Yo-Kai Watch 'sales skyrocketed, doing 'really well', says Nintendo

A portion of a GameSkinny interview with Nintendo of Canada...

GS: So before we begin, could we maybe talk about Yo-Kai Watch and its popularity here in North America? I originally didn't think that it would actually be popular enough to get a sequel release here.

NoC: Right. So as you probably know, Yo-Kai Watch is already very popular in Japan right now. When we first launched the game in North America the game started off slow as not many people knew about the game. However, similar to Japan, the games and merchandise really took off after the TV show aired in North America. Almost overnight the sales skyrocketed, and the series has been doing really well ever since.

This week's European downloads - September 29 (FAST DLC, Gunvolt 2 and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) - €19.99/£14.99
SteamWorld Heist - The Outsider (Image & Form, Add-On Content) - €4.99/£4.49
SteamWorld Heist - Hatbox: Hatful Eight + 2 (Image & Form, Add-On Content) - €1.99/£1.79
SteamWorld Heist - Hatbox: Three 4 Free (Image & Form, Add-On Content) - Free

Command a steam-driven pirate crew in a series of epic tactical shootouts. It's turn-based strategy with an action twist: You manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for insane skill shots and bullet-bouncing action! As the captain you will board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your recruits with unique abilities, weapons - and even stylish hats!

FAST Racing NEO: NEO Future Pack (Shin'en Multimedia, Add-On Content) - €4.99/£4.20

SDK Spriter (HULLBREACH STUDIOS) - €12.50/£10.50 (Permanent discount if you own SDK Paint, €10.00/£8.40)

Create. Build. Play. Share. What will you make? SDK Spriter is an all-in-one studio for creating retro video game assets, from the pixel art all the way to playable levels. The final assets can be exported to Miiverse or SDKSpriter.com  

Soul Axiom (Wales Interactive) - €14.99/£11.99 (€12.74/£10.19 if you own Soul Axiom Event Preview, ends October 15)
Collect unique hand powers in this compelling cyber-thriller to solve puzzles, manipulate the environment and unlock the path to your adventure. Immerse yourself in a dramatic story with over 20 hours of gameplay and 40 distinct locations to explore. Choose your destiny and discover multiple endings as you unravel the mysteries of your digital afterlife.  

Quest of Dungeons (Upfall Studios) - €8.99/£7.99 (Cross-buy offer, buy the Wii U version and get the Nintendo 3DS one for free)
Quest of Dungeons is a turn based dungeon crawler game, a roguelike featuring a good old 16-bit retro artistic look. An evil Dark Lord has stolen all the light, so your mission is to enter his lair and defeat him.

By playing as either a Warrior, a Wizard, an Assassin or a Shaman you have to traverse dungeons, defeat enemies and loot everything you can in order to survive.

Special offers
BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games,) - €5.99/£4.99 (Starts September 26 and ends October 3, normally €11.99/£9.99)
Bit Dungeon+ (Dolores Entertainment) - €4.00/£3.60 (Ends October 6, normally €4.99/£4.99)
Dual Core (Gray Fin Studios) - €6.99/£5.99 (Ends October 13, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Epic Dumpster Bear (Log Games) - €3.89/£2.99 (Ends October 27, normally €6.49/£4.99)
Midnight 2 (Petite Games) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends October 20, normally €1.99/£1.79)
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends October 27, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends October 27, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends October 27, normally €5.99/£5.39)
Run Run and Die (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends October 27, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Hot Rod Racer (ZeNfA Productions) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends October 27, normally €2.99/£2.69)
ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (ZeNfA Productions) - €1.49/£1.14 (Ends October 27, normally €2.99/£2.29)
Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive) - €2.49/£2.49 (Ends October 29, normally €4.99/£4.99)

Nintendo Selects (Wii U)
Nintendo Selects: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) - €24.99/£19.99 (Permanent, was €39.99/£34.99)
Nintendo Selects: Mario Party 10 (Nintendo) - €24.99/£19.99 (Permanent, was €39.99/£34.99)
Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 3 (Nintendo) - €24.99/£19.99 (Permanent, was €49.99/£39.99)
Nintendo Selects: Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo) - €24.99/£19.99 (Permanent, was €59.99/£49.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Quest of Dungeons (Upfall Studios) - €8.99/£7.99 (Cross-buy offer, buy the Nintendo 3DS version and get the Wii U one for free)

Quest of Dungeons is a turn based dungeon crawler game, a roguelike featuring a good old 16-bit retro artistic look. An evil Dark Lord has stolen all the light, so your mission is to enter his lair and defeat him.

