NoA PR - Enjoy a Fun-Filled Virtual Family Vacation Anytime, Anywhere When GO VACATION Launches for Nintendo Switch on July 27

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A resort vacation is always at your fingertips with the new GO VACATION game for the Nintendo Switch system. From sky diving and beach volleyball to tennis and even snowball fights, Kawawii island offers something for everyone, with more than 50 different games and activities to enjoy. Check out a new trailer for the game by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDG_siAbPQE.

Created by acclaimed developer BANDAI NAMCO, GO VACATION includes a variety of cooperative and competitive games that can be played solo or with up to four players via a single Nintendo Switch system or local wireless (additional accessories are required and are sold separately). Several activities offer the option to use motion controls, making swinging your tennis racket and throwing snowballs even more fun and immersive.

Discover new surprises each day as you adventure through the four different resort areas on Kawawii island. While exploring – either on foot, on horseback, on a snowmobile or more – you’ll discover numerous collectibles, challenges and other opportunities to level up and customize your character. Decorate your own villa, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the food trucks and snap in-game photos of the dozens of adorable animals hiding in each resort. Regular challenges and presents, like special costumes and different dog breeds, will keep you coming back for hours of Kawawii island adventures.

For more information about GO VACATION, visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/go-vacation-switch.

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee domains registered by trademarking company

This could either be some proof that the Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee rumor being true, or someone sneaking in to squat on some domains.

If you were following the Pokemon rumor from yesterday, the inside scoop is that the Pokemon title heading to Switch was Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Pokemon Let's Go Eevee. Today we see that CSC Corporate Domains have registered domains for both games. CSC Corporate Domains is a legit company that secures domains for all different companies, but we can't say for sure that Nintendo, Pokemon Co., or Game Freak are tied to this request. What we can say is that Nintendo has worked with them in the past to secure domains, including the domains for Pokemon Sun and Moon.

If the rest of the rumor is true, we should be seeing an official reveal of the Pokemon Switch title later this month. That'll certainly give us some insight into whether these domain registrations are legit!

Thanks to NintenDaan for the heads up!

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX coming to Switch

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy is getting a chance to live on once again, this time on the Switch. The game, now titled Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX, is set to launch Aug. 9th, 2018 in Japan. As for updates, the DX version lets players choose between touch pen and controller input methods. There are also plans from Takara Tomy to release Nazotoki Charm toys that will work with the game through NFC.

Classic Sonic the Hedgehog interview reveals Sonic was originally a rabbit, discusses how Mario influenced Sonic's gameplay

The following snippets come from a classic interview with Yuji Naka, in which he discusses the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog. First up, he talks about how Sonic's original design was a rabbit.

I wrote up a memo that was basically a “next game I want to make” list, and showed it to my boss. But the one that caught his attention was the very last entry on the list, which said “an action game to challenge Mario”. (laughs) I tried to object, saying “Actually, I wrote them in order of which ones I want to do…” but he didn’t listen to me at all. (laughs) So we got started on the Sonic the Hedgehog development, with 3 or 4 members. In the beginning it was just a program where you moved a ball-like object around, then at some point it was a rabbit...but something felt very off about it. And ultimately we decided to give the character a somersault attack.

That idea actually came from a notebook I had in high school, scribbled there on the very last page. I figured I would use it when I quit Sega and went independent, but as we were making Sonic it was like, “well, I’ve got no choice, I guess I’ll have to use it now.” However, if a rabbit does a somersault attack, it’s just going to hurt itself, right? We thought it would be better to have some animal with a hard shell or spines. Two possibilities came up: an armadillo or a hedgehog, but the hedgehog won out because it was faster.

Naka also went on to discuss how the Super Mario Bros. series was a jumping point for what Sonic games would focus on.

I think Super Mario Bros. is a wonderful game, but if you play it everyday, you always have to start from stage 1-1, right? Once you get good and memorize the levels, you can just hold down the B button and run through the stage. But even then it just takes too long. With Sonic, I wanted to shorten that time if I could. My idea was that you’d progress slowly and carefully through the stages on your first playthroughs as you learned the enemy locations, but after you got used to it, you could really zoom straight through the levels. Unfortunately, everyone who playtested it just went full-speed from the very beginning. (laughs)

Koei Tecmo’s president really wants to work on a Mario game, no matter the genre

Koei Tecmo and Nintendo have quite a good relationship with one another, thanks to the Hyrule Warriors/Fire Emblem Warriors collaborations. Koei Tecmo’s president Hisashi Koinuma would love to work with Nintendo again in the future, and he's eyeing up Nintendo's most value IP.

