February 5, 2016

Shantae Risky's Revenge Director's Cut Bouncing Onto Wii U Soon WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:22 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Kickstarter

A high-def version of the shining beacon of DSiWare.

The greatest - and most expensive - DSiWare title is about to get some extra definition.

In the most recent update to the Kickstarter for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, WayForward announced that Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut has been submitted to both Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe, meaning a release could follow quickly provided the game passes lotcheck.


Pokemon20 Event To Be Held At Nintendo NY

by Donald Theriault - 12:45 pm PST
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The biggest Nintendo store gets a major Nintendo anniversary

Pokémon will be having anniversary celebrations at Toys 'R Us, GameStop and Nintendo's flagship store.

The relaunching Nintendo NY store will be hosting a special Pokémon anniversary event on February 27th, with "fun activities planned for attendees" and celebration of the franchise.

The Pokémon Company is promising more details on the celebrations in the days ahead.


February 4, 2016

North American Fire Emblem Fates To Retain Private Conversations 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 5:52 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: GoNintendo

The petting is literally the only thing removed.

The North American version of Fire Emblem Fates has arrived in the hands of reviewers, and with it new details about the removal of a controversial feature.

There was some concern when it was revealed that the "petting" minigame was removed from My Castle mode, specifically that conversations and... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads – February 4, 2016 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:04 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo

Starring the walking dead and heavily muscled fish.

The shortest of months kicks off for North America with a light round of new releases. The big releases for the Wii U are the intriguing 3D platformer FreezeME, which has a good launch discount and features an attempt to save the dogs of the world from an evil fat cat. If you prefer your adventures aquatic, check out Shütshimi, which crosses steroids (allegedly), fish and bullet hell with WarioWare. (It makes sense in context.)


February 3, 2016

Smash Bros DLC, Updates Now Live WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 5:37 pm PST
Total comments: 3

Bring on the chainsaw swords!

The final DLC and updates for Super Smash Bros on 3DS and Wii U are now live.

The 3DS update is 2635 blocks/325 MB and the Wii U update is 883MB, which covers Corrin, Bayonetta, new Mii costumes and several balance changes.

As a reminder, the prices are:

Corrin: $4.99 US / $6.29 C / €4.99...

Nintendo Account Launching In West February 17 Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 7:07 am PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo PR

Timing tied to Miitomo registration

Already live in Japan, the Nintendo Account will come west in two weeks.

Nintendo of America, Europe and Australia confirmed in separate statements today that the Nintendo Account will open with Miitomo registration on the 17th. As previously promised, existing Nintendo Network IDs, emails or social networking accounts (Twitter, Facebook) to create the account.


February 2, 2016

Super Mario Maker Adding Spooky New Mystery Mushroom WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:30 pm PST
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Following a maintenance week, we're getting some brains in this outfit.

Super Mario Maker is getting back on the event stage bandwagon following last week's maintenance.

The new event stage will launch this Thursday (North American time) and will allow players to use an 8-bit sprite of Professor E. Gadd, the assistant/inventor in the Luigi's Mansion series.


Miitomo Dated, Other Mobile Details Announced Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 6:25 pm PST
Total comments: 11

Registration to get on the train begins soon.

You'll be able to get hyped for Miitomo in a couple of weeks, but the app will be waiting a month.

During tonight's shareholder briefing, Nintendo confirmed that pre-registration for Miitomo is expected to open February 17, with a full rollout for both iOS and Android in mid-March. The application will launch in eight languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch and Russian.


My Nintendo Launching Worldwide In March

by Donald Theriault - 6:15 pm PST
Total comments: 5

And some new details about the expanded service.

The My Nintendo loyalty program will be launching before the end of the quarter.

Nintendo announced the details of the program at a shareholder's meeting following last night's release of their 3rd quarter financials. The program will launch in all major territories this March, and will feature two classes of points:


7th Dragon III Code: VFD Coming West 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 10:15 am PST
Total comments: 5 Source: SEGA

Thankfully, this is a standalone adventure.

For the first time ever, a 7th Dragon title will leave Japan.

SEGA has announced the turn based dungeon crawler 7th Dragon III Code: VFD will come to North America this summer for US$39.99/C$54.99. The game features dungeon crawling in three kingdoms, dating sim elements and of all things, a cat cafe.


