Early this morning, Nintendo released its earnings report for the last financial year, which covers the entire lifetime of the Switch and every game released on it. As such, the company has provided numbers for their games, which includes a few surprises.

Note that in the context of this article, selling is shorthand for a combination of shipping to retailers and digital sales, as most companies consider a copy shipped to retailers as one sold from them to the retailer.

Worldwide, the best selling title on the Nintendo Switch has been Super Mario Odyssey, selling just over ten million copies since its release last October. To put this into context of other Mario games, Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii, the current best-selling 3D Mario title, sold 12.75 million copies as of last year.

The next best selling Switch game was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, coming in at over nine million units sold. In combination with the Wii U version of the game, that puts Mario Kart 8 at about 17 million copies. It also makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe one of the most successful remasters of all time, second to Grand Theft Auto V.

Following up is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which sits at 8.48 million on Switch and 1.5 million on the Wii U, combining to make the game the best selling Zelda of all time. The Switch version alone has outsold both versions of Twilight Princess across the Wii and Gamecube, though Twilight Princess narrowly comes out on top if you include the Wii U remaster. Ocarina of Time similarly sells more than all of them when adding in Ocarina of Time 3D on the 3DS.

Fire Emblem Warriors has sold a million copies worldwide, quietly becoming one of the best selling Warriors games over time. Arms has sold nearly two million copies, making the game a surprising success. Xenoblade 2 has sold 1.31 million copies since its release in December, marking it as the best selling “Xeno” game, including Xenogears, any of the individual Xenosaga games, or Nintendo’s two previous Xenoblade titles.

Splatoon 2 has also beaten the first game’s sales, with Splatoon 2 selling six million and the original topping out at just under five million.

The Switch itself has sold 17 million units since its release in in March 2017, above Nintendo’s at one time incredibly lofty prediction of fifteen million units sold in the first year. Nintendo predicts that the next fiscal year, which runs from April 1 2018 to March 31 2019, will sell 20 million Switch units and 100 million units of software.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
Twenty million units this year is a lot, but I also scoffed at fifteen last year and they beat that handily. With a new Super Smash Bros. game coming this year and almost assuredly a new Pokemon title, Nintendo is likely confident that Switch sales will be spurred on by new software.

In 1962, some of Marvel’s most talented creators decided to take a big risk with a new character who was unlike anything the world had seen before. As we head towards the end of our exclusive Spider-Man coverage, Executive Creative Director of Marvel Games Bill Rosemann joins us for a look back at Spidey’s first appearance, and how it changed superhero stories forever.

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To see our entire month of Spider-Man coverage, click the banner below and bookmark our hub. Tomorrow we’re posting our final feature for the month, an interview with Creative Director Brian Intihar answering lingering questions about the game. So check back to learn more about Insomniac’s Spider-Man for PS4!

Created by Dave Filoni of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, the new Star Wars Resistance is set to fly onto screens this fall, when it will premiere on the Disney Channel, and afterward on Disney XD. 

The series focuses on a pilot named Kazuda Xiono, a pilot working for the Resistance as it seeks to learn more information about the First Order. In addition to its lead character, the series also promises the appearance of BB-8, along with Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (voiced by Gwendoline Christie). 

In a quote about the upcoming series, Filoni offered some insight into what we can expect. 

The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots. My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time.

The announcement of Resistance comes just weeks before the cinematic release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. 

[Source: Star Wars official site]

Fortnite players are obsessed with a comet that recently appeared in the game world. This somewhat ominous-looking space rock has generated theories galore. Some players believe it could be an alien mothership; others are convinced it will be a new supply drop that delivers even more powerful weapons. With new comet watching signs appearing on a rooftop in Titled Towers, it appears Fortnite’s developer Epic Games is gearing up to deliver answers to fans.

That possibility was heightened again today with the release of a teaser image for Battle Royale’s fourth season. The stylistic image may have nothing to do with the comet in the end, but it certainly delivers the impression of something crashing into the ground at great velocity. We may not have long to wait, as Battle Royale’s third season concludes in just four days.

Do you think there’s any significance to the comet? If so, what do you think it may bring to the game?

 

Our Take
I have a theory of my own: The comet won’t crash on the map we know and love, and instead will touchdown on another part of the world that, you guessed it, delivers another map for both Battle Royale and Save the World modes. I’m probably wrong, but that’s what I want the most from the game. Wishful thinking…

Laser League Coming In May

Roll7 has announced that its fast-paced, action multiplayer title Laser League is hitting PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 10.

The game features teams competing on an ever-changing pitch of deadly light patterns as they try and control various nodes. It’s simple in nature, but addictive and strategic in the way it blends its modes, player classes, power-ups, and modifiers across a variety of maps.

The Steam version is launching with extras including seven extra maps, two stadiums, six class modifiers, and two new power-ups.

The developer has also announced that the NewMotion Brand DLC (including the extra Steam content, two new player models, eight kits, exclusive laser patterns, emojis, and character portraits) is coming to consoles later in May for $1.99.

Laser League is part of the Xbox Game Pass program in May (and therefore free for its members), while PS+ members can pre-order the title and get a PS4 theme as well as 20-percent off.

