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Suda51 is already outlining No More Heroes 3, talks Switch ports of his older games, wanting Travis in Smash Bros., and ideas for an amiibo

Suda51 has been talking up a storm about Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes lately, but that's not all the man has on his mind. Check out snippets concerning the potential for No More Heroes 3, ports of various games to Switch, an amiibo idea, and hopes for Travis Touchdown in Smash Bros..

On porting Killer 7 or the original No More Heroes to Switch

I definitely want to do that if possible. On the top of my list are No More Heroes 1 and 2. The IP is currently shared between Grasshopper Manufacture and Marvelous, so we are talking about how that´s possible.

On wanting Travis in Smash Bros.

If he has a chance to join the fray, he would be a very balanced character. I want to work very hard, so that Travis will be a candidate for the next Smash! I also think Travis would be a great rival for Bayonetta.

On plans already being laid out for No More Heroes 3

The truth is that I already have an outline prepared for No More Heroes 3 and if Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is successful it could really lead to that. The story of Travis Strikes Again is actually going to connect with what is going on in No More Heroes 3. Right now I'm focused on my new team, which is composed of veterans and new young staff members and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is the first attempt for us to create a game. I want to give them more experience, so that when the time for No More Heroes 3 comes we'll do it right.

In order for Travis to stand a chance [against these powerful new foes in Travis Strikes Again] I wanted to give Travis the chance to enter these different game worlds and power up- to learn some new skills and gain some more strength so that ultimately I can work to make Travis a more prominent character in video game history overall. The skill chips that you saw Travis collecting in Travis Strikes Again’s game world, I want Travis to take those with him to the next game, the next numbered installment.”

On wanting to create a Travis amiibo

I even have a very concrete idea on what the amiibo will be like. I'm pretty confident that it's nothing that anyone would expect. People would probably imagine Travis holding the Beam Katana, but the amiibo I want to create is Travis saving his game while sitting on the toilet [a game mechanic featured in Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes].

Nintendo says Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda: BotW, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have a higher than 50% attach rate, talks Switch software support, and a strong holiday season

Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are huge movers on the Switch. Not only have those games each moved millions, but they continue to sell like crazy for Nintendo. In an interview with IGN, Reggie Fils-Aime elaborated upon just how well those games are doing.

“Those three games continue to attach to hardware at better than 50 percent. Just think about that. For everyone who owns a system, more than one out of every two have bought Zelda, more than one out of every two have bought Kart, more than one out of every two have bought Odyssey. That's never happened in U.S. video game history."

Those games are major drivers for the Switch, but Nintendo knows there has to be more than that as well. It takes a mix of the new games people want, and the content they'd never expect.

"We've launched many systems, we've seen what works in driving a system forward. We've seen where we've lost momentum, and a critical component is having a great cadence of launches, and as you highlight, we have a number of key franchises teed up for next year.

But the other element is making sure that we also surprise with something that is completely unexpected, but brings new consumers into the platform. And that's what Nintendo Labo was all about. And we're going to be continuing to drive Nintendo Labo. The announcement we made in partnering with the Institute of Play, and leveraging the STEAM elements of those experiences, these are all part of the grand plan to continue making Nintendo Switch a very effective platform.”

Nintendo seems to have really hit their stride with Switch, both in titles released and software coming down the line. This has lead to some stellar hardware sales, but Reggie isn't ready to put those sales into perspective just yet.

“Nintendo looks at historical performance of past systems. Not only our own, but also competitive platforms. As you note, because of a March 3rd launch, lining it up in terms of number of months on the market, the number of holidays really is a key element to seeing how you're stacking up.

So from my perspective, the right time to look at our performance against history is going to be as we come out of that holiday time frame. That way we'll be able to say after roughly 21 months, how do we stack up against all of the systems that have launched here in the U.S. and what the sell-through looks like. And that'll be a nice moment for us to consider where we are, and also to think about how do we continue driving momentum. As you stated, we've already outsold the GameCube, we've already outsold the Wii U. How we continue to track against past systems will be something that we look at.”

If if Reggie wants to wait until March 2019 to really see how things measure up, he can't deny just how well the Switch has been doing so far. That success continues with a very strong holiday season.