By playing as either a Warrior, a Wizard, an Assassin or a Shaman you have to traverse dungeons, defeat enemies and loot everything you can in order to survive.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (SEGA, available September 30) - €39.99/£34.99
Race through this epic new adventure as Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles or Sticks to stop Dr. Eggman, and an all new adversary D-Fekt. Harness the power of fire and ice to blaze through obstacles, puzzles, and freeze enemies in their tracks.

Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 (Inti Creates) - €12.99/£11.10 (€11.69/£9.99 until October 5)
The 2D high speed, old-school style side-scrolling action that you remember from Azure Striker Gunvolt is back! In this game, Gunvolt's rival Copen from the first instalment returns to the fray as a playable character!

River City: Tokyo Rumble (Natsume) - €29.99/£24.99
Rumble in the Concrete Jungle! Follow the story of a hot-blooded high school student named Kunio and his good friends. When a nefarious gang moves into Tokyo to try to take it over, it's up to this self-proclaimed ""fighter for justice"" and his buddies to make sure the streets stay safe! Punch, kick, use weapons such as soccer balls, iron knuckles, chains, and even bicycles to knock some sense into those devious gang members.

Ninja Usagimaru - The Mysterious Karakuri Castle (Aksys Games) - €5.99/£5.00
Ninja Usagimaru - The Mysterious Karakuri Castle is an action puzzle game that challenges players to put their sharpened ninja skills to the test! Taking place in a time long forgotten by men, players assume the role of Usagimaru, a legendary hero who embarks on a massive quest to save his village from the clutches of vile monsters. Travel through 60+ mindboggling levels to rescue captured villagers and restore order to the land. Ready to reap the rewards of a true ninja warrior? Freeing villagers will bestow bonuses to boost your equipment and skills! Navigate tough traps, manipulate the environment and overcome brain twisting puzzles as the one and only Usagimaru!

Noah's Cradle (CIRCLE Ent.) - €4.99/£3.99
There are no longer any people who themselves have memory of inhabiting that planet.

However, its name has been passed down amongst the thousands sent into space on a ship for the purpose of avoiding the extinction of the human race. Liking this to the one from the legend of the Great Flood that destroyed Earth, people began referring to this ship as ""Noah's Cradle"". One such Cradle struggled along until it reached a large gas planet. Confirmed within the planet's atmosphere were gigantic creatures that ranged from between an estimated several hundred to several thousand kilometres in length. The harsh atmosphere wasn't the only thing that stood in the Cradle's way as it descended into the atmosphere. The Cradle was under attack.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice: Special Episode (CAPCOM, Add-On Content) - €5.99/£5.39

Special offers
Crazy Construction (Joindots) - €5.59/£3.99 (Ends October 6, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Alien on the Run (Joindots) - €3.99/£3.35 (Ends October 6, normally €4.99/£4.19)
Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia) - €5.20/£4.70 (Ends October 20, normally €6.99/£6.29)
Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends October 6, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends October 6, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends October 27, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Demon King Box (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.39 (Ends October 20, normally €3.99/£3.19)
Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.69 (Ends October 20, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Quell Reflect (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.39 (Ends October 20, normally €3.99/£3.19)

Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
All the themes are available on September 30

The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Herbert Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Icke Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Klinsy Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Kuito Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Litty Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Mari Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Rudy Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Sola Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Urken Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 - Zizou Theme (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.99/£0.99
Excave II Theme (Bergsala) - €1.99/£1.79
Excave III Theme (Bergsala) - €1.99/£1.79
Shantae Beach (Bozon) - €1.99/£1.79

Dragon Quest X localization not likely, but might happen with enough fan requests

The following information comes from Square Enix’s Noriyoshi Fujimoto...

- translating the game would be a very big undertaking
- from a business standpoint, it's hard to justify localization
- if fans speak up enough for localization, there's still a chance it could happen

Miyamoto on Super Mario Run - Making new Mario fans, working with Apple, embracing mobile & more

Coming from a Pocket-Lint interview with Shigeru Miyamoto...

Creating an experience for someone that's never played a Mario game before

"Our intent has always been that the side-scrolling new Super Mario Bros games would be simpler - games that more casual players could be able to enjoy. But what we've found is that even though they are designed to be simpler and easier to understand, the controls can still be difficult for some players and they have a hard time controlling Mario or making him run and jump at the same time. We wanted to ask how we can make the experience even simpler for somebody who had never played a Mario game before. That's been the focus with Super Mario Run: a game that's even easier to get into and play."

