We have had quite a number of sources reach out to us about Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Following up on our GameStop information, these sources say they can confirm that the game is still slated for a 2017 release. Since we shared the GameStop inside info and said it was subject to change, I thought it the right thing to do to update you guys on this new round of info. To be clear, the info on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still being on for 2017 comes from multiple people, none of them the same as my GameStop source.
GoNintendo Video - EXCLUSIVE info on release dates for Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and more
Looking for some info on release dates for Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2? We've got some exclusive inside info on potential plans, plus news on some other Nintendo content as well!
RUMOR - Pokemon UK press site listed Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon for Switch, then yanked it (UPDATE)
I've checked the press site right now, and the mention of Switch is nowhere to be found. Either this was a very quick hoax, an honest accident by Pokemon Co., or a leak. Which one do you think it is? Thanks to WolfStrassen for the heads up!
UPDATE - Pokemon Co. says the listing was a "clerical error".
"We would like to address rumours based on a clerical error on the Pokémon press site. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS family of systems and are not due for release on Nintendo Switch. This listing on the Pokémon press site was made in error and is not indicative of future plans. Please refer to the Pokémon Direct for the full details of the game." - Pokemon Co.
The last bit of inside information on Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle told us that there could potentially be a line of amiibo in the works, or at the very least, some sort of figurines. Now an image of those figures has surfaced. The image has confidential watermarking on it, so we won't be sharing here. If you want to see the image, you can click the source link. Thanks to Rigoberto and FangztheWolffor the heads up!
UPDATE - We have it on very good authority that the screens are indeed fake. We cannot reveal sources, but the info does come from someone we consider to be extremely trustworthy.
A long time back, we had heard rumors of Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS getting a port to Switch with some new content. Today, a round of supposedly leaked screens has surfaced from that project. As we inch closer to E3 2017, could these images be the real deal, or are they nothing more than the work of someone trying to stir up the Nintendo community? Thanks to FangztheWolf for the heads up!
Looks like Pokken Tournament has a shot at releasing on Switch. Japanese retailer Sinobi had posted a listing for an arcade stick for Switch, with the listing stating that the stick could be used for games like Pokken Tournament. The listing has now disappeared completely. Was it a listing in error, or was it a leak?
The Mario X Rabbids rumor continues on, this time with a bit of artwork that is supposedly from the game. There's been lots of talk of the game being the real deal, but today is the first time we're seeing a supposed piece of art for it. What do you think, real or fake? Thanks to FangztheWolf, NicoDarunia and Nextlevelgod for the heads up!
UPDATE - Supposed full image and more details leaked from NWR.
- RPG that mixes exploration and turn-based combat
- exploration is estimated at 35% of the game with combat making up 65%
- each of the four worlds are "twisted" Mario worlds filled with references
- combat is weapon-based as Mario and company can use guns for the first time
- 8 different characters can be used: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Rabbids dressed up as each of them
- combat is more tactical, more akin to a strategy RPG
- can be played in co-op for two players
- Ubisoft appears to be publishing this game
- about 20 hours long
- runs on Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine
- devs are Ubisoft Paris and Milan
- due out in August or September
We'll place these after the jump just to be safe...
Beenox, a company behind multiple titles on Nintendo platforms, is currently posting about Call of Duty on their Twitter account. The thing is, the company doesn't seem to be tied to Call of Duty: WWII, the upcoming Call of Duty game for Xbox One/PS4/PC. Beenox's most recent work includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and the last-gen ports of Call of Duty: Black Ops III. If Beenox is involved in the latest Call of Duty title, it would certainly seem like a Switch outing makes the most sense.
RUMOR - A detailed breakdown of what devs/pubs pay to get a Switch game released physically (UPDATE)
UPDATE - Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at Niko Partners, chimed in to say that he believes the Switch and PS4 are incorrect.
- the price devs/pubs have to pay for physical Switch games is around $8 US dollars per unit
- one unit is the case and game card
- PS4 games are about $5 dollars per unit
- minimum number of units the publisher/developer is required to purchase is 6,000
- the 6,000 units are just for one region
- there are special guidelines that need to be passed, QA checks and the signing of a Distribution of Physical Goods form,
- devs/pubs make less reveue due to the costs of manufacturing and distribution
- this is why retail games need to be sold at a higher price
Bulk Pricing of Single Layer Discs per each Disc:
Wholesale Price: $0 to $23.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $5.50
Wholesale Price: $24.00 to $39.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $7.50
Wholesale Price: $40.00 and up – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $9.00
Bulk Pricing of Dual Layer Discs per each Disc:
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Wholesale Price: $24.00 to $39.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $8.00
Wholesale Price: $40.00 and up – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $9.50
Game Disc Minimum Order Quantities:
Initial Order Minimum: 3,000 (quantity divisible by 600)
Reorder Minimum: 1,200 (quantity divisible by 600)
Bulk Pricing of Single Layer Demo Discs per each Disc:
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Order Quantity: Maximum order quantity of 3,600 pcs.
Demo Disc Payment Terms: A payment of wire transfer for the amount of goods plus the $450.00 initial stamper fee must be paid at the time of ordering.
Memory Configuration: 128MB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $7.10
Memory Configuration: 128MB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $7.60
Memory Configuration: 256MB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $8.10
Memory Configuration: 256MB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $8.60
Memory Configuration: 512MB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $9.10
Memory Configuration: 512MB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $9.60
Memory Configuration: 1GB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $10.10
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Bulk Goods: Packed 1,200 cards per carton.
Finished Goods: Unit price is $0.90 more than the bulk goods price. Price includes game card, title sheet, instruction manual, warranty card, plastic case and poster. There are 48 game paks per carton.
Initial Order Minimum: 6,000 pcs. bulk and finished goods.
Minimum Re-order Quantity: 1,200 pcs. bulk and finished goods.
Bulk Pricing of Single Layer Bulk Discs per each Disc:
Certified Wholesale Price: $0 to $23.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $6.50
Certified Wholesale Price: $24.00 to $31.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $7.00
Certified Wholesale Price: $32.00 to $39.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $8.00
Certified Wholesale Price: $40.00 and up – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $9.00
Game Disc Minimum Order Quantities:
Initial Order Minimum: 6,000 (quantity over the order minimum must be divisible by 600)
Reorder Minimum: 1,200 (quantity over the order minimum must be divisible by 600)