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This information comes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, as stated during the company’s financial results briefing Q&A…

“We are deeply thankful for the wonderful response to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the fact that we were able to ship more units than we did of the Nintendo Switch hardware. Since The Legend of Zelda series is very popular in Europe and in particular in the U.S., and the hardware launch was in March, we thought that we might end up with different results from a holiday season launch (when a wider range of consumers are likely to make purchases), and so we expected that there may be a high ratio of consumers who purchased this game along with the hardware.

The result was exactly as expected in the U.S., but the game is much larger in scale than previous games, and it reached greater popularity than we had expected in Europe and Japan as people tried it themselves or watched others play. Reviews of this game prior to release were also very helpful in communicating its appeal. Ultimately, we were able to achieve these results because of the response not only from fans of The Legend of Zelda series, but also from consumers who had played a Zelda game in the past and wanted to play one again, as well as consumers who had never played a Zelda game before but who heard the buzz and wanted to play.

We would certainly like to be able to predict the worldwide popularity of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as you suggest, but we are still not able to forecast to that degree of accuracy. The end result was that the number of units of this game shipped was higher than the number of units of hardware shipped.”

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This week’s Switch/ Wii U/3DS-specific UK software sales are as follows:

Switch

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
3. Puyo Puyo Tetris – SEGA
4. 1-2-Switch – Nintendo
5. Super Bomberman R – Konami
6. Lego City Undercover – Warner Bros. Interactive
7. Just Dance 2017 – Ubisoft
8. Skylanders Imaginators – Activision Blizzard

Wii U

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
2. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo
3. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
4. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
5. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
6. Just Dance 2017 – Ubisoft
7. New Super Mario Bros. U + Super Luigi U – Nintendo
8. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
9. Star Fox Zero – Nintendo
10. Pokken Tournament – Nintendo

3DS

1. Pokemon Sun – Nintendo
2. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
3. Pokemon Moon – Nintendo
4. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
5. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
6. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo
7. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits – Nintendo
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – Nintendo
9. Mario Sports Superstars – Nintendo
10. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls – Nintendo

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The latest ARMS Twitter update highlights a neat little detail in the game: each fighter has their own set of supporters who appear in the crowds and dress up like them. In the image above, you can see fans dressed up as Min Min, Ribbon Girl and Ninjara.

One of the items supporters use to cheer on their favorite fighter are these inflatable sticks, which they’ll clap together:

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It feels like we’re getting a new feature reveal for Dragon Quest XI pretty much every week, and this week is no exception. This week’s Jump magazine has revealed the new “Zone” feature, which, among other things, allows the use of powerful co-op skills (thanks Siliconera for the translation).

We’ve actually seen the “Zone” feature briefly before in some screenshots. When the protagonist glows with a blue aura during battle, that’s the sign on him activating Zone. Not only do his stats temporarily increase, it also allows you to use powerful co-op skills – techniques in which the hero and one or more party members combine their powers to unleash a powerful attack. Jump magazine list three examples of co-op skills:

  • Falcon Dance: the hero and Camus dance around an enemy, repeatedly attacking it with swift sword strikes
  • Rose Hurricane: the hero, Sylvia and Row combine their magic powers and Sylvia’s love to unleash a powerful whirlwind
  • Giga Burst: all party members team up and gather their powers in the hero’s sword, who delivers a devastating strike

However, players aren’t the only ones who can use this power – some enemies are also able to use “Zone” and co-op skills.

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One of the new elements included in Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack is the Hero’s Path Mode. It will monitor every step you make and mark a path on the map, allowing you to more easily keep track of progress.

Nintendo now has a video up showing the Hero’s Path Mode in action. You can view it below.

Marvelous released the first trailer for Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star on Switch today. Have a look at the new video below.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has received a new update. Version 1.2.0 is out now on both Switch and Wii U.

As detailed in today’s announcement covering Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack, players can experience the game in one of nine audio languages: Japanese, English, French (France), French (Canada), German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), Italian, and Russian, with a different language used for on-screen text. Note that on Wii U, you’ll need to download the Voice Pack from the eShop.

Nintendo also says it implemented a number of fixes in today’s update, but didn’t elaborate on details.

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Nintendo is back with the continuation of the Squid Sisters Stories for Splatoon 2. This new initiative intends to tell the tale of Callie and Marie following the final Splatfest.

Read up on the next addition to the story below. For previous entries, head on over here.

Nintendo has just revealed brand new details about what’s in store for the first DLC pack in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, titled “The Master Trials”.

The Master Trials will encompass several new features and additions. This includes the new Trial of the Sword, in which enemies appear one after another in 45 rooms. Completing it will allow the Master Sword to always be in its glowing state. Hard Mode, Hero’s Path Mode (tracked routes), Travel Medallion (create temporary new travel point), Korok Mask (find Korok locations more easily), and new equipment are also planned.

Read up on today’s full announcement for full details below. We also have several pieces of screenshots and art.

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