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.

UK - Splatoon 2 beats out original Splatoon's launch week sales by 59%

As you know from our post earlier, Splatoon 2 took the No. 2 spot on this week's UK charts. Crash Bandicoot once again took the No. 1 spot. While some might be sad to see Splatoon 2 missing out on No. 1, we have some other tidbits worth mentioning. First off, Splatoon 2 saw 59% higher sales as compared to the original title on Wii U. Even more impressive or heartbreaking depending on your point of view, Splatoon 2 missed the top spot by a mere 678 units.

RUMOR - Is a Switch glitch to blame for some lesser-quality visuals in portable mode?

Some people have made note of how a few games on Switch look quite a bit "fuzzier" when in handheld mode. Many said this was due to a lower resolution being used for the mode, and indeed, many devs do take this approach. With that said, could the visuals actually be hurt even more by a Switch glitch?

The following is a supposed response from WayForward concerning the visuals in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero when it portable mode. The rep which responded points to an issue with the Switch itself as the culprit.

"Thanks for writing in, and for the kind words. I'm sorry for the super delayed response, but this is something I had to check on for you and it took a while for people to get back to me. We believe this is a problem with the Switch software itself. One of the guys had it happen with a different game following a recent system update. We're hoping that a future update will resolve the issue for everyone and have the game looking as crisp and clear again as it should!"

Has anyone else out there experienced an issue like this? Notice a downgrade in portable visuals after the latest firmware update?

GoNintendo Video - My Parents Play: Splatoon 2

Can you believe we almost went a full MONTH since the last Parents Play!? I'm absolutely disgusted with myself. Truth be told, schedules just haven't worked out, but today we're back on track!

Mom...Dad...Kid...Squid...Splatoon 2. I think that's all you need to know!

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Japan - Switch scammers start causing trouble on Twitter

Looks like there's a new way some unsavory people are using to scam customers looking to purchase a Switch. Twitter accounts are opening up saying they have Switch units to sell, and they'll sell them slightly below the MSRP. When people respond to the tweet, conversation moves over to DM, and the scam moves into high gear.

The scammer asks the customer to send them $270 in Amazon credit. When the customer does, the scammer says they code they receive isn't working and appears to already have been used. While the customer tries to figure out the issue, the scammer deletes the Twitter account and disappears.

One young man who went through the exact situation above was quickly harassed by other online users when he complained of the issue. Other Twitter users berated him for being gullible enough to fall for the scam. This story started to gain some steam, which eventually lead to a kind stranger who shelled out his own money to buy a Switch for the person who got scammed. Turns out the person who bought that Switch is a VP at a game company, but details on which one were not revealed.

Guys, be careful out there when you're trying to buy a Switch. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people ready to take advantage of you. If a deal is coming from a retailer you're unaware of and looks too good to be true, even if it's just a slightly better deal, it most likely is.

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 623

This episode has everything you could ever want from a podcast. Nintendo news, music trivia, games we're playing, Pokemon, Gogurt and so much more!

Download Episode 623 Here!

Fire Emblem Heroes brings in over $100 million in revenue, over 10 million downloads

A new breakdown of Fire Emblem Heroes has revealed that the game has brought in over $100 million in revenue so far. This is coming from just over 10 million downloads of the game. A much smaller install base than Super Mario Run, but the microtransactions have lead to a game that's far more profitable.

Check out the full report here

June 2017 NPD - Top 20 software, Switch misses No. 1 hardware spot, ARMS charts, & more info

Top 20 for June 2017

1. Tekken 7
2. Injustice 2
3. Grand Theft Auto V
4. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
5. Arms* - 256,000 physically plus digitally
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* - 145,000
7. Mario Kart 8* - 180,000
8. Overwatch**
9. NBA 2K17
10. Horizon Zero Dawn
11. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
12. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
13. MLB 17: The Show
14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
15. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
16. Battlefield 1
17. Minecraft
18. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind*
19. FIFA 17
20. Forza Horizon 3

2017 Best Sellers:

1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
3. For Honor
4. Grand Theft Auto V
5. Horizon Zero Dawn
6. Injustice 2
7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
8. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
9. NBA 2K17
10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Best Sellers Past 12 Months:

1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
2. Battlefield 1
3. NBA 2K17
4. Madden NFL 17
5. Grand Theft Auto V
6. FIFA 17
7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
8. Final Fantasy XV
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
10. Overwatch

- Total: $765 million (up 7 percent from $712 million in June 2016)
- Hardware: $231 million (up 27 percent from $182 million)
- Console software: $343 million (up 1 percent from $339 million)
- PC software: $32 million (up 2 percent from $31 million)
- Accessories: $159 million (down 1 percent from $160 million)

- “The Nintendo Switch has been the catalyst for year-to-date growth. But portable hardware spending continues to decline. Year-to-date, spending on portable hardware has fallen 40 percent.”

