NES Classic Edition almost didn't feature game boxes on the user interface

The following info comes from a dev team interview via Famitsu, as translated by NintendoEverything...

- very few staff believed that NES Classic Edition / Famicom Mini would be a hit
- with Switch coming out soon, most staff at the company weren’t really paying attention to the NES Classic
- Yamato, a former developer and now a manager of the sales department, said that it would make fans happy
- Yamato strongly suggested there should be a TV commercial
- since the product itself was met with stock shortages, they could barely air ads
- the original plan was only to show the title screen of the various games on the menu UI
- dealing with copyrights for game boxes would be difficult
- when they made the menu with game title screens, they noticed almost everything was black, as most title screens were black
- when this was seen by other devs at Nintendo, they asked why game boxes weren't shown
- Nintendo’s Kazuyoshi Nishi had a tough time convincing third-parties to work with Nintendo on adding game boxes
- everyone finally gave their permission to feature the original boxes in the end
- the game icons are square-shaped so that both American and Japanese boxart can fit
- when the NES Classic Edition was heading towards the end of development, Takao Shimizu from Nintendo’s planning and development department strongly suggested that there would be stock shortages
- by this point, Nintendo had already decided how much they were going to produce for launch

Latest Pokemon GO updated datamined, points to Gen III Pokemon appearing around Halloween

The following datamined info comes from the gang over at Reddit.


- Raid Lobby Fixes
- Notifications for EX Raids that get Cancelled

Potential New Features

- Passcode Rewards, as tweaks to the passcode box have been made
- small tweak appeared adding a new AR service
- Niantic has several staging levels on different server hosts
- this APK are references to a whole new staging environment, apparently designed to test performance
- anti-cheat measurements, including an app blacklist tool

Up-and-coming content

- sound files for the 'cries' of Gen III Pokemon were added
- new badge is now referenced in the code called BADGE_POKEDEX_ENTRIES_GEN3
- new event labeled HALLOWEEN_2017 has appeared
- new entry has appeared called mapHalloweenNightMusic, which may point to a Halloween-themed map/music
- Lavendar Town night theme added
- new splash screen showing Gen III species in the Halloween aesthetic

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 635

What other Nintendo podcast gives you Nintendo news, political updates, naked ladies dancing, music trivia, Oreo mysteries, and more?! NO other Nintendo podcast, as far as I know!

Download Episode 635!

Devs say Nintendo is making a bigger push for more violent/risqué content on Switch

The following info comes from a Wall Street Journal article...

- Nintendo is encouraging some producers of violent or risqué games to provide content for Switch
- developers say more titles for mature audiences are coming after Nintendo encouraged them
- Takuya Aizu, chief executive of Inti Creates, assumed Nintendo wouldn’t be interested in Gal*Gun 2
- in discussions with Nintendo, they welcomed the idea of bringing it to the Switch
- one executive at an outside developer said Nintendo “was passive until now" on risque/violent content
- now that executive would no longer say that's the right word to describe Nintendo's stance today
- Nintendo said “As with books, television and movies, different content is meant for different audiences.
- Nintendo also said parents have several ways to ensure their children don’t play games aimed at adults
- Shinya Takahashi, a Nintendo executive, said Nintendo's aim was to attract grown-up game players in the West
- Koei Tecmo says Nights of Azure 2's Switch sales are “not bad” in Japan
- Tak Fujii says, "Nintendo has opened its window to more developers, and it has gotten much kinder to companies new to Nintendo platforms.”

GoNintendo Video - My Parents Play: Yoshi's Island

The rumors of this series' demise were GREATLY exaggerated! I finally got some time to edit a Parents Play episode! Let's get back into the groove with my parents checking out the classic, Yoshi's Island!

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CNN says Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort

I don't want to mince words here, so I'm going to share the first couple blurbs from the CNN feature.

Russian efforts to meddle in American politics did not end at Facebook and Twitter. A CNN investigation of a Russian-linked account shows its tentacles extended to YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go. One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans, CNN has learned.

Here on GN I try to stay far outside of the religion and politics discussions, but sometimes there's things that draw us in. This is definitely one of those things. I've linked to the full feature to let you read/discuss the matter as you see fit. Thanks to Mr_Raccoon for the heads up.

