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Update (7/26): Added in a European compilation of Splatfests below.


Original (7/24): Splatoon’s very last Splatfest has come to an end. All have the battles have finished, and the final results are in.

The outcome was close for both votes and wins. However, Team Marie had slight edges in both (54 percent and 51 percent respectively). Because of that, they prevailed with a final score of 360 to 340.

Here’s a new video from Nintendo in celebration of the final Splatfest:

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FAST Racing Neo received some big news today. Not only is a physical release planned for Europe (hopefully we’ll have a North American confirmation soon), but new DLC is in the works as well. Shin’en is preparing 10 new vehicle profiles, 18 new audio tracks, and eight new racing tracks.

We now have a first look at the new levels in the gallery below. Additionally, you can check out the retail version’s boxart above.

It was announced earlier today that SteamWorld Heist and SteamWorld Dig are getting a physical version in Europe as the packaged “SteamWorld Collection”. The boxart is now available, which we’ve attached above.

And good news for folks in North America. Image & Form confirmed through Twitter that SteamWorld Collection is being released stateside, courtesy of Rising Star Games.

Here’s the official news:



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Update: Here’s Eurogamer’s mockup of the NX (not official or final in any way):

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The site also has a follow-up on specs here.


Eurogamer has a new report on NX – the first concrete rumors about the system since its announcement last year.

The site claims that “NX will be a portable, handheld console with detachable controllers”. That information comes from “a number of sources” speaking with the site.

Pokemon GO has now topped 75 million downloads worldwide, according to a Sensor Tower report.

Over the weekend, it surpassed 50 million installs on Google Play alone. Pokemon GO is the fastest game to reach that mark (19 days) plus “the fastest to that milestone ever for combined worldwide iOS and Android downloads.”

This chart shows how Pokemon GO won out the race to 50 million downloads on mobile:

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Sensor Tower also mentions that Pokemon GO is at the number one spot for downloads in revenue in all available App Store territories. That includes France and Hong Kong – two regions that just recently received the app.

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RIVE is the last game from Toki Tori developer Two Tribes. The studio has been working on its upcoming project for a couple of years, and previously announced plans for Wii U. It’s shaping up to release in September, but there’s a chance that Nintendo’s current-gen console may be off the table.

Two Tribes co-founder Collin van Ginkel told Nintendo Life:

“It’s very important to us that Nintendo users will get a great version of RIVE, but unfortunately we don’t know at this point when or how we’ll be able to deliver this. There are two main reasons for this, one technical and one business related.

The Nindies demo in 2015 was specifically optimized to perform well in hand-picked levels and didn’t manage 60FPS consistently. We’ve added a lot of stuff since then and we haven’t been able to reach the performance level required yet. We won’t release RIVE unless it’s a solid 60FPS, and if that means delaying it to a future platform, we will make that call and make sure Nintendo fans get the perfect experience.

The market has also changed. The game was supposed to ship over a year and a half ago, and things are a lot different now. Nintendo is exiting the Wii U market early in favor of the NX which means a long tail in sales is not looking likely. So that is the business part; do you release a game on a platform in its last days or on a new one that’s better suited and can reach gamers for years to come?”

When asked how long it’ll be before RIVE hits Nintendo hardware, van Ginkel said: “At the moment I can’t easily answer that. We’re going to try one last time to perfect the Wii U version, but if that fails we’ll need to focus on the future.”

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

Dragon Skills – €7.99 / £6.79
3Souls – €3.60 / £3.20
Secret Files: Tunguska – €4.99 / £4.49 until August 4, then €9.99 / £8.99

Wii U Virtual Console

Bonk’s Adventure – €5.99 / £5.39
New Adventure Island – €5.99 / £5.39
R-Type – €7.99 / £7.19

3DS Download

Power Disc Slam – €11.99 / £9.99
Psycho Pigs – €7.99 / £7.19

3DS Demo

Crazy Construction

New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console (buy 2, get 1 free until August 11)

Street Fighter Alpha 2 – €7.99 / £7.19
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – €7.99 / £7.19
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers – €7.99 / £7.19

3DS DLC

Fire Emblem Fates: IV: Light’s Sacrifice – €1.99 / £1.79
Fire Emblem Fates: V: Endless Dawn – €1.99 / £1.79
Fire Emblem Fates: End: Lost in the Waves – €1.99 / £1.79

Splatoon’s final Splatfest drew to a close yesterday. Even though the dust has settled on the last major event, Nintendo ended up making two notable changes to the game.

First, players are now given more bonus points for winning a Regular Battle, earning 1000 points per win (compared to the previous 300). We’re also hearing that by coming out on top in 30 matches, you can acquire a Sea Snail. Judd will keep track of how many battles you win. Talking to him is how you’ll obtain Super Sea Snails.

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Nintendo made an announcement a couple of weeks ago that not many saw coming. In November, the company will be bringing back the NES. Nintendo is readying a mini version of its classic console as a plug-and-play device under the name “Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition”.

The NES Classic Edition will cost $60, but you’re getting quite a lot for that price. 30 games are included in the box, meaning its $2 for each one. There are some absolute classics in there such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and much more.

How’s everyone feeling about the NES Classic Edition? Will you be picking up one come November? Would you be interested in seeing Nintendo adopt the same idea for some other older systems? Tell us your thoughts below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Pokemon GO

Nintendo has announced that a new Miitomo update is on the way. It’ll probably be up sometime this week, but here’s a preview for now:

– A new game, Candy Drop, will be added. Drop candy to get game tickets!
– You’ll be able to hear Answers when visiting a friend’s room without using candy
– You’ll be able to choose whether or not you want to receive the Miifoto of the Day!
– You’ll be able to select which friends can visit your room!
– There will be improved image quality when saving a Miifoto to your device!
– Additional optimizations and bug fixes are also planned

Aside from that, Miitomo added a new stage today. “Stealing the beach scene! Vacation Vogue #2” includes the following:

– Celeb-style bikini top (set)
– Celeb-style bikini bottom (set)
– Floral bikini top (set)
– Floral bikini skirt (set)

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