintained, but difficult to get back once it’s gone. Nintendo understands that, and appears to be acting accordingly. I look forward to hearing much more detail on Nintendo’s record-breaking results when the company has their Investor Briefing next week, April 27.

While Nintendo Switch sales are off to a record-breaking start, shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand. Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped. In just over two weeks, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 28 with more content than any other Mario Kart game in series history, including 48 racing tracks, new Battle modes, new characters and other additions. Competition on Nintendo Switch gets even hotter heading into summer, with the release of the ARMS game on June 16 and the Splatoon 2 game on July 21.

Do these numbers surprise you, or were you expecting this type of performance? Have you been able to contribute to the record-setting results? What other feats do you think Nintendo will accomplish in this current environment?

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


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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!!