Nintendo is the latest company to join the virtual reality market following last night’s announcement. Nintendo Labo VR certainly won’t compete directly with much more expensive hardware like PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift, but it offers a cheaper entry point into simple VR experiences. A starter kit, several expansion packs, and a complete bundle will all be available beginning on April 12th, and you can pre-order now.
Best Buy is the first retailer to start accepting pre-orders, and they’re currently listing the Starter Kit and the complete bundle at $39.99 and $79.99 respectively. You can secure a pre-order for either by clicking right here. The individual expansion sets don’t appear to be available yet, but they’ll come with a price tag of $20 a piece when they’re eventually listed.
Nintendo may be in hot water in Europe. Earlier this year, the Norwegian government began investigating Nintendo over their policy of not allowing cancellations on digital pre-orders made on the eShop. Once you’ve paid for an upcoming game, no matter how far off it is, there are no refunds. Certain European governments have not taken kindly to this policy, and now the German Consumer Protection Authority is taking Nintendo to court over it.
German officials claim that Nintendo is in violation of the law with this policy, but Nintendo argues that they’re fine due to the fact that you can pre-load the games. Nintendo points to article 16 of European Consumer Law Directive, which allows a company to skip the refund option if “the performance has begun with the consumer’s prior express consent, and with the acknowledgement that he will lose his right of withdrawal once the contract has been fully performed by the trader.”
The German Consumer Protection Authority disagrees with this interpretation of the law. According to them, until the game is launched in full, Nintendo is bound by law to offer cancellations and refunds for paying customers. Nintendo will begin the process of defending their position in court early next year, but the proceedings could take many months.
Yesterday we reported that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee set a new record for Switch with over 3 million copies sold in three days. That’s a pretty impressive feat, but it might be a short-lived victory. Nintendo just released a new trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and in addition to featuring praise from critics, it revealed some interesting pre-order data.
Nintendo had previously reported that both Pokémon and Smash were among the most pre-ordered Switch games ever, and today they confirmed that Smash has officially passed up Pokémon as number one. On top of that, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also the most pre-ordered game in the history of the fighting franchise itself. With an early lead, will Ultimate oust Pokémon for the title of fastest-selling Switch game? We’ll find out in a few weeks!
Ah, the pre-order. The infamous (recent) gaming custom of giving a company money before the product is available, and sometimes before we’ve even seen a trailer or an official name. We’re used to pre-orders for games, consoles, DLC, and more at this point, but Nintendo has just pushed the envelope a little further. As of today, European fans can place a pre-order…for Nintendo Switch’s upcoming online membership program.
That’s right, you can pre-order something that doesn’t release in any kind of physical form, can’t run out, and doesn’t come with any kind of bonus. Why? No idea, but it’s possible! Amazon UK and Amazon Germany have both opened up pre-orders officially through Nintendo. The service is available for pre-order in both three month and one year increments.
Nintendo Switch Online is set to roll out this September. For a single account membership, one month is $3.99, three months is $7.99, and a full year is $19.99. Nintendo Account owners can also pay for a Family Membership, which allows up to eight accounts to share the benefits of membership in one bundle. The only price currently listed for family accounts is one year at $34.99.
The Pokémon Company held a special media event in Japan yesterday (watch it all right here) and they made several big announcements about the future of the franchise, including the official reveal of the long-rumored Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! games. The twin titles are a return to Kanto with a blend of “core” gameplay and mechanics from Pokémon GO. If that sounds like a winning combination to you, you can get a head start by reserving a copy today.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch on November 16th, 2018. Like most Switch games, they’re expected to have the standard price tag of $59.99. Pre-orders are now available at several retailers, including the following.
Switch fans may not be getting Monster Hunter: World, but Capcom’s still treating them to a hit game. The publisher announced yesterday that they’re launching Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on Switch in the West later this year. If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the different names, this is the Western title for Monster Hunter XX in Japan, or a new and improved version of the West’s Monster Hunter Generations, packed with tons of new content.
The latest and greatest version of Monster Hunter X / Generations is slated to launch in the West on August 28th. If you’d like to secure a copy for yourself, you can currently do so on Amazon. The standard price is $59.99, but Prime members who pre-order will get it for $47.99. Happy hunting!
Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game is set to hit the PlayStation 4 on September 7th, and, in preparation for the movie ten years in the making, the devs have announced that it will include a special costume based on Spidey’s Avengers: Infinity War outfit. The “Iron Spider” costume will be accessible immediately as a preorder bonus for anyone who wants to reserve the game before it launches.
