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YIIK devs on the game's silly weapons, and a main character who's kind of an asshole

Coming from a GamesBeat interview with Andrew Allanson, co-creator of YIIK, and Brian Kwek, founder of Ysbryd...

AA: “In fantasy, it feels normal for a guy to have a sword, but if it was set in 2017 what’re your options? A gun? A knife? None of that really lends itself to telling stories that are usually appropriate for RPGs. So, if you go for more silly weapons like vinyls, baseball bats, yo-yos, you’re bound to get a quirky game.

It was difficult balancing story and gameplay sections. Getting them to feel fluid. We wanted there to be a nice balance of puzzles, exploration, conversation, and battles. We spent a lot of time taking things out, adding them back in, etc.”

BW: Alex, the main character, is actually kind of an asshole, at least you’ll see that in the beginning. The journey that Alex takes is one that — I think I’d like to believe — in real life people really go through that introspective stuff.”

Japan - Switch hits 1 million units sold

Nintendo has officially sold 1 million Switch units in Japan! It took the company 16 weeks to hit the goal. No doubt, the figure could have been reached faster if there was more stock to go around! Here's now the figure stacks up against Wii U and Wii in their first 16 weeks.

- Wii: 1.85 million units
- Wii U: 820 000 units

GameStop selling real-life Splatoon Splattershots this July

They come in both Blaster and Mini options! You can grab your own right here.

De Mambo dev had no interest in bringing the game to Wii U, Nintendo reached out to them for Switch version

Coming from a Eurogamer interview with dev Shaun Roopra...

We tried to avoid Nintendo. At that point it was the Wii U so there was no point, it was dying off. And they had Smash already, so... At the beginning it was the Vita, which we thought was perfect because it was so minimal. We tried to avoid Nintendo, but then they came to us, so what are you going to do?

We thought it was for the Wii U, so we were like 'nah, we don't want to do the Wii U'. Then they mentioned it might be for NX, and we realized from Eurogamer's rumours that maybe it's true - maybe that is the NX!"

My Nintendo Japan - update for June 23rd, 2017

Nintendo 3DS/Wii U software discounts
– 20% off Miitopia (3DS) - ends 30 June 2017 (¥5,076 → ¥4,060) 800 PP
– 30% off New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) - ends 30 June 2017 (¥4,937 → ¥3,455) 110 GP
– 50% off Super Mario World (n3DS) - ends 30 June 2017 (¥823 → ¥411) 30 GP
– 50% off Super Mario Bros. (3DS) - ends 30 June 2017 (¥514 → ¥257) 20 GP
– 30% off New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U) - ends 30 June 2017 (¥6,156 → ¥4,309) 140 GP
– 50% off New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii U) - ends 30 June 2017 (¥2,700 → ¥1,350) 100 GP
– 50% off New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U) - ends 30 June 2017 (¥950 → ¥475) 35 GP
– 20% off Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii U) - ends 05 July 2017 (¥2,700 → ¥2,160) 40 GP
– 20% off Pikmin (Wii U) - ends 05 July 2017 (¥2,700 → ¥2,160) 40 GP
– 20% off Pikmin 2 (Wii U) - ends 05 July 2017 (¥2,700 → ¥2,160) 40 GP
– 20% off Odoru Made in Wario (Wii U) - ends 05 July 2017 (¥2,700 → ¥2,160) 40 GP
– 40% off Picross e5 (3DS) - ends 31 July 2017 (¥500 → ¥300) 150 PP
– 40% off Picross e6 (3DS) - ends 31 July 2017 (¥500 → ¥300) 150 PP
– 20% off Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon!! (3DS) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥5,378 → ¥4,302) 80 GP
– 20% off Tank Troopers (3DS) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥800 → ¥640) 120 PP
– 40% off Fire Emblem Thracia 776 (n3DS) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥926 → ¥555) 30 GP
– 40% off Fire Emblem Gaiden (3DS) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥514 → ¥308) 15 GP
– 20% off Katachi Shinhakken! Rittai Picross 2 (3DS) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥3,240 → ¥2,592) 500 PP
– 40% off Katachi Shinhakken! Rittai Picross 2 (3DS) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥3,240 → ¥1,944) 100 GP
– 40% off The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (n3DS) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥926 → ¥555) 30 GP
– 40% off The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Wii U) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥1,234 → ¥740) 40 GP
– 40% off The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Wii U) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥1,234 → ¥740) 40 GP
– 40% off Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (Wii U) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥926 → ¥555) 40 GP
– 40% off Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (Wii U) - ends 31 August 2017 (¥926 → ¥555) 40 GP

All Fire Emblem Heroes rewards
– 10 Orbs (mobile) - indefinite (1 redemption ever) 0 PP
– 500 Universal Crystals (mobile) - indefinite 100 PP
– Stamina Potion (mobile) - indefinite 100 PP
– Light’s Blessing (mobile) - indefinite (3 redemptions) 100 PP
– Dueling Crest (mobile) - indefinite 100 PP
– 500 Universal Shards (mobile) - indefinite 100 PP

