Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Fastest Selling Console

Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, according to The NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.

From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units, outpacing U.S. sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.

Nintendo is also the overall top-selling U.S. software publisher so far for 2018, according to NPD data through November. This performance should receive an additional boost from the December release of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, which has become not only the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, but also the fastest-selling game in the Super Smash Bros. series, with U.S. sales of over 3 million units in just 11 days, according to Nintendo’s internal sales data.

“We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”

The following data from Nintendo of America is specific to the U.S. only:

  • Nintendo hardware unit and dollar sales for 2018 are at their highest annual totals since 2011.
  • Nintendo eShop sales have grown 105 percent over 2017.
  • Evergreen Nintendo Switch games have set new milestones, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling over 4 million and 5 million units, respectively. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 4.7 million units.
  • In addition to the fast-selling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, other recently released games that continue to make a splash include Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which together total 2 million units, and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Christmas Offer

Nintendo UK is launching one of its hottest deals of the year.

Just in time for the festive season – a great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle which includes a Nintendo Switch console and a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game download code is available to purchase from the Nintendo Official UK Store now for just £279.99, a saving of £49.99 if purchased separately.

This limited bundle which includes a FREE full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the ideal gift for friends and family looking to rev their engines and race together anytime, anywhere this Christmas. This great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle is also available to purchase across selected retailers from today whilst stocks last.

Comprising a Nintendo Switch console, a pair of Joy-Con controllers (Neon Red/Neon Blue), and a free full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game which has already to date sold a staggering 11.71 million copies globally, this great value bundle has got everything two players need to start racing right from the get-go. Up to four players can get in the fun by using additional Joy-Con controllers, sold separately.

Nintendo Switch can be played anytime, anywhere, with anyone, so those races could be on the big TV screen at home, in the back of the car, or wherever else the racers in your life feel like hitting the track.

Available on the Nintendo Official UK Store and across selected retail outlets today whilst stock lasts, the great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle – containing a Nintendo Switch console, a pair of Joy-Con controllers, and a free full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – is ideal for the gift-giving season.

You can purchase the console at https://store.nintendo.co.uk

Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Sales

Nintendo Switch set two new records from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.

It became the best-selling Nintendo console in U.S. history for that five-day period, surpassing even Wii system sales.

Nintendo Switch also had its best-selling week ever in the United States. In fact, according to Adobe Analytics, Nintendo Switch was among the most-purchased items online on Thanksgiving Day and the overall top-selling video game product online for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday time period.

Strong demand resulted in shoppers buying more than $250 million in Nintendo products from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures, demonstrating that Nintendo has something for everyone this holiday season. That sales total accounts for video game systems like Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, retro systems like Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, as well as all Nintendo-produced games and accessories. Total U.S. hardware sales for Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday increased 45 percent over the same period in 2017.

And that doesn’t even take into account that one of the most anticipated video game events of the year is still to come: the Dec. 7 launch of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. As previously announced, the game has become not only the most pre-sold Nintendo Switch game of all time, but also the most pre-sold Super Smash Bros. game ever in the series.

Unless otherwise noted, the following data from Nintendo covers Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, and is specific to the U.S. only:

Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch hardware sales grew 115 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
  • Lifetime sales of Nintendo Switch, which is entering only its second holiday season, have reached more than 8.2 million units.
  • Sales of first-party games, including digital downloads, topped 1 million units Nov. 22-26, beating 2017’s totals by 78 percent.
  • Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! have hit combined U.S. sales of more than 1.5 million units since their Nov. 16 launch.
  • Super Mario Party surpassed lifetime U.S. sales of 1 million units, becoming the fastest-selling game in the Mario Party series and the fifth million-selling first-party Nintendo Switch game in the U.S. alone, joining The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Thanks in part to strong Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday sales, the total installed base for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has hit 22 million.
  • Additionally, after 12 months of availability, lifetime combined sales of the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games crossed 2.2 million.

Classic Gaming Systems

  • Also aided by strong Nov. 22-26 sales, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system surpassed lifetime sales of 2.5 million.
  • And the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system surpassed lifetime sales of 2 million.0

Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or https://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Train2Game News Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

This November, CinEvents, Fathom Events and The Pokémon Company International invite Pokémon fans to experience the highly anticipated “Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us” on the big screen, with UK screenings on November 24th, December 1st plus additional screenings in select cinemas till December 3rd.

