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September 28, 2012

999 Receives Reprint in North America DS3DS

by Tom Malina - 6:22 pm EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Aksys Games, (Description), http://www.aksysgames.com/2012/09/27/999-with-new-...

M-rated DS game gets a second run at retail, but now with new box art.

Adventure game 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors has received a reprint in North America from publisher Aksys Games.

Initially released for Nintendo DS in 2010 as a limited run, the game was difficult to find at many retailers, with some copies being sold well above the MSRP due to their rarity.


September 27, 2012

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC Level Packs Detailed  3DS

by Jonathan Metts - 7:52 pm EDT
Total comments: 38

Nintendo reveals the first set of downloadable levels for the hit 3DS title.

In the latest Nintendo Direct video announcement from Japan, the company has announced new details on how optional level packs will be available in New Super Mario Bros. 2. The DLC feature was announced earlier this year, but no other details were known until now.

The first set of DLC will be grouped...

Nintendo Direct Reveals New Super Mario Bros. Downloadable Content 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:48 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L5-PxLj6Ig

The Japanese Nintendo Direct reveals New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC.

Check out the New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC-focused Nintendo Direct below. A full write-up is coming soon.


Nintendo Direct in Japan, North America Tonight

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:11 pm EDT
Total comments: 19 Source: (Nintendo of America)

UPDATE: The event will have a 3DS focus.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. will host a Japanese Nintendo Direct at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Nintendo of America will follow it up with a video Nintendo Direct afterwards.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m. PT - The Nintendo Direct will be focused on 3DS games, likely Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

We have no idea what the content...

Nintendo to Showcase Wii U at EB Games Expo 2012 WiiU

by Nicholas Bray - 9:35 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Aside from the Wii U being playable, there is one other surprise!

Nintendo Australia and EB Games have announced that the Wii U will be showcased at the upcoming EB Games Expo, which is being held at Sydney Olympic Park from October 5 - 7, 2012.

There will be a total of twelve games available to play, which include:

New Super Mario Bros.™ UNintendo Land™SiNG...

Nintendo Download - September 27, 2012 DS3DS

by Patrick Barnett and Tyler Ohlew - 7:47 am EDT
Total comments: 10

They Came by Wave, you bought by bucks.

This week's Nintendo Downloads brings us Genius Sonority's The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave, Game Boy's Quarth, and Hitoryi, all for the 3DS eShop. DSiWare gets some love as well with the release of Kart Krashers. Lastly, SNK remembers the existence of the Wii Virtual Console and provides it with the third installment of the Real Bout series.


September 26, 2012

Ex Rare Staff Considering Banjo Successor

by Nicholas Bray - 9:01 pm EDT
Total comments: 35 Source: (Mingy Jongo), https://twitter.com/MingyJongo

Former Rareware members have some tasty ideas cooking.

Ex members of Rareware have banded together to form Mingy Jongo, a Twitter account expressing an interest in creating a spiritual successor to their acclaimed Banjo-Kazooie series. The intention thus far is simply to gauge public opinion and build developer interest in the potential project. Core... Read more...

Seven eShop Wii U Titles Listed for 'November' Release in North America WiiU3DS

by Carmine Red - 11:29 am EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Could these indie downloadable titles make launch day? Launch week?

Earlier this morning Nintendo of America released an updated list of upcoming Wii U games, including eight known downloadable eShop titles from independent developers. Seven of these games were given a "November" release date, but even if they miss the November 18 launch of Nintendo's new console they would still come out very soon after the console's launch.


Game Freak Wants to Bring HarmoKnight Overseas 3DS

by Josh Max - 10:59 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: (IGN), http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/09/24/game-freak-...

Not to be confused with Harpo Marx Knight. 

Pokémon game composer and Game Freak director Junichi Masuda expressed his desire to send Game Freak's first full 3DS eShop game, Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight to Europe and North America.

Masuda told IGN that “In terms of a North American or European release, it's definitely something we'd like to do, but we're working out the details with Nintendo now and seeing what would be the best way to get that to players.”


Unannounced Titles Coming to Wii U's Launch Window

by Tyler Ohlew - 7:35 am EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: IGN, http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/09/24/the-difficu...

Still some surprises yet for Nintendo's upcoming home console.

In an interview with IGN, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime made it clear that there are unannounced Wii U titles in the works, some of which are intended for the five-month long launch window.

In addressing the purported concerns over the company's lack of announcements of post launch... Read more...

Bird & Beans is the New Club Nintendo Download Reward DSWiiGBA

by Justin Berube - 7:25 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Club Nintendo), http://club.nintendo.com/rewards-details/a/30506.d...

DSiWare gets some Club Nintendo love.

