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Smash Bros And Pokemon 3DS Home Menu Themes Now Available In North American eShop

A number of new 3DS home menu themes are now available in the North American eShop. Much like Europe, 3DS owners can take their pick of six new themes, including four Super Smash Bros for 3DS themes and two Pokemon home themes featuring a sleeping Pikachu or Primal Kyogre and Groudon. So if you’d like to celebrate the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire or Super Smash Bros this weekend, you can select any of the above themes for $1.99 US dollars each. For a closer look at the Smash themes, you can take a look at the link here, or for the Pokemon themes, click here.

Japanese Charts: 3DS Sells 65k, Wii U Sells 14k

This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. After a few weeks of next to no new titles appearing, we’ve got an influx of games including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare which makes its debut at the top of the chart on the PlayStation 3 at 79k in sales, with the PlayStation 4 version close behind in third, and between them is newcomer Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 for the PlayStation 3.

Within the top 5 is new 3DS title One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X taking in 35k, but sat in seventh making its debut is the adorable Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with 28k in units sold. In terms of hardware the 3DS slips slightly bringing in another 65k, while the Wii U has a considerable boost – possibly due to the upcoming holiday season and the newly released Mario Kart 8 bundle for the region – and sits at 14k this week. Below you’ll find the top 20 software and hardware charts for Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 79,586 (New)
  2. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – 71,303 (New)
  3. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 64,060 (New)
  4. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 39,502 (2,144,346)
  5. [3DS] One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X – 35,098 (New)
  6. [PS3] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax – 34,671 (New)
  7. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – 28,025 (New)
  8. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – 26,684 (New)
  9. [PSV] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax – 25,607 (New)
  10. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 21,086 (2,863,976)
  11. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 18,723 (1,720,189)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 13,544 (713,132)
  13. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 6,570 (117,607)
  14. [PSV] Hanayamata Yosakoi Live! – 6,285 (New)
  15. [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 4,867 (New)
  16. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 4,243 (75,316)
  17. [PSV] Marginal #4: Idol of Supernova – 4,170 (New)
  18. [PS3] The Evil Within – 4,124 (87,056)
  19. [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 3,370 (New)
  20. [3DS] Tales of the World: Reve Unitia – 2,926 (65,046)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 38,457 (50,619)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 19,301 (9,874)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 15,537 (10,078)
  4. Wii U – 14,002 (4,787)
  5. New 3DS – 13,373 (15,020)
  6. 3DS LL – 9,172 (9,083)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 4,711 (4,666)
  8. 3DS – 4,199 (4,495)
  9. Xbox One – 2,245 (513)
  10. PlayStation Vita TV – 675 (678)
  11. Xbox 360 – 91 (107)
  12. PSP – 25 (25)

Minor Tweak Given To Lightweight Racers In Latest Mario Kart 8 Update

Mario Kart 8′s first DLC pack was released just last week and included new tracks, playable characters and vehicle customisation parts. But it also featured a few minor tweaks for lightweight racers such as Toad and Shy Guy. According to a GameSpot interview with Mario Kart 8 director Kosuke Yabuki, lightweight racers were given additional balance in the 3.0 version update in order to lessen the collision impact with heavier racers.

Yabuki explains that lighter characters were at a slight disadvantage due to their knock back rate, but urges players to try out these characters again since the update. The balance between character weightings have been severely skewed through knock backs, particularly in online races, so has this tempted you to play with the lighter racers once again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Here’s what the Mario Kart 8 director said in full:

“For this update, we made just a minor tweak to the way two players deflect when they collide with each other. Up until now, when two players collided, the more lightweight racers would get knocked too far away. That, combined with other overall elements we considered, made us conclude that the lighter racers were at a bit of a disadvantage. If you like Toad or Shy Guy and feel like you can’t win at all, go ahead and give them another try after applying the update. Also note that this tweak doesn’t have any effect on Time Trials when playing solo.”

Mighty Gunvolt Update Will Now Arrive With DLC At An Unspecified Date

Inti Creates confirmed yesterday that Mighty Gunvolt would be arriving in the 3DS eShop as a standalone title on November 28 for North America. In conjunction with the release of the 8-bit action game, a new update to version 2.0.0 would launch on the same day in the eShop. However, the developer has since issued a correction stating that the update will not launch alongside the game, rather it will arrive with the DLC at a later and unspecified date instead. Inti Creates has apologised to fans for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Mighty Gunvolt will still release as a standalone title for $3.99 USD on November 28, but if you’re looking to grab it for free you can still do so until 8.59am PT (or 12pm ET), November 28, when purchasing Azure Striker Gunvolt from the 3DS eShop. Inti Creates said the following to fans:

We previously reported that the version update will coincide with the release of Mighty Gunvolt as a standalone game on November 28th. This was an error. Rather, the update will coincide with the release of the DLC instead, at a date to be announced soon. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.


Nintendo Set To Patch Highlight Reel Error Code From Mario Kart 8 In Future Update

Mario Kart 8′s recent update to version 3.0 following the first DLC pack has had a few issues since its release. Unfortunately, users are now experiencing error codes when trying to upload their Mario Kart TV highlight reels to the YouTube community. Nintendo says they are aware of the error code 104-1852 users are currently facing when uploading reels and are looking to patch the issue in a future system update. Have you stumbled across this problem? Let us know in the comment section below.

When uploading a Mario Kart 8 highlight reel to YouTube, some users may receive error code 104-1852 and their video upload may fail as a result.

A Wii U system update is being prepared to address this issue. This article will be updated when this system update is ready for release.

Here’s Watch Dogs’ First Official Screenshots For Wii U

Ubisoft has shared the first official screenshots of Watch Dogs for Wii U following the game’s release today in North America. Images for the Wii U version have sadly been scarce – though we did receive a few earlier this month – for the open world title which follows hacker Aiden Pearce, but if you’re interested make sure you check out those listed in the gallery below. For those wishing to download Watch Dogs, you’ll need approximately 15GB of space on your Wii U or external hard drive to do so.

Though Ubisoft will not be bringing the game’s Bad Blood DLC to Wii U owners, launch-day DLC is now available which includes the Conspiracy! and the Access Granted Pack, delivering new skins and missions. Watch Dogs will be released for Europe on November 21.

Relive The Nostalgia In A New Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Trailer

Nintendo UK has uploaded a brand new trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha SapphireAs a throwback to the original games on the Game Boy Advance, the trailer takes fans back to the very beginning and on a journey that may have started for many over a decade ago. Breathe in the nostalgia and kick back to see the evolution of these two remakes in the video embedded above. 

Earlier today, reviews for both games began to filter through with IGN giving the adventure RPG a 7.8 out of 10. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will release for the Nintendo 3DS on November 21 for North America and November 28 for Europe.