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Here’s This Weeks North American Nintendo Downloads

Nintendo of America has listed precisely which games North American Nintendo fans can get their hands on this week on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Leading this week is Super Mario Bros 3, Golden Sun, and the acclaimed F-Zero.

  • Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Super Mario Bros. 3 – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! This NES classic, one of the most well-known and beloved video games of all time, is now available as a Virtual Console title on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. Follow Mario and Luigi as they leave the Mushroom Kingdom to travel to the seven distinct worlds that neighbor it. Help the famous brothers fly above the action using the Super Leaf, swim faster by donning the Frog Suit or defeat enemies using the Hammer Bros. Suit. Are you ready to experience gaming bliss? Click here to check out the trailer for Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Golden Sun –Forces of darkness are pursuing the lost art of Alchemy. As they draw ever closer to their foul purpose, mankind hangs in the balance. You and your companions are the last hope. In the Golden Sun game, use noble weapons, magical Psynergy and elemental creatures known as Djinn to get the upper hand in dangerous battles. Combining Djinn in different ways will allow you to create powerful spells and attacks against deadly foes. Can you prevent the oncoming darkness? Click here to check out the trailer for Golden Sun.
    • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity –Whether you’re a veteran of the Super NES version or a racing rookie, you’ll need some practice laps to master this Game Boy Advance classic. Master 20 different tracks across four difficulty levels to prove you’ve got what it takes to rank among the galaxy’s most elite racers. Put the pedal to the metal and get busy boosting, bumping and jumping your way to intergalactic glory. Click here to check out the trailer for F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • LEGO The Hobbit – In LEGO The Hobbit, follow the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. The Wii U game will be available on April 22.
  • NintendoeShop Sale
    • Classic Games Overload – Starting today through 9 a.m. PT on May 1, get Classic Games Overload for 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Also new this week:

  • Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • My First Songs (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Smash Cat Heroes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Price reductions:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is being reduced from $59.99 to $39.99.
  • ZombiU (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of first-person horror game ZombiU is being reduced from $59.99 to $29.99.

 

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Activision Wanted To Team Up With Nintendo For Skylanders, Nintendo Turned Them Down

Activision has revealed that the company initially wanted to team up with a company for the immensely popular Skylanders series, and they wanted that specific partner to be Nintendo. The company was surprised that Nintendo didn’t want to partner with them as they thought Nintendo would have been the perfect fit for the franchise.

“We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo,” says Ford. “I think there was some co-marketing money and the Wii was doing well. They had some success with peripherals.”

“They spent a long time looking and looking,” says Reiche. “They were just like ‘we have never seen anything like this before.’ I’ve always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs].” Although there was a limited co-marketing deal, Nintendo did not want to make a full commitment to Skylanders. “We have no idea why,” says Reiche. “Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn’t rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days.”

“Reiche is still surprised that the entertainment giant which reacted most quickly was Disney, which launched Disney Infinity in 2013 and is looking to expand the franchise. “Nintendo could have kicked Disney’s ass,” says Reiche. “If I was running Nintendo I would have jumped on this.”

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Nintendo Will Bring Five Of Its Hottest Games To WonderCon This Weekend

Nintendo has unveiled it will be showing off five of its hottest games at WonderCon later this week. Budding Mario Kart 8 racers will be able to get their heart rates pumping with playable tracks at the event, while both Nintendo 3DS gems Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour will be playable before release as well. The annual convention will take place in Anaheim, California, between April 18 and 20. Below is a list of the Nintendo games playable at WonderCon.

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Sakamoto Talks About The Future Of Metroid

Yoshio Sakamoto, the director behind Super Metroid and Metroid: Other M, doesn’t sound like he’s returning to the series anytime soon. Sakamoto says that he wants to create entertainment that’s completely different and that genuinely brings new emotions. Sakamoto is currently the director of Tomodachi Life.

“I do not intend to do so. There might [currently] be various tasks I might be involved in with past series. However, even if so, I would always like to introduce new entertainment and new fun to those series.”

“… This might be indirect, but if we can make new types of gamers enjoy video games for the first time through Tomodachi Life, then they might eventually become interested in the more conventional games. … I would like to challenge myself to do that.”

Thanks, David

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Nintendo America Cuts The Prices Of Five Great Nintendo 3DS Games

Five great Nintendo 3DS games, including the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time, are getting a new lower price. Together these five games have sold more than 9 million combined physical and digital units in the United States alone, and represent some of the most fun game experiences available today. The five games are must-haves for anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system, and their new price represents an even better value for consumers.

Starting April 22, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a suggested retail price of just $29.99 each.

In order, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2 represent the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the United States – each one has sold more than 2.15 million physical and digital units in the U.S. alone. All five of the newly discounted games star classic Nintendo characters and franchises, and their strong sales over time demonstrate the longevity of Nintendo’s games. The games make great gifts, engaging entertainment for families and other spring break travelers, or just a way to introduce kids to the fun of video games.

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Four Titles Up For Grabs At The Pokemon X & Y Tournament 2014 Final, Hosted By Johnny Vegas, In London On 26th April

Following weeks of Pokémon battles up and down the country, the countdown to the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final is on. Hosting the Pokémon Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final in London on Saturday 26th April 2014 is comedian, actor and Pokémon fan, Johnny Vegas. Having emerged triumphant in the regional heats, Pokémon Experts from all across the country will descend on The Music Room, London, to see who will be crowned champion – with four titles for the taking: Ultimate Pokémon Expert, Junior Expert, Ultimate Team and Ultimate Pokémon Expert.

Johnny Vegas, will be hosting the Grand Final and awarding some fantastic prizes to all the victors, including a trip of a lifetime to Tokyo and a range of exciting Nintendo goodies. Full terms and conditions including prizes can be found at www.nintendo.co.uk/pokemontournament.

As well as the final battles between competitors, there will be an area for guests to relax and try other try other games from the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure. There will also be a training centre for newcomers, where a Pokémon guru will be on hand to answer any Pokémon related questions and Pokémon Trading Card demonstrations will take place throughout the event.

Throughout the day, there will also be competitions for the best Pokémon Cosplay as well as mini competitions based around Streetpass with on the spot prizes up for grabs, so make sure you come prepared with your Nintendo 3DS console and your best costumes.

The four main titles up for grabs at the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final are:

  • Ultimate Pokémon Expert - The winner of the prestigious “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title – a category open to those aged thirteen years or older – will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon world by visiting the Pokémon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokémon players the “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title will test your Pokémon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event this spring.
  • Junior Expert – For the younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) there’s a chance to win a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park, including hotel stay, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokémon Video Game Championships event this spring.
  • Ultimate Team - The “Ultimate Team” competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world’s best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th – 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.
  • Pokémon Apprentice – One new enthusiast will be claiming the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; meaning a complete newcomer to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will walk away with a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games, up to the value of £300.

Hosted by comedian and Pokémon fan Johnny Vegas, the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final will be held at The Music Room, London, from 11.30am until 7pm, where four titles will be awarded to the nation’s best Pokémon players. There are also great prizes waiting for these champions, including a trip to Tokyo and Nintendo products, so the stakes are high for all Pokémon trainers involved.

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Nintendo Talks All About Tomodachi Life

Tomodachi Life producer Yoshio Sakamoto has spoken at length about the premise of Tomodachi Life on the Nintendo 3DS. Sakamoto says that while some of the ideas are similar, they didn’t receive any influence of input from the beloved Animal Crossing franchise. He also revealed that a console version of the game isn’t necessarily out of the question, though this is really something that the development team will have to consider.

  • Console version could be a possibility in Sakamoto’s opinion
  • 33 people at Nintendo worked on the title
  • External developers also helped
  • Development took two years
  • Localization took another year
  • The original game wasn’t localized due to DS restrictions
  • The voice/data engine couldn’t handle all the different languages and sounds
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Here’s This Week’s North American Nintendo Downloads

Nintendo of America has detailed precisely which games Nintendo fans can get their hands on this week on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The games include LEGO The Hobbit for the Nintendo 3DS as well as Kirby & The Amazing Mirror for the Wii U VC.

Virtual Console on Wii U

  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! Summon Red, Yellow and Green Kirby to help you solve puzzles, fight enemies or take out the big baddies. Use copy abilities such as the arrow-shooting Cupid Kirby or the melee-master Smash Kirby, while platforming through maze-like worlds. Need a break from the action? Try mini-games such as Crackity Hack and Kirby’s Wave Ride, which also star our favorite pink hero and friends.
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! Prepare for lightning-quick game play as you blaze through more than 200 bizarre microgames designed by a crazy crew of Wario’s cronies. Simple controls make each game in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ easy to get into … until the games start coming faster … and faster … and FASTER! Think you can outwit Wario?

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  • LEGO(r) The Hobbit – LEGO The Hobbit allows gamers to play along with their favorite scenes from the first two films in The Hobbit trilogy.
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars – In this JRPG, monsters have invaded the world of Aterra, and only a few special individuals imbued with the power of the Star God are equipped to fight them. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars will be available on April 15.
  • Nintendo eShop Sales
  • DuckTales: Remastered – Embark on an authentic Disney adventure around the world to retrieve five legendary treasures with Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews: Huey, Dewey and Louie. Now through 9 a.m. PT on April 17, get DuckTales: Remastered for 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
  • Escape From Zombie City – For a limited time, Escape From Zombie City will be 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. This promotion starts at 9 a.m. PT on April 12 and ends at 9 a.m. PT on April 27.
  • G-Style Co. – Select G-Style games will be on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, including Crazy Construction, Chain Blaster, Undead Bowling and Jump Trials Supreme. This offer starts at 9 a.m. PT on April 12 and ends at 9 a.m. PT on April 27.

Also new this week:

  • Mach Rider (Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Atlantic Quest (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available April 15
  • Governor of Poker (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Boxzle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • My Exotic Farm (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Permanent price reduction:

  • My Farm (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting today, the price of My Farm is being reduced from $7.99 to $4.99.
  • Coming soon:
  • Popular NES game Super Mario Bros. 3 launches for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on April 17. Considered by many to be one of the best games ever made, the title makes for a great way to enjoy the Easter holiday weekend and beyond.
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Nintendo America Reveals April’s Virtual Console Games

Nintendo of America has revealed which iconic games Nintendo fans can get their hands on this month on the Virtual Console. From today gamers can purchase Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame on the Wii U Virtual Console. You can see the full list, including dates, below.

April 3rd

  • Advance Wars ($7.99) – Wii U
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga ($7.99) – Wii U
  • Metroid Fusion ($7.99) – Wii U

April 10th

  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror ($6.99) – Wii U
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! ($6.99) – Wii U

April 17th

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 ($4.99) – 3DS/Wii U
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity ($6.99) – Wii U
  • Golden Sun ($7.99) – Wii U

April 24th

  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 ($7.99) – Wii U

Thanks, Aeolus