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Japanese software sales - June 17th to 23rd, 2019 (Top 30)

Who made the cut this week?

Time to get a slightly better look at the last week of sales in Japan with the top 30 list. Check out the 30 best-selling titles in Japan for June 17th to 23rd, 2019 below.

01./00. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4: We Are Looking Up at the Same Sky (Level 5) {2019.06.20} (¥5.980) - 150.721 / NEW <40-60%>
02./00. [PS4] Yakuza 5 (Sega) {2019.06.20} (¥3.990) - 21.047 / NEW <60-80%>
03./01. [NSW] Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.06.13} (¥6.100) - 14.565 / 56.795 <80-100%> (-66%)
04./02. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 8.342 / 3.130.339 <80-100%> (-17%)
05./03. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 7.071 / 822.890 <80-100%> (-15%)
06./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 6.758 / 2.340.681 <80-100%> (-13%)
07./06. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 4.795 / 1.342.962 <80-100%> (-14%)
08./05. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 4.702 / 1.558.174 <80-100%> (-22%)
09./07. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 4.479 / 3.093.638 <80-100%> (-12%)
10./08. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 4.044 / 638.709 <80-100%> (-7%)
11./10. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [Best Price] # (Capcom) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990) - 3.316 / 61.108 <80-100%> (-3%)
12./09. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 2.686 / 1.045.223 <80-100%> (-23%)
13./00. [PS4] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana [Super Price] (Nihon Falcom) {2019.06.20} (¥4.800) - 2.428 / NEW <40-60%>
14./11. [NSW] Yoshi's Crafted World (Nintendo) {2019.03.29} (¥5.980) - 2.303 / 150.864 <80-100%> (-26%)
15./00. [NSW] Summer Pockets (Prototype) {2019.06.20} (¥7.200) - 1.854 / NEW <40-60%>
16./15. [PS4] Days Gone (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.04.26} (¥6.900) - 1.573 / 181.474 <80-100%> (-31%)
17./17. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 1.510 / 1.978.617 <80-100%> (-11%)
18./16. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 1.505 / 344.161 <80-100%> (-16%)
19./23. [PS4] Battlefield V (Electronic Arts) {2018.11.20} (¥7.800) - 1.472 / 184.858 <80-100%> (+23%)
20./18. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 1.443 / 731.255 <80-100%> (-15%)
21./14. [PS4] Everybody's Golf VR |PlayStation VR| (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.06.07} (¥3.900) - 1.356 / 10.558 <60-80%> (-52%)
22./20. [NSW] Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.04.04} (¥6.800) - 1.322 / 123.963 <80-100%> (-14%)
23./19. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 1.279 / 2.484.360 <80-100%> (-21%)
24./13. [PS4] PlayStation VR Worlds |PlayStation VR| # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.10.13} (¥4.900) - 1.278 / 80.718 <80-100%> (-58%)
25./12. [PS4] Rage 2 (Bethesda Softworks) {2019.06.06} (¥7.980) - 1.277 / 16.513 <60-80%> (-59%)
26./25. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III # (Square Enix) {2019.01.25} (¥8.800) - 1.210 / 836.184 <80-100%> (+6%)
27./00. [PS4] Dead by Daylight (3goo) {2018.11.29} (¥5.600) - 1.163 / 40.885 <80-100%>
28./21. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit # (Nintendo) {2019.04.12} (¥7.980) - 1.023 / 63.509 <60-80%> (-17%)
29./26. [NSW] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix) {2019.04.11} (¥6.800) - 1.013 / 40.753 <80-100%> (-11%)
30./22. [NSW] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Square Enix) {2019.04.25} (¥5.800) - 1.005 / 39.012 <80-100%> (-17%)

Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble hits Japan on July 11th, 2019, new promo trailer released, preload option and English-supported demo available

Not so tiny after all!

Just like the rest of the world Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble has been confirmed for a July 11th, 2019 release in Japan. Those who think they might be interested in the game can try a demo (with English support!), which has also been added to the Japanese Switch eShop. If the demo convinces you to purchase, you might want to hop in on a preload now. Preloading will get you a special discounted price of 1,500 Yen, whereas the normal price will be 1,800 Yen.

Brace Yourself Games stops by Electric Playground to chat about developing Cadence of Hyrule

Insight from Brace Yourself Games

Vic hits the stage with Ryan Clark from Brace Yourself Games, the studio behind the awesome Crypt of the NecroDancer and its new Zelda-themed spin off Cadence of Hyrule!

IGN Video - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night PC vs. Switch Side-By-Side Comparison

Ahead of our more thorough breakdown after reports of poor performance on the Switch, here's a quick look at the PC and Switch versions of Bloodstained Ritual of the Night side-by-side.

IGN Videos - Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Gameplay, and 9 Tips for a Quicker Victory


Looking for some tips and tricks to make you a more fearsome opponent in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled? IGN has some pointers that should help set you down the patch to victory.

Nintendo talks Luigi growing as a character and doing his own thing, the number of floors in Luigi's Mansion 3, and Next Level Games asking about Luigi's Mansion 4

3 isn't out yet, and Next Level is thinking about 4!

Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe met up with the GameSpot gang for an interview about Luigi's Mansion 3, and some interesting tidbits were shared. Check out a few comments from the interview below.

On Luigi's Mansion 3 being a moment of decisive change for Luigi, making him more self-assured

That's a great observation because that is exactly the reason why we wanted to have the whole gang in there. He's going to rescue Mario. It's good.

