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RUMOR - New 2D Metroid game in development for unspecified platform

Now here's a really juicy rumor for everyone. Resetera user Mocolostrocolos is claiming that a brand-new 2D Metroid is in development. Apparently the project is early on, but Mocolostrocolos isn't willing to say what studio is involved. No mention of platform is made.

Now why bother listening to rumors from some random forum user? Resetera recently put together a post to chronicle rumors from various users. It turns out Mocolostrocolos has been spot-on with his teases on the forum in the past, but people never put any merit into what he said. Mocolostrocolos leaked 100% accurate details about Metroid: Samus Return before the game was ever mentioned by Nintendo. Multiple posts about the game existing, being for 3DS, having a long development, and being handled by a company outside of Nintendo.

Is Mocolostrocolos spot on with his latest rumor as well? He's clearly got some inside sources, and has nailed Metroid info before. Let's hope he's right about this one!

Thanks to ReyVGM for the heads up!

RUMOR - Nintendo set to reveal something Switch related this Thursday through a special video

Just a few days after Nintendo's Direct Mini, and we're already hearing that something else is being cooked up for this week. Rumor has it that Nintendo will be showing something off on Thursday. It doesn't sound like we're looking at another Nintendo Direct, though. This seems to be something along the lines of a trailer that pops up on Nintendo's YouTube channel out of nowhere. The rumor says this reveal will be for the Switch, and could tie into a new game/accessory for the platform.

Netflix says they're "still exploring the opportunity" to bring their service to Switch

Over the weekend, Netflix's customer service Twitter account said there were no plans to bring Netflix to the Switch. Since sharing that info, Netflix has deleted the tweet. The company has now provided a direct statement on the matter, and it seems much more hopeful than what the tweet said.

“We are still exploring the opportunity with Nintendo, but don’t have definitive plans to share at this time.”

Let's hope both Nintendo and Netflix hash things out, and the service becomes available sometime this year. Having Netflix on the Switch would be a good thing no matter what way you look at it.

Nintendo explains why the Zelda series often embraces new visual styles

The Zelda franchise always seems to embrace new visual styles with each installment. Ever wonder why that is? Nintendo's Satoru Takizawa explained this design choice in The Legend of Zelda book, Master Works. You can see a translated snippet below, handled by Matt Walker at Source Gaming.

– “Why does the art style change for each game in the Zelda series?” That’s a question many have probably considered. It’s the result of trial and error during the development of each title to figure out what would best make the world feel like something players would be excited to adventure in. The conclusion was to marry the believability of the world with playability – this would help them satisfy the goal of “rethinking the conventions of Zelda” and creating an art style that could be considered the definitive standard for Zelda. This lead to things such as the “comical” effect of tree wood magically “poofing” into bundles of wood – anything more realistic would feel like a waste of time for the player.

– Although Takizawa-san knew that this art style that utilizes the less realistic and more stylized choices would work for the purposes of the game, he couldn’t help but feel uneasy as to whether the general populace would accept it. Those worries were swept away when the general reaction to the first trailer at E3 2014 was positive.

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Nintendo's president discusses Switch's "crucial" second year, objectives that need to be hit for momentum to continue

Nintendo has a bonafide hit on their hands with the Switch. The first fiscal year has some time left in it, but by and large, it's been a resounding success. How will Nintendo continue this and create a victory lap in the second year? Nintendo's Tatsumi Kimishima shared some thoughts in a recent interview.

