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According to The Wall Street Journal, when asked if there will be a mini SNES like the NES Classic,

According to The Wall Street Journal, when asked if there will be a mini SNES like the NES Classic, According to The Wall Street Journal, when asked if there will be a mini SNES like the NES Classic, Nintendo top brass said there was nothing to talk about now.  READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fire Emblem Echoes Was The Biggest Selling Game In Japan Last Week

And Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia wasn’t even out for a full week! Yet, it dominates the country’s sales charts, selling 131,668 copies. Advertisement According to 4Gamer (via Media Create), here are the top ten sellers for the week of April 17 to April 23). 10. Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) Launch: March 30 April 17 to April 23 sales: 7,007 copies Life-to-date sales: 68,886 9. Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker (Switch) Launch: April 20 April 17 to April 23 sales: 7,447 Life-to-date sales: 7,447 8. PaRappa the Rapper (PS4) Launch: April 20 April 17 to April 23 sales: 7,649 Life-to-date sales: 7,649 7. 1-2-Switch (Switch) Launch: March 3 April 17 to April 23 sales: 9,790 Life-to-date sales: 186,158 6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) Launch: March 3 April 17 to April 23 sales: 20,364 Life-to-date sales: 395,655 5. Monster Hunter XX (3DS) Launch: March 18 April 17 to April 23 sales: 27,283 Life-to-date sales: 1,393,376 4. Dungeon Travelers 2-2 (Vita) Launch: April 20 April 17 to April 23 sales: 27,381 Life-to-date sales: 27,381 3. Dark READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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People Want To See Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Stands 

We’ve already seen a trailer for the live-action Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure movie. We’ve seen the outfits. We know what they look like. But what people really want to see are the Stands. Advertisement What is a Stand? Here’s the Jojo Wikia: The Stand (スタンド Sutando?) is a supernatural power unique to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. A Stand is an entity psychically generated by its proprietor, generally referred to as a Stand User (スタンド使い Sutando Tsukai). It is viewed as a physical manifestation of the User’s fighting spirit. A Stand generally presents itself as a figure hovering near the user and possesses abilities beyond that of an ordinary human, which, depending on the Stand User, can be wielded for good or for evil. Like this: They are a key part of Jojo lore. Yet, in the trailer, there aren’t any Stands. See? No Stands! What we do see is purple fog and screen text describing what kind of power it is. This has Jojo fans confused and concerned.  JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable opens this August in Japan. No word yet on an international release. Or, you know, Stands.  Kotaku East is your READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Nintendo Game And Hardware Designer Genyo Takeda Is Retiring 

Genyo Takeda has worked on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech. As of this June, the 68 year-old is stepping down. Advertisement Hired in 1971 by future Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, Takeda cut his teeth working on a gun game that nearly broke the company. However, he would go on to produce and direct classics like Punch-Out!!, Pilotwings 64, and Dr. Mario 64. Takeda has also long been part of Nintendo’s tech brain trust: He spearheaded the effort to tap the NES cart’s RAM to back up save data, came up with the N64 controller’s analog stick and headed up the Wii’s development. Advertisement In the above photo, taken by Game Watch Impress, you can see Takeda showing off the Nintendo GameCube. (For more photos from that announcement, check Game Watch Impress.) After Satoru Iwata passed away in 2015, he and Shigeru Miyamoto were named as then acting Nintendo Representative Directors. At that time, there was speculation that either would be the next Nintendo president. Once Tatsumi Kimishima was inaugurated to that post, however, Takeda became the company’s Technology Fellow. According to the statement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Sales Numbers For the Nintendo Switch And The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Wondering how the Switch is doing around the world? What about the new Zelda? Nintendo announced their global sales figures in a newly released financial statement. Advertisement In Japan, Nintendo sold 600,000 Switch units between March 3, when the hardware launched, and March 31, when the financial quarter ended. In the Americas, during that same period, 1.2 million Switch units were sold, while another 940,000 Switch units were sold in the region Nintendo calls “Other” (Europe, Australia, and beyond). In total, Nintendo has sold 2.74 million Switch consoles worldwide in less than a month.  Advertisement During that same period, Nintendo also sold 5.46 million Switch games worldwide. In Japan, 890,000 Switch games were sold, while 2.86 million were sold in The Americas and 1.71 million were sold in “Other.” Globally, Nintendo sold 2.76 million copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Switch (including the Wii U version, the total is 3.84 million copies). That’s 390,000 copies of Breath of the Wild Switch for Japan (120,000 copies for the Wii U version), and 2.37 Switch copies overseas (960,000 Wii U copies).  It certainly looks READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Track: Per Qualche Dollaro in Piú | Artist: Ennio Morricone | Album: For a Few Dollars More [Origina

