It appears PlatinumGames‘ big news for 2020 that they have teased on multiple occasions is a partner with Tencent Holdings Limited which has invested capital in the company in order to help PlatinumGames move into self-publishing. President Kenichi Sato says this investment has “no effect on the independence of our company, and we will continue operations under our current corporate structure.” The company are expected to reveal more news on Bayonetta 3 soon.
Nintendo have announced that Tencent Corporation will release Nintendo Switch hardware in Japan on 10 December 2019 with the suggested retail price of 2,099 RMB ($297). A trial version of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Edition is pre-installed with the full game also available at launch priced at 299 RMB. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey will launch over the next few weeks. Nintendo Switch Lite is also being prepared for the Chinese market. Other first party games being prepared include Mario Tennis Aces, Super Mario Party, Kirby Star Allies, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Pokémon Let ’s Go! Pikachu / Eevee, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Images and video added below…
Nintendo Switch is even closer to receiving an official release in mainland China with the official packaging leaking online. The package is published by Tencent and includes a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and comes in two colours (Neon Blue / Neon Red or Grey) plus a one year warranty. Thanks to Daniel Ahmad.
Tencent “hope to create console games with Nintendo characters, and learn the essence of making console games from Nintendo engineers”, a company official told The Wall Street Journal, when relaying plans for expansion into the U.S. and European console markets. Tencent are set to be the official distributors of Nintendo Switch in China once the console is fully approved for domestic sale.
The official Tencent Nintendo Switch Weibo account made their first post in three months today to say they are actively preparing for an official launch of Nintendo Switch in China. Read about preliminary approval for Nintendo Switch Lite in China at this post. Thanks to Daniel Ahmad.
Nintendo and Tencent have announced a joint press conference for 02 August 2019 in Shanghai, China to discuss the Nintendo Switch launch in China. Satoru Shibata of Nintendo and Steven Ma of Tencent will represent their respective companies. Thanks to Dr. Serkan Toto and Yui Nausicaa.
Tencent’s TIMI Studio Group and The Pokémon Company are developing a new Pokémon game. No further details at present but it is expected to be a smartphone title. TIMI’S past efforts include both Arena of Valor and Call of Duty Mobile. Thanks to Dr. Serkan Toto and Yui Nausicaa.