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In its first week, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe climbed to the top of the UK charts. It was the first Nintendo game to reach that mark since Pokemon White in 2011.

An additional piece of information has now come in about the racer’s performance. It not only had a bigger week than Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, but also 3DS’ Mario Kart 7.

We should be receiving sales data for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Japan later this week. For North America, it’s unclear when Nintendo will make any numbers known.

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System3 shared new details about its upcoming Switch game Constructor today. Specifically, we have information about the undesirables, “colorful characters, who you’ll send to terrorize rival builders.”

The lineup is as follows:

The Hippy – They hold street parties, squat, or picket an opponent building.
Killer Clown – All round dangerous individuals that cause damage all over the place.
The Ghost – Scares tenants to within an inch of their lives and sends them packing.
Mr Fixit – The repairman you should never hire – he’ll bodge the whole job.
The Phsyco – Stay away from him, because he’s just plain crazy!
The Thugs – These give Phil Mitchell a run for his money as the nastiest piece of work around.
The Thief – Lock up your valuables, because these guys steal everything.
The Gangster – Your chosen hitman. Need someone silenced, buildings burned to the ground? He’s your man.
Constructor is in development to launch in 2017, to commemorate 20th Anniversary of the multi-million-selling city builder’s original release, sharing a dark and wonderful world with feverish fans and a whole new audience.

Constructor will be out on Switch sometime this summer.

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Nintendo is back at it with maintenance, this time specifically for Switch. Using credit cards on the eShop will be unavailable today, while general maintenance is planned for next week.

The schedule is as follows:

Switch online play, rankings, etc.

– 5:50 PM PT (May 1) – 7:30 PM PT (May 1)
– 8:50 PM ET (May 1) – 10:30 PM ET (May 1)
– 1:50 AM in the UK (May 2) – 3:30 AM in the UK (May 2)
– 2:50 AM in Europe (May 2) – 4:30 AM in Europe (May 2)

Switch eShop (using credit cards)

– 3:30 PM PT (May 8) – 6 PM PT (May 8)
– 6:30 PM ET (May 8) – 9 PM ET (May 8)
– 11:30 PM in the UK (May 8) – 2 AM in the UK (May 9)
– 12:30 AM in Europe (May 9) – 3 AM in Europe (May 9)

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo used aircraft to ship Switch consoles to North America and Europe in March in order to replenish stock in stores as quickly as possible, according to a company spokesperson. This is noteworthy because shipping units this way is a lot more expensive than the usual method of sea freight, which Nintendo has gone back to since April. According to Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda, air freight could add a cost of about ¥5,000 per unit. Still, it seems like Nintendo was willing to take that hit in profit in order to ship out as many Switch units as possible. In Nintendo’s recent financial results meeting, the company revealed that 2.74 million Switch units were sold in March – sounds like that number would’ve been quite a bit lower had they gone with the conventional shipping method of sea freight throughout the month.

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It’s time for the latest Famitsu‘s most wanted games chart. Splatoon 2 drops out of the top five, but The Alliance Alive jumps up to the fourth position.

Head past the break for the full chart. All votes were cast between April 13 and April 19.

The English voice actor for Sidon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was somewhat of a mystery. It was originally thought that the character was voiced by Bill Rogers, but it turns out it was a different person entirely.

Interestingly enough, the confirmation of Sidon’s actual voice actor comes from Sean Chiplock. Chiplock played the roles of Revali, Teba, and the Great Deku Tree in Breath of the Wild.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is off to a fantastic start in the UK. With the latest UK charts beginning to surface, this marks the first time that a Nintendo boxed game has reached the top spot since 2011. Pokemon White on DS was the last title to accoplish the feat. Additionally, it’s the first Mario game at the top spot since Mario Kart Wii.

GamesIndustry also reports that “Nintendo used the launch of its racer to ship more Switch stock to retailers, which has seen The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild return to the Top Five (at No.5) with a 68% increase in sales week-on-week.” Puyo Puyo Tetris debuted at the 18th spot, “with the majority of sales coming on Nintendo Switch.”

The preliminary charts are as follows:

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 (new), 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, GameStop
Farming Simulator 18 – Amazon
Ever Oasis – GameStop
RPG Maker Fes – Amazon
Hey! Pikmin – GameStop
Culdcept Revolt – Amazon
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, GameStop
Monster Hunter Stories – GameStop
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters – GameStop
Miitopia – Best Buy, GameStop

SNES

Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter – Amazon

Hardware

New 2DS XL (new) – Best Buy, GameStop

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Fire Emblem Echoes – Alm & Celica – Best Buy
Cloud – Best Buy, GameStop
Cloud (Player 2) [Exclusive] – GameStop
Bayonetta – Best Buy, GameStop
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 (new) – Amazon (new)
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

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 (new)
Miitopia (new)
Culdcept Revolt
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only

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 (new)

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 (new)
Ever Oasis (new)
Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused? (new)
Culdcept Revolt

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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Koei Tecmo and Gust Corporation sent out a new Nights of Azure 2 update today. We’re primarily introduced to Lily character (support character) Eleanor Ernesto and new general character Roeldilith, but new screenshots and art are available as well. The full roundup is below, courtesy of Gematsu.

New Lily Character

– Eleanor Ernesto (voiced by Aimi Tanaka)
– Chocolatier wandering the world in search of the ultimate chocolate ingredients
– She is well known, even in the world of demons
– Merchant
– Uses her money on her chocolate makin
– Lively and cheerful
– Has a side to her that behaves recklessly where chocolate is concerned
– Uses a huge mixer hammer
– She will support Alushe in battle as a Lily
– Eleanor earns money as a merchant, but it’s all for the sake of chocolate
– She is searching for the ultimate chocolate ingredients, as it is her greatest passion to make the ultimate chocolate

New Character Alushe Will Encounter

– Roeldilith (voiced by Chie Matsuura)
– Founder of the Lourdes Order
– Frail and thin
-Has a bandaged wrapped around her eye
– Soaks her body in pure water
– She is against the Curia
– Trying to prevent the “Bride of Time” from being sacrificed

On the official Japanese Twitter account, Nintendo sent out official ARMS character sketches. They were all apparently drawn up by art director Masaaki Ishikawa. Spring Man, Ribbon Girl, Mechanica, Ninjara, Min Min, and Helix are all here. We’ve added in the various sketches below.

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