Animal Crossing Still Scheduled For 2019

Nintendo still list Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch as a 2019 release. Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are also both scheduled for 2019 release. Pokémon Sword/Shield is listed as Winter 2019 in Japan and Late 2019 in the West. Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 are both listed as TBA.

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Labo, Mario, Zelda, and Animal Crossing Rewards!

The latest My Nintendo Rewards in Japan are for a Nintendo Labo Pen Stand & Piggy Bank, Super Mario Letter Set, The Legend of Zelda Letter Set, and Animal Crossing Letter Set. All items are free (but require Platinum Points and domestic shipping fee). More images added below…

Nintendo Labo Pen Stand & Piggy Bank

Nintendo Labo Pen Stand & Piggy Bank

Nintendo Labo Pen Stand & Piggy Bank

Super Mario Letter Set

Super Mario Letter Set

Super Mario Letter Set

The Legend of Zelda Letter Set

The Legend of Zelda Letter Set

The Legend of Zelda Letter Set

Animal Crossing Letter Set

Animal Crossing Letter Set

Animal Crossing Letter Set

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Famitsu Most Wanted

  1. Doubutsu no Mori (Switch) – 395
  2. Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S (Switch) – 357
  3. Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) – 343
  4. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 341
  5. Pocket Monsters Sword/Shield (Switch) – 300
  6. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 225
  7. Ushiro (Switch) – 187
  8. Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima (Switch) – 180
  9. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 145
  10. Luigi Mansion 3 (Switch) – 133
  11. Yoshi Craft World (Switch) – 124
  12. Yokai Watch 4 (Switch) – 115
  13. Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 84
  14. Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission (Switch) – below 81
  15. Jinrui no Minasama he (Switch) – below 81
  16. Dragon’s Dogma:Dark Arisen (Switch) – below 81

Notes: Period counted 07 – 13 March. Animal Crossing is back at number one! Huge rise for Pokémon. Ushiro topped the Newcomers chart with 424 votes (ASTRAL CHAIN was number 9 with 61votes). New entries bolded. Smash image courtesy of @HGN_03. Taken from this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu which you can buy here (use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 USD off).

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Animal Crossing Lottery Announced

A second Doubutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing) lottery has been announced for 7-Eleven and Ito-Yokado stores across Japan beginning 16 March and priced at ¥620 per entry. Prizes include a clock, coffee server set, lunch bag, lunch box, design towels, zipper bags, rubber keychains, apron, and jigsaw puzzle! All prizes pictured below…

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Nindori Most Wanted

  1. Doubutsu no Mori (Switch) – 36.5%
  2. Pokémon Series New Work (Switch) – 34.3%
  3. Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) – 17.0%
  4. Keito no Kirby Plus (3DS) – 16.1%
  5. Luigi Mansion 3 (Switch) – 15.7%
  6. Yoshi Craft World (Switch) – 14.8%
  7. Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S (Switch) – 10.4%
  8. Bokujou Monogatari Series New Work (Switch) – 9.6%
  9. Yokai Watch 4 (Switch) – 7.0%
  10. Mario Kart Tour (iOS/Android) – 5.2%
  11. Super Robot Taisen T (Switch) – 5.1%
  12. Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! (Switch) – 4.8%
  13. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 4.5%
  14. Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin (Switch) – 4.3%
  15. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 3.5%

Notes: Taken from this month’s issue of Nintendo DREAM magazine. Voting ended before last week’s Direct. New entries bolded. Buy physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!

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More Smash Notes From Sakurai

In a recent interview with Nintendo DREAM magazine, Masahiro Sakurai notes that ARMS and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had unfortunate timing, with all the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters already decided at the start of the project plan, thus it wasn’t possible to add more in the middle of development.

Simon and Richter Belmont’s design inspiration came from Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, as well as the original Famicom/NES games.

Sakurai consulted with the Splatoon team regarding how to implement the ink in Smash. He also consulted with the Splatoon team regarding the alts.

Isabelle wasn’t only chosen for the ‘casual’ Animal Crossing audience but like Villager, is a technical fighter and enjoyed by many hardcore Smash players.

Ridley was difficult to implement because of his size, so Sakurai decided to have his arms and legs bend like in Metroid and Super Metroid to give an impression of size.

Sakurai finishes by saying that Piranha Plant was chosen due to his uniqueness, and that he is a very well known character from the Super Mario series.

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Famitsu Most Wanted

  1. Doubutsu no Mori (Switch) – 514
  2. Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S (Switch) – 412
  3. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 410
  4. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 343
  5. Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) – 342
  6. Ushiro (Switch) – 209
  7. Keito no Kirby Plus (3DS) – 182
  8. Luigi Mansion 3 (Switch) – 179
  9. Yokai Watch 4 (Switch) – 158
  10. Super Robot Taisen T (Switch) – 130
  11. Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!(Switch) – 120
  12. Yoshi Craft World (Switch) – below 118
  13. Lulua no Atelier ~Arland no Renkinjutsushi4~ (Switch) – below 118

Notes: Period counted 31 January – 06 February. Ushiro topped the Newcomers chart with 504 votes. No new entries this week. Taken from this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu which you can buy here (use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 USD off).

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Famitsu Most Wanted

  1. Doubutsu no Mori (Switch) – 481
  2. Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S (Switch) – 371
  3. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 332
  4. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 326
  5. Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) – 304
  6. Ushiro (Switch) – 241
  7. Yokai Watch 4 (Switch) – 194
  8. Super Robot Taisen T (Switch) – 178
  9. Luigi Mansion 3 (Switch) – 176
  10. Keito no Kirby Plus (3DS) – 127
  11. Yoshi Craft World (Switch) – 109
  12. Lulua no Atelier ~Arland no Renkinjutsushi4~ (Switch) – 99
  13. Darius Cozmic Collection (Switch) – below 99
  14. Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!(Switch) – below 99

Notes: Period counted 24 – 30 January. Ushiro topped the Newcomers chart with 477 votes. New entry for Darius. Taken from this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu which you can buy here (use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 USD off).

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