- “In order to be playable in the long term, the second year is crucial."
- "Our task is to add more users, including people who barely touch game consoles.”
- Nintendo has to expand the game library, take in new players, and raise the Switch as “a game console with long lifespan”
- Kimishima believes overall worldwide momentum for Switch is rivaling the Wii era
- Nintendo has reached most early adopters because they really like Nintendo’s games
- Nintendo’s games are focused on the family demographic
- in the Switch's future, different sorts of genres will be covered by third-parties, which will help expand the system’s user base
- if Nintendo doesn’t think of new ways to play, Switch momentum could stop due to competition from other hardware creators
- there is a possibility in the future that the method to deliver surprises to customers may change
- to equalize earnings, it is important to always maintain unique ideas

Nintendo explains why they're not chasing VR or 4K, aim to do something different

Nintendo France MD Philippe Lavoué has been quite chatty lately. We've heard about all sorts of sales data from Mr. Lavoué, but it turns out he had plenty to say about the tech side of Nintendo as well. In an interview snippet below, you can see Lavoué discuss why Nintendo hasn't gone after VR or 4K with Switch.

If you look at VR headsets, I doubt they can appeal to the mainstream. Consumers are not patient with entertainment if you’re not able to deliver an all-inclusive package.

As far as 4K is concerned, is it useful to invest in a technology that has not been adopted by the majority? Where are 4K TVs now? Is it a good idea to invest in a technology before consumers do? We can’t invest in everything. And what novelty would we bring compared to our competitors?

If we do the exact same thing than everyone else, we’re bound to die because we are smaller than them. With the Switch, we offer different uses, adapted to players’ pace of life. Its advantage is being able to fit into your daily life.

Switch the best-selling console of Dec. 2017 in the United States




While we have to wait until next week to get the full NPD data, it looks like we already know who came out on top when it comes to consoles. The Switch managed to best the competition in Dec. 2017, even when the Xbox One had its best December ever. No details on how many units were sold exactly, but it certainly seems like over a million!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Pokemon PR - Crack the Case with Detective Pikachu, launching March 23


BELLEVUE, WA--January 12, 2017--The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today announced Detective Pikachu, a new video game scheduled to release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DSTM family of systems both digitally and at retail on March 23, 2018. An action-adventure title, Detective Pikachu finds the hero of the title - a unique Pikachu in the Pokémon world - partnering with Tim Goodman and searching for evidence and clues to solve a series of cases, while also investigating the disappearance of Tim's father, Harry Goodman.

When he arrives in Ryme City looking for his missing father, little does Tim know he would meet a Pikachu, but more amazingly a Pikachu who he could communicate with. There's more to this Pikachu than a detective hat - he's one lovably gruff, tough-talking sleuth, with a taste for good coffee.

This Pikachu claims that he worked with Tim's father, and the two pair up to discover his whereabouts. Together, Tim and Detective Pikachu will encounter a number of mysteries in Ryme City and will need to talk to witnesses and gather their testimony in order to discover the truth. Cases that would be impossible for Tim to solve alone can be cracked with the help of this Pikachu, because he is able to obtain vital clues and information from other Pokémon.

Detective Pikachu includes all the chapters of the 2016 Japan-exclusive Nintendo eShop release, Detective Pikachu - Birth of a New Duo, but adds further content that completes the story. The game features new locations to explore, as well as a colorful cast of both Pokémon and human characters.

For those players who are new to sleuthing and may need some help in uncovering the evidence, Detective Pikachu features an Easy Mode, where the title character will provide handy hints on what to do or where to go next.

A special Detective Pikachu amiibo is also planned for when the game launches. It's larger than a regular amiibo, and it allows players to view all the Pika Prompts (short video clips) from chapters they have completed, including ones they missed finding earlier. These clips feature Pikachu's quips and antics - and may even contain a hint.

Check out the trailer for the game here: https://youtu.be/PeYARbPHcvk.

For more information, please visit http://pokemon.com/DetectivePikachu.


This week's European downloads - January 11 (Furi, Super Meat Boy and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Furi (The Game Bakers) - €19.99/£17.99
Fight your way free in this ultra-responsive, fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting game. Feel the tension and adrenaline of one-on-one duels against deadly adversaries: you will need absolute focus and skill to defeat each of the guardians. Do you have what it takes to reach the last gate? Boss design by Takashi Okazaki. Original soundtrack by Carpenter Brut, Danger and more!

