RUMOR - Unconfirmed July 2018 NPD numbers put Switch at #1 hardware overall, Octopath Traveler the #1 piece of software

July 2018's official NPD numbers will be out next week, but it appears we have a leak from a trusted source. If the numbers are to be believed, it looks like the Switch really rocked it in July, and that's thanks to the launch of Octopath Traveler. Here's the leaked data.


Switch : 263k
PS4 : 187k
X1 : 152k
3DS : 84k
Other (NES+SNES) : 344k

Year-on-Year hardware

Switch: +18%
3DS: -20%
PS4: -14%
Xbox One: +16%


1. Octopath Traveler
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - King K. Rool's inclusion in Smash Bros. Ultimate was due to Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot results

Ever since the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot came out back in 2015, a lot of people wondered if our votes actually mattered. While that's certainly up for debate when it comes to numerous characters, it seems that fans made a difference when it came to King K. Rool.

According to a recent episode of The Kongversation, a DK Vine Podcast, a long-running inside source claims that Nintendo was blown away by the fan support for King K. Rool. They had no idea so many people would vote for him on the Fighter Ballot, thinking the character didn't have much popularity. That groundswell of support was directly responsible for getting the character revived for Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Thanks to Bellboy for the heads up!

Blizzard says Overwatch Switch port is 'feasible,' StarCraft 2 port would be 'very difficult'

Now that Diablo III: Eternal Edition is confirmed for Switch, Blizzard is getting swarmed with questions about bringing their other properties to Switch. In an interview with GameSpot, Blizzard senior producer Pete Stilwell had this to say about the potential for an Overwatch port.

"Anything is within the realm of possibility. Our team was given the task to work on this (Diablo III). If [Overwatch developer] Team 4 picks up that endeavour, that's on them. As of right now Diablo is our only focus on Switch. ...Yes, it is feasible."

So Overwatch could happen at some point, but it seems like StarCraft 2 is a lot less likely. When asked about the potential, Stilwell said this.

"The N64 version of StarCraft was cool but you had to change the game quite a bit to make it work properly on console. StarCraft 2 is next level requirements from how much dexterity you need with a mouse and keyboard, so I think that would have been a very difficult port. It would have [to] change the core gameplay."

RUMOR - New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U coming to Switch

One of the Wii U's first games could be making its way to Switch. Multiple inside sources are claiming that New Super Mario Bros. U, and the New Super Luigi U expansion could be seeing release on Switch in a single package. The compilation, called New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, could hit the Switch at some point this year. Sources aren't 100% sure, but it seems that there might be some other bonus content included.

This week's European downloads - August 16 (2064 ROM, Keep Talking, Monster Hunter demo and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL (MidBoss) - €17.57/£15.79
2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL fuses old and new: a classic-style adventure game with lush pixel art and catchy electronic soundtrack, but which explores modern-day issues of individuality, freedom, and identity. Explore a colorful future metropolis, meet fascinating and diverse characters, and get to the bottom of a deadly conspiracy.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games) - €14.99/£13.49 (€13.49/£12.14 until August 23)
In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, one player is trapped in a room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the Bomb Defusal Manual. But there’s a catch: the Experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast!

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Demo (CAPCOM) - Free
Hunting season is OPEN! Take on epic hunts on the go or from the comfort of your own home! Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but fercious Felyne in Prowler Mode! Featuring the largest cast of monsters for any game in the series, from returning fan favourites to mysterious never-before-seen monsters!

FLIP OVER FROG (MUTAN) - €7.00/£6.29
4 x 4 square encampment battle! Flip over cards, get the largest number of your symbol cards face up, and then keep your area! Predict the symbol card of your opponent and then flip over! Simple yet profound…the ultimate example of a party game!

Cosmic Star Heroine (Limited Run Games) - €11.99/£10.99 (€10.79/£9.89 until August 14)
3 exotic planets to explore. Aliens. Robots. Magic. Forbidden technology. Conspiracies. A galactic threat. And one brave heroine to make things right. Cosmic Star Heroine is an exciting RPG from the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World

FunBox Party (Drags Games) - €1.99/£1.79
Fun Box party is a perfect party package, because having fun together is the best kind of fun. Three arcade games that are perfect for making any party the best one ever! In each of these games, your speed, reflexes and - most importantly - good fun counts.

State of Mind (Daedalic GmbH) - €39.99/£35.99
This domestic drama evolves into a thriller about a worldwide conspiracy, which at its core aims to determine the fate of humanity: Could a perfect digital utopia be the answer? A virtual paradise not affected by material needs and quarrels? Could a super-AI be our savior – or would it simply declare us as dispensable since it could not be taught the value of philanthropy?

Vegas Party (Funbox Media) - Free
The game takes the player into the gambling-friendly universe of this over-the-top version of Las Vegas city. Played as a race, the goal is to reach the end of the Strip before anyone else. Manage your token account in 10 gambling minigames, avoid the dangers like twisters and earthquakes, take advantage of your gaming skills and your good luck, trust no one and forget the meaning of the word "mercy" because it does not apply here!

“REAL BOUT FATAL FURY 2” is a fighting game released by SNK in 1998. It is the 7th title in the Fatal Fury series. New elements have been added on top of refining the previous systems. This entry adds Rick Strowd and Li Xiangfei as playable characters, and Geese Howard makes his return as well!

CastleStorm (Zen Studios) - €14.99/£13.49
Enjoy a unique take on medieval warfare in Zen Studios’ light-hearted action-strategy game! As rival fortresses attack your own, you’ll use a ballista to fling an assortment of weapons at enemy towers and spear approaching enemies, while sending your own troops and unleashing powerful spells.

EXTREME POKER (DORASU) - €4.29/£3.89
From standard to original, play several games based on poker rules! Using acquired chips, you can customize the front and back of your cards with your favourite design!

Manual Samuel (Curve Digital) - €9.99/£9.99
An adventure game with a twist. Death’s deal means Sam must survive a day controlling his entire body manually. Breathing, blinking & driving, all these tasks fall to you.

Next Up Hero (Aspyr) - €19.99/£17.99
Next Up Hero is a dungeon crawler featuring hand-drawn heroes that hack, slash, bongo-drum, boomerang, and jet their way through Ventures. Choose your Hero and start rolling dungeons, gearing out, and maxing your stats. Invite a friend for co-op -- you’re going to need all the help you can get.

Red’s Kingdom (Rising Star Games) - €9.99/£8.99
Mad King Mac has always caused trouble for his subjects, but stealing Red's winter stash of acorns, his prized golden nut AND kidnapping his father? That's going too far! Help lead Red on a journey across the land in search of his missing nuts, overcoming obstacles and unlocking abilities in this charmingly epic isometric puzzle adventure!

Robbotto (JMJ Interactive) - €9.99/£8.99
A gigantic space cruiser was slowly gliding through cosmos, when suddenly the ship flew straight through a magnetic storm, causing all the robots and machines onboard to go crazy. Luckily, Robb and Otto, the ships top maintenance robots didn't get affected by the storm. Now the two unlikely heroes must travel through the ship and disable all the malfunctioning machines.

Detective Gallo (MixedBag, available August 17) - €14.99/£13.49
Detective Gallo is a point&click comic-noir adventure that is entirely hand-illustrated and handanimated, and whose protagonist is a feathered and grumpy private eye struggling with a very tricky case, bizarre characters, and puzzles that will put his insight and patience to the test.

Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders (Artifex Mundi, available August 17) - €14.99/£13.49 (€13.49/£12.14 until August 26)
A young and talented apothecary Tara decides to find the cause of the plague in her country and prevent it from spreading further. A quest full of puzzles and challenges awaits, one that will lead her to the far reaches of kingdom and even beyond it. Tara will be assisted by a mysterious acrobat and swordsman Darius, as well as goofy but kind-hearted geenie Minu. Join the quest and lead Tara to victory.

Polygod (Krafted Games, available August 17) - €14.99/£13.49
Polygod is a rogue-like, randomly generated, single & multiplayer FPS with a brutal difficulty curve! Blending a fast-paced, Quake-esque feel with randomness, difficulty and our handcrafted power-up system, Polygod is a hardcore gamer and speedrunner's dream.

Tiny Hands Adventure (Blue Sunset Games, available August 17) - €15.99/£13.99
Join a young t-rex Borti on his quest to find the best replacement for his tiny hands and arms. Explore several unknown worlds, find all the collectables and face bosses that have what you want.

Treadnauts (Topstitch Games, available August 17) - €9.99/£8.99
Treadnauts gives competitive platform fighters a kiss of physics finesse. Gracefully pilot your tank through gorgeous arenas to land a deadly shot on your opponents! You've got a slew of useful tricks at your disposal, including treads that stick to any wall, boosters for midair hops, zero-friction slides, and rocket jumps for soaring into the sky. It's all about moving with style!

