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Snake Pass is Slithering its Way to the Nintendo Switch!


Wants some Serpent themed Switch news? Then here it is, Snake Pass is coming to the Nintendo Switch and you know what, it is a welcomed edition as it appears to be one engaging puzzle platformer! But there is no news like this without an official press release, so here it is:

Snake Pass Slithers onto Nintendo Switch™

Sumo’s Serpentine Puzzle Platformer Coming to Nintendo Switch in Early 2017

Sumo Digital today announced that its eagerly anticipated, serpentine puzzle platformer will be released on the upcoming Nintendo Switch™.

Snake Pass is a physical action-puzzle game that sees the player control Noodle the snake: slithering, curling and climbing their way through increasingly challenging worlds filled with evermore intricate obstacles and fiendishly mind-bending objectives! Snakes have never been so charming.

With a glorious graphical style, Snake Pass challenges players to ‘think like a snake’ as they tackle precarious puzzles and explore the captivating environments of Haven Tor.

Snake Pass will release on Nintendo Switch in early 2017, simultaneously with other formats.

Snake Pass is the wriggling brainchild of Seb Liese, who originally came to Sumo from Holland to work on the LittleBigPlanet team. His prototype of ‘real snake physics’ captured the entire studio’s imagination, winning the company’s first internal game jam. After which a dedicated team of Sumo pro’s was deployed to create fully fleshed out worlds of reptilian platforming.”

As well as Switch, Snake Pass is also confirmed for PlayStation 4.


Source: Alison Beasley

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New Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Screenshot Uploaded To Zelda Facebook Page


Keeping to their promise of delivering plenty of screenshots and game art, Nintendo have uploaded a new screenshot, this time with Link in what looks like a teleport/elevator inside one of the many shrines that can be found around Hyrule. It isn’t exactly “Wow! This is amazing!” as we have already seen plenty of gameplay footage that shows this ver contraption in action but it is still nice of Nintendo to continue promoting what is probably their biggest game to date. You can see the unaltered version of the image below.

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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Characters Revealed! Meet Daruk, Revali & Mipha!


 

Japanese Videogame Publication Famitsu has shed some light on some of the new characters that you can expect to meet in The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. some characters come from races you may recall from previous Zelda titles including Zoras, Gorons and also Ritos.

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First off is of course Princess Zelda of the Ruined Kingdom of Hyrule. She sets off to investigate the ancient ruins scattered around the world. According to Famitsu, she is a wise and curious girl with a deep complexity. She seems to have a more active role in this game than she has had in previous Zelda games and would be interesting to see if she also participates in battles.

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Mipha is a Zora girl who resides in Hyrule and happens to possess a unique power that no other Zoras have. As a result, she is somewhat introverted and doesn’t talk very much. She also wields a spear which Famitsu wonders if she will use it at some point in the game.

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Daruk is a Goron Warrior who has taken refuge in the mountains of Hyrule. He is normally a calm soul but when entering battle, his demeanor changes and becomes a very brave warrior that screams loudly whilst sweeping away his enemies.

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Revali comes from the bird-like Rito tribe (from The Wind Waker) that lives in the skies above Hyrule. He wears a blue scarf much like Daruk & Mipha which may hint at a connection between these characters though they all possess different weapons.

No information has been shed about any of the other characters in the game but from what was seen in the Switch Presentation trailer for the game which came out Jan 12, it seems that the Gerudo, Koroks and the great fairy are also inhabitants of this new Hyrule.

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Along with some old favourites, it looks like we can expect to see some new species in Breath of the wild as well, but I guess we will just have to wait a little bit longer until they get some coverage or until we can finally play the game ourselves.

GameXplain & Polygon Divulge New Fire Emblem Heroes Information!


While some of us have to wait a little bit longer to get our hands on Fire Emblem Heroes, both GameXplain and Polygon have already gone hands-on and have a whole ton of information for us to share with you today!

