May 28

eShop Thursday: “1990s Street Toughs” Edition

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Rival Turf Box ARt

Rival Turf! is out today. Sure, the game was fairly mediocre, but, boy, was its box art a time capsule for the early ’90s.

Forget about all the other stuff coming out this week! Sorry, Splatoon. Sorry, Mega Man Zero 3 and Battle Network 4.

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May 27

Truck Delivering Splatoon Stolen En Route to UK Retailer

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Splatoon EU Special Edition

U.K. retailer GAME‘s stock of Splatoon was stolen after the truck that was supposed to deliver the game was stolen.

Among the items lost in the robbery was the special edition version of the game, which was Europeans’ only way of getting the Inkling Squid amiibo.

GAME issued an apology to those affected and said that there is no way for them to replace the stolen special editions. However, they are offering to change existing orders over to the standard version of the game at a discount. Those with the bundle that included the Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl amiibo will still receive their figures.

Source: NeoGAF

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May 26

Pay What You Want for Wii U and 3DS eShop Games in the Humble Nindie Bundle

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Humble Nindie Bundle

Nintendo and Humble Bundle partnered up to launch the Humble Nindie Bundle today.

For the next two weeks, you can pay what you want for eShop codes for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Whoa Dave! and Mighty Switch Force!

Paying more than $10 will get you additional codes for Stealth Inc. 2 and SteamWorld Dig while paying more than the average will get you codes for The Fall, OlliOlli and Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 with even more games to be added soon.

Depending on how you split your payment, proceeds from the bundle can go to the game developers, the Humble Bundle staff or, a non-profit that promotes computer science in schools.

Unfortunately, the Humble Nindie Bundle is only open to people in the Americas.

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May 25

Target Setting “Two Per Character” Limit on Amiibo This Friday

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Jigglypuff amiibo

To give people a fighting chance to get Jigglypuff and the other amiibo coming out this Friday, Target customer service confirmed that there will be a two figure limit per character both online and in-store.

The retailer didn’t say what time online orders would go up, but it is expected that there will be lines of people forming before opening at actual brick and mortal stores.

Source: @AskTarget [via The Tanooki]

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May 24

This Week in Games: “Splatter Shot Jr. > Roller” Edition

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Splatoon 03

That’s right. You heard me.

In any case, Splatoon comes out this Friday along with the Best Buy-exclusive Splatoon Wii U bundle.

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May 23

Splatoon Originally Starred Ink-Shooting Tofu

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Splatoon Tofu

In the latest “Iwata Asks,” the Splatoon team talk about the many changes the game went through before becoming the game we know today.

Surprisingly, the idea behind the game’s Turf War mode was one of the earliest parts of the game to come into existence, but back in its concept days, it originally featured ink-shooting chunks of tofu instead of transforming squid people.

As development went on, the team tried using rabbits as the main characters.

“Rabbits are white to begin with, so it would be easy to tell if they were inked,” Splatoon art director Seita Inoue said. “They’ve got long ears that would move when they did, so you could see them moving and when viewed from above, it would be easy to tell which direction they were facing by the direction of the ears.”

However, when the team realized that rabbits shooting ink didn’t really make much sense, they came up with the idea of using squids. It was then that things started to click into place and more gameplay elements, like being able to use ink to hide and climb up walls, came about.

The developers go on to share even more stories of the various revisions made to the characters and game in the full discussion.


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May 22

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Coming This Winter

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Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon logo

More pokémon, more adventures and more randomly-generated dungeons are coming to the 3DS this winter when Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launches in North America.

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon spin-off games appear to be doing really well, with total sales for the series topping 13 million units sold worldwide.

Source: Press Release

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May 21

eShop Thursday: “A Constant Reminder Swapnote is Gone” Edition

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Sure, the Mario Puzzle & Dragons game unlocks at midnight and Mega Man Zero 2 heads to the Wii U Virtual Console, but the real gem this week is the new 3DS theme honoring the best and most adorable Swapnote mascot: Nikki.

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May 20

Fire Emblem if’s Revamped Weapon Systems Detailed

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Fire Emblem if 00

A few of Fire Emblem‘s tried-and-true mechanics are being shaken up for Fire Emblem if.

The old rock-paper-scissors weapon triangle for swords, axes and lances is being expanded to include magic, bows and concealed weapons. Now, the new system looks like this:

  • Swords and magic beat axes and bows
  • Axes and bows beat lances and concealed weapons
  • Lances and concealed weapons beat swords and magic

Weapon durability for everything except staves is going away in if. To balance out no longer having a limited number of uses, weapons now have positive and negative attributes. Some of the examples include:

  • Bronze Sword: +10 Critical Evasion, 0% Critical Chance
  • Iron Sword: No attributes
  • Steel Sword: -5 Evasion, -3 Pursuit Attack
  • Silver Sword: -5 Critical Evasion, -2 Power and Skill for the next turn
  • Brave Sword: Attack twice, -4 Defense and Magic Defense

More characters along with their voice actors were introduced in latest issue of Famitsu.

  • Felicia – A maid (voiced by Nozomi Sasaki)
  • Joker – A butler (voiced by Junichi Suwabe)
  • Gunther – A great butler (voiced by Rokuro Naya)
  • Suzukaze – A ninja (voiced by Daisuke Ono)
  • Saizou  – A ninja (voiced by Tarusuke Shingaki)
  • Kagerou – A ninja (voiced by Rie Murakawa)

Source: Esuteru [via Gematsu]

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May 19

Hatsune Miku: Project mirai DX Delayed Until September, Gets Special Edition

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Miku Project Mirai DX Collectors Edition

SEGA announced that Hatsune Miku: Project mirai DX will now launch in the eShop and retail on September 8 for North America and September 11 for Europe. The 3DS rhythm game was originally scheduled to launch next week.

To make up for the delay, SEGA revealed the special Launch Edition for North America. All copies of the game will come with 19 double-sided AR cards that can be used to view dance moves and costumes in-game, but the Launch Edition will also include a three-foot wallet chain styled after the one Miku wears.

Source: SEGA Blog

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