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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Bounces Onto Switch

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Nintendo’s premiere Mario 2D sidescroller on Wii U has been re-released with new content on the Switch. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is available now. And arriving on Nintendo 3DS is another Mario remaster: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.

“After a strong 2018, both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS add to their large and diverse libraries with two solid games starring Mario and friends,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo is giving fans on both platforms good options to kick off their entertainment in 2019.”

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe includes the original New Super Mario Bros. U and its more challenging sequel, New Super Luigi U, for a total of 164 levels.

Both games feature up to four player simultaneous local co-op. Players can choose between Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and newcomers Nabbit and Toadette. Both Nabbit and Toadette are geared for younger gamers, offering an assist mode. Nabbit is un-phased by enemies and earns extra lives, while Toadette can turn into Peachette, letting her double jump, float, and bounce up from pitfalls.

Note that you’ll need additional controllers to play with three or four players.

The recently arrived Nintendo 3DS version of 2009’s Bower’s Inside Story features revamped graphics and gameplay. The new mode, Bowser’s Jr.’s Journey, puts Bowser’s kid in the limelight as he gathers an army and wrecks havoc. Bowser’s Inside Story is fully compatible with the Nintendo 2DS and 2DS XL.

Both games are rated E for Everyone.

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Nintendo President: “Our Focus Could Shift Away from Home Consoles”

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The Nintendo Switch is selling incredibly well, especially after the holiday season, yet Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa is looking toward the future.

In a recent interview with Japanese website Nikkei (and translated by Nintendo Everything), Furukawa spoke frankly about Nintendo’s past and future as gaming console developers:

We aren’t really fixated on our consoles. At the moment we’re offering the uniquely developed Nintendo Switch and its software – and that’s what we’re basing how we deliver the “Nintendo experience” on. That being said, technology changes. We’ll continue to think flexibly about how to deliver that experience as time goes on.

It has been over 30 years since we started developing consoles. Nintendo’s history goes back even farther than that, and through all the struggles that they faced the only thing that they thought about was what to make next. In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles – flexibility is just as important as ingenuity.

The console comments are a bit surprising considering the Switch is almost lightning in a bottle. While it doesn’t have the explosive popularity of the Wii it’s already out sold the Wii U. Every game developer is pressured from fans to put their game on the Switch if they haven’t already and Nintendo has smartly jumped on the indie game craze.

Furukawa goes on to mention the huge market of mobile games and how he’d like to improve Nintendo’s presence in the mobile game space. Nintendo began releasing mobile games in 2016 beginning with Super Mario Run, followed by Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in 2017. The only mobile game published by Nintendo in 2018 was Dragalia Lost, an RPG developed by Cygames that’s become popular in Japan.

A mobile version of Mario Kart, called Mario Kart Tour, is due out before the end of Nintendo’s financial year (March 2019).

Clearly Nintendo would love to have another runaway mobile success like Pokémon GO, which was licensed to Niantic.

Furukawa also mentions movies and even theme parks as different revenue streams, and appears to be amenable to licensing their popular characters for such ventures. Furukawa recently replaced Tatsumi Kimishima as Nintendo president last summer.

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Nintendo New Year eShop Sale

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If you received a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS this holiday season (or your already have one), you’ll want to head over to the Nintendo eShop for the New Year’s Digital Sale. From now until Jan. 10 you’ll find Switch and 3DS games up to 50% off. Hopefully you saved those Nintendo eShop gift cards!

Highlights include Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (25% off), Octopath Traveler (30% off), and Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version (50% off).