Now out of respect to both media outlets, we will be sharing both their videos in this article, but if you don’t have a spare 28 minutes to watch both videos, we will also be sharing a summary of the revealed details. A summary you can find first beneath this paragraph and then followed by the videos. Let us begin: Continue reading GameXplain & Polygon Divulge New Fire Emblem Heroes Information!

Pac-Man Creator Masaya Nakamura Has Passed Away At Age 91


The Father of Pac-Man, Masaya Nakamura has passed away on January 22nd, he was aged 91.

Nakamura founded the company Namco in 1955 and created the pill gobbling sensation that is globally known as Pac-Man. Bandai Namco which in 2005 formed a merger between Bandai & Namco, confirmed on Monday that Nakamura has died but wouldn’t comment on the cause or other personal details, respecting his family wishes.

A private wake and funeral were held for the family but a separate memorial is being planned according to Bandai Namco.

Nintendo America have also issued a tweet paying their respects to Masaya Nakamura

 

Source: Yahoo

Nintendo’s Latest Financial Results In Revealed For 2016


The results for Nintendo’s latest financial period (Nine months ended December 31st, 2016) have now been released. You can check out all the nittiy gritty stuff below:

– Lifetime Wii U hardware sales: 13.56 million
– Lifetime Wii U softwaresales: 96.52 million
– Lifetime 3DS hardware sales: 65.30 million
– Lifetime 3DS software sales: 320.96 million
– “During the nine months ended December 31, 2016, the worldwide release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon generated buzz and led to blockbuster sales of 14.69 million units”
– Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS surpassed the million-seller mark
– Pokémon GO led to increased sales of software in the Pokémon series released in the past and drove 3DS family hardware sales growth, particularly outside of Japan
– The worldwide sales volume for Nintendo 3DS hardware this period was 6.45 million units (10% increase on a year-on-year basis)
– Nintendo 3DS software sales were 46.78 million units (20% increase on a year-on-year basis)
– Planned to ship 0.8 million Wii U units this fiscal year, based on forecasts of comprehensive demand for Nintendo hardware
– Hardware sales volume of 0.76 million units (75% decrease on a year-on-year basis) for Wii U
– Software sales volume of 12.48 million for Wii U (45% decrease on a year-on-year basis)
– Super Mario Run “elicited a fantastic response, surpassing 40 million downloads in four days after the release”
– NES Classic Edition “launched in Japan and overseas in November to widespread popularity”
– “Although the release of some new titles offering amiibo functionality restored some momentum, amiibo sales remained
limited to 6.5 million units for figure-type and 6.6 million units for card-type”
– Digital sales “down to a large extent on the same period last year” due to a lack of new downloadable content
– Operating income of 26.3 billion yen
– Net sales of 311.1 billion yen (of which overseas sales were 221.3 billion yen or 71.2% of the total sales)
– 16.7 billion yen of share of profit of entities accounted for using the equity method related to The Pokémon Company and other investments
– Ordinary income of 49.1 billion yen
– “due to the sale of part of our equity in the company that manages the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team, we recorded gain on sales of investment securities totaling 63.5 billion yen as extraordinary income, meaning that
profit attributable to owners of parent was 102.9 billion yen”

Here is a statement that was also included at their latest financial results meeting that regards the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS.

We will launch Nintendo Switch, a new home gaming system that diversifies the ways you can play video games, on March 3, 2017 in Japan and overseas. Our launch lineup includes first-party software such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch as well as strong third-party titles. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release for Wii U on the same day.

For Nintendo 3DS, we aim to maintain the buzz surrounding the hit titles Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and Super Mario
Maker for Nintendo 3DS, as well as releasing new titles such as Mario Sports Superstars.

For smart devices, we plan to release the game application Fire Emblem Heroes on February 2. We will also follow last
December’s release of Super Mario Run for iOS with an Android version in March. To accommodate the releases and operation of these applications, we have revised the release schedule for Animal Crossing, which we had originally planned to release during this period. This title will be released during the next fiscal year.

