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GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 610

We finally fixed the microphone issue this time around, and we also bring back two classic podcast members! Turned out to be a great show. We all hope you enjoy listening!

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RUMOR - NES Classic Edition, Switch restock at Best Buy this week

The following information pertains to Best Buy, but isn't confirmed at the moment.

- NES Classic Edition stock available on April 24th in store
- Switch stock available April 28th in store

As for the NES Classic Edition, this will probably be your last shot to get a new system. The last wave of systems, so good luck to anyone that tries to grab one!

NPD - Top 10 Switch/Wii U/3DS for March 2017, top 10 overall for Jan. to March 2017

Top 6 Software for the Nintendo Switch:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
1-2 Switch
Super Bomberman R
Just Dance 2017
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +
Skylanders: Imaginators

Top 10 Software for the Wii U:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Super Smash Bros.
Minecraft
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Pokkén Tournament
New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U
Super Mario Maker
Yoshi’s Wooly World
Splatoon

Top 10 Software for the Nintendo 3DS:

Pokémon Sun
Pokémon Moon
Super Mario Maker
Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
Mario Sports Superstars
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Super Smash Bros.
Mario Kart 7
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
New Super Mario Bros. 2

Finally, here’s the Top 10 Software for January to March 2017:

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
For Honor
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Grand Theft Auto V
Horizon Zero Dawn
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
NBA 2K17
Battlefield 1

650 Target locations getting special Mario Kart 8 Deluxe makeovers

Wa-hoo! Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch launches April 28, and we’re juuuust a little excited. While our fave mustachioed plumbers gear up, we’re over here dodging banana peels and flying turtle shells, and racing red carts up and down the aisles to bring you some extra-special fun—only at Target. Starting today, 650+ stores across the country are going into full game-on mode, with larger-than-life Mario action.

Target has been guests’ go-to Nintendo destination for 30+ years. From scooping up the 1985 original NES to scoping out this spring’s highly-coveted Nintendo Switch, Target is often fans’ first stop before hitting start on a gaming adventure. So, we’re out to make the shopping experience just as fun!

“Experience counts—it’s what keeps guests coming in and coming back to our stores,” says Scott Nygaard, senior vice president, Merchandising, Target. “So we’re delivering the fun like only Target can, giving generations of Mario fans a shopping trip they won’t soon forget.”

The fun begins just outside the entrance. Those big red bollards (designed to stop stray cars) are transformed, with Mario and Luigi themselves welcoming you to the store. Bonus fact: This isn’t the first time the bollards have had a makeover—In 2011, we painted beach balls as part of a summer campaign, and last year we created Pokémon balls.)

Walking through Target doors always brings a little rush, but this time you’re crossing a starting line! As you walk through, motion sensors fire up flashing lights and play Mario’s catchy theme song.

Always dreamed of driving a real-life Mario kart? Here’s your chance, sort of! We’ve decked out a handful of “Super Target Karts,” featuring Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach. So go ahead, leave Bowser in the dust as you do your Target run—and keep your eyes peeled, because we have an assortment of Mario and Nintendo-related products set around the store. Bonus fact: This is the first time Target’s ever decorated our carts.

Want to get in on the in-store fun? Hurry in to Target in the next few weeks before it’s game over on this limited-time experience. And be sure to visit Target.com to pre-order your copy of Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch.

One final bonus fact: If you’re still trying to get your hands on Nintendo Switch, keep checking your local Target store! We’re working hard with Nintendo to keep these crazy-popular consoles flowing in to Target stores throughout the year.

NPD - Switch the biggest launch for Nintendo hardware ever, second-biggest for the industry since 1995

Coming from NPD analyst Sam Naji...

"March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.

In this debut month (month 1), the Nintendo Switch sold 31K more units than previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advanced, which released back in June 2001. The two Nintendo Switch SKUs, the 32GB Gray Joy-Con, followed by the 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con, were the best-selling systems for the month."

- total Zelda franchise sales from 1995 to the present comes in at $1.4 billion
- Zelda is the top-selling property of all time within the Adventure super genre, selling 54 percent more revenue than the next best-selling franchise, Resident Evil

NPD March 2017 - Top 20 software, industry-wide sales and more

- total hardware sales jumped 91% year-over-year to $485 million
- software increased 5% to $612 million
- overall the industry jumped up 24% to $1.36 billion

NPD analyst Sam Naji:

"March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.

In this debut month (month 1), the Nintendo Switch sold 31K more units than previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advanced, which released back in June 2001. The two Nintendo Switch SKUs, the 32GB Gray Joy-Con, followed by the 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con, were the best-selling systems for the month."

- total Zelda franchise sales from 1995 to the present comes in at $1.4 billion
- Zelda is the top-selling property of all time within the Adventure super genre, selling 54 percent more revenue than the next best-selling franchise, Resident Evil
- Breath of the Wild sold over 900,000 physical units, bumping the Zelda franchise total even higher
- Switch's packaged software sold 1.3m units, a record high for a Nintendo platform launch.
- 1-2 Switch had an attach rate of 19 percent

HAL says Kirby's new 3DS title will be "action fighting"

The following comes from Satoshi Ishida at HAL...

