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Japanese eShop charts for April 2nd to 8th, 2020

Nothing can take down Animal Crossing

In a surprise to no one, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has retained the top spot on this week's eShop charts in Japan. The game will eventually drop from that position, but that doesn't seem like it's happening anytime soon! Check out the top 10 for the Switch and 3DS in Japan for April 2nd to 8th, 2020 below.

Switch

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
2. Conduct TOGETHER! (Northplay)
3. Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan Encore (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
6. Panzer Dragoon:Remake (forever Entertainment)
7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
8. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo)
9. Good Job! (Nintendo)
10. Minecraft (Mojang)

3DS

1. Monster Strike (Mixis)
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo)
3. Pokémon Crystal (Nintendo)
4. Witch & Hero (Flyhigh Works)
5. Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
6. Dragon Quest III (Square-Enix)
7. SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 3 FINAL STAGE (Sega)
8. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
9. SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 2 (Sega)
10. SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives (Sega)

Pokemon, NES, Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart Hallmark ornaments releasing as well

A tree full of Nintendo cheer!

Earlier this week, we learned that 8-bit Donkey Kong, Mario, and Luigi Hallmark ornaments are slated to release this year. Turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg, as a whole different wave of ornaments is on the way as well.

First up on July 11th, 2020 are NES and Mario Kart ornaments. The NES ornament lights up and plays sounds from Super Mario Bros., while the Mario Kart ornament features Yoshi. Following those two on Oct. 3rd, 2020 are Pikachu, Poke Ball, and Legend of Zelda ornaments. The Poke Ball ornament is made of metal, and the Pikachu ornament shows of the character in a leaping post. The Legend of Zelda ornament is a replica of the original gold cartridge on the NES. You can check out more details on each ornament in Hallmark's Dreambook 2020 catalog.

Thanks to FangztheWolf for the heads up!

SEGA adds new playlists to Spotify for those working from/hanging out at home during the pandemic

Tune in, zone out

Are you working from home due to self quarantine, or just hanging around the house to flatten the curve? SEGA wants to give you something to enjoy while you're hunkering down. That's why they've added a number of their soundtracks to Spotify for your listening pleasure. They say the playlists are for 'telework' and 'relaxation,' but obviously you can enjoy them no matter what you're doing! Check out the playlists here and here.

Nintendo won't confirm whether or not they paid tribute to the Animal Crossing-loving grandma in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The mystery remains

We've been talking a lot about Audie, the 89-year-old Animal Crossing superfan who put over 3,500 hours into Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The original story of Audie's New Leaf regimen spread far and wide, reaching millions of fans via all sorts of blogs, videos, and more.

Just the other week, some fans were wondering if word of Audie made it back to Nintendo. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there's a new character named Audie, which is quite a unique nickname. Many saw it as a tribute to the real-life Audie, but nothing has been confirmed.

Believe it or not, the team at NBC's Today show put together a feature on Audie and her Animal Crossing fan status this week. In the feature, they talk about speculation of an Audie tribute in New Horizons. This lead Today show staff to reach out to Nintendo for comment. Unfortunately, they say Nintendo was unwilling to comment on the matter.

I'm not sure why Nintendo would want to keep something like this a secret. If it is a tribute, it would be great to have Nintendo acknowledge it. If not, they could clear up the situation. I guess Nintendo would rather the situation remains ambiguous.

3DS eShop charts for April 8th, 2020

It's Animal Crossing's kingdom

While Switch owners are playing the hell out of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, 3DS owners are right there with them via Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo. The game once again heads up the 3DS charts this week. Check out what made the top 20 cut for April 8th, 2020 below.

Software

1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
2. Pokemon Crystal
3. Tomodachi Life
4. Pokemon Yellow
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
7. Pokemon Red
8. Super Mario 3D Land
9. Pokemon Gold
10. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
11. Pokemon Silver
12. Super Mario World
13. Pokemon Omega Ruby
14. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2
15. Mario Kart 7
16. Pokemon Ultra Sun
17. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
18. EDGE
19. Super Mario Maker for 3DS
20. Pokemon Blue

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
3. Mario Kart 7 Video
4. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
5. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
6. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
7. Introducing Tomodachi Life
8. Super Mario 3D Land Video
9. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
10. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
11. Pokemon Bank Trailer
12. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
13. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
14. IronFall Trailer
15. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
16. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Video
17. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
18. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
19. Super Mario World Trailer
20. Slime Slayer Trailer with Song Lyrics

GoNintendo Thought - Nintendo, please keep Clubhouse Games' chat feature for the sequel

Let's talk about it

I've been meaning to write about this since the game's reveal, and today seems as good a day as any
Hopefully some of you out there have the fond memories I do, or are at least looking forward to Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. As always, thanks for reading.

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The DS had an outstanding lineup of titles throughout its lifespan. Updates to traditional titles, games that put the touchscreen to great use, and experiences that were experimental and unlike anything seen before. So many wonderful titles to look back on, but there are a select few that will forever stick out in my mind. Without a doubt, the original Clubhouse Games is one of those titles for me.