EARTHLOCK Demo (Snowcastle Games) - Free
Enter a beautiful world haunted by its fateful past and join a party of unlikely heroes on their journey to rescue Amon's uncle from an ancient cult and uncover the secret of EARTHLOCK.

Morphite Demo (Blowfish Studios) - Free
Set in a distant future, Morphite follows the story of Myrah Kale. Her life takes a sudden turn when a simple mission develops into an epic interstellar journey revealing her mysterious past and relation to a coveted substance called Morphite. Inside Myrah’s vessel, players will engage in random encounters with real-time space combat, trade with other travelers across the galaxy and navigate outer space with Morphite’s easy-to-use Starmap system.

Downloadable Content

Pic-a-Deluxe - Small Puzzles 8 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99
An additional pack of 45 new puzzles in smaller sizes. (10 10x10 puzzles and 35 15x15 puzzles)

Pic-a-Deluxe - Mixed Puzzles 8 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99
An additional pack of 30 new puzzles across all sizes. (5 10x10 puzzles, 6 15x15 puzzles, 9 15x20 puzzles and 10 20x20 puzzles)

Pic-a-Deluxe - Large Puzzles 8 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99
An additional pack of 30 new puzzles in larger sizes. (15 15x20 puzzles and 15 20x20 puzzles)


Hacky Zack (Digerati) - €9.99/£8.99 (€8.99/£8.09 until September 2)
Pre-Order until 22/08/2018, 23:59 local time

Game description: You are Zack. Juggle balls, bounce off walls and avoid fatal falls as you try to make it through more than 100 levels of precision puzzle-platforming. Collect stickers along the way to unlock optional time-trial challenge levels as well as extra playable characters (who are also extra cute!).

Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition (Limited Run Games) - €11.99/£10.99
Pre-Order until 24/08/2018, 14:59 local time

Game description: Night Trap tells the story of five teenage girls spending the weekend at the Martin home. As a member of the Special Control Attack Team, your job is to monitor the home and protect the girls using an intricate system of cameras and traps as it is being invaded by vampires.

Space Ribbon (Onteca) - €14.99/£12.99 (€9.99/£8.70 until September 14)
Pre-Order until 24/08/2018, 14:59 CEST

Game description: The year is 2132 and the earth’s remaining resources have been mined to create Space Ribbon, a reality TV racing platform set in the far reaches of the galaxy.

The aim of the game is to chase down a giant space beast and race to enter the creature’s mouth as it spews out a series of different psychedelic racetracks. Modify your junked up classic car and compete to become the intergalactic winner. The world is watching you…

Freedom Planet (Marvellous Europe) - €14.99/£12.99
Pre-Order until 23/08/2018, 14:59 CEST

Game description: You start with just a hen, an empty field and a few pennies. You have to feed your hen, take care of it and improve its living conditions!

The aim of the game is to earn money by selling eggs and other farm produce, in order to buy more animals at the Farmers' Fair, and items that improve your farm from the Shopkeeper.

NEKOPARA Vol. 1 (CFK) - €10.99/£9.89
Pre-Order until 23/08/2018, 14:59 CEST

Game description: "NEKOPARA", a famous PC adventure game, is out for Nintendo Switch! Minaduki Kashou leaves a family-run traditional Japanese sweets shop to open his own cake shop, "La Soleil". with human look-alike Nekos, Chocola and Vanilla.

Kero Blaster (ACTIVE GAMING MEDIA) - €9.99/£8.99 (€8.99/£8.09 until August 22)
Pre-Order until 22/08/2018, 23:59 local time

Game description: You play a bipedal frog employed by the mysterious start-up company 'Cat & Frog Inc.'. Fend off enemies seeking to stop you and overcome the challenging landscape as you head towards your destination.

Old School Musical (Plug In Digital) - €12.99/£11.09
Pre-Order until 13/09/2018, 14:59 CEST

Game description: Have you ever played a rhythm game before? Well, this is like that, but much better! With each note, you are responsible for the success of our two heroes' quest. Swing your sword and shoot with your spacecraft to the beat of chiptune tracks from Dubmood, Zabutom, Hello World, Yponeko and Le Plancton.

Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (Modus Games, available August 17) - €14.99/£11.99
Pre-Order until 03/09/2018, 23:59 local time

Game description: Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is an anime-inspired beat-‘em-up with a gaggle of varied enemies, deep customization…and ninjas! Play through side-scrolling worlds consisting of multiple stages and collect carrots stolen by the evil Shogun Moe!

Special offers
Lumo (Rising Star Games) - €15.99/£15.99 (ends August 30, normally €19.99/£19.99)
88 Heroes - 98 Heroes Edition (Rising Star Games) - €14.99/£14.99 (ends August 30, normally €29.99/£29.99)
Bit Dungeon+ (Dolores Ent.) - €6.29/£5.66 (ends August 30, normally €8.99/£8.09)
ClusterPuck 99 (Coatsink Software) - €4.24/£3.84 (ends August 30, normally €8.49/£7.69)
Glaive: Brick Breaker (Blue Sunset Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (ends September 6, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Ninja Shodown (Rising Star Games) - €7.79/£5.99 (ends August 30, normally €12.99/£9.99)
Puzzle Box Maker (Plus) - €11.99/£10.79 (ends September 14, normally €14.99/£13.49)
Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers) - €8.99/£8.09 (ends August 23, normally €14.99/£13.49)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX (Rising Star Games) - €26.24/£22.49 (ends August 30, normally €34.99/£29.99)
Superola and the Lost Burgers (Undergames) - €3.59/£2.99 (ends September 10, normally €5.99/£4.99)
The Long Reach (Merge Games) - €5.09/£4.41 (ends August 30, normally €14.99/£12.99 Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL (Wired Productions) - €9.74/£7.49 (ends August 30, normally €12.99/£9.99)
Woodle Tree Adventures (ChubbyPixel) - €3.24/£2.91 (ends September 2, normally €4.99/£4.49)
WWE 2K18 (2K) - €22.49/£19.99 (ends August 28, normally €44.99/£39.99)
WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition (2K) - €32.49/£28.99 (ends August 28, normally €64.99/£57.99)
WWE 2K18 Season Pass (2K) - €20.09/£16.74 (ends August 28, normally €29.99/£24.99)
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (FDG Entertainment) - €9.99/£8.99 (ends August 31, normally €14.99/£13.49)
VSR: Void Space Racing (SONKA) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends September 7, normally €9.99/£8.99)
FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) - €39.99/£34.99 (Permanent, was €59.99/£54.99

Permanent Conditional Discount
Shut Eye (Forever Entertainment) - €1.99/£1.79 for owners of NO THING, Star Story: The Horizon Escape, NoReload Heroes, Qbik, Timberman VS, Goetia, Zombillie, Violett, Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back, Frederic: Resurrection of Music, Millie, Sparkle 2 EVO, Hollow, Sparkle 3 Genesis or Sparkle ZERO (normally €3.99/£3.59)
The Next Penelope (Plug In Digital) - €9.74/£8.24 for owners of NeuroVoider (normally €12.99/£10.99)
Transcripted (Plug In Digital) - €5.99/£5.24 for owners of NeuroVoider (normally €7.99/£6.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Special offers
Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends (Rising Star Games) - €14.99/£14.99 (ends August 30, normally €29.99/£29.99)
Beyblade Evolution (Rising Star Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends August 30, normally €19.99/£19.99)
BIT.TRIP SAGA (Rising Star Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends August 30, normally €19.99/£19.99)
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop (Rising Star Games) - €14.99/£14.99 (ends August 30, normally €29.99/£29.99)
Girl’s Fashion Shoot (Rising Star Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends August 30, normally €19.99/£19.99)
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Rising Star Games) - €11.99/£11.99 (ends August 30, normally €29.99/£29.99)
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village (Rising Star Games) - €19.99/£14.99 (ends August 30, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Rising Star Games) - €9.99/£8.99 (ends August 30, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Hello Kitty and the Apron of Magic: Rhythm Cooking (Rising Star Games) - €14.99/£12.49 (ends August 30, normally €29.99/£24.99)
Hometown Story (Rising Star Games) - €7.49/£7.49 (ends August 30, normally €29.99/£29.99)
Shifting World (Rising Star Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends August 30, normally €19.99/£19.99)
Super Black Bass 3D (Rising Star Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends August 30, normally €19.99/£19.99)
Virtue’s Last Reward (Rising Star Games) - €12.49/£9.99 (ends August 30, normally €24.99/£19.99)
Brilliant Hamsters! (Rising Star Games) - €4.99/£4.99 (ends August 30, normally €9.99/£9.99)
Excave II: Wizard of the Underworld (Rising Star Games) - €5.00/£4.49 (ends August 30, normally €10.00/£8.99)
Excave III: Tower of Destiny (Rising Star Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (ends August 30, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Psycho Pigs (Rising Star Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (ends August 30, normally €7.99/£7.19)
SADAME (Rising Star Games) - €5.99/£5.19 (ends August 30, normally €14.99/£12.99)
Unholy Heights (Rising Star Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (ends August 30, normally €5.99/£5.39)

DON’T CRASH GO (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
FOUR BOMBS (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
PINK DOT BLUE DOT (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SWIPE (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
TABLE TENNIS INFINITY (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.00/£2.79 (ends August 30, normally €5.00/£4.79)
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Bplus) - €3.99/£3.59 (ends September 14, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (ends August 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.89 (ends August 30, normally €4.99/£4.89)
Crystareino (KEMCO) - €5.99/£5.39 (ends September 5, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Infinite Dunamis (KEMCO) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends September 7, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Puzzle Labyrinth (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.00/£2.49 (ends August 30, normally €5.00/£4.29)
PUZZLEBOX setup (Bplus) - €1.49/£1.34 (ends September 14, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (ends August 23, normally €9.99/€8.99)
Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers) - €8.99/£8.09 (ends August 23, normally €14.99/£13.49)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Special offers
Hello Kitty Kruisers (Rising Star Games) - €14.99/£12.49 (ends August 30, normally €29.99/£24.99
PONCHO (Rising Star Games) - €4.49/£3.99 (ends August 30, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Rock ’N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games) - €4.95/£4.45 (ends September 13, normally €7.99/£7.19)
99 Moves (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.24/£1.14 (ends September 13, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games) - €0.99/£0.89 (ends September 13, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (ends August 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers) - €8.99/£8.09 (ends €14.99/£13.49)

BOX UP (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
GALAXY BLASTER (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends September 13, normally €1.49/£1.39)
PENTAPUZZLE (RCMADIAX) - €3.00/£2.74 (ends September 13, normally €4.49/£4.09)
Pixel Slime U (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (ends September 13, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (ends September 13, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SUPER ROBO MOUSE (RCMADIAX) - €3.00/£2.74 (ends September 13, normally €4.49/£4.09)
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX) - €1.33/£1.19 (ends September 13, normally €1.99/£1.79)
TAP TAP ARCADE 2 (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (ends September 13, normally €2.99/£2.69)
TOUCH SELECTIONS (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (ends September 13, normally €2.99/£2.69)

This week's North American downloads - August 16 (Keep Talking, Walking Dead and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – In the Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes game, one player is trapped in a room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the Bomb Defusal Manual. But there’s a catch: The Experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast! Puzzle solving and communication skills – and maybe a few friendships – will be put to the test as players race to defuse bombs while communicating quickly, clearly and effectively.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Season Pass – After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine and AJ’s chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. In this gripping, emotional final season, your choices define your relationships, shape your world, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Flower Festival Event – Every day is a new day in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp smartphone game. Starting today, the Flower Festival event begins. Stop by your garden to get special event flower seeds. If you cross-pollinate event flowers, you can get seeds for flowers of different colors. Trade event flowers to Lloid for items like a red-and-yellow bicycle and Flower Festival clothing, among other fun summer items. This event is running from Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. PT through Aug. 28 at 10:59 p.m. PT.

August Legendary Pokémon – The Legendary duo of Kyogre and Groudon has dominated the land and seas since originally appearing in the Hoenn region. Now you can get one of them via a code from your local participating GameStop store from Aug. 3 to Aug. 26. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Sun players can get Kyogre, while Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Moon players can get Groudon. Available while supplies last. Contact your local GameStop or check https://www.gamestop.com/stores to find participating stores.

