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:

THE NINTENDO SWITCH LAUNCH SHATTERS SALES RECORDS

NPD shared some intriguing insights regarding the Nintendo Switch’s record-breaking launch. With over 900,000 units sold in its first month and 100%+ attachment rate for Breath of the Wild, the hybrid console now sits pretty as the second most successful hardware launch in history since 1995.

Read more: NPD stats show record-breaking Switch launch

MARIO KART THEMING RACES THROUGH TARGET STORES ACROSS AMERICA

Who says shopping for underwear can’t be fun? Starting today, Nintendo is teaming up with Target to offer guests a bit of Mario Kart theming in its stores across the country. From souped-up shopping karts to Lakitu plastered entryways, check out all the tiny tweaks being made by the clever retailer nationwide to hype Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Switch debut next week.

Read more: Mario Kart theming comes to Target stores across the country

SPLATOON MANGA SERIES GETTING INKED IN THE WEST

Japanese-American entertainment company VIZ Media announced on Twitter that the Splatoon manga series, originally released in Japan, will be making its way overseas in late 2017.

Read more: Splatoon manga series is getting localized

WATCH NINTENDO WIRE’S PUYO PUYO TETRIS BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY

Ricky Berg and Amiibo Jason go head-to-head in the Nintendo Switch version of Puyo Puyo Tetris! Check out 14 glorious minutes of online multiplayer mayhem to see which NW team member has the best organizational skills.

Watch here: Puyo Puyo Tetris | 14 Minutes of Online Gameplay (Nintendo Switch)

KONAMI DROPS A NOSTALGIA BOMB ON SUPER BOMBERMAN R

Konami’s digging deep into its backlog of historic franchises for Super Bomberman R’s next big update. At some point in the future the game will be patched with characters based on Castlevania’s Simon Belmont, Gradius’ Vic Viper and Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head.

Read more: Super Bomberman R getting characters based on Castlevania, Gradius and Silent Hill

THE MANY FRESH FEATURES OF SPLATOON 2 AMIIBO

The Squid Research Lab pulled back the curtain to provide a look at some of splatastic sequel’s figure related features, highlighting just how social Inklings can be. Not only does tapping the fresh figures store a set of gear, but also brings your creations into the game’s hub for some snazzy photo ops.

Read more: New Splatoon 2 amiibo info surfaces, shows off some fresh looks

ALL ABOARD FOR NEW DREAM LAND TRAIN KIRBY MERCHANDISE

Japan’s latest batch of Kirby merch expands on the existing Dream Land Train collection, with new items such as headphones, sketchbooks, keychains and an adorable, tourist Bandana Dee plush. Take a tour through all of Planet Popstar’s finest with the pink puffball obsessed Ricky Berg.

Read more: All aboard for new Dream Land Train Kirby merchandise coming to Japan

MIN MIN’S FEET OF FURY FEATURED IN NEW ARMS ART

The official Japanese ARMS Twitter page uploaded some new art and very cool GIF of the game’s newest fighter: Min Min. Can I just say, the “ramen bomber” is probably now my favorite nickname for a character since Queen Slug-for-a-Butt.

Read more: New ARMS art showcases the lovable Min Min

A GUIDE TO UNLOCKING MARIO KART 8 DELUXE’S GOLD PAINTED PLUMBER

GameXplain released a video detailing how to unlock Mario’s gold dipped counterpart. Needless to say, keep away from the video below if you consider the specifics spoiler territory.

Watch here: Unlock Gold Mario in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

WHO NEEDS POKÉ BALLS WHEN YOU’VE GOT SNOW GLOBES

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon anime, Pokéshopper tweeted out an octuple threat of beautiful pocket monster themed snow globes to collect. Featuring classic Kanto starters and Eevee evolutions, the wallets of Pokéfanatics who’ve just gotta catch ‘em all don’t stand a chance.

Read more: Pokémon snow globes announced for anime 20th anniversary

NEW FIRE EMBLEM ECHOES 3DS THEMES STRIKE JAPANESE SYSTEMS

A new pair of Fire Emblem Echoes themes hit the Japanese eShop featuring the game’s two main protagonists: Alm and Celica. Here’s hoping North America can enjoy similar spoils when the game launches late next month.

Read more: New themes hit the Japanese eShop for Fire Emblem Echoes release

 
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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