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May 21, 2015

Splatoon Iwata Asks Posted WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

Some of the puns near the end are ink-onceivable.

Nintendo has posted an Iwata Asks article for Splatoon ahead of the game's release.

Satoru Iwata sat down with five members of the Splatoon development team to discuss the game's development. The article mentions how the game's director Yusuke Amano designed the E3 reveal trailer from the ground up in order to ensure the vision came directly from the team, and the game originally played with the map on the TV and all action on the GamePad.

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Nintendo Newsletter: It's Hard Out There For A Villain WiiU

by - 5:07 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo, Nicalis, Kickstarter, KoeiTecmo, Natsume

Plus some game and public service announcements

Today’s Nintendo News includes an unexpected yet appropriate hire and some game announcements.

Nintendo Hires Veteran Bowser As Sales Vice President

Proving that the economy can affect us all, Nintendo has hired Bowser as a vice president of sales.

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Nintendo Downloads - May 21, 2015 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 7:18 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

Starring puzzles, dragons, and a most unwanted return.

Clearly, the big release of the week for the 3DS eShop is Puzzle and Dragons Z/Super Mario Edition. In fact, the game's been available for preload for a couple of weeks, so you might already have it. For those on the fence, check out the demo and Zach's review to see if it's worth dropping $30/$35 on.

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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Announced 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:44 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo

The dark side of the Pokémon franchise will release later this year.

Nintendo has announced the newest Pokémon spinoff, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, will release later this year.

The fifth set of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games promises a "sweeping tale of adventure and mystery", and based on the previous games will include direct control over the Pokémon.

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May 19, 2015

Nintendo Newsletter: A Rare Bit Of Generosity 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:12 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Kotaku, Gematsu, Sega

Disney turns over a very unpopular policy and more!

Today's Nintendo news includes a big policy change and a lot of Japanese game information, so let's roll.

Disney Infinity 3.0 To Avoid Blind Bagged Power Discs

One of the most irritating aspects of the toys-to-life genre will be eliminated this year, at least for Disney Infinity.

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Nintendo Announces Locations For World Championship Qualifiers 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:24 am PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Nintendo

Who will be the Elite Eight to join the Sweet Sixteen in Los Angeles?

The format and locations have been announced for qualification to the 2015 Nintendo World Championship.

The qualifiers will be based on performance in a special Championship Mode of Ultimate NES Remix for the 3DS, specifically using Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3 and Dr Mario. Eight Best... Read more...

May 18, 2015

Nintendo Newsletter: Iwata Sends His Please Understands WiiUWii

by Donald Theriault - 5:40 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: IGN, Nintendo, Natsume

Iwata's plans and more eShop release dates are all included.

Despite an apparent holiday in the Great White North, the news train rolls in the rest of the world.

Satoru Iwata Will Not Attend E3

Although his presence will likely be felt during the Digital Event, Satoru Iwata will not be attending E3 in his capacity as Nintendo president and CEO of Nintendo of America.

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More Splatoon Merchandise Emerging WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 4:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: AceBandage, AmiAmi, King of Games

T-shirts, plushes and squirt guns! Oh my!

A whole host of Splatoon merchandise is hitting as we approach the game's May 29 release date.

The biggest one for North American fans comes from Target, who are offering a Splatoon-branded squirt gun with their preorders. This joins the Splatoon Mii costumes for Super Smash Bros which are available at Gamestop (US)/Best Buy (Canada) as far as preorder incentives.

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May 16, 2015

Gold Mario Amiibo to Hit Australian Stores

by Andrew Brown - 6:33 am PDT
Total comments: 1

Not one, but two special amiibos will come to the land down under!

The Gold Mario Amiibo figure is set to release in Australia and New Zealand within the coming months.

The extremely limited edition and highly sought after version of the Super Mario Series Amiibo will be exclusive to Target stores, with an unconfirmed release date. The news comes from a Nintendo press release that promises to update with new details soon.

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May 15, 2015

Super Mario Dog Tags Coming Soon

by Justin Berube and Richard Cook - 6:51 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: UncleBob

Not something you should wear in combat.

Enterplay will soon be shipping a new series of Super Mario Dog tags to retailers in a variety of formats.

The full set will include 24 standard dog tags, 6 gold dog tags, 4 mini dog tags, 6 deluxe dog tags, 30 trading cards, 12 decals, 2 lunchbox tins, and a binder. These collectables will be available in a variety of formats.

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Extra Splatoon Testfire Announced WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:52 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

One last shot to snipe roller using fools

There will be one more shot at trying Splatoon before launch.

