GoNintendo Video - Today's BIG story (12/7/16): Switch getting GameCube VC, Melee incoming?

Welcome to Today's Big Story for Dec. 7th, 2016. Rumors continue to swirl about the Switch. Could Switch finally bring us a GameCube Virtual Console? It seems so, and Smash Bros. Melee is on the way!

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France - Pokemon Sun/Moon doing big numbers, boosting 3DS, NES Classic Edition sold out, big Switch interest

The following info pertains to France

- Nintendo expects Pokemon Sun/Moon sales to top 700k units by the end of the year, and 1 million units sometime in 2017
- in general, Nintendo 3DS best-sellers need 2 to 4 years in order to reach 1 million units in France
- Pokémon X and Y (released in 2013) still hasn’t hit a million in France, but it's close
- 85% of players in France discovered video games through Mario, but many haven’t played a Mario game in a long time
- Nintendo expects Super Mario Maker for 3DS to get a boost, thanks to Super Mario Run
- according to Olivier Garcia (from the FNAC, a major retailer chain), many people have expressed interest in Switch
- people have been asking about release date and preorders
- Pokemon Sun/Moon impacted 3DS sales, with 55k units sold at launch
- 2DS bundle was pretty popular, as it amounts to 50% of those sales
- many of those who bought Pokémon Sun and Moon had not played a Pokémon games since the very beginning
- many bought it in order to play with their children
- NES Classic Edition had 100k units for launch, and everything sold with just pre-orders
- Nintendo is sending regular shipments, but there's still a struggle to meet demand
- every time new units go live on Fnac.com, they’re all gone within 10 minutes
- the plan is to ship new units regularly in December and in early 2017
- according to the FNAC, most of people buying the NES Classic Edition are not “gamers”

Yacht Club gives new Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment info, details future Shovel Knight plans

Coming from a USGamer interview with Yacht Club Games...

- set before the original Shovel Knight
- follows Specter Knight as he recruits the Order of No Quarter
- Specter Knight has a close relationship to the main villain, the Enchantress
- she is keeping Specter of Knight alive
- Specter Knight is able wall climb and dash slash
- go through the Order of No Quarter stages, but with new screens as well as new art
- allows players to choose any level they want
- all boss battles have been redone
- there is a village, and NPCs to talk to, but details remain secret
- there are also story events that happen, but those are also being kept quiet

The team also talked about future ideas for Shovel Knight...

- King Knight is still coming, and his content will be a reflection of Specter Knight's levels, much like Plague of Shadows was a reflection of Shovel Knigh
- King Knight's content will be a "lot crazier" than anything that's come before i
- body swap option that will let you change the genders of any of the characters in the gam
- four-player objective-based competitive mode
- they may make Specter of Torment a true standalone release

NCSX import - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild pocketwatches

Taito gets in on the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of Fire game release with a pair of pocket watches as follows:

- Blue face with Link artwork
- Black and gold face with sigils

Each watch measures 7.5cm or 2.95" in diameter. A chain is attached to the top of each watch for carrying around.

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Ohayou! Beginner's Japanese - Version 1.1 details, due out this week or next

Nintendo explains reasoning behind Switch name, talks direction of the reveal trailer

Coming from a Nintendo Dream interview with a Nintendo rep..

“We decided that this name (Switch) would be the best fit for our product for two reasons. It represents one of the defining features of the Switch, the ability to seamlessly ‘switch’ between the TV screen and Switch’s screen, while also embodying the idea of being a ‘switch’ that will flip, and change the way people experience entertainment in their daily lives.

We wanted to show people (in the reveal trailer) just how much of an enjoyable difference it will make in their entertainment experiences, by having them see and hear for themselves what it can do in an easy-to-digest manner. It allows people to enjoy a home console experience not only in front of a TV, but in rooms with no TV, or outside altogether. And because the controllers are detachable from the main body of the console, each of its forms offer different play experiences for people to enjoy.”