Aug 27

eShop Thursday: “Double the Sin. Double the Punishment.” Edition

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Sin and Punishment N64 Wii U

It’s hard to believe two of finest rail shooters to grace Nintendo platforms, Sin & Punishment and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, are now both available on the Wii U for less than $35.

It’s an amazing deal, considering that used, cart-only copies for the first game go nearly that much.

Also of note this week is the indie-mashup party game Runbow and the Wii U version of Brave Tank Hero.

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Aug 26

Cynthia Nendoroid on Sale in the U.S. Pokémon Center Store

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Cynthia Nendoroid

Fans of the Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia can now order her Nendoroid figure online in the Pokémon Center store.

The hand-painted figure includes 1 body, 2 faces, 5 arms, 2 hands, 3 legs, a Poké Ball and a stand. It also comes with a Garchomp, complete with its own set of additional limbs.

She’s pretty pricey at $49.99, but the figure was originally available only in Japanese Pokémon Centers and on the Amazon Japan Pokémon store.

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Aug 25

Splatoon Official Soundtrack Drops on October 21 in Japan

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Splatoon OST

The complete Splatoon soundtrack is releasing in Japan on October 21 for ¥3200 (≈$27). It has 61 tracks (37 songs, 10 jingles and 14 sound effects) split across two CDs, plus bonus cover art and liner notes from staff members.

But the best part of the whole thing? The album is called Splatune.

It’s brilliant wordplay like that that will make the heartbreak hurt so much more if the album doesn’t come out overseas.

Source: Famitsu [via @Cheesemeister3k]

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Aug 24

Info Dump: Nintendo’s Fall/Holiday 2015 Lineup

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NoA 2015 Lineup

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Nintendo announced a ton of new information today regarding their releases for the remainder of 2015 and we have a quick rundown:

Wii U:

  • Super Mario Maker Wii U/30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo bundle – September 11. Sold exclusively at Walmart for $299.96.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U combo pack – October 16, $59.99
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – October 22 exclusively in the eShop, Free-to-start
    • Prologue, chapter 1 and chapter 2 can be downloaded and played for free
    • Full game can be purchased for $49.99
  • Star Fox Zero – November 20, $59.99
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X – December 4, $59.99
  • Devil’s Third – December 11, $59.99
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival – Holiday 2015
    • Launching alongside amiibo for Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel and Lottie
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash – Holiday 2015

3DS:

  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – September 25, $39.99
    • Physical copy includes one amiibo card, digital copy comes with a Happy Home Designer Home Menu theme.
    • Additional amiibo cards – September 25, $5.99 per pack of six cards
    • NFC Reader/Writer bundle for older 3DS models – September 25, $49.99
      • NFC Reader/Writer available separately for $19.99
  • Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash – October 9, $29.99
    • Chibi-Robo amiibo bundle launches same day for $39.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – October 23, $39.99
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon – November 20, $ 39.99

amiibo:

  • Super Smash Bros. Mii Fighters three-pack – November 1, $34.99
  • Mewtwo – November 13, $12.99
  • Mega Yarn Yoshi – November 15, $39.99
    • Functions like regular Yarn Yoshi amiibo, unlocks “Double Yoshi” mode in Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Falco – November 20, $12.99

Source: Press Release

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Aug 23

This Week in Games: “We Got Nothing” Edition

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Super Nothing

It’s another empty week in retail. Looking ahead, the only thing coming out is Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition next Sunday, then that will be it for the rest of August.

September is looking pretty good, with Super Mario Maker, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Senran Kagura 2 and Hatsune Miku: Project mirai DX.

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Aug 22

New Nintendo Patent Details Optical Disc-less System

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Nintendo Discless Patent 00

Nintendo’s recently patented a console that doesn’t use optical discs and instead relies on digital downloads as its main method of game distribution.

The patent also includes a diagram of a controller for the device that features a display, just like the Wii U GamePad.

There’s no way of telling exactly what this patent is for. It’s possible that it could be an early look at Nintendo’s plans for their next system, code named “NX,” or even a new digital-only model for the Wii U. It’s even entirely possible that this patent was just filed for the sake of protecting an idea that may never actually be realized.

Source: US Patent & Trademark Office [via NeoGAF]

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Aug 21

Pokkén Tournament Heads to Wii U this Spring

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It’s no real surprise that Pokkén Tournament is coming to the Wii U. Everyone already assumed it was a Wii U game when it was first revealed a couple of years back. In fact, it was more shocking to people when it was announced that it was heading to arcades first.

Along with today’s announcement, The Official Pokémon Channel put out a new trailer revealing a new character: Pikachu Libre, which is based on Cosplay Pikachu from Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.

Pokkén Tournament lands on the Wii U internationally spring 2016.

Source: Pokemon.com

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Aug 20

eShop Thursday: “Seven Force in 3D” Edition

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3D Gunstar Heroes

3D Gunstar Heroes is out.

That means 3D Seven Force fight.

Why aren’t you already downloading this?

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Aug 19

Yo-kai Watch Gets U.S. Release Date

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Yokai Watch key art

The last we heard of Yo-kai Watch, Nintendo reached an agreement with Level-5 to publish the monster-catching RPG in the U.S., and today they have announced that the game will launch on November 6.

The game will be part of the cross-media blitz to introduce the U.S. to the world of Yo-kai Watch. The anime series is set to premiere on Disney XD and its affiliates later this fall, while the manga comes out a few days before the game on November 3. Toys based on the property will begin heading to stores sometime in January from Hasbro.

The franchise is a massive hit in Japan, where it has grossed more than $2 billion in merchandise and the games have sold more than 8 million units.

Source: Press Release

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Aug 18

North America’s Next Splatfest is Autobots Versus Decepticons

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Transformers Splatfest

Inklings, get ready to transform and roll out because Splatoon‘s next Splatfest is asking which of the Transformers will you side with: the Autobots or the Decepticons?

This is the first time Nintendo has partnered up with another company specifically for a Splatfest. Previously, questions have been relatively generic (water slides or roller coasters, marshmallows or hot dogs, etc.), but with this, it appears as though the door is open for polls for other properties.

For those new to Splatfests, they are events where players choose a team to represent based on a simple poll question. Players from the same team then compete against members of the opposite team in Turf War to earn points for their side. The side with the most points at the end of the event wins, with everyone on the winning team earning special items depending on how much the contributed.

The next Splatfest begins at 9 p.m. PT on Friday, August 28 and continues all the way through to 9 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 29. You’ll get a cool looking Autobots or Decepticons shirt depending on which team you’re on. Sadly, you won’t be able to keep them once the event ends.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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