Japan sees worst post-Golden Week sales since 2001

We already reported that Golden Week sales in Japan were pretty bad, but it seems like the week after was even worse. Here's the info from Media-Create.

Info for the week of May 11th – May 17th

- lowest post-Golden Week period since 2001
- in comparison to 2014, sales dropped to 61.93%.

Fire Emblem If - Another round of Famitsu interview details (gameplay, characters, classes and more)

Fire Emblem If

- game’s movie scenes are typically observed from a first-person perspective
- reminder: Phoenix Mode is the mode where fallen characters are resurrected on the next turn
- this was designed for newcomers; not existing Fire Emblem fans
- playing in this mode, there may be complicated victory conditions on certain maps
- this includes reaching a destination within a certain number of turns
- one of the major challenges was to find ways to help newcomers enjoy the game without feeling too stressful
- one thing considered was the timing of when to use valuable weapons
- this form of intense micro-management was too much for newcomers to properly enjoy
- by removing the durability of weapons and giving them more interesting properties, it allows for more enjoyable play
- weapon Weight isn’t in, but there are “strong weapons that are harder to double attack with”
- Javelins and similar ranged weapons (such as Hand Axes) can no longer double attack
- Yusuke Kozaki retained his role as character designer because the staff all wanted him back
- Fire Emblem If has more characters than Awakening
- there were worries about who to call if Yusuke Kozaki didn’t accept the offer
- game takes place in a “completely new world"
- there are familiar elements that are sure to bring a smile to those who have played Awakening
- while Nohr is Western-themed, it also carries a dark atmosphere
- its castle even stands in the middle of a giant hole in the ground
- Hoshido is a pacifist kingdom with exceptional peace and order
- Nohr is subject to terrible weather conditions, leading to poor crop yields and a lack of law and order
- in order to expand Nohr’s influence, King Garon orders his children to invade Hoshido
- the royal siblings fight for Nohr, although they each harbor their own hidden thoughts
- Hoshidan royals take up arms to repel the Nohrian invasion
- as this happens, the hero is stuck in between and forced to make a difficult choice
- classes available largely depend on the campaign chosen
- in Nohr, you will typically see more characters in familiar classes, like Cavaliers
- in Hoshido, most of the characters are in Japanese-themed classes, like Samurais
- weapons you can obtain depend on the campaign as well
- in Nohr, you will commonly obtain “swords”
- in Hoshido you are more likely to find “katanas”, which have slightly different properties
- Pegasus Knights technically do not exist in this game, as they are replaced by the “Pegasus Warrior” class
- Pegasus Warriors can be male or female
- after reclassing, they can wield Bows in addition to Lances
- one screen has Joker the Butler about to use a new Parallel Seal to reclass into a Paladin, Great Knight or Strategist
- the Strategist is a horseback unit that wields Tomes and Staves
- Parallel Seals, unlike Second Seals, do not reset a unit’s Level afterwards
- characters may have only two class branches, unlike the three they had in Awakening

KidRobot releasing Mega Man figurines this Summer

KidRobot

- coming from Kidrobot
- 3-inch Mega Man toys
- sold in blind boxes for $11.99 each
- 5-pack for $59.99.
- due out this Summer

Fan-Art: Pokeballs made of crystal, including laser-carved Pokemon inside

Pokemon

Each Poke ball is made of a high grade k9 crystal the same material used in high end home decor. The crystal is carved into a 80mm diameter(baseball size) ball and has fine point 3d laser engraving done to it. Using the latest in 3d engraving technologies we burn the image straight into the crystal. This laser is 5 times more precise than traditional 3d engraving to offer amazing detail and realism to each Pokemon. We then hand press a flat glass button to offer a protruding effect to the ball and then hand paint black rings to offer more depth and detail to the poke ball.

Grab yours here

USAoploy releasing Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask jigsaw puzzle

- 550 piece jigsaw puzzle
- 18" x 24" puzzle
- features Skull Kid

Thanks to Microtic for the heads up!

Community Effort Orlando 2015 has something big planned for Smash Bros.


It's unclear as to whether this is something CEO is cooking up on their own, or if it's something to do with Nintendo themselves. We'll just have to wait for that second trailer to find out! Thanks to VGAMER for the heads up.

Dyack says Shadow of the Eternals still alive, announcements coming 'in the future'

A portion of a NicheGamer interview with Denis Dyack...

NG: I think one of the biggest questions and what’s been on a lot of people’s minds – How is the funding and stuff going with Shadows and Quantum? Are you guys fully funded, or do you have like individual investors?

Denis: Well, we can’t talk about that right now. But there will be announcements in the future. The bottom line is we’re really excited on where we’re going, things are very quiet, and probably will continue to be quiet but they’re going well. Please stay tuned, and we’ll update everyone as soon as we can. I wish I could say more, but you know the drill with the industry, right?

NG: Last bit then – I’ll see if I can get a tease out of you for Shadows. Can we expect a potential re-reveal? Or like a resurfacing of the game soon…?

Denis: Well, it all depends on what your definition of soon is. [laughs]

Rather than tease, I would just say that we believe in the project and we’re doing everything we can to see this project – and other projects – some of which are really great as well, get out there. We’ve got some big plans for the future, and we’re being very aggressive on some things, and we’re really looking forward to see how things roll out.

Thanks to Travis for the heads up!