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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.

The Worldfolio published a rare interview with Masayoshi Tanimura, the chairman and CEO of HAL Laboratory. Tanimura chatted about HAL’s relationship with Nintendo, how the team tries to make Kirby games for all players, and a few other topics.

We’ve picked out the notable excerpts from the interview below. You can read the full thing here.

Speaking with GameSpot, Bethesda game director Todd Howard said that Nintendo was “less interested” in the company’s games in the past. However, that has since changed.

Howard noted that Nintendo has been a “very good partner” for Bethesda in its effort to bring Skyrim to the Switch. “Whereas before they were less interested in the types of things that we did or some other groups did,” he said.

Howard also had some praise for Switch. Regarding the new platform, he had this to say:

“I think it’s really smart what they’ve done. I think it’s the kind of device that only Nintendo could make. It’s exciting to bring Skyrim to the Nintendo audience. I don’t know where it’s gonna go. But I think it’s a really smart platform. We like it a lot.”

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The Pokémon Company seems to be constantly looking for new opportunities to increase their brand appreciation, and the latest news show that some Pokémon will be transformed into Mega Bloks.

Or at least the re-branded line Mega Construx, as Mattel has acquired the license and will start selling Pokémon Mega Construx this summer in North America. The new line of toys will feature Charizard, Pikachu and some other creatures from the first games.

According to The Pokémon Company’s VP of marketing, Colin Palmer:

“Mega Construx brings the engaging world of Pokémon to life in one of the most popular play expressions for kids today. We bring only the highest quality Pokémon experiences to our fans around the world and Mega Brands’ attention to detail and thoughtful creativity with Mega Construx is sure to delight kids as well as the most passionate Pokémon trainers.”

Kotaku encourages us to keep checking their site because the Pokémon Mega Construx will be at Toy Fair 2017 in New York this weekend and they will probably share more images.

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