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Video games are in a healthy place these days, but that wasn’t necessarily the case in 1996. Mega Drive Shock has published a new English translation of a Japanese newspaper article from that year which sheds light on a more turbulent time in the hobby’s history. In the article, it’s revealed that Nintendo (along with Sega, Konami, and Capcom) experienced big losses during 1995. The impact of these losses was so great, it led to some in the industry predicting a crash as bad as the “1982 Atari Shock”. See the following excerpt to get an idea of just how bad things were.

In the fiscal period ending in March 1995, Konami took an extraordinary loss of ¥11.6 billion due to clearing out unsold inventory. During the same period, Capcom took a loss of ¥7.5 billion after writing down the value of its American subsidiary, and in the mid-year period ending in September 1995, Nintendo also took a loss of ¥9.8 billion after doing the same with its American subsidiary. This fiscal year, Sega is taking an extraordinary loss of ¥26 billion due to the downsizing of its American and European subsidiaries and due to the disposal of unsold inventory.

9.8 billion yen is certainly nothing to sneeze at. So what caused this loss in profits? Well, for one thing, 1995 marked the release of Nintendo’s experimental Virtual Boy console, which was ultimately deemed a failure. Beyond that, 1995 was also the first full year for Sony’s brand new Playstation console, which was a runaway success worldwide, introducing gamers to many new types of gaming experiences. It seems that it was very difficult for companies to compete with their 16-bit consoles quickly becoming outdated.

“It’s true that 16-bit consoles sold quite well and we were able to sell off a good portion of our inventory, but the games did not sell at all,” said Sega director Shunichi Nakamura. The best-selling game charts for the past few weeks in North America reveal that almost all of the top titles are for Sony’s PlayStation console. Games for Nintendo’s SNES console, which has sold over 30 million units—far more than the PlayStation—have disappeared from the best-selling charts.

“The market has been flooded with low-quality software,” said Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi. Consumers in North America who want to buy 16-bit games are rapidly disappearing.

Fortunately, we all know what happened next: The N64 was released, Nintendo remained competitive, and everything is still chugging along today (with some hurdles along the way, of course). It’s fascinating to look back now and think about how uncertain things were then, as video games were still such a new technology. Gaming continues to evolve, but with any luck, the competition can remain strong and the market can stay healthy for years to come.

To get more insight into this period, click over to Mega Drive Shock, where you can read the new translation of this article in full.


If you’ve ever tried to take your horse into a hot area like Goron City in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ve discovered that it’s impossible… or so we thought. Normally, riding a horse into those regions will cause them to catch fire and burn up quickly. However, a new video from Gaming Reinvented showcases a nifty little glitch that allows you to give your horse a permanent freezing condition, effectively making them immune to heat!

Utilizing this trick means you’ll be able to take them safely into areas in the Eldin Region, and even go shopping with them or take them on certain missions while there. It also makes your horse lava-proof (sort of)!

The trick involves gliding down from a specific area, then shooting your horse with an ice arrow with expert timing. Watch the video above to see it in action, then go forth with your newfound knowledge of how to protect your horse from scalding temperatures.

Thanks to Cheat Master for the heads up!

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Time on Frog Island is an upcoming sandbox exploration game about a sailor who spends… time on Frog Island. In a new Nintendo Everything interview, developer Max Wrighton talks about the origins and inspirations behind the game. This includes some unique indie titles that are currently available on the Switch, and Nintendo’s own Mario series.

To follow-up, because of how good the jumps and utilization of the environment and items feel, were there certain platformers that personally inspired members of the team to create that fluidity? Despite not really being one, Time on Frog Island seems to do platforming much better than most other actual platformers as of late!

Thank you so much! As you stated, ToFI isn’t a platformer as such. However, the game does have platforming elements and learning the limits of the movement system helps navigate the island faster and complete some of the time trial challenges hidden in the world. Those who have seen the game can probably guess that we are very inspired by Nintendo titles, and the 3D Mario games are no exception to that.

A big part of games like this and what makes them so attractive outside of their initial welcoming art direction is the ability to go at your own pace. With an increasing output of games in recent years that emphasize this on their respective islands, did you look to some of these as inspiration? Also, what did the team work on the hardest to ensure that Time on Frog Island aimed to achieve that feeling of not being pressured and taking the time to explore at your own leisure?

I have said in other interviews and on social media that the whole team has a deep love of A Short Hike, for us, it is the definition of that type of experience. The goal is simple enough, but most players get sucked into the world during the time it takes to collect those first few feathers. Pan-Pan is another game that is a bit more linear, but ultimately has this openness and lack of pressure to progress. Both of those titles had a large impact on ToFI.

Click here to read the interview in full. If you want to learn even more about Time on Frog Island, you can find GoNintendo’s preview of the game here.


Pre-release Mega Man X footage reveals Maverick enemy not in final game

A new discovery for our favorite Blue Bomber

14 May 2022
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Decades later, there’s still something new to discover about classic platformer Mega Man X. Thanks to Rockman Corner, some ancient footage has been unearthed of an early promo for the game featured on GamePro TV. Watch this vintage promo for the game below, beginning at the 7:53 mark.

Of course, the final game looks a bit different from this early footage. Most notably, at around the 8:21 timestamp, you can get a glimpse of what seems to be a Maverick boss enemy that was never used in the final game. Or, you can see the images below for a better view.

We unfortunately don’t get a real in-depth look at it, but you can make out some details from both a side portrait and a brief silhouette. Was this an alternate skin for a Maverick that made it into the final game, or a completely different one that went unused? Right now, this video is raising more questions than answers. Still, it’s pretty neat to uncover a never before seen asset from such a widely played title. We’ll have to wait and see if anyone from the Mega Man X team chimes in to shed some light on the situation.

Meanwhile, if you need your Mega Man X fix, the Mega Man X Legacy Collection is available on Nintendo Switch (secret unknown Maverick enemy not included).


Hogwarts Legacy's updated house badges revealed

Not Slytherin... Not Slytherin...

14 May 2022
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Game studio Avalanche has shared a look at Hogwarts Legacy’s new and improved Hogwarts house badges. As seen in the tweet above, there are new stylized renders for each of the four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff.

Hippogriff-eyed fans have already noticed some key differences between these new badges and the ones depicted in the original Harry Potter books. In addition to their overall softer and embroidered look, Ravenclaw is now presented with the appropriate blue and bronze colors, while the Hufflepuff badger is facing left instead of right. Can we chalk these differences up to the fact that this game takes place a century in the past, or did the developers simply want to put their own unique spin on things? Either way, they look ready to be sewn onto some stylish new wizard robes.

Hogwarts Legacy is set for a release on Nintendo Switch, hopefully alongside the other platforms’ versions this holiday season.


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Limited Run Games announces Super Sami Roll physical edition on Switch

I'll get one Super Sami Roll with extra wasabi, please

14 May 2022
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The latest physical Nintendo Switch release to enter Limited Run Games’ catalog is Super Sami Roll, a cute little platformer featuring a cute little dragon. The game will be available for pre-order from Limited Run Games’ site for $34.99, starting on Tuesday, May 17th. There’s also a bundle edition which features the physical game alongside a sticker sheet and a soundtrack CD for $54.99. For more info on Super Sami Roll, see below.

The wicked Albert VII has captured Sami’s friend Vera and only you can help him save her! But it won’t be easy – you’ll need to roll, grapple, and jump to make it through in the colorful 3D world of Super Sami Roll.

Embark on a journey rolling through beautiful green fields, deserts dotted with magnificent pyramids, dangerous oozing volcanoes, frigid ice lands and many other memorable places with rolling physics and tons of hidden secrets!

FEATURES:

  • Beautiful World: Explore colorful, eye-catching environments, characters and enemies.
  • Level Variety: Play through dozens upon dozens of unique levels
  • 2D & 3D Art: Features a combination of painstakingly hand-crafted pixel art and modern 3D graphics
  • Secret Hunting: Find tons of secrets – including awesome unlockable modes (even a multiplayer one!)
  • Challenges: Progressive difficulty that’s been fine-tuned to keep you engaged until you become a true master!
  • Sami in Style: Customize your character.
  • Great Tunes: Upbeat soundtrack, check!

Publisher MAGES has released a new, full length trailer for their upcoming action game Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix. The trailer gives us our best look yet at all the fighting mechs and anime girls the game has to offer. This one is currently set for a September 8th, 2022 release in Japan. A localized release has yet to be announced, but we’ll keep waiting.

And if you’re not fully sold yet on the game, MAGES also hosted a stream on their YouTube channel featuring some more gameplay. You can find that stream in its entirety below, although the Alice specific content doesn’t start until around the 32 minute mark.


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We recently learned that Rabbids: Party of Legends (formerly Rabbids: Adventure Party) was being localized for a release outside of China. Now Ubisoft has confirmed that June 30th, 2022 is the game’s official release date on Nintendo Switch and other platforms. In addition, the game now has an official Nintendo eShop page with new screenshots and info. You’ll find all that below.

Embark on a legendary journey with the Rabbids in this hilarious party game! Join them on an incredible quest, filled with hilarious moments and colorful characters. Gather with friends and family and enjoy a multitude of ridiculously fun mini-games in the most epic Rabbids party yet.

  • Jump into multiplayer with up to four players locally.
  • Build a custom playlist of your favorite mini-games to curate a perfect party night.
  • Customize the difficulty and controls so anyone can get in on the action.
  • Discover a legendary story filled with fun games, hilarious moments, and amazing characters across four chapters. Plus, Nintendo Switch™ players can enjoy smooth and precise motion controls to immerse themselves in the party!

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Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost have all received a content update. Check out the full details for each game below via perfectly-nintendo.com.


