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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has to be careful with its LEGO games. Not only does the publisher support the on-going LEGO Dimensions with new packs, but it also brings out entirely new games from time to time, such as LEGO Jurassic Park and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Having LEGO Dimensions alongside new titles entirely can obviously can create a bit of a difficult situation. Doug Heder, producer at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, recently spoke with Polygon how the company needs to avoid cannibalizing sales of its own games.

Heder noted:

NST, also known as Nintendo Software Technology, is losing two of its more notable employees. Lead designer Stephen Mortimer and assistant designer Paul Kranich have both departed from the studio.

You may also remember that Sonic co-creator Hirokazu Yasuhara joined NST back in 2012. Apparently, he left the company within the past few months as well.

NST has mostly worked on Mario vs. Donkey Kong games over the past few years. Other previous projects include Metroid Prime: Hunters and Crosswords Plus.

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LEGO Dimensions will add several new packs on November 18. Two are planned for Fantastic Beasts Story Pack, plus one each for Sonic, E.T., and Gremlins.

Amazon is now accepting pre-orders here. Prices vary by pack.

Level-5 announced a new Inazuma Eleven game earlier today as was promised. At its Level-5 Vision 2016 event, the company pulled back the curtain on “Inazuma Eleven Ares”.

Inazuma Eleven Ares takes place after the first game in a parallel world. It stars protagonists Ryouhei Haizaki, Asuto Inamori, and Yuuma Nosaka.

Gematsu has the following overview:

The story revolves around a group of boys living on an island who love to play soccer. Their soccer club is suddenly abolished, and the only way they can regain it is to win the Football Frontier. Protagonist Asuto Inamori and company leave the island for Tokyo to attend Raimon Junior High School and take on the Football Frontier. But their first match is against the number one-ranked Seishou Gakuen.

Nintendo has reported its financial results for Q1, the period between April 1 and June 30.

The company lost 24.5 billion yen ($232.7 million), whereas they saw a profit of $78 million last year. Revenue also fell year-over-year, coming in at 61.9 billion yen ($663 million) – a 31 percent drop.

While 3DS hardware sales were down seven percent from a year ago to 940,000, software was up 7 percent to 8.47 million units. Wii U managed to move 222,000 units, which is a 53 percent dip from last year. Wii U software sold 4.68 million units for a three percent bump. Additionally, 1.7 million amiibo figures and 1.3 million card characters were sold.

Here are more of the highlights from Nintendo:

During the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, for Nintendo 3DS, Kirby: Planet Robobot, which was released globally, showed steady sales. In the U.S., BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER was released, and in Europe, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest was released and both titles got off to a good start. As a result, the worldwide sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software were 0.94 million (7% decrease on a year-on-year basis) and 8.47 million units (7% increase on a year-on-year basis) respectively.

With respect to Wii U, in addition to titles such as Star Fox Zero/Guard and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which were released globally, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker which were released during the prior fiscal year showed steady sales. The global sales of Wii U hardware and software were 0.22 million (53% decrease on a year-on-year basis) and 4.68 million units (3% increase on a year-on-year basis) respectively.

Nintendo has published a new release schedule that’s up-to-date through July. It can be found in full below.

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Several Level-5 trademarks have popped up in the European trademark database. The new items include
Lady Layton, Inazuma Eleven Ares, Megaton Musashi, Otme Hero, Yo-kai Daijiten, and Yo-kai Watch Geraporhythm.

Level-5 Vision will be taking place later this week, where several announcements will be made. It’s unclear how many of these trademarks will materialize into reveals. We also don’t know how many will be related to Nintendo platforms. At the very least, we’ll hear more about Snack World, which was previously confirmed for 3DS.

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Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, has once again weighed in on NX. When asked about Nintendo’s upcoming hardware, Zelnick shared the following:

“We’re believers. We never want to count Nintendo out. They do it over and over and over again. So we feel pretty enthusiastic actually.”

Zelnick also commented on Nintendo’s position n the console race. On that topic, he had this to say:

“It’s not a slump, it’s intentional. They come to market, they do really well, and then they sort of exit the market for a period of time. They’ve been doing it for like 150 years, and that company has been doing the same thing… They’re really thoughtful, they come to market with something they really think is going to work, more often than not it really works, it blows up and then eventually they let it decline and they move on to the next thing. They don’t mind having time in between.”

We heard similar comments from Zelnick last month, as he said Take-Two is “very interested” in NX.

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The first Pokemon Sun/Moon plushies we heard about earlier in the month are now up for pre-order on Play-Asia. You can now reserve each one from the retailer: Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. Each one costs $15 and will receive limited availability.

Update (7/25): Now $17.14 off on Amazon. $20.65 off on Amazon Canada.


Original (7/22): Prima has generally been associated with game guides, but they’re now preparing something that’s a bit different. On November 18, Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics will be available.

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics offers a retrospective on 17 NES classics, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. It also includes interviews as well as commentary “from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming”. And if that wasn’t enough, Prima is packing in hand-drawn maps, character and game environment art, advertisements and excerpts from Nintendo Power’s old issues, and more. It’s all brought together with an “exclusive embossed slipcase” that “holds this hardcover tome in a clever package that resembles a classic NES Game Pak”.

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics is actually already available for pre-order. Get it on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK.

Thanks to Reid P for the tip.

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