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Detective Pikachu will be the very first, official live-action Pokemon movie. Yet even though Ash Ketchum has largely been associated with the series thanks to the anime, the film will feature a different character instead.

When asked by IGN why Ash Ketchum isn’t in the movie, director Rob Letterman explained:

More tidbits have emerged from Shigeru Miyamoto’s keynote at CEDEC 2018. Miyamoto spoke about some of the problems that arose while making Super Mario Run, being surprised by Pokemon GO’s success, and more.

Here’s the rundown, courtesy of Siliconera:

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta take on a challenge of completing a puzzle in Picross S2 in the time spent waiting at five red lights. Check out the full episode below.

At the Pokemon World Championships today, a small update was given for the Detective Pikachu movie. The final title is simply Pokemon Detective Pikachu, and we have a first look at the logo above.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu will debut next summer.

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Nintendo has announced three The Legend of Zelda-themed orchestral concerts for Japan. Titled The Legend of Zelda: Concert 2018, these concerts will take place on November 22nd and December 14th in Tokyo and on November 25th in Osaka. The concerts will be centered around three instruments that have played key roles in past Zelda games: the ocarina (Ocarina of Time), harp (Skyward Sword) and accordion (Breath of the Wild). Tickets cost between 7,500 Yen for regular seats and 12,000 Yen for so-called “Master Seats”, which also include several Zelda-themed goodies.

The conductor for the concerts will be Taizo Takemoto, who served in the same role for the Majora’s Mask 3D concert in 2o15 and the Zelda 30th anniversary concert in 2016. The concerts in Tokyo will be performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, while the Osaka show will be performed by the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra.

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Atelier celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and not too long ago asked fans to participate in a character popularity poll. 40 characters were nominated in total across the entire franchise. This week, the results were posted.

Here’s how the rankings panned out:

Two years after its initial appearance, the Kirby Cafe is returning in Japan. It’s been announced that the event is coming back to Tokyo in September.

When it was open, the Kirby Cafe was incredibly successful. It housed food based on the series, along with special goodies for purchase and more. The only downside is that the cafe can only be found in Japan, and that’s unlikely to change in the future.

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Nintendo has experimented with a couple of different business models on mobile. Super Mario Run is a one-time download, whereas Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp are free-to-play.

Super Mario Run hasn’t generated the same type of profits as something like Fire Emblem Heroes. However, Shigeru Miyamoto has indicated that Nintendo will continue pursuing the fixed-cost model.

July turned out to be a fantastic month for Switch. In the United States, it was the best-selling hardware platform in terms of both dollars and units sold.

According to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, “this is the seventh month that Switch has led in hardware dollar sales since launching in March 2017, and the first since December 2017. Unit sales of Nintendo hardware in July 2018 reached its highest point for a July month since 2009.”

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MEL Magazine has a huge article up looking back on GoldenEye 007. Lead environment artist Karl Hilton, gameplay / engine programmer Mark Edmonds, and developer David Doak were brought in for the retrospective piece.

The interview has a number of highlights, some of which we have below. There’s talk about toning down the violence with Nintendo being concerned about the amount of killing, how using Oddjob is cheating in their view, and huge success including Nintendo being unable to keep up with the initial demand.

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