Super Mario Odyssey & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Approved in China

China’s gaming regulator has approved the Nintendo Switch releases of both Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the country. Both titles can now officially release, joining New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe as the second and third first party titles to release domestically. Edit: both titles launch on March 16 with the pre-order bonus a sticker set for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a passport cover for Super Mario Odyssey. [Thanks, Daniel Ahmad]

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Nintendo Switch Dated For China

Nintendo have announced that Tencent Corporation will release Nintendo Switch hardware in Japan on 10 December 2019 with the suggested retail price of 2,099 RMB ($297). A trial version of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Edition is pre-installed with the full game also available at launch priced at 299 RMB. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey will launch over the next few weeks. Nintendo Switch Lite is also being prepared for the Chinese market. Other first party games being prepared include Mario Tennis Aces, Super Mario Party, Kirby Star Allies, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Pokémon Let ’s Go! Pikachu / Eevee, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Images and video added below…

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Nintendo Stock at 19 Month High

After an incredible launch of the Pokémon Sword & Shield games, a subsequent spike in Nintendo Switch sales, expected excellent Black Friday in the U.S., and news for the mainland Chinese market promised for 04 December; Nintendo Co., Ltd. (7974.T) stock has increased by almost 5% (4.76) already this week in Japan to close trading by the end of Tuesday at 44,390.00 JPY. This is the highest level since May 2018, almost 19 months.

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Nintendo Shanghai Images Appear

After flagship stores in New York and more recently Tokyo, images have appeared online indicating a Nintendo Shanghai will soon open at the MetroCity Mall in Xu Jia Hui, Shanghai. The images (posted below) appear legitimate, although no official announcement has yet been made. Thanks to Chinese Nintendo.

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Switch Edges Closer to Chinese Launch

Nintendo Switch is even closer to receiving an official release in mainland China with the official packaging leaking online. The package is published by Tencent and includes a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and comes in two colours (Neon Blue / Neon Red or Grey) plus a one year warranty. Thanks to Daniel Ahmad.

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Switch Lite Gets Preliminary Approval in China

The Nintendo Switch Lite system has been given preliminary approval by the Guangdong Ministry of Culture for release in China. The approved SKU is for a bundle with a demo for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (which has also been approved – see this post for more) with Tencent as the distributor. Nintendo still require additional approvals before a launch can be made. Thanks to Daniel Ahmad.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Approved in China

The first Nintendo Switch game to be officially approved for release in China is New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe with Tencent listed as the publisher. Tencent will also likely distribute Nintendo Switch hardware in the country once fully approved. Thanks to Daniel Ahmad.

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