Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes home 3 wins at the IGN Select Awards

Now these are the kinds of awards I think really matter. IGN Australia readers are what fuels the IGN Select Awards, as they vote for games in a number of categories. According to those readers, Zelda: Breath of the Wild was worthy of best audio, best game design, and game of the year for 2017. Those are some major wins for Nintendo!

Funko is apparently licensed to make Earthbound merch

Funko has put out an infographic showing the different brands and franchises they've obtained licenses for in order to create merch. Tucked away inside the massive infographic is the Earthbound logo. Now we haven't heard anything from Nintendo on this front, nor has Funko mentioned any specific plans on what they'll be doing with Earthbound. I guess we'll just have to sit back and wait to see what they're doing.

Nintendo considered letting players control the weather in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Ever been out and about in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and find yourself stimeyed by bad weather? You're just trying to climb up a sheer cliff and a store comes and you're forced to hold off until better weather. It might be a bit frustrating at times, but it helps make the game world feel like a living, breathing universe.

Believe it or not, there was a point during development of Breath of the Wild where the dev team considered giving control of the weather to players. This tidbit was shared by director Hidemaro Fujibayashi in an interview with Game Informer.

“Initially we did consider giving players control of the weather, but realized not being able to control it is much more fun. Controlling it wasn’t really fitting in this game. In Ocarina of Time, you were in places that were just sunny or raining. That was the way the players were able to control that. Adding in the weather control would have increased the number of variables in the world. It was more interesting to have Link against nature, not controlling it. That ended up being more natural and fun.”

Platinum devs release Bayonetta 1 and 2 special/concept art to celebrate the game's launch on Switch

Bayonetta 1 and 2 are now available on Switch, and Platinum Games is celebrating with some fun content on Twitter. In the tweets above, you can check out a special illustration created by Mari Shimazaki, a character designer at Platinum, as well as concept art shared by Platinum dev Yusuke Kan:

Bayonetta 2 (Switch) - New Smash Bros & Bayonetta 3 Easter Eggs Revealed by Scanning amiibo

Rodin has a special message every time you scan an amiibo in Bayonetta 2 for the Switch! While some of these may be old others reference the new stuff Bayonetta has been up to since the initial release on Wii U.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild - How to make sauteed nuts in real life

It's not exactly easy to come by Bokoblin meat or Chuchu Jelly here in the real world, but we can definitely find nuts! The video above gives you a quick and easy recipe to enjoy sauteed nuts similar to what Link is enjoying on his adventure. It might be the perfect snack to boost you throughout the day!

My Nintendo (Europe/North America) - new rewards for February 16, 2018

North America
[3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Colorful Pattern (Nintendo 3DS Theme): 20 (available until April 1st)

[3DS] 30% Discount on Nintendo Selects: Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo eShop): 200 (available until May 1st)
[3DS] 40% Discount on Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (Nintendo eShop): 350 (available until May 1st)
[3DS] 30% Discount on Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo eShop): 400 (available until May 1st)
[3DS] 40% Discount on Adventure Island II (Virtual Console): 20 (available until May 1st)
[Wii U] 30% Discount on Nintendo Selects: Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo eShop): 250 (available until May 1st)
[Wii U] 30% Discount on Yoshi’s Story (Virtual Console): 100 (available until May 1st)
[Wii U] 40% Discount on Yoshi Touch & Go (Virtual Console): 30 (available until May 1st)
[Wii U / 3DS] 40% Discount on Metroid (Virtual Console): 20 (available until May 1st)
[Wii U / 3DS] 40% Discount on The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Virtual Console): 35 (available until May 1st)

Platinum's Hideki Kamiya already has concepts for Bayonetta 4

Bayonetta 3 is a lock for the Switch. We don't know when it's going to come out, but one would hope either late this year or early next. You might think this would have everyone at Platinum Games 100% focused on the third entry, but not Hideki Kamiya. While he's super busy, he still has time to come up with concepts for a 4th entry in the Bayonetta series. He doesn't come out and say that it'll officially happen, but it's clear he has some thoughts laid out if another entry were to happen.

Japan - eShop charts for Feb. 8th to 14th, 2018

Nintendo eShop – Nintendo Switch

01./01. – Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Mojang) [12.5.2017]
02./New – Omori Bike Rider DX (Spicysoft) [08.2.2018]
03./11. – Overcooked: Special Edition (Team17) [12.10.2017]
04./09. – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017]
05./06. – Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017]
06./04. – Stardew Valley (Chucklefish) [12.1.2018]
07./03. – Guns, Gore, and Cannoli (Flyhigh Works) [01.2.2018]
08./08. – Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
09./05. – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
10./10. – Arcade Archives VS. Super Mario Bros. (Hamster) [22.12.2017]

Nintendo eShop – Nintendo 3DS

01./01. – Pokémon Crystal Version (Nintendo) [26.1.2018]
02./02. – BattleminerZ (Wobbly Tooth) [17.1.2018]
03./03. – Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Microsoft Japan) [14.9.2017]
04./04. – The Battle Cats POP (Ponos) [31.5.2015]
05./07. – Dragon Quest III (Square-Enix) [24.8.2017]
06./05. – Pokémon Silver (The Pokémon Company) [22.9.2017]
07./06. – Pokémon Gold (The Pokémon Company) [22.9.2017]
08./08. – Bike Rider DX (Spicysoft) [26.12.2012]
09./00. – Bike Rider: Atsumete! Choujuu Hunter (Spicysoft) [24.2.2016]
10./10. – Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth) [05.4.2017]

Nintendo eShop – Wii U

01./03. – Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft) [17.12.2015]
02./01. – Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes (Teyon Japan) [09.8.2017]
03./02. – Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! / Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [05.8.2015]
04./05. – Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [08.4.2015]
05./04. – Super Mario World (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [27.4.2013]
06./07. – Earthbound (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [27.4.2013]
07./09. – Bomberman ’94 (Konami, Virtual Console) [19.11.2014]
08./08. – Splatoon (Nintendo) [28.5.2015]
09./06. – Kirby Super Star (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [01.5.2013]
10./00. – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo) [06.12.2014]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Mastering the "bow spin" technique

The "bow spin" technique has been known for awhile, but the above video gives a very detailed look at how to do it, and why it can be so useful. Time to fire up Zelda yet again and explore the world with this overpowered move!