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.

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!

Sanei Boeki releasing a reprint of their Captain Toad plush dolls

- plushes were first released in 2015
- choose between a standing version of the plush (19cm tall), or sitting version (17cm)
- reprint due out July 13th, 2018

Monolith Soft's fiscal earnings for year ending March 2018

The follow are details for Monolith Soft fiscal earnings for the year ending March 2018...

- net profit of 138,000,000 yen ($1.25 million)
- this is a 60% drop from the 346,000,000 yen ($3.15 million) they made in the fiscal year ending March 2017
- high research and development expenses for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 may have affected Monolith Soft’s profitability
- Monolith Soft was in charge of a small portion of Splatoon 2, so higher expenses could have been incurred in the last fiscal year

Pokemon Co. says "trust us" with Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, explains why they picked Pokemon Yellow for inspiration

Pokemon Company CEO and President Tsunekazu Ishihara wants you to know that they're taking Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee seriously. They recognize that the games are slightly different from what the company has done in the past, but there are reasons for approaching things this way. In an interview with Famitsu, Ishihara explained why the game is in good hands, and also how they decided to use Pokemon Yellow as the base for creating this experience.

Among those who have tried the game, some may feel that it has changed. However, we have been continuously changing the formula of the games since our inception, and in the end the players have accepted those changes. In that sense, this time we are doing the same, but that is part of the long tradition of Game Freak and the Pokémon series. We will not go wrong with the basics, so please, trust us.

In Pokemon GO, you can take with you an associated Pokémon and walk with it, but if we return to its origin, we get to Yellow Pokémon. In Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! We wanted to expand this feature even more. Pikachu always follows Ash in the anime, while Eevee has become very popular because it can evolve in many different ways. And as I mentioned before, we want this to be the game that people go to play after Pokémon GO, since Pokémon Pokémon Red, Blue, Green and Yellow appear in Pokémon GO, so it seemed like a good decision. Based on these things, we decided that Yellow Pokémon would be the perfect choice.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest - Team Pulp beats out Team No Pulp

What the hell happened out there, team No Pulp?! How could you let this happen?! Now we all have to strain our orange juice through our teeth, or chew our drink! This loss would make me super angry...but Donatello won the TMNT Splatfest a few weeks back. As we all know, that was the most important Splatfest of all time, so I can't be too mad about this one!