Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Comes to Nintendo Switch This Summer

It’s already available on every eighth generation console out there, but now WayForward has announced that their hit platformer Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to Switch too! Yep, the game is coming to the system this summer, with HD rumble support.

Here’s their tweet confirming the news:

And that’s good news for anyone who missed out on the Wii U. Why? Because Shantae Half-Genie Hero is a really fantastic 2D platformer that many more people should get to experience. So yeah, by having it come to the Switch, Nintendo fans who didn’t buy a Wii U won’t be missing out on the game.

There also might be a few new things too, given the comments about ‘more details coming soon’. Not sure exactly what they could add, but it’d be good news none the less. Maybe Amiibo support could be a possibility?

Ah well, doesn’t matter. It’s a great game, it’s now coming to Nintendo Switch and it’ll be available this summer. So hey, what do you think? Are you excited for this game on Switch?

Nintendo Announces E3 2017 Plans

With E3 2017 coming up in under a month, many people have been excited about what Nintendo might bring to the table. After all, last year was a major shakeup of the formula, with Zelda Breath of the Wild being showcased for three days straight. And with comments going around that Nintendo would have a ‘big’ E3 this year, it’s only natural to wonder what exactly that all means.

Well, now we know. Because Nintendo have now revealed their plans for E3 2017 on their website. Here’s their site illustrating exactly what they’re going to be doing at the event.

As you can see, Super Mario Odyssey will be a heavily promoted game at their E3 2017 booth. Not surprising really, it’s one of their biggest games of the year. But either way, the title will be available for attendees to play at the event itself, and people watching from elsewhere will get new details about the game via their Digital Event.

Other games to be shown there haven’t been announced yet, but Reggie’s comments on Fox News imply a wide variety of them are going to be showcased here:

E3 is always a big time for Nintendo. We look at each E3 as a unique opportunity to tell our story. And we’re gonna have a big E3 this year. We’re going to be showcasing a variety of games. We will have experiences for… consumers will be able to attend the show for the very first time. So I’m not gonna tell you all of the various games and all of our little secrets for E3, but I can tell you that E3 is going to be a major opportunity for us to showcase not only Nintendo Switch, but also content coming to Nintendo 3DS.

This means that while Super Mario Odyssey is the main course, it’s certainly not going to be Nintendo’s only big announcement at the event.

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Nintendo Files Trademark Application for a Bowser Game

Hmm, this seems like an interesting bit of news coming from Nintendo! Cause as the title suggests, it seems like Nintendo has just applied for a trademark on Bowser’s name (in Japanese), with the intention of using it for video game programs and clothing! Here’s the trademark itself via the official Japanese trademark database.

For those who can’t read Japanese, it basically say it’s for video game programs and clothing, with the applicant name being ‘Nintendo Co Ltd’ (their Japanese company title).

But what are they planning to use the trademark for?

Well one possibility is that of a new, Bowser focused video game. That’s the theory a lot of gaming sites have come up with, and it’s certainly one that would really appreciated by Nintendo fans across the world. Maybe it could be a strategy game with the Koopa Troop as the main army. Or a beat em up section like the rampage sections in the fan game Super Mario Fusion Revival. An RPG, like Bowser’s Inside Story minus the Mario Bros.

As far as Bowser games go, the possibilities are basically endless.

It could also reference a series in production. Like, a full blown Bowser spinoff franchise with multiple games. That would at least explain why a truly ridiculous amount of possible products are mentioned here. Like clothing. Or even hotels!

Above: No, don’t make that joke. Please.

Unfortunately, there’s also another possibility here. Namely, that it means absolutely nothing.

Yeah, I know that sucks. But this is Nintendo, a company that registers trademarks on the off chance they’ll use them in future. I mean, look at some of the crazy Pokemon ones they’ve registered in recent years:

  • Pokemon Purple
  • Pokemon Crimson
  • As well as Pokemon Grey
  • And the inevitable Pokemon Z
  • Pokemon Opal
  • Plus finally Pokemon Brown

None of these have gone anywhere, and none are really expected to. They’re just there if they ever need them.

So yeah, that could be the case here too. No new game or series, just a trademark in case Nintendo ever considers making one. It’d suck if it were the case, but hey, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

Still, let’s be positive for now. Assuming it is a new Bowser game they’re got in development, what exactly do you want it to be? A strategy game, RPG or beat em up? Something else?

Post your thoughts here or at the Gaming Latest forums today!


Nintendo Trademark Result for ‘Koopa’

Was the Nintendo X Uniqlo Contest Rigged?

