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

Switch

1. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
4. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
6. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
7. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
8. Minecraft – Nintendo
9. Splatoon 2 – Nintendo
10. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo

Wii U

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
2. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
3. Lego Marvel Avengers – Warner Bros. Interactive
4. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
5. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
6. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Nintendo
7. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
8. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – Nintendo
9. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
10. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Warner Bros. Interactive

3DS

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

Source: Chart-Track

Yesterday, Nintendo posted a video featuring Splatoon series producer Hisashi Nogami and Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi from the V&A Museum. An exhibit opened a few months ago showcasing the original game’s development.

Throughout the video, Nintendo showed brief flashes of Splatoon’s creation. One aspect fans noticed is that “Super Bell Hill”, the first level in Super Mario 3D World, was apparently used as a test map during development. We can also see that there was a different special meter.

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

Switch

1. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
4. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
5. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
6. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
8. Minecraft – Nintendo
9. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo
10. Splatoon 2 – Nintendo

Wii U

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
2. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
3. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo
4. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
6. Mighty No. 9 – Deep Silver
7. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Nintendo
9. Wii Sports Club – Nintendo
10. Wii Party U – Nintendo

3DS

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

Source: Chart-Track

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

Switch

1. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
4. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
5. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
7. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition – Bandai Namco Entertainment
8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo
9. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
10. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – Activision Blizzard

Wii U

1. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
4. Wii Party U – Nintendo
5. Mighty No. 9 – Deep Silver
6. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
7. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
8. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
9. Wii Sports Club – Nintendo
10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – Nintendo

3DS

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

Source: Chart-Track

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. Super Mario Party – Nintendo
4. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – Nintendo
5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
6. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo
7. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
8. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – Activision Blizzard
9. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
10. FIFA 19 – EA

Wii U

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
2. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
3. Wii Party U – Nintendo
4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
5. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – Nintendo
6. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
7. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
8. Wii Sports Club – Nintendo
9. Legend of Kay: Anniversary – THQ Nordic
10. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo

3DS

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

Source: Chart-Track

Last year, Zelda: Breath of the Wild received a soundtrack release in Japan. It was packed with a few goodies, including a booklet containing a special interview. Sound designer Hajime Wakai along with composers Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata, and Soshi Abe had plenty to say about the game’s music.

You can find our full translation of the discussion below. The four team members commented on why it was decided to mix up the usual Zelda music formula and how the direction was ultimately settled upon, creating specific character themes, bringing back classic themes in a new way, and much more.

Takafumi Kiuchi was the lead artist on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. One of his major roles was coming up with the designs for the Guardians. In the recently-translated Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion art book, Kiuchi spoke about their creation.

Interestingly, Kiuchi revealed that the Guardians weren’t set as being Link’s allies or enemies when development was in its early stages. He therefore went with a design that was more neutral. Kiuchi also said that “there was a design for a giant, fortress-like Guardian that was equipped with multiple beam cannons, but we were ultimately unable to implement it.”

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. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – Activision Blizzard
7. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo
8. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
10. FIFA 19 – EA

Wii U

1. Just Dance 2019 – Ubisoft
2. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
4. Wii Party U – Nintendo
5. Mario Party 10 – Nintendo
6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Nintendo
7. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Nintendo
8. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U – Nintendo
9. Super Mario Maker – Nintendo
10. Guitar Hero Live – Activision Blizzard

3DS

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

Source: Chart-Track

When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was early on in development, Nintendo had some very different ideas in mind for the design of the Gorons. Lead NPC artist Hirohito Shinoda revealed in the recently-translated Creating a Champion art book that the team was planning a drastic change in which they had bigger heads, a more human-like appearance, and more. However, “none of them really fit.” This led to basing the Gorons on their original design from Ocarina of Time.

Shinoda said:

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: