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Nintendo takes 6th place in Metacritic's publisher rankings for 2015

“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.”

Nintendo World Store hosting Pokemon 20th anniversary event on Feb. 27th


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.”

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Do you plan to download Miitomo?

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!

Nintendo dev support reaches out to Undertale creator for unknown reasons

UPDATE - Tweet has since been removed, but you can still see what it said below.


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.

Nintendo Minute crew discusses Shovel Knight on official Tumblr page


Kit: Since we’re getting close to Valentine’s Day, let’s use this post to discuss something we are both madly, truly, deeply in love with - Shovel Knight!!! His shovel hath dug deeply into our hearts. 

Krysta: Ah yes, Shovel Knight, my one true love. It’s been a long and beautiful relationship with Shovel Knight. So many high points and memorable moments.

Kit: We were in early on this whole Shovel Knight thing, and part of what makes the game so great to us, I think, is that we’ve been lucky to get to know the folks over at Yacht Club Games. Here’s us with Sean, who is one of the development leads, a few months before the game came out. He has an egg beater tattoo and great hair. Just look at him – that’s one cool guy.

Click here to read the full Tumblr post!

Tetris: The Games People Play - A graphic novel about Tetris' creation

Tetris: The Games People Play

Now this is a pretty cool idea. I'm always down for a graphic novel, and the creation of Tetris has interested me for quite some time. What a unique way to get a look inside the game's creation! The only bad part is...we have to wait until October for this to release!

Nintendo stock dips after investor briefing, but doesn't nosedive

That's what happens when I make a prediction. I thought for sure that Nintendo stock would dive after their investor briefing...because that ALWAYS happens! While the stock did drop a bit, it really wasn't that much of a drop at all. Looks like investors are just waiting for those mobile games to come out and are trying to reserve judgment until then.

Nintendo Investor briefing- Download sales, My Nintendo, Miitomo details

Download Sales

- Total sales from the first to third quarter in terms of downloads was 30.5 billion yen. They are already close to achieving sales of the previous fiscal year.

- Sales figures exceeded those of previous fiscal year

- Top download titles: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Rumble World, StreetPass Mii Plaza


My Nintendo

- Will globally start MyNintendo this March

- Will offer services that make Nintendo's game experiences more fun and convient

- Nintnendo of apan offered started account registration last December, so Japan has already been provided some services ahead of the March release

- Messages have been sent regarding profiles, purchase records and play records.

- They have a "Just for you" offer that gives special discounts to individual profiles

- Already integrated within the Japanese website

- Points-based reward program to start on launch which will be for both dedicated game systems and mobile

- Two types of points. Platinum points are for smart device apps, eShop logins or meet other condidtions.

- Gold points are for Wii U and 3DS game purchases

- Platinum points can be exchanged for digital content that will be considered valueable for consumers

- Gold points can be used for discount coupons twoards digital software for Wii U or 3DS.

- Point Program, Just For You Offer Discount, Reccomended for You and Download Purchase will be avaliable at launch. Managing friend relationships, coordinating cloud data, perks at retail stores and other services will be rolled out in the future.


Miitomo

- Miitomo is an entertainment application that turns communication with friends into play form.

- Your mii will spark unique conversations and help friends connect on random, fun and light-hearted topics

- Miifoto is where you can create and share pictures with Mii characters

- Can be stored on your smart device and be shared on social media networks

- Very reliant on language, will roll out in 16 countries to start.

- Nintendo will start accepting pre-registration on Febuary 17, requries a Nintendo Account to register

- Will recieve Platinum Points on My Nintendo, and will be notified on launch day

- Will be released on iOS and Android

- Miitomo will be released in mid March in Japan, other 15 countries by the end of March.

Nintendo Investor briefing - amiibo details

- More than 80 types of amiibo have been released in Japan, with 25 compatabile games

- 31 million units have shipped worldwide

- 9.9 million units shipped in the third quarter

- 12.9 million amiibo cards were shipped in the third quater.

- They believe card-type amiibo can be a casual purchase due to affordable price

- Shipment rations by region. United States leads in figure based shipments by 57% while Japan leads the card-based shipments by 43%.

- Top selling amiibo in Japan: Inkling Girl, Inkling Squid, Inkling Boy, Mario (Super Mario), Mario (Classic), Mario (Modern), Isabelle, Kirby, Green Yarn Yoshi, Digby

- Top selling amiibo in US: Link, Bowser, Toon Link, Mewtwo, Sonic, Pikachu, Mario, PAC-MAN, Mega Man, Ganondorf

- Top selling amiibo in Europe: Mario (Classic), Link, Inkling Squid, Green Yarn Yoshi, Mario (Super Mario), Mario (Smash), Inkling Boy, Toad, Inkling Girl

- Production was unable to meet the demand for the Splatoon figures. They sold extremely well.

- Mini Mario and Friends is mentioned, where it can be downloaded for those who purchase figure amiibo

- New members of the amiibo lineup will be introduced. Future amiibo include more Animal Crossing cards, Roy, Ryu, Isabelle, Rover, Timmy and Tommy, Kappn, and Wolf Link