Clubhouse Games was a compilation of various card and board games, as well as a few other experiences. It was meant to be something a large amount of people could play regardless of their experience with video games. A newcomer to the DS might not have any clue of how to play Metroid Prime Hunters, but they can certainly handle Checkers. Throw in the easy-to-use touchscreen controls, and players of any age/skill level can enjoy things like Solitaire, Pool, Chess, and so on.

I loved the idea of having a collection of timeless traditional games to play virtually, and being able to easily do so with others who owned a DS was even better. I knew I would love the collection, and indeed I did. I played hours upon hours of Clubhouse Games with friends locally. We gathered around, decided what we wanted to play, and just had fun enjoying some simple games together. It was such a social experience for me, and that was only heightened by a special feature the game included.

Clubhouse Games included a much-improved version of Pictochat, an app that was included on every DS unit. Pictochat let you doodle or type out messages to share with friends, which ended up being a pretty fun way to chat with your buds. Clubhouse Games took that aspect to a whole new level by implementing an expanded version of Pictochat in the game itself. You had colors to choose from, a set of stamps to use, player icons to showcase who you were chatting with, and so on. Just click a button during gameplay and you were brought right into a chat with friends.

I cannot tell you how much fun I had using Clubhouse Games' chat feature while playing. Half the game was playing whatever board game we had picked, and the other half was us doodling stupid stuff for one another. Even though we were all in speaking with one another while sitting in the same room, we were still sharing messages through the game's chat service. Inside jokes, private chats with another player, amazing drawings, and so much more. With so many of the games in Clubhouse Games having downtime between your turn and everyone else, including the chat feature made a ridiculous amount of sense.

Being such a huge fan of Clubhouse Games, I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw Nintendo reveal Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics for Switch. I honestly couldn't believe they were doing a follow-up. I've thought for years now that Clubhouse Games would be a perfect game to bring back for Switch. The focus on multiplayer, the touchscreen, the wide variety of Switch owners out there, and the portable nature of the platform. It has everything the DS had going for, and so much more. Apparently Nintendo feels the same way, and I couldn't be happier.

That said, I'm a bit worried about my favorite feature of the game. From all the press releases I've read and screenshots I've seen, there doesn't seem to be a single shred of evidence for a Pictochat-like service. I've really done my best to scrutinize everything that's been released, and I haven't picked up on a single tidbit pointing to the chat service's return. While I'm still unbelievably excited for Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics, seeing the feature skipped over is a huge bummer for me.

Nintendo has pulled fast ones before. They've shown trailers for titles and kept aspects secret until the game launched. We've seen it time and time again for Nintendo's biggest franchises, but that's a bit more understandable. Nintendo wants to surprise people with features in their big-name games and keep stuff from being spoiled prior to launch. I can't imagine Nintendo would think a chat feature in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics would be so widely praised that they're keeping it hidden for a special reveal. I'd like to be wrong here, but I don't think that'll be the case.

Perhaps Nintendo is working on some sort of unique follow-up to chat, and that's why we haven't seen it. Maybe they'll move chat off the Switch and onto the Switch Online app. Use the Switch to play the board games, and use your phone to text and doodle friends. It wouldn't be ideal, but I could see it happening. I'd certainly take that over no chat feature at all. Perhaps they'll throw in voice chat as well through those means, making the push to use the app that much stronger. Again, I'd like to see it all contained on the Switch itself, but I'll take what I can get.

I know my interest in Clubhouse Games' chat is far beyond what most fans are looking forward to. I'm sure it was a niche feature for most, but it really did create a whole new way for my group of friends to have fun. I remember crying from laughing while using that chat feature. It really enhanced the community vibe and feelings of togetherness with the game, which is obviously crucial for any virtual board game experience looking to capture some of the magic of the source material. I really hope Nintendo remembers that for this sequel. They recognized it as something important to include in the original, and leaving it out of the follow-up would be quite a detriment to players, and the game itself.

Dragon Quest slime teapot releasing in Japan

Ummm...I'm not thirsty, thanks

Dragon Quest's slime is iconic, and has been transformed into all sorts of products over the years. While there have been slime mugs, cups, and dinnerware, this is actually the first time we've seen the slime in teapot form. This Dragon Quest slime teapot hits Japan in May 2020, and is priced at $23. Check out more pictures here.

Shantae Funko Pop! figurine now available

Your wish is granted

Shantae has a new game coming a few weeks from now, but there's a bit of the genie available to enjoy right now. Funko has officially launched their Funko Pop! figurine for Shantae, which means you should be able to find it at your favorite Funko Pop! retailer. If you'd like to grab one online, you can do so here.

SEGA shares Puyo Puyo background artwork

SEGA has your back

SEGA knows millions of people are using apps like Zoom to make calls to friends, family, and co-workers. That's why they're offering up a bit of free content to spice up those calls.

The official Puyo Puyo Twitter account has shared 4 different backgrounds tied to the franchise, all of which you can use on apps like Zoom for a bit of green screen fun. It certainly looks better than a bland office background!

Second series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards seeing release in South Korea

Series 2 coming soon

South Korea is going to see their second official round of Animal Crossing amiibo cards in the near future. Nintendo of Korea has confirmed that the series will launch on April 16th, 2020, and is priced at 3,500 won. Check out the full set of cards included in Series 2 below.

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