October 9, 2015

Splatoon Updates: Two New Weapons, System Bans Being Handed To Hackers WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 7:19 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo Europe, SplatBoards

You mess with the squid, you get the splat.

Tonight's Splatoon update will see two new weapons as North America and Japan head into the Splatfest.

The Custom Range Blaster and Custom E-Liter 3K Scope will come in tonight's update. Both are modifications of existing weapons by appearance, and the Custom Range Blaster wields Splat Bombs as a sub and the Kraken for a special. The Custom E-Liter maintains the Squid Beakons as a sub and has the Kraken as well for its special.


October 8, 2015

Shovel Knight Retail Release Update 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:12 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Yacht Club Games

Yacht Club gets out in front of some news about the price and date for shovelry.

The physical release of Shovel Knight has had some changes in recent weeks.

In an update on their website, Yacht Club Games announced that the Wii U and 3DS versions will release on 30 October in Europe and November 3 in North America, due to delays in getting the game pressed following the Plague of Shadows update.


Level-5 Considering Options For Yo-Kai Watch 2 Release 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 8:53 am PDT
Total comments: 4

Which version, how will it go, and Amiibo?

With Yo-Kai Watch releasing next month, Level-5 is already considering their options for how to handle the sequel.

Speaking to our Jared Rosenberg at the New York Comic-Con, chief operating officer Yukari Hayakawa stated that they haven't made the decision as to which of the game's versions to... Read more...

Sega Hardware 3DS Themes Confirmed For Western Release

by Donald Theriault - 7:22 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Sega PR

And yes, the Dreamcast one sounds like you think it does.

North American 3DS owners will be able to make their system sound like classic Sega gear in the months ahead.

Sega of America confirmed that the hardware themes that first released in today's download PR - the Genesis and Game Gear - will be joined by six other bits of Sega hardware in the months to come. The themes will come out in Europe, but the date was not announced for the first release.


Nintendo Downloads - October 8, 2015 WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:39 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

North America can chase a lot, while Europe kicks it old school.

Today’s downloads have a distinct old-school bent following last week’s indie release festival. The 3DS gets the end of the 2nd wave of Sega 3D Classics with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, while the Wii U picks up the previously announced Pocky & Rocky With Becky, a curiosity of the Game Boy Advance.


October 7, 2015

Europe Getting Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle

by Donald Theriault - 7:10 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo Europe

Time to see if the Wii U's heaviest hitters can move systems.

Europe is about to get a loaded Wii U bundle.

The new Premium bundle launches on 30 October and will include a preloaded copy of Mario Kart 8 and an eShop download code for Splatoon. As per European pricing rules, no MSRP was given for the console.

The Mario Kart 8 preload, unlike the current North American bundle, does not appear to come with the DLC pass, but Splatoon will update in full.


October 6, 2015

Super Meat Boy Teased For Wii U Release RumorWii

by Donald Theriault - 4:50 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Team Meat

Will the 3rd time be the charm for the indie hit releasing on a Nintendo platform?

Although Super Meat Boy released today on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4, the door may be open to the title coming to the Wii U.

In the announcement post for the game's release today, Team Meat left this quote at the bottom of the post: "To the fan's we're still excluding I'll leave you with this: Wii haven't forgotten about U."


October 5, 2015

SplatNet Live In North America: Splatfests Announced WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 7:24 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: SplatNet

Spy on your friends, check out map rotations and mor(ay)!

A previously Japan-only feature of Splatoon has come west in the form of the new Splatnet.

Accessible at, the website functions with a NNID and allows you to see who on your friends list is playing the game, and make "battle plans" to jump into the fight. Players can also see their equipment, get ranking percentages and see the current map rotations as well as for the next two rotations.


Atlus Announces SMTIV Final 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 8:29 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Famitsu

We are running out of hours in the year 2016 to play all the RPGs.

Famitsu has announced a new game in the Shin Megami Tensei IV universe will release in just a few months.

The magazine announced Shin Megami Tensei IV FINAL will release for the 3DS in Japan on February 10, 2016. Unlike previous "Final" versions of main-series Shin Megami Tensei games, which were reissues of prior games with additional content, this is a brand new game with a completely different set of characters.


October 2, 2015

Splatoon Weekly Updates Keep Rolling In WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 4:21 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo of Europe

Top men hopefully working on a fix for some other unpleasantness as well.

Nintendo of Europe has announced the next Splatoon weapon, set to unlock tonight in North America and tomorrow for the rest of the world.

