Archive for August, 2016

Online-Exclusive Build-A-Bear Eevee Bundle Is On Sale Now

August 31st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Eevee Build A Bear Online Bundle

The exclusive Eevee bundle from the Build-A-Bear online store is now available for purchase.

The $62 set includes the following:

  • Pokémon Eevee
  • Pokémon Eevee Cape
  • Pokeball Sleeper
  • Pokémon Eevee 5-in-1 Sound
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop exclusive Pokémon Trading Card Game Card

Quantities are limited and the bundle is already sold out in the U.K. Build-A-Bear shop.

It will still be possible to purchase the regular Eevee plush at physical Build-A-Bear stores. That version does not include any of the additional accessories except for the trading card. It is priced at $28.

Source: Buildabear.com

 

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Chicken Wiggle is the First New Game From Jools Watsham’s Atooi Studio

August 31st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Following the closure of Renegade Kid, co-founder Jools Watsham announced Chicken Wiggle, the latest project from his new company Atooi.

Coming to 3DS and mobile, the 2D platformer stars a young chicken and a worm in a Banjo-Kazooie-esque backpack-riding configuration. In addition to the game’s story mode, Chicken Wiggle will also have its own level creator and community portal where players can share, rate and search for user-created levels.

An official release date has not been announced, but it is supposedly coming to the 3DS eShop and App Store “soon.”

Source: Atooi

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My Nintendo Gold Points Expiration Dates Pushed Back

August 31st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

My Nintendo Gold Points

Effective today, Gold Points earned by members of Nintendo’s My Nintendo customer loyalty program now expire after one year instead of six months, as was the case before.

However, this extension only applies to Gold Points. Platinum Points will still only remain valid for six months.

In Nintendo’s announcement, they remind members that points closest to expiring are the first ones used when redeeming them for rewards. Members can see which points have expired through their Point history page on My Nintendo.

Source: My Nintendo

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Niantic Unbanning A Subset of Pokémon GO Accounts

August 30th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Pokemon GO 01

Thanks to improvements made to Pokémon GO‘s infrastructure, some players who were banned for using third-party map apps without possibly realizing that said apps could be used to scrape data from and put a large amount of stress on Niantic’s servers, may find their bans lifted.

Niantic provided a detailed explanation on how and why they decided to unban certain accounts on their official site.

“We continue to work to ensure the integrity of the game and the health of our servers by blocking unauthorized access and at times by banning offending accounts. This includes blocking bots, data scraping operations, and banning end user accounts associated with those activities. Some players may not have realized that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokémon. Each end-user app can be used as a collection tool by the app creator, invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator with or without the knowledge of the end user. These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers. Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned. This is a small subset of the accounts banned.

“As a result of some changes made to our infrastructure, we are now able to unban this set of accounts. Add-on maps which scrape data from our servers still violate our Terms of Service and use of them may still result in an account ban going forward. Accounts whose sole purpose was to scrape data are not being unbanned. Accounts which used apps or websites to remotely capture Pokémon, battle or deploy on Gyms, or harvest resources from PokéStops are also not being unbanned. Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so, aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities.”

Source: Pokemongolive.com

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SEGA Announces Sega 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage for Japan

August 30th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

SEGA 3D Classics Collection 3

The third collection of SEGA 3D Classics is coming to the 3DS on December 22 in Japan.

SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage will include After Burner II, Super Hang-On, Bare Kunckle II, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Gunstar Heroes. It will also include the game most requested by fans, according to a survey that came with the previous collection.

The mystery title has not yet been announced, but the runners up in the survey were: Wing Wor, Gain Ground, OutRunners and Virtua Racing.

Earlier this year, North America and Europe saw the launch of SEGA 3D Classics Collection, which was actually the second SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives game. The first came out in 2014 and was exclusive to Japan.

Source: Famitsu [via Gematsu]

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3DS-Focused Nintendo Direct Coming This Thursday

August 30th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

The next Nintendo Direct is scheduled to air this Thursday, September 1 and will focus exclusively on content for the 3DS.

Nintendo of Europe confirmed that there will not be any announcements about the NX or their mobile efforts.

The Directs are set to air at 7 a.m. PT in North America, 4 p.m. CEST in Europe and 11 p.m. JST in Japan.

Source: @NintendoAmerica, @NintendoEurope, @Nintendo

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Eevee Plushes Coming to Build-A-Bear Workshop This Week

August 29th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Eevee Build A Bear

Beginning this Thursday, September 1, Build-A-Bear Workshop patrons in the U.S., U.K. and Canada will be able to make their own plushes of the pokémon Eevee.

Available both in-store and online, the 14-inch stuffed animal will cost $28 and come with an exclusive Eevee Pokemon Trading Card Game card.

A set of Poké Ball-patterned pajamas for Eevee will also be available for $12.50. The retailer will also have an exclusive online bundle that includes the plush, the pajamas, a cape and an Eevee sound chip for $62.

Source: Polygon

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Mutant Mudds Developer Renegade Kid Shutting Down

August 29th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Renegade Kid Logo

Texas-based developer Renegade Kid, best known for their Dementium and Mutant Mudds games, issued a press release today announcing the closure of the studio after nearly 10 years in the business.

The company’s co-founders, Jools Watsham and Gregg Hargrove, have parted on amicable terms and are each going on to create their own new game studios. Watsham’s studio Atooi will retain rights to all of Renegade Kid’s 2D games, including the Mutant Mudds games and Treasurenauts, while Hargrove’s studio Infitizmo will keep the rights to all of Renegade Kid’s 3D games, including the Dementium series and Moon Chronicles.

In an interview published by Nintendo Life today, Watsham and Hargrove disclosed that 0ne of the major reasons for closing down Renegade Kid was finances.

“…it has been a great financial challenge and an extreme workload for the entire team to maintain a balance between cash flow, staying competitive with our games, and spending quality time with our families and friends,” Watsham said. “Couple these realities with the desire to achieve personal goals, Gregg and I came to the difficult decision to each pursue solo ventures and close Renegade Kid.”

The company site for Atooi is already up, with a link to their first published game Totes the Goats for iOS. Infitizmo also has a site, but it is currently under construction.

Source: Renegadekid.com

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New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL Announced, Heading to Stores This Week

August 29th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

In a surprise announcement this morning, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime unveiled the New Galaxy Style New 3DS XL, the newest color for the New 3DS XL line. It will be priced at $199.99 and is expected to arrive in stores later this week.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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This Week in Games: “Back to Nothing” Edition

August 28th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Third Impact

It’s far less grim than it all returning to nothing.

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