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Square-Enix ponders a remake of Dragon Quest IX, sees Switch as a viable platform for such a remake

Not official...yet

Square-Enix recently held a live-stream featuring multiple developers from Dragon Quest IX. We shared footage from that event, but now we have the full translation of details, thanks to Siliconera. Check out the summary of that event below.

- Yuji Horii talked about wanting to do something with Dragon Quest that would take players outdoors
- he felt that Pokémon was able to beat him to the punch with Pokémon GO
- talk about taking players outdoors brought back memories of Dragon Quest IX and its StreetPass-like feature
- the team ponders a potential remake of Dragon Quest IX, and they lean towards Switch and smartphones for this
- about 80~90% of respondents were asking for this title to come to Switch
- Horii suggested smartphones while discussing possible functionalities, but Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino chimed in saying they could make things happen with Switch using Wi-Fi, too
- Dragon Quest IX looked a lot better to them back in the day compared to how they see it now
- they acknowledge that fans would be happy to just get improved looks for the equipment
- Square-Enix is always considering a remake for Dragon Quest IX, but to them it’s a special title
- if they were to do a remake or port, they wouldn’t be able to decide on the platform at the moment
- there are a lot of people who only played through the story of Dragon Quest IX just once
- this is why they think it would be nice to have Dragon Quest IX that will allow players to simply enjoy its story
- Director Jin Fujisawa says he wants to hear more from fans that want a remake
- they don’t have any studios in mind as to who would take care of its development
- Level-5 President Hino jokingly mentioned that he could do it in a couple months
- in reality he says that it would take about a year, and that’s not counting any additional content
- the creators talked about whether they should add more to the story or just do a remake with added quests and such
- Hino added that back when he worked on Dragon Quest VIII and IX he told himself he’d never do a spinoff or remake
- nowadays he's very interested in doing so
- the creators wanted to remind fans that the talk session just for fun and nothing is actually in the works
- the brainstorming session about a hypothetical remake got their creative juices flowing
- the team all appear pretty excited about the possibilities of getting it done in the near future

Europe - The Summer Sale started on 3DS & Switch eShops, lasts until July 25


Nintendo of Europe has proudly announced The Summer Sale, which discounts tons of digital games on both 3DS & Switch for the next two weeks. Some of first-party highlights on Nintendo Switch are Super Mario Party, Octopath Traveler, Splatoon 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. In addition to these known entities, a number of tip top third-party titles and indies are slashed as well. So, go forth to the Nintendo eShop and explore over 180 offerings!

Japanese software sales for July 1st to 7th, 2019 (Top 30)

An expanded look at the week's sales

It's that time in the week where we get to see a bit more of what's going on with the software charts in Japan. Take a look at the titles that filled out the top 30 below.

01./01. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) - 83.204 / 279.357 <60-80%> (-58%)
02./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers # (Square Enix) {2019.07.02} (¥4.200) - 22.260 / NEW <60-80%>
03./03. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4: We Are Looking Up at the Same Sky (Level 5) {2019.06.20} (¥5.980) - 19.407 / 210.504 <60-80%> (-52%)
04./00. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (Koei Tecmo) {2019.07.04} (¥7.800) - 19.127 / NEW <60-80%>
05./02. [NSW] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball (Konami) {2019.06.27} (¥6.980) - 18.719 / 94.224 <60-80%> (-75%)
06./00. [PS4] Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (Koei Tecmo) {2019.07.04} (¥7.800) - 14.817 / NEW <60-80%>
07./05. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 8.968 / 3.149.468 <80-100%> (-12%)
08./08. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 8.183 / 2.356.972 <80-100%> (+1%)
09./09. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 7.234 / 837.919 <80-100%> (-7%)
10./12. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 6.072 / 3.105.283 <80-100%> (+9%)
11./10. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 5.733 / 1.571.688 <80-100%> (-26%)
12./07. [NSW] Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.06.13} (¥6.100) - 5.625 / 71.169 <80-100%> (-36%)
13./00. [PS4] PixArk (Spike Chunsoft) {2019.07.04} (¥5.500) - 5.540 / NEW <40-60%>
14./00. [NSW] PixArk (Spike Chunsoft) {2019.07.04} (¥5.500) - 5.469 / NEW <40-60%>
15./13. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 5.185 / 1.353.574 <80-100%> (-4%)
16./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Complete Pack {Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn \ Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward \ Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers} (Square Enix) {2019.07.02} (¥5.800) - 5.030 / NEW <40-60%>
17./14. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 3.622 / 647.048 <80-100%> (-23%)
18./04. [PS4] Samurai Shodown (SNK) {2019.06.27} (¥7.200) - 3.343 / 20.005 <60-80%> (-80%)
19./16. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 3.283 / 1.052.306 <80-100%> (-14%)
20./11. [PS4] Yakuza 5 (Sega) {2019.06.20} (¥3.990) - 3.249 / 30.652 <80-100%> (-49%)
21./17. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [Best Price] # (Capcom) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990) - 3.196 / 67.854 <80-100%> (-10%)
22./20. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition [PlayStation Hits] (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.06.27} (¥1.990) - 2.133 / 5.314 <40-60%> (-33%)
23./21. [NSW] Puyo Puyo Champions (Sega) {2019.06.27} (¥1.990) - 1.940 / 4.937 <20-40%> (-35%)
24./26. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 1.755 / 1.982.368 <80-100%> (-12%)
25./25. [NSW] Yoshi's Crafted World (Nintendo) {2019.03.29} (¥5.980) - 1.588 / 154.785 <80-100%> (-32%)
26./29. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 1.587 / 347.320 <80-100%> (+1%)
27./28. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 1.510 / 734.410 <80-100%> (-8%)
28./30. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 1.365 / 2.487.235 <80-100%> (-10%)
29./06. [PS4] Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Syukufuku wo! Kibou no Meikyuu to Tsudoishi Boukenshatachi # (Entergram) {2019.06.27} (¥7.980) - 1.353 / 10.209 <80-100%> (-85%)
30./00. [PS4] Marvel's Spider-Man [Value Selection] (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.03.20} (¥3.900) - 1.338 / 14.028 <60-80%>

