Nintendo Releases (Slightly) Longer Trailer for Fire Emblem Warriors

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Nintendo Releases (Slightly) Longer Trailer for Fire Emblem Warriors

One of the biggest teases to come out of last week’s Switch presentation was Fire Emblem Warriors, the latest collaboration between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo. Unlike most other software showcased during the event, the game was announced via a painfully brief teaser video, which showed Fire Emblem Awakening’s protagonist Chrom taking up his sword, the Falchion. Thankfully, Nintendo has rectified this somewhat by releasing an “extended” version of the trailer during today’s Fire Emblem Direct, giving fans their first glimpse at the game in motion.

It turns out Warriors isn’t the only Fire Emblem game in development for Switch, either; Nintendo also announced that a brand new installment is in the works for the console, though of course it did not elaborate beyond that.

Nintendo’s Next Mobile Game Fire Emblem Heroes Launching February 2

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Nintendo’s Next Mobile Game Fire Emblem Heroes Launching February 2

Nintendo spent the better part of today’s Fire Emblem Direct discussing the series’ first mobile venture, Fire Emblem Heroes. While we had known about the project since it was announced last summer, today’s broadcast offered fans their first glimpse at the elusive title, which will be launching in both the iOS and Google Play stores in just two short weeks.

Like a traditional Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem Heroes is a turn-based tactical RPG, though the gameplay has been streamlined to better suit mobile devices. Players will still be maneuvering their troops around the battlefield and engaging foes in automatic battles, but this time around they’ll be able to recruit heroes from the full spectrum of the series’ history to join their party using special orbs, which can be acquired during gameplay (or, in typical mobile gaming fashion, can be purchased through the app).

Like Nintendo’s first mobile title Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes will be free to download and play when it launches on February 2.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Announced for 3DS

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Announced for 3DS

Aside from the DS remake Shadow Dragon, Western Fire Emblem fans haven’t had many opportunities to explore the series’ long and storied history, which stretches all the way back to Famicom. Fortunately, the resounding success of its two most recent entries, Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates, has led to a renewed interest in the franchise, with no less than four new titles in the works for a slew of platforms, including one more traditional adventure for 3DS: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Like Shadow Dragon before it, Shadows of Valentia is not a new entry in the series, but a reimagining of one of its earliest installments, Fire Emblem Gaiden (the second game in the series, originally released in 1992 for Famicom). In typical Fire Emblem fashion, players will spend the bulk of the adventure strategically positioning their troops around the map to battle enemy forces, but this time the game will feature a few unique gameplay twists that haven’t appeared since the original Gaiden. Perhaps the most radical is its greater exploration; players will occasionally guide Alm or Celica (the game’s two protagonists) in real-time around dungeons, and chapters will be laid out on a free-roaming world map. The presentation, likewise, has been completely revamped, featuring fully voiced dialogue and new animated cutscenes courtesy of Studio Khara.

Pixel Princess Blitz Kickstarter Hopes to Reach Switch

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Pixel Princess Blitz Kickstarter Hopes to Reach Switch

There’s still more than a month to go before Nintendo releases Switch upon the world, but indie developers are already looking toward the new console as a possible avenue for players to experience their upcoming games. Several indie titles have already announced games and many more have voiced their planned support. Now one more is looking to jump on board, assuming of course its Kickstarter can reach the necessary funds.

Lanze Games has launched a campaign for Pixel Princess Blitz, a game the developer promises will feature a unique fusion of mechanics and genres. Broadly, the game is described as a roguelike RPG, but it appears it will be making more than a few twists on that genre. The game will feature an overworld made of hexagonal tiles that the player explores turn by turn and is populated with randomized encounters, NPCs, events, and story elements. Combat, on the other hand, occurs in real-time and plays more like an action game with several weapon types. The game also stands out with its decidedly anime-inspired visuals that definitely lean more toward the cute side of things.

Pokémon Go Generated $950 Million in Revenue in 2016

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Pokémon Go Generated $950 Million in Revenue in 2016

Any review of Pokémon Go’s performance in 2016 is bound to include a lot of big numbers. The app rolled out across most major markets during the summer of last year and quickly set numerous records, both in terms of total downloads and revenue generated. While the buzz might have slowed as the year progressed, the game appears to have finished strong when you look at the end of year numbers.