We have revised the financial forecast originally published on October 26, 2016. For details, see the Notice of Full-Year Financial Forecast and Dividend Forecast Modifications issued today (January 31, 2017).

Source: Nintendo Everything

Nintendo Share Their 2017 Launch Schedule For 3DS & Switch


Nintendo have shared their 2017 Launch Schedule for the 3DS & Switch during their latest Financial Results Meeting and it looks like they could be off to a good start. The Switch alone looks to have 20 different first & third party titles coming to it for this year alone and the 3DS has quite a beefy line up too. Below you can see lists of both First party titles and third party titles and the time they should be releasing in each of the three regions (Japan, US, Europe).

The Switch looks to have plenty of third party titles to pick up slack between the launch of the first party titles and with the likes of Super Bomberman R, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Fire Emblem Warriors. I would say the Switch Line up is looking better already. We know that there is a Mario game towards the end of the year and Zelda: Breath Of The Wild will surely help sell the Switch when it launches but the amount of games in between will surely aid in making the Switch a success or not, only time will tell.

The Miketendo Strip: Issue #13: Fire Emblem Know Your Heroes


If you’ve come here seeking a laugh, you’ve come to the right place. I am avlongman9 and I am the illustrator of The Miketendo Strip! and today we have a new instalment for you to enjoy!

As part of #FireEmblemWeek our latest instalment is of course Fire Emblem inspired, which sees a few of the Fire Emblem Heroes characters all too eager to talk about themselves and let us, the gamers, get to know them a little bit better than we know them now: Continue reading The Miketendo Strip: Issue #13: Fire Emblem Know Your Heroes

Fire Emblem Heroes Will Release at 7 am JST on February the 2nd


We know the date, but now we know the time!

Once again, contacting the Fire Emblem customer support team has proved successful as reddit user TrajanBeast was able to get a response on when the app is supposed to go live. A response which you can now see below as TrajanBeast kindly shared his photo to reddit: Continue reading Fire Emblem Heroes Will Release at 7 am JST on February the 2nd

Mike Scorpio On Fire Emblem (#FireEmblemWeek)


Because we are doing a Theme Week For Fire Emblem, I thought that it is only fair to share my thoughts on the series as well. To be honest, I am not much of a Fire Emblem Fan, not because of not liking it, but because FE and I have never really collided. I have always been a home console gamer and I don’t dabble much with Handhelds, so I have never experienced a Fire Emblem title, though I have always enjoyed RPG and strategy games. Continue reading Mike Scorpio On Fire Emblem (#FireEmblemWeek)

Talking with the Fans: A Fire Emblem Interview with Justplay


It is now #FireEmblemWeek here at Miketendo64, but this week isn’t just about the franchise, or its game, it’s also about you guys! The fans. The ones who just can’t get enough of the delights, permadeath and the controversies that Fire Emblem games package up oh so well!

That said, because this week is also about you to every Fire Emblem fan, we offer you the chance to contribute to our site, any way you would like too. You can send photos of your Fire Emblem fan art. Pen an article if you would like, or you could even get in touch and say “I want to do a Fire Emblem Fan Interview!” and one such fan has done that already. It is our pleasure to present to you now our interview with the Fire Emblem fan that is Justplay:

 

Before we even begin talking about Fire Emblem, who are you? Can you tell us and our readers a bit about yourself and when did you first learn about Fire Emblem?

