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RUMOR - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order showing very strong sales at launch

Let's hope so!

Well here's a bit of encouraging info, albeit unconfirmed at the moment. BenjiSales on Twitter, who appears to have connections to those tracking sales data, has some supposed information on how well Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is doing. Again, we cannot confirm this information just yet, but we'll certainly try to get another source to back this up. Until then, take the following tidbits with a grain of salt.

- the game's first 48 hours of sales are tracking significantly ahead of expectations in U.S.
- could be the 3rd biggest Switch launch of 2019 so far
- tracking significantly ahead of other big launches on Switch, such as Mortal Kombat 11 and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 727

The one where we talk about Cats

Thanks to @KrazyKernal for the awesome artwork!

Nintendo. Marvel. Cats. Actors. That is all.

Download Episode 727!

Sonic originally had a Spider-Sense-like ability where he would sneeze prior to incoming danger

Sonic tingle

What in the HELL is this all about?! I have never, ever heard about this, but apparently it's the real deal. At one point in Sonic's history, the blue blur apparently had an ability that would make him sneeze to alert him to danger. Similar to Spider-Man's Spider-Sense, but much weirder.

There's all sorts of history to this sneeze ability as well. It's even part of the Sonic CD intro animation, albeit a very quick portion. There's official Sonic comics and promo materials that mention the sneeze, and even a cut sneezing sprite animation from Sonic CD itself. Man, you think you know everything about a character, and then something like this is unearthed!

Shigesato Itoi co-worker says it would be impossible for Itoi to create Mother 4, but they'd be glad if someone else did it

A Mother without Itoi?

Earlier in the week, we mentioned that the most recent issue of Nintendo Dream had a feature on the 30th anniversary of the Mother series. In that feature was an interview with Yasuhiro Nagata, the editor in chief for “Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun,” a website hosted by Shigesato Itoi. In a portion of the interview, a discussion of the potential for Mother 4 comes up. You can see the full discussion below, translated by JapaneseNintendo.

ND: Later after that, the information magazine BRUTUS published a dialogue between Itoi-san and Iwata-san about “MOTHER 4 is not being made”. That was also Nagata-san[‘s doing], right?

Nagata: I was in charge of the interview and its composition. The fact that “MOTHER 4 is not being released” itself has been told here and there, and we’ve always said it

ND: So after that feature came out, you’re not getting asked about it anymore?

Nagata: We get asked. It’s already shaped like a staple; even now we still keep getting asked about MOTHER 4 and the “buried treasure” (laughs)

ND: What is the current answer regarding that?

Nagata: Our stance is that it’s already impossible for Itoi to create it, and we’d be glad if someone else creates it. This has never changed either.

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If Mother 4 were to ever happen, and Itoi wasn't involved, what team would you want to take it up? Is there anyone out there you'd consider worthy?

Switch "Joy-Con Drift" class action lawsuit officially filed

Now we play the waiting game

Earlier in the week, we noted that the law offices of Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith were looking to file a class action lawsuit against Nintendo concerning Switch Joy-Con drift. Some users have complained that their Joy-Con analog sticks were malfunctioning, causing unintended movements in games. Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith wanted to hear from players having this issue, as they were gathering info to move ahead with the lawsuit.

Looks like they heard all they needed from the public, as Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith have officially filed their lawsuit. The law office has added the following note to their website.

CSK&D has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America, Inc. (“Nintendo”) for claims relating to alleged defects in the Joy-Con controllers that are part of Nintendo Switch gaming consoles. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges that the joysticks on Joy-Con controllers are defective, leading users to experience drift issues. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the joystick on the Joy-Con controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled by the user and interfere with gameplay. The complaint, filed on behalf of purchasers of Switches and Joy-Con controllers, brings claims under various consumer protection statutes as well as various warranty and common law claims.

It's going to be very interesting to see where things go from here. If you'd like to read more on the actual filing, you can find full details here.

Thanks to Aaron for the heads up!

GoNintendo Video Review - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Players, assemble!

The Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise returns for a third installment, and this time it's a Switch-exclusive. Does this entry manage to recapture the magic of the first two games, or is this one sequel too far?

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GoNintendo Review - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

A modern Marvel

Back when Marvel Ultimate Alliance launched, there was no Marvel Cinematic Universe. By the time Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 released, we had both the Iron Man and Incredible Hulk MCU movies. Fast-forward to 2019, and Marvel has become a household name, and a multi-billion dollar property for Disney. The characters and brand are bigger than ever, making for the perfect time to resurrect the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise. The gang at Marvel knew it, and you can bet Nintendo did as well.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order doesn't look to reinvent the wheel for the series, but instead, add in some unique wrinkles and twists to the experience. There's a reason why previous Marvel Ultimate Alliance games are looked back on so fondly. They let anyone get in on the action with pick-up-and-play controls, and extremely simple mechanics. Mash a few buttons, beat up some bad guys, and move on. While Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is definitely somewhat deeper than the previous games, don't worry about things getting over-complicated. At it's heart, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will give you a very similar experience to what you know and love from the last two games.

