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Update: As a bit of an aside, Fire Emblem 0 series 6 is due out on September 29 in Japan.


Two new Fire Emblem art books were announced for Japan during a Fire Emblem 0 live stream today.

In Japan, a Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance art book is due out on July 29. Amazon Japan has it up here for 3,456 yen.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn will also be getting an art book at some point. There’s no pre-order link just yet.

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Just Dance 2017 is in development and is coming to all Nintendo consoles, Ubisoft announced today.

The general release is slated for October, which includes Wii U and Wii. Somewhat surprisingly, Ubisoft has already confirmed plans to bring Just Dance 2017 to NX next year.

New to this year’s entry is Just Dance Machine, “a frantic new mode that challenges you to perform different kinds of dances (including flamenco, ballet, and the cancan) to help your alien captors return home.” 40 new tracks by diverse acts including Sia, Major Lazer, Hatsune Miku, and Queen will also be featured.

Confirmed tracks thus far include:

“Sorry” – Justin Bieber
“DADDY” – Psy Ft. CL of 2NE1
“Cheap Thrills” – Sia Ft. Sean Paul
“Lean On” – Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake
“Worth It” – Fifth Harmony Ft. Kid Ink
“Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
“PoPiPo” – Hatsune Miku
“Radical” – Dyro & Dannic
“El Tiki” – Maluma
“September” – Equinox Stars
“What Is Love” – Ultraclub 90

Returning features include:

– Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand service that features more than 200 tracks
– Sweat + Playlists, the fitness mode that lets you create your own playlists and track your activity
– The worldwide Dance Quest challenge mode
– The improved Just Dance Controller app, which lets up to six players join in by using their smartphones as motion sensors, with no camera required

Here’s the debut trailer:

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In celebration of Famitsu’s 30th anniversary, the magazine held a poll in which readers could vote on the titles they feel are the most memorable on each gaming system. 2,921 ballots were cast on platforms starting with the Famicom all the way through the latest generation.

We’ve posted the results for the top 10 games on Nintendo systems below. Results for other platforms can be found here.

Famicom

10. Kirby’s Adventure – 60 votes

9. Final Fantasy III – 69 votes

8. Earthbound – 72 votes

7. Mario Bros. – 108 votes

6. The Legend of Zelda – 120 votes

5. Dragon Quest II – 186 votes

4. Dragon Quest IV – 228 votes

3. Super Mario Bros. 3 – 279 votes

2. Dragon Quest III – 528 votes

1. Super Mario Bros. – 552 votes

There’s been some talk as of late about the decline of the toys-to-life business. For the most part, amiibo is still doing quite well, and LEGO Dimensions entered the scene last year. But Disney Interactive recently closed entirely – marking the end of Disney Infinity – and Skylanders hasn’t been performing quite as well as it used to.

Despite this, Activision still appears to be very much on board with toys-to-life. The company announced Skylanders Imaginators today, reaffirming its commitment to the market.

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg also told TIME that the publisher believes in the potential of toys-to-life. In his remarks, he mentioned that “Skylanders is now the 11th most successful game franchise of all time after just five years.”

When asked about the situation of Disney and concerns about the toys-to-life category, Hirshberg said:

I certainly can’t comment on Disney’s business, so that’s a good question to ask them, and they’ve obviously got good reasons for making the decision they did. What I will say is, we’ve said publicly that some of our more recent games haven’t met our expectations, and yet we’re still here making games, so we obviously still believe in the potential. We created the category, and Skylanders is now the 11th most successful game franchise of all time after just five years.

Nintendo Selects: Animal Crossing: City Folk is available for cheap on Amazon. It’s down to $9, making it a little over 50 percent off. Place an order here if interested.

Good Smile’s previously-announced 1/7 scale PVC Link figure from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword now has a release month. It’ll be available in November for 15,800 yen. Pre-orders open today, and will last until July 27, 2016 at 9 PM JST.

Here’s a good look at the figure:

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Update (5/23): The servers are now back up and running (thanks Squirrelisious). Crisis averted?


Original (5/22): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reflex Edition players are now unable to experience the game’s online multiplayer. The servers went down recently, and Activision support has not responded to any inquiries on the situation since. It’s now absolutely confirmed, but it would seem that this permanent as opposed to a temporary issue.

Call of Duty: Black Ops can’t be played online either. That means Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the only Wii entry in the series available for online play.

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Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the USPTO to invalidate a patent on manufacturing technology asserted against Nintendo in 2012 by Motion Games, LLC. It was also determined that there are no valid patent claims remaining in a companion litigation pending in the Eastern District of Texas.

Nintendo wrote in its announcement:

Motion Games’ patent described cameras and systems that track assembly-line components, such as car parts. Motion Games asserted that the Wii Remote infringed that manufacturing patent. During the litigation, Nintendo successfully overcame numerous needlessly burdensome discovery demands from Motion Games, including improper demands to interrogate top-level executives.

We also have this statement from Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Director of Litigation and Compliance:

“We are very pleased with the court’s confirmation that Motion Games’ patent is invalid and never should have been granted. Litigation tactics cannot save an invalid patent, and such attempts only underscore the need for patent reform that reduces unnecessary burdens on defendants. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products, and will continue to vigorously defend those products from patent lawsuits.”

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Nintendo’s earnings for the fiscal year ended March 31 are in. Below are the full details:

– Fell 60.6 percent to 16.5 million yen, or $148 million, on revenue of $4.53 billion (down 8 percent)
– Nintendo’s stock price has fallen slightly in trading, down 0.9 percent to $18.72 a share
– Nintendo saw diminished assets, cash flow, and profits during the year

During an interview with Le Parisien, Nintendo of France’s Philipe Lavoue provided some new sales figures. We have data for four of the company’s recent systems as well as amiibo.

As of now, DS has sold 10.5 million units in France, followed by Wii at 6.4 million, 3DS at 4 million, and Wii U and 740,000. Nintendo has also moved 1.4 million amiibo in the country.

It’s also worth noting that, last year, Nintendo sold 4 million games in France. Six of these were in the top 20, such as Splatoon.

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