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September 29, 2016

Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom Announced Classic

by Donald Theriault - 5:54 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Nintendo

Surprisingly not announced for the Famicom's anniversary

Japan will not be left out of the classic small hardware party this fall, as a Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom has been announced.

Similar to the Classic Mini NES announced this summer, the Famicom unit will release in Japan on November 10 for 5980 yen. The base unit will come with two controllers that dock into the system and much like the Famicom, are hard-wired. An AC adapter will not be included in the mini Famicom box.

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Nintendo Downloads - September 29, 2016 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:10 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

The Nindies @ Home game is sixth on the priority list. What the heck?

September started with a huge burst of games (aided by the Nintendo Direct) and it's going out with some quality. Alex is quite happy with Yo-kai Watch 2, while I dug River City: Tokyo Rumble (and the game is being restocked if you need a physical copy). Daan, meanwhile, hit paydirt with the first good Sonic Boom game. Ever. That'd be enough for a busy week on its own, just with 3DS retail stuff.

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September 25, 2016

Shovel Knight Appearing In Yooka-Laylee Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:50 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Playtonic Games

Probably the closest we'll get to a Shovel Knight 64 for a while.

Playtonic Games has revealed many of the characters in Yooka-Laylee, including one major crossover.

A trailer released to coincide with the end of the EGX game festival in England announced that Shovel Knight will make an appearance in the game, among the gaggle of googly eyes.

Yooka-Laylee is still scheduled to release on Wii U before the end of March 2017.

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September 23, 2016

Paper Mario Color Splash Preload Unlocks Full Game Immediately: Preload Removed WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:52 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Twitter

An oddity in nearly 2 years of game preloads.

Paper Mario Color Splash releases at retail on October 7, but digital preloaders may have the full game now.

First found by @Electivirus on Twitter, the 8GB preload appears to include the unlock key that is normally only made available at midnight Eastern time on the day of release.

IT'S TRUE

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September 22, 2016

Nintendo Downloads - September 22, 2016 WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:13 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Demons, disemboweling and Donkey Kong - this week's update is full of that Vitamin D.

This week's offering on the eShops are definitely not for the faint of heart, nor for our younger viewers. In terms of cost and size, the big one this week is Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse - Neal's review has been top of mind for most of the week as I try to manage a whole boatload of RPGs. The... Read more...

September 21, 2016

Dragon Ball Fusions To Land In North America December 13 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 1:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Bandai Namco

Marking approximately 9002 RPGs released on 3DS this year.

The last RPG on the 3DS's 2016 plate will be based on magna and anime, but it won't be Pokémon.

Bandai Namco announced today that Dragon Ball Fusions, the newest Dragon Ball RPG, will release in North America on December 13. A European release will follow in February of 2017.

Fusions features... Read more...

September 20, 2016

Pokemon Bank Update, New Pokemon Revealed In Sun And Moon Trailers 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:23 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Pokemon Company International

Lesson learned: Do not mess with the Eevee family.

The latest Pokémon Sun and Moon trailer featured returning and renamed features as well as a couple of new Pokémon.

This trailer's new Pokemon are all version exclusive in some way. Sun version will receive Passiman, a quadrapedal Fighting type with the new ability "Receiver" which allows it... Read more...

September 17, 2016

Dai Gyakuten Saiban Sequel Announced

by Donald Theriault - 5:45 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Capcom

Maybe they'll leave "certain factors" out of it this time.

Japanese players will soon be able to lawyer up in Victorian England again.

Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Boken (translation: The Great Ace Attorney: The Resolve of Naruhodo Ryunosuke) was announced by Capcom overnight on their Tokyo Game Show live stream. It will serve as a follow-up to the original 2015 Dai Gyakuten Saiban story.

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Sega Announces Acquisition Of Technosoft Licenses, 3D Thunder Force III

by Donald Theriault - 5:25 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: SegaBits

A big name from the days of the Mega Drive is coming back home.

Sega has acquired the rights to the games from one of the Mega Drive's biggest boosters.

During a stage show at the Tokyo Game Show, Sega announced that they have purchased the rights to games developed by Technosoft. Technosoft is known for the Thunder Force series of space shooters, as well as the early real-time strategy series Herzog Zwei.

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September 16, 2016

Chase: Cold Case Investigations Launching On October 13 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 12:07 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Aksys Games

UPDATED: North America AND Europe are on the case!

The 3DS will be getting a dash of mystery in October.

Chase: Cold Case Investigations ~Distant Memories~ will release in the eShop on October 13 for North America and Europe. The game will retail for US$5.99/€5.99.

@aksysgames This will be out in North America AND the EU! WOOHOO! $5.99 in NA and equivalent throughout the EU~

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September 15, 2016

Nintendo Downloads - September 15, 2016 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:16 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

Repeat after me, I need a vocation

The biggest deal of the week is the triumphant return to North America after a five year absence for mainline Dragon Quest. We talked Dragon Quest VII heavily in Bryan's review earlier this week if you need any of the details. The Nindies Summer Jam also returns to the spotlight this week with both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Noitu Love: Devolution, and my review for that should be up later today.

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September 14, 2016

Metroid Prime Federation Force Update Available 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:55 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Some minor fixes for Blast Ball mode.

Some complaints about the Blast Ball mode in Metroid Prime: Federation Force have been addressed in a just-released patch.

The version 1.1 update is now available from the eShop and will be required for online play, whether in the main game or Blast Ball. The issues addressed include errors when... Read more...

Two More Ultra Beasts Revealed For Pokemon Sun And Moon 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 9:27 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Pokemon

Version exclusive ones, to boot.

A brief trailer has been released showing two more of Pokémon Sun and Moon's Ultra Beasts.

The beasts are both known as UB-02, but are version exclusive: Sun has UB-02 Absorption, while Moon has UB-02 Beauty. The trailer shows the Beasts facing off against a Tapu Koku in both versions.

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September 13, 2016

Pokemon Sun/Moon Themed New 3DS Coming To North America 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 9:14 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

A worldwide debut for the latest intergalactic game system.

The Galaxy New 3DS isn't the only solar system-based hardware Nintendo is releasing this year.

A Pokémon Sun and Moon themed New 3DSXL will launch for standard retail prices ($199/$249) on October 28 in the US and November 11 in Canada. The system is an all black system with outlines of the two version mascot Pokémon Solageo and Lunala on the back.

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September 12, 2016

Next Shovel Knight Expansion Receives Release Window WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: YachtClubGames

The specter of death hangs over this one.

The next Shovel Knight expansion will drop in 2017.

Yacht Club Games tweeted the expansion's logo today showing the Specter Knight campaign will be next - "Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment" will launch next spring.

pic.twitter.com/wOIa8nAx4q

— Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) September 12, 2016

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New Information Released For Soul Axiom, Twisted Fusion WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 2:31 pm PDT
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One date, one new trailer

A couple of independent titles have had announcements in recent days.

Soul Axiom from Wales Interactive, which was previously slated to launch in October, has had its release date bumped to September 29 for both North America and Europe. The game will launch for US$14.99/€14.99/£11.99, with the 15% discount available for those who downloaded its event preview during E3 last year.

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Animal Crossing Update To Provide Weed Relief 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 2:24 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo UK

A one-time amnesty from hay fever.

The Animal Crossing UK Twitter account has given good news for those who stepped away from New Leaf for a long time, but want to get in with the Amiibo update.

According to the posting, done in character as Isabelle, booting the game after the update will remove all of the weeds from the village.

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September 8, 2016

Nintendo Downloads - September 8, 2016 WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:10 am PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

The downloading is sustained.

There's two major games on this week's release schedule, and by the time the eShop updates we'll have reviews for both of them. The biggest monetary cost goes to Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice because let's face it, lawyers are expensive. Alex has our review, which you can check out... Read more...

September 7, 2016

Pokemon Go Plus Launching In "Much Of The World" Next Week Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 8:43 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Niantic

South America has to wait for a bit.

Niantic has just dated the Pokemon Go+ accessory.

According to the Pokémon Go blog, the accessory will launch on September 16 (a week from this Friday) in "much of the world", with some South American countries getting the device later this year.

The Go+ will allow for both capture of Pokémon and Poké Stop access without looking at the screen.

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Nintendo Only Launching Four Mobile Games In This Fiscal Year Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 4:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: TIME Magazine

Plus news of My Nintendo interaction

Nintendo is scaling back their mobile plans slightly for the fiscal year.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto discussed Nintendo's mobile strategy. A follow-up email from Miyamoto confirmed that a combination of development time and "market conditions" would mean only four mobile titles would release by March 2017. The four titles would be Miitomo, Super Mario Run and the unnamed Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem projects.

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