This week's European downloads - October 12 (Sine Mora EX, Tiny Barbarian, Yono and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Sine Mora EX (THQ Nordic) - €29.99/£24.99

Sine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot'em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot'em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. With many ways to manipulate time, Sine Mora features over 50 weapon combinations to complete each beautiful stage that fits to the player's skills with scaling difficulty. Soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka and featuring boss designs by Mahiro Maeda.

Tiny Barbarian DX (Nicalis) - €29.99/£26.99

Steel yourself for a relentless display of might and muscle... of brawn and bravery... of magic and mayhem! Can you cleave your enemies’ skulls, plunder all the booty and flex to impress the barbarienne of your dreams? Inspired by heroic fantasy fiction, Tiny Barbarian DX combines engaging 2D platform action and combo-based hack-and-slash combat with retro-style pixel art and a loincloth-stirring chiptune soundtrack.

UNBOX: Newbie's Adventure (Merge Games) - €29.99/£24.99 (€26.99/£22.49 until October 18)
The ultimate postal service has arrived - self-delivering cardboard boxes! Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure is a unique physics-platformer. Enjoy an epic single player adventure or grab up to four friends for local multiplayer races, battles and challenges! The Global Postal Service is nearing bankruptcy! To save themselves, they have created self-delivering boxes. Play as the GPS’ latest cardboard creation, Newbie, as you attempt to save the day. Dress to impress with a massive range of over 40,000 combinations of hats, clothes accessories and funny faces. Explore huge worlds full of challenges, collectibles and boxy boss battles as you compete against the dastardly Wild Cards! Don’t be a square! Think outside the box and create your very own cool cube!

88 Heroes - 98 Heroes Edition (Rising Star Games) - €29.99/£29.99
It's 8:08am on 8th August 1988, and the evil Dr. H8 has brought the world to the brink of total annihilation! His demands are simple: pay $88 octillion within 88 minutes, or Dr. H8's 88 thermo-nuclear warheads will wipe out the Earth! But who will save us in our time of need? The bravest? The boldest? No... the 88 Heroes (plus ten of their friends)! Prepare to infiltrate Dr. H8’s lair with the help of the strangest, dumbest and most pointless superheroes ever! With 88 levels between you and Dr. H8, only 88 seconds to complete each level and the 88-minute Doomsday clock already ticking, lead 98 unique characters – each with their own special abilities – on a platform-hopping, enemy-smashing, danger-dodging mission to save Earth from complete destruction!

"THE KING OF FIGHTERS '95" is a fighting game released by SNK in 1995. In addition to the character of popular work such as "FATAL FURY" and "ART OF FIGHTING" in the sequel title of the previous work "KOF '94", Yagamian will participate as the rival of the main character Kyo Kusanagi. With the team edit function installed, it became possible to form a team with the player 's favorite character.

Neon Chrome (10tons) - €14.99/£12.99
Experience a ruthless top-down cyberpunk shooter and blast your way through enemies and walls. Upgrade, enhance and build up your strength. The path to stopping the Overseer is ever changing. Neon Chrome is a ruthless top-down cyberpunk shooter with rogue-like elements. Blast your way through enemies and walls with guns and cybernetic abilities. Experiment with different roles like the Hacker or the Cyber Psycho. Upgrade your character stats, discover new cybernetic enhancements and build up strength. Every death is a new beginning - the path to stopping the Overseer is never the same.

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition (Ratalaika Games) - €4.99/£4.49
Squareboy vs Bullies is an old school beat 'em up by Rohan Narang that follows the titular Squareboy and his quest for Justice! For far too long the bullies have gone unpunished and with no one else to put them in their place, Squareboy finds himself standing up against them to do what is right, not just for himself, but for everyone the bullies victimized. Will you help Squareboy fight off the Bullies?

The Flame In The Flood: Complete Edition (Curve Digital) - €14.99/£14.99
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition is a wilderness survival game in which a girl and her dog travel on foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river. Scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife and, most importantly, stay healthy in a dangerous wilderness. This Complete Edition includes various gameplay enhancements and a Director’s Commentary mode.

