Nintendo Castle Articles over the Mario franchise and other Nintendo related stuff. http://www.nintendocastle.com http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:59:14 -0400 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:59:14 -0400 Super Mario Odyssey: What You Need To Know

In just one week, Super Mario Odyssey will finally be releasing on the Nintendo Switch. Originally featured as a brand-new 3D Mario game in the Nintendo Switch Preview Trailer on October 20, 2016 (One year ago today!), the game was officially unveiled during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 this past January, as well as given a main focus of Nintendo’s E3 show this past June. Whether you’ve already preordered the game or are still unsure, why not take a peek at what this game has to offer?

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DOOM Coming to Switch November 10

DOOM, the critically acclaimed action game, is coming to Switch this November. First announced with a Holiday 2017 in the September 13 Nintendo Direct, the game lets you control the DOOM Marine in first-person, fighting off hordes of enemies and demons and protecting the Union Aerospace Corporation's research facility on Mars. The game will also include multiplayer with modes like Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill (with a moving hill), and Clans Arena.

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Vampire Comes Out Victorious in Latest Splatfest

Splatoon 2 Vampire Werewolf Splatfest

A winner has been declared in the latest edition of Splatoon 2’s Splatfest. This Halloween-themed Splatfest, which put Vampire against Werewolves, was held this past weekend on October 14 from midnight to October 15 midnight ET. While the results were super close like previous times, it was still very intense in-game against opposing teams. This time, Vampire came out as the winning team. Previous Splatoon 2 Splatfest wins were Team Ice Cream in the Splatfest demo from July, Team Mayo in August, and Team Flight this past September. Be sure to check out the full percentage breakdown of the teams down below. Also make sure to collect your Super Sea Snails if you participated in this Splatfest!

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Stardew Valley Comes to Nintendo Switch on October 5

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Finally, after what seems like forever, we've secured a release date for Stardew Valley on the Switch. The game was originally confirmed for the Switch in 2016, but until yesterday we were never quite sure when. However, the wait is now over. This Thursday, October 5, Switch owners will finally be able to play Stardew Valley at home and on the go. The game is even priced the same as every other console and Steam, with a U.S. price of $14.99. This is one of the most anticipated indies on the Switch and we greatly look forward to diving in again on the hybrid console; be on the lookout for our review!

For the uninitiated, Stardew Valley is a 2D farming/life simulator. It's styled after the older 2D Harvest Moon games, and plays every bit as well. It first released on Steam in February of 2016 and took the internet by storm. It's one of the most succesful indie games of all time and has sold over 3 million copies on Steam alone. Even more impressive is the fact that it was entirely created by a single developer: ConcernedApe. If you haven't given the game a try, now's the perfect chance! I promise you'll love it.

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September 13 Nintendo Direct Recap

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Logo

This week's massive Nintendo Direct gave us details on a ton of new and previously announced Switch and 3DS games. Some highlights among these include a $379.99 Super Mario Odyssey Switch bundle for this holiday season, Doom and Wolfenstein coming to Switch, a demo for Project Octopath Traveller (available now), a release date for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (December 1), and more details on Kirby Star Allies, which is coming to Switch next spring. If you weren't able to watch the direct when it aired, you can check out the entire presentation or text recap below.

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 13, 2017 – The next few months for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS owners are going to be overflowing with a wide variety of first- and third-party games in wildly different genres. Or, to put in another way, the future for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS owners is looking quite awesome. During a Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo provided details for more than 40 games launching for Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems over the next several months.

Some of the highlights include details about key third-party games coming to the Nintendo Switch system like DOOM, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, L.A. Noireand Resident Evil Revelations, as well as the announcements of arcade classics coming to Nintendo Switch and a new Mario Party game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems featuring 100 of the series’ top mini-games. The jam-packed video presentation also provided additional details for upcoming games like Project Octopath Traveler (working title) from Square Enix, Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

“Momentum for Nintendo Switch is in full swing, and Nintendo 3DS continues its stellar run with a series of triple-A releases,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Between all the first-party, third-party and indie games coming to both systems, this is one of the most diverse lineups we’ve had in years. It’s a great time to be a Nintendo fan.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Additional highlights for the games and systems revealed in the video include:

Nintendo Switch
  • Super Mario Odyssey: New information about Mario’s upcoming adventure was revealed during the presentation, including more story details, locations and modes. Additionally, a special hardware bundle that includes a download code for the game, Mario-themed red Joy-Con controllers and a special carrying case will be available at a suggested retail price of $379.99. Super Mario Odyssey lands exclusively on Nintendo Switch on Oct. 27.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: This massive sequel takes place in the world of Alrest on the backs of giant Titans. The journey through the clouds begins when Xenoblade Chronicles 2 lands on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 1. Alongside the standard version, fans can also pick up a special edition of the game that includes a sound selection CD, a special metal game case and a 220-page hardbound art book at a suggested retail price of $99.99. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller themed around Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will also be available on Dec. 1 at a suggested retail price of $74.99.
  • Project Octopath Traveler (working title): The producers of Bravely Defaultat Square Enix present a new RPG brought to life through a mixture of CG, pixel art and visual wizardry. Project Octopath Traveler launches worldwide in 2018. But fans can try out a free demo for the game in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch starting … today!
  • DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: Bethesda Softworks is bringing the iconic DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to Nintendo Switch. The fast-paced action of DOOM will hit this holiday season, while Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launches in 2018.
  • Kirby Star Allies: Revealed at E3 2017, the first Kirby game for Nintendo Switch has some charming new tricks. By throwing hearts, players can recruit up to three enemies to become Kirby’s allies. Whether playing alone or with up to three friends**, mixing up abilities to create new powers is a big part of the fun. Kirby Star Allies launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this spring.
  • Splatoon 2: Back by popular demand, the Kelp Dome stage is returning as part of a free software update on Sept. 15. A new stage called Snapper Canal and an extra-large Brella weapon called the Tenta Brella are coming in the future.
  • ARMS: A free software update that goes live today allows players to remap the game’s controls to the buttons of their choice, and adds the new playable fighter Lola Pop.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Originally seen in the Fire Emblem game for the Game Boy Advance system, fan-favorite character Lyndis (or “Lyn,” as all her companions call her) was announced as part of the sprawling cast of Fire Emblem Warriors. The action-packed game launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 20, also available as part of a special-edition bundle.
  • Arcade Archives: Some of Nintendo’s classic arcade games are coming to Nintendo Switch, starting with Arcade Archives: Mario Bros., which launches Sept. 27. Others, like VS. Super Mario Bros., VS. Balloon Fight, VS. Ice Climber, VS. Pinball and VS. Clu Clu Land are coming soon. These arcade games contain subtle differences that can’t be found in their NES counterparts.
  • Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together!: This expanded version of the original snipping-and-clipping puzzle game includes more than 30 new stages, new challenges and new features … and it’s coming to stores for the first time! Players who already own the original digital version of the game can purchase all the new content in Nintendo eShop as DLC for $9.99. Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! launches on Nintendo Switch on Nov. 10 at a suggested retail price of $29.99.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: The open-world masterpiece from Bethesda Game Studios can be played anytime and anywhere on Nintendo Switch. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim launches on Nov. 17.
  • Rocket League: This new version of the popular rocket-powered sports-action game includes all the modes of the original, plus Nintendo Switch exclusives including Nintendo-themed Battle-Cars and customization items. Local wireless multiplayer*** will also be available when Rocket Leaguelaunches this holiday season.
  • Dragon Quest Builders: The hit fantasy game combines the fun of building with the combat of an action-RPG. The Nintendo Switch version will allow players to ride a Great Sabrecub in the game’s free build mode. The Sabrecub boosts players’ speed and grants them special materials by defeating enemies. Dragon Quest Builders launches this spring.
  • L.A. Noire: Rockstar Games is bringing L.A. Noire to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 14, including all of its downloadable content, new collectibles, detective suits with special abilities, a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic gesture-based controls and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles. Plus, the hard-boiled game will include intuitive touch-screen controls for portable detective work.
  • NBA 2K18: With big game-play improvements and stunning graphics, NBA 2K18 will be a slam dunk for sports fans when it launches on Sept. 15 in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and in stores on Oct. 17.
  • EA Sports FIFA 18: The most immersive, social and authentic soccer game out there can be played anywhere on Nintendo Switch. FIFA 18 launches on Sept. 29.
  • WWE 2K18: To complete the trifecta of awesome sports games that can be played on the go, WWE 2K18 is also coming soon to Nintendo Switch. Launch details will be announced at a later date.
  • Lost Sphear: This modern take on traditional RPGs from Square Enix is coming to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 23.
  • Sonic Forces: Join the uprising by fighting back as Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic or one of many custom Hero Characters players can create in Sonic Forces, launching on Nov. 7.
  • Resident Evil Revelations / Resident Evil Revelations 2: The Nintendo Switch library will get two creepy survival horror classics when Resident Evil Revelations and its sequel, Resident Evil Revelations 2, both launch on Nov. 28.
  • Flip Wars: Fans that are enjoying the multiplayer fun of Flip Wars can enjoy a free update soon. Once downloaded, the update adds a new stage, new mechanics, local wireless multiplayer, Class Matches and a new online* battle mode.
  • Morphies Law: Players can change their size to change their powers in Morphies Law, a local and online* team-based multiplayer shooter launching first on Nintendo Switch as a console exclusive this winter.
  • Arena of Valor: Explore and command a roster of more than 35 fearless heroes in this free-to-start multiplayer online* battle arena game. With roles like Tanks, Assassins, Mages and Warriors, build a powerful team with friends to crush opponents in real-time battles. The Arena of Valor beta test version will be available for free this winter.
  • Nindies! Nindies! Nindies!: Dozens of indie games are coming over the next few months. These include the underground platforming action of SteamWorld Dig 2 and the golf-RPG Golf Story in September; the four-player** action game Nine Parchments and combo-based puzzle game Battle Chef Brigade this holiday season; randomly constructed sequel Super Meat Boy Forever in 2018; and tactical RPG Tiny Metal launching in the future.
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  • The Legend of Zelda Champions: Four amiibo figures based on the Champions from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa – launch in stores on Nov. 10 (sold separately). Tapping these amiibo while playing the game will summon special headgear for Link based on that Champion’s Divine Beast. Additional functionality for these amiibo will be revealed in the future.
Nintendo 3DS
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun / Pokémon Ultra Moon: The new games feature customizable main characters who embark on a new adventure. An untold story unfolds on a grand scale, where the Legendary Pokémon that steals light, Necrozma, has transformed into two new forms: Dusk Mane Necrozma, who took over Solgaleo, and Dawn Wings Necrozma who took over Lunala. Fans who purchase and activate**** the game by Jan. 10 can get a special gift Rockruff, who will evolve into a Dusk Form Lycanroc, new to the world of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. Fans who download the digital version of Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon by Jan. 10 will receive 12 Quick Balls. Finally, a cool Poké Ball-themed New Nintendo 2DS XLsystem will launch separately two weeks prior on Nov. 3.
  • White + Orange New Nintendo 2DS XL: On Oct. 6 the White + Orange edition of the New Nintendo 2DS XL system will launch in stores at a suggested retail price of $149.99.
  • Mario Party: The Top 100: For the first time, 100 of the top mini-games from the console Mario Party games can be played on a hand-held system. Mario Party: The Top 100 supports local Download Play, so up to four players who each own a Nintendo 3DS family system can enjoy the game together with only one game card. Take a tour through all the mischief, magic and memories the series has to offer when it launches on Nov. 10.
  • Kirby: Battle Royale: Kirby is about to enter a tournament against his toughest rival yet … himself! The pink puffball’s new game offers a variety of ways to fight in both single- and multiplayer modes. Kirby: Battle Royalelaunches on Jan. 19. Fans can head to https://kirby.nintendo.com/poll to celebrate Kirby’s 25th anniversary and vote for their favorite copy ability!
  • LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy: Katrielle Layton, daughter of the famous Professor Layton, is on the case! Detectives-in-the-making that play the game on a Nintendo 3DS family system will receive an exclusive in-game Flora costume. The game launches on Oct. 6.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions: When the game launches on Oct. 6, players will be able to use the new Goomba and Koopa Troopa amiibo – or the existing Boo amiibo – to get additional stamp sheets that offer items in both of the game’s modes. More information about amiibo compatibility will be revealed in the future.
  • YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters: With new content and features, YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters is the definitive version of YO-KAI WATCH 2. The game launches on Sept. 29, but anyone that owns any version of YO-KAI WATCH 2 can download a free “Oni Evolution” software update starting Sept. 14. It adds the Yo-kai Watch Psychic Blasters mode with additional bosses to battle against, the chance to befriend new Yo-kai and more. This update is also required to transfer save data from YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls to the YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters game.
  • Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition: Fans of Minecraft will have another way to play the hit creation game when it comes to New Nintendo 3DS systems. This portable version of the game comes with Survival and Creative modes, five skin packs and two texture packs. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition launches in Nintendo eShop today. The packaged version will launch at a later date.
  • The Alliance Alive: Nine characters’ paths will converge in this old-school RPG from role-playing powerhouse ATLUS. The Alliance Alive launches in early 2018.
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: The gorgeous launch edition of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology will include a collector’s box with an art book and decal sheet. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology launches for Nintendo 3DS in early 2018.
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth: Starting today, fans of the Etrian Odyssey series can download a free demo for Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS before the game launches this fall.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux: When Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey returns on Nintendo 3DS in early 2018, expect it to do so with new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore and enhanced graphics.
  • Two New Games, Two Beloved Series: The next game in the Ace Attorneyseries, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, launches in November. The action-packed Fire Emblem Warriors game launches Oct. 20 for New Nintendo 3DS systems only.

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Doom and Wolfenstein II are Coming to Nintendo Switch

Doom Logo Switch

During the Nintendo Direct that aired earlier this week, we got news of many first and third party games that were coming to the Switch in the next few months. Chief among these are two new Bethesda titles that will be getting the Switch treatment: Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The games will be joining the previously announced Skyrim Special Edition, which got a release date of November 17. Doom (2016) will be releasing this holiday season, while Wolfenstein will be available in early 2018.

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It's great to see a major third party developer like Bethesda having faith in the Switch and bringing great games to the system. It's the first time the trio of games have been available on a Nintendo console, and more importantly: these games can now be played anywhere with complete portability! Let us know which of Bethesda's games you're most excited to play on the Switch!

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45 Minute Nintendo Direct Will Air on September 13

Nintendo Direct September 13

Nintendo of America reaveled via Twitter this morning that we'll be getting a new Nintendo Direct on Wednesday, September 13. The direct will air at 3 P.M. PT/6 P.M. ET and you can watch it here. It will focus on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS games that will be releasing before the end of the year. The direct will last a lengthy 45 minutes, so expect lots of great footage and details for quite a few upcoming Switch and 3DS games.

A few games that you can expect to see (but aren't confirmed) are Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, Metroid: Samus Returns, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, and Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. There's sure to be an array of 3rd party and indie related annoucements as well. It's probably safe to assume that we won't be getting any huge new reveals, but rather new details and release dates for already revealed games. Stay tuned on Wednesday for full coverage of this Nintendo Direct!

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Marking the Return Part 3: Storming the Castle

Nintendo surprised us all at E3 by announcing Metroid Prime 4, but they surprised us even more with the reveal of the Metroid II remake everyone in the Metroid community has been clamoring for. But why exactly is it that fans desired a remake to begin with? And is MercurySteam really up to the task?

We at Nintendo Castle have taken these considerations into account and put the original Gameboy outing up to the pedestal. We also had a look to see just what fans themselves wanted from a remake with the oft-praised and controversial Another Metroid 2 Remake. Finally, we put MercurySteam to the test and analysed their first Metroidvania styled effort with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, to see if they’re really up to the task.

Over the next few months, we hope to take you on a trip down memory lane, or maybe even your first ever exposure to this often forgotten classic amongst its newer, more well received peers. We will be marking the return of Samus, have you?

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series!

Part 3: Storming the Castle

In the finale to our little retrospective, we tackle MercurySteam’s only other crack on the Metroidvania genre with the interquel title they crafted during their brief tenure with the Castlevania series, Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate. If you’re unfamiliar with the sub-series, considering this was the only one released on a Nintendo platform, it acts as a series reboot with a new Belmont taking front stage, Gabriel. Their games have received mixed reception, largely for feeling so disconnected to the rest of the franchise, but never quite recieving any major negative reception (besides Lords of Shadow 2, which was met with rocky development and poor management from Konami).

Mirror of Fate was an attempt at the gameplay style that one other Castlevania title, Symphony of the Night on the Playstation, helped to coin the term “Metroidvania”. Nintendo fans will best know this style of Castlevania from the various portable entries on the GBA and DS. MercurySteam made a blend of this style with their combat heavy Lords of Shadow gameplay to make a weird combination with generally mixed results. Some elements shine, whilst others are just a miserable pile of secrets. But enough talk, have at you!

The game starts with a familiar name, Simon Belmont. For a series reboot, it’s interesting to see the new takes on established characters, but sadly Simon is fairly generic. But to mix things up, the game switches between characters with major story beats. After Simon comes Alucard, fan favourite son of Dracula, and then Trevor Belmont.

While these are recognisable names, MercurySteam did some peculiar things with their new incarnations. Firstly, Trevor is Simon’s father in this universe. Odd, but acceptable. However, the biggest head-scratcher is the decision to make Trevor become Alucard. The ending of the original Lords of Shadow had Gabriel become Dracula, with his son being Trevor, so it’s all a weird web of mysteries that frankly isn’t worth getting entangled in.

Gameplay fares much better, with the combat system of Lords of Shadow being replicated in 2D. It’s not immediately intuitive, as there are only two planes of which to fight in, but it steadily evolves with time as gaining levels unlocks new moves to use. Previously tough enemies become fodder for your expanded movesets near the end of the game and there’s a surprising amount of depth to it all. Sadly, it’s all optional, as flailing your whip, dodging and blocking suffices for all but the most stubborn of foes.

The physics feel a little floaty and imprecise, something other Castlevania games don’t suffer from. Hit detection is also another peculiar aspect. While your attacks will often hit the mark, incoming attack hitboxes don’t quite feel as they look. It’s sometimes possible to take a hit from what looks like nothing, as the hitbox was still active when the attack itself appeared to have ended.

Design of the world is fairly straightforward, following the same patterns you would expect from Castlevania. Familiar sites include an abandoned village, a cathedral and the clock tower, but a lot of the locales are just either underground or in typical castle halls. There is the theatre and the laboratory that are unique though. Actual map design is a little more questionable, as the game really does try to funnel you forward. You rarely ever backtrack, and when you do it’s often much easier to use the conveniently placed warp points.

The narrative structure of segmenting the map with story chunks instead of one continuous world means most exploration for missed items is done through the chapter select, which comes off as rather jarring. Ultimately though, it’s cleanly designed and never feels like there’s much empty space.

Mirror of Fate starts off fairly rocky, Simon just doesn’t have much to offer. He doesn’t get as many fun and unique abilities compared to Alucard and Trevor. But as you go further in and get to play as Alucard, you do get some fun abilities to play around with. Trevor combines elements of both, though without supernatural abilities like Alucard, and feels like what Simon could have been. But Simon is forever locked to early game abilities and never has the opportunity to double jump or dash, making him the least exciting character to play as.

All in all, it’s not a terribly exciting game. It doesn’t really share much in common with prior Castlevania games thematically, which the Lords of Shadow series as a whole suffers from. Characters aren’t bombastic enough, you won’t find any scenery chewing performances here. The music, an aspect Castlevania is renowned for, takes the realistic film score style, with similar sounding tracks playing throughout the whole game. It’s very dark and gritty, with muted tones littered throughout.

But in the end, it’s not a bad game. It’s inoffensive and still tightly put together. The issues comes from the direction taken, which Konami agreed to and left the studio to their own devices. Being different isn’t necessarily bad, just be prepared to accept that this isn’t what you may remember from Castlevania games of yore.

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Nindies Showcase Video Presentation coming August 30

Get ready for some more indie news! In a surprise announcement today, Nintendo announced via their Twitter a Nindies Showcase coming this Wednesday. While there are still many great indie games coming to Nintendo Switch, there is apparently still more to announce! There should probably be a mix of news in this showcase between games that have previously been announced, as well as unannounced games that should be a surprise to us. Whatever may happen, be sure to check out the Nindies Showcase Summer 2017 to get all the latest news. This video presentation will be later this week on August 30 at 10am PT (1pm ET). What announcements are you hoping to see in this?

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Walmart Exclusive Splatoon 2 Switch Bundle is Coming to the States

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If you've been holding out on purchasing a Switch and the excellent Splatoon 2, we've got some good new for you. Starting September 8, a Splatoon 2 Switch bundle is headed to the United States. The bundle will include a Switch with pink and green joycons, a download code for Splatoon 2, and a Splatoon 2 carrying case. The whole package will retail for $379.99. While it's great that we're finally getting this bundle, it's a little late and will also be exclusive to Walmart. We can probably expect a few more bundles as the holiday season approaches.

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Flight and Invisibility Will be Pit Against Each Other in the Next Splatfest

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The next Splatoon 2 Splatfest was revealed in a tweet from the Nintendo VS. Twitter account earlier today. This next battle pits two super powers against each other: Flight and Invisibility. The Splatfest will be taking place between September 1 and September 2. You can check out the booth in Inkopolis Square to pledge allegiance to either team and pick up your Splatfest tee when it is available. So what'll it be: flight or invisibilty?

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Two Jackbox Party Packs are Coming to Switch August 17

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The lovely folks over at Jackbox Games, of The Jackbox Party Pack fame, have just announced that two more of their party packs will be coming to Nintendo Switch. The Jackbox Party Pack and The Jackbox Party Pack 2 will be joining The Jackbox Party Pack 3 on the system. What a mouthful. Both packs include five games a piece, among these games are YOU DON'T KNOW JACK, Drawful, Fibbage 2, and Word Spud. The two compilations will be coming to the eShop on August 17. Just add friends.

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A Samus Edition New 3DS XL Will Launch Alongside Samus Returns

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In case you somehow still thought that Nintendo was going to abandon the 3DS, they've just announced another new edition. A Samus Edition New 3DS XL will launch alongside Metroid: Samus Returns this fall. The system will be coming to both North America and Europe on September 15. It will presumably be priced at $199.99, but good luck finding at that price before the scalpers do.

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Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 are Coming to Switch This Year

Resident Evil Revelations Switch

Last week, we heard that Capcom was preparing more titles for the Nintendo Switch after a very positive release of Ultra Street Fighter 2. The first of these is the annoucement that Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 are coming to the Switch. A physical cartridge version of Resident Evil Revelations that includes a download code for the sequel will retail for $39.99. If you prefer to go all digital, both games can be purchased individually from the eShop for $19.99 each. The pair of Resident Evil games on the switch will be ready for release in late 2017.

This is exciting news, especially considering that recent Resident Evil games have been skipping Nintendo consoles, most notably Revelations 2 until this point. Resident Evil Revelations originally launched as a 3DS exclusive back in 2012. It received much praise, and went on to receive an HD version that came to the Wii U alongside PC and other consoles. Revelations 2, which came out in 2015, never saw a release on Nintendo systems until the Switch. At $39.99 for the whole series, it'll be hard to pass up on these two. Now how about a Resident Evil 4 remake for the Switch? Pretty please?

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Shifty Station Revealed for Splatoon 2 Splatfests

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If you're a Nintendo fan with a Switch, there's a good chance you've spent most of your free time the past couple weeks playing Splatoon 2. You're probably also aware that there is a Splatfest coming up this Saturday that pits mayonnaise and ketchup against each other. Well, Nintendo has just revealed a new stage that is playable exclusively during Splatfests. It's called Shifty Station and can be seen pictured above. The stage will be slightly altered for each Splatfest and will make it's debut this Saturday, so make sure to check it out.

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Marking the Return Part 2: Exploring Another Metroid 2 Remake

Nintendo surprised us all at E3 by announcing Metroid Prime 4, but they surprised us even more with the reveal of the Metroid II remake everyone in the Metroid community has been clamoring for. But why exactly is it that fans desired a remake to begin with? And is MercurySteam really up to the task?

We at Nintendo Castle have taken these considerations into account and put the original Gameboy outing up to the pedestal. We also had a look to see just what fans themselves wanted from a remake with the oft-praised and controversial Another Metroid 2 Remake. Finally, we put MercurySteam to the test and analysed their first Metroidvania styled effort with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, to see if they’re really up to the task.

Over the next few months, we hope to take you on a trip down memory lane, or maybe even your first ever exposure to this often forgotten classic amongst its newer, more well received peers. We will be marking the return of Samus, have you?

Check out Part 1 and Part 3 of this series!

Part 2: Another Descent

Last time we left off with one of the lesser played entries in the Metroid series, which many felt was deserving of a second chance. With the successful reimagining of the original game with 2004’s Zero Mission, people were outright demanding that Nintendo do the same with Metroid II. For the longest time Nintendo declined it the chance, so fans took it upon themselves to have a stab at remaking it themselves.

Many projects spawned after Zero Mission, with one of them humorously jabbing at the fact by dubbing the project “Another Metroid 2 Remake”. However, projects died, people realised they couldn’t manage making a game of their own and the idea slowly faded into obscurity, except for Another Metroid 2 Remake. Come August 6th 2016, Metroid’s 30th anniversary, it became the only Metroid II fan project to actually see a 1.0 release. Was the dedication to the cause worth it? Or is it something to ignore like the rest of them?

Of course not.

Without sugar coating it, Another Metroid 2 Remake (shortened to AM2R for simplicity’s sake) defines what a remake should be in the same vein as Zero Mission did 12 years prior. It’s phenomenal that such a feat was accomplished by (almost) one man, Milton “DoctorM64” Guasti, with such high quality and attention to detail. The project started some time in 2005, as outlined in Milton’s first blog post, before becoming public in 2008. It initially started out very much like a Zero Mission inspired affair, but eventually evolved much past that. Milton spent over ten years working on AM2R and the level of polish makes it truly shine.

Despite the sheer dedication and love for his work, not everyone was delighted by the game. A mere day later Nintendo’s legal council issued a copyright claim on download hosts. Being the internet, the game was up and nothing could really stop it. Undeterred, Milton produced a 1.1 patch for the game, but was ultimately sent a full cease and desist in September. Despite the controversy, and the sudden hate Nintendo received for their actions, Milton encouraged fans not to be angry and instead support Meroid II in the hopes Nintendo would produce their own remake (which they now have with Samus Returns).

With the history lesson out of the way, let us go about describing the game itself. Us saying it is a phenomenal fan contribution alone won’t cut it, so we shall explain just why this project is so important to the Metroid community and why it is worth your time to try it out for yourself.

First and foremost, the sheer visual overhaul is completely obvious from the get-go. Comparing 1991 Gameboy tech to a 2016 release is just incomparable. All the technical setbacks the Gameboy brought with it are gone. Repeating tilesets and rooms have long since gone, each area now feels completely unique and totally recontextualised. Metroid II simply had “Phase 1”, “Phase 5” and so on, but AM2R makes areas out to be hydro stations, robot factories and a dense technological monolith dedicated to Chozo society. New areas have even been added to the fray, meaning there are new experiences for people who played the original. The map has been redesigned while still using the same basic framework, with previous overlaps being completely removed with a more sprawling map to explore.

Naturally, the music has had a complete overhaul, which is a sigh of relief as the Gameboy outing had a distinct lack of memorable music to speak of. Inspired heavily from the Metroid Prime series, the music has a much more mature and atmospheric flavour. A fine example would be the Golden Temple theme, going from a somewhat hokey, disjointed jumble of notes into a grand Chozo Ruins inspired epiphany. The music also evolves as you progress, particularly the main tunnel theme which grows more complex as you travel deeper into SR388.

AM2R’s gameplay takes many cues from Zero Mission, with fast and responsive controls granting the player a lot of freedom in movement, a very important feature for the genre. It’s possible for players to climb up a single wall by repeatedly jumping off its surface, making sequence breaking an easy feat for veterans. Many aspects of the original have been greatly fixed, like the sluggish Spider Ball and clunky Space Jump, to the point where they are no non-issues.

The design is a major focus too, as nothing feels tacked on. The fact that many newer power-ups such as the Power Bomb have been effortless integrated into the experience without breaking the design or balance is a marvel to behold. The whole experience has been rebalanced to accommodate these new features. One such rebalance would be the Metroid encounters, which were typical shoot and dodge affairs before but now provide a significant threat this time around, especially as the Metroid evolve and grow stronger.

Most importantly though is the feel. Metroid has a long history of underlying themes told through subtext, with either visual cues playing a part or the scan logs from Prime. AM2R features a large number of areas having distinct visual flairs to tell the player that something is coming up ahead, or something already happened. Scan logs also plays a part, automatically being unlocked when stepping into a new area instead of being manually hunted down like in Prime. Much like Prime, this gives the player a lot of optional flavour text to read over if they wish to, but it completely ignorable for those who aren’t interested.

There is no doubt that AM2R is a passion project that lives up to the games it looks up to, even surpassing some of them. It’s a shame it couldn’t be seen that way on an official level, but Nintendo has their reasons and are providing their own take on a Metroid II remake. We should all be happy that we have at least one excellent remake to play with AM2R if Samus Returns fails to live up to expectations, but if it does succeed then it can only be win/win. It isn’t difficult to locate the 1.1 release of AM2R, as once something is on the internet it is always on the internet, and fans have taken it upon themselves to reverse engineer the game to make unofficial patches of their own.

AM2R stands as a testament to the Metroid community’s love for the franchise and should at least be looked at if you are a die-hard fan. But what of Samus Returns? Can MercurySteam pull off a true Metroid experience? Well, they once had a go at another franchise which is synonymous with Metroid in crafting the Metroidvania genre. Next month we shall have a look at Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate to see just what the Spanish team had up their sleeves.

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Splatoon 2: What You Need To Know

Splatoon’s sequel, Splatoon 2, is arriving in stores tomorrow! It has already been a little over two years since the original game release for Wii U, and now those who missed out on the game can get it on Nintendo Switch. However, you may not be entirely sure about getting this game, whether you played the original game or not. Well fear not, because we’re here to help you, to tell you all you need to know and more about Splatoon 2 for the Switch.

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Flip Wars Gets a Release Date of August 10

Flip Wars, the new Nintendo Switch game originally titled Project Mekuru, will be getting its North American release next month. This new game will pit up to 4 players against each other in order to dominate as much of a board as they can while opponents can ‘flip’ their color. There will also be plenty of power items to help you gain victory, including a speed boost and an item that gives you invincibility. You can fight in different modes including a ‘most panels’ mode and a ‘last-man standing’ mode.

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Nintendo's Plans for SDCC 2017 Revealed

In one week, many Nintendo fans in the San Diego area will have their chance to try out some of the upcoming and already released Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games at San Diego Comic Con 2017. At this year’s SDCC, which will be held July 20 through July 23, Nintendo will have demos for everyone to try including ARMS, 1-2-Switch, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Miitopia, Hey! PIKMIN, and plenty of other awesome games as well.

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An Apologetic Take on the Cease of NES Classic Production

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If you’ve been following gaming news at all recently, you’re probably familiar with the NES Classic. For those who aren’t, Nintendo put out a miniature version of the NES that came preloaded with 30 classic games, including most of Nintendo’s biggest hits, and a controller in late 2016. The whole package retailed for $59.99. While you’ve probably heard of it, there’s a good chance that you don’t currently own one, even if you were willing to buy it. Well, the Big N is at it again, this time with the SNES Classic.

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Very similar to its NES counterpart, the Super Nintendo mini will come preloaded with some excellent classic games and launch this holiday season. If you haven’t yet heard of it, you can check out an article with more details here. Nintendo has also confirmed that, like the NES Classic, the SNES Classic will only be available for a limited time. They don’t intend to continue production after the 2017 holiday season.

That’s where the controversy starts. There was a huge demand for the NES Classic, probably because you got an HDMI ready console, a controller, and 30 great games for the price of a single AAA game today. This demand was seriously underestimated by Nintendo. Pre-orders were sold out in minutes and scalpers had a field day. If you still want to pick one up, don’t expect to pay less than $200 on eBay. Because of this unexpected demand, Nintendo continued to produce the console into the early months of 2017, but they still only scratched the surface of meeting demand.

Then, well before everyone who wanted one was able to pick one up, Nintendo revealed that they had ceased production and would no longer be stocking shelves with NES Classic Editions. As you might expect, people were outraged. They couldn’t believe that Nintendo would stop producing a money-printing machine in the midst of its popularity. How could they be so stupid?

Well, here’s the thing. The NES Classic was only ever going to be a limited edition holiday product. I’ll admit that this might not have been as clear as it could have been when announced, but it was never going to be a long-term member of Nintendo’s console lineup. I think it’s reasonable to suggest that Nintendo should have at least continued production until they stopped selling out the moment they restocked, but there’s something else you’ve got to realize: Nintendo really couldn’t have made that much money from the NES Classic.

SNES Classic

Think about it for a minute. The whole package sold for $59.99. It included a console, a controller, an HDMI cable, and 30 games. If we just take into account the price of the games, then they are effectively priced at $2 a piece. Nintendo almost never charges less than $6 for NES games on Virtual Console, meaning they made far less than they would if they sold each of the 30 games individually on the Virtual Console.

Now, they probably wouldn’t be able to sell each of those 30 games for $6 to everyone that bought an NES Classic. But the price of the NES Classic didn’t just get you the games, it also got you the console, which of course is much more expensive to produce than the NES games that have been available for 30 years now.

Between the console, controller, and HDMI cable, Nintendo couldn’t have been making much of a profit. If we lowball an estimate for producing the electronics at $20, and we assume they are being sold to retailers for $55, Nintendo only nets $35 per unit. This is ignoring other costs, like packaging, taxes, and shipping physical units. We’ve also got to consider that the 30 included games on the NES Classic were not all first party. This means that there are licensing fees associated with re-releasing third party games, which could be quite significant. There are also research and development costs before production that must be considered.

We don’t really know the exact profit margins or all of the hidden costs with the NES Classic, so I’ll stop attempting to guess at them. We can however, considering the many associated costs with the mini console, conclude that Nintendo wasn’t really printing money with the system. I highly doubt they took a loss and I’m sure they even got a nice boost in revenue. But let’s not pretend like the console was raking in the dough.

SNES Classic

Consider this: Nintendo can make significantly more profit, probably nearly double, by selling a single Wii U or Switch game. So then I ask: why would they continue to focus their time and resources on the less profitable NES Classic after holiday season?

It was not coincidental that the cease of production on the NES Classic was so close to the release of the Switch. Nintendo released a great system in the NES Classic, and it far exceeded their expectations. It was a great product to raise awareness about Nintendo games prior to the release of their new console. Now that Switch has been released, the company has bigger fish to fry.

If Nintendo were to continue producing NES Classics after the release of the Switch, they would be competing with themselves for time and resources. We’ve got to remember that this company is producing and shipping millions of units in a very short period of time. It might seem easy to suggest that Nintendo just tell the manufactures to “make more”, but it often isn’t that easy. We’ve recently heard that Nintendo is even competing with Apple to even get materials to produce the Switch.

Considering the scarcity of the Switch, I’m quite happy that the company didn’t try to juggle both. Now that they’ve put out a new console, all their efforts should be focused on providing a smooth experience for that. When they sell a Switch, they are selling a system that will continue to bring in far greater revenue for years to come. When they sell an NES Classic, they make a one-and-done small profit.

SNES Classic

Now, I’m not going to pretend that Nintendo is a perfect company. I just like playing their video games. I’m not afraid to call them out when they do silly things, which they do plenty of. I think they should have been more prepared for the launch of the NES Classic. They have a history of scarcity at launch that is beyond frustrating and needs to be resolved. Considering the data they have from the NES Classic, Switch, amiibo, and all the many collector’s editions that sell out immediately, Nintendo have no excuse not to be prepared for the launch of the SNES Classic. I sincerely hope that they are prepared.

But when they decide not to produce any more SNES Classic after the end of 2017, which they’ve already confirmed is the plan, then I won’t complain. They’ve advertised this as a limited time item (another thing they could have been a little more clear about with the NES Classic). It doesn’t make sense to continue to produce the console when they’ve already put out their latest generation console that deserves their full attention.

Now, please excuse me. I need to mash F5 until September if I want any chance at beating those nasty scalpers to my SNES Classic.

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Splatoon 2 Direct Recap, Everything You Need to Know

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Earlier today, Nintendo streamed a special Splatoon 2 themed Nintendo Direct. It detailed many already confirmed game modes like Turf War, Salmon Run, League Battles, Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker. The direct also delved a little deeper into the world of Splatoon, showcasing some of the gear and clothing as well as the colorful folks who will sell it to you. We also caught news about the first Splatfest and a few more details about SplatNet 2, the mobile app that will allow voice chat.

We also received confirmation that Splatoon 2 will get a steady stream of free DLC and updates for the first year after release. In addition, period Splatfests, the first of which is July 15, will be held for at least two years after the game launches. The game will be releasing world wide on July 21. If you're interested in a more in depth look, check out the full Splatoon 2 Direct and press release below.

REDMOND, Wash., July 6, 2017 – With the Splatoon 2 game launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console in just a couple of weeks, Nintendo partnered with the renowned Squid Research Lab to provide a refresher on some of the new and returning features coming to the squid sequel. The special Nintendo Direct presentation highlighted many of the game’s new features, new weapons, new locations and, most importantly for all the fashion-forward cephalopods out there, its fresh new styles. The video also touched on SplatNet 2, the new service for mobile devices that displays information about Splatoon 2 like stage schedules, gear and stats. SplatNet 2 is part of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app launching on July 21, which lets players send multiplayer invites to their friends via social media, as well as enables the use of voice chat in battles.

Splatoon 2 is a huge, robust sequel to the original Splatoon,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Fans that played and loved the first game will have plenty of new stuff to enjoy, while the game is also a great introduction for players new to the colorful and stylish series.”

Before the game launches on July 21, Nintendo Switch owners can dive into the fun with the Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere demo. This special Splatfest will happen July 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. PT. Players just have to download the free demo in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and choose a team before the Splatfest begins. The demo can be downloaded early before the Splatfest goes live, starting later today.

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:
  • Custom Style: In Splatoon 2, Inklings can be customized to fit the player’s taste. Things like eye color, hair style and skin tone can all be adjusted when creating a character. And this doesn’t even mention the fresh new gear like shirts, shoes and hats that can also be equipped. Since two years have passed in the world of Inkopolis, many styles have been upgraded so no one is caught splatted in something that is “so 2015.”
  • Galleria: To find all these hot new fashion trends, players just have to make their way to the Inkopolis Galleria. This row of popular gear and weapon shops is where all the cool kids and squids hang out. In Ye Olde Cloth Shoppe, a jellyfish named Jelfonzo will help players obtain T-shirts and jackets. A spider crab named Bisk runs the shoe shop Shella Fresh, while Flow the sea slug helps players at the headwear shop Headspace. Weapons can be picked up by stopping by Ammo Knights, run by the knowledgeable horseshoe crab Sheldon. And who doesn’t love food? Inklings can grab a bite at Crusty Sean’s dive to get more points and in-game currency from battles.
  • Gear: Equipping gear in Splatoon 2 will give players special abilities. Each piece of gear has certain abilities, and there are even additional abilities that appear as players use the gear more and more in battle. By speaking to Murch, a sea urchin (naturally), players can freshen up their gear with abilities that reduce ink consumption or help them move faster – some will even decrease respawn time! There is a wide variety of abilities in the game, so selecting the right one to use could make or break the battle.
  • Fresh Features: Some additional features coming to Splatoon 2 include a handy menu that lets players change the sensitivity of the controls separately for TV and Handheld mode, amiibo functionality and the ability to post drawings directly to social media. By tapping a Splatoon series amiibo figure, players can save control settings, gear and weapon loadouts, and nicknames to any Splatoon amiibo figure. New Splatoon series and legacy Splatoon amiibo are all compatible with Splatoon 2 and can also reward players with exclusive gear when tapped. (The game saves data on the amiibo figure, which can hold data for one game at a time. The game, system and amiibo are sold separately. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo for details about amiibo functionality.)
  • Turf War: Turf War, which finds two teams of four battling to ink the most turf, makes its grand return in Splatoon 2. There are all kinds of different stages in the game, ranging from city streets, a sports club, an academy and even a BMX track. Different stages have different environmental hazards, so players will have to work together to figure out the best strategy.
  • Ranked Battles: Every two hours, the three Ranked Battle modes rotate, offering something new to play. The three modes are Splat Zones, which finds teams fighting for control of Splat Zones placed on the stage; Tower Control, a fast-and-frantic mode in which players ride a moving tower; and the chaotic fun of Rainmaker. By winning a Ranked Battle, players increase their rank in each mode. Ranked Battles can be played online*. The modes in Ranked Battle can be played in local multiplayer** in Private Battle.
  • League Battles: League Battles allow players to form a team with friends, fight alongside them and battle their way to the top of the charts. There are two ways to join in these 4-on-4 battles: Players can enlist one other friend to form a pair and be matched with another pair, or connect with three friends to form a four-squid team. Once teams are created, players compete in Ranked Battle modes to aim for a top ranking.
  • Salmon Run: This new local- and online-multiplayer mode* to Splatoon 2finds up to four players** working together to defeat bosses and collect Power Eggs in a limited amount of time. Each match in Salmon Run lasts for three waves, with players having to collect a select number of Power Eggs to advance to the next wave – oh, and at least one player on the team has to stay alive. This last part might be tough since the stage is overrun by Salmonid enemies and giant bosses, each with their own weakness. Salmon Run is a frantic multiplayer mode that can be played locally with friends at anytime and is also available to play online at designated times, just like Splatfest.
  • Single-Player Adventure: Oh no! Callie (of the famous Squid Sisters) has disappeared! Of course, there’s no need to panic. Players can just hop into the game’s single-player adventure to ink their way through a variety of creative obstacles, monstrous bosses and devious Octarians. This single-player mode is also a great way to learn the basics of the game and try out different weapons.
  • So Many Ways to Play!: Splatoon 2 can be played in so many different ways, including TV Mode, Handheld Mode and Tabletop Mode, as well as online* or local multiplayer**. And not only are the game-play options numerous, but the jam-packed sequel can be played anywhere!
  • Main Weapons: In Splatoon 2, weapons come in sets of three: a main weapon, a sub weapon and a special weapon. There are many different types of main weapons, from long-range weapons to short-range ones. Some new (wonderfully named) weapons introduced in Splatoon 2 include the Clash Blaster, Flingza Roller, Goo Tuber and the Dapple Dualies.
  • Sub Weapons: In addition to inking and attacking, many sub weapons will help players with other abilities, such as defending from attacks or revealing enemy positions. The new Autobomb, for example, will find an enemy and automatically follow them, while Toxic Mist, well, is exactly how it sounds! It fills the surrounding area with a poisonous mist, reducing the ink of opponents who dare step in its range, as well as making them move slower.
  • Special Weapons: All the special weapons in Splatoon 2 are new! Some of the weapons making their debut are the Tenta Missiles, the Inkjet, the Sting Ray and the Baller, which lets players roll up walls in an explosive hamster ball. Special weapons can be used once a player’s special meter is filled.
  • Post-Launch Updates: Like the first Splatoon, Splatoon 2 will see a continuing rollout of updates to the game. These updates will take the form of new weapons, like the umbrella-shaped Brella, new gear and additional stages.
  • SplatNet 2: When the Nintendo Switch Online app* launches for mobile devices on July 21, players will also have access to SplatNet 2. This Splatoon 2-specific service helps players stay in touch with Inkopolis even when they are away from their Nintendo Switch systems! SplatNet 2 displays information like stage schedules, gear and stats, and even lets users view their lifetime inkage, a feature that shows how much turf a player has inked compared to real-world places. The Nintendo Switch Online app allows users to invite other players to join Private Battles, League Battles, Salmon Run and Splatfest Battles, as well as communicate with those players using voice chat. (A compatible mobile device and persistent internet connection are required. Data charges may apply.)
  • Splatfests: While content updates for Splatoon 2 will last around a year, more limited-time Splatfests for the game are planned for the next two years. To kick things off, a free demo to try out the first Splatfest for Splatoon 2 is going to be held on July 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. PT. Players just have to download the free demo in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and get ready to decide if cake or ice cream is their dessert of choice. To prepare in advance, the demo can be downloaded early before the Splatfest goes live, starting later today. Once downloaded, players can start the demo to vote for their team, and even visit the in-game mailbox to create and share drawings in support of their team.
Splatoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21. For more information about the game, visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

*Nintendo Account is required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018.

**Additional games and systems are required for multiplayer mode; sold separately

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The First Splatoon 2 Splatfest Will be Held on July 15

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During today's Splatoon 2 Direct, the first of many Splatfests for Splatoon 2 was announced. This time, it'll take place before the release of the game. On July 15 from 3 PM PT - 7 PM PT anyone can try out the World Premiere Splatfest. If you live in Europe, the time is shifted to a more reasonable hour: the event starts at 6 PM CEST. Make sure to download the demo from the eshop anytime before the demo if you want to participate in the event!

Like the first Splatoon, Splatfests in Splatoon 2 will pit two related things against each other. The theme of this Splatfest is Cake vs. Ice Cream. Players will need to choose a side before participating in what is usually 24 hours of Turf War battles. You'll be matched with teams that made the same choice as you and when all is said and done members of the winning team will be rewarded with in-game items. Team winners are determined by a combination of win percentage and popularity.

If you have a strong opinion about the premiere birthday treat or just want another chance to try Splatoon 2 or Splatfests before the game releases on July 21, make sure to tune in for the Splatfest. And if the whole idea sounds rather juvenile to you, hear me out when I say that Splatfests were the highlight of the original Splatoon for me. Give them a try, and happy splatting!

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Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct to Broadcast on July 6

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After the launch of ARMS last month, the next big Nintendo title coming to Switch is Splatoon 2. We’ve heard quite a lot about this game since it was revealed back in January, but it looks like we’ll get one more burst of information this Thursday. On July 6 at 7 AM PT/10 AM ET Nintendo will air a Splatoon 2 direct. This direct will likely be rather short, probably 8-15 minutes in length, and give us some last minute details on the upcoming game. Splatoon 2 will launch globally on July 21, 2017.

