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Famitsu - This week's review scores (1/17/17)

Only one Nintendo game was reviewed in this week's issue of Famitsu. Its score is as follows:

Drone Flight (3DS) – 7/7/6/7 [27/40]

Minecraft: Wii U Edition to receive small patch update, fixes minor bugs

On January 16th 2017, a new update was released for Minecraft: Wii U Edition. It updated the following portions of the game:

  • Fix for Mob Spawners not spawning anymore, and showing a Pig inside them.
  • Fix for previously created signs being censored for players with restrictive Privacy settings.
  • Fix for being able to escape the boundaries of the world by exiting a Boat at the edge.

Pokemon Go earned over $950 million in revenue in 2016

The following information comes from a report over on Venturebeat:

App Annie previously reported that Pokémon Go hit $600 million faster than any other game, in a little less than 90 days. Pokémon Go hit the threshold in 90 days. By comparison, it took Candy Crush Saga more than 200 days to hit $600 million. Puzzle & Dragons took more than 400 days, and Clash of Clans took more than 500 days.

Revenue hit $800 million in consumer spend in 110 days, and it hit $950 million by the end of 2016. Pokemon Go was No. 1 in downloads on iOS and Google Play in 2016, and it was No. 3 in revenue, behind No. 1 Monster Strike and No. 2 Clash Royale.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild getting Link 10" PVC Statue

Link awakens from a deep sleep and a mysterious voice guides him to discover what has become of the ruined Kingdom of Hyrule. Link meets an Old Man and learns from him that 100 years prior, a great evil known as the Calamity Ganon rose up and laid waste to Hyrule. Unable to be defeated, it was sealed within Hyrule Castle while the ruins of the land were ravaged by nature over time. Although trapped, the Calamity Ganon has grown in power, and Link must defeat it before it breaks free and destroys the world

This beautifully detailed figure of Link from the Breath of the Wild Game depicts Link in a action pose ready to strike with his bow and arrow . He stands on a lovingly detailed base and comes packaged in a display box.

Thanks to AussieGamer for the heads up!

Super Mario Odyssey - game development nearly finished, story details, dev team ideas & more

The following info comes from the Switch stage show that Nintendo put on in Japan.

- development is pretty much finished
- the producer wanted people to get hands-on, but since the release is farther off, Nintendo decided to hold back
- the theme of the game is active exploration by players
- the objective is to rescue princess Peach
- Mario goes out from Mushroom Kingdom and travels a “certain Earth” with a hat-shaped airship
- go on adventures across various countries
- many ideas were gathered from the team to implement in the game and they build each one into a playable form
- the team keeps playing those elements over and over again
- the team only throws these ideas into the sandbox if they find it to be really fun
- Mario will have more facial expressions this time
- the hat is still a secret
- in desert buildings, you can enter and explore inside
- in the desert, go and explore a tower and Tokyo Big site-esque building which you can see far away
- the forest is well-suited for exploration
- the devs are putting effort into showing nice-looking grass and sunlight through trees
- in the city, Mario can jump to the ground from the top of a skyscraper
- you can also jump on/step on humans

Ultra Street Fighter II to feature online play

It was pretty much expected, but nice to have a confirmation. Capcom themselves have confirmed that Ultra Street Fighter II is going to feature online play. No specifics were given, outside of being able to take on an opponent via the internet.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's official backstory revealed

The special and master editions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild contain a map, and that map features some Hylian/Sheikah text. Zelda fan Zeltik went through the process of deciphering the text and came out with the backstory for the game.

“Hylians pass stories of a destined time long past, where multiple races lived and worked together in harmony. The Sheikah Tribe’s blue aura breathed through the land, and this mutual prosperity continued, until a cataclysmic disaster struck. The hero and the princess attempted in vain to seal the terror, which became known as the Calamity Ganon. Divine Beasts awoke from four directions, and deployed a mechanical army which made the king and his people fearful. They fractured Ganon’s power and sealed him… But the Sheikah were banished from the land ever since.”

Mention of Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations for Switch found in source code of Nintendo.com page

Could Fire Emblem Revelations be coming to the Switch? There seems to be something going on over on the webpage for Fire Emblem Warriors at Nintendo.com. If you look at the source code for the page, you see a listing for Fire Emblem Fates on Switch. The line of code specifically says Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations for Nintendo Switch. Make of that what you will, but now people are crossing their fingers tightly for a reveal during this week's Fire Emblem Direct.