Shakedown: Hawaii's "Full Tank" Update Out Now, 3DS Release Still Coming

Gas up, baby!

Shakedown: Hawaii just got another big update. This patch is called the 'Full Tank' update, and it's chock full of content. Check out the complete rundown of what's in this update below, as well as a status update on the 3DS version of the game.

The second big Shakedown: Hawaii update is OUT NOW on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS Vita.

WHAT'S IN THE UPDATE?

Adds new vehicles including tanks
Adds more enforcement types including agents
Adds a zoomed-out camera option
Adds new shakedown mission scenarios
Adds heat system to shakedowns
Adds off-island travel from the airport
Adds vehicle purchasing
Adds transferring funds to other characters
Game console in living room is now playable
Improves property selection on map screen
Misc. bug fixes

Shakedown: Hawaii for Nintendo 3DS is also wrapped and currently in certification. A release date will be finalized once it's approved. It will include all of these updates!

NEW VEHICLES

Tanks are finally in the world of Shakedown: Hawaii... and bulletproof military SUVs!

The tanks crush anything in their path, and come loaded with built-in rockets and unlimited ammo! Want to equip them with something else? No problem! They can also fire your character's other weapons... from the pistol to the hair dryer, to the flamethrower!

You can rotate the turret with the Right Stick / C Stick, and fire by pressing either the shoot button, or by clicking the stick (R3). PC keyboard players can choose to use either the Arrow Keys or WASD under the options menu.

To get your hands on a tank or bulletproof SUV, take your shenanigans to a level 6 and survive long enough to hop into one, then park it inside a garage to save it for later. Alternatively, after purchasing the prison, a tank will appear parked out back on the left side of the building.

MORE ENFORCEMENT TYPES

The "cops and robbers" sandbox experience has also been beefed up. Once you reach level 5, agents will now spawn, wielding a wide arsenal of artillery. If you can survive them, once you reach level 6 you'll need to face off against the military in their bulletproof SUVs and tanks!

NEW ZOOMED-OUT CAMERA OPTION

By popular request, a third camera option has been added which allows you to zoom the camera waaaaaay out and see much more of the screen, showcasing the pixel art on a whole new level.

SHAKEDOWN ADDITIONS

A couple more shakedown scenarios have been added to increase the variety of these optional micro-missions, including a hair dryer chase!

Additionally, to improve the experience and pacing, a new shakedown heat system has been added. If you shakedown too many businesses over a short period of time, the authorities will be on high alert. In order to continue shaking down more shops, you'll need to change your disguise, go back to completing story missions, or wait until the heat has cooled.

OFF-ISLAND TRAVEL

After purchasing the airport, you'll now be able to travel back to off-island locations such as the farms and jungle areas. Some of these locations hold secrets areas and items, so keep an eye out.

VEHICLE PURCHASING

Vehicles can now be purchased from the car dealership located in the middle of the map (under your VR startup).

TIP! Easily earn cash to purchase vehicles by selling unwanted ones to the auto export located on the far left of the map.

