Famitsu - This week's review scores (6/30/15)

The Great Ace Attorney (3DS) – 9/9/9/8 [35/40]
Forest of Poitto Kororoke (3DS) – 8/8/10/7 [33/40]
Cho Tousouchuu Atsumare Saikyou no Tousousya Tach (3DS) – 7/8/8/7 [30/40]
Ping Pong Trick Shot 2 (3DS) – 6/6/6/5 [23/40]
Gu-nyan (3DS) – 6/6/6/5 [23/40]


Warren Spector gives thoughts on Nintendo, discusses publishing Epic Mickey

The following information comes from an interview on Nintendo Life with Warren Spector from Disney Interactive Studios:

NL: Speaking of games for everyone, Nintendo comes to mind as a company that doesn't make games for kids necessarily, but for everyone. What do you think about Nintendo today, in 2015?

Spector: I'm kind of a Nintendo geek. I don't want to get myself in trouble….you know, I'm looking around the show floor here. And let's say there are 2500 games being shown. 2400 of them all look exactly alike. You can't even tell which one you're looking at, you know? And it drives me crazy.

And then you go to IndieCade, and you go to Nintendo, and all of a sudden it's like, "Oooh, games can be different. Cool!" So I think from a creative standpoint, from a design standpoint, from an IP standpoint, from a graphics standpoint, I think Nintendo rocks.

The thing is, I mean, from a hardware standpoint it's hard to say what Nintendo's future looks like, let's be honest about that. But the fact that they're finally gonna put their IP on mobile…they're fine. There are a billion smartphones on the planet. They're gonna do just fine when Mario hits that.

Yeah, can we talk a little bit about what it was like publishing through Nintendo? Because previously you didn't have too much connection with your work to Nintendo, and I feel like that changed a lot with Epic Mickey through the Wii.

I loved working with them…working with Nintendo is great. I got to spend time with Iwata-san, which was awesome. The guy who runs Nintendo! I was sitting there talking to him, thinking "This guy knows more about games than I do!" (laughter) You don't find that in a lot of game company CEO's, it just doesn't happen.

I got to meet Mr. Miyamoto twice. One time he put his hand on my shoulder and I instantly became a better designer – I heard the Zelda theme go off. (laughter)

They were way easier to work with than most publishers and even studios I've dealt with.

Click here to read the full interview!

7th Dragon III: Code VFO announced for Nintendo 3DS

Sega has announced development for 7th Dragon III: Code VFO. It will be released in Japan on October 15th for the Nintendo 3DS, and the game's website has officially opened. A livestream of the game is set to be started on July 4th, and there has yet to be any news of localization.

Click here to check out the official website!

Nintendo's approval ratings increase after shareholder meeting

After Nintendo's 75th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, approval ratings increased for each of Nintendo's 10 current Directors. Here are the rating statistics:

Satoru Iwata: 80.64% --> 83.45%

Genyo Takeda: 86.80% --> 92.07%

Shigeru Miyamoto: 86.81% --> 92.07%

Tatsumi Kimishima: 89.11% --> 92.60%

Shigeyuki Takahashi: 93.32% --> 94.46%

Satoshi Yamato: 93.33% --> 94.46%

Susumu Tanaka: 93.33% --> 94.46%

Shinya Takahashi: 93.33% --> 94.46%

Hirokazu Shinshi: 93.33% --> 94.46%

Naoki Mizutani: 94.03% --> 94.52%


Mighty No. 9 - Platform Selection Surveys being sent out

The following information comes from a recent e-mail that has been distributed by Comcept, entitled as "Project Update 92":

Important news, Mighties!

We’ve been quiet about the platform selection surveys while we sort out the technical difficulties, sowing the seeds of confusion among many of our backers. We’re very sorry for the unexpected inconvenience, and we’re happy to say that the surveys are ready to go!

Here is some updated information on the surveys:

1) The Official Platform Selection Surveys are being sent out via SurveyMonkey over the next 4 days or so.

2) The Official Platform Selection Surveys will be open until the new deadline, July 31st, 2015.

3) We will make available all current information we have regarding each platform version of Mighty No. 9, to be updated as more details are set in stone.

4) To accommodate any backers who may change platforms as time goes on--due to new console-specific information, console purchases, etc.--backers will be able to change their platform selection(s) up until the survey deadline.

If you have not received your survey by Saturday, July 4th, please contact us as mightyno9@comcept.jp, subject line “Mighty Platform Selection Survey”. 

Have fun!(`_´)ゞ

- The Mighty No. 9 Team

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Last week's video content from GoNintendo

We're starting to see the die-down of the E3 news. That means slow news Summer ahead! I'm cool with that for now. I could use a rest from the rapid-fire news! No matter how heavy/light the news is, we'll be covering all of it. See you in a few, short hours!

Getting back into the normal swing of things. E3 has come and gone, which means news is slowing down. That means it's time for more of the 'Parents Play' features! We almost had another missed week due to a health issue with my Mom, but she wasn't going to let that stop her! She healed up and was better than ever for last week's show, where her and my Dad tackle Rocket Knight Adventures. Hands down, this is my favorite entry in the entire series, far above all others.

We also did another episode of our weekly podcast, which is still chock-full of E3 talk. Lots of interview snippets with Nintendo bigwigs that were well worth discussing.

...and finally, here's a plug for the Parents Play feature that cropped up three weeks ago. Due to E3, we never got to promote it in our usual weekly post like this. In this older episode, my parents tried out Boom Blox and things went surprisingly well!