Takaya Imamura, the man who designed Tingle, has retired from Nintendo

Ta-ta, Tingle

Takaya Imamura has worked at Nintendo for three decades, spending time with multiple iconic franchises. There's no doubt each game was better for his involvement, but Nintendo fans will most likely recognize Imamura as the man behind the creation of Tingle. Tingle is definitely a character that receives equal parts love and hate, but he's an absolutely undeniable part of The Legend of Zelda's charm.

It's also worth pointing out that Imamura was crucial to the F-Zero and Star Fox franchises, as he designed characters like Captain Falcon, Fox McCloud and others.

Imamura revealed his retirement on his Facebook page, where he shared the following message.

“This is my last day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty office. I guess I won’t be coming in here anymore. As you’d expect, I’ll miss it.”

Box of first edition Pokemon TCG cards sells for $400k, setting a new record

Wow, a new record!

Pokemon TCG collecting has always been popular, but we've seen things skyrocket in the last few months. With interest in the collections growing, the value of cards is ballooning as well. This has led to a new record in the auction scene.

An unopened box of first edition Pokemon TCG cards has just closed out an auction, and the winning bid was for a staggering $408,000. That makes a new record for the highest price brought in for an unopened box. We still haven't seen the limit these card auctions will pull in yet, so expect another record to be set sometime in the near future.

New LEGO Super Mario "Master Your Adventure Maker Set" now available, features Larry Koopa

Your LEGO Super Mario adventure continues with the Master Your Adventure Maker Set! Expand your world with new enemies like Larry Koopa and get creative with Customization Blocks. Get the family together and start playing today!

Nintendo wins two court cases against piracy of Nintendo Switch in Spain

Nintendo has been filing court cases against companies and websites that have been selling hardware and software that allows its users to pirate Nintendo Switch games. Nintendo claimed that such products could cause "significant economic and reputational damage." Some websites in Spain have been allowing users to access pirated Nintendo Switch titles, and after Nintendo's court case, they were able to block these websites. These website now owe Nintendo millions of euros in order to pay for the potential damage they have and may have caused.

Nintendo also issued the following statement:
Nintendo initiates these actions not only in its own name, but also on behalf of the more than 2,000 video game developers who depend on legitimate sales of Nintendo Switch video games for their livelihood.

Thanks to sligeach_eire for the heads-up!

Capcom says Monster Hunter Rise demo bug that causes freezes will not be present in the final game

No worries, hunters

Capcom released a Monster Hunter Rise demo a couple weeks back, and players were quick to notice an issue with online play. Numerous players were experiencing stuttering/freezing issues where the game would seize up every few seconds. Turns out this problem was related to the number of friends players had on their friend list.

While the issue was quite disappointing to see, the good news is that it'll be fixed in the final game. Capcom took to Twitter to share the following message.

“When playing the Monster Hunter Rise demo online, if the amount of friends registered on your account is above a certain amount, we confirmed this will trigger freezes during gameplay. We confirmed this bug is not present in the final version of the game and has been corrected so please do not worry. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your understanding.”

Nintendo opens new Twitter account (@NintendoCoLtd) to share future Investor Relation news and financial announcements

Nintendo regularly hosts Investor meetings, and they frequently share their financial results for each quarter. We have often reported on these bits of information here on GoNintendo, and the information is usually released on Nintendo's website as a press release. Nintendo has now decided to make things easier; they have decided to open a new, separate Twitter account that will report on any and all financial information going forward. The account will present information in both Japanese and English, and the account will solely focus on investor information; no game announcements will be made here.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe officially the best-selling entry in the franchise in Japan

A new record!

Not that long ago, we mentioned that Pikmin 3 Deluxe was the fastest-selling entry in the franchise in Japan, and also noted that it would likely be the best-selling soon enough. That time has official come.

Thanks to the latest sales charts in Japan, we know that Pikmin 3 Deluxe has hit 513,225 physical units sold. That means it beat out the previous record-holder, which was the original Pikmin and its 502,996 units sold. Obviously Pikmin 3 Deluxe became the best-selling entry a few weeks back thanks to digital sales, but we don't have the official numbers on that. With physical sales locked in, there's no disputing the record!

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PlatinumGames hoping to share an update on Bayonetta 3 and other unannounced projects this year

The year of Bayonetta

Whenever someone mentions PlatinumGames, Bayonetta 3 is going to be brought up instantly. With each passing day, fans of the franchise grow more curious about how the game is coming along. When on earth are we going to leran something new about the game? If things go well, it seems we could learn at thing or two this year.

Platinum's Hideki Kamiya recently appeared on an official Arcade Archives stream with Hamster, and the discussion of new projects came up. Kamiya decided to jump in at this moment with a tiny tidbit on Bayonetta 3, along with other games we don't know about. You can read the comment below, as translated by NintendoEverything.

Well, I suppose… we’ve been working on new stuff like Bayonetta 3, not that I can say too much… but I hope we can give an update during the year. ...and give updates on a few more unannounced projects too. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say that, but I said it anyway.

Sounds like 2021 will finally bring us a fresh look at Bayonetta 3. Let's hope we'll also get to play the game this year!

Thanks to WolfStarSonic for the heads up!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Switch lead the way in Australia's game industry sales for 2020

Nintendo does it again

By this point, most Nintendo fans know that the Big N. had a stellar 2020 around the world. We've seen sales reports from all over showing just how big Nintendo's hardware and software were, and that trend continues with numbers from Australia today. Nintendo led the pack in software and hardware, and you can get full details below.

- the best-selling game in Australia was Animal Crossing: New Horizons, even without digital sales included
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 88% more copies in 2020 (boxed only) than it did in 2019
- top publisher of the year (digital and physical) was Nintendo (16% market share)
- Switch sales surged 88% in 2020 over the year before
- Joy-Con sales were up 110% year on year

GSD Annual 2020 Top 20 Video Games (Digital + Physical)

1 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* (Nintendo)
2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)(EA)
5 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
6 FIFA 21 (EA)
7 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
8 The Last of Us Part 2 (Sony)
9 NBA 2K20 (2K Games)
10 NBA 2K21 (2K Games)
11 Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)
12 Just Dance 2020 (Ubisoft)
13 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
14 FIFA 20 (EA)
15 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
16 Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)*
17 Cyberpunk 2077 (Bandai Namco/CD Projekt)*
18 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Activision)
19 Minecraft: Switch edition (Mojang)*
20 Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)*

*Digital data not available

GSD Annual 2020 Top 10 Video Games (Digital)

1 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
2 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision)
3 NBA 2K20 (2K Games)
4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
5 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
6 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
7 NBA 2K21 (2K Games)
8 FIFA 21 (EA)
9 Uno (Ubisoft)
10 FIFA 20 (EA)

GSD Annual 2020 Top 10 Video Games (Physical)

1 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
2 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)
3 The Last of Us Part 2 (Sony)
4 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
5 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
6 Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)
7 Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt/Bandai Namco)
8 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision)
9 Minecraft: Switch Edition (Mojang)
10 Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!