Zelda Symphony adds more tour dates; begins offering official Wind Waker baton replica

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If you haven’t been out to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest recently (or ever), you’re going to have plenty of opportunities in the near future. The popular concert tour just added a whopping 45 new concerts to its 2016 tour schedule!

Symphony of the Goddesses will be making all-new stops all around the world, to cities like Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Lisbon, and even a brave stop in Washington, D.C. during election week! This is, of course, in addition to previously announced performances in London, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and more. Video montages played during performances of music from Twilight Princess will now feature updates HD visuals from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD.

Additionally, the tour’s production company, Jason Michael Paul Productions, has announced that they’ll be adding a special new item to their merchandise offerings on tour and on their website. Starting today, you can pre-order official replicas of the iconic Wind Waker Baton featured in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and just like the one used by Amy Andersson on the concert stage. The nearly 15″ batons can be pre-ordered on the official website for $40 with expected delivery in June, or purchased at upcoming concerts. As to whether the baton is simply a novelty display piece or cosplay accessory, or if it’s a legitimate, functional, balanced conducting baton, we’ve asked for comment and will let you know if we hear back.

Be sure to check past the break to see when The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses makes its next stop at a concert hall near you!

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The Legend of Zelda won’t just be Nintendo’s E3 focus; it will literally be their only playable game

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While many Nintendo fans are still trying to process this morning’s little tidbits of information that Nintendo will launch the NX platform next March, that Zelda will be delayed and launched on both Wii U and NX, and that we’re getting Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games on smartphones this fall, some important aspects of the announcements got lost in the shuffle.

While Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and NX would become the focus of their showing at this year’s E3 Expo, presumably to make up for the fact that the NX would not be making an appearance at the industry event, the company sent us a press release (found in full after the break) revealing that they won’t have any other playable games at the expo.

The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion.

While other titles will surely (or maybe not even surely) be shown in their usual pre-E3 Nintendo Direct, E3 attendees shouldn’t expect to be able to play the latest builds of games like Metroid Prime: Federation Force (coming in August) or Rhythm Heaven Megamix. With Nintendo downsizing the quantity of its show offerings and so many other companies pulling out of this year’s expo, it’s starting to feel like 2007 all over again.

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Fire Emblem Fates surpassed 1 million sold in North America by the end of March

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In supplementary information to Nintendo’s Earnings Release from today, it was revealed that global sales of Fire Emblem Fates have reached 1.84 million through March 31st, including 780,000 units sold in Japan since June 25th of last year, and 1.06 million units sold in North America since February 19th of this year.

These figures lump sales of BirthrightConquest, and presumably the Special Edition all together into the third-best selling Nintendo 3DS game of the fiscal year ending March 31st, behind only Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3.04 million) and Pokémon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire (1.9 million).

That Fates sales in North America have so quickly eclipsed the sales of the game in Japan might normally not be a huge surprise given the size of each respective market, but for a series that remained a popular Japanese exclusive for its first dozen years, followed by lackluster marketing in the West during the Game Boy Advance through Nintendo DS eras – we still haven’t gotten New Mystery of the Emblem – it’s certainly amazing to see what was once a very niche franchise growing so rapidly in worldwide appeal. Imagine those numbers once Europe actually gets ahold of the game!

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Miitomo celebrates 10 million users worldwide

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Since its launch in major regions last month, Nintendo’s Miitomo app has amassed over 10 million users around the world. The milestone was announced at Nintendo’s financial earnings press conference today in Japan.

Miitomo, Nintendo’s first official smartphone app, puts your Mii into a social network environment, allowing you to answer personal questions for your friends to see, see your friends’ answers to similar questions, dress up in fun outfits, and pose your Mii for fun pictures.

I’m pretty sure I’ve used Miitomo enough that the app has run out of questions to ask me – it keeps telling me to come back later! How about you? Have you been using Miitomo as much as I have?

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The Legend of Zelda for Wii U delayed to 2017, will launch simultaneously on NX

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There are three certainties in the world: death, taxes, and Zelda delays.

