Oct 30

eShop Thursday: “A Quest, a Crest and… Another Quest” Edition

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Halloween’s almost upon us so that means it’s the last chance for publishers to push out some spooky games while they’re still relevant.

Among this week’s notables are Costume Quest 2, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Demon’s Crest. You can look through the rest of this week’s releases after the break.

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Oct 30

Some amiibo Will Only Be Available for a Limited Time

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Amiibo, Nintendo’s line of Skylanders/Disney Infinity-esque near-field communication figures, launch next month alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and while several figures will be available at launch, that won’t be the case in the future.

During Nintendo’s semi-annual Financial Results Briefing company CEO Satoru Iwata told investors that certain amiibo will be cycled out to make room for new characters.

“As store shelf space is limited, some amiibo will remain stocked on the shelves as staple choices while some will be limited-time offers which will cede their positions to new ones once they are sold out” Iwata said.
“With these offerings, I believe the Nintendo characters lined up on shelves, which usually only contain standard-sized boxes, will have an outstanding presence, and this means a lot to us.”

Sadly, Iwata didn’t address whether figure cycling would also affect the availability of certain amiibo at online retailers, where shelf spaces isn’t at a premium.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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Oct 29

Nintendo Reports Net Profit for the First Half of the Fiscal Year

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Nintendo put out their earnings release for the six-month period from April 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014 and are reporting a $131 million (≈¥14.3 billion) net profit during this period.

The company attributes this quarter’s success to the strong sales of software like Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8. Interestingly enough, Tomodachi Life for the 3DS did fairly well outside of Japan, selling 1.27 million units worldwide.

Regarding hardware, the Wii U saw an improvement in sales, selling 1.12 million units worldwide. That’s more than double the number of units sold during the same period last year.

As for the 3DS, the handheld sold 2.09 million units, a substantial decrease from the 3.89 million units sold during this time last year.

Nintendo hasn’t revised their financial forecast for this fiscal year, but the company appears to be optimistic with big releases like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, amiibos and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby all set to come out before the end of the year.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations (.pdf)

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Oct 28

Super Smash Bros. Poster Set Available from Club Nintendo

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SSB Poster Set

North America’s Club Nintendo updated their rewards page with a three-poster set featuring art from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.

The posters measure 22″ x 28″ and feature three of the series’ newcomers: Villager, Rosalina and Luma and Palutena.

If you want the set, it’ll cost you 700 Coins.

Source: Club Nintendo

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Oct 27

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Now Also Offered As A Dual Pack [Update: Only at Select Retailers]

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Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Omega Ruby Dual Pack

[Update: Apparently, the dual pack will be exclusive to Amazon and Best Buy.]

If you were planning on picking up both Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes, there is now a new Dual Pack also launching on November 21 that has both games for $79.99.

You won’t really be saving any money by picking up the bundle. At least, not any real world money. You will, however, get some codes to save you money on in-game stuff like Potions.

Source: Amazon.com

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Oct 26

This Week in Games: “Holding Out for A Hero” Edition

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We have three hero games coming out this week – Disney Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay, Power Rangers Super Megaforce and The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins – and yet none of them can hold a candle to the greatest hero who ever lived: Johnny Five.

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Oct 25

You Can Connect Two GameCube Adapters for Eight-Player Smash Bros. on Wii U

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YouTube personality ProJared confirmed that the Wii U can support two GameCube Controller Adapters for up eight players. It’s great for people who have seven friends that only want to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U‘s eight-player battles with the GameCube controller.

The adapter launches the same day as Smash for Wii U on November 21. It will be available separately or as part of a bundle with the game.

Source: @ProJared

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Oct 24

Nintendo Explains amiibo Use in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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It’s been more than a decade since the VHS fell into obsolescence, but Nintendo still knows how to make awkwardly informative promotional videos like the ones they used to mail out on tape in the early 90s. Following yesterday’s Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct, the company released a new video demonstrating how the new amiibo figures will work with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

With eight players now able to fight at once, it’s interesting to see amiibo fighters used in a four-way team battle. If people are able to get the required equipment together, it actually looks like a fun way to play.

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Oct 23

eShop Thursday: “Do What You Want ‘Cause A Pirate is $20?” Edition

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Yar! Har! Fiddle-dee-dee! Being a pirate is all right to be, and you can now that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is out in the 3DS eShop!

Konami continues its October of Castlevania this month with the Virtual Console release of the fan-favorite Aria of Sorrow.

Coming later this week: The digital versions of Fantasy Life, Pokémon Art Academy, Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2.

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Oct 23

Mewtwo Returns to Super Smash Bros. As DLC

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Mewtwo Super Smash Bros Wii U

The pokémon Mewtwo has been absent from the Smash series since Brawl, but the legendary Psychic-type will finally return for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS as a downloadable fighter.

Mewtwo will be available for free to anyone who purchases both versions of the game. It hasn’t been announced whether it will be available to people with only one version.

The development team is currently still working on Mewtwo, but it’s expected to be completed and released sometime in Spring 2015.

If you missed the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct, you can watch it in its entirety on YouTube.

Source: Nintendo.com

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