8-4 Not Handling Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Translation

They handled translating Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii, and they’ve worked with Nintendo on a fair few other games.

But it seems like 8-4’s translation work on the series is finished for now. That’s because as per 8-4 staffer John Ricciardi on Twitter, the company is busy with other stuff at the moment. Here’s his tweet about the news in full:

Still, at least the news will come as a relief to some fans. This is because a while back, 8-4 got a lot of criticism from JRPG fans for removing certain features from the localised versions of Xenoblade Chronicles, like the boob slider and other similar additions. Said fans were part of a GamerGate related initiative called ‘Torrential Downpour’, and also expressed unhappiness with other games translated around the same time. Like Fire Emblem Fates. Or Tokyo Mirage Sessions.

So those people should be happy with this announcement. Let’s hope the rest of us will be as well!

Nintendo Switch Teardown Posted Online!

Ever want to see what’s inside a Nintendo Switch? How Nintendo managed to get all that technology into the tiny unit?

Can’t be bothered to wait till the console comes out in 2 weeks?

If so, you’re in luck! Because someone online going by the name tabobao has posted a full break down of the console, showing everything inside the system hardware. Here’s his Imgur album with a ton of pictures:

Switch Teardown posted by some taobao guy

As well as a few notable ones I felt like posting here:

As you can see, Nintendo’s done everything possible to avoid wasting space this time around. I mean, look at how packed together everything is on the circuit board there if you need proof of that. Definitely feels like they tried to make it less bulky for the Switch.

So yeah, it’s an interesting look at the hardware really. Perhaps not one Nintendo wanted available so early, but an intriguing one none the less. Gives you a real idea of how impressive the tech is, and how hard it must have been to get it all working in the Switch unit!

Sony Patents Very Switch Like System

We’ve heard of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to Sony’s new patent, it seems that might be a step too far.

Why?

Because it shows a system that looks remarkably similar to the Nintendo Switch. As in, pretty much identical down to the hardware and screen layout. Here are some pictures showing the design they patented:

As you can see, it definitely has its similarities to Nintendo’s system.

I mean, you’ve got the general design setup. The button layouts seem remarkably similar to Nintendo’s system. Heck, there are even what seem to be removable controllers! Like a Sony equivalent to the Switch’s Joy-Cons!

But before you get out the torches and pitchforks, here’s an interesting thing you may not have realised here. Namely, this patent actually dates from 2015. Yes, it was made public a few days ago, sure. But the actual patent itself was seemingly filed way before anyone outside of Nintendo knew the Switch even existed.

So as strange as it sounds, this could actually be a weird coincidence. After all, they’re dropping support for the Vita pretty soon. And well, with their handhelds not doing all that hot, it does seem possible that Sony could have considered a hybrid system separately from Nintendo. Or even just a simple tablet shell with detachable PlayStation type controllers.

Or maybe they were spying on Nintendo somehow. Either way, they seem to have a patent on a Nintendo Switch like system or device none the less.

So what do you think is going on here? Is this Sony patent a little too close to the Nintendo Switch? Or is the whole thing just a coincidence?

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Sony Patents Nintendo Switch Like Device (Japanese)

Nintendo Confirms Switch Consoles Stolen from Distributor

When a couple of folks online managed to post leaked footage of the Nintendo Switch menu, few people were particularly surprised. After all, consoles and games are leaked all the time. Paper Mario, Pokemon Sun and Moon, much of the Switch lineup itself… Basically, leaks are almost a rite of passage now.

What isn’t normal though is how these Switch consoles were leaked.

Why?

Because as Nintendo says in a statement, they were stolen. As in, employees from a US distributor stole the systems and resold them illegally. Bit more serious than a broken Street Date, don’t you think?

Yeah, we’d say so too. Here’s Nintendo’s own official statement on the matter confirming it:

Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.

As you can see there, things are resolved now. The employees responsible have been sacked from their jobs. The police are investigating the thefts and resales. And well, if that NeoGAF user who got one Switch is to be believed… Nintendo are trying to take back the stolen consoles right now. So it’s not been a total loss for the company.

But hey, it’s still messed up none the less. Let’s hope this is the last story we’ll hear about this distributor or its employees. That unlike the first guy, the next few Switch owners don’t leak everything weeks in advance.

Or worse yet, rip games and post them online. Cause damn, that would be damaging for Nintendo right now!

Still, what do you think? Are you surprised the Switch was stolen by a distributor’s employees?

Post your thoughts on the thefts here or on social media today!

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Nintendo Confirms Switch Systems Stolen (IGN)

DLC Announced for Zelda Breath of the Wild

As was made obvious by the trailers and videos shown so far, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is trying a whole bunch of things to change up the Zelda formula. The increasing linearity has been rolled back, leaving Hyrule as a world you can explore any way you want. The focus on a set of main dungeons has been toned down, leaving hundreds of optional shrines in their place (for the most part). And with the increased focus on survival, it’s clear that Hyrule won’t be such an easy to explore place this around.

But it seems like the open world and content won’t be the only major change to the Zelda formula in Breath of the Wild. Why? Because just earlier today, Zelda director Eiji Aonuma has announced that the game will also be getting paid DLC later this year!

This DLC (called an ‘Expansion Pass’) will cost $19.99 and be available to buy from March 3rd 2017.

Here’s a video giving more details about it via Nintendo’s official channel:

But what’s in it?

Well, quite a few things really. Because the Expansion Pass is not a singular DLC pack. Instead, it acts like a sort of ‘season ticket’ for extra game content in Breath of the Wild, and lets the owner access different sets of content released during the year.

So when you buy it in March, you’ll merely get three extra treasure chests with useful items and clothing. However, later that year (in Summer 2017), this will then let you access DLC Pack 1, complete with:

  • A new Cave of Trials challenge (like in Twilight Princess HD)
  • A new Hard mode (yeah, they’re charging for Hero Mode this time around)
  • As well as an ‘extra map feature’ of some sort.

And that’s not all. Oh no, there’s also an update planned for the 2017 Holiday Season too. What does this one come with?

The following extras:

  • A new original story (presumably a continuation of the main storyline or a major sidequest)
  • A new dungeon
  • And additional challenges as well

So yeah, it’s basically three DLC packs for the price of one. Not too bad of a deal to be honest, especially when the price is pretty reasonable in general. After all, Mario Kart 8’s DLC packs come to $11.99 when bought together, and Super Smash Bros’s DLC can cost nearly double this amount.

But Nintendo made a small mistake here. Why?

Because as you likely noticed by now, they announced Breath of the Wild’s DLC before the game was released.

And well, when a creator does that in the video game industry, it’s pretty much a one way ticket to becoming an internet pariah. So at least a vocal minority are now quite upset that the game’s DLC has been announced already. Especially given how Hard Mode is one of the features included in it or how you can’t buy the packs separately.

But still, what do you think about this? Are you happy to see a main series Zelda game with DLC? Or do you feel like Nintendo should have waited till the game was out to post about this?

Have your say on the matter here or on social media today!