Coming from producer Masachika Kawata...
"I think it's a very unique piece of hardware. I'm looking forward to the possibilities of the system itself, but we have no plans at the moment regarding Resident Evil on Switch."
The following comes from Nippon Ichi Software president Sohei Niikawa...
- the difficulty of porting from PS4 to Switch varies depending on how each studio approaches development
- the porting process was relatively smooth for Disgaea
- there was nothing NIS had to downgrade
- even in portable mode, the experience still remains same as PS4 version
- Disgaea 5 was chosen for Switch because it would be smooth to port
- NIS also thought it would be better to release its key product
- NIS received many requests to port it to Vita, but if this happened, it would have been necessary to downgrade the game
- NIS brought the game to Switch as a way of fulfilling the fan request for a portable version of Disgaea 5
- NIS says they are definitely making more Switch games
- They will not be making just one game and calling it quits
Welcome to GoNintendo Rewind, which takes a look at the last 7 days' worth of video features on GoNintendo. Let's jump right into it!
As usual, we had our week's worth of "Today's BIG Story" features. If you missed any of them, you can find the Monday through Friday videos below. Unfortunately, we lost Thursday's video due to a technical hiccup.
We had two Talking Point features this week. The first was a rebuttal to Jim Sterling's video on the Switch. This video actually disappeared from YouTube as well, but a viewer had actually saved it on their computer! This is the reupload of that video.
Our second Talking Points video zeroed in on Switch haters. Not the people who aren't into the Switch, but the people who actively bash others who are interested in the Switch.
I also did a one-off video on a Gizmodo article that I saw about the Switch. A few of you brought it to my attention, and I felt it interesting enough to cover at length.
My parents return this week, but not with a new Parents Play. This time around, I had them react to the Switch presentation, as well as some game trailers. They also discuss price point, value and how they feel about what's being offered.
Lastly, we have the 596th episode of the GoNintendo Podcast. This was a special episode, because it mainly focuses on the hands-on impressions of the Switch that Nicky Hill and I got!
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Coming from an IGN interview with Eiji Aonuma... (Google translate)
"There is an alternate ending if you meet certain criteria. If you do a few things, you may see a different ending."
I have played all the Zelda titles, but I can't remember an alternate ending in any of them. Am I forgetting something, or is this a first?
We showed you the Switch preorder lines in Japan a bit earlier today. Now we have some encouraging news on how preorders themselves went. Amazon pre-orders went up at 9am in Japan, and the total allocation was gone in just 5-10 minutes. As for brick-and-mortar retailers, it seems that most, but not all stores, sold out of their launch allotments in just 15 minutes. Could the Switch be the perfect console/handheld hybrid for Japan.
The info is coming from the man himself, Eiji Aonuma. I think that's our definitive answer right there, no matter how much we dislike it.
We know how much of the gaming industry and gamers have reacted to the Switch, but what about the expanded audience? I invited my parents over for a bit of trailer watching and discussion. What do they think of the Switch features, games and pricing?
The following information comes from the NPD...
''Sales of Nintendo’s nostalgic NES Classic Edition were up 14 percent compared to November, its debut month that saw it move 196,000 consoles. Meanwhile, Pokémon helped the aging 3DS portable grow its sales by 2 percent from December 2015.''
What does this mean for the NES Classic Edition? It would seem that US sales from December stand at about 223,440 units sold. We can only hope that they will start making more soon.