Nintendo 2017 Summer of Play Tour Locations Announced

May 23rd, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo will be demoing ARMSSplatoon 2 and more across the U.S. this summer as part of their 2017 Summer of Play Tour.

The thirteen stops announced so far are:

  • June 9-11
    • Irvine, California
    • Irvine Spectrum Center
  • June 16-18
    • Pleasanton, California
    • Alameda County Fair
  • June 23-25
    • Bloomington, Minnesota
    • Mall of America®
  • June 30-July 2
    • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)
  • July 7-9
    • Chicago
    • Navy Pier
  • July 14-16
    • Glendale, Arizona
    • Arrowhead Towne Center
  • July 20-23
    • San Diego
    • Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (San Diego Comic-Con)
  • July 28-30
    • Arlington, Texas
    • The Parks Mall at Arlington
  • Aug. 4-6
    • Miami, Florida
    • Aventura Mall
  • Aug. 11-13
    • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • Musikfest
  • Aug. 18-20
    • New York
    • DUMBO Waterfront
  • Aug. 25-27
    • King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
    • King of Prussia Mall
  • Sept. 2-4
    • Baltimore
    • Harborplace

Visitors can expect to see the following games at the events:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • 1-2-Switch
  • Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
  • ARMS
  • Splatoon 2
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  • Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Pokémon Sun
  • Pokémon Moon
  • Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
  • Hey! PIKMIN
  • Miitopia

In addition, Nintendo will be giving away freebies to My Nintendo members and people who pre-order or buy select Switch and 3DS games at participating GameStop stores near the tour stops.

Source: Press Release

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This Week in Games: “Not Enough Time for Games” Edition

May 21st, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia came out last Friday and now the second part of the one-two punch of SRPGs lands this Tuesday when Disgaea 5 Complete launches on the Switch.

Both games are set to monopolize any possible free time you may have, making it harder to fit in sessions for Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers and Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, which also come out this week.

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eShop Thursday: “That’s An Expensive Season Pass” Edition

May 18th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia comes out tomorrow. The remake of the Famicom’s Fire Emblem Gaiden updates many of the original game’s mechanics while also adding some modern conventions… like DLC.

Also available at launch will be a $44.99 season pass. The five-pack, 22-piece DLC pack is 30 percent cheaper than buying everything individually, but it is also $5 more than the base game.

Though, in fairness, the upcoming DLC will be substantial, featuring exclusive classes, characters and a prologue chapter.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Launch Event at Nintendo New York Store

May 15th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

The general public is invited to celebrate the launch of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia this Friday at the Nintendo New York store.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can take part in trivia, enter raffles and try out some tutorial stages.

The store will also have the standard and collector’s edition of the game in stock when the store opens on May 19.

Source: Nintendo NYC

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This Week in Games: “Experience the Game Japan Has Enjoyed for Years” Edition

May 14th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

That’s right. Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop is finally coming to the West after three long years.

The latest in the long-running cooking sim franchise will let 3DS players create food from 60 different recipes and more than 160 minigames!

Oh, and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia also comes out this week.

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Final Nintendo Badge Arcade Update Coming to Japan on May 26

May 13th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo plans to end support for the Japanese version of Nintendo Badge Arcade beginning May 26.

The free-to-play crane game gave 3DS owners the chance to win badges to decorate the system’s Home menu. It will continue to be available to 3DS users and the selection of badge machines will continue to cycle periodically, but new badges will no longer be added.

Nintendo’s American and European branches have not said whether support will be ending in their respective regions.

Source: @Nintendo [via Siliconera]

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eShop Thursday: “Are You Okay?” Edition

May 11th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

BUSTA WOOOOFF!

So, the ACA version of Garou: Mark of the Wolves drops onto the Switch this week, bringing with it Terry Bogard’s best voice clip.

Unfortunately, it is likely to get overshadowed by behemoth that is Minecraft, as the Switch edition makes its way to the eShop today.

Video: Luke D

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This Week in Games: “Come Back Next Week” Edition

May 07th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

As mentioned last week, there is not a lot going on in terms of retail releases in the first half of May.

However, things will pick up beginning next week, when Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia launches on the 3DS.

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eShop Thursday: “Legally-Distinct NBA Jam” Edition

May 04th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

NBA Playgrounds comes out this Tuesday. Saber Interactive’s arcade-y two-on-two basketball game definitely draws a lot of inspiration from the classic NBA Jam series, but there’s no telling whether it will play as well.

Other releases of note this week, Bonk’s Revenge is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console and there is a demo for Blaster Master Zero on the Switch and 3DS.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia DLC Content Announced

May 03rd, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Just like with the previous 3DS Fire Emblem games, Nintendo plans to release additional content for Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia in the form of paid downloads.

Five DLC packs are coming in the weeks following the game’s May 19 launch. Content varies from exclusive classes to a prologue to the main game.

  • Season Pass (May 19, $44.99, 22 pieces of content): The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass includes all five DLC packs as they release. By purchasing the Season Pass, fans who want to receive all DLC will save more than 30 percent compared to purchasing all 22 pieces of content on their own.
  • DLC Pack #1 – Fledgling Warriors Pack (May 19, $7.99, three pieces of content): Ideal for early- to mid-game adventurers, this pack includes a new dungeon (The Astral Temple) and two new maps, great for gaining more items, money and experience points.
  • DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack (May 25, $9.99, three pieces of content): In addition to a new dungeon (The Inner Sanctum), this pack also includes two challenging news maps that stronger, more seasoned heroes will want to tackle.
  • DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack (May 25, $14.99, 10 pieces of content): The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don’t appear in the main game.
  • DLC Pack #4 – Rise of the Deliverance Pack (June 1, $12.99, four pieces of content): Discover the previously untold history of Valentia in this Prologue pack. Complete with new story content and additional voice acting that details the rise of the Deliverance in Zofia, this collection of challenging maps includes new support conversations between selected heroes, as well as the ability to take command of a character players won’t be able to control in the main game.
  • DLC Pack #5 ($5.99, two pieces of content): More information about this final DLC pack will be revealed in the future.

Free DLC will also be available at launch. For a limited time, players will be able to receive a surprise gift from the goddess Mila.

Source: Press Release

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