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Below are the latest Nintendo products that can be currently pre-ordered at retailers:

* Save 20 percent on pre-orders with Amazon Prime or Best Buy’s GCU. 20 percent off pre-orders on Amazon Canada as well. On Amazon UK, it’s £2 off.

United States

Switch

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Has Been Heroes – GameStop
LEGO City Undercover – Amazon, Best Buy (new), GameStop
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Puyo Puyo Tetris – Amazon, Best Buy (new), GameStop
Disgaea 5 Complete – Amazon, Best Buy (new)
Ultra Street Fighter II – Best Buy (new), GameStop
Ultra Street Fighter II [digital] – Amazon
Arms – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition – GameStop
Splatoon 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
NBA 2K18 – Amazon, Best Buy
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Amazon, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop (new)
Super Mario Odyssey – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop (new)
FIFA – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Switch Edition – Amazon, Best Buy
Redout – Amazon, Best Buy (new), GameStop
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – GameStop
Troll & I – Amazon

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition – Amazon

3DS

Mario Sports Superstars – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only – Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – Amazon, GameStop
Farming Simulator 18 – Amazon
RPG Maker Fes – Amazon
Culdcept Revolt – Amazon
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, GameStop

amiibo

Fire Emblem Echoes – Alm & Celica – Best Buy

Accessories

Joy-Con Wheel (set of two) – Amazon (new)
Retro Fighters Pro NES Controller to NES Classic Edition Adapter – Amazon

Books

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 3 – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1 – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4 – Amazon
The Art of Splatoon – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5 Amazon

Other

Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid (Deluxe Version) – Amazon
Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid – Amazon

Canada

Switch

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
LEGO City Undercover
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Fire Emblem Warriors
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Redout

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

3DS

Mario Sports Superstars (with amiibo card)
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only
Fire Emblem Echoes
Farming Simulator 18
RPG Maker Fes
Culdcept Revolt

Books

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 3
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5

UK

Switch

LEGO City Undercover
Puyo Puyo Tetris (new)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Warriors
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Troll & I

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

3DS

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleeshy Souls
RPG Maker Fes
Culdcept Revolt

Books

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Deluxe Edition guide
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 3
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
Super Mario Encyclopedia
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5

In the past, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has spoken about being inspired by games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in creating Breath of the Wild. But what about the game’s director, Hidemaro Fujibayashi?

Fujibayashi cited two games while speaking with EDGE this month about games that inspired him: Minecraft and Terraria. He told the magazine:

“I was rather inspired by playing Minecraft and Terraria. I was able to learn from the gameplay and the possibilities found in. I could learn from the sense of adventure, exploration and how it inspired curiosity.”

As for real life inspiration, Fujibayashi is involved with an adventure club with other Nintendo staff in which they participate in outdoor activities:

As you can probably tell, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD served as a big inspiration for the art style in Breath of the Wild. This goes all the way back to when Nintendo was working on the Wii U remaster a few years ago. Breath of the Wild art director Satoru Takizawa spoke about how the game’s style was determined during a session at GDC last week.

When looking to see how different Zelda games would look like in HD, Nintendo took models from previous games and placed them into a development environment to try different mockups. Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, and The Wind Waker were all tested. Wind Waker “stood out” the most “and really captured the imagination of the lead artists on Breath of the Wild”. The team took it from there.

While Wind Waker would end up being used as inspiration, the art style couldn’t be carried over completely. The cartoonish direction couldn’t allow for a certain sense of realism that the team wanted to achieve. Additionally, there was some concern about it being a turnoff for older players.

Breath of the Wild’s final look was ultimately determined based on a slogan Nintendo decided on, which is “refreshing and full-flavored.”

Here’s the full explanation on how the game’s art style came to be from Takizawa:

The Verge recently chatted with Zelda: Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi, art director Satoru Takizawa, and technical director Takuhiro Dohta. Tons of topics were discussed in the new interview. Among them include how the team approached development, the game’s difficulty, speedrunning, the crazy concept, designing Shrines, and making the experience as bug free as possible.

We’ve rounded up notable excerpts from the interview below. You can read the full discussion on The Verge here.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild breaks many of the series’ conventions. Among these is the lack of Link’s iconic hat, which has long been a staple of the series.

In an interview with Polygon, Breath of the Wild art director Satoru Takizawa told Polygon that due to the rise of graphic fidelity, it’s tough “to make that hat look cool.”

