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Nintendo the most-seen gaming industry brand on TV for April 16th to May 15th, 2020

Nintendo does it again


The latest TV commercial info for the game industry has come in, and Nintendo once again dominated the airwaves. The Big N was #1 for April 16th to May 15th, 2020, and you can get the full details below.

- 413.9 million TV ad impressions generated by 14 spots that ran over 2,700 times
- most-seen ad with 150.9 million impressions was “How We Play: Mario Kart 8”
- networks Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, and Nick generated the highest impressions-counts
- top programs included SpongeBob SquarePants, Big City Greens, and Bunk’d

Suicide prevention charity CALM running a star-studded Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament on May 19th, 2020

All for a good cause

CALM is a charity organization out to prevent suicide through a number of efforts, and their latest is going to tie in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, a number of celebrities will be going head-to-head in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, all of which will be playing for charity donations. The tournament will run on CALM's official Twitch channel from 7pm - 9pm BST on May 19th, 2020, and the celebs included should be quite familiar to the UK crowd.

The lineup of familiar faces includes Normal People stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, rugby player Anthony Watson, footballer Tyrone Mings, musician Tom Grennan, comedians Iain Stirling, Jon Richardson and Seann Walsh, YouTuber Joe Sugg, fitness coach Bradley Simmonds, and reality TV star Josh Patterson.

Tencent Switch Deluxe Limited Edition spotted at Costco Shanghai

A great bundle for an even better price

I just learned two things today. First up, I learned that there are Costco locations in Shanghai! Second, those locations are selling a unique Switch bundle.

Those who frequent Costco locations in Shanghai, China can now snatch up a Tencent Switch Deluxe Limited Edition. The package includes a Switch, two Joy-Con steering wheels, and one Physical copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $338. That seems like a seriously great deal to me!

Join the Mario Kart North American Open May 2020 tournament and you could win My Nintendo Gold Points

Test your skills online

Shift into high gear with the Mario Kart North American Open May 2020 tournament! Owners of the Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe game from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will have a chance to compete in this in-game* event from May 8 - 10.

Players can take part in up to 24 races each day and will be scored based on their in-game ranking in each race. At the end of each day, the top eight players with the highest accumulated scores will receive 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points!

Join the tournament on May 8 – 10 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT by selecting Online Play*, picking Tournaments, and then click on Search by Code. Once there, you can enter the day’s tournament code:

5/8/2020: 2598-8511-0827
5/9/2020: 1828-4413-4955
5/10/2020: 1403-6422-4043

Voilà! You’re ready for the starting line!

Scores reset at the end of each day, so, if you don’t win the first day, try again! But please remember, a single player may only claim their prize once. If that same player happens to land in the top eight during the remainder of the event, they won’t get another prize. Instead, the next player on the leaderboard will get the prize. This way, everyone has a shot!

We hope you’ll be able to join in. Good luck, everyone!

Mario Kart North American Open May 2020

Buckle up, boys and girls

Clean up the competition this spring in the Mario Kart North American Open May 2020 for a chance to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Race onto your Nintendo Switch system from May 8th to May 10th each day from 12PM PT to 6PM PT and make your way up the leaderboard (max 24 races). At the end of each day, the racers with the top 8 point totals will be eligible to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Join the excitement by entering the following tournament codes on each day:

May 8th - 2598-8511-0827
May 9th - 1828-4413-4955
May 10th - 1403-6422-4043

Clean up the competition this spring in the Mario Kart North American Open May 2020 for a chance to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Race onto your Nintendo Switch system from May 8th to May 10th each day from 12PM PT to 6PM PT and make your way up the leaderboard (max 24 races). At the end of each day, the racers with the top 8 point totals will be eligible to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Join the excitement by entering the following tournament codes on each day:

May 8th - 2598-8511-0827
May 9th - 1828-4413-4955
May 10th - 1403-6422-4043

Check out the full rules and regulations here

UK software sales for the week ending April 11th, 2020

Another strong showing for the Big N

The UK software sales for the week of April 11th, 2020 have come in, and Nintendo takes up 2 spots in the top 10. Check out the rundown below.

It's worth pointing out that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rose 317% in sales week-on-week, jumping from 25th to 5th. Animal Crossing: New Horizons also saw a 14% sales bump, bringing it up to 3rd. Finally, a small round of Ring Fit Adventure hit retailers, which brought the game up to 25th place overall, making for a 192% increase in sales.

Playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with the Ring Fit Adventure Ring-Con

The Fred Flintstone approach

Okay, now this must be absolute Hell. The same person who worked up a mod to play Dark Souls III with Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con is back, and this time he's set his sights on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

If you really want an intense workout, it looks like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the way to go. This particular mod has you running in place to accelerate, which means you're going to be constantly moving while you play. Add in a squeeze of the Ring-Con to use your items and motion controls/joystick for turning, and you end up with quite a layered experience. The only thing that's certain is the nap you'll need after playing!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey see retail release in China next week

A big day for China!

The physical Switch game library in China is finally going to expand next week with two big games. Tencent has confirmed that both Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are on the way. Both titles will be available on April 15th, 2020, but it's important to note that they've been available on the eShop since March 16th, 2020.

Introducing the Nintendo UK VS Cup in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Hop back into the driver's seat

Introducing the Nintendo UK VS Cup in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!

We’ll be racing online* on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and we’d love for you to join us! To join the action, simply select Online Play* from the main menu of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and then select Tournament. Then enter the relevant code and join the races.

Tuesdays

On Tuesdays the action takes place between 10:00 BST and 16:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is 1550-5316-8171

Thursdays

On Thursdays the action takes place between 14:00 BST and 20:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is 3910-9450-7051

Saturdays

On Saturdays the action takes place between 10:00 BST and 16:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is: 1374-2300-1131

Sundays

On Sundays the action takes place between 14:00 BST and 20:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is: 2845-2563-1019

If you’re joining the action, be sure to tweet a video clip from one of your races, including the following hashtags, depending on the day you’re entering for a chance to win £10 Nintendo eShop credit!

Tuesday: #MarioKartUKTues

Thursday: #MarioKartUKThurs

Saturday: #MarioKartUKSat

Sunday: #MarioKartUKSun

Check out full details here

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Chinese release has online play locked to China

No surprise here

If you've been following news on the Switch's release in China, this bit of information shouldn't be a surprise at all. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is finally available in China, but there's a pretty big caveat when it comes to online play. Players can hop online and play with other racers in China, but the option to race others around the world isn't there. With the way things are in China, it's very unlikely Tencent will add in worldwide play at any poitn.

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