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

Middle of the week already? Man, we're rushing headfirst towards E3 2016! I can't believe how close it is. This is sure going to be a year to remember for Nintendo fans. I don't know if it'll be a good or bad year, but we'll certainly remember it! I better get my sleep now to prepare for the onslaught of content. See you in a few, short hours!

Time for another weekly wrap up of the original video content we shared with you guys over the last week. I'd say we have a pretty diverse variety of videos this time around! Of course, they all require you to put aside a decent chunk of time, but hopefully you'll feel it's time well spent when you're done watching.

First up is the latest episode of My Parents Play. My Dad randomly happened upon Shantae, so I took that opportunity to have my Mom/Dad play Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. No joke, I think this might be some of the best playing my Dad has done yet!

We also have the 562nd episode of the GoNintendo Podcast. Thank God we record a video, because the regular audio recording screwed up! I yanked the audio from the video and all is well, but here's the video version incase you missed it!

Finally, we have Austin's detailed look into StarFox Zero. As usual, he puts together content that is equally funny and thought provoking. One of his best features yet.

Japanese Pokemon fans vote on top 10 useless Pokemon starters

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The following comes from a Goo Ranking poll with nearly 1,400 voters...

10.) Tepig in Pokémon Black and White. (69 votes)
09.) Froakie in Pokémon X and Y. (75 votes)
08.) Treecko in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. (78 votes)
06.) Turtwig in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. (89 votes) [tied]
06.) Charmander in Pokémon Red and Blue. (89 votes) [tied]
05.) Chespin in Pokémon X and Y. (90 votes)
04.) Squirtle in Pokémon Red and Blue. (99 votes)
03.) Bulbasaur in Pokémon Red and Blue. (121 votes)
02.) Piplup in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. (137 votes)
01.) Chikorita in Pokémon Gold and Silver. (166 votes)

RUMOR: Nintendo's next handheld is codenamed "MH" [UPDATE: FALSE]

According to Japanese financial company, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Nintendo's next handheld is being developed under the codename of "MH." Now, this is only a rumor, meaning that nothing is 100% confirmed at the moment. Even if it ends up being true, this is currently the only information available. Once more information about Nintendo's next handheld is available, it shall be posted here on the site.

    UPDATE: The following statement was made by Dr. Serkan Toto:

That Morgan Stanley Japan note on Nintendo does NOT mean a portable console or the name ‘MH’ is confirmed. They are picturing a scenario. Such ‘rich’ forward-looking analysis and also the wording is standard in investor notes. I know because I read *tons* of them.

Nintendo announces upcoming 3DS game, Teddy Together

May 24th, 2016 - What child hasn’t dreamed of their favourite toy coming to life? That’s exactly what happens in Teddy Together, a new game joining the ever-growing catalogue of kid-favourite games like nintendogs + cats available on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, which includes the entry-level Nintendo 2DS system. Ideal for parents to play together with their young children as they’re developing their reading and interpersonal skills, Teddy Together will be available from 1st July.

The story begins when a teddy bear is delivered to the player’s house, along with a mysterious key. The magic starts when Teddy springs to life and starts to speak to the player! Children can give Teddy a name and enter their own name, creating an instant personal connection between the two new friends. From this point on, the tale of Teddy Together advances a bit each day as children learn more about the teddy’s purpose and the mysterious key, making it an ideal interactive bedtime story that parents and their young children can enjoy together.

This inquisitive little bear is particularly interested in learning more about friendship, and often asks the player questions like, “What do you do for fun?”, “How do you make friends?”, and “What’s your favourite food?”. Teddy will remember those answers and bring them up in conversation later on, forging a unique relationship between Teddy and the player, as the answers are always just between them*. Teddy’s cute reactions and encouraging personality are sure to bring a smile to any child’s face, which might even help them grow in confidence and self-esteem. Players can also introduce Teddy to their friends, who can give answers that Teddy will remember and even mention later on.

Teddy loves to eat too, so children can play fun minigames via the Touch Screen to prepare a range of meals, then feed Teddy. But be careful: sometimes the food will be too hot, and the player will have to blow into the microphone to cool it down! Teddy can be a bit of a messy eater at times, so a little light cleaning might be needed after a meal. Don’t worry: Teddy also loves to take baths, so is never dirty for long! Players can dress their teddy up too, with a big range of tops, hats, shoes, accessories and more, plus different fur colours to unlock too, making each player’s bear even more unique to them. Clothes, special lollies that unlock new fur colours, and seeds that can be planted in the garden are all purchased using coins, which are earned through playing or by tapping a compatible amiibo figure once a day.

