Pokemon GO hits 650 million downloads

The following info comes from Niantic...

- Pokemon GO has been downloaded more than 650 million times
- Niantic plans to keep Pokémon Go fresh with regular content updates
- trainers have now walked approximately 8.7 billion kilometers (5.4 billion miles) while playing Pokémon GO

The Sun calls 1-2 Switch's cow milking game a "sex act simulator"

"Nintendo Switch games lineup includes a VERY suggestive ‘sex act simulator’". That's the title of an article coming from The Sun about 1-2 Switch. I mean, The Sun is always known for sensationalizing things, but this is really above and beyond. Are we really going to cause this controversy about 1-2 Switch? Well, I guess any publicity is good publicity, as they say.

GamePro Germany gives Zelda: Breath of the Wild their second-highest review score ever

EDGE has given Zelda: Breath of the Wild a 10 out of 10, and now we have another stellar review to share. GamePro Germany has given the game a 94 out of 100. To put that into perspective, this is the second highest review score the outlet has ever given, with the only game scoring higher being GTA IV. Also worth noting, GamePro Germany gave The Witcher 3 a 92 out of 100.

Minecraft sells 122 million copies across all versions

Minecraft seems absolutely unstoppable. There's even more units to be sold when the game comes to Switch!

Various devs and game industry execs share their thoughts on Switch

The following comments come from a Polygon feature with numerous devs and execs...

Yoshinori Ono
(Series producer, Street Fighter, overseeing Ultra Street Fighter 2 on Switch)

When Nintendo gave us a presentation on the Joy-Con that attached to the side, showing that you can remove and play on small controllers like with the NES and SNES, I remember thinking, "Oh! If it looks like this, we can create an environment where players can casually enjoy fighting games [anywhere]."

Goichi Suda
(CEO, Grasshopper Manufacture, directing untitled Switch game)

I've worked with Nintendo on lots of different projects, and I think most of the time Nintendo does a good job of challenging developers with new ideas. … That's kind of the essence of game design. So this time, I feel like Switch is new and offers something really interesting. … Being able to go from a handheld to a console hooked up to your TV is pretty cool and revolutionary. For example, a game like The Silver Case [an adventure game Suda is working on, which has not been announced for Switch] would be perfect because that’s something where the story makes you want to keep going and take it with you.

Takashi Iizuka
(VP of product development, Sega of America, overseeing Sonic Mania and Sonic 2017 on Switch)

When I first heard about [Switch back when it went by the codename NX], I felt there was a lot of appeal in being able to enjoy a console gaming experience whenever and wherever you wanted. … [In the future] I'd like to see them further expand on the diversity of the hardware by maybe making a smaller, more shock-resistant version for younger gamers, a supercharged docking station for additional performance or even a larger size screen version of the Switch that would all be compatible with the same software.

Christian Svensson
(Chief Operating Officer, Sixfoot, publishing Rime on Switch)

The Wii U audience never hit the broad market that, for example, the Wii did. And I think that the Switch has the ability to recapture some of the Wii magic in a couple of different ways. But a lot of it has to do with the fact that it's a 2-in-1 system. The fact that it is trying to be a portable and a home console all in one package — first of all, it's an easy sell from a value for money family purchase standpoint. You know, I just think that if you looked at it only as a portable system, it's probably the best portable that has ever been. And if you look at it as a home system, it's capable, is probably the best way I'd put it. In that regard, I think the adoption is going to be broader than the Wii U was.

Josh Taub
(Senior vice president of product management, Activision, overseeing Skylanders Imaginators on Switch)

Game development requires careful consideration to ensure fans have the best possible experience. The digital library was no different. Arguments for doing it included that Nintendo has done a great job with the console and gives people a slick way to bring toys into the game. On the other side, as the pioneers of the toys-to-life experience, we taught fans how to bring toys to life in a certain way [and weren’t sure we wanted to abandon that].

Phil Harrison
(Former president, SCE Worldwide Studios and corporate VP, Microsoft, worked on the PlayStation 1-3 and Xbox One launches)

Any new Nintendo platform is always an exciting moment for the games industry, and for players. I’ve not yet had a chance to play Switch but as a Zelda fan I think of the new console as a delivery device for a Zelda fix. Breath of the Wild looks amazing, which is why I pre-ordered the console (for the first time in my life). The hardware has some very unique features and Nintendo’s challenge will be to communicate them in a way that resonates with players who are currently enjoying high-end consoles from Sony and Microsoft or (mostly) free-to-play mobile games on phone and tablet. That’s going to be tough in an increasingly crowded and fragmented games market.