There’s a little bit of speculation about what might be revealed during the direct. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any large new game modes, but they are always a possibility. We’ll probably get some info and footage on a few new maps and weapons. We still don’t know everything there is to know about the social app that will facilitate voice chat, so more details on that seem reasonable. Finally, we might even get news of a second testfire, one that is a little bit closer to launch date. That should give Nintendo time to ensure that the servers will be up to par and give Switch owners another opportunity to see if the game is for them. If you can’t watch live on Thursday, make sure to check back and we’ll let you know everything that happens during the direct.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 is Coming to Switch Late Summer or Early Fall

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We've known that SteamWorld Dig 2 was coming to the Switch before any other console for some time now. It was pegged for 2017 when announced, but the kind folks over at Image & Form have narrowed down the release window. The game is "pretty much finished now", and will be released in a few months after a final polish. This means that the game will land on Switch during the late summer or early fall. It will release shortly after on PC and PS4. The game will not release for Wii U, as Image & Form believe that the Switch has replaced it at this point.

We've been fans of the SteamWorld series since the launch of the first game back in 2013. You can read our very positive reviews of SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist on Wii U if you want to know a little more about the series. It's very exciting that SteamWorld Dig 2 will be out on Switch so soon. Expect a full review preceding the launch, and stay tuned for a final release date and more details!

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Marking the Return Part 1: A Metroid II Retrospect

Metroid II Return of Samus

Nintendo surprised us all at E3 by announcing Metroid Prime 4, but they surprised us even more with the reveal of the Metroid II remake everyone in the Metroid community has been clamoring for. But why exactly is it that fans desired a remake to begin with? And is MercurySteam really up to the task?

We at Nintendo Castle have taken these considerations into account and put the original Gameboy outing up to the pedestal. We also had a look to see just what fans themselves wanted from a remake with the oft-praised and controversial Another Metroid 2 Remake. Finally, we put MercurySteam to the test and analysed their first Metroidvania styled effort with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, to see if they’re really up to the task.

Over the next few months, we hope to take you on a trip down memory lane, or maybe even your first ever exposure to this often forgotten classic amongst its newer, more well received peers. We will be marking the return of Samus... have you?

Check out Part 2 and Part 3 of this series!

Part 1: The First Descent

Metroid on the Nintendo Entertainment System was a cult hit, captivating many players with its dark atmosphere and unconventional game design. No longer must you rush from one level to the next, but the world was your oyster as you traversed through tunnels and discovered their secrets. When it came time to produce a sequel, the immensely popular Game Boy was a no brainer. So in 1991, the world was introduced to Metroid’s first portable outing, and the only one for another 11 years, Metroid II: Return of Samus.

Metroid II Return of Samus

Metroid II is often called out as the black sheep of the series (at least for a long while anyway, but that’s another story). Fans have been asking for a remake ever since Zero Mission, a remake of the NES original, was brought to the world in 2004.

Why exactly did people desire a remake, was the original no longer up to par? Since Super Metroid revolutionised the series, and was partially responsible for the genre now known as Metroidvania, yes. Super Metroid ended up superseding all the games that came before it, bringing a slew of new abilities and mainstays to the franchise.

But Metroid II can’t be all that bad, can it? To answer this, we will need to dig deep into the caves of planet SR388 once more to see just how much has changed over the years. The mission, hunt down and destroy all Metroids.

Metroid II Return of Samus

The game begins with Samus landing onto the surface to an upbeat and adventurous tune. The planet is rife with wildlife, but they’re mostly passive and make little attempts to attack Samus. One way leads to a dead end blocked by lava, so there is only one other direction to take. As you plow through, suddenly the wildlife thins, there’s nothing in your way. But eventually, you meet another dead end, and a Metroid. But instead of the iconic jellyfish headsuckers it mutates into a more armoured form.

This is the major change brought in for the sequel, Metroid evolution. There are now new forms of Metroid, Alpha, Gamma, Zeta and Omega; which don’t attack like they did in the first. Sadly, due to technical limitations of the Game Boy, all of them boil down to dodge and shoot. Even the most threatening of new evolutions just have different movement patterns and increasingly more missiles you need to pump into them.

Alas, the game still does a wonderful job conveying just how threatening the Metroids are supposed to be, wildlife scatters away from their nests and husks of the familiar and iconic form indicate that one or more are nearby. However, Samus as an avatar is fairly overpowered, being able to tank hits from them pretty easily. Defeating a Metroid causes a counter to clock down, which goes a little haywire in the corner to direct your attention to how many remain. The more Metroids you defeat, the more lava is removed to push you further into the planet.

Metroid II Return of Samus

Despite most people’s impressions of Super Metroid, Metroid II was actually the first to bring some iconic abilities to the table, such as the Plasma Beam, Space Jump and selectively used Spider Ball. But their usage isn’t exactly well executed. The Spider Ball is slow and clunky, sometimes not reacting to the player’s input because you were a pixel or so off actually being able to climb in the direction you want. The Space Jump is also a bit awkward, having an unclear input window to jump again in midair.

Metroid II is also the birthplace of the iconic shoulder pads on the Varia Suit, as the black and white display of the Game Boy meant they couldn’t just change the colour like before. Much like the original game, beams override each other upon collection. While there is a small hub containing all the beams to be collected at your leisure, it is unnecessary in the end as the Ice Beam is all you will really need to use throughout the whole game.

But one element that Super Metroid brought with it that prior entries could really have used was the in-game map. Metroid II can be awkward to navigate without the use of an external one. While it is certainly better than the original NES game, as it funnels you into distinct areas, demanding you defeat a certain number of Metroids before allowing further progression, it still isn’t perfect. Many rooms and tilesets end up being reused due to memory limitations on the Game Boy, which can be confusing to the player if they get lost. The map also has numerous areas that overlap with other spots, an oversight of the developers maybe?

Metroid II Return of Samus

Atmosphere is definitely one of the series’ highlights, and Metroid II does its best to deliver it. While many games, including the original, use music to evoke atmosphere, Metroid II is restricted yet again to the hardware it was built for. There are some noteworthy musical tracks, like the initial theme playing when you first start playing, but an awful lot of the soundtrack devolves to seemingly arbitrary beeps and boops. These just sound impactless and will likely get drowned out as background noise. However, you do get audible notification of accessing a new area, even if it’s just a short sequence of notes segueing into the next set of beeps.

Despite all this, the level design still conveys a message. As mentioned earlier, wildlife thins out as you enter Metroid nests, and the deeper you go into the centre of SR388 the fewer life forms appear and the stranger they become. Eventually, as you reach the final crawl, life almost seems to come to a complete stop. This shows just how much of a predator the Metroid are. This unfortunately makes recharging on health and missile an absolute chore, having to backtrack to recharge stations or grind it out on what little enemies there are in the current area.

With the majority of the Metroid exterminated, Samus finally reaches the Metroid Hive. Nothing persists here, it is devoid of all life except for Metroid. As you first climb in a lone Metroid egg makes itself apparent and the counter, which at this point used to show but one, rises. The iconic larval form we all know and love finally become present, having only just hatched. The Ice Beam is actually a necessity to defeating them, but the game is fortunate enough to have one last chance to pick it up just before entering the hive. Once defeated, there is only one last hurdle to overcome, the Metroid Queen.

The Queen is easily the hardest encounter in the game, having the highest missile total to defeat. She hits hard and fast, only getting faster the more she is hurt. There is a trick to defeating her though, if missile are shot into her mouth as she lunges her head towards you she can be stunned. You have two options to defeating her, either pump her up full of missiles (the boring way) or stun her with her mouth open and climb inside her as a Morph Ball and lay bombs in her stomach.

With the final challenge overcome, only one thing lies in wait, the Metroid egg from earlier. Instead of destroying it though, it hatches before your eyes and implants on Samus as if she is the mother. It follows you lovingly as you climb out of the hive towards the surface, breaking apart crystals that block your way. This is a rather sweet ending to story of destruction, showing mercy to an infant Metroid rather than killing it on cold blood. It’s still heartwarming, even after all these years.

Metroid II Return of Samus

As a whole, Metroid II hasn’t aged all that well. It isn’t surprising why a remake was demanded for so long. It controls well enough, but precise inputs are very hard to execute. It is much easier to play than the original game, but newer entries only superseded it, making it even harder to return to. Overall, it is still surprisingly playable. You have to approach it with a specific mindset though, and with a map on hand. It’s a quaint journey that can be revisited to check out just how things once were. But it would take take a dedicated fan to want to reimagine this journey to modern standards. Join us next month as we analyse the unofficial return to SR388 in the remake that could have been.

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Super Nintendo Classic Will be Available this Holiday Season for $79.99

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It's been rumored for some time now, but Nintendo has finally announced that they will be putting out a Super Nintendo Mini for this holiday season. It's official title (at least in America) is the Super NES Classic Edition. It will be coming out on September 29 and features 21 excellent games. Seriously, the line-up is killer, you can check it out below. Among many greats (Super Mario RPG, Super Metroid, EarthBound, etc.), is the never-before-released Starfox 2. It will retail for $79.99 and include the console (pre-loaded with 21 games), an AC adapter, an HDMI cord, and two controllers with 5 ft cords.

SNES Classic Europe

It's not a secret that Nintendo couldn't keep up with the NES Classic demand last year, so people are obviously skeptical about whether or not they'll even have an opportunity to pick the SNES Classic up. Nintendo have promised that they will produce more than the NES Classic, but your best chance at getting a hold of one without dropping a few hundred dollars is to pre-order as soon as it's an option. Europe and Japan are also getting their own version of the mini Super Nintendo, which feature form factors and color schemes to match the original console. If you're still not convinced that you want this console, check out the seriously amazing list of games below.

SNES Classic Japan

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

Stay tuned for more information on the Super NES Classic and how you might be able to claim one for yourself

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Salmon Run is the Co-op Mode that Splatoon 2 Really Needed

Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Screenshot

We've known about Salmon Run in Splatoon 2 since the April Direct, but we haven't seen much of it since the initial reveal. Luckily, Nintendo had Salmon Run available to demo at E3 this year and we got a chance to try it out. My time with the game was rather brief, but I'd like to share my impressions nonetheless.

For those unfimiliar, Salmon Run is a new local/online co-op mode in Splatoon 2 that can most easily be described as a zombie/horde mode. The mode is PvE for 2-4 players and features a horde of enemies that will continually spawn on the map. Defeating a bunch of enemies will be necessary to survive, but it won't mean anything unless you also complete the mission of each round: collect enough gold orbs and bring them back to a central basket.

Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Screenshot

Golden orbs can be gathered by defeating larger boss enemies and must be schlepped one-by-one to the basket. The number of orbs you'll need to gather as well as many other variables (difficulty and number of enemies and bosses) depend on how many rounds you've completed and what difficulty you've got the game set to. The demo we tried was a measly 5%, but you can crank it all the way up to 200% which is borderline impossible to complete.

Of course, you'll also be working against a timer. You'll fail a round if the timer runs out and you haven't collected enough orbs or if all of your team dies. Living team members do have the option to save downed comrades, so it's not the end of the world if you bite the bullet at the hands of the salmon-like creatures. The ability to team save adds an extra level of depth and allows some team members to play aggresively while others are more conservative and hold back to heal. Even in our short time with the demo at 5% difficulty, the healing feature saved my team more than once.

Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Screenshot

When the mode was initially revealed, I was very optimistic. The original Splatoon game was excellent for a lot of reasons, nearly all of which seem to be coming back in Splatoon 2. However, local play and co-op was completely awful. The Wii U only supported 2 players at once, one on the TV and one on the gamepad, and it ran choppy at best. Local play just wasn't fun, which meant that most of my time with Splatoon was spent playing against strangers in PvP.

Salmon Run, however, looks to bring an excellent option for local play and co-op. I'll finally be able to play Splatoon with my buddies locally, and we can work together. Communication will clearly be key as the difficulty ramps up in this mode, and I'll be able to do that without using the silly little app that Nintendo seems so keen on pushing. I think an option for local play is vital to my enjoyment of a shooter, and Salmon Run will provide just that.

Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Screenshot

Although I'm quite excited for this mode, I do have a complaint: there seems to be a lack of an option to play split-screen. Although the Switch is growing in popularity and I'm sure more and more of my pals will pick one up, I'd like the option to play split-screen on my TV with my friends who don't own the Switch. This seems like a no-brainer, and I hope I'm surprised by an announcment that this is in fact a feature with Salmon Run.

I didn't get a whole lot of playtime in with Salmon Run, but I did really like what I saw. I'm looking forward to playing locally with my friends and seeing how far we can push horde mode. With the addition of Salmon Run, Splatoon 2 should have a killer single player, online, PvP, PvE, and local co-op. What more could we ask for (besides split-screen, of course)?

Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Screenshot

If you're looking for more Salmon Run footage, check out the following from Nintendo Treehouse at E3.

Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Screenshot

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Super Mario Odyssey E3 Impressions and Demo Footage

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Nintendo's biggest showing on the E3 show floor this year was undoubtedly Super Mario Odyssey. The game is the staple release for Switch this holiday season, so it makes sense that the Big N's E3 presentation pivoted around the new flagship Mario game. I got a chance to try out the demo out E3 this year, so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts as well as 20 minutes of footage that showcases both the New Dong City and Sand Kingdom worlds from the full game.

After waiting in line for about two hours and watching many others play through the demos, I finally got a chance to play Super Mario Odyssey. The Nintendo rep introduced the controls and the two world options. After watching the overwhelming majority of people who were a little quicker to get in line than me try out the enticing New Dong City, I settled for Sand Kingdom. I figured I'd be cool and different or something.

I began my time with the demo by confirming Mario's movement options. All the expected ones are there: triple jump, long jump, crouch jump, side jump, etc. I also messed around with some of the new options, namely Mario's roll and hat throw. You're able to throw the hat at pretty much anytime, whether you're in the air or firmly planted on the ground. I also quickly tried out throwing my hat at some Bullet Bills in an attempt to animate them, as seen in recent trailers. This worked just as expected. In Bullet Bill form, you can't change your position on the y-axis and you'll immediately transform back to plain old Mario when you run into an obstacle. I suppose this prevents simply using a Bullet Bill to zip to the end of a world.

Super Mario Odyssey Screenshot

It was stunning to see a Mario game this pretty. Super Mario 3D World was a good looking game, but Odyssey is a whole step above that. The worlds and environment are beautiful and the characters and objects are colorful and vivid. Also, can we talk about this new theme song, One-Up Girl? The first Mario song with vocals is so darn catchy. I must have heard it a dozen times while on the show floor, but I'm still not tired of it yet.

It's hard to make judgements about about gameplay and level design when you only have 20 minutes to play the game, but I'm very pleased with what I've seen and played so far. It's been awhile since the last sandbox Mario game, so Odyssey definitely has large expectations to live up to. With that said, I think fans will be very satisfied. The seems to take everything that was great about Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and the Galaxy games and create something entirely new.

Super Mario Odyssey Screenshot

I've been digging deep and trying to think about things that I wasn't pleased with after trying out the demo. I'm coming up empty. Everything I saw was delightful and indicative that the next superb Mario game will be Super Mario Odyssey. I'll have to wait until the game is out before making a final judgement, but it's looking like this will be a must-buy for Switch owners. Super Mario Odyssey is coming exclusively to Switch on October 27, so stay tuned for complete coverage!

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ARMS is Now Available Worldwide

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Today marks the worldwide release of Nintendo's latest Switch game. The new IP ARMS is now available worldwide. The game is fighting game that features fighters with flexible arms. We've begun work on ARMS content like our ARMS walkthrough and other ARMS guides. Stay tuned for continued coverage as we uncover all of the secrets and features of ARMS!

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Yoshi on Switch was Revealed at E3 and is Coming Next Year

Yoshi Switch Screenshot

Joining the recently announced Kirby switch game, it looks like we'll also be getting a new Yoshi game on the Switch. A trailer was shown off during Nintendo's E3 direct that can be seen below. Like Kirby, not much is known about this new Yoshi game, but we do know that it won't see release until 2018. We also know that the game is an action platformer (not much of a surprise) that features a world that can be flipped back and forth for a different expirience. You'll also be able to play with a partner in 2 player co-op on the same console. Stay tuned for the latest news about this new Yoshi adventure!

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A Kirby Game is Coming to Switch in 2018

Kirby Switch Screenshot

During Nintendo's E3 direct, we got a first look at a new Kirby game for Switch. We didn't get a final name, release date, or many other details, but we do have a trailer and a few pieces of interesting information. First off, the game won't be ready until 2018, so don't expect to be playing too soon. But when the game does eventually launch on Switch, you'll be able to recruit enemies to help fight along side Kirby. The game will also feature a 4 player co-op mode. More information on Kirby and his latest shenanigans on Switch is sure to come, so stay tuned for more news. Until then, check out the trailer below.

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Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga is Being Remade for 3DS

Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

During Nintendo's Treehouse Live presentation following the E3 direct, two new 3DS games were revealed. The first was a remake of Metroid II in the form of Metroid Samus Returns. The second was a remake of the first Mario & Luigi game for GBA, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga. The 3DS remake will be called Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (we know, the name is a mouthful). The Bowser's Minions mode of the game retells the original version from a different perspective: Bowser's team of baddies. The game is essentially two adventures in one and will launch exclusively on 3DS this October 6.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions will also feature amiibo support. Two new amiibo will launch for the game, a Goomba amiibo and a Koopa Troopa amiibo. Superstar Saga was one of my favorite GBA games and the game that introduced me to the Mario & Luigi series, so it's got a special place in my heart. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it revived on the 3DS and hope that it can live up to its name!

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A Metroid 2 Remake From Nintendo is Coming to 3DS

Metroid Samus Returns

Nintendo fans were very surprised that after the much welcomed Metroid Prime 4 announcement from Nintendo's E3 direct, there was still more Metroid to reveal. During the treehouse presentation following the direct the treehouse team revealed that the 3DS would also be getting a metroid game, Metroid Samus Returns. The game is a remake of the 1991 Gameboy title Metroid II: Return of Samus. However, Samus Returns will feature a great deal of new content and won't be a strict remake. The game is coming sooner than one might expect, with a release date of September 15, 2017.

It's very exciting to see a great Samus Aran adventure get remade and rather refreshing to see another 2d (more like 2.5d) Metroid game. After many years of dissapointment from Metroid fans, it looks like things are starting to turn around. What's more, the game will feature a $49.99 collector's edition that includes a soundtrack and will launch alongside two new amiibos. Make sure to check out the trailer below and stay tuned for more news on Metroid Samus Returns.

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Super Mario Odyssey gets an October 27 Release Date

Super Mario Odyssey

During Nintendo's E3 presentation we finally got a release date for Super Mario Odyssey. The game will come exclusively to Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2017. This is a pleasant surprise, as many expected that we wouldn't see the game until mid-November, shortly before black friday. In addition to the release date, a new trailer was also shown off. You can check it out below.

We got to try out Super Mario Odyssey on the show floor, and we were very impressed. The game is very polished and fans of both Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Galaxy will be satisfied. Make sure to stay tuned for more Super Mario Odyssey and E3 2017 coverage!

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Rocket League is Coming to Switch this Holiday Season

Rocket League Switch

As revealed in Nintendo's E3 2017 press conference, Rocket League will be coming to Nintendo Switch. A solid release date is yet to come, but we'll see the game before the end of the year. What's more, it will feature cross-platform play, so you'll be able to play with friends on various other platforms. Switch owners have been anticipating and asking for Rocket League since the Switch launched, so it's very exciting to see that it is finally coming. Stay tuned for more news on Rocket League and hopefully more details on the Switch version.

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Metroid Prime 4 is Coming to Nintendo Switch

Metroid Prime 4

We didn't see much, but we did get confirmation that Metroid Prime 4 is in development for Nintendo Switch. A developer wasn't confirmed, but it's probably safe to assume that this was the project that Retro Studios have been working on. We'll probably be waiting a little while before we get more news, but the teaser to tide us over was more than enough to bring the hype. We can probably expect the game to release in late 2018, but 2019 certainly isn't out of the question. Stay tuned for more news on Metroid Prime 4.

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Mario Plus Rabbids Officially Confirmed at Ubisoft's E3 Press Conference

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

It probably won't come as a suprise to many at this point, considering the game has been rumored for months and assests were leaked a few weeks ago, but Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was officially revealed during Ubisoft's E3 press conference. The game combines the universe of Ubisoft's Rabbids and Super Mario in a turn-based combat RPG. The game will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on August 29, 2017. Check out the reveal trailer and a behind-the-scenes featuring Miyamoto below.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will feature 8 playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and the four Rabbid versions of each. There will be a total of four playable worlds each filled to the brim with puzzles to solve and enemies to defeat. A co-op mode will allow you to take the game on with friends and there will be three difficulty options to choose from. Combat is based on a grid system and requires you to seek out enemies hiding behind a variety of obstacles.

Stay tuned for more information on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and everything else coming to Switch throughout E3.

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Upcoming ARMS and Splatoon 2 E3 Tournaments Detailed

With June beginning today, we are officially in E3 month. There are only twelve days left until Day 1 of E3 2017, as well as the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video presentation. As well as this, Nintendo has also announced the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational and the 2017 ARMS Open Invitational tournaments during the first two days of E3. For more information on these events, continue reading on.

These will be the first ever tournaments of these games since ARMS will be releasing the Friday of E3 week, June 16, and Splatoon 2 will be releasing on July 21, both games for Nintendo Switch. Today, Nintendo released additional information for these two tournaments including start times, commentators, players, and what modes will be played in the tournaments for the games.

The 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational will be held on June 13 at 2:30 PM PT (5:30 PM ET) and the 2017 ARMS Open Invitational will be held on June 14 at 3:30 PM PT (6:30 PM ET). Be sure not to miss the action on Nintendo’s stream channels on YouTube and Twitch, and be sure to find more information on Nintendo’s schedule at E3 2017 through their E3 website. Also be sure to take a look below for the full press release about these tournaments.

Nintendo details Splatoon 2 and ARMS E3 tournaments

Nintendo is bringing some incredible social, competitive tournaments to this year’s E3 video game trade show. Over the course of two days, fans around the world can watch online as both pros and amateurs compete for glory in the Splatoon 2 and ARMS games, which can only be experienced on the Nintendo Switch console. Fans can watch all the action at http://e3.nintendo.com, as well as on Nintendo’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

“Splatoon 2 and ARMS are games that lend themselves perfectly to tournaments, and E3 is an ideal venue to bring people together to compete,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These friendly tournaments will highlight the fun, competitive nature of these games and the Nintendo Switch hardware for people at home and on the show floor.”

2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational – Tuesday, June 13, Approximately 2:30 p.m. PT

For the first time ever, competitors from four different global regions will compete for world dominance in Splatoon 2. The four four-person teams – “Deadbeat” from the United States, “Dynameu” from Japan, “Rising Moon” from Europe and “Blue Ringed Octolings” from Australia/New Zealand – defeated their rivals in local tournaments that occurred in recent months.

During the show in Los Angeles, teams will battle in a round-robin Turf War tournament that will decide seeding for the next round. All teams will play one another and get a chance to scope out their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. In the next round, teams will battle in the game’s Ranked Battle modes. The semifinal stage will be a best-of-five battle, while the championship will be best-of-seven.

The winning team of the live-streamed tournament will win global bragging rights and will have their names engraved on a sweet Splatoon 2 trophy. Announcers for the Splatoon 2tournament will be avid Splatoon player, Nintendo fan, athlete and broadcaster Jordan Kent, Ashley Esqueda of CNET and the Nintendo Treehouse’s Eric Smith.

To help kids and squids get the most out of all the tournament action, prior to E3 Nintendo will release video content highlighting the tactics, strategies and storylines behind competitive Splatoon play.

2017 ARMS Open Invitational – Wednesday, June 14, Approximately 3:30 p.m. PT

This live-streamed ARMS competition will pit four expert competitive gamers from the fighting game community against E3 attendees who qualify during the event. E3 attendees can visit the Nintendo booth between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 14, for a chance to win a spot in the finals. The top four competitors will be selected to face off against four pro competitive gamers.

The eight tournament participants will do battle until a champion emerges to win the coveted 2017 ARMS Open Invitational championship belt. Announcers for the tourney include Super Smash Bros. broadcasters D1 and VikkiKitty. The participating pro players are Alex Valle of Street Fighter fame; Kelsy Medeiros, aka SuperGirlKels, a professional Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player hailing from Canada; acclaimed Super Smash Bros. player Daniel “Tafokints” Lee; and French Super Smash Bros. player Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr, one of the world’s most decorated professional female fighting game players in history.

For more details about Nintendo’s tournaments at E3, visit http://e3.nintendo.com.

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Switch Paid Online Service Pushed to 2018, Priced at $19.99 Yearly

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Seemingly out of nowhere, Nintendo has released a few more details about their upcoming paid online service that will be required to play online games on the Switch when it launches. We don't have all the details yet, and we still haven't heard anything about Virtual Console, but I imagine we'll know more after E3 rolls around in a few weeks. The two most noteworthy details are that the paid service has been pushed back to 2018 and that it will cost $19.99 per year.

The new Webpage detailing the service also mentions that among the games that can be downloaded as part of the subscription are Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario. Kotaku has also been able to confirm that contrary to an earlier statement, subscribers will be able to play all games available as long as they subscribe, and the free games will not expire after a month. If you're interested in trying the service out before commiting to a yearly subscription, you can purchase 1 month for $3.99 or 3 months for $7.99.

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RUMOR: Mario Plus Rabbids Kingdom Battle Leaked

Note: The information in this article has been leaked or rumored, and not officially confirmed.

We’re almost at the three months mark since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and it appears that Nintendo still can’t keep some of their projects a secret. This project, a mashup between the Mario and Raving Rabbids universes, has been a rumor for quite some time now, dating back to November 18 of last year. Be sure to keep reading for more details on the rumored game, as well as some key details about the game.

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Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Version Announced

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Update: Capcom has released a trailer that can be found at the end of this article.

To the surprise of many, Capcom has announced that they are bringing Monster Hunter XX (pronounced "double cross") to the Switch in the form of Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver.. Monster Hunter XX is the upgraded version of Monster Hunter X (known as Monster Hunter Generations in the west) that released for New 3DS in Japan a few months ago. So far, both the New 3DS and Switch versions of Monster Hunter XX are only confirmed for Japan, but it is very likely that the game will come to the west, presumabley called Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, shortly after it is released in Japan. Further details about the game will be announced during the Monster Hunter Championship 2017 this weekend.

No details are currently known about a release date or exactly what the Switch version will be. It could simply be an HD version of the New 3DS release, but it also has the potential to bring new content to the table. Either way, this is big news for the Switch because Monster Hunter is a system seller, especially in Japan. Stay tuned this weekend and in the future for more information about Monster Hunter XX.

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ARMS Direct Shows Off Fighters, Mechanics, Online, and More

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Earlier today, Nintendo put out an ARMS focused Nintendo Direct that gave us a ton of new information about the upcoming Switch game. Details were given on a number of new characters like Kid Cobra and Twintelle. Details about the mechanics and gameplay were also revealed alongside plenty of new footage. A number of different versus modes including Team Fight, V-Ball, Hoops, and 1-on-100 were also shown off.

Some of the online features of ARMS were also detailed during the direct. Switch owners can either choose to play in Party Matches or Ranked Matches, depending on how competitive they are feeling. Party Matches feature a lobby of up to 20 players that can all battle each other in a number of versus modes. Ranked Matches will be limited to 1-v-1 battles whose outcomes affect the players' ranks.

ARMS Global Testpunch

Following in the footsteps of Splatoon, ARMS will feature a free demo in the form of a Global Testpunch throughout May 26-28 and June 2-4. ARMS will also feature free content updates after the game is released to add value to the experience. ARMS will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on June 16. Check out the full press release and Nintendo Direct below.

Following the ARMS section of the direct, a single player mode from Splatoon 2 was also shown off. So far, the campaign is looking similar to the first game. This hero mode features the Squid Sisters and a grand search for Callie (with the help of Marie). Check out the trailer:

Nintendo Unleashes a Barrage of Details for the New ARMS Game for Nintendo Switch

New Trailer for Splatoon 2 Single-Player Mode Also Debuts

REDMOND, Wash., May 17, 2017 – Nintendo premiered a new Nintendo Direct video presentation all about its upcoming ARMS game for the Nintendo Switch console – with a little surprise from everyone’s favorite Inklings in the Splatoon 2 game as part of a bonus trailer at the end. ARMS was created by many of the same team members that developed the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game for Nintendo Switch, promising the same level of polish and competitive action as the hit racing game. The Nintendo Direct video detailed many new features about ARMS, including key characters, attributes and the game’s numerous multiplayer battle modes, as well as information about a free Global Testpunch demo for the game that starts at the end of May.

“With games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Splatoon 2, the next few months will be a summer of social competitive gaming on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This Nintendo Direct presentation offered great reasons why ARMS is perfect for players of all ages, whether they are familiar with fighting games or not.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

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  • Combat Customization: After selecting a character, players will have the opportunity to equip two ARMS, one on the right and one on the left. These ARMS range from standard fists to things like boomerangs and missiles, offering a wide variety of close- and long-range attacks, as well as offensive and defensive options.
    • Types – Dozens of ARMS can be selected in the game, each with its own special power and handling ability. Different types range from the Toaster, which unleashes a flaming punch, to the Tribolt, which shoots three bolts horizontally. Some ARMS even boost defense, like the Guardian, which can be used as a shield.
    • Attributes – There are seven different ARMS attributes in the game, each with its own specialty: Fire, Electricity, Wind, Ice, Stun, Explosion and Blind. Different ARMS have different attributes, so it’s a good idea to mix and match for a strategic advantage.
    • Weight – When equipping the many different types of ARMS, weight is an important factor in determining performance. Weight affects momentum, so players have to keep this in mind when selecting ARMS. Stronger ARMS are more powerful but slower, while multi-hit ARMS are quick but have lower individual power. Punches can even run into each other while fighting, with the heavier ARMS knocking the lighter ones away.
    • Upgrade ARMS – As players fight through ARMS, they will rack up hard-earned in-game currency for use at the ARMS Getter, where players can use their skills to earn new ARMS and the ability to upgrade previously owned ones.
  • Versus Mode: ARMS is filled to the brim with fun modes that offer a variety of ways to challenge other fighters.
    • Fight – In this main multiplayer* mode, two fighters battle against each other one-on-one to claim victory. During the fight, bombs and other healing items drop in, adding some strategic options to the proceedings.
    • Team Fight – In this mode, two players are attached by strings and must team up to battle another team of two. Attacks can hit allies, so watch out for friendly punches!
    • V-Ball – Similar to volleyball, but much more awesome. V-Ball is a sport that involves knocking an explosive ball into the opponent’s court.
    • Hoops – Grab opponents and shoot them into the net (or even dunk them for extra satisfaction) in this hard-core game of ARMS-style basketball.
    • Skillshot – Break as many targets as possible using the versatile powers of ARMS.
    • 1-on-100 – Defeat 100 enemies in a row, one at a time, in this progressive battle mode.
    • ARMS Test & Training – In Test mode, players can try out randomized ARMS combinations, while Training lets them practice a number of varied drills.
  • Multiplayer* Gaming: Playing with friends either locally or online is easy when using one of the various multiplayer modes in ARMS.
    • Grand Prix – Win 10 straight matches in Grand Prix and players will face a final opponent to be crowned the ARMS champion. (This mode is played locally with one or two players.)
    • Party Match – By connecting the Nintendo Switch console to the internet, players can battle with up to three other ARMS players at a time that are in the same lobby as them. One lobby can hold up to 10 systems, but with up to two players per system, 20 players can potentially get together in the same lobby.
    • Ranked Match – In this time-honored coliseum, players compete online in 1-v-1 battles. By winning a match, a player’s rank goes up, while, conversely, losing will make that rank go down. While waiting to play a Ranked Match online, players can participate in any other mode to pass the time (and tighten up their skills).
    • Local Wireless Mode: When playing in Local Wireless mode, up to eight players with eight separate systems in the same room can gather in an in-game lobby and battle up to three other players at a time like in Party Match.
  • ARMS Update: In the future, Nintendo will release free software updates that add new fighters, stages and ARMS to the game. These free updates will occur after the game launches, so watch for additional details!
  • Global Testpunch: Like Splatoon 2 and Splatoon before it, ARMS is offering free trial periods to try out the game and get a taste of what it’s like before launch. But instead of a Global Testfire, these free demos will naturally be called the Global Testpunch. The first blocks of time will be allocated throughout the weekend of May 26-28, and the second blocks on June 2-4. To participate, simply download the free Global Testpunch demo in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch before the trials begin. Check http://arms.nintendo.com/ for updates about specific timing.
  • Characters: Over the course of the Nintendo Direct presentation, the 10 key playable fighters in ARMS were unveiled. Each with his or her own fighting style, the game’s playable characters are full of personality.
    • Spring Man – This passionate fighter’s bouncy hairstyle might look fake, but his passion for fighting is definitely real.
    • Ninjara – Using his nimble movements and ancient ninjutsu, Ninjara can disappear and warp somewhere else even in mid-air or when guarding.
    • Master Mummy – As the only character that can restore health while guarding, Master Mummy is a force to be reckoned with.
    • Min Min – With her ramen noodle arms, Min Min’s spin kick and throws are deliciously powerful.
    • Kid Cobra – A fan of selfie sticks and livestreaming, this hip fighter pounces on opponents with a charged-up dash.
    • Ribbon Girl – Possessing next-level jumping skills, Ribbon Girl violates the laws of physics with her unbeatable power.
    • Helix – Who is Helix? He’s an experiment gone wrong, that’s who. His springy body lets him move in unpredictable ways.
    • Mechanica – This mechanical genius dons a homemade power suit that can hover above the competition.
    • Byte & Barq – Two fighters in one! This robot fighter and his robot canine companion battle together to unleash devastating combo attacks.
    • Twintelle – As an A-list actress, Twintelle uses her celebrity status to render her opponents utterly star struck as she walks the red carpet to victory.
Splatoon 2
  • Splatoon 2 Single-Player Mode: At the end of the Nintendo Direct presentation, a new trailer for Splatoon 2 debuted, showing off the game’s single-player mode. In a shocking twist, Callie – of Squid Sisters fame – has gone missing and her right-tentacle squid Marie tasks the player to search for Callie and the Great Zapfish. Players can use different weapons in single-player mode to overcome obstacles, defeat enemies and take down towering bosses – weapons like the Roller, Slosher, Splatling or the new Dualies. The single-player mode is designed to teach players tips and tricks that they can then use in multiplayer. For more on the Squid Sisters, check out the Squid Sisters Stories here.
ARMS launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 16. For more information about the game, visit http://arms.nintendo.com/. Splatoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21. For more information about the game, visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com/.

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A.K.A. Mr. Crashy - Mr. Shifty Review

Mr. Shifty Review

Mr. Shifty is a top-down brawler that is largley inspired by 2012's Hotline Miami. Its Switch launch has received quite a bit of media attention, largely due to some overwhelming performance issues. Although these issues are very prevalent and will be detailed in this review, Mr. Shifty shouldn't be written off completely. With publisher tinyBuild promising a performance patch for the Switch version in the near future, it's worth examining this game and it's potential on the Switch.

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New Nintendo 2DS XL releasing July 28

In a very surprising announcement, Nintendo has just announced a new variation of the Nintendo 2DS, the New Nintendo 2DS XL. This new system joining the 3DS system family will be mostly similar to the original 2DS, but will be adding certain elements from the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL such as larger screens, the c-stick, and amiibo compatibility built-in. Currently, the New Nintendo 2DS XL will only be releasing in black/turquoise, but more color options will probably be coming in the future. The New Nintendo 2DS XL will be releasing for $149.99 on July 28, the same day as Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia release for 3DS. Will you be picking one up? Be sure to check below for the trailer and press release.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: What You Need To Know

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is speeding onto Nintendo Switch this Friday! With all the content in this version of the previous Wii U game, is it still worth buying? We have a full rundown of the new (and old) features and content headed to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, to hopefully convince you of getting this game.

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It's Still Goo-d - World of Goo Review

World of Goo Review

Despite being a huge fan of Little Inferno and thoroughly enjoying Human Resource Machine, I've somehow only just played World of Goo for the first time. The game was originally developed by 2D Boy for Wii and PC back in 2008 and was greeted with praise from critics and players alike. Now that Tomorrow Corporation (2D Boy's sort-of succesor) has published the game for Switch, I'm finally able to see if the game lives up to the hype... 9 years later.

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Nintendo Direct April 12, 2017 Recap

In last week’s Nintendo Direct, a new format was introduced, as well as a fair look at the upcoming games for Nintendo 3DS and Switch. While most of the games featured in the Nintendo Direct were new looks or new features being shown off, we did get a good amount of release dates for some of those games, while others got a “2017”, “Holiday 2017”, “Summer 2017”, or “Fall 2017” release timing.

Some of the games featured included the new Pikmin game for 3DS which is now titled ‘Hey! Pikmin’, Kirby games for 3DS, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a whole ton of indie games. While we did get that info, the Direct focused mainly on two upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, ARMS which now has a release date of June 16, and Splatoon 2 which now has a release date of July 21. Be sure to check out the press release and full presentation down below.

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The More the Merrier - The Jackbox Pary Pack 3 Review

Jackbox Party Pack 3 Review

The team over at Jackbox Games must be doing something right, because when I had people over to try out The Jackbox Party Pack 3 on Switch, it seemed like I was the only one who hadn't heard of the game. I'm sure the excellent integration for Twitch streaming that is built is partially to blame for that. Even though all of the games were new to me, it only took a few minutes before I had each of them down and was having blast.

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As Hot as Ever - Little Inferno Review

Little Inferno Review

I quickly fell in love with Little Inferno after first playing the game on Wii U back in 2012. When I head I would have a chance to revisit it on Switch in 2017, I was excited to see how the game had aged. I'll be very blunt and say that Little Inferno seems like it should be the most boring title ever released. But the game somehow manages to take a simple concept (burning things in a virtual fireplace) and turns it into a delightful and engaging expirience.

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Salmon Run and July 21 Release Date Revealed for Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 Salmon Run

More details on the upcoming Switch sequel Splatoon 2 were revealed in today's Nintendo Direct. You can catch the entirety of the footage below, but it mainly features the new game mode Salmon Run. Salmon Run is a PvE Zombies-like game mode where a team of 4 inklings are tasked with defeating waves of Salmonid creatures. Playing Salmon Run will give players rewards, mostlikely gear and weapons. We also finally got a release date for Splatoon 2: July 21 in North America.

In addition to the new game mode, new amiibo were shown off for Splatoon 2. A new Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid were shown off and will launch alongside the game on July 21. Player can befriend the amiibo in-game to save their favorite sets of gear and weapons. Splatoon 2 will also be compatiable with all previously released Splatoon amiibo.

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New Footage of ARMS Reveals a June 16 Release

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During today's Nintendo Direct we got a few new details about the upcoming fighting game ARMS. New fighter Min Min was shown off in detail fighting against Spring Man. Min Min has a dragon arm that can charge a lazer attack and Spring Man gets a special boost when he drops low in health. Most importantly, we also got a release date. ARMS will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch on June 16, 2017.

Weapons in the game come in various classes. Some of these classes include Glove Type, Curve Type, Multi-Shot Type, Heavy Type, and Wind Type. Each weapon will also have a specal elemental based attribute that include the types Fire, Electric, Ice, Explosion, Stun, Blind, and Wind. Additionally, it was revealed that you'll be able to play in 2 vs. 2 four player battles alongside the standard 1 vs. 1 battles. Stay tuned for more information on ARMS and the Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Direct Featuring ARMS and Splatoon 2 Coming April 12

Nintendo Direct April 12

The time has come once again for another beloved Nintendo Direct. We weren't sure if we'd get another before E3 2017, but it look likes the usual early April direct has been confirmed. The direct will air on April 12 at 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET. The direct will features games and announcements for both Nintendo Switch and 3DS, but the focus of this direct will be on the upcoming Switch games ARMS and Splatoon 2. You can watch the full direct on Nintendo's website when it goes live on the twelfth.

I wouldn't be expecting any major new game announcements, especially with E3 right around the corner. Alongside new trailers and gameplay footage, we will likely get release dates and price confirmations (almost definitely $59.99) for both ARMS and Splatoon 2. There likely won't be much else shown, but we might get more details on the upcoming 3DS game Fire Emblem Echoes and possibly some announcements for 3rd party or indie Switch games. Stay tuned for a full recap following the direct on the 12th!

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Cave Story Gets a June 20 Release Date on Switch

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We first found out that Cave Story was coming to the Nintendo Switch when Nicalis tweeted a revealing image in January. Now, we've got official confirmation that Cave Story+ is the version of the game to be released. Like The Binding of Issac Afterbirth+, Cave Story+ will be getting both a digital and physical release on June 20. As such, the game will be a little more pricey than other versions of Cave Story, coming out to an MSRP of $29.99. Cave Story was first released as freeware for PC in 2004 and has since released on a wide number of platforms, so this might not be the first time you've been able to play it. Nevertheless, it's always good to have another platform option and to see developers add more games to the rapidly-growing Switch library.

Cave Story+ Boxart

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The Fall Part 2: Unbound is Coming to Nintendo Switch in 2017

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Remember The Fall from Over The Moon Games? You might have played it on Wii U back in 2014. We even gave it a great review score. Well, after three years of development, Over The Moon has announced that next part of the game, The Fall Part 2: Unbound will be coming to the Switch. The game will release sometime in 2017 on Nintendo Switch as well as Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux. You'll notice that Wii U is missing, so if you want to play this game on a Nintendo Console you'll need to invest in a Switch.

The Fall Part 2 Screenshot

When The Fall released in 2014 it was revealed that the full game would be released as a trilogy in three different parts (think seasons of The Walking Dead). The Fall Part 2: Unbound is the next entry in the trilogy and continues the story of the abandoned Artificial Intelligence ARID. The developers describe the gameplay as Metroidvania meets Point-and-Click, which we can confirm based on the first episode. The first part also featured one of the most engaging stories in indie gaming, so The Fall Part 2 will definitely be a game to consider picking up for Switch.

The Fall Part 2 Screenshot

The Fall Part 2 Screenshot

The Fall Part 2 Screenshot

The Fall Part 2 Screenshot

The Fall Part 2 Screenshot

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Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Times Announced

The times for the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire have now been announced. Just like the original Global Testfire for Splatoon before it released in 2015, Nintendo has confirmed that Splatoon 2 will receive similar treatment. There are six one-hour time slots that will be available for you to test out the game. Before you can do this, you'll need to download the Splatoon 2 Demo from the Switch eShop.

Here are the times:

  • March 24 | 12 - 1 p.m. PT
  • March 24 | 8 - 9 p.m. PT
  • March 25 | 4 - 5 a.m. PT
  • March 25 | 12 - 1 p.m. PT
  • March 25 | 8 - 9 p.m. PT
  • March 26 | 4 - 5 a.m. PT

You'll be able to participate in one or all of the above events. With the number of users likely to get online at the same time, this will surely put Nintendo's servers to the test and ensure that they are ready for the launch of Splatoon 2. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer: will you be picking it up?

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Nintendo Switch is Officially Available in North America

It's now March 3 in North America, which is very significant for Nintendo fans. Nintendo's latest home (and portable) console, the Nintendo Switch is now officially able for purchase. Alongside the system you'll be able to pick up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, and a few other Switch Games. This is a very exciting time and Nintendo Castle is happy to continue to provide full coverage of the Switch over the launch period and into the future. Expect plenty of news and reviews from our team and most importantly: enjoy your Switch!

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Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase Coming February 28

Many Nintendo fans are eager for the arrival of the Nintendo Switch as well as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and other games at the end of this week. With the Switch releasing this week, Nintendo has decided to have a showcase to show off some of the upcoming Nindie games coming to Nintendo Switch, and hopefully some release dates for those games. We can only hope we can see games like the upcoming Yooka-Laylee shown off in this presentation, since it was previously moved from Wii U to Switch. Keep reading on for more Nindie information before the Switch launch.

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Snipperclips Will be Releasing on March 3 as a Launch Title for Switch

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When Nintendo announced Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! during the Switch presentation, we didn't think it would be at the top of our must-have Switch games list anytime soon. But after the Treehouse team showed the game off a little more (check out the full video below) we quickly fell in love with it. What's better, we just got word that Snipperclips will now be a launch title for the Switch. Starting on March 3, you'll be able to download Snipperclips from the eShop for $19.99. The game is a couch co-op title that features playable shapes that you and up to three partners need to cut up in order to accomplish a variety of simple goals. You can check out a gameplay video that shows off this concept in much more detail below.

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Fast RMX and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove are Now Launching with the Switch

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Although we now know that there won't be a virtual console ready for the Switch's launch on March 3, we do have confirmation that two indie titles will be ready for release alongside the Switch. These two titles are Fast RMX from Shin'en and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games. As soon as you get your hands on the Switch (if you're not too busy playing Zelda), you'll be able to download these two games from the eShop. The status of a physical release is not yet known for either title. Fast RMX will be priced at $19.99 and Treasure Trove will run you $24.99.

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Splatoon 2 Brings Backs the Global Testfire Event

With the Nintendo Switch releasing worldwide in less than 3 weeks (18 days for those counting), more and more information gets out as we get closer to the big day that is March 3. Even games not releasing at launch like Splatoon 2 is getting more info! As announced by Nintendo yesterday, Splatoon 2 will be bringing back the Global Testfire, a downloadable demo that can be played at certain times to test out Splatoon 2. The original Global Testfire for Splatoon was held the weekend of May 8-9, 2015, as well as May 23, 2015, just a few weeks before the release on May 29, 2015.

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Nintendo Will Run a Switch Ad at the Super Bowl

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Nintendo seems to be quite serious about marketing for their new Switch console. Today Nintendo released a 30 second advertisement (and an extended version) featuring the Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that will run during this weekend's Super Bowl LI. The Super Bowl is the most watched event on American television, often breaking 100 million live viewers, and a 30 second ad costs $5,000,000 to air. This investment shows Nintendo's commitment to rectifying the poor marketing mistakes made with the Wii U and will hopefully be well received by the Super Bowl's massive audience.

Here's the 30 second ad featuring Breath of the Wild:

Here's an extended version that won't run during the Super Bowl:

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More Info Announced for Upcoming 3DS Games

With the Nintendo Switch releasing in almost one month and the Wii U receiving its last big first-party title being The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, it’s only appropriate that the 3DS gets some love too. In a recent press release, Nintendo of America announced new information previously announced titles such as Mario Sports Superstars and Tank Troopers, as well as even more.

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Tomorrow Corporation is Releasing 3 Games on Switch at Launch

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Earlier this week we got word that Nicalis will be bringing three of their games to the Switch, including The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + at launch. Once of my favorite indie developers, Tomorrow Corporation, are following suit and also bringing a trio of their games to the Switch. World of Goo, Little Inferno, and Human Resource Machine are all confirmed digitally for the Switch eShop. What's more? You'll be able to play all three of these games on March 3, the day that the Switch launches worldwide. All three of these games are worth your time (Little Inferno is one of my favorite indie games ever) and they'll even include a Switch exclusive soundtrack mode with each game. The Switch launch lineup is getting more robust each day, so make sure to stay tuned for more news on the Switch launch and indie games.

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Why I'm not making the 'Switch'

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I wish to preface this article by saying there’s nothing I find wrong with the Switch. It looks like a fantastic console, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. If you want to get a Switch at launch, by all means do so. This article is just my personal reasons on why I won’t be buying one at launch.

It has been said countless times before, software sells hardware. You need to have the games in order to sell the consoles. The launch lineup for the Switch is just void of any serious exclusives. The only launch game actually worth getting is Breath of the Wild, however this isn’t a console exclusive. The Switch has been confirmed to offer a slightly better experience in Breath of the Wild in the form of better background sounds, and it renders at 900p instead of the Wii U’s version being at 720p. For the most part, however, both versions are identical.

The remaining launch titles are:

Just Dance 2017 (Not an exclusive, already released on other consoles October 2016)

Skylanders: Imaginators (Again, not an exclusive and also launched in October 2016)

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Also not an exclusive and released on Steam in January 2017)

Super Bomberman R, which is an exclusive, and I do have to admit it does interest me, as I do like Bomberman, but it’s not enough to get me to buy a console.

Then, we have 1-2 Switch, which can be equated to Wii Sports or Nintendo Plaza. It’s just a game that demonstrates what the hardware is capable of, but leaves no lasting gaming experience. It’s essentially a party/gimmick game.

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None of these games make me want to run to my local store and purchase another gaming console, when I still have games I haven’t played on other consoles. Now, on the plus side, there are a lot of great games that Nintendo has shown will release on the Switch. By the looks of things, we’ll get one great game per month. Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Super Mario Odyssey are all games that will release this year.

This will make for a great lineup just a years’ time, but just like with the Wii U, the game that people will be playing most after launch is The Waiting Game. Personally, I would rather have seen Nintendo wait until November to release the Switch, so that all of these games could be launch titles, which would be the best launch lineup in history. Sadly there’s not much on offer at launch.

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Another reason for my decision to wait on the Switch, is the overall user-interface and operating system. At launch, a lot of times the console isn’t the best it can be. This was shown through updates to the Wii U that brought about the quick-launch menu to bypass the home screen and go right into playing a game. It even took the 3DS a few months after launch before it received an update for the eShop. Now, the Switch will have an eShop at launch, but there are still unknowns with the overall operating system.

We do know that Nintendo is not going to carry Miiverse over to the Switch, but many people are wondering what it will be replaced with, if it is going to be replaced at all. New information is coming out each day, and I’m sure by the time the console is launched, we will have the missing pieces, however, I still think it will be an easy decision to wait for the optimization updates. To be honest, the early user-interface doesn’t really bug me much at all, as I sometimes like to see how a console grows and develops through its life-cycle, but I also like an already optimized experience as well.

Finally, I’m just not looking to buy a new console at this exact moment in time. Before the 3DS came out, I was already looking to buy a new DS. I had heard the rumors of a new glasses-free 3D DS, so I decided to wait for a year to see if they were true, and I’m glad I waited. The 3DS did have the same software trickle issue, but by the end of 2011 there were some fantastic games for the 3DS, just like there will be for the Switch.

The main point is, I’m personally not ready for a new console. My Wii U has hardly seen any use since its release, and I really regret not using it more. Another part of the issue for me, is that I just don’t have the time to dedicate to serious gaming as I had a few years ago. It would not make sense, therefore, for me to purchase another console at this moment in time.

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Now before I wrap things up, allow me to get serious here. If the fact that not every game will be 1080p 60fps turns you away from the Switch, do us all a favor and go build a PC. Gaming is not all about framerate and resolution, it’s about the overall experience, and I know the visuals can heavily add to that, but at one time, all of us were able to get lost in Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 1 games. I don’t buy a console for the hardware specs, I buy it for the gaming experience that I can only enjoy on that console.

At the time of launch, the Switch isn’t able to offer a solid gaming experience. I may get envious of other people with a Nintendo Switch, but hopefully by holding out, I’ll end up happier. There’s also the chance I could be horribly wrong and wish I had purchased the Switch at launch, in which case I would be completely ok with that. I want the Switch to be as successful as possible, however from a personal standpoint, I see no reason to buy it at launch.

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Fire Emblem Heroes is Coming to iOS and Android February 2nd

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Alongside a brand new 3DS entry, an upcoming Switch release, and Fire Emblem Warriors for Switch and New 3DS, a new mobile Fire Emblem game is also on the radar. On February 2, 2017 iOS and Android users will be able to download Fire Emblem Heroes for free. This new smartphone expirience is Nintendo's 3rd (or 4th, if you count Miitomo) plunge into the mobile market with a major franchise, following Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run (which is coming to Android in March).

Gameplay of Fire Emblem Heroes focuses on the summoner (that's you) building an army of units and engaging againt enemies in battle. As with most strategy RPGs, expirience is gained after each battle that will make your heroes and army stronger.

Unlike Super Mario Run's strategy of a fixed price point, Heroes will monetize through micro-transactions. For a currently unknown price (or through in game grinding) you'll be able to purchase orbs that allow you to gather more in-game characters known as heroes. The heroes are Fire Emblem characters that come from a wide range of games in the series.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Hits 3DS on May 19

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During last night's Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct, a number of new Fire Emblem titles were announced. One of them was Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia which is coming sooner than you might expect. The game will launch on 3DS on May 19, 2017. The game is inspired by the Japenese exclusive Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was the second game in the series that was released in 1992 for the Famicom.

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Nicalis is Bringing 1001 Spikes and Cave Story to Nintendo Switch

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Update: Nicalis deleted their tweet. It's very likely that they weren't supposed to show off the UI of the Switch under a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Nintendo and that the games are still coming.

Nicalis, who are bringing The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + to Switch at launch, teased us a few minutes ago on Twitter with a picture of 1001 Spikes and Cave Story on the Switch UI. Although they haven't technically officially confirmed the games, they might as well have, they are pretty much guaranteed to be coming at this point. No details about release dates have been given, but it's safe to assume they will release close to launch, as these games have been finished for years. The tweet included the above screenshot, showing off a few new features of the Switch UI. It looks like , and the text "Isaac was lonely so we brought a few friends to keep him company. #NintendoSwitch".

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Fire Emblem Warriors is Coming to Switch and New 3DS Fall 2017

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During the Nintendo Switch presentation, it was announced that a Dynasty Warriors and Fire Emblem crossover titled Fire Emblem Warriors would be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. A new trailer was shown in the Fire Emblem direct yesterday, alongside the information that the game is coming to both the Nintendo Switch and New 3DS. The game is expected to release during Fall of 2017. I thoroughly enjoyed Hyrule Warriors on Wii U, so I look forward to seeing what Fire Emblem Warriors has to offer. You can check out the brief trailer below. If you're interested in the other Fire Emblem news, check out a full recap of the direct.

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Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct Recap

Announced earlier last week, Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Direct revealed a lot of exciting Fire Emblem information. Some of the expected things shown off include the upcoming Fire Emblem Heroes smartphone game and Fire Emblem Warriors for the Switch. Surprises include new Fire Emblem amiibo, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for 3DS, Fire Emblem Warriors also coming to New 3DS, and the announcement of a mainline Fire Emblem game coming to the Switch next year. Be sure to watch the Direct below, and check out the full press release as well.

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Nintendo Switch Presentation Recap and Summary

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Thursday night's Nintendo Switch presentation shed some light on Nintendo's upcoming console and introduced a number of new games to look forward to throughout 2017. We found out that the Switch will launch March 3 and cost $299.99. The two options for console bundles will include the tablet console and a dock, two Joy-Con controllers (with color options), and everything else you need to get it running, but no pack-in game. We got a look at the launch line-up that includes the Wii Sports-esque 1-2-Switch and the stunning Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Keep reading for more details on software, a press release, and to watch the presentation in full.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Coming to Nintendo Switch on April 28

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The Mario Kart footage that was shown during the Switch reveal a few months back raised more questions than it answered: was this a Mario Kart 8 port? Did the ability to hold two items mean that it was a sequel to Double Dash? Would there finally be a proper battle mode? In a trailer released after the Nintendo Switch presentation, we finally found out that the footage we saw was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which will be coming to the Switch on April 28, 2017. The game is not a sequel, but rather a port of Mario Kart 8 that includes all DLC and is enhanced with a number of new features. This will surely be the definitive version of the game, but whether it will be worth the likely $59.99 upgrade remains to be seen. You can catch more details alongside a trailer and screenshots after the break.

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Splatoon 2 Announced for Nintendo Switch: Coming Summer 2017

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We first saw some footage of Splatoon running on Nintendo Switch during it's reveal at the end of 2016, but Nintendo has finally shed a little more light on what we saw. Although many thought the game would simply be a port of the Wii U version of Splatoon, it was revealed during the Nintendo Switch presentation that Splatoon 2 will be launching as a sequel on the Switch. No hard release date has been given, but the game will release sometime during the summer of this year. The game features a whole new set of maps, weapons, and inklings alongside other new features. Keep reading for more details, a trailer, and plenty of screenshots.

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Super Mario Odyssey is a Sandbox Mario Adventure Coming Holiday 2017

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The latest Mario game that we got a sneek peek at during the Switch reveal last year has finally been shown off in full. Super Mario Odyssey is a sandbox Mario game to the tune of Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine. This is very exciting news; Sunshine came out on Gamecube 15 years ago and we haven't seen a game quite like it since. Many were hoping that we would see this game on March 3 alongside the launch of the Nintendo Switch, but it looks like we'll have to wait quite a bit longer. The game will release during the Holiday 2017 season (traditionally this means the third week of November). The game will almost definitely have a MSRP of $59.99, but nothing official has been revealed. Check out the trailer, more details, and a ton of screenshots below!

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Nintendo Switch will Release March 3 for $299.99

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During the Nintendo Switch Presentation on January 12, we were finally given a release date and MSRP for Nintendo's upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. The console will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 for a suggested retail price of $299.99. The MSRP is up to retailers in Europe and will run 29,980 yen in the Japanese market. This price is in the ball park of what we were expecting, although many were hoping for a $249.99 price point to better compete with Sony and Microsoft.

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Nintendo Switch Presentation Coming This Week

It's almost time. Originally announced in October, the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 is coming this Thursday, January 12 (may differ depending on where you live). The highly anticipated presentation will offer a look at some of the games currently in development for the Switch, as well as an announcement of launch date and price for it. The presentation will be broadcast on Nintendo's Twitch Channel, as well as on their YouTube Channel, and will take place at 11PM EST (8PM PST) from the Tokyo Big Sight in Japan. Continue reading for more information regarding Switch happenings and events.

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Full Steam Ahead - SteamWorld Heist Review

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SteamWorld Heist made it's debut on 3DS in 2015 as Image & Form's second entry in the SteamWorld franchise. Since then, and HD version of the game has released on Wii U and many other platforms. Unlike SteamWorld Dig (an excellent game in its own right), SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based strategy action adventure. Along with a new genre and gameplay, Heist features a whole new cast and despite existing in the same universe as it's predecessor, is a whole new experience.

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Worth More Than Half - Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Review

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Once again, the crew at WayForward have come forward with another title in the Shantae series, which has been gained a lot of traction lately. Originally pitched to the public via Kickstarter in September 2013 and successfully hitting its goal, it took its time in the oven. Finally having hit the world little over three years later, has the wait been worth it?

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Super Mario Run Gets a Release Date

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Nintendo’s biggest mascot is finally going mobile. Last month, Nintendo finally announced the release date of Super Mario Run for iOS to be December 15, 2016, after it was first revealed back in September with a release date of Holiday 2016. In the game, Mario continuously runs, and you must control when Mario jumps, including how he jumps, and the height of his jump. This is a change in the Mario series, as you usually entirely control him. There are also two other modes including Kingdom Builder to build you own Mushroom Kingdom, and Toad Rally, which is sort of like ghost mode in Mario Kart.

You can download the game for free when it releases, but you can only play a few of the levels. In order to play the full game, you must make a one-time purchase of $9.99 as an in-app purchase. While the iOS version is releasing this month, an Android version is apparently in the works, coming next year. Will you be getting Super Mario Run? You can check out the website here, and the introduction video down below.

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Nintendo Announces Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017

Looks like Nintendo doesn’t want to keep us waiting! In a surprise announcement to financial analysts today, Nintendo officially announced the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, a livestreamed event to reveal major information about the upcoming Nintendo Switch platform. Just revealed on October 20, the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s next home gaming console, to be a hybrid so you can play on your ‘home console’ on the go. The 2017 Presentation will reveal key info, such as a release date, pricing, and games currently in development for the hardware. While this presentation is still a few months away on January 12, it is nice to know when we will be learning many new things about the Switch again. Check below the article for the full announcement by Nintendo.

Nintendo reveals plans for Nintendo Switch presentation

In a presentation to financial analysts today in Tokyo, Nintendo Co., Ltd. president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that major details regarding the company’s new Nintendo Switch home gaming system will be shared at the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time. The presentation will include the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development.

Kimishima also announced that Nintendo Switch sampling events for invited media, partners, and consumers will take place in the U.S. and Europe after the presentation at later dates. There will be opportunities for the public to participate in other hands-on events around the same time, details of which will be announced later.

The exact time of the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 will be announced through Nintendo’s social media channels in the coming weeks. Last week, Nintendo Switch was first revealed in a video, available at http://www.nintendo.com/switch.

For more information about the company’s financial results in fiscal first half, please visit https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/.


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A First Look at the Nintendo NX: Nintendo Switch Officially Revealed

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Nintendo just revealed the Nintendo NX, which can be seen above. The official name is the Nintendo Switch. As you can see - this confirms the hybrid style system. You can play it at home or on the go. The console seemingly un-docks from a base and can be taken anywhere. The console appears similar to the Wii U GamePad when not docked. For more information, check out the press release below and be sure to watch the embedded reveal video...

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The NX Is Finally Getting Revealed

After many years of waiting, Nintendo will officially be unveiling their next gaming platform, currently known under the codename of "NX", tomorrow. The announcement comes after several months of leaks and rumors, as well rumors that this would be the week of the reveal, which we now know is true. Keep reading on for what you should know about NX before tomorrow.

Several years have passed since Iwata first announced the beginning of a new project back on January 31, 2013 during Nintendo's Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing. Iwata first mentioned this project under the codename "NX" on March 17, 2015 during the Nintendo and DeNA Business and Capital Alliance announcement. Since then, many different rumors, leaks, and speculation have come about, with many of the "leaked NX prototypes" turning out to be fake.

But tomorrow, we will finally know what the NX is. Rumored to be in tomorrow's 3 minute announcement will be the final name of the NX, what the NX looks like, what it does, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on NX. Whether or not this is true, we will have to wait and see.

Be sure to catch the preview trailer for, "Nintendo's next home gaming system" (as said on Nintendo's website) tomorrow at 7AM PT (10 AM EST), and watch as a new chapter in Nintendo's history unfolds.

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Run Time Error - Human Resource Machine Review

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Remember Little Inferno from the Wii U's launch back in 2012? It was the first indie I played on Wii U and it remains to be one of my favorites. Despite being entirely unorthodox, it had everything I never knew I wanted from a game. The developers (who also had their hands in the excellent World of Goo), Tommorow Corporation, has finally put out another game: Human Resource Machine. Did it live up to hype after their history of stellar games? Probably not. But we thought it was pretty fun anyway.

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Does it Make the Cut? - Severed Review

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Drinkbox Studios have opted to take a different direction for their latest game. Traditionally preferring to make 2D sidescrolling platformers such as Guacamelee, Severed is first person dungeon crawler with almost entirely touch based controls. This may like an eyebrow raiser, but Drinkbox have managed to make a very noteworthy example for how touch controls should be handled.

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A Quirky RPG Masterpiece - Earthbound Review

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Earthbound hit shelves in North America for the first time during the Summer of 1995. Although the game was some what of a commercial failure in the United States (probably due to botched advertising attempts), the adventure is now a cult classic and is commonly regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time. The game is now available via virtual console on 3DS and Wii U, and it's fine time we review it.

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Evolution or Paradox? - Noitu Love: Devolution Review

Noitu Love Devolution Logo

Time for a little history lesson. In 2006, Joakim Sandberg made a little PC game called Noitu Love (those with keen eyes have no doubt noticed what it spells backwards). It was a short little platformer, but ultimately didn’t break any molds. Instead of giving up on the idea, Joakim instead made a drastically different sequel in 2008 titled Noitu Love 2: Devolution, also for PC. There was an attempt to bring the sequel to the Wii in 2010 with Golgoth Studios, but that never came to pass. Fast forward to today and MP2 Games has brought it to both 3DS and Wii U as just Noitu Love: Devolution with exceptional results.

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Shovel Knight's Next Free Expansion Pack is Coming in 2017

Shovel Knight Specter of Torment

It's been quite a while since we've seen any Shovel Knight news, given that the game was released over two years ago. However, developer Yacht Club Games has decided that now is the time to reveal the second of three promised Shovel Knight expansions: Specter of Torment. Following last year's Plague of Shadows release, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will feature an entirely new campaign with a new playable character: Specter Knight. The expansion will be free on all platforms and is set to launch during the Spring of 2017.

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Wonderfully Confusing - Axiom Verge Review

Axiom Verge Screenshot

In 2010, Thomas Happ began work on a passion project in his spare time inspired by cult favourites like Metroid and Bionic Commando. Initially intended to release in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PC, it eventually launched in 2015 on Playstation 4 and PC. After around a year of negotiation and finding assistance from Blit Works, it makes its way to Wii U this year to the excitement of many Metroid fans. But does it hold up to expectations?


Platforms: PS4, PC, Vita, Wii U [Reviewed], Xbox One
Developer: Thomas Happ Games
Release: September 1, 2016
MSRP: $17.99
Press Copy provided by Thomas Happ Games


Straight off the bat, moments after starting the game, the Metroid influence is very clear. The visuals feel like an evolved NES Metroid style, the music is alien and oppressive, you even go left to pick up your first power-up. The early game is fairly straightforward and eases you into the game’s mechanics, introducing new elements that distance it slightly from the Metroid formula. Things are very promising as you keep pushing forward. Eventually though, things might start to get a little abstract.

After a few areas your objective becomes unclear, you are likely to find yourself lost trying to find where to go next. The map layout certainly doesn’t help you work out where to go and there aren’t many clear destinations. You really are on your own in trying to find your way around, with plenty of cryptic secrets dotted around the map. Backtracking becomes a chore too, as you will be all over the place even with the intended progression. Despite that, you are free to tackle things in any order you’re capable of doing with your current arsenal.

Axiom Verge Screenshot

Once you do find your way around though it’s a wonder to explore, as new abilities open up more areas of the world with lots of variety. However, there is an overabundance of weapons for your gun in the game, many of which don’t hold much purpose. Some weapons are most useful against specific enemies, but don’t be too surprised if you start picking favourites to stick to.

The story isn’t too much to write home about, being deliberately laced with mystery with more questions than answers. Various notes dotted throughout the game shed light on the situation, with backstory and lore to flesh out the world. Some secrets feel a little too secretive, often making you wonder how you’re supposed to work it out, but a lot of it does eventually come together. Some secrets require secret codes which are hidden in some of the notes, which are perhaps the most cryptic element of the game. There are also a variety of secret worlds which the locations to are randomly generated with each playthrough, which further adds to the confusion.

For Wii U specific features you can have the map always present on the Gamepad screen, select weapons on the fly and even tinker with a few visual settings. It isn’t much and doesn’t necessarily make it a definitive version, but they’re welcome nonetheless.

Axiom Verge Screenshot

Axiom Verge does a lot of very clever things but ultimately falls short of being a masterpiece through its lack of clear cut direction and too much padding. It’s a shame considering that when it’s good it really does excel. It sorely needs a redesigned map to better guide the player through in a logical manner.


Pros:

  • Tight controls
  • Very atmospheric
  • A solid challenge

Cons:

  • Confusing design
  • Overemphasis on backtracking
  • Excessive weapon selection

Verdict:

Great

Great

Great games are generally good buying decisions and are recommended for those with an interest in the genre. There might be a few flaws that detract from the gameplay, stories, controls, presentations, or value, but the game is still an enjoyable experience that justifies a full playthrough.



Want to know what this score means? Check out our Scoring Guidelines page.

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September 1 Nintendo Direct Recap

Nintendo Direct

A few hours ago, Nintendo aired its first Nintendo Direct in quite some time. This direct was 3DS-focused and provided information on a number of upcoming 3DS games as well as introduced a few new games into the mix. Among the highlights of the Nintendo Direct were the revelations of the Super Mario Maker and Pikmin games coming to 3DS. Other news includes a new trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon, details on Yokai Watch and Dragon Quest VII, Mario Sports Superstars and Mario Party Star Rush, a new free update to Animal Crossing: New Leaf that adds amiibo functionality, further information on the Nintendo Selects range of products, and a variety of 3rd party, Indie, and amiibo news. You can watch the presentation in full and read the official press release below.

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A New Pikmin Game is Coming to 3DS in 2017

Pikmin 3

A new Pikmin game for 3DS was announced earlier today during the Nintendo Direct. The game differs from the 3 console Pikmin releases thus far in genre, this new game being a side-scrolling adventure game. It's been described as a fast-paced puzzle side-scroller with traditional Pikmin elements. The different colored Pikmin will still have unique abilities and immunities. However, it appears that Olimar will be in control of far less Pikmin at once and most of the real time strategy aspects of the game are gone.

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Super Mario Maker is Being Ported to the 3DS

Super Mario Maker Logo

During today's 3DS-focused Nintendo Direct presentation, a port of the Wii U game Super Mario Maker was revealed for the 3DS. Super Mario Maker 3DS will feature all the course creation tools available in the Wii U version, bar the mystery mushroom costumes. You'll unfortunately not be able to share the courses you create online (although a select number of online Wii U courses will be playable), as Nintendo has elected to focus this version of the game on local and more intimate course sharing. This means that courses can be shared from 3DS to 3DS and through Streetpass. The game will release on Decemeber 2, in time for the holiday season.

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A Special 3DS Exclusive Nintendo Direct is Scheduled for September 1

Nintendo Direct September 1

The Nintendo NX will not be revealed during this event! Nintendo wanted to make sure that that was very clear. Rather, a Nintendo Direct has been scheduled for September 1 that will focus on 3DS titles leading into the holiday season and final quarter of the year. Expect (but don't quote me on this) details on many upcoming RPGs like Yokai Watch, Dragon Quest VII, and, of course, Pokemon Sun and Moon. The 3DS Direct begins at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET). This will be the first direct in some time, so make sure to tune in on Thursday or check back on our homepage for the details from the direct.

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Gaming Reinvented is Hosting a Writing Contest That Could Land you Free Games

Gaming Reinvented

How would you like to win $200 worth of games of your choice? Our friends over at Gaming Reinvented are hosting a writing contest that might just land you that prize. All you need to do is write an original gaming related piece of content. This can be anything from articles, news stories, guides, walkthroughs, or other creative works. After joining the forums and submitting your piece, owner CM30 will judge your piece based on quality of content and the presentation of your writing. Make sure to check out the FAQ if you've got any other questions and you can see the full directions for submitting below.

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force: What You Need To Know

Today, Metroid Prime: Federation Force released for Nintendo 3DS. The game was revealed with the 'Blast Ball' gamemode during the Nintendo World Championships 2015, and officially announced during the Nintendo E3 2015 Digital Event on June 16, 2015. Still not sure if you'll want to buy it? Look no further! Keep reading on for a full guide on what is in store for the game.

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Metroidvania Indie Axiom Verge is Finally Coming to a Nintendo Platform

Axiom Verge

Ah, Axiom Verge. The Metroidvania indie that received critical acclaim after it's release on Playstation 4 and PC early last year. The game features Trace, your average-joe scientist who gets thrown into a world of side-scrolling space exploration. The eerie, lonely, 2D worlds packed with over 60 power-ups and dozens of monsters screams "Metroid". After the release of AM2R earlier this month, fans are hungrier than ever for a classic Metroid expirience. According to staff member Jonathan whose tried the PC vesrion, Axiom Verge will curb their hunger. What's more? It's now headed to Wii U.

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Fan-made AM2R Unofficially Celebrates Metroid's 30th Anniversary

Another Metroid 2 Remake Logo

It seems that another Metroid anniversary has come and gone with no official recognition from Nintendo. Despite this, Metroid fans march on and the lovely team behind the Metroid II meets Zero Mission fan-game Another Metroid 2 Remake have officially released the game. 8+ years in the making, "AM2R" is a complete remix of Metroid II: Return of Samus and features new Zero Mission-inspired graphics, a beautifully remixed soundtrack, tight controls and mechanics, and new areas to explore. The game is available as a free windows download and seems to run flawlessy.

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The Legend of Kusakari Lanuches on 3DS on August 25

The Legend of Kusakari Logo

Australian publisher Nnooo recently announced a release date for The Legend of Kusakari. The game has been out for a while in Japan, but is now getting an international release on August 25 in North America, Europe, and Oceania. The Legend of Kusakari is a Zelda-inspired game (just look at the logo) that tells the tale of a young boy named Shiba Kari whose sole purpose in life is to cut grass and clear fields. As Shiba, you'll advance through 50 levels by cutting grass, solving puzzles, and staying out of the way of the ongoing conflict. The game will be launching exclusively on the 3DS eShop. Check out the trailer and other assests for hte game below and check back for our review and more information for The Legend of Kusakari near the end of the month.

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An Official "Mini-NES" Will Hit Shelves this Holiday Season

NES Classic Edition

Nintendo revealed via a press release earlier today that they'll be launching a new piece of hardware in time for this holiday season. The NES Classic Edition is a miniature version of Nintendo's iconic first system, the Nintendo Entertainment System. The system comes with a NES classic controller and 30 pre-installed games. The console will set you back $59.99 and additional controllers will be sold for $9.99. It should be noted that physical NES cartidges will not fit in the mini-system and that no additional games will be released any time in the future.

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Final Splatfest Announced for July 22

It has come to that time, the arrival of the final Splatfest in Splatoon. This past week, Nintendo tweeted out the theme for next Splatfest, also announcing that it will be the final one. This theme comes after the end of last Splatfest, when Marie’s team, the Night Owls, won against the Early Birds. This led to some interesting dialogue between the two sisters, stating that the next Splatfest, they would be playing for keeps. Now fans will have to come to one of the hardest decisions, Callie or Marie.

Fans have also been receiving an email where they can vote for their favorite stage to be selected as the final stage for Splatfest. Players can begin selecting their team for the final Splatfest on July 4 at 7PM PT (10PM EST) and voting for the maps will end July 12. After that, the final Splatfest will begin on July 22 at 2AM PT (5AM EST) and will conclude on July 24 at 2AM PT (5AM EST). Who’s side will you be on?

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Splatfest In Progress For June 25: Night or Morning?

It's that time again, time for another Splatfest! Splatoon is bringing a new Splatfest today, the fifteenth for North America, asking when you're awake. This Splatfest will be pitting players between the two teams, the Early Birds and Night Owls. The Splatfest began June 24 at 9PM PT (June 25 at midnight EST) and will continue until June 25 at 9PM PT (June 26 at midnight EST). Be sure to go vote on which team you'd like to be on, and play some matches! Will you be a Night Owl or an Early Bird?

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - First Impressions

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Disclaimer: The author has pledged towards the Kickstarter campaign for this game at a value of $60.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a spiritual successor to Koji Igarashi’s Castlevania titles, which initially broke the mold on the classic series and expanding the genre now dubbed “Metroidvania”. Unfortunately, due to Konami’s ever growing disdain towards the video game industry, no game has been released since early 2014, and Igarashi’s last title was in 2010. Due to high fan demand and a great desire from Igarashi, an exceptionally successful Kickstarter campaign was launched in May 2015. The campaign broke expectations by over ten times effectively doubling its budget after publisher funding is taken into account.

Fastforward to today and the game has progressed tremendously after just one year of development. Bloodstained was briefly shown during the Microsoft E3 press conference and a playable demo was at the Microsoft booth for anyone to play. Backers for the $60 tier and higher got access to the same demo for Windows only. While it won’t necessarily be indicative of the Wii U version readers may be getting, or even the final product as a whole, it still shows how the game is progressing.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The first thing you may want to know is how it feels to play. As a personal major fan of Igarashi’s Castlevania titles, this was on the forefront of my mind. Instinctively, the first thing I did once I opened the first chest and received a sword was to try seeing just how quickly I could attack. Suffice to say, my muscle memory from prior Metroidvanias was satisfied, as I could cancel out attack animations by landing from a jump and immediately jumping again to repeat the process. It was quick and responsive. Jump physics feel right at home too, our protagonist, Miriam, glides through the air with the same grace that Alucard did back in 1998. The animations are fluid as well, no doubt benefiting from the 3D models now instead of having individual sprites being drawn for each frame.

The game’s “gimmick” is the collection of shards from specific enemies which will be dropped occasionally. These shards, once collected and equipped, perform various effects from direct magical attacks to passive boosts in stats. It’s comparative to the two Castlevania “Sorrow” titles, Aria and Dawn, with this system very closely resembling the soul pickups from those two games. The map is also hiding several secrets, unlocking new little areas for new items. In fact, in order to progress you actually have to use a newly picked up ability to solve a small contextual puzzle, it’s all rather clever.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The game is also impressively good to look at. The ship is very dark and decrepit and the brighter colours from Miriam, attack effects and other elements stand out from the background very clearly. It’s hard to actually miss visual details unless they were intended to be hidden. One minor nitpick is that the item pickup and enemy name icons are rather small, it’s easy to miss them entirely unless you know they’re there.

On a performance level, it’s a little rough on the edges. There are some acknowledged bugs with this particular demo which the devs are working on, such as resolution quirks on certain machines and sound cutting out. One particular bug I bumped into, which may largely be down to my PC not quite meeting the recommended specifications, was the game suddenly freezing when the ocean was present, but it would always resume again after a few seconds. All things being said, it performed quite admirably. The frame rate was stable and I couldn’t detect any dropped inputs. Given that there is still one more year until the target release window, there is still plenty of time to nail the bugs down.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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LEGO Dimensions Adds More Expansion Packs To The Roster

Earlier this month, LEGO Dimensions, the game which has brought many different franchises to the world of LEGO, announced new expansions packs that will be arriving later this year. Previous expansion packs have already brought the worlds of The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Portal, The Wizard of Oz, and many more franchises to the LEGO universe. This September, 16 new expansions packs will be headed to stores for the game, including Teen Titans Go!, Knight Rider, Gremlins, Harry Potter, and Adventure Time. Players have been able to mix favorite characters into different universes for a fun experience, with these 16 being added. These new expansions packs will release September 27, 2016, will you be picking any up? Keep reading for the full press release, as well as a trailer for the upcoming packs.

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO® Group today announced the expansion of LEGO® DIMENSIONS, the LEGO toy and videogame hybrid, with more blockbuster franchises and even bigger gameplay possibilities. New expansion packs broaden the complete selection to 30 of the world’s most popular entertainment brands allowing players to customize their experience by mixing and matching favorite characters and universes with full compatibility. Game features adding to the fun are all-new, four-player competitive Battle Arenas, a first for LEGO videogames, as well as Story Packs, which provide deep, story-driven gameplay around the biggest theatrical releases and include a fresh LEGO brick building experience.

LEGO Dimensions packs based on 16 new entertainment properties will begin launching on September 27, 2016 with the GhostbustersStory Pack, Adventure Time and Mission: Impossible Level Packs,Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs, and The A-Team Fun Pack. Additional expansion packs based on other highly anticipated films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The LEGO®Batman Movie and wildly popular properties The Goonies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, LEGO® City Undercover, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released in product waves stretching into summer of next year. All expansion packs provide players with continued compatibility to use everything from waves 1-9 interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game. And no new starter pack is required, as all new packs will simply enhance the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack game and work with the existing LEGO Toy Pad.

“We’ve built upon the existing LEGO DIMENSIONS Starter Pack to expand the gameplay possibilities with entirely new LEGO experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “We can now provide players with even more customization and mash-up opportunities, and all are compatible with the existing game and packs. Battle Arenas also introduce a fun new way for friends and family to join the action together and battle as favorite characters, which is an exciting innovation for LEGO videogames.”

“LEGO DIMENSIONS is a significant part of our LEGO videogames portfolio, and we are excited to offer fans many more iconic entertainment franchises combined with new, enhanced ways to play,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “TT Games continues to innovate and expand the game experience, which gives players breakthrough digital and physical gameplay with an amazing amount of world-class entertainment properties connected together.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with TT Games and WBIE and bring even more characters to life through LEGO DIMENSIONS,” said Niels Jørgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for the LEGO Group. “The videogame has allowed our fans to extend their LEGO play experience in a whole new way and the new expansion packs will create even more play possibilities through exciting properties.”

All-new Battle Arenas will offer first-to-LEGO videogames competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO minifigures included in the wave 6 through 9 expansion packs will come with special, golden Toy Tags which unlock a Battle Arena within the Free Play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand. Each Battle Arena has four different gameplay modes and comes with its own traps, special powers and interactive environments that make every battle arena unique.

The Ghostbusters Story Pack, based on the upcoming film, will provide a complete movie-based gameplay experience with six puzzle-packed levels and new LEGO Gateway bricks that allow players to build Zhu’s Chinese Restaurant atop the LEGO Toy Pad. It will also come with a buildable Abby Yates LEGO minifigure with Proton Blaster and 3-in-1 buildable Ecto-1 which can be rebuilt into the Ectozer and The PerfEcto. The pack unlocks “Rip,” a new Toy Pad mode allowing players to tear open an alternate universe. In this mirror world, players have the ability to solve puzzles and affect objects and other items in the primary universe. And like all gold-tag minifigures purchased, Abby Yates provides access to a new themed Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena. The Ghostbusters Story Pack is just the first of this new exciting pack type, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on the highly anticipated theatrical release, still to come later this year. The LEGO DIMENSIONS packs will be the exclusive construction toy offering this holiday for the exciting expansion of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Story Packs also expand the Starter Pack story with deeper gameplay. In the game’s storyline, the evil Lord Vortech has hidden portions of his powers around the LEGO Multiverse. As players progress through Story Pack levels, they can unearth and tap into Keystone Runes to use Lord Vortech’s powers against him through all-new Toy Pad modes.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO DIMENSIONS is now available for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U™ system.

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Nintendo Announces the Play Nintendo Tour 2016

In the previous years, Nintendo of America has hosted mall tours that tour around different malls across the country, showcasing best selling and some new Wii U and 3DS games. Nintendo will be continuing their tours, this time with the Play Nintendo Tour 2016. This upcoming 12 city tour will be going to different malls with select 3DS and Wii U games to try out, and with different prizes for fans. Continue reading for more on this year’s Nintendo mall tour.

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An Update Given on Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Back one year ago in May of 2015, Playtonic Games, a newly formed studio made up of former Rare employees, launched the Kickstarter for their new game, Yooka-Laylee. Many fans showed their support by backing the Kickstarter campaign, wanting a great 3D platformer. The Kickstarter ended the next month with a total of 73,206 backers and a total of £2,090,104. Since then, multiple updates have been given out, and now, the next big update on the game has been released. Keep reading for more on the current progress of Yooka-Laylee.

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Nintendo Reveals Streaming Schedule for E3 2016

It's that time of year again! Yes, that's right, E3 time! E3 2016 is just about a week away, and a few days ago, Nintendo revealed their streaming plans for this year's E3. E3 2016 will be held June 14-16 this year, with major announcements expected from other companies and developers. Keep reading on to check out what Nintendo's plans for this year's E3 will be.

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The Wii U: An Unliked Hero

The Wii U: An Unliked Hero

As we are well aware, the NX is supposed to launch in March of 2017. This console was hurried to the production lines following the rather lackluster performance of the Wii U, but was the Wii U really that bad? Read after the break to find out what I think of the Wii U...

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Costume Party vs. Fancy Party Splatfest Set for May 14

Splatoon is getting yet another Splatfest! Announced earlier last week, Splatoon players will be able to compete in the 14th Splatfest for America, Europe, and Japan, with the theme being a costume party or a fancy party. This Splatfest's theme is being tied in with Nintendo's first mobile app, Miitomo, which is currently featuring, "Would you rather go to a fancy party or a costume party?" as the Everybody Answers question. Keep reading for more on the upcoming Splatfest.

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New Splatoon amiibo Wave Announced

Earlier today, Nintendo announced a whole new bunch of Splatoon amiibo, coming this July. The new amiibo include a purple haired Inkling Boy, a green haired Inkling Girl, an Orange Squid, as well as two amiibo of the Squid Sisters themselves, Callie and Marie. Keep reading for more on these new amiibo.

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More Details On NX, Mobile Plans, E3 2016, And More

This past Wednesday, Nintendo once again held another financial briefing for the fiscal year which ended in March 2016. During this financial briefing, Nintendo discussed many things, such as how the current sales is, and a look forward toward the future regarding certain things. Keep reading for more information on Nintendo's upcoming plans for the future.

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Spongebob Splatfest Announced for April 23

In a suprise announcement recently, Nintendo announced the theme for the next Splatfest, being held next Saturday on April 23. Following the Transformers Splatfest, this will be the second 3rd party Splatfest, this time, for Spongebob. Nintendo and Nickelodeon are teaming up together to bring this Splatfest. The Spongebob Splatfest will be held from April 23 at 6AM PT (9AM EST) and go until April 24 at 12PM PT (3PM EST). It will be the first Splatfest that North American and European players can be matched together. Voting is already underway, so go vote! Are you Team Spongebob or Team Patrick? Keep reading for the official press release.

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Worth the Risk? - Shantae Risky's Revenge Director's Cut Review

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In 2010, WayForward celebrated their 20th anniversary in the games development market. As celebration, they released the sequel to their 2002 Game Boy Color cult classic, Shantae. Shantae: Risky’s Revenge was released exclusively on the then new DSiWare digital storefront and was met with mass acclaim. Fast forward to 2014 and WayForward ported it to PC as an enhanced “Director’s Cut”. Last year, marking their 25th year in games, it was ported to Playstation 4 and now this year to Wii U. Is this release worth your time though? If you own the DSiWare version on a DSi or 3DS system, yes, actually. While it’s mostly small traversal changes that have been made, these alone negate a lot of backtracking the original release suffered from. As for new players who’ve never played a prior title, this title has enough to offer to make it worth playing.

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Miitomo and My Nintendo Launch March 31

The wait for Miitomo and My Nintendo in the US is almost over. Nintendo announced today that Miitomo, their first mobile application, will be launching this Thursday, March 31, alongside My Nintendo, the new rewards program as a replacement for Club Nintendo which closed down back in June 2015. In addition to this, those who preregister for Miitomo before March 31 at 1AM PT (4AM EST) can earn My Nintendo Platinum Points to get rewards once My Nintendo launches alongside Miitomo. Keep reading for the press release, and check out Miitomo here, and find out more about My Nintendo here.

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Not Quite Guitar Hero - Inside My Radio Review

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Rhythm and music games in the past have mostly fallen into a handful of categories, think Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, or Rhythm Heaven. Inside My Radio seeks to stray from the formulaic status quo of music games by emerging a a rhythm-driven platformer. It reminds me of Bit. Trip Runner meets Thomas Was Alone. The game comes from indie developer Seaven Studio and recently hit the Wii U eShop following it's release on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

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Monster Hunter Generations is Coming to the West this Summer

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Known as 'Monster Hunter Cross' in Japan when it release last November, Monster Hunter Generations is now the official title for the western port. Following last year's release of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Generations is the next main series adventure in Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise. The game will boast the most customization options of any iteration to date as well as plenty of new weapons, items, and monsters. The game will be exclusive to the 3DS and is planned for release sometime during the summer of 2016.

Owners of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate that have a save file of the game on their 3DS will unlock exclusive content in Monster Hunter Generations when it launches. Additionally, MH4U will be available at a large discount on the 3DS eShop for the next 48 hours to celebrate this announcement: it'll only set you back $19.99. If you've never played a Monster Hunter game and even if you're not so sure Monster Hunter is for you, we'd definitely recommend picking up MH4U at this price. It's a great entry point for the series and boasts hundres of hours of gameplay. Check out the full press release, trailer, and assests for Generations, below.

Monster Hunter GenerationsTM Announced for Nintendo 3DSTM

Most Customizable Monster HunterTM Experience Ever Coming Summer 2016 in the West

SAN FRANCISCO — March 3, 2016 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, announced Monster Hunter Generations™ for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast. Coming in summer 2016, and initially released in Japan as Monster Hunter X, the western release of Monster Hunter Generations is the newest installment in the popular action RPG series, which has sold more than 36 million units worldwide. It is the most customizable Monster Hunter™ experience to date, and serves as a fitting tribute to the last decade of the series. A blend of brand new areas and monsters join returning fan-favorites which have been updated and adapted to the latest generation of gameplay.

In Monster Hunter Generations, players take up the esteemed role of a hunter, seeking out and vanquishing a variety of colossal creatures throughout the world. Players can earn Zenny and collect resources that can be used for crafting powerful weapons and armor which are styled after the monsters they have defeated. On their journey, players must defend each of the game’s four villages from the threat of major new menaces known collectively as the Fated Four.

This latest installment marks the debut of new gameplay mechanics such as Styles and Hunter Arts which allow players to create the most custom, personalized playstyle of any Monster Hunter game yet. Players can choose from four distinct combat Styles, like Aerial which adds the ability to attack and mount monsters from mid-air. With the introduction of devastating new attack skills and power-ups known as Hunter Arts, the action looks more visually striking than ever before on Nintendo 3DS.

For the first time in the series, players will have the ability to now play as a Felyne themselves in the new Prowler Mode. In this mode, there are even more adventures to be had in unique quests playing either as a Felyne alone or with up to three other companions in group quests. With hundreds of quests in store for hunters and Felynes, there are tons of challenges to tackle in the solo adventure, and also multiplayer quests via local or online play, opening up the epic world of Monster Hunter to players of all levels.

As part of the Nintendo Direct today, it was also announced that Monster Hunter Generations will feature a unique armor set based on Marth from the tactical RPG series Fire Emblem. Fans can look forward to this and more collaborations with popular series for special themed gear for both hunters and their custom Felyne support partners known as Palicoes.

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Paper Mario Color Splash is the Wii U's Paper Mario Adventure

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During the Nintendo Direct that aired earlier this afternoon, Nintendo rather oddly snuck in a seemingly big game announcement: Paper Mario Color Splash for Wii U. It looks to be the next Paper Mario adventure, headed for Wii U in 2016. We were only shown a minute or two of footage, but it's pretty clear that the game is looking to fall closer in line with Paper Mario: Sticker Star than the beloved early iterations of the game.

Paper Mario for Nintendo 64 and it's sequel, Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door on the Gamecube were praised for their unique humor and RPG goodness. Although Sticker Star, the most recent Paper Mario entry for 3DS, might have been a solid entry in some other game series, it failed to satisfy the demands of Paper Mario fans. It lacked key components of previous Paper Mario games: unique characters, expirience points, and a partner system.

It's too early to completely disregard Paper Mario Color Splash as a simple sequel to Sticker Star, but the footage we saw didn't leave us with much hope. It's dissapointing that a "true" Paper Mario sequel might still be years away, but Color Splash may turn out to be just fun enough to tide us over. Watch the footage yourself and check out the assests below.

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Nintendo Direct March 3, 2016 Recap

Earlier today, Nintendo hosted their first (Second counting the Pokemon Direct last week) Nintendo Direct of 2016. The main focus of this Direct was on Wii U and 3DS games releasing through summer 2016. Some of the games included in this Direct were updates on games like Star Fox Zero, Splatoon, and Super Mario Maker, as well as introductions of new games such as Paper Mario on the Wii U and a new entry to the Rhythm Heaven series. Keep reading below for the full press release of the Direct, and to watch the Direct. Be sure to check back here at NintendoCastle for more updates on these exciting games!

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More 3DS, Wii, and Wii U Games Added To Nintendo Selects

Just recently, Nintendo has revealed twelve new games being added to "Nintendo Selects". Nintendo Selects are games that have sold really well and have a lowered price to get players to get them. Nintendo Select games are sold for $19.99 instead of their normal retail price, which will get many more people to buy it. Some of the new games being added to Nintendo Selects on March 11, 2016 include Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Yoshi's New Island, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. You can check out the full press release below. Also be sure to visit the Nintendo Selects website.

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Nintendo Accounts Are Ready, Miitomo Preregistration Begins

Back in October of 2015, Nintendo first reavealed their new venture into the world of modern day gaming. During Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing on October 29, 2015, Nintendo officially revealed they would have a new account system, called "Nintendo Account". Nintendo Account connects all of your gaming platforms (Wii U, 3DS, smartphone, PC, etc.) and have a new membership service as the replacement for Club Nintendo, called "My Nintendo". Keep reading for more information on Nintendo Account and Miitomo.

Further, Nintendo's mobile plans were revealed at the briefing as well. Nintendo plans to have five mobile titles to be released by March 2017. One of those titles is Miitomo, a game in which your Mii asks you and your friends questions or, "friendly conversation starters" so you can interact more. It is sort of like Tomodachi Life from the 3DS.

On February 3, 2016, Nintendo gave more information before the beginning of Miitomo and Nintendo Account. Nintendo said that Nintendo Account registration and Miitomo preregistration will begin on February 17, 2016. Anyone who preregisters for Miitomo before launch will get a special bonus on My Nintendo in the future.

Nintendo Accounts are officially ready to be signed up for, which you can check out here. Miitomo preregistration has also begun, which you can preregister for here. You can also check out the slides from the October 2015 Financial Briefing, or keep reading on for the full February 3 press release from Nintendo. Are you getting a Nintendo Account or Miitomo?

Nintendo outlines launch plans for first mobile app Miitomo

Nintendo's first app made exclusively for smart devices, Miitomo, will launch in North America in March for both iOS and Android phones and tablets. Today, Nintendo outlined the steps that fans can take to be among the first to get in on the social fun.