Super Meat Boy (BlitWorks) - €12.99/£11.99
Super Meat Boy is a tough-as-nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux.

Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles. Sacrificing his own well-being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old-school difficulty of classic titles and streamlines them down to the essential straightforward twitch reflex platforming.

Ramping up in difficulty, from hard to soul-crushing, SMB will drag Meat Boy though haunted hospitals, salt factories and even hell itself. And if 300+ single player levels weren't enough, SMB also throws in epic boss fights, tons of unlockable secrets, warp zones and hidden characters.

And now coming first to Nintendo Switch is a brand new way to play Super Meat Boy with your friends. Introducing "RACE MODE"! In this 2-player split-screen race, friends (or enemies) can compete against each other through individual chapters, randomized levels, or the entire game! Choose light world, dark world, or both and have at it. Side effects may include hubris and schadenfreude.

The Escapists 2 (Team17 Digital) - €19.99/£19.99
Bust out anywhere, with anyone on the Nintendo Switch. Team up with another inmate for local two player split screen mode, taking a Joy-Con each to either team up to break out, or work against one another to determine who’s the quickest convict to make an escape.

Risk it all to breakout from the toughest prisons in the world. Explore the biggest prisons yet, with multiple floors, roofs, vents and underground tunnels. You’ll have to live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs and following strict routines; all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom! Your prison escape antics will take you from the frosty Fort Tundra, to a train hurtling through the desert, and even to the final frontier!

Features
- 10 Prisons
- 2 player split-screen play, and up to 4 player co-operative and versus online multiplayer
- Drop-in/Drop-out Online/Split screen multiplayer
- Over 300 customisations
- Multi-storey Prisons

Pokken Tournament DX Bundle (Nintendo) - €74.98/£63.48
Includes full Pokken Tournament DX game with Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack.

Experience a new kind of Pokémon battle in Pokkén Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. In this intense fighting game, Pokémon appear more lifelike than ever before, with amazing graphics and smooth, fluid movements.

Developed in collaboration with The Pokémon Company and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, the developers behind the legendary fighting series TEKKEN, Pokkén Tournament DX brings tight gameplay and incredible control to never-before-seen battles between Pokémon. The gameplay is designed to be enjoyed by a wide range of people – even those who have never played a fighting game or an action game before can easily pick it up and play!

Dragon Quest Builders demo (Nintendo) - Free
The goddess Rubiss has spoken – and you have been chosen. Dragon Quest Builders is destined for Nintendo Switch.

The game is a big hit in Japan, mixing the fun of building with an overarching story and the combat of an action-RPG. You’ll master the art of construction, build your own towns however you want, defend them from monsters, and rescue townsfolk in need. Succeed and you may just rebuild Alefgard, the very same world where the series began.

A separate free build mode allows you to build to your heart’s content with unlimited resources. And a Nintendo Switch exclusive Great Sabrecub will boost your speed and grant you special material by defeating enemies.

Moorhuhn & Castles (Young Fun Studios) - €29.99/£26.99
Finally, Moorhuhn strikes back! Get set, aim, fire... and never neglect your own cover. Fight against the AI, your friends... or your enemies! Pure Moorhuhn action!

CONTENTS
• Action: Aim and hit with a variety of weapons and magic!
• Construction: Build your own castle complete with walls, shields, towers, cannons, catapults or mighty mages!
• Defence: Turn your Scottish Moorhuhn clan's residence into the most impregnable fortress in the Highlands!
• Progression: Upgrade your castle and weapons by up to 18 levels!
• Single-player: Pursue the evil Clan Chief and defeat him in epic battles!
• Multiplayer*: Compete against players from around the world and win gold and trophies.
• Live duels*: Challenge your friends directly and fight for glory... and gold!
• Looting*: Try to secretly rob other players.
• Recognition*: Let everyone see what you've got in the high-score table.

