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Nintendo will be issuing its earnings release in just a matter of hours. The festivities will kick off with a conference where some interesting information could be shared.

Dr. Serkan Toto, who is known as an analyst and somewhat of an insider, has heard that “Nintendo will actually announce news on future products and pipeline” unlike the previous event. That could mean more on mobile, though it’s unknown how much the Big N will have to say about NX.



A word of caution: how much news we’ll be seeing from the earnings conference is unclear. The briefing that follows later in the day could be potentially more interesting. That’ll be tomorrow evening in North America, and very early on Thursday for European folks.

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Emily Rogers posted a new article regarding Nintendo’s software plans for NX. You can read the full piece here, but we did want to highlight some of what was written on the site.

This is all unconfirmed of course, but here’s a look at the main points:

– The big fundamental focal point (and overall goal) behind NX is to vastly increase the software output from Nintendo’s first party teams and studios.
– To accomplish this, the entire process of how Nintendo develops and produces software has gone through radical changes.
– There is a new strategy that was put in place to create and release first party software at a faster rate.
– Multiple unannounced Wii U projects were moved over to NX.
– The NX could potentially see the highest output of first party software in the company’s history. (I’m talking about the entire lifespan of NX. Not just one or two years.)

Rogers also writes that “the NX’s software output will blow away the Wii U’s software output” and within a year, “will build a larger library of games than Wii U produced in three or four years.”

Additionally, Rogers stresses that some games won’t necessarily avoid delays, and it’s possible that there will still be gaps between releases. Nintendo may also choose to save game announcements for different events, meaning we may not see the full slate at E3 or even by launch.

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In a new report, Hollywood Reporter writes that a “top-secret auction for film rights to the Pokemon franchise is nearing completion”. Warner Bros. and Sony have both apparently shown interest, but the Chinese-owned Legendary Entertainment appears to be in the lead at present.

Hollywood Reporter goes on to say that The Pokemon Company “has been courting Hollywood to launch a big-budget live-action movie.” Initially, Warner Bros. was an early favorite having distributed the first three Pokemon films. But Hollywood Reporter has heard that Legendary could win out, which could pose an issue given political tensions between Beijing and Tokyo and a situation where China “effectively banned Japanese films for three years, which was only broken recently.”

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Update: Going to leave this here rather than making a new post. NeoGAF’s 10k has posted more rumors about the NX (thanks Yolkghost). They’ve been verified by a moderator supposedly, but that doesn’t make them true necessarily. In any case, read the rumors here if you’re interested.


New tweets from Emily Rogers indicate that four Wii U ports are currently in development for NX. We’ve already heard plenty of speculation about the new Zelda as well as some talk about Smash Bros. However, Super Mario Maker and Splatoon could hit the new system, too. But Rogers cautions:

“Just because something is in development doesn’t mean it’ll be released. So either all four of these ports will come…or only two of them.”

Emily says that Zelda and Smash Bros. “sound like guarantees” after speaking “with at least 10 people regarding these four ports.” Splatoon is said to be “up in the air.”

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Emily Rogers – who most recently revealed that a new Paper Mario was heading to Wii U prior to the announcement of Color Splash – has come forward with a new set of rumors about Zelda Wii U.

Today’s speculation consists of three parts. Rogers further backs up claims that the new Zelda will be on both Wii U and NX. Additionally, the game may allow players to choose between a male or female character, and most characters are voiced – aside from Link.

Here’s the full roundup of Rogers’ tweets:



Like with all rumors, these bits should be taken with a grain of salt. It shouldn’t be too much longer until we hear about the new Zelda in an official capacity again, as E3 is coming up quick.

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According to a tweet from Canadian retailer Video Games Plus, Nintendo has ceased production of DS cartridges. The retailer does promise its own set of exclusive restocks for the near future, however.

Video Games Plus sent out the following message a little while ago:



Nintendo has not officially confirmed that it has stopped production of DS carts worldwide. But given the fact that Video Games Plus is a retailer, they could very well have this sort of information as its disposal.

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According to a report from respected Japanese outlet Nikkei, Nintendo will cease production of the Wii U before the end of 2016. The paper adds that some Wii U accessories have already stopped production. Nintendo apparently intends to deplete inventory this year.

Nikkei also reiterates what we already know: Nintendo’s next system, the NX, is primed for an unveiling this year. It’s not said that NX will start being sold this year, though that possibility isn’t ruled out either.

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At one point, there may have been plans to include some extra features in the Pokken Tournament Pro Pad. Austin Mageles has been picking the controller apart and came across a couple of interesting discoveries.

First, it seems that there are two areas where two force feedback motors would have been included, which is further hinted at with “LM” and “RM” prints on the circuit board. This would designate “Left Motor” and “Right Motor” – both would likely be used for rumble support. Also found within the transparent red plastic on the bottom of the controller are “dimples” for LED lights.

Here’s a roundup of Mageles’ photos:

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Update: We’ll keep the rumor tag until it’s 100% confirmed, but this is looking even more legitimate. Here’s another look at the same footage from one of the SXSW panel attendees:




Niantic may have just shown the first Pokemon GO footage during a panel at SXSW. Take a look at some off-screen gameplay below.

As this has not been 100% confirmed, we’re marking the post to indicate its current rumor status.

Some folks have been digging within the files of the Super Mario World SNES release on New 3DS to see what else might be on the horizon. And as luck would have it, a decent-sized list was found which may point to upcoming titles for the Virtual Console. Given the names, this looks to be primarily for Japan.

Head past the break for the full lineup. All credit goes to Normmatt for putting the list together.

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