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RUMOR: Retro Studios Mismanaged; At Risk of Total Shutdown

02 July 2018 - 02:24 PM

The following is marked rumor for now:



Some developer that left Retro Studios has posted a negative job review saying Retro Studios is mismanaged and expects the studio to close.


As we know Retro Studios tends to have poor turnovers in that after each released game, people leave and are replaced for the next release. Assuming if that job site isn't prone to trolls signing up to pass false information (like wikis are prone to), could Retro have been working on something that wasn't just working and thus they are likely going to either be turned into Nintendo Software Tech 2 or shut down altogether? Nobody knows. This is something Nintendo won't allow the public to know if there is something wrong here.
The only way we found out the problems with Nin Software Tech is when after Project HAMMER collapsed, NST was turned into the Mario vs. DK series developer and also assigned to help Nintendo's mobile division. A far cry from their days heading up Metroid Prime Hunters and Wave Race.  What do you think happened?  And what do you think will happen to Retro Studios?  We haven't heard of anything from them for about five years outside DKC: Tropical Freeze being ported to Switch.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Eevee! - Nintendo Switch

30 May 2018 - 04:58 AM




These two titles introduce a new play style that anyone can jump in and enjoy, with plenty of fun adventure and Pokémon for all fans. The games are based on Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which first launched in Japan in 1998. Much has changed since then, and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! include many new modern game elements that a wide range of fans can appreciate. The games bring the intuitiveness of catching Pokémon that we've seen in Pokémon GO to a familiar Pokémon adventure, enhanced by an updated graphic style. These titles are the first that Mr. Masuda is directing himself since Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.





In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, the famous Pikachu will travel alongside the main character. And in Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, the adorable Eevee will be your partner. Your partner Pokémon doesn't go back in its Poké Ball when it's not battling. Instead, it rests on your shoulder or your head, and occasionally wanders around to help you out.


The practice of catching Pokémon will change dramatically from previous titles. Now you can use your Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con to toss a Poké Ball at your target with one hand, either by pressing a button or just by flicking your wrist. With fewer buttons and intuitive action, it's never been simpler.


Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! also feature two-player simultaneous play. Each player uses one Joy-Con to explore together. When they cooperate on something, such as catching Pokémon or challenging Trainer battles, the task becomes even easier.


To really capture the Pokémon spirit of these titles, a new accessory was also unveiled at the show by Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi. The Poké Ball Plus is a Poké Ball-shaped controller that you can use to play Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! instead of the Joy-Con. The Poké Ball Plus is so much more than that, though. You can use it to carry around your partner Pokémon—or any other one you catch—in the real world when you're not playing. Mr. Takahashi promised more details on the incentives for this feature down the road.




Mr. Nomura of Niantic took the stage next to expand even further on the deep connection between Pokémon GO and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! The Poke Ball Plus is fully compatible with Pokémon GO, sharing the same features as the Pokémon GO Plus. Also, Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region that you have caught in Pokémon GO can be brought into Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! And Niantic CEO John Hanke promised via a video presentation that even more secrets about this connection functionality will be revealed soon. Mr. Hanke finished with one last surprise for fans: right now, Alolan Exeggutor is available to catch in Pokémon GO.


Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, along with the Poké Ball Plus, are scheduled to be released worldwide on November 16, 2018.


Additional info: 





Screens/Art:  https://gonintendo.c...-go-eevee-scree


Screens/Art/Fact Sheet on Poké Ball Plus:  https://gonintendo.c...ife-info-weight

Pokémon Quest - Switch / Mobile

30 May 2018 - 04:53 AM





Developed by GAME FREAK, Pokémon Quest takes players across Tumblecube Island, where everything’s a cube—including the Pokémon. Travel the length and breadth of the island hunting for treasure, battling with wild Pokémon, discovering unexplored territories, and even cooking tasty treats to tempt new Pokémon to join your party.


Gameplay features of Pokémon Quest include:

  • Battle by tapping—Pokémon Quest uses simple touch controls that can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • Befriend many Pokémon—Use items collected throughout expeditions to befriend a wide array of Pokémon.
  • Create your Pokémon dream team—Partner with three of your Pokémon friends to battle through diverse environments.
  • Pokémon unique to you—Use different Power Stones to personalize your Pokémon friends however you want and give them unique stats.
  • Customize your base camp—Decorate your home with cute and fun collectibles that not only look good, but can provide in-game benefits.

"This new Pokémon title, developed by GAME FREAK, lets players explore the island of Tumblecube with their team of cute, cube-shaped characters known as Pokéxel,” said Shigeru Ohmori, director at GAME FREAK. “Players will be able to personalize their Pokémon and develop a strong bond with their Pokémon friends while battling their way through the adventure. With the simple touch-screen controls, Pokémon Quest is a game that Pokémon fans of all ages can pick up and play.”


For more information about Pokémon Quest, please visit: Pokemon.com/Quest.


Screens/Art:  https://gonintendo.c...ns-art-and-more


The first 20 minutes:


So who is trying this game out?  I have it downloaded and will try it out later.

NIS America Announces killer7 Remaster; Coming to Steam in Fall 2018

28 May 2018 - 08:31 AM




NIS America has announced Suda51's killer7 will be remastered for Steam release later this year (timeframe is Fall 2018).  Originally killer7 was made for the Nintendo GameCube and was a bit hit and miss before it became a cult classic.


If you want to read up on the original version (reminder -- there will be spoilers):  http://tvtropes.org/...deoGame/Killer7


I've made this thread as I remember killer7 was a thing on the old Luminoth Temple forums of NoA.  I never got the chance to play it though.


Nintendo Announces Partnership with Cygames, Inc.; Announces Dragalia Lost for Mobile

26 April 2018 - 03:58 PM





KYOTO, Japan, Apr. 27, 2018 JST - Nintendo Co., Ltd. (HQ: Minami-ku, Kyoto; Representative Director and President: Tatsumi Kimishima, hereinafter referred as “Nintendo”) and Cygames, Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Koichi Watanabe, hereinafter referred as “Cygames”) reached a business agreement to partner on a new gaming application for smart devices.

In summer of 2018, Nintendo will release Dragalia Lost, an all-new original action RPG application designed by Cygames for smart devices. Nintendo has been co-developing and will jointly operate the game with Cygames, bringing to life the shared vision of a new gaming experience with worldwide appeal.

The gaming application will be released globally, starting with Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. With the support of Nintendo’s group companies, it will launch in North America and Europe as well. For the purpose of facilitating the partnership, Nintendo will obtain approximately 5 percent of Cygames’s issued stocks mainly through a third party allocation of its treasury stock.

The impact of this partnership to Nintendo’s business is factored into this fiscal year’s financial forecast.


We'll have to see if this will follow the Fire Emblem Heroes model or if it will try to shake up the Gatcha-mechanics of FE: Heroes to be different.


EDIT - Additional info:  https://gonintendo.c...their-deal-with


Japanese trailer and website are online:  https://gonintendo.c...anese-site-open