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A whole bunch of Nintendo maintenance is lined up over the next few days. The fun begins today, with specific sessions for games including Pokemon: Let’s Go, Minecraft, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All Nintendo systems will also be impacted over the next few days.

Here’s the full lineup of maintenance:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild introduces some radical design changes for Link. His signature green look is gone, as is the classic hat he’s worn since the earliest games.

Some of the developers behind Breath of the Wild spoke about these changes in the game’s newly-translated art book. Series producer Eiji Aonuma said that he wanted to “make Link a more neutral character in a variety of ways.” Additionally, while the blue look “organically ended up that way” according to Aonuma, senior lead artist Yoshiyuki Oyama added that “Link wearing blue clothes appeared pretty early on because the blue stood out against the backgrounds we were producing.”

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

Switch

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
3. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
4. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
5. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
6. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
7. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
9. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – Activision Blizzard
10. Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle – Warner Bros. Interactive

Wii U

1. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
2. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo
3. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
4. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
6. Lego Marvel Avengers – Warner Bros. Interactive
7. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
8. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
10. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Nintendo

3DS

1. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
3. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Nintendo
4. Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo
5. Donkey Kong Country Returns – Nintendo
6. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. – Nintendo
7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Nintendo
8. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
9. Detective Pikachu – Nintendo
10. Super Mario Maker- Nintendo

Source: Chart-Track

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

Switch

1. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
3. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
4. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo
5. FIFA 19 – EA
6. Minecraft – Nintendo
7. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
9. Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle – Warner Bros. Interactive
10. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft

Wii U

1. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
2. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo
3. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
4. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
5. Lego Marvel Avengers – Warner Bros. Interactive
6. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
7. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
8. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
9. Paper Mario: Color Splash – Nintendo
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

3DS

1. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
2. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Nintendo
3. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
4. Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo
5. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. – Nintendo
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns – Nintendo
7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Nintendo
8. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
9. Detective Pikachu – Nintendo
10. Pokemon Ultra Sun – Nintendo

Source: Chart-Track

The Legend of Zelda series has experimented with many different visual styles over the years. Nintendo aimed for realism with Twilight Princess, but before that, Wind Waker offered a completely opposite feel with its cel-shaded look.

As part of an interview published in the newly-translated Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion book, art director Satoru Takizawa commented on the series’ ever-changing visual style. Takizawa had this to say on the topic:

Accompanying the release of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion in the west this week was a special “Hero’s Edition.” Get a closer look at the book in the video below.

Where Breath of the Wild sits specifically in the Zelda timeline is something that has been a big question since the game’s release last March. However, series producer Eiji Aonuma has indicated that Nintendo will never place it in the chronological timeline.

In the newly-translated Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion book, Aonuma explained that “people were enjoying imagining the story that emerged from the fragmental imagery we were providing.” If Nintendo were to say where Breath of the Wild sits in the timeline, “then there would be a definitive story, and it would eliminate the room for imagination, which wouldn’t be as fun.”

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

Switch

1. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
2. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
4. Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle – Warner Bros. Interactive
5. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
6. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
7. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
8. Minecraft – Nintendo
9. FIFA 19 – EA
10. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – Activision Blizzard

Wii U

1. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
2. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
3. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
5. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
6. Lego Marvel Avengers – Warner Bros. Interactive
7. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo
8. Wii Party U – Nintendo
9. Just Dance 2018 – Ubisoft
10. Star Fox Zero – Nintendo

3DS

1. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
3. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
4. Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo
5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Nintendo
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns – Nintendo
7. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo
8. Pokemon Ultra Moon – Nintendo
9. Detective Pikachu – Nintendo
10. Pokemon Ultra Sun – Nintendo

Source: Chart-Track

When Wii U had its unveiling at E3 2011, you may recall that a number of third-party developers and publishers announced a number of games for the platform. One of these was Darksiders II. Although that announcement went off without a hitch, what we didn’t know is that there were originally plans to have it be playable on Wii U during the same expo.

David Adams, who now works at Gunfire Games, recalled in a recent episode of the Game Informer Show about how a small team scrambled to get a demo build running in time for E3. Unfortunately, Nintendo decided against showcasing the game in a playable form at the last minute.

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

Switch

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
2. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
3. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
4. Minecraft – Nintendo
5. Diablo III: Eternal Collection – Activision Blizzard
6. Lego Harry Potter Collection – Warner Bros. Interactive
7. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy- Activision Blizzard
8. Carnival Games – Take 2
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
10. Mario Tennis Aces – Nintendo

Wii U

1. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
2. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
3. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
4. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival – Nintendo
5. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
6. Wii Party U – Nintendo
7. Just Dance 2018 – Ubisoft
8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
9. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
10. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo

3DS

1. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Nintendo
4. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
5. Donkey Kong Country Returns – Nintendo
6. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo
7. Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo
8. Pokemon Ultra Sun – Nintendo
9. Luigi’s Mansion – Nintendo
10. Pokemon Ultra Moon – Nintendo

Source: Chart-Track