We covered this 'Supplemental Computing Device' patent submission awhile back, but now Nintendo has been granted the patent for North America. This patent seems to refer to a Supplemental Computing Device that can communicate with other like devices to draw power from them. As with all Nintendo patents, we may never see this actually used in a real-life application from Nintendo.
- Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Producer of the game) noted that Story of Seasons had topped 200,000 units earlier this month. A few weeks later, they are now at 220,000. Physically, the game has sold 162,000 units as of July 24.
- To compare, Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning sold 287,000 units in 2012, and Story of Seasons sold 286,000 units in 2014.
- Few major releases this quarter, so sales were low (10,927 yen), resulting in an operating loss of 726 million yen (down from 2,026 million yen profit in Q1 15).
- Strong yen also led to losses
- Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice "sold largely as planned" at 196,000 copies
I guess the Pokémon trend reaches even further than I originally though. Now it's branching out into baby names. That's according to baby name tracking site Babycenter. Believe it or not, Pokemon names are actually moving up the charts, with people considering naming their children after Pocket Monsters.
- Eeevee shot up 1,377 spots since last year
- Onyx shot up 2,184 spots
- Ash has move up as well
It seems that Stephen Mortimer (lead designer) and Paul Kranich have both departed NST, the Redmond based in-house development group. NST has been stuck in a rut for quite some time now, with developer turnover being rather high. Nintendo is obviously looking to fill those spots, but we have no idea what this branch of Nintendo is working on.
If any of you watched the Sonic Anniversary stream on Friday night, you'll remember a very loud buzzing sound throughout the stream. Turns out there were a bunch of issues right before launch of the stream that plauged it for the rest of the night. Hunter Bridges, whose team was in charge of producing the stream, wrote about it on Twitter. NintendoLife has compiled his timeline which you can see here.
Overall, it seems like a series of unfortunate issues that just didn't work out for his team that night. I guess it happens when you're working on shows that are going live!
This comes from The Guardian:
Japan is asking for the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone to be classified as a no-go area for Pokémon after the discovery of at least one of the game’s characters on a power station’s site.
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has requested that Pokémon Go developer Niantic and the Pokémon Company prevent Pokémon appearing in and around areas affected by the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima to help prevent encouraging players to enter dangerous areas.
Tepco said it has tested the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was partially destroyed by the March 2011 disaster, the nearby Fukushima Daini plant and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture and found Pokémon on-site.
Japan’s nuclear regulator sent out a warning to national energy providers telling them to tighten security after the incursion of three teenagers into a nuclear power plant in Ohio in the US. Tepco has banned employees from playing Pokémon Go on site.
In need of more Pokemon this fall? Well good news, there's more goodies for you to enjoy.
Capital Research and Management, the U.S. investment adviser that is in effect Nintendo's largest shareholder, sold off a large chunk of its holdings last week, apparently taking profit while the stock was riding high on Pokemania.
Capital Research parted ways with 1.02 million Nintendo shares July 19, Japanese securities filings Tuesday show, shrinking the wealth manager's stake from 18.46% to 17.07%. The Kyoto-based video game company's share price touched a six-year high of 32,700 yen at one point on the day the investment adviser sold.
Level-5's big Vision conference on July 27th. It looks like the company might be preparing some trademarks for that event right now, giving fans some very interesting things to talk about. Here's some of the trademarks the company just grabbed for Europe.
- Lady Layton
- Inazuma Eleven Ares
- Megaton Musashi
- Otome Hero
- Yo-Kai Daijiten
- Yo-Kai Watch Geraporhythm
Will these all turn out to be new games, or are some of these just trademarks to throw fans of Level-5's scent? I guess we'll find out on July 27th!