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Atlus hosting Etrian Odyssey 10th anniversary live-stream this coming Saturday

- to be shown on both FRESH! and Niconico
- pre-show is taking place at 3 AM PT / 6 AM ET / 11 AM in the UK / 12 PM in Europe
- main event happening a half hour later

Schedule:

???: An event shrouded in mystery. Hint: It involves a special guest.
Series music popular vote result announcement: The results from the poll (which ended on April 9th) for the most popular Etrian Odyssey music will be announced. This music will be included in Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2‘s limited edition, with the 2-disc “Etrian Odyssey User’s Best Album (provisional name).”
Etrian Odyssey Maniac Quiz (Provisional): A quiz that the audience will participate in. Fans will have to use all of their knowledge as a skilled adventurer to answer in this event. Great awards will be presented as the number of correct answers increases.
Series class popular vote result announcement: The results of the popular class vote online will be announced. Comments from fans about their picks will also be shared.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 latest information: A new trailer for Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 will be released. Additionally, there will be a live gameplay demonstration.

- during the Etrian Odyssey pre-show, songs for the complete 2-disc soundtrack of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology included with the limited edition will debut.

LizardCube dev on revamping Wonder Boy, wanting to remake Zelda

UPDATE - A portion of this interview has been removed due to request.

A portion of a USGamer interview with LizardCube's Omar Cornut...

On revamping Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap for modern consoles

"Wonder Boy was part of me knowingly saying, 'I'm going to make this because it's my comfort zone, I know the Master System technology.' It was a mixture of aligning my interests: Sega Master System and making games. It was a game I was fantasizing about for fifteen years. I always wanted to make something with the series.

It was also sort of a cop-out in a sense that I wanted to start my company, but I knew that designing a new game is so terrifyingly hard. I was happy to make something that seemed easy. It's always ten times harder than you realize, but making the game was still comparatively easy. I've been wanting to do it for so long that it was easier to scratch that off my list.

Improving an emulated game is pretty hard and I don't think people have done it a lot. That was a more interesting problem than just converting all of the code. I thought it was more interesting to build this thing where I could improve an emulated game. I don't think that's been done before. It sort of emulation-based, but it's hybrid and weird. The game is mixture of hacking the original ROM and hacking the emulator."

On a desire to remake the original Legend of Zelda

"Part of me wants to make new games. The creative me is sort of ashamed to be making remasters. The technical me finds the process very interesting. If we were to make another remake, we need to find something that first we love enough and then this game has to be something we can get the license for. I wouldn't mind remaking The Legend of Zelda, but Nintendo is never going to let us."

Official PR - First 4 Figures Presents Okami - Amaterasu Life Size Bust

Check out both versions here and here

Today we're happy to announce the FIRST Life Size Bust from our Okami line of collectibles. Okami - Amaterasu Life Size Bust is to be released in Q1 2018.

Exclusive edition
Representing the character straight from Okami, the game combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess, named Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf.

The package includes the following:-
- Okami Life Size Bust with lit-up Issun
- 'Flames' Animated Led Effect
- Base - manual rotatable turntable included
- 'Core' range - Okami Snapback Cap (WHITE version) *Only included in the Exclusive edition

Product Size:
Height - 26.5 inches (67cm)
Width - 16 inches (41cm)
Depth - 23 inches (59cm)
Weight: 19.2KG

Pre-orders for this edition are only available until May 16th 2017.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has bigger debut week than Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 7 in UK



Let's think about that for a second. The DS and Wii U had larger install bases at the time these games launched in the UK, yet somehow, the Switch version has managed to secure the top spot. It seems people are really, REALLY hungry for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!

First 4 Figures working on Okami "Amaterasu" figurine

Ah, if only Capcom loved the Okami series enough to give us another entry. We haven't seen one since Okamiden on the DS. I think it's about high time for another entry!

UK in March 2017 - full month breakdown

The following data is for the UK, looking at March 2017. There seems to be some confusion surrounding the Switch numbers, as to whether they are referencing hardware or software. We'll try to get that cleared up.

Week 09, 2017 – 438,298 units / £17m (as opposed to 256,678 units / £7.8m in March 2016)
Week 10, 2017 – 446,616 units / £16.3m (as opposed to 478,485 units / £19.3m in March 2016)
Week 11, 2017 – 248,013 units / £7.7m (as opposed to 316,902 units / £11m in March 2016)
Week 12, 2017 – 315,476 units / £11m (as opposed to 362,805 units / £11m in March 2016)
Week 13, 2017 – 224,580 units / £7m (as opposed to 306,883 units / £8.5m in March 2016)
Total – 1,672,983 units (-2.83%) / £59m (+2.43%) (as opposed to 1,721,753 units / £57.6m in March 2016)

- 137,185 Switch units were sold during the first month, generating £7,139,000.
- 3DS software sales hit 71,000 units, generating £1,888,000, down 14.73% compared to last year
- Wii U software hit 50,189 units, down 35.22% compared to March 2016

Wii and DS in March 2017

Wii: 5,019 (-41.70%) / £59,000
Nintendo DS: 1,673 (-51.42%) / £???

01 (01) PlayStation 4 – 824,781 (+13.79%) / £29,913,000
02 (02) Xbox One – 513,606 (-12.00%) / £16,579,000
03 (NE) Nintendo Switch – 137,185 / £7,139,000
04 (03) Nintendo 3DS – 71,938 (-14.73%) / £1,888,000
05 (06) Nintendo Wii U – 50,189 (-35.22%) / £2,006,000
06 (04) Xbox 360 – 28,441 (-76.40%) / £472,000
07 (07) PC Software – 21,749 (-51.42%) / £590,000
08 (05) PlayStation 3 – 15,057 (-77.58%) / £295,000
09 (08) Nintendo Wii – 5,019 (-41.70%) / £59,000
10 (09) PlayStation Vita – 1,673 (-75.71%) / £59,000
11 (10) Nintendo DS – 1,673 (-51.42%) / £???

- 3DS software sales are up year-on-year to 248 729 units (+7.9%)
- Wii U software sales are down year-on-year 39.39%
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch and Wii U version combined) was the 3rd best-selling game in
- 1-2-Switch was #9
- Super Bomberman R is ranked #23
- Just Dance 2017 at #28
- on 3DS, the best-seller is Pokémon Sun (ranked #27), with Pokémon Moon at #39
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 makes a comeback at 40