Dev behind Pokemon Uranium explains exactly why the game was taken down

The following excerpt comes from Involuntary Twitch, one of the devs behind the Pokemon Uranium fan game...

The final nail in the coffin was on September 1, when I received a letter at my front doorstep from the legal firm that represents Nintendo of America. It was printed on nice quality paper, and had been sent via express overnight shipping, so that’s how I knew it was serious. It told me that I needed to immediately stop our entire web operation – take down the server, stop providing updates and stop generating ad revenue – or they’d sue me, and the Uranium Team, for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

Turns out the discussion of Nintendo threatening legal action wasn't actually true at first. That rumor started long before Nintendo's lawyers sent the document mentioned above. Looks like the rumor of legal threats was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Check out the entire rundown of events here (thanks CM30!)

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Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for Oct. 22nd, 2016

- 1 new set of Pokémon badges

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Random Time! - Fake Switch goes up for sale with very strange auction listing

A Brazilian auction site just had a really strange item go up for auction...the Nintendo Switch. This auction claims to have a Switch for sale, but also says that the box includes an Iwata documentary and a Splatoon demo with a mode that features blood. Obviously this is 100% fake, but it's just such a strange listing that we wanted to point it out. You can have a look for yourself here. Thanks to Vinicius for the heads up.

Nintendo merch returning to Tesco stores

As we reported years ago, Nintendo's space allocation at Tesco retailers had all but disappeared. It seemed that the Big N moved out of Tesco and it's been that way for awhile. Now we see that the reverse is happening, as spotted in the picture above. This would indicate that Nintendo is repairing their relationship and moving back into Tesco locations. An extremely important step as we lead into the Switch launch.

Analyst calls Wii U a 'car crash', says Switch needs strong launch lineup to succeed

Coming from Paul Jackson of the Ovum consultancy...

"The Wii U was a car crash, basically. They fudged the communication and confused everybody with the controller and what the screen was for. As a result it sold about a tenth of what the original Wii sold."

While I may not have used the colorful language that Mr. Jackson did, there's no denying that he's correct. From a marketing standpoint, there was mass confusion on the Wii U before it even launched. It doesn't seem like that's the case with the Switch though.

Mr. Jackson also discussed what the Switch needs in order to find success.

"On the software side, they need the big Mario game, the Zelda game, the Metroid game - front and centre, exclusive to Switch and available at the same time as the console. In the past they've got that wrong - and if you have a lousy launch, suddenly you're in the wilderness for a few years."

Mass Effect: Andromeda producer says the game isn't coming to Switch

Here's one case where I can't really blame the devs. They didn't know about Switch specs early enough to warrant creation of a version for that platform. Now a release later in the system's life would certainly be nice, but it doesn't sound like it's on the cards.