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[Source: Roll7] 

Tatsumi Kimishima found himself the CEO of one of the biggest gaming companies in the world after Satoru Iwata passed away in 2015. He guided the company through the launch of its portable powerhouse, the Nintendo Switch, but today Kimishima announced he’s stepping down from the position. Nintendo has named Shuntaro Furukawa as his successor.

Currently a board member for both Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, Furukawa has been a part of Nintendo since 1994. During that span he has held several positions in the company, including managing executive officer, supervisor of corporate analysis & administration, and director. 

Kimishima isn’t retiring from Nintendo, but simply taking on a smaller role as an adviser to Furukawa. He says he’s been eying Furukawa for years as his replacement, praising the younger executive’s knack for diplomacy and financial adroitness.

Nintendo also announced the departure of Nintendo Europe’s president, Satoru Shibata, so he can take on a more international role in the company. In addition, Yoshiaki Koizumi and Takashi Tezuka have joined the board of directors. Koizumi’s appointment is notable, given that he played a key role in developing the Switch, serving as the console’s general producer.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

Our Take
Personnel changes at Nintendo are always an interesting event, with this year’s focus on putting those who helped plan the Switch’s marketing at the forefront of the company both sensible and a portent of things to come.

Despite there being no real structure for Fortnite as an esport, Team Secret of Dota 2 fame has announced they have put together a team for the game, including a player still in middle school.

Team Secret CEO John Yao has been looking toward a future for Fortnite esports organized by Epic and wanted to get in on the ground floor of the best players. “Our guess is that Epic Games is also going to announce something and get behind the esports scene,” Yao told ESPN. “And so, before everybody else jumps in and all the good players get signed up, we wanted to make a preemptive strike.”

Yao ended up picking players from Norway, the UK, and Latvia. The UK-based player, Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson, was discovered afterwards to be a little younger than Yao thought.

“I actually had no idea he was 13 until the team told me,” Yao said. “Because when we looked at some of the videos and we looked at their game play, it was not apparent. What immediately stood out to me was how mature he was, and he sounded just like one of the other guys.”

Mongraal started playing games with Call of Duty when he was nine years old and got into Fortnite relatively recently, but has been an ace at it, even if he needed his parents’ consent to sign on.

While Team Secret waits for an official Fortnite League to spring up, they’ll be taking on all comers and entering any informal tournaments that might pop up.

[Source: ESPN]

 

Our Take
It’s a wild world when kids get on esports teams, but if they’ve got the skills, it’s also a super cool thing to see them up there. I hope this ends up being entertaining in all the right ways.

Your phone is now a portal to the wizarding world of Harry Potter for a game that takes place prior to the book and movie series.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery comes from the creators of games like Avengers Academy and Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. Hogwarts Mystery takes place in the 1980s, well before the titular Harry Potter first came to the school. Players create their own wizards instead to solve the mystery of what’s happening at Hogwarts.

Check out the trailer for the game below.

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The game is a free to play title and has a lot of voices from the movies, including Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey),Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch).

You can go ahead and download the title now for either iOS or Android. Hogwarts Mystery is one of two Harry Potter mobile games announced, the other being from Pokemon GO creators Niantic that is intended to release later this year.

Nintendo has been quietly cranking away on Splatoon 2 content since the game’s big 2.0 update, culminating in another big update out now.

The new update includes over one hundred pieces of gear new to Splatoon 2 (either completely new or returning to the game from the first Splatoon), new music, a new rank, and more.

The new rank, called X rank, is the highest attainable goal in Splatoon 2 Ranked Battle multiplayer. Players who are currently Rank S+10 will automatically move up to Rank X, which is essentially its own league of multiplayer. Every month, players who are Rank X compete for what Nintendo calls an X Power Level. The five hundred players with the highest power levels will be honored on Nintendo’s SplatNet app every month until it resets the following month. 

If you’re X Rank but don’t hit the monthly threshold for power level, you get bumped down to S+9 during the monthly reset, so you can’t rest on your laurels.

Camp Triggerfish makes its return to the series, as well, entering as one the new ranked stages. New music will also be introduced from in-game chiptune band Chirpy Chips.

Finally, Callie returns to the game as a friend instead of an enemy, appearing at Tentakeel Outpost after players beat the single player campaign. She’s…kind of remorseful about what happened. After she takes her place next to Marie, Callie will offer you recent multiplayer stats for your character.

Nintendo has announced a major paid DLC expansion to Splatoon 2 later this year titled Octo Expansion, but has not given a date yet. Last month, we talked to Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami about Inkopolis food, Biggie and Tupac, and more.

 

Our Take
Nintendo is really out there supporting Splatoon 2 with a lot of DLC. Considering how well it sold and is still selling, I expect the DLC tail on this game will last a lot longer than the first game’s, which was a major success in its own right.

Waiting is something that A Song of Ice and Fire fans are probably pretty used to by now, so hopefully people won’t be too disappointed or shocked at the news that The Winds of Winter has been confirmed to come in 2019 at the earliest.

Martin confirmed the news on his blog today, couched in an exhaustive description of his other current project, Fire & Blood. That book, which Martin insists is very much not a novel, has a publishing date of November 20. This means, as most had already assumed, the Game of Thrones TV show is very likely to finish filming before the final source material releases.

The Winds of Winter will be the first installment of the series in about eight years with the first book having been released in 1996.

[Source: George R. R. Martin Blog via The Hollywood Reporter]