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Major glitch discovered in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey

Looks like the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has added in a new feature, and it's not a welcome one. A particularly nasty bug can end up ruining your entire game, meaning you lose all your save progress up to that point. The issue can occur when Mario is removed from your party in Nimble Woods. If you go back a screen and save the game, the game glitches and Luigi cannot move on.

Thanks to cm30 for the heads up!

This week's North American downloads - January 17 (Travis Strikes Again, YIIK and more)


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – The setting is a small town in the middle of nowhere in the American South. Badman shows up at the trailer Travis Touchdown has been living in to exact revenge for the murder of his daughter, Bad Girl. But things go horribly wrong. As they battle it out, the two are sucked into the game world of the Death Drive Mk Ⅱ. Beam Katana in hand, Travis strikes again! The Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes game is available Jan. 18.

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG – After witnessing a woman vanish from an elevator, college graduate Alex embarks on an adventure to rescue her that spirals into an epic quest with stakes higher than he could have ever imagined. Alex’s search for the woman and the truth behind her disappearance lead him and his companions toward the new millennium, on a journey rife with mystery and danger … or so goes the tale of YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, the surreal Japanese-style RPG from Ackk Studios and Ysbryd Games.

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:
ACA NEOGEO KZUNA ENCOUNTER (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Apocalipsis Wormwood Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
At Sundown: Shots in the Dark (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22
Bash the Bear (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bedtime Blues (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Big Crown: Showdown (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bubble Shooter DX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Combat Core – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Crazy Strike Bowling EX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Drowning – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
DYING: Reborn – Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Elli (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Feudal Alloy (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Fight of Gods (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Football Heroes Turbo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Fragment of Marine (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
FutureGrind (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22
Gunman Clive HD Collection (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Guns of Mercy – Rangers Edition – Full and Demo Versions (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space?! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
IHUGU (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 21
Left-Right: The Mansion (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Marble Power Blast (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Mars or Die! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Mega Mall Story (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Neko Navy – Daydream Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Number Place 10000 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Octahedron: Transfixed Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Old School Racer 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Rampage Knights (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Samsara: Deluxe Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Shift Happens – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Spot The Differences: Party! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Office Quest (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Raven Remastered (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22
The Shrouded Isle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Tied Together – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Voxel Sword (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Woodle Tree Adventures – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22

3DS eShop charts - Jan. 17th 2019

Pokemon fans made it very clear that they want Pokemon Crystal in the top spot on the 3DS eShop charts. Does Kirby have what it takes to knock Pokemon down a peg? I guess we'll find out soon enough!

Software

1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
3. Super Mario 3D Land
4. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
8. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
9. Tomodachi Life
10. Kirby Triple Deluxe
11. Pokemon Yellow
12. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
13. Yoshi’s New Island
14. Super Mario World
15. Pokemon Gold
16. Pokemon Silver
17. Gunman Clive
18. Super Mario Kart
19. Mario Kart 7
20. Bye-Bye BoxBoy!

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
3. Mario Kart 7 Video
4. Super Mario 3D Land Video
5. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
6. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
7. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Trailer
8. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
9. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
10. Introducing Tomodachi Life
11. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
12. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
13. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
14. Mario Party: The Top 100 – Official Game Trailer
15. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
16. Super Mario 3D Land Super Play Video
17. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Video
18. IronFall Trailer
19. Kirby Triple Deluxe Launch Trailer
20. Yoshi’s New Island Launch Trailer

Nintendo president talks eSports, Switch sales, Nintendo Labo response, continued 3DS support, China, mobile plans, and much more

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa recently did an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, which we've covered a bit already. Furukawa made statements on Smash Bros. Ultimate sales and Switch momentum in general. Now we have a full rundown of what was said in the interview, and it contains a bunch of different topics. Check out the summary below.

- Nintendo has taken elements of eSports into consideration when developing games
- this includes the perspective of the audience and competitors
- Nintendo is looking into making eSports events not about “large prize money”, but to increase its “contact points” with fans
- Nintendo forecasts future growth (for Switch) in Asia, as the market that hasn’t been particularly strong
- Nintendo has “things yet to be done” in Asia
- if possible, Furukawa wants to tackle the challenge of entering the mainland Chinese market
- Furukawa wants to bring more Nintendo smartphone apps overseas
- 3DS has turned into an affordable console for entry-level players and children
- compared to the Switch form factor, the 3DS is “light and compact”
- the Switch business is isolated from the 3DS business, and both can co-exist
- Nintendo has no plans to discontinue 3DS at this time and will continue to support it
- Furukawa sales it's “unfavorable” to compare Nintendo Labo sales to the sales of other popular first party titles
- Nintendo Labo sales during the holiday season saw a bump
- Nintendo hopes to turn Nintendo Labo into an evergreen product
- Nintendo does not have plans to connect all of their smartphone apps with games on traditional hardware
- one goal of making smartphone apps is to increase the fans of a certain IP
- monetization of smartphone apps is different from traditional console games
- Nintendo is committed to release “two to three” smartphone apps within the year
- Nintendo is closely monitoring Switch sales trends during the end of year and new year holiday season
- Furukawa does not have the exact figure on how many Switch units were sold
- this means Furukawa isn't yet sure if they'll hit the 20 million Switch units sold in the current fiscal year
- with Switch approaching its 3rd anniversary, it will be more important than ever to deliver “fresh” software to consumers
- Nintendo wants to highlight the versatility of the Switch to consumers

