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January 31, 2014

Batman Arkham Origins DLC No Longer Coming to Wii U WiiU

by Tom Malina - 5:43 pm EST
Total comments: 20 Source: Press Source

Lack of demand for extra content means that the story ends here for Wii U owners.

The Wii U version of last year's action-adventure title Batman Arkham Origins will not receive the previously announced downloadable content.

Users who purchased the game's Season Pass, which had been sold for $19.99 in North America and £15.99 in the UK, will receive a full refund to their Wii U eShop account.


Lucario Joins the Roster of Next Super Smash Bros. WiiU3DS

by Tom Malina - 8:16 am EST
Total comments: 18 Source: (Description), Miiverse, https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAADMUK...

The Aura Pokémon will be even more potent this time, says Sakurai.

Lucario is the latest veteran fighter to be confirmed as a returning character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.

The Fighting/Steel Pokémon, who falls at #448 in the National Pokédex, made his series debut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii, in which he was known for his signature Aura ability that increased his attack power as he sustained more damage.


Four Swords Anniversary Edition is Back DS3DS

by Andrew Brown - 2:16 am EST
Total comments: 11 Source: (Description), (Nintendo), http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers#4swords

For a very limited time in the USA!

American Nintendo 3DS owners who missed out on the earlier release of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition have another chance to download the title.

For a strictly limited time, the game is now available for free as a download from the eShop. The rerun comes as part of a promotion to advertise the Wii U Virtual Console release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.


January 30, 2014

Super Mario Action Figure Revealed

by Andrew Brown - 7:36 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: (comicsalliance), http://comicsalliance.com/banda-s-h-figuarts-super...

S.H. Figuarts tackles the portly plumber! (Coming soon to Mariobilia, of course!)

Bandai's S.H.Figuarts line of poseable action figures has adopted Nintendo's mascot character into its ranks.

Toted as the world's first full action figure of Super Mario, the Figuarts toy looks like it comes with an incredible amount of articulation on his limbs and torso. As with most of these style of toys, clear plastic stands will allow you to position Mario in all manner of impossible mid-air poses.


Club Nintendo North America Now Offering Animal Crossing Poster Set 3DSWiiU

by Justin Berube - 12:13 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: (Club Nintendo), http://club.nintendo.com/rewards-details/a/45002.d...

Two cool posters for New Leaf fans.

An Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2-Poster Set is now available as a reward for North American Club Nintendo members at a cost of 500 coins.

The first poster focuses on New Leaf characters that can, and will, appear in any players village in a setting that looks like the Animal Crossing Plaza. The second poster is a big list of all the standard villagers that appear in New Leaf.


January 29, 2014

Nintendo Turns to Smart Devices

by Kimberly Keller - 11:22 pm EST
Total comments: 11 Source: Nintendo, Wall Street Journal, http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/29/live-ninten..., http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/140130...

Iwata believes expansion will bring new customers to consoles.

Nintendo will use smart devices to bring new customers to their consoles according to President Satoru Iwata. The service will start later this year.

First-party Nintendo titles will not be released, but rather smart devices will be used to "make connections with customers." Iwata believes that... Read more...

Five Wii U Games Have Sold Over 1 Million Copies

by Curtis Bonds - 9:24 pm EST
Total comments: 11 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2014/140130e.pdf

Mario Kart Wii also manages to sneak in another million

Five titles in the Wii U's library have surpassed the million-sales mark worldwide.

Following tonight's investor presentation, Nintendo released sales data for its top-selling Wii U titles. Super Mario 3D World came in first place, with over 1.94 million units sold. New Super Mario Bros. U came... Read more...

Nintendo Bringing NFC Demos to E3 WiiU

by Andy Goergen - 6:41 pm EST
Total comments: 11 Source: Nintendo, Wall Street Journal, http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/29/live-ninten..., http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/140130...

Also, a new Speed Boot mode is coming early summer.

Games using the Wii U GamePad's Near-Field Communication (NFC) functionality will be demoed at E3 2014.

Also, an early summer system update will make use of a new Speed Boot Menu option that will allow GamePad users to start up the game quickly. See how it works in the short video at the bottom of this news story.


Nintendo DS Games Coming to Wii U Virtual Console WiiUDS

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:31 pm EST
Total comments: 47 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/140130...

They overcame that "technical problem" that was preventing them from doing this.

DS games will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console at some point, said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

While no timeline was given, Iwata noted that they "solve(d) the technical problem" to create the DS Virtual Console on Wii U.

Brain Age was shown as one of the games for the service. There is still no word on Game Boy Advance games coming to the Wii U Virtual Console.


Mario Kart 8 Due Out in May Worldwide WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:19 pm EST
Total comments: 18 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/140130...

Spring 2014 has gotten shortened to May.

Mario Kart 8 is coming out in May 2014 across the world, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

Previously listed as a spring 2014 release since its announcement at last E3, more information about Mario Kart 8 will be revealed in upcoming Nintendo Direct presentations.


Nintendo 'Quality of Life' Platform Coming in 2015 Wii

by Andy Goergen - 6:17 pm EST
Total comments: 28 Source: Twitter, Wall Street Journal, http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/29/live-ninten..., https://twitter.com/gibbogame/status/4287061705895..., http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/140130...

