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Nintendo Japan Reveals Typical Employee Salary

Nintendo, a company that has become increasingly transparent with fans over the past couple years, recently offered an inside look into its Japanese workforce. Spotted by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, the Nintendo of Japan recruitment page delivers some interesting statistics about their employees including average age, salary, length of employment, and more.

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Closer Look at Nintendo Japan

Nintendo of Japan employs more than 2,000 people, and the average age of the staff is 38.6. The typical employee of Nintendo makes $80,000 per year, and has worked for the company an average of 13.5 years. Another interesting statistic is that a typical work day for an Nintendo employee is 7 hours and 45 minutes.


As mentioned above, this information only relates to Nintendo of Japan. The famous company behind Mario, Zelda, and Metroid has subsidiaries around the world including Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe.

It's always interesting to get an inside look at the inner workings of a company, especially for those that are interested in a career working for a major video game developer. Although, it is important to remember that these numbers are simply averages and of course there will be some outliers.

For more news relating to the corporate side of the video game industry, be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Nintendo Reveals Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo celebrated Pokemon Day in a big way this year, with a special Nintendo Direct that revealed generation 8 of the long running monster catching series. Titled Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, these two games are set to release in late 2019. Below you'll find the reveal trailer which gives you a look at the two titles in action.

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The new games are set in the fictional region of Galar, which seems to be modeled after Britain. Nintendo also revealed the three new starters that trainers will get to choose between: Grookey the grass monkey, Scorbunny the fire bunny, and Sobble the sad water chameleon. While gameplay was revealed during the Direct, an extensive view was not given, merely little snippets. The biggest takeaway from the clips is that random encounters are coming back to the game.

The Pokemon Company had first revealed that they were working on new Pokemon titles at E3 back in 2017. Other than that, the developer has been tight lipped on details besides the fact that they are core titles and will launch this year.

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The company made the wise decision to categorize them as core games since their last two titles Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee were not traditional Pokemon games. Instead, these two games were intended to bridge the gap between Pokemon Go and the core series to help ease new players into Sword and Shield.

We here at Gigamax are incredibly excited for the next generation of Pokemon and can't wait to get our hands on the games. For more information on these titles, be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Pokemon Go Adds Team Changing Medallion

It may have taken two years, but Pokemon Go is finally adding the ability to switch teams. The new item that will allow this is called the Team Medallion, which Niantic says will go on sale in the game's store starting February 26th and will allow players to switch teams once.

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The Team Medallion does not come cheap though, with each one costing 1,000 PokeCoins. For comparison, a bundle of 1,200 PokeCoins costs $10 USD. There is also other stipulations for those that decide they'd like to change their allegiance. A Team Medallion can only be purchased once every 365 days, which means once you switch your team you're stuck like that for a year.

Pokemon GO - Choose Your Team Carefully

Once players start their Pokemon Go adventure they are asked to choose a team they'd like to represent: Team Valor, Team Mystic, or Team Instinct. Until the latest update this decision was permanent, so players that wanted to switch will finally get the opportunity to do so.

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The Team Medallion is not the only new feature being incorporated into Pokemon Go; Niantic recently added Go Snapshot AR Photo Mode. The new mode allows players to take photos of any Pokemon they have in their storage and send them to friends.

It's an exciting time to be a Pokemon Go fan. Niantic certainly hasn't held back their support for the game. With a special raid weekend around the corner, there is plenty of reasons to open this app up. For more information on Pokemon Go be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Every Major Announcement From February’s Nintendo Direct

Another Nintendo Direct has come and gone, revealing a ton of new information for upcoming titles on the Switch. Nintendo certainly never holds back when it comes to these digital conferences and this one was no different. While some fans didn't get the reveals they wanted (Animal Crossing release date / Metroid Prime Trilogy), there is still plenty of time left in the year for the company to drop other big name games. Below is a list of all the major announcements and a full recording of the livestream for those interested.



Super Mario Maker 2



Nintendo officially revealed Super Mario Maker 2, surely pleasing every creative Mario fan. Get ready for plenty of courses that will make you hurl your Switch through a window and countless hours of designing the perfect level.

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The first details for the big 3.0 update were detailed during the Direct. This update will contain the first DLC pass character, Joker, along with his map and music. Nintendo also revealed a number of new Amiibo that are launching in the near future. They will include Pokemon Trainer, Snake, and Simon Belmont.

BoxBoy + BoxGirl

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The 3DS classic BoxBoy is getting a Switch sequel in the form of BoxBoy + BoxGirl. The new game will include 270 stages and features two player co-op.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is getting a few updates on the Nintendo Switch. This includes a big paid expansion that comes with new levels and challenges. A free update that is out now which adds a new co-op mode as well.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order



Nintendo laid out a summer release window for this comic book hero Switch exclusive. New characters were revealed for the game including The Defenders.

The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening



A remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is coming to the Switch. This title originally came out on the Gameboy Classic and now a new generation of gamers can experience this masterpiece. Set in the top down perspective, this will be the first classic style Zelda to appear on the Switch outside of the NES Classic service.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night



An update was given on the state of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night with a new gameplay trailer and a Summer 2019 release date set.

