The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

Damon Baker - Nindies@Home a success, may return in the future, more surprises to come

A portion of a NE interview with Nintendo's Damon Baker...

NE: Has Nintendo been able to take a look at the performance of Nindies@Home? If so, would you say that the company is pleased with the number of downloads for the different demos?

DB: We’ve seen the data and are really happy with the results. It was awesome to see how well-received the program was on a global basis and the numbers also helped us better understand the amount of awareness that was already out there for respective titles. For example, we knew that exclusives like Runbow, Typoman and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge would do great, but it was interesting to see how popular titles like Freedom Planet, RIVE and Soul Axiom were with the fans already.

NE: Is Nindies@Home something you could see return in the future? Would revisiting it outside of E3 be a possibility?

DB: It was a ton of work for all involved, but I think we may see it again at some point. It would be a lot easier now that we made our way through the first one! We took a lot of learnings from the program and are certainly open to a new and improved version at some point in the future.

NE: Nintendo has created some very interesting digital initiatives for fans over the past few months between the Humble Nindie Bundle and Nindies@Home. Can fans expect more unique eShop-centric opportunities in the future?

DB: Thanks! We’re really proud of the Nindie programs we’ve put together and appreciate the support of the fans, the developers and the company as a whole and what they’ve put behind it. Nintendo is over 126 years old and to have had the opportunity to do things that the have never been done before is a bit surreal. We’ve got lots more surprises in store, so stay tuned!

Full interview here

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 520

This is an absolutely insane moment. This show marks 10 full years of the GoNintendo podcast. A show every week for 10 years without missing a single year! It's been a lot of work and pretty time consuming, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Thanks for joining us for any/all of the shows over the years. Here's to another 10 years!t's a two-man show this time around, but one half of that show is the wonderful Nicky Hill. He always has a ...unique way of looking at things. He provides that special something this go-around, making for quite the enjoyable show. Well, at least that's how I felt about it!

Download the show here!

RUMOR - GameStop getting R.O.B./Duck Hunt/Mr. Game & Watch amiibo 3-pack

- special GameStop amiibo event on 8/8 where stores are being allocated extra hours in the early morning
- special 3-pack will be GameStop 3-pack
- pack includes R.O.B., Duck Hunt, and Mr. Game & Watch
- each store will have approximately 30 available for preorder
- preorders will be the traditional "head in store and put $5 down" style and NOT utilize Web In Store
- if a location allows more than their allocated preorders, the customer will simply not receive their pre-order
- 3-pack is the only pre-order officially announced internally for the 8/8 even
- GameStop most likely will not be receiving individuals of R.O.B., Duck Hunt, or Mr. Game & Watch
- Pro members will be allowed in to stores an hour early

Nintendo sells 14.7 million amiibo since launch

Remember when Nintendo called the DS their 'third pillar' just incase things didn't pan out? Well we can consider amiibo the third pillar this time around. It has been confirmed that Nintendo has moved 14.7 million amiibo units since the lineup launched. I'd say that's a pretty impressive total! They also plan to sell another 3.4 million in the next fiscal year.

This week's North American downloads - July 30 (Badland, Xeodrifter, Kirby and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition – Fly through the award-winning world of BADLAND and discover an astonishing number of imaginative traps, puzzles and obstacles on the way. BADLAND is a side-scrolling action adventure with innovative physics-based game play and stunning atmospheric graphics and audio. Purchase and download now to enjoy beautiful HD visuals, more than 15 hours of single-player levels and up to four-player local multiplayer awesomeness with co-op and death matches!

Xeodrifter – Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration. Blast your way through alien landscapes, seek out valuable secrets and defeat ancient guardians to unlock powers in this exciting journey of mystery and adventure. People who buy the Wii U version of Xeodrifter will also be able to download the game for Nintendo 3DS for free – and vice versa!

New Splatoon Update – On Aug. 5, a free software update for the Splatoon game on the Wii U console brings new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level caps and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and fall, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. For more information visit

Just Dance 2016 – Demo Version – Play the free Just Dance 2016 demo today in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U! No additional Wii Remote controllers are required – you can download the free Just Dance Controller app to your iOS or Android device to turn your smartphone into a controller.

Virtual Console on Wii U

Celebrate Kirby’s Aug. 1 Birthday Today with Three Classic Games – Kirby first appeared in North America in August 1992 in the Kirby’s Dream Land game for the Game Boy system. To celebrate this special occasion, we are releasing three classic Kirby games in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U today – Kirby Squeak Squad (Nintendo DS), Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64) and Kirby’s Return to Dream Land (Wii). Learn more by visiting

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Elliot Quest is 15 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $10.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on August 13.
High Strangeness is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 3 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 9.
99Moves, Abyss and Rock Zombie from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 27.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Castle Conqueror Defender, Demon King Box and Quell Memento from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 20.
Toys vs. Monsters is 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 23.


Miiverse has an entire new look and new features! – With a new Screen Shot Album and Play Journal features, there is a lot to explore! Get ready to have more fun than ever sharing tips, drawings and comments on Miiverse. Check out for all the fun details.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Sink or Swim” Tournament – See how your squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with your friends and around the world. The new “Sink or Swim” tournament runs July 31 through Aug. 9. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications about future tournaments. Good luck, agents!

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: Classic Theme

Price reduction:
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has been reduced to $19.99 (from $29.99).

Also new this week:
Endless Golf (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Best of Board Games – Mahjong (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Best of Board Games – Solitaire (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Flick Golf 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Super Mario Maker includes 'skinny' mushroom Mario

When Mario dreams of the perfect version of himself, this is probably what he sees. This is 'Skinny' Mario, which comes from grabbing a special mushroom in Super Mario Maker. Man, I cannot wait to see more of this style Mario, especially in the other graphical styles! ...and yes, this is the real deal. The image comes straight from the latest NoE trailer for the game.

RARE was developing Velvet Dark, a 'sister title' to Perfect Dark

The info comes from Rare's Creative Director, Gregg Mayles...

- Velvet is the sister of Joanna
- document mentions Game Boy Advance compatibility
- seemed to be in the works for the N64

Nintendo - updated first-party million sellers list

Mario Kart 8 - 5.43 million pcs.
Nintendo Land - 4.88 million pcs.
New Super Mario Bros. U - 4.84 million pcs.
Super Mario 3D World - 4.30 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 3.83 million pcs.
New Super Luigi U - 2.26 million pcs.
Splatoon - 1.62 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 1.57 million pcs.
Wii Party U - 1.57 million pcs.
Pokémon X/Pokémon Y - 13.99 million pcs.
Mario Kart 7 - 11.92 million pcs.
Pokémon Omega Ruby/Pokémon Alpha Sapphire - 10.27 million pcs.
SUPER MARIO 3D LAND - 10.10 million pcs.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 9.30 million pcs.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 9.17 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS - 7.04 million pcs.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - 4.54 million pcs.
Tomodachi Life - 4.30 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 3.77 million pcs.

Nintendo posts best fiscal Q1 results since 2012

- Generated more than $729 million (90 billion yen) in sales, up from the same period lat year

- Operating income of $9.3 million (1.1 billion yen)

- Analysts were expecting a loss of around 1 million, so a major improvement from last year

- First positive operating income since 2011

- Nintendo attributes the success to Splatoon, which has so far sol 1.62 million copies 

- The company expects to generate $4.6 billion in sales and $404 million in operating income for the rest of fiscal 2016

Super Smash Bros. - Tourney Mode and new stages to release July 31st