Starting Feb. 17, people will be able to pre-register for Miitomo by signing up for the new Nintendo Account service using their existing email, social media accounts or current Nintendo Network IDs. People who pre-register will be among the first to be notified about the availability of Miitomo when it launches in March. Nintendo will offer a special Miitomobonus to anyone who signs up for a Nintendo Account between Feb. 17 and launch. Miitomo is a social experience that uses Nintendo's Mii characters, which first debuted on the Wii console, to engage friends in a lighthearted and welcoming environment. Users can spark fun conversations and learn more about each other by answering questions such as "What song has been stuck in your head lately?", "Do you believe in aliens?", or even "If you saw a nose hair sticking out of your friend's nose, what would you do?" Users can also easily take and share photos featuring their Mii with the Miifoto feature. Nintendo's new My Nintendo rewards program will launch alongside Miitomo in March, and will be able to connect with the app.

"Miitomo is a uniquely entertaining mobile experience that only Nintendo can deliver," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "Featuring Mii characters, users will be able to interact with their friends in an entirely new way that transforms communication into a form of play."

Launching alongside Miitomo in March, My Nintendo aims to become much more than a traditional rewards program. It is a more comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users with a Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience.

Including Miitomo, Nintendo plans to release approximately five smart device applications by the end of March 2017. More information about Miitomo, Nintendo Account and My Nintendo will be available on http://www.nintendo.com in the coming weeks.

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Inside My Radio is Coming to the Wii U eShop on February 25

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French developer Seaven Studios announced that the rhythm-driven platformer Inside My Radio would be launching on the Wii U eShop in North America and Europe on February 25. The game was built from a demo created during the French Game Developers Competition Ludum Dare#23 and has since grown to full-fledged EDM adventure. The game sets you as a rad-looking green LED trapped inside boombox that blasts electro, club, and disco tunes. After a succesful PS4 launch last month, Inside My Radio will be debuting on Wii U next week and will set you back $14.99. Check out the trailer below.

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Pokemon Red vs. Blue Themed Splatfest Announced for February 20

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It's that time again, time for another Splatfest! Nintendo revealed on their Twitter yesterday that the next Splatfest will be about Pokemon! This time, you will be able to choose which side you want to be on, based on Pokemon Red or Blue, whichever you prefer.

This Splatfest will be taking place simultaneously around the world at the same time, unlike the previous events that have had different themes for each region. You can start getting your gear ready and vote for which team you want to be on in Inkopolis Plaza, voting has already started! The next Splatfest will be running from February 19 at 10PM PT (February 20 at 1 AM EST) through February 20 at 10PM PT (February 21 at 1 AM EST) Which team will you be on?

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Final Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS DLC Coming February 3

Last night, Nintendo revealed the release date of the final batch of Mii Fighter costumes, as well as the release date of the final DLC characters and stage for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS. This will be bringing and end to the Smash Bros. DLC and Mii Fighter costumes. Keep reading on for more information about what's to come!

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Splatoon's Final Stage Ancho-V Games Enters Rotation

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Nintendo has confirmed that Ancho-V Games, the last in a series of free DLC maps released in Splatoon, is entering the rotation tonight at 6 P.M. PST (9 P.M. EST). The newest stage features an office theme complete with desks and fans that allow players to manually raise platforms. The total number of maps available in Splatoon is now 16 after the inclusion of Ancho-V Games. It'll be rather sad to see the DLC stream come to a stop, but Splatoon now stands as a content packed and refined gem, a claim that would have been a stretch at release.

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Game of the Year 2015 Awards

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2015 has been an interesting year for Nintendo gamers. Both the 3DS and Wii U saw less games than expected with the delays of titles like StarFox Zero and the new Legend of Zelda for Wii U. However, with games like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Splatoon, and Xenoblade Chronicles X along with countless excellent eShop titles this year, we've gotten more than enough to keep us busy. This year we gathered a panel of seven staff members that voted on their favorite games across seven categories. Without further ado, the presentation of these accolades.

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Two Heads are Better Than One - Totem Topple Review

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Totem Topple is a vertical tower defense game centered around building a totem poll and protecting it from an endless stream of evil and rotating enemies. The entire game was built in less than 24 hours during the King game jam in January. Since the initial build of the game, it has been polished and was recently released on Wii U.

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Bayonetta and Corrin Join the Fight in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

In a special Super Smash Brothers Nintendo Direct today, the last of the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS DLC was revealed. The two new fighters that will join Cloud in the future are Corrin from the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates and the titular character Bayonetta. Cloud and his accompanying stage Midgar is currently available for purchase (along with the 1.1.3 update): priced at $5.99 for one version and $6.99 for both.

The two final fighters, Corrin and Bayonetta will be tentatively released February 2016. A variety of Mii Fighter costumes will also be released in the near future, including costumes for Geno, Knuckles, and Tails. Keep reading for a full press release and a video of the entire presentation, it's worth a watch.

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Super Smash Bros. Final Video Presentation Coming December 15

During the last Nintendo Direct Presentation, it was announced that Cloud would join the Smash 4 roster and that there would be one final dedicated video presentation for the game. Nintendo of America revealed that the presentation will be streamed on December 15. It's likely that the last of the DLC content as well as any selected fighters from the ballot that ended in October will be revealed during this presentation. It's sure to be an exciting reveal as characters like King K. Rool, Inkling, and Shovel Knight fight for a spot on the roster. Make sure to tune in on Tuesday to catch the entire presentation or check back here afterwards and we'll catch you up!

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Minecraft for Wii U Officially Announced, Coming December 17

For years, many have wanted Minecraft to arrive on Nintendo platforms, and today, that wish was granted. Many people like myself have wanted Minecraft, and now it is officially headed to Wii U next week! The popular building block game already on most platforms such as PS4, Xbox One, PC, smart phones, and many other consoles will now be on a Nintendo platform for the first time. Keep reading after the break for more information on Minecraft: Wii U Edition!

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Yacht Club Games Gives an Update on the Shovel Knight amiibo

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Earlier tonight, Yacht Club Games, the creators of Shovel Knight, revealed upcoming plans of the new Shovel Knight amiibo. The Shovel Knight amiibo, originally first shown at Nintendo's Nindies @ Night event back in August, will be compatible with Shovel Knight on Wii U and 3DS. Using the amiibo, you can customize a Custom Knight, and even unlock Co-Op mode on the Wii U version. The amiibo has been revealed to be releasing in the US on January 8, 2016 for price of $12.99. For the full update and more information on the amiibo, you can check it out right here. Will you be buying a Shovel Knight amiibo? You can also check out the new Shovel Knight amiibo preview video after the break.

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Terraria Comes to Nintendo 3DS December 10

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Terraria, a popular 2D Minecraft-like game, is finally headed to Nintendo! The game, developed by Re-Logic has been confirmed today by 505 Games, the distributor of the game, on Twitter. Terraria first released in 2011, and is now finally going to be on a Nintendo platform. 505 Games also confirmed that the Wii U version of the game is still on the way, hopefully to come some time soon. Are you excited for Terraria? You can check out the new trailer for the 3DS version of the game after the break.

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FAST Racing Neo is Releasing December 10 on Wii U

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One of the most anticipated Wii U games is almost here, FAST Racing Neo! FAST Racing Neo is Shin'en Multimedia's attempt at an F-Zero game, which has made many fans excited for this game. Shin'en Multimedia announced on Twitter that the game will be releasing next Thursday, December 10. There has not been a new F-Zero game since 2003's F-Zero: GP Legend, and Nintendo has not announced anything on a new F-Zero game in the future. FAST Racing Neo will be available on the Wii U eShop next Thursday for a price of $14.99. Will you be buying FAST Racing Neo when it releases?

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Image and Form Announces Release Date of SteamWorld Heist

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The wait is almost over! Image & Form's sequel to SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist has been announced to be releasing next Thursday, December 10. The game, originally revealed on September 16, 2014, takes place sometime after SteamWorld Dig in a place where, "a cataclysmic event has shattered the planet and forced its population into steam-driven spaceships." SteamWorld Heist will only be launching on 3DS this year, but hopefully with other platform versions coming next year. The game will cost $19.99, but is 10 times bigger than SteamWorld Dig. Are you excited for SteamWorld Heist?

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Mahi Mahi Resort is Coming to Splatoon Tonight

Splatoon is never lacking new content being added to the game, especially with the new gear, weapons, and stages being added. During the November 12 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed two new stages being added to the game soon: Museum d' Alfonsino and Mahi Mahi Resort. Nintendo announced via Twitter yesterday that the second map, Mahi Mahi Resort would be added to the map rotation tonight at 6PM PT (9PM EST). This will be the 9th downloadable stage, and 14th stage overall. Are you excited for this new map? You can check out some screenshots of the new map after the break.

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Nintendo Direct November 12, 2015 Recap

This past Thursday, November 12, Nintendo hosted their first Nintendo Direct in a few months, as well as the first Nintendo Direct since the passing of company president Satoru Iwata. As this was the first Nintendo Direct in quite a few months, many big announcements were predicted to occur, which they did. A multitude of games were either revealed or had more information given, including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, a small glimpse at Zelda for Wii U, Star Fox Zero, Hyrule Warriors: Legends, and many other games too! What games are you excited for? Keep reading for a look at the full press release, as well as the Nintendo Direct itself.

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Cloud from Final Fantasy VII is Coming to Smash 4 as DLC

Much to the surprise of viewers and fans, Nintendo announced at the end of yesterday's Nintendo Direct that Cloud from Final Fantasy VII is coming to Smash 4. Cloud wields an enormous and powerful sword that serves as the basis of his move set. He marks the fifth third-party character playable in Smash 4, along with Sonic, Mega Man, Pac-man, and Ryu.

New Stages and Mii Costumes will accompany the newest fighter. No details on the date or pricing of the DLC character were given, but a Smash-focused presentation, the last of its kind, will be streamed in December. Stay tuned for more information on Cloud and check out his entry trailer below!

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Nintendo Badge Arcade Released in US

This past Tuesday, Nintendo announced via Twitter that the Nintendo Badge Arcade, previously released in Japan already, has been added to the 3DS eShop in the US and Europe. The Badge Arcade is a free application which lets you earn badges that you can use and place on your Nintendo 3DS home screen icons to decorate it through a crane game. Badges you can earn include badges of inspired by the Zelda, Mario, and Animal Crossing series. You can pick download it now in the 3DS eShop, but be careful- you have a limited number of free attempts, but have to pay $1 to earn five additional plays. You can also check out the website for the game to find out more about it here.

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Nintendo Direct Presentation Announced for November 12

The next Nintendo Direct, Nintendo's direct-to-viewer news stream about upcoming games and products, will be broadcast on November 12 at 2 P.M. PST (5 P.M. EST). The last Nintendo Direct presentation was during E3 and before the passing of the company's former president, Satoru Iwata. You can expect to see Tatsumi Kimishima, the current President of Nintendo, to make an appearance in this Nintendo Direct. Tune in on Thursday and check back here for full coverage of the announcements. What are your predictions?

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Where in the world is Nintendo's Quality of Life Sensor?

Nintendo just had their investors meeting, and while some good news was dropped on the progress of mobile development and the Nintendo NX, there was a distinct lack of mention of a certain piece of hardware that Nintendo has been hard at work on: their Quality of Life sensor. Not a single investor asked a question about it, and Nintendo did not reveal any new information on it, despite initial reports claiming a March 2016 release.

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The Quality of Life sensor that Nintendo is working on is different than anything currently imbedded in your smartphone or smartwatch. It doesn’t track your activity, but rather the lack of it; specifically sleep. Yes indeed it does see you when you’re sleeping, and it does know when you’re awake, but it isn’t Old Saint Nicholas.

One of the key features of their sleep sensor is that you don’t have to interact with it in any way or wear it, which is what is required from a lot of current health devices. In fact, when I first got my phone, I tried to use the health applications fairly actively, however, it soon became a hassle to log everything I was eating; there was a lack of convenience, which is a problem Nintendo is actively trying to solve.

Does the silence mean that Nintendo has pushed their Quality of Life sensor aside for a stronger focus on video-games? While we can only speculate this, my personal stance on this is that they have not sacrificed anything in their company to work on this. Nintendo, being a large company, is able to dedicate people to work on specific projects. It would be unlikely, and silly, for them to pull people from the QoL team and re-allocate them to the Pikmin 4 team.

I think the silence is specifically there to shift our focus away from the sensor and more towards their gaming consoles, which is what they desire to sell more of at the moment. The two markets for games and health devices could not be more different, which could be why Nintendo is not trying to talk about it amongst video-games, but may talk about it on its own at a later point in time. We are in fact still due for a new Nintendo Direct sometime later this year.

If you recall a while back, Nintendo was working on a Vitality Sensor that would work in conjunction with the Wii, and probably with Wii Fit. This product never made it to the market, which has some people skeptical about the QoL sensor, however, last year Iwata said that the reason the Vitality Sensor never made it to the market was specifically because people had to interact with it in some way shape or form.

Some of the neat technologies in the QoL sensor include a non-contact radio frequency sensor, which will probably be able to track everything about your sleep including your movements. Using a microphone it will track the noises that occur around you and possibly from you while you sleep. It may even be able to track your heart rate without being in direct contact with you, which is pretty revolutionary.

One of the patents regarding the sensor includes a projector to project messages onto your ceiling, again showcasing the fact that you do not need to interact with the device. The device is also capable of detecting your emotions, and it even has one of those new-fangled alarm systems where when it’s time to wake you up, it actually wakes you up, unlike those times where your smartphone fails to do the job.

Overall, while there is no news regarding the sensor, there is more than likely no need to panic. Nintendo hasn’t even attached a name to the sensor yet, and so far, they haven’t responded to me on twitter over my suggestion of Wii Sleep. In any case, we should hear some news regarding the device soon, and I can tell you it is going to be worth purchasing, as sleep is one of the single most important factors affecting your daily life.

Nintendo hit the nail on the head with this one. Will it be coming in March 2016?. The window for that time of release is getting smaller and smaller. However, Nintendo has proven that nothing is impossible, so maybe we will see it come sooner than we expect.

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Nintendo Investor Briefing: Nintendo Going Mobile, New Account System Detailed

Nintendo has once again held their semi-annual Corporate Policy and Investor Briefing last night, and it did once again contain some new and interesting information. During this meeting, some data was given showing that their sales are improving, and that amiibo are making lots of profit for them, as well as hits like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker. Check out what else was revealed at the briefing after the break!

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Super Mario Maker is Getting an Update November 4th

We've already seen Nintendo giving Splatoon many updates, whether it be adding new weapons, stages, or a bug patch or nerf patch. Well, it looks like it is time for Super Mario Maker's turn. This Wednesday, Super Mario Maker will be getting a new update bringing not one, but five new things to the game. Keep reading to find out more!

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North America's 7th Splatfest Begins 10/30, Ninjas vs. Pirates

Nintendo revealed via Twitter recently that the next Splatfest in the U.S. will be Pirates vs. Ninjas. This next Splatfest will be during Halloween weekend, so while you're not trick-or-treating, you can go play some Splatfest! It will be beginning this Friday, October 30th at 9PM PT (Saturday, October 31st midnight EST). Which side will you be fighting for?

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch Gets a Release Date for Wii U

Octodad: Dadliest Catch, an indie game that many have been waiting for to arrive on Nintendo platforms, now has a release date for Wii U. The game, developed by Young Horses Inc, has been announced on Twitter to be releasing on this Thursday, October 29, for North America and Europe. In addition to this, they also revealed in the tweet that the game will be on sale for 20% off until November 5. Will you be buying this game? You can check out the website for the game here.

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New Splatoon Patch Being Released Next Week

Along with the multitude of new stages and weapons Nintendo has been releasing for Splatoon, there have also been a few updates to fix up bugs or glitches, weapon balance, etc. Yesterday, Nintendo announced that Splatoon would be getting a new update. The new update, version 2.2.0 will mostly be including weapon adjustments and adjustments to certain stages and modes. The update will be releasing this Tuesday, October 20, so be sure to update if you want to continue playing online. Keep reading to check out the list of changes which you can also check out here.

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Faster Than Sonic? - Freedom Planet Review

Freedom Planet Review Wii U

Although you might not be able to tell from the name, Freedom Planet is as inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog as games get. Originally developed for PC as a SOnic fan game, Freedom Planet has since evolved into a full fledged adventure of it's own with unique characters, plot, and level design. Although the concept of a high-speed 16-bit platformer might already be quite familiar, don't let that dissaude you. Freedom Planet is truly a unique—and surprisingly refreshing— expirience.

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Amiibo: We Donand#8217;t Need Them, We Canand#8217;t Find Them, and We Canand#8217;t Afford Them

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The screen on your phone lights up your face displaying the time; 10:00am. The doors to Toys”R”Us open, and they explain that everything will be done in an orderly fashion. You are allowed to grab one of each amiibo per customer. You wait in line, peering over the shoulders of the people in front of you to ensure the amiibo you are after are still on the table, and you didn’t waste your Friday morning. Slowly, but surely, you approach the table. Five people can go at a time they say. Suddenly, it’s your turn, and you get to go to the table to snatch your precious collectible figure. I personally know of one person who had to experience this traumatic event. Me. Typically, I have a love/hate relationship with everything Nintendo does, and this is no exception. While I love that I can collect these little figures and display them, I hate everything else about them.

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For starters, they don’t really add as much to any game as Nintendo might claim they do. In Super Smash Brothers for example, all they can do is function as superior computer players that you can customize. If you really wanted tough competition like this, you could easily just go online. On top of that, you may only be limited to fighting super tough Mario amiibos. Who even plays as Mario in competitive events? In Hyrule Warriors, the two different Link amiibos give you extra weapons that you didn’t really need to complete the game. It’s essentially DLC for $12.99, with a neat figure to look at in your spare time. Everything that can be done with an amiibo is already in the game. It’s locked content that you can’t access without this little toy. Nintendo essentially wants you to pay $12.99 to unlock it.

The good news is, is that one amiibo can still work with every game that is compatible with it, as long as you buy those games. If you have 5 amiibo compatible games, this means you paid about $2.60 for the DLC per game. I have no issue with spending money on DLC, but the majority of it adds nothing to the gameplay. In Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, you earn tokens each day that you connect your Shulk amiibo via NFC to the game, which can then be used to collect little in game goodies. It’s nice if you already had the Shulk amiibo, but otherwise pointless.

Lucina Amiibo

I’ve hinted at the fact that amiibo are nice collector’s items if you can find them. Yes, the phrase, “While Supplies Last,” will haunt me for ages. There are too many amiibo figures that I wanted that I never purchased or preordered in time, and now likely never will be able to purchase them. If you wanted a Lucina amiibo, you had a very small window to preorder one. If you missed that, now you have to pay around $50 for one.

Recently, the preorders for wave 5 went up only about two weeks before release, and even then, some sellers, such as Amazon, didn’t open up for preorders, but opted to instead open up direct sales for the amiibo one at a time late in the day of the launch day Friday. This was actually really convenient for those who had to work in the morning and may have missed the launch and the preorders. Before going to Toys”R”Us, I actually went to Target and Walmart which had opened an hour before, and every wave 5 amiibo was sold out. The quantity demanded far exceeds the quantity supplied. These amiibo are not supposed to be special limited edition collector’s figures, they’re supposed to be figurines that add decent gameplay features.

Ganondorf Amiibo

Furthermore, most of the quantity supplied winds up in the hands of scalpers. For those unfamiliar, a scalper is someone who will buy something of limited stock with the sole intent of reselling if for a higher price. I do have experience on both ends of scalping. Yes, people of the internet, I have scalped before, and I likely will again if the circumstances are right. Sadly, amiibo are not fully controlled to avoid scalping to the high degree that they are being scalped.

Early on in the life of amiibo, there would be people who would order hundreds of the same amiibo at a time for one purpose: to resell them at a higher price by controlling the amount that came into the hands of the normal people. I have never scalped like that, but only in passing in stores after everyone else already had a chance to preorder or buy what they wanted if they desperately wanted it. There is no way to control scalpers, and they will continue to charge sometimes obscene amounts for these little figures, that again, do not add much to the gameplay. Nintendo has done their best in recent launches to control scalpers, as have retailers, however Nintendo has not worked to restock the amiibo that are high in demand but low in supply; it’s as if they enjoy the scalping and the competition to purchase them.

Yoshi and Link Amiibo

Flash back to E3 2014; Nintendo was announcing these little figurines of their game characters. “Amiibo,” they were called. What a cheesy name, but Nintendo made us want them, rather, need them by showing the intro to Super Smash Brothers Melee. They were supposed to be these great little things to show and display and use in conjunction with various games to enhance the gameplay. What did we get in the end? Deformed figurines that add almost nothing to the gameplay, can’t be found in stores, and can’t be afforded online once you miss their initial run. You can’t help but hate them. With that said, if you need me, I’ll be waiting outside Toys”R”Us for the Yarn Yoshi amiibo.

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Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Release Date, Details on amiibo Releases

This past week, Nintendo of America revealed the release date of Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, as well as some new information on some of the upcoming Animal Crossing amiibo, on Twitter. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival has a release date of November 13 and will be releasing in a bundle which includes an Isabelle and Digby amiibo, as well as three amiibo cards for a price of $59.99. Take a look after the break to see what else is in store!

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AVGN 2: ASSimilation Gets A Trailer, Coming This Winter

The trailer for FreakZone Games's "AVGN 2: ASSimilation" has gotten a new trailer to showcase some of the new things coming to the game including a new armor system, new bosses, and tons more. Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2 was first revealed at SGC 2015 back in July of this year, as well as the fact that they would try and get the game on Nintendo platforms again. Are you excited for the sequel? AVGN 2: ASSimilation will be releasing this winter, you can check out the trailer after the break.

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A Spooky Indie Experience - Extreme Exorcism Review

Extreme Exorcism Review Wii U

Since the rise in popularity of independent developers during the last generation, games similar in gameplay and style to Exorcism Extreme have been plentiful. A simple gameplay idea suited well for multiplayer settings and parties, accompanied by basic environments and pixel art is able to flourish in the indie environment. Extreme Exorcism jumps on this train with its fun and crazy bouts of gampelay; and it's not half bad.

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Smash for Wii U and 3DS Version 1.1.1 and Stage DLC Released

The latest update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Version 1.1.1, was released earlier today. The Super Mario Maker Stage that was revealed a while back as well as the Pirate's Ship stage from Brawl [Wii U], the Duck Hunt stage from Wii U [3DS], a variety of Mii costumes, as well as balance patches were included in the update. The Super Mario Maker stage features a different layout every time it's played and four different Omega forms. This is the fourth wave of DLC that has been released since the release of the game. You can check out pricing information after the break.

  • Super Mario Maker Stage - $2.49 (single); $3.49 (bundle) [Wii U and 3DS]
  • Pirate's Ship Stage - $1.99 [Wii U]
  • Duck Hunt Stage - Free [3DS]
  • Mii Costumes (Monster Hunter, Toad, Business Suit, Fox, Captain Falcon, and Viridi): $0.75 (single), $1.15 (bundle) each; $5.25 (single), $8.05 (bundle) for all [Wii U and 3DS]
  • All Content - $7.74 [3DS]; $9.73 [Wii U]; $13.53 [Wii U and 3DS]

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Nintendo Announces Delay of Star Fox Zero to 2016

In a new announcement last night via Facebook about Star Fox Zero, a message from Mr. Miyamoto revealed that Star Fox Zero has been delayed. The game, originally expected to be released on November 20, will now be expecting a Q1 2016. It appears that the delay is mostly from, "a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes." Do you think this delay is for the better or for the worse?

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Hammerhead Bridge Map Added to Splatoon Map Rotation

Earlier yesterday, Nintendo announced via Twitter that a new map, called Hammerhead Bridge, would be the next map added to Splatoon later that night. The map released last night at 7 PM PT (10 PM EST) and is the seventh map added since Splatoon's release in May, and the twelfth map overall. You can go check it out in Splatoon when it's part of the rotation, whether in Turf Wars or Ranked Battle. Take a look below for some screenshots of the new map.

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Nintendo Announces New President For Company

Earlier today, Nintendo has officially announced who would be Nintendo's new president. Tatsumi Kimishima, a new face to many, will be taking over Iwata's position at Nintendo as President. Kimishima will be Nintendo's first president since the death of Satoru Iwata back in July of this year. Check out more on Nintendo's new president after the break.

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Super Mario Maker Stage Comes to Smash for Wii U and 3DS September 30

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Update: A listing on the official Smash Bros site confirms that the stage will be paid DLC, available for one system at $2.49 or as a bundle for $3.49.

In a rather surprising announcement, a Super Mario Maker Stage is coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. The stage will feature the unique mechanic of being different every time you play it. The hand that is featured in Super Mario Maker will make an appearance to create a new stage and fix any broken blocks while you're brawling. The stage will arrive to both versions of the game on September 30, it is currently unknown whether it will be released for free. the stage will cost $2.49 for one system or $3.49 for both. Check out the trailer below for full details.

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Next U.S. Splatfest Begins September 19, Science Against Art

The next Splatfest for North America has officially been announced, and it pits science against art! This Splatfest will bring two very interesting subjects, and put them up against each other to see which side will be the winner this time. This will be the fifth Splatfest for the U.S, and will begin next Friday, September 18 at 9PM PT (September 19 at 12 midnight EST). Which side will you be splatting for?

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New Wii U Bundle Includes Mario Kart 8 and DLC

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A great new deal for future Wii U owners is coming to the North American market. Nintendo has recently announced that a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle will be available for the price of $299.99 that includes a 32gb Wii U, a digital copy of Mario Kart 8, and an eShop card to download both sets of Mario Kart 8 DLC. This news likely comes in anticipation of Super Mario Maker getting a release later this week. Check out the full press release and an image of the product below.

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Free September DLC Pack Available in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

As of September 4th owners of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate across the globe will be able to download the monthly DLC pack for September. As always, these monthly doses of extra Monster Hunter are free of charge and add a variety of new content to the game. This month's pack includes 12 new quests, 1 new weapon, 1 new armor set, 1 new Palico equipment set, 1 Bonus Palico, 1 guild card background, and 6 guild card titles. This DLC can be accessed from the MH4U title page under "DLC". Keep reading to see this month's trailer.

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Pikmin 4 is in Development and Almost Finished

In a July interview with Eurogamer, Pikmin developer and legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the next Pikmin game is well into development. Miyamoto says that the team is always working on the next Pikmin game and that Pikmin 4 (title not final) is actually close to competition. It's unclear whether Pikmin 4 would be coming to the Wii U or the mysterious NX platform; no further details have been revealed at this time. Check out below for Miyamoto's official statements from the interview.

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Two Hands Up! - Gunman Clive HD Collection Review

Gunman Clive HD Collection Review

Ever wonder what it would be like to merge the gameplay of Mega Man and Donkey Kong Country? Ever dream of gunslinging your way through the faces of evil in the form of robbers, robots, and ...ducks? Gunman Clive HD Collection let's you live this reality by combining two great 3DS indies into one package on the Wii U. Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2 hit the big screen in 1080p and 60 frames per second.

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Nindies@Night Recap, Shovel Knight amiibo Officially Revealed

Last night in Seattle, Nintendo hosted a Nindies@Night event at the EMP Museum to showcase the latest on indie games, as well as give some announcements for some of them. Some games shown off last night include Graphite Lab's Hive Jump, as well as Kerbal Space Program for the Wii U. You can keep reading after the break for more information about the Nindies@Night event.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Supposedly Heading to Wii U

Many fans of the game Minecraft have been waiting for the game to arrive on Wii U. This may be our first step into the full game on Nintendo- Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games will apparently be headed to the Wii U, along with many other platforms.Take a look after the break for more information on this, as well as a trailer for the game.

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YouTube Gaming Has Officially Launched

YouTube Gaming, the long awaited competitor to Twitch, has finally been launched today. The new gaming service allows gamers to easily find the games they want to watch, as well as the channels they want to watch, and the livestreams they want to watch. Check out more on YouTube Gaming after the break.

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Nintendo Reveals 2015 amiibo and Games Lineup

Today, Nintendo has put out a release calendar for upcoming games and amiibo for the rest of 2015. Some new information we got today includes official box arts for several games, release dates for amiibo, as well as some release dates on games such as Star Fox Zero. What games or amiibo are you excited for coming out later this year? You can check out the full press release and some of the new things revealed after the break.

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Gunman Clive HD Collection Coming to Wii U eShop September 3rd

Two of the 3DS's best Indie offerings are coming to Wii U in a single HD collection later this year. Gunman Clive HD Collection is set to release on the eShop September 3rd. Both western side-scrollers, Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2, received praise when they came out on the 3DS starting January 2013. The HD Collection will features both games running at 1080p and 60 frames per second and will be prices at $3.99. Check out the trailer below!

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2DS is Getting a Price Cut to $99 in the U.S.

The entry level system in the 3DS family of portable consoles, the 2DS, will be getting a price reduction in the U.S. Previously given a MSRP of $129.99, the console is now valued at $99.99. Even better, the digital version of Mario Kart 7 will still be bundled with the console. The 2DS is a unique portable system that does not fold at the middle and lacks the 3D feature. The console will still play all 3DS and 2DS games and connect to the internet. The 2DS is the best way to play the excellent 3DS library on a budget.

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New Map Being Added to the Splatoon Map Rotation Tomorrow

Once again, another new map will be added to Splatoon tomorrow night. The new map, announced over Twitter and first shown in the Stay Fresh trailer, Flounder Heights, will become the eleventh map overall, and will be the sixth map added to Splatoon since its release. Flounder Heights will be added to the map rotation tomorrow night, August 20th, at 7PM PT (10PM EST). Are you excited to try out the new map? You can see more screenshots from the new map and check out the Stay Fresh trailer after the break.

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Yo-Kai Watch Launches in North America on November 6

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It has been revealed that the hit Japanese 3DS title Yo-Kai Watch will be localized and launch in North America November 6. Yo-Kai Watch is an RPG that involves befriending the Yo-Kai of Japanese folklore, who are invisible and mischievous creatures, and using them in battle. Following it's large success in Japan, the game has already received a sequel (with another coming) and a few spin-off games alongside merchandise and a television show. Check out the press release detailing the announcement below!

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Fourth U.S. Splatfest Starts August 28th, Autobots vs. Decepticons

The fourth North American Splatfest has been revealed by Nintendo of America today via Twitter. The theme is what is very interesting, Transformers, with Team Autobots up against Team Decepticons. You can hopefully be able to choose which side you want to be on soon, in preparation for the Splatfest that will be starting on August 28 at 9PM PT (August 29 at 12 midnight EST) and will last 24 hours. Which side are you on? You can check out some screenshots of what this Splatfest should look like after the break.

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Super Mario Maker amiibo Costumes Leaked, Potential Tingle amiibo?

We are just about 3 weeks away from Super Mario Maker's release for Nintendo Wii U on September 11, 2015, and tons of amiibo costumes in the game are already being leaked. One of these leaks may even show off an unannounced amiibo we may be getting in the future. Keep reading after the break for more information on this!

For those who don't know, when you tap an amiibo into Super Mario Maker, you can give Mario a costume of an amiibo, like Donkey Kong, Link, or Wii Fit Trainer. A user on Google+ by the name 'Tentai Hentaclez' has put up pictures of the amiibo costumes for Rosalina & Luma, Toon Link, Pac-Man, and Mega Man, which you can check out here. Another user, this time, on Miiverse named Dalagonash, who is the community manager for Nintendo UK, has taken an in-game screenshot of what appears to be the amiibo costume for Silver Mario.

Finally, another image has leaked, this time, via Twitter user MarioFan1, showing off a possible Tingle amiibo costume in Super Mario Maker. What makes this really interesting is that we have not seen a Tingle amiibo, so could this be an unannounced amiibo or is there an alternate way to unlock costumes? The image of Tingle was eventually found on Miiverse, verifying that this is real, but we still don't know if there will be an amiibo for him.

Are you excited for Super Mario Maker and for the many amiibo costumes? You can check out the official site for the game here, and you can preorder the game now before it's release on September 11. You take a look at all of these images of the leaks below.

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Rainmaker, a New Ranked Battle Mode is Coming to Splatoon 8/14

Splatoon Rainmaker Mode

Splatoon is getting a new Ranked Battle Mode later today - Rainmaker. The new gameplay is an interesting twist on Capture the Flag and tower control. Each team makes a dash for the Rainmaker, a powerful weapon that acts like an Inkzooka for it's wielder. A brave team member must then charge into the enemy base with the Rainmaker to win a match. The new Ranked Battle Mode will enter the rotation starting 7 P.M. PT in North America.

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September Amiibo Releases Announced, More Exclusives Along The Way

Nintendo has released the dates that some of their already announced amiibo will be hitting store shelves. This new wave of amiibo will be releasing September 11, 2015, which includes Zero Suit Samus, Olimar, Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo, Bowser Jr, Dr. Mario, and Ganondorf. Details for the modern edition of the 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo will be launched in the future. You can find out some more about the future amiibo after the break.

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Mega Man Legacy Collection Coming to 3DS Early 2016

Mega Man Legacy Collection is an upcoming release that features the original six 8-bit Mega Man games as well as a variety of Mega Man content including high-resolution artwork, music and a new Challenge Mode. The collection is coming to the 3DS in early 2016 following the August 25th release of the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC digital versions. The digital version will be priced at $14.99 / €14.99 / £11.99 and will be followed by a physical release on 3DS, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 ($29.99) in early 2016. Stay tuned for more information on this remastered retro collection.

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Mighty No. 9 Likely Delayed Until 2016

Mighty No. 9 launched as a kickstarter campaign last year promising a re-imagined spiritual successor to the popular Mega Man franchise. Although originally slated for April 2015, the game's release was pushed back to September 15, 2015. It now appears as though the game will not be releasing until 2016. Although not confirmed by the developer Comcept themselves (likely to protect another ongoing Kickstarter they've started, Red Ash) Game Informer claims to have insider knowledge that the game won't release until next year. What are your opinions on the development of Mighty No. 9 since it's kickstarter launch?

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Third U.S. Splatfest Starting August 7th and Pits Marshmallows Against Hot Dogs

The latest North American Splatfest has been announced via the Official Splatoon Tumblr. Starting on August 7th at 9 P.M. PT and continuing for 24 hours, users will be able to join either Team Marshmallow or Team Hot Dog. To get involved with the Splatfest, pledge your allegiance to a team by registering at a booth in the in-game Inkopolis. Make sure to show up on August 7-8 to represent your favorite camp fire food. Stay fresh!

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Smash for 3DS and Wii U Update Coming July 31; Includes Stage and Mii Costume DLC

As confirmed in the past few days by Nintendo Japan's Twitter, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will be receiving an update on July 31 with new content available for purchase. Tourney Mode will allow players to compete to earn points over a certain amount of time and participate in private and public tournaments. Replay Upload works similar to Mario Kart 8 in allowing you to upload your replays directly to Youtube via a Google Account. These two features are available for free. Two new stages will be returning from Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64: Peach's Castle 64 and Hyrule Castle 64. Stages will be available for $1.89 on one console or $2.99 on both Wii U and 3DS.

A selection of new Mii Fighter costume have also been confirmed, with more promised for tommorow. Chrom for Swordfighter (Fire Emblem: Awakening), King K. Rool for Brawler (Donkey Kong Country), Bear Suit for Gunner, Flying Man for Brawler (Mother), and Lloyd Irving for Swordfighter (Tales of Symphonia) will all be available for purchase on 7/31. Stay tuned for more information on the update tommorow!

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Major Splatoon Update Out August 5th Includes Private Matchmaking and New Level Cap

Splatoon Update August 6th

As promised at the launch of Splatoon private matchmaking and new gear will be made available in a major update on August 5th. Two private matchmaking modes including Squad Battle which lets players make squads of 2-4 players and play Ranked Battle modes against other teams and Private Battle which allows completely private game rooms with lots of customizing options. The new update also includes a level cap increase from 20 to 50, a rank cap increase of A+ to S+, and new weapon types and gear. Check out the full press release below and stay tuned for more information on future content!

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Another Splatoon Map Coming Tomorrow

It sure seems like Nintendo is keeping up their word about post-launch content in Splatoon. Another map will be added to Splatoon tomorrow night, Camp Triggerfish, which we have already seen several times before. Once the new map is added to Splatoon tomorrow night at 7PM PT (10PM EST), there will be a total of 10 maps to play on in Splatoon. Are you excited for Camp Triggerfish? You can check out some pictures of the new map after the break.

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Nintendo Teams Up with Facebook For Super Mario Maker's Launch

Nintendo is partnering with Facebook for Facebook employees to make a new level in Super Mario Maker. Facebook employees will apparently be competing against each other to have their own map as a bonus level in Super Mario Maker, once the game is released. You will be able to see behind the scenes footage of the Facebook employee competition on Nintendo's Facebook page sometime in the next few weeks. Hopefully the winning level will be a good one. You can check after the break for the full press release.

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Project Cars Officially Cancelled For Wii U

Project Cars, a racing simulator game, has officially been cancelled for the Nintendo Wii U. Delayed multiple times, this game finally released on PS4, Windows (PC), and Xbox One back in May. Most problems with the Wii U version came from the framerate not doing as well as it was on the other versions. Before E3 2015, the developer of the game, Slightly Mad Studios, said that they were hoping for Nintendo to announce their "NX" at E3 2015, which they did not. With that in mind, Slighty Mad Studios has finally cancelled the Wii U version, stating, "It is simply too much for Wii U." Hopefully we will see the game hit Nintendo NX in the future.

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FreakZone Games Announces AVGN Adventures 2

FreakZone Games, the geniuses behind Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures have officially announced Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2 at SGC 2015. The original hit, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures was based off of James Rolfe's YouTube channel character, the Angry Video Game Nerd, which you can check out here. You can find out some more about the game after the break.

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Two New Weapons Releasing in Splatoon Tonight

Splatoon has had many new maps added recently, and many new weapons, as well as new modes. Now, two more new weapons are arriving later tonight! They are the N-ZAP '89, and the Octobrush. The N-ZAP '89 includes Sprinkler as the sub-weapon, and Inkstrike as the special weapon, while the Octobrush is a new brush that comes with Squid Beacons as the sub-weapon, and Kraken as its special weapon. These two new weapons will be arriving tonight at 7PM PT (10PM EST). Are you excited for these new weapons? You can check out some images of these new weapons after the break.

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President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Passes Away at Age 55

Rest in Peace to the president of Nintendo himself, Satoru Iwata, aged 55. If you are reading this right now, yes, it is true that Iwata has sadly passed away. Iwata has passed away, "due to a bile duct growth." He had to skip going to E3 2014 due to medical issues, which it was later revealed that Iwata was undergoing surgery for a tumor in the bile duct. Iwata passed away yesterday, July 11, 2015. Many people are already mourning his loss on Twitter, including Sakurai himself, the director of the Super Smash Bros. series. Iwata will certainly stay in all of our hearts, and he will surely be missed. RIP Satoru Iwata. You can check out the official statement from Nintendo on Iwata's death here.

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Splatoon Will be Adding Moray Towers to Map Rotation

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Following the announcement of the Second North American Splatfest, Nintendo of America has confirmed that a new map will be entering the Splatoon map rotation later today: Moray Towers. The Map will be joining 8 others already available and feature a number of narrow pathways. Moray Towers will be available starting July 10th at 7 P.M. PT (10 P.M. ET). Are you enjoying the frequent content updates since the release of Splatoon?

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Splatoon's Second North American Splatfest Announced for July 17th

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Following the very successful last week that featured Cats and Dogs (congratulations to Team Dog for the win), Nintendo of America has announced via Twitter that the second North American Splatfest will be held from July 17th (9 P.M. PT) to July 18th (9 P.M. PT). Splatoon players will have to choose between two popular summer attractions of Roller Coasters and Water Slides, and then be willing to defend their choice against the opposing team all day by way of Turf Wars. Make sure to turn on Splatoon on July 17th to climb the ranks and support your team!

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The Binding of Issac: Rebirth is Coming to Wii U and New 3DS July 23

As revealed by developer Nicalis on Twitter, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be launching on the New 3DS, Wii U, and Xbox One on July 23rd. Originally slated for a 3DS release back in 2012, Nintendo did not pass the game on it's content review on account of religious content. It seems Nintendo has had a change of heart, so this definitive edition of The Binding of Isaac will be hitting Nintendo platforms for the first time! July 23rd is the North American release date, stay tuned for news on a European launch!

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Prototype of a Nintendo and Sony Collaboration Console Found

Back after Nintendo had already made two consoles, the NES and SNES, Nintendo was working with Sony to try and create a console collaboration with them that would be an SNES with a CD-ROM drive, called the Playstation. However, for unknown reasons, Nintendo left their partnership with Sony to instead collaborate on a console with Philips, which would then of course lead to the infamous Philips CD-i. You can continue reading for more info on this after the break, as well as for pictures of this prototype, as well as a video of it.

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Shovel Knight is Coming to Retail Later This Year

Recently revealed by Yacht Club Games earlier this week, Shovel Knight will be getting a retail release later this year. The popular 2D side scrolling game has already been released on multiple platforms such as Steam, Wii U, 3DS, PS4, and Xbox One, but not retail until later this year. Shovel Knight will be releasing retail on all of those platforms, except for PC, which is only for Europe. It will be releasing in stores for a price of $19.99 on October 13, 2015 for North America, and October 16, 2015 for Europe. Will you be buying Shovel Knight later this year if you don't have it yet? You can preorder the game now on Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy.

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Splatoon's Tower Control Mode Releases Tomorrow

Nintendo has revealed via their Twitter this morning that a new mode will be coming to Splatoon tomorrow night. This mode is the Tower Control mode, which is a ranked battle we first found out about during the Splatoon Direct. The new mode will be available to play tomorrow night at 7PM PT (10PM EST). There will also be a Nintendo Treehouse: Live to show off Splatoon's Tower control later today at 3PM PT (6PM EST). Are you looking forward to the new mode? You can check out a preview of the new mode after the break.

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Splatoon Update Coming Out Next Week

Splatoon will be receiving its first sort of balance patch, like Smash Bros, soon. The update will be coming out before the first North American Splatfest that is on next Saturday, July 4, so there can be balance fixes and fixes to Splatfest as well for the big event. You can check after the break for update notes on Splatoon's 1.3.0 update, releasing July 1 in Japan and June 30 in North America. Will you be playing at Splatfest?

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Nintendo Zone Viewer Server Has Been Discontinued

Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Zone Viewer application on Nintendo 3DS systems will be ending. Originally announced in October of 2008, Nintendo Zone was for Nintendo DSi systems to get original content exclusive to the area. The Nintendo Zone Viewer application was already on Nintendo 3DS systems when you got one, and was used to view exclusive 3D videos, upcoming previews, video game trivias, and even more exclusive content. You can check after the break for the full service update of Nintendo Zone Viewer and information on its discontinuation.

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New Details on Fire Emblem Fates Revealed

Nintendo has revealed news details on the upcoming Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Fates, which has just recently released in Japan today, and will be releasing in North America and Europe later on in 2016. You can continue reading after the break to see some new information on the game.One of the big things in this is that they have decided to include same-sex marriage in this new Fire Emblem game.

Unlike Nintendo's Mii simulator game released last June, Tomodachi Life, Fire Emblem Fates will include same-sex marriage in both the Conquest and Birthright editions of the game. However, fans will need to purchase the Conquest edition for a relationship between two male characters, or the Birthright edition if they want a relationship between two female characters.

Adding onto this, Nintendo said, "We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game's scenario and the nature of the game play." "In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game."

A new Iwata Asks has also been put out recently about Fire Emblem Fates. New details such as the storyline, the enemy/ally relationship, and also the fact that the previous Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Awakening, had meant to be the last in the series. You can check out the full Iwata Asks on Fire Emblem Fates here. Are you excited for the new edition to the Fire Emblem franchise? Fire Emblem Fates will be releasing next year in 2016 for North America and Europe.

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Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Combines Mario and Luigi and Paper Mario in 2016

An interesting twist on both the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario franchises was introduced today in the form of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. The game features Mario & Luigi teaming up with their paper forms. New features include rhythm-based giant papercraft battles and using Paper Mario's unique ability and attributes to solve puzzles. The game will come to 3DS in the Spring of 2016. Click Read More to check out the official trailer and artwork!

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Blast Ball Coming to 3DS in 2016

Although it may not be the Metroid Prime sequel we were hoping for on Wii U, the Blast Ball that was showcased at the Nintendo World Championships turned out to be a new Metroid game, Metroid Prime: Federation Force. The game features a 4-player co-op adventure, with Blast Ball as a 3-on-3 mini game option. The game is being developed by Next Level Games, and will be available in the first quarter of 2016. Check out after the break for more information, a trailer, and all of the released assets!

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More Details On Super Mario Maker Revealed During Digital Event

During Nintendo's E3 Digital Event today, more details were revealed about Super Mario Maker. Nintendo already showed more gameplay of the game the other night as the final game of the Nintendo World Championships 2015. You can read about some new features in Super Mario Maker and check out the new trailer for the game after the break.

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Star Fox Zero Is Coming to Wii U this Holiday Season

Nintendo opened it's Digital Even at E3 this year by showcasing the previously announced Star Fox Wii U game. Star Fox Zero takes on the traditional dogfighting style gameplay and features familiar characters like Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Pigma. Although it plays similarly to Star Fox 64, Star Fox Zero will be a completely new adventure. The game features 1-2 players, is co-developed by Platinum Games, and will be available this holiday season. Hit the jump for a trailer, screenshots, and more information.

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Nintendo Digital Event Recap from E3 2015

Nintendo has once again hosted their Nintendo Digital Event for E3 like last year, bringing exciting announcements for new games, and some games we already knew about. This year, they mainly focused on Wii U and 3DS games to release this year, and in early 2016. Some games include Super Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero, and Yoshi's Woolly World. For a look at some of Nintendo's announcements during the Digital Event this year, you can see the press release and the full footage of the Digital Event after the break.

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EarthBound Beginnings Announced as a Mother 1 Western Port for Wii U eShop

Announced earlier today during the Nintendo World Championships 2015, the original Mother game that was previously a Japanese Famicom exclusive will be transalated and brought over to the west as a Wii U eshop exclusive. This came as a huge surprise and to much delight of western Mother and Earthbound fans. Earthbound Beginnings will arrive on the Wii U eShop in North America tonight at 9 P.M. EST. Click Read More for the launch trailer.

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New Content Revealed for Super Smash Bros.

