Shovel Knight Getting an amiibo Bundle in Japan

April 12th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Shovel Knight JP Bundle

The 3DS version of Shovel Knight is launching in Japan this June, and when it does, it will also be available as part of a bundle with the Shovel Knight amiibo.

The bundle is listed for ¥3,083 (≈$28) on Amazon Japan. A similar bundle has not been announced for North America or Europe.

Source: Amazon.co.jp [via My Nintendo News]

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amiibo Dioramas Go On Sale in Japan Later This Month

April 07th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Kirby amiibo Diorama

For people who want to prominently display their amiibo collections, Nintendo revealed a couple of diorama kits that are set to go on sale on April 28 in Japan.

Available in Kirby and Super Smash Bros. varieties, the displays have space for about four to five amiibo and include a small array of props. They are priced at ¥864 (≈$8) each.

Nintendo also plans to release a bundle that pairs the Kirby diorama with the new Kirby amiibo for ¥2,160 (≈$20). It will launch alongside the other dioramas.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp

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Zero Time Dilemma Bonus Book Included With Pre-Orders in Japan

April 06th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Zero Escape Zero Time Dilemma Art Book JP

Japanese pre-orders for Zero Time Dilemma, the third game in the Zero Escape series, will come with a 48-page “premium booklet,” featuring art from character artist Rui Tomono, a piece by series director and writer Kotaro Uchikoshi, and additional content exclusive to the bonus.

Zero Time Dilemma comes to the 3DS and Vita on June 30 in Japan. The game releases a couple of days earlier on June 28 in North America and Europe. A PC release was confirmed and will be released later this year.

Source: Siliconera

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Nintendo Ending Original DS Repair in Japan

April 04th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo DS

Due to difficulties acquiring necessary parts, Nintendo Japan will discontinue repair services for the original DS (model NTR-001) on April 30 or until their repair supplies run out, whichever comes first.

The parts issue appears to only affect the original DS, as the company’s official statement says that they will continue to accept repairs for the DS Lite (USG-001), DSi (TWL-001), and DSi LL (UTL-001).

Source: Nintendo.co.jp (Google Translate) [via Nintendo Everything]

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Pokémon Sun and Moon May Debut on Japanese TV This Week

March 26th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Pokemon Sun Moon logos

The next pair of Pokémon games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, may make their first televised appearance on the Japanese variety show “Gathering in the Pokémon House?” on April 3.

Serebii.net reports that Pokémon series director Junichi Masuda, battle director Shigeki Morimoto and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire director Shigeru Ohmori are all scheduled to appear on that day to talk about the new games.

“Gathering in the Pokémon House?” is a variety show targeted primarily at children. As Serebii describes, it is not a news program and most of what they present as new information has usually already been revealed through other outlets.

So, it is very possible that whatever they plan to talk about will pop up before the show next month.

Source: Serebii.net

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Miitomo Downloaded One Million Times in Three Days

March 21st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Miitomo 02

Despite Nintendo not wanting to talk about download numbers last week, the official Miitomo Twitter account announced that the mobile communication app recently surpassed one million downloads after being available for three days.

Miitomo‘s immediate popularity was enough to bump off Line as the most popular social-networking app in the App Store. It’s expected to launch in more regions later this month.

Source: @Miitomo_JP

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Miitomo Dethrones Line as the Top iOS App in the Japanese App Store

March 19th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Miitomo 03

Nintendo’s first major mobile app Miitomo is off to a strong start in Japan, where it managed to knock off the messaging app Line from its number one social-networking app spot in the Japanese iOS App Store on launch day.

It’s a significant achievement for the company, given Line‘s dominance in the region. Unfortunately, Nintendo refuses to disclose the download numbers for Miitomo, making it hard to figure out exactly how well the app is doing.

Miitomo is scheduled to launch in 15 more countries, including the United States, later this month.

Source: Forbes, Bloomberg

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My Nintendo Launches in Japan

March 17th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

My Nintendo Mobile

The replacement for Club Nintendo is officially open in Japan. Launching alongside the company’s first mobile app, Miitomo, My Nintendo offers members 3DS themes, discounts on eShop titles and even full game downloads in exchange for Gold and Platinum points.

To earn points, Nintendo set up a series of “Missions” members can complete by completing various tasks. Gold Points can be earned by purchasing items in the eShop, while Platinum Points can be earned by doing things like linking your Twitter and Facebook accounts to My Nintendo or just logging in to the eShop weekly.

Nintendo Everything put together a full list of the things available at launch:

Miitomo

  • Mario Suit – 250 Platinum Points – can be redeemed until 5/1
  • 1 game ticket – 85 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 5 times until 4/1
  • 5 game tickets – 420 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 2 times until 4/1
  • 10 game tickets – 250 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time

Discounts

  • 20% off Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) – 950 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 20% off Dr. Luigi (Wii U) – 230 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 20% off New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) – 750 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 20% off Brain Age: Concentration Training (3DS) – 600 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 40% off Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) – 130 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 40% off Ultimate NES Remix (3DS) – 105 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 50% off Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS) – 50 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 40% off New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U) – 160 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 50% off Metroid: Other M (Wii U) – 90 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • 50% off Super Mario Galaxy (Wii U) – 90 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1

Games

  • My Nintendo Picross – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS) – 1,000 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 10/1
  • Super Mario 64 (Wii U) – 120 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 8/1
  • New Super Luigi U (Wii U) – 240 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 8/1
  • Pikmin 3 DLC: Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10 (Wii U) – 30 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 8/1
  • WarioWare: Touched! (3DS) – 1,000 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS) – 50 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii U) – 320 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
  • Metroid: Fusion (Wii U) – 85 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 8/1
  • Super Punch-Out!! (Wii U) – 100 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 8/1

3DS Themes

  • My Nintendo Theme 1: Mario – 200 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 5/1
  • My Nintendo Theme 2: Donkey Kong – 200 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 5/1

Source: Nintendo Everything, @FarmboyinJapan [via NeoGAF]

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Official Splatoon Water Gun Goes on Sale in Japan This Summer

March 16th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Splatoon Water Gun

Just in time for summer, Japan is getting an official squirt gun modeled after the Splattershot from Splatoon. It goes on sale on July 18 for ¥2,700 (≈$24).

With the trucker hats, the King of Games shirts and now this, it’s looking like it’s getting a lot easier to cosplay as an inkling.

Source: @HMV_GAME [via My Nintendo News]

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Japan’s Inaugural Splatfest Starts This Weekend

June 08th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Splatoon JP Splatfest Rice Bread

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.

Source: @SplatoonJP [via The Tanooki]

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