Nintendo says Metroid Prime 4 'well into development,' teases 'brand new surprises' for Nintendo fans, talks Switch holiday sales, and much more

As we said yesterday, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime is out in full-force to promote the Switch this holiday season. He's making the rounds with media, doing all sorts of interviews on a wide range of topics. You can check out a big rundown of what Reggie had to say below.

- Reggie is focused on playing as Ridley in Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Nintendo's confidence in Switch sales for October, November, and December is high
- the Americas count for upwards of 60% of Nintendo's revenue during the holiday season
- Super Mario Party exceeded sales expectations "quite significantly"
- Nintendo is seeing really good consumer response to their games and our special offers for the holiday season
- Nintendo always thinks about launching key games during key selling seasons
- Nintendo has expectations about when Metroid Prime 4 is going to be released, and the game is well into development
- Nintendo typically likes to promote games six months to a year out from launch
- that said, there are times for strategic reasons that games are promoted earlier
- it depends on the game, and how the consumer is going to respond to the particular message
- Nintendo thinks deeply about the sequencing of their games
- if a game isn't ready, Nintendo will push out the development in order to make sure that it is as strong as possible
- Nintendo has a strong commitment to the work/life balance
- the goal with every system is to launch an iconic execution within a particular franchise
- these releases need to be exceptionally compelling in order to achieve sales for a long time
- Nintendo also always strives to create new content outside of franchises, and wants to create things fans haven't considered
- Nintendo likes to take their franchises and do something new for mobile iterations, rather than just transferring them over
- Mario Kart Tour will have that 'key Mario Kart DNA but be different and optimized for a mobile experience'
- when it comes to collaborations, Nintendo looks to see if a company shares the same values as Nintendo
- Nintendo wants to make sure their intellectual property will be showcased in a way that's consistent
- how Nintendo effectively utilizes their intellectual property outside of games is important to the company
- when it comes to Netflix and other streaming services, Nintendo is 'exploring a range of different opportunities'
- when those projects are ready, Nintendo will make an announcement
- the pre-sale trends for Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon: Let's Go are the best they’ve ever seen on Switch
- Nintendo has worked hard to make sure Switch game/hardware/accessory stock is good for the holiday season

To wrap things up, Reggie had this to say about the future content you can expect from Nintendo.

“(There are) brand new surprises that that we haven’t yet shared. What we want to do is surprise and delight our fans in ways that they didn’t even think of.”

Switch Online NES - Version 1.2.0 now available, includes Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, TwinBee and Gradius SP (Mario Open Golf SP in Japan)

The Switch Online NES collection has been updated to Version 1.2.0, and it brings us 4 new NES titles. The lineup includes Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, TwinBee and Gradius SP. We knew the first three were coming, but Gradius SP was a surprise addition. Gradius SP gives you a fully powered-up Vic Viper and plops you down into the 5th stage of the game.

Over in Japan, Gradius SP has been swapped out for Mario Open Golf SP. No word on whether that will see release outside of Japan at this time.

Nintendo touts 3DS growth in America, says Smash Bros. Ultimate bundle is 'effectively sold out,' talks Smash updates, hitting Switch sales goals, and more

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime is doing the press circuit to spread the word on Nintendo's holiday offerings. As you might expect, the big man believes Nintendo has some very heavy-hitters in the wings. While pitching titles like Smash and Pokemon, Reggie shared the following tidbits in a Kotaku interview.

- 3DS has had growth year-on-year for the first three quarters of the year in the Americas
- Reggie certainly hopes the 3DS has many more years ahead of it
- Nintendo believes they've planned well for bundle stock with Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee
- the hardware bundle for Smash Bros Ultimate is “effectively sold out”
- Reggie reiterates that Smash Bros. Ultimate is a brand-new Smash game
- Reggie says Sakurai will continue to tweak the different characters until launch and even past launch
- Reggie says October, November, and December are critical to Nintendo hitting 20 million Switch units sold this fiscal year
- Reggie says the Americas are "well-positioned to do their fair share to meet that goal”
- for the first 12 months of availability, Switch in the United States was the best-selling system of all time
- the goal is to continue that trend
- Nintendo wants to be in a position coming out of the holidays where we can be proud of our results compared to the Wii
- Reggie would have loved for Smash Bros. Ultimate to come out earlier in the year, as December is a challenging month
- Reggie says third-party support on Switch has been quite strong

RUMOR - Nintendo may have been a key factor in Amazon's cancellation of their 20% preorder discount on games

Amazon killed off their 20% off preorder discount on games awhile back, and it made some major waves with consumers. Many were upset to see the discount go, and wondered why it was yanked. Now we're hearing that Nintendo may have been a major factor in the decision.

