Hive Jump Kickstarter update - Wii U version approved, not sure if they'll port to Switch

Our last update explained some of the issues we faced with our various runs through certification. We're happy to share that we've fixed those issues (and a few more that we'd uncovered along the way). We received the glorious nod of APPROVAL from Nintendo and we're now locking in launch dates, store graphics and more!

Will we bring Hive Jump to Switch? We don't yet know. Our next item of business is to get you some physical rewards that we owe ya!

Full update here

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero: Pirate Queen's Quest releasing on Aug. 29th

You don't have to tell me twice! I'll take any excuse to jump back into Shantae: Half-Genie Hero! Good to know the content is coming out so soon!

Powerpuff to the Rescue in Latest LEGO® DimensionsTM Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment calls on The Powerpuff Girls™ to save the day - this time in the LEGO® Dimensions™ multiverse!

The latest LEGO® Dimensions™ trailer introduces the crime-stopping trio, Blossom™, Bubbles™ and Buttercup™, as they lend their dynamic powers to the game in LEGO® form for the upcoming Team and Fun Packs. With these new packs, players will be able to build the sugar-coated, Chemical X superheroes and launch them into the LEGO® Dimensions™ Multiverse to save the day. In the game, players can fly around and use ultra-super powers to fight crime and battle the forces of evil, visit the exclusive Adventure World to unlock iconic locations like Pokey Oaks elementary, Rainbow Land, and Professor Utonium’s lab, and also go head-to-head in the Battle Arena for endless fun!

The LEGO® Dimensions™ Powerpuff Girls Team Pack and Fun Pack will be available on 15th September 2017, along with the Teen Titans Go! Team Pack and Fun Pack, and the Beetlejuice Fun Pack.

Quest of Dungeons dev discusses the Wii U, 3DS and Switch porting process

A portion of a NindieSpotlight interview with David Amador of Upfall Studios...

NS: Having ported Quest of Dungeons to so many platforms did you do a good job of writing your initial code to make moving it around as easy as possible or was that not necessarily a part of the original plan and you've gone to some trouble to get it working everywhere?

DA: I have a clear distinction between the engine code and the actual game code, as far as the engine code goes, I made it flexible enough to support adding the other platforms, and never got into much trouble. I would say the Nintendo 3DS version was the most problematic one but mostly due to the hardware specs. The other ones were relatively smooth.

As for the game code, well that was a bit more "nightmarish", as I mentioned before I initially thought the game as touch only, that meant all UI had to be remade, but I still needed to support game controller and touch because of existing platforms. I realized that what made the mouse/touch work wasn't exactly ideal for controller and vice versa. I spent nearly a year rewriting a lot of stuff and adding a bunch more content to the console release, and now it's much better but it's still something I feel like I planned poorly. But after that it's not relatively simpler to make a port. I got the Switch version running in less than 2 weeks (not optimized or 100%), I just spent the rest of the time optimizing, tweaking and adding more content.

NS: Having released the game previously on other Nintendo platforms would you say you've seen anything different in Nintendo's approach with the Switch overall with you as an indie developer? What are your thoughts on the tools and mechanisms for developing on the Switch in general in comparison to the DS and Wii U platforms?

DA: Yes, I think having worked with Nintendo helped as I could skip the introductions step and I already knew the process. I'm very impressed with the tools they are making available for devs, from early stages they are already better then Wii U and 3DS, I can't get into details but let me tell you there is a big difference, and I'm not just saying this to sound good.

Japanese software sales - Aug. 7th to 13th, 2017 (Top 50)

01./01. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥5.980) – 116.615 / 1.573.216 (-62%)

02./00. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2017.08.10} (¥4.800) – 97.534 / NEW

03./02. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥8.980) – 91.147 / 1.242.260 (-55%)

04./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 87.983 / 915.628 (+19%)

05./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 17.262 / 632.894 (+25%)

06./00. [PS4] Hitman: The Complete First Season (Square Enix) {2017.08.10} (¥7.800) – 17.252 / NEW

07./04. [3DS] Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2 – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo (Capcom) {2017.08.03} (¥5.800) – 10.770 / 80.618 (-85%)

