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NES Classic Edition sells 2.3 million, Nintendo apologizes for stock issues, has to focus on the future

Coming from a TIME interview with Reggie Fils-Aimé...

- NES Classic Edition has sold 2.3 million

"We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday. We just didn't anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.

Even with that extraordinary level of performance, we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize, but from our perspective, it's important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive. We've got a lot going on right now and we don't have unlimited resources."

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment - Wii U/3DS EU release pushed into May due to submission issues

Coming from Yacht Club...

Despite our best effort and brightest optimism, we have found a few unexpected issues which are holding up different versions at the final submission step. We’re doing everything we can to have these resolved as soon as possible, but since this last step involves other teams, we are not able to provide an exact release date. We really can hear back on almost any day. We’re sorry for this delay, but hope to have you playing the latest version soon!

Amazon - Some customers missing out on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe day-one orders

Did you purchase Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with day-one delivery through Amazon? If so, I hope you're one of the lucky ones. A number of customers have been notified that their shipment is delayed and won't arrive until tomorrow. Amazon says this was caused by an inventory issue.

Pokemon Sun/Moon - Japanese distribution, 2017 International Challenge April Competition

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Special Distribution

- a special distribution will hit Japanese Pokémon Centers
- this is part of an Eevee's Colourful Friends promotion in Japan
- from May 13th to June 23rd, you'll be able to download one of Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon or Sylveon

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Battle Competition

- battles for the next Battle Competition have begun
- 2017 International Challenge April competition
- Double Battle competition using VGC 2017 rules requiring the Alola Pokédex only
- Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Magearna, Necrozma and Zygarde are not allowed
- Mega Stones are also not allowed
- Battles will run from April 28th to April 30th
- All entrants will get the Sceptilite, Blazikenite and Swampertite Mega Stones
- Players that are part of the Play! Pokémon program will also earn Championship Points if they rank high enough

Puyo PuyoTM Tetris® - The Frantic Four-Player Puzzle Mashup - Now Available in Europe

Get ready to stack, match, and clear colourful objects like you’ve never done before, because Puyo Puyo™ Tetris® is now available in Europe. Tetriminos and Puyos collide, with players being able to frantically stack and clear by themselves or compete head-to-head with friends. The game has a variety of modes for puzzle fiends - from single-player Adventure and Challenge modes to ferocious competition with up-to-four player Arcade modes - for tons of Tetris/Puyo variety. There are many match types that will challenge even the most grizzled puzzle game veteran.

Adventure - Single-player mode offers ten unique acts, each with ten stages featuring different characters from the Puyo Puyo and Tetris universes. Each stage contains unique challenges players will need to overcome in order to win and move on!

Multiplayer Arcade - For up to four local players, Multiplayer Arcade offers a wealth of game variants that will bring out players' competitive nature!
· Versus - Players compete head-to-head in either Puyo Puyo or Tetris to fight in the puzzle fight of their life.
· Swap - Players' abilities are put to the ultimate test when they compete on both Puyo Puyo and Tetris boards, which switch back and forth at set intervals.
· Fusion - A true hybrid game where players compete with Puyos and Tetriminos together on the same board, requiring deft, on-the-fly thinking to become victorious.
· Big Bang - It's a race to the finish as players compete against each other to clear unique challenge boards as quickly as possible to win.
· Party - Players compete on Puyo or Tetris boards, but the puzzles feature special items that when activated either help players or harm their opponents.

Online - Players can try their puzzle skills on a global scale by playing any of the multiplayer modes with up to four players online in Puzzle League or Free Play modes.
· Puzzle League - Increase player rating, earn ranks and aspire to new leagues in this mode for competitive enthusiasts.
· Free Play - A more casual experience where records aren't kept and players can customize matches with unique settings, and invite their friends to play.
· Replays - Players can save and upload any online matches to show off to their friends, or search other players' replays using the tag and filtering system to see how they tackled matches.