*Multiplayer: COMING SOON! Join the battlefield now, start building up your castle and developing the best strategy, and you will get a FREE Feature Pack with several multiplayer options in spring 2018.

Never Stop Sneakin' (Humble Hearts) - €12.99/£11.69
Can you believe it? That madman, Amadeus Guildenstern, just traveled through time and kidnapped all the U.S. Presidents! Yes, all of them! Even the bad ones! If you're going to fix history, you'll need the help of the world's most elite stealth operatives: The Department of Sneakin'.

Infiltrate the enemy base, avoid their patrols, and hack their systems to gain valuable intel. Build your Sneakin' HQ, and figure out how to stop Guildenstern's time-traveling scheme!

- Classic tactical sneakin' action, rendered with only the finest polygons.
- Unlock new characters, weapons, and perks to aid you in your mission.
- Fight incredible bosses, including the evil Dr. Acula (probably a vampire) and Vice President Helicopter (who is a helicopter).
- Dynamic infiltration system generates new layouts every mission. Never sneak through the same base twice!
- Multiple control options to customize your sneakin' experience!

Black the Fall (SandSailorStudio) - €14.90/£11.99 (€13.41/£10.79 until January 23)
After decades of toil, an old machinist plots his escape from the oppressive grasp of the Communist regime. Through hidden passages, shadow and grief, he struggles. Ingenuity, reflexes and deception are his tools. Along the road, he befriends the most unlikely creature, an abandoned little robot. Could they escape this bleak and deadly world, together?

•    Unravel the puzzles buried within the oppressive atmosphere of a dystopian dictatorship
•    Harness the power of a stolen designator tool to manipulate both man and machine
•    Befriend a lonely lost robot and earn its loyal companionship
•    Take your shot at overthrowing a Communist State inspired by real world events

Energy Invasion (EvgeniyKolpakov) - €2.99/£2.69
Energy Invasion - an arcade game inspired by the classic Breakout. Unlike the original game, your ball does not break blocks on its own, but can launch missiles in a chosen direction.

Features:
- A lot of bonuses (both useful and harmful)
- Bright graphic effects
- Levels with dangerous enemies
- Soundtrack from Nick R 61
- 25 levels in "Invasion" mode, 25 levels in "Linear" mode, ∞ levels in "Endless" mode

ACA NEOGEO ART OF FIGHTING 2 (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"ART OF FIGHTING 2" is a fighting game released by SNK in 1994. Twelve fighters compete to be crowned as the strongest one in the “King of Fighters” ultimate fighting championship.

New mechanics such as the revamped “Rage Guage”, the addition of both weak and strong attacks, and a landing recovery mechanic mean that battles are even more intense than in the previous title!.

The "ACA NEOGEO" series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces. Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.

Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.

Of Mice and Sand (ARC SYSTEM WORKS) - €9.99/£8.99
"Of MICE and SAND -REVISED-" puts you in charge of a desert craft and its rodent crew. Brave an alien planet, and turn your squeaking subordinates into first-class shipmates, all in the name of adventure!

- Navigate the dunes in search of treasures!
Intriguing items await your discovery in the scorching sands.
Steer your ship from settlement to settlement, filling it with riches.

- Craft items to boost your success rate!

Not many people know, but mice are master crafters!

After adding a factory, workbench, lab, and other such rooms to your ship, you can turn your scavenged materials into rarer items and make food for your mice.

Sell crafted items at settlements to raise funds for more thrilling adventures!

- Construct a multitude of rooms, and power up!

Create more than just rooms for crafting: Add sleeping quarters so your crew can catch some Zs, or even a jukebox to give them a boost. And if any hostiles block your path, the machine gun will make them wish they'd stayed home.

Utilize crafted items to build a variety of rooms and enhance your ship.

- Encounter surprises in the desert!
On your trek, you may come across an oasis, perfect for replenishing your water supply, or befriend a fallen mouse in need of aid. And who knows? You may even find some precious items in crashed spaceships!

No adventure is complete without dangerous enemies, so install turrets, craft powerful ammunition, and...BOOM! Make 'em wish they'd stayed at home!

- New events, maps, and foes!
"Of MICE and SAND -REVISED-" is full of brand-squeaking new discoveries!
And did you hear? There are rumors of snowfall at the desert's edge.
What events and enemies await...?!

Scour the searing sea of sand!
Wander the windswept wilderness!
Adventure in ancient, atrophied architecture!
Steer a sturdy, steel vessel! Hear the mice roar!

Azkend 2: The World Beneath (10tons) - €7.99/£6.99
Enjoy amazing match-three gameplay and discover one of the most astonishing worlds ever imagined.

While traveling from Liverpool to New York, your ship was pulled down into a massive maelstrom. You woke up in a place that may never have been gazed upon by the eyes of men. From now on, your goal is to ascend from the center of the Earth and find your way back to civilization.

Azkend 2 is a casual match-three puzzle game with more than 60 levels of impeccably polished gameplay. Discover and equip more than a dozen unique powerups, and complete hidden object minigames on your journey.

FEATURES
- Magnificently polished match-three puzzle gameplay
- Beautifully illustrated storyline with hidden object minigames
- Cinematic soundtrack by Jonathan Geer
- More than 60 levels in the Story Mode
- Three game modes; Adventure, Time and Medals

Forma.8 Demo (MixedBag) - Free
forma.8 is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore.

As the small exploration probe forma.8 you're stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Separated from your companions by accident you have a life or death mission to accomplish: find and recover a lost, powerful energy source before it's too late. Ancient civilisations, great perils and dystopian visions await you. And not everything is what it seems...

- Explore a huge, open world full of secrets
- Solve ancient mysteries
- Gain new power-ups to progress in your adventure
- Fight deadly enemies and face powerful bosses
- Delve into a deep and cryptic lore
- Beautifully hand-drawn vector graphics, presented in silky smooth 60fps

Are you ready to uncover the truth?

IMPLOSION Demo (Flyhigh Works) - Free
"IMPLOSION" is a Sci-Fi Hack and Slash game where the protagonist fights against enemies known as XADA using WM-Ⅲ(WarMech-3) battle suits.

The story:
20 years after the fall of Earth, the remaining survivors of the human race once again face the threat of extinction from an unknown life form known as XADA.

The humans developed a countermeasure technology, creating a series of battle suits through a program dubbed the War-Mech III. Ride the "Avalon", one of the deadliest battle suits made and defend your people!

Gameplay:
Implosion is a hack and slash action game. Clear each stage of the game to move forward. Combine two action controls (slash attack and heavy blow) to destroy your enemies.

- Fully scored orchestral music
- High quality graphics
- Characters voice-acted
- Explosive gameplay

Downloadable Content
Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack (Nintendo) - €14.99/£13.49

Available to purchase now, with content arriving at the timings below:

Wave 1 – 31st January
New Battle Pokémon – Aegislash
New Support Pokémon Set – Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu

Wave 2 – 23rd March
New Battle Pokémon – Blastoise
New Support Pokémon Set – Mew and Celebi

Pre-orders
Bayonetta  (Nintendo) - €29.99/£24.99 (€10.00/£10.00 if you purchased Bayonetta 2)
Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo) - €49.99/£39.99 (€30.00/£25.00 if you purchased Bayonetta)
Dragon Quest Builders (Nintendo) - €49.99/£39.99
Nuclien (SPRINGLOADED) - €3.49/£2.99 (€2.59/£2.24 if you pre-order)
Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) - €59.99/£49.99