In a Smash Bros. presentation today by Masahiro Sakurai, new content was revealed for Smash Bros. including more characters, stages, amiibo, and new features. Two characters that were leaked yesterday were announced today, Roy and Ryu. New stages like Suzaku Castle and returning stages like Dreamland were also revealed. You can check after the break for the full scoop and for the video of the Smash Bros. presentation.

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Ryu, Roy, Dreamland 64 and More Leaked for Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS

Although a few song files that hinted at the release of Street Fighter's Ryu and Fire Emblem's Marth as Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS DLC was datamined months ago, the most recent patch released today in Japan all but confirms them. Twitter User RandomTBush has released the high quality renders, artwork, trophies, videos, and special moves that accompany the upcoming DLC characters. Check out the rest of what was revealed after the break!

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Splatoon Gets Another New Map Tonight

Nintendo has revealed today that a new map will be added to Splatoon tonight, via the Nintendo Twitter. This new map, called Kelp Dome, which consists of a maze inside a dome, as well as a grated walkway above the ground. The Kelp Dome map in Splatoon will be added tonight at 7PM PT (10PM EST) like the most recent update. Are you excited to play Kelp Dome tonight or in the future?

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SEGA Reveals New Sonic Boom Game for Nintendo 3DS

Today, the SEGA team has officially revealed a new Sonic Boom game, called Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice. With this suprising news, comes some unsurprising news, Big Red Button will not be developing the game. Confirmed on the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter, Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice will be developed by Sanzaru Games, unlike the past two Sonic Boom games that were made for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Are you excited for the new game? Do you think Sanzaru Games will do a better job than Big Red Button? You can check out the official reveal trailer after the break.

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Lucas and Miiverse Stage Coming Soon to Smash Bros. 3D and Wii U

We've known since October about a Miiverse stage coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and we've known since April that Lucas will be joining both versions as DLC. Today, Sakurai officially confirmed the release date of both the stage and Lucas on Miiverse. They will be arriving at 8 AM PT (11 AM EST) on Sunday, June 14, the Miiverse stage as a free add-on stage in the update, and Lucas, priced at $3.99 for seperate versions, and $4.99 on both versions. Also coming out in this new update will be Splatoon Mii Fighter costumes for your Mii to wear. Are you excited for Lucas? You can check some screenshots of Lucas, the Miiverse stage, and the Splatoon Mii Fighter costumes after the break.

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New Weapon Arriving Tonight on Splatoon

Splatoon's developers have already promised post-launch content after the game releases. Now, a new weapon, the Inkbrush, will be arriving in Splatoon tonight. This weapon will be a type of roller and will come with Sprinklers as the bomb, and Inkstrike as well. The latest DLC before this was a new weapon, a new map, and a new mode. Now, the Inkbrush arrives tonight at 7PM PT (10PM EST). Will you be trying it out tonight? You can check out some screenshots of the Inkbrush in-game after the break.

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Splatoon Adds New Map, Weapon, and Mode

Nintendo has already revealed in the past that Splatoon would be getting post-launch DLC added onto the game. In their Nintendo Direct Micro yesterday, Nintendo revealed that the first DLC would be launched later that night at 7PM PT. The update included the new weapon, the N-Zap ‘85, the first new map for multiplayer, Port Mackerel, and the unlocking of the multiplayer mode, Ranked Battle, starting off with Splat Zones. For those that don’t know, Splat Zones is the mode where two teams fight for a certain zone of the map. You can check out some previews of the new weapon and the new map after the break.

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Nintendo Direct Recap for June 1, 2015

In a surprise Nintendo Direct Micro yesterday, Nintendo revealed more details on great games coming out in the future for Wii U and 3DS. Even though E3 2015 is right around the corner, Nintendo still revealed some games in Nintendo Direct, so they are probably getting the big stuff ready for E3. To see what was revealed, including more information for E3 2015, and new Wii U and 3DS games, click read more.

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Splatoon: What You Need To Know

With the release of the upcoming third-person shooter game for Wii U, Splatoon, which has already arrived in stores in Japan, and is arriving in stores tomorrow for North America and Europe, you still may be on the verge of buying the game. So should you get the game or not? You decide for yourself! Find out tons of details about the game after the break.

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Nintendo Indie Humble Bundle Revealed

This past week, Nintendo and Humble Bundle revealed the "Humble Nindie Bundle" for purchase on Humble Bundle. For those who don't know, Humble Bundle is a site that distributes a series of online games together, in bundles. This is the first time that Nintendo has had a Humble Bundle, and hopefully there will be more in the future. You can find out more information about this bundle after the break.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Stretch Goal Reveals Wii U Port

In case you haven't heard, a few weeks ago, a former producer of Castlevania revealed a new game, called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The former producer, Koji Igarashi, revealed hints through the website leading up to the launch of the Kickstarter on May 11, as well as letting people choose sword or whip.. Bloodstained has already been revealed to be, "an exploration-focused, side-scrolling platformer featuring RPG and crafting elements."

When the Kickstarter launched, the game passed 1 million dollars within the first ten hours, and met its goal of $500,000 within the first four hours. A recent stretch goal for the game, reaching $2,750,000 funded IGA's Biggest Castle. Next, once the stretch goal of $3,000,000 is made, a Wii U port of the game will be added. Will you be funding this project? You can check out the Kickstarter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night by clicking here.

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Tile Swapping Fun... For a While - Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles Review

Not without controversy, the eShop is growing home to more and more clones of mobile games. There are already four clones of Flappy Bird and a host of other cheap, simple games that are typically played on smartphones and tablets. Tilelicious isn't a direct clone of 2048, but it's very similar in nature and draws much inspiration from it.

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Nintendo Reveals Nintendo World Championships Qualifying Locations

In the Nintendo E3 2015 promo video, Nintendo announced the return of the Nintendo World Championships for the first time in 25 years. Today, Nintendo revealed the eight locations of the qualifying for Nintendo World Championships 2015 on Saturday, May 30. You can check out the full announcement on their website. You can also check the eight locations for the qualifying taking place on May 30 after the break.

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Nintendo Reveals E3 2015 Plans

Nintendo has finally revealed their plans for E3 2015 this June after months of speculation. Finally showing off what they have in store this year, Mega64 once again took to help Nintendo make their E3 promo, though, not being in it this year.

This year, Reggie, as well at Bill Trinen were featured in the promo. Some big news included the reveal that Nintendo would once again be doing a Digital Event on Tuesday, June 16, as well as an "extended" Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3, featuring, "even more games and guest appearances by developers." Nintendo has also revealed that Mario Maker would have demos at Best Buy locations for fans to try out on Wednesday, June 17, and Saturday, June 20. What is probably the biggest news, is the announcement of the return of Nintendo's World Championships, for the first time in 25 years. Fans will be able to play it for a chance to compete against others, with qualifying competitions on May 30, and more details to come in the future. So what do you think? Are you ready for Nintendo at E3 2015 this year? You can check out the full promo for Nintendo at E3 2015 after the break. You can also check out the official Nintendo E3 site for more updates in the future.

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Nintendo Announces Partnership with Universal Theme Parks

In a suprising announcement this past Thursday, Nintendo has finally announced a partnership with the parks and resort company, Universal, finally giving fans what they have wanted for a long time. The deal will bring some of Nintendo's most popular flagship characters and series to life in Universal Theme Parks around the world. This includes from Nintendo characters walking around the park, to Nintendo themed rides, like rollercoasters, or anything for that matter. This announcement came as quite a shocker, and as an excitement to many people. You can check out the full press release after the break.

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Nintendo's Financial Briefing Results Come In

This past Thursday, Nintendo held their annual financial briefing, talking about the company's marketing and business plans from the past year, as well as talking about the future of Nintendo's games. One highlight from their financial briefing is the sales of some of the most popular 3DS games, showing the sales continuing to grow. Some of these games include Mario Kart 7 at 11.7 million sales, Super Smash Bros. 3D at 6.75 million sales, and Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, together at 13.85 million sales.

Nintendo also reconfirmed some of the previously announced Wii U games, coming out during the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2016, with games like Splatoon releasing at the end of this month, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Maker, Project Giant Robot, Star Fox Wii U, and a few others too. Keep reading for more information from the financial briefing after the break.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Officially Revealed, Star Wars Joins In

Disney Infinity has just revealed a video showing what new characters and playsets will be available in Disney Infinity 3.0. There have been rumors and speculation about who would join the game, and some are actually correct. Star Wars characters including Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul, and Yoda will be joining the lineup of Disney Infinity, as well as characters from Tron: Legacy, Frozen, and Mulan. Disney Infinity 3.0 and these characters are set to release later this fall, before the new Star Wars movie comes out. Will you be picking any of these up? You can check out the official announcement trailer after the break.

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Yooka-Laylee Officially Revealed, Kickstarter Launched

Playtonic Games, the studio made up of former Rare employees, such as Grant Kirkhope, Chris Sutherland, David Wise, and many others, have officially revealed the new game they are making. Yooka-Laylee, previously known as Project Ukulele, will be a 3D platformer, staring the chameleon, Yooka, and the bat, Laylee. Pictures of the two characters have also been put up, as well as a sample of some of the music, loads of screenshots and gameplay videos, as well as a Kickstarter.

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You Can Now Purchase Mewtwo for Smash Bros!

Here's some nice news to those that either didn't buy both versions of the latest Smash Bros. game, or forgot to register them on Club Nintendo, Mewtwo is now available in the Super Smash Bros. DLC shop! Players who did not receive Mewtwo through Club Nintendo can now buy the returning Pokémon fighter for $4.99 for both versions, or $3.99 for seperate versions. More DLC characters will be joining the latest Smash Bros. installment thanks to the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, as well as Lucas coming in June. Will you be buying Mewtwo?

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amiibo Tap Wii U Application Coming April 30th

amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, the amiibo based Wii U application, will be headed to the console very soon! The application, which lets you unlock gameplay highlights from selected NES and SNES titles. If you tap an amiibo onto the gamepad, you will get a random game from either of the systems to try out for three minutes. The new application has already released in Japan, and will be headed to American and European Wii U's this Thursday, April 30. Are you excited to try out the application? You can check out the Japanese release trailer of amiibo Tap after the break.

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Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Out Now, 200cc Update Alongside

The long awaited Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 has been released today. The new DLC that you can buy from the Nintendo eShop for $7.99 includes 3 new characters, 8 courses, and some new vehicles. Alongside the DLC comes the free 200cc update, adding the new mode for faster and more exciting racing action. You can look at the Mario Kart 8 4.0 patch notes after the break.

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Sales of Nintendo Systems up Nearly 60 Percent in 2015

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Nintendo has just released US sales data for 2015 so far and it is looking well for them. Nintendo 3DS sales have increased roughly 80 percent over sales during the same time period of 2014 with Wii U sales up more than 20 percent. Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS has continued to sell well with 110,00 for the 3DS version in its sixth month on the market. Newly released Mario Party 10 sold nearly 290,000 units in the first two weeks. Check out more information in the press release after the break...

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Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Tracks Revealed

This past week, Nintendo has finally unveiled the 8 courses coming in Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2. There will be four new courses and four retro courses. The new courses will be Animal Crossing, Big Blue from F-Zero, Super Bell Subway, based off of the Super Mario 3D World powerup, and Wild Woods. The returning courses include fan favorite Baby Park from the GameCube, Cheese Land from Mario Kart Super Circuit on the GameBoy Advance, Neo Bowser City from Mario Kart 7, and Ribbon Road from the GameBoy Advance.

The DLC Pack 2 also brings characters Isabelle, Villager, and returning character Dry Bowser, as well as more vehicles. Alongside the DLC will be a free update to Mario Kart 8, adding the new 200cc racing mode, and more Mii racing suits to be unlocked from tapping amiibo in, including characters like Pac-Man, Rosalina and Luma, Bowser, and Mega Man. Don't miss the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2, coming out April 23 for $7.99, unless you already prepurchased it, or alongside Pack 1, and don't miss the free update coming out the same day. Will you be buying the new DLC? You can check out an overview trailer of the DLC after the break.

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Kickstarter Launch Date for Project Ukulele Revealed

Playtonic Games, the studio made up of former Rare employees, has recently announced an update on their awaited game, Project Ukulele. At EGX Rezzed this past March, they showed many things, such as in development screenshots of the game, information regarding gameplay and collectibles, and an announcement of a Kickstarter for the game. The update they announced via Twitter is an image saying, "Coming soon to to Kickstarter on May 1st!" Are you excited for Project Ukulele and will you help fund the Kickstarter? Stay tuned for more news in the future on Project Ukulele.

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A New RPG Experience, Monster Hunter Stories, is Coming to 3DS

In a rather unexpected announcement at Monster Hunter Fest '15 Finals in Japan Capcom has revealed an up and coming RPG in the Monster Hunter series. Monster Hunter Stories will venture from the traditional Monster Hunter formula and feature a cartoon graphic style and RPG mechanics. Very little is known about the game so far, but we do know it has been in development for five years and you can catch the cinematic trailer after the break. Monster Hunter Stories is scheduled for a 2016 release in Japan and will probably head to the west soon after, stay tuned for more information.

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Masahiro Sakurai Still Has Shoulder Problems After Smash Bros 3D/Wii U

The director of the Super Smash Bros. series of games is still having shoulder problems after the newly released games in the franchise, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, as he revealed in his column in the Weekly Famitsu. Two years ago, Sakurai revealed that he had calcific tendinitis in his right shoulder, and it appears he is still having problems. He also said how if he plays a game that involves button mashing, his arm would give out in ten minutes. You can check out more about Sakurai's pain and issues with his arm here.

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Big John Games Reveals Targeted Date for Cube Creator 3D

Indie studio Big John Games has revealed the targeted release date for their 3DS Minecraft-like game, Cube Creator 3D. The studio yesterday revealed on their Twitter page that they are targeting a release of Cube Creator 3D on Thursday, April 23. The release date could be changed in the next few days, but they are hoping to release it on that day! The game features a survival mode to fight, explore, and create what they want to! While the game is still not out yet, you can still go to the Nintendo eShop now and download the Cube Creator 3D demo. You can watch the trailer for Cube Creator 3D after the break.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Coming to Wii U?

The popular franchise of Call of Duty could once again be heading to Wii U. This rumor is based on a NeoGAF member who found out it is possible to link your Nintendo Network ID on the Call of Duty website. Once you make your account on the website, you can link your account to either Xbox Live, Playstation Network, Steam, or your Nintendo Network ID. Let's hope that this is true and that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is coming to Wii U in the future, unlike the last Call of Duty game, Advanced Warfare. Do you think the game will be headed to Wii U? We may possibly find out on April 26 in the world reveal of the game. You can check out the official teaser trailer and the image showing the accounts you can link to your Call of Duty account after the break.

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LEGO Introduces Their Toys-to-Life Product Line

Earlier today, LEGO introduced the world to their own product line of toys-to-life figures, called LEGO Dimensions. Toys-to-life has become a popular idea as of lately, as shown in Disney Infinity, Skylanders, and especially amiibo, so it makes sense that LEGO is jumping along as well. It is not clear as to how the LEGO figurines interact with the game, but it could possibly add new characters, new levels, among many other things. We will hopefully find out more in the future. It appears that The Wizard of Oz, Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more themes will be tieing into the game, so there should be a big variety. You can preorder the game for Nintendo Wii U, as well as Playstation 4, Xbox One, Playstation 3, or Xbox 360 on the game's Amazon page for $100, and it will release on September 27, 2015. Continue reading after the break for the official LEGO Dimensions announcement video and for some of the expansion packs.

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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M Update Enhances Enemy Turn Speed

An update for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M first announced in the Nintendo Direct on April 1 has released today, which adds a fast-forward button to the enemy turn to speed it up. The update is available to users who already own Code Name: S.T.E.A.M either physically or digitally, and the update is free, but requires 27 blocks on your 3DS system. Check after the break for the official notes of the update, plus the update video for more information!

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New Footage Shows Off 200cc vs 150cc on Piranha Plant Slide in Mario Kart 8

A new video by Nintendo features the difference in speed between the 200CC and the 150CC on the Piranha Plant Pipeway course in Mario Kart 8. The video shows a major difference between how quick 1 lap was finished in both of the versions of the game. Are you excited for the big 200CC Mario Kart 8 update? The update releases on April 23, which is not too far away. You can check out the video highlighting the difference in the 150CC and 200CC after the break.

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Terraria on Nintendo Finally Coming?

Terraria, the Minecraft-like Indie game by Re-Logic could finally be hitting the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. After rumors of Terraria coming to the 3DS and Wii U back in January of this year when a Wii U and 3DS listing of Terraria was found on Gamefly, the rumor seems to have a bigger chance of becoming real. This time, the USK (Game rating service in Germany, like the ESRB) has given a rating to Terraria on 3DS and Wii U. Could we be seeing an official announcment coming soon? We'll hopefully see soon. You can check out the rating on the USK website.

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RUMOR: Meta Knight amiibo Restock this Summer?

A new rumor has emerged involving the Best Buy exclusive Meta Knight amiibo. It originally released on February 20, alongside the new Wii U game, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. This new rumor, comes from a well trusted Best Buy employee on Reddit claiming, "Best Buy is actually planning a summer restock with no firm date yet established." This would come as a help to many fans looking for the Meta Knight amiibo, as it quickly came and went, just like Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer of wave 1, of which, Marth will be having a restock in May. Do you think this is true? You can check out the Reddit thread here.

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5 Characters Joining Smash Bros. From the Fighter Ballot?

Disclaimer: This cuold very be an error or coincidental speculation. Nothing has been confirmed.

It appears that five fighters could join the battle as DLC in the future. Thanks to the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, those five characters could be chosen from the top picks on that. This rumor comes from the official Smash Bros. website, where if you go to the bottom of one of the characters pages, and move to the boxes all the way on the right, you can see Pac-Man, Mii Fighters, ???, Mewtwo, and then 5 blank boxes. Who could we see joining the battle? Plenty of Indie studios such as Wayforward of Shantae and Team Meat of Super Meat Boy are already pushing their characters to join the battle, and are saying that it would be awesome to see that happen to their characters! Who do you want in the battle? You can go and vote for who you want to join Super Smash Bros. at the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot site. Check out the picture of the rumor in question after the break!

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AVGN Adventures hits Wii U

The Nerd himself, the Angry Video Game Nerd finally has a game on a Nintendo console! The infamously hard game, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, has finally hit the Wii U this past Thursday. The rage-inducing 2D platformer brings together different elements from the Nerd’s episodes of his show on YouTube. You can adventure on as the Nerd himself, Mike Matei, one of his friends, or a few other people. If you want to try and beat (or get as far as you can) in this game, you can head on over to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U to buy the game for $9.99, or just wait until it releases on the Nintendo 3DS in the future. You can check out James’s (The Nerd's) Youtube channel here. Check out the AVGN Adventures launch trailer for Wii U after the break.

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Free April Monthly DLC out for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

The newest free DLC pack for the month of April is now available to download in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The theme of this month's pack is Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog, gear for your Palico is available accordingly. This pack includes 14 new quests, 2 new weapons, 3 complete armor sets, 4 Palico weapons, among many other goodies. You can download these as well as the March DLC (Legend of Zelda theme) from the DLC menu in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on 3DS. The free monthly DLC packs will continue to e available on the first Friday of every month. Continue reading for the trailer and full press release.

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Nintendo Direct Recap for April 1, 2015

Did you miss out on the plethora of exciting news that was revealed during the Nintendo Direct earlier today? We've got plenty of great games and content coming our way over the next few months with DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS and Mario Kart 8. New details on games we haven't heard about in a while like Yoshi's Wooly World and Fire Emblem for 3DS have also been announced. We've also got news of more amiibo on the way, including cards and plushes rather than hard plastic amiibos. For a breakdown of everything we learned today, click read more.

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Mario Kart 8 2nd DLC Pack Coming April 23 Along With 200cc Races

In the Nintendo Direct earlier today we got news that the 2nd Mario Kart 8 DLC pack originally scheduled for release in May will now launch April 23. This pack features 3 new racers, four new vehicles, and 8 new tracks many of which sport an Animal Crossing theme. One of the eight courses is an Animal Crossing course that will change between the four seasons each time it is raced on. Also announced today for the first time in Mario Kart history is the introduction of a new engine class, 200cc, to the lineup. 200cc will allow for even faster races for those who have mastered 150cc. Last but not least, Mario Kart 8 will now support many more amiibo that add costumes to Mii racers.

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Splatoon Launches May 29 Featuring Ranked Mode and Battle Dojo With amiibo

We've been aware of a single player and online 4-on-4 player battles ("Turf Wars") in Splatoon, but two more game modes were detailed in the Nintendo Direct earlier today. The Battle Dojo is Splatoon's local multiplayer experience that offers 1-on-1 battles where one player uses the gamepad and features slightly different win conditions. More experienced players of level 10 or above will also have access to Ranked Mode, which is a more competitive mode that pits you in 4-on-4 battles with similarly ranked players around the world. It was also announced that there will be three Splatoon amiibo that offer unique gameplay experiences.

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Lucas Joins the Battle! Available as DLC in Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS this June

In the Nintendo Direct earlier today, Lucas was unexpectedly confirmed as DLC for Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. Joining his pal Ness from the Mother series, Lucas returns as a veteran from Brawl and will be available as a paid download in June. You can check out his trailer after the break. Nintendo have also opened up a poll where you can vote on the next newcomer DLC for Smash Bros. which is available here.

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Is it as Enchanted as it seems? - Trine: Enchanted Edition Review

Before now, Wii U owners only had access to Trine 2. However, Frozenbyte have taken the opportunity to remaster the original game using the improved engine of the sequel and it has a much welcomed Wii U release to go with it. But the question is, after playing Trine 2, is its predecessor worth the time?

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"You Are The Winner! Go You!" Is WayForward's Latest Project

Wayforward's latest original adventure was announced today - "You Are The Winner! Go You!" will be arriving later this fall and will be coming to all platforms, including Wii U and 3DS. YATWGY will feature a brand new technology courtesy of WayForward, "PlayForMe". PlayForMe makes it easier for anyone to play the game, as you no longer have to defeat enemies, collect coins, or even press any buttons, PlayForMe does it for you! If you're just as excited as us for this new adventre, you can read more about it after the break!

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Nintendo Partners with DeNA to Bring Their IP to Smartphones

In a somewhat surprising news Nintendo has announced a partnership with Japanese mobile software giant DeNA to establish a new infrastructure and membership system across all platforms (3DS, Wii U, NX, PCs, Smartphones, Tablets, ect.) and bring their IP to the mobile market. The two companies are now heavily invested in each other with Nintendo being a 10% (and the 2nd largest) shareholder of DeNA. The two companies plan to work together to bring this connected membership program (which will replace Club Nintendo) and the first smartphone games to the market by the end of the year.

Nintendo have told skeptics not to worry about a complete transformation into a software company, as their main focus will still be on their own hardware and making quality software for it. They've also said that all mobile games will be completely new software, and they won't be porting games from their own hardware. In fact, they've also very vaguely announced that they're working on a new piece of hardware codenamed "NX" that will be revealed in 2016. Very little is known about what platforms the first games will be released on and which IP Nintendo will bring to the mobile market. Stay tuned for more information and hit the break for the full press release!

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More Details On Project Ukulele Revealed

New details on the Playtonic Games platformer, Project Ukulele, has been revealed at Rezzed. The team over at Playtonic Games has revealed new details on the game, such as gameplay, music, and first looks at the world the game will take place in. They have also announced that there could possibly be amiibo support in the future, and that there will be a Kickstarter starting later on in May 2015. Finally, the official Playtonic Twitter account answered the fans question as to why the heroes in the game weren't shown today, simply stating, "we did. Didn't you see them?". You can also chat with others about the new game in the Playtonic Games forums. Take a look at some 'screenshots' of the game, and more info on the game after the break.

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Netflix is Now Available on NES

...and we're only sort of joking. Although you won't be able to load the popular video streaming service on to your own cartridges, a team at Netflix has gotten a version of Netflix to run on the 30 year old console. The developers came up with the idea during the Netflix Hack Day event. You can check out the footage below to see the intro of "House of Cards" running in not-so-HD on the NES.

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New Splatoon Footage Shows Off Paint Roller

A short video has been put out by the developers of Splatoon showing off the paint roller item. The Paint Roller is just one of many paint-based weaons you'll be able to weild in the latest arena shooter from Nintendo. As seen in the footage below, the Paint Roller allows you to cover large areas of the arena with paint at once, or roll over/flick paint at your enemies for a kill. Splatoon is out in North America this May. You can check out the new footage after the break.

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus Review

The latest 3DS title (optimized for New 3DS) from Bandai Namco Games is a re-release of the 2011 3DS game of the same name (itself being a remake of the PS1 Ace Combat 2), bar the "plus". The latest dog fighting adventure features several improvements over the previous installment including enhanced controls and amiibo support.

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Free March Monthly DLC out for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

The first of many free monthly DLC packs for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is available courtesy of Capcom. This pack is DLC themed and features 14 new quests, 11 new weapons, 8 armor sets, among much more. Included in this pack is also the two winning designs from the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Weapon Design contest: Clockwork Insect Glaive and Emperor’s Speech Hunting Horn. The Monster Hunter Caravan Tour also kicks off today at PAX East in Boston. You can check out the DLC trailer and full press release after the break!

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WayForward Celebrates 25 Years with Huge Discounts

In celebration of it's 25th anniversary, developer WayForward is hosting a sale on a number of it's recent releases, many of which are on Nintendo platforms. The sale offers both 3DS and Wii U games at 25%-75% off their normal price. Among the discounted games is the excellent Shanatae and the Pirate's Curse and Mighty Switch Force. You can check out the full press release after the jump.

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A Classic Zombie Adventure - Zombie Incident Review

A little bit of history is needed for this title. Zombie Incident was developed in 2011 for the MSXdev'11 competition, in which it won first prize. The competition was to develop a game for the MSX, a computer popular in Europe and Japan in the 1980's. Fast forward to today and the game has been spruced up a little and put up for 3DS download, though the original MSX ROM can still be downloaded (as well as a proper cart that can be played on actual MSX hardware).

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Golden Mario amiibo Coming Exclusively to Walmart March 20

The recently rumored Gold Mario amiibo has been confirmed for the U.S. today by Nintendo of America. The Gold Mario amiibo will be available exclusively at 3,000 Walmart stores in the U.S. in time for the launch of Mario Party 10 on March 20. This special edition gold color is purely an aesthetic, it will register to every supporting game as either of the other two Mario amiibo would. You can check out the full press release and a purchase link after the break...

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Here's the Most Difficult Super Mario World Level Beaten

A romhacker known as Pangaea Panga has spent the last 3 years creating and beating what is undoubtedly the most difficult Super Mario World level ever created. Item Abuse 3 is the third in a triology of insanely difficult custom Super Mario World levels that feature humanely impossible uses of items such as the the cape, shells, yoshis, and keys. The completion of the level was a Tool Assisted Run, meaning it was slowed down frame by frame and used a number of other techniques a total of 78,160 tries to complete. You can see the completion of the level by it's creator as well as a download link after the break...

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Zombie Incident to Arrive in European 3DS eShop February 26

Coder Child's latest release for 3DS, Zombie Incident, will be making it's way to the European eShop on February 26. Zombie Incident was designed with an early-80's retro 8-bit feel to be played on MSX systems. The game pits you as the a young heroine explores a mysterious, beast-clad citadel in search of 8 golden stars. The game will has a tentative release date of March 5 in the U.S. and will be priced at £2 and $2 as a 3DS download. To see a full list of features and a trailer, click Read More!

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Release Date Revealed for Yoshi's Woolly World?

Originally shown at E3 2014, Yoshi’s Woolly World, a new Yoshi game for Nintendo Wii U, was given a release date of, “the first half of 2015”. It has recently not been shown in any Nintendo Direct, even the Nintendo Direct on January 14, focusing on Spring games for Wii U and 3DS. Nintendo may have given a release to it on their games guide list. According to Nintendo's game guide listing by release date, Yoshi's Woolly World will supposedly be arriving on July 31, 2015. While we have yet to find out if it's true, looking at the date, the end of July is still far away. But, if it is releasing then, there is a good chance it will be at E3 2015. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer until we hear more about it!

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Custom amiibo Maker has amiibo Sold Through Toys R Us

It has recently been revealed that Toys R Us will soon be selling custom made amiibo by Evilos Art. Evilos, who creates and sells custom amiibo, has made many great customs in the past, such as Cosmic Mario, Metal Mario, and Cosmic Samus. As said in a recent Amiibo Inquirer article, "A historic move by a major corporation like this, and could have a huge impact on custom sales in the future. According to the article, negotiations are in the final stages, and details such as styles, availability, and pricing are yet to be known. When they go on sale, don’t be late and order fast!

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse: What You Need To Know

The next game in the Kirby franchise, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Nintendo Wii U, has officially released today! If you are on the edge of buying it, and need a little more convincing, or you are already planning to purchase it, here is what you need to know about the game. Look at the details of the game after the break!

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Star Fox on Wii U Will Feature Motion and Analog Controls

The long awaited entry in the Star Fox franchise is coming later this year, and there is supposedly going to be two different types of control, motion control and analog stick control. As stated in the latest magazine of Game Informer, "Fox will be able to fly his Arwing and seamlessly transform into a tank during certain sequences. Pilots can control the game either with their GamePad's analog sticks or motion control." Let's hope this is true and that Star Fox U isn't too far off from now!

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Nintendo Investor Meeting: Amiibo Cards and More Coming

Nintendo held their annual investors meeting on Monday; which you can check that out here. In their meeting, Iwata gave more information on the future of amiibo. As said in the past, Nintendo are still hard at work on creating amiibo cards, which will hopefully release later this year. He stated that it will be useful for those wanting to use amiibo that are not in production anymore. Check out the rest of the announcements after the break!

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Banjo Kazooie Spiritual Successor Revealed, David Wise on Board

A group of former Rare employees have recently announced that they've joined together to form the independent studio Playtonic Games. Their first project, Project Ukulele, will be the spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie that we've all been waiting for. EDGE Magazine reports that the studio is looking to expand its staff to 15 members. It's also been announced that the three Rare legends David Wise, Steve Burke, and Grant Kirkhope will be on board to compose the game's music. You can check out some concept art after the break.

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Latest Code Name STEAM Trailer from Nintendo of America

Nintendo of America has released a new trailer for Intelligent System's upcoming 3DS release Code Name S.T.E.A.M. The trailer features Abraham Lincoln along with new gameplay and an awesome civil war tune. Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is a brand new Nintendo IP set to launch on March 13, 2015 in North America. You can watch the newest trailer after the break...

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Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition Coming to Wii U and PC

It was confirmed earlier today that the 2005 Puzzle-Platformer Legend of Kay for Playstation 2 and Nintendo DS would receive an 10th Anniversary Edition coming to Wii U and PC. Nordic Games verified that the listing first seen on Amazon Germany was correct, but they don't want to reveal any additional platforms at this time. Amazon U.S. has the release date set for May 29, 2015. Legend of Kay features a young cat warrior Kay and his quest to save his homeland from an army of Gorillas and Rats.

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Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party and Knytt Underground 50% Off Until 2/26

In anticipation of the upcoming Affordable Space Adventures on the Wii U eShop, KnapNok Games and Nifflas have teamed up to offer there two previous games at a 50% discount price until 2/26/2015. Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party and Knytt can each be downloaded for just $5.99 (€3.99). This promotion is to get you ready for the unique gameplay styles offered by both developers that will be combined in the future release of Affordable Space Adventures. Hit the jump for a full press release and more information.

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This Curse is a Blessing - Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is WayForward's newest game in the title character's series, with another game on the way after a successful Kickstarter campaign. First announced back in November 2012 as a feature article for Nintendo Power's final issue, it spent two more years in gradual development before finally hitting the US last October and February 2015 in Europe. It is the first in the series to take on a "Metroidvania" style of gameplay, in which the world is open to the player with areas cut off based on what powers and abilities you have unlocked. The game feels like the perfect hybrid of Metroid and Zelda, with a map style similar to Super Metroid sprinkled with dungeons across the world.

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Nintendo Castle's Games of the Year 2014 Awards

Hello there! Welcome to Nintendo Castle's Game(s) of the Year Awards 2014. A panel of 4 staff members nominated and voted on their favorite games of the year in a total of 4 categories: Favorite Handheld, Favorite Indie, Favorite Music, and Game of the Year. While these games reflect an aggregate opinion of Nintendo Castle's staff, we do not claim these games to be the subjectively best games produced this year. These awards aren't to be taken to seriously, they're just a fun overlook of the games the staff members enjoyed playing most this year. Without further ado, here are the winners of Game of the Year Awards 2014!

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Super Luigi Bros. Fan Fiction Contest; Win 1 of 3 HQ 2015 Calendars!
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Our friends over at Super Luigi Bros. are hosting a fan fiction writing contest until 12/17/2014. Three winners of the contest will each receive a high quality Super Mario Bros. 2015 Wall Calendar from Abrams Books. Contest entry details can be found below.
How to enter:
  • Write a Super Mario fan story of 500 words or more. Can be relating to any characters or places from the Mario universe, doesn't have to include the main man himself. Send your story to luke[at]classic-marion[dot]net
  • Like us on Facebook (we'll contact winners through facebook for delivery address, if entrant is under 16 we will contact parent/guardian of entrant for delivery address)
For more details makes sure to check out the full Mario Calendar Contest Giveaway on Super Luigi Bros.

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Pokball Insider Joins the Fight!

If you've been following us on Social Media, you know that we've had a Pokmon site in the works for some time now. The site is now ready, just in time for the launch of Pokmon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! Pokball Insider will cover News, Walkthroughs, Guides, Articles, Media, and more on Pokmon, just like Nintendo Castle does for other franchises. Make sure to check the site our here, we're even doing a pretty cool Pokmon giveaway! We'd like to thank you for your continued viewership, and don't worry, after things get settled with PBI a few pretty big things will be coming to Nintendo Castle, stay tuned!

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Episode 2 of The Fall to come in Fall 2015
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It was revealed earlier today via Miiverse that sales from The Fall: Episode 1 (review) have earned enough revenue to fully fund Episodes 2 & 3. Development of the next entry has already begun development and will arrive on the Wii U eShop next autumn. The team at Over The Moon games is currently working on the EU/AU Wii U versions of the game (with an expected November release) and porting the game to PS4 and Xbox One. Hit the jump for a full press release.
Hey there! A short and sweet note from John and I to you. We've been getting lots of questions about the future of The Fall, and want to make sure that you know, that the next episode of "The Fall" has been fully funded and will be released in early Autumn 2015. From John: " It was always our goal to find a way to make them, even if our sales were almost non-existent, but thankfully we've had enough interest that making them will be easy." John and the team are working on the next chapter of Arid's story, and we'll be updating you here are we have more to share. Until then, we're still working on our WiiU EU/AUS launch (fingers crossed for a November release) and porting to the XBOX One and PS4. Lots on the go!
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Here's a list of Music Tracks coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
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It was recently confirmed that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will feature over 400 music tracks! Staff member Komodo_Zero has taken the liberty of compiling a list of known Music coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which will continue to be edited until release. The spreadsheet includes a plethora of information on each track (name, composer, series,) and a link to listen to each track. Click here to see the list. Disclaimer: Most tracks are inferred after being heard in pre-release footage of the game, and aren't actually confirmed. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Over 50 Features Detailed for Smash Bros. for Wii U!


Earlier today the Smash Bros Wii U direct revealed 50 "fun facts" about Smash Bros. for Wii U, a lot of which was brand new information. Highlights include 8-player Smash, Mewtwo as a playable character, and Ridley making a guest appearance. Watch the video above or read the full press release after the jump.

Today Nintendo unleashed a deluge of information about its upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game, including an eight-player mode, the ability to build and share custom stages and an exclusive soundtrack offer. Nintendo revealed these and many more details in a live-streamed video announcement. To view the video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.

'€œSuper Smash Bros. fans got a full look today at the unbelievable variety of options and surprises that await them in the Wii U version of the game,'€ said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America'€™s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. '€œMillions of fans around the world already can'€™t get enough of the Nintendo 3DS game, and we want the Wii U version to build on that momentum.'€

Some of the topics covered in the video include:

8-Player Smash: In a major first for the franchise, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on even larger stages to accommodate all the characters.

amiibo Figures: When a player touches an amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a '€œfigure player.'€ The amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger and add equipment as they gain experience through battling. Players can have amiibo fight one another, and amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in.

Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and eventually share them with friends and other players around the world using broadband Internet access.
Controls: Players who own the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to control the action on the TV screen, in addition to the many other control options available.

Importing Fighters: Fans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can immediately benefit from the fruits of their smashing labors. Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters to the Wii U game, along with their customized equipment, costumes and hats.

Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who buys both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and registers both games on Club Nintendo by Jan. 13 will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games.

Mewtwo: Like the soundtrack, this series veteran fighter will be made available as free downloadable content in spring of 2015 for anyone who buys both versions of the game.

Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more:
Smash Tour: World Smash is a fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.
Special Smash Mode: Players can customize battles with unique parameters.
Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players.
Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero.
Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards.
All-Star Mode: Like in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in chronological order. Only this time, the newest fighters appear before the older ones, and two players can battle through this mode together.
Event Mode: One or two players take on set character- and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward.
Masterpieces: This menu gives players a peek into the past lives of some of the Super Smash Bros. characters. Players can play cut-down versions of the characters'€™ greatest games.

Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages than any game in the series. The expanded Big Battlefield makes its debut in addition to the traditional Battlefield Stage. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby games, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones '€“ or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, lets players fight in the foreground and background. Blast barrels shoot players from front to back and vice versa.

Tunes: The game includes hundreds of music tracks, songs and jingles that players can listen to and settings to customize what music plays during game play. Players add songs to their library by collecting CDs that appear while smashing or after completing challenges.

Movies: When players clear Classic or All-Star modes, they'€™ll be treated to a brief movie featuring whichever fighter they used. Every fighter has a movie, so it'€™ll be a challenge to view them all.

Ridley. Yes, Ridley: Fans have been clamoring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while, and now they'€™re getting their wish. But true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter'€™s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley'€™s side) can KO Ridley to earn a point toward the match result total. And if Ridley consumes enough energy, he will become Meta Ridley and all the more vicious.

Characters: The Wii U version offers 40 characters and the use of Mii characters from the start. Each character'€™s moves match those found in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players who hone their skills in the portable game will have an edge over opponents in the console version of the game.



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Yoshi Circuit Makes a Return for Mario Kart 8 DLC
Nintendo of Japan confirmed that one of the 8 tracks coming to the November 2014 Mario Kart 8 DLC will be Yoshi Circuit. Above is footage of the track running in Mario Kart 8. Yoshi Circuit debuted as a track in Mario Kart Double Dash!! for Gamecube. Will you be picking up the first wave of Mario Kart 8 DLC? If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Project Cars Delayed Until March 2015 on All Platforms
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Update: It's now been confirmed that Project Cars will release on March 20, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There's no mention of when the Wii U version will release. Slightly Mad had this to say:
Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world. Something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience. Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We're eager for you all to see what we've been working on in just a few months.
Original Article: A NeoGaf post suggests that Project Cars, originally to be released next month on PS4 and XB1 and next year on PC and Wii U has been pushed to March 2015 on all platforms. This piece of information has apparently been posted on the Project Cars backer forum and we should expect a press release later today, assuming this is true. We'll keep you updated on that. While many will surely be disappointed of the news, Nintendo fans might find comfort in the new level playing field that the Wii U version of the game will have. Here's a snapshot of the revealed information:
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Nintendo Castle Top Ten Music Tracks: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Top Ten


With the release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS today, which we're no doubt certain you are all either already enjoying or will be so shortly, we figured it was time we looked into one aspect that we're very excited about in the latest all-star brawler. The music. Despite having only two tracks per stage, there is still a wide variety of music on display. Even with all of the returning tracks, of which there are plenty, there is still a wide variety of new and remixed tracks that is sure to please fans of each respective series. Without further ado, Nintendo Castle presents to you our top ten picks of the music library the game offers.



10. Bath Time (Vocal Mix)



Sometimes you just need a simple, catchy tune to bop your head to. Bath Time is an unusually quirky song, it wasn't particularly spectacular in the original Nintendogs or its follow-up on the 3DS. However, Masato Coda managed to turn a simple tune into an upbeat bundle of fun (like any good puppy, as a matter of fact!). We chose the vocal version with RiRiKA purely because her contribution makes it even more catchy, despite Sakurai's claims that the vocal version isn't the best to fight to.

9. Ground Theme / Underground Theme



The Mario series has always been best suited to peppy jazz, this track is no exception to that. Filled with the bounce you'd expect, the song suddenly shifts gears when heading below ground. The sudden shift into swift metal is unexpected yet wholly appreciated (especially the brief moment where it adds the castle theme into the mix). Despite the two-toned duality, every fits together neatly.

8. Smiles and Tears



It's very easy to both smile and shed a tear to this piece, being one of the more emotional songs from Earthbound. People who've played the game from start to finish will no doubt be filled with emotions ranging from happiness to sadness, just like the title suggests. This song is simply beautiful, and it goes along with perhaps the most stunning looking stage in the game too.

7. Wrath of the Reset Bomb



2012's Kid Icarus: Uprising boasted some of the year's best music. One of the better tracks in the game get's its much due return as-is in the game, but the Reset Bomb stage has its own re-orchestration. This is a very transitional song, as per the ever changing nature of both the original game and the stage itself, as it transforms over time. This song keeps you on your toes just as much as playing Super Smash Bros. does.

6. MUTE CITY



Ever a classic piece of music, being featured in every Super Smash Bros. game since Melee. Not content with simply being a rock heavy track, electronic undertones are pumped into the song adding even more adrenaline to the beat. This being the main track in possibly one of the more impressive stages in the 3DS version of the game means you will likely be coming back for more, time and time again.

5. Ballad of the Goddess / Ghirahim's Theme



This is a very unexpected hard rock version of Ballad of the Goddess but thankfully doesn't go too overboard with the guitars, still having a heavy focus on the backing orchestra. Considering the recent release of Hyrule Warriors, we shouldn't be too surprised at a rock-based Zelda track, but Ghirahim's theme was not represented in it's soundtrack. This makes up for it, as the electric guitars really accentuate his theme well.

4. N's Castle Medley



The Unova Pokemon League was an unexpected stage choice for the 3DS version of the game, having a strong focus on the endgame reveal of N's Castle. Several themes are portrayed in this stunning mix, including a nice surprise mix of Pokemon Black and White's ending theme. It's a suitably grand collaboration of tracks that doesn't fail to impress.

3. Mega Man 2 Medley



It's no surprise that this is so high on the list. Mega Man is known for its incredibly catchy and memorable tunes. Represented here is the title theme and the often remixed fan favourite, Wily's Castle 1. The heavy metal, crunchy guitar is easily the focus, despite being the backing track. You could easily say that it's rock, man (I apologise).

2. Gerudo Valley



Where do we start with this one? Quite possibly the most memorable track from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time made even better? The song teases you at multiple instances, holding back the grander moments until they're most appreciated. All of this while maintaining a steady fast beat. No instrument is wasted here, each playing a role in creating a song you wouldn't be too surprised to hear alongside Flamenco dancing. So if this is an outstanding piece of work, what could best it?

1. Menu (Melee) Ver. 2



How can a menu theme be remixed and turned into something this grand? How does this manage to outshine even the main theme for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U? A testament to how great the song both originally was and how masterfully it has been remixed, this is easily our favourite track in the 3DS version of the game (and no doubt in the Wii U version too). This song is Smash Bros., without a doubt. Headlining as the credits theme from the very first game, turned into the main theme to Melee and now besting even the native Final Destination theme, well done.


These are only our picks, and even then there were some we had to cut out. Do you have your own favourite tracks? Agree or disagree with our choices? Don't hesitate to share with us!

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Wii U Firmware Version 5.2.0 is now Available for Download
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The latest update to the Wii U firmware is now available in all regions. With this update comes folders, which allow you to organize your downloaded applications in any way you'd like, with custom titles and colors. Other improvements include access to the Download Management app from the Home Screen and overall system stability. Hit "Read More" for a full list of new features.
Version 5.2.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements: Changes to the Wii U Menu: Folders can now be created in the Wii U Menu to hold and organize software icons A Download Management icon has been added to the Wii U Menu Changes to Quick Start Menu: The Quick Start Menu will now display when the Wii U is powered on from the Wii U GamePad TV Remote Options have been added to Power Settings that allow users to hide certain software from the Quick Start Menu Changes to the HOME Menu: The design and layout of the HOME Menu has been updated Changes to the Nintendo eShop: Disabled usage of characters not used when redeeming Nintendo eShop cards (O, I, Z, etc.) Improvements to system stability and usability: Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
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U Craft, a Minecraft Clone from Nexis Games, is Coming to Wii U
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Although we've known a Minecraft clone was in the works for Wii U eShop, it's now been revealed that the developer behind it is Nexis Games. The company behind very dissapointing title Brickblast U and the promising Dance of the Damned hopes to have this monster of a clone up on the Wii U eShop before Christmas. This news comes shortly after Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft, sealing the deal that it won't be coming to Wii U. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Australia and New Zealand are Getting the New 3DS and XL this November
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To the surprise of many, Nintendo of Australia announced that the New 3DS and New 3DS XL systems will launch in Australia/New Zealand on November 21, 2014. Prices for the new system are $219.95 AUD for a White New 3DS or $249.95 AUD for a Metallic Blue or Black New 3DS XL. The systems will launch in Japan this October, but North America and Europe won't see them until 2015. The systems will be avaiable to play at PAX Australia later this year. Hit the jump for the full Nintendo Direct.
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Here's the Current Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Tier List
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Note: It's very early to know if this tier list is accurate. Please take the order with a grain of salt. In the competitive Smash Bros. community, there exists tier lists to organize which characters have an advantage against others in competitive settings. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has been out for a few weeks in Japan, and competitive players have put together a tier list of the best and worst characters. While this doesn't affect those who casually play the series, those who participate in tournaments and competitions will have a hard time winning with a low-tier character. Is your favorite character high on the tier list? Let us know below. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is Getting Animal Crossing and Sonic Content
As part of the Tokyo Game Show this past week, Capcom revealed a couple new partnerships featured in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on 3DS.
In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, players are accompanied by Felyne AI comrades which feature their own in-depth customization options including armor, weapons and skills. As recently announced, players will be able to outfit these Felyne partners as the lecture-loving mole Mr. Resetti and canine secretary Isabelle from Animal Crossing, or the world's fastest hedgehog Sonic. Players will also be able to hunt and drum like a pro with the Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn weapon.
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B-Dasher Revealed for Mario Kart 8's First DLC Pack
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Nintendo UK revealed on Twitter today that the B-Dasher is one of the new vehicles in the first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack, available this November. The B-Dasher is a high speed kart that made it's debut in Mario Kart DS. The two confirmed vehicles for the first DLC pack are the Blue Falcon and B-Dasher. The 2 DLC Packs are avaiable for pre-order on the eShop right now ($11.99) and will be released this November and next May respectively. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Shockingly Fun! Teslagrad [Wii U] - Review

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Teslagrad from Rain Games can best be described as an atmospheric, metroidvania, puzzle-platform in the style of Limbo. A big jumble of genres for a small indie game, but each is an important ingredient in the delightful indie stew that is Teslagrad on Wii U.

