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Amazon has opened pre-orders for the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course. You can reserve a unit here.

The Starter Course features seven action bricks for different interactions with the LEGO Mario figure. There are 231 pieces in total.

LEGO Super Mario launches August 1.

Nintendo Network

Back in April, Nintendo confirmed a breach involving Nintendo Network IDs. At the time, the company reported that 160,000 accounts had been illegally accessed. A follow-up report was provided today, and it seems more IDs were involved than original expected.

According to Nintendo, 140,000 additional accounts may have been hacked. That brings the overall total to 300,000, though the company says that less than 1 percent of these led to fraudulent purchases.

Okami HD

In an interview with IGN Japan, Ikumi Nakamura answered a bunch of different fan questions. One topic that came up later on in the discussion concerned Okami, including the possibility of a sequel. Nakamura’s response was interesting to say the least.

As relayed by Nakamura’s translator, she actually intends to pitch a new Okami game to Capcom. The only personal guideline she has is for Hideki Kamiya to return as director.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

If there’s one thing Monolith Soft is known for these days, it’s the Xenoblade series. The company has churned out three massive RPGs between the first and second Xenoblade Chronicles titles along with Xenoblade Chronicles X. We also just received a new version of the series’ debut entry for Switch.

Going forward, it sounds like fans can expect more from Xenoblade, with creator Tetsuya Takahashi telling Vandal that Monolith Soft wants to continue to focus on building up the IP’s brand. At the same time, he would be interested in developing “a smaller-scale project if the opportunity rose” so that Monolith Soft can have more variety.

Takahashi’s full words:


WayForward seems to have a lot of ideas about the future of Shantae. The studio is willing to try new genres, and could even explore something like an animated series down the line.

Something else that’s on the table is a remake of the very first Shantae for the Game Boy Color. Speaking with Siliconera, co-creator Matt Bozon said he’s “be down for doing that” and it “isn’t outside the realm of possibility”.

Bozon said:

Shulk - Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. features well-known characters like Mario and Link, but it also gives a chance for other types of franchises to shine. With Xenoblade, the series was able to first represent Shulk in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. He later returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as well.

Speaking about Shulk in Smash Bros., Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition producer Shigekazu Yamada told USgamer:

Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World continues to take shape. After a couple of overhead photos recently surfaced, we have another look at how things are shaping up inside the theme park. Images show close-up and zoomed out views.

Here’s the full set:


It’s tough to believe that the Shantae series is nearly twenty years old. The adventure-platformer franchise first started out in 2002 with its debut entry on the Game Boy Color. WayForward is still continuing on with the IP having recently launched Shantae and the Seven Sirens, and it looks like the studio has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

One possibility for Shantae in the future is an animated series. At the very least, creator Matt Bozon and his wife Erin are interested in the idea.

Bozon told Comicbook in a new interview:

We’ve seen a number of animated Nintendo shows over the years. Zelda, Kirby, and F-Zero have all had their own series, some longer than others. Mario also had a number of appearances on television, including The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, which aired in 1989.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show wasn’t entirely animated. While that was the focus, Lou Albano and Danny Wells played the roles of Mario and Luigi respectively during live-action segments. In Albano’s case, it seems he was so dedicated to the job that he was willing to change his actual name to Mario.

Indie Live Expo II

The first ever Indie Live Expo was held earlier today. It featured tons of news about upcoming games, messages from developers, and more.

It looks like this presentation won’t just be a one-time thing. At the end of today’s event, a logo appeared for Indie Live Expo II. We know that the next broadcast will be held on November 7, but nothing beyond that.

Today’s Indie Live Expo included a number of announcements for Switch, including the reveal of COGEN: Sword of Rewind.

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