June 28, 2011

Xenoblade Chronicles Heading to Australia RumorWii

by Matthew Blundon - 5:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source:, Vooks

Xenoblade Chronicles may be headed to Australia as well as some other countries.

Earlier today we reported that Xenoblade Chronicles would be releasing in European territories on September 2. Now it appears as though the game will also see a release in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Russia on the same day.

The game will apparently release in those territories with... Read more...

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Recall in Austrailia 3DS

by Nicholas Bray - 5:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source:, (Vooks)

EB Games recalls the game due to save file issue.

Due to Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D being unable to wipe the save data from the game, EB Games Australia has put out a recall nation wide and will no longer be selling the game for the foreseeable future.

After checking with a local store for comment, the salesperson mentioned that the game... Read more...

Super Dodge Ball Delayed in Japan WiiDS

by Matthew Blundon - 9:37 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source:, andriasang

The developer needs more time to fix bugs.

Initially scheduled for a release today, Miracle Kidz has announced that Super Dodge Ball will not be available today as expected. The reason for the delay is to fix bugs.

There is no word on when Super Dodge Ball will release now.


Iwata Asks: Xenoblade Chronicles Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 9:37 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source:, Nintendo UK

Iwata talks to the developers of Xenoblade Chronicles about the game's story and soundtrack. 

Nintendo of Europe released a new Iwata Asks feature, this time geared towards the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles, slated for a September release in European territories.

In the interview, the executive director of Xenoblade Chronicles, Tetsuya Takahasi, explained the reasoning behind including 'Xeno'... Read more...

Iwata Asks: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 3DS

by Matthew Blundon - 9:36 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo UK,

Iwata sits down and talks to the producer of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is due out in European territories this Friday, and to bring attention to Capcom's first Resident Evil game for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has released an Iwata Asks feature geared towards the title. The interview this time around is with the producer of the Resident Evil series, Masachika Kawata.


Release Date Announced for Xenoblade Chronicles Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 9:35 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source:, Nintendo Greece

A limited edition package is also headed to Europe.

After having already been announced for a September release, Nintendo announced today that European gamers can enjoy Xenoblade Chronicles on September 2.

To celebrate the release of the game, Nintendo is even doing a limited edition package of the game that contains a red Classic Controller Pro.... Read more...

June 27, 2011

Club Nintendo Year Coming to a Close

by Matthew Blundon - 6:56 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Club Nintendo

Time is running out for you to use your coins! 

Club Nintendo members will have their statuses reset as the year ends once again.

After Thursday of this week, statuses will be reset, and depending on how long you have had your coins, some of them will expire.

Like with previous years, in order to qualify for the special reward for Elite Status members, members must have obtained 300 coins since last July to obtain the Gold level prize and 600 to secure the Platinum level prize.


Resident Evil: The Mercenaries Out Now in Australia 3DS

by Nicholas Bray - 6:34 pm PDT
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Another high profile game is available before its release date.

Reports have come in that Australian EB Games stores, have begun selling the new Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D already. This comes just days after retailers started selling the new Zelda game before its release date.

As of right now EB seem to be the only ones currently selling it, but that will likely change. The retailer is also selling the game at a reduced price of $55.95. The game was supposed to release on June 30, 2011.


State Senator Yee Not Backing Down Following Supreme Court Decision

by James Dawson - 6:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source:, (1up)

Yee's reaction to the Supreme Court's decision is far from one of defeat; instead, he hopes to reintroduce the law.

Today, June 27, 2011, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 against a California law that would prohibit the sale or rent of violent video games to children, as well as fine the retailer $1,000 for each offense. One of the law’s main proponents, California State Senator Leland Yee, voiced his disappointment in the ruling while also claiming that the fight is not yet over.


Cave Story 3D Delayed to Fall 2011 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 12:39 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: (Press Release)

The 3D remake of Cave Story is coming this November.

Cave Story 3D, previously scheduled for an August release, isn't coming out until November 8 now.

Publisher NIS America says that the game is being delayed for additional improvements. It was first scheduled for a June release, and then was delayed to August.

Check out all of our impressions about the game, and our interview with Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez and Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya.


Rune Factory 3 Heading to Europe DS

by Matthew Blundon - 12:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source:, Siliconera

PEGI rates the third Nintendo DS game in the Rune Factory series.