Your guess is as good as ours.

Nintendo's business plan for the next decade will revolve around developing a "Quality of Life" based platform.

No details are available yet, but Nintendo President Satoru Iwata indicated that more details would be revealed in 2014, and the platform would be launched in April 2015. The new business area would impact Nintendo's profitability in the fiscal year ending 2016.


Iwata Cuts Salary to Atone for Profit Drop

by Kimberly Keller - 2:14 pm EST
Total comments: 8 Source: AFP, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM...

Board members to see pay cut as well.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced that he and other board members will receive a pay cut in their salary for the next five months. The decision came after Nintendo reported a 30 percent decrease in profits today.

Iwata will reduce his salary by half while other board members will receive... Read more...

Nintendo Sees a Drop in Profits for Q3 WiiU

by Kimberly Keller - 2:11 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: AFP, NCL, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM..., http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/2013_03.ht...

Business strategy will be discussed Thursday.

Nintendo’s profit fell 30 percent in the nine months between April 1 and December 31, 2013 according to according to Nintendo’s Third Quarter Earnings Report released today.

Overall profit was reported at 10.2 billion yen ($99.7 million) which was down from the 14.55 billion yen ($142.6 million) from the previous year. Quarterly numbers were not reported.


Nintendo 3DS is Best-Selling Platform of 2013 in America 3DSWiiU

by Kimberly Keller - 3:16 am EST
Total comments: 2 Source: NCL, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/earnings/i...

Wii U continues to underperform.

The Nintendo 3DS exceeded expectations and became the best-selling platform in America this past year, according to Nintendo’s Third Quarter Earnings Report released today. This report reflected sales from April 1 to December 31, 2013.

Sales for the console was tied to successes of 3DS exclusive titles which saw high sales during the year. Outside of the United States, the 3DS saw limited growth, with global sales hitting 11.65 million.


Nintendo to Buy Back Almost 8% of Company Stock

by Kimberly Keller - 3:13 am EST
Total comments: 7 Source: NCL, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/earnings/i...

Now could be a good time to sell your stock.

Nintendo will be buying back up to 10,000,000 shares of their own stock, the company announced today. The move was decided following a meeting of the Board of Directors and will be pursued in accordance with the Japanese Companies Act.

The number of shares to be acquired reflects 7.82% of stock in the open market and will be purchased using up to 125,000,000,000 yen ($1,209,250,000) from January 30 to March 31 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


January 26, 2014

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Is Coming Worldwide 3DS

by Minoru Yamaizumi - 10:09 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: http://www.capcom.co.jp/monsterhunter/4G/

'Monster Hunter 4 goes G' whatever that means.

At Monster Hunter Festa '13 Final Round, Capcom announced Monster Hunter 4G for 3DS, the expanded version of Monster Hunter 4, which sold more than 3 million copies in Japan since it was released in September 2013, and released a trailer. Monster Hunter 4G is scheduled to come out in fall 2014. Players of Monster Hunter 4 will be able to transfer most of their save data to the new game. 


January 25, 2014

Nintendo 64 Version of Mother 3 Was at Least 80 Percent Complete WiiUGBA

by Danny Bivens - 7:29 pm EST
Total comments: 7

The canned N64 sequel to EarthBound might have been closer to reality than what was previously thought.

The original Nintendo 64 version of Mother 3 was at least 80 percent complete before it was canceled. This information comes from an interview conducted by Shigesato Itoi with Shigeru Miyamoto in 1999 in which the famed Nintendo creator was giving a status update on the then in development title.... Read more...

January 24, 2014

Renegade Kid Unveils Episodic Shooter Moon Chronicles 3DSDS

by Tom Malina - 11:22 am EST
Total comments: 8 Source: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/01/24/mutant-mudd-dev-announces-moon-chronicles-for-3ds, -, IGN

The depths of the moon will be explored across a long-term episodic model.

Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid has announced Moon Chronicles, a first-person shooter for 3DS that will be released over several seasons, beginning with a remake of DS title Moon from 2009.

The first season of the game, which was outed earlier this month by a trademark listing, will be launched... Read more...

January 23, 2014

Nintendo Downloads - January 23, 2014 3DSWiiU

by James Dawson - 5:44 pm EST
Total comments: 6

It's another slow week in Nintendo Downloads.

If you thought the last few weeks were slow, this week has them all beat. The releases for this week included both Life Force, for the 3DS VC, and Mighty Bomb Jack, on the Wii U VC. That's it.

3DS eShop Sales

Fractured Soul - $5.99, until February 6

Shin Megami Tensei IV - $29.99, from January 27 to February 3


Miyamoto Pushed for Peace Sign 'Ban' in Mario Titles

by Danny Bivens - 7:15 am EST
Total comments: 13

Find out why Miyamoto was so against the use of the peace sign by the plump, lovable plumber. 

Shigeru Miyamoto pushed strongly for a peace sign “ban” in Mario titles. While it isn’t known exactly when he started to push this agenda, in an interview Shigesato Itoi conducted with Miyamoto in 1999, Miyamoto explained that the main reason he wanted to get rid of the peace sign was to help shake the “kiddie” image, and to make sure that people would not only know Mario for the gesture. 



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