Trademark listings potentially point towards a Nintendo 64 mini console

On the EU IPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) website, new listings have appeared for various Nintendo controllers. This includes those for the NES, SNES, Nintendo Switch and most importantly Nintendo 64.  Considering the timing of the listing, it could be that Nintendo is gearing up for Nintendo 64 Mini. 

The NES and SNES logos are the ones that you can find the mini console boxes. Naturally, this still could be anything, but it seems unlikely given the registered goods and services tag. Either way, the whole situation will add some fuel to the fire! Thanks to nicodarunia for the heads up!

This week's North American downloads - July 20 (Splatoon 2 and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Splatoon 2 – Get hyped for the sequel to the hit game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic action shooter. For the first time, take the game’s various single- and multiplayer modes on the go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. (Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode; sold separately.) You can also compete in frenetic online* matches like never before with the new SplatNet 2 mobile service (Nintendo Account, persistent internet access and compatible mobile device required. Data charges may apply.) SplatNet 2, which allows players to see Splatoon 2 stats and stage schedules, is part of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app. With the Nintendo Switch Online app, players can get together with their squid squad and chat during certain online modes. Splatoon 2 will be available on July 21.

Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star – The first action game based on the popular Fate series, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star allows players to play as 16 unique Servants to perform various signature moves. Players also have a new form change ability that allows them to become even more powerful. Engage in intense battles on the ground or in midair to annihilate the enemy forces. Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star will be available on July 25.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
BOOST BEAST (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Mononoke Forest (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
GALAXY BLASTER (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

GoNintendo Video - What the HELL are Pearl & Marina saying?! A Splatoon 2 lyric video!

Remember a couple years ago when I teamed up with Austin (of Eggbusters fame) to create a lyric video for a Splatoon song? Well we're back with a new lyric video for a song in Splatoon 2! I hope you enjoy this absolutely stupid video.

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SEGA ending Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series after 24 years

The way it's worded makes it seem like there will be more Sonic comics to come, but I guess they won't be with Archie. If you want to see more reactions from freelancers and other people who worked on the series over the years, you can do so here. Thanks to Lars for the heads up!

R.B.I. Baseball 17 coming to Switch

Today we are please to announce that R.B.I. Baseball 17 will be available on Nintendo Switch on 9.5.17.

R.B.I. Baseball 17 is already available on a wide variety of platforms: iPhone, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets, PlayStation4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch marks the first time since the franchise’s revival that the game will be available on a Nintendo platform. The first R.B.I. Baseball debuted on the NES back in the 80s so we are very excited to release R.B.I. 17 on Nintendo Switch.

As on other platforms, R.B.I. Baseball 17 allows for fun, fastpaced gameplay in all 30 ballparks with over 1,000 MLB players. The Switch version will take advantage of the platform’s unique controller options that allow for gaming everywhere.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will appear on the US cover and Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar will appear on the Canadian cover.

Switch online app - Your phone screen must be on the entire time you use the app

The following blurb comes from a Eurogamer feature...

You'll also need your phone screen on for that voice chat to remain connected.

I wasn't down on the idea of using a smartphone app to do voice chat. It didn't bother me one bit. Now that we've learned you get disconnected if you use any other aspect of your phone while chatting, and you'll also need to have the screen on the entire time, I'm feeling a bit more negative about the entire setup. I'm pretty easy-going when it comes to most things, but even I can admit this seems quite shortsighted.

Switch Online App currently launching around the world (post will be updated)

UPDATE - Now available in North America and parts of Europe

We don't know when other regions will get the app, but we'll update this post to let you know when it hits. Right now, the app is available in Australia.

Switch Online App - SplatNet 2 info (team voice chat details and more)

Access SplatNet 2 to see stats and stage schedules, or get together with your squid squad and chat during certain online modes with the new app.

How good are you?

Find out—and show your friends—with SplatNet 2. View your stats for past online matches, see your single-player records, check your ranking, and more.

Plus, you can show off your stats and your gear on social media.

Get the freshest gear

Stop by the shop in SplatNet 2 to order special gear for your Inkling.

Plan ahead with stage schedules

Find out which online multiplayer stages will be rotated in over the next 24 hours.

Get your squad together

You can use the app to send play invitations to friends who have the game in multiple ways, including social media.
Once the invite is sent, each player will receive an instant alert on their smart device so they can join the battle right away.

Chat while you splat

Use the app to chat with friends who also have the app during Private Battles, League Battles, Splatfest Battles, and Salmon Run.

While you’re in the lobby before or after a match, chat is open to everyone. During battle, the app will automatically switch to team voice chat, so you can coordinate your strategy without the other team listening in.

Ubisoft says they're announcing more Switch games "quite soon"

During a Ubisoft conference call, the company revealed that they'll be announcing more Switch games "quite soon". The wording would seem to indicate that we're talking about new games, and not more information on games we already know about. I'm really crossing my fingers for a South Park: The Fractured But Whole port, but anything new is good to me!

Watch a new short clip from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 2 The Champions’ Ballad

The second DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Champions’ Ballad, will arrive in winter 2017 on Nintendo Switch and Wii U as part of the game’s Expansion Pass.

Those who attended the Zelda Masterclass event at Japan Expo in Paris on July 7th were able to watch a short clip showing new development footage from DLC Pack 2. Let’s take a look!

This is development footage and is subject to change.

DLC Pack 2 The Champions’ Ballad will introduce a new dungeon, an original story, and more new challenges. During the event, series producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed that you’ll still play as Link in The Champions’ Ballad, but you’ll also learn more about Princess Zelda along the way.

All set for more new adventures in Hyrule? DLC Pack 1 The Master Trials is available now as part of Expansion Pass, and includes the Trial of the Sword, Master Mode, Hero’s Path Mode and more!