CASH TRANSFER

It's time you give Scooter and Al a raise! From the Salary Management menu, you can now transfer pocket cash to other characters as well as your company. If you accidentally paid yourself too much and need to acquire some more businesses, just transfer it back using this handy menu.

LIVING ROOM

Well, you've requested it! So, yes, if you do want to play more... erm... Space Bullet Marine... the "game console" is now playable in your living room!

MAP SCREEN

The map screen now displays alert icons on properties in need of expenditure approvals, and features and improved snap on hover when selecting properties for purchase.

3DS eShop charts for July 10th, 2019

Yep, Crystal again

Pokemon Crystal has settled back in to its #1 spot, and it's giong to take something absolutely monumental to knock it from the perch again. I think this one's going to ride out the rest of the 3DS' life.

Software

1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
3. Tomodachi Life
4. Pokemon Yellow
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Super Mario Maker for 3DS
7. Pokemon Silver
8. Pokemon Gold
9. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
10. Super Mario World
11. Pokemon Red
12. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
13. Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
14. Zelda: A Link to the Past
15. Pokemon Ultra Sun
16. Super Mario 3D Land
17. EarthBound
18. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
19. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
20. Pokemon Blue

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
3. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
4. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
5. Mario Kart 7 Video
6. Super Mario 3D Land Video
7. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
8. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
9. Introducing Tomodachi Life
10. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
11. IronFall Trailer
12. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
13. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
14. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
15. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
16. Super Mario World Trailer
17. Super Smash Bros. – Final Video Presentation
18. Pokemon Bank Trailer
19. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Video
20. Introducing Zara

Study shows that 24% of 3DS owners in the states also have a Switch

Nintendo wants to change that

Want to know why Nintendo is creating the Switch Lite? Here's a solid bit of evidence for you. An EEDAR PlayerPulse report states that just 24% of active game players in the U.S. who own a 3DS also own a Switch. Are some of those people shying away from the Switch due to its price and lack of focus on portability? There's certainly some of the market that falls into that grouping, and you can bet Nintendo is trying to woo them with Switch Lite.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Dragon Quest's creator and Level-5's CEO believe The Legend of Zelda should be the game/series to represent the Heisei era

High praise from major players

Japan's Heisei era has come and gone, and now our friends in Japan are living in the Reiwa era. That doesn't mean people are done talking about the Heisei era, though. A recent issue of Famitsu asked some big-name devs what game/series they thought should represent the Heisei era, and Nintendo got some huge praise from a pair of very notable game industry folk.

Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii said The Legend of Zelda series deserves the honor, and pointed to both Ocarina of Time and Breath of the Wild in particular as stand-outs for the franchise. This sentiment was echoed by Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino, who chose Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the game worthy of the praise. He also happened to nominate the entire Dragon Quest series as well, noting that video games in general would be quite different without the impact of Dragon Quest.

Chrono Trigger Original Soundtrack Revival Disc gets another promo video

I'll never get tired of Corridors of Time

The Chrono Trigger Original Soundtrack Revival Disc released in Japan today, and Square-Enix is celebrating with another promo video for the package. This video focuses on the Corridors of Time segment. Definitely one of the best songs in an absolutely amazing soundtrack.

Release of the Switch Lite will not kill off 3DS support, says Nintendo

The 3DS lives on

The 3DS is pretty much dead when it comes to new content. The platform has been dead for quite some time, with most fans moving on to the Switch. Now with the Switch Lite on the way, surely Nintendo is going to kill off the 3DS hardware lineup, right? Not so, according to Nintendo's Doug Bowser.

“We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand.”

While there might not be any new games in the works for 3DS, Nintendo is still making money on the platform. Until the platform becomes unprofitable, they'll keep pumping out units.

Pokemon.com Salutes the Pokemon 2019 Professor Cups

Here's to you, Pokemon Professors!

Pokémon Professors—in this case, the kind people who volunteer their time for Play! Pokémon events across the world—are best known for helping support the smooth operation of Pokémon tournaments. But even the most steadfast volunteers should take some time to unwind, and what better way to do so than with some truly unique Pokémon battles?

Each season, specially chosen locations around the world host Professor Cup events designed especially for Pokémon Professors. These tournaments, which feature unique formats and rules, are designed to celebrate the achievements and dedication of our wonderful Professor community.

Each event has a specially designed tournament format and theme, with unpredictable rules that keep players on their toes and provide for a truly unique experience. Prizes include elegant trophies with designs that differ by region, plus a Professor Program messenger bag with a signature Poké Ball design. The top prize includes flights, accommodations, and a position on the staff team at a prestigious Play! Pokémon event.

Full feature here

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