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Last night, Fire Emblem Heroes added in some new content, including additional paralogue maps. Watch some footage of the latest updates below.

With Yo-kai Watch 3 version 3.0 coming out today, Level-5 has prepared a couple of new commercials. Both are attached below.

Another round of Switch maintenance is lined up for next week. Certain network services such as online play, rankings, etc. may be impacted.

The schedule is as follows:

– 5 PM PT (April 17) – 7 PM PT (April 17)
– 8 PM ET (April 17) – 10 PM ET (April 17)
– 1 AM in the UK (April 18) – 3 AM in the UK (April 18)
– 2 AM in Europe (April 18) – 4 AM in Europe (April 18)

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Last month, Nintendo opened up Zelda and Mario portals on its Japanese website, which serve as information hubs for these two franchises and its characters. Today, the Mario portal was updated because of the impending release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch.

The character portal was updated to include Daisy, Yoshi, Wario and Waluigi. You can read brief descriptions of them there and listen to some voice clips. Much more impressive is the Mario Kart retrospective that was added to the portal. It lists every title released so far in the Mario Kart franchise and you can listen to some music clips while looking at screenshots and artwork from each game.

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Nintendo UK recently published an interview with Christian Stewart from Cardboard Robot Games, developer of the upcoming Switch 2D retro fighting game Pocket Rumble, on their website. Make sure to read the full interview here if you’re interested; below are some interesting excerpts:

On why the game is designed like a Neo Geo Pocket Color game:

Two buttons was a big, big thing about Neo Geo Pocket. Somehow SNK got really complex, complicated fighting games that felt close to the Neo Geo arcade games in portable format, with two buttons. There was some magic there that we wanted to replicate in which we could make a game that has only two buttons, but still have the complexity that something like Street Fighter, with six buttons, could have.

On why the game is a natural fit for the Switch because of its local multiplayer capabilities:

Right, that’s exactly why we need to be on Nintendo Switch! This is the first time a handheld has really had the feel of playing on one console in local multiplayer. It’s perfect. We didn’t know anything about the Nintendo Switch when we were first designing the game but as soon as we heard about its capabilities we were like “this is perfect, this is exactly what we need to be on. This is a local, multiplayer, portable console and here we have this very important local multiplayer game that’s focussed on portability.” So it was a perfect fit!

On the challenges of making a game with the limitations of a Neo Geo Pocket Color-inspired art style:

The resolution of those sprites is very, very small. It is very hard to convey certain things. Subtle nuances are very difficult to convey at such a small resolution. It’s absolutely worth it, because I think the Neo Geo aesthetic on top of the nostalgia just complements what the game is trying to do very well.

We’re trying to get rid of a lot of executional barriers and keeping things to their bare fundamentals, but those fundamentals are still very complex because they’re the inherent mechanics of 2D fighting games.

We’re simplifying as much as we can. So those simple, lower resolution graphics and limited colour palettes work really well with how much we’re focussing on the core combat mechanics.

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Fire Emblem Heroes new content, focusing on characters from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, is now live. A summoning focus featuring four characters – Alm, Lukas, Clair, and Faye – will run until April 26. There are also new Paralogues where players face off against the characters. There are also Quests based around completing the Paralogues, which will be live until the 26th as well.

Miitomo has been updated with more content. Users will find a new stage, along with some brand new items.

“Folklore in the forest! Fairy Fashion #3” is the new stage. It includes the following:

– Flower fairy dress (set)
– Flower fairy sandals (set)
– Flower fairy wings (set)
– Fairy friend

And as far as the new items go, you can nab the following:

– High-tech headphones
– Camo tracksuit + plain tee
– Ripped and faded jeans

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

01./01. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross (Capcom) {2017.03.18} (¥5.800) – 65.672 / 1.322.152 (-49%)
02./05. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 23.016 / 354.404 (-21%)
03./04. [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo) {2017.03.30} (¥4.980) – 18.765 / 51.181 (-42%)
04./07. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 12.418 / 166.319 (-25%)
05./00. [PS4] LEGO Worlds (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.04.06} (¥2.980) – 11.578 / NEW
06./02. [PS4] Warriors All-Stars # (Koei Tecmo) {2017.03.30} (¥7.800) – 8.577 / 48.946 (-79%)
07./10. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
(Ubisoft) {2017.03.09} (¥8.400) – 7.907 / 153.408 (-33%)
08./12. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 6.972 / 3.236.826 (-21%)
09./11. [PS4] NieR: Automata
(Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800) – 6.593 / 294.694 (-34%)
10./14. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 6.487 / 95.806 (-20%)
11./03. [PS4] Blue Reflection: Maboroshi ni Mau – Shoujo no Ken # (Koei Tecmo) {2017.03.30} (¥7.800) – 6.100 / 40.691 (-82%)
12./13. [PS4] Horizon: Zero Dawn #
(Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.03.02} (¥6.900) – 6.018 / 196.661 (-31%)
13./15. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700) – 5.717 / 1.015.110 (-19%)
14./06. [PSV] Warriors All-Stars #
(Koei Tecmo) {2017.03.30} (¥6.800) – 4.527 / 22.393 (-75%)
15./22. [NSW] Super Bomberman R
(Konami) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 4.233 / 66.617
16./16. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) – 4.218 / 98.725 (-34%)
17./20. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 4.094 / 318.014 (-19%)
18./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 4.017 / 159.150
19./29. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 4.014 / 313.703
20./00. [3DS] Kawaii Pet to Kurasou! Wan Nyan & Mini Mini Animal (Nippon Columbia) {2017.04.06} (¥4.800) – 3.631 / NEW

With more information releasing on ARMS, Nintendo has put profiles of the announced characters up on the official Japanese website. These supply the team/organization that each one fights for, their age, weight, and height, as well as what they like. While the information on the website is only in Japanese, StreetsAhead has translated them as follows:

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This week’s Switch eShop charts are as follows:

Software

1. Snipperclips
2. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
3. FAST RMX
4. Snake Pass
5. Graceful Explosion Machine
6. Has-Been Heroes
7. ACA NeoGeo Metal Slug
8. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
9. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
10. LEGO City Undercover
11. 1-2-Switch
12. Blaster Master Zero
13. ACA NeoGeo Metal Slug 3
14. ACA NeoGeo The King of Fighters ’98
15. Mr. Shifty

* Note: similar to our usual Wii U and 3DS eShop charts, the data above is based on North American sales.

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