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A recent issue of Famitsu had a pretty big interview for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. Director Kazumasa Iwao and producer Shigeru Ohmori were present to talk about the big games coming to 3DS this month.

Kazumasa and Ohmori went in-depth about development, new features, and more. There was even some reflection about last year’s Sun/Moon, such as the increase in difficulty for Lana’s Trial.

You can read our full interview summary below.

When Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was on Kickstarter, a “friends mode” stretch goal was funded. It promised Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops as playable characters. There’s more to this than just a new mode, as WayForward is calling it “Friends to the End” as an entirely new expansion.

First details about Friends to the End have just been posted on Kickstarter in a new update. WayForward provides the following information:

A Nintendo Direct presentation focusing on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is taking place next week, Nintendo has just revealed. The presentation will be held on November 7.

Expect the Direct to take place at the following times:

– 6 AM PT
– 9 AM ET
– 2 PM in the UK
– 3 PM in Europe

The presentation will be streamed in the YouTube embed below. We’ll share the stream on Tuesday as well, and we’ll likely have a live blog going.

An official post on Chucklefish’s forums for Stardew Valley has a status update about the upcoming Switch patch.

Last month, the company highlighted various issues that have been reported. Everything listed as “In Develop” below has been fixed. The update is in QA testing currently, but an exact date for the update’s release has yet to be determined.

Also, one of the things being addressed is saving times. A comparison video showing how this has been improved can be found below, along with the entire status update for the patch.

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers – €39.99
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – €59.99 (available November 17, pre-load)
Monopoly – €39.99
Monster Jam: Crush It – €39.99

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

Switch Retail

Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition – $49.99 (available November 7)
Sonic Forces – $39.99 (available November 7)

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Art of Fighting 3 – $7.99
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern – $7.99 (available November 7)
Morphite – $14.99
Sparkle 2 Evo – $4.49
Super Beat Sports – $14.99
Wheels of Aurelia – $9.99

Just like Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe has offered new information about the launch of Super Mario Odyssey in Europe.

Nintendo says that Super Mario Odyssey has become the fastest-selling Super Mario game ever across Europe. It surpassed the launch weekend sales of Super Mario Galaxy 2, which came to Wii several years ago. Super Mario Odyssey is also the fastest-selling Switch game in Europe.

Source: Nintendo PR

The latest trailers for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are now live. Below, we have a first look at Team Rainbow Rocket.

Nintendo has revealed new sales data for Super Mario Odyssey in the United States. During the game’s first five days, the game sold over 1.1 million copies. It’s now the fastest-selling Super Mario game ever in the US, not to mention Switch’s fastest-selling game.

Nintendo also confirmed that Switch sales in the US are over 2.6 million.

Read today’s full announcement below.

Currently there is no easy way of backing up save data on Switch. If your system experiences a major issue for whatever reason, your saves may very well be in jeopardy. That naturally raises concerns for Switch owners. When you’ve poured hundreds of hours into games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, you don’t want to lose all of that progress.

Mashable brought up the issue in an interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. Reggie acknowledged that Nintendo is aware of these concerns, though there’s nothing to announce about backing up save data at present.

Reggie noted the following:

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