Aqua Moto Racing Utopia & Snow Moto Racing Freedom coming to Switch

Lesquin, July 20th, 2017 – Bigben and Zordix are pleased to announce the release of Snow Moto Racing Freedom and Aqua Moto Racing Utopia on Nintendo Switch™ in November.

If you’re into mountains, Snow Moto Racing Freedom will let you drive snowmobiles at top speed on snow-covered tracks and perform spectacular acrobatic stunts. If the sea is more your thing, Aqua Moto Racing Utopia will let you take to the waves in hectic races on super-charged jet skis.

Both games, with content identical to the already-released PlayStation 4® and PC versions, take full advantage of the multiplayer features of Nintendo Switch™: you can play with up to three of your friends in local split-screen mode, with up to seven players locally with everyone using their own console, or you can take part in online races against players from around the world.

“We are delighted to be starting our Nintendo Switch™ catalogue. These two games are particularly well-adapted to what fans expect of the console: very multiplayer-oriented, fun, simple to start playing but with a wealth of content.” stated Benoit Clerc, Director of Video Games with Bigben.

“It gives us great pleasure to be teaming up with Bigben to port these two games to Nintendo Switch™” added Matti Larsson, CEO of Zordix.

Snow Moto Racing Freedom and Aqua Moto Racing Utopia will be available on Nintendo Switch™ in November.

Japan - Retailer accused of rigging Switch lottery

BIC Camera has had to issue an apology over claims that they were rigging their Switch lottery drawings. As you know, many retailers in Japan are doing Switch lotteries to let customers buy a Switch. They hand out tickets, and then winning numbers are chosen. The winners get to purchase a Switch.

When it comes to BIC Camera, there seemed to be an issue with the ticket numbers given out. In a recent lottery, ticket holder 180 was the winner. The thing is, people in line with tickets 179 and 181 noticed that there seemed to be a lack of ticket 180. Where did ticket 180 go? This caused people to think that the lotteries were rigged from the start.

BIC Camera has issued an apology for the confusion, but they say there's been no corruption behind the scenes, and nothing funny is going on with the lottery.

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Nintendo's Koizumi on the surprise of Switch's success, comparing Zelda: BotW & Super Mario Odyssey

Coming from Nintendo EPD’s General Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi...

On Switch's success so far:

It’s half expected and half surprising. I always feel a certain amount of confidence in my work, and I imagine a lot of different scenarios. The one that’s come to fruition was one of the better ones I was imagining! We wanted people to have more time to play games.

On comparing the gameplay of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey:

In Breath of the Wild, there’s a very wide open space. There’s a lot of emphasis on seeing a faraway location, and thinking about how you might get there. But in Super Mario Odyssey, the space is more compact. The goals, and the kinds of actions you use, are more about the things that are right in front of you, and how they will interact.

Mario games begin development not with just one idea, but many. You’ll have some ideas from previous projects that you weren’t able to incorporate into the final product, and maybe a few new ideas. Once you put them all together you start to see a little bit of a vision about how the game’s going to look and play as a whole.

Once you have enough of those, you can start to prototype each of those, play them, and see which ones naturally fall out because they don’t fit, or aren’t as much fun. Before long, you have a game concept that is starting to define itself.