Popular Minecraft Mod Pixelmon Shut Down By Pokémon | Nintendaily

Minecraft Mod Pixelmon Shut Down By Pokémon Company

Popular mod Pixelmon has finally be shut down after five years of bringing the world of Pokémon into Minecraft.

The news has just broken on the Pixelmon website, who have published a post explaining tht a request from one of the main stakeholders of the Pokémon franchise – Pokémon company – has asked them to shut the mod done.

The post in full reads:

With much sadness, but keeping all our fond memories, we must announce that Pixelmon is ending its development. We have had a great time making this mod and creating such a wonderful community but after a request from the Pokémon company we will be shutting our doors. I’m sorry for the disappointment this will cause but let’s remember all the great times we had playing Pixelmon, discussing Pokémon, making awesome things inside this mod and everything else that we’ve done.

All good things come to an end eventually and now is our time. However there are always more things to do, to be a part of and to enjoy. Keep going out there to find fun projects to be a part of and other great things to invest your time and enthusiasm into.

Pixelmon has been highly regarded within the Minecraft community, which has seen 560 Pokémon brought into the Minecraft universe over its five-year existence. The mod also featured a fully functioning Pokedex, Pokeballs complete with capture animations, a fossil machine, and a comprehensive attack system with over 500 attacks.

Of course Pokémon isn’t fully owned by Nintendo (they own about one third in fact), however Nintendo does hold considerable influence over the franchise, and considering their trigger-happy cease and decease nature, it’s hardly surprising Pixelmon was finally taken down.

All that’s left to say is rest in piece Pixelmon. The world of Minecraft will be a sadder place without you.

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Breaking: Splatoon Anime Announced | Nintendaily

Breaking: Splatoon Anime Announced, Debut 12th August

Splatoon fans are spoiled this Summer. Not only is Splatoon 2 being released, but a new Splatoon anime has been announced, debuting this August.

Few details have yet emerged, but the Splatoon anime will be produced by CoroCoro, and will be based on their manga serialisation. The series will make its debut on CoroCoro’s Youtube account on 12th August, so be sure to check their channel in a few weeks.

While there are no details regarding the Splatoon anime’s story, Nintendo have been quite hot on their pre-Splatoon 2 marketing efforts by serialising their Squid Sister’s Stories content, which has been slowly published over the last few weeks. If the Splatoon anime will start from here is yet to be seen, but as Splatoon isn’t exactly a plot-heavy IP it would make sense to pick up where Nintendo themselves left off.

All we need now is a Metroid anime, and we’ll be all set to give Nintendo a big fat 10 for fan-service.

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Nintendo’s Quality Of Life Product Is Still In Development | Nintendaily

Nintendo’s Quality Of Life Product Is Still In Development

Nintendo’s Quality of Life product that has been hinted at for years is apparently still in development, according to the company’s annual report.

Nintendo’s Quality of Life product was first announced back in January 2014 during their 2014 strategy briefing, but very little has been revealed since. President Tatsumi Kimishima did mention it briefly in 2016 at an investor’s briefing, only to say that the product was some way off. According to Nintendo’s annual report however, the product is very much still in development.

If you skip ahead to page 12, Nintendo says they are currently working on a “new product that improves people’s QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways”.

The paragraph in full:

“Moreover, we are working on the development of a new product that improves people’s QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways. Our aim is to enable consumers to make daily efforts to improve their QOL in a fun manner by making sleep and fatigue status visible and offering various services based on this information”.

Back in 2014 Nintendo’s Quality of Life product was revealed to be a device that could measure sleep fatigue levels without needing to be worn, so it appears the device mentioned in the report is the same.

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Nintendo’s Quality of Life product would supposedly measure sleep levels by being placed besides the user’s bed. Late Nintendo president Satora Iwata previously explained “Inside the QOL Sensor is a non-contact radio frequency sensor, which measures such things as the movements of your body, breathing and heartbeat, all without physically touching your body”.

What their recent focus on their canon franchises and away from Wii Fit et al, it seems surprising Nintendo’s Quality of Life product is still at the forefront of their R&D. During the 2016 investment meeting, Tatsumi Kimishima said “we do not feel that we are currently at a stage where we can commercialize a product that deals with sleep and fatigue”, indicating it isn’t a priority.

