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Nick Chavez becomes Nintendo's new Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

No, not the QVC hair care guy


Reggie retires, Doug Bowser takes over, and now Nick Chavez gets a promotion. Mr. Chavez is taking the role of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which is the position Mr. Bowser left. I think it's time for all of us Nintendo fans to give Mr. Chavez a warm welcome! Making memes about Doug Bowser is easy, but we'll have to think a bit harder for our Chavez puns.

de Blob faces game-breaking bug after Switch version 8.0.0 update

de bummer

Switch was updated to Version 8.0.0 recently, and it included a bunch of new features. The update has also rendered at least one game completely unplayable. For whatever reason, de Blob will not move past the first loading screen. The game will hang, and then an error code is spit out. This issue impacts both the retail and eShop versions. Hopefully THQ Nordic works on a fix soon.

Nintendo running Switch Golden Week sale in Japan

A golden opportunity

Golden Week in Japan is always a big time for video game sales, and Nintendo wants to make sure they give their titles a nice boost leading into the holiday. From April 25th to May 8th, 2019, Nintendo is running a Golden Week sale on the Switch eShop. Select games will be 30% off, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby Star Allies, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, 1-2-Switch, Octopath Traveler, Go Vacation, and more. You can check out the full list of games here.

Splatoon 2's SpringFest results are in

Nintendo fans rewrite history

Well, I guess the fable would play out a bit differently in real life. Splatoon 2's SpringFest, which pit the tortoise against the hare, has wrapped up. The winner in a 2-1 victory is Team Hare. It was definitely a close battle, but Team Hare just wanted it more, I guess!

Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt doesn't include unlockable characters

The Kryptkeeper's not having it

We've had character reveals, character leaks, and DLC character datamining details. We've had tons of character info on Mortal Kombat 11 so far, but some fans want more. A few hopefuls were holding out for the game's Krypt mode to include a few more unlockable characters, but that's not going to be the case.

NetherRealm themselves have said that The Krypt doesn't hide unlockable characters within, but you will be able to get a ton of items, including some rather nostalgic ones.

Game Informer Video Feature - Visiting NetherRealm Studios For Mortal Kombat 11

Behind the veil

Game Informer's Ben Hanson and Suriel Vazquez share impressions of visiting NetherRealm Studios for the magazine's cover story on Mortal Kombat 11 and what it's like to meet Ed Boon.

UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure - gameplay footage

Robots are cool when they’re blinking lights and zooming by with their sleek metallic finish. In UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure, a whole horde of robots are on the loose and taking over Uglyville trying to make it “perfect!”.

Mortal Kombat 11 is the first third party Switch game to use the higher speed GPU profile for handheld play

So powerful!

There are two games on the Switch that use a higher-speed GPU profile when being played in handheld mode; Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. We now have our first third party title to join them, which is Mortal Kombat 11. The game utilizes the 460mHz profile, which gives a boost to the graphics, but depletes your battery faster.

Nintendo Dream Magazine - Favorite Characters Poll for June 2019

Kirby...it's always Kirby. No other character can seem to knock Kirby from the top spot! He takes June 2019, with the second place character coming in at an over 70 point difference.

Kirby (Kirby) - 198
Link (The Legend of Zelda) - 123
Mario (Super Mario) - 96
Pikachu (Pokémon)
Sans (UNDERTALE)
Luigi (Super Mario)
Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
Meta Knight (Kirby)
Yoshi (Super Mario)
Inkling (Splatoon)
Eevee (Pokémon)
Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
Ike (Fire Emblem)
Ness (Mother)
Chrom (Fire Emblem)
King Dedede (Kirby)
Fox (Star Fox)
Undine (UNDERTALE)
Corrin (Fire Emblem)
Susie (DELTARUNE)

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster's retail release requires you to insert the game card to play X-2

Ugghhhhh...

As you are well aware by now, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster's retail release in the states include Final Fantasy X on a game card, and X-2 as a download code. Now here's where things get a little annoying. Even though X-2 is completely download, you can't play it without having the Final Fantasy X game card inserted into your Switch. A minor nuisance, but it stings that much more for fans who were hoping both games came on one card in the first place.