The unique simulation game Teddy Together lets young children make friends with a teddy bear that comes to life, talking and asking questions to learn more about friendship. The game will be available for Nintendo 3DS family systems, including Nintendo 2DS which plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D, from 1st July 2016.

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Austin's exhaustive StarFox Zero video review

Man, allergies are kililng me. I've noticed a lot of people are really having trouble with allergies lately. I feel your pain, friends! Let's all suffer through the pain and hopefully kick the ass of these meddlesome plants! See you in a few, short hours.

I've talked about StarFox Zero at great length. I've done so in our written review, and I've gone into even more detail on our podcast. You absolutely know how I feel and why I feel those ways. I happen to think the game was very unfairly crapped on by a large section of reviewers. That's all well and good, but what if someone infinitely more intelligent and eloquent took a look at the game? That's where our friend Austin steps in.

Austin takes a break from Eggbusters this week to give us an extremely detailed and well thought-out video review of StarFox Zero. No one out there creates content like Austin. That's true for Eggbusters and equally true here. Please, do yourself a favor and set aside a half hour for this feature.

Check out Austin's channel here

SEGA teases new Sonic game in the works

I'm biting this one hook, line and sinker. I believe SEGA when they say they're working on something good. I really believe they'be realized the error of their ways. Can't wait to see what the Blue Blur does next! Thanks to Megajacob for the heads up!

This week's European downloads - May 26 (Futuridium, Mario Slam and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Futuridium EP Deluxe (Mixed Bag) - €9.99/£7.99 (€7.99/£5.99 until June 2)

Futuridium EP Deluxe is a psychedelic retro-inspired shoot’em up with a modern twist, that blends together frantic action, puzzle elements, a vibrant low poly aesthetic and an heart pumping electronic soundtrack. As a lone starship pilot lost in a dimensional loop just before a big space battle, with a limited and constantly depleting energy tank, your only hope is to fly as fast as possible over enormous space dreadnoughts, destroying their defenses and the cyan power cubes to get some energy back. Try to escape the infinite loop of Futuridium: you can count only on your reflexes, your dual lasers, the nimbleness of your starship and... the ability to turn 180° on the spot! Can you beat all the 50 levels, the 5 bosses, unlock all the extra game modes and collect the 150 medals? Good luck! You’ll need it...

Mario Slam Basketball (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99

It’s a whole new ball game as Mario rocks the rim! There are plenty of basketball games out there, but none with the hands-on control of Mario Slam Basketball. Players use the touch screen to get their game on as they execute tricky dribbles, special passes and sweet shots – all with strokes and taps of the stylus. Players choose their teams of three characters from the Mario universe and hit the parquet. Power-ups like Red Shells and Bob-ombs can turn the tide as they chase down coins – they will affect the score, so players collect as many as they can as they drive to the hoop.

LEGO MARVEL'S Avengers: Spider-Man Character Pack (WB Games, Add-on Content available May 24) - Free

Avengers Assemble! The best-selling LEGO Marvel videogame franchise returns with a new action-packed, Super Hero adventure. Join the LEGO Marvel’s Avengers team and experience the first console videogame featuring characters and storylines from the critically-acclaimed film Marvel’s The Avengers, the blockbuster sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more. Play as the most powerful Super Heroes in their quest to save the world.      

Special offers
Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio) - €11.99/£9.99 (Ends June 9, normally €14.99/£12.99)
The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Software) - €2.69/£1.79 (Ends June 2, normally €4.49/£2.99)
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (ScrewAttack Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends June 9, normally €9.99/£8.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Infinite Dunamis (KEMCO) - €9.99/£8.99

Merging magic and technology, Infinite Dunamis ups the ante with new turn-based battles in an epic RPG adventure! One day on his way home from a job in the Royal City, a gifted engineer by the name of Luke comes across a young woman, Estelle, being attacked in the cave near his village. After fending off her attackers, he attempts to pull her from a heap of discarded mechanical parts only to discover she herself is half robot! Somewhat curious about what he has stumbled onto, Luke decides to take Estelle home and fix her up, but little does he know about the chain of events he is about to find himself tangled up in...! With its unique steam-punk setting, gripping plot-twists, and classic turn-based battle system with a twist, Infinite Dunamis is the RPG to satisfy even the hungriest of gamers! Moreover, with its plethora of features like weapon enhancement, magic skills, and the ability to strengthen Estelle's parameters through the use of crystals, souls, and cores, gamers are sure to experience countless hours of enjoyment!