He went on:

“So we are not planning to launch any products in this area in the fiscal year ending in March 2016. However, we do believe there is potential in the QOL sector, so we will continue to consider further development in this area.”

Do you think Nintendo’s Quality of Life product is going to be a success ? What would you like to see from a sleep monitoring device? Let us know in the comments.

NES Classic Hoodie Available For Preorder | Nintendaily

NES Classic Hoodie Available For Preorder

If you’ve got a hankering to show off you old-school Nintendo love in public, Merchoid’s got you covered with the NES Classic Hoodie.

The video game merchandise specialist has starting accepting presales for this retro-style hoodie, ready to be shipped for September. Including shipping, the hoodie costs $54.99 / €54.99 / £44.99.

Featuring the NES’s classic grey colour pallet, the NES Classic Hoodie sports “clean lines, body paneling, two front pockets and NES button detailing on the front”.

Speaking about the NES Clasic Hoodie, Merchoid’s community manger Jessica Adams said the following:

Re-enter an 8-bit 80s wonderland, where Mario is king, gloves are controllers and some of the best gaming experiences are a cartridge push away. And what better way to embrace your 80s nostalgia than representing your favorite console in one stylish hoodie? Now you’re playing with power!

While the NES Classic Hoodie won’t quite make up for the discontinuation of the NES Mini Edition, it nonetheless is a pretty nifty bit of kit – especially when paired with a Nintendo Power Glove.

Orders can be made here, although be aware stock is limited.

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ARMS Pencil Toppers Appear on Play Nintendo

If you can’t get enough of the Nintendo’s newly released ARMS, then you might get a kick (or, um a punch) out of these ARMS pencil toppers.

Freshly appearing on Play Nintendo, these papercraft treats can simply be downloaded, printed off, cut out, then attached to the writing implement of your choice. The ARMS pencil toppers come in a variety of forms, including Spring Man’s Tribolt, Ribbon Girl’s Popper, and Mechanica’s Revolver.

Depending on your age, occupation, and temperament of you fellow students/colleagues, we imagine using these in public will earn you various amounts of street cred, ranging from “cool, what are they?” to “grab your things, you’re fired”. Still, if ARMS is your thing, what better way to express your love of the franchise? (other than buying and playing the game of course).

Not to mention the fact that these ARMS pencil toppers are a heck of a lot easier to get hold of compared to Japan’s Mario stamps

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The Magikarp Song Gets Official English Translation | Nintendaily

The Magikarp Song Gets Official English Translation

Last July The Pokémon Company released a musical tribute to Magikarp in the form of The Magikarp song. Sadly at the time the song was only in Japanese, but now that has all changed with the North American branch creating an official English version.

I’ll post the The Magikarp Song English lyrics in full below, but as you can probably guess the song is a celebration of Magikarp’s uselessness, opening with “totally pathetic, unreliable/known throughout the world for being super weak.” The song goes on to berate Magikarp for being “the weakest in the land” and asks “why jump when no one cares?

That all changes though with the shrill chorus of “Oh, weak Pokémon, my love for you is strong.” which manages to be both nauseating and foot-tapping in equal measure.  I’ve listened to it over and over again while transcribing the lyrics below, and safe to say it won’t be be leaving my head for a while.

Anyway, take a look at the video and The Magikarp Song English lyrics below. And of course if you don’t like The Magikarp Song, we still have Slowpoke’s 2014 reggie tune to enjoy…

The Magikarp Song English Lyrics:

Totally pathetic, unreliable.

Known throughout the world for being super weak.

Maybe in ancient times it was really strong.

That’s what the rumours say, but they’re probably wrong.

But now it’s so weak, the weakest in the land.

So weak that’s it’s sad, really really sad.

The weak Pokémon, that’s you Magikarp.

But though you are the weakest, still you’ve won my heart

Oh, weak Pokémon, my love for you is strong.

Honestly it’s magical you’ve survived this long.

 

All it does it jump and splash, jump and splash around.

It splashes up whole mountains and all the way back down.

Why jump? What’s the point when nobody cares?

