Dec 10

Nintendo and Best Buy Announce “Sunday Funday” Demo Event

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Nintendo is partnering with Best Buy to hold demo events at participating stores across the U.S. between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow, December 11.

Visitors will have a chance to try out some of Nintendo’s holiday titles, like Paper Mario: Color Splash and Pokémon Sun and Moon.

The full list of participating locations is available after the break. It can also be found on Nintendo.com.

Source: Nintendo

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Dec 9

Super Mario Run Collaboration Items Come to Miitomo

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Nintendo is adding several Super Mario Run-themed items to Miitomo in celebration of the mobile runner’s upcoming launch.

Until January 12, Miitomo users can play the Miitomo Drop mini-game for a chance to win Bowser, Peach and Toad outfits, along with Super Mario Run wallpaper and flooring.

In the Miitomo Shop, users can spend their Miitomo Coins on the Little Goomba and Little Boo buddy items or the Super Mario Run varsity jacket.

For those that could use some extra Coins, there is a new promotion where users that purchase 1,000 Miitomo Coins using real money will receive a one-time bonus of 4,000 Miitomo Coins for free.

Source: Miitomo.com

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Dec 9

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Heads to Retail on December 20

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Publisher XSEED Games confirmed today that the retail version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to the PS4 and Vita on December 20 in North America, the same day as the digital release. The Wii U version will come out a week later on December 27.

Dubbed the “Risky Beats” edition, the physical release comes with a 20-song soundtrack CD for $29.99.

Source: @XSEEDGames

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Dec 9

An Internet Connection is Mandatory to Play Super Mario Run

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Aside from having a compatible mobile device, one of the requirements necessary to play Super Mario Run is an internet connection.

In an interview with Mashable, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that there would be no way to play the game offline. He explained that the decision to make the game online-only was for security reasons.

For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us,” Miyamoto said. “And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment. “

Miyamoto mentioned that, during the game’s development, there were considerations for an offline mode.

“We had thought at one point that it would be nice to have the World Tour [story] mode available standalone, to be able to play without that connection. But then the challenge is when that’s operating in a standalone mode, it actually complicates the connection back to the Toad Rally and Kingdom modes. And because those two modes are relying on the network save, we had to integrate the World Tour mode as well.”

In a separate statement issued to Polygon, Nintendo provided additional information for Super Mario Run‘s need for an internet connection.

Online connectivity allows us to offer a variety of features and services that enhance the play experience. Super Mario Run is not a static experience, but rather one that players can continue to return to again and again to enjoy something new and unexpected. For example, online connectivity can offer the following:

Access to other users’ play data and scores for automatically generated Toad Rally challenges.

In-game events that will offer players new challenges and rewards for a limited time.

Linkage to Nintendo Account to access save data from multiple devices. For example, if players have Super Mario Run on their iPhone and iPad, they can share one save file across the different devices. However, this save data cannot be used with different devices at the same time.

Super Mario Run launches in Apple’s App Store on December 15. It will be free to start with the option to unlock the rest of the game for a one-time purchase of $9.99. An Android version is scheduled to come out next year.

Source: Mashable, Polygon

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Dec 8

eShop Thursday: “The Baby The Baby The Baby” Edition

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Mostly older releases this week. The infamous Metroid: Other M is now available on the Wii U for $19.99. It’s joined by Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on the Wii U Virtual Console.

On the 3DS, there’s the digital release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo and the New 3DS Virtual Console launch of the overlooked SNES classic Demon’s Crest.

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Dec 8

Nintendo Switch Appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night to promote the upcoming release of Super Mario Run, but later in the segment, he surprised the late night host by debuting a functioning Nintendo Switch running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Fallon, an avid gamer who has had several video game-related guests on his show in the past, was familiar with the new console’s features, even managing to talk about the system’s different configurations before Reggie had a chance.

Nintendo plan to announce a release date, price and software information for the Switch on January 12. They will also host a private, hands-on event on January 13 in New York.

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Dec 8

NES Classic Editions On Sale Now at Amazon Books Stores

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Following yesterday’s tease, Amazon announced today that NES Classic Editions are now on sale at their Amazon Books stores in Seattle, Portland and San Diego.

The retailer did not specify how many units would be available, but they are limiting purchases to one per customer.

Amazon also assured customers that there would be more opportunities to get an NES Classic Edition this holiday season.

Source: @amazongames

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Dec 7

Amazon Preparing An Announcement Regarding the NES Classic

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Amazon is getting ready to make a couple of announcements this coming week that deal with the incredibly-hard-to-find NES Classic Edition.

While many are assuming this points to an upcoming restock of the system, the online retailer has yet to confirm a resupply.

Source: @amazongames

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Dec 7

Niantic Add Multiple Pokémon Transfers to Pokémon GO, Tease Announcement of Additional Pokémon

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The latest update to Pokémon GO lets players finally select multiple Pokémon at one time to transfer to Professor Willow in exchange for stat-increasing Candy. To do this, players just need to press and hold on the Pokémon they wish to select.

Other changes in the new update include:

  • Pokémon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.
  • The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy information screen.
  • The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokémon that has ever been your buddy.
  • Minor text fixes.

In a separate announcement, developer Niantic also teased the reveal of info on more Pokémon coming to Pokémon GO. They suggest that people “keep an eye out on our social media channels” on December 12.

Source: Pokemongolive.com, 2

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Dec 7

Sayonara! BoxBoy! Announced for Japan

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Nintendo announced and launched the official site for Sayonara! BoxBoy!, the third entry in Hal Laboratory’s BoxBoy series. The game will come out in the Japanese 3DS eShop on February 2 for ¥680 (≈$6).

A physical release, which includes all three BoxBoy! games, a Qbby amiibo and a 34-track soundtrack, is also scheduled to come out on February 2. It will retail for ¥3456 (≈$30).

Source: GoNintendo [via TinyCartridge]

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