Nintendo chief: # of Fire Emblem downloads less than 1/10 of Mario, but revenue is bigger than Mario.— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) April 27, 2017
Well there's the story right there. Nintendo has been open to trying all sorts of approaches to mobile games, including different methods of charging consumers. The upfront $10 price for Super Mario Run didn't sit well with many consumers. Fire Emblem Heroes takes the microtransactions approach, and while the install base for Heroes is much smaller, it's clear the daily revenue from that title has helped it to surpass what Super Mario Run brought in.
Nintendo: Mario Run, iOS and Android together, almost there to reach 150 million downloads.— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) April 27, 2017
Super Mario Run keeps on trucking in the downloads department. While Nintendo hasn't said how many consumers went from free to paid, they did say that the title is about to hit 150 million downloads between iOS and Android. How many of you guys grabbed the game and paid the $10?
[Event] The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Release Event will take place from April 28th to May 11th. During that period, certain “deluxe” buildings and decorations will be given to all players depending on how many times players worldwide play Toad Rally. More details will be available on Friday.
[Log-in Bonus] Due to an issue during the Loads of Coins event, on April 19th, all players can get 5 Rally Tickets as a special log-in bonus.
Looks like Universal is about to get started on the construction of the Super Nintendo World part of Universal Studios Japan. While the park isn't set to open until 2020, there's much work to be done! Universal Studios Japan has already put up the white construction walls in the specific area the park is set to be built. 2020 might seem far off, but we imagine work on the park is going to continue right up until opening day!
Nintendo is partnering with McDonald’s to bring some of its most famous characters from the Mushroom Kingdom to Happy Meals everywhere. Starting today and running through May 22, anyone who purchases a Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. will receive one of eight fun toys based on Super Mario characters. These classic and instantly recognizable characters are also featured in the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game for Nintendo’s newest system, Nintendo Switch.
“Nintendo is always looking for ways to expand its brand, and a partnership with the family-friendly McDonald’s restaurants felt like a great fit,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Like Mario, Happy Meals are something both kids and parents grew up with.”
Nintendo fans will want to collect each of the eight toys, which include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Invincible Mario, a Red Koopa Shell and 1-Up Mushroom. Each one of the toys has a special function, like a translucent Mario that lights up in different colors.
In addition to the toys, families can take their fun to the next level by entering a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 100 Nintendo Switch Prize Packs inclusive of a Nintendo Switch system and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game. Eligible customers that scan and purchase a meal at McDonald’s using the McDonald’s mobile app between now and May 22 will be entered. Customers get one entry for redeeming any deal in the app and two entries when they purchase a Happy Meal. No purchase is necessary to enter. The sweepstakes is open only to residents of the United States who are 13 and older. Official rules for the sweepstakes, including details about how to enter without making a purchase, can be found at online and http://www.PlayatMcD.com and at participating McDonald’s restaurants.
When Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28, it will do so with more characters, karts and tracks than any other game in Mario Kart history. This racing game is the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and includes a revamped Battle Mode that players of all ages can enjoy together (additional games, systems and accessories may be required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately). For more information about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com/.
Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/.
UKIYO-E HEROES - A journey of discovery into how a Canadian craftsman (David Bull) and an American designer (Jed Henry) with a father and son generation gap team up to revive the ancient art of Japanese woodblock prints by juxtaposing traditional art with pop culture icons: video game heroes such as Super Mario and Pokémon.
Ukiyo-e: The traditional art form known worldwide as the “Face of Japan” has over several hundred years inspired Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso to create their masterpieces. Today, there are less than 10 remaining craftsmen in Japan.