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Nintendo Directs for Europe, Japan and North America Scheduled for Tomorrow

March 31st, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo Direct April 1 2015

The next Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 1 in North America and Europe and on April 2 in Japan. They will all focus on upcoming 3DS and Wii U games.

The stream schedule is as follows (with links to the stream sites):

  • North America – 3 p.m. (PST) on April 1, 2015
  • Europe – 12 a.m. (CEST) on April 1, 2015
  • Japan – 7 a.m. (JST) on April 2, 2015

After the North American Direct, there will be a special presentation from the Nintendo Treehouse where they will take a look at one of their games coming out this spring.

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Reminder: Tomorrow Is the Last Day to Earn Coins with Club Nintendo

March 30th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

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Just a last minute heads-up that, if you have any remaining Club Nintendo codes or products you need to register, you have until tomorrow to redeem them. Tomorrow is also the last day to reach Elite status or sign up for a Club Nintendo account and qualify for a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D.

The next deadline is June 30, which is when the actual service shuts down completely. That will be the absolute last day to spend your whatever Coins you have left or log in to your account. Any unused Coins will be deleted on July 1.

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This Week in Games: “It’s The Time of The Season (For Farming)” Edition

March 29th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Story of Seasons, the latest in the series we previously knew as Harvest Moon, comes out this Tuesday and it’s the only game coming out for the week.

Looking ahead, Etrian Mystery Dungeon and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D are due out next week, with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX and Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven

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Xenoblade Chronicles Director on Balancing Story and Gameplay

March 28th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

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The latest “Iwata Asks” interview has Tetsuya Takahashi, the director of Xenoblade Chronicles, sitting down with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to discuss the upcoming New 3DS port.

While most of the interview is actually spent reminiscing about childhood memories, tokusatsu shows and the 1970 Japan World Expo, the two do touch on the development of the original Wii game, where Takahashi discusses the importance of story versus gameplay.

“To give a brief outline of the structure of JRPG, first you have the story as the y-axis, and the game system and game play as the x-axis, and it’s really important to keep those two things balanced.”

Harkening back to his days working on the Final Fantasy series at Square Enix (then Square), Takahashi expressed his concerns that the series at the time was beginning to focus more on story over gameplay – something he didn’t want when he began working on the Xenoblade series.

Source: iwataasks.nintendo.com

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The Legend of Zelda for Wii U May Not Launch in 2015 [Update: Will Also Not Be at E3]

March 27th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

[Update: Aonuma confirmed that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will not be shown at this year’s E3.]

Releasing the Legend of Zelda on the Wii U in 2015 is no longer the development team’s “number one priority,” producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video on the series’ official Facebook page.

It’s still possible that the game could come out before the year’s end, but with the developers disregarding the need to hit a specific release window to focus on implementing new ideas and making “the most complete and ultimate Zelda game,” that possibility seems somewhat unlikely.

While it’s disappointing to hear that there might not be a brand new Zelda on Wii U this year, a famous game designer once attributed the quote “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”

Source: Facebook

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eShop Thursday: “Wakka Wakka Wakka” Edition

March 26th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Ms Pac Man

Not a lot coming out this week. There’s Dot Arcade, an homage to the simpler days of video games, and the GBA port of Namco Museum for the Wii U Virtual Console, but other than that, there isn’t really anything to write home about.

Image: camdencc.deviantart

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More Shows Added to the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Tour

March 26th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

If you’ve ever wanted to hear orchestrated versions of some of your favorite Pokémon tracks, you’ll want to check out the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Tour schedule, which went up today.

The actual concert tour won’t begin until May, but tickets will go on sale this Saturday, March 28. However, if you use the presale code “MELOETTA” you can purchase tickets a day early.

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3DS Firmware Update 9.6.0-24U Lets You Save Home Menu Layouts

March 25th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

3DS Home Layouts

A new firmware update that wasn’t just for system stability went out yesterday for the 3DS. One of the major additions is the ability to save the theme and tile arrangements of up to eight different Home Menu layouts.

Also, Nintendo added more categories to the “View More” section of the Theme Shop, which should make it easier if you’re searching for a specific type of theme.

In preparation for the standalone amiibo reader, which is expected to launch later this year, the latest update adds “amiibo Settings” to the Home Menu settings of the 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS. Like with the Wii U and New 3DS, users will be able to register amiibo owners, delete data or completely reset all amiibo data.

Source: support.nintendo.com

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Nintendo Filed the New 3DS and New 3DS XL with the FCC

March 24th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

New 3DS Testing

The FCC’s confidentiality period on Nintendo’s filings for the New 3DS recently expired, revealing that the company actually filed for both the XL and non-XL models in North America. This doesn’t necessarily confirm that Nintendo is going to bring over the smaller New 3DS, but it does suggest that the company originally had plans to release both versions in North America before opting to launch with just the XL.

Worth mentioning is that, among the many documents submitted to the FCC, was a complete English instruction manual for the smaller New 3DS that clearly references Nintendo’s North American facilities, some exploded view pictures of the handheld’s internals and images of weird-colored test New 3DSes.

Source: NeoGAF, Tiny Cartridge, FCC

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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Squashes Rumors of Zelda Netflix Series

March 23rd, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

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The rumored Legend of Zelda Netflix series may be just that.

In an interview with Time, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed that the original report from The Wall Street Journal was incorrect.

“As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.”

Now, Iwata didn’t flat out deny the existence of the project, he merely pointed out that what was originally mentioned was not accurate. It’s still possible there is a show in the works, but for now all we can assume is that everything we currently know about it is false.

Source: Time

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