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Medicom has given a first look at a new 1/6 scale Link figure the company is working on, which features the design from Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’ll be included as part of the Real Action Heroes series. There’s nothing yet in terms of a release date or price, but more information should surface in the months ahead.

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Update (6/24): Nintendo reached out to Game Informer to clarify their story. It’s not 100 employees from Monolith Soft working on the game – just confirmed to be 100 from Nintendo in general.


Original (6/17): We already knew that Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft was involved with Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but now we have further confirmation of that. Shigeru Miyamoto told Game Informer that more than 100 staffers from the company are working on the project.

He said:

“Yes they are involved in this Zelda. People from Tokyo and Kyoto are working together on this. There is a team of over 100 [from Monolith] helping work on this project, and their work has really been helpful.”

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Square Enix held its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting earlier today. During the event, a question was asked about cross-save functionality between both versions of Dragon Quest XI.

Of course, Dragon Quest XI will be rather different on 3DS and PlayStation 4, and the two systems are from separate hardware manufacturers. Yet despite that, it still seems like Square Enix could implement some cross-save functionality between both games. The company’s Yu Miyake indicated that the “Spell of Restoration” may be used here to accomplish the feature.

Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii also mentioned last month that he wanted to bring back the Spell of Restoration in Dragon Quest XI. This refers to the classic password system used in the series’ early days.

Square Enix was also asked if new information about Dragon Quest XI will be revealed at the Tokyo Game Show and beyond. Miyake said they are considering it, and would like to share an update before the 30th anniversary is up.

Thanks to Jose for the tip.

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Over the past year, SEGA has often spoken about wanting to ensure that the series returns to quality. This is something that Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka and Sonic chief brand officer Ivo Gerscovich reiterated in the latest issue of MCV.

First, Iizuka said: “We want to release good titles to all the players, and that is the challenge for us moving forward – making sure our games are great.”

Gerscovich spoke about the Sonic franchise as well, offering the following comments:

“SEGA is really – as of this last year – putting a huge emphasis on quality. One of the things about Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is that we held the title for a year, which is not something SEGA has traditionally done, but this focus on quality is really about trying to take Sonic back to where it used to be.”

“We are really focused on turning Sonic into an entertainment icon, not just a games icon. We want to go across all platforms and elevate his status even further, which explains why we are doing so much.”

Gerscovich also said that there are a “lot of new announcements” to come for Sonic.

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Update: Bumped to the top. Added in Friday’s updates.


Nintendo Badge Arcade has been receiving daily updates since heading to the 3DS eShop. Because it’s continually updated with content, we’re rounding up all of the additions and changes in a weekly post.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week of June 20:

June 20

– 5 Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D panels
– 6 original Zelda panels
– 4 Zelda: Tri Force Heroes panels
– 3 Zelda: Twilight Princess HD panels
– 2 Zelda: Wind Waker HD panels
– 3 Zelda icon panels
– 2 Zelda: A Link Between Worlds panels
– 4 Pokemon panels (1 day left)
– 1 Cat Mario Show panel (1 day left)
– 2 free plays
– The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds theme offer (available until 6/23)

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Nintendo UK caught up with Monster Hunter Generations producer Shintaro Kojima at a recent community event and asked him which items players should carry on hunts in the game. Hear his answer below.

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Level-5 just published a bunch of new Yo-kai Watch 3. You can view a couple of trailers and commercials below, along with a making-of video.

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

01./00. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Don Don! Mystery Adventure (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.06.16} (¥4.800) – 32.369 / NEW
02./01. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice # (Capcom) {2016.06.09} (¥5.800) – 25.288 / 222.119 (-87%)
03./02. [PSV] Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and Prophecy’s End (Square Enix) {2016.05.27} (¥6.800) – 13.175 / 193.339 (-36%)
04./00. [PSV] Hakuoki: Shinkai – Hana no Shou # (Idea Factory) {2016.06.16} (¥6.300) – 10.526 / NEW
05./05. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 9.766 / 321.860 (-16%)
06./03. [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and Prophecy’s End (Square Enix) {2016.05.27} (¥7.800) – 8.673 / 253.845 (-48%)
07./04. [PS4] Overwatch (Square Enix) {2016.05.24} (¥7.800) – 8.484 / 97.136 (-32%)
08./06. [PS3] Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and Prophecy’s End (Square Enix) {2016.05.27} (¥6.800) – 6.167 / 109.311 (-38%)
09./08. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 6.006 / 798.870 (+2%)
10./10. [WIU] Splatoon # (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 5.486 / 1.388.585 (+5%)
11./00. [PSV] Root Letter # (Kadokawa Games) {2016.06.16} (¥4.800) – 4.855 / NEW
12./11. [3DS] Yo-Kai Sangokushi (Level 5) {2016.04.02} (¥4.600) – 4.370 / 541.752 (-11%)
13./12. [WIU] Super Mario Maker # (Nintendo) {2015.09.10} (¥5.700) – 4.281 / 896.116 (+4%)
14./00. [PS4] Root Letter # (Kadokawa Games) {2016.06.16} (¥4.800) – 4.052 / NEW
15./16. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo) {2016.02.18} (¥4.700) – 3.845 / 174.403 (+18%)
16./13. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980) – 3.567 / 144.445 (-9%)
17./19. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 3.076 / 120.799 (+5%)
18./17. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980) – 2.818 / 95.539 (-10%)
19./15. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥7.980) – 2.685 / 157.562 (-23%)
20./23. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 (Square Enix) {2016.03.24} (¥5.250) – 2.594 / 607.574

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Level-5 Vision 2016 will be held next month. We’ll be seeing all sorts of announcements and updates from Level-5, including news on Snack World and more. CEO Akihiro Hino provided a sneak peek of the event during a live stream today.

First, a brand new Layton title will be revealed at Level-5 Vision 2016. It’s not Layton 7 which we saw a couple of years ago. Instead, it’ll be a true, proper entry in the series. It will also have a new protagonist, and it’s not Layton’s son Alfendi. The Japanese voice cast list will be full of all-stars from movies.

Hino also finally confirmed that a new Inazuma Eleven game is in the works. The setting will go back to the era of the first entry, but the protagonist will be a new character. The setting won’t be anything like going to space. Finally, an anime will be made based on the new Inazuma Eleven.

It’s important to note that platforms are not confirmed for both projects. However, given the history of Layton and Inazuma Eleven, there’s a good chance that they’ll end up on Nintendo systems. You can take a look at some concept art from the two games below.

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Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is featured in this week’s issue of Famitsu bringing along the latest information. In addition, screenshots have come online today.

First, a Sonic 25th anniversary theme is planned. This will be distributed to early buyers of the game. You can see what it looks like above.

We also have these screenshots:

And some details:

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An irregular weather phenomenon assaults the world, and Sonic and Amy go to an ice island to investigate the mystery. Suddenly, a mysterious energy gushes out and showers both of them, giving them the ability to control fire and ice. Sonic reunites with his group afterwards, but there’s also an eerie shadow lurking around…

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