Aug 27

Nintendo Land Added Back to the eShop

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Nintendo Land Box

Back in 2013, the Wii U’s original pack-in game Nintendo Land was quietly removed from the North American eShop with no real explanation, but after a nearly three year absence, it is finally back and on sale at its Nintendo Selects price of $19.99.

Source: NeoGAF

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Aug 26

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice Prologue Out in English

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The animated short detailing the events leading up to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is now available to watch in English.

The demo for the game also recently launched in the 3DS eShop. It provides a brief sample of some of the new mechanics, while introducing players to Phoenix and the new land of Khura’in.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is scheduled to launch on September 8 as a digital-only title.

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Aug 26

Dragon Quest VII Official Website Now Open

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With less than a month left before its North American release, Nintendo is making their promotional push for Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.

In addition to touring the game across the country, the company recently launched the official Dragon Quest VII site. It has tons of info on the game, including the new features being added to the 3DS release, like StreetPass and online bonuses.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past launches for the 3DS on September 16.

Source: My Nintendo News

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Aug 26

Reminder: Splatoon Free Demo Weekend Is Underway

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If you have the Splatoon Testfire demo from the Wii U eShop, then from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT every day until August 29, you take part in some free Turf War battles.

The demo is limited to two maps and players are restricted to a handful of weapons, but it is still a chance to check out one of the best games on the Wii U.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Aug 25

eShop Thursday: “Prefix” Edition

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While the overly long title is a well-worn gaming trope at this point, it really is remarkable how lengthy they were in the Street Fighter series. Three of the games from the SNES era are now out for the 3DS Virtual Console today: Street Fighter Alpha 2, Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting. Like all the other 3DS SNES releases, these are only playable on New 3DS hardware.

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Aug 25

Zero Time Dilemma Replacement Watches Are On the Way

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Zero Time Dilemma Watch

Last June, Aksys Games announced that the Zero Time Dilemma pre-order bonus watches, modeled after the ones worn by the characters in the game, were damaged in transit and would have to be replaced. The game eventually shipped on its own, with the watches slated to come at a later date.

This past Tuesday, the company confirmed that they received the replacement watches and would be sending those out to retailers. There is no estimated time frame for the delivery of the new watches, but Aksys says that future shipping updates will come from the retailers.

Source: @aksysgames

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Aug 25

Discount Launches for Indie Games in the eShop All Next Month

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Nindies Summer Jam

Every Thursday in September, Nintendo will take 10 percent off the price of a new indie game launching in the eShop as part of their “#Nindies Summer Jam” promotion.

Thomas Happ’s Metroid-inspired action-adventure title Axiom Verge will kick things off on September 1, followed by Jotun: Valhalla Edition from Thunder Lotus Games the following week.

The rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • September 15 – Noitu Love: Devolution (Wii U, 3DS)
  • September 22 – Severed (Wii U, 3DS) *Cross-Buy
  • September 29 – Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 (3DS)

The discounts will be valid for one week after each game’s launch.

Source: Press Release

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Aug 24

Capcom Working on Japanese IC-Card Scanning Game for 3DS

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Capcom IC Card 3DS Game

The rechargeable IC cards used in Japan to pay for public transportation fares will be the central focus of Capcom’s newest, untitled 3DS game.

Tapping IC cards into the game, via the New 3DS’ NFC reader (0r the separate 3DS accessory) will unlock items and receive messages from in-game characters commenting on that person’s riding history.

So far, at least 10 different kinds of cards are confirmed to be supported: Kitaca, Suica, Pasmo, Toica, Manaca, Icoca, PiTaPa, Sugoca, Nimoca, and Hayakaken.

The game is being worked on with the help of JR East Japan (East Japan Railway Company) Planning, along with several other railways.

A release date has not yet been announced.

Source: Gematsu

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Aug 24

First 4 Figures Making A New The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Statue

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First 4 Figures Wind Waker Red Lions Statue

First 4 Figures’ next big figure is a towering 25-inch statue depicting Link riding on The King of Red Lions from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The exclusive edition, which is now available for pre-order, features pulsing LEDs in the base that replicate the look of flowing water.

The $479.99 statue is expected to ship out in Q2 2017. All units will have a hand-numbered base and come with an authenticity card.

Source: My Nintendo News

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Aug 24

New Zelda: Breath of the Wild Video Highlights Rune Abilities

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If you missed out on Nintendo’s in-depth showcase of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 and did not get to see the Treehouse crew show off a bunch of the new things you can do in the game, the latest video from Nintendo of Europe can at least fill you in on the Link’s new Rune abilities.

Runes grant Link an array of new powers that can be used in and out of battle. In order of appearance, they are:

  • Cryonis – Create ice pillars that can be used as platforms or barriers.
  • Magnesis – Pick up metallic objects from a distance. Objects can be pushed away or pulled towards Link.
  • Remote Bomb – Create round or cube-shaped bombs.
  • Stasis – Temporarily freeze an object in time. Hitting a frozen object builds its kinetic energy, which is released when time is restored.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is slated for release in 2017 on the Wii U and NX.

Source: @NintendoEurope

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