Jul 21

Nintendo Network Down For Maintenance Today

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Nintendo Network

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST today, Nintendo’s online services will be down for maintenance. That means the eShop, Wii Shopping Channel and DSi Shop will all be unavailable until later tonight.

In related news, Nintendo weekly maintenance schedule is changing. Instead of shutting down services every Monday, Nintendo will just announce upcoming maintenance times on their Network Status site.

Source: Nintendo.com

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Jul 21

Hori Unveils Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Grip for 3DS

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Monster Hunter 4G Grip

Managing the camera in the 3DS Monster Hunter games can be a pain, due in part to the handheld’s lack of a second circle pad.

Nintendo’s Circle Pad Pro fixes this problem, allowing players to move the camera with the extra pad, but it still requires players to stop attacking in order to readjust the camera.

This is where Hori’s new Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate grip comes in. It moves the second circle pad to the where the left shoulder button should be, allowing players to control the camera and run around with just their left hand. In doing so, it frees up the right hand to focus on attacking.

Hori’s grip still has the additional shoulder buttons found on the Circle Pad Pro. ZR is in the same spot in the upper right, but ZL has been moved towards the base of the grip where it can be hit with the middle finger.

Admittedly, it seems like it’d make the 3DS/XL harder to hold, but anything’s better than the dreaded claw grip from Monster Hunter‘s PSP days.

Source: Cubed3

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Jul 21

Tetris Ultimate Heads to the 3DS This Fall

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Tetris Ultimate

It’s a tough challenge releasing a Tetris game on a Nintendo handheld. Aside from the series having a long history with them, one dating all the way back to the original Game Boy, Tetris DS set the bar incredibly high for future games.

That being said, Ubisoft recently announced plans to bring Tetris Ultimate to the 3DS this fall.

The game features six modes, plus a challenge mode exclusive to the 3DS:

Marathon – Complete level 15 and rack up as many points as you can.
Endless – Keep clearing lines until your stamina runs out.
Ultra – Race to score as many points possible before time runs out in this three-minute challenge.
Sprint – Clear 40 lines as quickly as you can.
Battle – Go head-to-head to knock out 1-4 challengers.
Battle Ultimate – Be the last person playing after using crazy power-ups. Go on the offensive with Carousel and make your opponent’s Well shift to the left after each move, or trigger Let it Rain and dump garbage down on top of them. Buzz Saw helps you out by clearing away a number of your lines, especially useful when you’re in a spot of trouble.
Challenge – From disappearing Tetriminos (Tetris(r) playing pieces) to orientation-locked Tetriminos, be prepared for a variety of challenges that will test a player’s fortitude.

Tetris Ultimate is also coming to the Xbox One and PS4 this summer and the Vita and PC this fall.

Source: Press Release

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Jul 20

This Week in Games: “In Da Club” Edition

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Wii Sports Club NA Box

The packaged version of Wii Sports Club heads to stores this week. I’m sure Fiddy would be proud.

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Jul 19

Nintendo Teasing “Special Surprises” At Comic-Con

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Super Smash Bros 3DS Logo

It seems that Nintendo has more than just a tournament in store for Super Smash Bros. at this year’s Comic-Con. On the game’s Facebook page, the company teased that there will be “a few special surprises” during their live stream from the show floor.

The surprise could be anything, really – the announcement of a new character, a new mode or it could even just be something small, like Reggie calling “no Johns.”

Source: Super Smash Bros. Facebook

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Jul 18

Marvelous Updates Story of Seasons With A Mode for Beginners

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The Japanese version of Story of Seasons is getting an update that will lower the prices of items and decrease players’ stamina use to make things easier for farming-sim newbies.

The version 2.0.0 update goes live in Japan on July 24, the same day the digital version of the game debuts in the eShop.

Source: Siliconera

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Jul 18

Japanese Wii Us to Accept SUICA Smart Cards Next Week

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SUICA Wii U

Beginning July 22, Japanese Wii Us will be able to take payments in the form of contactless smart cards, like SUICA, PASMO, Kitaca, TOICA, manaca, ICOCA, SUGOCA and nimoca.

To encourage cardholders to use this method of payment, Nintendo created a promotional eShop game called Buta Medal. According to NeoGAF user L~A, for every ¥100 spent with a smart card in the eShop, cardholders will earn 30 coins to use in Buta Medal. It’s a little unclear what these medals do, but the game’s description seems to suggest that users will get money back.

The promotion will only be around for a limited time. Wii U owners can download Buta Medal until August 31.

Source: NeoGAF

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Jul 18

Azure Striker Gunvolt Dated for Japan

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Azure Striker Gunvolt 00

Inti Creates’ first independently published title Azure Striker Gunvolt is heading to Japan’s 3DS eShop on August 20. It will go for ¥1960 (≈$19).

Currently, the English release is still tentatively dated for “Summer 2014.”

Inside-Games has a huge collection of new screenshots, showing off a few of Gunvolt‘s stages and bosses.

Source: Inside-Games [via GoNintendo]

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Jul 17

eShop Thursday: “Meh” Edition

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Mr Driller 2 Wii U

It’s another uninteresting week in the eShop. Not terrible, but there isn’t really anything that will blow your mind.

Of note, is the GBA version of Mr. Driller 2, which digs its way onto the Wii U Virtual Console today.

Early next week, Nintendo is discounting a bunch of Atlus titles, including Shin Megami Tensei IV and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers.

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Jul 17

First Trailer for Fatal Frame: The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden

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Koei Tecmo gave everyone their first look at Fatal Frame: The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden for the Wii U, the next game in the Japanese horror series, during the company’s live stream event yesterday.

The game is set around Hikamiyama mountain, a place regarded as a “a mountain of death.” Unlike previous Fatal Frame‘s, which mostly took place indoors, The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden will have plenty of open environments to explore. According to Koei Tecmo, water will play a big role in the story.

The protagonist is Kozukata Yuuri, a young woman who can see spirits and bring them back into this world. She’s visiting the mountain in response to a request to seek out a particular spirit.

The Wii U GamePad will serve as a “Projection Machine,” a camera-like device that allows you to see things you normally couldn’t. According to Siliconera, the Projection Machine lets you track spirits’ movements and investigate your surroundings.

Fatal Frame: The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden launches for the Wii U on September 27 in Japan, a day after the Fatal Frame movie premieres in Japanese movie theaters.

Source: Gematsu, Siliconera

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