Nintendo and Niantic participate in the Seattle Pride Parade

The Seattle Pride Parade too place today, and Nintendo showed up with some support for the event. Not only did they have a car in the parade, they also had a bunch of employees giving out special, "Play it Proud" stickers. Awesome to see Nintendo appearing in the parade, and revamping an old slogan for the event!

Following Nintendo was Niantic, who was also part of the parade, with a special banner a bunch of employees on-hand. Looks like everyone attending had a blast!

GungHo on bringing Ninjala to Switch, addresses comparisons to Splatoon

GungHo teased a major announcement for Switch prior to E3 2018, and at the big show they delivered on their promise with the reveal of Ninjala. GungHo seems to think Ninjala can make a big splash on Switch, and GungHo Entertainment CEO Kazuki Morishita explained why.

“Making a new intellectual property, we believe we can succeed on console. We wanted to make an action game where you pretend you’re a kid and imitating a ninja. That’s where the inspiration comes from, but we didn’t want to make it too violent.

The Japanese market is really special, where the big emphasis is on mobile. In the West, there are different play styles that are popular. That’s why we want to expand and achieve worldwide growth.”

Morishita also addressed the comments comparing Ninjala to Splatoon.

“It plays very different from Splatoon, but we take that as a compliment. It’s a point game, where you try to rack up the most points. We don’t see that many cartoon action battle games in America or Europe.”

IGN - Nintendo says Yoshi Switch is making "really good progress," expect an update on the game later this year

Yoshi Switch wasn't part of Nintendo's E3 2018 showcase, and we know that the game has been pushed back to 2019. Should we start to worry about the title? In an IGN interview, Nintendo's Bill Trinen says things are going quite well for the game.

"It's actually been making really good progress. They decided they wanted to make some improvements, so they're going to take just a little bit more time on it and that's why we're not showing it this year at the show, but I think you can look forward to some updates on it later in 2018."

North America - Switch eShop deals for June 24th, 2018

3D MiniGolf – $17.99 (was $19.99)
10 Second Run Returns – $4.99 (was $6.54)
Ambition of the Slimes – $3.50 (was $5.00)
Animal Super Squad – $6.99 (was $9.99)
A Robot Named Fight – $8.49 (was $12.99)
Battle Chef Brigade – $11.99 (was $19.99)
Bingo – $2.99 (was $4.99)
Bit Dungeon Plus – $7.19 (was $8.99)
Brawl – $7.49 (was $9.99)
Danmaku Unlimited 3 – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical – $5.50 (was $7.99)
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today – $11.24 (was $14.99)
Deemo – $23.99 (was $29.99)
Deep Ones – $4.24 (was $4.99)
Devious Dungeon – $6.39 (was $7.99)
Earthlock – $19.73 (was $29.90)
FIFA 18 – $23.99 (was $59.99)
Football Manager Touch 2018 – $26.79 (was $39.99)
Ginger: Beyond the Crystal – $14.99 (was $19.99)
Glaive: Brick Beaker – $5.49 (was $9.99)
Grid Mania – $2.99 (was $3.99)
Heart&Slash – $11.24 (was $14.99)
Hollow – $4.99 (was $19.99)
Hyper Sentinel – $9.74 (was $12.99)
I Am Setsuna – $19.99 (was $39.99)
Infinite Minigolf – $5.99 (was $14.99)
Inversus Deluxe – $9.74 (was $14.99)
Island Flight Simulator – $17.99 (was $19.99)
Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf – $9.74 (was $14.99)
Jotun: Valhalla Edition – $9.99 (was $14.99)
Jumping Joe & Friends – $2.49 (was $4.99)
Jurassic Pinball – $1.79 (was $1.99)
L.A. Noire – $37.49 (was $49.99)
Layers of Fear: Legacy – $15.99 (was $19.99)
League of Evil – $5.99 (was $7.99)
Lost Sphear – $24.99 (was $49.99)
Mad Carnage – $3.74 (was $4.99)
Mantis Burn Racing – $13.39 (was $19.99)
Mecho Tales – $0.79 (was $0.99)
Metropolis: Lux Obscura – $6.79 (was $7.99)
NeuroVoider – $11.19 (was $13.99)
Nightmare Boy – $7.99 (was $9.99)
Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast – $2.54 (was $2.99)
Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator – $1.69 (was $1.99)
Outlast 2 – $20.09 (was $29.99)
Outlast: Bundle of Terror – $16.74 (was $24.99)
Owlboy – $17.49 (was $24.99)
Plague Road – $1.00 (was $15.00)
Sally’s Law – $7.79 (was $12.99)
Sky Force Reloaded – $8.99 (was $9.99)
Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Sonic Forces – $23.99 (was $39.99)
Spelunker Party! – $14.99 (was $29.99)
Suicide Guy – $7.19 (was $7.99)
Super Beat Sports – $11.99 (was $14.99)
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot – $2.99 (was $4.99)
Tactical Mind – $2.24 (was $2.99)
The Adventures of Elena Temple – $3.99 (was $4.99)
The Bridge – $2.99 (was $9.99)
The Bunker – $9.09 (was $14.99)
The Long Reach – $10.04 (was $14.99)
Thumper – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Time Recoil – $0.09 (was $13.99)
TumbleSeed – $9.99 (was $14.99)
Tumblestone – $4.49 (was $14.99)
World Soccer Pinball – $1.79 (was $1.99)
WWE 2K18 – $19.79 (was $59.99)
WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition – $29.69 (was $89.99)