Pokémon Go took the top spot as the most downloaded game for both iOS and Android, but considering the fact it’s a free download, that wouldn’t mean to much if it didn’t generate the dollars and cents in the long run. Thankfully for Niantic, the Pokémon Company, and Nintendo, the game had no problem bringing in the bucks; by the time 2016 ended, the game had generated $950 million. This considerable sum was enough to earn the number three app spot for revenue generated, though it is worth noting that one and two, Monster Strike and Clash Royale respectively, were on the market longer.

Of course, it will be interesting to see whether or not Pokémon Go can continue its success in 2017. The buzz surrounding the game definitely slowed down since its launch, but Niantic has been updating the game with new features and Pokémon, and considering the fact there are still many hundreds of creatures waiting in the wings, it is likely we’ll see that trend continue.

Constructor Coming to Switch on Launch Day

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Constructor Coming to Switch on Launch Day

After last week’s big reveal event, some gamers were concerned Nintendo’s Switch would be launching with a somewhat meager library dominated by the long awaited Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, that event apparently didn’t mention everything coming to the console.

Publisher System 3 announced today it would be bringing Constructor, a classic building sim, to Switch in time for its March 3 launch date. Constructor originally dates back to 1997 when it was released on PC, so this release will celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary. While a quick glance might beg comparison to SimCity, Constructor is more about operating a construction company and has more of a competitive element to it as the player tries to put their competition out of business. For this release, the competitive spirit will be bolstered by the addition of multiplayer modes, so your competition can now be real flesh and blood players.

A price has yet to be announced for the game, though seeing how its release is only about a month and half away, that information will definitely be known relatively soon.

Loads of Coins Event Begins for Super Mario Run

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Loads of Coins Event Begins for Super Mario Run

Starting today, Super Mario Run players can get a heavier helping of coins in the game’s Toad Rally mode. Players will receive 1.5 times as many coins as normal, provided they clear the level, beating the opposing player’s record. A loss will not result in any bonus.

Rally tickets are still required to compete in Toad Rally, and the number of Toads acquired during the level won’t change. Accumulated coins can in turn be used to unlock extras, so more is certainly a good thing!

This is the first special event held for Super Mario Run since the game made its debut in December. The Loads of Coins event will last until January 26.

Switch Preorders Continue to Sell Out

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Switch Preorders Continue to Sell Out

The Wii U will be remembered for a number of things, but strong sales of the console will never be one of them. Despite some solid software, gamers never quite latched on the way they did with so many other Nintendo systems. Luckily, Nintendo’s next system seems to be off to a better start.

According to multiple retailers, preorders for the Nintendo Switch are now sold out. GameStop has reported that they have sold through their “first allotment,” while retailers such as Amazon, Target and Walmart are also reporting sellouts, as well. Hopefully fans still hunting for a preorder will be able to find one soon.

While unavailable product is not necessarily a great thing, it is a positive sign for the future of Nintendo, as well as the Switch. It shows that demand is there. Hopefully the system will be much easier to come by than the NES Classic, at the very least. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more Switch news in the near future!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Will Reportedly Feature No New Tracks

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Will Reportedly Feature No New Tracks

After last week’s Nintendo Switch Presentation, the company quietly announced Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an enhanced version of the Wii U racer. The title will feature a number of new modes and enhancements, but apparently new tracks will not be a part of the package.

Fans that watched Thursday’s presentation may recall seeing an area based on Splatoon‘s Urchin Underpass. That area will apparently appear exclusively in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe‘s new battle mode, and not as a full track. Battle Mode will also feature Battle Stadium (another brand-new map), and two returning maps: SNES Battle Course 1 and Luigi’s Mansion, which originally appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

While many fans will no doubt feel some disappointment, the title still features a strong amount of content, particularly for players that may have missed the Wii U version. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features all of the game’s previous DLC, which gives the game 48 total tracks. With five new racers, new Kart customization options and a classic battle mode, Deluxe will still offer the quintessential Mario Kart 8 experience.

Poll: Will You Be Getting a Switch at Launch?

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Poll: Will You Be Getting a Switch at Launch?

Reactions to Nintendo’s newest hardware have been varied in the wake of Thursday night’s live Switch presentation, which offered fans their first detailed look at the unorthodox new console and some of the titles that will be gracing it in its first year. The Nintendojo staff were similarly mixed on the reveal, intrigued by the console’s prospective game lineup but wary of its pricing and online subscription service.