LEGO Line To Awaken The Force In May

by Donald Theriault - 6:19 am PST
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"Two of the world's most popular brands" covers LEGO and Star Wars, presumably. *UPDATED*

UPDATED: WB has confirmed Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a June 28 release. As of 9:15 am Eastern, Amazon Prime members received 40% off the preorders for Wii U and 3DS, but the offer was pulled about an hour later. Original story follows.

An Amazon listing in Italy may have spoiled an announcement planned by WB Games tomorrow.


Nintendo Releases Quarterly Financial Results WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 4:03 am PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

Did Nintendo's balance sheet have a happy holiday season?

Despite a less than stellar holiday lineup, Nintendo managed to maintain profitability in their 3rd fiscal quarter on the back of strong performance of evergreen titles and amiibo.

Financial Indicators

Nintendo recorded an operating profit of 33.5bn yen (approximately US$277m) in the quarter,... Read more...

February 1, 2016

Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition Launching In North America Thursday WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 4:58 pm PST
Total comments: 12 Source: YouTube

"What're you buyin'? What're you sellin'?"

Following its European release in October, Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition will be shooting up North American Virtual Console this week.

The 2007 re-release includes all of the content from the 2005 PlayStation 2 port of the most infamous member of the Capcom 5, in addition to supporting pointer controls for aiming. The game will launch at standard Wii download pricing: $19.99 US, $24.99 Canadian.


January 30, 2016

Last Smash Bros Downloadable Content Releasing Next Week WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 8:02 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: NicoNico

An early February release for the last Smash Bros characters.

Corrin and Bayonetta will arrive for Smash Bros on Wii U and 3DS next week.

Producer Masahiro Sakurai appeared at the end of a demonstration of the characters that aired on the NicoNico service in Japan to confirm a February 4 release for Japan. @NintendoAmerica later Tweeted an "afternoon release" on February 3 for North America.


January 28, 2016

Smash Bros, Other Bandai Namco Titles In Development For NX? Rumor

by Donald Theriault - 11:17 am PST
Total comments: 37

Someone say a prayer for Sakurai.

A noted Japan-based analyst has hinted that Bandai Namco has several titles in development for the NX platform, including a Smash Bros game.

No specifics were given beyond what was contained in the Twitter post, but the hint is that the Smash Bros game would be available at launch. Given the short... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads – January 28, 2016 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:33 am PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

A busy end of month for everything except the 3DS Virtual Console.

January came in quiet, but it’s going out with a bang. There’s a couple of big retail games on the 3DS with Final Fantasy Explorers, Square’s love letter/hunting action title (see Neal’s review) as well as Lego’s Marvel Avengers for both Wii U and 3DS.

The eShop has an interesting release...

January 27, 2016

Fire Emblem DLC Plans Detailed 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 12:33 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: Fire Emblem Fates website

Round one features experience, gold and a trip to the beach.

Nintendo has outlined the content of Map Pack 1 for Fire Emblem Fates, and some of the content may be familiar to those who went all in on Awakening's DLC.

The first map will be available for free on the game's launch day (February 19), with the remaining maps releasing on Thursdays with the eShop... Read more...

SquareEnix Coming To Western Wii U Virtual Console

by Donald Theriault - 12:08 pm PST
Total comments: 21 Source: Nintendo

And they're keeping the price sane.

Both North America and Europe will be able to return to Ivalice tomorrow by way of Virtual Console.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - the first game published by SquareEnix in over seven years on Nintendo systems on its initial release - will be in tomorrow's eShop update. Priced at $7.99/€7.99/£7.19, FFTA will be the first appearance by SquareEnix outside of Japan.


Super Mario Maker Under Maintenance WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 7:27 am PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

At least 36 hours worth

A bug in the level creator for Super Mario Maker has necessitated a day and a half of online downtime.

Nintendo has sent notices on their various websites advising that an unspecified bug in the "Create" mode has necessitated a stop on all online services. The maintenance is currently slated to end at 8 p.m. Eastern tomorrow night (1 a.m. GMT on Friday morning).


January 26, 2016

Three Nintendo Games At EVO 2016 WiiUGC

by Donald Theriault - 7:43 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: EVO

The biggest fighting game tournament in the world will feature heavy Nintendo representation.

A third of the main lineup for the world's largest fighting game tournament will be on Nintendo systems.

Pokkén Tournament will join last year's Super Smash Bros Melee and Super Smash Bros for Wii U in the lineup for the EVO 2016 tournament, which will run from July 15 - 17 in Las Vegas. The other... Read more...

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