Tetris 99

The Battle Royale genre has even invaded Tetris. This new take on the classic puzzle game pits players against 99 competitors to see who can stack bricks the longest and it is out now on the Nintendo Switch.

Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster

Ubisoft is brining the third installment of Assassin's Creed to the Nintendo Switch on May 21st. Those that purchase the title will also get a remaster of the Vita title Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and the Tyranny of King Washington DLC.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses



One of the biggest reveals of the presentation was gameplay from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The announcement included a ton of new information including how combat, progression, and character bonds will work. Nintendo stated that the game will hit consoles on July 26th, 2019.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

The critically acclaimed indie title from developer Ninja Theory is coming to the Nintendo Switch. This dark tale uses Norse Mythology to explore the theme of mental illness. Pro Tip: Use stereo headphones when you play.

Deltarune



Toby Fox's new adventure and follow up to Undertale, Deltarune is coming to the Switch on February 28th. Chapter 1 will be free but later chapters which are currently in development will cost money.

Yoshi's Crafted World

Those that are interested in everyone's favorite green dinosaurs next adventure can try it for free right now with a demo that was released during the Direct. We highly recommend checking this absolutely adorable adventure out. (Warning: May cause vomiting from intense cuteness levels)

Final Fantasy 9 and 7



Surprise! Final Fantasy 9 is now available on the Nintendo Switch, with Final Fantasy 7 arriving next month. If you've never played these classic titles, now is the perfect chance.

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Pokemon Go Gets More Gen 4 Monsters

Niantic recently added the 4th generation legendary Palkia to their hit mobile game Pokemon Go, but now they're starting to sprinkle new monsters into the title. Another group of monsters from Diamond and Pearl have been added and they include baby Pokemon as well as evolutions.

Pokemon Go Continues to Expand

Players that currently have a Sinnoh Stone are able to evolve Lickitung, Tangela, Aipom, and Yanma into each of their evolutions: Lickilicky, Tangrowth, Ambipom, and Yanmega. On top of all that, trainers can now evolve male Kirilia into the Psychic/Fighting type Pokemon Gallade, while female Snorunt can now be turned into Frosslass.

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Some new monsters can also be found while wandering the wild. Trainers now have a chance to capture Combee, Glameow, Shieldon, and Crandios. Eggs also now have the chance to hatch into Happiny, Mime Jr., and Bonsly the baby forms of Chansey, Mr.Mime, and Sudowoodo.

Niantic has also made some big changes to how Raid Battles work. As detailed on the official Pokemon Go website, Raid Bosses will now have a larger HP pool to make up for the damage increases made in previous updates. A number of moves have also been changed and some Pokemon are able to learn new attacks.

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Palkia will continue to appear in Raid Battles until February 28th and the next Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th. The featured Pokemon for this months event will be Swinub. Pokemon Go certainly doesn't show any signs of slowing down and we can't wait to see how far this mobile game can truly go. For all the latest on Niantic's hit title be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Persona 5 R Officially Announced By Atlus

Atlus officially announced Persona 5 R, the latest version of its critically acclaimed RPG. So far, only a teaser video and website have been released, but neither of them reveal what the new title will contain.

Persona 5 R, What Is It?

Both the website and the teaser trailer indicate that Atlus will have more to reveal on Persona 5 R in March 2019. The video shows off a PlayStation Logo in the beginning, which means whatever the developer has planned will be on the PS4. "New Projects" can also be heard throughout the teaser, leading many to believe Atlus will have a lot more to reveal in the next couple of months.

Much like Capcom, Atlus has been known to release enhanced secondary editions of their popular titles. Both Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden are examples of Atlus remastering and expanding an already lengthy game and Persona 5 R could potentially follow the same path.

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Bring It To The Switch!

Many fans are hopeful that this means a version of Persona 5 will finally appear on the Nintendo Switch. Speculation has also been increased by the recent reveal that Joker (Persona 5's protagonist) will appear in Super Smash Ultimate's first Character DLC. This wouldn't be Atlus' first portable Persona as both Persona 3 and 4 got handheld adaptations.

Persona 5 initially launched in March of 2017 and was well received by critics and fans alike. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on Persona 5 R so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information.

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Pokemon Go Winter Event Begins Soon

Niantic officially revealed their plans for Pokemon Go's seasonal winter event. The celebration begins this Tuesday (12/18/18) and will run into 2019. While the event is active players will be able to earn special bonuses, hatch eggs faster, and encounter Sinnoh based Pokemon more often.

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Pokemon Go Does It Again!

This is the third year in a row Niantic is holding this snowy event and like the years before, it will feature a special Pikachu wearing a unique hat. Along with the unique electric type, Niantic says more ice types and generation 4 Pokemon will appear. The promotional art for the event includes some Pokemon like Snover, Abomasnow, Muchlax, Chingling, and Croagunk.