EDGE - review scores

Yoku’s Island Express – 8
Smoke and Sacrifice – 6
Just Shapes & Beats – 7

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - 3DS demo footage

Our stubby hero must dodge dangers and track treasures across many trap-filled courses. Survive smoldering volcanoes, hazardous steam engines, haunted houses, and even new courses based on the Super Mario Odyssey™ game! Watch them come to life in stereoscopic 3D using the touch-controlled game camera.

Dark Horse details how their partnership with Nintendo came about, talks Hyrule Historia sales, and confirms future collaborations

The following comes from a Nintendo Life interview with Dark Horse editor Patrick Thorpe...

NL: Nintendo and Dark Horse's collaboration is a relatively new partnership. It seems to have been an extremely successful one. Can you give us the insider story of how it all got started?

PT: A lot of it had to do with timing. I’ve been a huge Nintendo fan for my entire life and noticed that they were not doing much in the way of published materials. We had just recently had some success with video game related comics with Mass Effect, and, more importantly, art books. Samantha Robertson, a former Dark Horse editor who now works in Nintendo’s Treehouse division, had created an art book for the Art of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was this big, beautiful 9 x 12 coffee table book of really high quality that would become the template for our whole art book line.

We then did The Art of Alice: Madness Returns and had a book called The Art of the Mass Effect Universe book in the works. It was really obvious that we were on to something really fun and interesting. People really responded to these books. Calling them art books might be a bit of a misnomer because they all include behind the scenes information and development materials. They feature a lot of beautiful artwork, but they’re also 'making of' books.

So in 2011, I tracked down Nintendo’s booth at San Diego Comic Con and met Seth McMahill. We exchanged cards and he put me in contact with Cammy Budd who was Nintendo’s senior third-party marketing manager. She asked me what a partnership with Nintendo might look like. I knew that the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda was coming up, so I pitched her on a book that would be a retrospective look at the whole series. Initially, she told me that she wasn’t sure that they’d have the resources available to support such an endeavor, which is totally reasonable, these are incredibly time intensive to make.

A month or so later, she contacted me again saying that she had talked to NCL and that they were in talks with another company, which I later learned was Shogakukan, who was developing a book very similar to that in Japan. They obviously weren’t going to do two books, but asked if we were interested in doing a localisation of that book. After bringing in Dark Horse's licensing guru Nick McWhorter, we worked out the details and were off and running. Hyrule Historia hit my desk shortly after that.

NL: How many copies of Hyrule Historia have been sold?

PT: I don’t know the exact number of how many copies Hyrule Historia has sold to date, but I believe it’s around 900,000 copies at this point.

NL: Finally, so far Dark Horse has published Zelda, Fire Emblem, Splatoon, and an upcoming Mario hardcover book. What can we expect in the future, and it's a special edition Metroid book, isn't it?

PT: Ha! I believe that I’m on the record somewhere stating that developing Metroid books would be the ultimate dream project for me, so I appreciate your enthusiasm on that front. As far as what is currently being developed? You can certainly expect more from the Dark Horse/Nintendo partnership. As for what? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Ubisoft CEO discusses Switch success, working with Nintendo, and figuring out what Ubisoft franchises are right for the system

Ubisoft has had quite the partnerships with Nintendo in recent years. We saw the release of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, the Donkey Kong Adventure DLC for that game is just around the corner, and now we know Team StarFox is going to appear in Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Just how did these collabs come to be? Geoff Keighley talked with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot to get the scoop.

...the fact that Nintendo came with mobility with the Switch...it’s giving all the publishers in our capital cities the abilities, finances actually, to create better games...it’s a booming industry today. Some of those games will use those roots, but the goal is to actually have a bit diversity in the portfolio, we can use the best approach for the experience.

Yes, we are big fans of Mr Miyamoto, in the last 30 years we’ve been looking at what he was doing and learned a lot from him. Being able to approach him and his team, is really something that is a wonderful experience for all the teams at Ubisoft, they love to collaborate and learn from him.

Guillemot was also asked about what other Ubisoft properties could make their way to Switch.

We need to make sure the brands are well adapted to the machine, and that they will fit with the public as well, when we decide to go on the machine we take into consideration those elements and also the capacity of the machine.

SpiritSphere DX - another round of footage

One part tennis, other part magical beat down! Play solo or compete with friends by battling across fantastical realms and unleash the power of the Spirit Spheres!

Pokemon news - Pokemon Center Big Pika Pika War of Midsummer event, new line of magnets, Pokemon Cafe exclusive merch

Pokemon Center Big Pika Pika War of Midsummer

- event held at Pokemon Center locations across Japan.
- runs from July 21 to September 2, 2018
- three new mini attractions will be introduced during the campaign for the very first time
- Mini Attractions will be held every Saturday and Sunday at all Pokemon Center locations across Japan
- participants who collect 3 stamps from playing Mini Attractions will receive a Pikachu or Eevee design tissue box
- starting July 5, a Pokemon Ga-Ole course called “Full of Eevee” will be playable exclusively at Pokemon Center locations
- the first 100 participants of each day (age limited) can play a Poemon Ga-Ole course called “Let’s Start Ga-Ole” for free.
- a random Pokemon Center clear card (reprint version) will be given for every 2000 yen spent at any Pokemon Center/Store
- for every 4000 yen spent at Pokemon Center Online, Pokemon Center, or Pokemon Store, receive a Pikachu/Eevee bag
- spend 4000 yen to be given the option to either receive two Pokemon Center clear cards or one carrying bag.
- Pokemon Summer Life collection will be debuting at Pokemon Center and Amazon Japan on July 13, 2018
- Pikachu and Eevee will visit Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations every weekend at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

Toyo Case’s second series of Pokemon Tail Magnet Hooks

- Magnet hooks can be attached to your fridge as a decoration
- new Pokemon designs are Pikachu (Female), Magikarp, Espeon, and Umbreon

Pokemon Cafe offering more exclusive products

- these can only be pre-ordered when making a reservation online
- Ditto mascot part of Pokemon Center’s Pokemon Tropical Sweets merchandise lineup, which costs 864 yen
- Ditto mascot is also sold together in a bundle with a set of three Pokemon Cafe A4 Clear Files for 1620 yen
- bundle featuring Pikachu Chef and Pikachu Waitress mascots with Pokemon Cafe donuts and the clear file set for 5184 yen
- you can also buy the donuts and clear file set together for 2700 yen