Game Party Japan 2017 - line-up of playable Nintendo Switch games

The following games are at the Game Party Japan 2017 on February 11 and 12...

- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- 1-2-Switch

This week's European downloads - January 19 (Dragon Quest VIII, Poochy & Yoshi demo and more)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (Nintendo, available January 20) - €39.99/£34.99

The story begins when a jester, Dhoulmagus, comes to Castle Trodain and steals the King’s sceptre. He then uses its power to turn his majesty into a troll, the Princess into a horse, and the castle inhabitants into plants. The only one left unscathed from this attack is a castle guard who escaped the curse and must now step up to save the kingdom he’s sworn to protect.

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Demo (Nintendo) - Free
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World is an adventure game set in a world of yarn. Poochy Pups also appear for the first time. These little helpers jump on suspicious spots to indicate where you should look for secrets and collectables.

Gourmet Dream (CIRCLE Ent.) - €5.99/£4.79
"Gourmet Dream" is a management game in which you take up the role of a restaurant manager and help your shop to grow. The aim of the game is to help your restaurant flourish until it is evaluated as an "S Rank" restaurant. In order to do this, you will have to create a menu to suit your customer's needs, hire and train staff that provide great food and service, and run promotions to increase the number of customers that come to your restaurant. In essence, you will be raising your store into a "Highly Esteemed Gourmet Restaurant".

Special offers

Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.59 (Ends February 9, normally €2.49/£1.99)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends February 9, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends February 16, normally €3.99/£3.59)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Toby: The Secret Mine (Headup Games) - €9.99/£6.99

A peaceful way of life in a small village in the mountains was thrown into disorder. Someone has kidnapped most of its residents. A couple of brave hearts tried to rescue their friends but none of them has returned. Little Toby didn’t want to just sit and wait so he decided to find them by himself. He went to the near deep forest but he soon realized this is just a beginning. Go with Toby on an eerie adventure in a dark and creepy world full of dangerous situations, enemies and challenging puzzles.

Special offers
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.24/£1.14 (Ends February 16, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Aqua TV (Extra Miles Studio) - €2.35/£1.99 (Ends January 26, normally €4.70/£3.99)
Breakout Defense (nuGAME) - €5.00/£5.00 (Ends February 16, normally €7.00/£7.00)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.24/£1.14 (Ends February 16, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends February 16, normally €5.99/£5.39)
Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Software) - €1.79/£1.34 (Ends January 26, normally €1.99/£1.49)
Midnight 2 (Petite Games) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends February 8, normally €1.99/£1.79)
VRog (ByteRockers' Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends February 16, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends February 2, normally €8.99/£7.99)

Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)

COLOR CUBES (RCMADIAX) - €1.49/£1.39

Switch or stay - that's how you play this game! Tap the touch screen to switch the color boxes, or keep them the way they are. You must act quickly as the game gets faster and faster. Endless fun for everyone!

Special offers
Hyperlight EX (CatfishBlues Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends February 2, normally €5.49/£4.99)

Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
All themes will be available on January 20.

Hello Kitty with My Melody (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty plays with her friend My Melody

Hello Kitty is reading (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty reads a book in her room

Chinese New Year's Eve (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty wears a Chinese dress for Chinese New Year's Eve

Snoopy Happy Dance! (Librica) - €1.99/£1.79
From the world-beloved comic "Peanuts", we bring you "Snoopy Happy Dance!"

Snoopy and Friends (Librica) - €1.99/£1.79
From the world-beloved comic "Peanuts", we bring you "Snoopy and Friends"

Jurassic Cubs on the Magic Path (Atlantyca) - €1.49/£1.39
The Magic Flow slides onto the screen and guides the Jurassic Cubs to the Black Meteorite.

I Saurini in marcia (Atlantyca) - €1.49
I Saurini e il Flusso Magico che scorre sullo schermo

Nichus in the Woods (Atlantyca) - €0.99/£0.89
Nichus enjoys crossing the woods by liana.

Nichus nel bosco (Atlantyca) - €0.99
Nichus si diverte ad attraversare il bosco sulle liane.

Jurassic Cubs 3 Pack NEW (Atlantyca) - €2.49/£2.29

Three new fantastic Jurassic Cubs themes.

I Saurini 3 pack NEW (Atlantyca) - €2.49

Tre fantastici nuovi temi dei Saurini

Geronimo Stilton Happy Holidays (Atlantyca) - €1.99/£1.79

Geronimo Stilton Happy Holidays

Super Mario Run - The Load of Coins event now available

The new Load of Coins event in Super Mario Run is now live. Players will receive 1.5 times more coins than usual if they win Toad Rally matches. The event will run until January 26, 2017.

My Nintendo Store (JP) allows to choose specific Joy-Cons with Switch purchase and more

NCL is prepping the My Nintendo Store in Japan. At this brand spanking new store front, you will be able purchase games, consoles and a whole lot more. More so, you will be able to earn Gold Coins for every purchase that you make on there. That is certainly a neat incentive to go and shop there.

The company will also be doing exclusive offers that can only be found in said store. With the Nintendo Switch, you will able to select specific Joy-Cons and straps you want in your package. Do you want Neon Red for everything? No problem at all. The best thing is that it still retails for the 29.980 yen price tag, which means that you don't pay extra for the choice. If you purchase the Nintendo Switch plus a game on January 23 (when store opens), you will receive a set of exclusive B2 sized calendars too.

Another offering is the Deluxe Collector's Edition for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will retail for 13.870 yen. The package includes the game itself, the Link (Rider) amiibo, map, Sound Selection CD, reversible cover, Master Sword of Resurrection figure and a set of 20 postcards.