“We're exceptionally thrilled with the momentum that we have with the Nintendo Switch. How we see the holidays shaping up, certainly from the Americas standpoint, it really is going to be a strong holiday for us. With the games that we've announced for the first calendar quarter, we think that momentum will power through. Certainly whether it's when Mr. Furokawa speaks to the analyst community in January or when we share our full fiscal year information in April, we'll be sharing even more of what our calendar looks like to continue driving the momentum.

But we feel really good about where we are. We feel good about how we're tracking against...let me call it ‘historical norms.’ In the end, as long as we continue to have this really strong cadence of software, as well as strong support from the third-party community, big or small, we're thinking we're going to be really well positioned.”

This week's European downloads - December 13 (Guacamelee 2, GRIS and more)


Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Guacamelee! 2 (DrinkBox Studios) - €19.99 / £17.99 (€17.99 / £16.19 until December 17)
Luchador Juan Aguacate is out of retirement for a stunning new Metroidvania-style adventure. Explore a huge, hand-crafted world inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, filled with sassy new villains and weirdos (and a few old friends!). Learn bone-crunching wrestling moves to fend off skeletal hordes and overcome skillful platforming challenges... and who said anything about a Chicken Illuminati? Certainly not us!

Kingdom Two Crowns (Raw Fury) - €19.99 / £17.99
In other Kingdom games, players took on the role of a monarch struggling to build their kingdom up from nothing. Hundreds of thousands of players across the world explored, recruited loyal subjects, and defended nightly against the persistent threat of the Greed – but they did so in isolation, and as with all things in Kingdom, nothing lasts… until now.

Desert Child (Akupara Games) - €10.49 / £9.49
You’re broke, you’re hungry, and your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles. In Desert Child, you are a young and talented hoverbike racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one way ticket to the Red Planet to enter the biggest race in the universe, the Grand Prix.

EVERSPACE - Stellar Edition (ROCKFISH Games) - €39.99 / £35.99
It takes you on a challenging journey through an ever-changing, beautifully crafted universe full of surprises. Shoot, craft and loot your way to victory while the odds are stacked against you.

Solar Flux (FIREBRAND GAMES) - €8.69 / £7.79
Galaxies are in turmoil as their suns are dying. The Solar Galaxy Federation has deployed vast Flux Accumulator ships to collect plasma and restore the suns’ equilibrium in each nebula.

Solar Flux is a unique space puzzle game where you journey across the universe using both puzzle solving and dexterity skills to bring order to the cosmos. Supernovas, Asteroid Fields, Meteors and Black Holes are just some of the challenges you will encounter as you sail your ship through the solar flares of each imploding sun.

V-Rally 4 (BigBen) - €49.99 / £44.99
The legendary off-road racing game returns! Enjoy an extreme experience while becoming an expert in a demanding simulation. Take on the challenges of rallies, rallycross, drifts, buggies and hill climbs, and set off on a spectacular journey across every continent. Dominate dangerous roads, hostile conditions, and environments, constantly striving for more speed. Let adrenaline boost your reflexes at the wheel of the most legendary off-road vehicles in each category, and take on the most difficult routes in fabulous surroundings.

ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 5 (HAMSTER) - €6.99 / £6.29
“METAL SLUG 5” is an action shooting game released by SNK in 2003. The Ptolemaic Army has stolen some very confidential files! Choose from four familiar faces: Marco, Eri, Tarma, or Fio to take them down! Look forward to the new Slug Gunner and slide mechanic!

Almightree: The Last Dreamer (West Coast) - €22.19 / £19.99
The world is shattering and you are the only hope to restore the balance. A thrilling and challenging 3D puzzle platform game, Almightree: The Last Dreamer has you racing through a crumbling world to find your way to awaken the life giving Almightree.

Arcade Archives ATHENA (HAMSTER) - €6.99 / £6.29
“Athena” is an action game released by SNK in 1986. Athena, the adventure-loving energetic princess of the Kingdom of Victory, goes on a journey to Fantasy World. Running, swimming, and even flying?! Utilize various weapons to defeat the looming enemies! Think you can defeat Dante, the evil emperor of Fantasy World?!

