Cloud from FINAL FANTASY VII Headed to Super Smash Bros.; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Revealed; Original Pokémon Games Return and More!

VANCOUVER, B.C., November 12, 2015 – Nintendo debuted a new Nintendo Direct presentation today, revealing details about several new and upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Some of the exciting news included the reveal that iconic video game character Cloud from FINAL FANTASY VII will be added as a playable DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Other notable announcements included the reveal of an HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii U console, a new Wii U bundle featuring Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and news that the Pokémon games that started it all – Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version – will launch with new wireless communication functionality on Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS system on February 27. To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit

“There’s never been a better time to join in on the fun with Nintendo,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director. “From new experiences like Xenoblade Chronicles X that you can enjoy this year to re-imagined favourites like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon coming in 2016, we have you covered with games you’re sure to love.”

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:


Wii U and Nintendo 3DS


·         A New Challenger Approaches!: Cloud Strife, the legendary protagonist from the classic RPG game FINAL FANTASY VII, will enter the battlefield as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in the future. A special video presentation will be released in December, which will share more updates about the hit fighting games. More information is available at


Wii U


·         The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD: Originally released for Wii and Nintendo GameCube systems in 2006, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a visually-remastered remake of one of the most critically-acclaimed games in The Legend of Zelda series. The new game launches on March 4 in a bundle with a detailed new amiibo figure modeled after the Wolf Link and Midna characters in the game. The game will also be compatible with five other The Legend of Zelda amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series.

·         The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (name not final): Next year marks the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series. And with that comes The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, the next entry in the storied franchise. During the Nintendo Direct presentation, it was revealed that certain saved data from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wolf Link amiibo can be carried over to this new game.

·         New Wii U Bundle: A new Wii U Deluxe Set that includes the Wii U console and pre-installed versions of hit games Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches this holiday season. More information about this bundle and other holiday deals from Nintendo will be shared later this month.

·         Pokkén Tournament: A collaboration between The Pokémon Company and BANDAI Namco Entertainment, Pokkén Tournament is a new fighting game for Wii U that lets players use their favourite Pokémon characters to battle it out in fighting arenas. Fans who purchase a first-run version of the game at retail will receive a limited-edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that immediately unlocks the character in the game after tapping it to the GamePad. Pokkén Tournament launches exclusively for Wii U in Spring 2016.

·         Star Fox Zero: Star Fox Zero delivers a new beginning for the classic shooter series. With a unique control scheme that uses both the TV screen and the screen on the GamePad, players pilot multiple vehicles through intergalactic levels with Fox and his classic crew in Star Fox Zero. The game launches exclusively for Wii U on April 22.

·         An Ink-redible Splatoon Update: Today at 5 p.m. PT, a free new update for Splatoon adds more than 40 pieces of new gear, including more winter items and some slick bandanas. And on November 13 at 6 p.m. PT, another free new update adds a new stage called Museum d’Alfonsino. Further stages and features will be added in future updates through January. An official Nintendo Treehouse Splatoon Tournament will happen in December, featuring competitive game play as well as tips for players about setting up their own tournaments. The tournament will be live streamed at, and

·         Super Mario Maker Powers Up Once Again: In December, a new Web portal will offer a more robust search function to find and filter levels in Super Mario Maker across a variety of Web-enabled devices to play when you get home!

·         Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival: By tapping any of the Animal Crossing amiibo figures, players can play as that character in the game’s main mode, a dynamic board game. Players can also tap in their Animal Crossing amiibo cards to play other modes like an Animal Crossing quiz. The Wii U game that includes the Isabelle and Digby amiibo figures and three amiibo cards launches on November 13 at a suggested retail price of $79.99, the same day as the standalone Animal Crossing amiibo figures.

·         Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: On November 20, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches exclusively for Wii U at a suggested price of $64.99. The game includes a fun New Super Mario Bros. power-up, the Mega Mushroom, which is featured in the over-the-top “Mega Battle Mode.” Players can also select “Classic Mode” to enjoy a more traditional game of tennis. Players can compete online or together via local play, and the game is compatible with amiibo in select modes, including online matches.

·         Xenoblade Chronicles X: Massive RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X launches exclusively for Wii U on December 4 at a suggested retail price of $74.99. For people who purchase the physical version of the game, four free high-speed data loading packs are available to download from the Nintendo eShop starting today. The data packs greatly increase the speed of loading times in the game, but are not required to play.


Nintendo 3DS


·         Where it all Began: The original Pokémon games – Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version – are coming to the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on February 27, the same day that the original games first released in Japan in 1996. And there’s no need to pull out those old Game Boy Game Link cables while playing. Using the wireless communication on Nintendo 3DS, players can trade Pokémon with other players.

·         Hyrule Warriors: Legends: Take the epic Hyrule Warriors experience on the go! Hyrule Warriors: Legends offers players the entire Hyrule Warriors game on Nintendo 3DS … but with even more content! This time, Tetra, Toon Link and the King of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker join the Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the battlefield. In addition, new character Linkle, a girl who lives in a small village filled with Cuccos and wields two crossbows, joins the large cast of playable characters. Players will be able to command multiple characters, taking direct control of them at any time, leading to new strategic options on the battlefield. Hyrule Warriors: Legends launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 25.

·         Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: The hilarious Mario & Luigi series meets the charming Paper Mario series in the Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam game, launching exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on January 22 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. Using compatible amiibo, players can create a corresponding character card in the game, which has powerful effects during battle.

·         Fire Emblem Fates: There are multiple adventures waiting to be experienced in Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS. By purchasing one of the two main games – Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest – either at retail locations or in the Nintendo eShop starting February 19, players choose to embark on a unique quest with a different story and different experiences. The decision that the player makes early in the game will dictate the game’s story and difficulty. After purchasing one game, the downloadable version of the other will be available as a reduced price via an in-game purchase. There will even be a third downloadable version in the near future, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, for players who own either Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and want to take on a new challenge and experience an alternative version of the game. For fans of the series, a special edition will be available that includes all three games, an artbook and a Nintendo 3DS XL pouch.

·         The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes DLC: New free DLC is coming on December 2, adding Linebeck’s Uniform and Fierce Deity Armor outfits, each with unique powers, as well as the new Den of Trials with more than 30 stages to conquer. The upcoming software update also makes it more convenient to get Friendly Tokens by purchasing them from the Street Merchant once the princess’ curse has been lifted. Additionally, two adjustments will ensure a more comfortable online experience: By answering a question before matchmaking, you will be matched with other players who gave similar answers, plus players who leave a game in progress through the Pause menu can be added to the blacklist.

·         Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: Players can become one of 20 Pokémon in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, launching for Nintendo 3DS on November 20 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. With turn-based battles and ever-changing dungeons, players can encounter every single known Pokémon in the game – all 720 of them!

·         Nintendo Badge Arcade: Now available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Badge Arcade is a free-to-start game that lets players control a classic arcade-style crane machine to earn badges from popular titles to customize their Nintendo 3DS HOME menus. The game is constantly being updated with new badges, so it’s always great to keep checking back!

·         Two Dragon Quest Games are Better than One: The lineup of RPGs on Nintendo 3DS continues to grow with classic games Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, both remastered for Nintendo 3DS and coming in 2016.

·         Pokémon Picross: The popular Picross series meets the lovable world of Pokémon when free-to-start game Pokémon Picross launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS in early December.




·         January 22nd sees the release of Lucas in the Super Smash Bros. series, amiibo figures for Resetti, Blathers, Celeste and Kicks in the Animal Crossing series, and Series 2 of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards.




·         FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS from Square Enix, Inc. (Nintendo 3DS): In the first FINAL FANTASY action-RPG on Nintendo 3DS, players journey to an island filled with mystical crystals protected by powerful eidolons. More than 20 jobs can be learned, each with its own set of special skills. When FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS launches exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on January 26, it will include all the DLC that was previously released in Japan. Multiplayer functionality for up to four players is enabled through Nintendo 3DS local wireless communication.