The final thing of note is that the Nintendo Carrying Case will get additional colors (Neon Blue and Red), which are exclusive to the My Nintendo Store. The carrying cases will cost 1980 yen and let you carry the main unit, five game carts and two Joy-Con controllers. It is also comes from a screen protector, so that you can keep your new purchase safe!

The My Nintendo Store launches on January 23 in Japan. There are seemingly no current plans for stores in both the Americas and Europe.

Nintendo Switch - Reggie on Switch's public, Wii U's failures, online plans and more

These are snippets from a TIME interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO for Nintendo of America...

On who the Nintendo Switch is made for...
''Just like every system Nintendo creates, we believe in having a very wide footprint, and we are experienced enough in this industry to know that the footprint changes over time. We believe that by [next holiday season], with the launch of Super Mario Odyssey, that the footprint for Nintendo Switch will be very broad. Kids, young adults, parents, gamers will occupy that footprint.

But what’s going to happen is that, that space is going to be filled in at each point in time with the subsequent launches. So for example, if you look at the first 45 days, you’ve got Zelda, 1-2 Switch, Mario Kart 8. So the active gamer. And candidly, the more the active gamer sees, the more excited they’re going to be for that game.

I was a Zelda fan before I was a Nintendo employee, and I can tell you that as I’ve experienced that game, it just gets me more and more excited to play. 1-2 Switch is a party in a box. And so that is going to be an all family type of experience that will then broaden the footprint. And then Mario Kart 8 is going to expand it even further. And so that’s what I see happening. A game like Arms will have a diverse footprint. A game like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be much more narrow.

And so, I think it’s the best way I could describe how the consumer base for Switch is going to evolve over time. And certainly by the end of our first full year, it’ll be kids, young adults, parents and gamers occupying that footprint.''

On the matter if Wii U was a failure
''I don’t recall who said it but, one of our executives said something similar — I think it might have been Mr. Miyamoto, the last time he was here in New York, where he made the comment “I hope consumers look back at Wii U as a necessary step, in order to get to Nintendo Switch.” Which is another way of saying what you did.

And it’s interesting, you know, as consumers think back, the fondness and the memories shift. I joined the company as GameCube was ending its life. And as we look at the install base of the platform, certainly it’s not one of our higher install base platforms. And yet it seems the talk now is all about how consumers are hoping that there’s a GameCube virtual console, which I just find interesting.

But yes, you can look at Nintendo Switch and certainly see a lineage, not only to Wii U, but as our Switch presentation highlighted, really to so many of our historical platforms. And there is certainly no mistake in that.''

On the company's future online plans
''First, there is much more that we will be sharing about our subscription service—the mechanics, the types of content that you’ll get access to, free, on a monthly basis, the price point for the overall service. All of that information will come.

Second point, as you know, we are very aware of what the consumer has articulated to date as to what they want. We are very aware of what our competitors do. The way Nintendo thinks about it, is we want to make the consumer happy, and we want to give them some of the elements that they have been asking for. And we want to give them things that they haven’t even thought of to ask. But, we also believe in differentiated experiences. We believe in doing things differently.

And so our overall proposition will not look the same as our competitors. But what we will do, is we will recognize what consumers like about our competitors, we will look to do it in a way that has a Nintendo flair to it. And we will look to make sure that in the end, we’ve got this robust, online environment that not only works well for our games, like Splatoon and Mario Kart and Smash Bros., but that also works great for our third party developers.''

GameSeek honoring the initial price for Nintendo Switch pre-orders

Before the Nintendo Switch had its proper unveiling, UK retailer GameSeek were offering pre-orders at £198.50. Despite the price now having been raised to £279.99, the company has decided to honor the initial pre-orders at its first given price tag. There are lucky consumers out there, let me tell you that!

Arms can be played without the need of motion control

While motion controls were heavily highlighted during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, you can play Arms without them. During Nintendo Treehouse Live, it is mentioned how the game can be played with buttons as well. This means that you will be able to play Arms in any given way you desire!

Splatoon 2 - Callie will make a return as well

According to producer Hisashi Nogami, Callie will be back for Splatoon 2. One of the hosts for the stage show mentions only have seen Marie, but the Splatoon lead said that there is nothing to worry about. He even joked about how Callie was too busy with her own business and couldn't participate for the trailer!

Famitsu's Most Wanted - December 22-27, 2016

1. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI – 784 votes
2. [PS4] Resident Evil VII Remake – 718 votes
3. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI – 634 votes
4. [3DS] Monster Hunter XX – 604 votes
5. [PS4] Resident Evil 7 – 559 votes
6. [PS4] NieR Automata – 395 votes
7. [PS4] Nioh – 382 votes
8. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 348 votes
9. [WIU] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 278 votes
10. [PS4] Super Robot Wars V – 270 votes
11. [PS4] Musou Stars – 257 votes
12. [3DS] The Alliance Alive – 201 votes
13. [PS4] Gravity Rush 2 – 199 votes
14. [PSV] Super Robot Wars V – 180 votes
15. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional – 178 votes
16. [3DS] The Snack World – 172 votes
17. [PS4] New Hot Shots Golf – 163 votes
18. [PS4] Valkyrie Revolution – 160 votes
19. [PS4] Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash – 138 votes
20. [PS4] Blue Reflection – 135 votes
21. [PS4] Tekken 7 – 130 votes
22. [PSV] Kamaitachi no Yoru: Rinne Saisei – 120 votes
23. [PS4] Ace Combat 7 – 119 votes
24. [3DS] Lady Layton – 117 votes
25. [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport – 110 votes
26. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn – 109 votes
27. [PSV] Dungeon Travelers 2-2 – 108 votes
28. [PS4] Nights of Azure 2 – 107 votes
29. [3DS] Pikmin – 106 votes
30. [PS4] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – 99 votes