Jun 29

Reminder: June 30 is the Last Day to Spend Your Club Nintendo Coins

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Club Nintendo members have until 11:59 p.m. PST tomorrow to spend whatever leftover Coins they have on the remaining Club rewards because when July 1 rolls around, the loyalty program will officially shut down.

However, there’s no real reason to be sad, as Nintendo has already confirmed that they’re working on a new loyalty program that they’ll talk about more in the future.

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Jun 28

This Week in Games: “Ai Yai Yai Where’s My Samurai?” Edition

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Ninjas may be renowned for their stealth, but this week, it’s samurais that are the sneaky ones with Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 slipping past the last eShop Thursday and into the 3DS eShop this Tuesday.

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Jun 27

No More Nintendo Zone Viewer for North America

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Nintendo is discontinuing the Nintendo Zone Viewer in North America.

The application utilized public hotspots at participating retailers and airports to deliver free demos, screenshots and special retailer-exclusive offers directly to 3DS users.

While the 3DS program is being terminated, the actual Nintendo Zone service will still be operational. 3DS owners can still visit various Nintendo Zone locations and go online, receive SpotPass content and get new Miis from StreetPass Relay Points.

Source: Nintendo Support [via Cubed3]

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Jun 26

New Splatoon Update Coming Next Week

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In preparation for Splatfest, which takes place Fourth of July weekend in North America, Nintendo is pushing out a new Splatoon update this Tuesday that looks to remedy the event’s matchmaking services:


  • When there are more members on one team than the other and the match-making process takes too long, members from the same team will be able to battle each other
    • Members will still receive Splatfest Points even when they battle against members of the same team
    • Note: Only the results from matches against the opposing team will be included in the overall Splatfest results
  • Adjustments have been made to allow some players at random to participate as early as 5 minutes prior to the official start time of Splatfest in order to make for a more pleasant gaming experience (Note: All players will be able to participate once the event begins)
    • This adjustment was made to lighten the server load at the beginning of the Splatfest
  • Adjustments have been made to the number of Super Sea Snails distributed to members of the losing team that have earned either of the top two Splatfest rank titles

Adjustments are also being made to some of the game’s special weapons and gear abilities:

Special Weapon Adjustments:

  • Inkstrike: The amount of area covered will be more consistent regardless of where it lands
  • Kraken: The amount of knockback is increased when taking damage from an opponent while using Kraken

Ability Adjustments:

  • Ninja Squid: Swim speed will be lowered when using this ability
  • Stealth Jump: The amount of time it takes to Super Jump will be longer when using this ability
  • Ink Resistance Up: The effects with respect to the amount of damage and speed when moving through enemy ink will be adjusted


  • Other adjustments will be made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience

Two more weapons are being added to the game today. The Carbon Roller doesn’t fling ink as well as other rollers, but that weakness is offset by improved mobility. It comes with Burst Bombs and the Inkzooka. The other weapon, the Custom Dual Squelcher, has improved range and firing speed. It’s paired with Squid Beakons and the Killer Wail.

Source: Nintendo Support

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Jun 25

eShop Thursday: “SEEEEEEGAAAAA~” Edition

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SEGA 3D Classics Wave 1

Beginning today,the entire first wave of SEGA 3D Classic games on the 3DS is half off! That’s 3D Altered Beast, 3D Ecco the Dolphin, 3D Galaxy Force II3D Shinobi III3D Sonic the Hedgehog3D Space Harrier3D Streets of Rage and 3D Super Hang-On all for $3 a pop.

As for the other stuff, Star Fox Command and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time are out now for the Wii U Virtual Console and a bunch of G.G. DSiWare games are available for the 3DS.

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Jun 24

Nintendo Confirms Same-Sex Marriage in Fire Emblem Fates, Multiple SKUs

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Many were very vocal about the lack of same-sex marriage options in Fire Emblem Awakening, but with the latest game, Fire Emblem Fates, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems are now allowing players to marry a party member of the same sex. They also confirmed that the game will release as two separate games in the West like it did in Japan.

Same-sex marriages in Fates will be a bit more complicated and players’ choices of spouses will be very limited, as Nintendo explained in an official statement.

Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions. In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan.  For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date.

“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle. Both of the aforementioned characters can be encountered in the third edition of the game.”

Nintendo went on to acknowledge that a good number of Fire Emblem fans desire to have same-sex couples and took that fact into consideration.

“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.”

Fire Emblem Fates arrives on the 3DS sometime next year.

Source: Polygon

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Jun 23

Nintendo on the Hate Surrounding Metroid Prime: Federation Force

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Nintendo knows there’s a lot of hate going around for Metroid Prime: Federation Force and, in an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime addressed the matter by saying “We know what we’re doing, trust us, play the game and then we can have a conversation.”

He cited the overwhelming criticism surrounding The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker‘s cel-shaded art style when it made its E3 debut. Similarly, series fans were upset with the dramatic shift in tone, especially after seeing the famous Space World tech demo, but Reggie reminded people that after the game launched and people actually got to play it, it quickly became one of the more highly-rated games in the series.

As for the future of the Metroid series, Nintendo is well aware of what fans really want.

“Look, we know that the fans want a straight Samus Aran game, Reggie said.” “We also know that the best way to launch a game like that is to surprise and delight them, to give them a launch date, in an environment like this let them play it vs. what other companies do which is to announce a project that you may not see for five, six years. It’s just not the way we do things. We know the community wants to see a straight-up Metroid game. We know it.”

Source: Kotaku

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Jun 22

Official Splatoon Shirts Available for Pre-Order Today

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If you’re sad that you’re a kid now, but can’t be a squid now, The King of Games can help by at least letting you dress like a kid who’s a squid.

The online store will begin taking pre-orders for officially licensed Splatoon shirts later today. They come in white, black and yellow and come with a pin and tote bag all for ¥4600 (≈$37).

Pre-orders are open until June 30 and the shirts will ship out around August or September.

Source: Editmode.jp

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Jun 21

This Week in Games: “Father’s Day” Edition

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Glasses Bowser

It’s Father’s Day, but it doesn’t look like there’s any love for dads from game publishers because, once again, there’s nothing coming out this week.

Poor dads.

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Jun 20

Super Mario Maker’s Extra Costumes Can Be Unlocked Without amiibo

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Super Mario Maker WFT

Super Mario Maker has a collection of more than 90 costumes that change the look and sounds of Mario into other Nintendo characters like Link or Wii Fit Trainer. While these costumes can be unlocked with their corresponding amiibo, it sounds like there is another way to do it entirely in-game.

“…many other amiibo will also be compatible with Super Mario Maker through the use of a new item called the Mystery Mushroom. This item allows Mario to take the appearance of many other characters, such as Link, Kirby or Wii Fit Trainer, complete with character-specific animations and sound effects. These character costumes can be unlocked by completing the 100 Mario Challenge mode and many can also be unlocked if the player taps the amiibo of the character to the Wii U GamePad.”

Nintendo is also planning to release two pixel Mario amiibo in celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary.

Super Mario Maker is due out on September 11 in North America.

Source: Nintendo.com

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