·         Mega Man Legacy Collection from Capcom (Nintendo 3DS): Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber has been a classic part of Nintendo history since the NES days. Mega Man Legacy Collection launches for Nintendo 3DS on February 23 and features faithful reproductions ofthe first six NES Mega Man games (Mega Man 1-6), plus new ways to experience these classics with Challenge Mode’s remix stages and Museum Mode’s repository of original production art. In addition, the game comes with exclusive new challenges that can be unlocked using the Mega Man amiibo. But that’s not the only amiibo that can unlock these bonus challenges! A new gold-coloured Mega Man amiibo figure also launches as part of the Mega Man Legacy Collection Collector’s Edition.

·         Hive Jump from Graphite Lab (Wii U): Players shoot their way through dangerous alien infestations in Hive Jump, a frenetic run ’n’ gun platformer for one to four players. Hive Jump launches in the Nintendo eShop with exclusive Wii U features in early 2016.

·         Kerbal Space Program from Squad (Wii U): By using the Wii U GamePad, players can take part in the complete space agency experience, from building a spaceship part by part, to mission control by flying their creation and conquering the planets and moons of the solar system. Kerbal Space Program launches in Nintendo eShop for Wii U in early 2016.

·         SteamWorld Heist from Image & Form (Nintendo 3DS): For a limited time, players who purchase side-scrolling, turn-based strategy shooter SteamWorld Heist in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS when it launches this holiday season will receive an exclusive Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme.

·         FAST Racing Neo from Shin’en (Wii U): It’s almost here! FAST Racing Neo, the high-octane racing game with up to eight-player online multiplayer, launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in early December.

·         Typoman from Headup Games and Brainseed Factory (Wii U): Typoman is a puzzling platformer that tells a dark tale of heroes and monsters, where words can either be a blessing ...or a curse! Using the GamePad in a unique way, in Typoman players set out on an adventure to explore the incredible power of words and how they can be used to survive the environmental hazards and overcome vicious enemies. The game launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on November 19.

·         Mighty No. 9 from Deep Silver (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS): From Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, comes Mighty No. 9. This action side-scroller can be played solo or with two players in online co-op and competitive modes. The Wii U version of the game launches on February 9, with a Nintendo 3DS version following shortly thereafter.

·         LEGO Marvel’s Avengers from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS): With an extensive roster of new characters to play, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers features storylines and locations from six different films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as classic Avengers content seen in Marvel Comics, all retold with a unique splash of LEGO humor. The game launches for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on January 26.

·         Project X Zone 2 from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.  (Nintendo 3DS): Everyone’s favourite Capcom, SEGA and BANDAI NAMCO characters are crossing over once again in Project X Zone 2. But this time Nintendo is also joining the fun by adding Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening and Fiora from Xenoblade Chronicles to the game. Project X Zone 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on February 16.

·         Terraria from 505 Games (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS): In Terraria, players explore vast fantasy worlds and wage war on hundreds of enemies and giant bosses using weapons and armor they craft themselves. They can even use the touch-screen interface on the Nintendo 3DS system or the Wii U GamePad to reach directly into the world of Terraria, fashioning elaborate and amazing structures with their fingertips. It’s also possible to share the adventure with friends, with online and split-screen multiplayer for Wii U and local play for Nintendo 3DS. Hundreds of hours of entertainment await in Terraria, launching in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in early 2016.

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Posted on November 12, 2015 and filed under News.

My Steam Controller came

My unboxing video on Periscope is here.

My new Steam Controller came and I opened it. After putting in the batteries, I tried it on my Mac. And while it let me navigate around Big Picture Mode, it didn't seem to be recognized in Hotline Miami.

I'll give it a try on my PC tomorrow. Also, did you know that it can do motion control? That means I can play shooters on my PC with motion control like in Splatoon. Boom.

It's a whole new world, baby.

