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July 31, 2013

UK Pokémon X and Y Pre-Orders Get Poké Ball 3DS

by Kimberly Keller - 10:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: https://twitter.com/GAMEdigital/status/36188503467..., GAME Official Twitter

Gotta catch this ball!

UPDATED: The Poké Ball bonus has also been confirmed for Australia, when you pre-order through EB Games.

United Kingdom trainers that pre-order Pokémon X or Pokémon Y through GAME retailers will receive a Poké Ball game card case with their purchase. Gamers who have already pre-ordered the game through the store will also receive the bonus.

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Art Academy: SketchPad NOT Due Out Next Week WiiU

by Zack Kaplan - 5:00 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/4NQl8Z33RTd6x..., Nintendo

Update: Nintendo's official listing has changed the date to TBD.

Update: Nintendo changed the listing to TBD, so it will not be coming out next week. 

Art Academy: SketchPad is set to hit the Wii U eShop next week on August 7 in North America.

The newest entry in the Art Academy series, SketchPad aims to be a "robust art application that anyone can enjoy." The application allows users to create artwork using the touchscreen on the GamePad and share their creations through Miiverse. 

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Wii U Version of Batman: Arkham Origins Will Not Have Online Play WiiU

by Justin Baker - 11:23 am PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: (Press Release)

The Dark Knight will be running solo on the Wii U.

The recently announced online mode for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins will not be available in the Wii U version of the game, according to a Warner Bros. representative.

The mode will allow players to work together to hunt down opponents, and has been confirmed for all other versions of the game.

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3DS Helps Nintendo Achieve Profitable Quarter, Wii U Sales Falter 3DSWiiU

by Tom Malina - 9:16 am PDT
Total comments: 30 Source: Press Release

Success in the handheld space makes up for the new home console's woes.

Nintendo posted a net profit of 8.62 billion yen ($87.8 million/£57.7 million) for the second quarter of 2013 thanks to flourishing 3DS sales, in spite of the Wii U's continued struggles on the market.

According to the most recent financial report, the increased profitability of the 3DS coupled with the depreciation of the yen helped the publishing giant to record these results, allaying the negative impact of the Wii U's poor performance.

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Wii Crosses 100 Million Sales Threshold Wii

by Tom Malina - 9:13 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: ., >, Press, Release, -, /, \

After six and a half years on the market, Wii sales figures hit nine digits.

The Nintendo Wii has sold more than 100 million units worldwide since launching on November 18, 2006.

The console achieved this hallowed milestone between April and June of this year, according to Nintendo's latest financial results; it sold 210,000 units in this period. By comparison, its successor, the Wii U, managed just 160,000 units sold during the same time frame.

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July 30, 2013

Nintendo Confirms Black 3DS XL for North America 3DS

by Justin Baker - 10:51 am PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: (Nintendo)

Just in time for Dream Team.

Nintendo has confirmed that a black 3DS XL will be releasing in North America on August 11, the same day as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

Specifically, the announcement confirms recent rumors that the black 3DS XL was coming to Canadian stores.

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R.I.P. Louie the Cat 1998-2013 Site News

by Jonathan Metts and Neal Ronaghan - 8:10 am PDT
Total comments: 25

A Planet GameCube legend and institution has passed on.

When Planet GameCube began in 1999, our founder Billy Berghammer had a little kitty named Louie that quickly became a part of the site, showing up in unboxings, working his way onto the cover of our E3 2002 DVD, and assuming the mantle of Rumors Editor. It's with a heavy heart that we at Nintendo... Read more...

GameStop Offering Three Shiny Legendary Pokémon Starting in August 3DSDS

by Justin Baker - 1:52 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: (Press Release)

Now can I show you my pokémon!?

Participating GameStop locations will be offering three shiny legendary Pokémon starting in early August.

The Pokémon and dates are as follows:

Shiny Dialga, available from August 19 - September 8Shiny Palkia, available September 9 - September 29Shiny Giratina, available September 29 - October... Read more...

July 29, 2013

Starter Pack Figures Revealed for Skylanders SWAP Force 3DSWiiU

by Carmine Red - 10:18 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: (Activision)

Players will be able to get two of the new two-piece Swap Force characters, and a series 3 version of an old favorite.

Activision is including two of its new Swap Force characters, Blast Zone and Wash Buckler, when players spring for the starter pack of this fall's upcoming Skylanders SWAP Force.

The starter pack will also include a series three version of an old favorite, Stealth Elf, and the physical portal that players place the figures onto in order to use the corresponding characters within the game.

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SteamWorld Dig Coming to the 3DS eShop August 8 3DS

by James Dawson - 8:08 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: (Press Release)

Get ready to dig!

Swedish developer Image & Form’s latest game, SteamWorld Dig, is headed to the 3DS eShop simultaneously in Europe, North America, and Australia on August 8.

“We finished development of SteamWorld Dig in the end of June. It has since passed Nintendo's lotcheck and is ready for release,” said Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO of Image & Form.

