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Nintendo Celebrates The Anniversary of Japanese Gen 1 Release With Pokemon Day Freebies

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of Pokemon Red Version and Pokemon Green Version for the original Gameboy in Japan. To celebrate “Pokemon Day”, Nintendo is offering up a brand new 3DS theme, a Detective Pikachu Wallpaper and printable “Pokemon Day” cards over on the My Nintendo service.

In order to nab the absolutely adorable sleeping Pikachu 3DS theme you’ll need to spend 100 platinum coins per code. Each my Nintendo account can claim up to 3 free theme e-shop codes, so if you’ve got family or friends with a Nintendo 3DS, now is the time to gift a theme.

Also on offer is a high resolution version of a promotional wallpaper for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS release Detective Pikachu. Set for release on March 23rd 2018, two years after the Japanese launch, Detective Pikachu sees the electric mouse take on the role of a talking gumshoe. A film adaptation of Detective Pikachu is expected to be released by May 2019 and will be distributed by Legendary Entertainment.

Do you have memories of playing the first generation of Pokemon Games way back in the late 90s? What was your first Pokemon adventure? I’d love to know, sound off in the comments below.


Nintendo announces special edition for Fire Emblem Warriors

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Jason Nason

During the GameStop Expo in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced a special edition of the Fire Emblem Warriors game for the Nintendo Switch system. The special edition will be available this fall in the Americas, and will come with a variety of items.

“The incredible fans of the Fire Emblem and Pokémon franchises not only love the games themselves, but also the features behind the games,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These special versions are great options for dedicated fans who want to enjoy all facets of their favorite series, from amazing gameplay to bonus artwork.”

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Miitopia | Review

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Meghan Kass

Since the beginning of story telling, tales have been told about brave warriors combating and defeating the forces of evil. From Greek myths to comic book heroes, the concept of heroes banding together has been done in many different ways, inspiring the audience’s imagination and creating fantasies of themselves as one of those brave heroes. As video games grew and matured as a medium, people could now go from simply hearing, seeing or reading stories of brave heroes to playing the brave hero and feeling closer and closer to that feeling of saving the world from evil. Now, it is up to you to create and cast the warriors and even the great evil with your Miis with Nintendo’s newest game, Miitopia.

Miitopia is all about the fun of putting your friends or favorite characters from fiction into the roles of the damsels, kings and warriors and seeing them all interact. Are you mad at someone at work or school? Let them take the role of the Dark Lord and let out your aggression through your Mii. Want to see if your one true pairing from your favorite TV show will make it? This game allows you to play it out and see if a relationship build. This game’s main appeal is its whimsical, humorous atmosphere and customization. I spent hours amused doing quests for some of my favorite actors, characters and friends and seeing how my friend’s Miis interacted. It is charming, cute and endearing and a great use of the Mii system. I also enjoyed seeing how  creative the Miis on the Mii network were. Some were sculpted beautifully and really represented their character well. It also makes interesting use of amiibos by allowing for different items to customize your Mii character with. If you have your Tomodachi save files, you can also transfer character data to this game.

The actual gameplay of Miitopia is simple enough. You obtain a quest, watch your character walk through different locations and if you encounter an enemy sent by the Dark Lord you must defeat them in a turn based style combat. Your goal is to rescue innocent people’s faces from the Dark Lord and return the world to how it was before the Dark Lord caused mischief. It is simple to learn and very light hearted. Your relationship with your fellow party members affects the battle in different ways as well. If you are fighting with a party member, they might inconvenience you out of spite and the better your relationship with your party, the more bonuses you get and the more help they offer. You build these relationships in battle, on the road through random events or at the inns you find where you can also eat and buy new gear.

This is also the issue with Miitopia. It is very repetitive and can get a little tiresome after the first few hours. The ability to learn other classes and abilities keeps the game from being so boring I wanted to stop, but there still is not much to the actual gameplay. Unless you like customization and the novelty of seeing an avatar of your friends or favorite characters in funny situations, this game probably will not have enough to keep you interested for long. The abilities aren’t any more unique from other RPGs and the story is not very nuanced or original either.

