Jan 29

eShop Thursday: “Real Holographic Simulated Lincoln is Back” Edition

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Code Name STEAM Lincoln

Forget going to GameStop, the eShop demo for Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is available now for the general public.

It covers the first two missions of the game, where you can command Henry Fleming, John Henry, Lion and Tiger Lily. As a bonus, any sub weapons and medals you unlock in the demo can be transferred to the full game.

Also coming out today is Metroid Prime: Trilogy and Gunman Clive 2.

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Jan 28

Nintendo Sees Profitable Third Quarter

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Thanks in part to a weakening yen, Nintendo saw an increase in net income despite decreased overall sales during the nine-month period ending December 31, according to the company’s third quarter earnings release.

In their report, the company posted net sales of 442.9 billion yen, an 11.3 percent drop from the same period last year, along with a net income of 59.5 billion yen, a 483.7 percent increase.

Wii U hardware sold 3.03 million units worldwide this period, up from the 2.41 million units sold during the same period last year. On the software side, the Wii U also saw an overall increase in sales, with 20.6 million units sold worldwide compared to the 15.9 million units from last year’s nine-month period.

The 3DS put up better numbers than the Wii U, but still saw a decrease in overall hardware and software sales from last year, even with the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The handheld sold 7.1 million hardware units and 53 million software units worldwide, a drop from the 11.7 million hardware and 57.3 million software units sold worldwide during the same time last year.

Nintendo has modified their year-end forecast from May 2014 to reflect these recent changes. They now expect a 6.8 percent decrease in net sales and 50 percent decrease in operating income, but a 42.9 percent increase in ordinary income and 50 percent increase in net income.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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Jan 27

First Print Copies of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Comes with Soundtrack CD

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Copies from the initial batch of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will come with a bonus soundtrack sampler CD in Japan, Nintendo confirmed yesterday.

The album is actually identical to the one originally released with the Wii version of the game. It contains the following 12 tracks:

  • Main Theme – Yoko Shimomura
  • Colony 9 – Yoko Shimomura
  • Time to Fight – Yoko Shimomura
  • Gaur Plain – ACE+
  • Memories – Manami Kiyoto
  • Forest of the Nopon – Manami Kiyoto
  • You Will Know Our Names – ACE+
  • Mechonis Field – ACE+
  • Engage the Enemy – ACE+
  • Bionis’ Awakening – Manami Kiyoto
  • Once We Part Ways – ACE+
  • Beyond the Sky

This bonus has not yet been announced for other regions.

Source: @Nintendo [via NeoGAF]

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Jan 26

Japan-Exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf Items Coming to North America Next Month [Update: Distribution Period Outlined]

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Animal Crossing New Leaf JP Distribution Event

[Update: Nintendo confirmed that the items will be distributed through Nintendo Zones every two weeks from February 1 to November 7.]

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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