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Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom is right around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from making the news in other ways! In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, we’ll discuss Nintendo’s recently announced presence at Gamescom 2023, as well as the massive success of the Super Mario Bros. Movie at the box office and what that might mean for the future. We’ll also share details on some surprising Switch games announced recently, including a port of Biomutant, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and an indie game about dogs playing poker.

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With The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom right around the corner, we have made a full game walkthrough of the original game for those that want to cross this game off their Zelda backlog. Inspired by the YouTuber Loogaroo’s classic “How to Beat Dragon Warrior… in less than 5 minutes” guide, Tom has made a video in a similar style for The Legend of Zelda on NES.

Note: this is not a speedrun.

Nintendo financial results May 2023

Nintendo has just posted its financial results for full fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. This covers the latest status report on Switch sales, overall performance of the company, and more.

The full highlights are as follows:

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Mario movie second highest-grossing animated film

The latest report for The Super Mario Bros. Movie indicates that it’s now the second highest-grossing animated film of all time in North America. Also, a few other interesting tidbits have come in.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is only the fourth film to cross the half-billion mark domestically in the pandemic era behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($814.1 million), Top Gun: Maverick ($718.7 million) and Avatar: The Way of Water ($683.9 million). Additionally, it’s the first Illumination and Universal animation release to cross $500 million domestically, not adjusted for inflation. The Hollywood Reporter further states that the movie is the second highest-grossing animated film of all time domestically. Finally, it’s the third-biggest Universal release of all time behind Jurassic World and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Mario movie records Japan

The Super Mario Bros. Movie recently came out in Japan, and it turns out it’s already setting records in the region.

The film grossed over 1.84 billion yen, or roughly $13.5 million, during its opening weekend. It beat out other releases to take the top movie spot.

Mario movie 1 billion

Original (4/29): The Super Mario Bros. Movie surpassed $900 million in revenue this week, and through Friday, was at $970 million. The film is now expected to hit $1 billion tomorrow.

With the success it’s seen, that was really just a matter of time. It was at $871 million last weekend.

Ace Attorney worldwide performance

Famitsu interviewed Capcom COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto this week, and some of the more interesting comments came about when the Japanese magazine asked about a couple of the company’s older IPs.

Tsujimoto indicated that being able to sell things digitally allows for more possibilities these days. He brought up Mega Man and how Capcom has a better understanding of how much something like the just-released Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection could sell (which is already at over one million copies by the way). 

Perhaps the most significant comment was Tsujimoto stating that Ace Attorney “is currently doing exceptionally well across the globe.” Capcom is focusing on the fact that the series was created by Shu Takumi to promote the upcoming re-release of Ghost Trick on new platforms since he led the way on that title as well.

Ace Attorney Apollo Justice and Maya Fey Nendoroids

Good Smile has provided an update on the Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice and Maya Fey Nendoroids with the company giving out a release date and new photos – plus pre-orders just opened today.

The Apollo Justice figure features the smiling face, serious face, and shocked face. Optional parts include a desk, documents, text plates, and other optional parts for different poses. Maya’s face plates are the energetic face, proud face and surprised face while the optional parts are “victory” paper, witness stand, detention center illustration sheet, and other optional parts for different poses. Both also include a stand since they don’t balance on their own.

LEGO Super Mario Donkey Kong's Tree House

A new product listing has revealed the LEGO Super Mario Donkey Kong’s Tree House set. Donkey Kong will be included here along with Cranky Kong.

Donkey Kong sets were previously teased for MAR10 Day. We then just got a further tease this week. 


Masahiro Sakurai Kirby's Dream Land secret dev stories

Kirby’s Dream Land is celebrating its latest anniversary today, and director Masahiro Sakurai is honoring the occasion with a special feature in which he shares secrets about the making of the game. This also ties in with the milestone of him reaching 100 videos on his YouTube channel.

Kirby had a orchestral concert for its 25th anniversary in 2017, and Sakurai prepared some development stories to present on stage. Thankfully he still has them, so he decided to provide everything in his new YouTube video.

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