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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, the Japan-exclusive Famicom title. Using that “Echoes” name may not just be a one-time thing.

A new developer quote (probably from Nintendo Dream or another similar Japanese magazine) has one representative from Intelligent Systems saying that “Echoes” would probably be used again with another Fire Emblem make – if one were to be made.

The person stated:

“We put a lot of thought into a title like ‘echoes’ that can let older games ‘echo’ with the modern players. We were very pleased with it, and, if there were to be more remakes, we would likely use the “ECHOES” title again.”

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia launched in Japan last week. It’s due out on May 19 in North America and Europe.

Thanks to Brian for the tip.

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Kirby is now 25 years old

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Kirby’s big birthday is here. The character (not to mention the series as a whole) is now 25 years old. In Japan, Kirby’s Dream Land debuted on April 27, 1992. That was the very first game in the series. Since then Kirby has starred in a massive amount of games as well as other titles such as Super Smash Bros.

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Construction on the new Super Nintendo World section of Universal Studios Japan seems to be starting in the near future. Over at the park, the parking lot now has huge white construction walls in place. A sign also teases, “A new universe is on the horizon”.

This area is located between the waterworld show, Jaws, and Harry Potter, which is where it’s thought that the Super Nintendo World area will be. Nintendo says it will open by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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We had heard that the latest Mario toys would soon be included in McDonald’s Happy Meals across the United States. In a new announcement from Nintendo, it’s confirmed that this is beginning today. Those who purchase a Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants will receive one of eight fun toys based on Super Mario characters.

McDonald’s is also hosting a special sweepstakes to celebrate the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The details on that are as follows:

“In addition to the toys, families can take their fun to the next level by entering a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 100 Nintendo Switch Prize Packs inclusive of a Nintendo Switch system and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game. Eligible customers that scan and purchase a meal at McDonald’s using the McDonald’s mobile app between now and May 22 will be entered. Customers get one entry for redeeming any deal in the app and two entries when they purchase a Happy Meal. No purchase is necessary to enter. The sweepstakes is open only to residents of the United States who are 13 and older. Official rules for the sweepstakes, including details about how to enter without making a purchase, can be found at online and http://www.PlayatMcD.com and at participating McDonald’s restaurants.”

Read up on today’s full announcement below.

You may be familiar with the World of Nintendo toys. Jakks Pacific is the company responsible for them and in a recent press release announcing their first quarter financial results, they have highlighted that the launch of Switch has boosted their sales (probably refering to their World of Nintendo brand).

Additionally, the Chairman and CEO Stephen Berman has confirmed that they are planning more Splatoon products, which will probably benefit from the launch of Splatoon 2 for Switch this July:

“As we look ahead to the next few quarters, we will continue to focus on margin improvement and our long term strategic goals. Our fall lines are moving forward as planned and we have a strong line-up of new product introductions that are a balanced mix of owned IP and licensed brands, including Real Workin’ Buddies™ Mr. Dusty, XPV® Extreme Performance Skateboard RC, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3, DC Superhero Girls and Nintendo Splatoon.”

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In a recent interview with ComedynGaming, Kaiji Tang shared some details about his experience being the voice for the Fire Emblem: Awakening character Owain and Fire Emblem: Fates character Odin. Many subjects are touched on in the interview, as the interview covers many of Kaiji Tang’s roles outside of Nintendo properties. We’ve collected the quotes relevant to his role in the Fire Emblem series below. Minor spoilers after the break for Fire Emblem: Fates.

On how Tang got his role in Fire Emblem, and any similarities he sees between him and his character:

“I got the role of Owain like any other actor! A studio was having auditions for the game, I popped in and boom! Some sword hand talk later, some bit about time travel and they deemed me memey enough to become the fervent voice of Owain. I love the guy because we’re both huge, huge nerds who aren’t ashamed to let their geek flag fly. If I had special attacks, I think I’d come up with some pretty edgy names for them too. I absolutely have a blast!”

At GDC last month, Nintendo unveiled a special 2D prototype created for Zelda: Breath of the Wild inspired by the series’ very first entry. One fan has now recreated it, allowing players to cut down trees, harvest food, shoot arrows, use physics, and more.

Breath of the NES can be found itchio here. You can also view a trailer below.

One reason why we tend to shy away from posting about fan-made games is due to Nintendo often handing out cease and desists notices. Creator Winter Drake says he’ll work on the project for as long as possible. If Nintendo gets in touch, he will “continue development with my own original characters.”

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Update (4/24): Currently $31.51 off on Amazon.


Original (4/20): The Zelda: Breath of the Wild Deluxe Edition went out of stock on Amazon before it even shipped out to customers. Now though, it’s available once more. You can nab it on Amazon right here.

Pre-orders are now open for Medicom’s big new Zelda action figure. It’s a 1/6 scale action figure from the Real Action Heroes line, based on Link’s appearance in Breath of the Wild. His sword, shield and other parts are even included so that owners can recreate action scenes.

The new Real Action Heroes figure is tentatively slated for December. You can pre-order it on Play-Asia here or AmiAmi here. Play-Asia has a reservation deadline of June 13.

A big rumor surfaced this week about Nintendo potentially creating a SNES Mini for release later this year. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen. But with the NES Classic Edition / NES Mini being such a big hit, the possibility is certainly there.

So let’s say that Nintendo does move forward with the SNES Mini. What games would you like to be included? Titles such as Super Mario World and Zelda: A Link to the Past would probably be safe bets. Are there any far out games you’d like to see though? What would be your dream lineup? Let us know in the comments below.

Highlights from last week’s topic: April 2017 Nintendo Direct reactions

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