[Update: Apparently, Wii U GamePads have been available for purchase in Japan since 2012]
Wii U owners in Japan can now buy standalone GamePads for ¥13,824 yen (≈$112) in Nintendo’s online store.
The Wii U can only support one GamePad at a time. While Nintendo did say it was technically possible for the Wii U to support two GamePads before the system launched, that feature never actually came to fruition.
The GamePads are also region-locked, so don’t plan on importing unless you have a Japanese Wii U.
The third game in Shigesato Itoi’s Mother series is headed to the Wii U Virtual Console on December 17 in Japan and will cost ¥650 (≈$5). A Mother 3 pre-paid eShop card will also be released to commemorate the game’s re-release.
Nintendo hasn’t announced any plans to bring the game to other regions, leaving the fan translation as the only way to play the game in English.
Source: Nintendo Direct JapanNo comments
[Update: Nintendo Badge Arcade is out now in the North American eShop. Microtransactions cost $1.00]
Collectible Badge Center, the previously Japan-only game that let 3DS users win unique Nintendo icons that can be used to customize their Home Menu, is coming to Europe this Friday as Nintendo Badge Arcade.
The free-to-play game is based on classic arcade crane games and UFO catchers, testing the players’ skill and luck. Each day, players will get five free tries on a practice machine. It’s not possible to win actual badges in this machine. However, it is possible to win free plays for the machine that contains real badges.
Microtransactions will also be available in the form of five tries at the real badge machine for £0.90.
Source: Press ReleaseNo comments
The complete Splatoon soundtrack is releasing in Japan on October 21 for ¥3200 (≈$27). It has 61 tracks (37 songs, 10 jingles and 14 sound effects) split across two CDs, plus bonus cover art and liner notes from staff members.
But the best part of the whole thing? The album is called Splatune.
It’s brilliant wordplay like that that will make the heartbreak hurt so much more if the album doesn’t come out overseas.No comments
What do you prefer for breakfast: Rice or Bread? That’s the question Nintendo is asking Splatoon players for Japan’s first Splatfest, which runs from 6 p.m. JST on June 13 to 6 p.m. JST on June 14.
Splatfests are special in-game events that pit players against each other based on their selections in polls. Members of the winning team will reportedly win a Super Sea Snail – an item that allows a player to add an extra ability slot for a piece of gear or completely re-roll its abilities.
Personally, I’m expecting this team Bread to handily take this. After all, no one bumps into the love of their life by running to school with a bowl of rice in their mouth.No comments
Intelligent Systems shared some new details with 4Gamer.net about the upcoming 3DS Fire Emblem games they’re currently working on.
It was revealed when it was first announced that Fire Emblem if would come out as two separate games in Japan, Fire Emblem if: Byakuya Oukoku and Fire Emblem if: Anya Oukoku, each with their own different campaign. While both games will feature the same cast of characters, their personalities will differ depending on which side you ally with.
The Hoshido campaign in Byakuya Oukoku, is reportedly the easier of the two and will play similarly to Fire Emblem Awakening. However, in Anya Oukoku, the Nohr campaign will feature more difficult maps with varied completion requirements, like defending a base or finishing within a set amount of turns.
There will also be a third campaign, where the player allies with neither side, that will be a sort of middle ground in terms of difficulty.
When you buy the downloadable version of the game, you can play up to the fifth chapter, where you will choose which side you want to join. After that, you can then download the corresponding campaign for free. If you want to play the other campaign, you will have to purchase it separately.
Fire Emblem if: Byakuya Oukoku and Anya Oukoku are due out this June in Japan. Nintendo hasn’t said whether they will adopt this split-release model for the game’s release in other regions.No comments
The Shadow Pokémon Gengar will be a playable character in Bandai Namco’s upcoming arcade fighter Pokkén Tournament.
The character was announced this past weekend during a special stream for the game on Niconico. You can see a small sample of Gengar’s moveset in its reveal trailer, along with confirmation that it will be able to Mega Evolve into Mega Gengar.
With the addition of Gengar, Pokkén Tournament‘s playable roster is now up to seven. The game is due out in Japanese arcades sometime this summer.No comments
In addition to a bunch of Virtual Console games, members can get some exclusive shirts, 3DS themes, game soundtracks and accessories.
Why couldn’t we get the Blooper shirt, Nintendo?No comments
Corpse Party: Blood Covered …Repeated Fear ,the game that infamously brought the world the line about “buttering up your pooper,” is coming to the 3DS this summer in Japan, according to Famitsu.
They also report that the game will be based on the PSP remake. It’s currently unknown whether it will add anything new.
Source: SiliconeraNo comments