Switch is still gaining momentum
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa and director Ko Shiota both praised the Switch during the company’s 80th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
Furukawa said Switch has “entered its fourth year since launch, but its momentum is increasing” and Nintendo’s priority at the moment is to extend its life cycle and maximizing the advantages of having a single platform serving both the console and handheld markets.
Hybrid approach: Whatever comes next, Nintendo has learned a valuable lesson from offering the Switch and Switch Lite as “two hardware configurations with different characteristics,”. The approach has “greatly increased the opportunities for gameplay” since players can frictionlessly decide to play at home or on the go.
No going back: “…we’ve made many discoveries about where a dedicated video game platform can fit into a consumer’s daily life,” continued Shiota. “We will utilise these experiences in carefully considering the form our future game consoles will take.” Nintendo has made a startling recovery from the Wii U, which served as a stepping stone towards the Switch design but ended up as Nintendo’s worst-performing console since the Virtual Boy.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which superhero did Jeff Kramer, the voice of Francis York Morgan, play?
- The Atom
- Elongated Man
Is that an evil mushroom or chestnut?
Super Mario Bros. from 1985 suffered from a bit of a naming snafu where its most famous enemy’s name got mixed up thanks to a stray note.
Shigeru Miyamoto intended the Goomba to appear as ‘evil shiitake mushrooms’, but a programmer said the sprite looked more like a chestnut, and thus it was named Kuribo. The word Kuri means chestnut, while bo would make the word read as Chestnut Boy, and that became the official name in Japan – while the rest of the world had Goombas.
Pokemon News and Events
Updates, content and free goodies
This is a busy week in the Pokéverse, with a new Pokémon Sword & Shield update, new content for Pokémon Café Mix and free goodies in Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Sword & Shield
- Latest update addresses Y-Comm mismatch issue
- Lots of undisclosed bug fixes
- Double Trouble story event until September 17th
- First movie tie-in, this one for Pokémon the Movie Coco
- Adds Jessie & Arbok Sync Pair
Pokémon Café Mix
- Older stages rebalanced in update
- 30 new stages introduced
- New Pokémon gimmicks and offerings
- Swap Shop for exchanging Master Mode points
- Special weekly Challenge Card events
Pokémon Rumble Rush
- Battle Royale Cup has started
- Lunala Cup until July 15th
- Psychic and Ghost-type moves powered-up
- Earn two new Poké Glam pieces
Limited Run Games
Limited Run Games Showcase 2020
Limited Run Games produces high-quality collectible physical game releases, and they just showcased their upcoming goods. Here’s a round-up:
PlayStation 4 & Switch
- Return of the Obra Dinn – July 24, 2020
- The Mummy Demastered – July 31, 2020
- Mighty Gunvolt Burst – August 28, 2020
- Castlevania: Anniversary Collection – Q3 2020
- Bloodstained: Circle of the Moon 2 – TBA
- Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling – TBA
- Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time – TBA
- Super Meat Boy Forever – TBA
- Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection – Out Now
- Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer – Out Now
- Wizard of Legend – Out Now
- Garou: Mark of the Wolves – July 2020
- A Boy and His Blob – September 2020
- My Friend Pedro – TBA
- Outer Wilds – Out Now
- Kunai – July 8, 2020
- Ys Origin – July 8, 2020
- The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa – July 21, 2020
- Mega Dimension Neptunia VII – July 28, 2020
- Grandia 1 + 2 HD Collection – August 7, 2020
- Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – September 2020
- Katana Zero – November 2020
- TowerFall Ascension – Q3 2020
- To the Moon – Q4 2020
- Carrion – TBA
- Demon Turf – TBA
- Gris – TBA
- Observer – TBA
- PixelJunk Eden 2 – TBA
- Trover Saves the Universe – TBA
- Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – TBA
- Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl – Out Now
- Papers, Please – July 24, 2020 for PlayStation Vita
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! – July 31, 2020 for PlayStation VR
- Shantae – September 2020 for Game Boy Color and Switch
- Xtreme Sports – October 2020 for Game Boy Color and Switch