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Nintendo has scheduled more maintenance specific to Switch for tonight. Certain network services may be impacted for a little over two hours.

The maintenance schedule is as follows:

– 4:45 PM PT – 7 PM PT
– 7:45 PM ET – 10 PM ET
– 12:45 AM in the UK – 3 AM in the UK
– 1:45 AM in Europe – 4 AM in Europe

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As previously mentioned, Mario Kart 8 features a new pink boost after the blue and yellow sparks appear. GameXplain takes a closer look below.

This week’s Famitsu scans are now available. Highlights include Marvelous’ Switch games, The Snack World, Layton’s Mystery Journey, and The Great Ace Attorney 2 (plus a single Pokemon Sun/Moon scan). Scans of all games can be found below.

This week’s episode of Capcom TV aired a short while ago. The Great Ace Attorney 2 and Ultra Street Fighter II were the main highlights, but Capcom naturally took the opportunity to show off the already-released Monster Hunter XX. The full recording of the show can be found below.

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

Switch – 45,673
New 3DS LL – 18,115
PS4 – 17,067
Vita – 5,592
PS4 Pro – 4,855
2DS – 4,475
New 3DS – 1,234
PS3 – 432
Wii U – 271
Xbox One – 142

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

Switch – 45,509
New 3DS LL – 25,719
PS4 – 25,006
Vita – 7,780
2DS – 6,240
PS4 Pro – 5,051
New 3DS – 1,995
PS3 – 1,724
Wii U – 449
Xbox One – 187

And here are the software charts:

The official Japanese ARMS Twitter account is back with another update on the upcoming Switch game. New messages shared today give more insight into Mechanica.

Mechanica, otherwise known as “Rocket Girl”, works at the “Scrap Yard” factory. She’s a mechanical design engineering prodigy, and has dreamed of participating in the ARMS Grand Prix ever since she was a child. Although she can’t directly use ARMS, she’s able to do so through an exoskeleton that she herself created.

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Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star was revealed for Switch last week. In Japan, Marvelous is preparing a special version of the game.

A first look at the Japanese Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Limited Box was provided on the game’s official website today. In addition to a copy of the game, a special box designed by Aruko Wada and travel pouch are included.

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Fire hopping was pretty prevalent in Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. Basically, the technique allowed players to extend mini turbos. The underlying idea is to hop in alternating directions during the turbo.

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe nearly here, you might be wondering if fire hopping has returned. GameXplain tested things out, and based on what they’ve seen, it looks like the technique is gone. We don’t have an absolutely definitive answer, but this appears to be the answer right now.

GameStop has the Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition in stock once again. You can place an order on the retailer’s site here. At this point, most stores have sold out of the item.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may not feature new race tracks, but it does contain new characters. Inkling Boy / Girl, King Boo, Bowser Jr., and Dry Bones are here. See them in action below.

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