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Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe has decided that Gooigi is edible

Hard pass

Well here's a bit of info you never wanted to hear. According to a Game Informer interview with producer Kensuke Tanabe, Gooigi from Luigi's Mansion 3 is edible. I don't even know what to say.

GI: What is the goo made of? Is it like Jell-O? Can you eat it?

KT: You’re the second person to ask if you can eat Gooigi. [Laughs] It’s probably like gummies so you could eat it. The actual backstory is that Professor E. Gadd extracted a bunch of energy out of the ghost that he captured, and then he accidentally spilled coffee on it, and that's how the goo was made.

Pokemon Sword & Shield to feature at least 71 new Pokemon

All the rest are different colored Wooloos

While we don't have an exact number, we now know that Pokemon Sword & Shield are going to include at least 71 new Pokemon. This information comes from a Famitsu interview with Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda, who stated that with the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, the Pokemon franchise will have over 1,000 Pokemon. This number includes all alternate forms that exist, which is how fans have arrived at the figure of 71. Now there could certainly be more, but at the very least, we know 71 new Pokemon are on the way.

NPD data reveals the top 5 best-selling Wii titles in 2018

Now you see why Just Dance still comes out for Wii

Here's a really interesting bit of information about the Wii. NPD's Mat Piscatella has shared a chart for the Wii, showcasing the top 5 best-selling games in 2018. Have a look at the list below.

1. Just Dance 2019
2. Just Dance 2018
3. Just Dance 2017
4. Just Dance 2016
5. New Super Mario Bros Wii

Just Dance is, as far as I know, the only franchise that still sees release on the Wii. It's no surprise to see the latest installment take the top spot, but as you can see in the list above, Wii owners just keep buying ALL versions of Just Dance! What was once the Wii Sports machine for many expanded audience players has now become the Just Dance machine.

Microsoft seems very interested in bringing Xbox Game Pass to Switch

Sounds like it could happen

First off, let's explain what Xbox Game Pass is. According to Microsoft, the service offers a deep library of more than 100 high-quality games, and for one flat fee, you can have access to all of them. New games are added all the time, so there's always something to play.

Ever since Microsoft and Nintendo have gotten all buddy-buddy with each other, fans have been wondering if the Xbox Game Pass service could make its way to Switch. Microsoft's Phil Spencer was asked about this by Giant Bomb, and he shared the following response.

I have said, over time, I'd like to take Game Pass everywhere... We're focused on the streaming side, at least, on Android, just because in some ways it's the hardest for us because it's so divserse in terms of the number of devices.

I love the role that Nintendo plays in the industry; I love the fact that Minecraft Dungeons was announced there and we have really good relationships with them; [there's] obviously Banjo in Smash. But that platform is different enough from an Xbox platform that it's not trivial for us just to say 'Ok, all those games would run there'. So then you're like, 'Ok, are we going to stream the games to there?' I love what Switch is, but the opportunity globally to focus on an Android platform is just such a natural first move for us. And frankly, [it] will take us quite a while to work through that, so that's the focus for us right now.

But I want to have the best console experience because of what it gives you; I want to be sitting on the couch with an amazing experience; it sounds great, I have access to any game that I want to play, and if I want to take that while I'm on the go, I think the Switch is a really cool platform for that; it's just that in the near-term, it's kind of hard for us to priortise different than we are today.

It's not a 100% yes, but it definitely seems like there's a lot of interest to make it happen. I guess we'll just have to hang tight and see what happens!

European downloads for June 13th, 2019

Have you heard? Zelda is here!

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Collection of Mana (SQUARE ENIX, €39.99 / £34.99) - Quintessential JRPG series "Collection of Mana" is now on Nintendo Switch! Fall in love with the Mana series all over again, including the first-ever release of the action-packed third game in the trilogy: "Trials of Mana"! Notice: Final Fantasy Adventure/Mystic Quest and Secret of Mana are playable in English, French and German. Trials of Mana is playable in English, French, German and Spanish. Multiplayer available for "Secret of Mana" (1-3 players) and "Trials of Mana" (1-2 players).

Battle Worlds: Kronos (THQ Nordic, €29.99 / £26.99) - Battle Worlds: Kronos is a turn-based strategy game deeply rooted in the hexagonal tradition of the genre. The planet is once again torn by war, for the succession of a new emperor. Its destiny is in your hands!

Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don't Dry (Assemble Entertainment, €39.99 / £35.99) - Watch out, ladies, I’m coming! My new adventure, Leisure Suit Larry - Wet dreams don’t dry, takes me – whatever the route or twist of fate – from the end of the ’80s directly to the year 2018 and wow, how the world has changed!

WORLDEND SYNDROME (Pqube, €49.99 / £44.99) - Spend your summer days exploring, interacting with residents, and investigating local legends to uncover the mystery hiding behind the town’s idyllic exterior. WORLDEND SYNDROME is a romantic horror story that will send a shiver up your spine but have you asking for more!

Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, €24.99 / £22.49) - In the latest rhythmic action-adventure from Brace Yourself Games, you can enjoy the gameplay of Crypt of the NecroDancer in the setting of The Legend of Zelda series. As Link – or even as Princess Zelda – you’ll explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule. Every beat of each remixed The Legend of Zelda tune is a chance to move, attack, defend, and more, so stay one step ahead of each enemy and boss…or face the music.

Bullet Battle: Evolution (TROOOZE, €16.99 / £14.99) - It’s time to get together with friends from around the world and experience this gorgeous team-based TPS! Team up with friends (or even your enemies!), strategize and defeat your foes in this top-tier multiplayer TPS. With graphics this good, you'd swear you were really there.

THE LAST REMNANT Remastered (SQUARE ENIX, €19.99 / £15.99) - The cult classic RPG featuring team versus team battles finally arrives on Nintendo Switch! Last released in 2008, The Last Remnant captured the hearts and minds of gamers with its enthralling story, countless characters and intricate battle system. Now this cult classic RPG is back with a Remastered version and is coming to Nintendo Switch with even more beautiful graphics, enhanced via an updated game engine.

Contra Anniversary Collection (KONAMI, €19.99 / £15.99) - The Contra Anniversary Collection brings this classic Run and Gun franchise back to modern platforms and a new generation of players. Grab power-ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your reaction skills to the test. Also included is a digital Bonus Book with tons of concept documents and sketches, the official chronology of the franchise, an exclusive interview with the veteran producer of the series, and more!

Arcade Archives POOYAN (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - POOYAN is a shooting game released by KONAMI in 1982. One day in the woods, Mama Pig takes up a bow and arrow to save her POOYAN (her kidnapped children) from the wolves. Use the bow and arrow to pop the balloons the wolves are riding down on. Throw meat (the wolves' favourite) to take down multiple wolves for a bonus score!

Phantom Doctrine (Forever Entertainment, €17.99 / £16.19) - Phantom Doctrine is a strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of influences and capturing the subtle intrigue of classic spy films, the game thrust the player into a mysterious world of covert operations, counterintelligence, conspiracy, and paranoia.

PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker (Pqube, €19.99 / £17.99) - PlataGO! is the super-simple platform game maker that everyone, of all ages, can enjoy! No need to code, no need for complex scripting - PlataGO! is a 100% drag-and-drop tool, that lets you start making platform games immediately. No fuss, no tutorial - just jump straight in and start creating!

Radiation City (Atypical Games, €19.99 / £17.99) - Welcome to the world of Radiation City where a great survival adventure awaits you! Forty years after the unfortunate accident of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, destiny brings you to the area of the carefully recreated city of Pripyat. Uncover the amazing story, untangle the mystery and try to save your loved one.

Dead Dungeon (Drageus Games, €3.99 / £3.59) - Dead Dungeon is a hardcore 2D platformer in the best traditions of classic games, with an excellent chiptune soundtrack. The game will check your nerves for strength and bring a lot of emotions.

Deer Drive Legends (Maximum Games, €19.99 / £17.99) - Show those bucks what you’re made of. Take out the biggest and most vicious animals of the wild in this high calibre action fest! But be careful, or dangerous animals like grizzly bears and moose will be taking YOU out!

Demolition Crew (xirBX, €2.00 / £2.00) - Jump and smash your way to the top of different buildings in a race against time, puzzles and enemies. On top of each building you hit a bell to mark the building ready for demolition. In each level you will find power-ups like down stab, double jump and bombs to help you on your way.

Verlet Swing (Digerati, €11.99 / £10.79) - Grab your hookshot and enter surreal fever dreams. An eccentric world where weird stuff happens. Where statues stare you down and you die on impact with any of your surroundings. That’s Verlet Swing – an abstract gauntlet that transforms into weirder and more challenging courses as you sail and soar through strange landscapes of koi fish, pizza slices and other bizarre obstacles.

Vosaria: Lair of the Forgotten (Johnny Ostad, €4.99 / £4.49) - A pump-action 2D side-scrolling game with different enemy types. along with a jump-to-the-roof mechanic that spices up the combat. Avoid traps, survive enemy encounters and upgrade your weapons and gear to overcome the challenges.

Demos

Pocket League Story Demo (Kairosoft, Free) - Handpick players, train, and battle your way to the top of every league in this sensational soccer team simulation! Sell merch, erect a gym--even a stadium! Your fanbase will grow as you conquer your rivals and snag the hottest sponsors! The sky's the limit in your quest for ultimate soccer stardom!

Them Bombs Demo (YELLOW DOT, Free) - A text message leads you to a ticking bomb. Tick-tock! Tick-tock! Every second counts. Which wire to cut – the blue or the red one? How to set the control knobs? Tick-tock! Tick-tock! Only two minutes left… Your flashlight battery runs out. The adrenaline kicks in. Will you keep a cool head and defuse the bomb?

Switch eShop - Pre-Orders

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order + Expansion Pass (Nintendo, €79.98 / £67.98, pre-order from 11/06/2019) - Assemble your ultimate team of Marvel Super Heroes in MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order, exclusively on Nintendo Switch! Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order + Expansion Pass includes the main game plus the Expansion Pass.

Police Stories (HYPETRAIN DIGITAL, €14.99 / £13.99, pre-order from 11/06/2019) - A fresh take on top-down shooters with an emphasis on tactics that forces you to make split-second decisions. Play Solo or in Couch Co-op! Unforgiving and tense, each mission tells a story of two police operatives - John Rimes and Rick Jones, filled with infiltrating gang hideouts, rescuing hostages, making arrests and other life-threatening situations.

Rally Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, €7.99 / £7.19, pre-order from 11/06/2019) - In Rally Rock 'N Racing, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of natural environments, such as deserts, snow-covered mountains, forests... where you can show your skill at the wheel, competing against everyone to become the fastest. The game has several modes, such as Championship, Time Trial, Arcade, and 4-player multiplayer.

Boxing Champs (Raz Games, €9.37 / £8.62, pre-order from 12/06/2019) - Step into the ring and become a boxing champ! Feel every punch with full punch control using the Right Stick. Start swinging away and challenge friends in multiplayer, or make history by moving up the ranks in career mode to become the undisputed world champion.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Activision, €39.99 / £34.99, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - Crash is back in the driver’s seat! Get ready to go fur-throttle with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. It’s the authentic CTR experience plus a whole lot more, now fully-remastered and revved up to the max. Start your engines with the original game modes, characters, tracks, power-ups, weapons and controls. Power slide to glory in additional karts, tracks and arenas from Crash Nitro Kart. Race online with friends and Crash the competition with online leaderboards.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - Nitros Oxide Edition (Activision, €59.99 / £54.99, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - Greetings, creatures of this planet. Nitros Oxide has come to compete! Purchase the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - Nitros Oxide Edition and play as the infamous Nitros Oxide from day one in all game modes. Includes: - Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - Full Game- Nitros Oxide, Crunch, Zem and Zam characters**- Nitros Oxide Hovercraft kart**- Exclusive Star Skins Pack: Nitros Oxide, Crash, Coco, Cortex Star Skins with unique podium animations- Exclusive Crunch Robot Skin with unique podium animation- Exclusive kart paintjob- Exclusive kart sticker pack- Exclusive Hovercraft kart decal

Chiki-Chiki Boxy Pro Wrestling (The Pocket Company, €13.49 / £12.14, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - Voxel wrestlers intensely and furiously slamming into each other! Enjoy the fun, over the top moves that this game has to offer! The battle gong sounds! Make your way through the tournament, aiming for the top! The controls are easy! You can bust out flashy moves with just a single button. Unleash jump attacks, drops, holds, and specials, carrying them out just how you think of them!

Graveyard Keeper (tinyBuild Games, €17.99 / £16.19, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - Graveyard Keeper is the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of the year. Build & manage your own graveyard while finding shortcuts to cut costs, expand into entertainment with witch-burning festivals, and scare nearby villagers into attending church. This is a game of capitalism and doing whatever it takes to build a thriving business.

Goonya Fighter (MUTAN, €4.27 / £3.85, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - A different kind of fighting game! Even with just one Nintendo Switch device, up to 4 people can fight it out. Are you ready to become a Goonya Fighter?

Mainlining (Merge Games, €12.74 / £10.19, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - Mainlining is a cybercrime hacking thriller that mixes dark and dry humour with a gripping narrative that will have you hooked from the very first case. Following the government's introduction of the BLU Pill Act and the Secret Intelligence Service's reintroduction of MI7, all online personal data is accessible by the powers that be. Mainlining questions techno-ethics and whether it is acceptable for an organisation to have the power to look at personal data.

The Childs Sight (Forever Entertainment, €4.49 / £4.04, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - Slowly unravelling the story of what happened to you, while lying in the crib unaware and innocent. With every minute as you explore you will remember more. Horrors will become real and clear. Was it just fear of the unknown that haunts you or is it more?

War Tech Fighters (Blowfish Studios, €14.39 / £12.79, pre-order from 13/06/2019) - War Tech Fighters is a space action game that combines the spectacular action of Japanese Anime with Hollywood Blockbusters. Configure, upgrade and customize your War Tech and dive into battle to fight back the Zatronian forces and save your galaxy!

Headball Soccer Deluxe (Cool Small Games, €3.74 / £3.36, pre-order from 14/06/2019) - Smash the football and score goals in this addicting football game! Aim your big head headers and perfect your kick skills to destroy your opponents’ team defence. Use the slime, ice, and gum to your max advantage in offence skills!

Real Drift Racing (Cool Small Games, €4.99 / £4.49, pre-order from 14/06/2019) - Time to unleash the demon of speed! Drifting, speed and competition - all in one game! Get ready to drive on high-performance cars and make them drift at lightning speed on realistic tracks. Improve your racing and drifting skills as you earn cash to buy new cars! Tune and customize your cars and become the best driver in the world!

North American downloads for June 13th, 2019

It's Cadence of Hyrule time!

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda – In the Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda game, each move you make – whether it’s moving, attacking, defending, using items or more – must be timed to the beat of the music, which features remixes of familiar tunes from the Legend of Zelda series. Choose to embark on your as Cadence, Link or Princess Zelda, each with different powers and abilities, before adventuring through a randomly generated overworld map where classic areas like the desert or the forest will differ, meaning no two playthroughs will be the same.

Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online*

Double Dragon II: The Revenge – Billy and Jimmy Lee, the Double Dragons, are back to avenge the loss of Marian. In their quest to defeat the evil Shadow Warriors, Billy and Jimmy must complete nine missions, facing deadly street gangs, ninjas and huge mutant fighters. Can Billy and Jimmy contend with the enemies placed before them and ultimately save the world?

Volleyball – Enjoy a game of volleyball as you spike for a point, slam a perfect serve and make a save that wins the game for your team. As captain, you’ll lead your team through a fast-paced warm-up round, and then quickly move into the heat of real volleyball competition. The first team to 15 points wins the set, and the first team to win three sets takes the match.

City Connection – After breaking into an exclusive paint store in New York City, you’re on the run from the cops! Carrying leaky 10-gallon cans of paint, drive over every mile of New York City highways before catching a boat to England. From there, you will go on a tour of the world, avoiding the police and leaking paint everywhere you go.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Save Up to 50% on Select Digital Games

Celebrate E3 2019 by checking out the savings on select digital titles in fan-favorite franchises—including Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, FINAL FANTASY and more. Offer ends June 18 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

Arcade Archives Solomon's Key
Citizens of Space – Available June 18
Cricket 19
Dead Dungeon – Available June 14
Demolition Crew – Available June 14
Enchanted in the Moonlight - Kiryu, Chikage & Yukinojo –
Enchanted in the Moonlight - Miyabi, Kyoga & Samon –
Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don't Dry
PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker
Please, Don't Touch Anything: Classic
Pocket League Story – Demo Version
Radiation City
Rolling Gunner
Sea King – Available June 17
Soccer Pinball
Submerged
Them Bombs – Demo Version – Available June 14
Verlet Swing – Available June 14
Vosaria: Lair of the Forgotten – Available June 14
Worldend Syndrome – Demo Version

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS:

Pinball Breaker 2

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Wii U:

SCOOP! Around the World in 80 Spaces

Game Freak says no decision has been made to bring non-Galar Region Pokemon into Pokemon Sword & Shield via an update

A tiny sliver of hope

If you were holding onto hope that non-Galar Region Pokemon could make an appearance in Pokemon Sword & Shield via a post-game update, you'll have to hold your breath awhile longer. Famitsu has an interview with various members of Game Freak, and when they were asked this question, Game Freak's devs stated that they have not made a decision on the matter at this time. They did go on to say that those Pokemon not supported in the game will still have an active role via Pokemon HOME.

Game Freak says balance of the battle system is the reason for Pokemon Sword & Shield limiting Pokemon to the Galar Region

MUTINY!

Pokemon fans are really, really not happy about Game Freak's decision to limited Pokemon Sword & Shield Pokemon to those found in the Galar Region Pokedex. Many want to know why the decision was made, and USGamer got that answer straight from Game Freak's Junichi Masuda.

There are a couple of different parts to the thinking behind it, but really the biggest reason for it is just the sheer number of Pokemon. We already have well over 800 Pokemon species, and there's going to be more added in these games. And now that they're on the Nintendo Switch, we're creating it with much higher fidelity with higher quality animations. But even more than that, it's coming down to the battle system. We're making sure we can keep everything balanced and give all the Pokemon that appear in the games a chance to shine.

We knew at some point we weren't going to be able to indefinitely keep supporting all of the Pokemon, and we just found that Sword and Shield would probably be a good point to go back and reevaluate what would be the best selection of Pokemon that appeal to the widest audience while keeping into consideration the balance of the battle system. It isn't just going to be all-new Pokemon in the Galar region Pokedex; there's still going to be a lot of favorites that fans will be able to bring over that they've adventured with previously. But yeah, it was pretty much just balancing and getting this optimal selection of Pokemon for the adventure we wanted to provide.

Wondering how Game Freak is picking what Pokemon to include? Masuda had the answer for that too.

There are definitely a lot of factors. The primary focus was the setting of the game. We have the Galar Region, and we spent a lot of time discussing which Pokemon would make sense in that region. We kind of selected from there. But we also selected types that make sure the battles are balanced and really provide this exciting kind of battle experience.

Nintendo continues to dodge questions about co-op and playing as Zelda in Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Aonuma finds people pondering co-op 'very interesting'

Will it or won't it?

People both really want and really think Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will feature co-op. Interviewers are trying their best to get that info out of Nintendo, but not surprisingly, everyone is tight-lipped. IGN’s Samuel Claiborn gave it a shot in an interview with Eiji Aonuma, and you can check out their exchange below.

IGN: "I know for a long time, people have wanted to play as Zelda, and there have been some games where you get to play as Zelda a little bit. It looked like Zelda and Link were hanging out a lot together. Do you think this is going to be the game in which we get to play as Zelda, maybe as a co-op game?"

Aonuma: "It's kind of interesting that you bring that up, because in Breath of the Wild, you see Zelda and Link together often too, so to go straight into the thought of co-op is very interesting to me."

Aonuma discusses Zelda's frequent remakes, and why Dampé heads up Zelda: Link's Awakening's new Chamber Dungeon feature

Dampé if you do, Dampé if you don't

Game Informer had the chance to ask Eiji Aonuma a bunch of questions about the upcoming Zelda: Link's Awakening remake. They started by asking why the Zelda franchise sees so make remakes/remasters, as compared to other Nintendo franchises.

"I think why Zelda does get remade or remastered or ported a lot is because there's no one game style or art style. Every time there's a different art style or different gameplay. There's so much variety. So when we remake, they originally have all these different elements, but we can keep on incorporating new elements and introduce new gameplay or new excitement into these games. So when I create a remake or reimagining of a Zelda game, I always incorporate something new or fresh."
The 'something new' in Link's Awakening is the Chamber Dungeon feature, which lets you drag/drop chambers to create your own dungeon. This new feature is being headed up by Dampé, who wasn't originally in Link's Awakening. Why was he slotted in for this remake?

"We understand that just creating a dungeon from nothing is very hard to do. That's why we introduced the character Dampé to be the keeper of the dungeons. He will give you challenges to complete by creating a dungeon with the challenges he gives you.

He's always been this mysterious character. If you remember him in Ocarina of Time, he was a gravekeeper and there was a dungeon beneath a grave, and there's a lot of things that are a little bit mysterious about him. He fits that image of a dungeon and that's why we thought maybe we'll incorporate him in the game in this way."