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This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Nintendo has just announced a new major sales milestone for Switch.

According to the company’s own internal sales figures, since launching about ten months ago, the console has sold over 4.8 million units in the United States. That means it is now the fastest-selling home gaming system of all time in the country. The previous record holder was Wii, which sold over 4 million units during the same timeframe.

Brawlout has reached a major milestone on Switch. As announced by Angry Mob Games on Twitter, the game has surpassed 50,000 players on Switch. That was done in the game’s first two weeks.

Here’s the official tweet:


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Update: Amazon has now started to pull these listings. It could be a sign that they went up too early.


Original: A ton of new mystery listings for Switch have appeared on Amazon. We’re counting 18 titles in total on the website, most of which can be pre-ordered. Prices range from $60 all the way up to $100.

The thought here is that these games could be unveiled during an upcoming Nintendo Direct, which will almost certainly take place in January. Amazon even used the exact same image for Project Octopath Traveler a few months ago after it was fully unveiled during the September broadcast.

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.

At the end of September, the HTML 5 Conference hosted a special session about Switch and its use of web technology. HTML5Experts followed up with Nintendo by interviewing director Munetaka Tsuda and front-end engineer Yuji Horikawa from the planning and production team. During the discussion, the two developers shared some very interesting information about the creation of the Switch eShop and the system’s use of web technology.

Tsuda joined Nintendo in 2011, and has been working on directions for network services, component browser, in-console software, and more. Horikawa joined in 2013, and has been developing the eShop for digital game sales and other web services.

Around the launch of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Japanese outlet 4Gamer caught up with director Tetsuya Takahashi for a lengthy conversation. The two sides discussed all sorts of different aspects regarding the game’s creation, including a return to numbered entries, the inspiration for the world as well as Drivers and Blades, and more. There was also talk about the Expansion Pass and future DLC.

We’ve prepared a lengthy summary of the new interview featuring Takahashi’s various comments. You can read it in full below.

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