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June 30, 2013

Mario Kart 8 May Be Releasing in April 2014 RumorWiiU

by Justin Baker - 11:07 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: (Twitter), https://twitter.com/DeSero/status/3510134474519347...

We're waiting on confirmation by Nintendo of Europe.

According to a newsletter posted on Twitter, Mario Kart 8 may be releasing in April 2014.

Twitter user DeSero claims that the picture in his post is from a newsletter sent out by Nintendo of Europe. Currently Nintendo has yet to confirm or deny the claim.

Mario Kart 7 released in December 2011 and its predecessor, Mario Kart Wii, released in April 2008.

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June 29, 2013

Famicast 25 - LIVE on June 29/30 Site News3DSWiiU

by Danny Bivens - 5:17 pm PDT
Total comments: 2

UPDATE: Famicast 25 - Thanks for tuning in!

June marks episode number 25 for The Famicast, and this month, the crew has decided to do something a little different - give you the a live episode of the show! It’s not going to be just a normal episode. To celebrate the 25th Famicast, we’re going to give you, the listener, a chance to interact with the Famicrew and even have a chance to win some prizes! Check out the time table below to see when the show starts in your area!

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Watch_Dogs Has Been in Development Since 2009 WiiU

by Zack Kaplan - 4:18 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: http://www.merlininkazani.com/Ubisoft_Watch_Dogs_s..., Merlin'In Kazani

No word on whether development has started on Watch_Cats.

Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs has been in development since 2009, according to an interview on Turkish gaming site Merlin'In Kazani.

When asked about the similarities between Watch_Dogs and the TV show Person of Interest, Dominic Guay, senior producer of the game, revealed that  development... Read more...

Kickstarter JRPG Soul Saga: Episode 1 Sets Wii U Goal WiiU

by Justin Baker - 1:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: (Kickstarter), http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/disastercake/s...

UPDATE: Wii U stretch goal has been reached!

Soul Saga: Episode 1, an RPG on Kickstarter that claims to be inspired by classic Playstation JRPGs, will be coming to Wii U next year if its stretch goal of $105,000 is met.

Developed by Disastercake, Soul Saga cites games such as Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire and Persona as its influences and features a "battle initiation system similar to Chrono Trigger," turn-based battles, and, of course, a protagonist with a huge sword.

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Nintendo Starting to Reverse YouTube Copyright Claims

by Curtis Bonds - 9:42 am PDT
Total comments: 68 Source: http://wiiudaily.com/2013/06/nintendo-on-youtube-v...

Let's Play... and let's monetize!

Nintendo has seemingly reversed its stance on claiming copyright and ad revenue on YouTube videos that contain footage of their games.

ZackScottGames, a "Let's Player" who was the first person to bring Nintendo's controversial decision to light, has said that the claims on his videos have disappeared, and he is able to receive ad revenue.

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Animal Crossing on Sale for $26.59 at Amazon Deal3DS

by Justin Baker - 8:17 am PDT
Total comments: 11

If you don't have it already, now is the time!

We're not sure how long it will last, but Animal Crossing: New Leaf is on sale at Amazon for $26.59 (North American version).

This is a big discount off the $34.99 MSRP. If you're still on the fence about the game, then check out our review.

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June 28, 2013

Mutant Mudds May Get a Cartridge Release 3DS

by Zack Kaplan - 2:19 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: http://joolswatsham.blogspot.com/2013/06/boxed-cop..., Jools Watsham's Blog

Would you like it in a box? Would you like it with a fox?

Mutant Mudds could be getting a physical copy release for 3DS according to a blog post by Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham.

Jools says that a physical copy release aimed at collectors is being looked into, and says that "The only way we will be able to make such a thing happen is to turn to kickstarter." He cites a DS Kickstarter, Diamond Trust of London, as an example of how it could work.

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Kokuga Not Available in Canada 3DS

by James Dawson - 1:57 pm PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: G.Rev

Nintendo of Canada says Kokuga cannot be sold in Canada in its current state.

Kokuga, the latest game from the director of Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun, Hiroshi Iuchi, is currently not available in Canada and likely won't be in its current state.

Kokuga launched on the North American 3DS eShop on June 27; however, 3DS owners living in Canada quickly noticed the top-down shooter’s absence from the eShop in their country.

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Super Ubie Land Hits Wii U This Fall WiiU

by Justin Baker - 1:39 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (Twitter), https://twitter.com/NotionGamesLLC/status/35071296...

Coming to an eShop near you!

Super Ubie Land will be hitting the Wii U eShop this fall according to a Tweet from Notion Games.

Super Ubie Land is a 2D platformer that ran in to some troubles with Ubisoft concerning the original name "Super Ubi Land." Luckily, they've renamed the game and are on track for a fall release.

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Pokémon Getting Its Own Trade Show Mid-August in Japan 3DS

by Danny Bivens - 11:38 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Pokemon.co.jp, Siliconera, http://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2013/06/130628_g01.h..., http://www.siliconera.com/2013/06/28/tokyo-game-sh...

Pokémon might be the only Nintendo franchise big enough to nab it's own trade show.

Pokémon is going to have a special trade show event, dubbed Pokémon Game Show, on August 17 and 18 in Japan.

The event, which is hosted at the Tokyo Big Sight location, will give gamers a chance to try out the upcoming Pokémon X/Y, a new arcade game called Pokémon Tretta and the Pokémon Card game.