The DSiWare game Bird & Beans is now redeemable as a Club Nintendo reward. The title costs 100 coins and will be available until October 7, 2012.

Bird & Beans is a remake of the mini-game Pyoro found in the GBA's WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$.

Bird & Beans replaces Art Academy:...

Nintendo Confirms 23 Titles for Wii U's North American Launch WiiU

by Tyler Ohlew - 7:15 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Press Release

That's over $1380. How much does a lung sell for now?

Early this morning, Nintendo of America confirmed 23 games will be on store shelves for the November 18 launch of Wii U. The total is a slight decrease from our initially projected 27 titles.

Making launch day are:

Nintendo LandNew Super Mario Bros. USiNG Party Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's EdgeZombiUCall... Read more...

September 24, 2012

Wii U eShop Region Locked and More Revealed WiiU

by Josh Max - 12:05 pm EDT
Total comments: 18 Source: (Kotaku), http://kotaku.com/5943529/nintendo-doesnt-think-yo..., URL

Reggie talks a little more about the Wii U. 

More Wii U facts have been brought to light after an interview with Nintendo of America's President, Reggie Fils-Aime by gaming website Kotaku. For instance, Fils-Aime revelaed that the Wii U eShop will be region locked. The eShop will be available at launch along with video chat, an internet browser, and Nintendo Tvii. Fils-Aime added that there would be no pre-downloaded games like Find Mii on the Nintendo 3DS.


Wii U Not Selling at Loss, Nintendo Believes in Value WiiU

by Andrew Brown - 11:58 am EDT
Total comments: 21 Source: (Gamesindustry), http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-09-14-w...

Some financial details about Wii U's production and pricing.

Nintendo's latest console is not selling at a loss to the company, a recent interview Games Industry International held with Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime revealed.

According to the company president, Nintendo strongly believes in providing consumers with strong value in their products right from their launch.


Wii U Will Support Unity Engine WiiU

by Tom Malina - 10:36 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: (Description), Eurogamer.net, http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-09-19-ninte...

Nintendo licenses the engine for both first and third party development on the system.

Nintendo has signed a long-term deal with Unity Technologies to bring the Unity game engine to Wii U.

The deal will provide access to the Unity engine's development tools for Nintendo's internal teams and all of their affiliated third-party partners. This makes the Wii U the first dedicated... Read more...

Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC Sales Doing Well in Japan 3DS

by Josh Max - 8:19 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: (Siliconera), http://www.siliconera.com/2012/09/22/fire-emblem-a...

Nintendo's first DLC-enabled title is doing pretty well. 

The downloadable content for Fire Emblem: Awakening has brought in 380 million yen (approximately $4.8 million), Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association (CESA) Chariman Shin Unozawa revealed during a presentation at Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Unozawa also reported that 75% of 3DS owners in Japan have connected their device to the internet. This number had risen since the January report of only 60%.


Prope Uncertain If Rodea The Sky Soldier Will Ever Be Released Wii3DS

by Tom Malina - 7:13 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: TheVerge.com

Game director Yuji Naka is unsure of the project's fate, but wants to work on Wii U.

Rodea The Sky Soldier may never see release on Wii despite having been completed for a year, according to Prope founder Yuji Naka.

In an interview with Polygon, the co-creator of Sonic The Hedgehog expressed a great deal of uncertainty when as to the release plans of his sky-based action game,... Read more...

Wii U Will Be Region-Locked WiiU

by Tom Malina - 6:01 am EDT
Total comments: 24 Source: NeoGAF.com, http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49282...

Those hoping to import foreign Wii U games are out of luck.

The Wii U will be region locked, as reported in the most recent issue of Famitsu and confirmed via translation on Twitter.

This means that Wii U systems in a given region of the world will not play any games sold in a different territory. For example, a North American Wii U will only read NTSC-encoded software, whereas a European Wii U will only read PAL-encoded software.


Wii U Pricing Revealed for New Zealand WiiU

by Nicholas Bray - 2:02 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Pricing and date confirmed for New Zealand Nintendo fans.

Nintendo Australia has revealed the pricing and release date for the Wii U in New Zealand.

The Wii U Basic Pack will retail for NZ$469.95, while the Wii U Premium Pack will be set at NZ$569.95. The system will be launching in New Zealand on November 30, 2012, the same day as in European and Australian markets.


September 23, 2012

Separate GamePads Reserved For Bundles WiiU

by Andrew Brown - 7:55 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (Description), (gamesindustry), http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-09-14-w...

Or, why Nintendo isn't yet focusing on individual GamePad sales. 

The main reasoning behind Nintendo's lack of information regarding availability of standalone GamePads, is that at this time, the inventory of the device is being funneled into bundle packages for launch day.

This information comes from a recent interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, who makes the strategically-sound... Read more...


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