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Nintendo has had continued success with Switch since the system launched in 2017. The pattern has continued through this year, and 2020 may actually be the platform’s best year yet from a sales perspective.

That’s further backed up by the NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella. In a tweet shared earlier today, Piscatella revealed that in the United States, Switch sold more hardware units in Q3 than any platform since the DS in 2009.

2020 has been a strong year for the gaming industry overall. Total industry consumer spending on video gaming in the U.S. reached $11.2 billion in the third quarter, a 24 percent increase year-over-year.

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Nintendogs is one of Nintendo’s most successful DS games having sold over 20 million units. The journey to get there wasn’t easy though. Even within Nintendo’s internally, there were doubts as to whether the game would actually succeed.

David Yarnton, former Nintendo UK general manager, told GamesIndustry that “a lot of the hardcore gamers in our team poo-pooed it.” Once they got some hands-on time though, it didn’t take long for them to be “converted”.

Yarnton said:

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were among the many games included in the latest Nintendo leaks. A number of builds have been unearthed, with the earliest one going back to March 14, 2006, which is more than five months before the final release.

Twitter Lewchube has been rounding up the many discoveries on Twitter. They include a possible father figure, a potential different type pairing for Turtwig, graphical changes, different area layouts, and more.

Here’s the full roundup:

There continue to be new developments stemming from this week’s Nintendo leak. An early version of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl has been discovered, revealing beta sprites from the games.

Here’s the full set:

This is just one of several recent Nintendo-related leaks that have sprung up. Others include an online Pokemon PC title, beta sprites and early designs for a number of classics, and information/assets pertaining to Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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The NPD Group has provided new data revealing the top ten best-selling SpongeBob games of all time in the United States. Titles represented in the list were from former generations, including Wii, DS, GameCube, and GBA.

Here’s the full top ten:

NPD Group recently revealed the top five best-selling Star Wars video games of all time in the United States.

A pair of these titles appeared on Nintendo platforms. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga comes in at #3, while Star Wars: The Force Unleashed sits at #5.

Here’s the full list:

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku spoke about the evolution of the franchise in an interview with Spanish outlet La Vanguardia. In her view, the new Switch game marks the start of the series’ third generation.

Here’s our full translation of Kyogoku’s comments, courtesy of Nintendo Everything reader jesusxd96:

Late last month, Nintendo was hit with another leak, which included the source code for Pokemon Gen 4. Fans have been parsing through the files since then and have been making discoveries such as a scrapped event with Cyrus. There’s been another interesting find recently relating to Pokemon spawn rates.

Interestingly, encounter rates go up by 5 percent on holidays such as Independence Day and St. Patrick’s Day. The full list is as follows (as shared by shinyhunter_map):

After the source code for the Gen 3 Pokemon games leaked online a few days ago, some fans have been picking away at the code and files in hopes of finding some interesting secrets. There’s at least been an interesting discovery within the past few days.

Over on Twitter, users shinyhunter_map and RETIREglitch helped uncover an unused event with Team Galactic boss Cyrus. Here’s a clip from Pokemon Diamond/Pearl’s internal data on the skirts of Floaroma Town:

2020 has been very active as far as Nintendo leaks are concerned. We’ve seen files and code being distributed online involving Pokemon Gen 2 and Pokemon Gen 3, not to mention assets involving Wii (though its severity was later downplayed). 

Unfortunately for Nintendo, it appears that the leaks won’t be ending anytime soon. The latest report concerns data coming online for the 3DS operating source code and Pokemon Diamond/Pearl.