Nintendo Switch Top 10

1. Arms*
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
4. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers*
5. 1-2 Switch*
6. Disgaea 5 Complete*
7. Cars 3: Driven to Win*
8. Cave Story +*
9. Lego City: Undercover*
10. Just Dance 2017*

3DS and Vita combined Top 10

1. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia*
2. Pokemon Sun*
3. Pokemon Moon*
4. Ever Oasis*
5. Super Mario Maker*
6. Super Smash Bros.
7. Mario Kart 7*
8. Mario Sports Superstars
9. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

First Switch game card dumps surface

Well, here's a bit of scary news for Nintendo, but it's not the worst-case scenario yet. Hackers have managed to extract game dumps from Switch cards. The thing is, they have no way to run them right now. You can bet that's being worked on, but as of right now, Nintendo has a chance to catch this before it becomes a big issue.

This week's European downloads - July 20/21 (Splatoon 2, Fate/EXTELLA and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Splatoon 2 (Nintendo, available July 21) - €59.99/£49.99

Traditional 4-on-4 turf battles return in this full sequel to the original breakout hit game, along with new stages, new fashions and new weapons such as the two-handed Splat Dualies. Players can compete on the TV or on the go. Whether they use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or Joy-Con, players can aim their ink using motion controls. Splatoon 2 supports both local and online multiplayer matches.

Cave Story+ (Nicalis) - €29.99/£26.99

A young amnesiac hero discovers a hidden land and vows to protect the defenceless creatures who live there! Can he stop the mad doctor and learn the truth about his own past? Highly polished and compelling, Cave Story+ uses retro-game stylings to deliver an all-out action/adventure extravaganza that's both charming and deadly! Super-challenging platform/shooter action...fantastic weapons...colourful characters...deeply nuanced storytelling...this is Cave Story+!

Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (Marvelous Europe, available July 21) - €54.99/£49.99

Experience lightning-fast battlefield action across an epic story! In the digital realm of SE.RA.PH, the Holy Grail War is over, but the land’s new ruler faces challenges and threats from all sides. The servants now find themselves drawing up tense and unlikely alliances, preparing for a conflict that may tear SE.RA.PH apart...or destroy it entirely.

"SAMURAI SHOWDOWN" is a fighting game that was originally released by SNK in 1993. The game features 12 swordmasters, each with their own unique personality. They will battle it out against each other before taking on Shiro Tokisada Amakusa in the game’s climax. One of the unique characteristics of this game is the Rage Gauge which fills up as the player takes damage. Once that gauge is full the character’s attacks do more damage, keeping the battles tense and exciting.

"BOOST BEAST" is a defence puzzle game where players defeat the invading horde of zombies by clearing blocks and summoning animals. A sudden virus outbreak has infected the entire human race and turned everyone into zombies... Only a small group of animals survived the outbreak. In order to restore peace in the world, Alec, the king of the dogs, sets out on a journey with his animal army to exterminate the zombies. Join forces with your cute animal army and clear up to 204 stages! Let’s go animal army! Until the day where peace is restored!

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Infinite Golf (Petite Games, New 3DS only) - €1.99/£1.79

Ready for a new golf challenge? Welcome to Infinite Golf! In this calming golf game you can try 2 different modes. In Arcade Mode you have 3 balls for each hole. If you run out of balls your game is over. Try to beat your highscore! In Endless Mode you don't have to worry about losing or winning. Just enjoy the calm atmosphere! There is always one more level!

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 9 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99

Special offers

Chain Blaster (Joindots) - €2.49/£2.09 (Ends August 3, normally €4.99/£4.19)
Fairune (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends August 10, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Petit Novel series - Harvest December (CIRCLE Ent.) - €7.99/£7.93 (Ends August 10, normally €11.99/£11.89)
Tappingo (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends August 10, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Tappingo 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends August 10, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (Big John Games) - €3.49/£2.99 (Ends August 17, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends July 27, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends August 3, normally €8.99/£7.99)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

BOX UP (RCMADIAX) - €1.49/£1.39

Can you BOX UP? Guide the box up the screen without hitting any of the platforms. Levels are randomly generated to add an extra challenge. How high of a score can you obtain? Easy pick up and play action for all ages. Try BOX UP today!

Special offers

Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends August 3, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Hot Rod Racer (ZeNfA Productions) - €0.49/£0.44 (Ends August 17, normally €0.99/£0.89)
ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (ZeNfA Productions) - €0.74/£0.59 (Ends August 17, normally €1.49/£1.19)
Pinball Breakout (nuGame) - €4.90/£4.20 (Ends August 17, normally €7.00/£6.00)
STEEL RIVALS (nuGame) - €4.89/£4.19 (Ends August 17, normally €6.99/£5.99)


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