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Atlus Parent Company Filing for Bankruptcy

by Justin Baker - 6:54 am PDT
Total comments: 35 Source: (Kotaku), (NeoGAF), http://kotaku.com/atlus-parent-company-is-under-in..., http://kotaku.com/atlus-usa-says-theyre-currently-..., http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=60556...

UPDATE: Things are "business as usual" at Atlus.

Index, the parent company of Atlus, has announced that they are filing for bankruptcy.

While it's still too early to know exactly what's going to happen to Atlus, it does appear that Index is looking for a company to purchase it.

This is after recent news that Index has been under fire from authorities for "fabricated and inflated business practices," earlier this month.

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June 27, 2013

Armikrog Confirmed for Wii U After Successful Kickstarter Campaign WiiU

by Tom Malina - 2:52 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949537745/arm..., Kickstarter

The "claymation" adventure title passes its Wii U stretch goal.

Armikrog, the stop-motion point-and-click adventure game from Earthworm Jim creator Douglas TenNapel, will be released on the Wii U eShop, following the climax of its month-long Kickstarter campaign.

The crowd-funding campaign raised $974,578 in donations, passing the $950,000 Wii U stretch goal set by the game's California-based developer Pencil Test Studios.

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Nintendo Downloads - June 27, 2013 WiiU3DS

by Justin Baker - 7:20 am PDT
Total comments: 5

Kokuga and more Sonic than you can shake a stick at!

More Game Gear love this week, and just a tiny sliver for the Wii U Virtual Console. In contrast Japan got Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy VI. So, just go to California and glare off the coast at them. They'll get the message. In other news, Kokuga is hitting the 3DS, so all you shmup fans out there should be satisfied, while the rest of us are patiently waiting for Chronicles of Mystara.

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June 26, 2013

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Coming to Wii U in Japan on July 12  WiiU3DSWii

by Justin Baker - 8:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: (GoNintendo), http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=2...

Better late than never, and with new Wii U features!

A Wii U version of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure will release in Japan on July 12.

Originally released in October 2011 in other markets on Wii and 3DS, the Wii U version will feature off-TV play and use the GamePad for puzzle mini games.

The Wii, 3DS, and PS3 versions will also be releasing in Japan alongside the Wii U version.

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Nintendo Increases Length of Text Posts on Miiverse WiiU

by Justin Baker - 4:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: (Miiverse), https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAABAAD4UV...

Now supports up to 200 characters, in addition to other improvements.

A recent update to the Miiverse has increased the size of text posts to 200 characters.

This is an improvement over the previous 100 character limit. Other functionality has also been improved, allowing users to see all older posts in the popular posts category instead of limiting it to a certain time frame. This is welcome news after the recent addition of social media buttons.

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Angry Birds Trilogy for the Wii U Releases on August 13 WiiUWii

by Zack Kaplan - 12:53 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: http://www.webpronews.com/angry-birds-trilogy-out-..., WebProNews

Get angry; the pigs stole the eggs, again. 

Angry Birds Trilogy releases on the Wii and Wii U August 13.

Previously released on multiple platforms, including the 3DS, Angry Birds Trilogy features 3 Angry Birds games: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio. The collection also brings along new levels.

You can read Patrick's review of Angry Birds Trilogy on the 3DS here.

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Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy VI Hit the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan WiiU

by Danny Bivens - 4:30 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: eShop

Gamers in Japan can get their hands on two top-notch Super Nintendo RPGs starting today.

Seiken Densetsu 2, known as Secret of Mana in the West, and Final Fantasy VI for the Super Famicom hit the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan today, June 26. Secret of Mana is selling for 800 yen while Final Fantasy VI goes for 900 yen. Both games support gameplay using the GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remote and Classic Controller combination.

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June 25, 2013

Pandora's Tower Receives a Price Drop in America Wii

by Nicholas Bray - 4:45 pm PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: http://www.xseedgames.com/store.php, XSEED

If you didn't bite before, you may find it a little more tasty.

Pandora's Tower has received a price drop to $30 from publisher XSEED Games.

Amazon has also reduced the price for this late Wii game by the same $10.

Pandora's Tower was the third game to be released in the Operation Rainfall campaign, where gamers petitioned for this and two other JRPG's to... Read more...

Kokuga Confirmed for Summer Release in the West 3DS

by Tom Malina - 3:06 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Official Kokuga Website, http://kokuga.net/index_e.html

UPDATE: Nintendo has listed the release date as June 27

Kokuga, the shoot-'em-up from G.Rev and Ikaruga creator Hiroshi Iuchi, is launching on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America and Europe this June or July.

Featuring a non-linear level map and 4-player download play, Kokuga is a top-down shooter in which you operate a tank through 15 free-scrolling stages, using Attack and Support cards on the touch screen to activate special power-ups.

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Pikmin 3 Direct Hitting Japan June 26 WiiU

by Danny Bivens - 4:51 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Inside-Games, NCL, http://www.inside-games.jp/article/2013/06/25/6783..., http://www.nintendo.co.jp/nintendo_direct/20130626...

Tomorrow night, we dine on Pikmin soup.

A Pikmin 3 Direct will be airing in Japan, starting June 26 at 8 pm JST (7 am EST, 4 am PST, 12 pm BST.) 

Shigeru Miyamoto and Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto, a self professed Pikmin lover, will be playing the game together, while Matsumoto interviews Miyamoto about the game. You can watch the stream through Nintendo's event page, Nico Nico Video, or Ustream.

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