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Eiji Aonuma confirms that work on the next Zelda entry has already begun

 

In the Master Works book for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Eiji Aonuma confirms that the next entry is being worked on. This isn't a huge surprise obviously, as BOTW's development started after Skyward Sword's ended, but the direction of this new game will be interesting to follow.

For more interesting snippets, be sure to follow Source Gaming. They have a bunch of images and information posted on their Twitter feed!

ARMS - New character and stage to be included in Version 5.0, due out this year

ARMS Version 5.0 is due out before the year closes, and it's packing a one-two punch. There's a new stage on the way, but even more exciting, another new character is joining the roster. You can see a glimpse of both in the trailer above.

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 644

We're all over the place in this episode, but in a good way! Plenty of great Nintendo news to talk about, and all sorts of random discussion. Don't worry, no Star Wars spoilers!

Download Episode 644!

Capcom on Mega Man being important to them, potential for new X/Legends/Battle Network and Mega Man 12

The following tidbits come from a Game Informer interview with Mega Man 11 dev team members...

On Mega Man still mattering to Capcom

Mega Man 11 director Koji Oda: “I still feel like Mega Man is one of the important pillars of the company. At the end of the day, we asked ourselves, ‘What does Capcom need to do for its fans? Should we act like Mega Man is a thing of the past? Should we toss him aside?’ I felt like that would be a foolish gesture. Inafune-san was a very important component to making Mega Man a success, but Mega Man is such a treasure to the company that it would be a waste to let him go because someone left.”

Would Capcom Consider Making another 3D Mega Man?

Mega Man 11 director Koji Oda: “You could build a mountain with all the different concepts we came up with, but we want to make sure that whatever we implemented would maintain that simplicity and durability of gameplay. It’s called Mega Man 11, but there was actually a heavy amount of discussion to get us to that point. A lot of us asked, ‘What do we want to call this? Do we want to take it in a brand-new direction and call it something totally different?’ At the end of the day we decided we wanted to be as straightforward as possible and tell people this is what you’ve been waiting for.”

Can We Expect A Mega Man 12?

Mega Man 11 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya: This is definitely not just a trial balloon, we’re definitely not experimenting. We don’t even have the bandwidth to experiment. This is all about pouring everything we have and everything we know into one project and making it happen. We’re using our prior experience and knowledge to strengthen ourselves and reach the next level. From the start of the project I’ve been saying, ‘Mega Man 11 needs to be a true resurrection of the franchise.’ I really want this title to be something that veterans can pick up and say, ‘Yes, Mega Man is finally back.’”

What about The Mega Man X And Legends Series?

Mega Man 11 director Koji Oda: “I’m one of those people who thinks that actions speak louder than words. I could say all kinds of things, but at the end of the day, I’d like fans to see that we’re taking it seriously by starting to resurrect the brand in the way that we are and to continue to prove ourselves moving forward. I love reading survey data. It’s a great pastime, and I’m well aware that there is a voice out there that wants something new for games like Mega Man Legends and Battle Network.”

RUMOR - Eurogamer details what happened to the unconfirmed Pokemon Stars

Remember the Pokemon Stars rumor? Eurogamer had said that a revamped version of Pokemon Sun/Moon were coming to Switch, and would be called Pokemon Stars. Obviously now that's not happening, as we know a true installment in the Pokemon franchise is coming to Switch. What happened to Pokemon Stars? Eurogamer put together another feature with inside info from various unnamed sources.

- Stars was part-developed in parallel with Sun and Moon
- the goal was to get the game to Switch early to help the platform succeed
- the Switch found success early on with other games, and the success only grew
- there was a desire to give the 3DS something big this year as well, which lead to Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
- Pokemon Stars was never a truly big leap in Pokemon games, which might have been a bit disappointing on Switch
- development on Stars switched course around the end of last year

RUMOR - Burnout Paradise remake coming to Switch

Could Burnout Paradise be coming to the Switch? Word of a potential remaster popped up today when a Brazilian listing showed the game as in the works for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. On top of that, a retailer also listed the games as coming for a short time.

