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This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta invite some creator friends to join them in an Animal Crossing: New Horizons gift exchange. Check out the full episode below.

Super Nintendo World

Following up on last week’s presentation, more information has been shared about Super Nintendo World. Selected Club Universal members and annual pass holders have been invited to visit the theme park early.

The Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge and Yoshi’s Adventure rides will be the primary attracts at Super Nintendo World. We’ve also heard about the Kinopio Cafe, which will offer a Bacon & Cheese Mario Burger, Piranha Plant Caprese, Question Block Tiramisu, and more. Those looking to pick up merchandise can stop by the 1Up Factory Shop, which features Mario themed hoodies, mustachioed glasses and gloves, and the Tokotoko Mario toy.

Here’s a look at some of the food items and merchandise:

First 4 Figures has revealed its latest statue and next addition to its Okami line. The company latest product is based on Okamiden: Chibiterasu vs. Dark Chibiterasu & Possessed Kuni.

Like previous First 4 Figures statues, it’ll come in standard and exclusive versions. The exclusive edition has certain parts that light up.

Below are all of the relevant details and a couple of videos:

Super Nintendo World has quite a few technological elements that go beyond just the theme park itself. We know about things like the wrist bands to collect digital coins and compete with others, the AR-themed Mario Kart ride, and a mobile app.

Speaking of that mobile app, fans have made an interesting discovery after picking through the download’s various files. It turns out that stickers exist for the Donkey Kong series. You’ve got Donkey Kong himself, Diddy Kong, and a few other related items.

So far, Nintendo hasn’t officially announced any major Donkey Kong aspects of Super Nintendo World. There have been plenty of rumors in the past though, and future expansions could make some additions based on the franchise.

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Two more physical rewards have joined My Nintendo in North America. In addition to a Mario & Luigi notebook, members can get their hands on a 2021 calendar. They cost 800 Platinum Points and 400 Platinum Points respectively.

Here’s a bit of additional information and some photos:

The latest episode of Nintendo Power podcast is now live. This time around, the winners of the fan-favorite games of 2020 are revealed.

Here’s the full episode:

It’s a tough thing to think about, but there’ll come a day when Shigeru Miyamoto and other veteran Nintendo staff retire. In Miyamoto’s view though, the company is in a good spot.

Speaking with The New Yorker, Miyamoto said: “we are moving toward a position that will insure the spirit of Nintendo is passed down successfully.” He pointed to the likes of Shuntaro Furukawa and Shinya Takahashi, who are in their forties and fifties respectively. Rather than being concerned about a replacement or how Nintendo will persist, he’s focusing on “focusing on the need to continue to find new experiences.”

According to Miyamoto:

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When you think about Nintendo, serious themes probably don’t come to mind. The company doesn’t tend to release titles that explore sadness, loss, and grief.

During an interview with The New Yorker, Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto said that “passive media is much better suited to take on those themes.” As far as the Big N is concerned, he mentioned that the company’s games “are designed to provide a warm feeling; everyone is able to enjoy their time playing or watching.” Given that, and how Nintendo is about putting smiles on players’ faces, he doesn’t regret being able to tackle the more serious kinds of topics.

Miyamoto’s full words:

As the creator of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, Shigeru Miyamoto holds a lot of power at Nintendo. There’s a lot that comes his way, plenty he gives feedback on, and projects that require his approval. Ultimately, he’s a boss for a lot of employees at Nintendo.

So what kind of boss is Miyamoto? He addressed that very topic during an interview with The New Yorker, stating:

If there’s one type of genre Nintendo doesn’t really dabble with, it’d be shooters. The company has Splatoon, but that’s mostly it. That comes in contrast to the industry as a whole which does offer a high amount of games involving guns and shooting.

Shigeru Miyamoto was asked about that topic in an interview with The New Yorker. He admitted that there’s an inherent joy in hitting a target, but he has “some resistance to focusing on this single source of pleasure.” Although it’s not a bad thing that studios focus on that mechanic, he feels “it’s not ideal to have everybody doing it just because that kind of game sells well.” Miyamoto also believes it’d “be great if developers found new ways to elicit joy in their players.”

Miyamoto’s full words:


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