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Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii appeared at CEDEC 2016 today, and while giving a presentation, shared an update on Dragon Quest XI.

Development on the RPG’s scenario is now full complete. Currently, Square Enix is implementing maps, scenarios, and other such elements. It’s now at the stage where you can get an impression of them, but the details are still being filled out.

Yesterday, Horii met with Square Enix’s Yosuke Saito for a five-to-six-hour business meeting. The check of an episode took three hours, and various other ideas came into discussion. The response speed of the 3DS’ 3D mode was specifically being checked, which will be applied to the 3DS version’s 2D mode and PlayStation 4 version. Battle checks were also done for the PlayStation 4 (and NX?) version.

Finally, Horii officially confirmed that Dragon Quest XI will have the “Spell of Restoration”, which was used during the series’ early days as a password save system. In the new game, it’s a very “30th anniversary-ish thing,” Horii said. Horii also said that Dragon Quest XI will be including a casino.

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If a new report from LetsPlayVideoGames is to be believed, the NX will indeed feature detachable controllers as Eurogamer previously mentioned along with basic motion control similar to that of the Wii Remote Plus and a form of “advanced vibration force feedback”.

The site says that the controllers are intended to eventually phase out the Wii Remote. Although you’ll be able to use Wii Remotes with some multiplayer titles, not all will be supported.

Earlier today, the second “Kirby: Planet Robobot Ask-a-thon” was hosted on Miiverse. Just like last time, director Shinya Kumazaki took on several fan questions.


This week’s discussion has a lot of talk about Meta Knight and some story elements. There’s also a little bit on music, but that will be saved mostly for the next ask-a-thon.

You can read all of Kumazaki’s comments below.

[a]listdaily has gone live with a new interview featuring Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime. Naturally, NX came up multiple times throughout the discussion, with Reggie saying how the company has “a strong concept” and talking about lessons learned from Wii U that can be applied to NX. Mobile, merchandise, and the Universal partnership were other topics that were discussed.

Continue on below for notable excerpts from the interview. You can read the full thing here.

At Gamescom last week, IGN spoke with Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami and Nintendo EPD general manager Katsuya Eguchi.

The Wii U shooter has been a big success having sold well over four million units. On the topic of its success, Nogami said:

“It felt like it has been a while since we created a brand new franchise. We’re really happy with the response to Splatoon and with the amount of fans who are supporting it.”

Speaking of popularity, the Squid Sisters Callie and Marie have really taken off. The two characters even ended up receiving their own amiibo and closed out Splatoon’s final Splatfest, which weren’t originally planned.

Nogami shared the following on the Squid Sisters:

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

Shadow Archer – $2.99

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario 64 DS – $7.99

3DS Download

Japanese Rail Sim 3D Monorail Trip to Okinawa – $19.99
Pixel Paint – $3.99
The Legend of Kusakari – $4.99

New 3DS Virtual Console

Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – $7.99
Street Fighter Alpha 2 – $7.99
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers – $7.99

3DS Demo

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

eShop Sales

Wii U / 3DS

– Summer Savings – There’s one week left of the Summer Savings event, so don’t miss out. Nintendo fans are invited to celebrate the last days of summer with our Summer Savings event, which offers discounts of up to 30 percent on select games. Shop online at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals or on Nintendo eShop during the sale, which runs through 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– The Delusions of Von Sottendorf and His Square Mind (Nintendo 3DS) and The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version (Wii U) are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 8.

Wii U

– Journey of a Special Average Balloon, The Letter and more games from TreeFall Studios are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 31.
– Kung Fu FIGHT! is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to 99 cents) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.

3DS

– Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1
– Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is more than 65 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.
– Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is 75 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.
– Toy Defense, Wakedas and more games from Circle Ent. are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.

Source: Nintendo PR

Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes is in development for 3DS, Konami has revealed. The news was just made during a live stream announcement a few minutes ago.

This is the first ever entry in the Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball series for 3DS. It’s aimed for release this winter in Japan.

We’ll bring you more details when we have them.

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The “Nindie” community is working together to highlight new eShop games across Wii U and 3DS over the next several weeks. High-profile titles will be discounted in North America by 10 percent during the first week of launch, and developers will share video stories about their projects development in the eShop. On top of that, these developers will curate a shelf in eShop which features some of their favorite games. All of this is formed as part of “#Nindies Summer Jam”.

Here’s a look at the release schedule:

Sept. 1
Axiom Verge from Thomas Happ Games – In this retro-style action-platform-exploration game, use the Wii U GamePad as your map, a way to easily swap between weapons or for Off-TV Play. A failed scientist dies in an accident, only to awaken in a mysterious, alien world. Where is he? How did he get here? And why do the fundamental laws of reality appear broken? Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It’s a thin line. It’s Axiom Verge. Available on Wii U.

Pokemon GO is the most successful mobile launch in history, according to SuperData Research. It surpassed Monster Strike as the top mobile game, and managed to take first place in top-grossing and top-download rankings for every country it launched in.

Global digital game sales in July were up 10 percent year-over-year to $5.9 billion. Thanks to Pokemon GO, the mobile category grew 16 percent from a year ago.

Pokemon GO also positively impacted Nintendo hardware and software. As SuperData notes:

“Nintendo’s mobile strategy ended up paying off exactly as intended. 3DS unit sales rose by over 50 percent from a year ago, an astonishing feat for underpowered hardware nearing the end of its lifespan. Furthermore, sales of 3DS games boomed. Combined sales of Pokémon Omega Red and Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon X and Y (2015 and 2013 releases) nearly doubled. Pokémon Go is the only factor that can explain jumps in sales of this magnitude. We are optimistic that mobile spin-offs for Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will have a positive impact on Nintendo’s ecosystem.”

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Update 3 (8/24): Zelda: Art & Artifacts is now $16 off on Amazon and $13 off on Amazon Canada.


Update 2 (8/23): Now up for pre-order on Amazon Germany.


Update: A few preview pages have come in. It’s safe to say that this is indeed the English version of Hyrule Graphics.


Original (8/22): Nintendo is teaming up with Dark Horse Books for the release of The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts. It’s slated for February 21, 2017.

Based on the official description, it sounds a lot like the Hyrule Graphics book Japan is getting in about a week. It contains more than 400 pages of illustrations from the entire series, including Breath of the Wild.

According to the Amazon description:

Wild! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much, much more! The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts collects many of your favorite masterpieces from the storied franchise, as well as rare and never before seen content, presented in one handsome hardcover.

Select artwork from the entirety of the franchise!

A nostalgic look at the past!

An exciting look at the future!

Interviews with some of the artists behind The Legend of Zelda series!

You can pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts on Amazon here and Amazon Canada here.

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