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The latest Japanese hardware sales from Media Create are as follows:

Switch – 49,913
New 3DS LL – 33,352
PS4 – 28,805
Vita – 8,004
2DS – 6,131
PS4 Pro – 5,823
New 3DS – 2,796
PS3 – 2,212
Wii U – 368
Xbox One – 135

For comparison’s sake, here are the hardware numbers from last week:

Switch – 61,998
PS4 – 28,902
New 3DS LL – 18,360
Vita – 8,398
PS4 Pro – 6,398
2DS – 4,094
New 3DS – 1,227
PS3 – 639
Wii U – 430
Xbox One – 117

And here are the software charts:

The team behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has made it official: the game is heading to Switch. Additionally, plans for the Wii U version have been cancelled. News about a Switch version of Bloodstained first emerged earlier this month.

In a Kickstarter update, it’s noted that “the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.” It made sense to include Wii U during the campaign as Switch wasn’t in the picture at all, but that’s no longer so. “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch,” the Kickstarter update reads.

Those who supported Bloodstained on Kickstarter can change their backer survey platform from Wii U to Switch or any other version. A refund should also be possible under most circumstances.

Read the full Kickstarter notice about Bloodstained on Switch below.

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire kicks off on Friday. During the first event, Nintendo will be hosting a stream with members of the Treehouse.

You can watch it here at the following times:

– 12 PM PT
– 3 PM ET
– 7 PM in the UK
– 8 PM in Europe

While Switch was in early development, Nintendo reached out to Cyanogen about a partnership. According to former Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, the two sides would have worked together on a custom-made OS, which would have been based around Android. Nothing ever materialized as McMaster told Nintendo to “stick it.”

McMaster wrote on Twitter:

McMaster added that Switch mostly uses a custom kernel. However, it does contain “bits of Android” as well.

As is the case in North America, Nintendo is planning a Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition for its European audience. A video showing its contents can be found below.

The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition is mostly the same in North America and Europe. Both versions have a copy of the game, artbook, Sound Selection CD, Pin Set, and reversible cover sheet. In Europe though, the two new amiibo are included.

We first found out about Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – a remake of Atlus’ 2010 DS RPG – a few hours ago. First details have now leaked from Famitsu.

On 3DS, this new version has enhanced graphics, beautiful visuals inserted for event scenes, and the ability to change the difficulty level. A-1 Pictures produced the opening animation. Players can also choose from two modes when they first begin:

– Perfect Mode: newly added Sub-History in addition to the Standard History and Alternate History of the original title right from the beginning of the game
– Append Mode: start with Standard History and Alternate History, and after clearing those, you can move on to the new Sub-History. Difficulty level can also be changed.

Update 4: Now live on Amazon Canada (thanks Ynini).


Update 3: Not live yet, but Amazon has a placeholder here.


Update 2: Now live on GameStop and available to pre-order here.


Update: A very similar Limited Edition has now been announced for Europe – details here.


Original: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is receiving a Limited Edition Bundle in North America, Nintendo has announced. Along with a copy of the game, it includes a hardcover Valentia Artbook, Sound Selection CD, Pin Set depicting characters Alm, Celica and Marth, and and a reversible cover sheet that looks like the packaging for the original Famicom game this new one is based on.

The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition bundle will be sold at select retailers for $59.99. It will be available on May 19.

Nintendo shared the following overview for Fire Emblem Echoes today, which also contains official English details about amiibo support:

A few hours ago, Atlus put up a teaser website for a new Radiant Historia title, urging people to check the new issue of Famitsu for more information. Thanks to preview images of this week’s Famitsu, we now know that the game the website teases is called Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a remake of the original DS game with new scenarios. It will be released in Japan on June 29th this year.

Check back soon for more information once we have the full issue of this week’s Famitsu magazine.

Source Viatop

A few weeks ago, the Game Creators Conference 2017 was held in Japan. It was here that Nintendo’s Masaru Mitsuyoshi and Capcom’s Masaru Ijuin held a joint session about Switch. Plenty of information was shared, including how dev kits cost just 50,000 yen. You can read our original post here. With GamesIndusty Japan posting a follow-up article, there are a few exta tidbits we wanted to share.

Nintendo and Capcom had been discussing Switch’s performance and specs. It was important for Nintendo as a platform holder to gather opinions from various developers.

The verdict is out on just how much third-party support Switch will receive. If there’s anything we can count on though, it’d be indie support.

The Switch Nindies Showcase from the end of February proved just how much smaller developers are comitted to the platform. SteamWorld Dig 2, Runner3, Flipping Death, and Wargroove were just some of the games announced.

These aren’t dinky little games we’re talking about here. The SteamWorld series has received wide acclaim. Everyone knows just how good the Runner games are. Flipping Death is the spiritual successor to Stick it to the Man. Wargroove should interest Advance Wars fans who haven’t been shown much love lately.

And again, this is just a tip of the iceberg. Yooka-Laylee, Stardew Valley, Pocket Rumble, Shakedown Hawaii, TumbleSeed, Graceful Explosion Machine, Overcooked, and Thumper are among the many titles in the pipeline. Even better, most of these titles are coming this year.

So what’s on your radar right now? Are there any games in particular that tickle your fancy? Let us know below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – March 2017

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