The outfit, briefly seen at the end of Spider-Man Homecoming, will be one of many suits available for Peter Parker to slip on before he fights crime as Spider-Man. Much like the previously revealed Spider-Punk suit, the Iron Spider costume is not exclusive to those that preorder the game. Preorders come with a digital code that will unlock the costume instantly, but it will also be unlockable in-game in some form for those without preorders. More costumes will be included in post-launch DLC, but Insomniac Games has promised that Marvel’s Spider-Man will not have microtransactions.
In the comics, the Iron Spider costume originated in Marvel’s “Civil War” crossover back in 2006. After Spider-Man joined Iron Man’s forces, he started wearing a Tony Stark-designed metal suit to show his loyalty to the Superhero Registration Act. While it wouldn’t make sense for the movie version of Spider-Man to have this costume in Captain America: Civil War, since it was his very first appearance, his appearance in Infinity War finally lets him don the Iron Man-inspired suit.
The announcement was accompanied by a trailer, which will be played before Avengers: Infinity War in theaters. You can check it out for yourself above.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is approaching fast with a release date of May 18th. For those on the fence about buying the game, Nintendo may have given you a little more incentive. A green rupee lamp has been added to the Nintendo store and is available with a pre-ordered copy of Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. The lamp will also be available as a standalone purchase from Merchoid and GameStop if you prefer.
The green rupee lamp will stand from base to tip at approximately 4 inches, and the pre-order will cost €49.99 ($60) or €11.99 ($15) for the standalone. A lot of retailers are currently sold out, but others are trying their best to keep them in stock. Will you be picking one up yourself? Let us know in the comments section.
Have you heard the news, Sonic fans? Sonic Mania is finally getting a physical release! The retail version, dubbed Sonic Mania Plus, comes packed with physical collectibles as well as extra in-game content. If you already bought the game digitally, you’ll be able to pick up the extra content as DLC. If you plan to grab this special collectible edition, you can place your preorder now.
Sonic Mania Plus is available for preorder at Amazon and GameStop for $29.99. For that price you get the game, deluxe packaging that includes a holographic slip cover, a reversible SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive sleeve, and a 32 page Sonic Mania art book. The new in-game content includes two new playable characters: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. The game will also feature a new “Encore Mode” that adds visual changes to each level, giving you new ways to experience them. Additionally, the Competition Mode is being expanded to allow for up to four players.
During the most recent Nintendo Direct we got the exciting news that Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Nintendo Switch! The game’s initial teaser trailer revealed Splatoon‘s Inklings as playable characters alongside Mario and Link with his Breath of the Wild character model. If you’re planning to pick up the next iteration of Nintendo’s popular fighting series, you’ll be happy to know that it’s already available for preorder!
You can reserve your copy today over at Amazon. The game has a listed release date of December 31st, but that is only Amazon’s placeholder. Nintendo has only stated that it will launch sometime in 2018. Popular theory is that Smash will release around September, as that is when Nintendo’s paid online service will be live on Switch.
One of the most bizarre recent announcements in the gaming industry was the reveal of Nintendo Labo. This new “interactive experience” has players interacting with mini-games using custom peripherals created from cardboard and assembled by kids and kids at heart. Labo fans can pick up a Variety Kit—containing the RC Cars, Fishing Rod, House, Motorbike, and Piano sets—for $69.99, or the $79.99 Robot Kit.
Alongside the Variety Kit and Robot Kit, Nintendo is also launching a special Customization Set with stencils, colored tape, and Nintendo themed stickers, so you can pretty up your custom creations however you wish. If you’re interested in picking up the Customization Set, it just became available for preorder. This set will cost you $9.99, and you can preorder it at Best Buy or Amazon.
Monster Hunter fans were in for a treat during E3, when Capcom revealed the next entry in the franchise, Monster Hunter: World, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. During their Tokyo Game Show pre-show conference last night, Sony finally provided us with a solid release date for this new title; when they said the game would launch in “early 2018” at E3, they were not joking, as we won’t even be a month into the new year before we can play this HD adventure, at least on consoles.
Monster Hunter: World will launch in the west on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26, 2018, with the PC date coming later and still being a mystery. When it does launch, it will come with a number of preorder bonuses and special editions, including one that comes with a PS4 Pro (at least in Japan).
Preorders will grant players access to the Origin Set armor and an item called the Fair Wind Charm; digital PS4 preorders will also provide you access to a PS4 theme. Meanwhile, three special editions were announced. The digital deluxe edition will grant a Samurai armor quote, along with a series of gestures, hairstyle, facepaint, and in-game sticker sets. The physical collector’s edition will contain all of the deluxe edition’s content, but it will also hold a download for the soundtrack, an artbook, and a figurine of the game box art monster, the Nergigante.