On embracing mobile

"For many years our mission in approaching hardware has been our goal of expanding the number of people playing games. Now, people are having these interactive experiences through their smart devices and so that's accomplished this great mission of helping to turn more people into gamers. We're using this opportunity to bring our characters to this audience and let them experience the fun of our games and hopefully bring them back to our platforms."

On wanting to incorporate GPS features/network connection aspects in DS games

"Even when we were working on the first DS system, we were thinking about opportunities to incorporate GPS or how to use a persistent network connection. We didn't do it then, but now with a mobile device we're looking into functionalities like the persistent network connection."

Sharing similar philosophies with Apple

"The iPhone and iOS are great to work on because it's stable. In terms of working with Apple, we found we shared a lot of philosophies and we found from early on it was easy to work with them. It's Apple's hardware of course, not ours, but that just means it's a framework in which you try to be as creative as possible - it's not a limitation, I look at it as a lot of fun."

Working with mobile, but staying true to traditional hardware

"We'll continue to look at the opportunities smartphones bring and when we see one we'll continue to design for that hardware in a way that takes advantage of the functionality there. But we'll keep designing for our own platforms as well."

Shovel Knight to appear in Yooka-Laylee

The Shovel Knight love continues on in Yooka-Laylee! It has been confirmed that Shovel Knight is going to be a guest character in Yooka-Laylee, but specifics on how you unlock him have not been given yet.

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 580

A three-man team comes together today to discuss the latest Nintendo news, all while acting like idiots and having fun. I sure hope you'll listen in and have some fun with us! Plus, we kick music trivia's ASS this time around!

Download the show here!

GoNintendo Video - A farewell to the Wii U

I was feeling a bit sad about the Wii U for a particular reason. Felt like making a video about it.

Foxconn begins trial production of NX

Coming from a Digitimes feature...

Foxconn has undertaken trial production of the NX, a new Nintendo games console, according to industry sources. ...Foxconn is the largest OEM for Nintendo NX, followed by Japan-based Misumi Electronics and Hosiden, the sources noted. Annual production of Nintendo NX is estimated at 9.5-10 million units, the sources said.

Thanks to Nintendo2kop for the heads up!

IGN - Ubisoft says NX interface is attractive & easy to use, Nintendo has learned from Wii U

Coming from an IGN interview with Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot...

"I think, once again, the interface is very attractive. It's a machine that will be easy to use for all gamers. They have built in something that will give us chance to really have a different experience from what exists today. That's what I like - that they come with something new that is adapted to what we actually want now."

Guillemot was asked if the NX is a step back towards the Wii's more inclusive approach, to which he answered...

"It's difficult to answer that [before NX is revealed]. What we see is that Nintendo has learned from the Wii U. All publishers learn from what they do, and then come with something new and more attractive, which I think is the case here.

We always take disruptions on the positive side. We think each time that it's an opportunity for our creators to take more risk. When a machine is installed, there are a certain number of brands that are taking up the time of players, so they are going to buy the next Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty. Even if they say, 'I'm interested in what you're doing,' at the end of the day they first buy what they know, and then they go somewhere else.

When they change machines, they consider that it's better to try actually what has been done for that machine, so it gives us an opportunity to either totally change an IP that we have done before, or to create new experiences and new IPs."

Ubisoft on embracing new hardware, revealing NX project at 'some point soon'

A portion of a GameSpot interview with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot...

GS: Your risk-taking is exemplified by ZombiU, which was a core game on a brand new Nintendo console. You said earlier that NX is exciting, you clearly connect with Nintendo on a more personal level. What is it about them that engenders this kind of faith?

YG: What we see is, players are more open when new hardware is coming. So we have the chance to come with something we have never done before, because we know that if we are the first there, people will try our game and maybe we'll be able to get into that new genre. As our people wanted to do a game like ZombiU, they were happy they could just use the Wii U to do it. For us, a machine is a tool of expression, but when everything become stable it's less open to innovation. We always want innovation.

However, if you try something a little new and it's not perfect, you come back quickly to what you know and works. As a gamer, if you change to new hardware, you have no references, so you're looking at what people are saying are [the best games] and then trying them.

But if you have an [established] machine and there's all the experiences you know on there already, you know you're going to miss some of those to try something new, so you're less inclined. For us, we know opportunities to try something new are a lot more rewarding when it's a new machine.

GS: So far you've announced Just Dance for NX. Can we expect Ubisoft to explore new ideas in the same way you did with ZombiU on the NX too?

YG: We are working on some projects; you will see something at some point soon.


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