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June 2019 NPD results - Super Mario Maker 2 the top game, Switch the top hardware

A great month for Nintendo

Once again, it's a huge month for Nintendo. Check out the full rundown for June 2019 sales below.

Top 20 software sales for June 2019

1. Super Mario Maker 2*
2. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
3. Mortal Kombat 11
4. Grand Theft Auto V
5. Minecraft***
6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
7. Marvel’s Spider-Man
8. NBA 2K19
9. Mario Kart 8*
10. Days Gone
11. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
12. Red Dead Redemption II
13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
14. MLB 19: The Show
15. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII**
16. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2**
17. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
18. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
19. Super Mario Party*
20. God of War 2018

- spending across video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards reached $959 million
- this is 13 percent lower than a year ago, with all categories declining
- year-to-date spending across tracked video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards has fallen 4 percent
- declines in hardware spending have offset growth in sales of accessories & game cards
- dollar sales of tracked video game software totaled $386 million in June 2019, declining 1 percent
- year-to-date dollar sales of tracked video game software have increased 2 percent
- Super Mario Maker 2 was June’s best-selling game
- Super Mario Maker 2 surpassed launch sales for Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker 3DS
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled ranked as the second best-selling game of June
- sales of Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled represent the highest launch month total in Crash Bandicoot franchise history
- Mortal Kombat 11 was the third best-selling game of June and remains the best-selling game of 2019 to date
- lifetime sales of Mortal Kombat 11 have now surpassed those of Mortal Kombat (2011)
- this puts Mortal Kombat 11 third in franchise history
- Switch was the best-selling hardware in terms of both dollar and unit sales in the United States for the month of June
- Switch is also the best-selling console through the first half of 2019
- Switch is the only platform showing year-on-year growth

Top 10 best-selling games so far this year

1. Mortal Kombat 11
2. Kingdom Hearts III
3. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2**
4. Anthem^
5. Resident Evil 2 2019
6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
7. Days Gone
8. Red Dead Redemption II
9. MLB 19: The Show
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII**

Top 10 best-selling games over the last 12 months

1. Red Dead Redemption II
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII**
3. NBA 2K19
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
5. Marvel’s Spider-Man
6. Madden NFL 19**
7. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
8. Mortal Kombat 11
9. FIFA 19**
10. Battlefield V**

Nintendo Switch June 2019

1. Super Mario Maker 2*
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
3. Mario Kart 8*
4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
6. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
7. Super Mario Party*
8. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
9. Super Mario Odyssey*
10. Yoshi’s Crafted World*

Nintendo 3DS June 2019

1. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
2. Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon*
4. Super Mario Maker*
5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D*
6. Luigi’s Mansion*
7. Super Smash Bros.*
8. Detective Pikachu*
9. Super Mario 3D Land*
10. Mario Kart 7*

Law firm opens Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit investigation

Things are going to get messy

Talk of Switch Joy-Con drift has been part of the discussion with fans since day one, but a recent thread on Reddit seems to have reignited the anger from fans all over. Some players have experience Joy-Con drift, with their joysticks reading input that the player isn't doing, and others haven't had an issue. Those who suffer from the problem are looking for Nintendo to offer up a fix, and now a law firm is taking matters into their own hands.

The law offices of Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith are looking to hear from Switch owners who have experienced Joy-Con drift. If you're one of those people, they want you to fill out their form with all the details. If enough people pool together and there's sufficient evidence of a wide-spread issue, the law firm will consider filing a class action lawsuit.

Fill in your information here (thanks Dondom95!)

Dr. Mario World hits 5 million downloads in its first week

5 million new doctors out in the wild

Dr. Mario World may not be blowing away the mobile market, but it's certainly having a healthy debut. Sensor Tower has another round of data to share on the game after its first week, and things appear to be going quite well.

- surpassed five million worldwide in its first week
- revenue ahead of several top mobile puzzle titles in the same period following their launches
- ranks fourth among Nintendo’s mobile launches, and is significantly ahead of Dragalia Lost
- managed about 60 percent of the first week downloads of both Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes
- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp had the best first week of any Nintendo mobile game with approximately 14.8 million players
- $500,000 in player spending to date
- compares favorably to other puzzle titles in the same genre

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