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The latest episode of Nintendo’s Japanese show Nyannyan Neko Mario Time has now gone live. We’ve included it below.

Mojang and 4J Studios are updating all console versions of Minecraft with a new mini-game this week. The two developers are introducing Tumble, “a frantic competitive clash in which players destroy the very floor beneath their enemies’ feet, sending them plummeting to their doom.”

Tumble is played out in “a best of three, on a series of semi-randomised maps, each with several layers of differing materials and hazards.” Players can choose between two variants: one in which snowballs are used or a second with shovels.

Here’s a trailer for Tumble:

Also coming to Minecraft: Wii U Edition very soon is a new map pack for Battle, the first mini-game. Paying $3 provides access to Castle, Shipyard, and Invasion.

All of this content should be live today since maintenance will be taking place later tonight.


Wii U and 3DS both underwent maintenance last night. Later today and carrying into tomorrow, that’ll be happening once again.

The schedule is as follows:

– 6 PM PT – 2 AM PT
– 9 PM ET – 5 AM PT
– 2 AM in the UK – 10 AM in the UK
– 3 AM in Europe – 11 AM in Europe

The maintenance period will affect certain network services such as online play, rankings, etc.


Producer on Splatoon’s future

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This week’s issue of Famitsu has an interview with Hisashi Nogami, the producer of Splatoon. One portion of the discussion touched on the game’s future.

Famitsu asks if it really is the end for Splatfests. According to Nogami, it was originally decided to run Splatfests for a year. Nintendo was able to continue those events, but they feel now is the right time to have them come to a close.

As for the future specifically, Nogami feels that the game is done. Nintendo has stopped with Splatfests and updates, but they’d still like to build excitement through events such as Splatoon Koshien tournaments. When asked about something like a sequel, Nogami said that Splatoon has been raised together with the fans who have been playing it, and they’d like to continue heading in that direction in the future with the utmost care.


Nintendo just released the third video in a multi-part series about a squad of toads helping Mario in Paper Mario: Color Splash. We have today’s clip below.

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

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1. Minecraft Wii U Edition – Nintendo
2. Mario & Sonic: Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Nintendo
3. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
4. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
5. Pokken Tournament – Nintendo
6. Splatoon – Nintendo
7. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Warner Bros. Interactive
8. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
9. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
10. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo


1. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
2. Pokemon Omega Ruby – Nintendo
3. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
4. Yo-Kai Watch – Nintendo
5. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire – Nintendo
6. Pokemon X – Nintendo
7. Pokemon Y – Nintendo
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – Nintendo
9. Monster Hunter Generations – Capcom
10. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon – Nintendo

Source: Chart-Track

This week’s UK software sales are as follows:

Individual formats

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All formats

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It’s time for the latest Famitsu‘s most wanted games chart! Zelda: Breath of the Wild has slipped just out of the top 10, but Pokemon Sun/Moon is now in the top 5.

Head past the break for the full chart. All votes were cast between August 4 and August 9.

Nintendo worked with a somewhat unexpected partner on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Rather than handling the project internally, they opted to team up with Australian developer Tantalus, who also made the Wii U versions of Mass Effects and Deux Ex: Human Revolution.

Nintendo reached out to Tantalus about the two sides potentially collaborating back in 2013. About Twilight Princess HD, CEO Tom Crago said:

“Nintendo approached us. We had worked with them before on Top Gear Rally on GBA, and had remained in close contact in the intervening period. I guess they were impressed by the work we’d done on Mass Effect 3, which was a launch title on Wii U. It’s not every day someone from Nintendo asks you if you’d be interested in making a Zelda game, so definitely it was happy moment. By that stage Tantalus had shipped around thirty games on Nintendo platforms, and so certainly it felt like a natural fit. A huge thrill, but a natural fit. We worked with Nintendo very closely. A dedicated team in Kyoto worked with us throughout the duration of the project, and senior members of our team made several trips to Japan”.

By the way, in the same interview, Crago mentioned that he’s “very excited about” the NX.


Amazon has discounted a bunch of upcoming games that can be pre-ordered on the retailer’s website by 10 percent. This includes Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sun/Moon, and quite a bit more.

You can see what’s coming up for Wii U on Amazon here. The 3DS list is here. All games can be found here.

Keep in mind that the 20 percent Prime discount doesn’t stack, so this is mainly for those who aren’t subscribed to that service.

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