Microsoft has "no plans to further expand exclusive first-party games to other consoles"

The (first) party's over

Microsoft has brought a number of their first party offerings to the Switch, with Ori and the Blind Forest just confirmed yesterday. What else can we expect Microsoft to bring over? According to a statement from Microsoft that was obtained by GamesIndustry.biz, there are no plans for more titles as of right now.

"The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience."

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 takes the series to a new dimension on November 5th, 2019

2D is the way to be!

Cologne - August 20, 2019 - Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is taking the series to another dimension for the first time with classic 2D and exciting 3D events. Join the party with Mario and Sonic when the game releases in the Americas on November 5 and Europe on November 8, exclusively on Nintendo Switch™! Be sure to watch our latest trailer.

Enjoy 10 different classic 2D events with friends and family:

10m Platform (Diving)
400m Hurdles
Gymnastics - Vault
Kayak Single (K-1) 1000m
Long Jump
Shooting - Trap

...all presented in a generation-spanning game for the ages! If you've never seen Bowser in classic 2D perform an armstand dive off a 10-meter platform into the water, you're in for an incredible time.

What you need to know about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

New Events and More: Debut events including surfing, skateboarding, karate, and sport climbing will all be playable in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020; joining the classic event line-up of gymnastics, swimming, 110m hurdles, football, equestrian, and archery.

Different Ways to Play*: Exclusively on Nintendo Switch, determine who the real champion is while using the fun and flexibility of the Joy-Con controllers to your advantage.

Split-Screen and Online Fun**: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 delivers multiplayer, both local split-screen and online, fun for all ages and groups.

Play with a Cast of Fan-Favorite Characters: Choose from a star-studded SEGA- and Nintendo-franchise athlete roster that includes Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Peach, Amy, Dr. Eggman, Yoshi, Tails, and more to be announced!

10 Classic 2D Events: Experience Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in a brand-new way with classic 2D versions of 10 events from the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics.

Dash, jump, climb, surf and more in 21 3D events, including:

110m Hurdles
4 x 100m Relay
Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
Discus Throw
Equestrian - Jumping
Football (Soccer)
Gymnastics - Floor Exercise
Javelin Throw
Karate - Kumite
Rugby Sevens
Skateboarding - Park
Sport Climbing
Surfing - Shortboard
Swimming - 100m Freestyle
Table Tennis
Triple Jump

Release Date

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take to the starting blocks exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on November 5 in the Americas for $59.99 USD and November 8 in Europe with commensurate pricing. For more information, including where you can pre-order the game, be sure to visit the official website.

*Joy-Con functionality does not extend to all events.

**Internet connection required during online play. To use online services, you must create a Nintendo Account and accept the related agreement. The Nintendo Account Privacy Policy applies. Some online services may not be available in all countries. Online play requires paid online membership.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Gamescom 2019 showcase

See Mario, Sonic and their friends compete in classic 2D events from the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 in our gamescom Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 deep dive!

Streets of Rage 4 Coming to Switch, New Character Revealed

It's happening, baby!

PARIS – August 19, 2019 – Fans looking forward to playing Streets of Rage 4 next year will be able to do so on their platform of choice as publisher and co-developer Dotemu (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) today announced that the title will make its way on to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. A brand new gameplay trailer released today also introduced the latest character to join Blaze Fielding and Axel Stone: a badass guitar-playing warrior named Cherry Hunter.

Cherry Hunter is the daughter of Adam Hunter from the original Streets of Rage.

Trained by her father and Axel, Cherry learned self-defense from a young age. Her interest in following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a cop soon faded out, replaced by her love of music. Nowadays, she plays with her electro progressive rock band in some of the most dangerous places in Wood Oak City. She may look young but make no mistake - she is a seasoned veteran of kicking ass and taking names.

The new trailer also reveals several more levels in the upcoming game at different times of day: neon lighted urban rooftops, elevator, seedy airport hangars, dirty sewers, thumping music stage and many more are all yours for the taking - lay the smackdown and don’t look back.

Streets of Rage 4 will be the first entry to the core series in 25 years, standing as Axel and Blaze’s glorious return to serving up side-scrolling beatdowns. With lush hand-drawn animations, new combat abilities, and fresh tracks from an amazing team of composers, Streets of Rage 4 will be a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.

Indie World Showcase 8/19/19 - Full event recap

It's an indie world after all

We'll be keeping tabs on all of today's Indie World announcements in this post. Whatever is revealed/discussed will be added as a bulletpoint below.

