Super Mario Odyssey - Twitter update for Jan. 19th, 2018

Nintendo continues with their Super Mario Odyssey concept art showcase. Today we get some more artwork relating to Tostarena. Once again, I find myself really hoping Nintendo puts out an official book with all this art. It's something I absolutely need on my coffee table!

Chinese TV station gets duped, says Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is coming to Switch

Recently we saw some speculation concerning Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. We knew Nintendo was contacting gaming press to ask for permission to use their Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review quotes for something. People started thinking Nintendo was going to re-release the game on Switch, and that rumor grew wildly. Then we found out Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is getting a Nintendo Selects release on 3DS, which explains the review quote situation.

Now here's where things get weird. Somehow that rumor of A Link Between Worlds on Switch made it all the way over to China. Shanghai Mobile TV, a Chinese TV station you can watch on buses/trains, ran a story saying A Link Between Worlds was coming to Switch. As far as we know, they've gotten their wires crossed and are reporting the earlier rumor as fact. Either that, or this news station knows something we don't!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has outperformed Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X in Japan

Here's another bit of great news for Nintendo and the Switch in Japan. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has managed to sell 172,676 copies in Japan thus far. That means it has outperformed both Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii (103,762 copies) and Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U (104,137 copies). Analysts are predicting that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will reach 200k sold in Japan alone.

Nintendo Labo is big talk in China

The Switch is yet to officially launch in China, but that hasn't stopped the platform from making waves. Looks like the Chinese audience is pretty enamored with Nintendo's latest software reveal. Discussion of Nintendo Labo has made huge waves in China, becoming the second most-discussed topic on Baidu Tieba, the Chinese equivalent of Reddit. If Nintendo ever had a reason to push hard to get Switch into China, this would be it!

Fire Emblem Heroes - One-year anniversary event details

On Feb. 2nd, Fire Emblem Heroes will be one year old! Can you believe it's already been that long? Nintendo and Intelligent Systems will be celebrating the milestone with some special in-game events and more. Check out details on those updates below.

4 main events:

- One-Year Anniversary Celebration Log-in Bonus
- Starter Support Pack will be added to the Shop, for everyone to purchase (but only once)
- Welcome Back Gift will be sent to certain players
- second Choose Your Legends event

One-Year Anniversary Celebration Log-in Bonus

- allows you to get 2 Orbs per days, up to 10 times (so 20 Orbs in total) and is available until February 3rd

Starter Support Pack (available now) includes

- 12 Orbs
- 12 Stamina Potions
- 12 Light’s Blessings
- Black Knight (5*)

Welcome Back gift

- available to players who haven’t played Fire Emblem Heroes for at least 30 days
- Sharena will give you 20 Orbs when you log-in for the first time
- currently live

Second Choose your Legends

- takes place from January 22nd to January 29th
- top characters will appear in Fire Emblem Heroes as Special Heroes, sometime in the future
- official website for the event is set to be launched today

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Version 1.2.0 now available

Version 1.2.0

Fixed an issue in which parts set to a specific Skill RAM failed to provide their intended effects.
Adjusted the Gormott regular quest “The Riddle on the Wall” to make it completable regardless of player progression in the main story.
Adjusted Finch’s Blade Quest “Birds of a Feather” to make it completable regardless of player progression in the main story.
Fixed an issue in Agate’s Blade Quest “Precious Yearnings” preventing quest progression.
Added functionality to allow players to receive the first round of quests and the second round of items associated with the Expansion Pass.
Voiced segments in menus can now be skipped with the A or B button.

Nintendo stock hits a 9-year high

Nintendo continues hitting new high points with their stock. There have been some minor dips, but it's a constant climb back to Nintendo's heyday during Wii/DS era. While we're not at that point yet, today we see Nintendo hit a 9-year high. The last time Nintendo saw their stocks at this level was all the way back in September 2008.

Japan - eShop charts for Jan. 11th to 17th, 2018

Nintendo Switch eShop Charts

Stardew Valley
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Human Fall Flat
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Splatoon 2
VS. Super Mario Bros.
Overcooked: Special Edition
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Mama ni Game Kakusareta!

Nintendo 3DS eShop Charts

Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e…
Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami
Pocket Monsters Crystal
Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition
Super Mario Bros. 3
Dragon Quest
Ice Station Z
Pocket Monsters Silver
Pocket Monsters Gold

Wii U eShop Charts

Super Mario Bros. 3
Hoshi no Kirby Wii
Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes
Mario Kart 8
Mario Party 10
Minecraft: Wii U Edition
Super Mario Maker
VS. Excitebike
Super Mario 64

Even the local news is talking about Nintendo Labo

With all that's going on in the world, you know Nintendo has struck a chord when they make the local news. Even if it's just a quick segment, PIX11 News felt it important to show the world what Nintendo Labo was all about.

Thanks to Magitroopa for the heads up!