Jun 27

Kirby’s Blowout Blast Heads to the 3DS eShop Next Week

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The second of three Kirby titles celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary is coming to the 3DS eShop on July 4 in Japan and July 6 in North America, Nintendo confirmed today.

Kirby’s Blowout Blast is a full, standalone game based on the Kirby 3D Rumble mini-game from Kirby: Planet Robobot. No price was announced for the North American release, but a recent trailer for the Japanese version revealed the game will go on sale for ¥750.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Jun 26

SNES Classic Edition Launches on September 29 in North America

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The highly-rumored SNES Classic Edition is real and will retail for $79.99 when it goes on sale on September 29 in North America. The system will also launch in Japan and Europe in its appropriate regional variant.

The SNES Classic Edition will come pre-loaded with 21 games, including Star Fox 2, which never released on the original Super Nintendo/Super Famicom.

The other titles are:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound (Replaced with Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem in Japan)
  • Final Fantasy III/VI
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course (Replaced with Legend of Mystical Ninja in Japan)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Replaced with Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers in Japan)
  • Super Castlevania IV (Replaced with Panel de Pon in Japan)
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!! (Replaced with Super Soccer in Japan)
  • Yoshi’s Island

Source: Nintendo.com

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Jun 25

This Week in Games: “DIY RPG” Edition

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With this week’s launch of RPG Maker Fes, you too can now make the RPG of your dreams.

Butts Quest XVII will become reality.

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Jun 24

More Than One Million Switches Sold in Japan

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Japanese website Dengeki Online reports that, after a little more than three months on the market, the Switch has managed to sell more than one million units in Japan.

Its current pace puts it well ahead of the Wii U, which sold 820,000 units in the same span of time, but still way behind the original Wii, which had sold 1.85 million units.

Earlier this week, Nintendo apologized for not being able to supply enough Switches to meet current demand, and promised that, in July and August, they would increase the amount of units they ship out.

Source: Dengeki Online [via Perfectly Nintendo], Nintendo.co.jp

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Jun 23

Animal Crossing Mobile Is Still Launching this Year

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Despite delays, the new Animal Crossing game planned for smart devices is still expected to launch this year, according to Nintendo COO Reggie Fils-Aimé, who confirmed the 2017 release in a recent interview with Waypoint.

“So, specifically now, Animal Crossing,” Reggie said. “Animal Crossing development continues quite strongly, the teams are very excited about what they have. It’s an application that is going to launch this year, as we’ve committed. And we’ll be sharing more information in due course. We believe, just as we’ve seen with Pokémon Go, just as we’ve seen with Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, we believe that the application will help broaden the user base for Animal Crossing, and it’s going to end up having a positive impact on our dedicated video game business of Animal Crossing. “

Nintendo originally announced the mobile version of Animal Crossing in April 2016. It was supposed to release before the end of the 2017 fiscal year in March, but the company delayed it so it would not interfere with the Android launch of Super Mario Run.

Source: Waypoint

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Jun 22

eShop Thursday: “Oasis In A Singed Land” Edition

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Ever Oasis unlocks in the 3DS eShop tomorrow, which means there’s a cheap excuse to use another lyric from “Rivers in the Desert” in the title.

Other notables this week include the ACA release of Fatal Fury 2 and the heavily-Zelda-inspired Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas, both of which are out today on the Switch.

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Jun 21

Pokémon GO Gym Update is Live on iOS and Android

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Niantic recently reopened Gyms in the latest update for Pokémon GO. As part of the update, they also launched a new Raid Battle mode.

From the Pokémon GO website:

A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.

Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own!

The full list of changes in the update include:

  • Gym features significantly updated to add the all-new motivation system.
  • Added new Gym Badge feature.
  • Added in-app and push notification system for Gyms.
  • Added Raid Battles, a new cooperative gameplay experience.
  • Added four new items available only by completing Raid Battles.
  • Added Raids tab to Nearby screen.
  • Added search functionality to Pokémon collection screen.
  • Added visual indicator to unvisited PokéStops.

Source: Pokemongo.nianticlabs.com

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Jun 20

Switch Update Adds Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad and Mayflash Adapter Support

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The Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad that HORI launched alongside the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament is apparently compatible with the Switch after the system’s most recent firmware update.

The controller does not have analog sticks, a Home button or a screenshot button, but it will still work with any Switch game that does not require them, like PuyoPuyo Tetris or the ACA NeoGeo titles.

Switch users have also discovered that the Mayflash GameCube controller adapter also works with the Switch, albeit with a few caveats: It needs to be plugged in with the black USB plug, the adapter needs to be in PC mode and the controller must be plugged into controller port 2.

When it does work, the analog stick functions as a D-Pad and the C-Stick is not mapped properly. Multiple controllers will act only as a single controller.

Source: r/NintendoSwitch

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Jun 19

New Features Added in Switch System Update Version 3.0.0

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The first significant firmware update for the Switch since the system launched last March is now live.

Among the biggest changes are the ability to add friends from your 3DS and Wii U friend lists, have the system locate missing Joy-Cons by pinging the rumble actuators and allow users to perform updates on controllers.

The update also addresses issues with problematic software updates and random HDMI input switching while the system is in Sleep Mode.

Full update notes:

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
    • To register, head to News > Find Channels
  • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
    • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
  • Receive notifications when your Friends go online
    • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
  • Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
    • To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
  • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
    • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
  • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
    • To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
  • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
    • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
      * This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
  • Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
  • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
    • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
      * The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
  • Update connected controllers
    • To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
  • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive
      * User save data is not deleted

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
  • Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode
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Jun 18

This Week in Games: “Creating Rivers in the Desert” Edition

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Nintendo gave Ever Oasis a bit of a push during E3, showing off the game during their Treehouse stream and releasing a demo on the 3DS eShop, and now the game is heading to stores this Friday. This will be Grezzo’s first solo developed title since StreetPass Garden.

Also, coming this week is Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition and the billionth re-release of Cave Story.

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