ValueAct is Now the Parent Company of Nintendo, Sort Of

Nintendo has been in talks with ValueAct for quite some time now. ValueAct Capital investing $1.1 billion US in Nintendo Co., Ltd. and 2.6 million of the shares from investors. This means that ValueAct owns roughly two per cent of Nintendo. They believe Nintendo will be much more popular in the future.

Nintendo is very successful with its IP’s and hardware. They are even getting another Mario film in production with the help from Illumination. However, Nintendo want more success out of mobile titles. They also want a better presence with online services.

What do you think? Let everyone know below.

SOURCE:

Bloomberg: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-04-22/activist-places-1-billion-bet-on-nintendo-becoming-media-giant

ValueAct is Now the Parent Company of Nintendo

Nintendo has been in talks with ValueAct for quite some time now. ValueAct Capital investing $1.1 billion US in Nintendo Co., Ltd. and 2.6 million of the shares. This means that ValueAct owns roughly two per cent of Nintendo. Two reasons why the investment makes sense is due to ValueAct believing Nintendo will be much more popular in the future by expanding on its brands to new endeavors such as collaborating with Illumination with a Super Mario Bros. movie, branching its Super Mario IP to three theme park locations, working with LEGO, and releasing games on mobile devices.

Nintendo has had a great few years with its success of the Switch. More major third-party games are coming to the platform, so many games that many did not expect to see this happen. However, the Nintendo Switch Online service has not lived up to its competitors counterparts like PlayStation PLUS or Xbox Game Pass. Those two continually get praised. Nintendo is also not always doing as well as they wish to with mobile titles. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem: Heroes, and Mario Kart Tours were winners for the company; on the other hand, Super Mario RUN, Miitomo, (which shut down) and the Nintendo Switch Online app were met with disappointment. Nintendo and ActValue seem to believe that this will help them quite a bit.

What do you think? Let everyone know below.

SOURCE:

Bloomberg

Resident Evil 4 Remake Might Be in Development

According to My Nintendo News and VGC, a remake for Resident Evil 4 may be in development. M-Two is reportedly developing the game. They have been around since 2018. Therefore, it may have already been in development for some time now.

I have talked to multiple people that have played the original RE4 ( I have also played the game) and they say the game does not need a remake. I would have to agree with them for the most part. RE4 is my favourite game in the franchise and while I would still be interested in playing the game again as a remake, the game is already great.

One thing I would like to see is for CAPCOM and M-Two to add in a dodge mechanic, similar to what RE3make has. Another thing I want is to experience the game running on the RE7 engine; it was used for Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, RE2make, and RE3make. In a way, it would still be cool to see a remake instead of the company porting remasters to newer platforms. At the same time though, the original is a masterpiece for many gamers around the globe.

Do you think Resident Evil 4 should be remade? Let us all know your thoughts!

Sources:

My Nintendo News: https://mynintendonews.com/2020/04/12/vgc-rumour-resident-evil-4-remake-in-development/

VGC: https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/resident-evil-4-remake/

The Game Awards Now on YouTube

In case you missed it, you can watch the full livestream of The Game Awards above. Additionally, below are edited clips of my favorite parts of TGA. Let everyone know what was your favorite part at The Game Awards. Thanks for reading.

Final Fantasy VII Remake – The Game Awards 2019 Trailer

Xbox Series X Reveal – The Game Awards 2019 Trailer

Control Wins Best Art Direction | The Game Awards 2019

Reggie Fils-Aime Speech – The Game Awards 2019

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice Game of the Year The Game Awards 2019

Games Shown During the Indie World Live Stream

Today is the first day of gamescom in Germany. Nintendo held a video presentation similar to the style of a Nintendo Direct. However, it was primarily for indie titles. This will give a brief description of all of the games that were talked about today.

Many games were shown off. There was a game from Gearbox Publishing, Devolver Digital, Superhot Team, and even Xbox Games Studios at Microsoft. Above this article is a video of the presentation with extra commentary. Additionally, there is the original presentation.

Below is a list of every game that was shown during the live stream in their respected order:

Risk of Rain 2 – GearBox Publishing

Summer 2019?

Eastward – Chucklefish

2020

Freedom Finger – Wide Right Interactive

Fall 2019

Röki – United Label

Winter

Torchlight 2 – Runic Games

September 3

Skate XL – Easy Day Studios Pty Ltd.

2020

Youropa – frecle

Winter 2019

Superhot – Superhot Team

Available Now

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened – Chromatic Games

February 2020 as a Timed Exclusive

The Touryst – Shinen

November 2019

Skellboy – Fabraz

December 3

EarthNight- Cleaversoft

2019

Hotline Miami Collection – Deveolver Digital

Available Now

Blasphemous – Team 17 Digital Ltd.

September 26

Close to the Sun – Wired Productions

2019

Cat Quest II – PQube Limited

Fall 2019

Spiritfarer – Thunder Ladus

Spring 2020

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince – Modus Games

October 8

Creatures in the Well – Flight School Studio

September 6

One Finger Death Punch 2 – Silver Dollar Games

December 2

Best Friend Forever – Alliance

February 14

Phogs! – Coatsink

2020

What the Golf? – Triband

Winter

Kine – Chump Squad

2019

HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed – Digital Cyber Cherries Ltd

Winter

Northguard – Shiro Games

September 26

SPARKLITE – Merge Games Ltd

Fall 2019

Munchkin Quaked Quest – Asmodee Digital

Fall 2019

Ori & the Blind Forest : Definitive Edition – Xbox Games Studios

September

ESRB Has a New Design to the Website and It Drops the EC for Early Childhood Rating

The website for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (better known as the ESRB) has an all new layout. Things are much more organized on there now. One thing that was just discovered was the absence of the listing of EC for Early childhood rating. Well, it turns out I was able to get in contact with @ESRB via Twitter and they confirmed that that rating has been dropped.

You can view the updated website here.

Best Selling Video Games and Console in the US & Canada in June 2019

Console

In the United States and Canada, Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in June 2019. In fact, the Switch has been the best selling console every month this year in the the North American region. This also makes the platform the best selling console of the year.

NPD Group June 2019 Sales For North America

Software

As far as video game sales performed in the United States and Canada, this list will include both retail and digital copies of games. In June, Super Mario Maker 2 launched only for Nintendo Switch and was the best selling video game in the region for June 2019. In second, from Activision Blizzard, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled made it in second place. In third place comes Mortal Kombat 11 from Warner Bros. Interactive. Other titles (in order of listing) on this list include Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, MARVEL’s Spider-man, NBA 2K19, Mario Kart 8, (Deluxe version is on Switch) and Days Gone.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Conclusion

Nintendo may very well be the best selling platform holder for the rest of 2019 in the US and Canada if trends continue, especially when the Switch Lite launches in September. Another reason Nintendo Switch may be the best selling console this year is due to the upcoming game. There is Wolfenstein: Youngblood, DOOM Eternal, Luigi’s Mansion 3, upcoming DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, handful of indie games, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, and various popular titles.

Sources

NPD Group

Mat Piscatella – NPD Analyst, US Video Games