- Risk of Rain 2 confirmed for Switch, and is due out Summer 2019. We already knew this was heading to Switch via a game rating we shared a few weeks back.

- Eastward from Chucklefish is on the way. It's about a young girl found in a secret underground facility. Set for release in 2020.

- Freedom Finger featuring Nolan North and John Dimaggio, is a shmup where you play as a giant finger-shaped spaceship. Levels are music-driven. Due out Fall 2019.

- Roki, a game about making friends with wild creatures, comes to Switch this Winter

- Torchlight II is coming to Switch on Sept. 3rd, 2019.

- Skater XL announced for Switch in 2020. The game has physics-based gameplay where no two tricks are the same.

- Youropa, a gravity-defying puzzle platformer, is coming to Switch in Winter.

- Superhot confirmed for Switch, and it launches later today.

- Dungeon Defenders: Awakened heading to Switch. It will be timed-console exclusive for Switch in Feb. 2020.

- The Touryst, from Shin'en, is revealed for Switch. It's set for Nov. 2019 release. The game features voxel-style graphics and has you adventuring through various dungeons while visiting an island for vacation.

- Skellboy heads to Switch, where you can swap body parts to create the ultimate bad-guy beater. Your goal is to reconquer the kingdom, which has been overrun. It's due out Dec. 3rd, 2019.

- Earth Night is coming to Switch, and it features a story where dragons have conquered the earth. You have to run along the backs of dragons to reach their heads and take them out. It's set for release in 2019.

- Hotline Miami Collection confirmed for Switch, and it's due out today.

- Blasphemous is due out Sept. 26th, Close to the Sun comes sometime in 2019, Cat Quest II is due out Fall 2019, Spiritfarer is coming Spring 2020, Trine 4 launches Oct. 8th, 2019, Creature in the Well comes out Sept. 6th, 2019, One Finger Death Punch 2 comes out Dec. 2nd, 2019, Best Friend Forever is set for launch on Feb. 14th, 2020, PHOGS! comes early 2020, What the Golf is launching this Winter, KINE hits the Switch in 2019, Hypercharge: Unboxed will launch sometime this year, Northgard comes Sept. 26th, 2019, Sparklite is lined up for Fall 2019, Munchkin: Quacked Quest comes Fall 2019.

- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition confirmed for Switch. The game is due out Sept. 27th, 2019.

EA says they're "absolutely" looking into bringing more games to Switch

Sure you are, EA

EA's output on Switch, at least in terms of quantity, has been lackluster at best. One of the biggest publishers in the world, yet they ignore the hottest console out there. Is anything going to change? Game Informer asked EA's chief studios officer Laura Miele, who responded with a glimmer of hope.

“Yes. We invested with FIFA. We had good success there. I love that we have such a great global reach and global presence on that platform with that game. We are absolutely looking at more Switch games in our portfolio, so more to come on that. We’re not going to announce anything as of yet. But it is absolutely a platform we’re looking at for some of our more successful games.”

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 731

The one where the soundboard returns!

Thanks to @KrazyKernal for the awesome artwork!

Mere minutes before the podcast today, after weeks of work, we finally got the soundboard audio working! Direct-feed soundboard blurbs and music trivia, baby! I know there's still some levels to work out as far as volume goes, but it's certainly better to be a bit quiet than too loud. Next week we'll be even better!

Download Episode 731!

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Nintendo of America says they do not have an exchange program for revised Switch models

Looks like you're out of luck

Earlier in the week, we saw reports of people contacting Nintendo customer service looking to exchange their recently-purchased Switch for one of the revised Switch units with better battery life. Nintendo customer service reps were supposedly telling people that so long as they could provide evidence of having purchased their Switch on/after July 17th, 2019, they would swap out their purchase for a revised Switch model. We reached out to Nintendo of America on the matter, who has provided us with this statement.

“We do not have a Nintendo Switch exchange program. We always want players to enjoy their Nintendo Switch systems, and if anything ever gets in the way of that, we encourage them to visit http://support.nintendo.com for support, or to contact our consumer support team.”

As we guessed earlier, this seems to be a case of select Nintendo customer service reps dishing out details that aren't exactly true. If anyone actually did get their Switch exchanged for the revised unit, it seems that option is no longer being offered.

GoNintendo Interview: We talk to WayForward about all things River City Girls!

Pixel art, music, beat'em-ups, and pro wrestling?!

Longtime GoNintendo fans know that I'm a HUGE fan of WayForward's work. No joke, they're one of my favorite developers out there! From their original titles to work on other big-name franchises, I think they nail it every single time. No matter what they're cooking up, I always look forward to it.

