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Sushi Striker started out quite differently from how the final product ended up


Sushi Striker seems to have flown under the radar for most Switch and 3DS owners, which is a real shame. The title is a lot of fun, and presents some interesting puzzle mechanics in a very unique way. Sushi battles against opponents that involves throwing together combos on sushi conveyor belts?! Perhaps it's too wacky for some people or the general theme turns them off, but the game really is a blast.

As you might have guessed, the final product of Sushi Striker went through all sorts of design changes and tweaks along the way. The initial idea for the game simply came from the joy of eating sushi. The act of grabbing sushi off of a conveyor belt and having a great meal is something kids and parents both enjoy in Japan, and director Kaori Ando wanted to transform that into a game. How exactly you take that idea and make it into a video game lead to all sorts of funny discussions and design changes during development.

If you want to learn more about the game's development and some of the challenges that came up, you can check out a translated Famitsu feature including both Producer Hitoshi Yamagami and director Kaori Ando.

Nintendo's Doug Bowser on Switch's library of titles, 3DS success, shipping 20 million Switch units this fiscal year, and more


Nintendo of America’s head of sales and marketing, Doug Bowser, had some thoughts to share on Nintendo coming out of E3 2018. In the interview from GameDaily below, you can see Mr. Bowser talking about Switch's broad range of content, 3DS' staying power, Nintendo's plan to ship 20 million Switch units this fiscal year, and the negative stock market situation going on right now.

Switch's range of content

“It's been broad, it really has. You know, we like to say that we want to appeal to players from five to 95, but as we look at the Switch, it's been really balanced. Obviously, when you have a game like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or some of the more core content, or mature content you may have mentioned, that's going to skew a bit older… But we're also seeing games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appealing to a very broad segment. We saw it with Kirby Star Allies, [which] actually [saw] a younger segment coming in and playing. So it really does vary by title.

Splatoon 2 is a great one that we have found is skewing much younger, and so our goal is, first of all, to have a gaming device that is going to appeal to a broad audience and we believe that, we're showing it downstairs [in our E3 booth], we really [are] kind of transforming how people think about play. It doesn't have to be a console experience or a handheld experience, it could be both, and that's really what we're continuing to stress.

And then the breadth of the games that we're showing right now help us address those different demographics. We're up to now, 700 titles in the first 15 months of release, and we just added an important one two days ago, with Fortnite. And [players] already downloaded two million of them; obviously it's the online phenomenon right now.”

3DS' continued success

“I can tell you right now [the overall 3DS business] is doing well. If you look at last holiday, we saw a real uptick at the end of the holiday season. We were up 27% on hardware year-over-year in the month of December. If you look at the first five months of this calendar year, so through May, we're up 10% on hardware, and attaching software at very nice rates, so we still see a strong potential for our handheld business. We're focusing right now on our 2DS, and our New 2DS XL lineup, because we believe those are great entry points.

If you think about a $79 2DS with a game installed or a $149 clamshell 2DS XL with a great screen, it's a more affordable entry point, and we have definitely found from a demographic standpoint, people that are coming in to those platforms and buying now, and then registering a Nintendo Account, they're skewing younger. So it's a wonderful way to bring them into our franchises. We've got over 1000 titles on the platform still, and we're announcing more. We've got Captain Toad coming to the platform, we've got more games coming in the latter half of the year and then the next year, we still have titles planned on the slate into 2019, and so we're going to continue to support the platform.”

Shipping 20 million Switch units in this fiscal year, and the current stock market situation

“What we're focused on really, is first of all, we've announced that we plan to ship 20 million units within our fiscal year. That still is our plan. And as we look at the engagement downstairs, we continue to believe that is a solid number.

I think what we're trying to do… Again, I can't speak to why markets react the way they do, why stock reacts the way it does. What I focus on is how to create awareness of our products, consideration of our products, and ultimately, purchase of our products. And things like this week really do help us get that message across, that we'll continue to market these products, but I think we've got some hits. If you go to Amazon right now, if you look at Amazon’s best-sellers, the top five best-sellers either have the name Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, or Let's Go Eevee attached to them.