Track: Per Qualche Dollaro in Piú | Artist: Ennio Morricone | Album: For a Few Dollars More [Origina Track: Per Qualche Dollaro in Piú | Artist: Ennio Morricone | Album: For a Few Dollars More [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Advertisement Kotaku Soundtrack is a selection of the stuff we’re listening to at the moment. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Pikachu Is Now Selling KFC In China

Last year, KFC rolled out a special Pokémon campaign in Japan, complete with Pikachu on the bucket. And this year, the character is coming to KFCs in China. Advertisement Redditor Maxtch spotted the above ad at Xujiahui Station in Shanghai. Those who buy one of the meal deals get a collectible Pikachu figurine. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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A Gold Darth Vader Helmet Costs Only $1.4 Million

For diehard Star Wars fans with deep pockets, there’s this: a solid gold Darth Vader helmet. Advertisement According to Dengeki Hobby, the one-of-a-kind 24-karat Vader helmet weighs 33 pounds and goes on sale at Ginza Tanaka in Tokyo on May 4. Yours for a cool 154 million yen (US$1.4 million). The dark side of the Force? More like the shiny side. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Square Enix Fixed Vaan's Freaky Abs In FFXII: The Zodiac Age

In last year’s Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age trailer, it looked like we’d be stuck with Vaan’s spray-on abdominals. But now it seems like we won’t. Thank goodness for that! Advertisement Below is a comparison from last year showing how Vaan’s PS2 abs stack up to the ones in the remaster’s debut trailer. Still freaky! Earlier this spring, people noticed that Square Enix had apparently fixed Vaan’s abs. See? They look normal. In the most recent trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, we see that, yes, Vaan no longer has spray-on abs. These new abs might be Square Enix’s best remastering yet. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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In A Three Minute Clip, Capcom Explains Why It's Delaying The Not A Hero DLC

Typically, delays are announced via press release. Capcom, however, filmed a three-minute clip to announce it’s pushing back the release of Resident Evil 7 free DLC Not A Hero. Advertisement “We got close to completing the game content,” said RE’ director Koshi Nakanishi. “However, in light of the incredible reception to the release of Resident Evil 7, we concluded that this DLC was not good enough to meet those high expectations.” Remember, this DLC is free. Advertisement Producer Masachika Kawata added, “Our aim is for this content to match the high quality of the main game, so we need more development time in order to achieve that goal.” Nakanishi said “rest assured” that the team will use this time to make something players love. Then, executive producer Jun Takeuchi appeared on screen and once again explained why the three of them decided to delay the free DLC, saying, “This free DLC is not yet ready to meet your expectations.” Takeuchi also announced Capcom was working on another piece of RE7 DLC. He then asked fans for their continued support and apologized. There was no mention as to when READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fire Emblem Echoes Shows How The Original Game Art Has Changed

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of 1992 title Fire Emblem Gaiden. Let’s see how the new 3DS version compares to the Famicom one.  Advertisement The original game, the second in the Fire Emblem series, never got an international release. Below are comparisons via Japanese website Fire Emblem Echoes Matome: Slightly less blue and green hair, it seems! Fewer lantern jaws, too. However, the updated art does keep distinctive features of the characters but in a contemporary fashion. It’s interesting to note the big—and subtle—differences. Advertisement Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was released on April 20 in Japan as Fire Emblem Echoes: Mou Hitori no Eiyuu Ou, which translates as Fire Emblem Echoes: Another Hero King). The game has a different subtitle for its upcoming North American and European release on May 19. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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A Manga Movie Adaptation That Looks Cool

Let’s face it. The live-action manga and anime adaptations that the Japanese movie industry has been churning out recently don’t look all that cool. This, however, does. Advertisement Ajin debuted as a manga in 2012, telling the story of a new type of human, called “Ajin,” that are unable to die. Even if these demi-humans are “killed,” they immediately regenerate to a healthy state. It was later turned into anime for feature films and TV. It certainly seems like a live-action version would work well, because it doesn’t have to contend with iconic costumes (or hair!) in the same way other manga movie adaptations do. What do you think? Ajin hits Japanese theaters on September 30. No word yet about an international release. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Starbucks Trolled In China With Ridiculous Containers 

Photos have been circulating online showing people in China bringing bowls and pots to Starbucks. While there’s more going on than what first appears, it certainly looks like some people were trolling the coffee chain. Advertisement The recent Earth Day campaign was actually for free 12 oz. coffee for those who brought their own cup, which Shanghai Daily notes Starbucks China clearly stated. So, it doesn’t matter what sized silly container people brought! They were only getting a 12 oz coffee on the house. Advertisement There’s somewhat of a precedent for this. After people ordered enormous drinks in the US back in 2014, Starbuck issued a policy in the US that stated no order could be bigger than 20 ounces for hot drinks. Also, there are apparently now restrictions on personal cup size. No word if Starbucks China currently has similar regulations. However, many of photos seem to be part of an organized stunt—that actually began before the Earth Day campaign. People got together with all sorts of containers, it seems, and headed out. Though, it’s unclear if everyone in the photos was in on it, or if READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!