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In Japan, a brand new art book for Zelda: Breath of the Wild recently debuted. It’s packed full of concept art across more than 300 pages. Below, you’ll find new images from the book.

We’ll likely be getting the Zelda: Breath of the Wild art book eventually, but since we’re still waiting on the Zelda Encyclopedia (which finally arrives in April), it could be quite awhile before it heads west. For now, Play-Asia has the Japanese version in stock here.

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The nominees are in for the 2018 Game Developers Choice Awards. This will be the 18th time that awards will be handed out by the organization.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild leads the way with six nominations. Super Mario Odyssey also has a couple of nominations. Both are up for Game of the Year.

You can find the full list of nominees below. All winners will be announced at the Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) ceremony on March 21 at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET.

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

Switch

1. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
4. Splatoon 2 – Nintendo
5. 1-2-Switch – Nintendo
6. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft
7. FIFA 18 – EA
8. Sonic Forces – SEGA
9. Just Dance 2018 – Ubisoft
10. L.A. Noire – Take 2

Wii U

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
2. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
3. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
4. Just Dance 2018 – Ubisoft
5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
6. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
7. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Warner Bros. Interactive
8. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Nintendo
9. Paper Mario: Color Splash – Nintendo
10. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo

3DS

1. Pokemon Ultra Moon – Nintendo
2. Pokemon Ultra Sun – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
4. Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo
5. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
6. Miitopia – Nintendo
7. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
8. Mario Party: The Top 100 – Nintendo
9. Luigi’s Mansion 2 – Nintendo
10. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo

Source: Chart-Track

Zelda: Breath of the Wild has no set way of getting through the game. Thanks to its freedom, players can tackle it in any way they see fit. Zelda’s freedom has allowed players to come up with all sorts of interesting ways of solving puzzles. In some cases, they’ve even found ways of skipping large sections of Shrines entirely.

Producer Hidemaro Fujibayashi told IGN in a new interview that this was “all according to plan.” Nintendo wanted players to be able to have “multiple answers, multiple ways, multiple ways of doing anything.”

No one could have expected Nintendo to add a motorcycle in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But in The Chammpions’ Ballad, Nintendo did just that. The reward at the end of the DLC is none other than the Master Cycle Zero.

In an interview with IGN, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma discussed the development of the new motorcycle. You might be interested to know that Nintendo imported assets from Mario Kart 8 as a “test drive” of sorts.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a massive amount of Korok seeds to collect. Attempting to do so requires a great deal of time, as several hundred are scattered across Hyrule.

There will be a reward waiting for you once you’ve found every last Korok Seed. The thing is, it’s not exactly helpful or valuable – it’s more comical in nature.

The latest issue of Famitsu has shared a listing of the top 30 best-selling games in Japan for the month of November 2017 (which includes debut sales for Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura). You can check out the full results below.

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

Switch

1. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
3. Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
4. 1-2 Switch – Nintendo
5. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft
6. Splatoon 2 – Nintendo
7. Just Dance 2018 – Ubisoft
8. Rayman Legends Definitive Edition – Ubisoft
9. FIFA 18 – EA
10. Sonic Forces – SEGA

Wii U

1. Just Dance 2018 – Ubisoft
2. Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
3. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
4. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Warner Bros. Interactive
5. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo
6. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
8. Splatoon – Nintendo
9. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
10. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Nintendo

3DS

1. Pokemon Ultra Sun – Nintendo
2. Pokemon Ultra Moon – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo
4. Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo
5. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo
6. Miitopia – Nintendo
7. Tomodachi Life – Nintendo
8. Luigi’s Mansion 2 – Nintendo
9. Mario Party: The Top 100 – Nintendo
10. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – Nintendo

Source: Chart-Track

The Zelda timeline has always been something of great interest for fans of the series. On the other hand, Nintendo tends to be a bit timid when talking about it. Although the series has been around since the late 80’s, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that Nintendo published an official timeline in Hyrule Historia.

With the arrival of the latest Zelda game in March, fans are curious as to where Breath of the Wild officially stands. You won’t get much of a concrete answer out of Nintendo concerning timeline placement, but its developers are aware of interest from fans.

Update 4: All of the eShops are back up.


Update 3: Hearing reports that the Switch eShop may have gone down again, or is still down for some. Will continue to monitor.


Update 2: Switch is back up. So currently, Wii U and 3DS are the only systems impacted as of 1:40 PM ET.


Update: Bumped to the top. Wii U and 3DS eShops are now down as well.


Original: Since early this morning, the Switch eShop has been offline. Nintendo hasn’t said what the cause is, but one possibility is an influx of traffic. It’s Christmas after all, and there could be a whole lot of people receiving the system as a gift today.

Nintendo has only said the following about the situation: