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Edit Profile > Custom Filters > Games Type "breath" or other keyword to find a game, and make sure it says "Exclude".

Bam. Media blackout on that until you tell us otherwise.

Aonuma reveals his top 3 favorite Zelda games, and one he thinks is underrated

Coming from Eiji Aonuma...

3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

"Twilight Princess, because I wanted to create something better than Ocarina."

2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

"Ocarina of Time is a game that gave me the opportunity to create a 3D world."

1. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

"This is something my wife also likes, Phantom Hourglass. That’s number one. I was developing Twilight Princess, and the goal for that was to make something better than Ocarina. But then that game was something I proposed as a new style of gameplay, and I was a producer on that game for the first time, so I have a lot of sentiment for it."

The Most underrated Zelda?

"The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. I wanted the users to play a little bit more of that game and have that experience. I love that game."

GameStop Announces Limited Supply of Nintendo Switch Systems Available for Walk-In Customers

This just in: GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced stores will have a limited supply of Nintendo Switch systems available for walk-in customers on the March 3 launch day. Customers who were not able to pre-order the system are encouraged to attend GameStop’s midnight launch events held at stores across the nation for an opportunity to purchase Nintendo’s revolutionary new home gaming system.

“We will have a limited supply of the Nintendo Switch systems on launch day for walk-in customers,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “Our teams made this happen. I would strongly suggest customers plan on attending one of our midnight launch events for a shot at securing one of these extra units. They will go fast!”

GameStop will also offer online a very limited supply of two different Nintendo Switch bundles. Bundle 1 will include the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for $429.99. Bundle 2 includes all the previously mentioned items, plus The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild official strategy guide for $454.99. Customers should visit www.gamestop.com/switch for more information.

Customers can trade games, consoles, accessories, and electronics towards the purchase of the Nintendo Switch system ($299.99), or either of the previously listed bundles.

Alan Stone, Nintendo of America cofounder, passes away

...Alan 'Al' Stone passed away on Friday due to cancer. Stone was a game industry veteran, best known as one of the cofounders of Nintendo of America in 1981. He was an integral part of Nintendo's early efforts to distribute its coin-op games in America, among them Radar Scope and Donkey Kong.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the passing of Alan Stone. His contributions to the game industry will surely be remembered for years and years to come.

GameStop seeing "tremendous demand" for Switch, says "response has been amazing"

The following comes from Eric Bright, senior director of merchandising at GameStop...

“We’ve seen tremendous demand for Switch and of the initial allocation of pre-orders we took, the majority of them were done by PowerUp Reward customers. They’re definitely looking for this device. We have a ways to go before we satisfy all the demand that’s out there The response has been amazing.

They’ve taken a lot of franchises like Zelda and Mario that were popular in the Wii days, gave them HD graphics, and created a system that can be played on your TV and is portable as well. Those are two big technology changes for games that didn’t exist before.

The Q1 launch is one of the smartest moves Nintendo could have done. Instead of pushing units out during the heaviest time of the year (in Q4), this allows them to build a base. So by holiday, we can focus on games. There will be millions of people who will be hungry for content, creating a richer development cycle for game publishers who will have an install base to support titles. This also will take some of the brunt off of Christmas and enable Switch to be better stocked at stores.

Nintendo has learned from the mistakes it made with Wii U because there’s a wide assortment of third-party games from developers like EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Take-Two, as well as first-party Nintendo titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

The variety of indie games for Switch is one of the brilliant things Nintendo was able to do,” Bright said. “Any new console launch is all about software and content and providing people a huge variety of games. Indie developers will only expand how many consumers adopt Switch and expand the age range. We see this appealing from the hardcore gamer down to the overall family gamer.

The biggest win for the customer is they can make their own choice with games. They can pick which of the games they want to pair with the hardware they’re buying—whether they’re Zelda fans or 1-2-Switch. From our sales perspective, we’re seeing incredible demand. We’re pleased with the Switch attach rate. People are not just buying one game. They’re buying multiple games.

We’re looking at which stores, but you can expect to see all sorts of events throughout the year as we educate the customer on this launch. We’ll also have incredible launch day activities on March 3. Customers are going to easily be thrilled with the fact that it’s something you can play with anyone in the house because it has that Wii playability.

We’re no longer purchasing Wii U units, although customers can come in and pick them up pre-owned. That’s mainly because it’s no longer being made available to mass retailers. Nintendo and ourselves are fully engaged in the new hardware line-up."

Bright also talked about the interest in the NES Classic Edition...

