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March 31, 2016

Sega Of America To Publish Future Atlus Titles

by Donald Theriault - 7:42 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Game Informer

A new logo on the boxes.

A process that began in September 2013 has come to an end as titles published by Atlus previously will now fall under the Sega banner.

According to Game Informer, this should not affect the operations of Atlus as the corporate cousins will continue to operate independently. The chief purpose is... Read more...

DSi Shop Winding Down Over Next Year

by Donald Theriault - 9:39 am EDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Nintendo

Most of the content is already on the 3DS eShop.

The DSi Shop is about to enter its last days.

Nintendo has announced that DSi points can no longer be added to DSi systems as of September 30, 2016, with a full shutdown including the inability to download purchases after March 31, 2017.

Nintendo's notice recommends transferring the games to a 3DS, and the games will still be sold on the 3DS eShop - only the DSi shop itself is affected.


Lovely Planet Takes Off Next Tuesday WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 8:44 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: TinyPixel

The colorful shooter continues the roll of Nindies @ Home titles.

There will be an early eShop update next week, as we'll be stuck on a whole Lovely Planet.

The first person shooter from Tiny Pixel will hit next Tuesday, April 5 for a base price of US$9.99. The Nindies @ Home 15% discount will be available for those who downloaded the demo during E3.

With...

My Nintendo Now Live Worldwide: Miitomo Launched As Well 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:17 am EDT
Total comments: 41 Source: My Nintendo

Why is there a Gold reward for spending $97+ on an eShop game?

Miitomo has launched in Australia and New Zealand, but the world can see My Nintendo now.

The rewards program went live overnight (U.S. Eastern time), and the big exclusive rewards are the previously announced Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Picross and WarioWare Touched. All members can also... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - March 31, 2016 WiiUMobi3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:15 am EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

Oddly, the biggest download of the week isn’t on an eShop at all.

While most people are picking up their phones this week for the international release of Miitomo, there are a few things that should help you to start building the MyNintendo Gold balance. On the Wii U, Aksys is bringing a game that may have gotten under-reported because it was announced before Zero... Read more...

March 30, 2016

n-Space Closing Its Doors

by Donald Theriault - 12:06 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Twitter

A strong presence in Nintendo shooters has gone out of business.

n-Space, the development studio who worked with Nintendo on Geist and would later bring multiple Call of Duty games, has officially closed its doors.

Former n-Space artist Ben leary made the announcement on Twitter earlier today, confirming that the studio had suffered multiple rounds of layoffs in the runup to the final closure.


March 29, 2016

Zelda: Skyward Sword Diorama Now Available For Pre-order Wii

by Justin Berube - 3:37 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: First 4 Figures, First 4 Figures

First 4 Figures is at it again with another premium Nintendo collectible.

A new diorama based on a memorable battle in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now available for pre-order from First 4 Figures. The diorama features Link battling Scervo on the edge of the Sandship.

Those who follow Nintendo collectables might recognize the Link and Scervo figures present... Read more...

Miitomo Heads West This Thursday Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 5:16 am EDT
Total comments: 36 Source: Nintendo

Barely sneaking in under the self-imposed deadline.

Following a year of speculation, My Nintendo and Miitomo will launch outside of Japan this Thursday.

The communication app quickly rose to the top of the App Store and Google Play rankings for its category upon its Japanese launch. An update is planned for the app to add additional features, but it appears the 1.0 app will launch first.


March 26, 2016

First DLC Character For Hyrule Warriors Legends Announced WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:28 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: WonderCon

No word on seagull transformation.

Nintendo has made the first announcement for a DLC character for Hyrule Warriors Legends.

Marin from Link's Awakening will be the included character in the second Link's Awakening pack, due for release this summer. The announcement was made during a Hyrule Warriors Legends panel at the WonderCon gaming convention.


March 24, 2016

Pokemon Go Details Revealed Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 7:40 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Niantic/Pokémon Company

It hits some of the tennets of a main Pokémon game.

Some new details about the upcoming Pokémon Go game have been announced.

The Pokémon will be found in specific areas - Water types in lakes, Grass types in forests - and finding the same Pokémon multiple times will trigger evolution. There will also be PokéStops which will hand out Eggs, and various amounts of steps will be required to hatch them just as in the portable console games.


Nintendo Downloads - March 24, 2016 WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:11 am EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo

At times like this, kids like you should be at home playing Nintendo games!

