July 4, 2015

Dragon Quest VII And VIII French Release Confirmed At Japan Expo 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:33 am PDT
Total comments: 5

Un slime approachment! Ton command?

It turns out Fire Emblem Awakening wasn't the last 3DS RPG localization to spill out unintentionally.

In an appearance at Paris's Japan Expo, Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Hori confirmed that the games would be localized for France, at least:

Yuji Horii has just announced DQ7 and 8 will be released "in French"...?! Apparently a last minute announcement here at Japan Expo.


July 3, 2015

Zero Escape Sequel Announced At Anime Expo

by Donald Theriault - 2:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Aksys Games

After months of speculation, the Zero Escape series will finally have closure.

After months of speculation and a mysterious countdown timer, we have an official announcement of the third Zero Escape game.

Announced at the 2015 LA Anime Expo, the title will be the follow-up to 2012's Virtue's Last Reward and should resolve the many cliffhangers the game presented.

Aksys...

Nintendo Play Station Superdisc Discovered

by Donald Theriault - 11:57 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Reddit

The console that served as a turning point for gaming itself finally emerges.

A series of photos and a Youtube video point to the existence of a Nintendo Play Station Superdisc - one form factor of the SNES CD-ROM - in the wild.

The prototype system has a cartridge slot, two SNES controller ports, and a tray loading disc slot. The photos show a prototype cartridge, and a... Read more...

July 2, 2015

Nintendo Downloads - July 2, 2015 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:42 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

At least this time when you get screwed by the Water Temple, you can yell about it on Miiverse.

Unlike last year, when it seemed like ten indie games got released on the same day about this time, the first July update of 2015 is light in North America. The biggest Wii U release is, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. For those of you who can't find a retail version of Ocarina 3D... Read more...

Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden Coming West: European Bundle Announced 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 4:14 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: BandaiNamco

And that bundle has some strange contents.

The newest 3DS Dragon Ball Z will be coming to the west later this year.

Arc System Works's fighter will release in Europe/Australia on 16 October, with a North American release to follow on October 20th. The game will feature 24 playable fighters once all are unlocked, and several dozen assist characters.


July 1, 2015

Miiverse Overhaul Coming This Summer

by Donald Theriault - 5:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Miiverse

Nintendo's little social network will be seeing some big changes.

Sometime this summer, Miiverse will get a dramatic overhaul.

Among the changes detailed are a new private page that will allow you to save up to 100 screenshots, as well as a Play Journal that replaces the current Activity Feed and encourages writing about things as they occur in game.

The game...

Here's Why Nintendo Doesn't Release Games In The Summer WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:07 am PDT
Total comments: 21

Over the past several years, Nintendo of America hasn't released many games in the summer. We finally got an answer about it.

Over the past few years, you might have noticed that Nintendo of America avoids releasing games in the summer. As a matter of fact, they've only released one retail game in the month of July since 2007, and that was a bundled version of all of the Wii Sports Club games. When we interviewed Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo's Senior Director of Corporate Communications, he let us know why that is.


June 30, 2015

Shovel Knight Physical Version Confirmed 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 12:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Yacht Club Games

Also sales numbers and a Plague Knight update. For shovelry!

Beloved indie game Shovel Knight is getting a physical release.

Although originally a 3DS version was the only one rumored, Yacht Club Games will be self-publishing the game on both Wii U and 3DS October 13, at a MSRP of $20. The physical will have a full color instruction manual similar to the ones given to Kickstarter backers.


Splatoon Update Tomorrow Night Adding Tower Control Mode WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 7:16 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Squid Research

Come on and ride the... tower?

Splatoon's patch may launch today, but the newest Ranked Battle mode will launch tomorrow.

Set for the usual update time (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), Tower Control will have your squidkids battling for control of an object in the middle of the map. Once a team takes control of the tower, it will move... Read more...

June 29, 2015

PSA: North American Club Nintendo Shuts Down Tomorrow

by Donald Theriault - 6:38 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Club Nintendo

If you have coins left, get them spent now.

A reminder to those who still have Club Nintendo coins remaining: All purchases must be made by midnight Pacific time tomorrow night.

At this time, the remaining rewards on the Club Nintendo page are all game rewards, as the physical prizes have all shipped and are no longer listed. Codes purchased on the site must be redeemed by July 31 or they are lost forever, and all accounts will be closed going into July 1.


Xeodrifter Crossbuy Confirmed For Wii U 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Jools Watsham

As the Wii U game enters lotcheck, some good news for those who bought in on 3DS.