Blue Rider (eastasiasoft) - €9.99 / £8.99 (€8.99 / £8.09 until December 26)
Hop in and join the explosive action of this 3D shoot'em up! Blue Rider offers classic arcade gameplay, combined with beautiful visuals. Battle through 9 colourful and diverse stages, filled with a large variety of enemies that can't wait to take you down. Power up your weapons, shoot down enemies and face huge & challenging boss encounters.

GRIS (Devolver Digital) - €16.99 / £14.49
Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities.

Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition (Lienzo) - €6.99 / £6.29
Embark on a feline-filled quest set in an action-packed fantasy universe brimming with fierce enemies, intense sword-fighting, and the classic feeling of a Metroidvania adventure! Hunter’s Legacy is a 2D platformer where you control Ikki, a powerful huntress cat equipped with twin swords, a bow, and magical abilities, who must save the Kingdom of Iripur from the evil Morodir.

Johnny Turbos Arcade Shoot Out (FTE Games) - €7.99 / £7.10
Stop the criminal gangsters and save the civilians in this action-packed shooter.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 Deluxiest Edition (Plug In Digital) - €12.99 / £11.69
Prepare to inhabit a world of chivalry, class warfare and off-beat pop references in the sequel for the successful and award winning game Knights of Pen & Paper! Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is a turn-based, retro style, pixel-art adventure full of danger, intrigue, death, and saving throws!

Assemble your party and control your group of pen and paper role-players as they are guided through their adventures by the Game Master. All the fun of pen and paper RP, none of the lost dice!

Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle (Plug In Digital) - €22.49 / £19.99
Get the two games Knights of Pen & Paper + Knights of Pen & Paper 2 in this discounted bundle! Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience. As both the playing characters AND the game master, you can choose which battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make for a challenging fight and your efforts will be equally rewarded!

Omensight: Definitive Edition (Lienzo) - €16.79 / £15.09
You are the Harbinger, a powerful mystical warrior. You have witnessed the destruction of the world. In order to prevent annihilation you are destined to repeat that fateful day and solve the murder of the Godless-Priestess, whose death precipitated the apocalypse.

SEGA AGES Phantasy Star (SEGA) - €6.99 / £5.99
The tyrant Lassic rules the cosmos, and it is up to you to defeat his evil reign. Witness the revival of this defining RPG in SEGA AGES Phantasy Star.

Take advantage of the new dungeon map display and the acclaimed “Ages Mode” as you traverse tricky dungeon mazes and battle ferocious 8-bit beasts. Phantasy Star has claimed its place as a pioneer RPG and its retro-spirit is sure to find a home in the hearts of old and new fans alike.

Starman (Nada Studio) - €7.99 / £7.19
New puzzles every level will keep you learning and thinking outside the box. Starman is not only a game, but a whole experience. We've put so much love building the sceneries, and trying to create an eerie atmosphere. Sit, relax, and enjoy.

Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story (AbsoDev, available December 14) - €6.99 / £6.29
An old robot named H-34-RT wakes up in a derelict space station orbiting his home planet. His civilization was destroyed long ago by evil O'Xelg, but he has yet to figure that out. After an initial shock, he decides to follow his old defense routines: that means fighting the invaders, even if he is alone now.

Dungeon Village Demo (Kairosoft) - Free
Welcome to an epic RPG world in which the town you build can grow from humble hamlet into a mecca for the land's most ambitious adventurers! The enterprising warriors that stop by your blossoming burg will defeat monsters and earn you money. Conquering dungeons and clearing out hordes of monsters will bag you loot to stock your shops. And if your hamlet flourishes, adventurers will want to set up house and settle down!

Game Dev Story Demo (Kairosoft) - Free
Manage your own game company and try to create a million-selling game in this unique simulation. Features the ability to develop your company's own game console, plus a system for changing your staff members' professions. Your staff members can have a variety of game-related professions, from programmer to sound engineer. Work hard and you may reach the top of the video game industry!

Graceful Explosion Machine Demo (Vertex Pop Inc.) - Free
Skilfully pilot the Graceful Explosion Machine, a fighter ship armed with a ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array! Lost in deep space, you'll shoot, dash and combo your way through jewel-hued alien worlds, fighting crystalline enemies to find a way home.

