Japan getting special Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon tournament to promote Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee

- tournament to commemorate the release of Pokemon Let’s GO Pikachu/Eevee
- enter either Pikachu or Eevee (Level 1 – 100)
- you have up till August 3, 2018 8:59 JST to enter the tournament
- the tournament starts August 3, 2018 9am JST and ends August 6, 9am
- ranking will be announced in mid August
- all participants will receive a wallpaper to thank them for their participation, due out mid August 2018
- receive a Pikachu or Eevee wallpaper depending on the Pokemon you used

WarioWare Gold - preload live, file size

Did you check out the demo for WarioWare Gold and decide that you're picking up the full game? If you plan on going the digital route, you can hop on the 3DS eShop and preload the game right now. The title takes up 9,836 blocks of space, so it's a pretty sizable title. WarioWare Gold launches Aug. 3rd, 2018.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker shortage continues in Japan

As we mentioned awhile back, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is experiencing a shortage in Japan much like Octopath Traveler. Yodobashi Camera is completely sold out, and that includes online and all 24 retail locations in Japan. On top of that, Amazon Japan has the game on backorder. This includes both the Switch and 3DS versions.

MercurySteam says Nintendo cares about quality and player satisfaction above all else

MercurySteam worked on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate for the 3DS, and then partnered up with Nintendo to create Metroid: Samus Returns. What was it like for MercurySteam to have the chance to work directly with Nintendo on one of their franchises? Enric Álvarez of MercurySteam explained in a DualShockers interview.

“Especially with Nintendo, the biggest difference is all they care about is quality. All they care about is polish. All they care about is giving satisfaction to their players. The rest is secondary.

You can’t find this working for a western publisher because there’s always time constraints, there’s always a lot of pressure. There’s also pressure working in any environment, especially when we’re talking about massive amounts of money – they’re always somewhat very worried about that money, which is normal and fair. But I think that the biggest difference we’ve found is in our direction. It’s not saying there’s no pressure involved in both sides, but the pressure from a publisher from a Japanese publisher comes from that aspect – quality. And the pressure in our experience… the pressure coming from a western publisher comes from many other directions.”

Nintendo files lawsuit against two ROM sites, asking for closure and major compensation

Nintendo is continuing their efforts to squash piracy issues, and this time they're going after two sites known for providing ROMs. Nintendo has filed lawsuit against both LoveROMs and LoveRetro, sites that provide access to tons of Nintendo titles across various platforms. The sites are illegally hosting/distributing ROMs for Nintendo games, and Nintendo wants this to stop immediately.

“The LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites are among the most open and notorious online hubs for pirated video games. Through the LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites, Defendants reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and display a staggering number of unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s video games, all without Nintendo’s permission. Defendants are not casual gamers but are instead sophisticated parties with extensive knowledge of Nintendo’s intellectual property and the video game industry more generally.”

Nintendo is looking for $150,000 per infringing Nintendo game and up to $2,000,000 for each trademark infringement. Nintendo has also requested a permanent injunction ordering the sites to stop their infringing activities, and turning over the domain names. Finally, Nintendo also wants to know the sources behind the ROMs.

Japanese sales data and analysis - First-week for Octopath Traveler and Captain Toad, first day for Sonic Mania Plus and more

First week sales

Octopath Traveler

- 110 000 units sold in the first week
- 90% of the initial shipment
- the best debut for a third-party game on Switch
- retailers saw an increase in pre-orders of about 30 to 40% following the release of the second demo

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

- about 59,000 units for the launch week
- 43,000 units for the Switch version and 16,000 for the 3DS version
- Wii U version sold 27,000 units at launch, and went on to sell 177,000 units in total

Shining Resonace: Refrain

- 4,000 units sold

First day sales

Taiko Drum Master: Drum ‘n’ Fun!

- 40% of the initial shipment sold
- similar sales to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS entries

Sonic Mania Plus

- 20% of the initial shipment

Closed Nightmare

- 20% of the initial shipment

Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded

- 30% of the initial shipment

Famitsu's most wanted - July 5th to 11th, 2018

Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Switch) - 443
Sekaiju no Meikyuu X (3DS) - 318
Persona Q2 (3DS) - 260
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) - 257
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) - 198
Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) - 199
Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Switch) - 111
Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidoo to Karappo no Shima (Switch) - 140
Made in Wario Gorgeous (3DS) - 133
Pocket Monsters: Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee (Switch) - 124
Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution (Switch) - below 101
Subarashiki Kono Sekai -Final Remix- (Switch) - below 101

Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV Now Available

SAN DIEGO - July 20, 2018 - Scarlet Moon Records is thrilled to make available Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV, the first album in their new live classical guitar series featuring performances by guitarist William Carlos Reyes (of The OneUps). Inspired by Square Enix's own Piano Collections series, Guitar Collections arranges and performs Nobuo Uematsu's iconic themes from FINAL FANTASY IV to celebrate the game's 27th anniversary. The album is licensed and available now:

Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV on Bandcamp
Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV on iTunes
Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV on Spotify

"FINAL FANTASY, and particularly FINAL FANTASY IV, has always been special to me," explains Scarlet Moon Records producer Jayson Napolitano. "I wanted to celebrate the franchise in the same way Square Enix does with their Piano Collections series, and the performances from William Carlos Reyes exceeded expectations. The arrangements capture all the magic of Nobuo Uematsu's original compositions while adding new emotional depth that I think every fan will appreciate. Let's make Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY a series, as I personally can't wait to hear FINAL FANTASY V and VI done up in the same fashion!"

