Iwata also gave us an update on the status of Amiibo’s. The good news is, as we already know, the demand for the Amiibos has been very strong. With strong demand has come strong sales. They have actually shipped 5.4 million Amiibos as of March 31. That’s no small number by any means.
The not so good news is, the demand is too high for the supply and there just isn’t enough Amiibos to go around. However, Nintendo is going to be producing more of the Amiibo’s that sold out quickly after launch to help with the supply. That said, there’s no time frame in which they’ll be coming. So for those looking for various different Amiibos, hopefully you’ll be able to find some in the not too distant future.
We all know that Nintendo recently shutdown Club Nintendo and announced that its replacement is on the way. During the announcement of the DeNA partnership back in March, we learned that there is a new membership program coming this fall that would span multiple devices. Well during the recent investors meeting, Nintendo gave us a little more info on both of them. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata stated that the membership program will include “an improved version of the current loyalty program.” Read what he said exactly after the jump.
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Nintendo’s been doing a lot lately. They’ve released the Amiibos, launched some killer games for the Wii U, came out with the New 3DS, announced they’re moving into mobile, had back to back directs giving us a more in depth look at their games, and even announced they’re working on a new platform. As we saw a month ago, their stock had a huge bump when they announced the mobile partnership and as we learned in the recent investors meeting, they’re finally out of the slump they were in.
Well, there’s some more good news for Nintendo. After the recent investors meeting, we saw Nintendo’s stock jump another 7% to a market cap of ¥3.08 trillion. Their net worth is now at $25.7 billion US dollars. To put this in perspective, at the beginning of the year, their market cap was $14 billion US dollars. That’s a massive increase and judging by the things they’ve announced so far, that could increase again in the not too distant future.
E3 is right around the corner but it’s not the only big event that’s coming soon. Gamescom is also on the way this summer. Most years at Gamescom, there’s some big news and big announcements from some big companies. Unfortunately though, this year will have a little less bigness due to Sony opting out of Gamescom. This is due to Gamescom moving forward on the calendar and E3 moving back on the calendar. They feel that there isn’t enough time between the two shows and instead would like use the Paris Games Week in October for their news and announcements. Read what Sony had to say after the jump.
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Lately, things at Sega haven’t exactly been good. Sonic Boom didn’t live up to expectations and they started doing mass layoffs earlier this year due to them being financially strapped.
Well, it only gets worse. Because of all the things that have been happening, Sega won’t be at this years E3. Here’s what a representative had to say:
Over the next months, SEGA of America will be focusing on the restructure and relocation to Southern California, and we have decided to not attend E3 with our own booth this year. With the majority of our bigger titles launching later in 2015/2016, particularly those from our AAA studios Relic Entertainment, Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly, we are concentrating our efforts for some of these major announcements after our relocation. Instead, we will be collaborating with our various business partners for this year’s E3 show.
It’s sad to see them in the position they’re in. All is not bad though. This will help them save money. Also from the sound of it, they’ll still be at E3 just in others booths. They also still have other games on the way, such as Total War: Warhammer. Hopefully we’ll see Sega get back on track.
This years E3 looks to be quite different then previous years. Two more companies have announced press conferences this year which is unlike previous years. However, there are some constants. One of those being EA which, to nobody’s surprise, announced they’d be holding a press conference. The EA conference will be held June 15th at 1:00pm Pacific. We can expect to see more on Star Wars: Battlefront, more on Mirror’s Edge 2, and possibly more on Mass Effect. Not to mention, there will likely be surprises and of course established series’ getting new games. It won’t be too long now. E3 is less then two months away.
Over the weekend the world was treated to one of the most epic, riveting, SLOBBER-KNOCKING super-fights of all time! I got to watch it live on Pay-Per-View! I’m talking Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd “Money” Mayweather! There was Justin Bieber! There was the Burger King “King”! There was some guy who looked like he was part of Run DMC! It was so intense! So action-packed! Somebody even made an incredibly-accurate recreation of this fight of the century using the only tool you’d ever need! Punch-Out!!
Over the years, Square Enix has put out quite a few tech demo’s. Whether it was showing off what Final Fantasy XI could look like on Xbox 360 under the codename Rapture, showing off what Final Fantasy VII would look like on PS3, or showing off the tech for a game that’s actually coming out, Square Enix has a history of showing off their tech. Well, they’re at it again. Square Enix shown off a new tech demo at Microsoft’s 2015 Build conference and boy was it a jaw dropper. The tech demo, titled Witch Chapter 0 [cry], was used to show off what DirectX 12 could achieve. Let me tell you, this engine is pushing visuals that are easily on par with what you see in movies.
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In a bit of random news, Activision was asked on twitter why people could connect their Nintendo Network ID’s to the Call of Duty site. Activision Support responded with “Stay tuned for more Wii U releases.” Who knows what this could mean. For all we know, this could amount to nothing. We’ll soon find out though, E3 is right around the corner.
For the past few years when you think of E3, you have a handful of conferences. One for each of the console companies, one for Electronic Arts, and one for Ubisoft. This appears to be changing, however, with Nintendo bowing out of the traditional conference and going digital two years in a row. Earlier this year, Bethesda announced that they’d be a holding conference for the first time. Today, Square Enix has announced that they, too, would be holding a conference.
The conference will be held in downtown LA on Tuesday, June 16th at 9AM PDT/ 5PM BST/ 1AM JST. You can view it at Square Enix’s Twitch and Youtube channels. This conference will be before E3 officially starts so make sure to be ready nice and early.