Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing Are Going Mobile!

Ever since Miitomo, people have been wondering when Nintendo will make a more ‘traditional’ smartphone game. That’s not to say Miitomo isn’t a good app (10 million people certainly like it!), but it’s perhaps not what everyone was expecting.

But now it seems our questions have been answered. Nintendo is making two new games for smartphones, and they’re spinoffs of the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises respectively. Here’s some proof, straight from Nintendo themselves:

What’s more, these are explicitly meant to be ‘games’, with a recent press release describing them as ‘pure game applications’ and contrasting them with Miitomo:

Nintendo’s Next Mobile Apps: Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this autumn. As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game. Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.

So if you’re one of those people who was a tad disappointed by Miitomo, or wanted to see Nintendo make ‘proper’ game for smartphones, these should be exactly what you’re looking for. They probably won’t be full installments in the series (although hey, anything is possible at this point), but they’ll at least tie into the dedicated games based on the series. In other words, they might work a bit like Pokemon GO, integrating with the main series titles and working alongside them.

But what do you think about this? Are you happy to see Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem on mobile devices? Do you like that these apps are actual games? Or would you rather have seen something different?


Nintendo provides updates on mobile, NX and The Legend of Zelda along with annual earnings – Nintendo Press Release

Nintendo Patents U Shaped Controller Design

Have you ever wanted to play games with a controller shaped like a giant magnet?

Or maybe a somewhat interactive boomerang?

Well if so, it seems Nintendo has patented just the thing! Designed for an ‘exercise controller’ and incorporating gyro, load, acceleration and temperature censors, the device looks absolutely ridiculous. Here’s a picture from the patent:

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And heck, another one for the sake of it:

weird controller 2

As you can see, it looks hilariously silly. It’s an ergonomic nightmare (good luck holding that thing comfortably), it’s probably too big to carry easily and heck, good luck finding a place to stash it once you’re done. And dear god, if the Wii inspired toilet humour type jokes, then this thing would inspire ten times more. Heck, the whole design looks like a toilet lid.

Xbox Wheel Controller

Above: It also looks like this Xbox 360 wheel controller. Perhaps a bit too much like it really.

Still, on a brighter note, this is very unlikely to have anything to do with the Nintendo NX. The patent was first filed in Japan on October 16th 2014, with an international filing on September 18th 2015. It was titled ‘Training Implement, Training System, and Input Device’, a name which could refer to just about anything. It could als have had something to do with the Wii U, given that the entire controller is well, U shaped. Perhaps it’s Wii Fit U related?

Either way, if you’ve got a bit of free time (or good Japanese skills), you can read the whole patent here:

Training Implement, Training System and Input Device – PatentScope

But what do you think about it? Does the thing look ridiculous as all hell? Is there any logical reason for a controller to be shaped like this? And what would your reaction be if this turned out to be the actual Nintendo NX controller?


Nintendo patent for U-shaped exercise controller surfaces – GoNintendo

Nintendo Stock Stolen at A14 Services

Nintendo UK seems to suffer a lot of heists, doesn’t it? After all, a lorry carrying copies of Splatoon and its associated Amiibo was stolen less than a year ago.

And now, it’s happened again. Thousands of pounds worth of Nintendo games have been stolen from a lorry at Thrapston’s A14 services. The theft happened sometime between the 13th and 14th of April, with the thieves cutting through the side curtain of the lorry to take the games while the driver slept.

Nintendo Lorry
Above: The Nintendo Lorry the games were stolen from, showing the hole cut by the thieves

What particular games were taken? To be honest, no one knows as of this point. Some people (and media outlets) talk about Star Fox Zero potentially being affected, but that’s just a guess. Either way, there’s the possibility of pre-ordered games being delayed, so be prepared for the worst.

“Anyone with information on the crime should report it to the Northamptonshire police on 101”, a police spokesman said. “Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

So yeah, if you have any information on the crime, contact the police now. And for Nintendo’s sake, let’s hope no more of their games get stolen from lorries this year, since the stolen Splatoon copies still haven’t been recovered since the time they were stolen back in May last year.


Thousands of pounds worth of Nintendo games stolen from lorry parked on the A14 Thrapston services – Northamptonshire Police

Happy Birthday Tatsumi Kimishima!

Nintendo’s CEO is now 66 years old! Born in 1950 and working with Nintendo since 2000, he’s been Pokemon USA president, Nintendo of America president and managing director of Nintendo Co Ltd before getting his current role. Mr Kimishima’s resume is quite the impressive one, isn’t it?

Tatsumi Kimishima

Above: Tatsumi Kimishima. Presumably back when he was at Nintendo of America

So wish him a happy birthday folks. Taking the reigns from Iwata is a difficult job, and it’s even harder in todays economic climate. Being suddenly promoted to CEO while the Wii U struggles and Nintendo loses its relevance is quite the challenge! So it’s good to see he’s turning things around.

Have a happy birthday Kimishima!

Nintendo Takes Down 101 Character Mario Kart Video

Okay, I admit I was probably too harsh on Nintendo in this article, and should have stepped back a bit and calmed down before writing this post. But I don’t like it when fan projects get shut down by companies, and in this case, my anger kind of got the better of me. But I do think Nintendo was unfair here, and that the video should have been left up regardless.

Back in February 2016, a popular Youtube user called ‘Hat-Loving Gamer’ posted an interesting Super Mario Kart video.  Namely, it was a crossover where 101 different video game characters were racing through Mario Circuit in Super Mario Kart.  And dear god, it was impressive.  The Koopalings were there.  Rayman, Sonic and Bioshock had characters included from them in the animation.

Heck, the main character even got mugged by someone from Grand Theft Auto, before then hijacking Captain Falcon’s Blue Falcon car!  It was incredible! Here’s an archived copy of the video:

Above: Also shows how the video was made.

Unfortunately, someone at Nintendo… didn’t like it for some reason.  So now, the good old video is ‘blocked on copyright grounds’.  Yes really:

So let me say something here.

What the freaking hell is wrong with the idiots at Nintendo? This wasn’t a hack. This wasn’t linked to any sort of playable game. Heck, do you honestly thing the SNES could actually run a game with 100 playable characters at the same time? Really? You made the damn console, you know what it’s capable of.

In simple terms, this was a parody. Parody videos are legally protected. Don’t like that? Tough crap. Honestly, The Simpsons was right. The world would be a better place if the vast majority of lawyers simply stopped existing. And this is a case of Nintendo’s legal team vastly overstepping their bounds and just ruining things for the fans.

Either way, I hope they learn from their mistakes and remove their copyright strike on this video right now. It is utterly pathetic than a normal fan animation is being shut down for no real reason.