The tender "Theme of Love," the warm and soothing "Welcome to Our Town!," and the anxiety-inducing final dungeon theme, "Within the Giant," are featured alongside an original composition by Reyes inspired by FINAL FANTASY IV titled "The Crystals." The full track list is as follows:

01. Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV
02. Theme of Love
03. Welcome to Our Town!
04. Fight 2
05. Rydia
06. Melody of Lute
07. Golbeza Clad in the Dark
08. Troian Beauty
09. Illusionary World
10. Another Moon
11. Within the Giant
12. The Crystals (Original)

The above launch trailer features performance footage of five key themes from the album, and those who purchase the album on iTunes or Bandcamp will also receive a 14-page digital booklet including liner notes, an interview with arranger/performer William Carlos Reyes, and recording notes.

For more information about the Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY series, visit the official website: http://www.scarletmoonproductions.com/guitar/

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux director talks remake, connection to mainline games

These are quotes from a Retronauts interview with Eiji Ishida, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux's director...

On the decision to remake a game like Strange Journey
''We decided to remake Strange Journey to make it more widely known. We would like to consider a sequel, and we actually have ideas for the story and a new game experience. Whether we can make it happen, though, depends on how well this game performs.''

Talking about the rumor that Strange Journey was originally a mainline game
''To be exact, it was developed as a spinoff from the start. The promotional staff at the time judged the game to have high enough quality to be marketed as a numbered title, so they suggested selling it as a numbered SMT game. Even Mr. Kazuma Kaneko, who worked with us to design the human and demon characters and pen the original story, backed up the suggestion, saying it was “good enough to be called Shin Megami Tensei IV.”

But, because it was conceived as a spinoff, we enjoyed the freedom of going off on a tangent from the mainline games (and the extra pain and suffering from that, haha). Therefore, I felt a strong resistance to market it as a numbered title, and I ultimately rejected the suggestion. I think I would be a little more flexible about it now, but my past self who had just experienced the pain of creating a new title wasn’t as confident, and I couldn’t make that decision then.

On that note, Strange Journey has no chronological relationship to the rest of the Shin Megami Tensei series.'' 

Japanese software sales - July 9th to 15th, 2018 (Top 50)

01./00. [NSW] Octopath Traveler (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) - 110.111 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) - 41.852 / NEW
03./01. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) - 21.838 / 227.452 (-33%)
04./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 20.430 / 2.447.782 (+25%)
05./02. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 15.101 / 121.785 (-21%)
06./00. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) - 14.558 / NEW
07./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 11.417 / 1.627.674 (-6%)
08./00. [PS4] Mary Skelter: Nightmares 2 # (Compile Heart) {2018.07.12} (¥7.200) - 10.370 / NEW
09./12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 7.145 / 1.668.513 (+63%)
10./09. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 6.622 / 1.043.717 (+5%)
11./08. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 6.160 / 559.764 (-10%)
12./13. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker # (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} (¥7.600) - 5.023 / 82.077 (+22%)
13./10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 5.016 / 1.766.438 (-6%)
14./06. [PS4] The Crew 2 (Ubisoft) {2018.06.29} (¥8.400) - 4.951 / 32.276 (-49%)
15./04. [PS4] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} (¥7.200) - 4.164 / 19.705 (-73%)
16./16. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) - 3.788 / 167.064 (+9%)
17./11. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) - 3.642 / 190.330 (-24%)
18./00. [NSW] Shining Resonance Refrain (Sega) {2018.07.12} (¥5.990) - 3.465 / NEW
19./15. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900) - 3.321 / 90.360 (-7%)
20./14. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) - 2.724 / 172.154 (-32%)
21./17. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980)
22./07. [PSV] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} (¥6.800)
23./22. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
24./26. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
25./21. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800)
26./23. [PS4] Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
27./25. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980)
28./19. [PS4] FIFA 18 # (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800)
29./18. [PS4] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥7.980)
30./43. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980)
31./28. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
32./20. [NSW] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.06.28} (¥6.980)
33./32. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo # (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
34./24. [PS4] Far Cry 3: Classic Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.07.05} (¥3.980)
35./29. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
36./31. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
37./33. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold (Level 5) {2018.04.12} (¥5.980)
38./46. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} (¥7.800)
39./41. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980)
40./44. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} (¥3.200)
41./30. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) {2018.05.24} (¥4.800)
42./27. [PS4] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2018.06.14} (¥3.980)
43./00. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer's Dual Pack {Pokemon Ultra Sun \ Pokemon Ultra Moon} (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥9.960)
44./48. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.12.07} (¥5.900)
45./34. [PSV] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥5.980)
46./35. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} (¥5.800)
47./47. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800)
48./40. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.06.14} (¥7.400)
49./37. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800)
50./00. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800)