UK, Spain - GAME selling three physical Switch games for every system sold, matches Wii software ratio

The following info comes from GAME, and pertains to their sales in the UK and Spain.

- Nintendo is selling three physical Switch games for every console sold in the UK and Spain
- this matches the performance of Wii
- Nintendo says the Switch's global tie-ratio is 3.6
- 78% of Nintendo Switch games are sold in boxes, by comparison only 47% of PS4 games are sold physically
- the only blips in Switch sales have occurred during moments of stock shortages
- there was a significant spike in hardware sales around the launch of Super Mario Odyssey
- across Spain and the UK, 469,000 Switch consoles have been sold for the first 36 weeks of its life
- this is about 49% of what the Wii managed to do over the same period (which launched over Christmas)
- this is 300% of what the Wii U managed to achieve
- Switch may grow significantly again if Nintendo continues its trend of updating the hardware with new iterations
- there is currently enough stock to satisfy demand at the moment
- if demand increases for the holiday season, GAME says "we don't have a warehouse full of stock ready to go."

Game Informer Video - NBA Jam's Announcer Tim Kitzrow On Boom-Shakalaka's Origin

In this excerpt from The Game Informer Show podcast, Ben Hanson talks to Tim Kitzrow about the origins of "Boom-Shakalaka", voicing Rod Serling in The Twilight Zone Pinball, and why he's so excited about Mutant Football League.

Unseen64 - A look at the cancelled Justice League game for Wii

This Unseen64 video covers a cancelled Justice League comic book game by Double Helix Games, which was planned to release on the Xbox 360, as well as PlayStation 3 (PS3) and the Nintendo Wii. This DC Comics Justice League Arcade game would have been a beat 'em up style game, with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern all playable.

Ubisoft kills off online support for another round of Wii U/Wii games

Starting November 11th , we will discontinue the online services for a select few older Ubisoft titles.

We are constantly assessing what’s needed to deliver the best possible online services for Ubisoft’s customers. Shuttering the services for some older games with smaller online audiences is a necessary part of this process, since it allows our IT and service staff to better focus on delivering great online experiences to the vast majority of customers who are playing newer, more popular titles. Still, we don’t take the decision to retire services for an older Ubisoft game lightly, and we understand some of you may disappointed by this news. We are happy to have fans who are as committed as you have been to these brands and titles, and we hope that you'll find more recent or upcoming Ubisoft games about which you can be equally as passionate. Thank you for your understand and your support.

Here are a few more specific details:
- The multiplayer online services for the titles listed below will be shut down. The solo features will remain available.
- The Ingame News and Player Stats services will be shut down for games that have them enabled.
- If the game is Uplay-enabled:
- The Uplay service will no longer be available for the game on consoles.
- Units (Uplay currency) and Actions for the game will be disabled, meaning you will no longer be able to earn Units by completing Actions for the game.
- Rewards will be disabled in-game, meaning that you can still unlock them, but you will not receive them. If you unlock them after the closure of the online service for the game, please feel free to contact our Customer Support team to be refunded.
- The ULC will be disabled, meaning that you will no longer be able to unlock them. On PC, even if you have redeemed them, the ULC will no longer be available. On consoles, the ULC will be available until you decide to reset your saved game files.

Splinter Cell Blacklist WIIU
Just Dance 4 WIIU
Just Dance Disney Party WII
Marvel Avenger Battle for Earth WIIU
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Factor 5 would love to see unreleased Wii game Star Wars Rogue Leaders: Rogue Squadron come to Switch

Star Wars Rogue Leaders: Rogue Squadron was a game Factor 5 was working on for Wii, but it was never meant to be. The project ended up getting shelved for multiple reasons, but is it going to stay dead? According to an IGN interview with Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht, the team would love to revive the title for Switch.

"It's something in some way, shape, or form, should definitely come out of the archives. I think it's just about the willingness of probably us spending some time on it, Disney/Lucasfilm playing along with it, and probably EA must be a little in the mix.

My immediate dream would be to first port basically what we had on Rogue Squadron Wii to the Switch. Rogue Squadron Wii pretty much supported every single input device. So in spirit it's very comparable to what Nintendo did with Mario Odyssey, or even more so Mario Kart. ...the whole subsection with the duels, you could only play with a Motion Plus, because we needed 1:1 mapping

(It's just a matter of getting) the gang together. They're all around. Our lead artist, who did the look so unbelievably right, basically spent half his time at Skywalker ranch designing for George [Lucas] on the movies. The models still hold up. I don't think on those models you would see much of a difference between what EA created later."

Man creates 3D body scanning device after being inspired by Wiimote

Joshua Broder, an ER physician at Duke University, found handheld ultrasound machines to be quite lacking in a key feature. They can only scan in 2D, but wouldn't it be great if they could do 3D body scan? Broder realized this was actually possible after watching his some play with a Wiimote. He was so inspired by the revelation that he came up with a solution utilizing the same motion-sensing chip inside the Wiimote. Things are going so well for the device, that there are clinical trials going on right now!

Thanks to MarioCheated for the heads up.

Opoona director teasing a wonderful announcement for the 10th anniversary

Could Opoona be making a return? ArtePiazza scenario and game designer, and Opoona director Sachiko Sugimura seems to be teasing something on Twitter. In a recent tweet, she stated the following.

“It is November 1, 2017. Today is the [28th] anniversary of ArtePiazza’s establishment. And it has also been 10 years since the release of our lifestyle RPG Opoona!! I’ll be making a wonderful announcement in the near future, so please give me a little more time.”

Taking things a step further, Inside Games also teased an announcement, ad did the official ArtePiazza Twitter account. They actually released multiple tweets, which said “a wonderful announcement..!? seriously!!?? is a new Opoona coming!!??” and “huh, what is this wonderful announcement!?!? what is this wonderful announcement mentioned in the Opoona 10th anniversary tweet!?!?.”

Opoona was a wonderfully wacky and endearing RPG on the Wii. Seems like we might be seeing the character again soon!

Captain Rainbow fan-translation patch ready for testing

Poor Captain Rainbow never saw localization, even though the game featured a number of Nintendo regulars. Thankfully, some fans stepped in to give the game a shot outside of Japan through a patch. The patch is now available and ready for testing. It's not 100% complete yet, but should be more than enough to get you through the game.