According to PEGI, the European rating board, Rune Factory 3 for Nintendo DS will be released in Europe in the future.

Their rating for the game was 12+. No specific release date was announced for the game. The newest Rune Factory title was released in North America late last year in November 2010. The Rune Factory series is handled by Rising Star Games in Europe, but no official announcement from the publisher has been made yet.


New Club Nintendo Europe Reward Features Mario Hats

by Matthew Blundon - 12:10 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source:, Club Nintendo (Europe)

European members of Club Nintendo can pick up a neat new storage solution with their stars.

The European version of Club Nintendo updated today with a new reward for all its members to obtain.

Priced at 2500 stars, Mario and Luigi mini cases for Nintendo DS games were added to the list of rewards. Made from nylon and EVA, the pouches measure 10cm x 7cm per case. Each storage case can house up to 12 game cards. The set includes both cases.


Ocarina of Time 3D Experiences Huge Attach Rate in the UK 3DS

by Matthew Blundon - 12:05 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source:, MCV UK

Over 20 percent of Nintendo 3DS owners in the United Kingdom in its debut weekend.

According to Gfk Chart-Track data, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was purchased by over 20 percent of the handheld's userbase during its debut weekend in the UK.

With such a strong opening, Nintendo is confident that the game will be able to maintain strong sales throughout the summer.... Read more...

WayForward Announces Mighty Switch Force for the Nintendo eShop 3DS

by Matthew Blundon - 11:31 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Power

WayForward announces the third entry in the "Mighty" series.

WayForward has announced Mighty Switch Force for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, the third game in the "Mighty" series.

Following Mighty Flip Champs and Mighty Milky Way for the Nintendo DSiWare service, the game stars a female character who must make her way through a series of stages featuring a variety... Read more...

US Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Against California Video Games Law

by James Jones - 10:41 am PDT
Total comments: 21 Source:, Supreme Court of the United States

The 2004 law sought to ban the sale of violent video games to minors.

The Supreme Court today refused to overturn a ruling against California law that would have banned the sale and rental to minors of games determined violent. The 2004 law would have imposed a $1000 fine on retailers for each offense of the law. 

The case, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants...

Nintendo Opens Online Store for Japan GBAWiiDS3DSGC

by Matthew Blundon - 10:07 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source:, Nintendo (JP)

Japanese gamers can purchase special products not available at most retailers. 

Today Nintendo opened the doors to its own online sales shop.

For those that reside in Japan, the store offers products for Nintendo's current line of systems, including Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. The store contains products which would not normally be found at retailers, such as replacement game manuals (which retail at ¥105 each) and replacement parts.


Zelda: Ocarina of Time Anniversary Soundtrack Announced for Australia 3DS

by Nicholas Bray - 10:05 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source:, Nintendo

The limited edition soundtrack will heading down under.

The 25th anniversary soundtrack for the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will also be coming to Australia.

Nintendo Australia has announced that Zelda fans who want one will have to register the game via the Club Nintendo rewards site before July 31, 2011. There are apparently more details to follow, and it is unclear if everyone who registers before the deadline will receive a copy of the soundtrack.


Zelda Midnight Launch Cancelled in Australia 3DS

by Nicholas Bray - 10:04 am PDT
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The Melbourne event would have had music, food, and prizes.

The Australian midnight launch for the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The event was to of taken place at the Nintendo Experience store in Melbourne, with music, food and various prizes were to be given away. Nintendo Australia has apologised for any inconvenience this may have caused.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Soundtrack Offer Ends in North America 3DS

by Matthew Blundon - 9:57 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Club Nintendo,

They're all out of CDs.

In just over seven days, Club Nintendo has managed to issue all of its The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D soundtracks.

A posting on the Club Nintendo website, dated June 25, reads "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Official Soundtrack CD Offer has ended. Thanks to all who participated!"


Podcast Editor Needed Site News

by Andy Goergen, Zachary Miller, Nathan Mustafa, and Neal Ronaghan - 9:56 am PDT
Total comments: 3

Do you want to save the Newscast and edit its audio? Inquire within!

We're looking for a podcast editor for NWR Newscast, as our current editors can't continue doing it for much longer. Please reply as soon as possible, as this position needs to be filled immediately.

Ability to record a weekly podcast on Tuesday nights.Willingness to organize news topics for the... Read more...
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