Nintendo wins Christmas, Warcraft 3: Reforged has issues, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Friday, January 31st.

Nintendo absolutely crushes Christmas with their Q3 results

Nintendo had their Q3 financial results and they performed extremely well, with it being their most successful Q3 since 2009. Of course this is a quarter than encompasses the Christmas season, where they sold 10.8 million units of the Switch, bringing the overall total units sold to 52.4 million. That makes it Nintendo’s third best selling home console of all time, and it has no signs of slowing down. In terms of software they also did very well, with Pokemon Sword and Shield being the driving force, alltogether selling 16million units, which is actually incredibly good for only 6 weeks of sales. It will undoubtedly become the third best selling Pokemon game ever, the question is if it will beat the lifetime sales of Gold and Silver to become the second best, which is about 7 million units away. Other games that did well for them include Luigi’s Mansion 3, Super Mario Maker 2, and Link’s Awakening. It’s also worth noting that 95% of Nintendo’s revenue comes from the Switch directly, so even though you might see them in a lot of places, that’s where their focus has to be.

Warcraft 3: Reforged releases to disappointment

Warcraft 3: Reforged released a few days ago, and it looks like people aren’t so happy with it. Essentially what has happened is when they released the remaster, they combined it with the old game. This means that all of the problems with it have been forced onto people who just want to play the original. People have been reporting issues left and right about connecting to games and custom campaigns being messed up. Aside from that, it seems like the new animations and cutscenes are fairly lackluster, despite that being the main selling point when they first announced it. And to top it all off, they’ve also added some terms and conditions relating to custom game modes. Essentially, you might remember that Dota is originally a custom map for Warcraft 3. Well, Blizzard doesn’t want that runaway success happening again, and have decided to claim ownership of everything produced within their game. It seems to have rubbed people the wrong way. Nonetheless if you were looking forward to this I’d be a bit skeptical before purchasing it.

Coronavirus outbreak causes postponement of multiple esports events

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, numerous esports events have been cancelled. Competitions for Overwatch, League of Legends, Pokemon, and Counter Strike have all been postponed as they were taking place in China where the virus began. They do this not only for the health of everybody involved, but travelling to and from those places are now going to be extremely difficult, so it’s probably isn’t worth the effort of trying to collect everybody into one place.

The Outer Worlds goes digital-only on the Nintendo Switch on March 6

The Outer Worlds will officially be heading to the Nintendo Switch on March 6th. Interesingly this is going to be a digital-only game. If you decide to pick it up in the store, the box will only contain a code to redeem on the Switch eShop, thus it will require an internet connection.

Alright folks it’s the end of the week which means tomorrow is listener interaction day. And my question for you this week is very simple, what is your favourite game of all time, and tell me why. The best place to answer this is via email mailbag@thegamingobserver.com, but you can also DM me on Facebook or Twitter, @gaming_observer. Your answers will be read out live here on the show, I’m looking forward to it. So I’d like to thank you very much for tuning in, and until tomorrow…happy gaming everyone.

Alright everybody thank you very much for tuning in. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.