Of course, the big boy in this is the PS4 Pro special edition, which has a gorgeous, themed console and controller. Unfortunately this has only been announced for Japan thus far, but you can still check it and all this other content out in the gallery below.
Are you excited for Monster Hunter: World? Will you be picking it up when it launches in January, and will you be trying to grab any of the special editions? Let us know in the comments!
It’s no secret by now that Shadow the Hedgehog will appear in Sonic Forces. The Ultimate Life Form stars as one of Eggman’s enforcers in his latest bid for global conquest, but this development has since left fans wondering why the reformed hedgehog is back on the side of evil, putting him at odds with Modern Sonic and the Resistance.
Today, SEGA has revealed a new prequel DLC for the upcoming title, focusing on the backstory between Shadow and new baddie Infinite and setting the stage for the events of Forces. The appropriately titled Episode Shadow add-on will also feature the grand return of Shadow himself as a playable character, for the first time in eleven years!
Episode Shadow adds three additional levels to the main game, with Shadow playing very much like the Boost-based Sonic we’ve come to know in recent times, so those who’ve played the likes of Sonic Generations extensively with mods will no doubt feel right at home. While his own unique story is short, however, you can also swap Modern Sonic out with Shadow and play through several of the former’s levels as well. In the above footage, the stage opens to E-123 Omega’s disappearance within the dried out Green Hill area, and it’s up to the remaining members of Team Dark to investigate. Having traced the signal to the area, Shadow and Rouge the Bat find the Zone overtaken with strange red cubes.
Digital preorders for Sonic Forces are also going live today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with early purchases for the PC version set for Thursday, September 21 (no luck for the Nintendo Switch eShop, unfortunately). Those who do order the game in advance will also receive the same Bonus Edition content from the specially-themed physical release, featuring SEGA and Atlus-themed costumes for the Custom Hero character as well as a Shadow the Hedgehog costume.
Episode Shadow launches simultaneously with Sonic Forces on all platforms come November 7th, and it will be available as a free download to everyone who purchases the game digitally or physically. Are you looking forward to playing as Shadow once again? Are there others characters you’d love to see get similar treatment? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Special thanks to Edith Yang and Aaron Webber from SEGA of America’s PR team for the early look back at PAX West! Gamnesia readers can look forward to reading about my time with the Sonic Forces demo from the event (featuring the new Tag Team mechanic), coming soon.
The Sonic the Hedgehog hype train is showing no signs of slowing down since the release and positive critical reception of the retro-inspired Sonic Mania. Sonic Team’s Sonic Forces now has a release date, and the game comes with a ton of cool preorder bonuses, including skins for the player avatar that celebrate multiple other SEGA franchises!
Sonic Forces is set to launch in western territories on November 7th on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A Bonus Edition of the game can be preordered as well. Included in-game items will allow players to dress the custom avatar Hero Character based on the animal you choose. With these free add-ons, the Hero can represent NiGHTS, Super Monkey Ball, Puyo Puyo, Jet Set Radio, and even Persona 5.
Skins for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Grip, as well as PS4 and Xbox One controllers, were also announced, and they feature the game’s logo and artwork covering the controller. The box art looks fairly fiery itself, which I have to say is quite fitting with the marketing we have gotten for the game so far.
With preorders soon going live, will you be placing one for Sonic’s newest adventure? And are you excited for Sonic Forces to release in just little over two months? Let us know if you are boarding the hype train in the comments below!
Many Nintendo fans are worried that they may not be able to get their hands on the upcoming retro gaming system, the SNES Classic Edition. While the NES Classic suffered from various supply issues and was eventually discontinued after about half a year, Nintendo is looking to give everyone a better chance to purchase the SNES Classic.
Today on Nintendo’s Facebook page, the company announced that they will be taking preorders for the console through various retailers this month, something that did not happen with the NES Classic. Additionally, Nintendo also said they will ship “a significant amount of additional systems” in order to meet demand. Overall, it sounds like they’re more properly prepared for the SNES Classic release this time. You can read their full statement below:
“We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month.
“A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year.” — Nintendo
Do you have faith that Nintendo will keep up with demand this time? Will you be preordering a SNES Classic later this month just in case? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Over a year will have passed since its surprise unveiling at the 25th anniversary party, when SEGA proudly presented a brand new Sonic adventure made by classic fans, for classic fans. Despite the delay to Summer, the development team at PagodaWest Games has been working hard to deliver a great game for the season, and with the leaked release date now proven to be real, the wait is almost over.
Time to mark your calendars, for August 15th is the day Sonic Mania finally launches on modern consoles.
