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


1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo
3. Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
4. 1-2-Switch – Nintendo
5. Splatoon 2 – Nintendo
6. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft
7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Nintendo
8. Rocket League: Collector’s Edition – Warner Bros. Interactive
9. Axiom Verge – Badlands Games
10. FIFA 18 – EA

Wii U

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


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

Source: Chart-Track

Shinesparkers has published a new interview with former Retro Studios staffer Jack Mathews. Matthews worked at the company as a former technical lead engineer on the initial Metroid Prime Trilogy.

During the discussion, Matthews had quite a bit to say about revised plans and cut ideas for the series. These include the initial idea to have Metroid Prime 2 be multiplayer focused, a more bounty hunter-like setup for Metroid Prime 3, and more. He also touched on some of the projects that were cancelled at Retro before Metroid Prime released.

You can find some notable excerpts from the interview below. Head on over here. for the full talk.

We’ve heard Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima say that the new worldwide sales target for Switch this fiscal year is 20 million units. That would surprise the previous target by about 1.4 times.

Speaking with Mainichi, Kimishima said: “In order to be playable in the long term, the second year is crucial. Our task is to add more users, including people who barely touch game consoles.” He also said Nintendo has to expand the game library, take in new players, and raise the Switch as “a game console with long lifespan.”

Last week, Nintendo reported that Switch has become the fastest-selling home gaming console in the US. Over 4.8 million units have been sold in the country thus far.

Nintendo is also finding similar success in Italy. The Big N says that Switch is selling faster than the Wii through the system’s first ten months, matching the same feat in the US.


iLife filed a lawsuit several years ago, claiming that Nintendo infringed on its motion-sensing accelerometer technology used in Wii Remote controllers. A jury delivered a verdict in August and sided with iLife. Nintendo was ordered to pay $10 million in damages.

The lawsuit is back in the news this week, but unfortunately, things haven’t gone well for Nintendo. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld iLife’s motion-sensing accelerometer patent. Nintendo may still choose to appeal the verdict once the presiding trial judge over the case issues her judgement, and if there are any new developments, we’ll be sure to let you know.


Though the game had released many years ago, the online servers for GoldenEye 007 have still been up and running on Wii. At least in Japan, they’ll be going offline on March 30. The news hasn’t been confirmed for other territories as of yet, but other regions could certainly be impacted as well.

You might be wondering how the online play for GoldenEye 007 could still be running after the end of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection a few years ago. While most games for Wii and DS were affected, a few were not – including this title.


GamesIndustry has provided new information about gaming sales in the UK this year. The site breaks down the top five publishers by UK sales as well as sales by platform.

In terms of publishers, Nintendo ranks third when it comes to boxed sales. That’s behind EA (16.8%) and Activision Blizzard (15.6%), but ahead of Ubisoft (9.7%) and Sony (8.3%).

GamesIndustry also has the following breakdown of sales by platform in 2017:


This week’s UK software sales are as follows:

Individual formats

All formats

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Have you ever wondered how many coins the various Super Mario games have scattered around? Giff Gaff was apparently curious, as the company has calculated estimated totals. Almost every title was examined, with the exception of Super Mario Odyssey – perhaps since it’s a recent release.

There are also some caveats. For Super Mario Galaxy 2, a let’s play was the primary source. Other sources were also used in some cases to help with the totals.

Plenty of attention has been given to the new release of the NVIDIA Shield in China, and understandably so. One big aspect is that a few Wii games are playable on the device, with more to come (and GameCube games to boot).

We heard yesterday that these titles are streamed, and aren’t actually ports. However, it appears that the initial information was a mistake. An NVIDIA rep has stepped forward, saying that this “has been talked about internally.” The Nintendo titles “are running natively, are remastered, and look great.”

The Wii games available on the NVIDIA Shield in China run at a 1080p resolution. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Punch-Out!!, and Super Mario Galaxy have started the Nintendo partnership. 

Thanks to Justin for the tip.


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