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Nintendo President: “Our Focus Could Shift Away from Home Consoles”

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The Nintendo Switch is selling incredibly well, especially after the holiday season, yet Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa is looking toward the future.

In a recent interview with Japanese website Nikkei (and translated by Nintendo Everything), Furukawa spoke frankly about Nintendo’s past and future as gaming console developers:

We aren’t really fixated on our consoles. At the moment we’re offering the uniquely developed Nintendo Switch and its software – and that’s what we’re basing how we deliver the “Nintendo experience” on. That being said, technology changes. We’ll continue to think flexibly about how to deliver that experience as time goes on.

It has been over 30 years since we started developing consoles. Nintendo’s history goes back even farther than that, and through all the struggles that they faced the only thing that they thought about was what to make next. In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles – flexibility is just as important as ingenuity.

The console comments are a bit surprising considering the Switch is almost lightning in a bottle. While it doesn’t have the explosive popularity of the Wii it’s already out sold the Wii U. Every game developer is pressured from fans to put their game on the Switch if they haven’t already and Nintendo has smartly jumped on the indie game craze.

Furukawa goes on to mention the huge market of mobile games and how he’d like to improve Nintendo’s presence in the mobile game space. Nintendo began releasing mobile games in 2016 beginning with Super Mario Run, followed by Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in 2017. The only mobile game published by Nintendo in 2018 was Dragalia Lost, an RPG developed by Cygames that’s become popular in Japan.

A mobile version of Mario Kart, called Mario Kart Tour, is due out before the end of Nintendo’s financial year (March 2019).

Clearly Nintendo would love to have another runaway mobile success like Pokémon GO, which was licensed to Niantic.

Furukawa also mentions movies and even theme parks as different revenue streams, and appears to be amenable to licensing their popular characters for such ventures. Furukawa recently replaced Tatsumi Kimishima as Nintendo president last summer.

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Nintendo New Year eShop Sale

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If you received a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS this holiday season (or your already have one), you’ll want to head over to the Nintendo eShop for the New Year’s Digital Sale. From now until Jan. 10 you’ll find Switch and 3DS games up to 50% off. Hopefully you saved those Nintendo eShop gift cards!

Highlights include Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (25% off), Octopath Traveler (30% off), and Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version (50% off).

Here are the biggest deals:

Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe $41.99 (30% off)

ARMS $41.99 (30% off)

Splatoon 2 $41.99 (30% off)

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition $41.99 (30% off)

Octopath Traveler $41.99 (30% off)

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $44.99 (25% off)

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version $29.99 (50% off)

Wizard of Legend $12,79 (20% off)

Mega Man Legacy Collection $11.24 (25 % off)

LEGO DC Super-Villains $29.99 (50% off)

Golf Story $9.89 (34% off)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition $26.39 (67% off)

LEGO Harry Potter Collection $24.99 (50% off)

Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon $27.99 (30% off)

Pokémon Battle Trozei $5.59 (30% off)

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido $27.99 (30% off)

Fantasy Life $27.99 (30% off)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe $13.99 (30% off)

Super Mario 3D Land $13.99 (30% off)

Yoshi’s New Island $13.99 (30% off)

Mario Party: The Top 100 $27.99 (30% off)

Final Fantasy Explorers $19.99 (50% off)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy $11.99 (60% off)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call $19.99 (50% off)

Culdcept Revolt $20.99 (30% off)

The New Year sale overlaps with a 25% off sale on Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which ends Jan. 9. The New Year Digital Sale ends Jan 10 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

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Hatch More Eggs in Pokémon GO Hatchathon

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Many New Year’s Resolutions involve getting more exercise and losing weight. What better motivation to get moving than hatching eggs in Pokémon GO? From now until Jan. 15, Pokémon GO trainers will receive bonuses for using Adventure Sync to track walking distance.

Adventure Sync is a recent addition to Pokémon GO that tracks your distance using your smartphone. Once you activate Adventure Sync in the Settings, Pokémon GO will automatically track your distance without having to keep the game open. Walking distance is useful for generating candy with your Buddy Pokémon, hatching Pokémon eggs, and earning weekly rewards.

During the Hatchathon event, any egg you hatch will result in double the candy and stardust. You’ll also have a greater chance of receiving the bigger 5 km and 10 km eggs from PokéStops and Gyms. Eggs are a good way to collect rarer Pokémon, especially the 10 km eggs. Time to get moving!

The Hatchaton event ends January 15 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern. Recently Pokémon has also begun rolling out Trainer battles, which finally feature player vs player combat. Trainer Battles are limited to local multiplayer and online with friends, and can net rewards and bonuses.

Pokémon GO is free to download on iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Last Call to Register for Global Game Jam 2019

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Global Game Jam, Inc announced its final call for aspiring and professional game designers to register for the Global Game Jam, which takes place January 25-27. Registration closes at the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 4.

A game jam is when developers get together to make a relatively simple game in a very short amount of time. They’re designed to foster creativity and collaboration, as well as provide a platform for new designers.

The Global Game Jam is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year as the world’s largest game jam. True to its name, it features developers from all around the world, including dozens of countries and thousands of participants.

Like the cook-a-thons of Iron Chef, the Global Game Jam features a secret ingredient – a theme that must explored in each game. Every registered group is tasked with creating a game based around that newly announced theme within 48 hours. Participating developers and groups are encouraged to broadcast and stream as much of their design process as they can. Streams will be featured on the Global Game Jam Mixer channel.

The event will kick off with a series of livestreamed keynote speakers. This year’s keynote speakers are Brie Code and Eve Thomas (Tru Luv), Limpho Moeti (Free Lives) and Rami Ismail (Vlambeer).

The jam is run purely by volunteers and more of a creative exercise than a strict competition. Several prominent indie games were born out of the Global Game Jam, including Surgeon Simulator and Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes.

This year’s Global Game Jam will run the weekend of Jan. 25-27.

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Grab Another Free Game from the GOG Winter Sale

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Two weeks in and the annual GOG Winter Sale has offered another free game. For the next 48 hours you claim underwater horror adventure SOMA for free, simply by having an account and clicking the button. You’ll have until December 30 at 3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern to claim the free game.

SOMA is a first-person horror adventure developed by indie studio Frictional Games, creators of the Amnesia series. You’ll journey through an underwater installation where Things Went Horribly Wrong. Explore the area, avoid homicidal robots and monsters, and solve the mystery of the station, and yourself.

SOMA was very well-received by critics and fans of the genre. It has an 83 rating on Opencritic, putting in the top 10% of reviewed games on the site. SOMA is rated M for Mature with Violence, Blood, Nudity, and Strong Language.

The GOG Winter Sale still features thousands of deeply discounted PC games. GOG’s store features a solid combination of PC gaming classics from the 90s (King’s Quest, Might and Magic, Ultima, etc.), as well as modern indie games like Into the Breach, Dead Cells, and Pillars of Eternity 2. A rotating list of Daily Deals feature the best discounts and deals.

Spending any amount of money during the sale will reward Fantasy General as a free game. Spend at least $15 to acquire Everspace as a free bonus game.

The GOG Winter Sale ends on Jan. 3, 2019.