Wulverblade (Darkwind Media) - €16.99/£14.99
Help Britannia defeat the Romans in Wulverblade – a hardcore side-scrolling beat 'em up inspired by classics such as Golden Axe, Sengoku, and Knights of the Round! Experience a historically accurate storyline across eight campaign levels – or test your skills in the game’s deadly arenas. Go it alone or team up with a friend in local two-player co-op. It’s time to show the Ninth Legion what you’re made of!

Yono and the Celestial Elephants (Plug In Digital) - €14.99/£12.99
Elephants are a mighty protectors of the world, born from the stars once per millennium. This is the age of Elephant Yono. But Yono is still so very young and in a kingdom inhabited by feudal Humans, undead Bonewights and robotic Mekani, it's not easy to keep one's trunk out of trouble. Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a grand adventure, featuring carefully designed puzzles, treasure hunts, a sprinkling of combat and a world full of people. Play as a young elephant tasked to save a world he’s never seen before, and explore the rich history of a kingdom where humans, zombies and robots live side by side.

Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas Demo (FDG Entertainment) - Free
SET SAIL AND EMBARK ON AN EPIC JOURNEY. Grow from a boy to a legend. You wake up and find a letter from your father. He is gone… The only lead is his old notebook and a mysterious necklace. What happened? Explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets. Fight monsters, learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures which will help you on your quest. Use all your wits and skill to unravel the mysteries of ancient kingdom Arcadia and sea monster Oceanhorn.

Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle (NIS America, available October 13) - €29.99/£29.99
Jump into the world of Touhou and unleash bullet-hell upon your enemies in the 1v1 shoot-em-up Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle! Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a bullet-hell battle game that takes place in the Touhou universe. Take control of one of nine Touhou characters and eliminate your opponent using bullet-hell patterns, melee attacks, or spell cards!

Special offers
Infinite Minigolf (Zen Studios) - €10.49/£9.44 (Ends October 17, normally €14.99/£13.49)
The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysiscists Guild) - €7.49/£6.74 (Ends November 2, normally €9.99/£8.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Nintendo, available October 13) - €39.99/£34.99

Take on the role of a young city slicker who has always wished for a life on the farm. Your dream leads you to a huge plot of open land just ready to be filled with crops, livestock, decorations, and more. Your new farm is at the crossroads of three different towns. Westown, with its cows and corrals, has everything the classic frontier settler needs. Right next door is Lulukoko Town, a warm, friendly paradise to rival any tropical island. Rounding out the neighbourhood is Tsuyukusa, a traditional Far Eastern village. Become friends with the residents and help them improve their towns, then connect to other farmers like you, locally or via internet, to chat and trade useful items. Grow crops, raise adorable pets, become a renowned chef or fashionista, and even discover romance with the locals.

Culdcept Revolt - Double Helix (NIS America, Add-on Content) - Free

Nintendo Selects - available October 13

Nintendo Selects: Luigi's Mansion 2 (Nintendo) - €19.99/£15.99 (previously €44.99/£39.99)
Nintendo Selects: Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) - €19.99/£15.99 (previously €39.99/£34.99)
Nintendo Selects: Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo) - €19.99/£15.99 (previously €44.99/£39.99)

Special offers
Farming Simulator 18 (Focus Home Interactive) - €26.99/£22.49 (Ends October 19, normally €29.99/£24.99)
Carps & Dragons (Abylight) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends October 19, normally  €4.99/£4.49)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games) - €0.98/£0.88 (Ends November 9, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.97/£1.55 (Ends November 9, normally €2.99/£2.36)
Gunslugs (Engine Software) - €1.00/£0.80 (Ends November 19, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Gunslugs 2 (Engine Software) - €1.00/£0.80 (Ends November 19, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Mindfued (Engine Software) - €1.00/£0.80 (Ends November 19, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Proun+ (Engine Software) - €1.00/£0.80 (Ends November 19, normally €3.99/£3.50)
Sumico (Engine Software) - €1.00/£0.80 (Ends November 19, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Gourmet Dream (CIRCLE Ent.) - €4.00/£3.83 (Ends November 26, normally €5.00/£4.79)
Fairune 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €5.59/£5.51 (Ends November 26, normally €6.99/£6.89)
Mercenaries Saga 3 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €4.79/£4.71 (Ends November 26, normally €5.99/£5.89)
Noah's Cradle (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.49/£2.79 (Ends November 26, normally €4.99/£3.99)
Of Mice and Sand (CIRCLE Ent.) - €6.39/£6.31 (Ends November 26, normally €7.99/£7.89)
Parascientific Escape - Gear Detective (CIRCLE Ent.) - €4.00/£3.83 (Ends November 26, normally €5.00/£4.79)
Polara (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.50/£3.49 (Ends November 26, normally €5.00/£4.99)
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €5.59/£5.51 (Ends November 26, normally €6.99/£6.89)
Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia) - €6.70/£5.70 (Ends November 2, normally €8.99/£7.66)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots) - €3.99/£2.99 (Ends October 26, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Pazuru (Joindots) - €2.99/£1.99 (Ends October 26, normally €5.99/£3.99)
Safari Quest (Joindots) - €3.49/£2.49 (Ends October 26, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends October 19, normally €7.99/£7.19)

Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)

Physical Contact: 2048 (Collavier) - €3.73/£3.29

Physical contact: 2048 is a casual but head-minded game that aims at higher values by coalescing the same blocks in the region.

Physical Contact: Picture Place (Collavier) - €3.73/£3.29
Puzzle game called Number Place (a.k.a. Sudoku) is difficult, but feeling of achievement when solved is very high. This game was improved to look good, easy to play, as it was, with the basic rules intact. That name is Picture Place.

Physical Contact: SPEED (Collavier) - €3.73/£3.29

It is a game series where two people can play against one device. If you play with your body in close contact, the match will be more fun.

Special offers
Pinball Breakout (nuGAME) - €4.90/£4.20 (Ends November 9, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Hit Ninja (Petite Games) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends October 26, normally €1.99/£1.79)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)


Designed and developed by an all-female team, this action game puts players in control of the magic user Tonma, whose role, as was typical for game heroes of the day, is to travel to another world and save the princess. Fight your way through 7 stages using Tonma’s jump ability and shot power. Collect Power-ups and Barriers to grow in strength and pummel your enemies. Bring that strength to the end of each stage to face off and defeat the menacing bosses that stand between you and the princess. If you own this title on your Wii, perform a system transfer from your Wii to your Wii U to receive a special upgrade price.

Motoroader (EXTREME, PCE VC) - €5.99/£5.39

Motoroader is a futuristic racing game that allows up to five players to compete against each other! Use the cash earned when you win a race to power-up your machine! Not only can you change the “TIRE” and “BODY” of your vehicle, but you can also add “SPECIAL” parts! Jump over tall obstacles with a “HOPPER” and blast past your rivals at incredible speeds with “NITRO”! If you own this title on your Wii, perform a system transfer from your Wii to your Wii U to receive a special upgrade price.

Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip (Daniel Morais) - €4.99/£4.49
In Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip, control the two main characters simultaneously! Have the two characters split up onto multiple paths and try and find the best path to get a perfect score! Traverse challenging levels to hatch Eba's baby brother or sister! Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip! Challenge your mind to control two characters at once through a variety of hazards!

Special offers
Dragon Skills (Joindots) - €3.99/£3.39 (Ends October 26, normally €7.99/£6.79)
Jones on Fire (Joindots) - €2.99/£2.29 (Ends October 26, normally €5.99/£4.59)
Queen's Garden (Joindots) - €3.49/£2.74 (Ends October 26, normally €6.99/£5.49)
Sweetest Thing (Joindots) - €3.49/£2.74 (Ends October 26, normally €6.99/£5.49)
360 Breakout (nuGAME) - €4.90/£4.20 (Ends November 9, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Laser Blaster (Petite Games) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends October 26, normally €1.99/£1.79)

This week's North American downloads - October 12 (Yono, Wulverblade, Etrian Odyssey V and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Yono and the Celestial Elephants – Many adventure games have a distinct lack of elephants … but that’s all about to change because Yono is here. The Yono and the Celestial Elephants game is a grand adventure, featuring carefully designed puzzles, treasure hunts, a sprinkling of combat and a world full of people. Play as a young elephant tasked to save a world he’s never seen before, and explore the rich history of a kingdom where humans, zombies and robots live side by side.