He said:

“As the graphic fidelity has increased it becomes more difficult to make that hat look cool. As the game becomes more realistic it’s difficult to present it in a way that’s appealing.

If you look at Twilight Princess, I really made the hat long, so it would flap in the wind and move around. But because of that people were like ‘What’s he got? What’s in that hat?’ We’re reaching our limits as to how we can make it look cool.”

Takizawa added that with Skyward Sword, he attempted to make Link’s hat diminutive and giving it much less motion, but “we’re reaching our limits as to how we can make it look cool.”

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UK software sales for February 2017

Posted on 2 weeks ago by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Wii U | 0 comments | 0 Likes

The latest issue of MCV has a listing of the best-selling games in the UK for the month of February. The results are posted below, based on data collected between January 29 and February 25.

As far as physical software sales by platform goes, here are the results:

01 (01) PlayStation 4 – 549,361 (+6.80%)
02 (02) Xbox One – 403,775 (+9.04%)
03 (03) Nintendo 3DS – 79,618 (+10.53%)
04 (04) Xbox 360 – 35,259 (-73.43%)
05 (05) PlayStation 3 – 21,610 (-70.00%)
06 (07) Nintendo Wii U – 20,473 (-40.00%)
07 (06) PC Software – 18,198 (-63.08%)
08 (08) Nintendo Wii – 4,550 (-55.00%)
09 (09) PlayStation Vita – 2,275 (-64.00%)
10 (10) Nintendo DS – 1,137 (-55.02%)

YouTube user Seaniccus may have uncovered a small but lovely tribute to Satoru Iwata in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

We won’t get too much into the specifics just in case there are some of you who want to be completely blind of the game’s smaller secrets and whatnot, but the main idea here is that one of the game’s NPC bears a striking resemblance to the late Nintendo president. Along with that, he tells you about a certain mountain in the game that’s just one letter off from “Satoru”.

For the full video, continue on below.

The full panel is now online for the Zelda: Breath of the Wild session at GDC 2017. Nintendo’s Hidemaro Fujibayashi,
Satoru Takizawa, and Takuhiro Dohta go in-depth with discussing how some of the convention-breaking mechanics were implemented in the game. Check out the full video below.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild lets you do all sorts of neat and interesting things. In battles alone, there are plenty of ways to approach encounters.

One YouTuber managed to come across one humorous way of defeating enemies in particular. This is far from a major spoiler, but we’re putting the clip past the break just to be safe.

This week’s expanded Japanese software sales are as follows:

01./00. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 186.379 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Horizon: Zero Dawn #
(Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.03.02} (¥6.900) – 116.997 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 79.536 / NEW
04./00. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 44.602 / NEW
05./01. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800) – 38.002 / 236.545 (-81%)
06./00. [NSW] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 36.623 / NEW
07./00. [NSW] Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch (Square Enix) {2017.03.03} (¥8.800) – 25.606 / NEW
08./02. [PS4] Super Robot Wars V # (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.02.23} (¥8.600) – 15.321 / 115.475 (-85%)
09./09. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 – Professional (Square Enix) {2017.02.09} (¥5.250) – 13.426 / 163.058 (+3%)
10./00. [NSW] Puyo Puyo Tetris (Sega) {2017.03.03} (¥4.990) – 12.854 / NEW
11./03. [PSV] Super Robot Wars V # (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.02.23} (¥7.600) – 12.813 / 96.546 (-85%)
12./06. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 12.292 / 3.189.271 (-9%)
13./04. [PS4] Nioh
(Koei Tecmo) {2017.02.09} (¥7.800) – 10.210 / 128.824 (-41%)
14./13. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 7.357 / 291.327 (+19%)
15./10. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard # (Capcom) {2017.01.26} (¥7.990) – 7.176 / 291.666 (-31%)
16./11. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700) – 7.042 / 983.867 (+0%)
17./08. [PS4] For Honor
(Ubisoft) {2017.02.16} (¥8.400) – 6.435 / 59.700 (-51%)
18./14. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800) – 5.980 / 681.240 (-2%)
19./00. [PS4] Winning Post 8 2017 (Koei Tecmo) {2017.03.02} (¥7.800) – 5.793 / NEW
20./00. [3DS] Doraemon the Movie: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachikochi Daibouken (FuRyu) {2017.03.02} (¥5.280) – 5.481 / NEW

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