Today’s Nintendo news: various tidbits for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but also…
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle (Europe)
- Nintendo Creators Program
- Kirby merchandise
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Yesterday, The Pokémon Company announced that players with save data for either Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! will be able to get a Spirit based on Pikachu or Eevee in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate starting on December 14th (similiar to how Super Smash Bros. Melee had some exclusive trophies for players with save data for specific games).
No need to worry if you don’t have and don’t plan to get either Pokémon games: you will also be able to unlock those two Spirits by playing “normally”, because the save data only allows you to unlock them early.
Here’s what the two Spirits look like:
Also, here’s the latest countdown pictures:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) comes out on December 7th worldwide.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle (Europe)
Nintendo has been going all out with bundles this holiday season, and it’s not quite over yet. Today, Nintendo announced and released one last bundle in Europe: the same Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle released for Black Friday in North America. It includes a standard Nintendo Switch console (with Neon Red and Blue Joy-Cons), and a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Here’s a short promo video:
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) December 3, 2018
As usual, you can find the complete list of Nintendo Switch bundles and models on this page!
Nintendo Creators Program
A few years ago, Nintendo caused quite the stir by automatically claiming all videos containing content from their games on YouTube, and forcing video creators to go through the Nintendo Creators Program (which meant sharing your ad revenues with Nintendo).This was hardly a popular move, especially as the program only ever launched in a few select countries (preventing many fans around the world from monetizing their content).
But last week, Nintendo announced that the NCP will be discontinued at the end of the month, and that it’s no longer accepting videos and channels (while those that have already been submitted will not be reviewed).
The company made this change in order to “make it easier for content creators to make and monetize videos that contain Nintendo game content”. Moving forward, players are free to upload videos based on Nintendo games and monetize it, as long as they follow a set of guidelines found on this page.
Said guidelines do not contain anything mindblowing: pretty much any kind of content is allowed as long as it’s not a copy of someone else’s content (including Nintendo trailers / livestreams), footage of pirated or leaked games. Reviews, Let’s Plays, etc. are all allowed without any sort of restriction (providing said content follow the guidelines).
Here’s the latest set of Kirby merchandise from the official Kirby portal in Japan:
Source: Kirby portal