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We're Giving Away 3 Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Codes on Twitter!
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We're giving away three free codes for the Super Smash Bros. 3DS early-access demo away on our Twitter account. All you have to do is follow us and retweet any of the tweets we've sent out about it. We're giving away codes at 300, 400, and 500 followers or by Sunday night, whichever comes first. It'd also be awesome if you'd like us on Facebook and joined our forums as well, but you don't need to to win a code. Good luck, we'll DM the winners on Twitter!

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Spikey Walls Arrives on the Wii U eShop September 18
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Just a few weeks ago developer RCMADIAX announced that he'd be bringing the Flappy Bird clone Spikey Walls to Wii U. It looks like it'll be coming earlier than expected and arrives on the eShop on the 18th of September with a price tag of $0.99. Flappy Bird took smartphones by storm earlier this year when it exploded into popularity. Make sure to stay tuned for our review of the game closer to release, and we'll let you know if this paid version of a free smartphone app is worth your time on Wii U. Hit the jump for some footage of the game. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Here's 10 Awesome Kickstarters Coming to Wii U
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The indie and crowd-funding scene has been bursting at the seam with activity and the promise of excellent games as of late. Some awesome Kickstarter games like Shovel Knight and The Fall have already made their way onto the Wii U eShop, and have shown just how successful the platform can be. Here's ten more Kickstarters that have been 100% funded and will be coming to the Wii U eShop before the end of 2015. Note: Click the title of the game to visit the Kickstarter page for full details.
Mighty No. 9
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Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs...and YOU! Mighty No. 9 is a modern tribute to Mega Man, from many of the creators, comcept USA brings Mighty No. 9 to Wii U Spring 2015.
Midora
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Journey through unforgiving dungeons in this 90's inspired action-adventure, where a young hero rises to prevent a war of the elements. Inspired by the Legend of Zelda, Midora from Epic Minds will launch on Wii U November 2014.
Hence Forth, Alicia
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A '90s-inspired Metroidvania RPG about a young wizard on her journey to stop a Spirit from consuming her homeland. Hence Forth, Alicia by Alonso Martin will be out on Wii U in the first half of 2015.
The Deer God
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The Deer God is a breathtaking 3d pixel art game that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills. This atmospheric platformer from Josh Presseisen is coming before 2014 ends.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
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A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4! This platforming sequel will be out for Wii U by the end of 2014.
Dex
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A story-driven action/stealth sidescrolling RPG with a fresh new vision of cyberspace. Dex by Dreadlocks will be hitting the Wii U a few months after PC release, before 2014 ends.
Hex Heroes
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Party RTS for all ages on Wii U. 4 players on the TV team up with 1 on the gamepad to build, fight, strategize & win! This game features cameos from many games listed above and Prismatic Games will launch it during the first half of 2015.
Soul Saga
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A love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona. Soul Saga from DisasterCake should arrive on Wii U by the end of 2014.
Lobodestroyo
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Lobo is an action platformer with an emphasis on item collection and exploration. Taking on the role of Mutt, a naive and unlikely hero, players will run, flip, and dropkick across 9 unique, interconnected worlds. Developed by James Guy, Lobodestroyo pays homage to 90's Rare collect-a-thons and will be out before the end of December, 2014.
Hive Jump
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A sci-fi action platformer for 1-4 players blending run-and-gun gameplay with strategic campaigns. Graphite Lab will bring this 2D shooter to Wii U during the second half of 2015.
Let us know what your most anticipated game from the list above is in the comments! There's plenty of more Kickstarters coming to Wii U, make sure to check Nintendo Castle often for the latest on Indie, eShop, and Kickstarter games. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Control Your Own Block Army! - Cubemen 2 [Wii U] Review

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Cubemen 2 is the latest strategy/tower defense entry on the Wii U eShop. The game boasts seven unique modes and a campaign and online (cross-platform) multiplayer. It also features achievements, online rankings,leaderboards, and a custom level-builder. Read More to find out if it's worth the $7.99 price tag.

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The Fall [Wii U] - Review

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The Fall is the first entry in a triology of action/adventure atmospheric puzzle games developed by Over the Moon. It's set in a dark, distant sci-fi universe and is story driven and eerie throughout. The game is certainly a welcome addition to the Wii U eShop, hit the jump to find out why.

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SteamWorld Dig is Now Available on the Wii U eShop
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SteamWorld Dig is now available to download on the Wii U eShop. Image & Form's mining platform adventure is priced at $9.99 and well worth your money. The game features a robot named Rusty who must save the old western town of Tumbleton through mining. You can read our full review of the game here. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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Shut The Box [Wii U] - Review

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Developer RCMADIAX is hard at work pumping out Wii U exclusive eShop games. Shut the Box (based on the board game) is his third and latest game this year. The game is only $0.99, which is currently the cheapest on the eShop. Even a cheap game needs justified though, you'll have to keep reading to see if Shut the Box made the cut.

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Two New Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs Scheduled Within 9 Months
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According to the offical Nintendo UK Online store, Mario Kart 8 will be getting two paid DLC packs schedule for November 2014 and May 2015 respectively. Each pack features three new characters, four new kart parts, and two new grand prixes. The packs will retail for $9.99 and buying both of them will get you 8 different colored Shy Guy's and Yoshi's. Click Read More for details on the packs. The first pack is Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart, which features Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach as drivable characters. It features the Blue Falcon from F-Zero as one of four kart parts. It will include two new grand prixes, with a new F-Zero track and Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii. It will be available in November 2014. The second pack is Animal Crossing X Mario Kart, which will feature Animal Crossing Villager, Issabelle, and Dry Bowser as drivable characters. It too will include eight new tracks (including Animal Crossing themed ones) and four new vehicle parts. Stay tuned for more infromation! If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets:
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The Fall Arrives on the North American eShop Today
Set in a dark, distant sci-fi universe, The Fall is about ARID, an artificial intelligence on-board a futuristic combat suit. One day, she is activated to find that the human pilot of the suit is unconscious and in desperate need of medical help. ARID's directive is clear - take her pilot towards medical attention. However, as she struggles to take control of the suit and help her non-responsive friend, she finds herself in a unique and bizarre situation that will cause her to question her rigid relationship to her various protocols and ultimately her self understanding. The Fall is a unique blend of traditional adventure game puzzles and action, mixed together nicely and set in a world rich with atmosphere. Players of The Fall will find themselves, thinking, exploring, and sometimes fighting with the world and its unusual inhabitants.
The Fall, developed by Over the Moon is now evailable in the North American Wii U eShop. The game is currently being sold for $9.99, and looks to be an excellent addition to your library. Click Read More for more information and stay tuned for our review of The Fall later this week. The game features:
    An excellent story - Set in a rich, atmospheric world, that explores interesting ideas surrounding rigidity and protocol.
    A fresh mix of genres - The Fall integrates point and click adventure games, platformers, and shooters into a very unique experience. Drawing equal inspiration from games like Super Metroid and Monkey Island, The Fall is humbly inspired by the greats that came before it.
    Gameplay and story integration - Players solve fun and creative adventure-style puzzles, and organically find solutions that imply a larger narrative.
    A full voice cast - With a unique female protagonist.
    Gorgeous artwork - The Fall's focus is on atmosphere and exploration, and boats a beautifully polished world to support that feeling.
    Episodic - succinctly told in 3 acts. The first episode boasts a solid 3 hours of play-time, if not more.
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Here's 3 New Bayonetta 2 Videos
A few new videos of Bayonetta 2 have emerged online, coutresy of NintenDaan. The videos show off opening cut scenes, walking around, and attack sequences. Bayonetta 2 is being developed by Platinum Games as a Wii U exclusive. The game will come packed with an HD port of the original Bayonetta, and will launch in October 2014. Hit the jump for a few more videos.
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SteamWorld Dig [Wii U] - Review

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What's with all these digging games lately? Mining too. I thought I'd taken all the digging I could handle between Spelunky, Terraria, and Shovel Knight, but man was I wrong. SteamWorld Dig still manages to break ground (see what I did there?) on the Wii U eShop.

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New Leak Possibly Reveals Entire Super Smash Bros. 4 Roster and Stages
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A recent leak from anonymous members of 4chan has taken the Super Smash Bros. community by storm. The leak showcases all characters and stages from the 3DS version of the game, as well as five more characters to be added as DLC. It suggests that the roster includes the dog from duck hunt, Wario, and Dr. Mario among others who have yet to be officially revealed. Although people spend a lot of time creating fakes and mockups regularly, this leak is widely considered to be legitimate, as images revealed after it confirm. Check out the leak by clicking Read More.
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Do you think this is real? Are you happy with the roster and stages it presents? Let us know in the comments!

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Yacht Club Games Says Shovel Knight has a Very High Attach Rate with Wii U
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In a recent interview on She Attack, the developer behind recent indie hit Shovel Knight explained how and why the game had such a high attach rate, and why developers shouldn't dismiss the eShop for their games. You can check out the full response after the jump.
'Figure out what makes sense for your game. Maybe you think the Wii U install base is small, but in actuality, it has a very high game attach rate, so it might surpass the sales you'd see on another system. Getting the game running on the 3DS might be quite a challenge, but compared to the iOS market, it may be a lot easier to make your game stand out from the competition. It could be possible your game fits more with what a Nintendo fan would buy. Development for any system is expensive and difficult, so do the research to make sure the platform you choose really makes sense for your game!

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Win a free copy of Pikmin 3!
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Howdy, beloved visitors of Nintendo Castle! To thank you for your continued viewership, we're awarding three games in a raffle-style giveaway. The main prize is a download code for the spectacular Wii U retail release, Pikmin 3. We also have two copies of Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot for the 3DS to second and third place winners. All game downloads will only work for North American Wii U's and 3DS's. Click Read More to find out how you can win! You can earn a total of five entries in the raffle in the following ways: 1. Like us on Facebook (one entry) 2. Follow us on Twitter (one entry) 3. Share the giveaway via a Tweet (one entry per day) 4. Join our Forums! a Rafflecopter giveaway If you've already followed us on Twitter or Liked us on Facebook, simple sign in above and you'll be entered. The winners will be drawn at random in two weeks, on 8/4/14. Thanks for your continued support, and Good Luck!

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Why Nintendo will dominate Next-Gen

Note: The author of this article is in no way a market analyst or professional, and has no inside knowledge on specifics of any next generation console. This article is purely speculation. "Console Wars" have been around for a long time now. People tend to want the company that makes the console they play to succeed and surpass other consoles in sales and popularity, so that they can continue to get great content on the console of their preference. The Nintendo Wii U is not selling incredibly well right now. Although it got a year's head start, Microsoft's Xbox One has almost caught up in terms of sales and Sony's PS4 has far surpassed it. While current sales don't necessarily reflect lifetime sales, it's very likely that the Wii U will not wind up on top of current generation console sales. Hit the jump to read why I think the next generation will play out very differently.

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Let's start by looking at the GameCube. It launched along side the Xbox and PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 2 dominated the generation and is still the best selling console to date, while the GameCube and Xbox trailed behind, each selling about 25% of what the PS2 managed. Many thought that after the huge "failure" of the GameCube, (On a side note, the GameCube is now highly regarded and gems like Super Smash Bros. Melee, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Luigi's Mansion, and Super Mario Sunshine are practically worshiped) Nintendo would step out of the console business. Nintendo went on to produce the most commercially successful console for the following generation with the Wii.

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Sales of the Wii started out strong even though it was the least powerful console of the generation (as was the PS2 of the previous). It was successful because it innovated and appealed to a previously untouched market. Families wanted a console that they could put in their living room and enjoy together. They didn't want to play a complicated RPG or expose their families to the grotesque nature of modern shooters. These are now referred to as casual gamers. Nintendo struck gold with a console that appealed to the market. Towards the end of last generation, the game market changed. Casual gamers left their Wii to collect dust and migrated to the growing smartphone medium. The Xbox 360 and PS3 picked up pace. First Person Shooters became the most popular genre. Gamers of all ages were looking for a way to play online with their friends. Graphical capability and raw power became much more important. By the time the Wii U came along, the market had been converted entirely and this was the most sought after experience. I believe this is why the Wii U is selling at mediocre levels. It wasn't what the market really wanted at the time. However, markets change rapidly. With the recent release of Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo's digital event at E3, the Wii U is getting a lot of attention. It's not going to be enough to catch it up to the PS4, but I predict a fairly drastic increase in sales in the coming months and years.

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Because of this new interest, I foresee another change in the market. I think gamers are getting tired of an endless stream of brown/gray first person shooters. As fun as they are, the market can only support so many before it wants something different. While virtually every genre will continue to have it's fanbase and is supported with great games, the mass market will shift away from entire FPS dominance. Gaming has evolved an enormous amount in the past fourty years. In only 35 years, less than half a life-span, we've gone from Pong to Crysis. Every generation of consoles has brought huge increases in power, graphical capabilities, and new innovative ways to play. However, the dramatic increase has not been steady. Each generation has seen less improvement than the last. Think about the difference between the SNES and N64. Now think of the difference between PS3 and PS4. Hardware and software will continue to improve, as it always has. However, it's not going to be improving by much. The gap will become less and less significant as we reach the peak of gaming capabilities. Raw power and the most realistic graphics will no longer cut it. What's the point in spending $500 on a new console that offers little but graphical improvement not even noticeable to the naked eye? While we haven't reached this point yet, I believe we'll be all but there by the next generation. Innovative ways to play will be crucial to console sales. That's where Nintendo comes in. For the past two generations, Nintendo has lagged behind in console power and graphical capability. The gap is closing, however. By next generation, the underpowered nature of Nintendo's console will be so insignificant that it won't affect console sales. People will realize that innovative ways to play (think off-tv play, motion controls, asymmetrical gameplay) and fun games are more important than minor unseen improvements of hardware. To conclude, if Nintendo can close the gap of power and continue to provide innovative ways to play and superior IPs, they should have no trouble completely crushing all competition with combined console and handheld next-gen sales. In fact, I doubt they'll even be market support for 3 major consoles by the time the next generation roles around.

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Returning Staff Member and Weekly Streams!
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Greetings fellow Nintendo fans! This is Iamthefusedshadows, someone who a few of you returning fans might recognize. I was the owner of Nintendo Castle for a good year before I eventually gave that job over to Pocodudeface. A lot has happened since those times, but I am back and better than ever! I will be taking over the social media for the site, as well as hosting a weekly stream on Saturdays. The first one will be this Saturday, so make sure not to miss it! After the jump below you can see our Twitch channel where all the streams will be happening.

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Yoshi's Wooly World, Captain Toad, and Kirby demo footage from E3
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Partner site and Legend of Zelda hub Link's Hideaway was able to attend E3 this year. They were able to capture a few videos of Yoshi's Wooly World, Captain Toad: treasure Tracker, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse from the playable demos on the show floor. You can see all the videos after the jump.
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker coming to Wii U Holiday 2014
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The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on his own adventure for the very first time through a wide variety of tricky, enemy-infested, maze-like stages to find hidden gems and nab elusive gold stars. FEATURES: Equipped with nothing more than a neck scarf, backpack and oversized head lamp, Captain Toad finds hidden gems, coins and power-ups on his way to the gold star at the end of each tricky, trap-filled stage. Captain Toad isn't particularly fast or strong. He can't jump and he has no super powers. But he knows that sometimes, it's all about wits and perspective. Twist the camera to reveal hidden locations and other secrets. The Wii U GamePad offers a closer view of the dangers and hidden items in each maze, and its gyro controls can also be used to peer around. Captain Toad's world is brimming with life, with dangerous enemies, tricky platforms, nasty traps and secrets to uncover. Each stage is its own puzzle to solve, and littered throughout are hidden items in hard-to-reach places. Can you help our tiny adventurer survive to find them all? Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is coming to Wii U Holiday 2014. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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Yoshi's Wooly World (Formerly Yarn Yoshi) is coming to Wii U in 2015
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Embark on a new Yoshi adventure in a world made from yarn, cloth and textiles. Explore the world by using yarn to weave wool platforms and warp pipes to reach new areas, and gleefully unravel its secrets and puzzles by pulling yarn walls apart. Add a little color to Yoshi's life with a spectrum of yarn balls. Then team up with a friend to have a ball together in this wild and woolly world. FEATURES: Players tangle, pull and stitch yarn to explore Yoshi's world in creative new ways. Yoshi has never been more adorable than as a toy knit from yarn. His entire environment is made from materials like felt, yarn, cloth and cotton, creating a gorgeous HD world that looks good enough to touch. Instead of eggs, Yoshi tosses yarn balls at enemies. He can incapacitate a Piranha Plant by muzzling it with a piece of colored string. Or he can even use the yarn to knit together background elements. Gobble friends and turn them into eggs. Then toss them into hard-to-reach heights and secret depths to discover in two-player cooperative play. The game is co-developed by Good-Feel, the developer that created Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Nintendo Co., Ltd under the supervision of Takashi Tezuka, producer of Yoshi's Story and the Yoshi's Island series. Yoshi's Wooly World is coming to Wii U in 2015. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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Smash Bros for 3DS releases October 3, 2014
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It seems as though the 3DS version is beings slightly delayed from it's summer release. Super Smash Bros for 3DS releases October 3, 2014. The Wii U version is getting a holiday 2014 release. Lady Palutena has also been confirmed for both versions. You can see Lady's Palutena's announcement trailer here. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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Super Smash Bros for Wii U to feature Miis
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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U features Miis as playable characters. There are three different types of Miis: brawlers, swordfighters, and gunners. Each type can choose 4 special moves from 12 options. You can see Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-amech battle it out with their Miis in the announcement trailer here. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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'Cold War 2' is heading to Wii U and 3DS if funded
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Developer FlaPS recently got in contact with us about their new game Cold War 2 that will be coming to Wii U and 3DS if it gets crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Cold War 2 takes a political stance on the aggressiveness of modern Russia, and a possible outcome of it. Cold War 2 allows you to pick your country, and then battle it out against others in a semi-accurate world map. You can spend your money upgrading your military so that you can take on your enemies with weapons like dolphin-launching machine guns. Cold War 2 seems to be the perfect mix of 'Risk' and 'Clash of Clans'. Hit the jump for more info and artwork. Inspiration from this game can be given in a quote from FlaPS
Our idea for this game first came to us as way for us to freely express our personal dissatisfaction with how unjustly aggressive Russia has been in recent times.
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Pokmon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are heading to 3DS this November
Earlier today The Pokmon Company announced the generation 3 remakes of Pokmon Ruby and Sapphire, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, are coming to 3DS via the above teaser. Whether the games are direct remakes or offer a new storyline is unknown, but the teaser promises a fresh take and new adventure. The games follow the release of Pokmon X and Y last year and are scheduled to release worldwide this November. Click Read More for the press release.
Pokmon Omega Ruby and Pokmon Alpha Sapphire are a fresh take on Pokmon Ruby and Pokmon Sapphire, which launched in 2003 and were fan-favourite hits on the Game Boy Advance system. The new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world.
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Six Wii U Games have Broken 1 Million Units
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Although Nintendo's Financial Report for this fiscal year reported a loss, they also revealed the status of some software. There are currently six Wii U games that have broken 1 Million units worldwide. You can hit the "Read More" to see the list.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U - 4.16m
  • Nintendo Land = 3.06m
  • Super Mario 3D World - 2.17m
  • New Super Luigi U - 1.76m
  • Wii Party U - 1.35m
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD - 1.22M
  • There are a bunch of 3DS games that have hit the 1 million mark as well, and you can check that out here. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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    Wii U Logo Found in Source Code of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Website
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    The folks over at Call of Duty blog Charlie Intel seem to have found an image hinting that the newest installment of Call of Duty might be coming to Wii U. You can view that image here. So far it's been announced and available for preorder on Xbox One, XBox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC. This definitely doesn't confirm anything, but suggests that it's still possible that CoD will be available on Wii U. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, use social media to follow us on the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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    New Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct - Get a Free Game by Registering Mario Kart 8

    Nintendo has decided to surprise us today by uploading a Nintendo Direct on Mario Kart 8. A bunch of new announcements about game play and online functionality are revealed. There's even a new promotion that allows you to get a free Wii U game by registering Mario Kart 8 with Club Nintendo before the end of July. Click Read More for the full press release and everything that was announced.

    Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle People who don't yet own a Wii U system will find it easy to get in on the action. On May 30 Nintendo is releasing the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set bundle that includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller, all at a suggested retail price of just $329.99. Get a Free Digital Game People who buy Mario Kart 8 and register the game with Club Nintendo before July 31 will receive a free Nintendo eShop download code for an additional Wii U game. Players can grow their Wii U digital game collections by choosing from one of these well-received Wii U games: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U [THIS IS FOR NORTH AMERICA. SEE BELOW FOR OTHER REGIONS]. That's a two-for-one deal featuring some of the all-time great Wii U games. This offer also applies to people who get the game in the Mario Kart 8 bundle or digitally in the Nintendo eShop. North America Games are:

    • New Super Mario Bros. U
    • Pikmin 3
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
    • Wii Party U

    Europe/Australia Games are:

    • Nintendo Land
    • New Super Mario Bros. U
    • Game & Wario
    • Pikmin 3
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
    • Sonic Lost World
    • Mario and Sonic: Sochi 2014 Winder Olympics Sonic Olympics
    • Wii Party U
    • The Wonderful 101
    • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Online Multiplayer Up to 12 players can race together online in four different multiplayer modes, as long as everyone has a broadband Internet connection. Like to trash-talk your friends while you're preparing for a race? You're in luck! Mario Kart 8 lets players chat with one another in the lobby area using the Wii U GamePad microphone or text phrases as they wait for their friends to join. Players also can create public or private tournaments for which they specify the day of the week, the time and the rules. Per tradition, players will be able to race against ghost data from friends or even the top 10 worldwide racers. They can try to beat them or just pick up a few tips and tricks from studying the best. If you beat the development team's ghosts, you'll get cool stamps for use in Miiverse posts. Mario Kart TV As previously announced, players can watch their highlight racing reels, rewind them, play them in slow motion or upload them to Miiverse. They can watch the world's most popular highlight reels and comment on them. But players with Google accounts can also upload their reels directly to their YouTube channels. New Items Items are what make Mario Kart games so balanced. No matter how skilled racers are, they're just a blue Spiny Shell away from disaster. A well-timed item can also turn defeat into victory in an instant. The new Super Horn blows away all other items '' literally. Sounding the Super Horn issues forth a sonic shock wave that blasts away everything in the vicinity, including other drivers, Red Shells and even blue Spiny Shells. It's a potent asset, especially for drivers trying to maintain their lead. Mario Kart 8 also introduces the Crazy Eight, a swirl of eight different items that lucky players can use one by one. New Racers Two new playable female characters make their debut appearances in Mario Kart 8. New heavyweight driver Pink Gold Peach glows with a golden light and makes a nice counterpart to Metal Mario. Baby Rosalina shows up for a play date with other Baby characters. As in past Mario Kart games, players can again choose to play as their Mii characters, which rounds out the field of racers to an even 30.

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    Why Mario Kart 8 Will be the Best Installment Yet
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    Since it's reveal last year at E3, I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of Mario Kart 8. As new details emerge, it seems like May 30th can't come fast enough. If you want to know why I think the Wii U version of Mario's iconic kart racer will be the best in the series, hit the jump by clicking read more below.
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    Throughout the years, Mario Kart has improved and added new features with each installment. A lot of these features were exclusive to a certain game up until this point, but it seems like Mario Kart 8 is taking everything good from previous entries and adding it's own unique twist (literally). You've got the coin system from Super Mario Kart. Retro courses from Mario Kart DS are back. Mario Kart Wii introduced bikes and allowed twelve players to race simultaneously, which are both making reappearances. Mario Kart 7 isn't left out as the gilder and under water racing are both implemented. However, returning elements don't make a game. Mario Kart 8 will have plenty of new gimmicks to make it it's own. The most obvious and highlighted of these is the anti gravity addition. With the ability to drive on walls and ceilings, tracks get a whole lot bigger. Another vehicle, the buggie, virtually doubles the options you have for play style. And of course, new items and characters are here to make the experience as fresh as possible. Another first that Mario Kart 8 brings to the series is HD graphics. The games renders at 1080p at 60fps, and I've heard it's the best looking game for Wii U. The fps hold up for split-screen multi-player as well. Seeing retro courses remastered in HD is like being shot in the chest with a paintball of nostalgia. A beautiful twist (I know, too much) on these classic levels will add a lot to the experience.
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    The character roster and new items look sweet (specifically the Koopalings and the potted piranha plant), but the aspect I'm most excited for is the course selection. Courses like Sunshine Airport (pictured above), Electrodome, and Cloudtop Cruise stand out for their vibrant and cool atmosphere. The retro courses that have been announced are easily the best of any title to date, with sick tracks like Toad's Turnpike [N64], Tick-Tock Clock [DS], Music Park [3DS], Dry Dry Desert [GCN], and the epic Rainbow Road [N64]. Mario Kart 8 really takes retro courses to the next level, remastering them in a way that no entry has yet to do. You'll be able to relive the days of yore in a huge, detailed, and beautiful HD environment, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I'd buy the game just for that. New characters, karts, items, courses, visuals, and gameplay all point to Mario Kart 8 being the best Mario Kart yet. The twist (I promise, I'm done) of old and new make Mario Kart 8 the ultimate kart racing experience, only on Wii U.

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    Why Nintendo Needs New Franchises

    A few weeks back, Nintendo3DSDaily, a close affiliate, posted the article Nintendo Doesn't Need New Franchises, It Needs to Use Its Existing Ones. Although some great points were made, I generally disagree. Most of Nintendo's franchises have served their purpose, and a few fresh series would be delightful. Click Read More for my two cents.

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    Lost Your Nintendo 3DS and eShop Downloads? No worries!

    Have you ever lost your 3DS or perhaps it has even been stolen? Well, you are in luck because Nintendo of America wants to help you recover all of your lost eShop downloads. Recently I lost my 3DS and was unable to find it for several days. I looked all over and asked all of my friends to no avail, so I e-mailed Nintendo about the possibility of getting my eShop account transferred to a new 3DS. They took a day or so to respond and told me the following:

    Hello, Thanks for contacting us. I'm sorry to hear that your Nintendo 3DS is missing. We can help you transfer your data to a new system. Normally I would refer you to our website, however, the Nintendo 3DS data transfer issue you inquired about can only be addressed by speaking with you directly. We will need to verify some information in order to assist you, and due to that information's sensitive nature - we cannot do so through email. Therefore, once you have a new system - we ask that you please give us a call. At your earliest convenience, please contact our Consumer Service Department by calling 1-800-255-3700 any time between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, seven days a week. In order to speed things along, make sure to have your system with you when you call. Sincerely, Nintendo of America Inc.

    Even though I eventually managed to find my lost 3DS - Nintendo of America did respond to me favorly, asking me to call them in order to switch my eShop account to another 3DS. One thing to note is that I have a linked Club Nintendo account and my serial number is saved on it. I included both when I e-mailed Nintendo of America's customer support. So have you lost your 3DS? Well, you just may be in luck! They even offered to transfer my 3DS Ambassador status!

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    3DS Deal of the Day - Paper Mario: Sticker Star
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    Today's 3DS deal can land you Paper Mario: Sticker Star for $20.95. The game is shipped free with orders of over $35, and comes from retailer Amazon. Make sure to check out our Deals page for other great price reductions, and stay tuned for tommorow's Deal of the Day. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, follow us on social media in the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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    Wii U Deal of the Day - Assasin's Creed IV: Black Flag
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    For today only, you can pick up the Wii U version of Assasin's Creed IV: Black Flag for $24.99. This deal is coming from retailer Best Buy and includes free shipping. Make sure to check out our Deals page for other great price reductions, and stay tuned for tommorow's Deal of the Day. If you don't want to miss anything that happens in the world of Nintendo, follow us on social media in the following outlets: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Youtube | Twitch

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    New US Club Nintendo Awards include Animal Crossing Pouch and Kid Icarus
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    Club Nintendo has recently been updated to include a new reward, the Animal Crossing 3DS Pouch for 500 coins. Four new games are also avaiable for March: Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters and Number Battle for 3DS; Yoshi for Wii U and Bonsai Barber for Wii/Wii U. A few items also recently got back in stock, including A Link Between World Poster Set, Nintendo 3DS Pouch: Luigi Edition, and Super Mario Accesory Box. They cost 500, 500, and 700 coins respectively.

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    3DS Deal of the Day - Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns
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    The 3DS Deal of the Day for March 10, 2014 is Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns for $14.96. This deal is from retailer Walmart, and will ship free with orders of $50 or over. Make sure to pick Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns if you haven't already.

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    Wii U Deal of the Day - 007 Legends
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    The Wii U Deal of the Day for March 10, 2014 is 007 Legends for $10.99. This deal is coming from retailer Amazon, and includes Free Shipping on orders over $35. If you're looking for 007 Legends, make sure to pick it up before it's too late.

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    Kirby Triple Deluxe U.S. Boxart Revealed
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    The above box art is for the newest installment in the Kirby franchise, Kirby Triple Deluxe, has been revealed. Kirby Triple Deluxe is headed exclusively to Nintendo 3DS on May 2nd.

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    Link's Hideaway Podcast is back for February
    Nintendo Castle's joint podcast with Link's Hideaway, has a new episode released for the month of February. You can check out the humor filled episode from staff memeber Larke12 on our Podcasts page or on iTunes.

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    Mario Marathon 2014 UPDATE: Thanks for watching everyone! We had a great time playing games for you guys. Make sure to tune in next year for a hopefully much longer stream. Thank to all our affiliates for promoting this event as well!

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    The first Nintendo Direct of 2014 is here, schedule for tommorow February 13, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. EST. The focus will be on both 3DS and Wii U games that will be released before the end of Spring 2014. This Nintendo Direct will be hosted by Satoru Iwata and Satoru Shibata. You can tune in tommorow here.

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    Nintendo Castle Mario Marathon 2014
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    In celebration of Nintendo Castle's third "birthday", we'll be hosting our annual Mario Marathon this weekend. The stream will begin at approximately 5:00 P.M. EST on Friday, February 14 and will continue until a similar time the following day. We'll be playing the newly released Super Mario 3D World and the marathon classic Super Mario RPG. It'll be a fun weekend of Super Mario, and we've even got some free eShop and PC Games to giveaway throughout. Make sure to check out our Twitch or NintendoCastle.com this Friday 2/14 at 5 EST.

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    A New Sixth Generation Pokmon, Diancie, is Officially Announced
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    Although the Rock/Fairy type Diancie was leaked onto the internet months ago, new CoroCoro scans reveal that this new Pokmon will star in the movie Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie. It's not yet known how or if Diancie will be distributed to players in Pokmon X and Y. Make sure to check out our Social Media for news that doesn't make the front page! Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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    Link's Hideaway Legend of Zelda Jewelry Giveaway
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    Link's Hideaway (our partner site that offers Zelda news, guides, videos and more) is giving away four pieces of Legend of Zelda inspired Jewelry courtesy of Fangamer. Winning is as easy as liking and sharing a few pictures! Full details on how to win can be found on the Link's Hideaway Facebook Page. Don't forget, Link's Hideaway isn't the only site with social media! Make sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well.

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    Mario Kart 8 European Box Art Revealed?
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    Although it's not from an official source, multiple online retailers have posted the above as the box art for PAL Mario Kart 8. What do you think of this colorful design? Recent Mario Kart box arts have had a white base, so this could be a nice change.

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    Sonic Boom is Coming in 2014, Exclusively to Wii U and 3DS
    A new sonic game and sub-franchise will be launching on the Wii U and 3DS by the end of the year. The games feature character redesign, projectile combat, and large open worlds. Big Red Button will develop the Wii U version and Sanzau Games the 3DS. The game will feature co-op, and runs on CryEngine 3. Sonic Boom will also spawn a new TV series and merchandise. Stay tuned for more information.

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    Link's Hideaway and Nintendo Castle Podcast is Back
    Nintendo Podcastle is joining with the Link's Hideaway Podcast to once again bring you a lighthearted game-focused audio experience. The Podcast will be hosted by staff member Larke12 and will be released on a monthly basis. You can download January's Episode through iTunes or as a .MP3. Make sure to give it a listen and keep checking back for the newest episode!

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    Yoshi's New Island - It's a Shell of a Time Trailer Released
    Nintendo of America uploaded the above trailer for Yoshi's New Island to their Youtube Channel today. Yoshi's New Island is the newest entry in the Yoshi's Island series, and is scheduled to launch exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on March 14.

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    RUMOR: Palutena is a Playable Character in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
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    NeoGaf users have got a hold of two new screenshots that might reveal Palutena as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Although it could be a fake, the components of the image don't match any previously released models, and there appears to be a small Mario related easter egg on her belt. Nothing has been confirmed for Palutena or version specific playable characters yet. Stay tuned for the validity of this rumor.

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    Pokmon Heartgold and Soulsilver Soundtracks Have Been Added to iTunes
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    The Pokmon Company International has just released the official Soundtrack for Pokmon: Heartgold and Soulsilver Versions on iTunes. The 270 tracks can be but as an album for $9.99, or any track individually for $0.99. Pokmon: Firered and Leafgreen Versions and Pokmon X and Y Versions soundtracks are also available here and here. Stay tuned, as Pokmon Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl, Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 soundtracks will be released later this year.

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    The Last of Us Trumps Nintendo Games for Game Trailers Game of the Year
    Game Trailers has awarded game of the year to PS3 exclusive The Last of Us. However, popular Nintendo titles such as Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Fire Emblem: Awakening won awards in their respective categories. A full list of winners has been compiled by a user on NeoGaf.

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    Luigi's Mansion Figurine Sold Out on Club Nintendo
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    As of January 3, the Luigi's Mansion Figurine is sold out on Ninetndo's rewards program Club Nintendo. For those who claimed the item, it will ship in March of 2014. It's unclear when or if the 1500 coin costing item will be back in stock. Hit the jump for a description of the figurine.
    Decorate your favorite haunt with Luigi! It's spooky how cool your desk or shelf will look when you decorate it with this Luigi figurine inspired by the Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon game. The figurinemore of a diorama, reallystands nearly 5-inches high and features Luigi wielding the Poltergust 5000, a translucent 'Greenie ghost coming out of the woodwork, and a Polterpupeveryone's favorite ectoplasmic annoyance. The back is proudly emblazoned with the 'Year of Luigi logo.

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    Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a great time playing your new games today. Thank you for your continued viewership, it's the best gift we could ask for. Best of Wishes, Nintendo Castle Staff

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    Cubit: The Hardcore Platformer Robot A new indie game from developer Coder Child entitled Cubit: The Hardcore Platformer Robot is making it's way to the U.S. 3DS eShop on December 26th. It will sell for $2.99 and includes 24 challenges, 3 different endings, and a default hardcore mode. You'll also see some appearances from other video games as playable characters. Make sure to pick this title up the day after Christmas! For more details visit the official page of Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot.

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    Huge Jump in Wii U Sales in Japan - From 2,000 to 38,000
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    In a huge success for Nintendo's latest home console, the Wii U managed to ship 38,000 units last week. The software primarily responsible for this is Wii Party U, which accompanied New Super Mario Bros. U and Wii Karaoke U in a bundle. It's also been reported that Gamestop and Target are completely sold out of the recently announced Mario & Luigi Wii U bundle. What do you think of this recent boost in sales? Do you think the momentum will continue into the holiday season? You can hit the jump for full media create sales. Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales) [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) 162,347 (2,731,470) [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) 52,826 (136,709) [3DS] Danball Senki Wars (Level-5, 10/31/13) 50,217 (New) [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) 46,729 (2,872,106) [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) 38,179 (74,181) [Wii U] Wii Party U (Nintendo, 10/31/13) 37,371 (New) [PSV] Gundam Breaker (Namco Bandai, 10/31/13) 33,775 (New) [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) 32,666 (531,266) [PSV] Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 1 (Compile Heart, 10/31/13) 31,811 (New) [PS3] Tears to Tiara II: Haou no Matsuei (Aquaplus, 10/31/13) 24,422 (New) [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Arc System Works, 10/24/13) 14,307 (86,771) [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) 13,563 (76,137) [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) 12,866 (37,197) [PSP] Diabolik Lovers More, Blood (Idea Factory, 10/24/13) 5,929 (16,411) [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) 5,421 (1,485,035) [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) 5,263 (3,456,116) [PSP] Shinsou Version: Heart no Kuni no Alice Wonderful Wonder World (QuinRose, 10/31/13) 4,811 (New) [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) 4,412 (100,574) [PSP] Seishun Hajimemashita! (Honeybee, 10/31/13) 4,352 (New) [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (Namco Bandai, 08/01/13) 4,156 (305,203) Hardware Sales (followed by last week's sales) 3DS LL 58,627 (69,001) Wii U 38,802 (2,598) 3DS 29,749 (40,507) PlayStation Vita 27,618 (24,513) PlayStation 3 11,148 (11,460) PSP 3,680 (3,807) Wii 477 (742) Xbox 360 328 (351) Source: Gematsu.com

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    Nintendo Castle Presents a Guide to Beating the Gym Leaders and Elite Four in Pokmon X and Y
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    It's been a long time since we had a content update, hasn't it? We've got two new guides for you thanks to our newest staff member, Komodo_Zero. If you haven't picked up the latest installments in the Pokmon series, I suggest doing so immediately. Once you do, feel free to use our guides to get the best strategy and exact information on Pokmon and typing to get you through the eight gym leaders and elite four! You can see all our current guides for Pokmon X & Y (we'll be adding more in the near future) by navigating to Pokmon->Games->Pokmon X and Y in the navigation menu above. Alternatively, you can check out our Gym Leaders and Elite Four guides right now!

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    Nintendo Flies to Italy to Retrieve Leaked Copy of Pokmon X
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    On Tuesday it was reported that a few shops in Canada and Italy were selling Pokmon X and Y early. A user on Instagram, Kosthedin was one of the few people to pick up this game before release and leak images on Instagram. After hearing the news, Nintendo flew a representative down to retrieve the copy. Kosthedin gave up his copy of Pokmon X so his friend who sold it to him wouldn't get fired and the store wouldn't get in trouble. All leaked images have since been taken off Instagram. Pokmon X and Y celebrate a worldwide release on Saturday, October 12.

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    Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow, October 1 Post_NintendoDirectaugust7

    A new Nintendo Direct is scheduled to air at 7 A.M. PST and 10 A.M. EST. This Direct will cover news for both the Wii U and 3DS systems. Games like Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, Pokemon X and Y, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds are expected to be discussed. Make sure to tune in tomorrow morning for the latest Nintendo news, directly to you!

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    Pokmon X and Y 3DS XL Now Available
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    If you haven't picked up a 3DS yet and you're looking to get Pokmon X or Y, now is your chance. This limited edition 3DS XL comes in blue or red and features a decal of the legendary Pokmon Xerneas and Yveltal. Aside from outward appearances, this 3DS XL runs the same as any other and doesn't include any games. You can pick on up from 9/27/13 at a suggested retail price of $199.99. Pokmon X and Y launch worldwide on October 12.

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    New Pokmon X and Y North American Commercial Above is the latest Television commercial for Pokmon X and Y by Nintendo of America. Similar to the advertisement that was released a week ago, this features teenagers talking about new features in the game. Pokmon X and Y are due for release on Saturday, October 12 across the globe. Which version will you be picking up?

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    Sonic is Best on Nintendo Platforms
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    Aaron Webber, Sonic's brand manager, has stated that Sonic is a better fit for Nintendo consoles than those of Xbox or Playstation. He says titles like Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Secret Rings show that the hedgehog has a Nintendo fanbase. This explains why the upcoming Sonic Lost World launching October 29 for Wii U and 3DS is a Nintendo exclusive. You can read the full statement after the jump.
    'If we trace Sonic's third-party roots all the way back to just after the Dreamcast, we released Sonic Adventure 2: Battle on the GameCube and it did phenomenally well. We think that's because there was a lot of overlap between the Sonic/Sega and Nintendo crowd at that time, and we just found historically that Sonic performs really, really well on Nintendo platforms. Sonic Colors did great, Sonic and the Black Knight did well and Sonic and Secret Rings did well all Nintendo. When we look at the numbers, we thought this is clearly where our audience is.

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    30 Great Reasons to Move to the Mushroom Kingdom
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    The folks behind the cost estimate for Bowser's Castle, Peach's Castle, and Ganon's Castle are back to bring you 30 reasons to pack up and move in with Mario and friends. This article by Movoto is fun, imaginative, and explores the highlights of the Mario universe. Whether your interested in the race track, coffee, or vacation hotspots, be sure to check out this article.

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    New Sonic Lost Worlds Trailer Shows 3DS and Wii U Gameplay
    The newest trailer for Nintendo exclusive Sonic Lost World is posted above. This lengthy trailer is bursting with new footage from both versions. The game is inspired by Super Mario Galaxy, and the video makes that crystal clear. The game launches for both 3DS and Wii U on October 22.

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    2013 Sets Out to be a Great Holiday Season for Nintendo, Wii U Price Drop, 2DS, and More
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    A tremendous amount of news was revealed in a press release earlier this morning. The newest handheld in the 3DS line, the 2DS was announced and given a release date, the Wii U Deluxe bundle has received a $50 price drop, and a Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle was announced. The full press release is available after the jump.
    Nintendo 2DS The newest member of the Nintendo 3DS family is designed specifically for anyone looking for a more affordable entry point into the world of Nintendo hand-held video games. Nintendo 2DS will be available in Red or Blue on Oct. 12 at a suggested retail price of $129.99. Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library of packaged and downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS only in 2D. The system features a distinctive fixed, slate-type form factor, and optional carrying cases will be available in Red or Blue at launch at a suggested retail price of $12.99. Nintendo 2DS maintains many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS: dual screens, game-play controls and touch-screen features. The system also has backward compatibility with the existing library of more than 2,000 Nintendo DS games, as well as access to wireless connectivity features like multiplayer online game play, fun Nintendo Video content and great digitally delivered games in the Nintendo eShop. To view a video of Nintendo 2DS, visit http://youtu.be/sAExBTWIp3M. People eager to test drive the new system will have the chance beginning in October, when Nintendo 2DS joins a sampling tour in conjunction with Simon Malls that visits several different markets before it wraps up on Nov. 3. For more information about the tour, visit http://www.nintendo.com. New Suggested Retail Price - Wii U Deluxe Set Starting Sept. 20, the Deluxe version of Nintendo's Wii U system will be reduced in price by $50, to a new suggested retail price of just $299.99. The new price makes Wii U an even greater value, particularly with the strong lineup of Wii U games available and on the way for the system in 2013. These include Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, EarthBound, New Super Luigi U, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Bundle A new limited-edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launches on Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $299.99. The bundle includes a black Deluxe Wii U console; a GamePad controller adorned with gold lettering, a gold Hyrule crest and gold symbols from the game; a download code for the digital version of Hyrule Historia, a book that details the chronology, history and artwork of The Legend of Zelda series; and a code that can be used to download The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD from the Nintendo eShop immediately at no additional cost. The digital version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will also launch on Sept. 20, while the packaged version launches Oct. 4 with distinctive gold-foil packaging, both at a suggested retail price of $49.99. GameStop is also offering an exclusive Ganondorf figurine bundled with the packaged game at a suggested retail price of $54.99. Q4 Games The robust lineup of games on the way for Nintendo systems in Q4 includes: Wii U • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD: Launches Sept. 20 (downloadable) and Oct. 4 (packaged) at a suggested retail price of $49.99. • Wii Party U: Launches Oct. 25 bundled with a Wii Remote Plus controller and stand at a suggested retail price of $49.99. • Super Mario 3D World: Launches Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Launches Dec. 6 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. • Wii Fit U: Launches this holiday season. Further details, including launch date, pricing and bundling information, will be revealed at a later date. • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games™: Launches this holiday season. Further details, including launch date and pricing, will be revealed at a later date. • Third-party titles: Previously announced titles on the way from Nintendo's publishing partners include: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Sept. 24) and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Fall) from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct. 13) and Call of Duty: Ghosts (Nov. 5) from Activision Publishing; Sonic Lost World (Oct. 22) from SEGA; and Rayman Legends (Sept. 3), Just Dance 2014 (Oct. 8), Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Oct. 29) and Watch_Dogs (Nov. 19) from Ubisoft. Nintendo 3DS • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: Launches Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. • Mario Party: Island Tour: Launches Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. • Third-party titles: Previously announced titles on the way from Nintendo's publishing partners include: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Sept. 24); LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (Fall) and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Oct. 25) from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct. 13) from Activision Publishing; Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (Nov. 19) from D3Publisher; and Sonic Lost World (Oct. 22) from SEGA.

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    Nintendo UK Shows British Gamers Why They Need Wii U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwOJyKxPt1s Nintendo UK released a trailer earlier today that shows gamers what they'll miss if they skip the Wii U. Footage of almost every first party Nintendo title is shown, as well as third party titles like Sonic Lost Word and Bayonetta II. Hopefully this will lighten the path for Wii U sales in the United Kingdom.

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    PAX Attendees Get a Chance to Get The Wonderful 101 2 Weeks early

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    A recent press release by Nintendo gives information about games that will be playable at PAX Prime 2013 but something worth mentioning is that attendees will have a chance to purchase The Wonderful 101 2 weeks early at Nintendo's retail location on the show floor where they will be selling 101 copies of the game each day on a first come first served basis. So if you are interested in the game and will be at PAX Prime 2013 - go check out Nintendo's retail location for a chance to purchase it! Also, be sure to check out the full press release after the break.