Famitsu most wanted - Dec. 26th, 2018 to Jan. 9th, 2019

No surprises here, as Animal Crossing Switch is once again the most-wanted Nintendo game by Switch owners in Japan. Check out the full list of requested titles (by reader vote) below.

Doubutsu no Mori (Switch) - 613
Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) - 454
Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S (Switch) - 440
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) - 410
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) - 392
Yokai Watch 4 (Switch) - 310
Ushiro (Switch) - 306
Super Robot Taisen T (Switch) - 270
Keito no Kirby Plus (3DS) - 224
Luigi Mansion 3 (Switch) - 194
Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!(Switch) - below 138
Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin (Switch) - below 138

MASHBot tackles touchscreen gaming with ridiculous accuracy

TASBot has been around for a number of years, destroying games efficiently and quickly. While many are impressed with TASBot's actions, others claim that TASBot's amazing feats are aided by ROM hacks or other nefarious methods. That's why the team behind TASBot set out to create a successor that doesn't plug into a console's controller port. This new creation interacts directly with the same input methods a gamer would use.

MASHBot (the Machine-Assisted Speedrun Hardware robot) can operate completely on its own, interacting with a DS/3DS touchscreen to play a game just about perfectly. No controller port connections, and no hacked games. MASHBot can play touchscreen DS/3DS games just like you or I, but with precious we could never hope to achieve.

Learn more about MASHBot here

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth gets Aussie rating

Looks like we have confirmation on localization for Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. An Aussie rating for the game just popped up, and that almost always means that a release in EU/NA is soon to come as well. Now all we have to do is set back and wait for Atlus to make it official!

Japanese hardware/software sales - Jan. 7th to 13th, 2019

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe takes the No. 1 software spot in Japan, and the Switch maintains No. 1 for hardware. Nintendo continues to kill it in the new year!

01./00. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 166.303 / NEW
02./01. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 62.580 / 2.676.740 (-76%)
03./00. [PS4] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition # (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.01.11} (¥5.700) - 41.510 / NEW
04./00. [NSW] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition # (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.01.11} (¥5.700) - 26.588 / NEW
05./05. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800) - 19.565 / 199.003 (-59%)
06./02. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 19.054 / 955.194 (-80%)
07./08. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800) - 17.931 / 197.062 (-54%)
08./03. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 15.353 / 1.414.948 (-78%)
09./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 14.991 / 2.070.890 (-73%)
10./07. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 12.590 / 562.344 (-71%)
11./06. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 11.061 / 2.893.881 (-74%)
12./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 8.636 / 1.255.292 (-55%)
13./09. [NSW] Go Vacation (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.27} (¥4.980) - 7.576 / 42.711 (-65%)
14./10. [PS4] Judgment (Sega) {2018.12.13} (¥8.290) - 6.837 / 240.293 (-66%)
15./17. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) - 5.618 / 519.799 (-36%)
16./13. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 4.682 / 290.959 (-72%)
17./12. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 4.134 / 1.935.809 (-76%)
18./15. [PS4] God Eater 3 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.13} (¥8.200) - 3.546 / 204.056 (-67%)
19./14. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 3.082 / 720.725 (-79%)
20./25. [NSW] Fitness Boxing (Imagineer) {2018.12.20} (¥5.800) - 3.024 / 13.201

Japan - This week's 3DS themes (Jan. 15th, 2019)

Japan's 3DS theme shop gets 4 more themes this week. Check out the list of new themes below.

- Mitchie M feat. Hatsune Miku 「Suki!Yuki!Maji Magic」
- DECO*27 feat. Hatsune Miku「Mousou Kanshou Daishou Renmei」
-「Heart a la Mode」
-「Liar Dance」
- Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu theme 1
- Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu theme 2




Dragon Quest X - another Japanese commercial

Even though Dragon Quest X never saw release in NA/EU, the game continues on in Japan with new content. Square-Enix has been releasing commercials to promote the game in recent weeks, with yet another new video featured above.