As you well know, Nintendo and Amazon have had quite a tumultuous relationship, and those flames may have only been fanned by Amazon's preorder discount. Nintendo was supposedly so against the idea that they yanked their software lineup from the retailer, and didn't give them stock until 2 weeks after launch. Nintendo let Amazon know they weren't okay with the 20% discount, and showed them as much by withholding stock. It was this move by Nintendo that inspired other publishers, who ended up putting the pressure on Amazon as well.

Obviously Nintendo nor Amazon is going to comment on this matter, so we'll just have to take the inside information for now.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Nintendo awarded $12 million in piracy lawsuit

Remember when we first reported on the legal action taken by Nintendo against ROM sites LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co?
We can now report that the two sides have agreed on a settlement, and Nintendo will be receiving a $12 million judgment from the site's owners. The owners admitted to direct and indirect copyright and trademark infringement.

Detective Pikachu - first official movie trailer and poster, website open

The first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the iconic face of the global Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time.

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as a talking detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird,” TV’s “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida.

Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”), the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies”) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (“Gravity”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).

Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide; the Pokémon Trading Card Game available in 11 languages with more than 23.6 billion cards shipped; an animated television series in its 21st season that is available in more than 160 countries; and over 20 animated films; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 850 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” is set for release on Friday, May 10, 2019.

The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China.

Check out the official site here (thanks Andreslop24!)

Sakurai maintains that manga characters will not be allowed in the Smash Bros. series

Do you have a dream character you'd like to see in Smash Bros. Ultimate, or any Smash Bros. game for that matter? If they happen to be a manga character, get ready to be disappointed. Sakurai has stated that manga characters will not be appearing in the franchise. It seems that Sakurai wants to keep the roster focused on the video game world.

“It is impossible for manga characters to join (Super Smash Bros.). While we can accept characters from other companies, we cannot, under any circumstances, take in anything and everything under the sky. That’s because (Super Smash Bros.) is a game that requires everyone’s cooperation.”

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 691

Thanks to @KrazyKernal for the awesome artwork!

Nicky Hill is in rare form today, even for himself. He tries everyone's patience for this podcast! Let's see how long you guys can put up with him!

Download Episode 691!

Blizzard says they'd 'love to' bring Overwatch to Switch, are 'very open-minded' about it, but don't have anything to announce

If you love corporate speak and wishy-washy answers, we've got one for you! Blizzard has once again been asked about the possibility of Overwatch coming to Switch, and as you might expect, they don't give a straightforward answer. Here's what Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan had to say when asked about a potential Switch port by Eurogamer.

Our philosophy has always been we want as many players playing Overwatch as possible, and we want to reach as many possible Overwatch players as are out there. We will always explore a platform if we think we could make it viable - both the technology and the business relationship. We would love to do it. We don't have anything to announce or any plans with Nintendo or Switch at this time, but...it's something we're very open-minded about.

I don't know about you, but I think Blizzard could do with just a little positive word-of-mouth right now with fans. I think a confirmation of a Switch port for Overwatch might help smooth things over!

An Exciting Tainan Pokemon GO Safari Zone Wraps Up With Over 1 Million Attending

The Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Tainan, Taiwan, was a great success. Thank you to the Trainers who visited the Tainan Metropolitan Park and the Chimei Museum throughout the five-day event!

Over one million Trainers visited the Tainan area, and their excitement and enthusiasm made this an unforgettable Safari Zone event!

Trainers who visited the Tainan Metropolitan Park walked an average distance of 4 km per person and caught a total of 45 million Pokémon. As Trainers explored the city, Relicanth appeared more often, and Shiny Pinsir appeared all over the world to celebrate the Tainan Safari Zone event!

We appreciate your sense of adventure, Trainers! We heard many heartwarming stories from Trainers we met—some of you traveled more than five hours to attend the event. We also saw how you became friends with visitors from afar, congratulating others for catching exciting Pokémon and enjoying exploring the park together. Your bold enthusiasm makes Safari Zone events even more special.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming events—and until then, let’s GO!