I also happen to be a really big fan of the River City franchise! That love affair started way back on the NES, and has continued to this very day. I mean, how can you not love a franchise where the bad guys say "BARF!" when you beat them down?!

Imagine my excitement when I found out that Arc System Works and WayForward were teaming up to make a new spin-off title in the River City franchise called River City Girls! As soon as the first trademark popped up I was dying to know more, and when I found out WayForward was involved, I couldn't have asked for anything better. Best of all, River City Girls is launching for Switch on Sept. 5th, 2019, which is right around the corner!

Looking for a way to keep yourself occupied until River City Girls launches? Why not check out our interview with WayForward's Adam Tierney? We picked his brain to find out all sorts of juicy details on the upcoming title, and even had a hunch or two confirmed!


Q1. What drew WayForward to the River City franchise?

A1. “River City Ransom” is one of those classic NES games that I think WayForward has always had an eye on as something we’d love to take a stab at adapting. We got close back in 2012 with “Double Dragon Neon;” the Kunio-kun (aka River City) series and Double Dragon series have always been loosely connected. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that we made a formal inquiry about River City to Arc System Works, who gained the rights to both brands back in 2015.

Arc has actually been really busy with the brand since acquiring it, creating remakes and original games on 3DS and consoles. And of course there was also renewed attention on the brand here in the States from the Kickstarter game project “River City Ransom: Underground,” which was directed by Bannon Rudis (now a director here at WayForward, and assistant director on “River City Girls”).

But to single out one moment in particular, it was when I was first shown the Super Famicom game “Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka.” This game had inexplicably missed my attention until a few years ago, when another director here showed it to me. Misako and Kyoko (the two heroes of “River City Girls”) were secondary playable characters in that game, and I immediately fell in love with their designs, their personality, and the fact that these very scrawny-looking female characters were destroying huge, bulky thugs with ease. The second I saw them curb-stomping a downed gangster, I knew we needed to create a new game based on these girls.

Shortly afterward, we teamed up with comic artist Priscilla Hamby (@Tsulala) to reimagine Misako and Kyoko, as well as some additional boss characters (new and old), and pitched the concept to Arc System Works while on a business trip to Japan. Arc had a really positive reaction to the pitch, and not long afterward, we were collaborating with them on “River City Girls” as a brand new, Western-developed entry in the Kunio-kun franchise.

Q2. What do you think the River City universe provides that other beat'em-ups don't?

A2. More than anything, I think it’s the series’s humor. Under the hood, there’s a lot of the same DNA between Double Dragon and River City games, but the Double Dragon games (Neon excepted) were always epic and serious, while the River City games were always slapstick and cartoony. Beaten enemies yelling “BARF!” or picking up and throwing a downed enemy like a weapon gives the series a ridiculous, larger-than-life feel that was pretty well realized way back in “River City Ransom” (the third game in the Kunio-kun series) and that has remained to this day.

“River City Girls” keeps that absurdity in place, while maybe exploring it even further than previous titles. One of my favorite VO lines in the game is when Kyoko (one of our two protagonists) ponders, “You ever wonder why everyone in our town is so violent? I mean, everyone's always punching and kicking each other. Like, everywhere we go, all day long.” That’s the kind of goofy conceit I would wonder about if I lived in the world of a beat-’em-up game, so it’s fun to have characters actually ask that aloud. And hopefully, through the humor and gags, players will become attached to our characters on an emotional level as well.

Q3. What made you want to put the ladies in the lead for this outing?

A3. It was a few things. First, as mentioned, just really falling in love with them in “Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka.” Second, I think WayForward just gravitates toward (and is pretty well known for, at this point) creating games with strong female protagonists. So of course the WayForward version of a River City game would star the girls, right? And third, it seemed like a nice way to mix up the formula, which seemed pretty critical given there are around 50 Kunio-kun games that’ve been released over the past 30 years. Taking the spotlight off the boyfriends, Riki and Kunio (who star in about 90% of the Kunio-kun games), felt like something that might interest long-time Kunio-kun fans rather than if we just maintained the status quo and let the boys lead this game as usual.

One funny thing, though, is that confusion about which girls to use ended up brewing up one of the game’s major plot points. Our first pitch to Arc had Misako and Kyoko as the lead characters because they were the playable characters in that Super Famicom game. But I didn’t realize at the time that Hasebe and Mami (aka Roxy and Cyndi) were actually the boys’ girlfriends in MOST of the Kunio-kun games. We’d sort of stumbled into selecting the “rare girlfriends” as our protagonists. And as we discussed how to handle that in the game, that sort of brewed up this rivalry between Misako/Kyoko and Hasebe/Mami that’s woven into much of the game’s plot now. It’ll be fun, when the game is released, to see how series fans react to the dynamic of these four girls in our game.

