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Platinum on The Wonderful 101 sequel interest, Bayonetta 3 progress, StarFox Zero, and wanting Amaterasu in Smash Bros.

Platinum shares some juicy tidbits

Our friends at GameXplain got to talk to Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya about all sorts of Platinum Games topics, and we've put together a quick summary of some of the juiciest tidbits. Check out that recap below.

- Atsushi Inaba said there's never been a day where they didn't want to do a sequel to The Wonderful 101
- he says it would be nice if the day came when they could make a sequel, but it would be a challenge
- Platinum is interested in working with Nintendo again in the future
- Bayonetta 3 development is "going fine"
- no conversations have happened with Platinum about porting StarFox Zero to Switch
- due to the fan reaction to the dog in Project GG, there might be an expanded role for the dog in the full game
- Hideki Kamiya would love to see Amaterasu added to Smash Bros. Ultimate

Beyond Good and Evil getting hybrid live-action/animated feature film on Netflix

Bravo, Jade

Ubisoft and Netflix have announced that a Beyond Good and Evil movie is heading to Netflix. The movie will be handled by Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman. According to early information, the movie will be a “hybrid live-action/animated feature.” It will be produced by Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin of Ubisoft Film & Television.

As it stands right now, the film is in “early development,” with Letterman and the producers currently searching for a writer.

This week's European downloads - July 30 (Samurai Shodown, Ageless and more)


Nintendo eShop (Switch)

SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION (SNK) - €39.99/£35.99
It all began in ’93, and now, the weapon-based fighting game series that swept the world is ready to be taken home in a new stellar collection! Six NEOGEO titles as well as one mysterious, unreleased game are featured! Each game features Online Battle Modes as well as a Museum Mode and Music Player. This collection is a must-have for all SAMURAI SHODOWN fans across the globe!

SAMURAI SHODOWN was originally released on the NEOGEO in 1993, followed by its sequel SAMURAI SHODOWN II in 1994. The series became a trilogy in 1995 with SAMURAI SHODOWN III, followed soon after SAMURAI SHODOWN IV AMAKUSA’S REVENGE released in 1996. Seven years later the series returned with 2003’s SAMURAI SHODOWN V, and SAMURAI SHODOWN V SPECIAL released the following year on the NEOGEO... The new SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION also includes a title never before released to the public. SAMURAI SHODOWN V PERFECT is a mysterious final version of SAMURAI SHODOWN V SPECIAL. Players can select between either Japanese or English MVS arcade versions for each title in the collection. Other features include scanlines for that retro flair, save functions, and an Arcade Mode that can be set to FREE MODE, meaning no more game overs!

Interrogation: You will be deceived (Mixtvision) - €12.99/£12.99
As a police detective tasked with bringing down a dangerous terrorist group, you fight on two fronts: interrogating suspects & managing your team and its reputation. With time running out, how far will you go to stop these criminals? Manipulation, threats or even torture? Does the end justify the means?

Ageless (Team17) - €14.99/£10.99
Lost, confused and alone. What will Kiara do when she suddenly finds herself with the power to control the age of flora and fauna? An ability that was bestowed onto her by a magical obelisk.

Traverse a puzzle-platforming world unlike any other, full of myths and magic. Embark on an emotional journey where you will be faced with tough choices and forced to face your inner demons.

Follow Kiara as she is thrown into a world of wonder and heart ache. Manipulate the age of animals and plant-life as you find your way through intricate environmental puzzles and defeat the merciless bosses that stand in your way.

Rugby Challenge 4 (Tru Blu Games) - €59.99/£49.99
ALL-STAR COMMENTARY
Real sports broadcasting commentary with Grant Nisbett and Justin Marshall. French commentary by Eric Bayle and Thomas Lombard.

THE DEFINITIVE RUGBY EXPERIENCE
Multiple Game Modes including: Single Match, Multi-team Competition, extensive multi-year Career Mode and Be a Pro Mode

OVER 12 PRESTIGIOUS COMPETITIONS
Including the all new Womens 7’s Rugby, Premiership Rugby, Super Rugby, Mens, 7’s Rugby, and Currie Cup - or even create your own!

Megadimension Neptunia VII (Idea Factory)- €29.99/£26.99 (€23.99/£21.59 until August 17)
A new group has replaced Gamindustri’s Goddesses seemingly overnight, and Neptune’s nowhere in sight! Warped into a decimated new dimension, the Nep sisters join a mysterious Goddess to fight against a massive new threat to save the Zero Dimension. Can they save multiple dimensions and restore order to Gamindustri?