Wulverblade – Help Britannia defeat the Romans in Wulverblade, a hardcore side-scrolling beat-’em-up game inspired by old arcade classics of the ’80s and ’90s. Go it alone or team up with a friend in local two-player co-op.* It’s time to show the Ninth Legion what you’re made of!
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – The Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth game chronicles the quest of a new adventurer as he or she attempts to reach the crown of the towering Yggdrasil Tree. Personalize your party to work to your advantage! With endless character customization, adventurers will cast and create their own party from four unique races and 10 different classes to explore the uncharted labyrinth. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will be available on Oct. 17.


New My Nintendo Activities – A new fall color has arrived for the New Nintendo 2DS XL system, and we’ve got the perfect Home menu themes to go along with it! Whether you have a New Nintendo 2DS XL (White + Orange) or another member of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, you can redeem your My Nintendo points for these seasonal and spooky Halloween themes to decorate your Home menu:
Mario’s Halloween
NES Halloween Link
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Autumn Leaves
Don’t forget to check out other Halloween-themed rewards, too!

Fire Emblem Heroes – A New Update and More Events!
To celebrate the free 1.8.0 update for the Fire Emblem Heroes mobile game, you can collect free Orbs up to 10 times from a Log-In Bonus until Oct. 22 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
A new option, Sacred Seal Forge, has been added to the game. Using it, you will be able to both create new Sacred Seals and enhance existing Sacred Seals. See more details about the update here.
Participate in the Voting Gauntlet: The Blood of Dragons until Oct. 14 at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Experience Bound Hero Battle: Minerva & Maria until Oct. 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Special event Summoning Focus: Minerva & Maria’s Battle can be enjoyed until Oct. 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Super Mario Run – The new Super Mario Run free update is here, and there are LOTS of new things to discover. Remix 10, made of some of the shortest Super Mario Run courses you'll ever play, is here! There are also some new courses, a new playable character and a new feature that lets you listen to your favorite music while you play. New to Super Mario Run? Download it from the App Store or Google Play at no cost, and try elements of the game’s three modes for free. Save up to 50 percent off the full game price to celebrate the new version until 11:59 p.m. PT on Oct. 12.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Theme

Also new this week:
Neon Chrome (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
UNBOX: Newbie’s Adventure (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
88 Heroes – 98 Heroes Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’95 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Don’t Knock Twice (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 17
The Flame in The Flood: Complete Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Rogue Trooper Redux (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 17
Putty Pals (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 18
Little Adventure on the Prairie (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Volgarr the Viking (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Legend of Hero Tonma (Virtual Console for Wii U)
Digital Champ Battle Boxing (Virtual Console for Wii U)
MOTOROADER (Virtual Console for Wii U)

Ed Boon open to bringing Injustice 2 and future games to Switch

Coming from a GameSpot interview with Ed Boon...

"Yeah, I think at the end of the day you can make almost any game... there are inevitable compromises, but you know, you can make some version of Injustice on the Atari 2600. It's not going to be great, but I bet you can make something.

"Yeah, actually, I do (have interest in exploring Switch games) It is a pretty different hardware architecture; it's not like you can go from a PlayStation 4 to a Switch really easily. So I think we would need to set up something in terms of an external team. I know on the art team, we have enough people to do three console SKUs, and that would be something we'd need to work out.

From the game player's perspective, would it be fun to play Injustice on [Switch]? I do think it would. You could have tournaments, everyone comes over with their own system and you can have whole structured tournaments and parallel gameplay and all that."

Nice to get a solid answer from a developer. While we don't get a confirmation on a port happening, we get a clear idea of how Boon feels. I'm thinking it's just a matter of time before we see one of his games hit the platform.

Nintendo World Championships 2017 grabs Disney XD's highest eSports ratings of the year

Looks like Nintendo's pairing with Disney XD has been quite the boon for the network. With Disney pushing hard into the eSports arena, it's nice to see Nintendo's programming get the biggest piece of the pie. You can see a bunch of Nintendo programming high up on the list, but the NWC 2017 broadcast came out on top of everything else.