Q4. River City Girls seems to be a great mix of WayForward's signature style and Arc System Works' mechanics. How hard was it to find this balance?

A4. Brawlers are one of the game genres pretty firmly in WayForward’s wheelhouse, the others being platformers and metroidvanias (and “River City Ransom” has a lot of metroidlike DNA as well). So it was pretty natural for us to work on a game of this type. Where I think the game got more interesting in its combat systems, and to your point much closer to Arc’s own fighting games, is when we decided to bring Bannon on as my assistant director. Bannon designed and oversaw all the game’s combat, enemies, and boss battles. He’d effectively been living in River City for four years before joining WayForward, through his work on “River City Ransom: Underground.” And that game was pretty ambitious in terms of its combat systems, combos, juggling, etc.

On “River City Girls,” Bannon brought his brawler and fighting game expertise, but at the same time kept the play controls and inputs simpler than in many fighters and brawlers, so that pretty much anyone can pull off any move they choose to. I would liken the combat to Super Smash Bros. or Arc’s own Dragon Ball FighterZ, both of which are very deep, nuanced fighting games, but inputting each move is always as simple as pressing a direction plus one button. Bannon also loves contextual combat moves, so there are a lot of attacks in “River City Girls” that are pulled off by attacking enemies mid-air, or from behind, or when on the ground, or jumping on their head. And again, the combat is also very charming and silly, which really helps reinforce the personality of the girls, bosses, and enemies in the game.

Q5. Wayforward's games, in my opinion, have some of the best soundtracks around. How important was it to find the right sound for River City Girls?

A5. Massively important! And thank you for saying that.

I decided very early on that I wanted to develop “River City Girls” with an almost entirely new staff, in regard to art, animation, and music. The folks we typically work with (both internal and external) are great, but this game needed to have its own distinct personality. I’d been wanting to work with Chipzel for years, so this seemed like a great opportunity to bring her aboard (she’d previously contributed to one of our Adventure Time games). Chipzel composed the game’s boss battle songs, which I wanted to have a heavier, more aggressive sound than the rest of the game’s music.

For the stages, cinematics, menus, and most everything else, we tapped Megan McDuffee, who’s a real rising star of synthpop and indie film scores. With Chipzel already planned, I wanted another composer to balance out the soundtrack with more mellow, symphonic tracks. Megan nailed that vibe and then took it so much further than I could’ve imagined. She personally composed about 50 tracks on our 62-song soundtrack, and they are all ridiculously hummable. Not to mention Megan is also a very gifted singer, so she created a half-dozen full vocal tracks as well, and those tie into one of the game’s bosses in an interesting way.

Nathan Sharp (NateWantsToBattle), Cristina Vee (who also cast and directed our VO), and Dale North round out our collection of composers, and they all did an awesome job on their songs.

Q6. The manga-style snippets are such a fresh way to delivery story content. How did that come to be?

A6. They began mostly out of pure necessity. There are about five manga sequences in the game and we used them for storytelling beats that would’ve been difficult to achieve through in-game dialog alone. I decided at the start of production that I didn’t want to do any “scripting” sequences, which is when the game takes control of your characters and walks them around. Those are always a ton of effort to pull off, and (at least in pixel games) they usually come off stiff and bland.

So instead, we created little motion comics that turned out really fun and engaging, more so than I think we initially expected. We’re pretty much doing the Fooly Cooly manga thing of panning the camera around over a page of comic book art with VO and minor animation. I wrote these scenes, Priscilla illustrated them, Cristina directed the VO, Jordan Vine (one of our VFX artists) animated them, Megan created music, and Kevin Samuels in our SFX department added sound effects. These manga scenes ended up being some of the team’s favorite moments in the game, and (relative to everything else) they weren’t that hard to pull off.

We also have full-animation, anime-style scenes, but those are reserved for the game’s intro title sequence and the reveal of each boss (just before their battle). I’m also fond of how those sequences came out, but they took drastically more effort than the manga comic sequences. And of course we have the WayForward-standard slide-in-portrait scenes, as well as passive VO that plays during combat. And 100% of our story sequences that pause gameplay are skippable if players just want to get back to the action.