Here are the biggest deals:

Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe $41.99 (30% off)

ARMS $41.99 (30% off)

Splatoon 2 $41.99 (30% off)

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition $41.99 (30% off)

Octopath Traveler $41.99 (30% off)

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $44.99 (25% off)

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version $29.99 (50% off)

Wizard of Legend $12,79 (20% off)

Mega Man Legacy Collection $11.24 (25 % off)

LEGO DC Super-Villains $29.99 (50% off)

Golf Story $9.89 (34% off)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition $26.39 (67% off)

LEGO Harry Potter Collection $24.99 (50% off)

Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon $27.99 (30% off)

Pokémon Battle Trozei $5.59 (30% off)

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido $27.99 (30% off)

Fantasy Life $27.99 (30% off)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe $13.99 (30% off)

Super Mario 3D Land $13.99 (30% off)

Yoshi’s New Island $13.99 (30% off)

Mario Party: The Top 100 $27.99 (30% off)

Final Fantasy Explorers $19.99 (50% off)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy $11.99 (60% off)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call $19.99 (50% off)

Culdcept Revolt $20.99 (30% off)

The New Year sale overlaps with a 25% off sale on Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which ends Jan. 9. The New Year Digital Sale ends Jan 10 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

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Choose Between Friends or Family in Splatoon 2 Frosty Fest

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Winter is coming and the new year approaches in the newest Splatfest event for Splatoon 2. The Frosty Fest Splatfest will run for only 48 hours next weekend, January 4-6, 2019.

Like previous Splatfests, the Frosty Fest begins by having everyone choose between two sides and battle it out for supremacy. Since the holidays are about spending time with friends and family, the Frosty Fest will force you to choose between them!

The Frosty Fest will blanket Inkopolis in festive, wintry decor. Inklings will also be able to shoot glitter-filled ink, which as a parent fills me with anxiety and dread.

The event will also add special seasonal hats, distributed via the Splatoon 2 News channel, beginning later this week. You can also redeem your My Nintendo Points for a Splatoon 2 Frosty Fest themed wallpaper, which showcases the new gear.

Note that to participate in the Splatfest and play online you’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online Membership. A free 7-day trial is available when you first sign up. Membership is $3.99 per month or $19.99 for a year. Discounted family memberships for up to eight accounts are also available. Membership provides access to online gameplay for all compatible games (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, etc), as well as cloud saves and the NES virtual console.

Frosty Fest begins at 2 pm Pacific/5 pm Eastern on January 4, 2019. It ends at 2 pm Pacific/5 pm Eastern on Jan. 6, 2019. Splatoon 2 is available only on the Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Switch is the Fastest-Selling Modern Console in the U.S.

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Nintendo proudly shared some of its sales numbers today, declaring the Switch the fastest-selling console of this hardware generation (which includes the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U).

The NPD Group tracks sales in the U.S., and these new numbers compare each console in its first 21 months of sales. From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, the Switch has sold over 8.7 million units in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP. “We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”

The NPD data also notes that Nintendo is the top-selling software publisher in the U.S. in 2018 – and that doesn’t even include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which released earlier this month. In fact, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already become both the fastest-selling Switch game and the fastest-selling Smash Bros. game of all time, as U.S. sales crest three million units after just 11 days.

Other best-sellers include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (4 million sold), Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (5 million sold), Super Mario Odyssey (4.7 million sold), and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee (2 million combined sold).

The Nintendo eShop has also found success with a large variety of indie games and AAA titles, with sales growing over 100 percent since last year.

Nintendo’s hardware and dollar sales are at their highest point since the explosive boom of the Wii back in 2011.

News of the Switch’s runaway success isn’t surprising. Nintendo had previously declared, as of January 2018, the Switch as the fastest-selling console in U.S. history, and last month the best-selling Nintendo console in history after dominating Black Friday sales.

If you’re one of those 8.7 million with a Switch, be sure to check out our Switch Holiday Gift Guide!

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review

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Available On: Switch

What started out as a goofy mashup of a handful of Nintendo characters having a What-If throw-down has spent the last two decades transforming into one of the most beloved, consistently excellent series on every Nintendo console since the Nintendo 64.

As the fifth game in the series Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is well deserving of its Ultimate title, featuring every fighter and stage from previous games while providing a solid balance of new and classic gameplay modes, though it’s still a series built for, and best enjoyed locally rather than online.

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