Smash Cat Heroes (Tom Create) - €2.49/£1.99
Slash and smash enemies coming at you from all directions in non-stop cat-attack action!  Take control of one of the samurai cats and go in search for the legendary Super Cat Food that will supposedly grant its eater all the power in the world! Each playable character has its own fighting style with short and long range attacks, plus special and hyper attacks. Collect coins on your travels to level up your cat’s abilities, increasing their attack strength, smash attacks, speed, HP and defences. Stand still to charge your energy gauge when the coast is clear and then use the energy for special and hyper attacks that inflict heavy damage. Pull of a series of attacks without getting hit you’ll charge the Combo counter that will trigger the devastating Spinning Cat Attack!

Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games) - €7.99/£5.99
Epic Word Search puzzles are huge - and they’re back in this second epic collection!

The Epic America Word Search: Celebrate the very best of America - with fireworks! Travel Route 66, head west for the Gold Rush and explore America's parks and beaches; take in a ball game, eat the ultimate hamburger and look up at skyscrapers. They even put a man on the moon - can you find him?

The Epic Ancient Word Search: By Zeus, it’s historic! Encounter leaders and deities from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt; visit Stonehenge, Pompeii and the Great Wall of China and take part in the ancient Olympic games.

The Epic Animals Word Search: The furriest word search you'll ever meet and want to tickle the tummy of! Go "eww" at creepy crawlies and "aww" at baby animals; visit the depths of the ocean and make a whole bunch of animal noises.

The Epic Journeys Word Search: Fasten your seatbelt! Travel in luxury on the Orient Express, go off-road through the Australian outback, explore the ancient Silk Road and embark on an expedition to conquer Mount Everest.

The Epic Shakespeare Word Search: Shall I compare this puzzle to a summer’s day? Enjoy the verbal wit of the Bard of Avon with this puzzle based on Shakespeare’s best known plays. Friends, Romans, countrymen, find me some words!

Each epic puzzle contains over 1,500 words, hidden in a grid that's much too large to fit on screen! It takes many hours of gameplay to solve each one. Scroll with the +Control Pad or Circle Pad, then touch with the stylus to highlight words. Jump straight in and get solving right away with this fast-loading game. Switch between puzzles at any time and share your progress with other players using StreetPass.

Samurai Defender (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.39
Samurai Defender is a simple defence type action game set in the Warring States period of Japan. Defend the castle from approaching enemies! Tap on an enemy soldier to aim at them. Your bowmen will take care of the rest. Enemies will move towards your castle gate, so take aim and stop them from getting too close! Use the coins you acquire to learn new schemes. Use the schemes you learned to defeat lots of enemies. Defend your castle more easily by leveling up your bowman and schemes, and enjoy the exhilaration of repelling waves of enemy attacks!

Fire Emblem Fates: Map 2 Boo Camp (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €2.49/£2.29
A test of the nerves awaits in Boo Camp, when the army spends the night on a haunted mountain. Those who survive 'til morning are said to come out stronger for the experience, but is that just another ghost story?

Maps can be purchased and played from the Dragon's Gate, which will appear after reaching a certain point in the game. If you have already purchased Map Pack 1, you can download this map by going to the Dragon's Gate and selecting "Purchase DLC." Download the map and it will then be available to play.

Fire Emblem Fates: Map 3 Beach Brawl (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €2.49/£2.29

In Beach Brawl, Corrin has been awarded hotly contested tickets to a vacation resort. With only one ticket up for grabs, it falls to the royal retainers to fight for the honour—and leisure—of their lieges.

Maps can be purchased and played from the Dragon's Gate, which will appear after reaching a certain point in the game. If you have already purchased Map Pack 1, you can download this map by going to the Dragon's Gate and selecting "Purchase DLC." Download the map and it will then be available to play.

