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Sound team from Sonic's 25th Anniversary explains live stream issues during broadcast

If any of you watched the Sonic Anniversary stream on Friday night, you'll remember a very loud buzzing sound throughout the stream. Turns out there were a bunch of issues right before launch of the stream that plauged it for the rest of the night. Hunter Bridges, whose team was in charge of producing the stream, wrote about it on Twitter. NintendoLife has compiled his timeline which you can see here.

Overall, it seems like a series of unfortunate issues that just didn't work out for his team that night. I guess it happens when you're working on shows that are going live!

Pokemon GO - Japanese players told not to enter disaster zone in Fukushima

This comes from The Guardian:

Japan is asking for the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone to be classified as a no-go area for Pokémon after the discovery of at least one of the game’s characters on a power station’s site.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has requested that Pokémon Go developer Niantic and the Pokémon Company prevent Pokémon appearing in and around areas affected by the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima to help prevent encouraging players to enter dangerous areas.

Tepco said it has tested the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was partially destroyed by the March 2011 disaster, the nearby Fukushima Daini plant and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture and found Pokémon on-site.

Japan’s nuclear regulator sent out a warning to national energy providers telling them to tighten security after the incursion of three teenagers into a nuclear power plant in Ohio in the US. Tepco has banned employees from playing Pokémon Go on site.



New HORI Pokemon 3DS acessories coming this fall

In need of more Pokemon this fall? Well good news, there's more goodies for you to enjoy.


First up will be a Pikachu Pack Starter Kit. It will feature a Duraflexi protector, six Game Card Case, a 3DS system skin and a cleaning cloth. This will be out October 11 for $20.

On November 18, you'll also be able to pick up a soft plush pouch based on Pikachu's face that can hold a New 3DS, XL or a Nintendo DS. Pokemon Sun/Moon pouches will also be out the same day. Both will go for $15.

PR: Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions returning to London

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions Returning to London for Two Nights Only!

Pre-sale now open for extremely limited engagement this December

The Pokémon Company International, Princeton Entertainment and The MJR Group are happy to announce the return of Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions to London's Eventim Apollo on Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19.

After sold out performances all over the world, the show will return to London for it's second year for two nights only! More information about the new locations, dates, and how to purchase tickets can be found at Pokemon.com/symphony.   



Level-5 reveals Megaton Musashi anime, 3DS game

- due out in Summer 2017 in Japan
- set on Earth in the year 2118
- invaders from outer space called “Dorakuta” have devastated the planet and destroyed 90 percent of mankind
- protagonists and main characters pilot giant machines called “Musashi” to combat the Dorakuta
- memories of mankind’s downfall have been erased from the minds of the human race
- humans were evacuated to a shelter at the time of the Dorukatua’s invasion
- protagonists Ryougo Hijikata, Yamato Ichidaiji, and Teru Asami—seem to be “chosen people” whose minds were not erased
- game will be a multiplayer-style action RPG

Nintendo Q1 FY 2016 full details - hardware/software sales, projects, million sellers more

First and third party release dates

Consolidate statements of income transition (Q3 2013 to 2017, left to right)

During the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, for Nintendo 3DS, Kirby: Planet Robobot, which was released globally, showed steady sales. In the U.S., BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER was released, and in Europe, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest was released and both titles got off to a good start. As a result, the worldwide sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software were 0.94 million (7% decrease on a year-on-year basis) and 8.47 million units (7% increase on a year-on-year basis) respectively.

With respect to Wii U, in addition to titles such as Star Fox Zero/Guard and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which were released globally, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker which were released during the prior fiscal year showed steady sales. The global sales of Wii U hardware and software were 0.22 million (53% decrease on a year-on-year basis) and 4.68 million units (3% increase on a year-on-year basis) respectively.

For amiibo, the figure-type and the card-type sales remained at approximately 1.70 million units and 1.30 million units respectively mainly due to a lack of new titles that are compatible with amiibo.

Download sales decreased year on year because sales of in-game downloadable content were down.

In addition to these results, due to foreign exchange rates being impacted by significant yen appreciation, net sales were 61.9
billion yen (of which overseas sales were 44.8 billion yen or 72.3% of the total sales) and operating loss was 5.1 billion yen. As a result of exchange losses totaling 35.0 billion yen due to the appreciation of the yen, ordinary loss was 38.6 billion yen and loss attributable to owners of parent was 24.5 billion yen.

For Nintendo 3DS, we will release Pokémon Sun/Pokémon Moon globally in November. These are the latest titles from the
Pokémon series, which has sold 200 million units worldwide since the first title from the series released 20 years ago. We will also release Mario Party Star Rush this fall. Furthermore, multiple titles from third-party publishers are also scheduled for release. With the release of these titles, we will re-energize our Nintendo 3DS business and aim to expand our reach globally to a broad audience, including female and younger consumer demographics.

The dedicated gaming platform, code-named “NX,” which is currently under development and incorporates a brand-new concept,is scheduled for launch in March 2017 globally.

Furthermore, Nintendo will release Pokémon GO Plus, a peripheral for the mobile game app Pokémon GO(*) developed and
distributed by U.S.-based company Niantic, Inc. Pokémon GO Plus interacts with the app and lets players know when Pokémon are detected.

In addition, Nintendo plans to launch a miniature replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System, which was a phenomenon
in the 1980s, with 30 classic software titles pre-installed in overseas markets this November. For our smart-device business, following Miitomo, which launched in March this year, we will release new apps such as Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing. By continuously introducing apps for smart devices, we aim to maximize the population that has access to Nintendo IP. Alongside creating new demand, we aim to increase the synergistic effect on Nintendo’s dedicated game system business.

There is no revision to the consolidated financial forecast for this fiscal year, announced on April 27, 2016.

Hardware sales for Q1

- 3DS sales down seven percent to 940,000
- 3DS software up 7 percent to 8.47 million
- Wii U down 53 percent to 222,000
- Wii U software up 3 percent to 4.68 million

Money made/lost

- lost 24.5 billion yen ($232.7 million) - revenue down 31 percent to 61.9 billion yen ($663 million)

Consolidated sales units, number of new titles, and sales unit forecasts

Hardware sales totals

Wii U/3DS million sellers updated totals

Mario Kart 8 - 7.70 million pcs.
New Super Mario Bros. U - 5.34 million pcs.
Nintendo Land - 5.10 million pcs.
Super Mario 3D World - 5.01 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 4.90 million pcs.
Splatoon - 4.42 million pcs.
Super Mario Maker - 3.65 million pcs.
New Super Luigi U - 2.64 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 1.82 million pcs.
Mario Party 10 - 1.81 million pcs.
Pokémon X/Pokémon Y - 14.98 million pcs.
Mario Kart 7 - 13.56 million pcs.
Pokémon Omega Ruby/Pokémon Alpha Sapphire - 12.24 million pcs.
SUPER MARIO 3D LAND - 10.81 million pcs.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 10.39 million pcs.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 10.11 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS - 8.23 million pcs.
Tomodachi Life - 5.09 million pcs.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - 4.88 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 4.30 million pcs.

Pokemon GO Plus delayed until Sept. around the world

This delay seems to be the case for North America, Europe and Australia. Thanks to Microtic for the heads up.

Lady Layton: The Millionaire King's Plot coming to 3DS Spring 2017 (Japan)

This new Layton game focuses on Professor Layton's daughter, Catoleil. It features traditional puzzle gameplay and will launch in Japan come Spring 2017.