08./00. [PS4] Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (Capcom) {2017.08.10} (¥2.990) – 8.537 / NEW

09./10. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 7.866 / 197.284 (+44%)

10./05. [PS4] Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.08.03} (¥4.900) – 7.263 / 37.647 (-76%)

11./07. [3DS] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy (Level 5) {2017.07.20} (¥4.444) – 7.131 / 115.188 (-44%)

12./09. [3DS] Hey! Pikmin (Nintendo) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980) – 6.863 / 114.750 (-19%)

13./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 6.642 / 560.764 (+25%)

14./12. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} (¥4.800) – 6.246 / 40.354 (+20%)

15./14. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 5.380 / 218.378 (+25%)

16./16. [PS4] Gundam Versus # (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.07.06} (¥8.200) – 4.873 / 157.958 (+23%)

17./13. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 4.865 / 3.309.571 (+13%)

18./17. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 4.181 / 1.191.628 (+27%)

19./21. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 3.570 / 242.742

20./19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 3.354 / 2.802.588 (+19%)

21./15. [PS4] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Square Enix) {2017.07.13} (¥6.800)

22./20. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700)

23./18. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990)

24./24. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} (¥5.700)

25./27. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700)

26./25. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)

27./22. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross (Capcom) {2017.03.18} (¥5.800)

28./29. [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo) {2017.03.30} (¥4.980)

29./30. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800)

30./23. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft) {2015.12.10} (¥8.400)

31./33. [3DS] Pro Baseball Famista Climax (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.20} (¥5.700)

32./26. [PS4] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.07.27} (¥5.900)

33./00. [3DS] Super Run For Money Tousouchuu Atsumare! Saikyou no Tousou Monotachi [Welcome Price!!] (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.08.03} (¥2.800)

34./38. [3DS] Tomodachi Life [Nintendo Selects] (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)

35./34. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800)

36./45. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV # (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800)

37./31. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600)

38./35. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Game of the Year Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.06.29} (¥5.900)

39./44. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.200)

40./48. [NSW] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)

41./08. [3DS] Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 1 & 2 Special Edition {Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken \ Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2 – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo} (Capcom) {2017.08.03} (¥7.200)

42./50. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980)

43./00. [3DS] Miitopia (Nintendo) {2016.12.08} (¥4.700)

44./46. [3DS] 100% Pascal Sensei: Kanpeki Paint Bombers (Konami) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980)

45./28. [PS4] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.07.27} (¥6.800)

46./37. [3DS] Ever Oasis (Nintendo) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980)

47./36. [NSW] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star # (Marvelous) {2017.07.20} (¥7.800)

48./00. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥7.980)

49./32. [WIU] Splatoon # (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700)

50./39. [PS4] DiRT 4 (Ubisoft) {2017.07.27} (¥7.980)

Dragon Quest X - "The 5,000 Year Journey tot he Distant Homeland Online" expansion info

- due out this Fall
- story will take players to the past world
- features two key characters, including the knight in black as well as a mysterious fairy named “Kyururu”
- Kyururu lends his powers to the hero
- Druid job will be available, and is a specialist at hitting numerous enemies at once
- Druid job is characterized by the ability to freely control the power of nature

My Nintendo North America - update for Aug. 17th, 2017

[3DS] 30% Discount on Tank Troopers (Nintendo eShop): 20 Gold Coins (available until November 17th)
[3DS] Smash Controller app for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo eShop): 10 Gold Coins (available until November 16th)
[Wii U] 30% Discount on The Wonderful 101 (Nintendo eShop): 70 Gold Coins (available until November 17th)
[PC/Mobile] Wallpaper – Flip Wars (Wallaper): 50 Platinum Coins (available until January 1st)
[PC/Mobile] Wallpaper – Tank Troopers (Wallaper): 50 Platinum Coins (available until January 1st)

Next Minecraft update will allow for Wii U world transfers

Watch live video from Minecraft on www.twitch.tv

You can check out the discussion/footage at the 37 minute mark in the video above.

One of the features in the next patch for Minecraft will allow you to bring of your Wii U game world into Switch. No word on when the update will hit, other than a vague "coming soon".