Posted on November 11, 2015 and filed under Reviews.

Nintendo Direct and Badge Arcade on 3DS

A couple of highlights today:

Nintendo Direct returns on November 12th

Badge Arcade comes to 3DS in Europe on November 13th

If you don't know what that is, it's an app that's available on the Japanese 3DS (aka Collectible Badge Center), where you can play with virtual claw machines to try to win prizes, namely, little badges that you can put on your 3DS home screen. You use real money to buy turns to play the virtual arcade machines. The news that this is coming to the West is long overdue. I expect that it will come to NA as well, and be one of the announcements in the Nintendo Direct.

Posted on November 10, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo's President Answers Investor Questions

Investors had a chance to ask the management team at Nintendo about their concerns after the Financial Results Briefing recently. Predictably, most of their questions had to do with mobile, but there was some discussion of NX, as well as new IP. 

Here's an excerpt from the appropriately titled "Corporate Management Policy Briefing / Semi-Annual Financial Results Briefing for the 76th Fiscal Term Ending March 2016" document:

Question: The smartphone app market appears to already be saturated with the lack of new ideas. With its new applications, is Nintendo attempting to dramatically change the play structure there? What you have just shown to us today may be only a small portion of the entire application, but isn’t placing importance on communication for the Nintendo app deviating from the core essence of Nintendo’s way of making video games?

 Although we have introduced Miitomo as a “communication application,” we believe that it is a unique and Nintendo-like application in terms of the fact that it will encourage people who usually do not proactively share messages and information with others to enjoy a new type of communication by utilizing Nintendo’s IP called Mii.

Shinya Takahashi (Director, General Manager of Entertainment Planning & Development Division):
Miitomo will be closely linked to “My Nintendo” and “Nintendo Account,” which we have also announced today. Those who have used Miitomo during the development at Nintendo have already experienced the joy of discovering unknown aspects about their long-time colleagues whom they thought they knew very well. We believe that smart device users will enjoy Miitomo as we are offering Nintendo IP called Mii with which anyone can feel an affinity. 
 Other than this first application called Miitomo, we are planning other applications that will work with Nintendo’s dedicated video game systems. For our applications that will be enjoyed only on smart devices, we are creating ideas so that even those smart device users who do not usually play with applications can enjoy them.

Shigeru Miyamoto (Senior Managing Director, Creative Fellow):
 Just as you mentioned, the situation of the smart device application market is that an enormous amount of titles exist and there are several established styles that are popular with users.
 If we can expand to smart devices what we have been challenging ourselves with on Nintendo’s dedicated game systems by taking advantage of the unique characteristics of smart devices, we believe that Nintendo will be able to create a new style of games and spread them all around the world.
 By asking DeNA to support us in as many of the operational aspects as possible, Nintendo would like to focus on “creating new things.”
 While it is important for us to earn profits from our smart device business alone, our primary objective is to encourage smart device users to be interested in and to play with our dedicated video game systems, and we are focused on this goal.

via Nintendo

Posted on November 5, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo Earnings Report - What to look for

Takashi Mochizuki at the WSJ blog Digits:

–CEO TATSUMI KIMISHIMA: This will be the first earnings report issued by Nintendo under the leadership of new CEO Tatsumi Kimishima. He has attended these briefings as Mr. Iwata’s lieutenant, but was mostly silent. Analysts will look for him to explain his views on key strategies and will likely compare his performance to that of his predecessor.

–MORE TIE-UP DEALS: Nintendo is opening up, striking many surprising partnership deals recently, including with smartphone game provider DeNA Co.2432.TO +0.87%,Comcast Corp.CMCSA +0.45% theme-park subsidiary Universal Parks & Resorts as well as Google-spinout Niantic Inc. Former Nintendo Chief Executive Satoru Iwata, who died of cancer in July, had said the firm aimed to expand the use of Nintendo characters to help popularize Nintendo games.

