New Year’s Day News Update with Breath of the Wild voted game of the year, Mercenaries Saga Chronicles announced plus more!
● The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won the first annual Japanese Nintendo Game of the Year (as voted for by the readers — the previous games of the year were voted for by myself and were Tomodachi Life, Gotta Protectors, Fire Emblem if and Monster Hunter Stories). View the full top ten here.
● ICYMI: Circle Entertainment announced Mercenaries Saga Chronicles for the Nintendo Switch eShop containing all three RPG’s. The developer’s Rideon Japan as good as confirmed a Japanese release (which was always pretty obvious).
● Splatoon 2 will add the Octobrush Nouveau (Hokusai Hyuu in Japanese) with Squid Beakon as Sub and Tenta Missiles as Special at 11:00 JST tomorrow (tonight in North America).
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp players today received 20 free Leaf Tickets in their Mailbox from Isabelle, a new set of Log-In Bonuses and some New Year’s Party Packs on sale.
● Fire Emblem Heroes added a a 5★ summoning focus with the Special Heroes Azura, Takumi and Camilla in traditional New Year’s garb plus a three-part event today detailed here.
● Miitomo saw the return of both “Happy New Year! New Year Fashion” Miitomo Drop stages with a number of items including Kimonos, Wigs and even a Daruma Costume pictured here, free Golden Peacock Feathers and New Year’s Fireworks Wallpaper plus some New Year’s Miitomo Shop items all pictured here.
● Super Mario Run added a New Year’s event running until 4 January where the appearance rate of 6★ items such as Gold Daisy, Running Mario, Luigi and Goomba Statues have all been increased.
● Ratalaika Games tweeted yesterday: “We’ll have some sweet #NintendoSwitch announcements for 1st weeks of January once we’re back from the Christmas holiday break :D”
● COMG! rankings saw another great week for Nintendo with Splatoon 2 at 125, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 94, Mario Party 100: Mini Game Collection at 94, Pokémon Ultra Sun Moon at 86, Super Mario Odyssey at 70, Yokai Watch Busters 2 at 64 and 1–2-Switch at 55.
● My Nintendo today added two free wallpapers (sizes for PC, smartphone and tablet). Both are New Year’s Mario designs with both ‘2018’ and ‘8bit’. See pictures for both here.
● And Kinopio-kun (pictured above) updated the official Nintendo LINE account with a number of hanafuda cards, a picture wearing a dog outfit (here) and January calendar month smartphone wallpaper (here).
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