Super Mario Run

  • [Events] The latest Weekend Spotlight is now live, and it’s all about Bowser’s Minions. Here’s the items you can get from the Super Bonus game in Remix 10: Bob-omb Statue (8%), Bullet Bill Statue (8%), Rocky Wrench Statue (8%), Spike Statue (8%), Thwomp Statue (8%), Piranha Plant Statue (8%), Blooper Statue (8%), Goombrat Statue (8%), Scaredy Rat Statue (8%), Fishing Boo Statue (8%), Boo Statue (8%), Gold Goomba Statue (8%), and Big Gold Goomba Statue (4%) (available until May 16th)

Fire Emblem Heroes

  • [Summoning] A new Summoning Focus is now live: Legendary & Mythic Hero Remix. It features the following Heroes: Marth (Hero-King), Ryoma (Supreme Samurai), Fjorm (Princess of Ice), Ephraim (Legendary Lord), Hector (Marquess of Ostia), Dum (God of Strength), Fjorm (Ice Ascendant), and Laegjarn (Flame Ascendant) (available until May 28th)
  • [Special Maps] The returning Legendary and Mythic Hero Battles featuring Duma (God of Strength), Marth (Hero-King), Hector (Marquess of Ostia), Ryoma (Supreme Samurai) are now live (available until May 28th)

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

  • [Crafting] The following is now available via Reissue Crafting: Gothic Rose, Crystal Collection (available until May 22nd)

Dragalia Lost

  • [Event Quests] Astral Raids featuring Hypnos are now live (available until May 16th)

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury trailer shows 7 ways to beat a Goomba

There's more than one way to stomp a Goomba

14 May 2022
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For the handful of people left who haven’t decided on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on Switch, Nintendo has put together a brand new trailer. This one focuses on everyone’s favorite classic Mario enemy: Goombas!

Seven different abilities and power-ups are highlighted, all in the service of defeating these grumpy, mushroom-like nemeses. There’s also a reference to the “don’t be suspicious” meme of Parks and Rec and TikTok fame. This trailer has it all!


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The retro game market has exploded in recent years, with auction prices for vintage games reaching record highs. Part of that could be attributed to companies like Wata Games, who grade games sent to them by customers, determining their quality and value. Now, customers Jacob Knight, Jack Cribbs, and Jason Dohse have filed a class action lawsuit against Wata Games in the state of California.

According to the report. Wata Games is being accused of not sending games back in a timely manner, and much worse, artificially inflating the values of certain games. In just a few years, the reported prices of some of these games increased dramatically. They reported that a copy of the original Super Mario Bros. for NES would sell for $30,000 in 2017, while that same game had a reported value of $2 million in 2021. The involvement of company representatives in some of these auctions, along with a suspicious appearance on the TV show Pawn Stars, have brought claims like these into question. Kotaku has a full writeup of the incident, with more details on the history and practices of this company.

This is certainly an issue that affects anyone involved with buying, selling, or collection these classic games. If you’ve been a customer of Wata Games in the past, there’s a chance you could have a stake int his lawsuit. Of course, it will be months or years before a decision is made. Until then, it’s worth being aware of the situation and being very careful when looking into buying retro games or having your own graded.

For more details, you can also read the lawsuit filed in full via the tweet below.

[Kotaku]

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In honor of Splatoon 2’s Octo Expansion now being available for free to members of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, Nintendo has shared a handy chart detailing the moods and relationships between all the residents of Inkopolis. This is a huge, flow chart style image with tons of cute little caricatures and references to some of your favorite inklings. What are their vibes? Do they pass the check? Does using the phrase “vibe check” make Nintendo seem hip and with it? Get a look at the image for yourself, and see what you think.


Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl has been officially updated to Version 1.0.9 as of today. Of course, this includes the brand new character Jenny Wakeman from My Life as a Teenage Robot, but it also comes with some bug fixes, and numerous tweaks to existing characters. The full patch notes have been released via the official Nickeloden All-Star Brawl Twitter account, and you can find them below. Did they buff or nerf any of your favorite characters?


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The official Splatoon 3 Twitter account has shared a new look at Tentatek, one of the many fashion lines available to players in the upcoming game. Tentatek is an old favorite from past Splatoon games, but it looks like there will be some tweaks to the look of their gear this time around (apparently in the interest of sustainability). No details yet as to the actual status effects of this outfits, but they are indeed looking fresh!


A river flows through the vast grasslands of #XenobladeChronicles3’s Millick Meadows. The lush nature on display here sure looks inviting, but beware – the creatures (and even plants) who live here don’t take kindly to passers-by.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is coming ever closer to release, and to whet our appetites further, Nintendo UK has posted some new images from the game on Twitter. In these latest tweets, they’re showcasing two brand new areas included in the game. First, there’s Millick Meadows, as seen in the gallery above. Then, we got a look at Eagus Wilderness, which you can see screenshots from below.

If you like sand in your shoes, then pay a visit to #XenobladeChronicles3’s Eagus Wilderness. You may spot a familiar landmark while evading this desert’s sandstorms. Is that a…giant mechanical finger?

Both areas look absolutely gorgeous, and are filled with some extremely dangerous creatures, as one would expect from a Xenoblade Chronicles title. Nintendo UK also hints at a connection to past Xenoblade Chronicles titles… Mysterious!

Which of these two locations are you most excited to visit? You’ll get the chance to explore them both thoroughly when the game is released on July 29th.