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- NIWA Staff
April Fools' - For April Fools' this year, NIWA organized a collaborative prank between several of its member wikis and announced a big change: due to a falling out with Nintendo, NIWA would become "SIWA", or the Sony Independent Wiki Alliance.
Pikipedia became Patapedia; MarioWiki became the Crash Bandicoot Wiki; Nookipedia became Toropedia; Fire Emblem Wiki became TearRingSagaWiki; and Inkipedia became the Krillzone Wiki.
The 'Shroom - The 121st issue of The 'Shroom is now available here, which includes article spotlights, some fun "fake news," games, opinion pieces, and more.
Discord Servers - Over the past year, several NIWA wikis have opened up their own Discord servers. If you're interested in talking with fellow fans and editors, check them out!
Promotions - April saw four new promotions among NIWA wikis! Congrats to kjhf for his promotion to a bureaucrat on Inkipedia; Alex95 for his promotion to a patroller on Super Mario Wiki; Molldust for their promotion to an administrator of Zelda Wiki; and finally, Link Lab for his promotion to Deputy Director of Zelda Wiki.
New Console - Nintendo has announced the New 2DS XL! Releasing in June in Australia and in July for the rest of the world, the clamshell device starts at $149 USD and features sleek bezels, amiibo support, and advanced controls (C-stick along with ZL and ZR buttons). Learn more on Nintendo's official website.
Nintendo Direct Updates - A Nintendo Direct presentation was held on on April 12, bringing with it news regarding upcoming Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS titles. Among this news was the announcement of the final six Super Smash Bros. series amiibo, three new The Legend of Zelda series amiibo, and release dates for Arms and Splatoon 2.
The upcoming Bayonetta amiibo, releasing worldwide on July 21.
Strong Start - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came out worldwide for the Nintendo Switch just a few days ago. The game has received critical acclaim for its improvements on the Wii U's Mario Kart 8, and is already the top-selling video game of the year so far on Amazon.
Switch Stats - The Nintendo Switch has seen a strong start; as of March 31, 2017, the company has sold 2.74 million Switch units worldwide. Nintendo has predicted that it will ship 10 million more consoles as well as 35 million games in the next year.
Recent & Upcoming Releases
Artwork of Captain Olimar and some Pikmin attacking a yellow bird enemy in Hey! Pikmin, an upcoming game whose title was revealed during the April 12th Nintendo Direct. Read more on Pikipedia...
The cover art for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, releasing in North America, Europe, and Australia later this month. Read more on Fire Emblem Wiki...