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Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads In The US

Nintendo of America has announced the games that you can get your hands on this week on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. Disney Infinity is now available to download on the eShop for the first time so it’s no longer retail only.  You can also purchase Mega Man 6 on the Wii U Virtual Console.

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Disney Infinity – For the first time, Disney Infinity is available in the Nintendo eShop – and it’s free to download. Enjoy online multiplayer and more fun ways to play. Use your Wii U GamePad controller to create your own worlds in the Toy Box or activate missions and unlock toys in Play Sets. With Disney Infinity, the possibilities are endless. (A Disney Infinity Figure and Base, sold separately, are required to play the downloadable version of the game.) Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
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    • Mega Man 6 – Every Thursday in August, Nintendo and Capcom are bringing classic Mega Man games to the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. This week: Mega Man 6, which originally launched on NES. On the eve of the Grand Championship of the First Annual Robot Tournament, Mr. X announced that the entire tournament was just a scheme to get his hands on the world’s most powerful robots. Mega Man must battle through 16 levels to defeat his ferocious new foe. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
    • Life Force – Blast your way through six stages of intense action and take on wave after wave of enemies, alternating between horizontal- and vertical-scrolling environments. Go at it alone, or invite a friend to pilot another ship and assist in the challenge. Do you have what it takes to save your planet from the monstrous Zelos? Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Xtreme Sports – Choose your hero and master sports like Skateboarding, In-Line Skating, Street Luge, Skyboarding and Surfing to become crowned the Xtreme Sports Champion. Can main characters Guppi and Fin battle their way to the top, or will they fall victim to the mischievous Bonehead Gang? Find out in this original mixture of sports, adventure and role-playing. The game features more than 400 competitors, multiple modes, power-ups and a tropical island lush with secret paths and hidden challenges.
  • Nintendo eShop Sales
    • Abyss is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 10 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
    • Chasing Aurora is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
    • Nano Assault Neo is 25 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $7.49) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
    • Boulder Dash-XL 3D is 66 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $1.69) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 27 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    • European Conqueror 3D is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 4 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    • Aeternoblade is reduced from $14.99 to $9.99 until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    • Nano Assault Ex is 25 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $7.49) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    • Quell Reflect is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    • Aqua Moto Racing is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 18 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Coming soon:

  • Donkey Kong Jr. Math – Aug. 28 (Virtual Console on Wii U)

Also new this week:

 

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Sakurai Explains Why Wii U Owners Have to Wait For Super Smash Bros

Smash Bros series creator Masahiro Sakurai has explained in his weekly column in Famitsu why Wii U owners will have to wait for Super Smash Bros. Sakurai says that the reason for the delay is simply because of the debugging period during which they test for bugs. By delaying the Wii U version Sakurai says they could shift the debugging periods and get the Nintendo 3DS version out the way.

“Checking is done both domestically and overseas, so for a game like Smash Bros., several hundred people are employed.” Sakurai explained. “So, debugging alone becomes a huge project. So much so that one of the biggest reasons for the separate release dates for the 3DS and Wii U versions was so that we could shift the debugging periods.”

“In a previous Smash Bros., we found a bug during the debugging process where if fighter A hits item B and fighters C and D are simultaneously affected, the game would freeze.” Sakurai recalled. “Considering not only the different fighters, but items, stages, color settings, play rules, and game modes, the number of varying combinations are astronomical. In order to properly debug, every pattern must be tried, but such a task would be impossible no matter how many decades or centuries you take.”

“There are many reasons why a game’s release date will be delayed, but eight or nine times out of ten, it’s usually because a bug couldn’t be fixed in time.” Sakurai wrote. “But it’s better than releasing a product like that.”

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Amazon Says Wii U Game Pre-Orders Increased The Most After Gamescom

Popular online retailer Amazon has produced a document showing how Gamescom affected pre-orders for each system. Interestingly it was the Wii U that amassed the most pre-orders during the show. Wii U game pre-orders rose an impressive 8.67 percent. Sony’s PlayStation 4 saw pre-orders rise 5.16 per cent and Xbox One pre-orders went up 2.81 per cent. Here’s the Top 10 for the Gamescom week.

1. Project CARS (Slightly Mad Studios) 42.3 per cent increase
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix) 30.25 per cent increase
3. Bloodborne (Sony) 16.08 per cent increase
4. Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo) 11.77 per cent increase
5. Quantum Break (Microsoft) 10.77 per cent increase
6. Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft) 9.53 per cent increase
7. Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft) 9.44 per cent increase
8. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros) 9.03 per cent increase
9. Battlefield: Hardline (EA) 8.81 per cent increase
10. Super Smash Bros for 3DS (Nintendo) 7.56 per cent increase

Thanks, Kallum S

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Nintendo Brings Super Smash Bros To PAX Prime

Some of the top Nintendo video games launching this year, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii Uand Nintendo 3DS, will be playable at the PAX Prime convention. Nintendo will also host a number of fun events and lots of hands-on game-play opportunities for fans to experience the latest and greatest Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games before they launch. PAX Prime takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS #SmashBash: To amp up the excitement for the first appearance of Nintendo’s coolest fighting game on a portable system, Nintendo will be bringing Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to locations around Seattle on Friday and Saturday of the show to give people in the city a chance to play as well. Follow Nintendo’s social media channels to learn where these #SmashBash events will take place.
  • Hyrule Warriors Event: After PAX Prime shuts down at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, people eager to check out the upcoming Hyrule Warriors game for Wii U can visit the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. from 7 to 10 p.m. This event will be open to the public, and a PAX badge is not required for entry. Attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space allows. Cosplaying fans dressed as characters from The Legend of Zelda series will be able to fast-track into the event ahead of the general public. Anyone dressed in The Legend of Zelda gear or wearing aHyrule Warriors T-shirt (available at the event while supplies last) can enter a drawing for a chance to win some cool original Hyrule Warriors concept artwork. Fans can enter by taking a picture against a special backdrop and tweeting the image with specific hashtags. The winner will be chosen at random toward the end of the event, and the winner must be present to claim the prize.
  • During the show, Nintendo will have a variety of other fun activities and offerings at its booth, including a dedicated Pokémon area where fans can meet up with fellow Pokémon Trainers to battle and trade. Games scheduled to appear at the Nintendo booth at the show include:

Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Hyrule Warriors
Bayonetta 2
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (SEGA)
Stealth Inc. 2 (Curve Digital)
Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games)

Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Art Academy
Azure Striker GUNVOLT (Inti Creates Co. Ltd.)