It’s quite a heavy week for North America on the New 3DS downloads front. The headliner is Hyrule Warriors Legends (with all of its DLC fun later on), which sounds like a good way to destroy the Easter weekend. (If you have an original 3DS or 2DS, well… go read Neal’s review before jumping in.)... Read more...

March 23, 2016

Major Pokemon Shuffle Update Announced 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 10:00 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Pokémon Shuffle

A new challenge awaits the brave or obsessed.

The first major update to Pokémon Shuffle for 3DS was released overnight, with several new tweaks and features.

Version 1.3 includes a new Survival Mode, which uses three hearts (in game plays) and lets you challenge various in game stages with a set number of moves for special rewards. Mission cards, which give rewards for accomplishing certain tasks in the game's existing stages.


Hyrule Warriors Legends North American Pricing Announced WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 9:57 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

How much will it cost to maybe slap people around as The Wind Fish?

Following the European DLC's release on Friday, Nintendo has posted pricing for the North American release.

The season pass will be US$14.99/C$21.19 for just 3DS, $9.99/$14.09 for Wii U or $19.99/$28.19 for both 3DS/Wii U. The four packs will have the following cost:

Master Wind Waker Pack (3DS...

Nikkei: Nintendo To Discontinue Wii U Production In 2016

by Donald Theriault - 9:52 am EDT
Total comments: 37 Source: Nikkei

Doesn't mean a replacement is this year, though. UPDATED: Nintendo has responded.

The Nikkei newspaper has published a report that may shed light on Nintendo's console plans for the year.

According to the report (original story: Japanese text) and translated by Tokyo game consultant Serkan Toto, Nintendo would wind down production of the Wii U this year and may have already stopped production of some accessories.


March 20, 2016

Splatfest Results: March 19-20 WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 3:48 pm EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Splatoon

A disappointing result for those looking to the future.

This weekend's Splatfest action saw a streak end and a small amount of civil warring.

North America: Sand Castles 359, Snowmen 341 (47-53, 52-48) At Arowana Mall, North America's first 2.6 Splatfest ended with a narrow win for the soldiers of the summer. The Snowmen appeared to have recency on... Read more...

March 19, 2016

Sonic Boom: Fire And Ice To Cool End Of September 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 2:27 pm EDT
Total comments: 10

Plus an announcement of an anniversary convention.

Sonic's first 25th anniversary game will be hitting before the end of September.

At a celebration panel at the South by Southwest music/tech festival in Austin, Sega confirmed that the 3DS sequel will release on September 27 in North America. It was originally slated for a Q4 2015 release before being delayed into the anniversary year.


March 18, 2016

Bravely Second Localization Changes Made By Developers, Spurred By Fan Feedback 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 9:53 am EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: NintendoLife

Players felt that empathy crossed the line into scolding.

Changes to the ending of sidequests in the European version of Bravely Second were made by SquareEnix and Silicon Studio due to fan feedback.

Originally, the endings to sidequests in the Japanese version would cause what Japanese players felt was "undue regret". In a statement to NintendoLife,... Read more...

Hive Jump Multiplayer Offline Only On Wii U WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 9:49 am EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Fragments of Silicon

Developer cites strength of Wii U as "party platform"

Hive Jump is confirmed for amiibo support, but its multiplayer will be a party event.

The indie game, which is coming to both PC and Wii U, will have online and local play on the PC but only local play on Wii U. In an interview on the Fragoments of Silicon podcast, Matt Raither described the reason... Read more...

Hyrule Warriors Legends DLC Launch Windows, Prices Announced For Europe 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 9:45 am EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo UK

Europe will be musou-ing the night away for most of the year.

Nintendo's European website has announced details on how the Hyrule Warriors Legends season pass will work for both Wii U and 3DS..

Launch day (24 March in Europe, March 25 in North America) will see the 3DS season pass go on sale, as well as a 3DS and Wii U season pass. This pass includes:

A Master...

Eric Medalle: 1974 - 2016

by Donald Theriault - 9:40 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Seattle Times

Tragic circumstances take the life of a longtime Pokemon designer

A windstorm last week in the Pacific Northwest has taken a young life.

Eric Medalle, a creative director at The Pokémon Company International, was killed in the Sunday storm when a 60+ mile per hour wind gust caused a Douglas fir tree to snap and fall on his vehicle in Seattle's Seward Park. He was traveling with his young daughter, who suffered minor injuries and was pulled from the vehicle by an unidentified woman.



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