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Following a day of intense battles, the latest North American Splatfest in Splatoon has ended. It’s now time to find out who prevailed: Team Early Bird or Team Night Owl.

Team Night Owl dominated in popularity (71 percent), and also had a slight majority in wins (51 percent). Thanks to that, they came out on top. The final score was 377 points for Team Night Owl and 323 points for Team Early Bird.

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Nintendo and SEGA have formed a close relationship over the past several years through Sonic. The character appeared in Smash Bros., teamed up with Mario in multiple games based on the Olympics, and more.

Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka spoke about Sonic’s link to Nintendo in this week’s issue of MCV. Here’s what he had to say about that:

“When SEGA stopped making hardware and just started doing software, the first platform that we released Sonic on was a Nintendo console. We felt from the very beginning, that the Nintendo platforms were where the passionate Sonic fans were. Historically that is where our relationship started with Nintendo. Unfortunately, the Wii U didn’t manage to get as many gamers on the hardware as we would have liked. That was unfortunate for Sonic because we didn’t get the mass of people to enjoy the content. But Nintendo has always been a great partner, we have Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Sonic in Super Smash Bros… we really appreciate the work that they do.”

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Nintendo believes it has “struck a cord” with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Speaking with The Verge, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated:

“We think we’ve struck a chord. And we’ve struck a chord with what is a very important franchise for us. A franchise that is going to be key to our long-term success.”

Reggie went on to talk about the changes being introduced in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. New elements were needed “in order to bring new players in.” At the same time though, Nintendo “needed to do it thoughtfully in order to maintain the current player.”

According to Reggie:

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During E3, Nintendo showed a ton of footage from Zelda: Breath of the Wild based on the Great Plateau. Various areas are located here, including the Temple of Time.

Now here’s a bit of trivia for you: the Song of Time is actually included in the E3 demo. After speeding up footage shown last month, fans have discovered that the classic tune can indeed be heard.

Since it was slow-paced in the original footage, not many people heard the Song of Time. It’s definitely there though!

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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on the latest episode of DeadLock. The video takes on the topic of motion controls in an attempt to find out if they hinder gameplay. Reggie argues in favor of them, as well as unique controls schemes and innovation as a whole.

Here’s the full video:

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ZeNfA Productions, developer of ZaciSa’s Last Stand, is revealing its next game exclusively to Nintendo Everything today. The indie studio is readying “Hot Rod Racer”, which is coming very soon to the Wii U eShop.

Hot Rod Racer is what you’d expect based on the title: a racing arcade game. ZeNfA shared the following overview with us:

The year is 199X. The world’s most dangerous racing competition has been created: the F-Ze… er, I mean the INFINITRACK GP! Created by – oh, I don’t know, some nefarious corporation I suppose – it stretches on indefinitely and has never been completed by ANYONE. Of course, that hasn’t stopped thousands of thrill-seekers from attempting to conquer it every day on their shiny new bikes and in their speedy new hot rods, and on this day in particular you too take it upon yourself to join those who have etched their names in the halls of glory by challenging this course yourself. There’s just one problem… you’ve somehow managed to get onto the track driving the wrong way! But hey, a couple of head-on collisions never hurt anybody, right? (Don’t quote me on that.) Choose your vehicle, give it a paint job and some upgrades, and see how far you can make it on the Infinitrack! This is Hot Rod Racer!

Hot Rod Racer will offer unlimited racing, multiple vehicles, and four different environments. In terms of features, it’ll boast online and local leaderboards, rewards and unlocks, Miiverse stamps, and off-TV play.

Here’s the first trailer:

Hot Rod Racer is planned for release in July (possibly July 21) across North America, Europe, and Australia. The game will cost $2.99 / €2.99 / £2.69, with a 15 percent discount planned during the first week.

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Capcom’s third Monster Hunter Generations localization blog is now live. This week’s entry discusses a few locations (Bherna Village, Wycademy, Hunters Hub) as well as monsters (Gammoth, Malfestio, Moofah). There’s also a little bit of talk about Hunting Styles. You can read it right here.

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Game Informer now has its full interview up with Eiji Aonuma about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The project’s producer tackled topics like the art style, trying to expand on Skyward Sword, whether the team was inspired by particular open world games, music, logo, dungeons, and more.

Head past the break for Aonuma’s comments. For the full interview, head on over here.

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Update: Bumped to the top. Added in Saturday’s updates.


Nintendo Badge Arcade has been receiving daily updates since heading to the 3DS eShop. Because it’s continually updated with content, we’re rounding up all of the additions and changes in a weekly post.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week of June 20:

June 20

– 5 Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D panels
– 6 original Zelda panels
– 4 Zelda: Tri Force Heroes panels
– 3 Zelda: Twilight Princess HD panels
– 2 Zelda: Wind Waker HD panels
– 3 Zelda icon panels
– 2 Zelda: A Link Between Worlds panels
– 4 Pokemon panels (1 day left)
– 1 Cat Mario Show panel (1 day left)
– 2 free plays
– The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds theme offer (available until 6/23)

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Japan’s Pokemon variety show Pokenchi is set to feature Pokemon Sun/Moon on July 3 (July 2 in the west). A video for the two games will be shown, and information on new Pokemon will be shared. There’s a chance that Pokenchi will only have content that debuted at E3 as well as what’s coming on July 1 and through CoroCoro, but it might be worth keeping an eye on just in any case.

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