But it’s always about the games. Their first-party teams are always incredible and they’re touting an impressive list of third-party publishers so they’re making the right moves. Apart from Zelda, the game that stood out for me is 1-2-Switch. That looks to be a fun and a clever use of the platform’s mobile or untethered elements. I really like the idea of games that don’t require visuals but use the controllers in multiplayer modes, so I’m looking forward to that. I don’t know if Nintendo can win the arms-race in terms of raw pixel power, so they have to do something different to compete and I applaud them for that.

Check out the full interview lineup here

RUMOR - Dataminers uncover info pointing to 3 more Legend of Zelda 30th anniversary amiibo on the way

Looks like there might be some more 30th anniversary Zelda amiibo on the way. Dataminers have been pouring through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and they've uncovered a list of all the amiibo the game uses. The thing is, the list contains three lines for amiibo that don't exist.

- TableKing30th_Link_Twilight
- TableKing30th_Link_Majora
- TableKing30th_Link_Skyward

Again, this information is found right alongside the listings for all the other amiibo. Looks like there could be more on the way!

This week's European downloads - March 2 (Zelda BOTW, SEGA 3DS sale and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, available March 3) - €69.99/£59.99

Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.

Ghost Blade HD (2Dream, available February 28) - €8.99/£8.09
Ghost Blade HD is an intense bullet-hell shoot 'em up game, with satisfying and addictive score-based gameplay, with its tradition going back to the shooting games of the 1990s era. Designed with a modern graphic style and special effects, Ghost Blade also features an awesome 2-player mode! Ghost Blade HD Is easy to learn, yet hard to master.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- Expansion Pass (Nintendo, Add-on Content available March 3) - €19.99/£17.99

Minecraft: Wii U Edition Fallout Battle Map Pack (Mojang, Add-on Content available March 1) - €2.99/£2.39

Special offers

Baila Latino (O2 GAMES) - €12.93/£10.33 (Ends March 30, normally €19.90/£15.90)
Fit Music for Wii U (O2 GAMES) - €9.68/£8.06 (Ends March 30, normally €14.90/£12.40)
Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (O2 GAMES) - €9.68/£8.06 (Ends March 30, normally €14.90/£12.40)
COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
JACKPOT 777 (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
PANDA LOVE (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
PENTAPUZZLE (RCMADIAX) - €3.00/£2.74 (Ends March 30, normally €4.49/£4.09)
PIXEL SLIME U (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SPLASHY DUCK (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SUPER ROBO MOUSE (RCMADIAX) - €3.00/£2.74 (Ends March 30, normally €4.49/£4.09)
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX) - €1.33/£1.19 (Ends March 30, normally €1.99/£1.79)
TAP TAP ARCADE 2 (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
TITANS TOWER (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
TOUCH SELECTIONS (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 20, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Wicke Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (CORECELL) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 9, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.49/£1.24 (Ends March 23, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends March 16, normally €8.99/£7.99)
The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version (Delirium Studios) - €3.99/£3.59 (75% off if you own The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and his Square Mind, €1.99 / £1.79. Normally €7.99/£7.19, ends March 16)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Brave Dungeon (INSIDE SYSTEM) - €4.99/£4.49

Syega are powerful crystals that grant humans the ability to use magic. Some crystals are so powerful they have to be contained in specially prepared vessels; these are known as Magic Items. Join intrepid adventurer Al as she explores the dangerous labyrinths of Belfer Island in search of powerful Magic Items. Along the way Al will join forces with strong allies and face even stronger enemies. Can Al conquer the imposing dungeon known as Godshill and find the ultimate Magic Item?

Parascientific Escape - Gear Detective (CIRCLE Ent.) - €5.00/£4.79
Parascientific Escape~Gear Detective~' is a sequel to 'Parascientific Escape~Cruise in the distant seas~’, where the player is required to find clues and solve puzzles to escape certain situations using PSI abilities. The story follows Detective Kyosuke Ayana, who has the ability of chronokinesis, which allows him to look back in time in a limited field of view, for up till 5 days back. Detective Ayana is hired to find a serial killer threatening the quiet neighbourhood of Camellia Hills - but soon finds himself in much bigger trouble as he investigates the crime scenes.

