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This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta host a new giveaway as school begins to start up for many once again. Check out the full episode below.

We’re sad to learn that Ishizuka Unshou, the longtime Japanese voice of Professor Oak in the Pokémon anime series, has passed away due to complications with esophagus cancer. Best wishes to his friends and family.

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Diablo III Eternal Collection on Switch is significant. It’s the first time in close to twenty years that Nintendo and Blizzard have worked together. Now that the two sides are close, there’s naturally one topic to discuss: Smash Bros.

Game Informer asked Blizzard senior producer Pete Stilwell and PR manager Joshua Wittge who Blizzard would like to see as a guest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Here’s the full exchange:

Last week, we reported on the rebranding of Nintendo of Europe’s online stores as “My Nintendo Stores”. Today, we’re seeing the first implementation of the My Nintendo rewards program with these stores. You can now buy My Nintendo Store vouchers using Gold Points. There are three vouchers available – 1€, 3€ and 5€, which cost 100, 300 and 500 Gold Points, respectively. These vouchers can be used on the European My Nintendo Store on a minimum order total of €20 (not including shipping costs). One voucher can be used per order. You can get the vouchers here.

Some other rewards have also been added to My Nintendo in Europe – among them the eight printable Octopath Travelers box art covers which have been available in other regions for a while now. Here are all the new rewards:

Print-it-yourself cover – Octopath Traveler – 50 Platinum Points

Wallpaper – Splatoon 2 (Octolings) – 50 Platinum Points

30% Discount on Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console) – 50 Platinum Points

40% Discount on Metroid: Other M (Wii U) – 80 Gold Points

30% Discount on Nintendo Selects: Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS) – 60 Gold Points

50% Discount on Balloon Kid (Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console) – 15 Gold Points

40% Discount on Polarium Advance (Wii U Virtual Console) – 30 Gold Points

40% Discount on Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U) – 200 Gold Points

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GameStop is taking pre-orders for the Dark Souls – Solaire of Astora amiibo once again. You can reserve it here. If you’re having issues, give the mobile site a try here.

Toshihiro Nagoshi has been crucial to the company having directed the Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza franchises. He was also a producer on F-Zero GX on GameCube.

This month’s issue of EDGE has an interview with Nagoshi. There was some noteworthy talk about all of these franchises and games, with Nagoshi discussing Super Monkey Ball’s creation, managing to impress Nintendo with F-Zero GX, and having pitched Yakuza to Nintendo at one point.

With EDGE #323, the magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Artist Dave White was brought in to create four special covers, including Mario. Guile from Street Fighter, Solaire of Astora from Dark Souls, and Master Chief from Halo are the other designs.

The latest issue of EDGE officially goes on sale this Thursday. Subscribers will receive one of these covers at random.


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Nintendo’s latest financial report reveals the latest milestone for hardware sales. Across all of its systems released since the NES, a total of 727.65 million units have been sold.

Handhelds account for a majority of Nintendo’s sales at 427.11 million. Home consoles follow at 300.54 million.

Donkey Kong Country designer Gregg Mayles is back again with more insight into the early days of the game’s development. Earlier today, Mayles shared some art of early Kremling concepts, including “the origins of a far more serious and tough-looking” King K. Rool who went by “Krudd”. Also planned at one point was a military theme, though that was dropped in the end.

Below is the concept art:

Gregg Mayles left a big mark on the Donkey Kong Country series. He served as a designer on the series, and created the likes of Diddy Kong and King K. Rool.

With King K. Rool having been announced for Smash Bros. Ultimate a few days ago, Mayles is taking a trip down memory lane. It turns out that Donkey Kong Country was going to be called Monkey Mayhem, and King K. Rool’s initial name was Kommander.

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