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!

Skybound Games no longer releasing physical versions of Hollow Knight on any platform, including Switch

Looks like the deal between Team Cherry and Skybound Games went south recently, and Hollow Knight is no longer getting a physical release on Switch from the retail publisher. I would imagine that Team Cherry will find another partner to bring the game to retail, but that's just my own speculation. If anything does get announced, we'll be sure to bring it to you.

Nintendo talking to publishers to get more games on Switch, but doesn't think it's realistic to expect every major title to come over

Coming from Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa during an investor Q&A...

We believe that giving consumers a wide selection of software is an extremely important part of operating our platforms. That is why we welcome the introduction of a variety of titles from many different software publishers. Even so, I do not think it is realistic to expect that every major title will become available on Nintendo Switch. We are speaking with publishers about them actively putting titles on Nintendo Switch that would be an especially good fit for its unique features as a home console system you can carry around, including handheld mode and the ability to bring systems together for local multiplayer. Given the strong publisher support Nintendo Switch has, I would expect the number of titles on it will increase a lot more. That is what really keeps the Nintendo Switch business on the right track.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Nintendo knew Nintendo Labo sales would be different from that of Mario and Zelda, have a variety of non-franchise Switch ideas to share at a later date

Coming from Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa during an investor Q&A...

We released Nintendo Labo as a new way to play, which is something I think the consumers who purchased it have appreciated. And because it is the kind of product that makes a good gift for children, we expect sales growth during what will be the first holiday season for Nintendo Labo. We knew from the start that the sales trend for Nintendo Labo would be different from
that of games like Mario or Zelda, and we want this to be a product that continues to sell for a long time as a new way to play on Nintendo Switch.

As for any initiatives to expand the Nintendo Switch user base without relying on our franchise titles, we do have a variety of new ideas besides Nintendo Labo. We will announce these at a later time.