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Tencent releases Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe commercials in China

Spreading the good word in China

Tencent is continuing their promotional push for the Switch in China with a pair of new commercials. You can check out spots for both Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in this post.

Germany reveals the best-selling games of 2019

FIFA scores a goal

Another full year has gone by in the Nintendo Switch's life-cycle, and the 20 best-selling games of 2019 in Germany have been revealed. 11 of 20 of these titles are Switch exclusives, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling the most, coming in at #3 on the charts. FIFA 20 comes in at #1, which is available on all platforms including Switch. Interestingly, Pokemon Sword was the 5th best-selling game, while Pokemon Shield was 17th. Check out the full top 20 list below!

1. FIFA 20 (Electronic Arts)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
4. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo)
5. Pokémon Sword (Nintendo)
6. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo)
7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
8. Super Mario Party (Nintendo)
9. FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts)
10. Minecraft (Microsoft)
11. Days Gone (Sony Interactive)
12. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Electronic Arts)
13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
14. Need for Speed: Heat (Electronic Arts)
15. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo)
16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
17. Pokémon Shield (Nintendo)
18. Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo)
19. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
20. Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)

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

Let's see how good you are!

Get ready to put the pedal to the metal! 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 Jan. 17 – 19.

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 individuals with the highest accumulated scores will receive 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points!

Join the tournament on Jan. 17 – 19 from 12 p.m. PT 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:

1/17/2020: 0799-6132-1003
1/18/2020: 2403-5150-5963
1/19/2020: 1453-2535-4539

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 one prize. 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 eligible 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!

Japanese hardware/software sales for Dec. 30th, 2019 to Jan. 12th, 2020

Pokemon is #1 for the 9th week in a row!

Japanese sales data has been released for the first two weeks of January. As Famitsu gets back into the swing of things, this should be the only week of combined sales. Overall, the last two weeks have been pretty slow. With the holiday rush dying down, there isn't quite as many people picking up Switch games. The total numbers for the first two weeks of January are similar to that of the last week of December. Pokemon Sword and Shield have kept the #1 sales position since it's launch in November, with no sign of it stopping anytime soon. 268,620 more units have been moved since the new year. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moves up 3 positions, taking the #2 spot. 66,295 more people have entered the racing fun in 2020. In terms of hardware, Nintendo Switch has sold 252,776 more units, while Switch Lite has sold another 148,352. Check out the full sales data below!

01./01. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) - 268,620 / 3.256.754 (-64%)
02./03. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 66,295 / 2.725.304 (-73%)
03./02. [NSW] Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) - 64,073 / 570.071 (-78%)
04./04. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 62,808 / 1.208.747 (-66%)
05./06. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 57,403 / 3.510.455 (-67%)
06./07. [NSW] Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo) {2019.12.27} (¥3.480) - 57,212 / 91.908 (-62%)
07./05. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) - 53,379 / 248.507 (-80%)
08./10. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 51,930 / 547.569 (-29%)
09./08. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 47,463 / 1.311.173 (-75%)
10./09. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.07.25} (¥5.700) - 35,938 / 372.933 (-83%)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament ends with a last-minute green shell shocker

Shell-shocked!

The Saturday Night Speedway Tournament semifinals were a blast, but one race in particular had an absolute nail-biter of a finish. In the clip above, you see Knives_x in a tiebreaker with Tacocat. Knives_x is racing as Toad, and Tacocat is playing as Dry Bowser.

In the final moments of the race, Knives_X was in the lead for most of the time, but Dry Bowser ended up squeaking by with mere feet left to the finish line. Thankfully Knives_X had a green shell, and with perfect placement and a lot of luck, Knives_X manages to zip back into first while Dry Bowser is flailing from the hit. That win secured Knives_X a spot in the finals, and served up Tacocat an absolutely brutal defeat.

In a quick interview with Kotaku, Knives_X looks back on the moment she secured the win.

“I was in fight or flight at that moment so I think it was all due to reflex. The moment I crossed the finish line I looked at the [technical official] behind me to confirm if that really happened.”

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle heading to Hong Kong and Taiwan

The first bundle of the new year

Nintendo has confirmed that the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle is going to see release in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The bundle includes a Neon Blue/Neon Red Switch and physical copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The bundle is set to launch on January 10th, 2020 for the equivalent of $310.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 'North American Online Open' kicks off Jan. 17th, 2020

On your marks

Think you're the hottest thing on 4 (or 2) wheels? It's almost time to put up or shut up! Nintendo is hosting a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 'North America Online Open' from Jan. 17th to 19th, 2020, and it's the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. Check out full details on the event below.

Start your engines and race into the new year during the Mario Kart North American Open for a chance to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Fire up your Nintendo Switch system from January 17th to January 19th 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.

January 17th - 0799-6132-1003
January 18th - 2403-5150-5963
January 19th - 1453-2535-4539

Nintendo's president goes over future plans for the Switch in China

They've only just begun

The Switch released in China just a few weeks back, and Nintendo knows they have a lot of work to do to help the platform find its footing in that region. In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa talked about what's to come for Switch in China.

On the short-term side of things, Nintendo plans to release Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sometime in January 2020, and those will be followed by other third party titles being rounded up by Tencent. As far as more long-term goals go, Furukawa is currently mulling over where to launch the Switch Lite in China, but hasn't made a firm decision yet.

NPD Group's 'US top 20 best-selling chart' most appearances of the decade include Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, and Breath of the Wild

These games don't stop selling!

Grand Theft Auto 5, Minecraft, Mario Kart 8, Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Siege and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have appeared more times on the NPD Group's US top 20 best-selling games chart then any other games this entire decade. Thanks to Mat Piscatella of NPD Group, we have the number of times each of these games have appeared on the top 20 list. More data will be released at a later date. Minecraft, Mario Kart 8, and Breath of the Wild are all available on the Nintendo Switch platform.

GTA V - appeared on 'US top 20' 74 times

Minecraft - appeared on 'US top 20' 73 times

Mario Kart 8 - appeared on 'US top 20' 37 times

TCR6:S - appeared on 'US top 20' 34 times

TLoZ:BoTW - appeared on 'US top 20' 30 times

HORI releases an English version of their Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini & Deluxe promo video

Get a grip, racers!

We've actually already featured this video once, but that was the Japanese version. HORI has now released an English version, which you can check out above.

HORI is pleased to announce the Nintendo Switch™ Mario Kart™ Racing Wheel Pro. Get Ready, Set, Go to race Mario and the crew with the new Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini & Deluxe. Race just like your favorite Mario Kart driver on the Nintendo Switch with your own compact sized racing wheel and pedals. It can be used even without the pedals. This racing wheel is ideal for the Mario Kart fan and racing gamer. Officially licensed by Nintendo.

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