Special offers
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (ScrewAttack Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends June 9, normally €9.99/£8.99)
SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) - €14.99/£11.24 (Ends June 9, normally €19.99/£14.99)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends June 2, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Music on: Electric Guitar (Abylight) - €0.99/£0.90 (Ends June 23, normally €1.99/£1.89)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (NIS America) - €9.99/£8.99 (Permanent, was €39.99/£34.99)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (NIS America) - €9.99/£8.99 (Permanent, was €39.99/£34.99)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (NIS America) - €9.99/£17.99 (Permanent, was €39.99/£34.99)
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (NIS America) - €19.99/£8.99 (Permanent, was €39.99/£34.99)

Indie devs share their NX hopes and wants, talk Nintendo competing with Sony/Microsoft

The following info comes from a GamesTM interview with Black Forest Games co-founder Adrian Goersch, DrinkBox co-founder and CEO Graham Smith, CTO Rebellion co-founder Chris Kingsley, and Zen Studios VP of publishing Mel Kirk.

What developers want from NX:

GS: The Wii U was actually a great platform to develop on. With Guacamelee, having the second screen on the GamePad was a perfect place to put the game’s mini-map, and made the game a great fit for the platform. Having the ability to play games right on the controller itself was an amazing feature for times when someone else in the household was making use of the television. While this was never a problem for Drinkbox, I believe that the limited power of the system made it difficult for some third parties to bring their games from PS4/Xbox One to the Wii U, causing the system to have less than ideal third-party support

CK: In general, I’d like to see a console that has comparable or more power than PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and with familiar input systems. For an independent like Rebellion, you want to support as many platforms as you can, because you want as many people to play your games as possible. As a developer, of course it’s exciting to work with completely new paradigms but we all have to consider the economic realities too. I’d like to see Nintendo putting in more effort to work with other third parties so that the NX isn’t just a great earner for Nintendo, but can be a great earner for everyone else.

AG: Beside more power, which everyone assumes it will have, the main improvement we would like to see are on the side of the Nintendo submission processes, support and tools. Everyone who ever had to create a Wii U emanual knows what we are talking about.

MK: We are hopeful that whatever platform Nintendo makes takes steps towards the future in big ways. More horsepower, the integration of VR in some way, platform support for diff erent business models, and an easier publishing process would all be very welcomed. The Wii U certainly posed challenges for developers on a lot of fronts, but Nintendo is a company that the development community will support as long as the opportunity exists. It is hard to be critical, so I hope the new platform paves the way for success for everyone over the course of its lifetime.

All four developers were in agreement that having a strong Nintendo console is good for the industry – be it for the company’s history, risk-taking, competition, and uniqueness.

On competing with Microsoft and Sony:

MK: I don’t know enough to give a yes or no answer here. I do know that Nintendo is capable of creating some amazing, groundbreaking hardware that will get people excited and interested enough to at least consider a purchase. You know that Nintendo will bring their amazing games and franchises in a big way, and if they can get decent third-party support rolling then the games will be there as well. Things can change quickly; not so long ago everyone was saying consoles are dead and this generation would be a bust. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Other features the devs would like to see on/from NX:

MK: I would like to see Nintendo once again genuinely engage with third-party developers. Sure Nintendo has the characters we love and always will, but in today’s climate you must support the development community in order to have a healthy ecosystem. I look forward to seeing how Nintendo does this on NX.

CK: I’d love to see NX become a platform that publishers and developers can rely on, so they can invest and make great games on NX right now and so they can keep on making great games for in the future.

GS: Simply that it has powerful enough specs to compete with the current generation of consoles. This might prove challenging if they have a handheld standalone component to the console, but I really hope they can pull it off!

AG: I would like to see fewer gadgets, and a button smashing-only Mario Party.

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 562

Technical issues surface once again, but we've never let that stop us from salvaging a show! You still get the entire show we did today, just at a bit lesser quality. Thank the heavens for the live-stream version! I would have been really upset if we lost this particularly funny episode!

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IGN - Minecraft was greenlit for Wii U in Fall 2014, more collaborations possible

Coming from an IGN interview with senior manager of Nintendo’s third party relations, Damon Baker...

- Minecraft: Wii U Edition wasn't green-lit until Fall 2014
- fans should be vocal about what they want to see next with collaborations

Baker made it sound like another collaboration between 4J Studios and Nintendo on Minecraft could happen. What kind of mash-ups would you like to see in the future?