Special offers
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA) - €19.99/£14.99 (Ends March 9, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (SEGA) - €22.49/£19.99 (Ends March 9, normally €44.99/£39.99)
SEGA 3D Classics Collection (SEGA) - €20.09/£16.74 (Ends March 9, normally €29.99/£24.99)
Super Monkey Ball 3D (SEGA) - €9.99/£7.49 (Ends March 9, normally €19.99/£14.99)
3D After Burner II (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Altered Beast (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Ecco the Dolphin (SEGA) - €2.24/£2.04 (Ends March 9, normally €4.49/£4.09)
3D Fantasy Zone (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Fantasy Zone 2 (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Galaxy Force II (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Gunstar Heroes (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Out Run (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Shinobi III Return of the Ninja Master (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Space Harrier (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Streets of Rage (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Streets of Rage 2 (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Super Hang On (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Thunder Blade (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (O2 GAMES) - €9.68/£8.06 (Ends March 30, normally €14.90/£12.40)
The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and his Square Mind (Delirium Studios) - €6.49/£5.84 (75% off if you own The Rivers of Alice, €3.24/£2.92. Normally €12.99/£11.69, ends March 16)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends March 16, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.49/£1.24 (Ends March 23, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Kutar Concert Staff (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Jump Rope (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Magic Ball (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Quiz (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Tube Rider (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
10-in-1: Arcade Collection (Gamelion) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends March 16, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion) - €0.99/£0.94 (Ends March 16, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Hazumi (Gamelion) - €1.34/£0.99 (Ends March 16, normally €2.69/£1.99)
League of Heroes (Gamelion) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 16, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Monster Shooter (Gamelion) - €2.00/£1.60 (Ends March 16, normally €4.00/£3.20)
Pick-A-Gem (Gamelion) - €1.49/£1.39 (Ends March 16, normally €2.99/£2.79)
PIX3D (Gamelion) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 16, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Rage of the Gladiator (Gamelion) - €3.49/£3.14 (Ends March 16, normally €6.99/£6.29)
SpeedX 3D (Gamelion) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends March 16, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (Gamelion) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends March 16, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends March 30, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (GameMill) - €19.99/£14.99 (Permanent, was €29.99/£19.99)

Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)

Special offers

Hyperlight EX (CatfishBlues Games) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends March 16, normally €4.99/£4.59)
BOX UP (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
BRICK RACE (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
CUP CRITTERS (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
GALAXY BLASTER (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)

Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
All themes available on March 3.

Hello Kitty with her friends (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty celebrates Women's Day with her friends

Hello Kitty and diamonds (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty plays with diamonds

GoNintendo Talking Points - GamesIndustry on a muted Switch launch: A Rebuttal

GamesIndustry shared an article on the upcoming Switch launch and what they feel to be a rather muted push from Nintendo. I jumped in for a rebuttal feature on the article.

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Hey! Let's "Switch" up GoNintendo with some launch fan banners!

Because anything is better than nothing.

Tell the truth: you missed me. Ok, then lie please.

It's been ages since we've posted fan banners on the site, mostly due to promotional and contractual obligations. But who needs money!? Let's do fan banners again.

I've heard something new and Nintendo-y is coming out soon, so if there are any among you exhibiting signs of exhilaration or anxiety, why not fire up your favorite image editor and churn out some fan art as therapy? We'll feature the best/as many as we can right atop the site so everyone can marvel at your fanboy prowess.

Those interested can grab this .zip file, chock-full of assets to help you get started. Note, the blocky "Tetris" GN logo is officially retired.

When you're done, send your layered files to cortjezter at gmail or PM me. Put your heart in it, so I don't have to break yours by turning down half-hearted effort <3

Thanks...we'll chat again soon!

-- cortjezter

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 602

It may be a solo show today, but it's jam-packed with info. We did a live question and answer session with you guys! I shared all SORTS of details on the Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Don't worry, there's no spoilers! HUGE thanks to all of you that joined live and asked questions.

Download the episode here