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10:50 AM on 08.29.2014

Nintendo Europe lays off 320 employees this week

Remember how we heard that Nintendo Europe will lay off 130 employees last month? It gets worse. Those 130 full-time employees will lose their jobs this week, as will an additional 190 from their localization department ...

Dale North

10:45 AM on 08.29.2014

Bayonetta 2 dated for October 24th

Nintendo has sent word that Bayonetta 2 will be hitting the Wii U on October 24th. In case you haven't heard of it yet, she'll also gain access to a new "snake transformation" that will let her navigate water, and of cou...

Chris Carter

10:32 AM on 08.29.2014

Nintendo announces five new Fall hardware bundles

Nintendo announced five new hardware bundles for this Fall season this morning. The Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set launches in mid-September. For $299 you'll get the Wii U Deluxe Set, Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land....

Dale North

10:30 AM on 08.29.2014

Nefarious 'gamifies' kidnapping the damsel in distress

Inspired by the likes of Earthworm Jim and Mega Man, Nefarious sticks with platformer tropes, with one inversion: you are kidnapping princesses. And each princess you kidnap changes how your character controls and ...

Steven Hansen





10:14 AM on 08.29.2014

Nintendo's amiibo figures priced at $12.99, pre-orders are live

Nintendo has opened up pre-orders for their amiibo figures today, and they are priced at $12.99. According to the publisher, Villager, Fox, Kirby, Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Pik...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire get tin cases & pre-order toys in Europe

In the United States, if you buy both Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire at Toys R Us, you get a Charizard plush. In Europe, a GAME or Nintendo UK pre-order will net you a nifty tin case and a little toy when the game releases, November 28. I think Europe got the better deal, unless you must have both versions of the game and need a throw pillow or snuggle buddy. 

Steven Hansen

9:53 AM on 08.29.2014

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical shoot 'em up

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical twin-stick shoot 'em up a heaping helping of anime and bullets. It's like a musical Geometry Wars. Harmonix says that soundtrack synchronization drives projectiles, movement, bulle...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Gone Home coming to Wii U

Gone Home. It spawned the worst debate since, "Is it art?" the dreaded, "Is it a game?" Thankfully it lead to more thoughtful writing, too, outside of that human centipede.  It was previously announced for undisclosed co...

Steven Hansen



Shovel Knight looks great in 16-bit, Aegis Defenders just looks great photo
Shovel Knight looks great in 16-bit, Aegis Defenders just looks great
by Steven Hansen

Oh my goooddd. How did I miss this until now? It's like a Nausicaa game. Thank you sir Shovel Knight for making a cross over appearance (above) in Aegis Defenders, which is how it came to my attention. 

The Kickstarter already passed its initial funding goal and its PS4 stretch goal. Local co-op and a Wii U version are up next. Here's hoping. This looks amazing. 

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7:00 AM on 08.29.2014

New 3DS themes confirmed, including Mario, Zelda, and Animal Crossing

During today's Nintendo Direct, themes were confirmed for the 3DS. They'll essentially morph your home menu into whatever you choose, with extra music, sounds, backgrounds, and icons to go along with it. The ones shown during...

Chris Carter

6:32 AM on 08.29.2014

Xenoblade Chronicles confirmed for New 3DS

So that's why Shulk is in Super Smash Bros. After showing off the "New 3DS" model during their Japanese Direct, Nintendo cut right into some footage of Xenoblade Chronicles on the 3DS. Very little is actua...

Chris Carter



The 'New Nintendo 3DS' is a new 3DS iteration from Nintendo photo
The 'New Nintendo 3DS' is a new 3DS iteration from Nintendo
by Chris Carter

[Update: Nintendo has confirmed that DS games will still work, and to not expect an international release anytime in 2014.]

Nintendo has revealed yet another 3DS unit -- the "New Nintendo 3DS." It'll feature bigger screens, colored face buttons, a second stick (a tiny nub called the "C-stick," modeled after the GameCube), faster download speeds, a better browser, extra shoulder buttons, and amiibo functionality (NFC). The Nintendo Direct showed off the second stick with Monster Hunter, with the player manipulating the camera with the right nub.

Another bit of functionality Nintendo has shown is enhanced 3D. When viewing 3D effects on the side on a regular 3DS or XL, it'll become blurry. But on the "New 3DS" it'll be very clear regardless of the direction. Look at the gallery below for a visual representation of this concept.

It'll come in white, metallic blue, black, and metallic black, and will be available in both regular and "XL" sizes. It's coming on October 11th for 16,000 and 18,800 yen (for regular and XL respectively).

Right now it's just announced for Japan, but stay tuned.

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Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros. photo
Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros.
by Chris Carter

This morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct kicked off with a bang, officially unveiling Shulk in Super Smash Bros, set to hit the 3DS and Wii U later this year.

Following a leak that included the Xeno star, it looks like the other characters are going to follow at some point! Watch the video above for some footage -- he looks fun to play.

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5:00 AM on 08.29.2014

New Deep Down footage, beta delayed until 2015

Deep Down, Capcom's free-to-play PS4 action game, was meant to get a beta in Japan this summer, but producer Kazunori Sugiura has announced the beta test will be delayed until 2015. Localization details have yet to come...

Steven Hansen

3:00 AM on 08.29.2014

PS4, Vita getting psychological romance adventure Alone With You

 Alone With You, presumably the prequel to "Stuck in the Middle With You," comes from the man behind 2D horror Home and its spray can pastel world seems cool. You're the only remnant of a failed terraforming outfit...

Steven Hansen





1:00 AM on 08.29.2014

3DS, Wii U Capcom games on sale

A bunch of Capcom eShop 3DS and Wii U games are on sale until the morning of September 4.  Writing about Capcom just makes me want to replay every Clover game and Resident Evil 4. At least Mega Fans are getting good Mega Man alternates.

Steven Hansen