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3DS eShop charts - Jan. 17th 2019

Pokemon fans made it very clear that they want Pokemon Crystal in the top spot on the 3DS eShop charts. Does Kirby have what it takes to knock Pokemon down a peg? I guess we'll find out soon enough!

Software

1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
3. Super Mario 3D Land
4. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
8. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
9. Tomodachi Life
10. Kirby Triple Deluxe
11. Pokemon Yellow
12. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
13. Yoshi’s New Island
14. Super Mario World
15. Pokemon Gold
16. Pokemon Silver
17. Gunman Clive
18. Super Mario Kart
19. Mario Kart 7
20. Bye-Bye BoxBoy!

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
3. Mario Kart 7 Video
4. Super Mario 3D Land Video
5. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
6. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
7. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Trailer
8. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
9. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
10. Introducing Tomodachi Life
11. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
12. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
13. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
14. Mario Party: The Top 100 – Official Game Trailer
15. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
16. Super Mario 3D Land Super Play Video
17. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Video
18. IronFall Trailer
19. Kirby Triple Deluxe Launch Trailer
20. Yoshi’s New Island Launch Trailer

Yes, Masahiro Sakurai plays Smash Bros. Ultimate for fun

You'd think Sakurai would be burnt out on Smash Bros. Ultimate by now. Years in development, and continued work on DLC. Surely he doesn't even want to think about the game when he leaves work. That's not the case at all, as Sakurai reveals in his latest Famitsu feature. Check out a translated snippet from the feature below, courtesy of NintendoEverything.

I’ve been playing Smash Bros. on-and-off too. Of course, I was able to fiddle around with it here and there during development, and I still play it with the rest of the staff during our lunch breaks. That being said, I’m still able to enjoy it as it is on my own Switch back at home. I spend my days sending my spirits out to scour for resources, sending them to training Dojos, and leveling up any Legend class spirits I have. In the long run, I plan to play until I’ve collected every spirit; other games take priority, though, so I’m making my way through it all at a leisurely pace.

Dragon Marked for Death - Details on voice customization, Japanese voices, Limited Edition, post-launch patch, and the Witch

As promised, Inti Creates aired a special Dragon Marked for Death live-stream in Japan, and it was chock-full of new details on the game. Check out a summary of the live-stream below.

- English voices will be the default for every version of Dragon Marked for Death
- there will be Japanese voices, with a total of four voice options for each character
- each voice option presents a different personality for the character
- Japanese voice actors for each character are:

Empress

Kaori Ishihara
Ai Kayano
Reina Kondou
Yoko Hikasa

Warrior

Yuichiro Umehara
Junichi Suwabe
Yuichi Nakamura
Taku Yashiro

Shinobi

Kouki Uchiyama
Tomokazu Sugita
Wataru Takagi
Ayumi Murase

Witch

Shiori Izawa
Maria Naganawa
Kaori Nazuka
Yumiri Hanamori

- Japanese voices are set to be added in a post-release patch
- this patch will also improve some gameplay aspect
- new stages shown in the live-stream include an underground tomb, and a swampy forest
- the Limited Edition version comes in a box that features an original drawing by Tohru Nakayama
- it also includes a 60-page artbook featuring character designs and more, as well as the full original soundtrack

Wrapping things up, we have the final character profile for Dragon Marked for Death. Check out the synopsis for the Witch below.

A young girl from the Dragonblood Clan, who is the adopted daughter of “The Last Remaining Witch” living in a hidden village. Her Scar is found on her head. After the destruction of the Magic Kingdom, magic is now only usable by certain royal members. After her adoptive mother lost her life, the young girl went back to her original home, only to have it destroyed by the holy knights.

Don't expect DLC for Wandersong

Wandersong dev Greg Lobanov is ready to move onto new games. He's actually working on three different ideas right now. Sadly, that means the world of Wandersong is coming to an end. In an interview with LootPots, Lobanov closes the door on any potential DLC.

As far as the story goes, I feel it like it ends in a really nice place. I don’t really feel like I want to bother the characters any more or ask them anything else. I feel like they’re pretty set. If I had a really strong idea for DLC, and maybe it’ll happen down the road, maybe I’ll change my mind about it. But right now everything is good, where it should be.

Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining - another batch of screens and character art

Check out the screens and art here

Peace had arrived in the old continent of Alfheim… or rather, peace should have arrived. Yuma, the hero who disappeared. Sightings of the magic knight Zest, who should have been destroyed. And Princess Excela’s activities behind the scenes. Kirika, Sonia, and Rinna, who made the charge to chase after them, encountered a boy and girl in another world. The old continent of Alfheim and the fantasy continent of Endias. When the gate of the sealed god, which once again appeared, connects the two worlds, a new story begins.

Piczle Colors - another batch of screens

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Test your puzzling skills in new ways using colors to complete logic PICture-puzZLEs! From Score Studios, the makers of Piczle Lines DX, comes Piczle Colors! Use the numbers around the side of the puzzle to work out how many blocks of which colour should be painted in each row and column. Since the order of the numbers doesn't determine the order you need to paint the colors you'll need to stretch your brain to figure it out. Luckily there are two types of numbers that indicate if the colors should be painted together or separately.

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition - latest Japanese trailer

Become Victor, hunter of demons. Forge your own hero on a quest to liberate the cursed city of Zagoravia. Explore ‘Motörhead: Through the Ages’ - a wild tour through the mythos of the loudest band in the world, and enter the Fractured Worlds, a dimension formed from the fragments of broken realms.

Nintendo president talks eSports, Switch sales, Nintendo Labo response, continued 3DS support, China, mobile plans, and much more

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa recently did an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, which we've covered a bit already. Furukawa made statements on Smash Bros. Ultimate sales and Switch momentum in general. Now we have a full rundown of what was said in the interview, and it contains a bunch of different topics. Check out the summary below.

- Nintendo has taken elements of eSports into consideration when developing games
- this includes the perspective of the audience and competitors
- Nintendo is looking into making eSports events not about “large prize money”, but to increase its “contact points” with fans
- Nintendo forecasts future growth (for Switch) in Asia, as the market that hasn’t been particularly strong
- Nintendo has “things yet to be done” in Asia
- if possible, Furukawa wants to tackle the challenge of entering the mainland Chinese market
- Furukawa wants to bring more Nintendo smartphone apps overseas
- 3DS has turned into an affordable console for entry-level players and children
- compared to the Switch form factor, the 3DS is “light and compact”
- the Switch business is isolated from the 3DS business, and both can co-exist
- Nintendo has no plans to discontinue 3DS at this time and will continue to support it
- Furukawa sales it's “unfavorable” to compare Nintendo Labo sales to the sales of other popular first party titles
- Nintendo Labo sales during the holiday season saw a bump
- Nintendo hopes to turn Nintendo Labo into an evergreen product
- Nintendo does not have plans to connect all of their smartphone apps with games on traditional hardware
- one goal of making smartphone apps is to increase the fans of a certain IP
- monetization of smartphone apps is different from traditional console games
- Nintendo is committed to release “two to three” smartphone apps within the year
- Nintendo is closely monitoring Switch sales trends during the end of year and new year holiday season
- Furukawa does not have the exact figure on how many Switch units were sold
- this means Furukawa isn't yet sure if they'll hit the 20 million Switch units sold in the current fiscal year
- with Switch approaching its 3rd anniversary, it will be more important than ever to deliver “fresh” software to consumers
- Nintendo wants to highlight the versatility of the Switch to consumers

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 doubles its copies sold in Japan in 2018

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was released for Switch in 2017, and during that year in Japan, the game managed to sell 90,251 units. Now that 2018 has closed, we have an update on Japanese sales in Japan. The latest sales tally for the game puts the total at 181,090 copies sold. That's a pretty fantastic round of momentum in Japan! Let's hope the situation is similar around the world.

8 out of the top 10 best-selling games in Japan for 2018 are Switch exclusive

Want more proof that the Switch is absolutely killing it in Japan? Take a look at the top 10 best-selling games in Japan for 2018. 8 of them can only be found on Switch, and another one appears on Switch. That leaves just one game out of the top ten that you can't get on Switch.

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. Monster Hunter World
3. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Eevee!
4. Splatoon 2
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
6. Super Mario Party
7. Kirby Star Allies
8. Super Mario Odyssey
9. Minecraft (Switch)
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild