Sep 2

Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct Coming Later This Week

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Bayonetta 2 Direct

A new Nintendo Direct all about Bayonetta 2 is scheduled to air this Thursday, September 4 at 3 p.m. PST.

We already learned a lot about the game during E3, but Nintendo promises there will be new details to discuss.

Bayonetta 2 launches in North America on October 24 in North America. It will also come bundled with the first Bayonetta.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Sep 1

Todaybor Day is Labor Day

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Assembly Line

Take it easy this Labor Day.

Seriously. Take it easy. You don’t want General Bennedetto to come after you.

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Aug 31

This Week in Games: “More Trivia” Edition

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Did you know? Coca Cola owns the second largest truck fleet in the world?

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Aug 30

Get the Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U Soundtrack from Club Nintendo

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Super Smash Bros 3DS Wii U OST

Club Nintendo recently announced a special offer for members. If you register both Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, you’ll get an album featuring the game’s soundtrack.

The promo page for the offer is still pretty bare, but it will be updated with more details in the future.

Source: Club Nintendo

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Aug 29

“New Nintendo 3DS” and “New Nintendo 3DS LL” Announced

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New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiled the latest revisions to the 3DS line: the “New Nintendo 3DS” and “New Nintendo 3DS LL.”

Similar to how the DSi was to the DS, the New Nintendo 3DS is a slight upgrade from the original model. It has a right analog nub and two additional shoulder buttons (meaning no need for a Circle Pad Pro), an integrated NFC reader (for Amiibo support), an improved web browser with HTML5 support and interchangeable outer shells.

The CPU has also gotten an upgrade, allowing developers to do things that weren’t possible on older 3DS hardware. One of the first games that will take advantage of the new processor will be a port of Xenoblade Chronicles. Unfortunately, since the game will use the system’s extra power, it will only be playable on the new 3DS.

Battery life has been improved on these models, with approximately 3.5 to 6 hours of playtime with the New 3DS and 3.5 to 7 hours on the New 3DS LL.

The New 3DS screens have wider 3D viewing angles, hopefully eliminating that jarring, double image effect from moving out of the 3D effect sweet spot. The non-LL model also has a bigger top screen – 3.88 inches (the original 3DS had a 3.53-inch top screen). The New LL has the same screen size as the original LL.

The New 3DS will sell for ¥16,000 (≈$154) and come in either White or Black, while the New 3DS LL will go for ¥18800 (≈$181) and come in either Metallic Blue or Black. Both are set to launch on October 11 in Japan.

Europe will get the new handhelds sometime next year. Nothing has been announced for North America.

Source: Tiny Cartridge, Nintendo, NeoGAF

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Aug 28

eShop Thursday: “Super Azure Striker… Gunvolt!” Edition

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Azure Striker Gunvolt 01

Okay. So it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. In any case, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Inti Create’s spiritual sequel to the Mega Man Zero games, launches in the 3DS eShop tomorrow. Don’t forget, if you pick up the game before November 28, you’ll receive a free download for Mighty Gunvolt, the 8-bit crossover starring Gunvolt, Mighty No. 9‘s Beck and Gal☆Gun‘s Ekoro.

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Aug 27

Hyrule Warriors Update Hits Japan on Monday

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Hyrule Warriors NES Sword

On September 1, an update for Hyrule Warriors will go live in Japan. It will add a new Challenge mode, plus the option to change your background music. It will also give Link a new (old) weapon – the original sword from the NES Legend of Zelda.

In addition to all of that, the update will address the following issues (via Cheesemeister):

■ Fixed a bug that causes maximum health to be reduced after losing a battle
■ Fixed a bug that causes audio from the TV to cut out when starting a game after playing with the Wii U GamePad only
■ Fixed a bug that causes the background music to cut out on the battle victory screen
■ Fixed a bug that rarely causes the game to crash on a black screen after winning a battle
■ Fixed a bug that causes the game to crash on an unspecified screen after turning the network connection on

A warning to those planning to update come Monday, the update will erase any mid-battle save data. It is recommended that you finish the battle first before updating to prevent any loss of progress.

Source: NeoGAF

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Aug 26

Mario Kart 8 Paid Add-Ons Feature Animal Crossing, Zelda and F-Zero Crossover Content

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Link Mario Kart 8 DLC

While Mario Kart 8 is getting free DLC tomorrow in the form of Mercedes-Benz karts, paid DLC is coming later this year that adds The Legend of Zelda‘s Link, Animal Crossing‘s Villager and Isabelle and a kart based on F-Zero‘s Blue Falcon. There will also be new courses based on the cameo characters, in addition to some returning courses from past Mario Karts.

Content will be split into two packs:

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014

Pack 1 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015

Pack 2 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses
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Aug 26

Pokkén Fighters is Now Pokkén Tournament

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Bandai Namco and The Pokémon Company are collaborating on Pokkén Tournament, a Pokémon fighting game coming to Japanese arcades next year. The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara announced the game earlier today during their live stream event.

Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada and Soul Calibur producer Masaaki Hoshino both appear to be involved with the project, showing up to discuss the game on stream.

Despite no confirmation of a Western release, The Official Pokémon Channel on YouTube released an English version of the Pokkén Tournament reveal trailer.

The Japanese Pokkén Tournament website is live, along with the official Twitter account.

Source: Gamasutra, Serebii

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Aug 25

Bowser Jr., Shulk and More Revealed in Possible Super Smash Bros. 3DS Leak

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It’s easy to dismiss anything not revealed through an official source, but the sheer amount of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS stuff pouring in from various sources makes this really hard to ignore.

The posted video appears to show Bowser Jr. (in his Junior Clown Car) and Xenoblade Chronicles‘ Shulk as playable characters.

An imgur gallery created today has several screenshots from what appears to be an ESRB copy of the game. There are a bunch of images of some of the game’s new collectible statues, like Tharja, Tiki and Medusa, along with some shots of what appear to be a spectator gambling mode.

Source: Tiny Cartridge, NeoGAF

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