People are deciphering this image, coming up with all sorts of things. We haven't seen anything concrete just yet, but we'll be sure to update this post with any info that seems close to figuring things out. Thanks to LED-Mirrorknight for the heads up!
Social media is getting flooded with all sorts of talk on Pokemon GO beta opportunities. While that would be a lovely thing indeed, we're unfortunately dealing with a bunch of scammers right now. Social media websites are getting inundated with advertisements for Pokemon GO beta programs, and not one of them is real. The situation has gotten so bad that the official Japanese Pokemon website has posted a notice to inform people of the scam. Long story short, stay away from those beta claims!
The official translation of Nintendo's recent Q&A meeting is now available. The translation provides insight on Nintendo's upcoming plans throughout the year. Various bits of significant information will be posted here on the site, but for now, here is a link to the full document.
Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, had ambitious plans to take over the world, involving his latest experiment, a powerful clone of Mew—Mewtwo. Mewtwo is very powerful, and also very smart—smart enough to not want to be controlled by Giovanni. It escaped from the lab, and now Mewtwo begins to concoct its own scheme, clandestinely inviting a number of Pokémon Trainers to the ultimate test. Of course, if it's an event for talented Trainers, Ash Ketchum will be right in the front row!
“It wasn’t a good year for the Nintendo brand. A year after finishing first in our rankings, Nintendo saw its average Metascore decline by nearly five points and its percentage of games receiving positive reviews fall from 56% to just 41%. The company once again released more unique titles than any other publisher, but too few of them connected with critics. The duds seemed to be spread fairly evenly among Nintendo’s two platforms, with its Wii U titles averaging 71.3 and its 3DS games averaging 71.9.”
Kimishima's full statement on Nintendo's initial Quality of Life project, release not looking likely
This is the full statement from Kimishima on Nintendo's QoL product. We've had tidbits from this comment, but now we have the fully translated statement.
“In regards to the Quality of Life [device], which was not mentioned in any of today’s questions, we do not have the conviction that the sleep-and-fatigue-themed [device] can enter the phase of actually becoming a product. We no longer have any plans to release it by the end of March 2016. On the other hand, we still believe there are things we can do in the general category of Quality of Life, and we will continue to study the possibility of expanding into this field.”
Did you know we did a stupid poll today? You can participate right here! Did you also know that we're super thankful for any/all your support? It's true...we think you're pretty rad. Thanks for being there for us! See you in a few, short hours.
Remember all those years when Nintendo said they weren't going to make mobile games? They trumpeted that line for a very long time. Everyone you would ask at Nintendo gave the same line, from the top of the company down to the day-to-day movers and shakers. For so long, it seemed absolutely impossible that Nintendo would ever even consider supporting mobile platforms with content. Then there was that one day when Nintendo flipped the script and said mobile content was in the works.
Turns out Nintendo was being courted by mobile companies long before their first deal was ever announced. If I recall correctly, Nintendo said that DeNA wanted to work with Nintendo at least 4 years prior to their deal actually coming to fruition. You can bet that other mobile companies also tried to get Nintendo to partner up, but that never came to be. It was a perfect storm of a million elements that connected DeNA and Nintendo with a plan to move forward on content.
It's very clear that Nintendo sees their first mobile project as a super important one. While Miitomo may not be what many expected from Nintendo's mobile debut, longtime fans can see the method to the madness. Miitomo is an important part of Nintendo's mobile plan, and that's to push mobile users to Nintendo's more traditional platforms. It's no mistake that Nintendo is typing up Miitomo with the new My Nintendo account system. Get people in with Miitomo, have them connect up with My Nintendo and then bring them ever closer to Nintendo's traditional offerings.
Nintendo has given us a very good idea of what Miitomo is all about, and now we know the rollout is just around the corner. This is the first step into the mobile market for Nintendo, but it's also a first public step towards Nintendo's future with a new account system, loyalty program and even the NX. Knowing all that, is Miitomo something you plan on downloading day one? Nintendo is aiming to get 100 million users signed up with Miitomo, and I want to know if you guys and gals plan on being part of that number!
UPDATE - Tweet has since been removed, but you can still see what it said below.
Hey, @FwugRadiation! Are you available for me to reach out to you when you get a chance? Let me know if that's cool :)— Akinwale Lakeru (@Sempuukyaku) February 2, 2016
Akinwale Lakeru is Developer Support for Nintendo of America. As you can see above, he's reached out to FwugRadiation, better known as Toby Fox. Toby Fox is the creator of Undertale.
We have no idea why this interaction happened on Twitter, but fans are speculating in all sorts of directions. I think we should stick with just the facts right now. The only fact we know is that dev support for Nintendo reached out to the creator of Undertale. The reason will most likely remain a mystery! Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up.