Nintendo has announced a round of the Splatoon Global Testfire will happen on May 23/24. As with the previous events, there will be one hour of testing of the Turf War mode.

The key times for the event:

North America (PDT): 3pm North America (EDT): 6pm British Summer Time: 11pm Central European Time: Midnight Tokyo time: 7am May 24

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Australia To Receive Silver Amiibo: Exclusive To EB Games WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 4:11 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: EB Games

Limits in place, let's see if they hold.

Australia will be getting the Silver Mario Amiibo around the time North America does.

The special figure will be available from 30 May, and is an EB Games exclusive. It will retail for the standard Amiibo price of AUS$17.95.

The EB Games announcement indicates the figure is only available in limited quantities and will have a strict 1 per person limit.

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May 14, 2015

Nintendo Sales Panic: April 2015 US NPD Group Results Released 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: NPD Group

Software all right, hardware not so much.

The NPD Group has released their US sales figures for April, and although a few surprising software numbers have been released, Nintendo hardware struggled with only one major release to buoy it.

In the combined software charts, Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS combined to be the 9th best selling set... Read more...

Silver Mario Amiibo To Launch May 29 In North America WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:36 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

Sadly not made of actual metal to bash scalpers with.

Nintendo has announced that the rumored Silver Mario Amiibo will launch in North America on May 29.

A part of the Mario series, the specially designed Amiibo will launch at "all participating retailers and their online stores". The metallic Mario joins the Splatoon series and Wave 4 of the Smash Bros series in launching on Splatoon day.

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Nintendo Downloads - May 14, 2015 WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:15 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

Wah wah!

I honestly don't recall the last time we've been able to say this; there's three Virtual Console games on the Wii U this week. The main event of the three is of course, New Super Mario Bros, a game so evergreen it was showing up in NPD Top 10 lists after the 3DS launched.

OK, yes, I'm well aware... Read more...

May 13, 2015

Nintendo Announces E3 Plans

by Justin Berube - 9:15 am PDT
Total comments: 21 Source: Nintendo

Digital Event, more Best Buy demos, Nintendo World Championships, and more!

Nintendo has revealed their full E3 plans including a return of the Nintendo World Championship after 25 years.

To start things off, Nintendo will continue their tradition of having a Digital Event in order to make their big game announcements. This event will take place on June 16 at 9 a.m. PT.

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Overnight News: Dragon Quest Returns And Free-To-Start Pushmo 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 4:39 am PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: SquareEnix, Daan Koopman

One of which will actually be localized.

Lots of news hit overnight, so let's dive right in.

Dragon Quest VIII Remake Announced For 3DS

The last DQ holdout has finally come to Nintendo platforms, as Dragon Quest VIII will release in Japan on August 27.

Western gamers originally saw DQVIII release in 2005 on the PlayStation 2, and the new version promises two new companions, voice acting, an orchestrated soundtrack, new story elements and StreetPass functions.

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May 12, 2015

Nintendo Newsletter: Live From The Epic Center 3DS

by Zachary Miller and Donald Theriault - 5:21 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Anime News Network, Famitsu, Siliconera, Gematsu

Today's Nintendo news seems to be heavy on the roleplaying.

A new game announcement and a couple of RPG updates head up the Nintendo news as we all wait for our E3 plans.

Monster Strike Receiving 3DS Version

The mobile gaming phenomenon that dethroned Puzzle and Dragons in Japan is about to head to the 3DS itself.

Available on both iOS and Android... Read more...

Nintendo To Confirm E3 Plans Tomorrow

by Donald Theriault - 8:23 am PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Nintendo

And this time, they're training to prepare the body.

The mystery of Nintendo's E3 plans will be solved tomorrow at noon ET.

Nintendo's Twitter has posted the following message today:

Who’s training for E3? Find out our plans for E3 tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT!

May 12, 2015

It appears the theme of the announcement video will be boxing, possibly teasing a new Punch-Out, but we'll find out tomorrow.

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May 11, 2015

Nintendo Newsletter: Focus On The Positive WiiU3DS

by - 7:47 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo, Nintendo Online Store, Club Nintendo, Brickset, PCGamer

E3 and download listings become clearer in today’s Nintendo Newsletter.

The week begins with an idea of what’ll be at E3 and on your friendly neighborhood eShops in the weeks ahead.

Nintendo Clarifies Some E3 Plans: Focusing On Games

Although we don’t have a date for a digital event, we do know what Nintendo’s going to be bringing to E3, and it’s all 3DS and Wii U games.

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