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The Nintendo Account website got a minor facelift and some new features today in preparation for the launch of the Nintendo Switch next week. Generally, the website looks a lot cleaner now with less settings and features stuck together in one category.

Some of the new & updated features include:

  • You can now change the language of the Nintendo Account website without having to change your country of residence in the settings
  • Parental Controls: create an account with restricted features for a child, such as a spending limit and age-based purchase restrictions on the eShop
  • Account Activity: See a list of purchases associated with your account. If you linked your NNID with your Nintendo Account, your digital 3DS and Wii U games will show up here.
  • Friend Suggestions: This feature lets you connect with friends across multiple Nintendo Account linked services by providing friend recommendations in one service based on your existing friends in another service. This currently only works with Nintendo’s mobile games, but not with the Wii U and 3DS.

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At the Toy Fair 2017, Jakks Pacific is giving a first look at some new World of Nintendo items featuring Splatoon. Splattershot and Quick Shot blaster toys are due out at some point in the near future. Both shoot slime / ink, which will be available in different colors.

VideoGameHeat shows off the toys in a new video from Toy Fair:

A couple of years ago, the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia came out in Japan. Nintendo is now finally working together with publishers such as Dark Horse to bring the book west.

Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, and Amazon France all have the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia up for pre-order. It also has pages on Amazon US and Amazon Canada, though it can’t be reserved there just yet. All sites are currently pointing to a June 15 release.

The Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia contains 256 pages. It’s packed with information and art for 17 different games. You’ll find explanations of characters, items, and level designs plus various interviews with the developers and anecdotes.

Thanks to Wagner C for the tip.

The 2017 winter edition of Wonder Festival is now underway. As usual, we have plenty of news about upcoming Nintendo-related figures. New items from Metroid, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, and Kirby are all on display.

These figures are currently being featured at Wonder Festival in one form or another:

– Samus figma from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
– Sakura Nendoroid from Fire Emblem Fates
– Pikachu Nendoroid
– Lillie Nendoroid from Pokemon Sun/Moon
– Ash and Pikachu Nendoroid
– Red figma from Pokemon
– Ice Kirby Nendoroid
– GSA Kirby & Robobot Armor

Images from the various pictures are below. Some are obviously more far along than others.

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Suda51 appeared on the latest episode of IGN’s Up At Noon show this past week. At one point, the No More Heroes creator tackled a few questions about Switch.

First, when asked about whether it’s easy developing for the platform and working with Nintendo, he responded by saying that it’s extremely easy. He also feels that the environments are in place to make things easy for developers.

Suda51 then said that he’s hoping to bring back many familiar characters for his new project on Switch – including Travis Touchdown obviously. He’s thinking about how to use the Joy-Con controllers for something like charging Travis’ Beam Katana. On Wii, the No More Heroes games had players recharging the weapon by by shaking the Wii Remote.

One of the more memorable moments in Zelda history was when Nintendo showed a GameCube tech demo at Spaceworld 2000. A brief scene depicted Link and Ganondorf duking it out in a realistic style. But as we later learned, it was just that – a tech demo and nothing more. Nintendo ended up going in a completely opposite direction for the next Zelda game following Ocarina of Time. Around two to three years later, Nintendo released the cartoon-esque, cel-shaded Wind Waker.

So what’s the story behind that tech demo anyway? And why did Nintendo decide against moving forward with it? In the new Zelda: Art & Artifacts book, artists Yoshiki Haruhana and Satoru Takizawa commented on the situation:

A new piece of art has emerged in this month’s CoroCoro from the new Pokemon: I Choose You! movie You can get a look at it above.

Pokemon: I Choose You!, a film that looks to be going back to the series’ roots, debuts in Japan on July 15. A western version should follow at some point later.

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The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts arrives next week, but some fans are already receiving the new book from retailers. You can get an in-depth look at it below, courtesy of JSkeleton.

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta play through some old and new puzzles in Snipperclips. Check out the full episode below.

Game Informer once again has a feature on Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Today, the magazine caught up with Shigeru Miyamoto and series producer Eiji Aonuma to chat about fan feedback.

You can watch the interview for yourself right here. We should have an embed option within the next couple of days.

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