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In conjunction with its month-long coverage on Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Game Informer asked series producer Eiji Aonuma about his three favorite games in the series.

He ranked Twilight Princess third “because I wanted to create something better than Ocarina.” Ocarina of Time was next, which he says “is a game that gave me the opportunity to create a 3D world.” Finally, he picked Phantom Hourglass as his top choice.

According to a report from Gamasutra, Nintendo of America co-founder Alan Stone has passed away. Stone died at the age of 71 on Friday due to cancer.

Stone acted as one of the co-founders for Nintendo of America in 1981, and was also key in the company’s early efforts to distribute its coin-op games in America. He later joined SEGA before becoming a board member and chief operating officer of Nanotech Media a few years ago.

Stone spoke about his time at Nintendo and more during a 2013 interview:

Our deepest sympathies go out to Stone’s family.


Update: Now sold out.

Original: The Zelda: Breath of the Wild Limited Edition is still sold out on Amazon US, but the retailer’s Canadian equivalent now has it back in stock. Orders can be placed here. Note that Amazon Canada does actually ship to the US.

Quite a few Zelda figures are slated for the next few months, including Nendoroids and figmas. IGN shows off some of the merchandise on the way in the video below.

In an interview with alistdaily, GameStop senior director of merchandising Eric Bright spoke about Switch in-depth. One big takeaway is that the retailer is seeing “tremendous demand.”

He said:

“We’ve seen tremendous demand for Switch. And of the initial allocation of pre-orders we took, the majority of them were done by PowerUp Reward customers. They’re definitely looking for this device. We have a ways to go before we satisfy all the demand that’s out there.”

Bright brought up several positive points about Switch: the portable factor, Q1 launch, third-party games, and support of indies.

Update (2/20): Here’s the embed version:

Original (2/17): 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.

Jakks Pacific is teasing a brand new Zelda figure which will be based on Link’s appearance in Breath of the Wild. For now, we’ve only heard that it will be 4.5 inches.

Jakks Pacific put up the following on Instagram earlier today:


Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the new Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards. Packs of five can be reserved here. They’ll be out alongside the game on March 24.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie was re-released on Blu-ray as part of a Limited Edition Steelbook at UK retailer Zavvi. An unboxing video provided by Nintendo Impact Gaming can be found below.

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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