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For the second straight year, Nintendo has taken home the top prize from Game Critics’ “Best of E3 2017” awards. Last year, it was Zelda: Breath of the Wild named “Best of Show”. The same honor was given to Super Mario Odyssey.

Super Mario Odyssey was also chosen as “Best Console Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game”. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle also took home a couple of awards as did Metroid: Samus Returns.

Below are the full Nintendo highlights:

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The latest Japanese hardware sales from Media Create are as follows:

Switch – 22,361
PS4 – 19,095
New 3DS LL – 11,474
PS4 Pro – 6,585
Vita – 4,077
2DS – 2,545
New 3DS – 710
Xbox One – 265
PS3 – 201
Wii U – 150

For comparison’s sake, here are the hardware numbers from last week:

Switch – 37,709
PS4 – 18,251
New 3DS LL – 11,592
PS4 Pro – 5,795
Vita – 4,149
2DS – 2,655
New 3DS – 815
Xbox One – 308
PS3 – 298
Wii U – 199

And here are the software charts:

Nintendo has scheduled some last-minute maintenance for Switch / Wii U / 3DS. All three platforms will be impacted, affecting certain network services. Online play, rankings, etc. may be unavailable.

The maintenance schedule is as follows:

– 5:50 PM PT (June 28) – 8 PM PT (June 28)
– 8:50 PM ET (June 28) – 11 PM ET (June 28)
– 1:50 AM in the UK (June 29) – 4 AM in the UK (June 29)
– 2:50 AM in Europe (June 29) – 5 AM in Europe (June 29)


An important piece of Splatoon 2 news was burried in Glixel’s new interview with producer Hisashi Nogami and programming director Shintaro Sato. At one point, Sato spoke about a new mode in the game known as “League Battle”.

Here’s what Sato shared:

“There’s also a new mode in Splatoon 2 called League Battle. This will be a mode that players can play either in groups of two or four, and it will present you with a two-hour period in which your group competes with other groups to see how many points you can earn. Because the results of that League Battle play will be displayed in a ranking at the end of every two-hour period, we can give players goals to strive for, and hope to encourage them to keep competing and pushing.”


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The next blog post from Nintendo counting down to the release of DLC Pack 1 for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now live. This one talks about the character Tingle since his entire outfit is equipment included in DLC Pack 1. The post also talks about the love-hate relationship for the character and his games that were released in Europe and Japan.

Sav’aaq! I’m Shirakawa, game designer for The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild. In this title, I worked mainly on NPC and field-event designs.

Today, I would like to talk about Tingle’s Outfit, which you can acquire by finding one of the chests offered in the DLC pack 1, The Master Trials. (This DLC is available only through the purchase of the Expansion Pass. Full version of the game is required to use this DLC.)

Another new interview is in with Akihiro Hino. This time, GameSpot is the latest outlet to have spoken with the Level-5 CEO. Topics include potentially bringing past projects to Switch, why Katrielle is the new protagonist of the Layton series (and whether or not she’s really Professor Layton’s daughter), and reminiscing on Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

Find these excerpts from the interview below. You can read GameSpot’s full interview here.

It wasn’t too long ago that Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory announced Lost Sphear. The game was showcased at E3 earlier this month, and Kotaku also conducted an interview with director Atsushi Hashimoto. Hashimoto discussed how the team is making improvements from I Am Setsuna, the game’s length, and having it on Switch.

Read on below for some comments from Hashimoto. Check out the full article on Kotaku here.

Minecraft is receiving a new update on Switch and Wii U tonight. In conjunction with that, both versions will be undergoing maintenance.

The schedule is as follows:

– 6:50 PM PT (June 27) – 8:30 PM PT (June 27)
– 9:50 PM ET (June 27) – 11:30 PM ET (June 27)
– 2:50 AM in the UK (June 28) – 4:30 AM in the UK (June 28)
– 3:50 AM in Europe (June 28) – 5:30 AM in Europe (June 28)

All network services for Minecraft will be down during the maintenance period.


A new Sonic Forces interview has gone up on Nintendo UK’s website. Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka and producer Shun Nakamura participated in the discussion.

We have some highlights from the interview below. Iizuka and Nakamura spoke about how Sonic Forces isn’t a sequel to Sonic Generations, the custom character system, appealing to all types of players with this game and Mania, and fans comparing New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey to Sonic Adventure.

Gust shared two new videos for Nights of Azure 2. One strictly shows gameplay while the other has event scenes. Both can be found below.