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.


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)


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)

Nintendo tweets about a new update for Splatoon 2, then deletes it

A premature tweet

One way or another, someone at Nintendo made a bit of a goof. The Nintendo Versus Twitter account shared a tweet earlier today about an update coming to Splatoon 2 that would offer up "minor adjustments to a variety of weapons." That tweet was then deleted soon thereafter.

We heard awhile back that an update was coming to Splatoon 2 in April, and it seems this tweet was related to that. As to why the tweet was deleted, it's likely the information was sent out earlier than expected. Whatever the case, don't expect this Splatoon 2 update to be anything other than weapon tweaks, as Nintendo has said the game is content-complete as far as updates go.

IGN Video - The First 15 Minutes of The Complex

'The Complex' from Wales Interactive is a FMV game about a viral outbreak, so, you know, ripped from the headlines and all that. This game looks about as good as that Black Mirror episode everyone was so hot about, but might even look a bit better? I was really impressed by how well shot and acted this game (or interactive movie, depending on who you ask) is, and I thought y'all might like to see how it opens for yourself if you're on the fence about trying it.

Can Androids Pray: Blue - more gameplay

Can Androids Pray: Blue on Nintendo Switch is the definitive edition of the critically-acclaimed 3D narrative game about two angry femme mech pilots at the end of the world, and God.

Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass gets a Famitsu print ad

Nintendo and Pokemon Co. want to make sure everyone knows about Pokemon Sword and Shield's expansion pass, including those who get their gaming information from print media. That's why they've taken out a full-page ad in the latest issue of Famitsu to promote the paid content. We also get a peek at the download card for the expansion pass in Japan, which is pretty snazzy looking!

Unwind with these relaxing games

Kick back

We know life can sometimes be stressful. If you’d like to take a break, consider these relaxing games—they’re free of pressure and full of fun!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize in the Animal Crossing™: New Horizons game.

Stardew Valley:

Create the farm of your dreams in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you can raise animals, go fishing, craft items, or tend to crops—The choice is yours! Take advantage of those sunny days by turning your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker:

Captain Toad must dodge dangers and track treasures across many trap-filled courses. Explore each puzzling course for treasure, like hidden Super Gems and Power Stars. As you reclaim the treasure stolen by the monstrous, greedy bird, Wingo, you’ll eventually be able to play as Toadette!


Immerse yourself in a vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life. Perform fluid acrobatics as the Diver, using graceful swimming controls. Discover hundreds of unique species based on real creatures and form a powerful connection with the abundant sea life.

Donut County:

Raccoons have taken over Donut County with remote-controlled trash-stealing holes. You play as BK, a hole-driving raccoon who swallows up his friends and their homes to earn silly prizes. Meet cute characters, steal their trash, and throw them in a hole.

Katamari Domacy REROLL:

When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, his pint-sized princely son, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above. Join the King and Prince of Cosmos on their wacky adventure to restore the stars.


Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Players will explore a meticulous designed world—free of danger, frustrations, or death—brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation, and an elegant original score.

Golf Story:

Play the story of a golfer who is forced to give up all that he holds dear for one last shot at accomplishing his dreams. But all is not so simple in the world of golf. To best today's players, you have to be able to keep up with them both on and off the course.

Untitled Goose Game:

It's a lovely day in the village, and you are a horrible goose. Make your way around town, from peoples' back gardens to the village green, setting up pranks, stealing hats, honking a lot, and generally ruining everyone’s day.

Yoshi's Crafted World:

Jump into a Yoshi adventure in a world made of everyday objects—like boxes and paper cups! As Yoshi, you’ll leap up high, gulp down enemies, and set out on a treasure hunt to find all the different collectables.

Your Guide to Nintendo Switch Game Night

Start your game night tonight!

If you’re looking for new ways to have fun at home, our handy Nintendo Switch™ Game Night kit is here to help.

To get your party started, print out the leaderboard to help you keep track of the competition and be sure to put together this printable papercraft trophy to award to the deserving Champion.

You can come up with all kinds of ways to score points in your favorite games, but here’s some inspiration:

Super Smash Bros.TM Ultimate: For every KO you make, receive a point.

Luigi’s MansionTM 3: Play Ghost Hunt in ScreamPark. The player identified as the best gets a point.

Mario KartTM 8 Deluxe: Three points to every 1st-place finish, two points for second-place, one point for third-place.

Super Mario PartyTM: Award a point for every mini-game won. For ties, award one point to each player. For 2v2 mini-games, award one point to each member of the winning team.

Super Mario MakerTM 2: Whoever reaches the goal in a course first receives one point.

Good luck and have fun!

IGN Video - 16 Things We Loved and Didn't About Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Whether yo're fishing to find that once thought extinct fish or just bathing in the sun on the beach, there are so many things to love about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Unfortunately all the game's greatness comes at a cost of with its fair share of annoyances. From the convoluted theatrics of trying to fly somewhere or its messy menus, here's all the things we love and hate about the game.

IGN Video - The First 15 Minutes of West of Dead (Beta)

West of Dead from Upstream Arcade is a fun, sorta dark, isometric cover shooter with a weirdly satanic-western vibe. I played the beta with a dual stick controller (as recommended by the developer) and it wasn't long before I started to really get a feel for the flow of the combat, which has you dual wielding guns and combat accessories, clearing procedurally-generated rooms filled with ranged and melee enemies. Plus: the main character is voiced by Ron Perlman!

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.


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