Nintendo Sets Record On Black Friday
Nintendo had some healthy competition on Black Friday against Sony and Microsoft. Nevertheless, the company has reported one successful Black Friday, with Business Insider stating that approximately $250 million were spent on Nintendo products by consumers on Black Friday. Obviously, this would encompass both hardware and software.
In addition, Business Insider reports that Nintendo saw a 115% increase in Switch sales compared to that of 2017’s Black Friday, as well as 78% increase in games sold from last year, amounting to about one million games this year. After a successful Black Friday, Nintendo says that they expect they will have sold 38 million Switch units by March of 2019, despite a lower average estimate of analysts as reported by Bloomberg. While the former estimate is comparably hopeful, the latter estimate comes from a perceived lack of new Switch content and dwindling excitement.
In either case, Black Friday’s are usually nice to Nintendo, as they are to any gaming company, for the most part. However, this one was particularly nice to Nintendo. Let’s hope, for Nintendo’s sake, the momentum can last until Nintendo’s next big release.
Youtube Restrictions Curtailed
Traditionally, Nintendo has not been incredibly user-friendly in terms of working with YouTubers who are Nintendo fans, or just generally to those wanting to stream Nintendo games on Youtube. Before, one had to be part of a Nintendo Creators Program in order to stream content, but now, things have been streamlined for gaming Youtubers.
Nintendo lays out the following ground rules on their website:
- You may monetize your videos and channels using the monetization methods separately specified by Nintendo. Other forms of monetization of our intellectual property for commercial purposes are not permitted.
- We encourage you to create videos that include your creative input and commentary. Videos and images that contain mere copies of Nintendo Game Content without creative input or commentary are not permitted. You may, however, post gameplay videos and screenshots using Nintendo system features, such as the Capture Button on Nintendo Switch, without additional input or commentary.
- You are only permitted to use Nintendo Game Content that has been officially released, or from promotional materials officially released by Nintendo (such as product trailers or Nintendo Directs).
- If you want to use the intellectual property of a third party, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary third-party permissions.
- You are not permitted to imply or state that your videos are officially affiliated with or sponsored by Nintendo.
- We reserve the right to remove any content that we believe is unlawful, infringing, inappropriate, or not in line with these Guidelines.
You may find the full statement here.
I’m honestly very glad Nintendo has loosened its grip on Youtube creators. By and large, they are fans just like anybody else. As long as you adhere to some basic ground rules, and do not have to go through complicated hoops, there shouldn’t be any issues. There’s a win for everybody here!
Metroid Prime 4 To See Some Light At The Game Awards 2018?
It’s been a while since we’ve seen, or heard, word on Metroid Prime 4. As far as we know, it’s being developed and will release on Switch sometime in the future. We’ve seen a trailer, and heard stuff, but otherwise, we simply know it is “well in development.”
Well, as Express reports, it is highly probable we will be seeing further evidence of the game’s existence at the Game Awards this year. After the Game Awards revealed that 10 new games would get showcases this year, many Tweeters, including Spawn Wave, dropped teasers regarding Metroid Prime 4, or at least some Metroid title.
While Nintendo may end up saying, “Ask Again later,” a fan can always dream.
A Zelda Rumor Put to Rest
Rumors of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword coming to Switch had been created by series producer Eiji Aonuma, as reported by Variety, at a recent concert in Japan. There, he basically asked about the audience’s feelings of a port on Switch. This was a poor idea, as it gave gossipy Nintendo fans the idea that Skyward Sword would, indeed, be coming to Switch.
Well, too bad Nintendo fans, as those rumors have been put to rest. A Nintendo spokesperson, who spoke with Variety, said the company has no plans for such a port.
While Skyward Sword was a controversial Zelda title, the confirmation is sure to make some excited fans a little disappointed.
While there were no high-profile titles released this week, with that reserved for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right now, one significant title did come out this week in the form of This War of Mine: Complete Edition. It comes at a price of $39.99 USD on Switch. A hit with many people, this will surely be helpful to Nintendo’s overall Switch library.
A number of other Switch and Nintendo 3DS titles were released this week as well. On November 22, ATV Drift & Tricks was released on Switch for a price of $34.99 USD. ABZU was released this week as well at a price of$19.99. As always, you can find these and more at Nintendo’s game shop.