Some statements from Renegade Kid head Jools Watsham bring good news for existing owners of Xeodrifter.

In separate Twitter posts, Watsham confirmed that the recently revealed Wii U version of Xeodrifter has entered Nintendo lotcheck. He would later confirm to Nintendo World Report's Zach Miller that current owners of the 3DS version would get the Wii U version free, as it would be joining the Nintendo crossbuy program.


Pokémon Shuffle Mobile Coming To Phones This Year 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:35 am PDT
Total comments: 6

The Pokémon Company brings their free-to-start puzzler to mobile

The Pokémon Company's latest app for mobile has been announced, and it's a port of an existing 3DS title.

Pokémon Shuffle will come to iOS and Android later this year according to a trailer posted below, with Japan getting first access this summer. The game appears to be identical to the existing 3DS title, with the Pokémon at the top of the phone screen and the playfield on the bottom half.


June 28, 2015

E3 2015 Podcast Archive Site News

by James Jones - 11:00 pm PDT
Total comments: 7

With all the E3 goings on we decided to consolidate our podcast offerings into this article. Latest Podcast: 6/28 11:00 PM Pacific

E3 spreads our resources a little thin, so for the time being we've decided to list our podcasts in a single place. Every podcast, from home and show teams, will be listed here. Of course you can subscribe to our AAC feeds or MP3 feeds and have them delivered to you via the magic RSS.

Newest Episode: 6/28 23:00:00 Away Team - Interviews and Final Thoughts


June 26, 2015

Splatoon Update Tuesday Night: Patch Notes Published WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 4:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

A million sales means the game definitely has to stay fresh.

Nintendo has released comprehensive patch notes for a full update to Splatoon that will be pushed live Tuesday.

The update, which will be required for online play, makes some changes to Splatfest rules in anticipation of the July 4 event. Members of the same team can battle each other if a match... Read more...

Gunman Clive 1 & 2 Coming To Wii U 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 4:15 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Twitter

The 3DS hits cross over to the living room.

Two of the 3DS eShop's biggest hits are about to go to the big screen.

Developer Bertil Hörberg Tweeted the announcement, which may lead to a release very soon:

Btw, Gunman Clive 1&2 is coming to WiiU. I'm hoping to send the US version to lotcheck next week so I guess it might be time to announce it


Vanpool Teaming Up With Skip for Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash 3DS

by Jonathan Metts and Neal Ronaghan - 11:56 am PDT
Total comments: 3

Also, find out how the Dillon's Rolling Western devs wound up helping out with Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Vanpool, best known for developing the Tingle DS games and Dillon's Rolling Western, is working with Skip on Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash according to the game's producer Kensuke Tanabe.

It's the first time Vanpool is working on the series, which has in the past been made solely by Skip. Vanpool has been... Read more...

Splatoon Update: Two New Weapons Coming Tonight WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 11:50 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Squid Research

If you use the Carbon Roller enough, does it turn into diamonds?

Two new weapons are headed to Splatoon at standard update time tonight.

For short range combat specialists, the quick Carbon Roller will be available. Its high speed is to be balanced by a light ink toss, but it should get around the map quickly. The subweapon is the Burst Bomb, and the special is the Inkzooka.


Nintendo of America Stays Quiet About Devil's Third WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:22 am PDT
Total comments: 7

The Tomonobu Itagaki-led Wii U game has a release date in every other region except for America.

As of E3 2015, Nintendo of America had nothing to report regarding the release of Devil's Third on Wii U in North America.

"I don't have anything for you on Devil's Third. Sorry," said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America's Senior Director of Corporate Communications during an E3 2015 interview when we asked about the status of the game that Nintendo rescued from the ruins of THQ last year.


June 25, 2015

Fire Emblem Fates Iwata Asks Posted 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:59 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

It's hard to tell if they're encouraging Casual mode or not.

The Japanese release of Fire Emblem Fates has prompted the release of the newest Iwata Asks interview with the development team.

Among the things discussed in the interview are how the story was designed by famous Japanese writer Shin Kibayashi, who wrote 500 pages for just the Birthright version's text, and also helped create the 3rd storyline:


Super Mario Maker To Have 100 On-Disc Courses WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 19 Source: Nintendo UK

Roughly 5% larger than Super Mario World by exits.

Those without internet connections will still have plenty of fun with Super Mario Maker, according to a listing on Nintendo's UK website.

The website has a quote stating that the game will ship with "100 courses included that you can play without an internet connection". The Best Buy and E3 demos... Read more...


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