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Nintendo celebrate's Kirby Battle Royale's 1-year anniversary with special art


It has been one whole year since Kirby Battle Royale saw release, and Nintendo has decided to celebrate with a fancy piece of new art! Hard to believe the game has already been available for a full year. If you haven't checked it out already, now would be the perfect time to do so!

Love Hero launches for New 3DS on Feb. 14th, 2019

Regain your sanity with a variety of medical trials! Hospital recovery begins. She will be treated soon.

New 3DS owners are getting an exclusive on Valentine's Day. Love Hero is set to launch for New 3DS on Feb. 14th, 2019, and the above synopsis is the only info we have on the game right now. We'll be sure to share more when it becomes available.

Free Etrian Odyssey Nexus theme available on the 3DS eShop


We don't get too many themes here on the 3DS eShop anymore, which makes it nice when a new one crops up. It's even better when it's free, which is the case for the Etrian Odyssey Nexus theme above! Hop on the 3DS eShop now and grab it while you can!

Etrian Odyssey V/Etrian Odyssey Nexus art book announced for Japan

Another art book focusing on the Etrian Odyssey series has been announced for Japan. The new book will feature artwork from both Etrian Odyssey V and Etrian Odyssey Nexus, and it's due to release in Japan this year. Those are the only details we have on this project for now.

METAL GEAR Orchestral Concert Series Coming to NYC and LA this Spring

The official METAL GEAR orchestral concert series will premiere in the US in 2019, starting in New York (March 23) before moving to Los Angeles (April 6). The concert will feature more than 70 musicians on stage, including METAL GEAR singer Donna Burke, and HD footage from the game will be projected on a giant screen in perfect sync with the music. Reviving the most memorable moments of the game, the concert will feature the best music from the METAL GEAR Solid games, with background music (BGM) like the “Main Theme,” “Encounter,” “Father and Son,” not to forget memorable songs such as “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Snake Eater,” and “Heavens Divide,” which will be sung live by Donna Burke.

Beloved by millions of fans, the video game series has sold more than 50 million units worldwide over the 30 years since its release. A particular breakout success since the “Metal Gear Solid” instalment that was released on PlayStation in 1998, the series’ popularity continued to soar up to the release of the fifth main episode “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” on PlayStation IV in 2015, the top-selling METAL GEAR game of all time. Setting the standard for action-adventure stealth video games, it mainly revolves around the now-legendary character of Solid Snake and his nemesis Big Boss, who are both working to infiltrate and take down an evil organization that poses a threat to the world. Known for its extreme attention to detail and complex and elaborate plotlines, and the entire series is considered both a defining point and a milestone in video-game history. See the official METAL GEAR concert premiere in the USA for the first time ever!

Schedule and Ticketing information

Tickets are now available at www.ticketfly.comfor both show.

New York (USA) – March 23, 2019 – United Palace

Direct Link :https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1673909-metal-gear-in-concert-new-york

Los Angeles (USA) – April 6, 2019 – Willshire Ebell Theatre

Direct Link :https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1677230-metal-gear-in-concert-los-angeles

More info at www.wildfaery.com

Videogame Menu Screens Get Their Own Musical Tribute

SEATTLE - January 18, 2019 - Materia Collective is excited to release MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes, a special Materia Collective community album paying tribute to menu themes from across many fan-favorite videogames. The album includes over 52 arrangements from games big and small with more than a few surprises. Titles range from the hugely popular Final Fantasy, Overwatch, and Horizon Zero Dawn to indie darlings such as Stardew Valley, Celeste, and Florence, and delightful oddities with Vagrant Story, Blue Dragon, and Ape Escape. Contributors include videogame composers John Robert Matz, Fredrik Häthén, and Chris Porter and illustrious arrangers and performers Sean Schafianski (Remastered Soundtrack series), Eric Buckholz (Hero of Time), and Reven (Sins of Hyrule). MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes is licensed and available today.

"For many, opening and menu themes, along with their respective title cards, trigger a great sense of nostalgia," comment album producers Monica Wang and Ben Wallace. "All of these themes are composed and designed with a sense of beginning, acting as gateways towards something bigger. Specifically, we want to encapsulate the feeling of when you first played a game, be it playing a videogame for the very first time or picking up any game for the first time."

Some of the more unique offerings include a samba version of the iconic Fire Emblem main theme, a gritty blues spin of the file select theme from Super Mario 64, and a dreamy synthwave arrangement of the Myst main theme.