It uses Splash in battle.

Nothing happens.

Jumping and splashing every single day.

Until Pidgeotto…

Carries it away.

 

The jumping Pokemon, that’s you, Magikarp.

Although your moves are pointless, still you’ve won my heart.

Oh, splashing Pokemon, my love for you is strong.

Honestly it’s magical you’ve survived this long.

 

Wherever you go fishing, it’s the first you’ll catch.

Even with an Old Rod, you’ll soon have quite a batch.

Cast off in a river, or a puddle, or the sea.

Anywhere your hook is, Magikarp will be.

The slightest current will carry it away.

Anyplace the river bends…

That’s where they all stay.

 

A nibble on the line…

That’s you Magikarp.

Right back in you go, because you’ve won my heart.

Thought I caught a bite…

But it’s Magikarp.

I could never eat you…

Because you’ve won my heart.

 

It’s Shiny form sparkles golden in the light.

But don’t be deceived.

It’s still Magikarp inside.

Evolving into Gyarados makes it super strong.

Waiting to reach that level takes way too long.

Did you just buy one at the store yesterday?

“Sorry there’s no refund. Please go away.”

 

The pity Pokémon,  that’s you Magikarp.

Although they think you’re worthless…

Still you’ve won my heart.

The pity Pokémon, Magikarp it’s true.

At least you’re lowly ranking…

means nothing to you.

Beloved Pokémon, that’s you Magikarp.

Somehow you’ve turned weakness into a kind of art.

You’re my Pokémon, Magikarp my dream…

six matching Magikarp, that’ll be my team.

Beloved Pokémon, that’s you Magikarp.

Magical and special, of course you’ve won my heart.

The greatest Pokémon, Magikarp, it’s true.

And that’s why I’ve written this love song just for you!

Hallmark Planning Super Mario Christmas Ornaments | Nintendaily

Hallmark Planning Super Mario Christmas Ornaments

Mario and friends will be gracing Christmas trees across the world thanks to Hallmark’s set of Super Mario Christmas ornaments.

The greeting card and keepsake company announced late last year they were partnering with Nintendo to bring special Super Mario Christmas ornaments to stores. Now some rather nifty looking Mario and Yoshi ornaments have just arrived on the Hallmarks website. Mario will be available in stores 15 July, and Yoshi 7 October.

Hallmarks say a Luigi ornament will also be available in October.

The ornaments costs $15.95. The site description for the Mario ornament says this:

“Power up with Mario! This fun Christmas ornament features the Nintendo video game legend whose adventures in Mushroom Kingdom have captivated kids, teens and adults for decades. Wearing his signature red hat and shirt with blue plumber’s overalls, the star of Super Mario Bros.™ is ready for his place of honor on your tree. Coordinating Yoshi ornament sold separately. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments.

 

• Christmas tree ornament
• Dated 2017 in copyright
• Pre-packaged for easy gift giving, preservation and storage
• 1.2″ W x 3.7″ H x 1.5”
• Coordinating Yoshi ornament sold separately”

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Say what you like about Hallmark, but I actually think the ornaments look nicely detailed, with seams on Mario’s overalls and little nubs on his gloves. Now all we need is a Power Star for the top of the tree, and we’re all set for a Nintendo-red Christmas.

And if Super Mario Christmas ornaments aren’t you thing, there’s always the Mario postage stamps that were announced the other day.

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Super Mario Stamps Coming to Japan This June | Nintendaily

Super Mario Stamps Coming to Japan This June

Fans of old-fashioned snail mail are in for a treat in Japan, with the National Japanese Post issuing Super Mario stamps, celebrating the Italian plumber and his friends from the Mushroom Kingdom.

The Super Mario stamps will be available from 28 June and will cost ‎¥‎82 (56p). The stamps appear to be original work from Yoichi Kotabe, the artist who has been drawing Mario since the classic Super Mario Bros 3. The stamps portray not just Mario, but also Peach,  Luigi, Toad, and  Yoshi, all of whom are involved in various types of post-related shenanigans. For example, in one stamp Peach is writing a letter, and in another Toad is dressed up as postman and rushing to deliver letters – a concept that as far as I’m concerned needs to be turned into a game.

Those lucky enough to receive a letter with one of these stamps will also get a special Mario-themed postmark.

These Super Mario stamps are limited edition, and as Nintendo stamps tend to be worth a lot of money over time, they are likely to be snapped up quickly by fans and collectors alike. If you’re visiting Japan in June make sure to grab a few while you can.

Otherwise, you’ll have to make do with the Zelda chess set instead…

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Legend of Zelda Clue Board Game Collector’s Edition Preorders Announced

If you were a fan of Chess: The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition we reported the other day, you’re going to love this. Zelda: Legend of Zelda Clue Board Game Collector’s Edition is now officially available for preorder.

The announcement came from video game, movie and geek culture merchandise seller Merchoid, whose website says if you order Zelda: Legend of Zelda Clue Board Game Collector’s Edition now, it will be shipped 30 June 2017.

Although Zelda Clue is based on the classic whodunit board game, there are some vital differences: namely that instead of trying to find out who is the murderer, you’re instead trying to defeat the evil king Ganondorf, who has stolen the Triforce and is threatening to take over Hyrule.

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The product description reads that in The Legend of Zelda Clue Board Game Collector’s Edition, the dark lord Ganondorf has risen, and players need to find out who possesses the power to defeat him, what item is required to defeat him, and where in Hyrule he has established his hidden lair. Needless to say, in the attic with a lead pipe probably won’t be an option in this version.

The game features six classic Zelda items, including the Master Sword,  Great Fairy Bow, Megaton Hammer, and Bombchu. The full list of what is included is below:

  • Custom Game Board
  • 6 Metal Hero Movers: Master Sword, Fairy Bow, Megaton Hammer, Boomerang, Hookshot, Bombchu
  • 6 Personality Cards: Link, Impa, Nabooru, Zelda, Rauru. Darunia
  • 16 Boss Encounter Cards Custom
  • Score Pad
  • Custom Mystery Envelope
  • 2 Dice
  • Instructions

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From the look of the game board, the game map is based very loosely on Ocarina of Time, with a hub world leading to locations such as Gerudo Fortress and Kokiri Forest.

I can’t find the price of the item, possibly because I get a large message where the buy now button should be telling me they can’t ship to the UK (boo!), but if it is less than $100 I’ll be shocked. There’s only a handful of preorders left, so be sure to grab yours quick!

Needless to say, Zelda: Legend of Zelda Clue Board Game Collector’s Edition is fully licensed by Nintendo.

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Switch Actress Nintendo Karen Embraces Fame | Nintendaily

Switch Actress Nintendo Karen Embraces Fame

Nintendo’s reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch last year was magical. It introduced us to the Switch, the Joy-Cons, off TV play, to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and even Super Mario Odyssey. But out of this wonderfully furtive video, we also got a new star: Nintendo Karen.

It now appears that Nintendo Karen has embraced her new found Nintendo stardom with an Instagram account that references herself as “formerly Nintendo Karen”. She even cheekily posted the below picture, with the caption: “”Want to know a secret? Soon after the fitting, I went looking for the outfit”.

She also has a Twitter account which you can find here. Pleasingly her feed is full of Nintendo references and jokes, an example being this little doozy:

“Worst blind date ever. His profile said ‘a shy guy’. Looked more like a goomba. Typical.”

If you can remember her from the Nintendo Switch launch trailer, Nintendo Karen was the girl in the lavish apartment who just so happened to notice all her good friends were having a party on an adjacent rooftop without her being invited. She then proceeding to undock her Switch and go over and introduce them (possibly by force) to the Nintendo Switch – cue smiling and social gaiety.

The internet being the internet, she was quickly given the meme ‘Nintendo Karen’, due to the fact she apparently looks like that girl everyone knows who tries to make you play games you don’t want to play at parties.

‘Nintendo Karen’ seemed to disappear from the public eye for a while, before seeming to reappear on Reddit by creating this thread. As you can see Reddit went into overdrive, even going as far to create the r/nintendokaren subreddit.

In any case, I think Nintendo Karen did a cracking job in the Switch launch trailer, and it’s great to see the actress embracing her new-found Nintendo fame.