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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Banner Saga 2 Vinyl Soundtrack Available for Pre-order via iam8bit

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Featuring the music of game composer Austin Wintory (flOwJourneyAssassin’s Creed: Syndicate) with performances by a very talented group of musicians, the Banner Saga 2 soundtrack is getting a 2LP vinyl release, and is available for pre-order now. The vinyl release features exclusive artwork by Banner Saga series art director Arnie Jorgensen. The audio has also been optimized for vinyl release by Telegraph Mastering Studio.

iam8bit will have the 2LP, 180-gram vinyl release available for $40.00, and is already taking pre-orders ahead of the release’s Q3 2016 ship date. Alternately, you can head to Wintory’s Bandcamp page to purchase the entire soundtrack now for $6 or more – more would certainly be appreciated – or even his entire Bandcamp discography for as low as under $45!

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Nintendo announces Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Special Edition for $79.99

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Known in Japan and Europe as the “Fortissimo Edition,” the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Special Edition will launch alongside the standalone release of the game on June 24 and will be available via GameStop and Amazon.com. Shown above, the special edition comes with the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE game for Wii U, a 5″x8″ color artbook, a six-song soundtrack CD, six song cards, a sticker sheet, and DLC codes for all five planned sets of DLC – which would cost $1.99 each if purchased separately.

The game will be making its playable debut at PAX East in Boston this weekend, as will the Nintendo 3DS titles Kirby: Planet Robobot and Monster Hunter Generations. Be sure to check out the full press release after the break for more information. Will you be heading to PAX?

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The Post Game Zone – Ratchet & Clank

On this week’s Post Game Zone, Lehew returns to the vast galaxy of the game based off the movie based off the game: Ratchet & Clank! Also, Lehew may have spoiled the movie for himself…

Ratchet & Clank is available both physically and digitally, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Be sure to check out new episodes of The Post Game Zone every Monday!