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Nintendo has posted a video that finally gives us a look at the eShop on Switch. It shows the merging of Wii U and 3DS eShop funds, and confirms that you’ll be able to download games in sleep mode.

Here’s the full look at the eShop plus the “News” feature on Switch:

It was assumed that Nicalis was teasing Hydra (or Hydra Castle Labyrinth) for Switch last month after the company tweeted out an image of the game on the system’s home screen. Now that’s been officially confirmed.

Nicalis’ Tyrone Rodriguez showed Hydra running on Switch during a Polygon live stream yesterday. Additionally, the first gameplay of 1001 Spikes and Cave Story debuted as well. Check out the recording below.


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

PS4 – 37,008
New 3DS LL – 15,984
Vita – 10,704
PS4 Pro – 6,481
2DS – 4,303
New 3DS – 1,254
PS3 – 505
Xbox One – 469
Wii U – 464

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

PS4 – 21,204
New 3DS LL – 16,426
Vita – 8,284
PS4 Pro – 5,999
2DS – 4,665
New 3DS – 1,203
PS3 – 500
Wii U – 491
Xbox One – 76

And here are the software charts:

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers now has a release date… in Japan. During the latest episode of Capcom TV, it was announced that the fighter will arrive on May 26. The North American date has not yet been determined.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers’ retail version will cost 4,990 yen. The eShop version is priced at 4,620 yen.

Capcom TV also showed the latest footage from Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. We should have the archive soon.

New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers was already announced for the Japanese launch of Switch. However, Arc System Works has now confirmed today that the game will release in North America and Europe on March 3. It will cost $9.99 £7.99 / €9.99.

We have the following trailer:

And a ton of information from the new website:

My Nintendo has been updated in Europe with several new rewards. Discounts are available for Wii U, 3DS, and New 3DS.

The lineup is as follows:

SteamWorld Dig 2 received its debut trailer earlier today, and now we have the first gameplay to go along with it from Polygon. Watch the video below.

During a session at GDC this week, Niantic’s Dennis Hwang provided a look at how Pokemon GO changed throughout development. The company messed around with different versions of the overworld map, a variety of takes on the appearance of the battle screen, and even original plans for the trainer avatar.

As for the trainer, originally Niantic had an avatar more in line with the character from Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire. However, it was scrapped during early stages of development.

Hwang said during his talk:

“[In] the original IP, the trainers have a much younger look as the target audience tends to skew younger. But for us, the avatars, we wanted to kind of elevate them to an older generation slightly.”

“We didn’t want some super stylized big-headed, small-bodied characters running on the map when you’re the real game hero. We kind of wanted to match the virtual with the physical.”

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Following today’s announcement of SteamWorld Dig 2, Image & Form issued a blog post with a brief Q&A. On top of that, a new episode of The Engine Room went live discussing how SteamWorld Quest is actually this game. We’ve posted it all below.

For which platforms will it be released?
SteamWorld Dig 2 will debut on Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned for more platform announcements in the near future. We’re exploring the possibilities of a multiplatform release on day one. Stay tuned!

What was “SteamWorld Quest” and “SteamWorld Project 2017?”?
There’s a really fun connection between SteamWorld Quest/SteamWorld Project 2017 and SteamWorld Dig 2. Get the full story behind it in the latest Engine Room episode on YouTube.

Will the sequel be longer than the original SteamWorld Dig?
Sure thing! It’s a meaty exploration platformer with a wide variety of upgrades and worlds to discover. Expect a vivid underworld in which you’ll encounter all kinds of enemies, treasures and traps. We’ll reveal more details in the coming months!

Where’s Rusty?!
We have not forgotten about Rusty. He’s very important to the events unfolding in SteamWorld Dig 2. We don’t want to spoil anything this early, but rest assured knowing he’s present in the game.

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Update (2/28): Here’s the embed from YouTube:


Original (2/27): The next piece of content stemming from Game Informer’s month-long coverage of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now online. In today’s feature, the magazine spoke with Shigeru Miyamoto and series producer Eiji Aonuma about the younger generations of game developers within Nintendo.

For now, you can watch the interview on Game Informer here. We should have an embed option from YouTube within a couple of days.

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