Formerly slated for a Wii U release in 2015, Nintendo has just now announced that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will officially be delayed into another calendar year, 2017, allegedly for quality improvements. Additionally, and perhaps as a surprise to no one, the game will launch simultaneously on the NX in addition to the aforementioned Wii U.

While the game itself won’t be in your hands for about a year, the game will be Nintendo’s primary focus at this year’s E3 Expo. With the NX not making it any public appearances at the June expo, it looks like we’ll be playing the demos on good old fashioned Wii U hardware. In addition, you can get the latest look at official art from the game below the break.

What are your thoughts? Will you be buying Zelda on Wii U? NX? Both? Or are you waiting to see what the game is like first?

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Nintendo will bring Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing to smartphones

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At Nintendo’s news conference regarding the fiscal year ending March 31st, the company confirmed their next two IPs heading to smartphones, following the success of Miitomo.

Nintendo will be releasing apps in the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises, later this autumn according to the Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki. Not much else was revealed at this time, but we should be able to expect more information in the near future.

Both franchises seem to be natural fits for smartphone touchscreens, and it will be nice to finally see Fire Emblem in HD resolutions for once. Hopefully these official smartphone apps will keep fans busy enough that we’ll see less people pirating the Game Boy Advance Fire Emblem entries on their devices. Are you looking forward to either app?

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Nintendo will launch NX globally in March 2017

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Nintendo has released their fiscal year earnings report for the year ending March 31, 2016. While the majority of the report exists to detail Nintendo’s financial situation over the past year, it naturally includes tidbits to paint a positive outlook for the coming year and appease investors. Among those tidbits was a confirmation of a launch month for Nintendo’s NX platform:

“For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed “NX” with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally”

While many investors and fans may be disappointed to hear that Nintendo will miss the crucial holiday season (or joke that this release window clearly points to it being a handheld), many will undoubtedly be relieved to finally have a 31-day window to circle on their calendars.

What do you think about the global March 2017 launch date for the NX? Are you disappointed? Excited? Let us know in the comments!

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Miitomo updated to version 1.1.3

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Nintendo has updated their social mobile app, Miitomo, to version 1.1.3. What’s new? The update apparently includes “speed optimizations for some processes” and bug fixes.

It certainly does seem to load much faster for me, both upon launching the app from scratch and when switching over from a different app via the multitasking view. Have you experienced similar speed improvements in Miitomo? Are you still using Miitomo?

Miitomo is available now on the iOS App Store and on Android.

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Microsoft ceases manufacturing of the Xbox 360

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After over ten long years, today marks the end of an era. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has announced that Microsoft has stopped production of new Xbox 360 consoles.

Succeeding the original Xbox a mere four years after its predecessor’s launch, the Xbox 360 launched in November of 2005. At the time, flip phones were still the big thing, Pluto was still a planet, and Matt and I were still a year away from dreaming up The Tanooki. In the time since, we saw new game franchises like Gears of War emerge, we witnessed the evolution of Xbox Live, and we experienced the innovation of the Kinect.

Of course, Microsoft knows that many Xbox 360 owners still actively use their consoles – myself included, though that’s mostly just for Netflix now. While no new Xbox 360 consoles will be manufactured, Microsoft still intends to support the Xbox 360 via continued Xbox Live operations, continued availability of Xbox 360 games, accessories, and even system hardware at retail and online while supplies last, and continued hardware repair and customer support.

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Animated Short “Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins” to Stream Live at 3pm PT Today

Star Fox Zero is just a couple of days away, and to celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated game, Nintendo will be streaming Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins – an animated short produced in collaboration with Shigeru Miyamoto, Production I.G., and WIT Studio – today at 3pm PDT. For the lazy (or high) folks out there, that’s 6pm Eastern, 5pm Central, and 4pm Mountain.

Immediately following the live stream of the animated short, a special Nintendo Treehouse: Live segment featuring Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard will be streamed.

Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard will be available for the Wii U this Friday, April 20th. The games are still available for pre-order and come bundled together as a set in their first print iterations.

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