Monday Update:Mario Kart Tour, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Mario Tennis Aces, Furukawa, Tencent, Himehibi, And More News!

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● Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed that they helped both Nintendo and DeNA with the mobile game Mario Kart Tour, partially implementing in-games and 3D visual assets for courses, characters and machines, and approximately half of the bonus challenges.

● In the official translated comments from Nintendo Co., Ltd. President Shuntaro Furukawa from last week: he said the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass has made a “huge contribution” to the company’s 83% year-on-year increase in digital sales, he thinks that we can expect “remarkable results” with Mario Kart Tour and have long-term plans for the app, the Nintendo Switch Lite has a similar gross profit ratio to the original Switch, the attach rate for the Lite and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are high, but Furukawa thinks the attach rate might change as the consumer base broadens. Our past translations over Furukawa considering past titles for Switch (posted here) and their being no clear policy regarding remakes (posted here) extremely accurate.

● TAKUYO announced the third Himehibi series game as a Switch exclusive with Himehibi White or Black set for a Summer 2020 release. Check out the poster here.

● Capcom will be releasing a Biohazard Revelations Collection Best price version on 13 December priced at ¥4,389 (an ¥1,100 saving from the current release). The first game is on the game card with the second game still only a download code.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be getting an official guide in Japan on 30 November priced at ¥1,650 withg 240 x A5 pages.

● City Connection announced a ‘Utage Set’ for Ninja JaJaMaru Collection priced at ¥9,999, and which includes game, soundtrack, book, strap, DLC, and an amazing ramen bowl and spoon! Check out the images here.

● Prototype announced that the initial print run for The Fruit, Labyrinth, and Eden of Grisaia Full Package has now been fully shipped to retailers. Whilst open to a second print-run, the company have made no plans at present to do so.

● Konami will be updating Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu to Version 1.0.4 in 14 November which will update the player data until the end of the regular 2019 season, add one new ball, 10 secret stones, and fix several bugs.

● Cococucumber’s co-op adventure game Riverbond will also release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 10 December. Announcement trailer posted here.

● PLAYISM moved the release of the 2D RPG Orangeblood from November to early 2020 in order to improve the quality. The original trailer and a new song video posted here.

● CIRCLE Ent. have removed The friends of Ringo Ishikawa from the Nintendo Switch eShops (at least in Japan, North America, and Europe). No reason was given.

● Check out this week’s current Japanese Switch eShop line-up here and this week’s complete Japanese Switch eShop sales (adding the newly released Romancing SaGa 3 here.

There will be Nintendo eShop maintenance at 20:30-23:30 PT on 11 November (13:30-16:30 JST on 12 November) and Nintendo Switch software maintenance for the first half-hour of the downtime.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Lottie’s Moving Up return to Happy Homeroom with new normal classed (through to 14-8) also added.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Grand Hero Battle – Cormag: Aloof Lanceman begin. Check out artwork for him, plus details of the upcoming Lost Lore event here.

● In the final weekly numbers from COMG for Pokémon Sword / Shield, before the game launches, the game is at 691 pre-orders. The company’s (COMG’s) numbers have proved far less significant in the past couple of years. This week’s numbers have Death Stranding at 176 pts, Ring Fit Adventure second with 68 pts, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 dropping to third with 53 pts. TSUTAYA rankings have #2 and #3 reversed.

GEO are proving to be a reliable indicator of Japanese software positions for the week ahead with this week seeing Death Stranding #1 (and sales expected in the long run), Luigi’s Mansion 3 at #2 in its second week, and Ring Fit Adventure up to #3 (sales are “accelerating”). Ring Fit Adventure is also now back in stock at Amazon Japan so expect solid sales for the rest of 2019.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (7974.T) stock remained at exactly the same level as the close of trading on Friday (41,960.00 JPY).

● In this week’s UK charts: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was number one for the third week, with Death Stranding opening in second position. In Nintendo entries: Luigi’s Mansion 3 is down to #4, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is down to #6, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 debuted at #8. Just Dance 2020 charted at #15 and as Nintendo Life reported – the Wii version outsold the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions!

● In what would’ve been surreal news just a few years ago, a Tencent company official told The Wall Street Journal that they “hope to create console games with Nintendo characters, and learn the essence of making console games from Nintendo engineers”.

● Whilst the US website for Mario Tennis Aces redirects to the game’s webpage, the Japanese website is perfectly active.

● An alternate Pokémon Sword / Shield launch events announced for between 15-17 November at the Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens in Hyogo, Japan with a Pikachu dance stage show, greetings from the new starters, photo opportunities, a game demo area, quiz rally, and more. In related news: check out the Pokémon Wild Area Search website here with screenshots posted here.

● Three new patent applications from Nintendo Co., Ltd., the first (actually this was made approximately three weeks ago, but I’ve only just caught up with reading the document) being for a method of reducing power consumption when a device (the patent uses a Nintendo Switch as an example) receive a continual collection of data from other devices. The second and third (these are both recent, from a few days ago) both involve Mario Kart Tour and the improvement of Mario Karts 7 and 8 in the attractiveness of the in-game items. Check out more information and several images used in the patents here and here.

● Nintendo of America Inc. filed a fifth request for an extension of time to file a Statement of Use for the ETERNAL DARKNESS trademark and have six months to file a statement of use or risk losing the trademark.

● More Nintendo TOKYO life goods were announced with the Super Mario Family Life series with plates, bowls, chopsticks, placemats, an amazing Mario cushion, and more pictured here.

● An ESP Ra.De. Christmas Party will be held in Akihibara on 07 December and include new information on Cotton Reboot, a new announcement from M2, and much more.

● Read the full fun translated blogpost from voice actress Makiko Ohmoto who recently voiced Kirby Terry in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at this post.

● A sequel to the PS1 Kowloon’s Gate game was announced called Kowloon’s Rhizome: A Day of the Fire. No release date nor platform(s) were revealed, although there is now a six second clip.

● Watch the final Japanese promo video for Pokémon Sword / Shield plus a “Gala Research Recap” video, both revealing two new Pokémon, here.

● The first promo video and a TV commercial for Pretty Princess Magical Coordinate here.

● The trailer for Broly (DBS) in Dragon Ball FighterZ here (still listed as “coming soon”).

● The second TV commercial for SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays here.

● Character introduction trailer for Mitsu Shirata in Jack Jeanne here.

● An English Ring Fit Adventure “Nintendo Switch My Way” commercial here.

● The English launch trailer for Disney Tsum Tsum Festival here.

● And a Sisilala TV episode featuring the Good-Feel game MONKEY BARRELS here.

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