They Breathe (Bulbware) - €3.99/£3.59 (€3.55/£3.19 until August 12)
In the first game by The Working Parts, a lone frog descends into the depths of a flooded forest, not yet knowing the full extent of its tragedy. To survive in a brutal, oxygen-obsessed ecosystem, you must help it see the patterns and hidden truths that make up the rules of the forest - horrible as they may be. Now as a new remastered version, rebuild from ground up and enhanced with local co-op mode.

They Breathe is a critically acclaimed indie gem. In thirty short minutes, the game leaves it up to you to figure out every part of its increasingly bizarre universe, in order to survive the onslaught of unexpected creatures and ultimately comprehend their true nature. No matter how your descent to the bottom of the forest takes shape, it is guaranteed to give you the chills without a single word of dialog.

Keep your eyes open, for there is darkness beneath the surface. And you're not at the bottom yet.

Sagrada (Dire Wolf Digital) - €15.99/£14.49
Bring your stained glass masterpiece to dazzling digital life in Sagrada, the dice-drafting board game from Floodgate Games. Take turns selecting colorful dice and placing them in your gorgeous stained-glass window. The artisan who creates the most beautiful window wins.

FAIRY TAIL (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €69.99/£54.99
FAIRY TAIL Digital Deluxe (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €84.99/£69.99
Play as powerful mages from different guilds
A total of 16 playable characters. Various characters from guilds other than "Fairy Tail" appear. Also, the game includes an original episode.

Magic battles, Fairy Tail style
Familiar moves from the source material such as Unison Raid and Extreme Magic can be performed. There are also Unison Raids that are original to the game.

Aim to become the No. 1 guild
The town of Magnolia and inside of the guild are fully depicted. Complete missions that appear on the request board, raise your guild's rank with your comrades, and aim to become the No. 1 guild!

Country Tales (Ocean Media) - €9.99/£8.99
Ted used to be a simple farmer. But he just couldn't see himself being a farmer his whole life. He wanted more. So Ted decided to leave for the big city and finish school there.

Once he was done with his education, he decided it's finally time to find a job somewhere. And he found one in a small town called Sunset Hills. He got a job as an assistant in the mayor's office. This is how Ted and Catherine met! Even though he tried to hide it, he was smitten the first time he laid eyes on her.

Unfortunately for Ted, the mayor himself was Catherine's fianc・ And the mayor... well, the mayor had some very ambitious plans for Sunset Hills. Or better said, some very ambitious plans for himself...

Spiral Memoria -The Summer I Meet Myself- (DIGIMERCE) - €24.99/£22.49
The mysterious romantic journey of a girl who's lost her memory. This is a heart-warming story that takes place in high school during an early summer time. Face the tragic truth and spend a short, sweet summer with your new romantic interest. The main character doesn't have any memory before high school. She goes on a journey to find out about her past and discovers the shocking truth. The game is based on original character designs by the illustrator, Hazuki Futaba.

Arcade Archives Burger Time (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"Burger Time" is an action game released by Data East in 1982. The goal is to make burgers by stepping on the giant ingredients to drop them onto the plates below. Defeat the enemy pickles and wieners by trapping them between the burger ingredients!

Hotel Sowls (CFK) - €7.29/£6.59 (€6.56/£5.93 until August 12)
As a pharmacologist looking for success, you obtained a mysterious stone found in Sowls. "With this stone, I'll be able to conduct a successful research!" Afterwards, you visited "Hotel Sowls" to get some good rest and found out next morning your precious stone has disappeared. "Someone must've stolen it!"

So begins your investigation to find your stone...

Time Tenshi (Silver Cow Studio) - €11.99/£10.99 (€10.19/£9.34 until August 6)
Team up with Rose, Kyo and Michelle - the beautiful Time Tenshi (Time Angels) - in this exciting visual novel as you enter the amazing world of time travel, made possible by the work of Tensai Shiro, the genius inventor behind the Time Window: mankind's first functioning time machine!

Dininho Adventures (QUByte Interactive) - €1.99/£1.79
Help out Dininho in what might be the most heroic adventure of your life! Only someone truly evil would be cold to the point of stealing eggs from a defenseless dinossaur mom, and dininho can't let that be. Explore this colorfull and dangerous world, rescuing all the defenseless babies.

Cubers: Arena (Teyon) - €14.99/£13.49
CUBERS: Arena is an electrifying arena brawler/twin-stick slasher game. Play as Baller, a slave fighting his way through an array of gladiators to reclaim his freedom.