The GEM fighter is the most advanced single pilot fighter in the galaxy, offering precise controls, nimble movement, and devastating firepower.

Pic-a-Pix Pieces Christmas Demo (Lightwood Games) - Free
Pic-a-Pix is a picture logic game, sometimes known as Picross, Nonogram or Hanjie, where whimsical pixel-art pictures are created by solving puzzles.


Downloadable Content

Guacamelee! 2 - Three Enemigos Character Pack (DrinkBox Studios) - €2.49 / £2.29
Keep your friends close and your Enemigos even closer! This one-two-three punch character pack will let you save the Mexiverse in style. Play as El Muñeco, a dashing magician with a penchant for performance. Suit up as Uay Pek and drink in the full power of the Dead World. Intimidate your foes with the ferocious feline moves of Jaguar Javier.

SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION - Beast Busters & S.A.R. Search and Rescue (NIS America) - Free
In Beast Busters, the undead have taken over the city, and it's up to three tough guys to stop them! Clear the invasion only to face unusual bosses, and pray to whatever deity that you'll be able to make it out alive.

And in S.A.R. Search and Rescue, infiltrate a crashed spaceship that had vanished off its course, and battle hordes of alien monsters and robots.

SNK Heroines: New Character ''JEANNE'' (NIS America) - €4.99 / £4.49
This content adds JEANNE from the World Heroes series.

V-Rally 4 - Ford Shelby GT500 (BigBen) - €5.99 / £5.39
Feel the adrenaline of driving a Monster. The Shelby GT500 is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang, delivering more than 800HP. A legendary car born for more power, performance and handling.

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: Navy Devon Coat Set (althi) - €2.99 / £2.69
Devon Coat: Navy
A warm, everyday garment from the cold region of Devon.

Kid's Felt Coat: Navy
A warm, snug, Devon-styled coat. Perfect for winter.


Pre-orders

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) - €59.99 / £49.99
Pre-Order until 10/01/2019, 23:59 local time

Game description: New Super Mario Bros. U is getting the deluxe treatment on Nintendo Switch! Luigi’s first starring role in a platforming adventure, New Super Luigi U, is getting the deluxe treatment too, and comes packed in! A single Joy-Con controller is all each player needs. Enjoy 164 courses for up to four players* anytime, anywhere! Mario, Luigi, and Toad are all here, and if that's not enough, Nabbit and Toadette are joining in the fun as well.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Grasshopper Manufacture) - €29.99 / £24.99
Pre-Order until 17/01/2019, 23:59 local time

Game description: The legendary gaming console – the Death Drive Mark 2… Travis Touchdown wanders into the game world and embarks on a rampage of epic proportions in Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes for Nintendo Switch. Inside, there’s an action game, racing, puzzles…A total of seven different game titles! With his Beam Katana in hand, he vows to exterminate every last Bug he finds.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Grasshopper Manufacture) - €39.98 / £33.98
Pre-Order until 17/01/2019, 23:59 local time

Game description: The legendary gaming console – the Death Drive Mark 2… Travis Touchdown wanders into the game world and embarks on a rampage of epic proportions in Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes for Nintendo Switch. Inside, there’s an action game, racing, puzzles…A total of seven different game titles! With his Beam Katana in hand, he vows to exterminate every last Bug he finds.

Includes a season pass.

A Ch'ti Bundle (Seaven Studio) - €15.99 / £14.49
Pre-Order until 10/01/2019, 14:59 CET

Game description: Get the two games Ethan: Meteor Hunter + Inside My Radio in this discounted bundle!

Ethan: Meteor Hunter (Seaven Studio) - €9.99 / £8.99 (€7.99 / £7.19 for owners of Inside My Radio)
Pre-Order until 10/01/2019, 14:59 CET

Game description: Your name is Ethan, a rat that got touched by meteorites giving him the power of telekinesis: freezing time and moving objects around him. Manipulate the world with endless possibilities: build the solution YOU want where nothing is scripted and levels can be solved in multiple ways.

Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio) - €9.99 / £8.99 (€7.99 / £7.19 for owners of Ethan: Meteor Hunter)
Pre-Order until 10/01/2019, 14:59 CET

Game description: Journey as a green LED mysteriously trapped inside a dying boombox and play the ultimate musical experience: bring electro, dub and disco music back to life!

Chronus Arc (KEMCO) - €12.99 / £11.69 (€11.69 / £10.52 until December 20)
Pre-Order until 20/12/2018, 14:59 CET

Game description: On their way to the Chronus Shrine to get the Chronus Fragments, Loka and his teacher Teth are surrounded by a mysterious man named Geppel and his gang. They demand the Fragments. While Teth plays for time, Loka rushes out of the cave on his own to fetch reinforcements. He is successful, but Teth and Geppel are nowhere to be found. Aiming to gather information about his missing teacher, Teth, Loka decides to set out on a journey with his friend Sarna.

Pic-a-Pix Pieces (Lightwood Games) - €7.99 / £6.99
Pre-Order until 03/01/2019, 14:59 CET

Game description: Pic-a-Pix is a picture logic game, sometimes known as Picross, Nonogram or Hanjie, where whimsical pixel-art pictures are created by solving puzzles. In Pic-a-Pix Pieces, large pictures have been split into a number of smaller pieces. Each piece is a puzzle grid, and by solving them all you’ll form a mosaic that reveals a spectacular final image.


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Pre-orders

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey (Nintendo) - €39.99 / £34.99
Pre-Order until 24/01/2019, 23:59 local time

Game description: Nintendo DS classic, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, is back for more gut-busting adventures in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey for Nintendo 3DS family systems. Mario and Luigi have been tasked with finding a cure for the blorbs, a disease threatening all life in the Mushroom Kingdom. But, thanks to Fawful, both brothers have been devoured by Bowser! And so, their journey takes them deep into the belly of the beast, leaving Bowser to scour the kingdom for the cure. The only way forward is to change between the Bros. and Bowser.

This week's North American downloads - December 13 (GRIS, Firewatch and more)


Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
GRIS: Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities.

Quarantine Circular: A group of scientists interrogate an alien discovered at the heart of a global pandemic. Work with your team, make decisions, and uncover the alien’s true intentions. Inspired by classic adventure games and modern dialogue systems, Bithell Games has created another single-session story which respects your time and intelligence.

Firewatch: The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from your messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is your only contact with the world you’ve left behind. When something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have. The Firewatch game is available Dec. 17.

Fitness Boxing – Demo Version – Get off the couch and get moving with fun, boxing-based rhythmic exercises set to the instrumental beats of songs by popular artists. You can personalize your workouts by selecting from different fitness goals. Train your way, whether you’re on your own, with a friend, at home, or on the go! Now you can work out anytime, anywhere on the Nintendo Switch system! The demo version of the Fitness Boxing game is now available for download from Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online – These three games are now available in the service*:

Adventures of Lolo – After the love of his life, Lala, is kidnapped by the devilish King Egger and taken to his haunted castle, our hero, Lolo, sets out to rescue her. The journey is perilous, as the Great Devil’s fortress is guarded by a massive army. But Lolo has a few tricks up his sleeve. Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging style, Adventures of Lolo is a true classic.

Ninja Gaiden – Take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa, a rising ninja in his family’s clan who travels to America to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Fight your way through six challenging side-scrolling chapters/14 stages (not including boss battles) while defeating gangs of street thugs, battling evil ninjas and fighting barbarian bosses by using the deadly Dragon Sword, ninja skills and ninja magic.

Wario’s Woods – Control Toad as he scrambles along the bottom of the screen picking up monsters and bombs and arranging them vertically, horizontally and diagonally to clear the screen of enemies. This game features several modes of play, such as basic, lesson and time race. If you like puzzle games like Dr. Mario, you will definitely love this one!