“I’m a guy called Jad. Also known as Justplay online. I’m 16. I’ve been playing video games since I was 4 and they’re my passion at this point. Like most people, I discovered Fire Emblem through Smash Bros (Brawl in my case). But as an 8 year old, I really didn’t click with the realistic designs of Marth and Ike. I was more into the cute and cartoony characters. 2014 is when things started going somewhere. Smash Bros 4 was on the horizon and I was very excited for it. In July, it was revealed that Robin and Lucina from Awakening were going to be in it. And my reaction was “I don’t know who these guys are but WOW ARE THEY COOL”. When the game came out, I tried playing as Robin and I loved every second of it! But as much as I loved him/her, I didn’t know anything about his/her game. So I decided to fix that in June 2015 by getting myself a copy of Fire Emblem Awakening. Describing what my impressions were would require at least 4 pages but let’s just say I wasn’t the same anymore. In a very good way. And slowly but surely, I fell in love with the entire series.”

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With so many games in the series, both main and not, just how many games have you played and which ones make your Top 3?

“I played, in this order, Awakening, Blazing Sword, Sacred Stones and Fates as a whole. I haven’t actually played many but I’ve been “studying” every game in order to have a solid FE culture. I do plan on actually playing every game some time. As for my top 3, that would be:”

 

#1 Sacred Stones

#2 Blazing Sword

#3 Fates Conquest

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Since a true fan can both like and hate things about a series they love, what do you love most about Fire Emblem games, and what do you hate about them?

“My favorite thing about FE would be the gameplay. It’s just pure genius. I also love how it changes slightly from game to game but those slight changes make a huge difference. For what I dislike most, this is a classic answer. But I feel the last game, Fates, included too much fanservice. Now, I don’t mind fanservice. But they really should slow down in the future or else FE will feel like a porn game. However, looking at the recently announced Fire Emblem Echoes, I’m pretty optimistic.”

 

If you could marry two characters from any game of your choosing, what two characters would you pair up? And just in case you feel like being creative, how did these two characters first meet, how did they fall in love and does their relationship last?

“L’Arachel from Sacred Stones and Owain from Awakening. If you know who these two are, then you know why they would make a great couple.”

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 Whether intentional, or something that just ended up happening, Fire Emblem has a reoccurring character who has appeared on all but one main series game, Anna. What do you think of her character and do you enjoy her role in all the games you’ve encountered her in?

“I like Anna. She’s the mascot of the series. She is even playable in newer games and an awesome unit at that. She’s a pretty entertaining character too.”

 

As well as the Switch presentation, this was also the month that saw a very special Fire Emblem Direct broadcasted. What was your favourite reveal/featured content from the Direct? And which of the four games are you most looking forwards to?

“Definitely Echoes. Gaiden was way ahead of its time but it is too clunky for me. I’m young I guess. Echoes seems to be the definitive version of that game and I’m looking forward to discover an updated Gaiden! But my hype is focused on Heroes right now because it’s coming very soon (it could have already come out by the time you read this though…).

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 Since the release of Fire Emblem Heroes is imminent, will you be downloading the app and on which device will you be playing it on? (Android or iOS?)

“YES, YES and Y E S. It looks so good! I’m gonna play it on iPad for the bigger screen.”

 

If you were creating a Fire Emblem dream team, who would you have and why?

 “I would just have every Myrmidon/Sword Master in the series… except Hinata and Hisame because they sucked in my opinion.”

 

If Nintendo were to announce Fire Emblem amiibo cards, what would your reaction be and would you purchase them?

“I honestly don’t care about amiibo’s so I would be pretty indifferent. But maybe I’ll purchase one or two cards for my favorite characters.”

 

Come May, will you be purchasing Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and who do you prefer more? Alm or Celica?

“OH I WILL! …Well, I won’t be able to get it on launch. But I will buy it for sure! And I prefer Celica because she’s cute, she’s a magic user.”

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Since some fans are on the fence about Fire Emblem Warriors, what do you feel Koei Tecmo should ensure the game has, in order to make it a hit and something you would buy?

“Just have representation from every game and I’ll be happy.”

 

Similar question to the one above, but different game. What do you think Nintendo and Intelligent Systems should do to ensure Fire Emblem Switch stands out and how do you feel about the series’ move to home console?