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Ghirahim Will Appear In Super Smash Bros As Assist Trophy

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Super Smash Bros producer Masahiro Sakurai has revealed via Miiverse that Ghirahim will appear as an Assist Trophy. We can now rule out Ghirahim as a playable character in Super Smash Bros which is coming to Nintendo 3DS on October 3rd and Wii U this winter.

Pic of the day. “No, I’ll just beat you within an inch of your life!” Demon Lord Ghirahim makes an appearance in Smash Bros!! He’s an Assist Trophy, so he could conceivably back up Link, too.

Thanks, Khalid and Dekuplushdoll

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Fire Emblem Arrives Today On Wii U Virtual Console In Europe

Nintendo has confirmed that Fire Emblem will launch later today, August 21st, in Europe on the Wii U Virtual Console service. Known as Fire Emblem: The Sword of Flame in Japan, the tactical role-playing title is simply titled Fire Emblem in Western territories. It is also the second entry in the series to be developed for Game Boy Advance. Nintendo has yet to confirm when the game will arrive on Wii U in North America. The latest release in the series is Fire Emblem Awakening, which is available for Nintendo 3DS.

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Co-Founder Of Sledgehammer Games Says Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare Won’t Be Coming To Wii U

Michael Condrey, the Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games and developer behind Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, says that the highly anticipated game won’t be coming to Wii U. Condrey says it was Activision’s decision and that the team are concentrating on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the game. Condrey also confirmed that Treyarch won’t be making a version.

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Rumour: Super Smash Bros Full Character Roster Apparently Leaked

ness_smash_bros_leak#There are many official Super Smash Bros screenshots, as provided by the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai in his daily Miiverse posts, but there are also a few screens which have unofficially leaked. According to a post on the Nsider Forums, these screenshots apparently reveal the entire character roster for the latest Smash Bros instalment on Wii U and 3DS.

While we love a good juicy rumour here, the screens should be taken with a large pinch of salt, and thrown over the shoulder in good faith. Nevertheless, you can take a look at the images on the aforementioned forums, here.

For the less inquisitive, you can rest assured that the leaked images contain fan-favourite Ness, Dr. Mario, the return of Shulk, Bowser Jr, and – weirdly – Duck Hunt, as is pictured above. Wario also seems to be missing a pupil, but maybe that’s just a trick of  the eye. Let us know your thoughts on the leak in the comment section below.

Thanks to those who sent this in.

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Hyrule Warriors Had A Better Debut Than Zelda Wind Waker HD In Japan

Recent sales numbers from Famitsu state that the recently released Hyrule Warriors had a much better début than The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD in Japan. Famitsu says Hyrule Warriors sold 78,773 units in its opening week and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD only shifted 31,154 units when it was released in September 2013.

Thanks, Nico

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Nintendo Europe Discounts Select Games For Smash Bros Veterans’ eShop Sale

smash_saleNintendo of Europe has detailed exactly which titles you can purchase in a special Super Smash Bros-inspired eShop sale. From August 21 to August 28, the eShop will offer discounts on select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games to celebrate the hard-working veteran fighters in the upcoming brawler.

Last week, Nintendo of Europe hosted a special sale entirely dedicated to Smash Bros. newcomers. But their time is over, and the veterans have returned with up to 50 per cent off selected downloadable titles. And as a treat for Fire Emblem fans, the original and classic Game Boy Advance Fire Emblem game has arrived just in time for the eShop sale on the Wii U Virtual Console. All other discounted games can be found in the list below.

3DS eShop:

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening – €29.99 / £25.99 (was €44.99 / £39.99)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 – €35.99 / £31.99 (was €44.99 / £39.99)
  • Sonic Lost World – €23.99 / £20.99 (was €39.99 / £34.99)
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure – €4.20 / £3.78 (was €6.00 / £5.40)
  • Donkey Kong (Game Boy, Virtual Console) – €2.79 / £2.51 (was€3.99 / £3.59)
  • Kirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy, Virtual Console) – €2.80 / £2.52 (was €4.00 / £3.60)
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Game Boy, Virtual Console) –  €2.80 / £2.52 (was €4.00 / £3.60)
  • Super Pokémon Rumble – €29.99 / £25.99 (was €44.99 / £39.99)

Wii U eShop:

  • New Super Mario Bros. U – €47.99 / £39.99 (was €59.99 / £49.99)
  • Sonic Lost World – €29.99 / £23.99 (was €49.99 / £39.99)
  • Pokemon Rumble U – €9.99 / £8.99 (was €14.99 / £13.49)
  • Donkey Kong (NES, Virtual Console) – €3.49 / £4.99 (was €4.99 / £3.49)
  • Kirby’s Adventure (NES, Virtual Console) – €3.49 / £4.99 (was €4.99 / £3.49)
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (Super Nintendo, Virtual Console) – €2.80 / £2.52 (was €4.00 / £3.60)
  • Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console) –  €4.89 / £4.40 (will cost €6.99 / £6.29)