Oct 19

This Week in Games: “The Witch Hunts Continue” Edition

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The stylish witch Bayonetta heads to the Wii U this week when Bayonetta 2 hits this Friday. The packaged version of the game will come with a second disc containing an updated version of the original Bayonetta with new bonus costumes. If you pick up either Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2 in the eShop, you will get a special discount that will be automatically applied to the other game.

Level-5’s 3DS life-sim/RPG Fantasy Life also makes its way to North America this week, and it’s about time. The game originally launched in Japan nearly two years ago.

Pokémon Art Academy comes out this week as well. Now you can learn to draw all your favorite pokémon, like Pikachu and Eevee or even… Banette.

Video: Platinum Blog

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Oct 18

Amazon Listing Leaks Board Game Mode for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Super Smash Bros Wii U 00

Another new game mode for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U may have been leaked on Amazon. The store’s product description briefly mentions a new board game mode.

Battle it out as Nintendo’s greatest heroes on the Wii U console

Face off against the biggest roster of Nintendo all-stars ever assembled! Send your rivals flying with powerful attacks to earn all-new customizations and equipment that trick out your fighter’s moves and stats. Then power-up and train intelligent amiibo figures* to take on your friends!

The multiplayer showdown** you know and love is now on the Wii U console! Take on all comers as Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, and more gaming greats. Or tap an amiibo* to the Wii U GamePad controller to train it up by battling with or against it. You can even pit your amiibo against a friends’ to see how your training methods stack up. Whether you’re creating stages on the GamePad, competing in challenges crafted by Master Hand and Crazy Hand, or outwitting your opponents in a brand new board game mode, there’s no doubt that the ultimate Smash Bros. game has arrived.

*amiibo figures sold separately

** Broadband Internet access required for online play. Learn more at support.nintendo.com.

The blurb also seems to suggest that the thing Sakurai teased last week will be some sort of challenge mode.

In related Smash news, Toys R Us currently has a promotion going where you can get one free amiibo if you buy Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Source: NeoGAF

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Oct 17

The Pokémon Company Is Collaborating with Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito

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Pokemon Junji Ito

Junji Ito, the manga author behind The Enigma of Amigara Fault (DRR…DRR… DRR…) and Uzumaki, is working together with The Pokémon Company on KowaPoké, or Scary Pokémon, a series of illustrations featuring some of the Pokémon world’s creepier monsters.

More images will be released over the course of the month. The first, which stars the Ghost-type Banette, is available as a wallpaper for your phone. It’s also available as a T-shirt, but those will be given away as a prizes.

Source: Anime News Network

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Oct 16

eShop Thursday: “One Moon’s for Harvesting, The Other’s for Killing Vampires” Edition

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Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance Wii U VC

We have a couple of classics heading to the Virtual Console this week: Harvest Moon 2 GBC and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. They weren’t the most well-remembered games in their respective series, but they were still both great entries.

Also, Hyrule Warriors gets two new updates today. The first is the free update that makes the villains Cia, Volga and Wizzro playable characters. The other is the Master Quest pack, the first of four paid DLC packs. It contains the following:

  • Ride Epona into battle when you play as Link
  • Play through 5 story episodes that lead to the cataclysmic events in the main game
  • Challenge yourself with the Master Quest Adventure Mode map
  • Outfit Cia and Lana with Guardian of Time costumes

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Oct 15

Smash Bros. Director Teases A New Mode for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Smash Wii U Master Crazy Mode

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U won’t just have some different stages from the 3DS version, it will also have a new single-player mode. Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai gave us our first peek at the mode on Miiverse.

The version of the picture posted on the Japanese Miiverse is less censored, but still just as mysterious. The text reportedly translates to “Master Side” and “Crazy Side.”

It’s anyone’s guess as to what this menu is hinting at, but I don’t think this is it.

Source: Miiverse

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Oct 14

Nintendo.com Now Allows You To Purchase and Pre-Order Games

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eShop NintendoCom

Download codes for select Wii U and 3DS games can now be purchased directly from Nintendo.com. Even better, if you check out with your Nintendo Network ID, you can opt to have the game sent directly to your system.

You can also pre-order upcoming games so that you can begin downloading them immediately on launch day.

Nintendo updated their support page with instructions on how to buy and download games from their website.

Source: Nintendo.com [via NeoGAF]

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Oct 13

Pokémon X and Y Diancie and Shiny Gengar Events Coming to GameStop

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Shiny Gengar Diancie Event

Already got your free Pumpkaboo? Great. Now fire up the 3DS again because there’s a free Diancie and Shiny Gengar to get.

Beginning October 13 and going on until October 26, participating GameStop stores will give out special code cards that can be used in Pokémon X and Y to receive a Shiny Gengar. It comes holding a Gengarite Mega Stone, which allows it to Mega Evolve in to Mega Gengar.

From October 27 to November 16, GameStop stores will once again give out code cards, this time for the rare Jewel Pokémon Diancie. In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, you can acquire a Diancite Mega Stone. If you transfer Diancie over to the new games, you can Mega Evolve it to Mega Diancie.

Source: Pokemon.com

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Oct 12

This Week in Games: “You Mean It’s NOT The Classic ABC Soap Opera but With Ducks?” Edition

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Dynasty Title Card

Nothing too interesting coming out this week. Mostly licensed tie-in stuff.

Unless you’re a big fan of Duck Dynasty, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, or Petz, you can just go ahead and keep waiting for Bayonetta 2 to come out.

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Oct 10

Mega Latias, Mega Latios and More in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby

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CoroCoro Mega Latios Latias

Four more pokémon are getting Mega Evolutions in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, Japanese publication CoroCoro revealed.

In their latest issue, they gave us our first look at the Mega Evolutions for Generation One pokémon Beedrill and Pidgeot and the Generation Three legendaries Latias and Latios.

Mega Pidgeot is a Normal- and Flying-type with the ability No Guard and Mega Beedrill is a Bug- and Poison-type with the ability Adaptability.

Like in the original games, Latias and Latios will be split up across both games, with Latias being the Alpha Sapphire exclusive and Latios the Omega Ruby exclusive. In order to access them, you need to get the Eon Ticket, an event item that will be distributed in a future issue of CoroCoro.

You can hop on the backs of Latias and Latios to explore the skies of Hoenn and find legendaries like Reshiram, Zekrom, Dialga, Palkia. Non-legendaries can also be found roaming the areas above the region.

Source: Serebii

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Oct 9

eShop Thursday: “Yep. Bayonetta 2’s Still A Wii U Exclusive” Edition

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Bayonetta 2 gif

With only a couple of weeks before Bayonetta 2 comes out, Nintendo and Platinum have released the demo for the game in the Wii U eShop.

It’s joined by a handful of other games, with the notable standout being Castlevania: Circle of the Moon for the Virtual Console.

Image: Kiru

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