Jan 26

Japan-Exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf Items Coming to North America Next Month

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Animal Crossing New Leaf JP Distribution Event

Every two weeks beginning February 1, Nintendo of America will give away a new item in Animal Crossing: New Leaf via Nintendo Zones. What makes these items special is that they were all originally available only in the Japanese version of the game.

The in-game letter announcing the distribution event doesn’t say how many items are being gifted. Hopefully, Nintendo will put out a schedule before it begins.

Source: Tiny Cartridge

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Jan 25

This Week in Games: “It’s Like The Click-y Part at the Beginning of A Roller Coaster” Edition

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Roller Coaster

[Photo: Andréia Bohner]

You can just feel the anticipation building up for next month, when the New 3DS XL and a smattering of 3DS-enhanced titles finally get released in North America.

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Jan 24

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Demo Possibly Coming Soon

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Code Name STEAM Demo Code

Nintendo is reportedly planning to release a demo for Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

While the company hasn’t announced anything yet. Code vouchers have begun appearing at select GameStop stores. However, it seems as though the actual distribution period for the demo hasn’t begun yet, since any attempts to redeem the code result in an error.

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. comes out on March 13 in North America. It was recently revealed that it will be one of the first 3DS games to feature amiibo support, with the Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Robin amiibo unlocking their in-game counterparts.

Source: NeoGAF

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Jan 23

Suicune, Gardevoir and Pikachu Confirmed for Pokkén Tournament

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Pokken Tournament Pikachu

Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada and Masaaki Hoshino were both on hand at a special Famitsu stream on NicoNico to show off Pokkén Tournament. The latest build of the game featured three new fighters: Suicune, Gardevoir and Pikachu.

They also revealed that there will be assist pokémon. The following have been confirmed (from NeoGAF):

  • Snivy – Leaf Tornado (non-moving whirling tornado leaf)
  • Lapras – Surf (dash attack with Lapras)
  • Fennekin – Ember (lobs an explosive fire)
  • Emolga – Shockwave (cone electric projectiles)

Arcade location tests for the game will begin January 30 in Japan.

Source: NeoGAF

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Jan 22

eShop Thursday: “Someone Okayed This Name” Edition

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S.C.A.T. Box Art

The people at Natsume in the 90s were either not juvenile or incredibly naïve when they thought S.C.A.T. was a perfectly fine name for a game.

Well, that or they’re easily distracted by destruction, lasers and flying guys rocking porn ‘staches.

In other eShop news, Punch-Out!! for the Wii is now available for the Wii U. Remember, these Wii re-releases are half off for their first week.

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Jan 21

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Melee in the EVO 2015 Lineup

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EVO 2015 Lineup

The main lineup for this year’s Evolution Championship Series has been announced and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee will both be featured on the main stage.

Melee has seen a renewed surge in competitors since the 13-year-old game returned to EVO in 2013. In fact, last year’s tournament drew in a record 970 entrants, he most of any Smash tournament to date.

More details on the actual tournament schedule will emerge as the event approaches. EVO 2015 takes place from July 17 to 19 in Las Vegas.

Source: Shoryuken.com

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Jan 20

Club Nintendo Shutting Down

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After six years of offering members game downloads and exclusive rewards, Nintendo announced that they will be discontinuing the Club Nintendo customer loyalty program.

A new loyalty program is in the works, but the company will announce more in the future.

Members will have until June 30 to register games and spend any unused Coins before the program shuts down completely. On July 1, any leftover Coins will be deleted.

As a bit of a farewell gift, members will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D for free beginning next month. If you don’t already have a Club Nintendo account, you can still create one and be eligible for the free download. However, the deadline to create new accounts is March 31.

Other important Club Nintendo shut down dates:

  •  January 20, 2015 – Products released after this date are not eligible for registration with Club Nintendo.
  • March 31, 2015 – Last day to earn Coins, register products with Club Nintendo, and sign up for new Club Nintendo membership. Also the last day to reach Gold or Platinum Elite status.
  • April 1, 2015 – April 30, 2015 – Period to redeem Elite Status 2015 free game download.
  • June 30, 2015 – Last day to redeem Coins or access your account on the Club Nintendo website.
  • July 1, 2015 – All Club Nintendo accounts and coin totals will be deleted.

Source: Nintendo.com

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Jan 19

Majora’s Mask 3D Circle Pad Pro Support Confirmed

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Majora's Mask Circle Pad Pro Support

The C-Stick on the New 3DS lets you freely control the camera in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, but you’ll still be able to do that on the original 3DS and 3DS XL, provided you have a Circle Pad Pro.

Source: @jose_oter0

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Jan 18

This Week in Games: “More Stuff to Look Forward To” Edition

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS XL Bundle

Thanks to the most recent Nintendo Direct, we now have more games coming out in the near future.

Unfortunately, all of them are still a little less than a month away.

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Jan 17

Harmonix Gauging Interest in A New Current Gen Rock Band

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Rock Band Cover

The era of plastic instrument music games may have died off during Activision’s Guitar Hero days, but Harmonix, the studio behind the Rock Band series, is wondering if it’s about time to get the band back together.

The company created a survey asking fans of the Rock Band games to share a little bit about their playing habits from back in the day and what they would like to see from a hypothetical new game in the series, including what console they would like to see it on. Among the choices is the Wii U, which suggests that Harmonix is at least considering the console.

Source: My Nintendo News


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