Nintendo eShop sales:

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

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO TWINKLE STAR SPRITES (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Almightree: The Last Dreamer (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Arcade Archives DOUBLE DRAGON II The Revenge (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Atari Flashback Classics (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Big Bash Boom (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Blue Rider (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Football Manager 2019 Touch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Gnomes Garden (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Hyperide: Vector Raid (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 17
INSTANT TENNIS – Full and Demo Versions (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Ivanych vs. Eared Beast (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Julie’s Sweets (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Knights of Pen & Paper 2 Deluxiest Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Knights of Pen & Paper Bundle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 14
’n Verlore Verstand (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Omensight: Definitive Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Oxyjet (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Peace, Death! Complete Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 14
Race Arcade (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 14
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
SEGA AGES Phantasy Star (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Sheltered (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 18
Solar Flux (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Starman (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Nintendo explains why some third party titles haven't hit Switch, talks about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 excitement, and Nintendo's positive momentum

While the Switch is seeing more and more third party games, there are some titles the system has missed out on. In an interview with IGN, Reggie Fils-Aime explains why some of those big third party games haven't made their way to Switch.

“The way this industry works, games are in development for multiple years. People forget that Switch is only experiencing its second holiday. So many, many games that are just launching were well in development before any conversations were had with these developers regarding Nintendo Switch. It's difficult midstream to make significant changes in your development time table.

So absolutely, now that we've been in the marketplace coming up on two years, now that we've shown the pace with which we're growing an install base, and doing it globally, that's the other piece that is meaningful for developers. Our strength in the Americas, our strength in Asia, our strength in Europe is critically important. That's what creates the opportunity for developers to make sure their content is available on Switch at the earliest opportunity.”

One big third party game on the way is Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Reggie discussed the reaction to that title, and then lead into the momentum Nintendo platforms are seeing.

“Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. I love the reactions. We go and we look at some of the videos of consumer reactions, really positive consumer reactions. We think that's going to be a really, really strong driver for us when that launches next year. We're also thrilled to see the strength of the independent developer community on display [at The Game Awards]. Celeste, Overcooked 2, both available on our platform.

So for us, it really exemplified the momentum we have and the strength of our business right now. Even our dedicated handheld business continues to perform well. The two Nintendo Classic systems out in the marketplace for this holiday. We are well positioned now, we are well positioned for the future. And it's going to be a lot of fun.”

Pokemon GO Trainer Battles now live, must be at least a Level 10 to participate

Alongside catching Pokémon and trading them with friends, there’s perhaps no greater hallmark of the core Pokémon experience than battling other Trainers. While Trainers have been able to participate competitively in Gym battles and cooperatively in Raid Battles thus far, we’re proud that Trainer Battles will be available to Trainers starting today.

When it comes to creating a fun and engaging Trainer Battle experience, we had to strike a careful balance. On one hand, we wanted the system to be easy and straightforward enough for any Trainer—even someone relatively unfamiliar with the mechanics of Pokémon video games. At the same time, we wanted to create a unique competitive experience that gave Trainers who are passionate about battle an avenue to create complex strategies. We accomplished this balance by implementing Trainer Battle Leagues and creating even more opportunities for Trainers to build battle strategies.

Even if you’re a casual Trainer who hasn’t been cultivating Pokémon with unique prowess in battle, you can participate in a Trainer Battle League that allows for engaging play. Capping the CP on the Pokémon eligible to battle helps to set a more even playing field. Additionally, the Trainer Battle Leagues all carry the same rewards and give to both participants equally. Trainers who feel more comfortable playing with lower-CP Pokémon or who are still learning the ground rules of Trainer Battles will not be penalized in any way. Of course, those looking for a challenge will be able to show their strength in the Master League, which has no limits on the CP of Pokémon that can battle!

Leagues aren’t just for new-player accessibility. Fans of previous Pokémon video games know that restrictions on allowed Pokémon change the competitive landscape drastically. Since the Master League allows the most-powerful Pokémon to operate at full strength, winning strategies may involve powerful Legendary Pokémon and clever counters. Compare this to the Great League—the CP limitation means almost every Pokémon is on an even CP playing field. This means a huge number of Pokémon all need to be considered, so winning strategies may revolve more heavily around creative type matchups and surprising your opponent with the unexpected.