    Nintendo Announces Wonderful PAX Panel for The Wonderful 101 with Game’s Creator

    Show Attendees Also Can Play Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the First Time
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    REDMOND, Wash.--()--Nintendo is launching a ton of great video games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in the second half of 2013, and many of them are headed to the sold-out PAX Prime event in Seattle. New installments in the Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon and Donkey Kong series and new properties like The Wonderful 101 will be playable at the event prior to their launch in North America later this year. PAX Prime takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
    “Nintendo has the best fans in the world, and we have a lot of fun activities planned for them at PAX.”
    Fans anticipating the launch of The Wonderful 101 on Sept. 15 won’t want to miss “Inside The Wonderful 101 with Hideki Kamiya,” a special session at which the Platinum Games creative director will share insight into the vision behind this superhero-themed Wii U exclusive action game. The session will take place at the Pegasus Theater in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1. Additionally, an actor wearing a costume based on Wonder-Red from the game will distribute Wonder-Masks to attendees during the show, while supplies last. PAX Prime will also be the public’s first opportunity in North America to get hands-on time with the upcoming Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games for Nintendo 3DS. A dedicated Pokémon Gaming Lounge on the second floor of the Washington State Convention Center will offer sampling with a demo version of the game, as well as giveaways (while supplies last). “People have been hearing about games like Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World for a long time, and now thousands of fans will get a chance to play them for themselves. And in the case of The Wonderful 101, they can learn more about the game directly from its creator,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo has the best fans in the world, and we have a lot of fun activities planned for them at PAX.” Fans of The Legend of Zelda series can visit a lounge that will focus on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. Attendees can also participate in a “Treasure Quest” activity for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Participants will receive a map that will lead them on four quests within the Convention Center. Those who complete all four will receive a T-shirt inspired by the crayfish design that Link wears early in the game (while supplies last). Pikmin 3, which launched for Wii U to great reviews on Aug. 4, will be at the show, and fans will be able to play the game’s multiplayer Mission Mode. A leaderboard will display high scores for all to see. Nintendo will also debut a huge assortment of upcoming digital games for Nintendo eShop. On Wii U, fans will have access to a number of first-playable experiences, including Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut from Toxic Games, Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games, Armillo from Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Inc. and A World of Keflings from NinjaBee. On Nintendo 3DS, both Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse from WayForward and Retro City Rampage from Vblank Entertainment Inc. will be playable for the first time. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to try out the latest StreetPass Mii Plaza games as well as the newest addition to the Virtual Console lineup, Summer Carnival ’92: RECCA from Naxat Soft. Nintendo will have a retail space this year on the fourth floor at PAX, where attendees can purchase a selection of software, hardware and other items. Each day, 101 copies of The Wonderful 101 will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis ' two weeks before the game launches on Sept. 15. Fans can also buy limited-edition T-shirts featuring the Year of Luigi, The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3. Other games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pikmin 3, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Shin Megami Tensei IV and Disney Infinity will be available for purchase, in addition to Nintendo 3DS XL and Wii U hardware. Visitors can also pre-order upcoming Nintendo games like Super Mario 3D World or Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Anyone who spends $25 or more (pre-tax) at the shop will receive a Luigi timeline print, while supplies last. A replica of the King of Red Lions ship that Link rides in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be available for photos next to the retail location. Nintendo will have a great lineup of games for attendees to sample. Games scheduled to be at the Nintendo booth (#462) and lounges include: Wii U Super Mario 3D World Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD The Wonderful 101 Bayonetta 2 Pikmin 3 Rayman Legends from Ubisoft Sonic Lost World from SEGA Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut from Toxic Games (Nintendo eShop) Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games (Nintendo eShop) Armillo from Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Inc. (Nintendo eShop) A World of Keflings from NinjaBee (Nintendo eShop) Nintendo 3DS Pokémon X and Pokémon Y The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Mii Force for StreetPass Mii Plaza Flower Town for StreetPass Mii Plaza Warrior’s Way for StreetPass Mii Plaza Monster Manor for StreetPass Mii Plaza Scribblenauts Unmasked from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Sonic Lost World from SEGA Summer Carnival ’92: RECCA from Naxat Soft (Virtual Console, Nintendo eShop) Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse from WayForward (Nintendo eShop) Retro City Rampage from Vblank Entertainment Inc. (Nintendo eShop) PAX attendees can check out additional Nintendo eShop content for Wii U on display from independent developers outside of the Nintendo booth and lounges as well, including BIT.TRIP Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien from Gaijin Games, Teslagrad from Rain, Tengami from Nyamyam Ltd. and 1001 Spikes from Nicalis Games. Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu and http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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    Nintendo Rules Japan from 8/12 - 8/18 Media Create Sales
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    Media Create Sales from Japan are in. Nintendo (3DS) completely stomps down all competition this week. Every title in the top 10 is for 3DS/Wii U and 17 of the top 20 are. Software(Lifetime):
    1. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (Namco Bandai, 08/01/13) ' 41,679 (206,627)
    2. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo, 07/18/13) ' 39,809 (244,638)
    3. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) - 28,361 (1,379,177)
    4. [3DS] One Piece: Romance Dawn (Namco Bandai, 08/08/13) ' 15,711 (40,498)
    5. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (Capcom, 07/25/13) ' 13,447 (322,764)
    6. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) ' 13,222 (3,377,938)
    7. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/20/13) ' 12,501 (870,745)
    8. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) ' 11,133 (136,711)
    9. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 (Nintendo, 07/11/13) ' 10,956 (165,660)
    10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo, 06/13/13) ' 10,322 (253,454)
    11. [PS3] Dragon’s Crown (Atlus, 07/25/13) ' 9,644 (148,563)
    12. [3DS] Hoppechan: Tsukutte! Asonde! Punipuni Town!! (Nihon Colombia, 07/25/13) ' 8,299 (29,577)
    13. [3DS] Fantasy Life Link! (Level-5, 07/25/13) ' 8,139 (44,393)
    14. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) ' 7,788 (2,101,260)
    15. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) ' 7,743 (545,084)
    16. [PSV] Dragon’s Crown (Atlus, 07/25/13) ' 7,122 (103,130)
    17. [3DS] Danball Senki W Super Custom (Level-5, 07/18/13) ' 6,823 (58,039)
    18. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintend, 07/28/12) ' 6,806 (2,078,965)
    19. [Wii] Pikmin 2 Wii (Nintendo, 03/12/09) ' 6,342 (223,138)
    20. [PS3] The Witch and the Hundred Knights (NIS, 07/25/13) ' 5,984 (78,674)
    Hardware(Last Week):
    1. 3DS LL ' 47,005 (38,822)
    2. 3DS ' 23,992 (18,949)
    3. PlayStation Vita ' 19,363 (17,639)
    4. PlayStation 3 ' 14,331 (12,228)
    5. Wii U ' 12,047 (9,950)
    6. PSP ' 7,616 (6,303)
    7. Wii ' 1,772 (1,373)
    8. Xbox 360 ' 322 (275)
    Source: Gematsu.com

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    Nintendo Castle Community Forums
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    Well, if you couldn't decipher the title of this post, Nintendo Castle Community Forums are now a thing. After two and a half years of web existence, we figured it was time to provide you guys with a place to discuss Nintendo, Gaming, and the meaning of life. If you're so escited that you can't bear to finish this post, then go ahead and check them out here. Alternatively, there is a link at the far right of the menu above that will link you to them. Alternatively, you can just go the URL NintendoCastle.net, for a straight shot there. These forums will be the home for discussion of Nintendo Castle, and our partner, Link's Hideaway. The boards are empty now, so head over there and fill them up! You can register for free by taking this link. For those of you wondering we use Simple Machines as our CMS. I can't wait to see all of you at the forums! P.S. I apologize for the lack of recent updates, the forums have been consuming a lot of our time.

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    IGN Explains Why There is Still Hope for the Wii U In the above video, Rich from IGN kindly explains to gamers why the Wii U still has potential to be great and sell well. While we hadn't seen any big releases since launch until Pikmin 3 this last week, the next 6 months show a strong lineup for the Wii U that is sure to boost sales significantly.

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    Nintendo Direct August 7 News Roundup Post_NintendoDirectaugust7

    Early this morning, Nintendo streamed live news via their Nintendo Direct. If you'd like to watch the entire thing, you may do so here. If not, you can read about everything mentioned after hitting the jump below.

    Wii U Sonic Lost World - The game will be released on October 22 in North America for both Wii U and 3DS. The two systems can connect in a cooperative multiplayer mode. Rayman Legends - The Wii U version will feature Mario and Luigi costumes for Rayman and Globox. Stages from Rayman Origins will also be exclusive to the Wii U release. The game is released September 3rd. The Wonderful 101 - The game will be available September 15. A special Nintendo Direct will air on August 9. Art Academy: Sketch Pad - This app will launch August 9 will allow Wii U owners to display their art on Miiverse. Pikmin 3 - You can take in game screenshots and post them directly to Miiverse. If you want a chance at getting on the Wii U facebook page, make sure to add your most witty captions! Pokémon Rumble U - The newest installment of Pokémon Rumble will be exclusive to the Wii U eShop on August 29. Every one of the 649 Pokémon to date will make an appearnce in Rumble U. Gamestop will be selling 18 different collectible figurines that aren't necessary for completion, but still cool to have. Animal Crossing Plaza - Animal Crossing Plaza is a brand new free app that can be downloaded on the eShop today. It allows fans from across the world to meet and exchange information. You can post QR codes that can then be scanned and used in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This service will run until the end of 2014. Super Smash Bros. 4 - Luigi is on the roster! The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Faster sailing and beautiful graphics are just a few things that make the Wii U version of this Gamecube title stellar. It hits shelves October 4 in Europe. Box Art has been revealed and can be seen here. 3DS Sonic Lost World - The game will be released on October 22 in North America for both Wii U and 3DS. The two systems can connect in a cooperative multiplayer mode. Super Smash Bros. 4 - Luigi is on the roster! The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will feature a dark world known as â'¬Å'The Other Worldâ'¬Â. It can be accessed through suspicious looking cracks found on the wall. The game features a dark triforce that can only be found in The Other World. The game is set in the future many years after Ganon is sealed in A Link to the Past. This means that the games will feature two different Links. You can pick up the newest Legend of Zelda installment this November. You can check out some new HD screenshots here Professor Layton - Two new games will be released in 2014. Professor Layton and the Arzan Legacy and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Animal Crossing: New Leaf - You can pick-up various in-game items starting with the Pumpkin Pie by visiting a Nintendo Zone location. The promotion begins August 11th. To get cool stuff, go to the post office and ask about a present. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - Like previous installments, players can equip badges and gear to power-up the brothers. You can start exploring the two giant worlds and taking on expert challenges on August 11th in North America. Virtual Console - Lost of new games will be released on the 3DS eShop before the end of this year. These games are include: Donkey Kong (Arcade), Tecmo Bowl, Wario Land 3, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Summer Carnival '92 RECCA.

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    The Wonderful 101 Nintendo Direct August 9 Post_Thewonderful101

    The Wonderful 101 will get it's own Nintendo Direct on August 9 at 7 A.M. PST/ 10 A.M. EST. Click here to watch it on Friday.

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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Dark Triforce News
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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will feature a dark world known as "The Other World". It can be accessed through suspicious looking cracks found on the wall. The game features a dark triforce that can only be found in The Other World. The game is set in the future many years after Ganon is sealed in A Link to the Past. This means that the games will feature two different Links. You can pick up the newest Legend of Zelda installment this November. Hit the jump to see the newest footage.

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    Sonic Lost World Release Date
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    It's been revealed at today's Nintendo Direct that Sonic Lost World will arrive on the Wii U and 3DS on October 22 in North America and October 18 in Europe. The two games can connect via a wireless connection for more gameplay options. Will you be picking up the Hedgehog's latest Nintendo exclusive?

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    Nintendo Direct Scheduled for August 7 Post_NintendoDirectaugust7

    A Nintendo direct is scheduled for tomorrow, August 7 at 7 A.M. PST. You can watch it live here. More information on upcoming Wii U and 3DS games will be made available. If you don't feel like watching it yourself, make sure to check back tomorrow morning for full news coverage.

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    New Wind Waker HD Screenshots Show off Tingle Bottle

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    Amazon Japan has recently published several screenshots for The Wind Waker HD on their product detail page. Among the screenshots are the new Tingle Bottle that you see above. The Tingle Bottles are used to send notes to friends in-game. You can click the link below to see more screenshots.

    Full gallery here

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    Sonic Lost Worlds Gameplay - Summer of Sonic 2013 New gameplay has emerged for the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World. The above footage showcases the Desert Ruins and Silent Forest worlds. The newest installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be exclusive to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and will launch October 2013.

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    Black 3DS XL Confirmed for North America
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    Last week, we reported that a Black version of the 3DS XL was rumored to be arriving in North America soon. We've now received confirmation that it will launch on August 11th, alongside Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. The new color is virtually identical to the one Japan received last fall. The 3DS XL retails for $200, and is available in Red, Blue, Pink, or Black. Source

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    Liege is Coming to Wii U
    Kickstarter Project Liege has hit it's stretch goal of $51,000 and will be released on Wii U by July of 2014. Developed by Coda Games, Liege is a 16-bit turn-based RPG that pays homage to Japanese RPG's of 20 years ago. The Kickstarter campaign is ongoing and currently rests at 500% of their goal.

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    The Wonderful 101 Eats Up 10gb
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    It appears that upcoming Wii U title The Wonderful 101 will take up 10gb of space as a digital download. This is a large download, considering Wii U consoles come with a measly 8gb or 32gb internal space respectively. If you plan on buying it, you may need to invest in an external hard drive. Source

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    Zelda for Eternity IV
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    Every summer, usually at the end of July or beginning of August, Zelda Eternity hosts a 100+ hour Legend of Zelda marathon. This is their fourth annual "Zelda for Eternity" and will start on Friday, July 26 at 3 P.M. EST. A total of 5 players will play through a total of 11 games. Hit the jump for a schedule. 1 ' The Legend of Zelda ' Emhave ' July 26th, 3 PM to 6 PM 2 ' Twilight Princess ' Elias ' July 26th to July 27th, 6 PM to 12 PM (Saturday) 3 ' Adventure of Link ' Emhave ' July 27th, 12 PM to 4 PM 4 ' Majora’s Mask (3 Day Challenge) ' Mike ' July 27th, 4 PM to 10 PM 5 ' Spirit Tracks ' Elias ' July 27th to July 28th, 10 PM to 8 AM (Sunday) 6 ' The Wind Waker ' Mike ' July 28th, 8 AM to 8 PM 7 ' Ocarina of Time: Master Quest ' Joey ' July 28th to July 29th, 8 PM to 8 AM (Monday) 8 ' Link’s Awakening ' Emhave ' July 29th 8 AM to 3 PM 9 ' A Link To The Past ' Joey ' July 29th, 3 PM to 8 PM 10 ' The Minish Cap ' Elias ' July 29th to July 30th, 8 PM to 4 AM (Tuesday) 11 ' Skyward Sword ' Emhave ' July 30th, 4 AM to 4 PM Note: All times are in EST. Zelda Eternity will also be accepting donations for Child's Play Charity throughout the course of the marathon. Zelda for Eternity is always a source of great fun, and basically led to the founding of Nintendo Castle. Go check them out tomorrow. I'll see you there.

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    Call of Duty: Ghosts Confirmed for Wii U
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    According to this official post by Nintendo on Facebook, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be coming to Wii U. The game will be ported to the Wii U by Treyarch. The game will arrive with an all-new world, story, and powerful next-gen engine on November 5, 2013.

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    We Need Your Help!

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    Nintendo Castle is a huge project. We currently have 8 active staff members that you can read about on the staff page. Writing content for every Nintendo game to date is going to take a lot more. That's where you come in! Nintendo Castle has many positions that may cater to your personal interests. These include writing or gathering news for the front page, writing walkthroughs or strategy guides for a variety of Nintendo games, or even designing graphics for our next layout. If you have some extra time and you'd like to help us out, check out our Staff Openings page, and consider applying. While you won't be compensated, working for Nintendo Castle does come with it's perks! You'll have access to exclusive news before the public, have a say in the future of the website, and most impotantly: you'll get to work with our wonderful staff team! If you enjoy gaming as much as we do, I hope you'll consider applying.

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    UPDATE: Black 3DS XL to Hit Shelves this Weekend?
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    UPDATE: This has been confirmed Nothing has been confirmed, but according to this Canadian flyer a black 3DS XL is being released in the near future. A black 3DS XL has also been spotted in a Mario and Luigi Dream Team TV Commercial, suggesting that it may release along side the game that arrives at retail on August 11th in the U.S. Source

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    Pokémon X and Y Gameplay Video This week's Pokémon Smash features X and Y gameplay. The video above shows off the game's 3D visual style and some battle mechanics. New and existing Pokémon are shown off above. The two newest entries in the popular Pokémon franchise release worldwide for the 3DS on October 12. Source

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    Nintendo Castle Version 4.0
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    Welcome to 4.0! It's been a long wait, but I think it was worth it. NCV4 is finally here, and we have tons of new features! Most importantly though, we've partnered with long-time affiliate Link's Hideaway! What does this mean? Well, you won't be seeing any more Zelda guides and walkthroughs, as all of ours have been moved over to LinksHideaway.com. But alas, have no fear, as webmaster of Link's Hideaway, Austin, has joined NC to host the site, and bring you the latest Nintendo news, reviews, and articles on all Nintendo games! Hit the jump to read about all our newest features!
    • A brand new layout that features 5 new headers, new menu buttons, a background, and no sidebars
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    I'd like to give a big shout out to staff members Ryan and Austin for putting hours into designing and coding the site into what you see right now! Most of all, I'd like to thank you all for patiently waiting for the latest version, and making NC what it is today! Please report any bugs or errors to Pocohontas17@gmail.com PS ~ Please fill out our Feedback form! It will only take a minute, and will help us improve Nintendo Castle 4.0. Thank you!

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    Pikmin 3 Nintendo Direct

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VGFymces-AM#at=285 If you missed the Pikmin 3 Nintendo Direct yesterday, you can watch the full thing above. It shows off a lot of gameplay, but keep in mind that it's in Japanese. The game launches in Japan on July 13, and will hit shelves here in North America August 4.

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    RUMOR: Super Mario 3D World Will Release on December 13
    According to news outlet ShackNews, Super Mario 3D World will launch in the U.S. on December 13. While no region is specified, this is likely Europe's date, as North America usually has it's games released on a Sunday. While this is a rumor, Nintendo has confirmed a December 2013 release date, so it's very likely that this is true.

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    New Game and Wario Trailer [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EJFd5zVD6dY[/youtube] Nintendo of America has released one final trailer for the Wii U title Game & Wario before it's release. The game launches in North America for $39.99 on Sunday, June 23rd. Game & Wario will hit shelves in Europe on the 28th.

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    Piracy More Of a Concern Than Used Games http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwas7oOYWm1r8umx7o1_500.jpg In a recent interview, Miyamoto has said that the way to stop the selling of used games is to make games people want to keep.  He also said that piracy is more of a concern than the pre-owned games market.
    For us it's less about used games and it's really more illegal copying of games that we're really worried about. By creating the games that we create and selling those games, it enables us to then create new versions of those games. In fact, from our perspective you want to create a game that people will want to keep and keep playing for a long time. That's the approach that we always take and that's the best way to avoid used games.
    Maybe if Nintendo didn't make their new hardware so easy to emulate and hack it wouldn't happen as often. What do you think of Miyamoto's statement? What is your opinion of used games?

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    Complete E3 2013 Nintendo Roundup So I posted a lot of short posts while E3 was happening. Now that most of the news is out, I'll give you a better look on what was announced. Click the Jump for tons of videos, photos, and details. Nintendo 3DS
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds The official title for A Link to the Past's 3DS sequel was announced, along with the trailer below. Launch Date: November 2013 [youtube]http://youtu.be/qAluniNRibs[/youtube]
    Pokemon X and Y New fairy type confirmed. New trailer below. Launch Date: October 12 2013 [youtube]http://youtu.be/gmywDbnC5oc[/youtube]
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team New Trailer below. Launch Date: August 11, 2013 [youtube]http://youtu.be/qlCfGXxZCrU[/youtube]
    Yoshi's New Island Official title given. New Trailer below. Launch Date: 2014 [youtube]http://youtu.be/vtJyud6dFNM[/youtube]
    Super Smash Bros. 3DS Animal Crossing Villager and Megaman revealed as chracters. New Trailer below. Launch Date: 2014 [youtube]http://youtu.be/xvudMu-5kIU[/youtube]
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    Bayonetta 2 [youtube]http://youtu.be/4dFfVBdRWmw[/youtube]
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze New game developed by Retro Studios. Launch: Holiday 2013 [youtube]http://youtu.be/UhPllZovRhc[/youtube]
    Mario Kart 8 Brand New Mario Kart game revealed. Features Zero gravity, paragliders, underwater, and bikes. Launch Date: 2014 [youtube]http://youtu.be/NA6CAgv6p6g[/youtube]
    Pikmin 3 Launch Date: August 2013 [youtube]http://youtu.be/rIIPkyWaiu0[/youtube]
    Super Mario 3D World Brand new 3D Mario platformer announced for Wii U. Launch Date: 2014 [youtube]http://youtu.be/PwwjcfgTksU[/youtube]
    Super Smash Bros. Same trailer as 3DS. Two new characters, Animal Crossing Villager and Megaman. Launch Date: 2014 [youtube]http://youtu.be/xvudMu-5kIU[/youtube]
    The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Update Tingle Tuner. Launch Date: October 2013. [youtube]http://youtu.be/IkVt1s_ZFbw[/youtube]
    The Wonderful 101 Launch Date: 2013 [youtube]http://youtu.be/z9ueBmNNGus[/youtube] This post is not complete, as I've run short on time. I'll continue to update throughout the day as new info becomes available. Thanks for viewing!

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    E3 Nintendo Direct to Start in 30 Minutes

    To watch live, click here! Nintendo's E3 Nintendo Direct will air at 7:00 A.M. PST, and I'll be covering it live. This post will be stickied, so for the next hour check below this post and refresh often for the latest news. News posts will be short, and only one line long, as news will hopefully be flooding in. I'll edit those posts later to reflect move information. Thanks for choosing Nintendo Castle for everything E3!

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    Killer Instinct to be released on Xbox One
    The new "historic Rare title" to be released as an exclusive to Xbox One was revealed to be a third installment to the Killer Instinct series. While the first two games where developed by Rareware for Nintendo platforms, this will be developed by the infamous Double Helix Studios for Microsoft's Xbox One.

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    Animal Crossing New Leaf Officially Out In North America
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf arrived only minutes ago in the Nintendo eShop. The game retails for $34.99 and launches in stores in a few hours. Make sure to pick this game up either way, as it's getting 9/10 reviews across the board!

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    EA Looking At Wii U "As An Opportunity For the Future" 20130608-235838.jpg Frank Gibeau of EA has confirmed that they have not given up on the Wii U. Going as far to say it was being looked at as an opportunity for the future.
    We have a good partnership with Nintendo. We released four games on the platform over the last year and we’re pretty proud of Need For Speed, and Madden, and FIFA and Mass Effect. We have guys that our looking at the Wii U in the studio system right now as an opportunity for the future, but we have no publicly announced Wii U games that we’re going to release this fall.
    Golly, Frank, you're right. You should be proud of the many ports of existing games you've brought to the Wii U, but you're going WAY too far with having people look into a six month old console; you try too hard! No wonder your partnership with Nintendo is so good! I mean, look at all the unoriginal games you've ported to/not included on their systems. /sarcasm What are your thoughts on this announcement?

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    Sonic Lost Worlds Gameplay by IGN [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v7nweiUGh-g[/youtube] Above takes you three levels in the upcoming Nintendo exclusive from Sega, Sonic Lost Worlds. We don't have any release information yet, but Sega has confirmed to tell us more about Sonic's lastest installment for the 3DS and Wii U at E3 on June 11th.

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    "Unexpected Elements" To Appear In Wii U Zelda

    In an interview with Edge, Eiji Aonuma has revealed that the next two titles in the Legend of Zelda series ( A Link to The Past 2 for the 3DS and an unnamed Wii U Zelda) will include big differences to previous Zelda games.
    I think the new additions will make players see the game in a different way, and, of course, we'll introduce even more unexpected elements in the Zelda game that we're making for Wii U.
    Are you glad Nintendo are keeping the Legend of Zelda franchise fresh or would you prefer they stay true to their tried and tested methods?

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    Sanctum of Time Version 2.0! Our newest affiliate, Sanctum of Time has just released the beautiful version 2.0 of their site. SoT has a brand new forum that is in need of new members, so go ahead and click here to join! Make sure to check them out while you're waiting for Nintendo Castle Version 3.5 to be released!

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    It's Dangerous To Go Alone... The Movie Above is the trailer for a Legend of Zelda Movie. Rumors of such a masterpiece have been around the internet for a long time, starting with IGN's april fools day joke a few years back. Unfortunately, this is a documentary about the series, and not fictional cinema, but it still has the potential to be awesome! The movie is in HD, and will receive a DVD/Blu-Ray release, and possibly a theatrical one! The movie is set to launch by December, but they need your help! Joe Granato, the wonderful producer, is in need of $5,000 by June 1st, in 40 days. The Kickstarter project has already managed to raise 10% of that in a single day, so it's looking pretty good. However, make sure you donate on Kickstarter here. Also make sure to visit the official website here.

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    New Pokémon Confirmed as a Form of Mewtwo

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    Japanese magazine CoroCoro has confirmed that the Pokémon shown on Pokémon Smash last week was indeed a new form of Mewtwo. This movie poster explains that Mewtwo has awakened and taken on a new formed. What do you think of this new form? Do you want Nintendo to make X and Y all about Mewtwo? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Splinter Cell: Blacklist Confirmed for Wii U and Release Date Announced Splinter Cell Blacklist cover.png

    Nintendo has announced that the latest game in the Splinter Cell series, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, will be released for Wii U. The game will drop in North America on August 20th, EMEA on August 22nd and the UK on August  23rd.

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    Big News for Pokemon X and Y to be Announced

    Nintendo of America posted this on their twitter last night. On Saturday, the 6th of April, the company will announce "big" news regarding the two upcoming Pokémon titles.

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    Epic Games' Mark Rein Confirms That UE4 Will Be Wii U Compatible

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    Yesterday at the Game Developer's Conference, Mark Rein of Epic Games laughed off a question regarding UE4 being Wii U compatible. The next day, however, he had this to say:

    You heard the stupid gaffe yesterday about the Wii U. If someone wants to take Unreal Engine 4 and ship a game on Wii U, they can! If they wanna ship an Unreal Engine 4 game on Xbox 360, they could make it happen. While that game might not look as pretty as it would on a "true" next-gen console, the new engine is scalable to a variety of platforms, including mobile.
    Are you looking forward to having Unreal Engine 4 games running on your Wii U?

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    Nintendo Releases Video Showing New Wii U Loading Times

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    Nintendo uploaded a video today showcasing the quicker loading times of the Wii U after a planned system update. There are two updates planned for the Wii U's OS this year; one next month (to speed up the OS) and one in Summer (to add the Wii U virtual console).

    Are you pleased with the implementation of quicker loading times? Were the loading times a problem for you before?

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    Harvest Moon Coming to North American Eshop
    Natsume recently tweeted that the North American 3DS Eshop would be seeing Harvest Moon GBC sometime in Late April. If you live in Europe, it'll be arriving on March 28th. Happy farming!

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    Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Release Mightn't Happen
    The horrendously reviewed Aliens: Colonial Marines was to drop for the Wii U by the end of this month. Although, in an interview with GameSpot, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford had this to say about its release on the Wii U:
    That's not our call. I think [developer Demiurge Studios] did amazing work. I think it's really cool, but Sega's got to figure that out. We're doing the best we can.
    Would you miss this release if it was cancelled?

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    Marathon and More Howdy. If you haven't noticed yet, it's been pretty quiet around here lately. It's been nearly a month since the marathon ended, and you guys haven't even got a post-marathon update yet. We didn't quite reach our goal of 190 hours. However, we did manage to stream over 120 non-stop Mario to you. I'd like to thank all of our loyal viewers, our extremely diligent staff, and the folks over at Zelda Eternityfor making this happen. Next year, we're shooting for a world record, so make sure to join us February 2014! Furthermore, the site is probably going to keep quiet for a bit. It's been a lot busier than expected for the whole staff, and we probably won't pick up activity again until June. However, make sure to stay tuned for the occasional news posts, and to keep using our guides! Thanks for reading, and thanks for being awesome!

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    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons Heading to 3DS eShop

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    Last month on the Japanese Nintendo Direct, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons were announced to be released on the Japanese eShop for the 3DS. To add more Oracle port goodness, Eiji Aonuma appeared on the Miiverse to add that they will also be coming to the Western eShop before Summer.

    Will you be buying these games for the 3DS?

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    Minecraft on Wii U is "Very Unlikely" Minecraft logo.svg Jens Bergensten of Mojang has said in a recent interview that when the Xbox 360 exclusivity contract runs out, it will be "very unlikely."
    Microsoft has an exclusivity deal for consoles. When it runs out we’ll consider Minecraft for PlayStation, but Wii U is very unlikely.
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    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Demo to Release Next Week PMD MIL boxart.png The demo for the upcoming Pokémon spin-off, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, will be dropping March 7th on the Nintendo eShop according to Nintendo of America's Twitter. Are you looking forward to the release of this demo? Do you like the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series?

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    The Tablet Use for Watch Dogs on Wii U is Still Undecided, But Game Is Up And Running

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    Ubisoft Montreal has said that the Wii U will contain all of the core social features offered by the other platforms. One such feature is the ability to access other people's worlds through your smartphone.

    Producer Dominic Guay had this to say:

    So the connectivity between players with mobile devices, the way you can control the city, the immersion, all those are core and on any platforms we're going to ship on we're going to make sure we nail those pillars down
    Guay also went on to say that the controller will fit the premise of hacking very well.
    We're still investigating how we'll use the tablet on the Wii U, but with the things I mentioned before, for us it's not going to be a weird stretch. It's natural. What's really cool with Watch Dogs, when we start thinking of those devices, it's not a weird abstraction, it's not like I'm a space alien and now I'm using a tablet. Why am I doing that? Aiden Pearce is using a device to control the city, so it's quite easy to imagine what we could do with that.
    Guay went on to confirm that the game was "already running" on the system. Are you looking forward to the release of this game on the Wii U? Do you think the tablet controller will be used to its potential?

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    Analyst Michael Pachter Says the Wii U was a Mistake
    Analyst: Wii U a ‘mistake’ for Nintendo — what the company needs to do to recover
    With the Wii U being estimated to have sold around 55,000 units in January, it's only natural some people will be curious about how Nintendo will play their cards next. Michael Pachter, a famed analyst, had this to say:
    I think they misfired on the Wii U. It’s just not that different from the other two [existing] consoles, and the gameplay isn’t as unique as the Wii. They made a mistake, it’s something they probably can’t recover from.
    What do you think of these figures? Do you think Nintendo has made a mistake? If so, what do you think Nintendo should do?

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    2nd Annual Mario Marathon Details A few days back we announced we'd be doing a 2nd Mario Marathon. I've now got some new details for you. The Marathon will begin on Friday, February 15th at 6:00 P.M. EST and will continue on for about a week. The marathon will be streamed using twitch, right here There's a schedule and game list after the jump. Schedule: (EST) 6:00 P.M February 15th - 10:00 A.M. February 16th (Pocodudeface) Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels Super Mario Land Super Mario Land 2 New Super Mario Bros. DS 10 A.M. February 16th - 12:00 A.M. February 17th (Iamthefusedsahdows) Super Mario RPG 12:00 A.M. February 17th - 12:00 P.M. February 17th (Link8150) New Super Mario Bros. Wii Super Mario Galaxy 12:00 P.M. February 17th - 5:00 P.M. February 17th (DodongoBomber) Super Mario Sunshine 5:00 P.M. February 17th - 12:00 A.M. February 18th (Iamthefusedshadows) Super Mario RPG Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga 12:00 A.M. February 18th - 10:00 a.m. February 18th (Link8150) Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario 64 100% After Monday the 18th we don't have an exact schedule set, but we will continue to play games for as long as we can. In order to accomplish a world record, we will need to play for 190 hours, which will land us far into Next Saturday. Here are the games and players after this point on Monday: Iamthefusedshadows: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Link8150: Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario 64 100% SpaghettiWeegee: Super Mario World Mario Party 8 Super Mario Land 2 Emhave: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario Sunshine 100% It should be a blast, so join us to witness the world's longest mario marathon!

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    Nintendo Castle's 2nd Annual Anniversary Mario Marathon Nintendo Castle was founded at http://www.nintendocastle.weebly.com/ on February 18th, 2011. Last year, on the weekend of February 18th, 2012 NC hosted a massive 115 hour Mario Marathon. The marathon was a huge success, we completed a large array of games, had a great time, and grew our community by a fairly large amount. In fact, last year's stream was the second longest Mario Marathon streamed to the internet ever. We hope to break that this year. The stream will start on Friday the 15th of February to Monday the 18th for sure. However, there is a good chance that the stream could be extended to Friday the 25th, making it the world's longest Mario marathon streamed to the internet. Ever. Hit the jump to see what we're playing. Games: Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels Super Mario Land Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Super Mario 64 Super Mario Sunshine Super Mario RPG Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy 2 New Super Mario Bros. DS New Super Mario Bros. Wii Mario Kart Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Streamers: Emhave Link8150 Iamthefusedshadows SpaghettiWeegee Pocodudeface DodongoBomber ...And hopefully more! As you can see, we've got quite the weekend planned out for you. Hopefully you can stay and watch us stumble through the history of the Mario franchise, one that defines gaming at its purist. Details on stream location and starting time will come to you in a few days. Hope you can make it, ciao!

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    Gamer To Take 3DS on Charity Walk Across the US

    Cody Thompson is planning on walking across the United States (over 3,000 miles) for Child's Play, charity that donates games and toys to children in hospitals. He has also said he plans on bringing his 3DS and has Paper  Mario, Professor Layton and Fire Emblem planned for playing on the journey.

    What do you think of Cody Thompson's actions (and game choice!)?

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    Over 3 Million Wii U Units and Just Under 12 Million Software Sales Reached

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    Nintendo released the sales figures for the Wii U today. According to NIntendo, 3.06 million Wii U units have been sold.

    This is split three ways, with 1.32 million in North America, 900,000 in Europe, and 830,000 in Japan.

    The software sales have reached 11.69 million.The most successful games released for Wii U are Nintendo Land, which sold 2.33 million copies and New Super Mario Bros. U, which sold 2.01 million.

    The actual amount of units and software sold greatly differ from the estimated sales.

    5.5 million consoles and 24 million copies of software were estimated to be sold.

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    The Wii U is Without the Tomb Raider Reboot Because of Its Unconventional Controller TombRaider2013.jpg According to an interview with TrueGaming, creative director for Crystal Dynamics, Noah Hughes, said:
    The Wii U often asks you to do something unique based on a unique interface. That’s something as a gamer I love, but it’s something you don’t want to do half-heartedly as a developer.
    Do you think this is reasonable? Would you have prefered a direct port of the game, even if it didn't utilize the Wii U's potential?

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    Emergency Maintenance Heading to eShop The official Nintendo eShop logo The Wii U, Wii, DS and 3DS will not be able to access the eShop due to "emergency maintenance". It will be in effect from 3 to 8 p.m. EST. What do you think is being maintaned, specifically?

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    Know Your Meme User Compares Pokémon Logos in the West and Japan

    One Know Your Meme user has cleverly noticed a funny difference in the logos of the Pokémon games. All of the games' logos are pictured above, with the Japanese logos on the left and the Western logos on the right. As you can see, the logos on the left have evolved (pun intended) over the course of the series' life and, in my opinion, have gotten progressively better over the years, however, the Western logos haven't changed at all.

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    Nintendo Direct Roundup

    Holy cow! ÃÂ These Nintendo Directs just keep getting juicier. ÃÂ First, an entire one dedicated to the reveal of a new generation of Pokemon. ÃÂ Next, one centered around first party Wii U games that's sure to leave you breathless. ÃÂ Of the games revealed included the confirmation of a Zelda game for Wii U, plus an HD remake of The Wind Waker, as well as a 3D Mario, Mario Kart, and so much more! ÃÂ Watch the video or head inside for details!

    • Zelda Wii U reconfirmed, said will take a while to be released
    • The Wind Waker HD revealed, to be released by this fall
    • New 3D Mario platformer to be revealed and playable this E3
    • Mario Kart U coming, also playable at E3
    • Yoshi's Epic Yarn (name unconfirmed) is coming
    • Super Smash Bros. to be revealed this E3 as well
    • Mii-centered games like Wii Fit U and Wii Party U
    • Pikmin 3, new Screenshot mode shown, see the world through a Pikmin's eyes
    • Fire EmblemÃÂ andÃÂ Shin Megami Tensei crossover
    • New game coming from the developers of Xenoblade
    • The Wonderful 101, Game and Wario set to be released the first half of 2013
    • Bayonetta 2 game footage shown
    • Virtual Console to be released in the spring
    • NES and SNES titles can be upgraded for $1.00-$1.50 for GamePad compatibility
    • Celebrate the Famicon's 30th anniversary with a 30-cent title released each month from January-July
    • Miiverse coming to a smartphone near you
    • Two major system updates coming, one in the spring, one in the summer

    If Nintendo stands by their word, I'm positive this E3 will be quite unforgettable. ÃÂ It's like Nintendo's won E3 before it even started. ÃÂ Out of all these announcements that came today, the announcement of The Wind Waker HD was my favorite. ÃÂ My favorite video game of all time, given a gorgeous makeover (a-la Ocarina of Time 3D, but HD graphics)! ÃÂ What's got you most excited off this list?

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    New Fire Emblem Awakening Trailer [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg7qQnxFQ-g&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] A new, and quite frankly awesome, trailer has been released for Fire Emblem Awakening. The game launches in North America on February 4th.

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    Content Update #38 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Bottle Guide

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    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon May Include Local Multiplayer http://img.vooks.net/2012/06/luigismansion2.jpg According to the official website, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon may feature local multiplayer.
    With so many new places to explore, all new ways to capture ghosts, and a brand new local multiplayer mode, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is another star turn for Mario’s heroic brother—and it’s only on Nintendo 3DS.
    Although, the website does feature the above, it also says "No. of Players: 1 player." Do you think Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon will feature local multiplayer? If so, how do you think it will be implemented?

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    Monster Hunter 4 Delay May Be Due To a Port for the PS Vita

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    Gamelab, a Japanese magazine, has stated the delay of Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS is because of a port for the Playstation Vita. This may come as a shock as Monster Hunter is the main reason the PSP lasted as long as it did and the fact that Nintendo are allowing Capcom to possibly replicate the past is mind-boggling,

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    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Release Date
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    We've finally got a release date for the long awaited sequel to the classic Gamecube launch title, Luigi's Mansion. Luigi's newest adventure will hit shelves in North America on Sunday, March 24th 2013. Stay tuned for news on the rest of the world.

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    New Screenshots of Pokémon X and Y's Starters Emerge Pokemon X and Y's starters can be given a closer look, thanks to the release of some new artwork. See below for said new artwork. Chespin:

    Fennekin:

    Froakie:

    What do you think of this generation's starters? In your opinion, how do they compare to the previous generation's Pokémon?

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    Canadian Gamer 2,700 Points Away From Becoming The King of Kong

    Vincent Lemay (pictured above) is a Canadian gamer who has just achieved the 2nd highest Donkey Kong score on record. His score, 1,135,900, was just 2,700 points away from being the highest Donkey Kong score ever. Donkey Kong is subject to many players constantly trying to break records, mostly because of 2008 documentary, The King of Kong (which I highly recommend you watch if you haven't already).

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    Content Update #37 We've got two more chapters for ongoing Legend of Zelda walkthroughs for you this week. The Legend of Zelda Walkthrough Chapter 8 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Walkthrough Chapter 2

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    The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct for Wii U Gets a Release Date walking-dead-survival-instinct-release-dateActivision are publishing Terminal Reality's video game based on AMC's hit television show, The Walking Dead; not to be confused with Telltale Games video game of the same name. The game takes place during Rick Grimes' coma and follows the story of Merle and Daryl Dixon (whom the player controls) in the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. No released footage of the game really defines the gameplay or story, as of yet. The game is scheduled to release for the Wii U on the 26th of March in North America and the 30th of March in Europe. Both of the actors that play Daryl and Merle (Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, respectively) will reprise their roles in Survival Instinct. Are you a fan of the The Walking Dead television series? Are you looking forward to the release of this game?

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    Fire Emblem Awakening Bundle Confirmed for North America
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    The same Fire Emblem Awakening Bundle that's currently out in Japan has been confirmed for the United States and surrounding areas by Nintendo of America via Twitter. In the bundle is a blue Fire Emblem 3DS (not XL) with Awakening pre-installed. If you are buying a 3DS just to play this game, this might be a great deal for you. Expect to see it on February 4th.

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    Wii U Launch Sales Reach 890,000 Units
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    NPD sales are in, and it appears that the Wii U sales have reached 890,000 units. It's noteworthy that the Wii hadn't sold this many units 41 days into it's lifespan. New Super Mario Bros. U is the best selling Wii U game, which 65% of Wii U owners own. In December, the Wii U sold 460,000 units, which was only half of what Microsoft's 360 managed to sell.

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    Lego Marvel Super Heroes Annnounced 20130109-163929.jpg A new LEGO game, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, is coming to the Wii U, 3DS and Nintendo DS. It will be developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and released around Fall 2013. Vice President of Games Production in Marvel Studios, TQ Jefferson said:
    Fans of both LEGO and Marvel have wanted this game for years, and we’re addressing that demand with more Marvel Universe characters than ever in a console game
    The press release reads:
    In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, players will unlock more than 100 characters from across the Marvel Universe, including fan favorites like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Deadpool, Loki and Galactus! The game will pack in a plethora of super-cool character abilities, combat-like action sequences, epic battle scenes, puzzle-solving and a unique story told with playful LEGO humor.
    Do you like LEGO games? What about Marvel? Do you think the fusion of the two in this upcoming game will be worthy of your time and money?

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    Pokemon X and Y Announced, Release Date, Starters, and More! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GUYzzY9BQrk[/youtube] Above is a trailer for two brand new Pokemon games just announced for Nintendo 3DS. The games are entitled Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y. Three brand new starters will be used: Chespin the grass type, Fennekin the fire type, and Froakie the water type. The game will be released worldwide in October of this year. This game will most likely retail for $40, and it features more than one generation of Pokémon! Also, the trailer shows off a few new legendary Pokémon. This will be the game to introduce the 6th generation of Pokémon!

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    Pokémon Direct Coming Tomorrow Satoru Iwata will host a 10 minute long presentation revealing special information about Pokémon The Pokémon Direct will air at 6 AM EST / 3 AM PST / 12 PM CET / 11 AM UK. To watch it, click on this link. What do you think will be announced tomorrow?

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    Producer Talks Scrapped Metroid Movie Project First discussed in 2004, a Metroid movie was planned with John Woo directing. Nintendo were originally supportive of the idea, however, they were still cautious of recreating what I consider Nintendo's worst ever decision, The Super Mario Bros. movie. Brad Foxhoven, former producer of the Metroid movie, said that Nintendo's caution caused a lack of collaboration. This lack of collaboration ultimately led to the project's downfall. Would you like a Metroid movie made? If so, should it be based on pre-existing games or an entirely new story altogether?

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    Fire Emblem Awakening Box Art
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    Content Update #36 Being 2013, Content Updates will start up again. We've got two things for you this week. Enjoy. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Walkthrough Chapter 1 Super Smash Bros. Melee Hidden Stages

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    Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission Gets Japanese Release Date and Lalabit Market Special Release 20130105-140651.jpg The card-based arcade game, Dragon Ball Heroes, is getting a port to the 3DS under the name of Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission. This game will be released in Japan on the 28th of February. Lalabit Market are offering a special edition package that includes the game and an official card case for 7,980 yen ($92), while a stand-alone copy of the game costs 5,800 yen ($62). The case holds 20 cards. You also get six Hero Stadium card packs from the first through six seasons. What do you think of a card-based Dragon Ball 3DS game? Let us know in the comments below! Source

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    Mini Games Cut From Sticker Star To Meet Deadlines
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    Paper Mario Sticker Star (3DS, November 2012) was supposed to have a mini game packed final level, according to producer Kensuke Tanabe:
    In Bowser’s Castle, we were planning on having the player complete a number of different mini-games as they went along, but unfortunately we had to cut this because we didn’t have time. I’m sure these mini-games would have been very silly and fun, so that was a bit of a shame.
    Sticker Star had a reasonably small final level, and these mini games could have changed that. Unfortunately, a lack of time forced Intelligent Systems to cut the idea. Source

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    New Fire Emblem Awakening Trailer [youtube]www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0XiYM84dsE&[/youtube] The above trailer for Fire Emblem Awakening was released by Nintendo of America earlier today. This game hits shelves here in America on February 4th, exclusively to the 3DS. The game can be expected to arrive in Europe later this year.

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    Modder Conjoins a Nintendo 64 and a Gamecube [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipMUv1SvVaw[/youtube] In the above video, a modder known as Hellrazer on Youtube has modifired a Nintedno 64 to fit into his Gameboy Player, and play on his Gamecube. It's some pretty cool stuff.

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    Staff Needed Nintendo Castle hopes to make itself the best possible site for Nintendo content this year. However, we're not going to be able to do it with only the staff we have right now. If you've ever been interested in working for a fansite, this might be your chance. Hit the jump to find out what we need done! Content Writer - A content writer’s job is to provide Nintendo Castle with guides, walkthroughs, and game descriptions if needed. Most of the time, a content writer is given free roam over the site to attack any project he or she wishes, but sometimes, they may be requested by a webmaster or admin to complete a certain task. News Correspondent - A News Correspondent's job it to scan the internet and other media for Nintendo related news, and get that news to our viewers via posting about it on the site's front page. News Correspondents are asked to be very active, and it's expected that they can post at least four times a week. Article Writer - An article writer writes articles. An article is a commonly an opinionated post, usually discussing theories or ideas in video games. Reviews, top-ten lists, and video game comparisons are also classified as articles. Podcast Dude - A "Podcast Dude" simply joins in on our monthly podcast. Requirements include a sense of humor and a vast knowledge of the world of gaming. Podcasts are usually humorous and light-hearted, but serious discussion also needs to take place, so be ready for that. Any of these positions spark an interest? If so, then feel free to check out our Staff Openings page for details and an application.

