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GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 548

I don't know what's been going on lately, but we've been having super-sized show! I guess there's just a lot to talk about lately! We cover NPD numbers, reader your responses to our Splatoon tweet and also share some super exciting news about GoNintendo in general!

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the biggest game Capcom has localized, talk series success in NA/EU

Coming from a Venturebeat interview...

“When we were localizing the game, we wanted to help out beginners more, as well as make the game easier to get into right from the beginning. We wanted to make the most intuitive Monster Hunter title that we could, so we reviewed the action portions and game progress, and planned more intuitive tutorials to help player progression.” - game director Kaname Fujioka

“I can’t give out hard numbers, but the amount of NPC dialogue is in the neighborhood of a typical Ace Attorney game, and more than Dragon’s Dogma [a role-playing game]. Then you have more text for things related to save data, online features, etc., and even more text related to non-retail releases like the eShop demos and instruction manuals. It’s easily the biggest game that Capcom has localized.” - localization director Andrew Alfonso

“… More than anything the addition of online play on the 3DS was huge. Obviously in Europe and North America it’s very difficult to play with others locally due to everyone being so spread out, so having online multiplayer in the game really showed the appeal of Monster Hunter’s multiplayer to a wide range of players.” - Kaname Fujioka

“First, I think the demo we released was a big factor. We got feedback from our overseas branches, and we made it easier to find monsters compared to previous games, and in general made it easier to play for beginners. Second, we had a lot of cooperation from our overseas marketing leads and our localization leads, who feverishly came up with idea after idea just for this title, and that was a huge reason why this game was as successful as it was.” - series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto

GoNintendo partners with ThatOneShowFUN for Eggbusters and more!


Fans of GoNintendo know that I love Austin and his various video features, especially Eggbusters. I've become friends with the man himself over the years and have always been looking for an excuse to work with him. We paired up on a weird Splatoon video awhile back, which was an absolute joy to work on. Thankfully, our budding romance relationship has built into a partnership for new video features!

Austin is going to continue the Eggbusters series with a little nod to GoNintendo, and we're going to proudly feature his work on the site/Twitter/Facebook and whatever else we can. Austin also has some other ideas up his sleeve for non-Eggbusters videos, but that's a discussion for another day.

As for now, everyone please welcome Austin to the GoNintendo family! We're very happy to have his weird/wonderful content to share with you guys!

More details on social reaction to Pokemon Super Bowl ad - 1 in 10 viewers cried

Information comes from the consumer-sentiment analytics firm Canvs...

- 20 million views on YouTub

- 11,461 total tweets when it aired during the Super Bowl

- 36.9 percent (4,230) of the tweets were genuine emotional response

- around two-thirds of the emotional engagements fell into the “love” category

- 1 in 10 of the social responses were from someone claiming they “cried.”

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - My Parents Play - Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

The weekend is here, my friends! You put in another week's worth of work and have earned your free time! Let's just get through FriDAY so we can have fun at night! Hope you have lots of fun planned...or at least some well-earned rest! See you in a few, short hours.

I am a very, VERY big fan of Oddworld. I love the entire universe, all the games attached to it and the series' charm that seems to pervade every installment. I first fell in love with Oddworld thanks to a Playstation Underground demo disc that included a free demo of Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey. I played through that soooooo many times, as did my Mom. That demo made us so eager to play the final game, and thankfully the retail release met all of our expectations.

Now here we are all these years later. What's old is new again, and that goes for Oddworld as well! While it took some time to hit Wii U, we finally have Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty on Wii U. For all I know, this could be the first time you've ever played the game! My Dad certainly knew about Oddworld, but today marked the first time he's ever played an installment! In the video below, you get to see my Mom/Dad take on the co-op gameplay of Oddworld: New 'n'n Tasty. Two players taking turns on the same character...and it goes pretty damn well!

Check out the entire series here

Pokemon Splatfest launching worldwide on Feb. 19th

BREAKING NEWS! We’ve just learned that the next Splatfest is being presented by none other than… drumroll, please… Pokémon!

Head to the Inkopolis Plaza and select which game is your favorite: Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue!

This Splatfest will begin on February 19 at 10:00 PM PT and will run until February 20 at 10:00 PM PT.

This Splatfest will also happen simultaneously around the world. Like any other Splatfest, however, players you get matched with will be from your region, and the results will also be tallied by each region.

By the way, did you know that in Japan the first Pokémon game was released in a “Red Version” and a “Green Version,” but in North America and Europe, the two versions were “Red Version” and “Blue Version.” So for this Splatfest, in North America, it will be “Red vs Blue.”

Thanks to Schentendo and blade_master for the heads up!

NPD - Jan. 2016 top 10, analysis and more

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

- $605.2 million on new gaming products, down 4 percent from $627.6 million last year
- hardware and software sales were down
- hardware sales were $157 million, down 15 percent from $185.4 million last year
- game sales were $212.7 million, which is a 10 percent year-over-year decrease from $235.6 million
- peripherals were up 15 percent from $206 million in 2015 to $235.5 million in 2016
- Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam took 10th place on the single format chart

North America - This week's digital releases (Feb. 11th, 2016)

Wii U, 3DS downloads - Feb. 11th, 2016

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty brings the original classic Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee game to the Wii U console with a fully ground-up remake, featuring amazing next-gen visuals, reworked game play and new audio and music. Can you save the hapless Mudokons as Abe attempts to escape the meat factory and ultimately learn the true nature of his fate? The future of Oddworld relies on you!

Virtual Console on Wii U

Big Brain Academy – This Nintendo DS staple brings entertainment that anyone young or young-at-heart can enjoy. It’s the perfect way to challenge and stimulate your mind. Test your mental acuity in a five-category quiz: thinking, memorization, computation, analysis and identification.

Kuru Kuru Kururin – Oh no! Kururin’s brothers and sisters are lost across 10 different worlds! In a special helicopter, the Helirin, navigate through mazes as quickly as you can while avoiding obstacles such as walls, pistons and cannons. You can also customize your Helirin by using items acquired in Adventure mode.

Polarium Advance – In this Game Boy Advance puzzler, create horizontal rows of the same color to clear the board. Challenge yourself to 365 puzzles, with many modes that will test your mind.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Rock ‘N Racing Off Road (Wii U), Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Enjoy Up are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

The Legend of Legacy (Nintendo 3DS), Citizens of Earth (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 22.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Save up to 50 percent on select Wii U games including Teslagrad, Chariot and more in Nintendo eShop during the “Nindies Love You” sale! This offer is valid until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 25.

Nano Assault NEO is 25 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

Puzzle Monkeys is 50 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

Avoider, Color Bombs and more games from RCMADIAX are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 30.

Shadow Puppeteer is 10 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $13.49) starting at 9:00 a.m. PT on Feb. 12 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 15.

Girls Like Robots is over 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $4.99) starting at 9:00 a.m. PT on Feb. 13 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 20.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Angry Bunnies, Color Zen and more games from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 14.

Brunch Panic and Sweet Memories – Blackjack are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 18.

Petit Novel series – Harvest December is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $11.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 18.

Also new this week:

Word Puzzles by POWGI (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U)
Cutie Clash (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Cutie Pets Go Fishing (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Outside the Realm (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Vector Assault – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Petit Novel Series: Harvest December – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)