EARNINGS FORECAST: According to a poll of five analysts by financial data provider Nikkei Quick, Nintendo is expected to post a net profit of 16.1 billion yen ($133 million) for the half-year period, up from a 14.3 billion yen profit in the year-earlier period. For the July-September quarter, the analysts expect a 6.9 billion yen net profit, down from 24.2 billion yen.

Posted on October 26, 2015 and filed under News.

How Far I Got - Explody Bomb Impressions

Game: Explody Bomb – Alkterios Games LLC
by Ryan Thompson

Unique take on addictive “Flappy” style gameplay, utilizing the dual-screen setup of the WiiU.
Reminiscent of Early NES arcade games, such as Balloon Fight.
Value priced ($1.99) with potential for long term replay.

Necessary to shoot all enemies on screen (except stars), rather than avoid them.
Difficult to identify enemies on the plane’s (TV) screen.
Plane’s slow fire rate resulted in multiple deaths that could have been avoided.

Disclosure: Derek from Alkterios Games, LLC is a Twitter Connection and Splatoon buddy. I was provided code of the game from him.

I spent a half-hour with Explody Bomb. I reached a high score of five points. The first WiiU eShop release from Alkterios Games LLC, Explody Bomb is a “Flappy Bird-like” game (that’s a thing, right? If not, it should be). Unlike the countless Flappy Bird clones that appeared on mobile devices following the original’s runaway success, Explody Bomb adds a few twists to the basic gameplay, utilizing the dual screens of the WiiU.

Using the gamepad, Explody Bomb puts flying in one direction avoiding obstacles action ON TWO SCREENS! On the TV, the player pilots a plane (it and pilot are reminiscent of the NES’ Balloon Fight sprites). On the gamepad, a bomb is guided up and down along a line. The plane can move in all directions and fire a projectile at enemies on the main screen, and the bomb remains directly below the plane. Control of the plane utilizes the left thumbstick and A button to fire its weapon, while the bomb is moved vertically using the right thumbstick.

The ideas added to Explody Bomb differentiate it from other clones, but also add some problems. Enemies don’t do much to indicate a threat on the screen. Cause of many of my deaths was a static missile looking device that didn’t strike me as anything other than an object to be avoided. The plane’s fire rate feels just a tad too slow, often preventing it from being useful. I found myself failing without hitting obstacles, learning later that all enemies on screen (except stars) have to be shot. I guess they explode or something, ending your progress. So, the slow fire rate becomes more of an issue. I tried to play the game on just the gamepad; this is a true dual-screen game, you must look at both the TV and WiiU Gamepad simultaneously. I’m glad to see games utilize the pad, but I was confused at first. Not seeing the directions displayed on the TV will do that. This is a first release; I’d enjoy seeing the developer refine and modernize the ideas here in a future version.

Explody Bomb is a simple concept that provides a deep challenge. I commend the developer for making use of both screens and doing something with the Flappy concept that truly felt different. It was very difficult to manage looking at both screens at the same time, and I found myself sitting as far away from the television as possible to keep both in my field of view. The necessity of shooting enemies on the TV screen adds another layer of challenge to the gameplay. If you enjoy the style of games like this, Explody Bomb is worth a look, and at $1.99 won’t hurt your eShop budget too much.

About the Author
Ryan isn’t a game journalist, but he enjoys writing about his hobby.
He hopes you’ll chat and play some games with him @zoso1701 on Twitter, Miiverse and Steam.
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Posted on September 18, 2015 and filed under Reviews.

Starfox Zero delayed until 2016

Creator Shigeru Minamoto took to Facebook to make the announcement:

A Message from Mr. Miyamoto Regarding Star Fox Zero

I made a big decision last week.

We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.

To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.

Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.

Posted on September 18, 2015 and filed under News.

Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition December 4th

Launching alongside the standalone version of massive Wii U role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles X on Dec. 4 is a Special Edition overflowing with great content. Perfect for fans who want to experience everything Xenoblade Chronicles X has to offer, players who purchase the Special Edition at a suggested retail price of $89.99 will get a beautifully designed package that contains:

  • The Xenoblade Chronicles X game
  • A gorgeous book of concept art with more than 100 pages, featuring select art for the very first time
  • A unique USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game’s memorable soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

Unique to North America, this Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition is now available for pre-order at select retailers nationwide.

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo Announces 2 new 3DS systems coming this fall including regular sized New Nintendo 3DS with cover plates

Other GameStop Manager Conference Announcements Include amiibo Cards and Wii Remote Plus Controllers

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 31, 2015 – At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.

In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.

Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.

“More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”

New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device*. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.

Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designergame on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer by purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.

Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.

Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app.

For more information about New Nintendo 3DS, visit

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or

*A #0 crosshead screwdriver (sold separately) is required to remove and attach cover plates on the New Nintendo 3DS system.

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo announces games and dates for the rest of 2015

Aiming to keep momentum going through the holidays

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 24, 2015 – Ensuring that 2015 is packed with gaming fun for everyone, Nintendo announces a robust lineup of games and special offers for the remainder of the year. The Wii U home console and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems will showcase a huge number of games, most of which are exclusive to those platforms.

“Nintendo has games, amiibo and systems to satisfy all kinds of players, whether they’re looking for back-to-school gifts or getting an early start on their holiday shopping,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “No one can match the quality or uniqueness of what Nintendo has to offer for the rest of 2015.”
Here’s a look at what Nintendo has on tap for the rest of 2015:

Wii U Bundle
· Walmart and will be the exclusive retailers for a special Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle that includes the game, Idea Book and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo. The bundle goes on sale the 11th of September for $299.96.

Wii U Games
· Super Mario Maker launches on the 11th of September at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Yoshi’s Woolly World launches Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The game will also be available in a bundle that includes a green Yarn Yoshi amiibo at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The green Yarn Yoshi is available as part of the bundle, with individual pink and light-blue Yarn Yoshi amiibo also launching on Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $16.99 each.
· A new combo pack that includes two great games goes on sale Oct. 16. The pack includes both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, co-developed by Koei Tecmo Games, launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Oct. 22 for $49.99, just in time for Halloween. Players can download this free-to-start game and play the prologue, chapter 1 and most of chapter 2 for free. The full version of the game can be purchased as DLC directly from the Nintendo eShop or via the in-game menu.
· Star Fox Zero launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Xenoblade Chronicles X launches Dec. 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Devil’s Third launches Dec. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and amiibo figures for Animal Crossingcharacters Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel and Lottie launch Holiday 2015.
· Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches Holiday 2015.
· Runbow from 13AM Games will launch in North America on Aug. 27 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. For the first month after launch, anyone who downloaded the Nindies@Home demo version will receive 15 percent off the regular price of $14.99. Runbow is an up-to-nine-player action platform party game that includes guest characters from some of the Nintendo eShop’s most popular indie titles, like Azure Striker GunvoltShovel KnightGuacamelee! and Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
· Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition from Disney Interactive launches Aug. 30 at a suggested retail price of $64.99.
· The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack for Wii U from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $74.99. For the first time in Skylandershistory, two of Nintendo’s iconic characters – Donkey Kong and Bowser – will guest star as playable characters and will also work with select amiibo-compatible games with a simple twist of the character’s base. Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser will be exclusively playable on Wii U, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
· LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launches Sept. 27 at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Additional LEGO Dimensions Level, Team and Fun Packs will also be available on Sept. 27 at the respective suggested retail prices of $29.99, $24.99 and $14.99.
· Guitar Hero Live from Activision launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $99.99.
· Just Dance 2016 from Ubisoft launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
· Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games – winner of more than 100 awards, including many “Game of the Year” accolades – is coming to retail stores. The classically styled adventure launches on Wii U in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

