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Smash Bros. Ultimate - Mii Fighter costumes #5 trailer

Featuring Cuphead?!

A selection of Cuphead, Altaïr, Rabbids, Mega Man X, and Mega Man Battle Network series Mii Fighter costumes are arriving as paid DLC in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

"The Ashen Demon" - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Byleth' reveal trailer

Challenger Pack 5 has finally been revealed!

From the Garreg Mach Monastery to the battlefield, Byleth is joining Smash Bros Ultimate as DLC fighter 5!

The fighter is planned for release on 1/28. Purchase the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass to obtain Byleth immediately following release!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Mr. Sakurai presents "Byleth"

Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Director Masahiro Sakurai for an in-depth look at the new fighter Byleth in this new video presentation!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "Mr. Sakurai Presents ???" - blog recap

All aboard the hype train!

Momentarily, Masahiro Sakurai will be providing all the details on the fifth and final character in the first DLC Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Who will be joining Joker, Hero, Banjo, and Terry? Watch the official live-stream above or read the live-blog below for all the latest Smash information!

- Character has been kept under wraps at Nintendo. Very few people know who it is

- Challenger Pack 5 is Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses

- Female Byleth will also be joining the battle

- Releasing January 28th, 2020

- Sakurai discusses the history of the Fire Emblem series

- Explanation of who Byleth is

- Sakurai played Fire Emblem: Three Houses before the games release. He did the same for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (beating the game in 2 days)

- The "Sakurai Presents" video was recorded 2 months in advance of the live stream

- Byleth's moveset gets an in-depth overview

- Character color variations shown off

- New stage revealed "Garreg Mach Monastery"

- Stage areas are Marketplace, Reception Hall, Bridge and Cathedral

- Guest stage appearances by Dedue, Dimitri, Ingrid, the gatekeeper (Blue Lion House), Edelgard, Dorothea, Petra (Black Eagle House), Claude, Hilda, Lorenz (Golden Deer House), Seteth, Rhea, and Flayn (Cathedral)

- Song collection includes 11 new tracks (remixes of the Japanese and English main themes)

- Fire Emblem Three Houses spirits revealed

- New Classic Mode route for Byleth

- Mii costumes revealed: Altair (Sword Fighter), Rabbids (Hat), X from Mega Man X (Gunner), MegaMan.EXE (Gunner)

- Cuphead (Gunner) includes music track!

- Dark Samus and Richter Amiibo shown

- Fighters Pass 2 revealed, with 6 additional DLC fighters!

- Pre-purchase available on January 28th, future DLC already decided

- Bonus "The Ancient Soldier" costume (Mii Swordfighter) from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild free for purchasing Fighters Pass 2

- Sakurai not sure if Smash is "just a fighting game", but rather a "celebration of gaming"

- Sakurai will not be taking a break, and will continue developing new fighters

Japan: Best-selling games of 2019, Pokémon Sword and Shield comes out on top

Topping all the charts, Pokemon!

Thanks to JapaneseNintendo and data from Famitsu, we have a look at all of the best-selling console games of 2019. Nine of the top ten best-sellers are Nintendo Switch titles, with Kingdom Hearts III on PS4 taking the #3 spot. Impressively, Pokémon Sword and Shield were the best selling games of the entire year, despite not releasing until the end of November. Check out the top ten list below!

1. Pokémon Sword / Shield (Switch) – 2,988,134
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 1,092,397
3. Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) – 861,226
4. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 800,504
5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – 747,589
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 628,712
7. Minecraft (Switch) – 620,894
8. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 505,998
9. Super Mario Party (Switch) – 498,857
10. Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) – 495,639

Check out the full top 100 here

3 more games now available to preload on the Japanese eShop

For those interested in preloading games to play them as soon as they launch, three more games are now available on the Japanese eShop. Murasama no Sword Breaker, Valfaris, and Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story will all be available later this month, but can be purchased and preloaded right now! For more details on each of the titles, you can click the links to view previously reported eShop listings.

Brawlhalla updated to Version 3.55

Update before you brawl

Black Diamond Mordex and Arctic Fox Yumiko are ready to face the tundra! This week we’ve added new winter-themed Skins and added the Shadowboxing Taunt in Mallhalla. Volkov also has had his price reduced to 5400 Gold and debuts on the free-to-play Legend Rotation!

We’ve also updated a number of changes in the base Cannon kit to try out in Test Features! In addition, we’ve made a balance pass, added a few game improvements, bug fixes, and more.

Check out the full patch notes here!

NAIRI: Tower of Shirin changes publisher, receives price reduction

Permanent price reductions happen to games for a variety of possible business reasons, and NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is the latest title to receive this pricing treatment. The reason for the change is unknown, however, it's possibly due to the game changing publishers. Hound Picked Games is publisher of the title worldwide, and Another Indie Studio are no longer tied to the game. Nevertheless, NAIRI: Tower of Shirin can now be purchased for just ¥480 ($4.26 USD). If you haven't picked up the game, a summary can be found below, and the Western eShop listing can be viewed here!

NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is a graphic adventure that is as cute as it is captivating. Taking cues from the classic visual novel set-up, the game crafts a rich 'Ghibli' inspired oasis city where animals and humans live side-by-side.

Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story releasing for Switch on January 30th in Japan

I need a hero!

Another day, another Japanese localization! Initially releasing to the West in October of 2018, Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story is now coming to Japan. Check out full details from the Japanese eShop listing below!

- Published by Rainy Frog
- Releasing January 30th
- ¥1,500
- Japanese and English languages supported
- 2.8 GB

Have you ever wondered where all the powerful knights and wizards come from? No-one is born a hero. It is your job, as principal of Valthiria Academy, to train the most promising students to become heroes of legend!

Check out more construction images of Super Nintendo World

Oh, yeah. It's all coming together!

Construction is underway for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan. More pictures have been released from Asahi Digital, giving a good look at how the park is coming along. Warp pipes, POW blocks, Question blocks, coins, Goombas, and Yoshi can be seen among the chaos. See what else you can spot in these wide-shot construction images. I'm excited to see the finished result when Super Nintendo World opens in Japan this summer!

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