Archive for January, 2015

Apex 2015 Is Now Underway

January 31st, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Apex 2015 logo

After an sudden, unexpected delay, this year’s Apex tournament has finally begun.

Surprisingly, the tournament’s organizers were able to revise the event’s schedule (.pdf) without having to cancel a single game.

Today is mostly going to be pool play for the majority of the games. If you’re interested in watching you can check it out on the following Twitch channels:

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Apex 2015 Tournament Relocates After Fire Marshal Closes Original Venue

January 30th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Apex Parking Structure

Damage to the Clarion Hotel parking structure

This year’s Apex tournament was supposed to begin today at the Clarion Hotel Empire Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey, kicking off what would have been the largest Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Melee tournaments to date. However, due to damage from recent storms, the fire marshal had the venue shut down and ordered everyone in attendance to evacuate.

While this would have put an end to the event, tournament organizers and Twitch were able to quickly relocate Apex 2015 to the Garden State Convention Center and even provide transportation from the Clarion hotel. As a result of the sudden venue change, everything scheduled for today has been put on hold while all the equipment is moved to the new location.

Competitors will have a chance to sign up on-site on Saturday. Beginning next week, tournament officials will take refund requests from people who paid to compete or watch on Friday.

Source: Eventhubs, @apex_series

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eShop Thursday: “Real Holographic Simulated Lincoln is Back” Edition

January 29th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Code Name STEAM Lincoln

Forget going to GameStop, the eShop demo for Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is available now for the general public.

It covers the first two missions of the game, where you can command Henry Fleming, John Henry, Lion and Tiger Lily. As a bonus, any sub weapons and medals you unlock in the demo can be transferred to the full game.

Also coming out today is Metroid Prime: Trilogy and Gunman Clive 2.

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Nintendo Sees Profitable Third Quarter

January 28th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized


Thanks in part to a weakening yen, Nintendo saw an increase in net income despite decreased overall sales during the nine-month period ending December 31, according to the company’s third quarter earnings release.

In their report, the company posted net sales of 442.9 billion yen, an 11.3 percent drop from the same period last year, along with a net income of 59.5 billion yen, a 483.7 percent increase.

Wii U hardware sold 3.03 million units worldwide this period, up from the 2.41 million units sold during the same period last year. On the software side, the Wii U also saw an overall increase in sales, with 20.6 million units sold worldwide compared to the 15.9 million units from last year’s nine-month period.

The 3DS put up better numbers than the Wii U, but still saw a decrease in overall hardware and software sales from last year, even with the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The handheld sold 7.1 million hardware units and 53 million software units worldwide, a drop from the 11.7 million hardware and 57.3 million software units sold worldwide during the same time last year.

Nintendo has modified their year-end forecast from May 2014 to reflect these recent changes. They now expect a 6.8 percent decrease in net sales and 50 percent decrease in operating income, but a 42.9 percent increase in ordinary income and 50 percent increase in net income.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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First Print Copies of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Comes with Soundtrack CD

January 27th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Copies from the initial batch of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will come with a bonus soundtrack sampler CD in Japan, Nintendo confirmed yesterday.

The album is actually identical to the one originally released with the Wii version of the game. It contains the following 12 tracks:

  • Main Theme – Yoko Shimomura
  • Colony 9 – Yoko Shimomura
  • Time to Fight – Yoko Shimomura
  • Gaur Plain – ACE+
  • Memories – Manami Kiyoto
  • Forest of the Nopon – Manami Kiyoto
  • You Will Know Our Names – ACE+
  • Mechonis Field – ACE+
  • Engage the Enemy – ACE+
  • Bionis’ Awakening – Manami Kiyoto
  • Once We Part Ways – ACE+
  • Beyond the Sky

This bonus has not yet been announced for other regions.

Source: @Nintendo [via NeoGAF]

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Japan-Exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf Items Coming to North America Next Month [Update: Distribution Period Outlined]

January 26th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Animal Crossing New Leaf JP Distribution Event

[Update: Nintendo confirmed that the items will be distributed through Nintendo Zones every two weeks from February 1 to November 7.]

Every two weeks beginning February 1, Nintendo of America will give away a new item in Animal Crossing: New Leaf via Nintendo Zones. What makes these items special is that they were all originally available only in the Japanese version of the game.

The in-game letter announcing the distribution event doesn’t say how many items are being gifted. Hopefully, Nintendo will put out a schedule before it begins.

Source: Tiny Cartridge

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This Week in Games: “It’s Like The Click-y Part at the Beginning of A Roller Coaster” Edition

January 25th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Roller Coaster

[Photo: Andréia Bohner]

You can just feel the anticipation building up for next month, when the New 3DS XL and a smattering of 3DS-enhanced titles finally get released in North America.

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Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Demo Possibly Coming Soon

January 24th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Code Name STEAM Demo Code

Nintendo is reportedly planning to release a demo for Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

While the company hasn’t announced anything yet. Code vouchers have begun appearing at select GameStop stores. However, it seems as though the actual distribution period for the demo hasn’t begun yet, since any attempts to redeem the code result in an error.

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. comes out on March 13 in North America. It was recently revealed that it will be one of the first 3DS games to feature amiibo support, with the Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Robin amiibo unlocking their in-game counterparts.

Source: NeoGAF

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Suicune, Gardevoir and Pikachu Confirmed for Pokkén Tournament

January 23rd, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Pokken Tournament Pikachu

Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada and Masaaki Hoshino were both on hand at a special Famitsu stream on NicoNico to show off Pokkén Tournament. The latest build of the game featured three new fighters: Suicune, Gardevoir and Pikachu.

They also revealed that there will be assist pokémon. The following have been confirmed (from NeoGAF):

  • Snivy – Leaf Tornado (non-moving whirling tornado leaf)
  • Lapras – Surf (dash attack with Lapras)
  • Fennekin – Ember (lobs an explosive fire)
  • Emolga – Shockwave (cone electric projectiles)

Arcade location tests for the game will begin January 30 in Japan.

Source: NeoGAF

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eShop Thursday: “Someone Okayed This Name” Edition

January 22nd, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

S.C.A.T. Box Art

The people at Natsume in the 90s were either not juvenile or incredibly naïve when they thought S.C.A.T. was a perfectly fine name for a game.

Well, that or they’re easily distracted by destruction, lasers and flying guys rocking porn ‘staches.

In other eShop news, Punch-Out!! for the Wii is now available for the Wii U. Remember, these Wii re-releases are half off for their first week.

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