Creepy Road - more gameplay footage

The world has gone mad. It’s a long way home and thousands of crazy animals and mad men trying to stop you. When everything goes insane and the world falls apart, a man must take up arms to protect his loved ones. Embark with Flint Trucker on a crazy journey to reunite him with sweet Angelina, and try not to succumb to the madness that awaits you!

Chrono Trigger director explains why he got involved in Oninaki, and the advice he's been offering

In the most recent Nintendo Direct, we found out that Square-Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory were working on Oninaki, an action RPG for Switch. Shortly thereafter, we learned that the creative producer on the project was none other than Tokita Takashi, the director of Chrono Trigger. In an interview with Famitsu, Takashi explains how he got involved with the project, and goes over the advice he's been offering.

Getting involved with the game

When Tokyo RPG Factory started and I heard they were making a new series of classical RPGs, I thought: “Well, well, sounds like you guys are getting into something interesting.” For a long time we worked together on some of the stuff for Chrono Trigger and also consulted on other projects, but I thought this time I would properly meddle in their plans! (laughs)

Advice he's been offering to the team

When you compare them to movies and manga, I don’t think games have that same feeling of excitement. So we can create that feeling of excitement in the boss battles and elsewhere in the game, we have to include sections that go against what he player expects. Then we have to decide how far we want that feeling of unpredictability to go.

Traditional games didn’t have the expressive power that they do today, so those more serious episodes just didn’t feel all that real. But sometimes the player could bring those images to life with their imagination and those sorts of mental pictures stayed with them. Because nowadays it’s not like we are trying to express everything through images – we can go ahead and keep making more and more of those impactful episodes. For sure what we really want to create is a work that will emotionally affect the player and also stay with them afterwards.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn - preload now live, file size detailed

If you missed out on Kirby's Epic Yarn, perhaps you'll want to jump in on Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn. The title is coming to 3DS on March 8th, 2019, and if you're going the digital route, you can preload the game on the 3DS eShop right now. You'll need to clear out 11,665 blocks of space for the game.

Switch eShop charts - Feb. 23rd, 2019

Looks like Square-Enix's idea to bring some older Final Fantasy games to Switch was a very good one. Final Fantasy IX takes the top spot on BOTH Switch charts this week! Can you imagine how well Final Fantasy VII is going to do!?

All Games

1. Final Fantasy IX
2. Undertale
3. Diablo III: Eternal Collection
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
5. Wargroove
6. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
7. Stardew Valley
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
9. Minecraft
10. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
11. Overcooked 2
12. Hollow Knight
13. Rocket League
14. Super Mario Party
15. NBA 2K19
16. Phantaruk
17. FIFA 19
18. Super Mario Odyssey
19. Moonlighter
20. Robonauts
21. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
22. Civilization VI
23. Downwell
24. Escape Doodland
25. Modern Combat Blackout
26. Arcade Archives Vs. Super Mario Bros.
27. Fitness Boxing
28. Hollow
29. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee
30. Just Dance 2019

Download-Only Games

1. Final Fantasy IX
2. Wargroove
3. Stardew Valley
4. Hollow Knight
5. Phantaruk
6. Robonauts
7. Downwell
8. Escape Doodland
9. Modern Combat Blackout
10. Arcade Archives Vs. Super Mario Bros.
11. Hollow
12. Violett
13. Road Redemption
14. Pikuniku
15. Celeste
16. Space Ribbon
17. The Jackbox Party Pack 4
18. Human: Fall Flat
19. Dragon Marked for Death: Frontline Fighters
20. Sparkle 2 EVO
21. Owlboy
22. Food Truck Tycoon
23. Urban Trial Playground
24. Oh… Sir!! The Insult Simulator
25. Snipperclips
26. Nine Parchments
27. Super Hero Fight Club Reloaded
28. Drift Legends
29. Car Mechanic Simulator
30. Guacamelee 2

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Feb. 23rd, 2019

[Summoning Focus] A new Summoning Focus is now live: Heroes with Blazing Light. It features the following Heroes: Leif (Prince of Leonster), Celica (Caring Princess), and Ophelia (Dramatic Heroine). (available until March 4th)

[Special Maps] The latest Rival Domains map is now available. This time, you get a bonus if you defeat allies using cavalry allies (available until March 2nd)

Super Mario Run - content update for Feb. 23rd, 2019

[Event] The latest Weekend Spotlight event is now live, and this time, it’s all about Princess Peach! Here’s all the items you can get from the Super Bonus Game in Remix 10: Peach Topiary (25%), 8-bit Peach Statue (25%), Peach Statue (20%), Gold Peach Statue (20%), Peach (Wedding) Statue (10%) (available until February 25th)

First 4 Figures - Solid Snake SD 8" PVC Statue - Trailer and 'Making Of' video feature

First 4 Figures is proud to present the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid – Solid Snake SD 8" PVC Painted statue.
"Unfortunately, killing is one of those things that gets easier the more you do it." ― Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid

SMITE - Top 5 Plays #191

Time to check out the top 5 plays of the week in Smite, as chosen by the dev team. I don't think any Switch players have gotten in these highlight reels yet, but hopefully that changes in the coming months. Get out there and strut your stuff, Switch players!

Devil Engine patch in the works for Switch

A patch is coming to Devil Engine on Switch, we just don't know when yet. This patch aims to fix a bug with the Stage 4 boss that can cause a crash during a certain attacks. There's another bug that the patch takes care of, which comes up when the player rapidly un-pauses the game while using the laser. When the patch becomes available, we'll be sure to let you know.

Nintendo sales data for France in 2018, Nintendo takes the #1 publisher spot for the year

Wondering how Nintendo did in France for 2018? Some official sales numbers have finally come out, giving us a good look at what French gamers scooped up last year. Check out the Nintendo tidbits below.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#4 All-Format, #3 Individual): 542,392 units sold during its second year
Super Mario Party (#5 All-Format, #5 Individual): 380,305 units sold in less than 3 months;
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (#7 All-Format, #8 Individual): 335,615 units sold in less than a month;
Super Mario Odyssey (#8 All-Format, #6 Individual): 328,746 units sold during its second year;
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#13 All-Format, #11 Individual): 269,450 units sold during its second year;
Splatoon 2 (#14 All-Format, #Individual): 262,023 units sold during its second year;
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu (#16 All-Format, #13 Individual): 229,857 units sold in less than two months;
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (#18 All-Format, #16 Individual): 180,223 units sold;
1-2-Switch (#20 All-Format, #17 Individual): 172,565 units sold during its second year.
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (#19 Individual): 161,557 units sold, and best-selling version of the game;
FIFA 19 (#20 Individual, #1 All-Format): 156,854 units sold on Switch alone, and 1,353,358 units sold for all versions combined

As you might have guessed with the data above, Nintendo wound up the most successful publisher in France in 2018. Nintendo managed to sell more games than both Electronic Arts and Take-Two combined.