RUMOR - Artwork from the Mario x Rabbids game (UPDATE)

The Mario X Rabbids rumor continues on, this time with a bit of artwork that is supposedly from the game. There's been lots of talk of the game being the real deal, but today is the first time we're seeing a supposed piece of art for it. What do you think, real or fake? Thanks to FangztheWolf, NicoDarunia and Nextlevelgod for the heads up!

UPDATE - Supposed full image and more details leaked from NWR.

- RPG that mixes exploration and turn-based combat
- exploration is estimated at 35% of the game with combat making up 65%
- each of the four worlds are "twisted" Mario worlds filled with references
- combat is weapon-based as Mario and company can use guns for the first time
- 8 different characters can be used: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Rabbids dressed up as each of them
- combat is more tactical, more akin to a strategy RPG
- can be played in co-op for two players
- Ubisoft appears to be publishing this game
- about 20 hours long
- runs on Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine
- devs are Ubisoft Paris and Milan
- due out in August or September

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 - New trailer, new info

The following information comes from an interview from GamesBeat with Game Director Arthur Parsons:

GamesBeat: Are you also changing up some of the gameplay?

Parsons: We’re trying to refresh everything. We want to make this game feel fresh and new and invigorated. But at the same time you can’t lose that core Lego DNA. That’s a vital ingredient, along with the fun and the humor. If it’s not funny, it can’t go in. Or we like to think it’s funny, anyway. First and foremost it has to be authentic to the IP, the way the players want. But we’re trying to refresh everything.

The combat is getting a massive overhaul. You’ll find that, in the final game, there’s a whole host of different enemy encounters and ways of interacting with different characters. The core controls are getting an overhaul. We identified every single touch point and asked ourselves, “How do we improve all of these things?” Some are getting a slight overhaul and some are getting a massive one, but we’re trying to refresh everything.

GamesBeat: Are we talking about dozens of characters you can play, or even more?

Parsons: In the full, final roster? There will be a couple of hundred. It’s going to be a big number. But it’s not settled yet. We’re always adjusting and adding to that. We work very closely with the Marvel guys. They’re always suggesting new characters to add, so that number will only go up.

Click here to read the full interview!

Dive into the World of Nintendo on the 2017 Summer of Play Tour

Nintendo is Visiting Locations Across the Country with Some of Its Hottest Games for Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

REDMOND, Wash., May 23, 2017 – With universally loved franchises like Super Mario, Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo has been a staple in many families’ lives for decades. Now with games like Splatoon 2 and ARMS, fun new memories can be created this summer. As part of its 2017 Summer of Play tour, Nintendo is taking its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS family of systems across the country so families everywhere can experience the latest installments in these beloved franchises firsthand. From the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to games like that offer social competitive fun like ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, the 2017 Summer of Play tour is the perfect destination for kids and parents alike. In addition to getting hands-on time with Nintendo’s popular Nintendo Switch console, visitors of the tour will be able to try out Nintendo’s latest hand-held, the New Nintendo 2DS XL system, as well as the upcoming Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

“For families looking to purchase Nintendo Switch or a new handheld in the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Summer of Play tour is the perfect opportunity to give these popular systems a try,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “And since each stop is filled with familiar Nintendo characters and camera-ready visuals, the tour is a great place to spend a summer afternoon, take photos and create long-lasting memories with everyone in the family.”

The Summer of Play tour will visit the following locations:


June 9-11
Irvine, California
Irvine Spectrum Center

June 16-18
Pleasanton, California
Alameda County Fair

June 23-25
Bloomington, Minnesota
Mall of America®

June 30-July 2
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)

July 7-9
Navy Pier

July 14-16
Glendale, Arizona
Arrowhead Towne Center

July 20-23
San Diego
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (San Diego Comic-Con)

July 28-30
Arlington, Texas
The Parks Mall at Arlington

Aug. 4-6
Miami, Florida
Aventura Mall

Aug. 11-13
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Aug. 18-20
New York
DUMBO Waterfront

Aug. 25-27
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
King of Prussia Mall

Sept. 2-4

Each one of these stops will feature a veritable Nintendo playground of fun activities to enjoy. In addition to snapping photos in front of the colorful visuals full of recognizable Nintendo characters like Mario and the Inklings from the Splatoon series, families will be able to play Nintendo games together, choosing from a wide variety of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games. People who pre-order or purchase select Nintendo games at participating GameStop locations near the 2017 Summer of Play tour stops will receive a Nintendo branded PopSocket mobile accessory device (limited quantity; while supplies last).

Nintendo Switch games scheduled to appear on the tour include:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
Splatoon 2
Super Bomberman R
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Nintendo 3DS games scheduled to appear on the tour include:
Pokémon Sun
Pokémon Moon
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

On top of all the fun and games, My Nintendo members who check in with their My Nintendo QR Code will also be able to receive a free gift item (while supplies last). For more information, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news.

For additional details about the Summer of Play tour, including specific times and locations, visit http://www.nintendo.com/events.

