All signs point to Nintendo breaking Switch sales records in the U.S. this holiday season

Another big year for the Big N

People are lining up outside stores to snag a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, but it's increasingly looking like Switch is going to wear the crown of hottest holiday item.

While we don't have exact sales numbers, we can easily see that the Switch is selling out everywhere in the states. That's not just the special Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle, but all versions of the system. Nintendo had sent millions of units to stores in advance of the holidays, and somehow it seems just about all of them have been gobbled up. This is even more impressive when you learn Nintendo's shipments of Switch in October were up 30% year-over-year.

If you want a Switch this holiday season, it's going to be incredibly hard to find. Hopefully those of you who wanted one as a gift have locked it down already!

RUMOR: Dataminers discover voice clips in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that may point to playable character DLC

Is the roster set to expand?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has quite the roster of playable characters to choose from, but those who've spent time with the game might be wondering why a few members of the in-game cast can't be taken into battle. While Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have been quiet on the matter, dataminers have dug up some voice clips that might point to DLC that deepens the playable character roster. There's spoilers ahead, so only click through if you're okay with that!

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons reaches 6 million units sold in Japan faster than any game in history

Now THAT's something to brag about

Nintendo has claimed all sorts of records for their hardware and software sales, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons just snagged what could be the biggest feather in their crown yet.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has surpassed 6 million physical units sold in Japan as of this week. The game managed to hit that total in just 7 months, making it the fastest game in Japan's history to reach that milestone. Pokemon Gold and Silver were the previous record-holders, breaking that mark in 13 months.

It's worth pointing out that this figure only includes physical sales, so there's no doubt Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold way beyond 6 million in Japan, and likely broke the milestone a number of weeks back.

Nintendo Download (11/26/20) - This week's European downloads

The following games are now available to purchase in Europe:

Switch Retail

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues
Tracks: Toybox Edition

Switch Download

BFF or Die
Dungeon Solver
Electro Ride: The Neon Racing
In Celebration of Violence
LoveKami: Divinity Stage
Maid of Sker
More Dark
My Aunt is a Witch
Out of Space: Couch Edition
Picross S5
Root Double Before Crime After Days Extend Edition
Sky Mercenaries Redux
Strike Force 2: Terrorist Hunt
The Alto Collection
The Explorer of Night
Tiny World Racing

Switch Demos

Adventures of Chris

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Nintendo Download (11/26/20) - This week's North American downloads

The following games are now available to purchase on the North American Nintendo Switch eShop:

Switch Retail

Empire of Sin – $39.99
Root Double: Before Crime After Days Xtend Edition – $45.99

Switch Download

Arcade Archives Zero Team – $7.99
Arrog – $3.99
BFF or Die – $7.99 (available November 27)
Destropolis – $5.99 (available November 27)
Electro Ride: The Neon Racing – $11.99 (available November 27)
Girabox – $2.49 (available November 27)
In Celebration of Violence – $12.99
jetPIN – $5.99
LoveKami: Divinity Stage – $14.99
Maid of Sker – $24.99
More Dark – $4.99 (available November 27)
Nordlight – $3.99
Picklock – $7.99
Picross S5 – $9.99
Ponpu – ? (available November 29)
QV – $14.99
Ragdoll Fighter – $1.99
Sky Mercenaries Redux – $15.00
Slash Ninja – $4.99
The Alto Collection – $9.99
The Explorer of Night – $4.99
Tiny World Racing – $3.99 (available November 27)
Unreal Life – $22.99

eShop Sales

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Treat yourself to big savings on select digital games for your Nintendo Switch system when you shop the Nintendo Cyber Deals sale! You can purchase and download games to play right away – just head over to Nintendo.com or to Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch system. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points* on qualifying digital purchases. This sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 2, so take advantage of this time to save up to 50% on a variety of great games. Check out the full list of deals available this week at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

RUMOR: Resident Evil Revelations 3 is in the works for Switch

Natalia, the sluice!

