Citizens of Earth being removed from the 3DS eShop in Japan

Their planet needs them

Without any explanation given, Arc System Works has announced that they'll be removing Citizens of Earth from the 3DS eShop in Japan. The title will be yanked on May 31st, 2019. No word on whether the game will be removed from the 3DS eShop in NA/EU at this time.

Japan - This week's 3DS themes (May 21st, 2019)

The 3DS eShop in Japan has gotten three new 3DS themes. The lineup includes three DECO*27 themes, featuring the tracks 「Nocturnal Kids」「Otome Dissection」and「Ai Kotoba Ⅲ」Each theme is priced at 200 Yen.

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Spirit Shield Slowdown' Spirit Board event announced

Slow down, sisiter

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event has been announced, and it takes place this Friday. This is the 'Spirit Shield Slowdown' event, which causes the roulette at the end of battles to spin slower. You'll be able to earn three times the normal amount of SP.

Famicom game Plasma Ball gets a fan-translation

Fan translators keep digging deeper and deeper into the Famicom's library to find titles that never got a localization. The latest title they've salvaged is Plasma Ball, which originally saw release in 1992. Plasma Ball is a versus action game focused on manipulating a ball to complete various objectives.

Fans working on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron HD remake


Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was impressive for the N64, but the visuals don't really hold up today. That's why a group of fans have taken on the task of an HD remake. You can see some of their progress above, which certainly looks leagues beyond the original. If only we could get an actual HD remake of this for Switch!

Epic teases Fortnite collab with Michael Jordan


Epic took to the official Fortnite subReddit to share the teaser image above, letting fans know to drop in tomorrow for more details. The image above includes the iconic silhouette/logo for Michael Jordan, so there's no doubt he'll be tied to this event in some way. We'll bring you the official details when they become available.

Assassin's Creed III Remastered - Wii U Vs. Switch comparison

Which one comes out on top?

While the Wii U might be dead-and-buried as far as new titles go, its name is kept alive through Switch port comparisons. Check out the video above to see how the Switch version of Assassin's Creed III Remastered compares to the Wii U port.

Japan - Next week's eShop releases (plus screens)

Fancy a drink?

Not too much lined up for the next week in Japan, but still some interesting titles in the mix. Check out the official lineup below.

- Moujuutsukai to Ouji-sama ~Flower & Snow~
- Pocket Rumble
- Hopping Girl Jumping Kingdom
- The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition!
- VA-11 HALL-A

April 2019 NPD: Switch #1 hardware, Mortal Kombat 11 #1 Switch software, plus much more

Another big month for Switch

Time for the April 2019 NPD sales report. Check out all the data below!

- Total: $842 million (Up 1% from $838 million in April 2018)
- Hardware: $160 million (Down 29% from $225 million)
- PC and console software: $427 million (Up 15% from $370 million)
- Accessories: $256 million (Up 5% from $243 million)
- Mortal Kombat 11 became the 2nd best-selling game of 2019 year-to-date
- Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game of the month on all platforms on which it released
- Mortal Kombat 11 is the first time a 3rd party published Switch game was the platform's top seller since Mario + Rabbids
- Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms
- Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of both April as well as year-to-date across both unit and dollar sales
- Switch 32GB with neon red and blue joy cons is the best-selling individual hardware item of 2019
- amiibo Super Smash Bros Series 1 Character Packs were the best-selling video game accessory of Apri

Software Rankings

Top 20 best selling titles (March 2019)

1. Mortal Kombat 11
2. Days Gone
3. MLB 19: The Show
4. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
6. Grand Theft Auto V
7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
9. NBA 2K19
10. Yoshi's Crafted World*
11. Red Dead Redemption II
12. Mario Kart 8*
13. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
14. Minecraft#
15. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
16. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
18. Jump Force
19. Battlefield V*
20. Borderlands

* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
# Minecraft digital sales on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One included

Top 10 best selling titles (Year to Date 2019)

1. Kingdom Hearts III
2. Mortal Kombat 11
3. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
4. Anthem^
5. Resident Evil 2 2019
6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
7. Red Dead Redemption II
8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
9. Jump Force
10. MLB 19: The Show

Top 10 Switch titles (April 2019)

1. Mortal Kombat 11
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
3. Yoshi's Crafted World*
4. Mario Kart 8*
5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
7. Super Mario Party*
8. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
9. Super Mario Odyssey*
10. Labo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit

Top 10 3DS titles (April 2019)

Beloved school custodian dresses as Mario for 10 years to relate to and encourage students


David Howard was a custodian at Johnson Primary School in West Tucson for 20 years. The the last 10 of those years, Mr. Howard has been dressing up as Mario. Why dress up as Mario, you ask? Mr. Howard said he did it in order to relate to the kids. He also used the costume as a way to encourage kids to show up to school and work hard. If students followed through and did their best, Mr. Howard would dress as Mario to reward them.

David Howard had his last day at work on May 17th, 2019, retiring after his 20 years of service. Howard didn't disappoint on his final day, dressing up as Mario one last time to say goodbye to students and staff alike. There was even one student who started crying because she had to leave early and thought she'd miss Mario, but Mr. Howard made sure to meet up to say goodbye.

As a final goodbye from his position, family and friends came together in a classroom to celebrate. Of course, David was given a Mario cake for the festivities.