All Super Mario Run rewards
– Toad (mobile) - indefinite (1 redemption ever) 0 PP
– 1000 coins (mobile) - indefinite 60 PP
– 2000 coins (mobile) - indefinite 100 PP
– 3000 coins (mobile) - indefinite 140 PP
– 5 Toad Rally Tickets (mobile) - indefinite 150 PP
– 10 Toad Rally Tickets (mobile) - indefinite 250 PP
– White Flower Patch (mobile) - indefinite (99 redemptions) 30 PP
– Block E (mobile) - indefinite indefinite (10 redemptions) 100 PP
– Gold Mario Statue (mobile) - indefinite (1 redemption) 300 PP
– Gold Bowser Statue (mobile) - indefinite (1 redemption) 300 PP
– Gold Peach Statue (mobile) - indefinite (1 redemption) 300 PP

All Miitomo rewards
– Miitomo Drop game ticket (mobile) - indefinite (5 redemptions per month) 85 PP
– 5 Miitomo Drop game tickets (mobile) - indefinite (2 redemptions per month) 450 PP
– 10 Miitomo Drop game tickets (mobile) - indefinite (1 redemption) 250 PP
– Long-Sleeved Raglan Logo T-Shirt (mobile) - ends 31 July 2017 (9 colours) 150 PP
– Fish Brooch (mobile) - ends 31 July 2017 (3 colours) 100 PP

Software and digital content for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
– Nintendo×JOYSOUND Wii Karaoke U 1 hour ticket (Wii U) - indefinite 100 PP
– My Nintendo PICROSS The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS) - indefinite 1,000 PP
– My Nintendo Theme 1: Mario (3DS) - indefinite 200 PP
– My Nintendo Theme 2: Donkey Kong (3DS) - indefinite 200 PP
– My Nintendo Theme 3: Link (3DS) - indefinite 200 PP
– My Nintendo Theme 4: Samus (3DS) - indefinite 200 PP
– My Nintendo Theme 5: Shizue (3DS) - indefinite 200 PP

All Nintendo Switch rewards (Coming Soon)
– Splatoon 2 FA-11 Custom Gear (Switch) ??
– Splatoon 2 Ika V Collaboration Gear (Switch) ??

Japanese actress for Zelda in Breath of the Wild details the recording process

The following Zelda: Breath of the Wild dev blog features an interview with Yu Shimamura, who voices Princess Zelda in the Japanese version of the game.

- she felt pretty uneasy at the beginning, and she even remembers asking “Is it really OK for me to talk?”
- she was told that “It’s all part of our challenge to revisit the conventions of the Legend of Zelda series.”
- the scene at the beginning of a ceremony caused Shimamura a bit of trouble
- the lines of the ritual did not properly reflect Zelda’s personality, her motivations, her powerlessness, and awkwardness
- Shimamura talked about it with Naoki Mori (who was in charge of Cinematic Design, including screenplay, and cutscenes)
- the whole thing was rewritten several times, until they arrived at the final result
- there’s quite a lot of scenes she really likes in the game
- her favorite line is the “Yes” Princess Zelda gives as an answer to the Deku Tree in a particular scene
- in that scene, Zelda thinks about what she should do, but she cannot see it at all
- she refuses to give up, and wants to give hope to Link
- Shimamura tried to convey all of those feelings through the single "Yes" she spoke
- recording felt completely different than for animation, the dubbing of (foreign) movies, or other games
- there was no fixed routine of how to approach it, as all different things were being tried out
- lines were redone even after other lines were implemented in the game, as the team found better ways to say things
- Shimamura finally managed to beat the game the other day, but she wants to keep practicing her shield surfing
- Shimamura explains that she really gave it her whole when voicing Princess Zelda, to give her emotions
- she hopes that players will remember their memories of Princess Zelda

Japanese software sales - top 50 for week 24, 2017

01./00. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 100.652 / NEW
02./01. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 16.822 / 522.091 (+1%)
03./04. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 10.200 / 504.726 (+15%)
04./03. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross (Capcom) {2017.03.18} (¥5.800) – 8.638 / 1.521.453 (-15%)
05./02. [PS4] Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.06.01} (¥8.200) – 5.407 / 76.603 (-57%)
06./06. [PS4] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Nihon Falcom) {2017.05.25} (¥6.800) – 4.697 / 47.964 (-12%)
07./07. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} (¥5.700) – 3.598 / 167.050 (-22%)
08./10. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 3.588 / 349.575 (+13%)
09./09. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800) – 3.198 / 344.841 (-9%)
10./11. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 2.971 / 3.275.414 (+1%)
11./16. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 2.940 / 1.164.180 (+19%)
12./05. [NSW] Seiken Densetsu Collection (Square Enix) {2017.06.01} (¥4.800) – 2.835 / 37.728 (-47%)
13./12. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 2.747 / 190.346 (-6%)
14./14. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 2.618 / 222.668 (-4%)
15./13. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700) – 2.599 / 1.052.401 (-5%)
16./19. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 2.242 / 133.024 (-2%)
17./18. [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo) {2017.03.30} (¥4.980) – 2.195 / 102.977 (-6%)
18./21. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 2.145 / 2.783.005
19./20. [3DS] Pro Baseball Famista Climax (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.20} (¥5.700) – 2.135 / 86.616 (-2%)
20./31. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400) – 2.064 / 193.485
21./08. [PSV] Shiro to Kuro no Alice # (Idea Factory) {2017.06.08} (¥6.300)
22./25. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800)
23./15. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft) {2015.12.10} (¥8.400)
24./29. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700)
25./23. [PS4] Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition (From Software) {2017.04.20} (¥5.900)
26./43. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV # (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800)
27./22. [PS4] Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 (Arc System Works) {2017.05.25} (¥4.800)
28./32. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600)
29./27. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (Ubisoft) {2017.03.09} (¥8.400)
30./24. [NSW] Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Capcom) {2017.05.26} (¥4.990)
31./45. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800)
32./28. [3DS] Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia # (Nintendo) {2017.04.20} (¥4.980)
33./33. [NSW] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
34./30. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥7.980)
35./00. [3DS] Tomodachi Life [Nintendo Selects] (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
36./40. [PS4] Horizon: Zero Dawn # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.03.02} (¥6.900)
37./35. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2017 [Konami the Best] (Konami) {2017.04.13} (¥3.980)
38./26. [PSV] Shiin (Experience) {2017.06.01} (¥4.800)
39./34. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800)
40./00. [PS4] Tales of Berseria [Welcome Price!!] (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.06.01} (¥3.800)
41./00. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980)
42./37. [3DS] Attack on Titan: Escape from Certain Death # (Koei Tecmo) {2017.05.11} (¥5.800)
43./36. [3DS] Cube Creator DX (Arc System Works) {2017.04.27} (¥2.800)
44./00. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.200)
45./41. [WIU] Splatoon # (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700)
46./42. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (Spike Chunsoft) {2016.09.01} (¥6.480)
47./50. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind – Chain [Spike Chunsoft the Best] (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.06.01} (¥2.980)
48./46. [NSW] Puyo Puyo Tetris (Sega) {2017.03.03} (¥4.990)
49./48. [NSW] Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch (Square Enix) {2017.03.03} (¥8.800)
50./47. [3DS] Miitopia (Nintendo) {2016.12.08} (¥4.700)

Japanese eShop charts - June 12th to 18th, 2017

Nintendo Switch (June 23rd only)

01. ARMS (Switch)
02. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch-DL)
03. Issho ni Chokitto Snippers (Switch-DL)
04. Human Resource Machine (Switch-DL)
05. Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch-DL)
06. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
07. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
08. Shovel Knight (Switch-DL)
09. ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug 3 (Switch-VC)
10. Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Switch-DL)
11. Kamiko (Switch-DL)
12. Seiken Densestsu Collection (Switch)
13. Plantera Garden Life DX Edition (Switch-DL)
14. Battle Sports Mekuru (Switch-DL)
15. Little Inferno (Switch-DL)

Nintendo 3DS

01. The Battle Cats POP! (3DS-DL)
02. Ice Station Z (3DS-DL)
03. Asdivine Cross (3DS-DL)
04. Cube Creator DX (3DS)
05. Monster Hunter XX (3DS)
06. Kirby Fighters Z (3DS-DL)
07. Urban Trial: Freestyle 2 (3DS-DL)
08. Pocket Monsters Pikachu (3DS-VC)
09. Alchemic Dungeons (3DS-DL)
10. Sayonara! Hakoboy! (3DS-DL)

Wii U

01. Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Wii U-DL)
02. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U)
03. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
04. Bomberman ‘94 (Wii U-VC)
05. Super Mario World (Wii U-VC)
06. Super Mario RPG (Wii U-VC)
07. Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Wii U-VC)
08. Splatoon (Wii U)
09. Super Mario 64 (Wii U-VC)
10. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

Shovel Knight - More info on King Knight's upcoming content

The following info comes from a Shacknews interview with Yacht Club's Sean Velasco and Nick Wozniak...

- King Knight's story will carry a far lighter tone, compared to his predecessors
- "It's more wacky, it's more lighthearted. The personality of King Knight, we really want it to come through."
- King Knight's movement will be a lot more "doofy" I
- King Knight is arrogant, he's selfish, he's out for himself and his treasures
- Yacht Club says King Knight is kind of similar to Wario
- Battle Mode will be the last thing that the team does for Shovel Knight, and then they'll move away from it for awhile
- King Knight content has no release date yet, but should be seeing release soon