Aug 22

New Nintendo Patent Details Optical Disc-less System

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Nintendo’s recently patented a console that doesn’t use optical discs and instead relies on digital downloads as its main method of game distribution.

The patent also includes a diagram of a controller for the device that features a display, just like the Wii U GamePad.

There’s no way of telling exactly what this patent is for. It’s possible that it could be an early look at Nintendo’s plans for their next system, code named “NX,” or even a new digital-only model for the Wii U. It’s even entirely possible that this patent was just filed for the sake of protecting an idea that may never actually be realized.

Source: US Patent & Trademark Office [via NeoGAF]

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Aug 21

Pokkén Tournament Heads to Wii U this Spring

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It’s no real surprise that Pokkén Tournament is coming to the Wii U. Everyone already assumed it was a Wii U game when it was first revealed a couple of years back. In fact, it was more shocking to people when it was announced that it was heading to arcades first.

Along with today’s announcement, The Official Pokémon Channel put out a new trailer revealing a new character: Pikachu Libre, which is based on Cosplay Pikachu from Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.

Pokkén Tournament lands on the Wii U internationally spring 2016.

Source: Pokemon.com

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Aug 20

eShop Thursday: “Seven Force in 3D” Edition

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3D Gunstar Heroes

3D Gunstar Heroes is out.

That means 3D Seven Force fight.

Why aren’t you already downloading this?

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Aug 19

Yo-kai Watch Gets U.S. Release Date

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Yokai Watch key art

The last we heard of Yo-kai Watch, Nintendo reached an agreement with Level-5 to publish the monster-catching RPG in the U.S., and today they have announced that the game will launch on November 6.

The game will be part of the cross-media blitz to introduce the U.S. to the world of Yo-kai Watch. The anime series is set to premiere on Disney XD and its affiliates later this fall, while the manga comes out a few days before the game on November 3. Toys based on the property will begin heading to stores sometime in January from Hasbro.

The franchise is a massive hit in Japan, where it has grossed more than $2 billion in merchandise and the games have sold more than 8 million units.

Source: Press Release

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Aug 18

North America’s Next Splatfest is Autobots Versus Decepticons

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Transformers Splatfest

Inklings, get ready to transform and roll out because Splatoon‘s next Splatfest is asking which of the Transformers will you side with: the Autobots or the Decepticons?

This is the first time Nintendo has partnered up with another company specifically for a Splatfest. Previously, questions have been relatively generic (water slides or roller coasters, marshmallows or hot dogs, etc.), but with this, it appears as though the door is open for polls for other properties.

For those new to Splatfests, they are events where players choose a team to represent based on a simple poll question. Players from the same team then compete against members of the opposite team in Turf War to earn points for their side. The side with the most points at the end of the event wins, with everyone on the winning team earning special items depending on how much the contributed.

The next Splatfest begins at 9 p.m. PT on Friday, August 28 and continues all the way through to 9 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 29. You’ll get a cool looking Autobots or Decepticons shirt depending on which team you’re on. Sadly, you won’t be able to keep them once the event ends.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Aug 17

Splatoon End-of-Summer Free Weekend Starts This Friday

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Splatoon Summer Splatdown

There’s another Splatoon Global Testfire going on this weekend.

You’ll be able to try out the game’s Turf War mode for free against other players online. All you have to do is download the demo in the Wii U eShop and hop on during the following times:

  • Friday, August 21: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST
  • Saturday, August 22: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, August 23: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST

If you participated in the previous Testfires, you will need to download the latest demo in order to take part in this one.

Source: Splatoon.nintendo.com

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Aug 16

This Week in Games: “Giving Kids Weapons” Edition

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Thirteen-year-old Van Yamano just received his first LBX robot, Achilles, but it’s no ordinary toy. Inside its mechanical body is a secret that may determine the fate of the entire world, and only Van and his friends can stop it from falling into the wrong hands.

That’s the main plot of Level-5’s LBX: Little Battlers eXperience, according to the official website.

So, my question is: Who are these people in games and TV shows that keep putting world-changing technology in kids toys and why do they keep doing it?

In any case, the game comes out this Friday.

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Aug 15

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 3DS Patch Is Coming

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has not had a good start on the New 3DS. The game launched with serious issues like invisible enemies and music failing to load. A patch designed to fix these problems came out shortly after, but introduced even worse problems like crashes that require reset of the system.

Another patch, designed to fix the previous problems, is already complete and is just awaiting approval from Nintendo of America, according to developer Nicalis’ Tyrone Rodriguez.

Source: @tyronerodriguez

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Aug 14

Splatoon Gets “Rainmaker” Ranked Battles Tonight

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Splatoon Rainmaker

The last of the previously announced Ranked Battle types is heading to Splatoon tonight at 7 p.m. PST.

In Rainmaker, two teams fight for possession of the aforementioned Rainmaker, a powerful Inkzooka-type weapon capable of firing charged shots, and attempt to carry it into the opposing team’s base.

To discourage players from grabbing the Rainmaker, carrying it a small distance then running back to hide in their own base, a timer will tick down whenever the weapon is picked up. If it isn’t brought to the enemy base before it hits zero, the weapon will be dropped at its current location. If neither team is able to deliver the Rainmaker before the round ends, a winner will be determined based on which team was able to bring it closest to their goal.

Source: Squid Research Lab

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Aug 13

eShop Thursday: “Return to the Thirteen Towers” Edition

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This week is your chance to check out, Pandora’s Tower, the oft-forgotten member of the “Operation Rainfall” trio of Wii RPGs that include Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story. It drops onto the Wii U Virtual Console today as part of Nintendo’s month-long classics parade.

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