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 ado, here’s a few things we’ve picked up over the wire for today:

BOTH SWITCH AND BREATH OF THE WILD CRUSH SALES EXPECTATIONS

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed some exciting sales tidbits for both the Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild. Not only did the fledgling portable console exceed first two-day sales in the Americas for any Nintendo system, but Zelda now holds the honor of best-selling standalone launch title (excluding bundled software) in Nintendo history.

Read more: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s best selling standalone launch game

LOCATIONS FOR ALL FOUR GREAT FAIRIES IN BREATH OF THE WILD

We here at Nintendo Wire understand the importance tuning up Link’s armor has in surviving the harsh wildlands of Guardian infested Hyrule. That’s why we put together this nifty guide detailing the locations of all four Great Fairy Fountains! Obvious spoilers are obvious, so keep away if you’re dead set on exploring the game without any guidance.

Read more: Guide: Locate and utilize all four Great Fairies in Breath of the Wild

FIRE EMBLEM HEROES BEGINS ITS FIRST VOTING GAUNTLET

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Ever wondered what that final tab in the Battle section was reserved for? Ponder no longer as the game’s very first Voting Gauntlet has arrived! Part popularity contest, players compete in bracketed tournaments to push their favorite princes or princesses army to victory! Although, who are we kidding? Chrom will probably win regardless of your skills as a tactician.

Read more: Fire Emblem Heroes begins its Prince versus Princess Voting Gauntlet

SHANTAE’S HARD CORE MODE DELAYED ON WII U

Originally scheduled for release alongside other gaming platforms yesterday, Shantae won’t be sashaying through the bowels of hell on the Wii U until Thursday, March 9th. Luckily, an eight minute video of the anxiety-inducing mode is here to keep your blood pressure boiling at fever pitch while you wait.

Read more: Footage of the new Hard Core Mode in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

SHAKEDOWN HAWAII SHOOTS FOR A 2017 RELEASE ON 3DS

Those worried about VBlank Entertainment’s followup to Retro City Rampage ditching Nintendo’s other portable system can put down their pitchforks and flamethrowers. Despite the game’s April release on the Switch, a 3DS version is still in development and is set to release sometime later this year.

Read more: Shakedown Hawaii aiming for a 2017 release on 3DS, with 60fps gameplay

FIRE EMBLEM ECHOES TEASER SITE GOES LIVE

Your daily dose of Fire Emblem Heroes not quite giving you the same rush as it did at launch? Good thing there’s a new 3DS entry in the franchise plotting to invade 3DS systems this summer. While you sit there diligently sharpening your swords in anticipation, check out Nintendo’s teaser site for a ton of new screenshots and a general story synopsis.

Read more: Get a sneak peek of the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia site

AZURE STRIKER GUNVOLT 2 DLC DASHES IN THIS THURSDAY

Gunvolt 2, the Mega Man Zero inspired action-platformer and endless envy of Capcom, is getting a heap of new content this week. New songs, missions and game modes strike your wallets starting at just a dollar a pop. If you haven’t played this amazing sequel already, we here at Nintendo Wire absolutely recommend it to anyone seeking a fast paced, side-scrolling good time.

Read more: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 DLC coming this Thursday

GORGEOUS BREATH OF THE WILD CONCEPT ART EMERGES

Breathtaking concept art from Breath of the Wild’s official strategy guide has found its way online. Take a moment to pour over some of the finer details you may have missed while surviving the wildlands of Hyrule.

Read more: New Breath of the Wild concept art shows off its cast beautifully

 
That’s all for today! For all your future Nintendo news, stay plugged in to Nintendo Wire.

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When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.

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