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Earlier today, brand new images emerged showing map sketches from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. These were shown by Hirokazu Yasuhara, who worked on the game as a planner.

You can see the images for yourself below. One map is particularly noteworthy, as it shows the cut Genocide City level which never made it into the final game.

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Select My Nintendo members are starting to receive a message in their inbox about an opportunity to take a survey. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded 30 Platinum Points. The survey will be around until September 6.

Just to reiterate, it’s not going out to everyone. It is being sent to members in both North America and Europe (thanks LordofGamez)

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Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 will be hosted on June 13. With the video presentation, we’ll be given a look at Super Mario Odyssey and other upcoming Switch games.

You can set a reminder for the Nintendo Spotlight by adding the event to your calendar through the official website. When doing so, Nintendo fills in an hour-long slot. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the presentation will last an hour since calendars tend to work with 30-minute increments. You can at least expect it to be 30 minutes long.

For reference, Nintendo’s E3 2015 presentation was just over 48 minutes. The 2014 edition was about 47 minutes.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, takes on a completely new name. In an interview with The Verge, director Kenta Nakanishi explained the change.

Nakanishi told the site:

“Because it wasn’t released outside of Japan, and gaiden means side story, people would think ‘What is the side story for?’ So we thought we’d come up with a new title.”

Nakanishi also commented on the Fire Emblem game he would remake if he had to choose. His selection? Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, a Japan-exclusive GBA title. Nakanishi said that Roy’s story “has never been told, so it would be great if we could release a remake of his story.”

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Nintendo had a notable presence at BitSummit this weekend with a variety of playable indie games. Thanks to site contributor iYakku, we have a few photos of the booth that you can view below.

BitSummit is one of Japan’s largest independent-game-centric events. Aside from Nintendo, many other companies and developers were present to have their upcoming projects represented.

Japanese Twitter user kentarock1020 has a son named Hibiki who, very sadly, is completely blind. He’s lacked the ability to see since the age of two due to the rare cancer form retinoblastoma. That naturally makes it difficult to play most video games. However, there’s one Nintendo series he’s managed to not only play, but also excel at.

With the help of his father, Hibiki wrote a letter to Nintendo thanking the company and asking for more Rhythm Heaven (Rhythm Tengoku in Japan) games in the future. The full message is below:

VIZ Media has a new book on the way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon Adventures manga series. On August 9, fans can pick up The Art of Pokemon Adventures.

Amazon offers up the following description of the book:

“Artwork, sketches and a brand-new manga short story from the artist of the Pokémon Adventures series inspired by the best-selling Pokémon video games!

A collection of beautiful full-color art from the Pokémon Adventures graphic novel series! In addition to full-color illustrations of your favorite Pokémon, this vibrant volume also includes exclusive sketches and storyboards, four pull-out posters and a brand-new manga side story published in English for the first time!”

You can pre-order The Art of Pokemon Adventures and save over $8 via Amazon here. It’s also up on Amazon Canada and Amazon UK.

Another piece of significant information has been reported stemming from the April 2017 NPD report. According to Mat Piscatella, an analyst for the company, Mario Kart is the all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game in the U.S. last month despite being on the market for just two days. In that short period, over 460,000 physical units sold. With digital sales included, the total exceeds 550,000 units.

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In a new interview with USGamer, Nintendo’s Kenta Nakanishi spoke about what the Fire Emblem team would like to improve on in the future.

The first element Nakanishi highlighted are character growth rates. About this feature, he said:

“One of the things we want to improve on in the future is the growth rate of the characters. We changed the growth rate by two times or three times from the original; but we’ve heard feedback that it wasn’t enough, so that’s something we will keep in mind for the future.”

A special episode of Nyannyan Neko Mario Time has been published on Nintendo’s YouTube page. In the video, several new and upcoming games are showcased for Switch to promote BitSummit 2017 coming this weekend. Cat Quest, She Remembered Caterpillars, and Nine Parchments from Frozenbyte are just some of the new titles revealed for the platform. Check out the full video below.

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