If this is real, the most interesting thing would be the publisher. For those who don't know, EA is the publisher, and they certainly haven't been too forthcoming with Switch projects.

NOV. 2017 NPD - Top 20 software, plus other sales data


Software Rankings

Overall

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. Madden NFL 18
  6. Super Mario Odyssey*
  7. FIFA 18
  8. Need for Speed: Payback
  9. Destiny 2**
  10. Pokémon: Ultra Sun*
  11. Pokémon: Ultra Moon*
  12. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  13. Grand Theft Auto V
  14. The Sims 4
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  16. Mario Kart 8*
  17. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus*
  18. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  19. WWE 2K18
  20. Just Dance 2018

* No digital sales
** No Battle.net sales


Nintendo Switch*

  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  5. Splatoon 2
  6. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  7. Sonic Forces
  8. Doom 2016
  9. Pokken Tournament DX
  10. Just Dance 2018
Nintendo 3DS*

  1. Pokémon: Ultra Sun
  2. Pokémon: Ultra Moon
  3. Pokémon: Ultra Sun & Moon Dual Pack
  4. Super Mario Maker
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Mario Party: The Top 100
  7. Minecraft
  8. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  9. Mario Kart 7
  10. Pokemon: Sun
The best-selling games of 2017 so far

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Destiny 2**
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. For Honor
  9. Injustice 2
  10. Horizon Zero Dawn
The best-selling games over the last 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Destiny 2**
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  9. NBA 2K17
  10. Final Fantasy XV

Nintendo files patent for “Passive Walking Device and Passive Walking Module”

- international patent application by Nintendo published today
- patent application is for a “Passive Walking Device and Passive Walking Module”

I can't even begin to imagine what Nintendo is going to do with this. Now obviously, as with all of Nintendo's patents, this project may never see the light of day. Still, it's an idea Nintendo has kicking around!

Nintendo's devs working on 'interesting & different' ideas to utilize Switch's Joy-Con, says Switch is 'on the road to success'

Nintendo has had an absolutely phenomenal 2017, with the Switch sitting front-and-center of their success. With over 10 million sold, it seems like Nintendo's fortunes are really turning around. People are excited about the Switch, as are Nintendo's own developers! Nintendo's Yoshiaki Koizumi and Shinya Takahashi sat down with Engadget to discuss their favorite feature of the Switch, the Joy-Con.

Koizumi: "[A] really exciting hardware feature of the Nintendo Switch is the fact that you can separate the controllers. This makes lots of new forms of play possible, and we're currently researching a lot of different and interesting ideas. We've also seen many amazing and great ideas from our third-party development partners, as well as the Nindies community."

Takahashi: "You can quickly start playing with another person no matter where you are," he says. "This made a big difference in how we thought of the experiences in 1-2-Switch, which also has a lot of experiences that make use of the HD Rumble feature as well. These are experiences you can only have with Nintendo Switch. We would like to continue making new types of software that make use of these unique features of the hardware.

We want more people to have these kinds of experiences, so that's what we have been working towards, but that's also why I feel that it is too early to talk about our success. Rather, I feel like we are still on the road to that success. We would like to see so many more people having these experiences, and I do believe that we can get there."

Pokémon Crystal Coming to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 26

When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the beloved Pokémon franchise. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles.

Now this groundbreaking game is coming to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Jan. 26 for only $9.99.*

On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players bring select Pokémon from classic core games to the newest core games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring Pokémon from all 29 core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.

In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical Pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original Pokémon Crystal game, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.

As with the Nintendo eShop editions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal will take advantage of the wireless communication capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, allowing players to enjoy Link Trades and Link Battles with each other. With the Time Capsule feature, players can even trade and battle Pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which are all also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Fans also have the option to play Pokémon Crystal on a New Nintendo 2DS XL system that resembles an iconic Poké Ball. The Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system can be purchased in stores at a suggested retail price of $159.99. (The Pokémon Crystal game and Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system are sold separately.)

For more information about Pokémon Crystal, visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pokemon-crystal-version-3ds.

*Pokémon Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is only playable in 2D.