Overall, this is a whimsical game with a lot of fun to offer as far as customization and silly situations, but beyond that, there is not much more to it. Have some laughs, see if you can make your favorite characters fall in love and defeat the evil Dark Lord, if this sounds appealing then you will want to pick this game up, but maybe wait for a sale.


New Egg-cellent new My Nintendo Rewards available

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has released some new My Nintendo rewards with the holiday Easter weekend around the corner. Starting (yesterday) April 12th, you can redeem My Nintendo points for a special 3DS theme or one of several discounted games.

All but one of the new rewards, including the 3DS theme, require redemption of the premium gold points.

• 20G – Yoshi Siesta Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme
• 20G – 30% off Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (Virtual Console for Wii U)
• 160P – 20% off Super Mario World (Virtual Console for New Nintendo 3DS)

These rewards are redeemable thru July 13th.

Plus, there are two more rewards that are great for fans who love to get all the details on their favorite games. You can redeem your points for full online access to these guides:

• 30G – Animal Crossing™: New Leaf Prima Official Game Guide
• 30G – The Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker HD Prima Official Game Guide

These rewards are redeemable thru October 13th.


Pikachu New Nintendo 3DS XL set for release in February

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo announced a new Pokémon inspired New Nintendo 3DS XL today. The Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL will be released on February 24th.

The electrifying new design for the New Nintendo 3DS XL hardware will hit store shelves with the colorful yellow system sporting a charming drawing of popular Pokémon Pikachu on the cover.

The sysyem will be available at a suggested retail price of $199.99 USD.


Nintendo launching four new Fire Emblem titles, including mobile game next month

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo surprised Fire Emblem fans today via a Nintendo Direct announcement with news of multiple new games. We already knew about the upcoming game for the Nintendo Switch and a hint of a 3DS game from the official website, but there was much more news today.

In addition to these games we got our first glimpse of the Fire Emblem title headed to mobile devices in Fire Emblem Heroes.

“In recent years, the popularity of the Fire Emblem franchise has grown exponentially,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The devoted fan base and series newcomers alike will soon have an abundance of new games to play on a variety of devices. There’s never been a better time to be a Fire Emblem fan or jump in for the first time.”

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Nintendo goes black with New Nintendo 3DS Black Friday deal

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Jason Nason

In a big Black Friday deal, Nintendo announced today that for the first time ever, Nintendo’s popular hand-held New Nintendo 3DS video game system will be offered at a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD in the United States.

Two special-edition models – one black, one white, both featuring Mushroom Kingdom characters and imagery – will be available starting November 25th.

“Nintendo has some of the best gifts for the holiday season,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether you’re looking for games for the whole family, or a cool new system at a great value, Nintendo has you covered.”

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Nintendo eShop Spotlights #Nindies for September

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo announced today that through the month of September they plan to release a new “Nindie” every week on either the Nintendo 3DS or Wii U. With the Nintendo Download every Thursday in September, a new digital release will hit Nintendo eShop for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or both at an introductory pricing promotion of 10 percent off during the first week of launch. Not only that, but the featured developers will share video stories about their projects’ development in Nintendo eShop. The featured developers will also curate a shelf in Nintendo eShop highlighting some of their favorite games.

“Our Nindie partners have been hard at work creating amazing content for Nintendo fans,” said Damon Baker of Nintendo of America’s Publisher and Developer Relations. “The #Nindies Summer Jam promotion not only makes it easy for fans to check out all the latest and greatest indie games on Nintendo eShop, but to also learn more about the developers that have worked so hard to create them.”

Check out the release schedule for the month of September, as well as a lineup of Nindies titles that are also on the way below.

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Three Street Fighters coming to [NEW] 3DS eShop only tomorrow

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

Because the old Nintendo 3DS can’t seem to handle SNES graphics, Nintendo will release three classic SNES Street Fighter games for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow, but only for NEW Nintendo 3DS units. The games will also be overpriced in Canada.

While it still baffles me why Nintendo is making every Virtual Console title in recent memory not available to preexisting Nintendo 3DS units, the new games join the growing list of VC titles the majority of gamers won’t be able to play.

The new games being added tomorrow include Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

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Runbow Deluxe and Pocket Deluxe coming in the fall

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nighthawk Interactive revealed today that it will bring 13AM Games’ party platformer Runbow Deluxe to the Nintendo Wii U. Runbow Pocket Deluxe will also be coming to the New Nintendo 3DS later this year.

