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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

USAopoly is back with another piece of Zelda merchandise. The company is now distributing Chess: The Legend Of Zelda Collector’s Edition Board Game. It’s available through Amazon here.

This chess set comes with 32 custom pieces, in addition to a premium styled window packaging with magnetic front closure. Normally, the full package costs $74.99. Amazon currently has it for $13 off.

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Best Buy will be restocking two popular items next week. First up is the NES Classic Edition, which will be sold on Monday. Switch follows on Friday – just in time for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The restocks should be in stores at the very least, but perhaps online as well.

This might be one of your last chances to purchase your own NES Classic Edition. Nintendo is discontinuing the hardware, and final shipments are being sent out this month.

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This month’s issue of Retro Gamer published a lengthy feature on Super Mario Kart. It includes commentary from producer Shigeru Miyamoto plus co-directors Hideki Konno and Tadashi Sugiyama.

All three developers went in-depth as to how Super Mario Kart came to be. They explained the game’s F-Zero roots, how the team settled on Mario characters, including power-ups and the Battle Mode, and much more. If you have any interest in Mario Kart at all, chances are you’ll find these insights very interesting as many of the ideas set the standard for the series, up through Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

We’ve rounded up most of Miyamoto, Konno, and Sugiyama noteworthy comments below. Pick up this month’s issue of Retro Gamer for the full article.

Playtonic’s first project is the 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee, which began to launch this month (the Switch version is coming a bit later on). The team could have ended up going in a different direction though.

When asked about the possibility of creating something along the lines of Yooka-Laylee Racing during an EGX Rezzed session earlier this month, Playtonic’s Gavin Price acknowledged that fan interest is there. He also revealed that, when starting out with Playtonic, he thought a project in that genre “might actually be the first game we do.” Gavin ended with: “Let’s wait and see.”

Many staffers at Playtonic formally worked at Rare. Back in the day, Rare worked on the much-beloved Diddy Kong Racing for the N64.

Thanks to Stephan P for the tip.

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