The Carbon Roller Deco is a modified Carbon Roller with similar stats, but a different look and sub/special weapon combo. The Deco packs Seekers as the subweapon and a Bomb Rush special to allow for ranged damage while rolling.


October 1, 2015

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Releasing November 13 WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 10:46 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

As rumored, the (board) games begin in early November

The last piece of Nintendo's North American holiday lineup has fallen into place.

Nintendo of America announced on their social media channels today that Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival will release on November 13, as previously rumored. The package in stores will have a MSRP of US$59.99/C$69.99, and will come with the Isabelle and Digby Amiibo, plus Amiibo cards for Stitches, Goldie and Rosie.


Nintendo Downloads - October 1, 2015 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:09 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

It doesn’t get any earlier than this.

The tick-tock pattern of retail games on Nintendo consoles is in a “tock” this week, so the only game for North America in that lot is Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash’s preload. That’s not to say there’s no games releasing this week, though; the Sonic-inspired platformer Freedom Planet and the manic... Read more...

September 30, 2015

New Animal Crossing Amiibo Announced In Japan WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 7:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

We don't even know when the first wave will launch outside of Japan officially, and they've got Wave 2.

Nintendo has given release details for the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, as well as more Amiibo for the title.

The game and first round of Amiibo will release on November 21 in Japan, in a bundle package for 6100 yen. A second wave of compatible Amiibo, consiting of Mr. Resetti, Blathers, Celeste and Kicks will launch on December 17.


Nintendo of America Announces Further Amiibo Restocks WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 10:25 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo

"Show me that you're really feeling it, Mac!"

Nintendo has announced another round of Amiibo restocks, and some previous exclusives may get wider availability.

A Twitter post from Nintendo confirmed that Fox, Captain Falcom, Little Mac, Shulk, Lucario and Greninja will be restocked at "select retailers" soon. Listings have appeared at retailers... Read more...

Splatoon Hacker Has Ability To Force Deletion Of Save Files WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 8:52 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: SquidBoards

A public service announcement: Be very careful when playing Splatoon online.

A hacker has managed to work their way into Splatoon and their presence may result in a permanent loss of your character.

The signs of the hacker is a player name beginning with K and containing several numbers, who is playing as an Octoling with the unreleased Hydra Splatling weapon. If you leave... Read more...

Super Mario Maker Reaches A Million Sales WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:54 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

The 11th Wii U game to go platinum is one of the fastest

Nintendo has announced the first sales figures for Super Mario Maker, and they're quite impressive.

PR from all branches of Nintendo has confirmed that the September 10/11 release has sold a million copies including digital, bundles and physical copies sold to consumers. Although a full regional... Read more...

Smash Bros Update Now Live: New Stages, Costumes WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 2:04 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Randomly generated levels and the ability to really get down to business.

The new Smash updates are now live and have added two new stages for each version with new Mii costumes.

Both the Wii U and 3DS versions can now purchase the Super Mario Maker stage as previously announced. The Wii U version can also purchase an updated version of the Pirate Ship (Wind Waker) stage from Super Smash Bros Brawl, while the update automatically adds the Wii U's Duck Hunt stage to the 3DS edition at no cost.


September 29, 2015

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Gets North American Date WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 9:48 am PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

You probably guessed it already.

Nintendo will be serving up tennis in a spot abandoned by space.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash has been dated for November 20, slotting into the slot originally slated for the delayed Star Fox Zero. The game's page on also list the game's MSRP at US$49.99.

The game was previously dated for 20 November in Europe and 21 November in Australia as well.


Reminders: Club Nintendo And The Smash Ballot

by Donald Theriault - 6:56 am PDT
Total comments: 2

One day to get your stars out, a few days to vote for Chie

A couple of long-standing Nintendo institutions will be coming to an end this week.

The first to end is Club Nintendo, which will end in all territories outside of North America tomorrow night (local time). Users in Europe, Australia and Japan have a short time left to use what stars or points are left on the account, following the closure of North America’s Club Nintendo on June 30.


September 28, 2015

Upcoming Download Release Dates: Sonic 2, Freedom Planet, Toto Temple 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:06 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Sega, GalaxyTrail, JuicyBeast

The next couple of weeks will be jumpy for the eShop.

The next couple of weeks will feature speed and exploration in the eShop updates.

Following the squashing of a crash bug and an inadvertent, temporary release on the eShop GalaxyTrail announced today on Twitter that Freedom Planet will release this Thursday. The Sonic-inspired title was a part of the Nindies @ Home E3 promotion, and will have a discount from its price of US$14.99 for the first month of sale.

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