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.

Dragon Quest X to launch for Switch this summer in Japan, Wii service ending

According to Gematsu, the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest X is planned to be released this summer in Japan. Additionally, Square Enix has also announced that their service for the Wii version of the game will be closing, as they want to be able to update the game to levels that were not possible on the Wii. The Wii version of the game will end at Version 3. However, Square Enix also stated that they were working on a campaign that will allow Wii users to easily migrate to the Switch version. This campaign will be explained in further detail at a later date.

Nintendo considered making an older Link for Zelda: Twilight Princess

The following conversation can be found in Zelda: Arts & Artifacts, with includes Nintendo artists Yusuke Nakano and Satoru Takizawa...

AA: So at that point, the story hadn’t been set yet, but you needed to design the face for the new Link. What things did you keep in mind as you worked?

Nakano: For the face, I talked at length with Takizawa-san as I started to sketch. I wanted him to be a little bit older. The Link up till now had been in his teens, but for this one we were talking about making him around twenty-five… maybe even thirty.

Takizawa: Meaning it was an adventure that an adult Link was taking on.

Nakano: He would be well built… A skinny man with a pretty face wouldn’t stand a chance against a large enemy, so we thought about making him quite sturdy. So the first illustrations were, in a way, pretty amazing.

Takizawa: They certainly were. There was even a square-jawed, burly-looking Link too. [laughs]

Nakano: When I showed the sketches to the overseas staff, the response I got back was, “What the fans want is the Link they saw in Ocarina of Time.” So in the end, his face and body type were made similar to that of the adult Link from that game.

AA: One of the most notable aspects of Twilight Princess is that Link can transform into a wolf.

Nakano: Yeah, so I made sure that the look of his eyes matched the eyes of Link as a wolf.

Takizawa: But the detail about him changing into a wolf came after the initial designs. So the sketches of Link later on had him looking much more wolf-like and wilder. At one point, there was talking about giving him a Japanese haircut style called a wolf cut, which would have given him a more wolfish look.

Nakano: I remember that. But the sketches I made for the front, back, and side views didn’t make him look very wild…

Gabe Newell originally thought the DS was "kinda stupid", believed PSP would crush it

Coming from Gabe Newell...

"Personally, I thought the DS was kinda stupid. I thought Sony was going to crush Nintendo in that generation of handheld devices. I was totally wrong. I hadn’t worked on it. I hadn’t tried to design any games for it. And clearly the DS ended up the winner. On the flipside, the first time I played Wii Sports, I was like, ‘Oh, my god — there’s so much potential here.’ But it turned out that Wii Sports pretty much nailed it, and that was it. And there was less innovation that I expected.”

Smash Bros. Melee gets "20XX Tournament Edition" fan mod

15 years after release and Melee is still getting updates. As you can see, this latest mod is all about the tournament play. It seems that you can get this mod up-and-running just by using your GameCube memory card! It also is compatible on both GameCube and Wii.

Eurogamer cooks Yeto's Superb Soup from Zelda: Twilight Princess

Thanks to NicoDarunia for the heads up!

Japan - Wii U/3DS/Wii sales for Feb. 10th, 2017

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Sale* (07 - 13 February)

– Final Fantasy (514 points → 257 points) Wii-VC
– Final Fantasy II (514 points → 257 points) Wii-VC
– Final Fantasy III (514 points → 257 points) Wii-VC
– Final Fantasy IV (926 points → ¥463 points) Wii-VC
– Final Fantasy V (926 points → 463 points) Wii-VC
– Final Fantasy VI (926 points → 463 points) Wii-VC
– Final Fantasy USA Mystic Quest (823 points → 412 points) Wii-VC
– Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord (1,028 points → 514 points) WiiWare
– Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (823 points → 412 points) WiiWare
– Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (1,543 points → ¥772 points) WiiWare

Dragon Ball Series Campaign (15 February - 01 March)

– Dragon Ball Fusions (¥6,156 → ¥5,250) 3DS
– Dragon Ball Heroes Ultimate Mission 2 (¥6,145 → ¥4,000) 3DS
– Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (¥6,145 → ¥4,000) 3DS

Chou Kagaku Dasshutsu Sale (15 - 22 February)

– Chou Kagaku Dasshutsu: Gear Detective (¥500 → ¥400) 3DS-DL
– Chou Kagaku Dasshutsu Story: Zekkai Gouka Kyakusen (¥800 → ¥400) 3DS-DL

Adventure Bar Labyrinth 1st Anniversary Sale (08 - 22 February)

– Adventure Bar Labyrinth (¥648 → ¥480) 3DS-DL

Pikii Half Price Winter Sale (01 - 15 February)

– Cave Story (¥1,000 → ¥500) 3DS-DL
– 1001 Spikes (¥1,000 → ¥500) 3DS-DL
– The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (¥1,500 → ¥750) n3DS-DL
– Bit.Trip Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (¥1,000 → ¥500) Wii U-DL
– 1001 Spikes (¥1,000 → ¥500) Wii U-DL
– The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (¥1,500 → ¥750) Wii U-DL
– Elliot Quest (¥1,000 → ¥500) Wii U-DL

Cosen Commemoration Sale (01 - 15 February)

– Kung Fu Rabbit (¥600 → ¥480) 3DS-DL
– Toy Stunt Bike (¥500 → ¥400) 3DS-DL
– Shinobi no Pazuru (¥500 → ¥400) 3DS-DL
– Gu~nyan (¥200 → ¥160) 3DS-DL
– Fantasy Pirates (¥500 → ¥400) 3DS-DL
– Magic Hammer (¥500 → ¥400) 3DS-DL
– Toys VS Monsters (¥500 → ¥400) 3DS-DL
– RV-7 My Drone (¥500 → ¥400) 3DS-DL

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Sale ctd. (07 - 13 February)

– Final Fantasy Explorers (¥4,860 → ¥2,430) 3DS
– Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (¥4,800 → ¥2,400) 3DS
– Final Fantasy (¥1,080 → ¥540) 3DS-DL
– Final Fantasy (¥514 → ¥257) 3DS-VC
– Final Fantasy II (¥514 → ¥257) 3DS-VC
– Final Fantasy III (¥514 → ¥257) 3DS-VC
– Final Fantasy (¥514 → ¥257) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy II (¥514 → ¥257) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy III (¥514 → ¥257) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy IV (¥926 → ¥463) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy V (¥926 → ¥463) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy VI (¥926 → ¥463) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy USA Mystic Quest (¥823 → ¥412) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy VI (¥514 → ¥257) Wii U-VC
– Chocobo Land: A Game of Dice (¥702 → ¥351) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy I-II Advance (¥702 → ¥351) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy IV Advance (¥702 → ¥351) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy V Advance (¥702 → ¥351) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy VI Advance (¥702 → ¥351) Wii U-VC
– Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (¥702 → ¥351) Wii U-VC

Console-Deals offers another positive look at Switch search trends on Google

One of the big criticisms of the Wii U was the lack of fanfare and marketing to coincide with its launch. Nintendo seem to have learned their lesson, with a much more concerted pre-launch campaign accompanying the Switch, including a potentially lucrative (and expensive) Superbowl spot (see below). Their efforts appear to be have been entirely justified based on the number of people searching for pre orders of the two consoles.

Full report here