A while ago, Nintendo announced a special contest they were running in partnership with t-shirt makers Uniqlo. Based on their games and franchises, this contest had entrants design a Nintendo themed t-shirt, with the winner’s being created as a real product down the line.

It was an interesting setup, and with people like Shigeru Miyamoto on the judging panel, one that suggested that the best fan art creators could have their day in the limelight here. I mean, it’s really simple isn’t it? Enter a winning design, have it get made, win the prizes. Including $10,000 in cash, an award ceremony invite and a Nintendo Switch!

Unfortunately, it seems things haven’t quite worked out that way. Why? Because after doing a bit of investigating, NBNNSNNTNNFSN on Reddit has found some mighty suspicious things going on with the contest. For example, take a look at the winning entry:

Winning T-shirt

Seems straight forward enough, right? Yeah, it’s an eight bit Mario sprite on a red background.

However, here’s the issue:

It’s seemingly against the rules of the contest. And that’s because the terms clearly stated that the art had to be original. Not ripped from a game or Nintendo press materials. Original as in drawn by the artist themselves. Here’s the quote directly from the Q/A page:

Editing or processing visuals that have been previously released by others is not permitted.

A simple ripped sprite goes completely against these rules. And don’t think they’re only on the Q/A page either. Oh no, a Reddit user called NBNNSNNTNNFSN actually sent them an email about this very subject. In said email (which can be seen below), he asked whether ‘pixel art’ was allowed for the contest:

Question about Pixel Art

Their response?

Same as above:

Namely that using said sprites wouldn’t be acceptable because the user didn’t own them.

So something’s immediately suspicious with the contest winner here. But that’s not the only winning entry that’s causing problems.

Oh no, quite a few of the others are too. I mean, go and look at the entries on the page. Do you notice anything?

Yep, a fairly large percentage of them are using sprites from official Nintendo games. Some of them have edited the sprites a bit sure. And yeah, a few have made the actual pixels a bit more visible as an ‘artistic statement’.

But either way, that’s seven or eight entries using sprites or artwork they don’t have the rights to. How did these get past the judges?

Well, isn’t that a good question! Somehow, the plain and simple copied sprites and artwork entries actually managed to outperform designs with a ton more effort put into them. Like this Star Fox one. Or this Wario one.

Or heck, any manner of other great designs. Designs that took a while to draw and involved lots of effort on the part of their creators.

And the rabbit holes goes even deeper than that.


Because one of people who did well in the contest (Shino Yamazaki) actually worked for Uniqlo Japan for more than five years!

Look at his LinkedIn profile if you need more proof of that. That looks like a pretty clear conflict of interest, and raises the question of how many other entries were submitted by current or previous Uniqlo staff members. Because if the answer is ‘most of them’ (or that people associated with Uniqlo) did suspiciously well here, that doesn’t bode well for the contest as a whole.

So it seems something suspicious is up with the Nintendo X Uniqlo thing. It may or may not be outright fixed, but it definitely seems possible that rules are being ignored for the winning entries and that choices are made based on what’s ‘convenient’ rather than what’s good. Let’s hope someone gets to the bottom of things soon!

And thanks to NBNNSNNTNNFSN for bringing this to our attention! It looks suspicious as hell if you ask us!


Has the Nintendo X Uniqlo Contest Been Rigged (Reddit)

Darksiders 3 Revealed!

Well it was technically leaked earlier today, but now THQ Nordic has actually revealed it for real. Here’s the first trailer showing the game in action:

So what’s the setup here you may be wondering?

Well, here’s how THQ explains the story and characters in the game:

Return to an apocalyptic planet Earth in Darksiders III, a hack-n-slash action adventure where players take on the role of FURY in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. The Charred Council calls upon Fury to battle from the heights of heaven down through the depths of hell in a quest to restore humanity and prove that she is the most powerful of the Horsemen. As a mage, FURY relies on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil. The expansive, Darksiders III game world is presented as an open-ended, living, free-form planet Earth that is dilapidated by war and decay, and overrun by nature. FURY will move back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the Darksiders III story.

As you can see, it’s the story of a new character called Fury as she hunts down and destroys the Seven Deadly Sins. Which is a pretty familiar premise overall. Since War and Death were the stars of the first two games…

It’s a simple, fairly safe sequel. A standard open world here. Typical art style of the series there. The odd new combat mechanic to make Fury stand out a bit. Basically, it’s Darksiders 3 as you’d expect/want Darksiders 3 to be like.

And it’s heading to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2018. So hey, what do you think about it? Are you interested in this game? Or do you feel this series isn’t quite your thing?

Post your thoughts here or at Gaming Latest today!