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Nintendo patent aims to stop thieves from gaining access to electronic funds

Score one for the good guys

Nintendo continues their flood of patents, this time with something a bit more technical. The latest patent is for a Settlement System, which aims to prevent abuse when using an IC (Integrated Circuit) card charged with electronic funds. Nintendo wants to stop bad actors from getting ahold of these funds by setting the standby time of the portable information processing device to a shorter waiting time.

UK software sales for the week ending Jan. 18th, 2020 sees a huge resurgence in 3DS software

Long live the 3DS!

No, you didn't misread that headline. The UK software sales for the week ending Jan. 18th, 2020 are chock full of 3DS titles that saw major jumps up the chart.

This week we see that WarioWare Gold is at No.5, Yo-Kai Watch makes No.8, the two Yokai-Watch sequels (Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls) are at No.12 and No.13, Metroid Prime: Federation Force is at No.26, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley returns at No.46, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is down at No.51. Why on earth did all these titles see such a huge boost? Turns out Argos is selling off its 3DS stock, and they're dropping prices to insanely low amounts. Looks like people couldn't resist!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Japan - Nintendo eShop top 20 for January 9-15, 2020


Nintendo eShop – Nintendo Switch
01./02. – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017] (was 30% off)
02./04. – Goonya Fighter (Mutan) [27.6.2019] (was 96% off)
03./03. – Super Mario Party (Nintendo) [05.10.2018] (was 30% off)
04./01. – Human Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017]
05./07. – Minecraft (Mojang / Microsoft Japan) [21.6.2018]
06./09. – Pokémon Sword (The Pokémon Company) [15.11.2019]
07./05. – Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo) [27.12.2019]
08./06. – Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (Ponos) [20.12.2018]
09./New. – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (The Pokémon Company) [06.3.2020]
10./10. – New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) [11.1.2019] (was 30% off)
11./New. – Puzzle & Dragons Gold (GungHo Online Entertainment) [15.1.2020]
12./08. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo) [07.12.2018]
13./00. – Death Mark (Experience) [28.6.2018] (was on sale)
14./18. – Pokémon Shield (The Pokémon Company) [15.11.2019]
15./00. – Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Nintendo) [17.1.2020]
16./00. – Fitness Boxing (imagineer) [20.12.2018]
17./00. – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
18./00. – Mom Hid My Game! (hap) [21.12.2017] (currently 40% off)
19./16. – Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
20./00. – Celeste (Matt Makes Games) [10.5.2018] (was on sale)

Nintendo eShop – Nintendo 3DS
01./18. – Mom Hid My Game! (hap) [21.12.2017] (currently 40% off)
02./01. – The Battle Cats POP! (Ponos) [31.5.2015]
03./00. – Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth) [05.4.2017] (currently on sale for 350 Yen, instead of 500 Yen)
04./07. – Pokémon Crystal Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [26.1.2018]
05./00. – Battleminerz (Wobbly Tooth) [17.1.2018] (currently on sale for 350 Yen, instead of 500 Yen)
06./05. – Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS (Microsoft Japan) [14.9.2017]
07./02. – Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (Square-Enix) [24.8.2017]
08./00. – Bike Rider DX (Spicysoft) [26.12.2012]
09./10. – Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) [23.11.2016]
10./New. – DragonFangZ – The Rose & Dungeon of Time (Toydea) [23.12.2019]

Japanese eShop charts for Jan. 9th to 15th, 2020

What tops the charts this week?

The Switch eShop charts in Japan continue to be a good mix of new games, and games on sale. When it comes to 3DS, sales are also impacting what lands in the top 10. Check out the charts for Jan. 9th to 15th, 2020 below.

Switch

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
2. Goonya Fighter (MUTAN)
3. Super Mario Party (Nintendo)
4. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
5. Minecraft (Mojang)
6. Pokémon Sword (Pokémon)
7. Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo)
8. Futari de! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
9. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX (Pokémon)
10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Pokémon)

3DS

1. Mom Hid My Game! (Hap)
2. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
3. Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth)
4. Pokémon Crystal (Nintendo)
5. Battleminerz (Wobbly Tooth)
6. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Microsoft Japan)
7. Dragon Quest III (Square-Enix)
8. Bike Rider DX (Spicy Soft)
9. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo)
10. DragonFangZ – The Rose & Dungeon of Time (Toydea)

NPD data for Dec. 2019, full year 2019, and the last decade (Switch the best-selling hardware of 2019)

A mega year for Switch

Well here it is, the big NPD round-up for the end of the year! All the sales data you could want. Check out how things went in December 2019, the full year, and the last decade!

