IGN Best of E3 2017 - Nintendo-related winners

Game of Show - E3 2017

- Super Mario Odyssey

Best Switch Game

- Super Mario Odyssey

Best 3DS Game

- Samus: Metroid Returns

Best Platformer

- Super Mario Odyssey

Best Strategy Game

- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Fan-Art: Piranha Plant bouquet

Looks like Princess Peach isn't the only one with a Piranha Plant bouquet! Nintendo fans always impress me with how quickly they create fan-art, and the level of quality they pull off! Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!

Cyber Japan releasing Switch grip

This is coming out Aug. 31st in Japan. No word on stateside release yet, but there shouldn't be any problem grabbing this from Play-Asia or another import retailer at some point.

Final Fantasy XIV director says cross-platform play is a must if the game comes to Switch

Coming from a Kotaku interview with FFXIV director, Naoki Yoshida...

I’ve said this on several occasions, but it hasn’t changed. We would love for as many players to be on FFXIV as possible.

Conversations have been had with Mr. Phil Spencer of Microsoft, and the upper management teams of Nintendo. But I have proposed a condition every time I speak with any platform manufacturers. It’s that the game has to have the capability of cross-platform play.

Of course with an MMORPG, once it launches and starts going into live services and operations, there will be a community. No matter how small it dwindles down to, we have to be responsible for taking care of those communities. It would become an obstacle if the first-party or manufacturer changed how patches are being implemented or online regulations. Some of our external parties’ regulations don’t have MMORPGs in mind in terms of how they’re regulating their online activities. Those can become a hurdle when we consider operating FFXIV for an extended period of time, and so when I talk to those first-party companies, I ask them, ‘Do you have the capability to prepare for that, do you have the resolve that you’re going to make sure to take responsibility and take care of those, do you have that willingness?’

If we are able to come to some sort of agreement, a handshake so to speak, or if it does end up being that unfortunately we can’t do a handshake with Final Fantasy XIV, either way we’ll make sure to communicate with our players. But we have been tenacious—we’ve been trying to keep at it and be persistent about our conversations.

Blade Strangers - box

Nicalis is rocking it with these Switch boxes so far. Some really nice art on all of them. Certainly nice to feature in your Switch game collection!