“Mix up the art style and overall atmosphere. They’ve done it before. Just try comparing Blazing Sword with Sacred Stones. Despite reusing a lot of things, Sacred Stones manages to feel very different. So now that we’re switching (no pun intended) consoles entirely, they can easily create a brand new feel for this game while still remaining an FE game.”

 

Final Question, in a parallel world, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems wants YOU to write the story for their next big instalment in the Fire Emblem franchise. What drives your characters in this Fire Emblem adventure, what kind of characters would it include and what would you call it?

 “The main protagonist would be the loving Prince (or Princess. Just calling it a him by default) of kingdom #1 that is at war with kingdom #2. So he goes to war but soon questions who exactly is the good guy in all this because kingdom #2 doesn’t seem evil at all. In all that confusion, he and his retainers get captured but manage to convince the enemy that kingdom #1 attacking out of nowhere wouldn’t make sense and that there’s definitely something going on. So they gather a party and go investigate what exactly is going on with kingdom #1 and the world in general. They also get joined by the prince/princess of kingdom #2 and his/her retainers at some point.”

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Justplay, thank you for getting involved and making your mark on #FireEmblemWeek and if you any of you would like to do the same, then feel free to do one or all of the following:

 

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Welcome to #FireEmblemWeek!

Let’s Talk About… Fire Emblem Heroes (Should it Incorporate amiibo Compatibility?)


Hi, I’m Jack Longman, and this is Let’s Talk About, a written Miketendo64 feature series, where I express my views and opinions on all things Nintendo! Be it a singular game, a game series in general, consoles or even Nintendo’s latest activities, you can count on me to talk about it! In today’s piece, it requires strategy, it has a range of interesting characters and it can be played on any modern smartphone devices! Let’s Talk About Fire Emblem Heroes! Continue reading Let’s Talk About… Fire Emblem Heroes (Should it Incorporate amiibo Compatibility?)

Google is Now Actively Promoting Super Mario Run & Fire Emblem Heroes in the Google Play Store


Just in case android users weren’t aware Super Mario Run & Fire Emblem Heroes are on their way, they will be aware now!

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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Gets its Own Nintendo Listing


The wait is almost over!

 

In case you haven’t heard, a new campaign, Specter of Torment, is on its way to Shovel Knight, but before the update reaches the likes of Wii U, Spectre of Torment will first make its way to the Nintendo Switch sometime in March and a listing for it has already appeared on the official Nintendo website and has provided a couple of interesting details, which you can see here:

 

Overview:

“Slash through the prequel to Shovel Knight and recruit a cadre of villains as Specter Knight, the shadowy scythe-spinner. Featuring a brand new playable character, all new weapons and armors, all new levels, all new music, new bosses, and a brand new story to adventure through!”

Features:

  • Climb walls, leap over gaps, and dispatch enemies with the Dash Slash. Specter Knight’s playstyle brings motion and action to the forefront!
  • Test your scythe skills with new feats and challenge stages featuring boss rematches, platforming challenges, and more!
  • With the Shovel Knight amiibo, summon a spirit of Shovelry to keep you company during your quest!

 

Furthermore, while the Specter of Torment Campaign will be available as a free update to everyone who owns Shovel Knight, it will be available to be purchased separately and will cost you $9.99 and is currently playable at Yacht Club Game’s booth at PAX South.

 

Source: Nintendo

Let’s Talk About… F-Zero (The Perfect Mobile Game)


If you are reading this, then it means you have come here expecting to check out our latest instalment of Let’s Talk About, but I’ve got some bad news for you. This is not a written edition! Instead it comes in video form that be viewed on YouTube, and right here! Mike and I are ready to discuss another Nintendo related topic and we’re taking you along for the ride! It’s fast, the fans love it and it gave us Captain Falcon. Let’s Talk About F-Zero! Continue reading Let’s Talk About… F-Zero (The Perfect Mobile Game)