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    Happy 2013 Happy 2013, few yet faithful readers of Nintendo Castle. If you live in the Mountain Time Zone or onward, then it's a whole new year. 2012 marked a great year for NC, but hopefully 2013 will be even better! Some of resolutions in 2013 for NC include: - Daily News Posts (At least six a week) - Weekly Content Updates (At least two new pieces of content a week) - Double Site Traffic (Hopefully more than that) - Completing 100% of Console and Game Descriptions - Making the Site Look Nicer (Sleek user interface) So, throughout the year, these are the goals we hope to accomplish. Thank you for a great year, and here's to the future!

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    Super Mario Bros. 3 Coming to 3DS Japanese Virtual Console On January 1st

    The last Super Mario game for the NES is getting the 3DS Virtual Console treatment. The game will launch in Japan on the first of January for 500 yen.

    Do you like this game? Do you think we'll see a worldwide digital release?

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    One of the First 3rd Party Controllers Compatible With the Wii U Gets Critiqued

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    Pictured above is the Controller Pro U, a device that resembles a mash-up of the Wii U Pro controller and the SNES gamepad. The device is compatible with the Wii, Wii U and basically everything else that Wii remotes are compatible with, such as smartphones; this is because the device mimics a Wii remote and as such, features:

    • motion controls and speakers
    • a D-pad
    • analog sticks
    • shoulder buttons and triggers
    • vibration motors.

    Luke Plunkett of Kotaku says the only problem with the Controller Pro U is that the shoulder buttons are a bit loose, but praises its versatility. He also says he liked the fact he could use it on games that do not feature compatibility with the regular pro controller, for example, he could play New Super Mario Bros. U with the Controller Pro U because the Wii U reads it as a Wii remote.

    The Controller Pro U will cost $35-40 and be available in your local game retailer when it launches.

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    Zelda Eternity Currently Streaming Their Winter Gaming Marathon Our good friends over at Zelda Eternity are currently streaming their gaming marathon. The schedule is as follows:
    • Majora's Mask (3 heart run)
    • Metroid Prime
    • Ocarina of Time
    • Donkey Kong 64
    • Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
    • Super Mario Sunshine
    • New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Gets March 24th North American Release http://assets16.pokemon.com/assets/cms/img/video-games/pmdgatestoinfinity/pmd_gti_maindetail.jpg Nintendo have released information regarding the release of the first 3DS installment of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity, known in Japan as Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth. The game will launch March 24th 2013. The press release is as follows:
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity to Release on March 24 for Nintendo 3DS On March 24, the popular Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series will make its debut on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. With vibrantly detailed 3D graphics and more than 20 Mystery Dungeons that change every time they are entered, nearly limitless adventure awaits players and their Pokémon friends in this new game. Become one of five popular Pokémon from the fan-favorite franchise ' Pikachu, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig or Axew ' and journey through infinite dungeons, battle and befriend other Pokémon, collect treasures and explore the game's vast, beautiful world ' all in amazing 3D. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, there are many labyrinths called Mystery Dungeons that change their form every time a player enters. Pokémon, items and treasure within a Mystery Dungeon will change location every time a player re-enters. Players can gain access to additional Mystery Dungeons through "Magnagates." To open the Magnagates, players scan circular objects in the real world using the Nintendo 3DS Camera, allowing them to continue their adventure, even after they have completed the main Mystery Dungeons. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity also introduces wireless multiplayer features to the series. More details on this functionality will be shared in the future.
    Are you a fan of the Mystery Dungeon series? Will you be purchasing this installment?

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    Fire Emblem: Awakening North American Introduction

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    Nintendo has uploaded the introduction of Fire Emblem: Awakening from their last Nintendo Direct to YouTube. The game launches on the 4th of February 2013. Are you looking forward to this game? Will you be picking it up when it launches?

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    Collection of Every Single US SNES Game Selling for $24,999 Source

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    The Wii U Launches in Japan Today News photo People all over Japan queued up to get their Wii U consoles today. The Wii U Basic model costs ¥26,250 ($319) and the Wii U Deluxe model costs ¥31,500 ($382). What do you think of this news?

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    New Wii U and 3DS Game Info Announced at Today's Nintendo Direct

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    Today's Nintendo Direct has a plethora of information, so forgive me for the lengthy read.

    This Nintendo Direct starts off with Lego City: Undercover. It showcases the game's visuals and a new feature in the Lego games, super blocks. Super blocks can be used to build special objects necessary to progress the story, such as a boat, car or even a bridge. The game's humor is also shown in a small clip where the protaganist, Chase McCain,ÃÂ visits a prison and a scene plays out referencing the currently highest rated movie on IMDB, The Shawshank Redemption Pikmin 3 is the next on the list and to show off the game's sleek graphics, a lengthy graphics clip is shown. Game & Wario is the next installment in the WarioWare series and will be appearing on the Wii U. One of the mingames shown is a game where you play as a child trying to hide the fact that he is playing video games in bed when he should be asleep, a scenario with which I'm sure some of our readers are familiar. Fruit is a downloadable game to be released on the Wii U eShop. It is a multiplayer game, however, only the GamePad is used. The object of the game is that one person plays as a thief controlled by the GamePad and other players not on any controllers try to identify said thief as he steals apples and blends into the crowd. Wii Fit U is the next installment in the Wii Fit series. The main point emphasised in the video is the Fit Meter, a device used to add all calories burned when you're out and about to your Wii Fit U account. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will feature the character Momiji as a playable character through a free download. Momiji is not the only character to be added to Ninja Gaiden 3, Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series will also be added as a free download. For information on new Wii U software and 3DS games, click the button below!

    Panorama View, as seen in E3, will be implemented in the Wii U. It will allow users to experience tours of cities, from an open-top bus ride in London to a rickshaw ride in Kyoto, all from their living room. It will be featured as a paid download, however, a free demo will also be available. Google Maps Street View is also going to be featured as a download. It will allow users to have maps on their TV and Street View on their GamePad or vice versa. 3DS wise, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was mentioned and shown, showcasing the graphics and gameplay in the game. Brain Age: Concentration Training is the latest installment in the Brain Age franchise, focusing on information addiction. Fire Emblem Awakening for the 3DS was mentioned and a new undead enemy was revealed, while my attention was drawn to the "warrior claiming to be the legendary Marth." Two New DLC packs were revealed for New Super Mario Bros 2. The Nintendo Direct ended with two downloadable games for the 3DS, Tokyo Crash Mobs and HarmoKnight. What do you think of this Nintendo Direct? What news excites you the most?

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    Wii U eShop Closed for Maintenance The official Nintendo eShop logo Nintendo has closed the Wii U eShop due to maintenance. No reason has been given as to why as of yet, although tomorrow's Nintendo Direct may have something to do with it. What do you think the reason for the maintenance is? Do you think it's just ordinary maintenance or something a bit more?

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    Wii U UK Sales Figures Released

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    MCV has announced the UK sales figures for the Wii U. Within 48 hours the Wii U sold 40,000 units, which is apparently a "complete sellout on the UK high street." What do you think of these sales figures?

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    Gambling in Video Games
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    For an unknown reason, Americans like to gamble. There must be some sort of thrill we get by risking everything we have, for a very small chance to get much more. However, gambling is very controversial, and there are thousands of different laws about what you can do, how old you have to be, and where you are located. Video game developers may have come up with a solution to that. In this day in age, you have literally hundreds of video games you can play to get the same thrill as gambling itself. However, many play games such as Poker and Black Jack not to earn money, but because they actually enjoy the game. That's where the video games come in. Video Games give people the opportunity to play, and improve on their Poker skills without any risks. Unfortunately, because of age limitations on such games, especially casino oriented ones, these games are often giving the ESRB rating of M. If you're looking into some Gambling games however, fear not! Nintendo has produced some games that give you an opportunity to gamble, even if it's at a very low level. Games such as Fortune Street, New Super Mario Bros. and Harvest Moon all contain gambling and casino game elements, although they are aimed toward young beginners. Has your interest been piqued? Go here for more in-depth gambling adventures!

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    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Wii Sports Nominated for the Best Video Game of the Decade

    In the upcoming VGAs, the best video game of the last decade will be announced. Among the ten nominees are two Nintendo games: Wii Sports and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

    The ten nominees are:

    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    • Half-Life 2
    • World of Warcraft
    • Shadow of the Colossus
    • Wii Sports
    • BioShock
    • Portal
    • Mass Effect 2
    • Red Dead Redemption
    • Batman: Arkham City
    Go to the poll by clicking this link. Which game will you be voting for?

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    List of Top 20 Wii U eShop Titles Released

    The list of the top 20 best-selling WIi U eShop titles were released. They are:
    • 1. New Super Mario Bros. U
    • 2. ZombiU
    • 3. Trine 2: Director's Cut
    • 4. Nano Assault Neo
    • 5. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
    • 6. Scribblenauts Unlimited
    • 7. Assassin's Creed III
    • 8. Little Inferno
    • 9. Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition
    • 10. Nintendo Land
    • 11. Darksiders II
    • 12. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
    • 13. Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
    • 14. Madden NFL 13
    • 15. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
    • 16. Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
    • 17. Chasing Aurora
    • 18. Just Dance 4
    • 19. Rabbids Land
    • 20. FIFA 13
    What do you think of this list?

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    Indie Dev Edmund McMillen is Looking to Port The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth to Wii U and 3DS http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f6/The_Binding_of_Isaac_screenshot.png Indie dev Edmund McMillen has said that he is awaiting Nintendo's reply on approving his new game, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, to port to Wii U and 3DS. The first game in the The Binding of Isaac series was denied by Nintendo due to questionable religious content, which caused some controversy. Have you heard/played The Binding of Isaac? Would you like to see a port to the Wii U or 3DS?

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    A 3D Legend of Zelda Game and 3D Mario Game Confirmed For Wii U By Iwata In an interview with IGN, Iwata confirmed that a 3D Zelda game and a 3D Mario game are in the works.
    We will announce the launch schedules for new 3D Zelda and Mario games in the future, but this is not the right opportunity for me to indicate when we will make such announcements
    Are you surprised that there are going to be installations of said franchises on the Wii U? Are you disappointed by the lack of Nintendo franchises launching with the Wii U? How do you think the Wii U GamePad could be put to use in Zelda and Mario games?

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    Retailers List Yoshi's Land For Wii U

    Pictured above is what NeoGaf user, Trike, found when he accidentally stumbled across a MiiVerse mock-up. Nine days later, Best Buy and Future shop put up listings of Yoshi's Land on their websites. These listings have since been taken down, but you can still read them here.

    Best Buy:

    Take Yoshi on an epic adventure to remember in Yoshi Land for Nintendo Wii U. Check out Yoshi as you've never seen him before: in glorious high definition. Enjoy dual-screen control thanks to the Wii U Touchscreen GamePad, while you'll also be able to experience full integration with Nintendo's MiiVerse service.
    Future Shop:
    Join everyone's favourite dinosaur in his first big starring role on Nintendo Wii U - Yoshi's Land. Utilise the power of the Wii U Touchscreen GamePad to enjoy dual-screen fun in this epic adventure with stunning HD graphics and connectivity with the MiiVerse.
    Do you think a Yoshi's Land for Wii U is in the works? Or do you think this is just two people who got a little too excited?

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    Wii Mini Console Confirmed
    The Wii Mini has been confirmed by Nintendo. It will launch in Canada on December 7th, but there is no news of a release to the rest of the world. It will cost C$99.99 ($100.5729 or £62). The Wii Mini will not have any internet features and will not be backwards compatible with the GameCube.
    You can visit the official Wii Mini website here.
    Do you like the idea of a Wii Mini? Will you be getting one?
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    Nintendo Sold 400,000 Wii U Consoles Last Week

    Reggie Fils-Amie has said in an interview that the Wii U sold 400,000 units last week in North America. Reggie explains that more consoles would have been sold, but there are problems getting the console out to retailers. He also said:
    Retailers are also doing their best to get the product to store shelves. But as soon as product hits retail, they're selling out immediately.
    The Wii U was not the only Nintendo console selling lots of units last week. To see the amount of units other consoles (handheld and otherwise) sold last week in North America, click the button below! During last week, the consoles and the amount of units sold were:
    • 300,000 Wii consoles
    • 250,000 3DS handhelds
    • 275,000 DS handhelds.
    Do these figures surprise you?

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    Wii U GamePad Drop Test

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    YouTube user GizmoSlip has done a drop test of the Wii U GamePad. In the test, they drop it from 4 feet on its back, side and front.

    Do you think we might see another set of catastrophes revolving around the dropping of the GamePad like we saw with the Wii remotes hitting televisions? Were you surprised at the results of the test?

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    Wii Mini Console In the Works? According to an undisclosed major retailer, a new Wii redesign is set to be released in two weeks. The following information has been leaked: Introducing the Wii Mini! Coming Dec 7 2012! WII MINI CONSOLE Compact Nintendo Wii Console Comes with Sensor Bar, Nunchuk and Wii Remote Plus with Jacket. What do you think of a possible Wii Mini?

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    Amazon Instant Library Has Arrived On the Wii U
    The Amazon Instant Library service is now available on the Wii U. This service will offer 140,000 titles that can be purchased or rented, 30,000 of which will be free to Amazon Prime subscribers.

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    The Hulu Plus App is Now Available through the Wii U's Nintendo eShop App http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/media/32565/4/1.jpg The Hulu Plus app is now available through the eShop app on the Wii U. The service is available to anyone who pays the $7.99 per month subscription. Will you be getting the Hulu Plus app?

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    Pocodudeface: Wii U Mini Review Day 3 It's been 3 days since the Wii U launched, and it's time once again for me to write my mini-review for it. Interested in what I did with my Wii U today? Hit the jump to find out. Some stuff came up, and I really didn't spend as much time with my Wii U today as I would have liked. However, I have a few days off school this week, and I should have plenty of time to play this weekend I played some more Nintendo Land today. I'm really starting to enjoy Yoshi's Fruit Cart, and I think the idea is extraordinary. My little brothers are getting better at chasing me through various twists and turns in Mario Chase, and burning me with their flashlights in Luigi's Ghost Mansion. They can beat me at those two games almost every time now. Regardless, I'm still enjoying Nintendo Land, although I think I might get bored with it before too long. However, it's going to be an excellent game for parties! After Nintendo Land, I once again moved on to New Super Mario Bros. U. I've progressed farther, but still not quite as far as I'd have liked to. I'm about halfway through the game right now. I'm really enjoying myself so far, and the level design is really great. Another thing to note, is that this game is much more challenging then previous installments in the New Super Mario Bros series, especially the handhelds. I die at least once almost every level, and I've already got one game over, in the second world. The challenge really sets the game apart from it's prequels, and it's a good thing too, because New Super Mario Bros. U feels a little to similar to the rest of the series. The last thing I want to mention today is the system transfer. I've yet to do it, because I can't decide if I want to or not. While the system transfer seems to have worked well for everyone that's done it, once you transfer the data it's completely gone from the Wii, which is something I'm not sure if I'm willing to do. I'll let you know once I make the decision. Until tomorrow, this has been Pocodudeface.

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    Pocodudeface: Wii U Mini Review Day 2 Well, we promised a week of Wii U coverage, so here it is. I'm going to be posting a post like this every day this week,until Saturday when I'll do the full review. Hit the jump for the overview! Even though I went to the midnight release I didn't have much time to play my Wii U. So today I finished configuring all my settings and figuring out exactly what he Wii U can do. After spending a bit doing that I started playing Nintendo Land again. I really enjoy most of the attractions, although Mario Chase and Luigi's Mansion are my favorites. I think Nintendo really did a good job with Nintendo Land, and it's really a great way to introduce you to what looks to be an awesome system. I also played some New Super Mario Bros U today, but only for a bit, I'm really not far enough to say anything yet. I also spent some time exploring Miiverse today, and it looks to be pretty cool. However, I hope we get an update for that soon, as it appears there isn't a whole lot we can do with it yet. I'm also really growing fond of the Wii U gamepad. It's light, feels great in the hands and is overall wonderful. I don't think I've glanced at the TV unless the game required me to, because it looks so much better on the Wii U gamepad. One last thing for today is that the Wii U has noticeabley long transition and loading screens, so I hope we can get a fix for that in the future. I you'll hear from me tommorow for some more of my thoughts on the Wii U. '

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    Wii U Mini-Reviews: Day Two Hey there!  Hope you all are enjoying your brand-new Wii U consoles.  Hopefully you had today off to experience your Wii U (I didn't, sadly)!  This whole week, you can expect mini-reviews from both Poco and I until Saturday, when we will be releasing the Official Full Review of the Wii U.  Jump inside for my Day Two Mini-Review.

     Nick's Day 2 Review

    Today was the second day with the Wii U. Unfortunately, I had to go to school (and tomorrow as well). But luckily, I finished my homework and zipped right over to the Wii U. I played a little more of New Super Mario Bros U and a lot more Nintendo Land. Hop inside for small tidbits from our upcoming review, as well as my thoughts on a very important aspect of the Wii U: The System Transfer. New Super Mario Bros U is fun and all, but I honestly am starting to regret buying it. I'm not saying I don't like it, it's just...too Mario. Even my parents, on the way back from the store asked me what game I got. After I told them Mario, they said "The same old Mario?" Little did I know...they were right. Nintendo Land is as fun as ever. The 12 attractions can provide hours of endless fun to be had. Although it makes me sad there's no online feature, the multiplayer features that it does include are really fun, especially the Co-Op ones. Then again, the Versus ones are also fun too... As for the System Transfer, I did that today. I would've done it yesterday, but didn't have an SD Card. I ended up using my 3DS SD Card (which works, I believe, so long as you have enough memory - 512 MB). It takes a while depending on how much data you have on your Wii (I was shocked when I saw games that I rented from the store in like 2007), but not nearly as long as the Wii U Update. And it keeps you entertained (for a few minutes at least, before it gets old) with a cute little Pikmin animation showing the Pikmin manually transporting your data onto a rocketship and onto Planet Wii U. Stay tuned tomorrow for another Mini-Review, and come back to Nintendo Castle on Saturday for our official Full Review of the Wii U.

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    Wii U Unboxing [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5yv2NJv0QY&[/youtube] I uploaded this to YouTube yesterday, but haven't had time until now to post it on the site. I hope you enjoy.

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    Anyone Under 18 Must Pay $0.50 To Register With Nintendo Network

    Nintendo has opted for a different, less convenient way to ensure child gamers' parents are aware of their account. If an account is set up with an age lower than 18, $0.50 must be paid to ensure a guardian provided consent, however, if a child were to enter a fake age in order to gain access to the Nintendo Network there would be no charge required. Update: It has been re-confirmed that the $0.50 charge only applies to users under the age of 13, not 18. What do you think of these charges? Do you think they are necessary?

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    Update: Regarding Wii U Content Hey, everybody.  As you might have seen from Poco's post below me, we were supposed to have some content ready to go, posting throughout the entire day.  I'm not sure how that was going to work out.  As far as I know, Poco and I are the only ones who own a Wii U at the moment in the staff, so we'll most likely be working together. As for content, Poco and I will be hard at work writing up reviews and whatnot (I was supposed to do an unboxing video, but was interrupted after it was too late to re-package everything and start over).  I'm not sure what or when things will be posted, but I can promise you that our Wii U Launch Coverage will extend throughout the week.  You can expect a complete review of the Wii U by the end of the week.

    Did you get a Wii U?  Stay tuned for Wii U content from Nintendo Castle!

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    The Wii U Launched Today! Today, Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, launched in North America (as if you didn't know). Consoles are already selling on eBay for inflated prices. The prices may not be as high as the $1,000 the Wii was going for on eBay when it launched, but they're still more than they're going for in retailers. Have you gotten a Wii U yet? Are you planning on getting one?

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    Wii U Content Coming Soon Howdy. I just got back from a Wii U midnight launch event, and I now have my hands on the deluxe bundle. Rest assured, as soon as we have enough playtime with the console, we will be pumping out content. Expect to see a full unboxing, review, and gameplay videos within the next 24 hours. Ciao.

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    Donkey Kong Country Games Will No Longer Be in the Wii Virtual Console

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    It has been confirmed by Nintendo Europe that the Donkey Kong Country games will be removed from the Wii Virtual Console on November 25th. So far, there is no explanation as to why they're being removed.

    The games being removed are:

    • Donkey Kong Country
    • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Quest
    Why do you think Nintendo are removing these games? Do you think it has anything to do with the Wii U launch?

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    TVii Won't Arrive Until December

    The official Nintendo TVii logo.

    The streaming service for the Wii U, TVii, will not come through a day one patch for the Wii U as previously thought, but instead it will be released (presumably through a patch) in December. It is not only the TVii service that has been delayed, but the other streaming services to be released on the Wii U (Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix) will arrive “in the coming weeks." Were you looking forward to these services? Has their delaying dissapointed you?

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    Wii U Mii Studio Screenshots Revealed 20121115-190014.jpg Screenshots of the Wii U Mii Studio have been released on the Nintendo Japan website. As you can see it is fairly similar to the Wii Mii Studio. As you can see in the top right hand corner there is a camera icon, possibly to indicate the ability to take a picture of oneself and get a Mii automatically generated. What do you think of the Mii Studio?

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    The Wii U Will Take a 4.2GB Hit to Memory
    In a Japanese Nintendo Direct last night, the Wii U's flash memory was explored. The Basic Wii U package will have 8GB and the Premium package will have 32GB flash memory, but it has now been confirmed that when you use the Wii U, format it and such the Basic package will only have 7.2GB and the Premium package will only have 29GB storage space.
    Nintendo then went on to explain that other data (accounts, etc.) will take up another 4.2GB!
    This means that the Wii U Basic package will be left with a measly 3GB flash memory and the Premium with only 25GB!
    What do you think of the flash memory on both devices? Will you be buying an external hard drive to make up for the memory lost?
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    The Wii U Will Have the 2nd Most Launch Games Ever File:Nintendo Land box artwork.png The Wii U will have 27 titles available in retailers when it launches on November 18th. This is the second highest amount of launch games for a video game console ever. PlayStation 2 - 29 titles Wii U - 27 titles Wii - 22 titles Xbox 360 - 18 titles PlayStation 3 - 15 titles Do you think this means the Wii U will be successful?

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    Amazing Sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan 600,000 copies of Animal Crossing: New Leaf have been shipped to retailers across Japan and apparently, many of those retailers are out of stock after being released for less than a week. The game is not only selling physical copies well, it has also sold 200,000 digital copies. Do you think the game will sell as well in the rest of the world?

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    The Wii Nunchuk Controller Won't Work With New Super Mario Bros. U

    The latest New Super Mario Bros. game, New Super Mario Bros. U, won't support the nunchuk controller. New Super Mario Bros. U releases on the Wii U's launch day, November 18th (November 30th in Europe).

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    Content Update #35 Howdy. Rather than repeatedly apologize and elaborate on the fact that there hasn't been a content update since May, I guess I'll just jump right it. There's not much for this week, but hopefully that will change in coming weeks. Metroid Fusion Walkthrough Chapter 1 Zelda Skyward Sword Walkthrough Chapter 3 Zelda Skyward Sword Walkthrough Chapter 4 That's all for this week. Stay tune every Saturday at 6:00 P.M. MST for content updates.

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    Day One Patch Needed to Make the Wii U Backwards Compatible With the Wii

    Wii U console and controller.jpgWii games will not run on the Wii U unless you install a patch on launch day. So far, a launch day update is required for the Nintendo eShop, Miiverse, TVii and much more.

    Does this annoy you? Are you surprised?

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    Wii U Has Automatic Shutoff Feature
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    IGN has recently reported that Nintendo's newest console has a an automatically enabled feature that powers down the Wii U after 60 minutes of idleness, if when a game is running. Because you can turn this feature off or change the time limit, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. However, for gamers who don't know about it, they'll find a not so fabulous surprise after returning to their game from a long break. The Wii U launches in North America on November 18.

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    First 70 Minutes of Animal Crossing: New Leaf [youtube]http://youtu.be/9p7xhXdL7y8[/youtube] Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in Japan today and NiNTENDOMiNATi0N has uploaded a video showing the first 70 minutes of gameplay to YouTube. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will launch in North America and Europe in the first half of 2013. What do you think of the game?

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    Wii U's Nintendo Network Explained, Official Unboxing and the MiiVerse Gets a New Name

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    Last night, Nintendo held a very exciting Nintendo Direct conference. In the conference, the main topic discussed was the Nintendo Network. The video above focuses on the accounts that will be part of the Nintendo Network, which will no longer use a code as the Wii did, but use Nintendo Network IDs that are a step in the direction of the Xbox 360's gamertags and the PSN IDs of the Playstation 3. The Wii U can store up to 12 accounts. For more news and videos about the Nintendo Network and the unboxing of the Premium Wii U, click the button below! [NOTE] There are quite a few videos after the jump, so just remember, you were warned!

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    The Wii U's ability to use video chat is explored in this video. It highlights the ability to have the video on both the Wii U GamePad and the television, for a bigger picture; the ability to have it solely on the GamePad, so you can chat while you or someone else watches television and the ability to draw on the GamePad screen and have it show up on the video chat (watch out for Reggie drawing a love heart in the video above).

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    This is an update from NoA, which goes over the newly named WaraWara Plaza, formerly known as the MiiVerse.

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    Last, but not least, here is an official unboxing video of the Premium Wii U. The unboxing is done by Mr. Satoru Iwata himself and some of the little problems he had doing it might make you laugh. In this you can get a good look at what you can expect the day of the Wii U launch on November 18th.

    What's your opinion on the Nintendo Network so far? What about the MiiVerse's new name, Warawara Plaza? Do you like the chat features?

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    Japanese Miiverse Nintendo Direct Today Photobucket

    That's right, Japan is kindly hosting it's own Nintendo Direct, specifically covering Miiverse, the new application for Wii U. If you want to check it out, it will be airing at 8:00 P.M. Japan time on Nintendo's official website. Source

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    New Wii U Ad Released Showcases Nintendo Land [youtube]ezmdN4HDEoc[/youtube] Yesterday, a new Wii U advert was released which showcased the mini-games to be featured in Nintendo Land. A popular concern among fans is that these new adverts make the new tablet controller for the Wii U look like an add-on for Nintendo's current console, the Wii. They also think that because of this fact the advert may render possible consumers that aren't "in the know" confused. Do you agree with this? Do you like the advert?

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    5,000 Wii U Kiosks Coming to Retailers to Show Off the New Console Nintendo has revealed that 5,000 Wii U kiosks will be on display in retailers so gamers can get a taste before the Wii U launches on November 18th, however, not all kiosks will allow you to actually play a Wii U as some of the kiosks merely play a video showcasing the console's features and games. If one wishes to locate a kiosk near them, they can click here. What do you think of the kiosks? Will you be searching for one of these near you?

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    Miyamoto Explains the Origin of Link

    20121104-223643.jpg Game Kult recently conducted an interview with iconic developer Shigeru Miyamoto in which he has explained the origin of Link from the Legend of Zelda series.
    The Link sprite was designed by Takashi Tezuka. Like Mario, they wanted a character that would be recognisable from his sword and shield so they thought of a long hat and long ears and went into the direction of an elf. At the time, when you said long ears you thought of Peter Pan and as he’s a Disney fan, they drew inspiration from it. Link’s name comes from the fact that originally, the fragments of the Triforce were supposed to be electronic chips. The game was to be set in both the past and the future and as the main character would travel between both and be the link between them, they called him Link.
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    New Super Mario Bros. U Launch Ad Revealed

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    This is the new launch advert for New Super Mario Bros. U. The advert is to debut in front of Wreck-It Ralph in theatres this weekend.

    Do you like the advert? Does the advert get you excited for the release of this game and the Wii U?

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    Pink 3DS XL Released Today
    Nintendo has released a limited edition Pink 3DS XL. It is only available in the U.S. and can be bought through this website. What do you think of this news?

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    North American TV Ad Campaign for the Wii U Has Begun

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    Nintendo has launched the North American advert campaign for the Wii U.

    What do you think of this news?

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    Is the Wii U GamePad 3D Capable? A Ubisoft project manager has said Assassin's Creed III will be playable in full 3D on the Wii U on the television and, get this, the Wii U GamePad’s screen (with the help of special glasses). This news has yet to be announced officially. What do you think of this news?

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    New Super Mario Bros. U Details Revealed When New Super Mario Bros. U launches on November 18th (November 30th in Europe) it will not only feature the side scrolling gameplay the series is known for; it will also feature: • Challenge Mode: Challenge Mode tasks players with completing specific objectives, such as clearing a course without touching a single coin or touching the ground. There are four single-player Challenge categories: Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally and Special (miscellaneous challenges). Boost Mode Challenges require two players, with one player using the Wii U GamePad controller and the other using a Wii Remote controller. Once players complete a Challenge, the game saves a replay of the action so players can show off their accomplishments. • Coin Battle: Up to five players can play together and compete to see who can collect the most coins. One player will use the Wii U GamePad controller while the other four players use the Wii Remote controller. The player using the Wii U GamePad controller in Boost Mode can place Boost Blocks to help grab hard-to-reach coins. Players can also use the GamePad to edit and customize the coin layout in courses found only in Coin Battle. The coin layout can then be saved and played by the players using Wii Remote controllers. • World Map: New Super Mario Bros. U is the first side-scrolling Mario game since 1991's Super Mario World that features a seamless World Map with named worlds and courses. The map contains many secret exits, which might change the map and cause shortcuts to appear. The worlds are interconnected, so people can play through the game in a nonlinear fashion. • Nabbit: From time to time, a creature named Nabbit will appear on the world map. Players must enter the course and catch the speedy Nabbit to recover items stolen from Toad. If Nabbit is nabbed, players receive a powerful P-Acorn, which will allow them to fly continuously through an entire stage. The only way to obtain a P-Acorn is to catch Nabbit. What do you think of this news?

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    No Paid DLC Coming to Animal Crossing 3DS

    Iwata has said in a recent interview that, "that sort of element [paid DLC] is absolutely not being added.”

    In the same interview, Satoru Iwata said that money could not only impact gameplay, but change it, perhaps even making the experience, “unwholesome."

    What do you think of this news?

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    Details on Miiverse Will be Revealed in an Upcoming Nintendo Direct

    It was confirmed at a recent investor's meeting that Satoru Iwata will be hosting another Nintendo Direct before the Wii U launch to show off Miiverse functionality. No exact date was provided by Iwata.

    What do you think of this news? Are you excited for this Nintendo Direct?

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    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition Will Be Cheaper as a 16GB Download On eShop

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition will be released as a retail game and Wii U eShop download at launch. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition will cost 6,980 yen ($87) instore and a digital copy is 6,280 yen ($78). Prices fo the rest of the world have yet to be confirmed.

    However, the digital download will take up 16.7GB of space, which is over half the premium Wii U's 32GB of storage space and is double the standard Wii U's 8GB of storage space. What do you think of this news? If you're getting a Wii U, will you be purchasing an external hard drive to accommodate these big files or will you just buy the retail games?

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    Wii U is to be Sold at a Loss Nintendo have confirmed that the Wii U will sell at a loss.
    We had to book a loss on the hardware, which is currently in production and will be sold below cost
    What do you think of this news?

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    New Wii Remotes Branded for Wii U Feature an External Sync Button

    New Wii remotes branded for the Wii U will feature an external sync button. If you've ever used a Wii remote I'm sure you're familiar with the hassle of taking off the back panel to sync the remote to the desired Wii console. Now, with the addition of this button, that hassle is gone!

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    Ace Attorney 5 to Feature Voice Acting Capcom has announced that the upcoming Ace Attorney game on 3DS, Ace Attorney 5 , will feature voice acting. Capcom has said they realise this is a controversial move, but they think this is the best way to continue the series. What do you think of this news?

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    Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mod Makes Playstation All-Stars Characters Playable Modders have been able to get the complete character roster of Playstation All-Stars into the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Extra characters not playable in Playstation All-Stars have been added from these franchises: Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid and Tekken. To download the mod click here. What do you think of this news?

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    Character Roster for Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Revealed

    The character roster for the upcoming game, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, has been revealed by Ubisoft. The characters to be featured are:
    1. Black Widow
    2. Captain America
    3. Doctor Doom
    4. Dr. Strange
    5. Hawkeye
    6. Human Torch
    7. Iceman
    8. Iron Man
    9. Loki
    10. Magneto
    11. Phoenix
    12. Queen Veranke
    13. Scarlet Witch
    14. Spider-Man
    15. Storm
    16. Super Skrull
    17. The Hulk
    18. Thor
    19. Venom
    20. Wolverine
    What do you think of this roster? Do you want this game?

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    Latest Tomb Raider Not In Development for Wii U

    Crystal Dynamics Community and Communication Manager, Meagan Marie, has said that the next installment in the Tomb Raider series to be released next year won't be released on Wii U.
    Tomb Raider is in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. No Wii U at this time!
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    Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 Now on North America eShop 20121018-183734.jpg Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 can now be purchased from the North American Nintendo eShop at the price of $39.99 each. Source

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    Famous Nintendo Characters and Items to Appear in Scribblenauts Unlimited for the Wii U Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that characters and items from the Mario and Legend of Zelda franchises. The characters featured are pictured above and from left to right they are: Yoshi, Peach, Luigi, Mario, Epona, Link, Zelda and a Goron. Maxwell, the series' protagonist, can summon these characters and objects that will interact with the game's environment. What do you think of this news? Do you like the style the characters are drawn in?

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    34 Minutes of Paper Mario: Sticker Star Gameplay [youtube]U2B2mkf_e60[/youtube] The new Paper Mario game for 3DS, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, was playable at last weeks New York Comic Con and you can watch 34 minutes of gameplay footage in the video above. What do you think of the footage?

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    Nintendo is to Drop the Price of the Wii to $129.99 Nintendo is going to drop the price of the Wii to $129.99. This new Wii bundle will feature a black Wii console, a black Wii MotionPlus remote, a black nunchuk and Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on a single disc. What do you think of the new price?

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    Spidey Swings His Way Onto the Wii U In another piece of comic book video game news, the video game adaptation of the The Amazing Spider-Man movie is getting a Wii U release. The game was released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 earlier this year, however, the Wii U port will feature all the DLC currently on sale such as the Rhino Challenge Pack, the Oscorp Search and Destroy Pack, the Lizard Rampage Pack and the Stan Lee Adventure Pack. The Amazing Spider-Man's Wii U port will also feature optional motion controls, as well as the option to control the Osphone on the Wii U GamePad. This news was released at the Marvel panel at the New York Comic-Con and no information on a release date was revealed. What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to the release of this game?

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    Green Lantern and The Joker Confirmed for Injustice: Gods Among Us

    Green Lantern and The Joker have been confirmed as playable characters in Injustice: Gods Among Us.

    This was confirmed on NetherRealm Studios creative director and Mortal Kombat co-creator, Ed Boon's,  twitter.

    What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to this game? What do you think of these characters in particular?

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    Costumes of Nintendo Characters in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition 20121012-171918.jpg 20121012-172013.jpg Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition will feature costumes of many Nintendo characters, including Peach, Zelda, Zero Suit Samus, Bowser, Mario, Luigi, Toad, Captain Falcon and Zelda’s alter ego Shiek. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition will launch November 18th. What do you think of the costumes? Do you like them? Do you think they're ridiculous?

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    New Super Mario Bros. U Mightn't Run in 1080p 20121011-221025.jpg Nintendo has changed the blurb on their website. It used to say:
    Experience Mario like never before… in full 1080p HD, only on the Wii U console
    Whereas now it says:
    Experience Mario like never before… in high definition, only on the Wii U console!
    What do you make of this? Do you think this means that New Super Mario Bros. U won't run in 1080p?

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    Capcom Talks Mega Man for 3DS Capcom employee, Christian Svensson, replied to fans questions about the lack of Mega Man for 3DS in the west. He posted "Patience... we'll have things to discuss on this topic in the future" on the company's forums as pictured above. What do you think this means? Could there be some Mega Man titles coming to eShop in the future? Possibly a new release?

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    PETA Launches a New Campaign Unveiling a Darker Side of Pokémon PETA have uploaded a flash game on their website, entitled Pokémon Black and Blue (parodying Pokémon Black and White). You play as Team Plasma, a team of Pokémon tired of being mistreated by humans. You go on to battle a neglecting owner/trainer, a scientist who experiments on Pokémon, a man who wears and eats Pokémon and an alternate version of Ash Ketchum. For more information on the game, click the button below! The game opens with: "As battling Pokémon grew in popularity, generations of children were growing up believing that Pokémon exist for no other reason than to be used and abused by humans ... Children learned about dominance instead of compassion. While Pokémon faced the worst abuses, children also started bullying each other ... Until one Pokémon decided he'd had enough ..." Whereas the Pokémon tagline is "Gotta catch 'em all" the tagline for this game is "Gotta free 'em all." On the parody's page on PETA's website it goes on to say: "The amount of time that Pokémon spend stuffed in pokéballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to "perform" in circuses. But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible. If PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokemon are not ours to use or abuse, they exist for their own reasons. We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children." What do you think of PETA's message? Is it ridiculous? What about the sincerity of the statements? Do you think they're tongue in cheek or serious?

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    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth Japanese Box Art Released Pictured above is the Japanese box art for the latest Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth. What do you think of it? Are you getting hyped for a release of the game in your region?

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    Europe to get Limited Edition Pikachu 3DS XL
    It's just been confirmed that Europe will receive the Limited Edition Pikachu 3DS XL pictured above sometime this year. Japan has already got this 3DS, and it was only available in very limited quantities. I think the Pikachu 3DS is awesome, and I'm really hoping it comes to the Americas. Europe will also receive a limited edition white 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed on it on November 17th. What are your thoughts on the Pikachu 3DS XL? Will you be picking one up?
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    Animal Crossing: Jump Out 3DS Nintendo Direct Reveals Lots of New Information

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    Nintendo released a Nintendo Direct conference today focused on Animal Crossing: Jump Out.

    For the key points of the presentation, click the button below!

    • Some characters might set up a tent and camp outside
    • Visit the recycle shop for various materials
    • Help out your in-game friends with purchasing decisions
    • Use your office (as mayor) to make decisions on putting things in town
    • You pick a location for construction to begin on the items you plan on adding
    • Megaphone is a new item which lets you gather people
    • Shoe store offers up boots/shoes for sale
    • Museum store allows you to make custom-made signs
    • Tom Nook can help you make design changes to your house
    • Capture and sell your own critters
    • Dr. Shrunk returns at the club
    • You can now have many more emotions, all of them will be saved
    • Design/sell your own items, which can eventually change during the process
    • Much larger selection of colors this time around when designing
    • View the homes of people you StreetPass
    • Trade items with StreetPass as well
    • Take picture via photobooth, bottom screen displays the picture youâ'¬'¢ll take
    • Visit a massage parlor that helps to relax you and put you into a dream stage
    • Ability to explore the town of someone else
    • Early morning music is calm, at dawn the music is more upbeat, the afternoon has more pleasant-sounding music, nighttime the music has more bass and the late night music gets mysterious
    • KK Slider takes on the role of a DJ at the club, as well as his regular guitar gig
    • Expect a much greater number of KK songs this time around
    • Explore a town alongside other people
    • Travel via boat to an island and enjoy a song at the same time
    • Grab items from the bottom of the sea
    • Collect rare bugs as well
    • Mini-games and various stores when you visit the island by boat
    • Tortimer is the host of mini-games and wears a tropical shirt
    • One mini-game has you trying to navigate a maze to collect a certain item

    As you can see there is a lot of information. Sadly, the Nintendo Direct presentation is in Japanese, so if you don't speak Japanese you will have to just deal with eye-candy.

    What do you think of the info? Do you think the game sounds good?

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    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magna Gate and the Infinite Labyrinth Gets a Release Date in Japan [youtube]whgRDqFzctk[/youtube] Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magna Gate and the Infinite Labyrinth for the 3DS just got a release date in Japan. The next instalment in the Pokémon spin off series will launch on November 23rd in Japan and cost ¥4, 800 (roughly $61.20 USD, €47 or £39). Apparently, you can take photos of round objects with the 3DS camera and transform them into in-game dungeons! What do you think of the trailer? What do you think of the game so far? Are you looking forward to a possible release in your region?

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    Animal Crossing Focused Nintendo Direct Confirmed for October 5th and Animal Crossing: Jump Out 3DS Bundle Announced

    This Friday there will be Nintendo Direct focused purely on Animal Crossing: Jump Out for 3DS. You can watch it on this site. It is, however, important to know that the stream will be in Japanese, but I'm sure there will be loads to look at. The stream will take place on Friday, October 5th at:

    • 8 p.m. JST
    • 7 a.m. ET
    • 4 a.m. PT
    • 12 p.m. BST
    • 11 a.m. GMT

    Also, Nintendo has announced an Animal Crossing: Jump Out bundle that includes a special edition Animal Crossing 3DS which is to be released November 8th in Japan and will cost ÃÂ¥22,800. What do you think of the 3DS? Are you looking forward to the Nintendo Direct?

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    New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC is Out Now in Europe and is Heading to North America on October 4th Nintendo has announced that the three packs of DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2 have been released in Europe today for £2 each or £6 altogether and will be released in North America on October 4th for $2.50 USD each or $7.50 USD all together. For a recap on the DLC packs they are:
    • Gold Rush Pack
    • Coin Challenge Pack A
    • Nerve-Wrack Pack
    What do you think of these prices? Are they fair?

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    The Pokemon Company Launches Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 3DS Website

    The official website for the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 3DS has just been launched.by The Pokemon Company.

    You can find it here.

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    14 Minutes of New Super Mario Bros. U Footage

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    The people over at Nintendo World Report have uploaded 14 minutes of New Super Mario Bros. U footage showing the Boost Rush mode to YouTube.

    Among other things, it lets us see how the player using the GamePad can use the blocks to the players controlling Mario and Luigi's advantage such as placing one underneath a thwomp so they can pass by safely.

    What do you think of the footage? Does this get you excited for the release of New Super Mario Bros. U?

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    Three Sets of DLC Confirmed for New Super Mario Bros. 2 in North America and Japan Yesterday, Nintendo of Japan announced three sets of DLC for New Super Mario Bros.  2 and then later that day Nintendo of America confirmed on Twitter that the DLC will be coming to North America. The DLC will consist of:
    • The Go! Go! Gold Mario Pack which will include three levels and will allow you to collect up to 30,000 coins
    • The Challenge the Record A Pack which will also include three new levels and will upload the player’s top scores to the game’s website
    • The Survival Panic Pack which will include three frustratingly difficult levels
    The packs will be released in Japan on October 2nd for 200 yen (around $2 USD) and no details have been released so far regarding North America yet. Sadly, no news has been released about the DLC coming to the rest of the world, but we'll keep you updated For a video from Nintendo on the packs, click the button below!

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    What do you think of the packs? Will you be buying them? Are you happy about the price of the DLC?

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    Youtube User Creates Nintendo 64 Mini

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    Youtube user smackedsam has created modded an N64 that's smaller in size (just a tiny bit bigger than an N64 controller). He is offering it up for sale, but with a lack of footage of it in action I won't be purchasing this any time soon.

    If you'd be interested in seeing some more of his creations such as a portable N64 or a portable GameCube laptop, you can visit his YouTube channel here.

    UPDATE: smackedsam has uploaded a video to his YouTube channel showing footage of him playing Super Mario 64!

    To watch that video, click the button below!

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    A NES Zapper Laser Gun? The people over at North Street Labs have created something amazing. They have made the NES Zapper into a laser gun. To watch it in action, click the button below! [youtube]Bx2h3zeuQhg[/youtube] Source

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    Nintendo Confirms 23 Launch Day Titles for the Wii U in North America Nintendo has confirmed the 23 launch day titles for the Wii U.
    1. They are: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
    2. Skylanders Giants
    3. TRANSFORMERS PRIME
    4. Wipeout 3
    5. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
    6. EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 13
    7. TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition
    8. New Super Mario Bros. U
    9. NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
    10. Nintendo Land
    11. SiNG PARTY
    12. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
    13. WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Hyper
    14. Darksiders II
    15. Assassin’s Creed III
    16. ESPN Sports Connection
    17. Just Dance 4
    18. Rabbids® Land
    19. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
    20. ZombiU
    21. Scribblenauts Unlimited
    22. Game Party Champions
    23. Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
    So there is the definitive list of all the North American launch titles. What do you think of the list? Are you excited? What are you most looking forward to?

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    Kid Icarus: Uprising Coming To Wii U?

    The genius behind Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Smash Bros, and so many more, Masahiro Sakurai, has already stated that he has no plans on developing a fourth installment in the Kid Icarus series.  However, he never said anything about a port!  Amazon France has listed Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Wii U.  While this is unlikely, and is most likely a mistake, the game would work very well on the Wii U's Gamepad.  Comment with your thoughts below!

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    LEGO Lord of the Rings Villain Poster

    A poster showcasing the villains and monsters of the upcoming game LEGO Lord of the Rings has been released.

    By the look of things Saruman will be ready for the launch of this game on October 30th.

    What do you think of this poster? Are you looking forward to the release of this game?

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    Nintendo Confirms That the Wii U Will Be Region Locked The Japanese video game magazine Famitsu has revealed that the Wii U will be region locked, much like most Nintendo consoles.
    What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played
    Fun fact: Nintendo was the originator of regional lockout in video games What do you think of this news? Are you surprised at all?

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    Wii U Turtle Beach Headsets Announced

    Here we see the Ear Force NLa, one of two Turtle Beach headsets announced for the Wii U. The two headsets announced are the Ear Force NLa and the Ear Force N11. They will both feature high-sensitivity microphones on flexible booms, in-line volume and microphone controls and will allow users to plug them straight into the Wii U Gamepad. People will also have the option to use them with the Nintendo DS and 3DS. For a photo of the Ear Force N11 and a quick rundown of the differences between the two, click the button below.

    The Ear Force N11

    The Ear Force NLa will cost $35 and will come in both black and white. The Ear Force N11 will cost $50, will come in black exclusively, will have over the ear cushions and improved speakers.

    What do you think of these headsets? Will you be picking up one of these? What do you think of the prices?

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    Wii U to Support Up to 3TB Memory Uprgrade Through an External USB Hard Drive Nintendo is allowing their customers to upgrade their devices internal memory with a USB drive. The USB drive can have a maximum storage capacity of 3TB. Reggie Fils-Amie had this to say:
    The reason we did it that way is that the cost of that type of storage memory is plummeting. What we didn't want to do is tie a profit model to something that's gonna rapidly decline over time. We'll let the consumer buy as much as they want, as cheaply as they want.
    What do you think of this news? Will you be purchasing a USB drive to enlarge your Wii U's memory?

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