Japan - This week's 3DS themes

- Kunio-kun FC Nekketsu marche grande rencontre sportive
- Pyxis 「FLAWLESS」
- Pédale de Sissy New Generation Hakone Gakuen (two themes)

Japan - Next week's Wii U/3DS eShop releases

Nintendo France talks big Switch preorders, sales goals, the lack of pack-in game and more

The following comes from a Gamekult interview with Nintendo France’s Philippe Lavoue...

- with Switch, Nintendo is seeing pre-orders similar to those of Wii in France
- Nintendo expects to sell 800,000 units this year, which would be the lifetime sales of Wii U
- this includes 95,000 units on day one with a near 100 percent conversion rate with Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- gray is currently more popular than the neon option
- Lavoue thinks things will ultimately shift in the opposite direction
- from a financial perspective, Nintendo just couldn’t include 1-2 Switch in the package
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild being “exceptional” will help Switch
- 1-2-Switch itself is a strong proposition
- while Nintendo would have loved to include a game with Switch, it’s a more expensive console than something like Wii
- Nintendo realized that it needed a strong proposition with Switch
- with Wii U, being able to take a game with you around a room wasn’t enough
- while asymmetric gameplay was a nice idea, it was difficult to get across
- the quick turnaround from Switch reveal to release ultimately came down to the big developers and higher-ups at Nintendo
- working with retailers and distributors wasn’t an issue though due to the confidence these partners had in the console
- Lavoue was quick to point out that Mario Kart Wii sold three million copies in France while Mario Kart 8 is at roughly 350,000
- Lavoue also doesn’t see an issue with Zelda, since pre-orders on Wii U aren’t close at all to Switch
- regarding 3DS, Lavoue believes users of the handheld shouldn’t worry with Switch coming into the picture.
- the first half of 2017’s lineup is better than last year
- believes thinks three million 3DS games as well as 700,000 systems will be sold at a minimum

Legend of Zelda-themed question pops up on Jeopardy!

As you can see, not only was there a Legend of Zelda-themed question, the entire board was gaming category themed. The video game category was actually about games, while the others just used game names.

Switch ads hit buses in Brisbane, Australia

Looks like Switch ads started rolling out on busses today (Brisbane, Australia)

Australia is all about Switch ads on the road. They have them on billboards, electronic street signs and now on the sides of buses!

Alan Stone, Nintendo of America cofounder, passes away

...Alan 'Al' Stone passed away on Friday due to cancer. Stone was a game industry veteran, best known as one of the cofounders of Nintendo of America in 1981. He was an integral part of Nintendo's early efforts to distribute its coin-op games in America, among them Radar Scope and Donkey Kong.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the passing of Alan Stone. His contributions to the game industry will surely be remembered for years and years to come.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - fan-made interactive map

This is going to get MUCH bigger and a lot more detailed, but it's the start of something really cool. Breath of the Wild is a humongous game, which means having an interactive map like this can be pretty handy! It's true that the game itself has an interactive map, but this online version is aiming to add a lot more in terms of visuals and information.

Check it out here

Fan-Art: Super Mario Odyssey amiibo

That's a hell of a nice fan-made amiibo. Let's see if Nintendo can end up doing better!