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Golden Joystick Awards 2019 winners revealed

And the winners are...

The Golden Joystick Awards for 2019 have come and gone, and we have the list of winners. Not too much going on for Nintendo fans in the winner's circle, but there are a few nods. Check out the full list of winners below, with the Nintendo-related titles appearing in bold.

Best Storytelling - Days Gone
Best Multiplayer Game - Apex Legends
Still Playing Award - Minecraft
Best Visual Design - Devil May Cry 5
Best Indie Game - Outer Wilds
Esports Game of the Year - Fortnite

Best Audio - Resident Evil 2
Best Game Expansion - GTA Online: Diamond Casino Update
Best VR/AR Game - Beat Saber
Best Gaming Hardware - Nvidia 20-Series Super Graphics Card
Best Performer - Logan Marshall-Green
Studio of the Year - Epic Games
Best New Streamer/Broadcaster - Ewok
Breakthrough Award - House House
Mobile Game of the Year - BTS World
Outstanding Contribution - Life is Strange
PC Game of the Year - World of Warcraft Classic
PlayStation Game of the Year - Days Gone
Xbox Game of the Year - Gears 5
Nintendo Game of the Year - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Most Wanted Game - Cyberpunk 2077
Critics' Choice Award - Control
Lifetime Achievement - Yu Suzuki
Ultimate Game of the Year - Resident Evil 2

Pokemon Sword & Shield release alongside Pokemon TCG: Galar Collection

You can't escape Pokemon today!

BELLEVUE, WA—November 15, 2019—The next video games in the iconic Pokémon series, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, are now available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ systems. As the first core Pokémon RPGs to launch on Nintendo Switch systems, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield include a new region to explore, new Pokémon to discover, and new ways for Pokémon fans to play.

A New Region to Explore—Dive into the Galar region for the first time! Trainers can explore a region with an idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains.

The Dynamax and Gigantamax Phenomenon—In the Galar region, Pokémon can Dynamax, taking on gigantic appearances during battle. When Pokémon Dynamax, their power is boosted, and they become much more difficult to catch—and to take down. In very rare occurrences, some Pokémon can go one step further by Gigantamaxing. When Pokémon Gigantamax, they not only become bigger but also alter their appearance and use powerful G-Max Moves that regular Dynamax Pokémon cannot use.

Traverse the Wild Area—The Wild Area is a vast expanse of untamed wilderness in the Galar region that stretches between the region’s different towns and cities. Here, Trainers will find a wide variety of wild Pokémon to battle and catch. The types of Pokémon that can be found in the Wild Area and the situations in which Trainers can battle them can even change depending on in-game weather conditions.

Team Up for Max Raid Battles—While battling Pokémon in the Wild Area, Trainers can take part in a new battle format called Max Raid Battles. These are epic multiplayer battles in which up to four Trainers band together to catch a wild Dynamax Pokémon.

Three New First Partner Pokémon—Get to know one of three first partner Pokémon: the Grass-type Chimp Pokémon Grookey, the Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon Scorbunny, or the Water-type Water Lizard Pokémon Sobble.

A Myriad of New Pokémon to Discover—The Galar region is host to its own unique Pokémon ecology, from the Sheep Pokémon, Wooloo, which provides the wool for goods in Galar, to the Grass-type Flowering Pokémon, Gossifleur, which has pollen that is used in medicine, to many Galarian forms of beloved Pokémon from other regions!

New Legendary Pokémon—The Galar region is home to two mysterious Legendary Pokémon: Zacian and Zamazenta. Zacian holds a sword in its mouth and attacks with grace, while Zamazenta’s shield-covered body turns back most attacks and its regal movements overwhelm opponents.

Relax Using Pokémon Camp—There are ways to train and increase the bond with a Pokémon beyond battles. You can set up camp almost anywhere to have fun with your Pokémon. Play with them using a variety of toys, cook and enjoy different curries together (a popular dish in the region), and even visit other players’ camps.

In celebration of the launch, Trainers can sign up today for the first official in-game Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Online Competition—Galar Beginnings! Trainers can register for this exciting competition Friday, November 15, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, December 5, at 23:59 UTC. The in-game competition will take place Friday, December 6, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, December 8, at 23:59 UTC, and it will use a Single Battle format1.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, please visit Pokemon.com/SwordShield.

Choose Your First Partner in the Pokémon TCG: Galar Collection
Trainers can also explore the Galar region through the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the new Galar Collection, which includes three foil promo cards showcasing Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. In addition, each box includes a collector’s pin featuring one of these first partners, an oversize card featuring the Legendary Pokémon Zacian or Zamazenta as a new Pokémon V, and four Pokémon TCG booster packs.

To learn more about the Pokémon TCG, visit https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg/.

RUMOR: Brain Age: Switch Training may not see retail release in North America

A real head-scratcher

Brain Age: Switch Training has been announced for Europe and Japan, but we haven't heard a peep from the American side of things. While we wait for official word, inside information points to a bit of disappointing news. Numerous sources from inside the retail supply chain are supposedly saying that a physical release here in the states just isn't in the cards. We'll have to deal with a digital-only launch at some point down the road.