In designing Trainer Battles, we wanted to emphasize the importance of strategy. For example, battle updates that accompany Trainer Battles will increase type-effectiveness bonuses, and Trainers will be able to unlock an additional Charged Attack for their Pokémon to increase their versatility in battle. Changes like these enable Trainers to think more creatively in order to beat their opponent in a fast-paced format that is unique to Pokémon GO. Do you want to create a team that’s optimized to counter Pokémon most commonly used among friends? Or do you create a team that has diverse moves that cover more types? Exactly which Charged Attacks do you want your Pokémon to have? Which do you think your opponent has? These are just a few of the many questions we believe Trainers will mull over when picking their ideal Pokémon battle party, creating an interesting and diverse landscape of local metagames.

More holistically, we’re happy to say that Trainer Battles build upon Pokémon GO’s emphasis on encouraging in-person social interaction, with only Ultra Friends and Best Friends having the ability to battle remotely.” We hope that Trainers will be able to construct their own competitions, based on their local metagame and play patterns, to suit their needs. We can’t wait to see the stories from local groups, meet Ace Trainers and Veterans, and see how the feature grows within the community. After all, the ideal meta gameplay will be discovered by the players, not by us. We’ll be keeping an eye on the game balance as well!

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for this feature. We’ve brought several exciting features to Pokémon GO this year—Field and Special Research, friends and trading, and Adventure Sync—and we’re excited to cap 2018 off with yet another brand-new way to enjoy Pokémon GO. Like always, we have plenty more in store as we head into the new year. Stay tuned!

Pokemon GO Trainer Battles are now live. You have to be at least a level 10 trainer to get in on the action, but other than that, you're good to go!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Blind Squirrel Games working on remastering 3 fighting games from the 90s for release in a Switch collection

According to multiple LinkedIn listings, Blind Squirrel Games is working on a remaster collection for Switch. The collection includes 3 fighting games from the 90s that will be remastered for this package. The 3 fighting games are all part of the same series, and the remasters will be done in Unreal Engine 4. It seems the likely guess is the original Mortal Kombat Trilogy, but we'll just have to hang tight for official word.

Thanks to Doctre81 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Nintendo Switch Online shop might replace Nintendo eShop in the future


Yesterday, Nintendo of America announced that they are suing a man for pirated NES Classics and Nintendo Switch systems. While most is pretty straightforward, there is a surprising line in the legal paperwork. In it, they say the following: ''Nintendo Switch users can purchase games either digitally from the official Nintendo Switch Online shop (formerly Nintendo eShop) or in physical copies...''

Now is the question: is Nintendo planning to overhaul the name and maybe even the look of the store? It certainly doesn't relate to the web based store, which is simply named the ''Nintendo Game Store'' in America and the ''My Nintendo Store'' everywhere else. We are marking this as a rumor, simply because Nintendo hasn't announced any plans relating to this. That being said, it must be pretty firm if it's in a legal document.

Mega Man Legacy Collection is the first Mega Man game in 15 years to sell 1 million units

Here's something quite depressing about the Mega Man franchise. It has been 15 years since a Mega Man game has sold 1 million copies. Before today, the last to do so was Mega Man Battle Network 4, all the way back in 2003. The latest Mega Man title to hit 1 million sold it the Mega Man Legacy Collection. There's no doubt the Switch release helped push that total up, and hopefully brought in some new fans. Now if only more people would buy Mega Man 11!

Sakurai discusses Smash Bros. Ultimate's World of Light inspiration, says he's unsure he can ever top Smash Bros. Ultimate

Our friends at Source Gaming have poured through another Weekly Famitsu feature from Masahiro Sakurai. Not surprisingly, Sakurai is focusing completely on the launch of Smash Bros. Ultimate. There's a wealth of knowledge over at the full feature, but we've pull these two tidbits for you to check out.

World of Light

- inspired by a sequence towards the end of Brawl’s Subspace Emissary
- this scene shows all the characters vanishing
- Sakurai thought that it would be more impactful to start with a great disaster

Smash Bros. Ultimate's successor

- if Nintendo requests a successor, Sakurai will make it a priority
- he doesn’t know for sure that Nintendo will ask him to create another installment in the future
- Sakurai figures that when the next Nintendo hardware comes about, a request for another Smash will be made
- Sakurai doesn’t know how he will top Smash Bros. Ultimate
- “everyone is here” coming together was a miracle, and will probably only happen this one time
- there’s no guarantee of everyone coming together again as there are many moving parts and approvals that need to happen