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The image also features three legendary monsters from the Sinnoh region Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit, suggesting that the trio will also enter the mobile hit during the event. Finally, Niantic has also announced that Delibird will be available along with its shiny form.

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On top of all the new Pokemon making their way into the game, the app will feature a bunch of new bonuses for players to achieve. Each of these will be distributed every couple of days, from December 18th-22nd, trainers will earn twice as much candy for catching and transferring Pokemon; from the 22nd-26th, they'll receive double the amount of stardust for catching monsters; from the 26th-30th, players will receive double the experience for catching Pokemon; lastly from the 30th to the last day of the event January 2nd, incubators will hatch eggs twice as fast.

Pokemon Go Winer Event Keeps On Giving!

The final bonus Niantic is offering during the event is a guaranteed incubator for a trainer's first photo-disk spin of the day. The mobile game developer also said that an increased amount of Pokemon that will hatch from 7km eggs and trainers have an increased chance of hatching the monsters Smoochum or Azurill.

Those interested in learning more about the Pokemon Go Winter Event can read more about it on the official Pokemon website. For all the latest updates on all things Pokemon be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Top 5 Reveals from Nintendo’s November Super Smash Direct

Top 5 Reveals from Nintendo's November Super Smash Direct

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a little over a month away and Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on the final details regarding their plans for the immensely popular fighter. For this special Nintendo Direct the creator of the Super Smash series, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed a ton of details ranging from new fighters to intricate new systems meant to shake up the game.

Below we'll be listing our top 5 big reveals, but for a more detailed look, you can watch the full Direct below!

Ken & Incineroar Join the Fight

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To round out the humongous roster of 74 characters, Nintendo revealed that Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun/Moon will be making their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ken is going to be an Echo Fighter to Ryu, mimicking most of his moves with slight differences and increased run speed. Incineroar on the other hand is a completely new fighter and the latest Pokemon to join the battlefield utilizing a number of moves fans will recognize from the series.

Brand New Spirit System

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Instead of the long-running trophy system the series is known for, Nintendo is trying something different for Ultimate. Spirits are supporting characters that didn't quite make the cut for the final roster and can power up fighters with a variety of abilities and bonuses. Spirits can counter each other and they all have unique artwork that makes them fun to collect!

Online Mode is Getting an Overhaul

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Super Smash 4 on the Wii U was the first game to introduce online matchmaking but separated it into two modes known as For Fun and For Glory. Ultimate is getting rid of this system and implementing a new one that will allow players to choose their own rules and find those looking for a similar experience. Those looking for a more competitive system can look forward to the Global Smash Power Ranking System where fighters are ranked based on skill. Gamers that are ranked high enough, a new special mode is unlocked.

Paid DLC Makes a Return

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Along with the 74 characters featured in the base game, five more fighters are also making their way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate post-launch. Each character comes with a new stage and song. Each character cost $5.99 or $24.99 for the season pass bundle. On top of the five DLC characters, those that purchase the game before January 31st, 2019 will get Piranha Plant as a fighter for free a few months after the game comes out.

A New Story Mode Named "The World of Light"

For the story mode in Ultimate, Nintendo is looking back at how all of the characters got turned into the toys that have to fight their way back into the real world. This new adventure features an ongoing battle to free the fighters from the clutches of the Master Hands that are cloning evil versions of the popular heroes. The adventure starts with Kirby, the lone hero to make it away from the nasty beams, but will eventually involve the entire roster attempting to thwart evil.

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Reports Suggest New Switch Hardware On The Way

According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, a new version of the extremely popular Nintendo Switch is making its way to gamers next year. This report is backed by suppliers and others in the industry with direct knowledge of the company's plan for the console.

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Big Moves for the Switch!

Along with the news came a few details on what fans can expect from the new Nintendo Switch hardware: "The current Switch uses a lower-end liquid-crystal display without some technologies that are standard in more recent smartphone LCDs,” said the report. “Updating the display with these technologies would make it brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient. The updated Switch isn’t expected to adopt the organic light-emitting diode or OLED panels used in Apple Inc.’s iPhone X series.”

Nintendo has already managed to sell 20 million units around the world since the console launched back in 2017 and this move is probably intended to keep sales numbers up as the system grows in age. Fans can expect the new iteration of the hardware in the second half of 2019, most likely around the holiday season to really capitalize on the biggest sales months of the year. This news isn't terribly surprising considering that Nintendo not only wants a console in every home, but it wants every member of a home to own a version of the hardware.

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“The biggest attraction of Nintendo Switch is that the console can be carried around and used easily for competitive gameplay via local wireless connection,” said Shigeru Miyamoto during a financial briefing earlier in the year. “If consumers come to take it for granted that everybody has a Nintendo Switch, then we can create new and very Nintendo genres of play, and Nintendo Switch can have a life apart from smart devices and other video game systems. Expanding the Nintendo Switch world this way is a means of eliminating risk.” (https://bit.ly/2EXODCX)

We would love to see a new version of this amazing portable console and will certainly try to have whatever Nintendo releases on day one, so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest detail on the company's future plans!

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