Based on the globally popular Pokémon brand, “Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us” tells a new story of Ash and Pikachu as they team up with diverse characters to face unique challenges and thrilling Pokémon battles in this heartwarming film that illustrates the value of teamwork.

The feature-length anime film has a unique art style, new characters, and some exciting and fun surprises for fans both new and old to the extremely popular franchise.

Continuing from last year’s “Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You,” it follows young trainer Ash as he voyages with the adorable and fan favourite Pikachu as they continue with their Pokémon-capturing adventures. The new installment takes place in the seaside town of Frau City, where an annual festival celebrating the legendary Pokémon Lugia is held each year, as it saved the town from danger in the years prior.

When the festival’s livelihood is put at risk, Ash must team up with others in Frau City as well as some extremely familiar faces to face off a procession of Pokémon imposing threat to Frau City. This is an unmissable and thrilling installment and a complete treat for the whole family.

“Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us” will be shown in more than 300 cinemas across the UK & Ireland.
Attendees at selected screenings of “Pokémon the Movie: The Power of US” across the UK & Ireland will be able to pick up a free sample pack of The Pokémon Trading Card Game, featuring three random trading cards.

To find your closest participating cinema showing “Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us” and to book your tickets please go to www.fathomanimation.com.

“Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You was a huge success last year and we are delighted to be bringing the next installment to fans across the UK & Ireland from November.” Joe Evea, MD CinEvents.

“We are thrilled to work with The Pokémon Company International to bring another exciting and new Pokémon adventure to cinemas nationwide this fall,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “These cinematic events provide an opportunity for fans to catch up with their favorite characters, and for a whole new audience of moviegoers to discover Pokémon.”

“We’re excited that fans will be able to immerse themselves in Ash and Pikachu’s latest animated adventure from their neighborhood movie theaters,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Our continued partnership with Fathom Events allows us to deliver more quality entertainment experiences that delight the Pokémon community.”

Train2Game News Sony 180 on crossplay

Sony have announced that crossplay is a feature that will be available.

Taken from the PlayStation blog:

“Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.

For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.

This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.”

I for one am looking forward to seeing where a world of crossplay can take us.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy Returns to Consoles

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that several titles from the legendary FINAL FANTASY® series are coming to the Nintendo Switch™ system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM®.

From exploring the expansive world of Ivalice in FINAL FANTASY® XII THE ZODIAC AGE®, to enjoying iconic scenes from FINAL FANTASY® VII, IX and X / X-2 HD Remaster, fans will soon be able to play hallmark FINAL FANTASY titles anytime and anywhere.

The fun starts with today’s release of FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD for the Nintendo Switch, and the upcoming release of WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA on November 6th. The Chocobo’s Dungeon series also returns for the first time in ten years with Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™ bound for release this winter. The remaining titles, including the return of co-op action RPG FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition, will release in 2019.

The full list of the announced FINAL FANTASY titles and platforms are available below:

NINTENDO SWITCH

  • FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™
  • FINAL FANTASY® VII
  • FINAL FANTASY® IX
  • FINAL FANTASY® X / X-2 HD Remaster
  • FINAL FANTASY® XII THE ZODIAC AGE®
  • FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD
  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

XBOX ONE

  • FINAL FANTASY® VII
  • FINAL FANTASY® IX
  • FINAL FANTASY® X / X-2 HD Remaster
  • FINAL FANTASY® XII THE ZODIAC AGE®
  • FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD
  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

PLAYSTATION®4 SYSTEM

  • FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™
  • FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD
  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

PC

  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

Further information on each title is available at: http://sqex.link/FFgames.

Train2Game News Nintendo at EGX 2018

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Super Mario Party exclusively for Nintendo Switch will be playable for the first time in the UK at EGX 2018, running 20th-23rd September 2018 at The NEC, Birmingham.

Alongside these highly anticipated debut appearances, fans of social competitive gaming will be pleased to learn that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also be available to play throughout the event, while Saturday 22nd September will offer the next opportunity for the freshest squads in the UK to go head to head in the next Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Qualifier!

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! make their first European appearance!

Attendees at EGX 2018 will be among the first people in Europe to experience a new style of Pokémon adventure as they explore Viridian Forest in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! ahead of their release on 16th November 2018.

