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Update: This actually is a returning brand from the first Splatoon. It’s known as Tentatek in the English version.


Original: The Splatoon Twitter account provided another brief update on Splatoon 2 today – this time, it’s another new clothing brand. “Arome” (the official English name will likely be different) are known for producing high-tech sneakers, such as the model you see below. Many top athletes wear this brand which combines fashion with functionality.

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This week’s Switch/ Wii U/3DS-specific UK software sales are as follows:

Switch

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
3. 1-2-Switch – Nintendo
4. Lego City Undercover – Warner Bros. Interactive
5. Super Bomberman R – Konami
6. Puyo Puyo Tetris – SEGA
7. Just Dance 2017 – Ubisoft
8. Skylanders Imaginators – Activision Blizzard

Wii U

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
2. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
3. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
4. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo
5. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
6. New Super Mario Bros. U + Super Luigi U – Nintendo
7. Just Dance 2017 – Ubisoft
8. Pokken Tournament – Nintendo
9. Splatoon – Nintendo
10. Star Fox Zero – Nintendo

3DS

1. Pokemon Sun – Nintendo
2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
4. Pokemon Moon – Nintendo
5. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
6. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – Nintendo
8. Mario Sports Superstars – Nintendo
9. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits – Nintendo
10. Pokemon Omega Ruby – Nintendo

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This week’s UK software sales are as follows:

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Square Enix updated the Dragon Quest XI website with the latest details and screenshots for its upcoming RPG. Two of the game’s systems are covered: “Zone” and “Link”. We’ve rounded up the latest news below, courtesy of Gematsu.

Zone

– One of the new powers that appears in battle
– State of heightened concentration that temporarily increases your combat ability
– If attacked by an enemy, the protagonist and other party members can enter Zone allowing them to turn a sticky situation into a prime opportunity
– Entering Zone surrounds your body in a blue light and increases your ability
– The effect can carry over to the next battle until it disappears
– Even if you take heavy damage and find yourself in a pinch entering Zone could be your chance for a counterattack
– Zone is even more promising when several party members enter it
– Monsters can also enter zone

Link

– If you enter Zone, you can acquire even further power
– By combining your power with those of your party members, you can unleash powerful Link techniques
– These can become the key to defeating formidable enemies
– Silvia can light up the protagonist’s sword with fire
– Link techniques differ depending on the combination of party members, learned spells and skills, and the number of people that are in Zone
– How you organize your party will directly affect which Link techniques you can unleash
– Monsters can also unleash Link techniques
– Camus and the Protagonist: “Falcon Dance”
– Full Party: “Giga Burst”
– Silvia and Protagonist and Row: “Rose Hurricane”
– Martina and Row: “Matou Enbu”

This week’s issue of MCV contains a list of the best-selling games in the UK during Q1 2017. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a major highlight, as it managed to reach the seventh spot.

The full results are below:

01. Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4/XBO) – Ubisoft
02. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XBO/PS3/360/PC) – Rockstar
03. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – Sony
04. Resident Evil VII (PS4/XBO/PC) – Capcom
05. FIFA 17 (PS4/XBO/PS3/360) – EA
06. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4/XBO/PC) – Activbision
07. Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NS/WII U) – Nintendo
08. For Honor (PS4/XBO) – Ubisoft
09. Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4/XBO/PC) – EA
10. Battlefield 1 (PS4/XBO/PC) – EA

MCV’s list is based on data provided by Chart-Track between January 1 and April 1.

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The original Splatoon introduced map rotations for online play. At four hour intervals, two stages would be available at a given time.

Splatoon 2 retains this for the most part, but with a significant change. Maps will now refresh every two hours instead of every four hours.

As for why the map rotation is being limited once again, Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami explained to EDGE this month:

“We feel that part of the gameplay is actually selecting which weapons would be best for that combination of two maps. In Splatoon 2, the maps rotate every two hours, so it’ll be a much faster cycle than the previous game.”

Thanks to KobobKC for the tip.

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Below are the latest Nintendo products that can be currently pre-ordered at retailers:

* Save 20 percent on pre-orders with Amazon Prime or Best Buy’s GCU. 20 percent off pre-orders on Amazon Canada as well. On Amazon UK, it’s £2 off.