Learn more and view the entire track list for MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes: https://www.materiacollective.com/music/menu-an-homage-to-game-title-themes

Japan - Top 100 software sales for 2018

With 2018 firmly behind us, we can get a detailed look at what games were big during the year. We now have data on the top 100 software sales in Japan for 2018, and there's no doubt it was a great year for Nintendo. Check out the top 20 below, and then hit the link for the full 100.

01./00. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 2.360.655 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) - 1.962.221 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 1.253.677 / NEW
04./02. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 1.122.324 / 2.874.420 (-36%)
05./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 926.553 / 2.030.297 (-16%)
06./00. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 764.853 / NEW
07./00. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 664.815 / NEW
08./06. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 575.926 / 1.900.206 (-57%)
09./00. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 525.045 / NEW
10./08. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 491.648 / 1.179.692 (-29%)
11./00. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) - 479.511 / NEW
12./01. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 429.672 / 2.433.279 (-79%)
13./00. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) - 376.766 / NEW
14./00. [PS4] Marvel's Spider-Man # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) - 303.994 / NEW
15./00. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 270.415 / NEW
16./00. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) - 252.297 / NEW
17./00. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) - 226.845 / NEW
18./00. [PS4] Judgment (Sega) {2018.12.13} (¥8.290) - 224.048 / NEW
19./00. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) - 222.025 / NEW
20./00. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} (¥5.980) - 213.453 / NEW

Full list here (thanks Zsaberlink!)

Japanese software sales - Jan. 7th to 13th, 2019 (Top 50)

We've already had our look at the top 20 for Japan this week, but let's dig a bit deeper and see what tracked a bit lower during that same period.

01./00. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 166.303 / NEW <52,53%>
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 (-50%)
21./18. [PS4] Battlefield V (Electronic Arts) {2018.11.20} (¥7.800)
22./21. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980)
23./48. [3DS] WarioWare Gold (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980)
24./16. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980)
25./22. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (Nintendo) {2018.12.27} (¥4.980)
26./44. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800)
27./32. [NSW] Fortnite # (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.12.13} (¥3.000)
28./45. [PS4] Onimusha: Warlords # (Capcom) {2018.12.20} (¥3.490)
29./20. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800)
30./00. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [2][New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.12.20} (¥3.500)
31./30. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo # (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
32./00. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II # (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} (¥8.800)
33./49. [PS4] Dead by Daylight (3goo) {2018.11.29} (¥5.600)
34./19. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980)
35./00. [PS4] Star Wars: Battlefront II # (Electronic Arts) {2017.11.17} (¥7.800)
36./26. [NSW] Katamari Damacy Reroll (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.20} (¥3.200)
37./23. [NSW] FIFA 19 # (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥5.800)
38./00. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human [Value Selection] (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.21} (¥3.900)
39./00. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Square Enix) {2017.01.12} (¥6.800)
40./34. [NSW] Super Run For Money Tousouchuu & Sentouchuu Double Pack (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.29} (¥5.300)
41./28. [NSW] Billion Road (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.29} (¥5.700)
42./24. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo) {2018.11.08} (¥4.980)
43./00. [PS4] Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
44./35. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600)
45./00. [NSW] Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero (FuRyu) {2018.10.25} (¥6.980)
46./00. [PS4] Persona 5 [New Price Edition] (Atlus) {2018.09.06} (¥4.980)
47./00. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard - Gold Edition [Grotesque Ver. Best Price] (Capcom) {2018.12.13} (¥3.300)
48./31. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
49./00. [PS4] Just Cause 4 (Square Enix) {2018.12.06} (¥7.980)
50./00. [NSW] Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate [Best Price] (Capcom) {2018.11.15} (¥3.990)

Japanese eShop charts - Jan. 10th to 16th, 2019

It took two weeks, but we finally have another title that's able to beat out Together! The Battle Cats on Switch for the top spot. How long can Mario and pals hold onto the spot? We'll be watching closely for next week's data!

Switch

1. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo)
2. Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
4. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Nintendo)
5. Tales of Vesperia REMASTER (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
6. Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
7. Minecraft (Mojang)
8. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
9. Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidoo to Karappo no Shima (Square-Enix)
10. Othello (Imagineer)

3DS

1. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
2. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Microsoft Japan)
3. Pocket Monsters Crystal (Nintendo)
4. Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… (Square-Enix)
5. Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth)
6. Sabaku no Nezumi Dan! Aratame (Arc System Works)
7. Battleminerz (Wobbly Tooth)
8. Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori amiibo+ (Nintendo)
9. Machine Knight (Kemco)
10. Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami (Square-Enix)

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!