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It’s time for the latest Famitsu‘s most wanted games chart. Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch is now in the top five, Splatoon 2 and Fire Emblem Echoes move up several spots, and Dragon Quest XI for Switch plus Xenoblade Chronicles 2 make their first appearances.

Head past the break for the full chart. All votes were cast between February 2 and February 8.

Over the past couple of weeks, Famitsu and 4Gamer both conducted interviews with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi. A lot of what was said has been covered extensively in previous interviews with Shigeru Miyamoto and series producer Eiji Aonua, but there were still some noteworthy excerpts. This was also one of the first times that we actually heard from Fujibayashi about the game.

According to Fujibayashi, the developers’ main goal was to break conventions, but they weren’t sure how far they should go to do so. During development, they took a look at what was core to Zelda games, and decided it was the sense of relief you feel after solving a puzzle. So with that as a base, they tried bringing dungeon gameplay to the field, and field gameplay to the dungeons. Puzzles were created with certain solutions in mind, but left open to the possibility of being solved by using other methods. They tried to fix the parts of puzzle-solving people found boring while keeping the interesting parts intact, and changed anything they saw as “standard” to be “nonstandard.”

Pre-order updates (2/26/17)

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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

Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass – Amazon
Super Bomberman R – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
1-2-Switch – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ – Amazon, GameStop
Skylanders Imaginators – Amazon, GameStop
Just Dance 2017 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Has Been Heroes – GameStop
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Puyo Puyo Tetris – Amazon, GameStop
LEGO City Undercover – Amazon, GameStop
Disgaea 5 Complete – Amazon
Arms – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition (new) – GameStop
Splatoon 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, Splatoon
NBA 2K18 – Amazon, Best Buy
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Amazon, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, Best Buy
Super Mario Odyssey – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Amazon, Best Buy
FIFA – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Switch Edition – Amazon, Best Buy
Redout – Amazon, GameStop
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – GameStop

Switch add-ons

Switch Pro Controller – Best Buy, GameStop
Joy-Con (L/R) – Gray – Amazon
Joy-Con (L) – Gray – Amazon
AC adapter – Amazon

Switch accessories

Switch Hybrid Cover – Amazon
Switch Game Traveler Deluxe System Case – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Elite Player Backpack – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Starter Kit – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Premium Console Case – Zelda Edition – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Secure Game Case – Mario Edition – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Secure Game Case – Zelda Edition – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Official Play & Charge Car Adapter – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Starter Kit – Mario Icon Edition – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Premium Zelda Chat Earbuds – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Gel Guards – Red – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Gel Guards – Blue – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Gel Guards – Gray – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Armor Guards (2) Pack – Red – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Armor Guards (2) Pack – Blue – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Premium Console Case – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Deluxe Game Case – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Premium Console Case – Zelda Edition – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Zelda Collector’s Edition Screen Protection & Skins – Amazon
PDP Afterglow LVL 1 Chat Communicator for Nintendo Switch – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Starter Kit – Link’s Tunic Edition – Amazon
PDP Nintendo Switch Premium Console Case – Mario Edition – Amazon
HORI Game Card Case 24 (Zelda Breath of the Wild Version) – Amazon
HORI Tough Pouch (Black) – Amazon
HORI Game Card Case 24 – Amazon
HORI Compact Playstand – Amazon

Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass – Amazon
Darksiders Warmastered Edition – Amazon

3DS

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (pre-order for capybara plushie) – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
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 (new) – Amazon
RPG Maker Fes (new) – Amazon
Culdcept Revolt (new) – Amazon
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, GameStop

amiibo

Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Link (Rider) – Best Buy, GameStop
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Link (Archer) – Best Buy, GameStop
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Zelda – Best Buy, GameStop
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Bokoblin – Best Buy, GameStop
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Guardian – Best Buy, GameStop
Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards (new) – Amazon
Fire Emblem Echoes – Alm & Celica – Best Buy

Accessories

Retro Fighters Pro NES Controller to NES Classic Edition Adapter – Amazon

Books

Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Collector’s Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide – Amazon
Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide – Amazon
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector’s Edition guide – Amazon (save $16)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – Amazon (save $10)
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

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
1-2-Switch
Super Bomberman R
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
Skylanders Imaginators
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
LEGO City Undercover
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Fire Emblem Warriors
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Redout

Switch add-ons

AC adapter
Joy-Con (L/R) – Grey
Joy-Con (L) – Grey
Joy-Con (R) – Grey
Joy-Con (L/R) – Neon Red
Joy-Con Strap (Grey)

Switch accessories

PDP Switch accessories
HORI Switch accesories

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

3DS

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Mario Sports Superstars (with amiibo card)
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only
RPG Maker Fes (new)
Culdcept Revolt (new)

amiibo

Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Link (Rider)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Link (Archer)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Zelda
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Bokoblin
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Guardian

Books

The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts
Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Collector’s Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector’s Edition guide (save $20)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide (save $13)
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

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
1-2-Switch
Super Bomberman R
Skylanders Imaginators
Just Dance 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
LEGO City Undercover
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Warriors
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA

Switch add-ons

Switch Pro Controller
Joy-Con Wheel Pair
Joy-Con Charging Grip
Joy-Con (L) – Grey
Joy-Con (R) – Grey
Joy-Con strap (Neon Blue)
Joy-Con strap (Neon Red)
Joy-Con strap (Grey)
Accessory set
AC adapter

Switch accessories

HORI Switch accessories

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

3DS

Mario Sports Superstars (with amiibo card)
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleeshy Souls

Systems

Switch (grey)

amiibo

Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards

Books

Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Collector’s Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – standard
Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – Collector’s Edition
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

Service for Wii Karaoke U is coming to a close in Europe. Announced through a Miiverse post, the app will be discontinued at the end of March.

Players are advised to use any remaining tickets before we enter the month of April. My Nintendo will be removing the 1-hour Ticket, 2-hour Ticket, and 24-hour Ticket just before April begins as well. Also, beginning on March 1, the 30-day Ticket will no longer be available to purchase or validate.

The full Miiverse announcement post is as follows:


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Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn’t support English subtitles with Japanese voices, but you can play the game in different languages entirely by changing Switch’s system settings. We show that off below.

Update: Added in details from the review at the bottom of the post. Some of the information is slightly spoilerish, so keep that in mind before you proceed.


Original: This month’s issue of EDGE is in. Only one Nintendo game is reviewed, but it’s a big one – Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The lineup of scores are as follows:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [10]
Horizon Zero Dawn [9]
Nioh [9]
Sniper Elite 4 [7]
Torment: Tides of Numenera [8]
Aaero [7] / PC
Dexed [6] / PSVR
Dandy Dungeon [9] / iOS

The Switch and Wii U versions of Zelda were both tested apparently. We’re waiting on the finer details of EDGE’s review, so we’ll let you know when we have some specifics.

Here’s a look at the beautiful cover for the month:

The latest issue of Famitsu has shared a listing of the top 30 best-selling games in Japan for the month of January 2017. You can check out the full results below.

A new piece of Zelda: Breath of the Wild concept art has landed on the series’ Facebook page. As pictured above, it’s the same enemy type from The Game Awards 2016 footage. This is just one of many enemies you’ll encounter in the game.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played either on a television or on the dedicated Switch screen. However, when using the former option, you may encounter frame rate dips occasionally. In a new GameXplain video posted below, we’re able to see how the two experiences compare.

The preview embargo for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has now lifted, and new footage is starting to come in.

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