On Luigi one day stealing the spotlight from Mario

I think Mario is a traditional hero type whereas Luigi is Luigi. We think that, regardless, he'll go in his own direction.

On the amount of floors in Luigi's Mansion 3

Right now there are 17 floors

On a desire to move onto new projects when a game is wrapped, rather than constantly update with new content

Even when I'm creating something I'm constantly thinking of the next thing. Even as we're wrapping up the development of Luigi Mansion 3, Next Level Games is like, what about [Luigi's Mansion 4]? What's going to come after a hotel?

Nintendo's Tezuka talks Super Mario Maker 2 - Fan creations, being inspired by fan courses, the challenge of adding new themes, and a desire to create an all-new Mario theme

Tezuka has a lot of plans!

Super Mario Maker 2 is less than 24 hours away from launching. Fans are chomping at the bit to go hands-on with the sequel and create some amazing courses. In an interview with Game Informer, Nintendo's Takashi Tezuka revealed one of the most impressive fan-made creations he saw in the original Super Mario Maker.

"There's actually somebody who made a calculator using Super Mario Maker. That was really surprising. I never imagined that would happen!"

Between Nintendo's own Mario games and fan-made courses in Super Mario Maker, there's no shortage of variety out there. What kind of stage does Tezuka enjoy the most?

"I'm actually a fan of simple courses. Courses, for example, where you have a bridge and cheep cheeps are jumping up one after the other, getting in your way. It was really easy to make."

Fans have obviously come up with content in Super Mario Maker that Nintendo never even dreamed of, and more will come in Super Mario Maker 2. Does Tezuka think that Nintendo's future Mario games might end up being influenced somehow by what fans have created in Super Mario Maker, and the upcoming sequel?

"I do think we've probably been influenced by the things we've seen people making in Super Mario Maker up to this point, but I don't know exactly what sort of concrete form that would take in the Mario games in years to come. With things like that, we'll put the game out, see the reaction from the fans, then make decisions about what we'll decide to include in games going forward."

Super Mario Maker 2 offers even more content for fans to build stages with, as well as the addition of new themes. That said, not all Mario games are represented in Super Mario Maker 2. Why hasn't Nintendo packed even more in there? Tezuka explains that doing so is no easy task.

"It's actually pretty difficult to create a whole new game style or course theme for the game; we have to make sure that when we do that, that they're compatible with the game and its controls. It was actually quite difficult from a technical perspective because with the Super Mario 3D World game style, for the first time we had to take a game that was originally in 3D and try to figure out how to adapt it to a 2D play style. After working on it for a while, we realized there were enough differences that we'd would need to separate it out from the rest of the game styles. Once we realized that, we were able to proceed with adding it."

With all the new content in Super Mario Maker 2, it's clear the team worked their butts off to make this sequel bigger and better in every way. How did the team manage to come up with ideas like the Story Mode, new items, and themes? Tezuka elaborates on the topic.

"It's important when making a development team to put together a team in such a way that it's going to get the best out of everyone who's a part of that team. If you can really get a team inspired or get everyone to be excited about the game they're working on, then you'll get people to contribute good ideas that aren't necessarily pertaining to their specific discipline, and that's really good. The Super Mario Maker 2 team is a good example of that."

Finally, Tezuka is once again asked about the potential for a Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) theme in Super Mario Maker 2, he would only state that he'd like to see it happen. He parlayed that answer into another idea for a theme in Super Mario Maker 2 by saying, "Some new kind of Mario might be good!"

Splatoon 2 Splatocalypse gear now available

Gear up

If you plan on taking part in the final Splatfest for Splatoon 2, you're going to want to dress up in some fancy gear for the send-off. Nintendo showcased Splatocalypse gear a couple weeks back, and now that gear is available in-game. All you have to do is head to the Switch news channel to get a message about the gear, which includes the following.

- Fierce Fishskull
- Jetflame Crest
- Eye of Justice
- Hivemind Antenna

Nintendo 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders - Q&A info summary (Switch momentum, eSports, third parties, & more)

Business is good

Nintendo has held their The 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which isn't usually the most exciting of events. We have a summary of all the tidbits discussed during the meeting, and while there's nothing new or shocking in here, it's still important to sift through. Have a look a the breakdown below.

- the Switch is doing well, especially with Smash Bros. Ultimate at 13.81m, Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee at 10.63m, Super Mario Party at 6.4m, and Mario Kart 8 DX at 7.47m
- including 3rd-parties, the Switch has 23 million-selling titles
- regarding 3rd-party AAA title investment, Nintendo is creating a development environment that makes it easy for third parties to invest
- Nintendo thinks that eSports are important, and want to have an appealing tournament business
- in order to keep the Switch business healthy, Nintendo will continue to offer appealing software and services
- the response to Switch's future lineup was good at E3 2019
- Nintendo Tokyo's store will sell software, hardware, and goods, in addition to making the most of the space for events
- a Pokemon Center will be in the same location, so the two buildings might collab with one another

Trials of Mana to offer multiple endings depend on your party

Tons of replay value

Square-Enix is going all-out on Trials of Mana, revamping all sorts of areas in the game. There's really a lot to offer, and some of that depends on who you choose to take with you on the journey. In an interview with Vooks, Square-Enix's Shinichi Tatsuke talks about how you arrive at the game's multiple endings.

First of all, the prologues for each of the six characters are completely different and the game also has multiple endings, depending on what combination of characters that you choose. But the story will also change, depending on that character combination.

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