For the above trailer, the Sonic social team made special mention of Boom Comics’ Tyson Hesse and the Hyper Potions music duo in the video description. Hesse, who gained renown with his art for the SONIC: Mega Drive miniseries at Archie Comics, worked on the animation with assistance from Skullgirls lead animator Kinuko and Precious Rascals artist Anthony Holden. Hyper Potions, whose music was previously featured in the reveal trailers for both Mania and Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, put together “Time Trials” just for the occasion, and you can purchase or play their new single on the digital music platform of your choice.
As for new details to glean from the trailer? We finally get a glimpse of the boss battle against Studiopolis Zone’s resident Hard Boiled Heavy, the laser mini-boss from the original Flying Battery Zone makes a comeback, and Stardust Speedway of Sonic CD fame returns as a new stage! Digital preorders for Sonic Mania are now live for the Xbox One and Steam versions, as well as the PlayStation 4 iteration later today. There’s also the physical Collector’s Edition if you fancy owning a commemorative statue and cartridge.
Once again, Sonic Mania arrives on August 15th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. On which platform do you plan on picking up the game? What do you think of the new trailer? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
With Switch-mageddon less than a week away, you may want to keep a close eye on your preorders, as users on Reddit and Twitter have reported that Amazon is cancelling almost 1200 preorders for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Master Edition. These users have received emails stating that the “supplier” cannot meet demand, and Amazon is giving out a $10 gift card to those affected. The regular version of the game is still available here if you have not preordered it yet, but watch your inbox if you preordered the exclusive version that comes with a Nintendo Switch case, artbook, and Master Sword statue.
Below is the email that people have received from Amazon:
We’re contacting you about order #XXXXXX for the following item(s):
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Master Edition – Nintendo Switch
We’re unable to fulfill your order for the item(s) listed above because they aren’t available from the supplier any longer. As a result, we’ve cancelled them from your order and your original payment method won’t be charged.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused. To help make up for the inconvenience, we’ve applied a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card to your account. This amount will be applied to your next eligible order automatically without entering a claim code.
We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon.
Customer Service Amazon.com
Do you think Amazon should be doing something more, or is a small compensation better than nothing? Let us know what you think in the comments!
During Nintendo’s financial results briefing yesterday, the company’s president, Tatsumi Kimishima, gave an update on Nintendo Switch preorders. Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki revealed Kimishima’s comments on Twitter, explaining that preorders are doing well and Nintendo is going to increase production on the Switch. Kimishima also said that Nintendo is hoping to provide as many consoles as possible to those who want it in March. However, in some regions players may not be able to get their hands on the device until April or maybe even later.
Have you preordered the Switch? Let us know in the comments!
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Nintendo chief Kimishima said the firm plans to increase production of Switch, pre-oder status so far good.
There have been a few reports of GameStop cancelling people’s preorders of the Nintendo Switch, as well as its most anticipated title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Stock for the console and the game has been thin ever since their reveal, and copies of either are hard to come by, as most retailers have closed preorders because of the supply constraints. However, it seems that even fans who have already placed their orders may have some difficulties receiving the console. Some stories have been cropping up online of retailers cancelling their customer’s preorders, and not allowing these customers to place another order on the console.
One such story became popular on Reddit, with a user complaining that GameStop had cancelled his preorders on the Nintendo Switch and the Master Edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Both orders had been placed in a timely manner and had been accepted by GameStop, but were suddenly cancelled, and GameStop customer service was unable to determine the reason. This user lost his preorders, and although he was able to place another order on the console through Best Buy, he was unable to find another copy of Breath of the Wild‘s Master Edition. It’s unclear whether this was just a glitch in GameStop’s system or an intentional cancellation to deal with supply constraints.
What do you guys think? Has anything similar happened to you or anyone you know? Could this be a widespread phenomenon, or are these just a few mistakes on behalf of GameStop?
Nintendo’s next big presentation for their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch, takes place tomorrow night, and fans are getting ready for all the big reveals and announcements. For those of us wanting to preorder the system, though, it sounds like there could be a familiar battle getting ready to take place. Nintendo NY has sent out a tweet announcing that preorders will be opening Friday morning, but a key bit of text has caught the attention of many: “a limited quantity.”
Obviously, this is giving many people flashbacks to the countless horrors that have come from trying to locate certain Amiibo or the NES Classic Edition. This isn’t necessarily a sign of limited quantities everywhere—it very well could just be Nintendo NY that will limit them, while other locations and stores will have quantity in abundance, or they may open more preorders at a constant rate over the next two months. But it’s hard to have much faith in those possibilities after Nintendo’s actions from the past few years.
Honestly, I was anticipating that Switch would have limited launch quantities even before this tweet, so at this point I’m expecting the worst. As a result, I have no intention of even trying to preorder a Switch, regardless of how much I may want one. But that’s me—what do you think of this situation? Let us know in the comments!