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July 28, 2013

Organic Panic Kickstarter Aims for Wii U Release WiiU

by Nicholas Bray - 8:53 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1168870049/org...

A game where fruits and vegetables fight against meats and cheeses.

Organic Panic, a new game from Last Limb Games, will be coming to the Wii U if their current Kickstarter campaign is a success.

The game is a physics based platformer, featuring destructible environments, much like the Worms series. The playable characters are various fruits and vegetables, each... Read more...

Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U Price Point Listed on Amazon WiiUWiiGC

by Neal Ronaghan - 2:35 pm PDT
Total comments: 41 Source: http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Zelda-nintendo-wi..., http://www.amazon.com/Wii-Party-U/dp/B00DC7FWRE

How much should you expect to pay for Nintendo's October Wii U games?

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is currently listed for $49.99 on Amazon while Wii Party U is listed for $39.99.

While the prices could change between now and both games' October releases, generally Amazon's price listings have been accurate. For example, Game & Wario's $40 price point was revealed on Amazon and other retailers' sites before Nintendo confirmed it.

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July 27, 2013

Kickstarter for Shadow of the Eternals Relaunches WiiU

by Justin Baker - 5:00 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: (Press Release)

It's back on like Donkey Kong.

Precursor Games has relaunched their Kickstarter campaign for Shadow of the Eternals, with a goal of $750,000. This is after Precursor Games halted their crowdfunding campaign just last month.

It has also been announced that David Hayter will be providing the voice for Paul Becker in the game, and there is an added stretch goal to bring the game to the Playstation 4.

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July 26, 2013

Rodea the Sky Soldier Still Coming to Wii, 3DS 3DSWii

by Daan Koopman - 5:11 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: )

Kadokawa Games' president gives the much requested update to the fans.

Prope's Rodea the Sky Soldier is still coming to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS. This was announced by Kadokawa's company president Yoshimi Yasuda in an interview with 4gamer.

The reason why Kadokawa Games remained so silent on the title, according to Yasuda, is that media simply lost interest in the... Read more...

Multiple DLC Packs Headed to Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies 3DS

by Tom Malina - 8:58 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Siliconera, http://www.siliconera.com/2013/07/24/ace-attorney-...

Defending whales and completing quizzes... all in a day's work for Phoenix Wright.

A brand new case, a sequence of quiz games, and some extra costumes have been unveiled as downloadable content for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.

The new case, "Special Chapter: Turnabout Return," sees the titular Phoenix Wright defending a orca whale and its pirate-dressed trainer... Read more...

July 25, 2013

Japanese Indie Developers Cannot Develop for Wii U WiiU

by Becky Hollada - 3:21 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/420499/ninten..., Computers and Video Games

Indie developers outside of Japan can still apply.

Indie developers based in Japan cannot apply to develop applications for the Wii U at this time.

Despite the growing industry support for indie developers across the board, a Nintendo form on the GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2013 website states, in English and Japanese, that Nintendo is currently not accepting applications from Japanese indie developers.

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Nintendo Downloads - July 25, 2013 3DSWiiUDS

by Justin Baker - 7:56 am PDT
Total comments: 8

Blastin' viruses and eggplant wizards.

Sometimes after I've drifted off to sleep at night I dream of a world where every Nintendo Downloads can be like last week. Weeks filled with Earthbound and Link to the Past releases flooding the Virtual Console, and indie developers frolicking in the beautiful meadow that is the eShop. So, until that day, we'll have to be okay with light weeks in-between the big releases. Hey, at least Chain Blaster looks pretty cool!

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July 24, 2013

Nintendo Considering DLC for Pikmin 3 WiiU

by Nicholas Bray - 4:37 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63196..., http://www.1101.com/nintendo/pikmin3/index.html

Nintendo is thinking about planting some more Pikmin level seeds.

In a recent interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto it was stated that the Pikmin team is considering creating more content for the game.

Miyamoto was the one to touch on the subject saying, "So, using the internet [the team] thinks it'd like to add new missions and maps to the game little by little." There were no details released in regards to a timeframe or price.

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Yakuza 1&2 HD Demo Available on Wii U eShop in Japan WiiU

by Danny Bivens - 10:26 am PDT
Discuss in talkback!

Fans can get a taste of Japanese thug life a few weeks before the official release.

A demo for Ryū ga Gotoku 1&2 HD for Wii U, better known as Yakuza 1&2 in the West, is available on the eShop in Japan today, July 24. The game, announced at a Nintendo Direct this past May, is an HD version of the two Yakuza titles originally released on the Playstation 2. The Yakuza 1&2 HD remake was released last November on the Playstation 3 in Japan.

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Nintendo's Stock Price Reaches Two Year High 3DSWiiU

by Zack Kaplan - 8:01 am PDT
Total comments: 37 Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-22/nintendo-..., Bloomberg

Western sales spur increase in share prices.

Nintendo Co. stock price increased four percent hitting 14,050 yen, the highest price since June of 2011.

North American sales of the 3DS, and titles including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, led to the increase. Other factors play into the rise of share prices include reports indicating China may get rid of its ban on game systems.

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