Oct 20

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct Coming This Thursday

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Super Smash Bros Wii U Direct

Ready to learn about the new things in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.? Good, because during the next Nintendo Direct, Nintendo’s going to run through 50 of them.

You can see it all at 3 p.m. (PST) this Thursday, October 23, on the Nintendo Direct website. Don’t worry if you miss it, you can always go back and check it out in the archives.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Oct 20

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Demo Codes Coming Soon

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Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Omega Ruby Logo

Nintendo of America will begin distributing demo codes for the newest Pokémon games, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, very soon, the company confirmed.

Your earliest chance will be this Friday, where you can get a code if you purchase Pokémon Art Academy in the 3DS eShop.

Other methods include:

  • Codes will be distributed at select cinema locations nationwide from Nov. 7–Nov. 13 (while supplies last).
  • Check with your local retailer during the holidays to find out about special demo code giveaways (while supplies last).
  • You’ll also get a code with your purchase of one of two classic Pokémon games coming to the Virtual Console service on Nintendo eShop: the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game (out Nov. 6) or the Pokémon Trading Card Game (out Nov. 13). You’ll find your free demo code on your eShop receipt (download codes available while supplies last).
  • Codes will be emailed the week of Oct. 31 to select Nintendo customers with Nintendo Network IDs who have signed up to receive promotional emails from Nintendo.
  • Codes will also be distributed during the holiday mall tour from Nov. 24‒Dec. 21 at 16 different locations throughout the nation. Talk to a staff member to try out Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire or any of the featured Nintendo 3DS games to receive two codes—one for you, and one for a friend (while supplies last). Check back soon for a list of tour locations.

The demo takes you through a few scenarios, including getting to meet a new Mega-Evolved pokémon. You’ll even be able to transfer a new Mega-Evolved Pokémon (along with some items you pick up) to the full game, when it comes out on November 21.

Source: Nintendo.com

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Oct 19

This Week in Games: “The Witch Hunts Continue” Edition

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The stylish witch Bayonetta heads to the Wii U this week when Bayonetta 2 hits this Friday. The packaged version of the game will come with a second disc containing an updated version of the original Bayonetta with new bonus costumes. If you pick up either Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2 in the eShop, you will get a special discount that will be automatically applied to the other game.

Level-5’s 3DS life-sim/RPG Fantasy Life also makes its way to North America this week, and it’s about time. The game originally launched in Japan nearly two years ago.

Pokémon Art Academy comes out this week as well. Now you can learn to draw all your favorite pokémon, like Pikachu and Eevee or even… Banette.

Video: Platinum Blog

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Oct 18

Amazon Listing Leaks Board Game Mode for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Super Smash Bros Wii U 00

Another new game mode for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U may have been leaked on Amazon. The store’s product description briefly mentions a new board game mode.

Battle it out as Nintendo’s greatest heroes on the Wii U console

Face off against the biggest roster of Nintendo all-stars ever assembled! Send your rivals flying with powerful attacks to earn all-new customizations and equipment that trick out your fighter’s moves and stats. Then power-up and train intelligent amiibo figures* to take on your friends!

The multiplayer showdown** you know and love is now on the Wii U console! Take on all comers as Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, and more gaming greats. Or tap an amiibo* to the Wii U GamePad controller to train it up by battling with or against it. You can even pit your amiibo against a friends’ to see how your training methods stack up. Whether you’re creating stages on the GamePad, competing in challenges crafted by Master Hand and Crazy Hand, or outwitting your opponents in a brand new board game mode, there’s no doubt that the ultimate Smash Bros. game has arrived.

*amiibo figures sold separately

** Broadband Internet access required for online play. Learn more at support.nintendo.com.

The blurb also seems to suggest that the thing Sakurai teased last week will be some sort of challenge mode.

In related Smash news, Toys R Us currently has a promotion going where you can get one free amiibo if you buy Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Source: NeoGAF

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Oct 17

The Pokémon Company Is Collaborating with Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito

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Pokemon Junji Ito

Junji Ito, the manga author behind The Enigma of Amigara Fault (DRR…DRR… DRR…) and Uzumaki, is working together with The Pokémon Company on KowaPoké, or Scary Pokémon, a series of illustrations featuring some of the Pokémon world’s creepier monsters.

More images will be released over the course of the month. The first, which stars the Ghost-type Banette, is available as a wallpaper for your phone. It’s also available as a T-shirt, but those will be given away as a prizes.

Source: Anime News Network

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Oct 16

eShop Thursday: “One Moon’s for Harvesting, The Other’s for Killing Vampires” Edition

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Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance Wii U VC

We have a couple of classics heading to the Virtual Console this week: Harvest Moon 2 GBC and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. They weren’t the most well-remembered games in their respective series, but they were still both great entries.

Also, Hyrule Warriors gets two new updates today. The first is the free update that makes the villains Cia, Volga and Wizzro playable characters. The other is the Master Quest pack, the first of four paid DLC packs. It contains the following:

  • Ride Epona into battle when you play as Link
  • Play through 5 story episodes that lead to the cataclysmic events in the main game
  • Challenge yourself with the Master Quest Adventure Mode map
  • Outfit Cia and Lana with Guardian of Time costumes

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Oct 15

Smash Bros. Director Teases A New Mode for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Smash Wii U Master Crazy Mode

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U won’t just have some different stages from the 3DS version, it will also have a new single-player mode. Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai gave us our first peek at the mode on Miiverse.

The version of the picture posted on the Japanese Miiverse is less censored, but still just as mysterious. The text reportedly translates to “Master Side” and “Crazy Side.”

It’s anyone’s guess as to what this menu is hinting at, but I don’t think this is it.

Source: Miiverse

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Oct 14

Nintendo.com Now Allows You To Purchase and Pre-Order Games

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Download codes for select Wii U and 3DS games can now be purchased directly from Nintendo.com. Even better, if you check out with your Nintendo Network ID, you can opt to have the game sent directly to your system.

You can also pre-order upcoming games so that you can begin downloading them immediately on launch day.

Nintendo updated their support page with instructions on how to buy and download games from their website.

Source: Nintendo.com [via NeoGAF]

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Oct 13

Pokémon X and Y Diancie and Shiny Gengar Events Coming to GameStop

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Shiny Gengar Diancie Event

Already got your free Pumpkaboo? Great. Now fire up the 3DS again because there’s a free Diancie and Shiny Gengar to get.

Beginning October 13 and going on until October 26, participating GameStop stores will give out special code cards that can be used in Pokémon X and Y to receive a Shiny Gengar. It comes holding a Gengarite Mega Stone, which allows it to Mega Evolve in to Mega Gengar.

From October 27 to November 16, GameStop stores will once again give out code cards, this time for the rare Jewel Pokémon Diancie. In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, you can acquire a Diancite Mega Stone. If you transfer Diancie over to the new games, you can Mega Evolve it to Mega Diancie.

Source: Pokemon.com

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Oct 12

This Week in Games: “You Mean It’s NOT The Classic ABC Soap Opera but With Ducks?” Edition

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Dynasty Title Card

Nothing too interesting coming out this week. Mostly licensed tie-in stuff.

Unless you’re a big fan of Duck Dynasty, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, or Petz, you can just go ahead and keep waiting for Bayonetta 2 to come out.

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