United States

Switch

Disgaea 5 Complete – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Ultra Street Fighter II – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Cars 3: Driven to Win – Amazon, GameStop
Cave Story+ – Amazon, GameStop (pre-order for PVC keychain)
Arms – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Splatoon 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition – Amazon
Rime – Amazon, GameStop
NBA 2K18 – Amazon, Best Buy
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Super Mario Odyssey – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
FIFA – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Switch Edition – Amazon, Best Buy
Redout – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – Amazon, GameStop
Troll & I – Amazon, GameStop

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition – Amazon
Cars 3: Driven to Win – Amazon, GameStop

3DS

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop – Amazon
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only – Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Farming Simulator 18 – Amazon
Ever Oasis – Best Buy (new), GameStop
RPG Maker Fes – Amazon, Best Buy (new)
Hey! Pikmin – Best Buy (new), GameStop
Miitopia – Best Buy, GameStop
Culdcept Revolt – Amazon, Best Buy (new)
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, GameStop
Monster Hunter Stories – Best Buy (new), GameStop
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters – Best Buy (new), GameStop

SNES

Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter – Amazon

Hardware

New 2DS XL – Best Buy, GameStop

amiibo

Fire Emblem Echoes – Alm & Celica – Best Buy
Cloud – Best Buy, GameStop
Bayonetta – Best Buy, GameStop
Bayonetta (Player 2) [Exclusive] – Best Buy (new)
Corrin – Best Buy, GameStop
Smash Bros. bundle – GameStop
Inkling Girl (Neon Pink) – Best Buy, GameStop
Inkling Boy (Neon Green) – Best Buy, GameStop
Inkling Squid (Neon Purple) – Best Buy, GameStop
Pikmin – Best Buy, GameStop

Accessories

Retro Fighters Pro NES Controller to NES Classic Edition Adapter – Amazon
Standalone Switch dock – Best Buy, GameStop
Neon Yellow Joy-Con – Best Buy, GameStop
Neon Yellow Joy-Con straps – Best Buy, GameStop
Joy-Con AA Battery Pack – Best Buy, GameStop

Books

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4 – Amazon
The Art of Splatoon – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5 Amazon
Splatoon 2 guide – Amazon
Shovel Knight: Official Design Works (save $10) – Amazon

Other

Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid (Deluxe Version) – Amazon
Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid – Amazon
Nintendo Ultra Detail Series: Zelda: Majora’s Mask Link – Amazon (new)
Nintendo Ultra Detail Series: Zelda: Twilight Princess Link –
Amazon (new)
Nintendo Ultra Detail Series: Zelda: A Link Between Worlds –
Amazon (new)

Canada

Switch

Disgaea 5 Complete
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Cars 3: Driven to Win
Cave Story+
Arms
Splatoon 2
Rime
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Fire Emblem Warriors
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Redout
Troll and I

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition
Cars 3: Driven to Win

3DS

Fire Emblem Echoes
Farming Simulator 18
RPG Maker Fes
Hey! Pikmin
Miitopia
Culdcept Revolt
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only

Systems

New 2DS XL (new)

Books

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5
Shovel Knight: Official Design Works (save $7)

Accessories

Neon Yellow Joy-Con Strap
Joy-Con AA Battery Pack

UK

Switch

Disgaea 5 Complete
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Warriors
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Troll & I

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

3DS

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls
Fire Emblem Echoes
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village
Faming Simulator 18
RPG Maker Fes
Hey! Pikmin
Ever Oasis
Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused?
Culdcept Revolt

Systems

New 2DS XL – Black and Turquoise (new)
New 2DS XL – White and Orange (new)

amiibo

Fire Emblem Echoes: Alm
Fire Emblem Echoes: Ceclia

Books

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Deluxe Edition guide
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
Super Mario Encyclopedia
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5
Shovel Knight: Official Design Works

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Nintendo is encouraging players to use motion controls playing arms. You won’t be restricted in using other options, however. For months we’ve known that it will be full possible to play with traditional button controls. This month’s issue of EDGE explains how it’s done, at least with a single Joy-Con.

The magazine writes this month:

“Punches can be thrown using the triggers, or two of the face buttons – jump and dash are mapped on to the other two. You click the left stick to guard. Everything you need is here, and it works – but something’s missing. Since the left stick controls the angle of your punches, you can’t move in one direction and punch in the other. You can’t strike at a different angle with your other hand until the first punch is fully extended, either.”

EDGE does say that “ARMS isn’t quite the same” without motion controls. Still, the option is there if you’re not keen on moving around.

Note that EDGE’s information appears to be based on using a single Joy-Con. It’s unclear how the controls change with two Joy-Con or a Switch Pro Controller.

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

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In April, Epic Games Japan held a lecture titled “Switch & Unreal: Making Game Development More Unreal” at Unreal Fest West ’17. It was delivered by representative Takayuki Kawasaki and senior support engineer Noriaki Shinoyama. Nintendo’s Masaru Mitsuyoshi and Yusuke Fukushima were there as well.

The lecture began with the reasons as to why Unreal Engine hadn’t been formally supported on Nintendo platforms until recently from the viewpoints of both Epic and Nintendo. Epic’s Kawasaki started by saying that there was a mismatch in timing. Epic couldn’t negotiate directly with Nintendo until they established Epic Games Japan in 2009, and the Wii U was released just when Epic was ending support for Unreal Engine 3. Epic had always wanted to support Nintendo consoles, and that desire is finally realized with Switch. The company had been provided with development materials from Nintendo since it was still in development under the NX code name.

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We previously posted the Japanese boxart for Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star on Switch. Thanks to Amazon, we have the North American counterpart. Have a look at it above.

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