“I’d like to have an opportunity to work on Nintendo’s Mario. Basically, he’s a character I’ve been playing with ever since I was a kid, so if I could do something with him, I’d be really happy. I think anything would be great, even a simulation would be good.”

I'm not sure that a Mario Warriors game would make much sense, but then again, what do I know?! I wonder if Koei Tecmo will ever get the keys to the Mario kingdom. Ubisoft got their shot and it turned out pretty damn well!

Sonic's creator, Yuji Naka, wanted to work at Nintendo after leaving SEGA

Yuji Naka departed SEGA shortly after bringing Sonic the Hedgehog into the world. What did he envision for his future? Believe it or not, he was really hoping he could land a job at Nintendo. In the interview snippet below, Naka details what he did after leaving SEGA.

When I was returning from Tokyo to my home in Osaka, I decided to go through the Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto. In fact, I wanted to see how long it would take to travel from Osaka to the Nintendo offices. (Laughter) However, when I stopped my car in the parking lot, a security guard came out and started to look at me suspiciously. I got scared and decided to go home. (Laughter) If that security guard had not been there, who knows how different my future could have been …! (Laughter)

While I was reading those books, I received a call from a third developer asking me if I could work for them. But the truth is that I was waiting for a call from Nintendo.

The reason I thought that was because a few months before I left Sega, I heard a story about another programmer from a great gaming company who had given up his job, and then Nintendo called him. I was like: “Wow, that could also happen to me!” (Laughter). Then, when I left Sega, I had the faint hope of receiving a call … but it never came. (Laughter) It was sad.

RUMOR: Upcoming Pokemon Nintendo Switch game to be titled "Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu"

I guess this is the week of big-name Nintendo leaks. Yesterday gave us Retro rumors, and today we have some supposed information on the Pokemon titles coming to Switch. Again, take all this with a grain of salt.

- names of both games are Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Leg's Go Eevee
- will be remakes of Pokemon Yellow
- set in the Kanto region
- Ash won't be the main character
- Ash and Blue will be the rivals to a new protagonist that the players will control
- Pokemon will follow their trainers and the PokeRide function from Pokemon Sun and Moon will return
- will integrate your Pokemon GO account
- catching a Pokemon will be similar to how Pokemon are caught in Pokemon GO

Mario Tennis Aces - English story trailer and pre-launch tournament details

The tournament details and trailers provide the same information as the Japanese trailers, but this time, they've been uploaded to Nintendo of America's YouTube channel. 

From June 1 to June 3, you will be able to hop online to participate in a free pre-launch tournament for Mario Tennis Aces. This will give you plenty of time to practice your Trick Shots before the game launches for Nintendo Switch on June 22.

To access the tournament, just download the free software from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch between May 24 and the start of the tournament. Once you join the tournament between June 1 and June 3, you can select between four main playable characters (Mario, Peach, Yoshi or Bowser) and compete in a series of online multiplayer matches. The winners of each match will earn points based on their performance, with five additional characters to unlock by gaining enough points. (We’ll let you discover who these characters are for yourself as you advance through the demo.)

Even if you don’t want to participate in the tournament proper, you can still try out the game offline and get in some practice playing on-off single-player battles against a computer-controlled opponent.

Regardless of whether you play online or offline, by playing the demo you can unlock Mario’s classic outfit in the full game once it launches on June 22.

The free pre-launch tournament is open from 6 p.m. PT on June 1 to 11:59 p.m. PT on June 3.

RUMOR - Pokemon Switch to be formally revealed this month

We all know there's a Pokemon game coming to Switch, but what will it be? Looks like we could be getting that info this month, if the latest rumor is to be revealed. The latest claims say that the titles will be revealed sometime before the end of May, and yes, there will be two versions of this Pokemon Switch title. On top of that, supposedly the naming/branding of these titles could end up being quite a talking point.

Nintendo grabs trademarks for F-Zero, Pikmin, Sin & Punishment, StarFox, and more

Boy, today is the day that keeps on giving, isn't it? While we don't know what the intentions are behind the trademarks, Nintendo has just registered a slew of names that all their fans should be familiar with. Check out the lineup below.

- Nintendogs
- The Legendary Starfy
- Sin & Punishment
- Flipnote Studio
- Art Style
- Yoshi's Island
- Pikmin
- F-Zero
- StarFox
- Smash Bros. logo

Are these just protections of brands, or are their projects in the works? We know Smash Bros. is on the way to Switch, and heard there was another Pikmin in the pipeline. With the StarFox: Grand Prix rumor from earlier today, perhaps all of these franchises/installments are going to see some new attention from Nintendo.