Summoning Focus Voting Gauntlet

Before Voting Gauntlet: Brave Rivalries event begins, rivals to the Heroes who came out on top in the Fire Emblem Heroes Choose Your Legends: Round 3 event will be available as part of a 5★ summoning focus, featuring Berkut: Purgatorial Prince, Hinoka: Blue Sky Warrior, and Hector: General of Ostia. Summoning Focus: Weekly Revival detailed below…

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Stories Added to Valentine’s Confections!

Ezelith’s and Orion’s limited-time stories were added to the Valentine’s Confections story event revival in Dragalia Lost! As you unlock stories, the number of exchangeable items also increases. Full details added below…

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Vorpal Rabbit Sabers Announced

Q-Cumber Factory (Alchemic Dungeons/Ninja Smasher! etc) have announced the 2D action game Vorpal Rabbit Sabers for Nintendo Switch and will be showing a demo including the first boss at today’s megabitconvention event. Thanks to Naruki.

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Lottie’s Moving Up Added to Happy Homeroom!

The more challenging Lottie’s Moving Up classes are now available at Happy Homeroom in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp until 08 September along with Lottie’s Moving Up Goals. The Go for the Goals event is also on now where you can play Pocket Camp for three days in a row, fulfill 100 animal requests, buy 5 items from other players’ Market Boxes to collect Leaf Tickets..

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Nintendo Dream Most Wanted

  1. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 40.0%
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 25.3%
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch) – 20.8%
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 17.4%
  5. DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Switch) – 14.0%
  6. Luigi Mansion 3 (Switch) – 10.6%
  7. Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 9.4%
  8. Hatsune Miku Project DIVA MEGA39’s – 9.1%
  9. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Switch) – 7.9%
  10. ASTRAL CHAIN (Switch) – 6.8%
  11. Pokémon Masters (iOS/Android) – 6.4%
  12. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) – 5.7%
  13. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 4.2%
  14. TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 3.4%
  15. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 3.0%
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Perfect Guide Magazine Advert

Full page magazine advert for the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Perfect Guide which has just been announced for release in Japan. Taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Order physical copies of the magazine here – use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20!

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Small Weekend Update:Kirby Voted Most Popular Character Amongst Nintendo Dream Readers, Plus More News!

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Just a few little notes: Kirby was once again voted the most popular character with the readers of the Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream. See the rest of the top 10 here. Vote for your favourite characters and win one of 3 x $10 eShop credit here. Continue reading

Weekend Spotlight: Toad and Toadette 

This weekend in Super Mario Run, Toad and Toadette take the spotlight! The items you can get from Remix 10′s Super Bonus Game will all be related to these two. Appearance Rates are: Toad Topiary – 20%, Toadette Topiary – 20%, 8-bit Toad Statue – 20%, Toad Statue – 12%, Toadette Statue – 12% and Gold Toad Statue – 8%.

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Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon: Brave Heroes

Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon: Brave Heroes has begun in Fire Emblem Heroes! There will be Tap Battle quests where you can earn Orbs and accessories, and daily quests that will net you different rewards each day until 30 August. Clear quests to earn rewards! Grand Hero Battle Revival and more detailed below…

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Marshal’s Pastry Cookie Back in Stock!

Marshal’s pastry cookie is back in stock in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp until 14 September! The featured furniture item is the pastry-shop kitchen! By getting this item, you can view a special memory starring Marshal and friends! Special memory and item list pictured below…

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Sabnock Added To Raid Battles

The featured boss Sabnock has been added to Astral Raids in Event Quests in Dragalia Lost. Astral Raids are event quests where you can fight against past raid bosses on the weekends, although you will need to use astral pieces to challenge Astral Raids quests.

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Nintendo Dream Character Poll

  1. Kirby (Kirby) – 141pt
  2. Link (The Legend of Zelda) – 105pt
  3. Mario (Super Mario) – 90pt
  4. Pikachu (Pokémon)
  5. Luigi (Super Mario)
  6. Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
  7. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  8. Yoshi (Super Mario)
  9. Eevee (Pokémon)
  10. Inkling (Splatoon)
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Friday Update:Sonic Forces Budget Reissue, Astral Chain Review, Kazuya Niinou Leaves Square-Enix, Plus More!

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Sega announced a budget priced re-release of Sonic Forces for 21 November priced at just ¥3,289 (from ¥6,469). Check out the box art here. Continue reading

ONINAKI Review

1st reviewer: The story depicts the way of life of a Watcher who has a unique view on life and death, which is very shocking yet intriguing and interesting. The instant job-change from inhibiting Daemon is unique, and learning major techniques also makes the battles more fun. The growth training shows glimpses of sad episodes which stab my chest. While the system where you come and go between two worlds is a common thing, it matches with the background setting. The existence of a different law also gives an accent which made it feel good. 8

2nd reviewer: The serious style based on reincarnation is appealing. Above all, the story in a world with a unique way of thinking about death will pique interest. The gimmick of coming and going between the worlds of the living and the dead also matches with the [gameplay] system and the world setting. Although I wish it could have a bit more feels of tempo and exhilaration, the structure where the weapon and available actions change by switching Daemons has a fun factor. The growth features such as learning new techniques and abilities are also fun. 8

3rd reviewer: A heavy story that question the view of life and death. The sad scenes continue, and the breathless story development may not be liked by some. Progressing through maps while switching between this world and that world made me perplexed at first, but I get accustomed to it afterwards. However, the enemies are tough and there is also a limit on stocking recovery items, so it requires some skills even in Easy difficulty. There is some worth in working to change Daemon based on the boss and battle situations, but I wish they could be changed quickly from the beginning. 7

4th reviewer: The strategic element of inhibiting up to 4 Daemons with unique traits and switching based on the battle situation is worth replaying. Treading through paths like a puzzle while coming and going between the real world and that world is also giving a good accent. The action feels rather good, and the composition – which includes player guidance and all kinds of interface – does not incur stress. There is a whole lot of unfamiliar terms, so that – coupled with the unique world setting – may take some complexity until you can understand them. 8

Total score: 31/40


Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.