Multifaceted and immersive game modes; 4 uniquely themed arenas, all with their own atmospheric effects and enemies, destructible environments and boss fights in Campaign mode. An extensive line up of multiplayer (and solo!) mini-games!

Choose from an arsenal of over 100 unique weapons, armory, and skills to fight off waves of enemies.

Sentinels of Freedom (Underbite Games) - €22.39/£20.19
Prepare for a story-driven campaign within the Sentinel Comics universe as you join forces with an ever-growing team of heroes to face a wide variety of villains. What seems like a typical bank heist reveals itself to be just the beginning of a much more sinister plan! Create your hero, gather your team, and save the world in this exciting new turn-based strategy!

Heroes of Hammerwatch - Ultimate Edition (BlitWorks) - €19.99/£17.99
Encounter endless hordes of enemies, traps, puzzles, secrets and tons of loot, as you battle your way through procedurally generated levels to reach the top of the Forsaken Spire. Upgrade to grant your persistent heroes with various enhancements that will further help you in your quest, and even bring them to your friends' game!

Locomotion (Polyfox) - €9.99/£8.99
Locomotion is a spectacular single-player train puzzle game. Sit back, relax and chill for an afternoon of excellent, entertainment and excitement, or, pick up and go as you solve puzzles on the move!

Guide your train to the exit of each level, collect all of your gold and travel to new heights!

Locomotion is the perfect family-friendly casual puzzle game - grab a partner to help you figure out those extra tricky puzzles and enjoy the journey together!

Mini Puzzle Balls (Cool Small Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (€0.99/£0.89 until August 28)
Mini Puzzle Balls is a new addictive puzzle game. Move the balls into their corresponding slots. It's simple. Or is it? Look for solutions, unlock new mechanics, increase your score, and have fun.

Buried Stars (LINE Games) - €49.99/£44.99
"Buried Stars" is a new mystery adventure game developed by Team Largo and LINE Games Corporation.

A collapse that broke out at a live broadcast of a survival audition TV show. A fatal incident occurs in front of trapped performers and staff. Who is the murderer? Why… How could this happen?

Instant Sports Summer Games (Plug In Digital) - €24.99/£22.49
Five new sports inspired by the Summer Olympic Games: High Jump, Javelin Throw, Relay Race, Triple Jump and Archery, on top of the six original sports present in the first version of Instant Sports: Hurdles, Tennis, Goal Keeper, Bowling, Rafting and Baseball.

Several improvements on the original  activities: New game mode for Goal Keeper, a country flag selection for each player, a more balanced gameplay, easier controls, and more customization!

Kingdom Rush (Ironhide Game Studio) - €9.99/£8.00
Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command!

Fight on forests, mountains, and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower upgrades and specializations! Rain fire upon your enemies, summon reinforcements, command your troops, recruit elven warriors and face legendary monsters on a quest to save the Kingdom from the forces of darkness!

Nowhere Prophet (No More Robots) - €21.69/£19.49 (€16.26/£14.61 until August 13)
Build a loyal band of followers and survive the journey across a broken world. Barely. Take on the role of a powerful leader and mystic. Empowered with the gifts of technopathy, the ability to sense and affect electrical currents.

You are the last hope to a band of outcastes and refugees. Lead them across the randomly generated wastelands. Pick fights with greedy slavers and crazy machines using the turn-based card combat. Can you survive long enough to reach the mysterious Crypt?

Merchant of the Skies (AbsoDev) - €14.99/£13.49
Merchant of the Skies is a trading game with light base-building and tycoon elements. You start off as a captain of a small cloudship and work your way towards establishing your own trade company.

Merchant of the Skies is an experimental game: it does not have a distinct genre, but tries to capture the feeling of travelling the world and establishing your own company. That means we try to incorporate exploration, base building, trading and some minor rpg elements into the game.

Bite the Bullet (Graffiti Games) - €14.99/£13.49
Bite The Bullet is the world’s first Run & Gun & Eat. In this roguelite RPG shooter you must eat enemies, bullets and more to powerup your character, weapons, and abilities. Gun down zombies, robots and giant mutant bosses with a barrage of bullets before chowing down on their corpses to craft new weapons, unlock new abilities and special attacks, and transform into a powerful Zombro form to smash foes. Explore four character classes and a skill tree based on your diet – and remember, you are what you eat!

Nicole (Ratalaika Games, available July 31) - €18.99/£16.99
Nicole is a dating simulator that revolves around your day-to-day life as a college student. Classes, homework and mysterious abductions!

