The following information comes from various retailers interviewed by Famitsu magazine...


- nation-wide CD and DVD rental / seller
- 1,686 shops total in Japan and 1,131 of them are also selling video games
- customers in their 30’s as well as families were responding the most to Switch
- only a few locations had lines forming for pre-orders, but its entire reservation slots were filled in two days
- why it filled faster than expected was due to low quantity
- there were many consumers who couldn’t buy Famicom Mini, PSVR, or PlayStation 4 Pro at launch
- consumers were trying to avoid another sellout situation with Switch, which is why they hopped on preorders
- preorders for the gray color were taken before the neon version
- neon was reserved more by women, including those who came to reserve a system for their child
- game preorder popularity was, Zelda, 1-2-Switch and then Super Bomberman R
- official carrying case was the most popular peripheral
- the store rep says they believe the price is just right

Bic Camera

- nation-wide major electronics and home appliances retailer
- 20 stores, but each one is a multi-floor gigantic building and located at the best and highly valuable districts of major cities
- at Bic Camera located in Yurakucho, 200 people formed a line for Switch
- Ikebukuro store had the longest line and there were 700 people
- Switch didn’t seem to be receiving a ton of interest at Bic Camera after Nintendo presented the system
- as the day for reservations approached, interest continued to increase
- gray was the more popular color option here
- once it reached its quota, most customers decided to reserve the neon option
- Zelda and 1-2 Switch were the most popular preorders
- Dragon Quest Heroes I-II saw more preorders than expecting
- store rep said pricing for the Switch was appropriate and they want more supply

Games Maya

- small independent video game retailer, but widely known in Japan
- Games Maya has seen a pretty huge reaction from consumers since Switch was presented
- there were some who said they would buy it regardless of the price
- big lines formed during the day for pre-orders, and all slots were filled by around noon
- store rep felt a stronger reaction compared to past consoles, but wants more supply of Switch
- gray was more sought after in general, with kids reserving the neon version
- customers stopped by who just wanted to reserve Switch no matter the color
- final ratio between the two colors was roughly 6:4.
- popular game preorders were Zelda followed by 1-2-Switch
- Switch Pro Controller was the most popular preorder, with lots of Zelda customers picking one up
- already seeing three times more demand from customers than actual supply
- store rep believes customers are seeing the price as cheap
- she also think it is cheaper than she expected
- store rep thought that if the price was not below the PlayStation, it will be tough

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2017 Spirit Awards Winners Announced

2017 Spirit Awards winners announced

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, handed out honors to Moonlight, The Witch, Other People, Manchester by the Sea, Elle and Hell or High Water at this afternoon’s 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards. Spa Night, O.J.: Made in America and Toni Erdmann also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. In addition to being the celebration that honors artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the Spirit Awards is the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs. The ceremony aired live today on IFC.

Over the past 32 years, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premiere awards show for the independent film community. Artists who have received industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Ava DuVernay, Justin Simien, Ryan Coogler, Joel and Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams, Lena Dunham and many more.

The following is a complete list of the winners at the 2017 Spirit Awards. The nominees list can be viewed here.

Best Feature:
Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

Best Director:
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)

Best Screenplay:
Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Story By), Moonlight (A24)

Best First Feature:
The Witch (A24)
Director: Robert Eggers
Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira

Best First Screenplay:
Robert Eggers, The Witch (A24)

John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000):
Spa Night (Strand Releasing)
Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn
Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas

Best Supporting Female:
Molly Shannon, Other People (Vertical Entertainment)

Best Supporting Male:
Ben Foster, Hell or High Water (CBS Films/Lionsgate)

Best Female Lead:
Isabelle Huppert, Elle (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Male Lead:
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios)

Robert Altman Award:
Moonlight (A24)
Director: Barry Jenkins
Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez
Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

Best Cinematography:
James Laxton, Moonlight (A24)

