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The Animal Crossing franchise is officially 20 years old. In Japan, the series first debuted on April 14, 2001.

Animal Crossing first started out as an N64 title, which was Japan-exclusive. It received an updated version on the GameCube at the end of 2001, with a worldwide release happening later.

The latest Animal Crossing game, New Horizons, came to Switch last March.

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This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta challenge themselves to see if they can guess Pokemon just by their silhouettes to prepare for New Pokemon Snap. Check out the full episode below.

While Super Nintendo World recently opened in Japan, there are plans to expand the theme park to other parts of the world. One upcoming location is in California, or more specifically, Universal Studios Hollywood.

Updates this week show off the latest progress. First up is the photo above, which was snapped by Twitter user Inside Universal. Also available is a look at construction from YouTuber jsland – see the footage below starting at 7:23.

Build-A-Bear is teaming up with Nintendo to produce new plushies based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. At least initially, fans will be able to get their hands on two products featuring Tom Nook and Isabelle. Both have options for either phrases or music.

Animal Crossing fans can expect the initial Build-A-Bear orders to ship this summer. Build-A-Bear is taking orders starting today, though due to high demand, visitors are being placed in a waiting room. They’re priced at $51 each.

Update: Post updated with the full announcement.


Original: It’s been announced that E3 2021 is set to return following a year-long absence. Several companies have confirmed their intent to attend, including Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros and Koch Media. However, it appears that Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, SEGA, Bandai Namco, and Square Enix will not be involved – at least as things stand now.

The ESA has yet to share full details about this year’s E3. It does note that developers will be “showcasing their latest news and games directly to fans around the world”. The ESA will be working with media to “amplify and make this content available to everyone for free”.

ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said in a statement:

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Lizzie Freeman has had a number of different voice roles in gaming and anime over the past few years, including JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Sword Art Online, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Dragalia Lost. She’s also voicing Zas in Cris Tales, one of the RPG’s main characters.

We recently had a chance to speak with Freeman about her role in Cris Tales and other topics. Outside of the upcoming Switch game, she spoke about how she became involved with voice acting, shared advice for those aspiring to get involved in the same field, spoke about her love for Nintendo, and more.

Here’s our full discussion:

A few new My Nintendo rewards are now available in North America based on Bravely Default II.

The first reward is a printable personality quiz, which is entirely free. A pair of wallpapers are also up for grabs for 50 Platinum Points each.

All of these rewards can be redeemed on My Nintendo here.

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta have YouTubers MissClick & PlayerEssence stop by to play Monster Hunter Rise. Check out the full episode below.

Following the cancellation of E3 last year in light of the coronavirus pandemic, The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighly stepped forward and held Summer Game Fest as one way of replacing the show. It’s now set to return for a second year.

Unlike in 2020, it sounds like Summer Game Fest will be held only in June this time around. That change appears to be a direct response to criticism that last year’s event was too long having taken place over multiple months.

You may recall that Mario had a prominent appearance during the 2016 Summer Olympics. The character popped up during the closing ceremony, and Japan’s prime minister – complete with the plumber’s hat – even came out of a Warp Pipe.

Tokyo is set to host the latest Olympics, and it looks like there were some initial talks of featuring Mario again. Shukan Bunshun managed to obtain a nearly 300-page proposal for the event that ultimately wasn’t realized. It shows that an 8-bit Mario would have closed things out.

Here’s a look at the relevant page:

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