“We’re still seeing incredible demand for the unit. There’s no slowdown, and we don’t see that stopping. We see that continuing for some time.”

Link's design in Ocarina of Time is based off a famous Hollywood actor

The following info comes from Zelda: Arts and Artifacts, which includes commentary from Nintendo artists Yusuke Nakano, Satoru Takizawa, and Yoshiki Haruhana.

Q: So, what did you end up drawing?

NAKANO: It was this picture [top of page 157]. I created it as a design proposal for Link’s facial features, as an attempt to realize Koizumi’s desire for a “handsome, cool Link.” When it got a thumbs-up, I raised my hand and said, “OK then, I’ll do all the art just like this!”

Q: Not just Link, you said you would do all the artwork, right?

NAKANO: That’s right.

Q: So when you were illustrating Link, was there an inspiration for the character?

NAKANO: Yes. A rather world- famous Hollywood actor . . .

TAKIZAWA: Huh? You mean that actor?

HARUHANA: He is one good- looking guy.

NAKANO: Yeah. At that time, if you were to talk about a really good- looking actor, people immediately thought of this guy. So I recall keeping in mind the point of his nose and that strong-willed look in his eyes when I was drawing.

TAKIZAWA: Actually, I remember Koizumi saying something similar as well. When the watercolor version was being worked on, that actor’s name also came up.

NAKANO: Is that so? When I was presenting this piece, I did mention how I incorporated a little bit of that actor, but that tidbit didn’t seem to win or lose me any points. In actuality, maybe it was just an unspoken approval of how I “got it” back then. [laughs]


Of course, Nintendo stops short of saying what Hollywood actor was the inspiration. Who wants to start making some guesses?!

Switch and Play with Nintendo Switch in Unexpected Places Across the U.S.

Switch and Play with Nintendo Switch in Unexpected Places Across the U.S.

WWE Superstar John Cena Greets Visitors at the First Stop in the California Desert

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 21, 2017 – Imagine driving in the middle of the desert and seeing a couch, TV and video game system in the middle of nowhere, or skiing down the side of a mountain and seeing another one of these surprising setups sitting there in the snow, ready for a round of gaming. It’s a striking visual, sure, but it drives home the message of Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s revolutionary new video game system that launches on March 3. Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system with the portability of a handheld. The system lets you take home video game experiences anywhere you go, offering you the freedom to play where, when and how you like.
To showcase this unprecedented new style of console gaming on the go, Nintendo is showcasing the versatility of Nintendo Switch across the country with highly visual, interactive living room-inspired spaces in places you would never expect, bringing surprises to every stop. The first Nintendo Switch experience will pop up in the desert at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch on Feb. 23. Invited guests will get the chance to enter the interactive space and experience different Nintendo Switch games, as well as delight in the novelty of playing these games in a completely unexpected locale.
To make the first stop even more exciting, John Cena will be the special guest at this location. As a WWE Superstar and actor who is as versatile as the Nintendo Switch console itself, the performer (and Nintendo fan) Cena is the perfect person to kick off this unique tour.  Known for his charisma and family-friendly appeal, John Cena will showcase the face-to-face off-TV functionality of 1-2-Switch, a Nintendo Switch launch game that features hilarious activities like milking a cow and participating in a Wild West duel. Cena will play the game with invited fans and YouTube influencers, highlighting how fun it is to play 1-2-Switch using the innovative new Joy-Con controllers.
The second Nintendo Switch experience will pop up in Aspen, Colorado, on Feb. 27 at the popular Snowmass ski resort. Again, the unexpected location highlights that Nintendo Switch games can be played anywhere – even somewhere as remote as the side of a snowy mountain!
The final stop on the Nintendo Switch journey will be in Madison Square Park in New York on launch day, March 3. Surrounded by excited fans and curious onlookers, the event will kick off a new era in Nintendo gaming. Two famous (and super) brothers named Mario and Luigi will also attend the final event to celebrate launch day.
“The upcoming launch of the unique Nintendo Switch console calls for a unique series of celebrations,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These unexpected locations perfectly highlight the features of the new system, as well as provide one-of-a-kind surprise-and-delight moments that Nintendo does best.”
Each of these Nintendo Switch experiences will be an absolute spectacle, featuring visuals that remind people of home gaming, but set in wildly unexpected places. Seeing these familiar settings set against dazzling backdrops like the open desert, snowy mountains and bustling city will drive home how Nintendo Switch transforms any space into a place to play.
The specific times and locations for each event are as follows:

·         The Desert – Invite only
Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. PT
Blue Cloud Movie Ranch
20019 Blue Cloud Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91390

·         Aspen – Open to the public
Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MT
Snowmass Village
45 Village Square
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

·         New York – Open to the public
March 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Flatiron Plaza
Broadway between 23rd and 24th St.
New York, NY

 Nintendo Switch launches worldwide on March 3 at a suggested retail price of $299.99. Two stylish versions of the system will be released: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. Both versions will have the same suggested retail price.
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to handheld mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the desert, on a snowy mountain or even during a busy city commute.
Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch. For more information about these events, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/events/.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wii home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 696 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website athttp://www.nintendo.com.