Out of all the content that has been announced and dated, those are the top five sellers right now, so I think we're doing what we need to do to continue to drive our business.”

North America - Nintendo takes second spot for the industry in TV advertising spend for June 2018


- Nintendo was the #2 spender overall
- they spent $7.3 million for 15 ads that ran over 3,700 times and generated 461.1 million TV ad impressions
- the biggest push (est. $2.6 million) was for the “Best Summer Getaway” commercial
- commercials aired on Nick Toons, Cartoon Network, and Nick
- commercials aired during programming such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, and Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018

Ready for adventure? Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available!


The fearless Captain Toad has explored his way to the Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems in his very own puzzle-filled adventure. Summon your courage to dodge dangers, outwit enemies, and track treasures across many trap-filled courses. This quest will span smoldering volcanoes, hazardous steam engines, spooky haunted houses, and new courses based on the Super Mario Odyssey™ game. Treasure awaits!

Features

Track treasure through maze-like courses.
Explore new courses inspired by Super Mario Odyssey. Play through the game to unlock these stages, or unlock immediately by tapping a Super Mario Odyssey series amiibo™ figure (sold separately).
You can share the fun with a friend in two-player co-op mode, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
Unearth secrets and collect goodies by viewing worlds from every angle.
Unlock and play as Toadette too!
If you would like to purchase this game, or try the free demo, please visit https://captaintoad.nintendo.com.

Nintendo Canada - Kiosk location update


Join us at the Nintendo Kiosk locations to take part in events and purchase awesome Nintendo merchandise! We carry a wide variety of Mario and Friends plush, hats, t-shirts and a ton more!

Don’t forget to check this page regularly for more information on exclusive events, new merchandise and limited time promotions!

OSHAWA CENTRE
(Located outside of Urban Kids)
419 King St W
Vaughan, ON L1J 2K5

CROSSIRON MILLS
(Located outside of Indigo)
261055 CrossIron Bvld
Rocky View, AB T4A 0G3
SUMMER EVENTS AT THE NINTENDO KIOSKS

Visit the Nintendo Kiosk all summer for exciting events taking place each weekend! Each week there will be a featured Nintendo Switch game available to play on-site. In addition, there are awesome contests and challenges revolving around each! Visit the Nintendo Kiosks and ask staff for more information.

Stay tuned for future promotions.

IGN Video - 8 Minutes of Yo-kai Watch Blasters Gameplay


Jibanyan and crew take on the second boss of Yo-kai Watch Blasters, a full realization of the game mode introduced in Yo-kai Watch 2. We played White Dog Squad version playing in co-op mode with someone with Red Cat Corps version.

Famitsu most wanted - June 28th to July 4th, 2018


1. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Switch) - 453
2. OCTOPATH TRAVELER (Switch) - 292
3. Persona Q2 (3DS) - 273
4. Sekaiju no Meikyuu X (3DS) - 241
5. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) - 211
6. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) - 210
7. Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) - 201
8. Pocket Monsters: Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee (Switch) - 147
9. Made in Wario Gorgeous (3DS) - 125
10. Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidoo to Karappo no Shima (Switch) - 121
11. Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Switch) - 111
12. Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution (Switch) - below 110
13. Rockman 11: Unmei no Haguruma!! (Switch) - below 110

GameSpot Video - Octopath Traveler and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launch day live-stream recording


It's a big day for Nintendo fans! Octopath Traveler is offering Switch owners something brand-new, and Captain Toad has come to 3DS and Switch for those who missed out the first time. Did you pick up one of these games today?

My Nintendo Europe - Rewards update for July 13th, 2018

[3DS] 40% off The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Virtual Console GBC): 20 Gold Points
[3DS] 40% off The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Virtual Console GBC): 20 Gold Points
[Wii U / 3DS] 50% off Mach Rider (Virtual Console NES): 25 Gold Points
[Wii U / 3DS] 50% off Clu Clu Land (Virtual Console NES): 25 Gold Points
Wallpaper - Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Theme): 20 Gold Points