Best Editing:
Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders, Moonlight (A24)

Best International Film:
Toni Erdmann (Germany and Romania– Sony Pictures Classics)
Director: Maren Ade

Best Documentary:
O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films)
Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman
Producers: Deirdre Fenton, Libby Geist, Nina Krstic, Erin Leyden, Tamara Rosenberg, Connor Schell, Caroline Waterlow

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Very recently, posted up an article where they get the chance to speak with the Insane Clown Posse’s very own Violent J. Although the article is not long, J speaks on a number of topics including Shaggy 2 Dope’s soon-to-be-released solo album “F.T.F.O.M.F.,” Violent J’s solo album “Karma Forest,” the significance of the number 17 & Thy Unveiling, the year of the Juggalo, and the upcoming Juggalo March on Washington.

One interesting thing to note is that during ICP’s interview with Scottie D, J mentioned that he may scrap the Karma Forest idea in favor of a new story formatted project called “American Lives.” Unless this interview is old and was only just posted yesterday, which I’m thinking it’s not, it’s looking like we may get Karma Forest after all, Juggalos.

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Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J Talks Duo’s Solo Albums, Juggalos’ Washington March & Big Plans for 2018

Insane Clown Posse is conquering by dividing this year.

With a follow-up to the 2015 diptych of The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost and The Marvelous Missing Link: Found not due until next year, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope each have solo albums planned for this year. New Year’s Day of 2018, however, will reveal what’s next for ICP: “There’s gonna be a lot of changes made in 2018,” Violent J tells Billboard, cryptically. “All things will be changed in 2018 — like major change, to pretty much everything. That’s the only way I can put it right now.”

Until then, the erstwhile clowns will have no shortage of new music to offer Juggalos — including tour dates in Europe and Australia, as well as a final Riddle Box Tour show taking place this weekend in Detroit. Meanwhile, Shaggy 2 Dope’s third solo set, Fuck The Fuck Off Motherfucker, is due out this spring and is — according to his partner — “very Shaggy 2 Dope.”

“I didn’t want any involvement,” says Violent J., who nevertheless does appear on one track at Shaggy’s request. “I wanted him to do it all him and write it all and produce it all. I don’t even want to hear it; I want to put it on and not know what’s next and get to know it like I do my other favorite rappers. So he sat with DJ Clay and produced every beat from track and it’s really cool. It’s taking a long time, but he’s wrapping it up now. From what I have heard it sounds very high-paced, extreme intensity. I can tell he’s putting all his heart into it.”

Violent J, meanwhile, is gathering material for his fourth solo release, Karma Forest, which he hopes to have out this fall. “I’m getting tracks from several different producers,” he says. “I don’t like to hear what they already have; I like to tell ’em what I want and see what they come up with.”

The set will also have a lot in common with ICP’s The Marvelous Missing Link: Found. “My album is going to be all positive,” Violent J says. “I want to make an uplifting, fresh, positive album. Y’know, I thought the Juggalos would love ‘…Lost’ more, the negative dark one with songs about going to hell and shit. But, much to my surprise many, many Juggalos love ‘…Found’ more, so I want to stay on that tip.”

ICP is also using 2017 as a “special” year for the band. “The number 17 is sacred in the Juggalo world, for various reasons. It’s kind of our good luck number, so we want to do all fun stuff this year,” Violent J says. A key reference point is “They Unveiling,” the 17th track from 2002’s The Wraith: Shangri-La album in which ICP revealed the meaning of its first Dark Carnival mythology. “That’s when we said that the Dark Carnival was God and all that,” Violent J says. “I sort of wish we would’ve referenced that differently; To a lot of people God means Christian or Catholic and neither Shaggy or I are any specific religion. I just meant The Creator. We believe in a higher power, having faith, the power of positive thinking and things like that.”

