Nintendo profit expected to surge 160% after sale of Mariners

- Nintendo is expected to report a 160% year-on-year increase in group net profit to around 30 billion yen ($289 million)
- this is partially thanks to the sale of a stake in the Seattle Mariners
- profit surge came even as the strong yen led to foreign currency losses of roughly 40 billion yen
- the stake was sold for $661 million, an amount nearly 10 times what Nintendo originally paid

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.43.3 for Android and 1.13.3 for iOS

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.43.3 for Android and 1.13.3 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

Professor Willow discovered that Eggs have different patterns depending on the distance required to hatch them.

Pokémon type icons have been added to the information screen for each Pokémon.

Low battery indicator added for the Pokémon GO Plus.

Minor text fixes

Kamiya 'kind of' interested in Wonderful 101 Switch port

I think this game needs to be played by a lot more people. Let's hope the Switch is a success and this port happens. I'd love to see new people get to try it out!

Sega 3D Classics Collection 3: Final Stage - Columns, Alien Syndrome info & more

Alien Syndrome

- new element is two-player co-op via local wireless
- Interim Save, Interim Load, Replay, and Round Select are all included
- Round Select lets you start from the last cleared round, though it isn’t available in local play
- choose from five difficulty levels
- with the lowest one, enemies will not shoot bullets and have reduced health
- Time Limit feature in which you’re able to choose from six levels, two of which were not available in the original version
- includes both the Japanese and international versions
- In the Japanese version, exit will open after rescuing all 16 people
- in the international version it will open after rescuing just 10 of them
- International version has lesser time limit
- Stage 1 and Stage 2 bosses are switched
- International version has BGM at Name Entry
- International version has a hidden character at Stage 3 boss
- In the international version, the hidden 1-up that’s obtained by taking a Question Mark with exactly 100,000 points, doesn’t include 100 points (which allows repeatedly getting 1-ups [as the score stays at 100k])
- Normal: Same 4:3 ratio as original
- Wide/Full: Stretched to fully cover 3DS screen
- Classic: Screen becomes convex to simulate CRT monitor
- Game Volume, Voice Volume, BGM Test are all sound settings
- possible to hear all 17 BGMs in the game, including unused songs


- Flash Columns: A 2-player versus mode where players need to quickly erase predetermined jewels
- Doubles: 2-player co-op mode
- Interim Save, Interim Load, and Replay are all included
- Japanese and international versions are both included, with the latter one offering English text for messages
- screen Modes are Normal and Classic; Normal optimizes 3D Binocular Vision, while Classic makes the screen more convex
- choose between Mega Drive and Mega Drive 2 version sound

Random tidbits

- SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage is the first in the SEGA 3D Classics Collection series to receive a CERO C rating
- this is due to the inclusion of Alien Syndrome, which has horror graphics

Message from producer Yosuke Okunari:

“Turbo Outrun and the enhanced restoration of Thunder Force III by Technosoft are the number one in the port wishes ranking. Originally we thought that we should finish the new compilation with these two titles. However, it just isn’t enough to decorate “Final Stage” of the series, so the staff considered the possibility of implementing one more title within the limited development schedule. As a result, we decided on having Alien Syndrome in the compilation, as a port has been requested as long as ten years ago and it hasn’t been able to realize. Please look forward to miniature garden-like three-dimensionality of this game that overflows with horror feel! And fourth unexpected new title is Columns! We weren’t able to do this for Puyo Puyo 2, but now jewels have been turned into three-dimensional one-by-one. That’s what you’d expect from M2. Please look forward to playing supremely beautiful Columns!”

The Alliance Alive - new story, world and dev details

- a thousand years ago, the Demon Clan invaded the human world
- they came to control a chaotic energy that could endanger the demon world
- the Demon Clan also set up a Giant Barrier here that disrupted weather and caused the sky to no longer be blue
- this also ended up causing earthquakes and generating a Black Current on the sea that split the land into several zones
- this consumed many other cities and killed about half of the whole human population
- a few hundred years later, each of these zones were put into their own administrations by the Demon Clan
- each has unique cultures as well as a caste system that puts the Demon Clan at the top

1. Rain World

A world that never stops raining ever after the Demon Clan set up the Giant Barrier. Here exists plants that have become accustomed to the unique weather. It’s relatively easy to live here, unless you count the point where you will definitely get drenched if you’re moving outside.

2. Burning World

A world surrounded by countless volcanoes. Despite its extreme environment, it has more advanced science & technology than the other worlds. When exploring volcanoes, people are advised not to misstep lest they end up slipping (into the magma)

3. Prison World

An eerie world which has a giant prison shrouded in miasma. It is always dark there, so people will have to rely on city lights when moving outside. You have to wonder what kind of people live in this world.

- devs had concerns about the amount of worlds in the game
- if they added too many worlds, they might end up being considered as just dungeons
- ultimate goal of this game is to have the player travel around the world
- the more worlds they add, the more features they had to draw in as well
- most humans are now content living under the Demon Clan’s governance
- Ursula is the only one who believes that the sky used to be blue long ago
- Galil, Renzo, and Barbarosa know that there are other worlds than the Rainy World they live in
- they join Ursula in a journey to ‘take back the skies’
- story starts from the perspective of human adventurers Galil & co
- it then shifts to the perspective of the Demon Clan characters Viviana and Ignace, and Tiggy
- after that the perspective switches to the human faction that is closer to the Demon side like Gene and Rachel
- learn how these protagonists from different races, ideologies and worlds band together later in the game

Michel Ancel finds original Rayman SNES ROM, jokes about Switch version

As you can see in the comments above, Ancel jokes about doing a Switch version of this game. I know he's joking, but I bet a lot of people would love to see that!

Square-Enix 'committed' to releasing more Dragon Quest games in the West

Coming from an MCVUK interview with Square-Enix producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto...

We’re committed to bringing more Dragon Quest titles in the West as we believe it truly has potential to succeed even better. So watch this space.


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