Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for Feb. 18th, 2017

- 1 new set of Kirby badges
- 1 returning set of Pokémon badges

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Deluxe Edition: The Complete Official Guide doesn't release until 3/31

Just a note to those of you picking up the deluxe edition. You're going to be playing the game long before you get the guide! The other two versions come out Switch launch day. You can preorder through Amazon here.

Snake Pass playable on Switch at GDC

Snake Pass, shipping next month for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, is a physics-based puzzle platformer that challenges players to ‘think like a snake’ as they tackle precarious puzzles as only a snake can. Slither through long grass, coil around bamboo and climb out of trouble in the latest game from award-winning independent studio Sumo Digital. Play it on Nintendo Switch exclusively in the Unreal Engine booth at GDC!

Thanks to seven5three for the heads up!

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past map recreated in Virtual Reality

I really love the idea of just being able to walk around Hyrule. Experience it as if it were a real place. Man, something about this really tickles my fancy!

Australia - Switch demo kiosk set up at Westfield Garden City Brisbane

Shopping centers around Australia are getting some big Switch attention! Above you can see a major Switch kiosk, which has set up shop at Westfield Garden City Brisbane. Looks like these kiosks are getting opened in a new location each week. We'll have to see where one pops up in another 7 days!

Snake Pass - Sumo Digital talks gameplay length, decision to bring the game to Switch

A portion of a NE interview with Sumo Digital...

NE: How long do you estimate it taking players to complete the game?

SD: To collect everything it’s going to take quite a long time, about 8-10 hours. There are also some cool unlocks to discover!

NE: At what point did Sumo Digital begin to consider Snake Pass for Switch?

SD: Everyone on the team is really excited to be working on the Nintendo Switch version of this game. Very early on it became apparent to us that Snake Pass would be a great fit for a Nintendo platform so the timing of the Switch is perfect for us. Being able to take Snake Pass on the go with you is just too good an opportunity to pass up!

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional - Japanese sales data

- sold around 125,000 copies in Japan
- sold less than DS’ Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional, which hit 164,000 copies week 1 and 638,000 units lifetime
- sold through 90 percent of its initial shipment
- sales ratio between Joker 2 Professional and original Joker 2 (lifetime sales of 1.32 million) was 48.3 percent