As part of the celebration ICP has created imagery-encrusted logos, including the familiar Hatchetman with diamonds, and has filmed a special Psychopathic Records video with the label’s entire roster sharing positive messages. “The idea is let the results of 2017 be our year and last the rest of your life,” Violent J explains. “Even though things are crazy in the world with the president, the reemergence of racism and insanity, that’s just the devil trying to rain on our parade. Let’s shine. Let’s beam positivity and karma and don’t let hate distract you. We want to look back and remember 2017 as the year everything was about shiny diamonds.”

ICP will, however, confront some of its recent darkness on Sept. 16 with a Juggalo march on Washington, D.C. to protest the FBI’s designation of the Juggalos as a gang. “People can call it a publicity stunt. That’s fine, that’s exactly what it is — a publicity stunt for Juggalos,” notes Violent J, who’s peeved at fellow Detroit rap duo Twiztid, whose career was launched with Psychopathic, for pulling out of the march and talking smack about the event. But that won’t deter ICP’s determination to keep the issue alive.

“Nothing will stop our shine,” he vows. “I refuse to let those hurtful, painful betrayals ruin it. This is such a lifestyle for so many people. Juggalos are mostly people who have felt like outcasts, they felt like clowns and like they didn’t belong to anything and when they discovered the Juggalo world that gave them something to belong to. They gather on their own, even with no concert and they shouldn’t get fucked with for it. We will always represent for them.”

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- update will provide access to network features including the eShop, online gameplay, ability to share images via social media
- link Nintendo Accounts
- update lets you “connect online using hotspots that require authentication, such as at a hotel or café. A web applet will open up so the user can sign-in or accept terms of use.”
- update will launch “just prior” to Switch’s release
- the update “downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn’t disrupt gameplay.”
- in order to to buy digital games for Switch from Nintendo’s website, you’ll have to access the eShop one time
- if you don’t have a Nintendo Account when you are asked about it, you can ask the system to send an email with a guidance manual about how to create an account

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Holy hell, now that's a massive display! Pretty damn cool to see that. Makes me want to check out my local Best Buy and see if the same thing is going on!

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The following comes from a Famitsu interview with Satoshi Hamada from Hamster, as translated by NE...

- Hamster received requests from fans to bring the Arcade Archive series to portable devices
- they thought Switch would fulfill these wishes
- Arcade Archive series has a feature to rotate the screen to play vertically-displayed arcade games
- it’s easier to port on Switch than expected
- Hamda thought that coding around the Joy-Con might be peculiar, but doing so isn’t actually that difficult
- finds the hardware specs on Switch are sufficient and has a good impression of the device as a result
- Hamada thought about implementing the Joy-Con steering wheel for arcade racing games
- he decided an actual steering controller is better
- currently Hamster is collaborating with HORI to make their arcade stick capable to play the Arcade Archive series
- they are discussing releasing unique arcade sticks with control panels such as twin levers, track ball, and a loop leve
- the arcade stick is not announced for Switch
- Hamster is now trying to release new titles for Arcade Archive every week
- Hamada thinks it would be nice for fans if they can find new titles when they visit the eShop on a weekly basis
- this isn't guaranteed, but the dev team is trying hard to achieve thi
- they are only announcing five Neo Geo titles from the Arcade Archives
- they haven’t announced the (standard) Arcade Archives series
- they are currently focusing on keeping the series on track with continuous releases of Neo Geo Arcade Archives
- they will definitely bring (standard) Arcade Archives in the future.
- as far as file size, it was originally 600 MB in average, but the Switch version is planned to be reduced to 200 MB
- Hamster also wants to bring over the Nikoli puzzles series, including Sudoku
- they are already talking about it with Nikoli, so they probably will be able to announce something soon
- there are actually some projects planned aside from Arcade Archives and Nikoli, but Hamster can’t announce them yet

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I'd consider this video to have some spoilers, so please don't watch if you're trying to keep the experience untainted for yourself.

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Thanks to Ryan for the heads up!

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