You can take up part-time jobs to earn money, explore various locations, do recreational and extra-curricular activities, and meet intriguing characters like Darren, Kurt, Jeff and Ted. You might even get to date the culprit!

Family Mysteries: Poisonous Promises (Artifex Mundi, available July 31) - €14.99/£13.49
Entertaining plunge into the world of debauched elites, alluring women and corrupted cops, where power is the ultimate currency. This is a thrilling introduction to the brand new Hidden Object Game series in the tradition of best police dramas.

Welcome to the magic city of palm trees, yachts and pleasant living. Place where the elite high rollers park their sleek lambo's for free with a handicap tag. Put yourself in the shoes of a probing detective and help your partner Duke solve the mysterious murder case.

The Executioner (Ultimate Games, available July 31) - €9.99/£8.99
Fusing elements of a traditional RPG with investigation, exploration and moral decision-making, it invites players take on the role of a man who must seek a signed confession from those he is about to put to death.

With a predominantly text-based interface unfolding engaging story, The Executioner promises a dark and unsettling atmosphere, and a world filled with moral ambiguity

With the threat of revolution on the cards will you fight for monarchy and tradition or revolt in the name of progress? Do you support emerging science or follow the mystical path? Will you desensitize yourself to the violence you have to inflict or try to preserve your humanity?

Paint your Pet (Ultimate Games, available July 31) - €4.99/£4.49
Paint your Pet allows player to paint different pets. You can use a variety of colors and textures to make incredible animals. Save your creations and return to it at any time you want to modify it! Paint your Pet is fun, easy to pick up game, suitable for children at any age.

Naught (Wild Sphere, available July 31) - €19.99/£17.99
Naught is a platform videogame with a unique control where you rotate the environment to change gravity and guide the main character, Naught, through labyrinth levels full of challenges, hidden places and secrets.

Featuring varied, dynamic gameplay, Naught explores 40 levels where he must dodge danger and enemies arising from the shadows, discover hidden places, collect seeds of light that will help him access blocked areas, and recover the diamond fragments that possess enormous power. Throughout his adventure, he will be accompanied by the Spirit of the Tree, who will help him find his way through extremely narrow and complex labyrinths. You can also enjoy a time trial challenge on every level.

Lost Wing (2Awesome Studio, available July 31) - €7.99/£7.99 (€7.19/£7.19 until August 7)
Storm your way through three unique worlds, beat each stage, and destroy the bosses! Featuring an original electronic soundtrack, multiple play modes, stages, ships and weapons. Lost Wing is a perfect challenge for the most demanding players.

Tiny Racer (IceTorch, available July 31) - €9.99/£8.99 (€7.99/£7.19 until August 9)
Pick your tiny car, push the gas down and start the great race.

Try not to fall on Monkey Bridge. Hold on tight and be careful on the ramps in Forest Jumper. Watch out for sharp turns and be the first in Rock Heaven. Don’t let the messy kitchen beat you in Cooking Madness. Speed through sunbeds and surfboards right to the finish line in Beach Party.

Play alone or have fun together with your friends, kids or parents. Everything thanks to a well balanced and easy to change difficulty settings and local multiplayer.

Dodo Peak (Screenwave Media, available July 31) - €9.99/£7.49
Play as a dodo bird to find and rescue your lost babies from a series of dangerous peaks. Maneuver them home while avoiding obstacles and enemies! Dodo Peak is a throwback to the classic arcade platformers of the past with a modern twist.

Collect coins, dodge sneaky snakes, avoid malevolent monkeys, grab power-ups for extra speed or super strength, and strive for the best time across a stunning variety of handcrafted islands. As your pack grows, so does the challenge in bringing them home!

FootGoal! Tiki Taka (JORGE BIEDMA AZUAR, available July 31) - €4.99/£4.49
We’ve all played and been fascinated by how it works. The first official table of the classic, popular football game. For gamers, for football fans. A retro, fun way to enjoy football.

Short passes, long balls, lobs, or just shooting. Intuitive, rapid controls, and ball speeds of up to 120 km/h. Try out your reflexes, skills and strategies. Official world competitions and tournaments created by the International Federation in countries such as the USA, the UK, France, China, Italy, Germany, and more, show just how popular this game has been for so long.


Downloadable Content

Talisman: Digital Edition (Nomad Games) - €4.19/£3.79

FAIRY TAIL - Special Erza Costume: Miss Fairy Tail (Koei Temco Europe) - Free
FAIRY TAIL - DDX Only Lucy's Costume Gust Collaboration Ryza & Limited Edition Growth Lacrima x 5 (Koei Temco Europe)
FAIRY TAIL - Erza's Costume "Fairy Tail Team A" (Koei Temco Europe)
FAIRY TAIL - Gray's Costume "Fairy Tail Team A" (Koei Temco Europe)
FAIRY TAIL - Lucy's Costume "Fairy Tail Team A" (Koei Temco Europe)
FAIRY TAIL - Natsu's Costume "Fairy Tail Team A" (Koei Temco Europe)
FAIRY TAIL - Wendy's Costume "Fairy Tail Team A" (Koei Temco Europe)

Megadimension Neptunia VII - Trillion: God of Destruction Costume Set (Idea Factory) - Free
Megadimension Neptunia VII - God Eater: Costume Pack (Idea Factory) - €0.99/£0.89
Megadimension Neptunia VII - God Eater: Party Character (Idea Factory) - €2.99/£2.69
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Nitroplus: Costume Pack (Idea Factory) - €0.99/£0.89
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Nitroplus: Party Character (Idea Factory) - €2.99/£2.69
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Party Character: Umio & Nepgya (Idea Factory) - €1.99/£1.79
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Nightwear Pack (Idea Factory) - €2.99/£2.69
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Swimsuit Pack (Idea Factory) - €3.99/£3.59
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Equipment Pack (Idea Factory) - €0.99/£0.89
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Processor Pack (Idea Factory) - €1.99/£1.79
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Ultimate Weapon Pack (Idea Factory) - €3.99/£3.59
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Trial Weapon Pack (Idea Factory) - €3.99/£3.59
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Weapon Pack (Idea Factory) - €3.99/£3.59
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Gamindustri Ultimate Armor Pack (Idea Factory) - €0.99/£0.89
Megadimension Neptunia VII - 1st Level Cap Set (Idea Factory) - Free
Megadimension Neptunia VII - 2nd Level Cap Set (Idea Factory) - Free
Megadimension Neptunia VII - 3rd Level Cap Set (Idea Factory) - Free
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Histy's Beginner Item Set (Idea Factory) - Free
Megadimension Neptunia VII - Histy's Trial Item Set (Idea Factory) - Free

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix - SEGA Song Pack (SEGA) - €6.99/£5.99
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix - DLC Bundle 2 (SEGA) - €29.99/£29.99
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix - Song Pack 7 (SEGA) - €6.99/£5.99

Moto Rush GT - Expansion Pack (Baltoro Games) - €1.99/£1.79

GROOVE COASTER WAI WAI PARTY!!!: Touhou Project Arrangements Pack 4 (TAITO) - €14.99/£12.99


Demos

#womenUp, Super Puzzles Dream (JORGE BIEDMA AZUAR)
Puzzles move onto the next level with ‘Super Puzzle Dream’, a mix between classic jigsaw puzzle and a ‘Tetromino’-style dynamic mechanic. #womenUp! is the 'hashtag' for this programme, which dedicates beautiful illustrations and emotive phrases to women on completion of every puzzle. Two levels of play, 'senior' (for adults) and 'junior' (for children aged 3+), guarantee hours of entertainment for all. Become an expert and finish the puzzles in the shortest possible time and you will find yourself amongst the best in the world on the online leaderboard.

My Bewitching Perfume (OperaHouse)
"Even though he's so disinterested in love, for just a moment it's like he's been enchanted. It's all because of the perfume I made..." He's a handsome soushoku danshi who's had a bad experience in love that he's never been able to tell anyone. However, he suddenly turns into a nikushoku danshi!? The perfume I made has a dangerously seductive fragrance. Before we realize it, it's caused him to abandon all reason...

Princess Closet (OperaHouse)
Invited by a member of the popular fashion brand "Princess Closet," you have been transformed into a "fashion model." Work together with the ultimate handsome boyfriend towards becoming a top model. Your encounter with your dashing boyfriend... is the beginning of a romance that will change your life!

The Manga Works (Kairosoft)
It's the manga artist experience you've been waiting for. Create a manga masterpiece and draw your way into the nation's heart.

Start out as a fledgling manga artist in a small and empty room... Armed with only a single pen, draw the best manga you can and march proudly to the publishers to show off your work. Ideas are the lifeblood of a manga artist. Go out in search of inspiration and gather plot points, then stuff your manga full of creativity.

This week's North American downloads - July 30 (Animal Crossing Wave 2, Skully and more)


Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update – Wave 2 – Enjoy atmospheric fireworks lighting up the sky above your island every Sunday in August at 7 p.m. Put your personal spin on the fireworks display by using your own custom design pattern to see it shot in the air as a firework in the sky! With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can also now choose to take a nap in any bed placed in your home. While dozing off, you may find yourself in a strange realm where you’ll be greeted by Luna. Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, you can share your island as a dream with others too. Plus, a new island backup service may be able to help recover your island if your Nintendo Switch system is lost or damaged, so you can get right back to building your island community.

Lost Wing – Pilot a super-fast ship through brutal environments, and try to top the leaderboards. Featuring numerous challenges, ships, enemies and traps, it’s a shot of pure unadulterated adrenaline. Storm your way through three unique worlds, beat each stage and destroy the bosses. Featuring an original electronic soundtrack, multiple play modes, stages, ships and weapons, Lost Wing is a perfect challenge for the most demanding players. Lost Wing will be available on July 31.

Skully – Hop, skip and roll your way to victory! On a mysterious remote island, a skull washes up on shore and is reawakened by an enigmatic deity. Dubbed Skully, the newly reanimated being has been summoned to intervene in a war between the deity’s three siblings, whose quarrel jeopardizes the island they call home. Fate has bestowed Skully with a second chance at “life” and his adventure will take him across a strange paradise as he seeks an end to the conflict that plagues the isle. Traverse a mysterious island by rolling through 18 different levels in seven distinct ecosystems, each packed with adventure, puzzles and unique dangers. Skully will be available on Aug. 4.

Nintendo Mobile
Dr. Mario World One-Year Anniversary – The free-to-start Dr. Mario World game has reached its one-year milestone and the mobile game has continued to grow with fun new features. To mark the occasion, Dr. Mario World players can now receive 8-Bit Dr. Mario, a playable character with special skills, as a free login bonus. 8-Bit Dr. Mario is available now and can be acquired until Aug. 30 at 10:59 p.m. PT.

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 https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

Buried Stars
Chess Ace
Country Tales
Cubers: Arena
Dodo Peak – Available July 31
Dominate – Board Game
FAIRY TAIL – Available July 31
Family Mysteries: Poisonous Promises – Available July 31
FootGoal! Tiki Taka – Available July 31
Heroes of Hammerwatch – Ultimate Edition
Hotel Sowls
Kingdom Rush
Locomotion
Merchant of the Skies
Mini Island Challenge Bundle
Mini Puzzle Balls
Monster Blast
Mystery Mine – Available Aug. 5
Naught – Available July 31
Nicole – Available July 31
Nowhere Prophet
Paint your Pet – Available July 31
Rugby Challenge 4
Sagrada
SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION
Sentinels of Freedom
Spiral Memoria -The Summer I Meet Myself-
Steam Tactics – Available Aug. 5
Table Tennis
The Executioner – Available July 31
Tiny Racer – Available July 31


Animal Crossing: New Horizons' "Island Backup" feature detailed, restoration requires contacting Nintendo customer support

Plenty of hoops to jump through

Nintendo has finally shared full details on how Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Island Backup feature works. As you might have guessed, there's quite a few steps involved, and that includes some you might not have expected.

To kick things off, you'll have to talk to Tom Nook on the title screen, and then ask him to backup your data. Once connected to the internet, Nook says your save data will now be automatically backed up in the background when the game isn't being played. As for restoring your data, that is only allowed if your Switch has been lost, stolen, or damaged, and that you’ll have to contact Nintendo Customer Support in your region to enact the restoration.

As for actually moving ahead with the restoration, you'll have to hold the minus button after you see the black Nintendo screen when launching the game. This requires a fresh copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons running Version 1.4.0. You'll also need the same account as the one that enabled Island Backup, and that account will need to have Nintendo Switch Online. If all that is set up, all you have to do is search for the island, select the correct island, and it'll download.

Remember, Nintendo has said that a tool for transferring your island between Switch consoles is coming at some point later this year. This backup feature is something separate. You can get Nintendo's very wordy explanation of how this all works via the official FAQ info below.

What is island backup?

Island backup saves your island data and progress to our servers in the event you lose access to your Nintendo Switch system. If this happens, you can restore your island on a replacement Nintendo Switch system. Island backup is not enabled by default, so you will need to enable it in the in-game settings.

What do I need to enable island backup?

To enable island backup, you need a Nintendo Account that has an active Nintendo Switch Online membership and that has created a resident on the island. Only one island resident can enable island backup, but the island data and progress will be backed up for all players in the event in needs to be restored.

When do island backups happen?

After island backup is enabled, your island data is saved periodically when your Nintendo Switch system is connected to the internet and no one is playing the game on your system. The last time your island was backed up will be displayed in the bottom-left corner of the title screen.

How do I restore data from my island backup?

If you have replaced your Nintendo Switch system after it was lost or broken, you can restore you island data using the same Nintendo Account that enabled island backup.

How to Backup and Restore Island Save Data (Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

Important

Island backup is a feature exclusive to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you are looking to restore your save data for games compatible with the Nintendo Switch Online Save Data Cloud service, see our steps on How to Download Save Data Cloud Backups.

A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required in order to enable island backup data.

Note

Island backup and restore features are available after installing the latest game software version (1.4.0 or later).

When enabled, island backup data is stored periodically when no one is currently playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your Nintendo Switch system and the system is connected to the internet.

What to do

Enable island backup

Open Animal Crossing: New Horizons and select a user with a compatible Nintendo Account.
In order to enable island backup:

Use a Nintendo Account with an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.

Use a Nintendo Account that has a resident on the island. Each user on a Nintendo Switch system can create a resident and move to the island soon after starting the game.

Your Nintendo Switch system must have a stable connection to the internet.

Your game must be updated to the latest software version (1.4.0 or later).

Island backup cannot already be enabled. If any other resident on the island has already enabled island back up, you will not be able to enable it as a different resident. The original resident can disable island backup if you wish to enable it using a different account.

From the title screen, press the – Button to access the Settings menu.

Select Enable island backup.

If island backup cannot be enabled, it may be because your Nintendo Switch is not currently connected to the internet or your Nintendo Account does not currently have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.

After island backup is enabled, you can view the date and time of the last backup on the title screen of the game. A backup is made periodically whenever the game is not being played and the Nintendo Switch system is connected to the internet.

Restore island data

Important: Island data can only be restored if your Nintendo Switch system has been lost, stolen or damaged and you had enabled island backup in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on that system. It is not possible to remotely enable island backup without access to the system. You will also need a replacement system to restore the island data.

Was your system repaired by a Nintendo Service Center?

No

Recovery is only available in situations where a Nintendo Switch system is lost, stolen, or damaged. A new or repaired Nintendo Switch system is required. An active Nintendo Switch Online membership is also required. In the event of loss or damage, contact Nintendo Consumer Support, and a representative can help you restore the island and user save data on your new or repaired Nintendo Switch system (standard charges apply for non-warranty repairs). For all information on product(s) warranty please visit https://www.nintendo.com.au/warranty.

Yes

Important: If your system was repaired, your save data may already be on the system. Open Animal Crossing: New Horizons to determine if your island appears on the title screen. If so, no further action is necessary to return to your island.

If you have received your Nintendo Switch Console and your data is not on the system and the island backup was previously enabled, you can follow the below steps to restore your island data.

Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons and choose the user with the Nintendo Account that originally enabled island backup.
In order to restore island data:

Your Nintendo Switch system must have a stable connection to the internet.

Your game must be updated to the latest software version (1.4.0 or later).

As the game begins to open, you will see a black screen with the Nintendo logo in the top-left. Press and hold the – Button when this screen appears.

If performed correctly, a message will appear that asks if you want to check for island data to restore. Select Begin.
If you see Timmy and Tommy at the Nook Inc. reception desk, the button input failed. Close the game and reopen it to try again.

If you see a title screen with villagers walking around an island, then you may have already started a new island on your Nintendo Switch system. If you wish to replace this island with your island backup, you must first delete the save data for Animal Crossing: New Horizons from your system, then reopen the game and try again. Your new island will not be able to be recovered after you delete the save data.

Select Check to search for island data to restore.

If island data cannot be found, it may be because your Nintendo Switch is not currently connected to the internet or you are not using the same Nintendo Account that was used to enable island backup.

If you enabled island backup for multiple islands, you will be presented with each island name and some details. Select the island you wish to restore on your Nintendo Switch system, then select Recover Data.

Select Yes, please to confirm you are ready to restore the selected island backup.
If you started a new island on your Nintendo Switch, it will be lost and replaced with your island backup.

After your island is restored, the game will restart, and you will return to your island.

If your island is restored, you’re all set!

However if you are unable to restore your island after following these steps, please contact us for additional support.

Paper Mario: The Origami King's producer now says the series can no longer "graphically represent individual characteristics" in Toad NPCs

What a strange decision

A couple weeks back, Nintendo’s Kensuke Tanabe spoke to VGC about a design edict with Paper Mario games that was put in place since Paper Mario: Sticker Star. According to Tanabe, Paper Mario games can "no longer modify/create characters" tied to the Mario universe. While fans are still looking for an explanation as to why that is, Tanabe has been a bit more specific about the mandate.

In an interview with GamesRadar on the same subject, Tanabe had this to say.

"From the production of Paper Mario: Sticker Star onwards, we were no longer able to graphically represent individual characteristics, such as age, gender etc., in the Toad NPCs (non-playable characters), and so it has become that much more important to convey their personalities simply through text. Our writer, Mr Taro Kudo, has been grappling with this difficult challenge since Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but has managed to achieve giving all the texts a sense of humour. In this instalment, Paper Mario: The Origami King, we were able to include some Toads wearing an outfit to match their role, and also created original origami characters."

What we're really looking for from Nintendo is an explanation as to why this is. Fans know that the series used to allow for this kind of expression, and removing it seems like a rather odd decision. Even if we don't like the answer, hopefully Nintendo will explain themselves in a future interview.

Fireworks Shows, Dreaming and Island Backup Make Their Way to Animal Crossing: New Horizons on July 30th, 2020

Big features people have been waiting for

A dazzling array of colors are ready to burst in the night sky above your island abode while the calming waves of the sea lap at the shore. Ring out the end of summer with weekly fireworks shows during the month of August when Summer Update – Wave 2* arrives to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game for the Nintendo Switch system!

For those with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, the update adds the ability to sleep and enter dreams in the game and visit other people’s islands. It also adds a new island backup service that lets Nintendo Switch Online members back up the game’s save file. These features can all be enjoyed regardless of which hemisphere your island is located in.

Fireworks Shows – Enjoy atmospheric fireworks lighting up the sky above your island every Sunday in August at 7 p.m. Get in the spirit by redeeming Bells for raffle tickets in the plaza to get various festive items that you can use. Put your personal spin on the fireworks display by using your own custom design pattern to see it shot in the air as a firework in the sky!

Dreaming – You can now choose to take a nap in any bed placed in your home.** While dozing off, you may find yourself in a strange realm where you’ll be greeted by Luna. Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, you can share your island as a dream with others too.*** She will grant those who share their island a “Dream Address” which players can exchange and use to visit each other’s island in a dream. In dreams, nothing is permanent because nothing you do is saved, so explore to your heart’s content.

Island Backup & Restoration Service – Nintendo Switch Online members can enable the new island backup service, which automatically uploads island and user save data to the internet at certain times. If your Nintendo Switch system is lost or damaged, you may be able to recover your island paradise as long as you’ve enabled island backup. In the event of loss or damage, contact Nintendo Consumer Support about restoring the island and user save data on your new or repaired Nintendo Switch system. After your island data and individual player data is restored, you can get back to building your island community!**** Additional details can be found on the Nintendo Consumer Support page when the update goes live. The island backup feature is separate from the Save Data Cloud functionality offered for select Nintendo Switch games through Nintendo Switch Online. A function specific to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to move users and save data to another system is planned for later this year. Details will be announced in the future.

Take some time to relax this summer and remember to have a blast at the fireworks shows on your island getaway in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Coming up next is the free Autumn Update. We hope you look forward to it!

Pokemon Go Fest brings in $8.9 Million, the highest daily total since 2016


This past weekend, Niantic held the 2020 Pokemon Go Fest, which allowed players to catch all sorts of Pokemon with special, celebratory themes. Players of the game collectively spent $8.9 Million in the games shop on Saturday, July 25, and an additional $8.6 Million on on Sunday, July 26. In total, players spent $17.5 Million across the weekend, and Saturday's earnings in particular marked the highest daily total of revenue since 2016. 

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Hotel ships a Switch back to a customer who accidentally forgot it, takes care of their Animal Crossing game as well

Service with a smile

I think most of us have left an item or two behind at a hotel when we checked out. A phone charger here or a pair of socks there. Unfortunately for Skylar Challand, they forgot their Switch!

Lucky for Skylar, the staff of the Hilton Garden Inn found the Switch that was accidentally left behind, and sent it back to the rightful owner. Not only that, they also did a bit of virtual housekeeping as well! Skylar had left Animal Crossing: New Horizons running, so the hotel staff saved his game and even downloaded the newest update! Talk about going the extra step!

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