Nindies New Year Sale (ends January 15)
Death Squared (SMG Studio) - €9.37/£8.99 (normally €12.50/£11.99)
GoNNER (Raw Fury) - €6.99/£6.29 (normally €9.99/£8.99)
Graceful Explosion Machine (Vertex Pop Inc.) - €8.99/£6.99 (normally €12.99/£9.99)
INVERSUS Deluxe (Hypersect) - €7.79/£7.14 (normally €11.99/£10.99)
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base) - €9.99/£7.99 (normally €14.99/£11.99)
Semispheres (Vivid Helix) - €6.99/£6.29 (normally €9.99/£8.99)
Severed (Drinkbox Studios) - €9.99/£8.99 (normally €14.99/£13.49)
Thimbleweed Park (Terrible Toybox) - €14.99/£11.24 (normally €19.99/£14.99)
Thumper (Drool LLC) - €13.99/£10.71 (normally €19.99/£15.99)
Severed (Drinkbox Studios) - €10.49/£8.39 (normally €14.99/£11.99)
Tactical Mind (QubicGames) - €2.69/£2.42 (normally €2.99/£2.69)

Special offers
Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron (HandyGames) - €9.99/£8.99 (ends February 8, normally €14.99/£13.49)
Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte) - €17.99/£16.19 (ends January 25, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Stick It to The Man (Zoink Games) - €8.99/£8.24 (Ends February 1, normally €11.99/£10.99)
Xenoraid (10tons) - €7.49/£6.74 (Ends January 17, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Forever Entertainment) - €4.79/£4.31 (only for Sparkle 2 EVO or Violett owners, normally €5.99/£5.39)


Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Breakout Defense 2 (nuGAME) - €6.99/£5.99

Breakout Defense is a breakout game for one or two players. Play single player against the AI and aim for a high score or two player mode competing against a friend. Supports Off-TV Play mode.

Jot Family Robot Racer (Cooply) - €5.99/£4.99
JOLT is a fast paced, racing party game. The game at its core is a competitive platformer thatst a friend.n controls (slash attack and heavy blow) to destroy your enemies.le suits made and defend your people!ost, powerful energy source before it's too late an array of different objects in the environment; your goal is to outperform or outright sabotage the other racers. Eliminated players are down but not out through the use of the VOID, a random Sabotage Power-Up that allows players to initiate revenge and change the outcome of the race!

Key Features:
- JOLT tures:arged burst of speed that can effect certain objects
- VOID rst of speed that can effect certain objects  Local Multiplayer racing, up to FOUR players
- Chaotic, fast paced rounds
- Skill and Timing based gameplay
- Multiple Tracks
- Multiple Game Modes
- Create your own Robot

The JOLT is a player's primary utility to winning the race. It has 3 stages of charge, each one taking longer to store but each allowing you to shoot considerably further. If the player can time its use correctly; they can use it just before a curve to shoot up a wall or JOLT through an obstacle. Many short cuts in the levels are JOLT dependent.

Once eliminated, a player has the opportunity to execute the VOID. After punching in the correct sequence, the VOID player is gifted a random Power-Up to inflict mass-disruption to the existing racers.

The game features multiple Game Modes; Racer is the standard and most game modes are based off this, such as Light Mode (where the level is dark and the leading player has a light attached to them).

Special offers
Knytt Underground (Ripstone Publishing) - €5.99/£4.99 (Permanent, was €8.99/£7.99)


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Pre-order

Pokémon Crystal Version (Nintendo, GBC VC) - €9.99/£8.99

Special offers
Severed (Drinkbox Studios) - €10.49/£8.39 (ends January 15, normally €14.99/£11.99)
Retro City Rampage: DX (Vblank Entertainment) - €4.49/£3.99 (Ends January 25, normally €8.99/£7.99)


Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
The themes will be available on January 12.

A super GO.ZY. family! (Rainbow) - €1.99/£1.79
Maggie, Bianca, Alberto and Rachel… a super GO.ZY. family!

Let's fly to Rapunzel Castle! (Rainbow) - €1.99/£1.79
Shampurfulous! Join Astoria and Grandma Rapunzel in their fairytale castle.