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Last July, UNIQLO kicked off a special UT Grand Prix 2017 contest in partnership with Nintendo. Fans around the world were tasked with creating t-shirt designs based on the big N’s various franchises. Shigeru Miyamoto was even involved as one of the judges.

Over 16,000 people submitted entries for the contest. Today, the full results were announced.

The first place, grand prize winner from Japan is below (men’s / women’s / kids’ designs):

USAopoly isn’t slowing down with its Nintendo releases. Tomorrow, the company will be putting out Clue: The Legend of Zelda. Amazon has it up here via a third-party.

Here’s the official description:

“In The Legend of Zelda Clue Collector’s Edition, the Dark Lord Ganondorf has stolen the Triforce and is threatening Hyrule with his evil plans to rule the world! In order to fulfill the prophecy and defeat Ganondorf, you must find out WHO possesses the power to defeat Ganondorf, WHAT item is required to defeat him, and WHERE he has established his hidden lair.”

This version of Clue will fully maintain the Zelda touch. It features special “Metal Hero Movers” (Master Sword, Fairy Bow, Megaton Hammer, Boomerang, Hookshot, Bombchu)” and personality cards of Link, Impa, Nabooru, Zelda, Rauru, and Darunia.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild NES received a great deal of attention this month. Inspired by Nintendo’s own 2D prototype, it looked to take the same concepts and turn it into more of a full-fledged game.

Unfortunately, just as we and many others feared, Nintendo caught wind of the project and sent a takedown notice. Creator Winter Drake confirmed the news on his Twitter page and also passed along the big N’s message.

Included with Nintendo’s latest financial results was news concerning longtime employee Genyo Takeda. Takeda, a “Technology Fellow” who worked at the company for well over 40 years, is retiring as of June.

Takeda isn’t leaving Nintendo entirely, however. President Tatsumi Kimishima addressed Takeda’s status during the Q&A session of a financial results briefing this week. According to Kimishima, he will still be on hand as an adviser, as Nintendo needs his support to educate younger staff. His relationships, experience, and knowledge are also key.

Kimishima reiterated the same comments with Nikkei, noting that Takeda is a very important talent and has been involved with the development of hardware down to Switch with his leadership. After his resignation, he will not only be supporting the development of new technology, but will also instruct younger staff.

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Yesterday, First 4 Figures unveiled its latest work: the Amaterasu Life Size Bust. The news was accompanied by a making of video with additional details, which you can watch below.

Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter is an unexpected, new SNES game from former SNK staffers. The 2D fighter features “eight special moves for the player to master as well as super moves that makes use of a three-level meter” across Story, Versus, Survival, and Practice modes.

Thanks to Amazon, we now have the boxart for Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter. Take a look at the image above.

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A new Okami product is coming from First 4 Figures. The company has unveiled an Amaterasu Life Size Bust, with pre-orders beginning early next week. It will be the first Life Size Bust product launch in First 4 Figures’ Okami line.

Reservations will begin on Tuesday. An hour after a live stream takes place (times in the graphic above), you’ll be able to put in a pre-order.

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Dragon Quest VIII is arguably one of the more important entries in the series. This was in part due to the game’s world, which was quite huge at the time.

Speaking about Dragon Quest VIII in this month’s issue of Game Informer, series creator Yuji Horii said:

“If you can see a mountain in the distance, you can run to that mountain and climb up it. Nowadays, this is pretty commonplace technology, but when Dragon Quest VIII was first released, this was groundbreaking.”

“I thought that laying out the story as a guiding path would make it possible to adventure and have fun in the world. While we have provided that path, we also intended for it to be possible to diverge from the path and enjoy the game freely.”

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta have some fun with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in a LAN party. Watch the full episode below.

Nintendo has once again reaffirmed its commitment to 3DS. If last night’s reveal of the New 2DS XL wasn’t enough, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime promises that more game announcements are in the pipeline – including some for E3.

Reggie told IGN:

“We will certainly be announcing new titles for the 3DS platform, and we’ll do that continuously. Some things that will be announced at E3. There will be some that we announce after E3. For us, E3 is an important event but it’s not the one defining moment. Obviously with Nintendo Direct, we’ve created means to speak directly to our consumer base. We want to provide news and information when we believe it’s most relevant.”

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