Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct Coming on the 18th of January

It’s only been a few days since Fire Emblem Warriors was announced, but it seems Nintendo has more to show soon. Why? Because a new Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct has already been announced!

And with it being to set on the 18th of January (read, this Wednesday), it’s clear that two topics are likely going to be shown here.

Namely, Fire Emblem Warriors and the smartphone game they had planned. Well, unless a new main series game is announced for the Nintendo Switch. But hey, that seems pretty unlikely right now.

Either way, here’s the post about it on Twitter:

So hey, what do you think? Are you excited

Pokemon Based Arc Survival Mod Gets Hit by DMCA Takedown

Over the past few months, Nintendo has been a bit… touchy with fan projects based on their IP. They took down AM2R after ten years in development. They wiped out the original Pokemon Uranium project before it was forked and restarted. And a while ago, they even hit the likes of Gamejolt, taking down a massive 500 fan games in one foul swoop.

So when an Arc Survival mod based on the Pokemon series gets taken down, you’d probably expect the worst. I mean, it used models from X and Y, and it was available on the Steam Workshop. Seems like a clear case of a Nintendo lawyer being overly zealous, right?

Well no actually.

Surprisingly, said mod (Pokemon Evolved) was not taken down by Nintendo, but by a rival modder.

Yes really. Because you see, the world of Pokemon mods for this game is actually surprisingly competitive. You’ve got this one, which lets people encounter and catch Pokemon in the game world. And then you’ve got a rival team working their own Pokemon mod with similar gameplay concepts.

Because of this, it’s believed that one of the latter’s development team actually submitted the notice to try and kill off the competition. Which seems to be the case given how said DMCA notice is now gone and the mod is back up where it originally was.

So yeah, pretty sleazy really. Admittedly not unique (see how Jason Allen did the same thing to a host of other fan projects a few years back), but sleazy none the less. Let’s hope no other fan developers think of using this trick to kill their competition!

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Modder replaces Ark’s dinosaurs with Pokémon, is quickly slapped with DMCA notice (PC Gamer)

Let’s Compare… Nintendo Switch Leaks and Predictions!

For the last few months, a myriad of different social media personalities have posting ‘leaks’ for the Nintendo Switch. Sometimes this means whole games, like the rumoured Rabbids vs Mario RPG that Laura Kate Dale mentioned a while back. Sometimes it means random facts (like the Switch having region locking or the online multiplayer being pay to play).

Either way, they’ve been hugely popular as a result. I mean, the Nintendo news sites are flooded with their stories. Reddit had at least ten topics a week based on them. And heck, we even see an AMA with Laura Kate Dale on the Nintendo Switch subreddit.

But how do their leaks actually stack up? Was anyone right about the Switch and the games it’d be getting?

Well, let’s find out shall we? Let’s find out in our ultimate Nintendo Switch Leaks comparison list!

Laura Kate Dale

Starting with the Nintendo Switch subreddit’s leaker of choice, Laura Kate Dale. Here are some of the things she predicted for the console, as well as how accurate they turned out to be in the end:

Day One

  • 3D Mario – Not a launch title, though it does exist. It’s called Super Mario Odyssey
  • Mario Rabbids RPG – Nope, and certainly not a launch title. Might have been confused with the last game, given how rabbits appear as Bowser’s henchman.
  • Splatoon Port – It’s not a port
  • Just Dance 2017 – Correct

First 6 Months

  • Smash port – Unless the turn around is real fast, this is very unlikely. Seems like an E3 announcement if anything.
  • Zelda Breath of the Wild – Nope, it’s a launch game.
  • Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy – Unknown
  • Mario Kart 8 Port – It exists, and it’s got minor additions. More like second month though, not ‘first six months’.
  • Xenoblade X Port – Not a new port. It’s a new game called Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
  • Mario Maker Port – Unknown. Seems unlikely to be first six months though

2017

  • Pokemon Stars – Unknown
  • Pikmin 4 – Unknown

2018

  • Beyond Good & Evil – Unknown

As you can see, the vast majority of predictions turned out to be questionable or wrong. And those aren’t the only one she mentioned either.

Oh no, she also said that a Mother 3 port would be announced for the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console at the January 12th event

It wasn’t. Nor was the console going to be priced at £199.99 like she predicted it would be.

Yeah, that’s pretty far off the mark. Unless GAME like hurting their business by drastically underpricing their products (hint: they don’t), it’s not going to be sold for less than £279.99.

Either way, Dale’s track record has been pretty poor recently. Not all bad (a fair few games mentioned could still be coming), but not as accurate as before.

But how about some of the other leakers? How has their track record been?

Continue Reading…

The Nintendo Switch Won’t Have Miiverse

It’s been a heavily promoted feature in the Wii U, and only just made its appearance on a 3DS a couple of years back. But now according to a Nintendo marketing manager, the end is nigh for Miiverse. It will not be returning on the Nintendo Switch.

Here’s their quote confirming this change:

I can answer that we’re not going to be using Miiverse for Nintendo Switch

But that’s not all! Oh no, they also confirmed another recent feature wasn’t on the Nintendo Switch as well. Namely, StreetPass.

You know, that feature that lets you exchange data with people you pass on the street. The one that StreetPass Mii Plaza is built around.

That’s not going to be on the Nintendo Switch either. It’s because (in their words), the Switch isn’t a standard handheld like the 3DS, so there’s no point in including it.

It’s a very quick end for two heavily hyped features.

But do you know what?

I’m actually happy this has happened to be honest.

Yeah, I now that comes across as being very negative. I mean, claiming a feature should be removed from a console? That sounds really mean doesn’t it?

Well, maybe to some. But the thing is, neither really worked that well.

For instance, StreetPass was great… in Japan. Or perhaps really, really busy cities like New York.

But most of the world doesn’t live in those areas. In fact, a large portion live in places like the rest of the US, where everything is really far about and walking isn’t particularly convenient.

So they never encounter anyone using StreetPass. Which in turn, means stuff like StreetPass Mii Plaza is mostly useless to them.

Getting rid of it is just evening the odds and removing something that only a small minority will ever be able to really make good use of.

And StreetPass is even worse. Basically, it’s kind of like Nintendo tried to setup their own version of AOL in the 1990s. A poorly moderated community filled with people who have no interest in holding a decent conversation.

Which then had the knock on effect of hurting independent gaming forums (especially Nintendo ones), since said young kids and future forum members would be attracted to the Nintendo version. Basically, it killed forums about Nintendo, and ended up being a situation where Nintendo was competing with its own fanbase.

Fortunately, now it’s gone (and Nintendo is trying to integrate with third party social sites instead), these problems might be fixed. We’ll see good quality content accessible from the Switch, and we won’t see independent Nintendo forums struggling against Nintendo’s own poorly run ‘community’.

Still, what do you think? Are you happy that StreetPass and Miiverse is no more? Or do you really wish they’d been included on the Nintendo Switch?

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Nintendo Switch Won’t Have Miiverse or StreetPass

Suda51 Announces New Game for Nintendo Switch

He’s worked on such unique games as Killer 7, No More Heroes and Flower, Sun and Rain. And now, it seems Suda51 is working on a title for the Nintendo Switch as well!

Here’s his tweet with the announcement about it:

As you can see, it’s likely going to have something to do with Travis Touchdown from the No More Heroes series. I mean, it’s called Travis Strikes Again after all, and there’s a picture of the character included right there in the tweet.

So what exactly will it be?

Well, there are two main possibilities in my book:

  1. It’s a No More Heroes sequel, with the same gameplay as the Wii instalments. This would be the safer (and more likely) bet, and would please a lot of people wanting more of the same.
  2. Or it’s a spinoff in the same world. That’s the other possibility, and it’d allow for a bit more creativity on Suda51’s part.

Either way, it’s going to be a very unique part of the Nintendo Switch’s game line up, and a future cult classic none the less. Maybe not a best seller, but that’s fine.

But hey, what do you think? Is this going to be a No More Heroes sequel? And if so, what kind of things do you want to see added to it?