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest No. 2 Ends Soon – Calling Nintendo Labo fans! In less than one week, the latest Nintendo Labo Creators Contest ends. Have you started on your entry? A team of Nintendo Labo judges will select two Grand Prize winners and eight runner-up winners in two categories: Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument and Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage. The contest ends at 10:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 20. You can also check out other submissions here – and don’t forget to give a “like” to your favorites! The prizes include a specially designed, collectible cardboard-inspired Nintendo Switch system, Nintendo Labo Creators jackets and more. For more info, please visit the official contest site at https://labo.nintendo.com/share/#!/contest/.*

*Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), ages 13+. Nintendo Switch system and Nintendo Labo kit required. Contest begins 11AM PT on 7/19/18 and ends at 10:59AM PT on 8/20/18. To enter, upload a video of your Toy-Con creation or invention as detailed in the Official Rules. 2 Grand Prize winners will each receive one (1) collectible Nintendo Switch system (ARV: $ $1,000 USD), one (1) Nintendo Labo Creators Jacket (ARV: $ 70.00 USD), and one (1) award certificate (ARV: $ 70.00 USD). 8 Runner-Up winners will each receive one (1) collectible pair of Joy-Con controllers, one (1) Nintendo Labo Creators Jacket (ARV: $ 70.00 USD), and one (1) award certificate (ARV: $ 70.00 USD). Total ARV of all prizes: $3,640 USD. Chances of winning a prize depend on eligibility and quality of entries received, and how well each meets the judging criteria. Details and restrictions apply. For Official Rules, visit https://labo.nintendo.com/share/#!/contest-rules/. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc.

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 4 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
All-Star Fruit Racing (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 21
Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Arcade Archives Kid’s Horehore Daisakusen (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
CastleStorm (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Detective Gallo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 17
FLIP OVER FROG (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
FunBox Party (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Nitro Ball (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Manual Samuel (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Monopoly for Nintendo Switch – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Morphite – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Next Up Hero (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Out of The Box (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 22
Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 17
Polygod (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 17
Red’s Kingdom (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Robbotto (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Spectrum (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 20
Tiny Hands Adventure (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Treadnauts (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 17

Play-Asia revealing new Eastasiasoft Switch title in 7 days

Play-Asis has taken to Twitter to announce that they'll be revealing an Eastasiasoft title for Switch in 7 days. The tweet above is literally the only info we have right now. I guess we'll have to hang tight for 7 days and see what happens. I think that cat has the right idea to pass the time!

Pokemon GO was July 2018's top grossing mobile game in the U.S., #4 worldwide

I've recently had some talks with people who were shocked to find out that Pokemon GO wasn't dead. They thought for sure that the game had been long forgotten. The thing is, when a game gets as HUGE as Pokemon GO, even when millions of bandwagoners drop off, there's still millions left enjoying the game on a weekly basis.

Case in point, the July 2018 charts for mobile revenue in the states. On the combined iOS/Google Play charts, Pokemon GO was the #1 top-grossing game, beating out Candy Crush Saga. On the worldwide side of things, the game managed to take the #4 position overall.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's sales in Japan have been trending upwards for the last 6 weeks

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched alongside the Switch in all regions, but over in Japan, the game continues to see sales grow. We're not talking about overall sales, which are obviously growing. We're talking about an upward trend in week-to-week sales all these months later.

This past week, Breath of the Wild came in at #16 in the top 20 weekly software. This week marks the 6th consecutive week that the game's sales have increased from the prior week. Here's the breakdown for the last 6 weeks.

Week 1: 6,143
Week 2: 6,322 (+3%)
Week 3: 6,622 (+5%)
Week 4: 7,173 (+8%)
Week 5: 7,508 (+5%)
Week 6: 7,940 (+6%)
Week 7: 8,300 (+5%)

Why are sales trending upwards? There's no new DLC available, there's been no major changes to the game, and no special packages have come out. It just seems that new Switch consumers every week are picking up Breath of the Wild alongside their purchase!

Forbes publishes, yanks article that says Diablo III is coming to Switch with exclusive content

Earlier today, Forbes published an article that confirmed Diablo III for Switch. It appears Forbes may have jumped the gun on embargo though, as the article has been removed. Thankfully we still have all the details from that feature!

- Switch version is called the 'Eternal Collection'
- 4-player local multiplayer on a single Switch
- 4 player local multiplayer on 4 separate Switch units as well
- play online through the Switch Online service
- cloud save support
- includes Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs, plus all other added content
- $60
- Nintendo-exclusive in-game bonuses
- Ganondorf cosmetic armor set
- Tri-Force portrait frame
- cuckoo pet
- Echoes of the Mask cosmetic wings

We'll keep this story marked as a rumor until the game is officially confirmed, but I'd say that it's just a matter of time now!