Solo Arcade - Play any of the Multiplayer Arcade modes against the CPU in Battle or Endurance matches, or try single-player challenges:
· Battle - Substitute human players with 1-3 CPU opponents to fight against simultaneously.
· Endurance - Go the distance in a one-on-one gauntlet of never-ending CPU opponents, racking up as many wins as possible.
· Challenge - Forget about the opponents and put skills to the test with Sprint, Marathon and more, like the quirky Tiny Puyo, which shrinks down Puyos to fit even more on the board.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is available for the PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™. The PlayStation 4 version will be available only in a physical format for €29.99 / £24.99 and the Nintendo Switch version will be available digitally and physically for €39.99 / £34.99 Please visit puyo.sega.com/tetris for more information.

In shops and on Nintendo eShop now: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Start your engines and get ready to race anytime, anywhere, with anyone in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, out now only on Nintendo Switch! Race without limits on a record-breaking 48 courses, choose from over 40 characters and face off against rivals in the newly-revamped battle mode! Get geared up at our official Mario Kart 8 Deluxe website.

Whether you’re racing your family on the big screen in your living room, playing in the park, or visiting a friend’s place, Nintendo Switch lets you play Mario Kart any way you like! Up to eight players can connect for local multiplayer fun, or enjoy split-screen multiplayer for up to four players* via either TV or tabletop mode. You can also enjoy online multiplayer** for up to 12 players.

Race head-to-head on a whopping 48 courses, including tracks inspired by The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing and more. This time, Mario and co. are joined by new and returning drivers like King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. – even the Inklings from Splatoon are getting in on the fun! You can also now carry two items at once, and with returning items like Boo and the Feather*** in the mix, there are even more ways to turn the tables in your favour! If you're new to Mario Kart, you can activate the new Smart Steering feature to enjoy the race without going off-track!

Fancy a change of pace? Try facing off against your rivals in the revamped, expanded battle mode! Choose from classic modes like Balloon Battle or new additions like cops and robbers-style Renegade Roundup, and settle the score on eight dedicated battle courses.

See what the critics have to say about the biggest Mario Kart yet!

“one of the most exquisite video games in recent years”

Eurogamer – Essential

“The best Mario Kart ever gets even better on Nintendo Switch”

Metro.co.uk – 10/10

"the best, most versatile game in the series"

TheGuardian.com – 5 Stars

Launch off the grid and play Mario Kart wherever you go with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, out now on Nintendo Switch!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is available in shops and as a downloadable version from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch now. The Nintendo Joy-Con Wheel Pair accessory is also available now (sold separately).

Clue: Legend of Zelda Edition now available

Birmingham, UK, 28th April 2017: Merchoid, the videogame merchandise specialist, has announced it will be stocking Zelda Clue, which is due for release later this year. The game is a Zelda themed version of the classic Clue whodunnit board game, in which you must use your sleuthing skills to work out how to defeat Ganondorf.

In the game, the Dark Lord Ganondorf has stolen the Triforce and is threatening Hyrule with his evil plans to rule the world. In order to fulfill the prophecy and defeat Ganondorf, you must find out who possesses the power to defeat Ganondorf, what item is required to defeat him, and where he has established his hidden lair.

The game is suitable for ages 8 and up is for 3 to 6 players and is due to ship in June.

The full contents of the game include:

Includes:

Custom Game Board
6 Metal Hero Movers: Master Sword, Fairy Bow, Megaton Hammer, Boomerang, Hookshot, Bombchu
6 Personality Cards: Link, Impa, Nabooru, Zelda, Rauru. Darunia
16 Boss Encounter Cards
Custom Score Pad
Custom Mystery Envelope
2 Dice
Instructions

Key features of Zelda: Clue

A Zelda themed version of the classic whodunnit board game
Fulfill the prophecy by deducing who possesses the power to defeat Ganondorf, what is needed to defeat him and where he has established his lair.
Only available for customers in the USA
Available to preorder from Merchoid now: http://www.merchoid.com/zelda-legend-of-zelda-clue-board-game/
For 3-6 players
Due to ship in June
Manufactured by USAopoly

Grab yours here