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Nintendo Weekly News Round-Up: Big releases, lawsuits, and N64 Classic Speculation Put to Rest

 

The N64 Classic Is Not A Thing

After the success of the NES Classic, as well as the SNES Classic, many Nintendo fans were expecting a rumored Nintendo 64 Classic. As many reported, the official European Union Intellectual Property website had listed a filing for a Nintendo 64 controller by Nintendo. Naturally, given the prior existence of the NES and SNES Classic’s, fans began to speculate that an N64 Classic Edition would be headed our way as well.

Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, this is not the case. As Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, said in a recent interview with Kotaku that a Nintendo 64 Classic was not “in our planning horizon.” He did offer a glimmer of hope, however, by saying that an N64 Classic would not be ruled out.

There you go, ladies and gentlemen, official word from the strongman of Nintendo himself. In the meantime, you can dust off your twenty year-old Nintendo 64 cartridges in the hopes that they work on your even older console. Then, you can enjoy your ninetieth playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, until Nintendo decides otherwise.

One Big Lawsuit

A couple from Arizona have now reached a settlement with Nintendo in a massive lawsuit involving free downloads of ROMs. Indeed, Jacob and Cristian Mathias were accused of copyright infringement via offering free ROMs on websites LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co. After the U.S. District Court of Arizona came to a decision, the couple will now have to pay $12.23 million dollars to Nintendo of America, according to Business Insider.

Business Insider adds that LoveROMS.com was one of the most heavily-trafficked emulation websites on the internet, averting 17 million people per month.

For reference, Nintendo originally called for the couple to owe $2,000,000 for each violated trademark and $150,000 for every game offered on the website.

As suggested by the amount owed to Nintendo,  this lawsuit may be one of the biggest Nintendo’s been involved in. While they’ve shut down a number of fan projects in the past, such as with the Metroid 2 fan remake, there has never been a larger instance of a crackdown on emulators by Nintendo. At the very least, we can all be thankful that this has come to a close and that the couple has come to a settlement with the company.

Metroid Prime 4 Development

Nintendo is betting big on this holiday’s biggest releases in the two Pokémon titles, as well as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, in the long-term, it isn’t as if Nintendo doesn’t plan for the future.

At an invent in New York in which Reggie Fils-Aime was advertising for the upcoming Smash Bros. game, Fils-Aime told Mashable: “‘Internally, we have expectations about when [Metroid Prime 4] is going to be released.'” Fils-Aimé added:  “‘We haven’t announced it, but yeah, the game is well in development.””

Fils-Aime dished a bit more on the development and launch process, saying that “six months to a year is what we like to do,” adding that it “depends on the game” and “the type of development that it’s going through.”

Nintendo is extremely meticulous about its game development and releases. They have never been afraid to delay a game where necessary, as was the case with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which featured multiple delays. However, that title ended up being one of the standouts of 2017. So cheers to Nintendo for their complicated release process.

Russian Nintendo Fans Call For President’s Ousting

Fans of Nintendo in Russia are now calling for the firing of Nintendo of Russia boss Yasha Haddaji for a poor display on a recent livestream. In a chaotic video in which Haddaji and his associates play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, he appears hostile and very angry. To Russian Nintendo fans, this is a sign of clear mismanagement of the company and, as such, they want nothing more than to oust the boss.

It didn’t help that those reserving Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! may not, in fact, receive their copy, due to a shortage, yet an oversupply of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! copies. This, among other issues, have not exactly caused Haddaji to appeal to Nintendo fans in Russia.

It’s too bad that this is the case with Nintendo of Russia. Given there is pretty good management in most other places, one might expect the same with Russia, but clearly, this is not the case, if complaints by fans there indicate anything.

Big Releases Setting The Stage

While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is less than a month out, this week saw the big releases of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! Both, running at $59.99 USD, have been getting fairly good reviews, receiving a solid ’81’ on Metacritic and are likely to see some generous sales from here on out.

As well, in an odd turn, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI will release on Nintendo Switch November 16th to a price of $59.99 USD. This goes to show that bringing big, popular titles to the Switch does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Finally, the Switch has also seen a variety of digital releases this week. Fittingly, unfortunately, an indie game titled Mother Russia Bleeds, at $14.99 USD was released on November 15th. More significantly the digital release of Arcade Archives URBAN CHAMPION released on November 9th at a price of $7.99 USD. As always, you can view these titles and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

 

 

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