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Splatoon 2 will be ready sometime this summer. However, Nintendo has been giving fans an early taste of the game with Splatoon 2 Global Testfire. Hour-long sessions have been taking place since yesterday, allowing players to battle against others online.

How many of you have had a chance to give Splatoon 2 Global Testfire a go? What do you think of the controls and new Muscle Musselforge Fitness stage? Did any of you skip the first title and might be willing to give this one a shot? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Highlights from last week’s topic: Which indie games are you looking forward to on Switch?

Switch isn’t the easiest thing to find at retail right now. Due to that as well as the strong response to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, pre-owned Wii U sales have been “reinvigorated,” according to GameStop senior director of merchandising Eric Bright.

Bright told GameRant that GameStop has been moving many pre-owned Wii U systems and new copies of Zelda. The situation overall “completely racked up the Wii U market.”

Bright said:

“With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out, we’re seeing great results in our pre-owned Wii U sales. We’re selling a lot of pre-owned Wii U consoles along with brand new Wii U copies of Zelda. Breath of the Wild has reinvigorated sales of the Wii U with Nintendo Switch being sold out at so many retailers. The Switch launching and Zelda launching completely racked up the Wii U market.”


The first Splatoon 2 Global Testfire session is now up and running. Coinciding with that, members of the Treehouse are back for a special live stream. Watch Nintendo’s official event as it happens below.

As a reminder, here’s the full rundown of Splatoon 2 Global Testfire sesions:

March 24

• 12-12:59 PM PT / 3-3:59 PM ET / 7-7:59 PM in the UK / 8-8:59 PM in Europe

• 8-8:59 PM PT / 11-11:59 PM ET / 3-3:59 AM in the UK (March 25) / 4-4:59 AM in Europe (March 25)

March 25

• 4-4:59 AM PT / 7-7:59 AM ET / 11-11:59 AM in the UK / 12-12:59 PM in Europe

• 12-12:59 PM PT / 3-3:59 PM ET / 7-7:59 PM in the UK / 8-8:59 PM in Europe

• 8-8:59 PM PT / 11-11:59 PM ET / 4-4:59 AM in the UK (March 26) / 5-5:59 AM in Europe (March 26)

March 26

• 4-4:59 AM PT / 7-7:59 AM ET / 12-12:59 PM in the UK / 1-1:59 PM in Europe

In the past, Nintendo of America’s Treehouse group was well-known for being closed off. But that started to change in recent years thanks to somewhat regular live streams, beginning with hours of video content during E3.

Things have now been taken one step further. Today, the Nintendo Treehouse Log opened on Tumblr.

What is this all about anyway? Here’s a quick overview from Nintendo’s Bill Trinen:

“I realize that we can’t yet really say with certainty what exactly the Nintendo Treehouse Log will become. What I can say is that it will be a place where we’ll post content periodically, rather than on a set schedule. The content will offer insight into games and franchises you love, presented from a unique Treehouse perspective. We may not cover every game or every IP, and we won’t pull the curtain all the way back, but our hope is that the Nintendo Treehouse Log will evolve into something fans will enjoy”.

And below is the first full entry:

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters – €6.99 / £6.29
Has-Been Heroes – €24.99 / £19.99 (available March 28)
Human Resource Machine – €9.99 / £8.99
Little Inferno – €9.99 / £8.99
World of Goo – €9.99 / £8.99


Super Mario Run (Android)

Wii U Download

Six Sides of the World – €4.99 / £4.49
Sudoku Party – €5.00 / £4.50

Wii U Demo


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

Switch Retail

Has-Been Heroes – $19.99 (available March 28)

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters – $7.99
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers – $9.99
Othello – $4.99


Super Mario Run (Android)

Wii U Download

Armored ACORNs: Action Squirrel Squad – $7.99
Aqua TV – $4.99

Wii U Demo


Super Mario Run is finally available on Android – and a day early to boot. You can find it on the official Google Play page here.

Super Mario Run version 2.0.0 is also live slightly earlier than expected. Below are the full patch notes:

Nintendo has provided Kotaku with an updated statement about the situation surrounding Joy-Con connectivity issues on Switch.

According to the company, the issues stemmed from a “manufacturing variation”, which caused “wireless interference with a small number of the left Joy-Con.” Nintendo has already addressed things “at the factory level” and says it won’t be a problem moving forward.

Nintendo’s full statement reads:

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.

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