The games are an updated release of the original Runbow which will include all of the DLC launched since it debuted last year on Wii U, including a new story adventure, levels, costumes, characters and more.

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Metroid Prime Hunters and DKC 3 coming to Virtual Console tomorrow

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Jason Nason

The hunt is on! Two new games are coming to the Nintendo Virtual Console tomorrow.

The Wii U eShop will see the VC release of Nintendo DS title Metroid Prime Hunters when the download drops tomorrow. The game, which will run you $9.99 USD, can be pre-installed already. Here’s the plot of the game: A ferocious race, now extinct, has left behind relics of its once-powerful warrior culture. Now six other fierce bounty hunters from across the galaxy will challenge Samus in a race to claim these relics in hopes of harnessing their power for themselves.

Also on the Virtual Console horizon is the third installment in the SNES Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble. In the game Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing. You play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong, where you’ll take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action in over 40 levels. There are plenty of collectibles—including Bear Coins, which grant access to the services of the Brothers Bear, and Banana Birds, which Wrinkly Kong has a deep fondness for.

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PokéPark Wii and Contra III coming to Virtual Console tomorrow

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has two Virtual Console releases due tomorrow, with one a Wii title hitting the Wii U and another a SNES title being released exclusively for the NEW Nintendo 3DS.

The first is PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure, which was released for the Wii in North America in 2010. Compete in a variety of exciting Attractions using the Wii Remote controller. Try to beat your high score in each challenge! Interact with and befriend some Pokémon by defeating them in Skill Games. Once you befriend a Pokémon, you can compete in certain Attractions with them.

The game will retail in the eShop for the same price as it’s Player’s Choice price in retail stores. You’ll be spending $19.99 USD or $28.19 CAD!

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Hyrule Warriors Legends | Review

Posted on April 17, 2016 by Jason Nason

Hyrule Warriors Legends is a scaled down version of the hit Wii U title of last year, and while it does fall victim to a few flaws it is overall a fun title. That being said, if you have the original Hyrule Warriors Wii U version and can do without all of the new DLC that has been added to the game then the game is an easy pass.

Hyrule Warriors Legends is once again a co production between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo and mixes the Zelda characters and universe with the hack-and-slash gameplay from the Dynasty Warriors series.

The big draw to the new edition of the game is of course the new added characters. The game features not only all of the DLC from the Wii U original title, but also has five new characters packed into the game. And that’s not including any unannounced playable characters included in the upcoming DLC. New to Hyrule Warriors Legends are Linkle, a girl who wields two crossbows and lives in a small village filled with Cuccos, Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and characters from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, including Toon Link, King Daphnes and Tetra.

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Hackers Get Full Windows 95 To Work On New 3DS

Posted on January 2, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

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Only one day after the new year we’re going to party like it’s… 1995?

A clever hacker has gotten Microsoft’s two decade only operating system Windows 95 to run on Nintendo’s New 3DS according to a post on console modification forum GBATMP.  RetroRampage37 released a rough build of the Windows 95 hack and certainly it fill our minds with the idea of playing older DOS games on Nintendo’s handheld.

As of right now the hack does not appear to work on the original 3DS but to be sure the community is working on it. As for the utility of this hack – it is pretty much useless outside of playing older DOS games like Sim City 2000, Command & Conquer, the original DOOM and other older gems. Also playing these games in what amounts to a DOSBOX with no keyboard is also less than ideal.

Nevertheless – for now Windows 95 has been revived on the New 3DS, until Nintendo patches whatever loophole RetroRampage37 used to run unsigned code on the hardware.

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Isabelle & Digby’s New Home Trailer

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Where should Isabelle and Digby place the furniture in their home? In this brand new trailer Isabelle’s pet dogs guide us through process of deciding where to place their brand new furniture. Towards the end of the trailer there’s even a special appearance from a long-time animal crossing resident!

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer allows 3DS owners to work for Nook’s Homes and help the residents of their town design houses for their fellow villagers.  Players are able to use the 3DS’ touch screen to manipulate floor plans and plan their home’s lay-out with precision.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was released in Japan on July 30th of this year and was released in North America on September 25th alongside the smaller New Nintendo 3DS.

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