GoNintendo Video - Today's BIG story (12/7/16): Switch getting GameCube VC, Melee incoming?

Welcome to Today's Big Story for Dec. 7th, 2016. Rumors continue to swirl about the Switch. Could Switch finally bring us a GameCube Virtual Console? It seems so, and Smash Bros. Melee is on the way!

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A deep look into the development of Azure Striker Gunvolt

Azure Striker Gunvolt was a success on the 3DS eShop, paving the way for a sequel. The fantastic outing from Inti-Creates was enough to catch the eye of Yacht Club Games, who took on physical publishing duties of the original and it's sequel in a special combo-pack.

Now that many 3DS owners are familiar with the franchise, Yacht Club has given a look into how Inti-Creates came up with the designs and mechanics for Azure Striker Gunvolt. If you're looking to see how the title came together and where its inspirations lie, hit up the feature below.

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Nintendo online store adds more New 3DS cover plates

Nintendo's online store has been updated with a few more cover plates for the New 3DS. You can grab the Blastoise and Charizard plates seen above, as well as some others.

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France - Pokemon Sun/Moon doing big numbers, boosting 3DS, NES Classic Edition sold out, big Switch interest

The following info pertains to France

- Nintendo expects Pokemon Sun/Moon sales to top 700k units by the end of the year, and 1 million units sometime in 2017
- in general, Nintendo 3DS best-sellers need 2 to 4 years in order to reach 1 million units in France
- Pokémon X and Y (released in 2013) still hasn’t hit a million in France, but it's close
- 85% of players in France discovered video games through Mario, but many haven’t played a Mario game in a long time
- Nintendo expects Super Mario Maker for 3DS to get a boost, thanks to Super Mario Run
- according to Olivier Garcia (from the FNAC, a major retailer chain), many people have expressed interest in Switch
- people have been asking about release date and preorders
- Pokemon Sun/Moon impacted 3DS sales, with 55k units sold at launch
- 2DS bundle was pretty popular, as it amounts to 50% of those sales
- many of those who bought Pokémon Sun and Moon had not played a Pokémon games since the very beginning
- many bought it in order to play with their children
- NES Classic Edition had 100k units for launch, and everything sold with just pre-orders
- Nintendo is sending regular shipments, but there's still a struggle to meet demand
- every time new units go live on Fnac.com, they’re all gone within 10 minutes
- the plan is to ship new units regularly in December and in early 2017
- according to the FNAC, most of people buying the NES Classic Edition are not “gamers”

Super Mario Run - animated tweet for Dec. 7th, 2016

Monster Hunter XX - new trailer, collaboration footage and gameplay

Planned collaborations:

- Drifters (manga / anime), with a special katana as weapon
- Gudetama
- Show by Rock

Fan-Art: Japanese rice farmers turn living & dead crops into amazing Dragon Quest tributes

Gyoda, in Saitama Prefecture, showed off some amazing artistic skill with their Dragon Quest tribute art, which was created via rice paddies. When the season ended and the crops died out, the same rice farmers used straw husks to create the second bit of artwork above. As if farmers didn't work hard enough!

Yacht Club gives new Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment info, details future Shovel Knight plans

Coming from a USGamer interview with Yacht Club Games...

- set before the original Shovel Knight
- follows Specter Knight as he recruits the Order of No Quarter
- Specter Knight has a close relationship to the main villain, the Enchantress
- she is keeping Specter of Knight alive
- Specter Knight is able wall climb and dash slash
- go through the Order of No Quarter stages, but with new screens as well as new art
- allows players to choose any level they want
- all boss battles have been redone
- there is a village, and NPCs to talk to, but details remain secret
- there are also story events that happen, but those are also being kept quiet

The team also talked about future ideas for Shovel Knight...

- King Knight is still coming, and his content will be a reflection of Specter Knight's levels, much like Plague of Shadows was a reflection of Shovel Knigh
- King Knight's content will be a "lot crazier" than anything that's come before i
- body swap option that will let you change the genders of any of the characters in the gam
- four-player objective-based competitive mode
- they may make Specter of Torment a true standalone release

NCSX import - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild pocketwatches

Taito gets in on the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of Fire game release with a pair of pocket watches as follows:

- Blue face with Link artwork
- Black and gold face with sigils

Each watch measures 7.5cm or 2.95" in diameter. A chain is attached to the top of each watch for carrying around.

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