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Switch best-selling console 2022 US

According to the latest NPD data, Switch was the best-selling console of 2022 in the United States. It was followed by the PlayStation 5 in second and Xbox Series in third.

That statistic is based on unit sales. If dollar sales were considered, it’d be the PlayStation 5 in first, Switch in second place, and Xbox Series in third. However, Switch isn’t as expensive as the PS5, which is an important factor.

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Fire Emblem Engage Emblems origins pairing marriage

The developers of Fire Emblem Engage have discussed the origins of the game’s Emblems mechanic, and how it came about when thinking about the marriage systems of past entries in the series. This comes from an official interview with director Tsutomu Tei and producer Masahiro Higuchi plus Nintendo’s Genki Yokota and Kenta Nakanishi.

According to Nakanishi, with the marriage system in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, it took quite some time before players could actually marry someone and have children. The Emblems mechanic for Fire Emblem Engage was ultimately about wanting to have “pairing” gameplay that can be enjoyed more casually. 

Here’s the full excerpt from the interview:

Splatoon 3 update 2.1.0

Nintendo has announced that a new version 2.1.0 update for Splatoon 3 is arriving this week. It will be available tomorrow, January 17, in North America. This will be late in the day, so it’ll be January 18 in Europe and Japan.

Nintendo is focusing on battle adjustments here, including main weapons, special weapons, and more. Plenty of bug fixes are also included.

Also announced is that the next update for the game will focus on new features and weapon balance. The update, which is planned for the end of the current season, will be released for the start of the new season in March. 

The full patch notes for the Splatoon 3 version 2.1.0 update are as follows:

Best selling games 2022 United States

Thanks to data from the NPD Group, we have a look at the best-selling games of 2022 in the United States.

It was a good year for Pokemon with two entries on the list. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet land at #6 while Pokemon Legends: Arceus is at #8. Also, keep in mind that this is without Nintendo reporting digital data unlike most companies.

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NPD Group has released a listing of the top ten best-selling games in the U.S. for the month of December 2022.

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet had another strong month, coming in at #2 after debuting at #3 in November. Other notable appearances include Sonic Frontiers at #6, Mario Kart 8 and #9, and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion at #10.

The results can be found below.

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de Blob DS

YouTuber RebelTaxi has managed to secure an early build of de Blob DS, which was originally being made by Helixe. This version of the game was ultimately cancelled.

THQ ended up publishing one version of de Blob for Wii (which is on Switch by the way), and also had plans for another on DS. Blue Tongue Entertainment was in charge of the former. Helixe was planned to handle the DS version, but their work was ultimately scrapped entirely.

Pokemon Scarlet Violet Greninja 7 Star Tera Raid Battle

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet have revealed a new 7 Star Raid Battle event, which will feature Greninja. The creature will be appearing with the Mightiest Mark in black crystal Tera Raid Battles.

Players can attempt to catch the creature between Friday, January 27, 2023, at 00:00 UTC and Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 23:59 UTC. It will then appear again between Friday, February 10, 2023, at 00:00 UTC to Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 23:59 UTC.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope grid

According to Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares, the game originally had the grid that was featured in the series’ first entry. For the sequel, Ubisoft went with a more open approach. Rather than limiting players to a grid, players were given more control.

Manzanares told EDGE in a previous issue that the grid system was in place back in 2018. However, the team ended up changing things the following year.

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Lets Talk 2023 Nintendo predictions

We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about gaming when it comes to 2023 as of late, and we’ve got one more similar topic on that front. With the year just now starting, what are your predictions for Nintendo?

Something that will probably never go away is discussion about new hardware. Switch came out almost six years ago, so it’s no spring chicken at this point. Still, Nintendo hasn’t given any indication that it will be announcing a new product anytime soon.

Outside of hardware, there are always predictions to be had about other things. There are plenty of games that could be announced after all as just a few titles are known for the next twelve months. Another thing that people have interest in concerns upcoming Nintendo Directs, and when the first presentation of the year will air.

So what are your predictions for Nintendo in 2023? Let us know in the comments below.

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free switch games apps downloads

We’ve put together a new database that compiles all free games, downloads, and apps on Switch.

There are a bunch of titles that can be downloaded at no cost, including heavy hitters like Fortnite, Rocket League, and Warframe. Thankfully, free-to-play titles do not require a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. Apps like Twitch and YouTube can also be downloaded directly on Switch.

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