Japanese software/hardware sales - Oct. 8th to 14th, 2018

Super Mario Party gets bumped into the second spot this week, thanks to the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. There's still a great showing for Switch titles in the top 10, though!

01./00. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) - 228.775 / NEW
02./01. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 63.451 / 206.319 (-56%)
03./02. [PS4] Assassin's Creed: Odyssey # (Ubisoft) {2018.10.05} (¥8.400) - 19.037 / 64.204 (-58%)
04./03. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) - 13.224 / 138.060 (-45%)
05./09. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 10.402 / 326.018 (-6%)
06./10. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 8.767 / 2.663.744 (-16%)
07./00. [PS4] Varnir of the Dragon Star: Ecdysis of the Dragon # (Compile Heart) {2018.10.11} (¥7.200) - 8.652 / NEW
08./11. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 8.352 / 1.797.018 (-16%)
09./06. [PS4] Marvel's Spider-Man # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) - 7.590 / 286.668 (-38%)
10./05. [PS4] FIFA 19 # (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥7.800) - 5.355 / 76.553 (-60%)
11./14. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 5.091 / 1.134.189 (-14%)
12./08. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - The End of Saga # (Nihon Falcom) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) - 4.768 / 101.961 (-60%)
13./12. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800) - 4.496 / 35.885 (-45%)
14./18. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 4.032 / 1.742.905 (-13%)
15./20. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 3.504 / 1.828.729 (-10%)
16./15. [NSW] FIFA 19 # (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥5.800) - 3.382 / 24.820 (-35%)
17./13. [NSW] Warriors Orochi 4 # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) - 3.333 / 34.014 (-53%)
18./19. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 3.258 / 213.085 (-27%)
19./17. [PS4] Astro Bot: Rescue Mission |PlayStation VR| (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.04} (¥4.900) - 3.196 / 8.160 (-36%)
20./22. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 2.971 / 629.157

Japan - 3DS themes for Oct. 16th, 2018

The 3DS eShop in Japan has been updated with three more themes. Each theme costs 200 Yen, with trailers for those themes above, and names below.

- Giga feat. Kagamine Rin & Len「Rettou Joutou」
- Eve×Sou「Myoujou Galactica」
- Omoi feat. Hatsune Miku「Greenlights Serenade」

Smile PreCure! Let’s Go! Marchen World removed from the 3DS eShop in Japan

Completely out of nowhere, Bandai Namco has removed the Pretty Cure game Smile PreCure! Let’s Go! Marchen World from the 3DS eShop in Japan. If you missed out on the option, you can still hunt down a copy through Japanese retailers. If the game returns to the eShop, we'll be sure to let you know.

Neko Tomo demo released for Switch and 3DS in Japan

Neko Tomo will be available for both Switch and 3DS in Japan on Nov. 1st, 2018, but players can get in on a taste of the action right now. Bandai Namco has released a demo for Neko Tomo on both platforms, but it's not clear how much content the demos include. Either way, you can spend some time talking to a virtual cat right now!

My Nintendo Europe - update for Oct. 16th, 2018

Platinum Points

– 20% discount on HarmoKnight – 100 Platinum Points
– 30% discount on Zelda: Majora’s Mask – 100 Platinum Points

Gold Points

– 30% discount on Persona Q – 60 Gold Points
– 30% discount on Tomodachi Life – 120 Gold Points
– 40% discount on Super Mario RPG – 30 Gold Points
– 40% discount on Super Punch-Out!! – 30 Gold Points

Shovel Knight book by David L. Craddock available today

In 2014, Yacht Club Games released its very first game, Shovel Knight, a joyful 2D platformer that wears its NES influences on its sleeve. This unlikely pastiche of 8-bit inspirations manages to emulate the look, feel, and even the technical limitations of nostalgic titles like Mega Man, Zelda II, and Castlevania III—imbued with a contemporary sense of humor and self-awareness. But how is a fundamentally retro game created in the modern era? And what do the games of the past have to teach today's game designers?

Based on extensive original interviews with the Yacht Club Games team, writer David L. Craddock unearths the story of a fledgling group of game developers who worked so well together at WayForward Games that they decided to start their own studio. From the high highs of Shovel Knight's groundbreaking Kickstarter to the low lows of its unexpectedly lengthy development, Boss Fight presents a new master class in how a great game gets made. Get ready to steel your shovel and dig into this fascinating oral history. For Shovelry!

David L. Craddock lives with his wife and business partner in Ohio. He is the author of Stay Awhile and Listen, a three-part series that chronicles the history of World of WarCraft developer Blizzard Entertainment and Diablo/Diablo II developer Blizzard North; Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution by Schiffer Publishing; and HERITAGE, a young adult fantasy novel. Connect with David on Twitter or Facebook.

Grab the book here

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Battle competition details for November, February, and April

- up to 100 players can earn an invite to the Pokémon Japan Championships 2019
- this is done through online competitions

November brings the 2018 International Challenge November, which runs rules on the Sun Series of VGC 2019 which bans Mega Evolutions, Primal Reversions and Z-Crystals. The top 30 Japanese players earn an invite.

February brings the 2019 International Challenge February, which runs rules of the Moon Series of VGC 2019 which bans Mega Evolutions, Primal Reversions and Ultra Necrozma. The top 30 Japanese players earn an invite.

In April, the Japan only online competition, the Pokémon Japan Championships 2019 qualifiers will run, which run the Ultra Series of VGC 2019 which allows all Z-Crystals and Mega Evolutions. The top 40 players earn an invite.

Pokemon Shuffle - content update for Oct. 16th, 2018

- continues the Pokémon Safari from last week
- Ultra Challenge Stage is a stage for Xurkitree
- Great Challenge Stages are Kingdra, Turtwig (Winking), Rhyperior, Togekiss (Winking) & Reshiram
- Daily Pokémon are Slurpuff (Winking), Audino (Winking), Togetic (Winking), Carbink (Winking) & Swirlix (Winking)
- One Chance Per Day stage for Thundurus
- Special stage for Salamence
- Darkrai Escalation Battle which will run for two weeks

Pokémon’s Spookiest Locales


The many regions that make up the world of Pokémon are usually so inviting. Scenic forests, sprawling cities, vast oceans, sunny tropical islands—there are all sorts of wonderful places filled with friendly faces and amazing new Pokémon to meet. There are, however, certain areas within these regions that are best avoided. These areas might be dangerous or attract unsavory characters. Some may have tragic backstories or—in a few cases—even be genuinely haunted. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we're checking out 13 of the spookiest Pokémon locales. Whether these sites send you fleeing in horror or simply send a chill up your spine, you won't want to visit them without a team of Pokémon buddies by your side.

Full feature here