Welcome to the daily Wiretap! Each day the team here at Nintendo Wire works tirelessly to bring you the best, most relevant late-breaking Nintendo news this side of the Mushroom Kingdom. To help make ingesting all these meaty stories easier than Kirby hopped up on Miracle Fruit, we’ve compiled a handy list of noteworthy announcements and general industry happenings regarding the Big N in the last 24 hours. Without further adieu, here’s a few things we’ve picked up over the wire for today:
FAMITSU GIVES BREATH OF THE WILD A PERFECT SCORE
We’re just days away from Link’s grand ‘open air’ adventure through the majestic lands of Hyrule. With reviews slowly starting to trickle in all week long, Japanese juggernaut Famitsu joined in on the fun, giving Breath of the Wild a perfect 40/40. This marks the 24th game ever to receive a top honors from the long-running publication.
FAMITSU’S HISTORY OF ZELDA SCORES MAY SURPRISE YOU
Curious how Famitsu’s Breath of the Wild score stacks up among other Zelda titles? We’ve compiled a full list of every score given to Nintendo’s flagship franchise by the legendary publication. Who knows, you might even find yourself surprised by a few… *ahem… odd standouts. *cough* Phantom Hourglass *cough*
NINTENDO UPLOADS NEW VIDEO SHOWING OFF SWITCH ESHOP
Don’t get caught with your pants down this weekend trying to figure out the many nuances and intricacies of navigating the Nintendo eShop on the Switch. Check out this nifty news and eShop tutorial video by Nintendo, ensuring all you digital future embracers can jump right into the thick of Link’s re-awakening this Friday without wasting valuable time.
ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II: THE FINAL CHALLENGERS GETS A RELEASE DATE
Those of you impatiently hurricane kicking your neighbor’s Prius in anticipation of Street Fighter II’s return to the Big N got some fantastic news today. As confirmed by Street Fighter’s official Twitter account, the rebooted 25+ year old game is set to release in just a few months on May 26th! Unfortunately, E. Honda wasn’t available to hundred hand slap twenty bucks off that $39.99 price tag…
OUR ZELDA LOOK-BACK SERIES CONCLUDES WITH A LOVING LINK BETWEEN WORLDS RETROSPECTIVE
Our month-long journey and loving retrospective into the Zelda franchise comes to an end today. Take a trip back to the past as we reminisce over A Link Between Worlds’ nonlinear structure and how it undoubtedly served a catalyst for Breath of the Wild’s new direction on free roaming exploration.
NEUTOPIA AND DUNGEON EXPLORER STRIKE WII U VIRTUAL CONSOLES TOMORROW
Its pulse may be weak, but that doesn’t mean the Wii U’s ready to call it quits. Two TurboGrafx-16 titles found their way to the clingy console’s digital library. Personally, we’re more shocked at Konami’s recent rise from the grave than the Wii U’s reluctance for retirement.
NINTENDO EXPRESSES DESIRE FOR DEVELOPERS TO CREATE GAMES FOR SWITCH USING UNREAL ENGINE 4
It’s no surprise that the Wii U struggled with third party support all throughout its relatively short four year lifespan. In an effort to keep history from repeating itself, Reggie Fils-Aimé iterated today how easy a platform the Switch is to develop for thanks to the Unreal Engine during a surprise appearance at the Game Developer’s Conference.
SHOVEL KNIGHT: TREASURE TROVE RECEIVES NEW AMIIBO FUNCTIONALITY
Nintendo Wire’s all time favorite amiibo just got a little more special today, as Yacht Club games announced new features for the blue borrower’s Switch debut. Exact shovel justice on your enemies with the game’s new Navi-esque companion, the Fairy of Shovelry, who can annoy baddies, unearth buried treasure, and genuinely keep you company because that’s what best buds are for.
BREATH OF THE WILD CRASHES GDC WITH DEVELOPMENT IDEOLOGY AND WEIRD EARLY CONCEPTS
Did you know that in just two days time, we very well could have been saving Hyrule from evil space aliens as hot-headed biker Link and his ragtag gang of Flaming Skulltulas? That and many more interesting developer stories and early concepts were shared during a GDC panel hosted by Nintendo today.
FIRST POKÉMON: I CHOOSE YOU TRAILER DROPS
Finally, a new trailer for the latest Pokémon movie tickled our nostalgic funnybones harder than a Tangela’s tentacles. Dubbed Pokémon: I Choose You, the film will recount the early escapades of Ash and Pikachu, cementing the unwavering bond between them while simultaneously draining our nostalgia fueled wallets.
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