So now we've heard that the game is action, multiplayer and now fighting. Perhaps we'll get a first peek at E3 2017!

This week's North American downloads - April 20 (Wonder Boy, Urban Trial Freestyle 2 and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – Boasting beautiful hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action and adventure!

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
URBAN TRIAL FREESTYLE 2 – The sequel to the popular urban-themed stunt bike racer has launched exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. This jam-packed sequel brings a fully functioning tricked-out track editor with online sharing functionality that allows players to share their creations with friends. The game also offers twice as many levels to rampage through and a myriad of new bikes and customization options available to unlock. For people who want to try before they buy, a free demo for the game is also now available.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Breakout Defense (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Ping Pong Trick Shot 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
DON’T CRASH GO (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Pic-a-Pix Color – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Pic-a-Pix Color – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Booty Diver (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
ORBIT (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
MOP: Operation Cleanup (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Zombeer (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Rayman 3 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Rayman Advance (Virtual Console on Wii U)

This week's European downloads - April 20 (Wonder Boy, Fatal Fury and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (DotEmu) - €19.99/£17.99

Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action, and adventure! Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, you are in search for a cure! The only way you can return to human form is to find the Salamander Cross, a magical item with the power to remove curses...

ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"FATAL FURY" is a fighting game released by SNK in 1991. Players take part in brutal street fights in a variety of locations, with the goal of toppling the infamous crime lord Geese Howard. The game includes very unique features when compared to other fighting games available at the time, including a special Line Battle system that allows players to traverse between the foreground and background and 2-player co-op functionality.


Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)

Breakout Defense (nuGAME) - €7.00/£6.00

Breakout Defense is a breakout game where you will face off against the computer opponent through 20 exciting levels. Do your best to defend your own blocks while at the same time aiming to destroy the blocks of the computer opponent.


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition Demo (Ratalaika Games) - Free

Trouble in Antarctica! The Black Hand of Fate, an international Terrorist Group, has constructed a secret base within the heart of a Volcano, and has built a massive army of bio-engineered soldiers and genetic monsters to take over the world! You are the only one that can put a stop to their dastardly plans. You are the Blasting Agent!

Special offers
Farming Simulator 14 (Focus Home Interactive) - €7.49/£4.99 (Ends May 4, normally €29.99/£19.99)
Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends May 4, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends May 4, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Splat The Difference (Lightwood Games) - €4.00/£3.60 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Lightwood Games) - €1.66/£1.33 (Ends May 18, normally €2.49/£1.99)
Fairune (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends May 11, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Petit Novel series - Harvest December (CIRCLE Ent.) - €7.99/£7.92 (Ends May 11, normally €11.99/£11.89)
Tappingo (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends May 11, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.97/£1.55 (Ends May 18, normally €2.99/£2.36)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends May 18, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends April 27, normally €2.99/£2.69)


Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

ORBIT (RCMADIAX) - €1.95/£1.39

In ORBIT you must guard your base by erecting a barrier to keep enemy ships out, at the right moment, scoring points along the way. Endless fun for everyone!

Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition Demo (Ratalaika Games) - Free

Trouble in Antarctica! The Black Hand of Fate, an international Terrorist Group, has constructed a secret base within the heart of a Volcano, and has built a massive army of bio-engineered soldiers and genetic monsters to take over the world! You are the only one that can put a stop to their dastardly plans. You are the Blasting Agent!

Special offers

Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends April 27, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Shadow Puppeteer (Show Cannon) - €10.49/£9.44 (Ends April 24, normally €14.99/£13.49)
360 Breakout (nuGAME) - €4.90/£4.20 (Ends May 18, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte) - €8.49/£6.99 (Ends May 18, normally €16.99/£13.99)
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte) - €6.49/£5.49 (Ends May 18, normally €12.99/£10.99)
Citadale (Nitrolic Games) - €2.50/£2.24 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.49)
Mortar Melon (Nitrolic Games) - €2.50/£2.24 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.49)
Plenty of Fishies (Nitrolic Games) - €2.50/£2.24 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.49)
Rorrim (Nitrolic Games) - €2.50/£2.24 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.49)
Gravity+ (Nitrolic Games) - €3.24/£2.94 (Ends May 18, normally €6.49/£5.89)
Candy Hoarder (Nitrolic Games) - €0.74/£0.69 (Ends May 18, normally €1.49/£1.39)
A.C.E. - Alien Cleanup Elite (Nitrolic Games) - €2.50/£2.24 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.49)
Star Splash: Shattered Star (Snails Animation) - €2.61/£2.24 (Ends May 3, normally €3.49/£2.99)
Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Software) - €1.49/£1.11 (Ends May 27, normally €1.99/£1.49)

RUMOR - Nintendo has begun production on an SNES Classic Edition

This information comes from Eurogamer, which they obtained from a number of inside sources

- scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year
- development of the device is already under way
- this unit's creation was a major factor in the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition
- expected to stick with the NES Classic Edition's plug-and-play setup
- will include an array of games which come pre-installed and ready to play
- Nintendo declined to comment