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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)

Live-action/animated Sonic film due in 2018

A portion of a TWP interview with Hajime Satomi, President and CEO of the Sega Sammy Holdings Inc....

TWP: On the innovation angle, what kind of next-generation concepts are Sega Sammy working on?

HS: Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.

Thanks to Zippo for the heads up!

LinkedIn profile for software engineer gives some insight into NX development

Steven Chith
Software Engineer

I'm currently working on Nintendo's next console, code named "NX"​. It's so secretive that sometimes even I don't know what I'm working on. Suffice to say, I'm primarily doing embedded system development.

Associate Software Engineer Contractor
February 2015 - Present
Nintendo Technology Development via vendor Aerotek
Working on next-gen console, NX.
Part of a 6-dev team coding multimedia drivers.

Well, that date is certainly very interesting. That's the first time we've seen anything that gives us an actual timestamp on work for the NX. Seems like Steven has been working on aspects of the NX since all the way back in Feb. of 2015! Thanks to Dakhil for the heads up!

Project Elea could come to NX

Playing as Elea, you will navigate the hallways, control rooms and ecosystems of Pilgrimage II, the ship set to colonize Solace, a yet unexplored Earth-like exoplanet. In order to save the ship and uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of pioneering mission Pilgrimage I 15 years ago, you’ll have to aid crippled Kazumi in fighting off an eccentric invasive intelligence that wants to take control, that has been waiting in the darkness of space, preparing…

As Elea explores clues and executes manual overrides to restore Kazumi’s hijacked virtual memory, she will slowly come to realize it’s the lapses in her own memory and the imprints of a personal tragedy that she must deal with first.

Obviously the devs behind Project Elea will need some more information on NX before they can 100% confirm the release. Let's hope that the details end up being just what the devs need!