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Update: As expected, Nintendo has responded to this month’s NPD report – specifically Switch and Zelda sales. See their comments here.

Original: Preliminary data is beginning to be reported for March 2017. In the United States, we’re hearing that Switch was the top-selling platform, beating out the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The system sold over 500,000 units in North America during its first week alone.

Nintendo previously confirmed that Switch experienced the best first 2-day sales in the Americas for any system in its history. Records were outpacing the Wii, and continued to be broken.

Nintendo may have more to say about Switch’s sales within the next week.


Nintendo is ending shipments of the NES Classic Edition, the company has confirmed.

In a statement to IGN, Nintendo writes that the final shipments will be sent out to territories across North America throughout the month. Then that’s it – no more shipments this year.

The full statement from Nintendo reads:

“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”

Thanks to Jes T for the tip.


GameStop has opened pre-orders for all of the new amiibo announced yesterday. Reserve them here.

We should note that two amiibo are confirmed as GameStop exclusives. Cloud (Player 2) and Twilight Princess Link will only be sold at the retailer.

One last note: pre-orders for the Neon Yellow Joy-Con are also live on GameStop here.

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows (more updates to follow):

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Samurai Shodown IV – €6.99 / £6.29
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 – €23.99 / £20.03
Mr. Shifty – €14.99 / £13.49

Switch Demo

Puyo Puyo Tetris

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Samurai Shodown IV – $7.99
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 – $24.99
Mr. Shifty – $14.99

Switch Demo

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Arms was one of the first games Nintendo announced for Switch back in January. During its Nintendo Direct presentation today, the company announced that the game will launch on June 16. A new character Min Min was also introduced.

It’s been a long while since the last general Nintendo Direct. Today, Nintendo is finally hosting a new presentation that will reveal news for both Switch and 3DS. Arms and Splatoon 2 are the focus, though we should be seeing other games as well.

You can watch today’s Nintendo Direct as it happens below. We have streams for all three versions: North America, Europe, and Japan. On top of that, we’ll have a live blog going below – big thanks to Zack for handling that for me. Important news will receive separate posts on the site.

Enjoy the Nintendo Direct! According to the Japanese stream, it will run for about 35 minutes.

North America

Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania are both featured in this week’s Famitsu. It’s the former title that has received more coverage with additional details. 

Sonic Forces is a stage clearing-type action game in which Sonic runs around 3D areas. Progressing through fields, with not only Sonic’s own speed but also platforms like springs and dash panels, give a sense of exhilaration. Enemies that obstruct him can be destroyed by using attacks like Homing Attack and Boost effectively.

The first official Switch bundle has been outed by Nintendo’s own official store in Russia.

Consumers will be able to choose between two options: one with gray Joy-Con and another with the neon colors (note that these pages may be inaccessible unless you’re located in Russia or use a proxy). Both come with a physical copy as opposed to a pre-installed version.

Nintendo may be announcing this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle during its Nintendo Direct tonight. It’s unclear if North America will be receiving the package at this time.

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

Switch – 41,193
New 3DS LL – 19,533
PS4 – 18,022
PS4 Pro – 6,490
Vita – 5,987
2DS – 4,629
New 3DS – 1,523
PS3 – 704
Wii U – 358
Xbox One – 132

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

Switch – 45,509
New 3DS LL – 25,719
PS4 – 25,006
Vita – 7,780
2DS – 6,240
PS4 Pro – 5,051
New 3DS – 1,995
PS3 – 1,724
Wii U – 449
Xbox One – 187

And here are the software charts:

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