That is extra annoying, as Nintendo is doing a great bundle with the game and a stylus in other regions. I guess if you want that fancy package, you'll have to import.

Photos of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Launch Event at Nintendo NY

Another successful midnight launch

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, excited fans line up outside the Nintendo NY store as they eagerly await the midnight launch of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, released on Nov. 15, 2019, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Pikachu greets fans as they enter the Nintendo NY store at the midnight launch celebration of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. The games launched exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Nov. 15, 2019.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, the first few fans to make an in-store purchase of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games celebrate at the Nintendo NY store on Nov. 15, 2019.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Pikachu celebrates with the first few fans to make an in-store purchase of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games at the Nintendo NY store on Nov. 15, 2019.

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash Arrives in Retail Stores Today in Europe

A mad dash to retail

London, UK – November 15th, 2019 – Rising Star Games, the home of Japanese games, has released Harvest Moon: Mad Dash in retail stores across Europe today. Fans of Harvest Moon can make a Mad Dash to their favourite shopping location and grab a copy of Harvest Moon: Mad Dash on either PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch for €29.99.

Go solo or take a few friends along for the frenzy! Harvest, fish, milk, and more as you fulfil orders to complete each level! Things may start out easy, but you'll hit the beach, the farm, and even the Underworld as you progress through the game! Have you ever tried to grow crops with molten lava falling on them?! That and other obstacles await you as you and your friends try to clear all the levels to restore the broken lighthouse!

Key Features

Fast-paced action means quick decisions are key!
Multiplayer madness requires communication to succeed!
Take on the farm, beach, Underworld, and Skyworld levels!
Use Harvest Sprite Powers to unlock special support skills!

October 'Sensor Tower' data - Mario Kart Tour downloaded 40.3 million times, grossed $31.8M

Mario Kart Tour's gas tank is filled with cold hard cash! Data from Sensor Tower suggests the mobile title grossed another $31.8 million in the month of October, and downloaded 40.3 million times.

Adding the 40.3 million to the game's September downloads (86.2 million), Mario Kart Tour has been downloaded a whopping 126.5 million times, making the title Nintendo's most successful mobile release to date (in terms of downloads).

Combining the revenue of September and October, Mario Kart Tour has earned $69.2 million. Within two full months, the game still hasn't earned as much as Fire Emblem Heroes, which earned $69.5M in only its first month of release. MKT is still out pacing Dragalia Lost and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which earned $17.9M and $13.6M respectively in their first month. Dr. Mario is far behind all of the competition. The puzzle game has grossed a total of only $3.6M (and downloaded only 9.2 million times).

While Mario Kart Tour is making more each month than Nintendo's other mobile releases, it isn't making money at a faster pace than Fire Emblem Heroes. That doesn't mean it's not still a huge financial success for Nintendo.

Official Instagram accounts have opened up for Nintendo in Latin America and Brazil

An Odyssey of Instagram accounts

Two official Nintendo corporate Instagram accounts have opened up today. Both the Latin America and Brazil accounts have a single image of Mario posted to announce their existence. It's nice to see Nintendo expand their social media presence across the world.

Thanks to andrewespino for the heads-up!

Check out these Japanese commercials for the Mister Donut/Sword & Shield collaboration

Mmm...donuts
A new Pokemon collaboration is happening in Japan with a donut production company. Pokemon Sword and Shield themed treats and goodies will be coming to Mister Donut in Japan, and new commercials are being televised to promote the event. Check out the deliciously exciting commercials below.

Famitsu most wanted for Oct. 31st to Nov. 6th, 2019

Almost time to say goodbye to Pokémon

It's the last week for Pokémon Sword/Shield dominating the Famitsu most wanted charts, as the game has officially launched. There is little doubt that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will snag the top position next week. Check out the list for Oct. 31st to Nov. 6th, 2019 below.

Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 670
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 471
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 276
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 241
Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 207
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 189
Ushiro (Switch) – 177
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays (Switch) – 76
Yo-kai Watch 4++ (Switch) – 74
TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 67
Momotaro Dentetsu ~Showa Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!~ (Switch) – below 64
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Switch) – below 64
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch) – below 64
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix (Switch) – below 64

PR - Risk of Rain 2 physical edition now storming retailers across North America and Europe

Let the physical copies rain down

FRISCO, Texas - Nov. 15, 2019 - Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing today announced that Risk of Rain 2 physical edition for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One is now available in select retailers across North America and Europe. The physical edition includes the original 2D roguelike hit Risk of Rain on the same cartridge and a reversible cover with original artwork.

On top of this bundle, Risk of Rain 2 will receive continued developer support with new stages, playable Survivors, challenging adversaries and other content added through next year. The next update for all console platforms drops this winter, with more in store for spring and summer of 2020. Pick up a copy at Walmart, GameStop, Target and other retailers in-store or online just in time for the Holiday season.

The sequel to the beloved indie hit, Risk of Rain 2 brings 3D graphics and third-person shooter mechanics to the franchise while holding true to its roguelike roots. Survivors can play solo or team up with up to three other friends to fight through hordes of monsters, unlock new loot, and find a way to escape the planet.

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