Nintendo 3DS Games
· Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer launches Sept. 25 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. The set of 100 Animal Crossing amiibo cards, which are compatible with the game, launch the same day. The game comes with one complimentary amiibo card, so players can experience how to use the cards to bring additionalAnimal Crossing characters into the game. People who opt to download the digital version of the game in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at the same price will receive an exclusive Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer HOME Menu Theme instead of an amiibo card. Cards are sold separately in packs of six at a suggested retail price of $5.99 per pack. A bundle also launching on Sept. 25 includes the game, one amiibo card and the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The wireless NFC Reader/Writer is also sold separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99.
· Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash launches Oct. 9 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. A bundle that includes the Chibi-Robo amiibo launches the same day at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
·The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes launches Oct. 23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Japanese sensation YO-KAI WATCH launches in the U.S. on Nov. 6 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Skylanders SuperChargers Racing from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $64.99. On Nintendo 3DS, gamers can go head to head with competitive multiplayer via local play or online with up to four players. Iconic Nintendo character Bowser and his Sky vehicle, Clown Cruiser, are available in theSkylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Packs for Wii and Nintendo 3DS, and can also be played on the Wii U system.
· The Nintendo 3DS version of Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games will launch in stores in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

amiibo News
· A new 3-pack of Mii Fighters from Super Smash Bros. will launch on Nov. 1 at a suggested retail price of $34.99.
· The Mewtwo amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 13 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.
· Mega Yarn Yoshi, a giant green Yoshi amiibo made from yarn, goes on sale Nov. 15 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. When tapped to the GamePad controller inYoshi’s Woolly World, Mega Yarn Yoshi activates “Double Yoshi,” a second Yoshi to use at any point in the middle of a stage, as well as the ability to save a player’s favorite Yoshi pattern to the amiibo. The standard Yarn Yoshi amiibo also enables the same functionality.
· The Falco amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.

Nintendo 2DS
· Effective Aug. 30, the new suggested retail price of Nintendo 2DS will be $99.99, down from the current suggested retail price of $129.99. The system still comes with a free download code for the digital version of Mario Kart 7.

Posted on August 24, 2015 and filed under News.

Wave 4 amiibo release dates announced

From the press release:

Nintendo is launching a variety of amiibo figures in September, including several amiibo hitting store shelves on the 11th of September.

The amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September feature many fan-favorite characters from the Super Smash Bros. series like Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf and Bowser Jr. A special Super Mario Bros. 30th series Mario amiibo modeled after Mario’s 8-bit look in the original Super Mario Bros. game will offer compatibility with the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console. Both the game and the amiibo figure will launch on the 11th of September.

The full list of amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September includes:

  • 30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Ganondorf
  • Olimar
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Dr. Mario

On Sept. 25, a Retro 3 Pack will launch, which includes R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series in a single package.

Further details about availability and pre-order schedules for these figures will be announced directly from various retailers in the near future. Three figures based on Mii Fighters, which were previously announced for release in September, will now launch as a 3 pack in November. More information about launch plans for the 30thAnniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo in North America will be shared in the future.

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Posted on August 5, 2015 and filed under News.

Monster Hunter X special edition New 3DS XL for Japan

Capcom announced today that Japan will be getting a special edition New 3DS XL accompanying the release of Monster Hunter X. It will release in a "Special Pack" priced at 26,000 yen. There will also be two special 3DS themes to go with Monster Hunter X. Both the game and the special 3DS XL will release in Japan on November 28, 2015.

I'm probably reading too much into it, but the announcement of a special edition New 3DS XL gets me thinking that perhaps there will be a western release announcement soon? Since North America only has the XL, maybe this means something?

Posted on July 30, 2015 and filed under News.

Splatoon August Update details, coming August 5th

Details have emerged about the previously announced August Update for Nintendo's popular online multiplayer game Splatoon for the Wii U.

From the press release:

On Aug. 5, a free software update in the Splatoon game for the Wii U console brings a large amount of new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level cap and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Players will now be able to create a winning strategy and fight to be the best and most battle-tested squid squad around.

The new update introduces Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking options. In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection. After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.

In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customizable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favorite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: If the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.