Resident Evil Revelations debuted on the 3DS, and it was a real show-stopper for the portable. The game was successful enough to make its way to multiple other platforms, and get a sequel as well. Now we're hearing that a third entry is on the way, and Capcom's focus is on bringing it to Switch.

Capcom suffered a leak recently, and it revealed a ton of different projects. Included in that leak was Resident Evil Outrage, which is apparently considered internally to be a continuation of the Revelations series. Whether it retains the name remains to be seen, but for all intents and purposes, Outrage will be very much in the style of the Revelations games.

According to an industry insider, Capcom is focusing on Switch as the main platform for Resident Evil Outrage. The game will make its way to other consoles as well, but first and foremost, this will be a Switch title. We've seen this happen before with the 3DS, and thanks to the success Switch has seen, seeing Capcom give Switch the focus for another Resident Evil spin-off makes a lot of sense.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Super Mario Maker being removed from Wii U eShop, course uploading set to be discontinued

*sad mama-mia noises*

4.02 million people own the original Super Mario Maker for Wii U, but how many actually still play it? With the sequel having been released for Switch last year, Nintendo has decided to pull the plug on it's predecessor.

First, the game will be removed from the Wii U eShop on January 13th, 2021. It will still be downloadable for those who have purchased it, but future sales will be prohibited. Then, on March 31st, 2021, the same day that Super Mario 35 and Super Mario 3D All-Stars are being yanked from the Switch eShop, Nintendo will terminate the ability to upload courses to Super Mario Marker. It's been a good 5 years, but it's time to say, as Mario himself would put it, "bye-bye."

Discontinuation of certain services

From March 31st 2021, it will no longer be possible to upload courses in Super Mario Maker for Wii U. On the same day, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website will also close.

It will still be possible to play courses uploaded before the service discontinuation.

In preparation for the discontinuation of these online services, Super Mario Maker for Wii U will be removed from sale on Nintendo eShop on January 13th 2021. It will still be possible to redownload the game after this date.

There is no impact on Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch.

We would like to thank all players for supporting Super Mario Maker for Wii U over the past five years.

Planned service end date: March 31st 2021

Please note that depending on the circumstances, these services may be discontinued earlier than the above-mentioned date.

Services that will end
- The ability to upload courses in Super Mario Maker for Wii U
- The Super Mario Maker Bookmark website
Due to this, the following features within the software’s Course World will also become unavailable:
- Updating the ranking of liked courses
- Looking up your bookmarked courses

An error message will be displayed when trying to access these discontinued services after their end date.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity ships 3 million units, setting a new record for the Warriors series

Looks like Link's a hit!

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity launched on Nov. 20th, 2020, and it's already set a record. Koei Tecmo has confirmed that they've shipped 3 million units of the game worldwide. Believe it or not, that's a record for the Warriors franchise. Koei Tecmo has released countless Warriors games over the years, but no other entry has ever shipped over 3 million units. Looks like this spin-off really hit the mark!

Nintendo "Cyber Deals" now live, up to 70% off select titles until Dec. 2nd, 2020

So many great deals!

If you've been holding out on grabbing a game on the Switch eShop, there's no better time than now to make your purchase. Nintendo has officially kicked off their Cyber Deals campaign, with some games up to 70% off! Check out the complete rundown for these offers below.

Drop everything you are doing … well, finish reading this email first … and THEN drop everything you are doing! Nintendo’s Cyber Deals sale is now live!

Starting now until Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Nintendo is offering up to 50% off select digital versions of a wide variety of games on the Nintendo Switch system, including The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Just Dance 2021, Super Mario Party, Hades and MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order.

For the full listing of games on sale, which can be purchased and download directly from Nintendo.com, visit https://nintendo.com/deals.

It’s time to treat yourself to games that you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t had the chance to yet. Just head to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and start browsing! My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points on qualifying digital purchases, so it's a win-win.

The games featured in the Cyber Deals promotion include:

Digital versions of additional titles, such as Undertale, Rune Factory 4 Special, Hollow Knight and others are also featured in promotions through select retailers.

For more information about everything Nintendo has to offer this holiday season, visit https://www.nintendo.com/holiday/.


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