Q7. Misako and Kyoko seem to have an expansive set of moves to choose from. Where did the inspiration for these come from? Did we catch a little bit of pro wrestling influence in there?

A7. Absolutely. Bannon loves wrestling (in fact, I believe he’s taking a wrestling class currently) and I recall he leaned heavily into those types of moves in “River City Ransom: Underground.” When it came to our game, the primary goal was to make the combat of each character — be they playable, enemy, or boss — clearly tied to their individual personality. Bannon worked with our lead animator, Kay Yu, to decide what each of the girls’ attacks should look like, and I was impressed with how creative they got. The fact that Kyoko has a devastating dab attack made me groan when I first saw it, but I knew people would love the absurdity of it (and since that move was revealed online recently, sure enough, people have been obsessing over it). But it’s also a very Kyoko thing to do. You really get a clear sense of the personality of each girl by watching how they attack and move around in the game, which is a real testament to the abilities of Kay, Bannon, and the rest of our animators — that they were able to craft combat this tight and responsive, while also making it very charming and silly.

Q8. Will the game make use of any Switch-specific features?

A8. The game is playable in both docked and handheld mode, of course, and has a robust layer of HD Rumble over all gameplay elements. But probably the best Switch feature is that the combat inputs are concise enough that the game can be played two-player with a pair of sideways Joy-Cons. Bannon was very adamant about ensuring the inputs never got numerous enough to require two Joy-Cons for one player. Single players can similarly play it with a sideways Joy-Con, two upright or docked Joy-Cons, or a Switch Pro Controller — however they prefer.

Q9. The game is couch co-op only. What made you stick to this classic style of multiplayer?

A9. There are a metric TON of gameplay systems in the River City games. People are always quick to remember that the games are brawlers, but sometimes forget there’s a full metroidvania layer underneath that, and then a full stats-and-leveling system under that. Couple this with the fact that we were working in a brand-new art style (couldn’t reuse any of the classic Kunio-kun sprites or environments, as most previous games had), and then added some brand-new design elements to this game, such as accessories (permanent, swappable stat-boosts) and recruits (converting defeated enemies into jump-in allies), and online co-op just couldn’t fit into the schedule this time around.

I know this is disappointing news for many gamers, but including online with our schedule really would have meant taking a hatchet to several of the (IMO) more memorable gameplay systems we did get in. If we’re fortunate enough to develop another River City game after this one, I think online is something we would make an effort to try and get in, but for this first game, with everything else we had to complete in a short amount of time, it just wasn’t feasible.

That said, I do want to mention that the game’s story doesn’t suffer from playing alone. Whether you’re in a one-player or two-player game, the story is always unfolding for Misako and Kyoko together. So you still get all the same jokes, story beats, and friendship moments between Misako and Kyoko whether or not both girls are actively being played. The game also accommodates swapping back and forth between one- and two-player at any time, and under any save file. Even though you might’ve started a game solo, if you have a friend visiting, they can jump right into the game and help you out on your quest.

Q10. Can we expect any animated shorts to go along with the game? Something akin to what SEGA did for Sonic Mania Plus?

A10. Man, I wish! Unfortunately that’s not currently planned, mostly because the people who would be working on those are too busy finishing the actual game. Also, given how long it takes to produce quality 2D animation, I think a preferred route might be the motion comics w/ VO we were just discussing, or maybe even a typical, old-school, physical comic book. If “River City Girls” sells well, I think any of these options — and especially more games — is a possibility.

Q11. Before we go, can you tell us one more tidbit about ANYthing in the game that you haven't shared anywhere else?

A11. Hmmmm... Something we haven’t shared ANYWHERE else yet? That’s tough because so much of the game’s cast and locations and gameplay systems have already been revealed in the many websites, trailers, and interviews that WayForward and Arc have released.

Okay, you’d think that a game with six worlds would contain six boss battles. But you’d be mistaken. There’s still one boss deserving of a beatdown after the credits roll. If you think cleverly, maybe you can find them...


A HUGE thank you to Adam Tierney and the entire WayForward gang for putting together this interview with us. It was our pleasure to work on the feature, and I hope all of you reading this enjoyed it!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now the best-selling Zelda game of all-time in the United States

Congrats, Link!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been breaking records left and right, and now it's shattered a big one. Breath of the Wild is now the best-selling Zelda game of all-time, taking that crown from the previous record-holder, Twilight Princess. I'm thinking Breath of the Wild is going to hold onto this record for quite some time! You know, unless even MORE people swoop in to buy Breath of the Wild 2!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!


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