Remember that Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Level-5 working on at least one Switch game

Coming from a Nikkei Trendy interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino...

NT: Nintendo Switch, which you can play as both a stationary system and as a portable game machine, was released in March.

Hino: “I think Switch is good. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is extremely fun. It’s almost dangerous. (Laughs.) Actually, playing with Switch myself, my impression [of the system] has changed a lot from when it was still in development. I was hesitant about its ‘play both inside and outside’ style, but I feel like there is a considerable potential there.

“Anyway, Zelda is a lot of fun, so I personally carry it around and play it as much as I can, even on airplanes. The model that Nintendo gave me is the one with the red- and blue-colored controllers, so when I carried it around a lot, the looks I got made me self-conscious. I bought the black controller that they released myself and attached it. (Laughs.)

“I think the Style of Switch is a wonderful fit for competitive games. You can play if you’re gathered in real life, as well as online. For example, I think the fact that the game lovers within a company can get together and play Mario Kart is really fascinating and interesting. And while I can’t say the content quite yet, we’re working on game(s) that support [Switch].”

Just to be clear, the original Japanese wording leaves it open to interpretation when it comes to how many titles Level-5 is bringing to Switch. We know for sure that at least one title is coming.

Niantic kicks off Pokemon GO speculation by saying "This Summer will be legendary"

Archit Bhargava, global marketing product lead for Niantic has caused quite a stir with 5 little words. When accepting one of five awards Pokemon GO won at the Webby Awards, Mr. Bhargava said, "This Summer will be legendary." Those who win awards at the Webbys are only allowed to give 5 word acceptance speeches, and it seems Bhargava used those words to stir up Pokemon GO fans. I guess we'll have some exciting news for Pokemon GO in the not-too-distant future!

Nintendo sends special braille letter to a blind fan

This is a pretty amazing story, and it all starts with a letter one fan sent to Nintendo. Hibiki Sakai is a 5th grader that loves Nintendo. He also happens to be blind. He's been that way since the age of 2, but that doesn't stop him from playing video games. In particular, he absolutely loves the Rhythm Heaven series, which is why he sent Nintendo the letter above. The translation can be found below.

Dear Nintendo,

Hello. My name is Hibiki Sakai and I am in fifth grade. I am blind, but I’ve always wanted to play video games like everyone else. But there aren’t many games I can play at all. The one game I can really play is Rhythm Tengoku. It’s the only game I can enjoy together with others, and I never lose at it. I’ve gotten perfect scores on all the versions on the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, and 3DS too.

So I really, really want you to make more Rhythm Tengoku games. And it’s perfectly fine if you make them a little harder too!

I think that there are a lot of other kids with visual impairments who want to play video games but can’t. So I’d love for you to develop more games for people with handicaps to enjoy playing with others.

I will always support you, Nintendo.

From Hibiki Sakai

Eight days later, Nintendo sent a response to Hibiki. It wasn't just any response, though. They took the time to write Hibiki in braille.

Thank you so much for sending us here at Nintendo your heartwarming letter.

We are so happy to hear that you’ve perfected and enjoyed Rhythm Tengoku, Rhythm Tengoku Gold, Minna no Rhythm Tengoku, and Rhythm Tengoku The Best.

We have passed on your letter to Nintendo’s development department. We want to keep making games that everyone can have fun playing, so thank you for your support.

One fan, one letter, and one very special response from Nintendo. Such an awesome thing to see.

GoNintendo Video - Let's Play Dead Cells: Ep. 1 - An Embarrassing Start

If you subscribe to the GoNintendo YouTube channel, you caught some gameplay footage of Dead Cells yesterday. That was pure footage, no commentary. Those of you that watched clamored for commentary. Today I started fresh and tried my hand at recording commentary as I played. The video below is the result of that.

While Dead Cells isn't confirmed for Switch yet, the developers have made it very clear they want to bring the game to the platform. They've even shown a mock screenshot of Dead Cells running on Switch, as well as faux box art for the game. I think it's just a matter of time until the game hits Switch.

With all that said, please check out the video below. If you like it, PLEASE let me know! This is new for me, so I need some guidance!

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GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 614

This week's show turned into a two-person affair, but ended up lovely all the same. Won't you join myself and Mom Brain for a lovely chat about Nintendo and other weirdness?

Download the episode here

Mario Kart is the "all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.", says NPD

Coming from the NPD...

"As a property, Mario Kart is the all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.”

There have certainly been other racing franchises over the years, many with multiple installments. Still, these little zippy go-karts manage to take the number one position. With how well Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is selling, it seems like that record is destined to continue on for quite some time!

Destiny 2 "pretty unrealistic" for Switch due to online-only aspect

Coming from an IGN interview with project lead Mark Noseworthy...

"No announcements to make about the Switch at this time. I think it's pretty unrealistic, given we're an online-only game, right? The Switch, because it's a portable - and I love my Switch, I've got Breath of the Wild here, I've got it with me. It's incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it's at, I don't want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, 'it's a thing we'll consider, maybe next year.' There's no plans right now for Switch."


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