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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's E3 2014 trailer was crucial in shaping the final game

Coming from an EDGE interview with Eiji Aonuma...

- E3 2014 video was running in real time and in-engine
- the scene shown was made especially for the trailer
- the scene with Link shooting arrows at the Guardian on his horse, jumping off, and firing off one last arrow in mid-air at the enemy in slow motion, was a gameplay element that hadn't yet been implemented
- Aonuma “really wanted to put that in the game” and made this happen as development went on
- the team expanded on the game's story as well, which was brought about from the E3 2014 trailer

“After creating the trailer, I really wanted to put that in the game. So I ended up making it come true. There’s a lot I learned from that trailer. Once we’d put that element in the game, it made us think: what else can we do with this enemy? How else could we fight it? It expanded to new story ideas as well. The trailer became the basis for the whole game.”

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 571

This ended up being a two-man show today, but that other person was one that hasn't been on the show in awhile. Lube makes his return to the podcast, and it just so happens to be on his favorite day...NPD day!

Download the show here!

Project Sonic 2017 confirmed for NX release - debut trailer

When things look their darkest, even heroes need a helping hand. Debuted at Sonic's 25th Anniversary Party, take a first look at the newest entry in Sonic's journey, arriving Holiday 2017.

RUMOR - New Mega Man game hitting Wii U/3DS, based on upcoming cartoon

- based on the upcoming Man of Action cartoon
- will have two versions
- one is the "main" version developed by Capcom for digital release on Xbox One, Wii U, PS4, PSVita, and PC
- other is being outsourced to an undisclosed company to be developed for the Nintendo 3DS and mobile platforms
- portable version will have "weaker" graphics and possibly touch features implemented
- 2D platformer which plays similarly to past games, but uses high quality high definition graphics
- the 'Man' style naming is gone and replaced with musical names like "Flare Symphony," "Frostbite Sonata," & "Saber Waltz"

Pokemon GO officially has more first-week iOS downloads than any other app in history

While we kind of knew this was the case, Apple has step forward to confirm a very important piece of information. Pokemon GO is now the king of app launches, since it was downloaded more time in its launch week than any other iOS app in history. Apple stopped short of giving a specific number of downloads, and Nintendo said that perhaps Pokemon Co. will share that data.

NPD - Top 10 software sales for June 2016, industry-wide figures

1. Overwatch*
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. Doom 2016**
5. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End**
7. NBA 2K16
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
9. Destiny: The Taken King
10. Minecraft**

- Hardware: $181.5 million (down 42 percent year-over-year from $313.1 million)
- Home console and handheld software: $322 million (down 20 percent year-over-year from $402.7 million)
- Physical and Steam PC software: $27.8 million (down 20 percent year-over-year from $34.8 million)
- Accessories: $120.9 million (down 6 percent year-over-year from $129.1 million)

Nintendo explains, defends Metroid Prime: Federation Force art style

Coming from a Kotaku interview with Kensuke Tanabe...

After completing the development of Luigi’s Mansion 2, we started working on this project with development company Next Level Games. At that time we had many discussions about how to make a multiplayer gameplay experience great on a handheld system: things like map loading time, the number of enemies we could display at a time, etcetera. There were many technical hurdles to face. But, most of all, the biggest issue was that objects you need to shoot will be so tiny on the small screen of the handheld system. That is why we decided to change things up and use this more rounded art style for the characters.

If you make the characters more rounded, enemies also become more compact, and you can display larger groups of them. Also, we compressed the surrounding terrain vertically, based on the characters’ proportions. So the amount of information we could display on screen really increased. This resulted in a different aesthetic, but we wanted to prioritize providing the very best gameplay experience. After that, we tested out a version of this art style and we confirmed that it definitely offers the best handheld experience in the Metroid Prime world. That’s when we gave the go ahead to proceed in this direction.

UK - 3DS hardware/Pokemon games, apparel, TGC sales up due to Pokemon GO

- sales of 3DS games and hardware have jumped by over 100 percent
- combined sales of previous Pokémon 3DS games increased by 145 percent last week
- Nintendo has now raised projections for Pokemon Sun/Moon
- preorders have already increased over the weekend
- Sun and Moon are currently among the Top Ten most pre-ordered games on Amazon
- apparel licensee BioWorld Europe says it is developing new lines as its current range has been ‘flying out the door’
- many retailers are requesting special Pokémon products
- Pokemon TGC sales are up by 100 per cent, primarily due to the Pokémon 20th anniversary celebrations
- TGC sales are up around eight times the level we saw back in 2012 and over 100 per cent year-on-year from 2015

TOP SELLING POKÉMON GAMES FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 16TH (Sales Increase %)

1. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire – 148%

2. Pokémon Omega Ruby – 148%

3. Pokémon X – 238%

4. Pokémon Y – 188%

5. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon – 65%

These five games in total –148%

Pokémon Total – 145%

Metroid Prime: Federation Force - mission briefing video, Blast Ball available to download

...as of right now Nintendo 3DS owners who visit Nintendo eShop can download Blast Ball, the game's friendly competitive multiplayer mode! Fans can battle it out complete with online support, and even compete with players who own the full game once it launches. In early September, the multiplayer servers will switch over to support the full game only.

This week's North American downloads - July 21 (Buddy & Me, Star Fox demos and more)

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins + Training Demo – In this demo, enjoy the full animated short movie (Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins), then jump into training to prepare for combat. It’ll take more than luck to master the Arwing jet, the Gyrowing flight drone and the Landmaster tank!

Star Fox Guard – Special Demo – Grippy Toad, the founder of Corneria Precious Metals Ltd., and Slippy Toad of the legendary team Star Fox needs your help protecting their booming business! All you have to do is keep an eye on a dozen video screens as you mow down waves of attacking robots with your turret-mounted cameras!

Buddy & Me: Dream Edition – Race through an enchanted forest together with your magical flying companion, Buddy, in this endless dream about exploration and friendship. The game is a charming experience for all ages and skills, upgraded with exclusive content for the Wii U version. The Buddy & Me: Dream Edition game will be available on July 21.

Virtual Console on Wii U
Pokémon Ranger – With the help of Pokémon, set out on a fun-filled adventure! You play as a Pokémon Ranger in the Fiore Region, where you work to preserve nature and protect Pokémon. The Pokémon Ranger game features a great storyline and a wide variety of missions to complete. It's a lot of fun to capture Pokémon using the Capture Styler, and you'll have to experiment with different Poké Assists to secure the Pokémon that are more difficult to capture. Becoming a Pokémon Ranger will be a blast for any Pokémon fan.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
3D Game Collection (Nintendo 3DS), Island Flight Simulator (Wii U) and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from SEGA are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.
Rock ’N Racing Off Road (Wii U) and Soccer Up Online (Nintendo 3DS) from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 18.
Word Search by POWGI (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 8.
Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 – Franzer
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Swimming in the Sea

Also new this week:
Defend Your Crypt (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Ninja Smasher (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Wind-up Knight 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Defend Your Crypt (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Humanitarian Helicopter (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Hot Rod Racer (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)