Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Update Now Available In North America

An update for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric has now been made available in North America. Last week, SEGA and Big Red Button released a patch for the Wii U game in Europe, fixing a number of known bugs including Knuckles’ infinite jump and various other improvements to aid stability. Clocking in at just over 1GB, the sizable patch can now be downloaded from the North American Wii U eShop. Though we’ve yet to see any official update transcripts from the development team, an unofficial guide of fixes from Sonic Stadium can be found, here.

Flipnote Studio 3D Will Be A Free Download To Club Nintendo Members

Nintendo will be offering all Club Nintendo members the opportunity to download Flipnote Studio 3D for free following its rewards programme closure. For Club Nintendo members in the US and Canada, Flipnote Studio 3D – a software which allows users to create three-dimensional animations and exchange them with friends – will be available to download for free in February. The application will be offered as a free download until June 30, and will also be available to newly registered Club Nintendo members before registration closes on March 31.

But for Club Nintendo members in Europe, Flipnote Studio 3D will still be offered as a free download though it will come much later in the year. According to its website newsletter, all users who sign up to the new rewards programme during the launch period in 2015 will be eligible to download the software for free on a Nintendo 3DS system. Nintendo of Europe will provide more specific information at a later date.

Earlier today, Nintendo announced its worldwide closure of the Club Nintendo rewards programme. Members in North America can still redeem their coins on download software and physical products until June 30, while European members must redeem all their stars within the stars catalogue before September 30, 2015.

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX For 3DS Arrives This May In North America & Europe

SEGA has revealed a western release date for its popular rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX. Announced in mid-2014, the previously Japan-only title is an enhanced version of the series’ Project Mirai 2 and features 48 songs which can be customised to your liking through items and vocal changes. While its title name has received a slight change, from Project Mirai Remix to DX, the game is set to arrive in North America on May 26 and a few days later in Europe on May 29, both as a download eShop title and a physical boxed version. For more details on the game’s modes, check out a summary in the press release below.

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX features forty-eight full length versions of fan-favorite songs with multiple game modes and play styles. Game modes include both “Touch Mode” and “Button Mode”, each featuring multiple levels of difficulty and a wealth of customization options. Players are able to adjust difficulty via challenge and support items, change timing indicators and target icons, and swap out vocals in certain songs.

Further, players can watch their favorite videos and add scrolling commentary in the Mirai Theater, create unique dance routines in the Dance Studio, and compose their own song phrases in My Tune. The game also features customizable Player Cards which can be shared with the community over StreetPass™ and kept current via SpotPass.

Here’s A Closer Look At The Skull Kid Figurine From Majora’s Mask 3D US Bundle

Update: It appears as though GameStop has stopped taking pre-orders for the bundle at the moment.

Nintendo of America revealed a limited edition bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D earlier today. Launching alongside the game later this year, the limited edition bundle will retail at selected stores for the suggested price of $49.99 and come with a one-of-a-kind Skull Kid figurine. Though Nintendo kept us in the dark earlier today, we now have a closer look at the mysterious Skull Kid figurine, which you can see pictured above. GameStop is currently taking pre-orders for the special edition, so if you’d like to reserve the bundle you can do so, here.

Thanks, Durka

Crystal Red & Blue 2DS Models Will Launch November 21 In North America

2DS_red_blue_clearNintendo of America has revealed the transparent red and blue 2DS designs will launch alongside the latest Pokemon games come November 21. Previously only available to European consumers, collectors and children alike in North America will now be able to purchase either of the two consoles at a suggested retail price of $99.99 US dollars.

Unlike Europe, the transparent red and blue 2DS consoles – known more eloquently as Crystal Red and Crystal Blue in North America – will not be released as a bundle with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, rather you’ll have to purchase the game separately. Both red and blue transparent 2DS models are currently available to purchase separately in Europe. For a closer look at the models, make sure to take a look at the gallery in our previous post, here.

“With a durable design and lower price point, Nintendo 2DS is a great first-time system for kids or anyone new to portable gaming. Its unique combination of video game fun and value will become even clearer on Nov. 21 when Nintendo launches new Crystal Red and Crystal Blue Nintendo 2DS systems at a suggested retail price of $99.99 each.”

Nintendo America Announces NES-Styled 3DS XL Edition, Launches October 10

nes_3ds_xlNintendo together with GameStop have announced a new NES-Styled 3DS XL Edition today. The special edition will be sold exclusively at GameStop and will launch across North American stores on October 10. The hardware is modeled after Nintendo’s iconic NES controller and the box looks like an NES system – it will retail at a suggested price of $199.99.

The NES 3DS XL Edition marks the second team-up with GameStop retail stores, as earlier today a new Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS XL Edition was revealed at this year’s GameStop Expo, which will launch alongside the game on November 25.

Nintendo America Launches Smash-Themed eShop Sale On Select Titles Until October 2

Nintendo of America are hosting a Super Smash Bros-themed sale in the run up to the brawler’s 3DS release on October 3. Over the course of four weeks, Smash fans can purchase a number of firm-favourite Nintendo titles featuring veteran fighters and newcomers at discounted prices. As was revealed in the US Nintendo downloads today, bargain lovers can save up to 33 per cent on such titles which starts from today, September 4, until Thursday, October 2, 8.59am PT.

Similar to the Smash-themed veteran and newcomers two-week eShop sale for Europe, North America has detailed exactly which games you’ll be able to purchase for a lower price on its official website, here. Alternatively, check out the list below to see the first week’s sales, featuring games from Mario, Yoshi, and Little Mac.

From September 4 – 11:

Wii U

  • Super Mario Bros. U – $39.99 (usually $59.99)
  • Super Mario 3D World – $39.99 (usually $59.99)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 – $3.49 (usually $4.99)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 – $3.49 (usually $4.99)
  • Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream – $3.49 (usually $4.99)


  • Super Mario 3D Land – $19.99 (usually $29.99)
  • Yoshi’s New Island – $29.99 (usually $39.99)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 – $3.49 (usually $4.99)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 – $3.49 (usually $4.99)
  • Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream – $3.49 (usually $4.99)