With this robust new update also comes an increased level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle modes. After downloading the software update, players will be able to reach level 50 (raised from level 20) and rank S and S+ (both higher than A+).

While Inklings around the world are enjoying and mastering the current arsenal of weapons in Splatoon, two new weapon types will be available with the update, adding a new layer of strategy to the game. The bucket-like Slosher weapons hurl ink straight ahead at an impressive range. By adjusting the angle, these new weapons can be used to splat opponents who are up high or even on the other side of a wall. With the Gatling-style Splatling, players can charge blasts of all-powerful ink. A maximum charge unleashes the full potential of this particular weapon type. In addition to the new weapons, more than 40 pieces of gear, including everything from a leather jacket to a sushi-chef costume, are coming to the various in-game shops in Splatoon.

Despite its size and scope, this massive August update is not the end of the splat-acular free content coming to Splatoon. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and fall, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. More details about these additions will be revealed in the future.

Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under News.

gaijin hunter analysis of Monster Hunter X gameplay and release date video

03:36 Prehistoric Forest (Day) + Dinovaldo 09:33 Prehistoric Forest (Night) + Great Maccau 14:54 Hills and Mountains + Rathalos 20:21 Misty Peaks + Nargacuga 25:40 Product News Huge news for MHX and great demo of gameplay! Please subscribe if you like Monster Hunter and want MH news, including MHX, in English!

Posted on July 23, 2015 and filed under gamerparent tv.

Thoughts of a Two-Year-Old on Bit Trip Presents... Runner 2

In the first of a new series of posts, Ryan Thompson shares his two-year-old's thoughts on video games. Today, he takes a look at Bit Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

I occasionally (often) play stretches of video games with my kids around. My daughter’s interests influence what games will be played. She is old enough now to express her interests and opinions in ways that only toddlers can. This series of posts will use her thoughts to summarize our gameplay experiences.

First game of the summer is Bit.Trip Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. We played it side by side enough that Daughter will repeat the announcements of the game’s title at random moments throughout the day. Runner2 received plenty of positive praise and mostly favorable reviews, but what did a two year-old think of the colorful, precise and full of character auto-runner?

“Bit.Trip Runner runs FAST! JUST LIKE THIS,” Daughter says as she runs up and down the hallway. As the floor buckles from her heavy footfalls, she adds, “Jumps UP and DOWN and ROUND and ROUND!” This is her description of the basic gameplay of Runner2, combined with a phrase from a current favorite book, Pony Brushes His Teeth. There’s a bit more to the game then jumping, but I’m glad Daughter isn’t trying to slide, kick, jump-kick or block pixel projectiles while she zooms up and down the hallway.

Daughter’s favorite part of the game is the variety of characters. Kids can be fickle, and every level saw a change in costume or character. Runner2 features 8 characters: male, female and retro versions of the main hero, a pickle, reverse merman, anthropomorphized oil can, an elder of the Video species, and Daughter’s favorite (or least, depending on the minute), a hamburger-headed humanoid. She really liked “Hamburger,” actual name Whetfart Cheeseborger, enough that she requested a hamburger dinner. I happily obliged, and she proceeded to take her mini-burger apart in the way Cheeseborger comes apart after a missed jump or hit obstacle, claiming “it’s just like hamburger girl in Bit Trip Runner!” If only she actually ate her dinner with such enthusiasm.

Dad and Daughter Highlights of Runner2

  • “There are RAINBOWS!”
  • “She (Commandgirl Video) has a pretty dress!”
  • “Ooh, pretty!”
  • “I want to be the hamburger”
  • “I DON’T want to be the hamburger”

Runner2 was purchased as part of the Humble Nintendo Indie Bundle. This is the first of the games available in the bundle we’ve completed, and it’s also the first game my daughter has requested to play with no encouragement from a parent.

About the Author

Ryan isn’t a game journalist, but he enjoys writing about his hobby.

He hopes you’ll chat and play some games with him @zoso1701 on Twitter, Miiverse and Steam.

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Posted on July 17, 2015 and filed under Reviews.