December 2019

- Total Video Game Sales: $2.984b
- Video Games Hardware: $973m
- PC & Video Games Software: $1,141m
- Video Games Accessories & Game Cards: $869m
- half of December’s top 20 best-selling games were published by Nintendo
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 finished as December’s fifth best-selling title overall
- Luigi's Mansion 3 ended 2019 as the fourth best-selling title of the year on Switch
- Switch was the best-selling hardware of the month



Full year 2019


- Switch was the best-selling hardware for 2019

The last decade


Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Ni no Kuni animated movie available on Netflix today

Grab some popcorn

Back in the middle of December, we found out the Ni no Kuni movie was going to see a Western release via Netflix. Just incase you forgot, here's your reminder that the film is now available to stream! Check out a refresher on what the film's all about below.

Two average teens go on a magical quest to save the life of their friend and her counterpart from another world...but love complicates the journey.

3DS eShop charts for Jan. 16th, 2020

Mii mii mii miiiiiii

This new 3DS owners are still flocking to Tomodachi Life! I feel like people picked up a 3DS this holiday season just so they could play this game. Its been quite popular on Tiktok for awhile now, with people making videos about just how weird the game is. With over 1 billion people having downloaded Tiktok, I'm sure more than a few people saw those vids trending and were convinced to snatch the game up.

Software

1. Tomodachi Life
2. Pokemon Crystal
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
4. Pokemon Yellow
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Luigi’s Mansion
7. Fire Emblem Awakening
8. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
9. Pokemon Silver
10. Pokemon Red
11. Pokemon Gold
12. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2
13. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
14. Super Mario World
15. Super Mario 3D Land
16. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
17. Super Mario Maker for 3DS
18. BoxBoy!
19. Miitopia
20. Pokemon Blue

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
3. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
4. Mario Kart 7 Video
5. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
6. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
7. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
8. Introducing Tomodachi Life
9. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
10. Slime Slayer Trailer with Song Lyrics
11. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
12. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Surprise
13. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
14. IronFall Trailer
15. Super Mario 3D Land Video
16. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
17. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
18. Super Mario World Trailer
19. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Trailer
20. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Video

Dragon Quest X 'Version 5.1' intro video

All sorts of fun in Version 5.1

Dragon Quest X is getting a major Version 5.1 update on Jan. 29th, 2020. We went over the details for that update a few days back, but now we have a trailer to showcase what's to come. See everything Version 5.1 has to offer in the video intro above.

Inti Creates running a new year's eShop sale

Inti Creates has some deals they'd like to share in the new year. Both Switch and 3DS titles have discounted prices, which will be up for grabs until Jan. 16th, 2020. Check out the lineup of games being discounted below.

SWITCH

Game Original Price Sales Price % Off
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack $39.99 $19.99 50%
Blaster Master Zero $9.99 $4.99 50%
Blaster Master Zero 2 $9.99 $7.99 20%
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon $9.99 $4.99 50%
Dragon Marked for Death: Advanced Attackers $14.99 $10.39 31%
Dragon Marked for Death: Frontline Fighters $14.99 $10.39 31%
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX $14.99 $13.49 10%
Mighty Gunvolt Burst $9.99 $4.99 50%

3DS

Game Original Price Sales Price % Off
Azure Striker Gunvolt $14.99 $7.49 50%
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 $14.99 $7.49 50%
Azure Striker Gunvolt: The Anime $2.99 $1.49 50%
Blaster Master Zero $9.99 $4.99 50%
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon $9.99 $4.99 50%
Mighty Gunvolt $3.99 $1.99 50%
Mighty Gunvolt Burst $9.99 $4.99 50%

XSEED running a Switch/3DS eShop sale

Feed your XSEED need!

XSEED is getting in on the new year's sale action with some offers of their own. The following Switch and 3DS titles will have discounted prices until Jan. 16th, 2020.

Switch

BurgerTime Party! – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Corpse Party: Blood Drive – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Fate/Extella Link – $29.99 (was $49.99)
Fate/Extella Link: The Umbral Star – $24.99 (was $49.99)
Freedom Planet – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Gal Metal – $9.99 (was $19.99)

3DS

Corpse Party – $14.99 (was $29.99)
Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Rune Factory 4 – $17.99 (was $29.99)
Story of Seasons – $17.99 (was $29.99)
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns – $17.99 (was $29.99)

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