GoNintendo: Today's BIG Story 2/20/23 - Switch coverage is coming, all thanks to you

Welcome to Today's BIG Story for Feb. 20th, 2017. Today's video is all about thanking you for your support.

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This week's European downloads - February 23 (forma.8, Harvest Moon 64 and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

forma.8 (MixedBag) - €14.99/£13.49 (€12.49/£11.29 if you downloaded Nindies @ Home demo, ends March 23)

forma.8 is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore. As the small exploration probe forma.8 you're stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Separated from your companions by accident you have a life or death mission to accomplish: find and recover a lost, powerful energy source before it's too late. Ancient civilisations, great perils, and dystopian visions await you. And not everything is what it seems...

Harvest Moon 64 (Natsume Inc., N64 VC) - €9.99/£8.99
In Harvest Moon 64, you'll work hard to make a life for yourself on the run-down farm that you've inherited from your dearly departed grandfather. It will take careful planning and a lot of help from your neighbours to ride out the seasons and succeed as a gentleman farmer.

Vaccine (RNC) - €9.99/£8.99
Find a vaccine for your infected friend before the time runs out, but be aware your friend will relapse sooner or later and you will have to find a new vaccine in a new randomly rebuilt house. Will you be able uncover the mystery to save your friend once and for all!?

Wall Ball (RCMADIAX) - €1.49/£1.39
WALL BALL is a suspenseful zigzag endless runner game with simple, yet appealing 3D graphics. The levels are randomly generated and promise a long lasting gaming experience.

Special offers
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte) - €6.49/£5.49 (Ends March 9, normally €12.99/£10.99)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte) - €8.49/£6.99 (Ends March 9, normally €16.99/£13.99)
360 Breakout (nuGAME) - €5.00/£4.00 (Ends March 23, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive) - €0.99/£0.99 (Ends March 23, normally €4.99/£4.99)
Infinity Runner (Wales Interactive) - €2.59/£2.35 (Ends March 23, normally €6.49/£5.89)
Master Reboot (Wales Interactive) - €6.39/£4.79 (Ends March 23, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Jones on Fire (Joindots) - €4.79/£3.67 (Ends March 9, normally €5.99/£4.59)
Queen's Garden (Joindots) - €5.59/£4.39 (Ends March 9, normally €6.99/£5.49)
Defense Dome (HULLBREACH STUDIOS) - €0.89/£0.83 (Ends March 9, normally €1.49/£1.39)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Swapdoodle - Dollo's 【Nintendo Switch】 Doodles (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - Free
Swapdoodle - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time #2 (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €2.99/£2.69
Swapdoodle - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker #2 (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €2.99/£2.69

Special offers

Rytmik Ultimate (Cinemax) - €9.99/£9.59 (Ends March 16, normally €17.99/£15.99)
The Keep (Cinemax) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends March 16, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends March 9, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends March 9, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Adventure Bar Story (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.91 (Ends March 17, normally €4.99/£4.89)
Adventure Labyrinth Story (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends March 17, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Conveni Dream (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends March 17, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Kingdom's Item Shop (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.83 (Ends March 17, normally €5.00/£4.79)
Mercenaries Saga 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.91 (Ends March 17, normally €4.99/£4.89)
Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.19 (Ends March 17, normally €4.99/£3.99)
3D MahJongg (Joindots) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Gardenscapes (Joindots) - €6.39/£4.79 (Ends March 9, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots) - €6.39/£4.79 (Ends March 9, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Safari Quest (Joindots) - €5.59/£3.99 (Ends March 9, normally €6.99/£4.99)

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 601

The lovely PC joins us for this week's podcast! She literally made a 6 hour drive, got right out of the car, and joined us on the show. She's pretty damn dedicated!

Download the episode here

Nintendo confirms theft of a small number of Switch units by employees of a U.S. distributor

Coming from a Nintendo rep...

"Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.

Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time."