In this episode of The Game Giants, Jairus and I talk about the PlayStation 5 Price, games and the Nintendo Mini Direct. I also review Dragon’s Dogma on Netflix and Mulan 2020! If you want more leave the comments on NewsforGamers.net!
After long awaited rumors, The Super Mario 3D All-Stars is coming for the Nintendo Switch. It will contain Super Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, and Galaxy 1... no Galaxy 2. The collection will be available September 18th, 2020 but is only purchasable until March 31st 2021.
The limited sale date is infuriating many people only. This is one of the first occurrences from a Major gaming company to clearly state a game launch is limited. Why would Nintendo do something like this?
The Nintendo Vault?
People are comparing it to the Disney Vault. The Disney Company would release their popular movies for a limited time on VHS. It would be sold for a premium price and it would be greatly marketed to kids so that they can beg their parents for the movies before it isn’t available. The Classic Movies wouldn’t be available for sale until several years later so the rush was significant.
March 31st, 2020 is the end of Nintendo’s fiscal year. Businesses start their business years starting on April 1st to March 31st rather than January 1st. Profits are broken up by quarters which is every 3 months. Despite Animal Crossing New Horizon being the biggest game of 2020 (so far), the game released in March so it counts for 2019 new game sales, not 2020.
2020 itself has been a poor fiscal year for Nintendo in terms of release. Despite Xenoblade Chronicle: Definitive Edition selling extremely well, it doesn’t have the wide appeal as a Mario, Legend of Zelda, or Smash Bros. Game. With a new generation console coming out, the Switch needs to do something to show off their profits before the holidays. My thinking is Super Mario 3D All- Stars is limited to boost sales number for the rest of the year. The game is limited physically and digitally until March 31st which would make fans feel like they need to buy the game now before it disappears for a long time similar to the Disney Vault.
Nintendo Fiscal Year Analysis
Super Mario 3D World+Bowser’s Fury isn’t available until February 21st, 2021 so Nintendo has no other big franchise release with a confirmed release date until then. There’s Pikmin 3 but for the 3rd quarter but Super Mario 3D All Stars definitely feels like a “break glass in case of emergency” game. This is just my opinion on why the game is coming for a limited release. It is a bold strategy from Nintendo. While many people are mad on the internet, it won’t matter if the sales numbers come through. Bad publicity is still good publicity.
Happy birthday to Pokemon! Pokemon Yellow was the first video game I ever played and still have the cartridge. To celebrate, many current Pokemon games have special events.
Pokemon Sword and Shield (until March 1st)
In the Wild Area, you can now encounter the Kanto Starters, their middle evolution, and Mewtwo (non-catchable). Fighting the starters will give you many EV-reducing berries, a Toxic/Flame/Life Orb, and fighting Mewtwo will give you PP Max, Bottle Caps, and potentially Ability Changer. Mewtwo is level 100 so it is incredibly difficult. The Kanto starters can be Shiny and can have their Hidden Abilities.
Pokemon Go (until March 2nd)
For Pokemon’s anniversary, you can catch Pikachu, Eevee, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle with party hats! The Kanto original starters can only be caught in raids. To commerate with the CGI remake of Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back, you can catch Venasaur, Charizard, and Blastoise clone version from the movies in level 4 raids. The evolutions will have their community day moves which makes them useful for Ultra League and raids! For level 5 raids, you can catch Armour Mewtwo with Psystrike!
You’ll get 3,000 gems when you log-in. If you keep logging in, you’ll receive more than 10,000 gems! The Battle Villa, which opens tomorrow, will introduce Lucky Skills, new skills to be added to Sync Pairs by using the Lucky Cookie & Lucky Scroll items. You can also recruit Red and his Charizard.
On Netflix, you can now watch the CGI remake the first Pokemon movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution! They also announced a new Pokemon movie: Coco. (No relation to the Pixar movie). It showcases the new mystical Pokemon: Zarude.
Game Informer previously reported that Pokemon Sword and Shield would feature 18 Pokemon gyms to challenge on October 1st: 9 Major and 9 minor gyms. Fans were extremely excited as it would defeat Pokemon Gold and Silver in overall amount of gyms to challenge (it featured 16).
Unfortunately, it seems Game Informer mistranslated communications with Game Freak. What Game Freak meant was that there are 18 across the league in Pokemon Sword and Shield. There are just 8 gyms as usual but each have version exclusive gyms.
This comes as a huge disappointment from fans but hopefully the other features in the game will remove their fears.
Pokemon Sword and Shieldreleases worldwide November 15th, 2019.