Prove you’re a minigame champion in Super Mario Party!

Super Mario Party will also make its UK debut, giving visitors the opportunity to try out a range of mini-games from the upcoming multiplayer game as they compete for the Toad Cup! This is the perfect opportunity to get some practise in before hitting the boards alongside friends and family anytime, anywhere on 5th October 2018.

See legendary game worlds and fighters collide in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also be available for attendees to play, giving UK fans another opportunity to get to grips with newcomers Inkling and Ridley, as well as the game’s new mechanics, ahead of its release on 7th December 2018.

Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Qualifier Tournament – Saturday 22nd September

EGX will also play host to the next Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Octo League qualifier on Saturday 22nd September, and Nintendo UK is accepting pre-registration now from full teams of 4 or 5 people! For teams to secure their place in the tournament they should send an email to NintendoCommunity@Nintendo.co.uk with the subject line “Splatoon 2 Tournament EGX 2018”, providing the names or tags of their team members. Teams will need to purchase a ticket to enter EGX 2018, which can be done from the EGX website.

Teams and players can also register at the event from 2pm on Friday 21st September, if there are spaces available. For players not in full teams that attend the event and wish to compete, Nintendo UK will endeavour to match any squids (or Octopi) for hire with others looking to create a team if there is space in the tournament.

Those not at the show, will be able to watch the Octo League tournament streamed live on Twitch and YouTube on Saturday 22nd September. To find out more about the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 and catch up on the tournament so far visit the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 hub.

And more to come!

Nintendo UK will have more EGX announcements over the coming weeks regarding playable games, tournaments, and stage and livestream activities, so make sure to follow @NintendoUK and @NintendoUKVS on Twitter to stay up to date with everything going on at the show!

If you’re attending the event, make sure to bring your Nintendo Switch so you can play whatever you want with other fans at the show. There will be charging stations available at the event, as well as docks and screens available for use as well**.

For those that can’t make it to the event, fear not! Nintendo UK will be livestreaming on Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September, bringing the action from the headline tournaments, as well as interviews with top players, and general coverage from the event. Make sure to tune in at Twitch.tv/NintendoUK or YouTube.com/NintendoUK, and follow @NintendoUKVS and @NintendoUK on Twitter to learn about the full schedule closer to the event.

Train2Game News Labo Vehicle Kit

Start your engines! Only two weeks until the launch of Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit!

To celebrate, Nintendo just released an overview video that dives (and drives and flies!) into more detail about this new Nintendo Labo kit.

After building several unique Toy-Con creations using Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit, there are plenty of games and features to explore. Here are few experiences shown in the video:

  • A closer look at Adventure, one of the included games, in which you get to explore a mysterious world featuring pyramids, an archeological dig site, snowy mountains and much more. Use the Toy-Con Key creation to seamlessly swap between a car, plane and submarine to explore the deepest depths and highest heights of the world. Interact with a variety of intriguing characters as you explore and complete different missions solo or co-op with a friend.
  • Each vehicle is controlled using the various Toy-Con projects you build with the included materials in the Vehicle Kit. And each has different controls and special moves in the game – launch a grappling hook with your submarine, do a barrel roll and shoot missiles with your plane, perform wheelies and deploy saw blades or bombs with your car, and more!
  • Different included games offer a variety of fun experiences: In Rally, you pass through checkpoints while racing to the goal. Circuit is a racing game with a twist – you can launch punches at opponents! Slot Cars is a classic game that is controlled using only the Toy-Con Pedal. And in Battle, you can participate in one-on-one automotive combat with other players.
  • Paint Studio uses the Toy-Con Spray Can to let you personalize your in-game vehicles – and the driver! Gently shake it to feel and hear the “ball” inside as you mix up the paint.
  • Custom Controls, a new feature for Nintendo Labo, lets you make your own controllers for the included games with common household items. Want to ride a broom to steer the plane? How about drawing button controls on a customized screen protector when playing in Handheld Mode? Go ahead! It’s a great way to get started with building your own Toy-Con creations.
  • With the Toy-Con Car, Key and Pedal, you’ll also be able to race against your friends in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game for Nintendo Switch shortly after launch (Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold separately). Learn more about this new way to play with Vehicle Kit here.

Nintendo Labo allows fans of all ages to make, play and discover with its interactive DIY cardboard kits that come to life with the power of the Nintendo Switch system.

Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit launches on Sept. 14 at a suggested retail price of $69.99. For more information about the kit, visit https://labo.nintendo.com/kits/vehicle-kit/.

Train2Game News Little Medusa gets retro release

Out now on the 16-bit platforms Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis, and on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System, Little Medusa is an action puzzler set in ancient Greece and starred by a polymorphed deity.

In Little Medusa you will have to take back Mount Olympus from the Titans, who have escaped their eternal prisons and transformed Artemiza, a young goddess, into a gorgon. Now she must petrify enemies, solve puzzles, and dodge traps in her battle to save the realms of the gods.

“Gorgon’s can be cute too”, says Zack Manko, Lead Cat at Mega Cat Studios. “A puzzle platformer to feed the Gorgon in all of us had to be created and given a 16 bit life. We did that.”

Little Medusa features truly authentic retro puzzle action with charming pixel-art visuals. All three platforms have their own soundtrack and art, and there’s also a hidden entire world on each version.

Key Facts and Features

  • A lovable protagonist brought to life with beautiful, hand-drawn art that shines with charm!
  • 5 worlds of puzzling petrification!
  • Clash with centaurs, fallen heroes, and the Titans themselves!
  • Challenging obstacles and brain-boggling action found in each new area!
  • Solve the puzzles fast enough and unlock a secret world, complete with a new ending to the story!
  • An exciting story inspired by Greek mythology, told through animated cut scenes!
  • 15 unlockable achievements will keep you coming back for more!
  • For all the Greek gods and goddesses out there, we’ve added Olympian Mode, a hard as rock challenge with permadeath. You’ve got one chance to get beat each stage, defeat all the titans, and Go Full Gorgon to unlock the final achievement!

The game is launched on physical format only and can be obtained through Mega Cat Studios’ official store: https://megacatstudios.com/products/little-medusa

Train2Game News Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

Buckle up for a new adventure while sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, a submarine and a plane with the Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit, launching on Sept. 14.

This new Nintendo Labo kit is designed to work with the Nintendo Switch system, and contains materials to build a variety of customizable cardboard creations called Toy-Con, including a Car, a Submarine, a Plane, a Pedal, two Keys and more.

By inserting one of the assembled Keys into any of the vehicles, players can enjoy a variety of fun games and activities. Changing between vehicles while adventuring is a cinch – simply pull the Key out of one and slot it into another to transform from an airplane pilot to a submarine captain!

“Nintendo Labo is a collaborative and creative experience designed to encourage imagination in people of all ages,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’re excited to offer a variety of fun gameplay experiences with Vehicle Kit, and look forward to seeing the creative Nintendo Labo community continue to grow.”

Since its introduction in April, Nintendo Labo has inspired new ways to play by combining the family-friendly fun of DIY creations with the technology of Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit will unlock even more ways for people to make, play and discover together, as they speed through races, battle cars equipped with extendable arms and explore a mysterious world.

Each vehicle features its own controls and special moves, and with the second Key, players can even invite a co-pilot along on their in-game journey. Interacting with the assembled Toy-Con creations instantly translates into in-game actions to create a truly immersive experience – from pulling the cord on the Car to pop a wheelie, pushing the button on the Submarine to launch a grappling hook and so much more.

As with every Nintendo Labo kit, Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit includes its own unique Nintendo Switch software designed to work with the included Toy-Con projects. Enjoy the fun of making each Toy-Con creation, playing immersive games with them, discovering how they work and even inventing new ways to play. All materials needed to complete each Toy-Con creations are included – no glue, tape, or scissors required!

The possibilities of Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit can be expanded even further with Toy-Con Garage.

This intuitive and interactive programming tool is included with every Nintendo Labo kit and features a simple, visual interface and handy tutorials designed for players of all ages. Toy-Con Garage encourages players to experiment with the Toy-Con creations they’ve built or craft their own original designs using handy household items like paper cups, stickers and ribbon. With Toy-Con Garage, the possibilities of Nintendo Labo become almost limitless – players of all ages can enjoy hours of inventing, tinkering, crafting, playing and enriching fun.

Pre-order the Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit from select retailers and stay tuned to the Nintendo Labo website for more information about Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit.