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12:00 PM on 11.20.2014

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. Wii U!

This is easily one of the biggest weeks of 2014 for Nintendo. Both systems have some heavy hitters, but the crown jewel is no doubt Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U, which is out tomorrow. The console is also getting Watch...

Chris Carter





5:45 PM on 11.19.2014

No Smash Bros. DLC after Mewtwo 'experiment'

Mewtwo is coming to Super Smash Bros. next spring, but Masahiro Sakurai explained to IGN that, "releasing that character is an experiment meant to act as a foothold in content distribution; thus it's simply meant as part of t...

Steven Hansen

5:15 PM on 11.19.2014

Mighty Gunvolt is getting a free update and paid DLC soon

[Update: Inti Creates mistakenly reported that the Mighty Gunvolt update and DLC will both be available on November 28, alongside the release of the game for direct purchase. It has since offered a correction, stating that th...

Chris Carter



I gave away my best Pokémon photo
I gave away my best Pokémon
by Jordan Devore

For a couple months now, I've been thinking about getting rid of my Pokémon collection.

My favorite part of the series is catching 'em all and for years that motivation has fueled my interest in these games. I'm not into forming the ideal team, breeding Pokémon with perfect stats, or finding shinies. Just acquiring them -- all seven hundred of them -- one by one.

With Pokémon X, I finally did it. It took months of whittling down a giant list of absences in my Pokédex but thanks to in-depth online resources detailing locations and catch rates, an active community of online traders, and the ability to easily transfer old legendaries and stragglers from past titles, I did it. I earned a little crown in my National Pokédex signifying 100 percent completion. (Though, admittedly, I never bothered to get #719, Diancie. Whatever.)

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire release this Friday and I thought it would be fun to start over. To work my way back up. But rather than let my Pokémon X save file go to waste, I decided to use the Wonder Trade feature extensively. It matches two players at random for a blind online trade and while most people exchange total crap, there are kindhearted folks who take pleasure in handing out rarities. I'm far from innocent, but I've given back on occasion.

Now, originally, my plan was to give away every last one of my Pokémon via Wonder Trade (excluding restricted Pokémon obtained from distribution events). I mindlessly made it to around 80 trades before realizing this was a bad idea and started questioning my sanity.

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11:30 AM on 11.18.2014

Japan: Now in board videogame form

Gotouchi Tetsudou is a new Wii U and 3DS game about being so filled with Japan that your blood clots into a gelatinous mass of hiragana and Sanrio. It's a virtual board game, a genre that usually needs to be dressed up a bit...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire photo
Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
by Brittany Vincent

For a franchise that’s continually berated for remaining the same over the years, Pokémon is wildly successful, having pushed forward on its own, full speed ahead. It hasn’t needed to change much to sweep the nation with each new release, though some of the series’ newest releases have received criticism due to lack of content. Pokémon X & Y hit the 3DS in 2013, enticing us with gorgeous new scenery, brand new monsters.

However, X & Y, although introducing the new Mega Evolution element, were otherwise lackluster when it came to post-Elite Four content and seemed a bit of a step back feature-wise. Game Freak is remedying the situation by releasing a Pokémon game that's been celebrated as having a plethora of features and is a perennial fan favorite. Oddly enough, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire feel like a much more complete experience than the original titles or X & Y.

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4:30 PM on 11.17.2014

Fresh Club Nintendo rewards: Metroid II, Kirby's Pinball Land, Pilotwings

Do you have any Club Nintendo currency left this late in the year? I do not. I'm not even sure where my Coins went. I only have two remaining low-value surveys to fill out (though Super Smash Bros. is on the way), and that's ...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 11.17.2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby short is all kinds of wonderful

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch this Friday, November 21. Can't wait to catch 'em all over again? Well, maybe this lovely promotional short will help satiate you until then.

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 opening film is just stunning

Etrian Odyssey Untold II: The Knight of Fafnir may be crawling to Nintendo 3DS in Japan next week, but we still haven't heard anything about Atlus USA's plans for a western release.  Maybe we'll learn something after Persona Q comes stateside later this month. In the meantime, check out the Untold II's opening movie, courtesy of animation studio Madhouse. It's so pretty!

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Majora's Mask 3D adds fishing, other stuff probably

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D isn't just getting a new coat of paint, it's also getting some groundbreaking enhancements. You know, like fishing minigames. "We’ve added fishing ponds. Two of them," Zelda&nb...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 AM on 11.14.2014

Toys R Us Black Friday: Still no great Wii U deals

If you're looking to pick up a Wii U this black-weekend-and-also-the-preceding-Thursday, you should probably stay in and scour digital deals (or "digideals," as we call them). You should probably do that anyway, but you shoul...

Steven Hansen



Super Smash Bros. is the most fun I've had fighting online photo
Super Smash Bros. is the most fun I've had fighting online
by Patrick Hancock

I love fighting games. Well, I love pretty much all competitive games, but fighting games are some of the most satisfying. Pulling off combos (or kombos), discovering new "tech," and watching the metagame develop are all super exciting! I've played and enjoyed plenty online: Super Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Divekick, Skullgirls, and even Smash Bros. Brawl.

But none of them have matched the enjoyment I've had in my short time playing Smash Bros. for 3DS online. Allow me to explain.

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2:00 PM on 11.13.2014

It's Deoxys vs. Rayquaza in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's new Delta Episode

Legendary Pokémon Deoxys is back in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire -- and he's battling Rayquaza in space! Today's trailer shows some of the new Delta Episode, a storyline centered around an asteroid headed toward the ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 11.13.2014

Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 8's first DLC pack

The big name this week is definitely Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, but with late review copies I wouldn't make haste to pick it up. Also on the Wii U there's Xavier, A World of Keflings, Tengami, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and L...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Rodea: The Sky Soldier is back from the dead, repurposed for Wii U

Years ago, Rodea the Sky Soldier was announced for the 3DS and Wii. It looked amazing. The art style, the vertical-centric action -- everything about it looked great. But for years we heard nothing as to the status of t...

Chris Carter

3:30 PM on 11.12.2014

Walmart black Friday: Get your cheap Beats and Xbox

All these "black friday" ads seem to lean on the Xbox One. Is that a partnership thing with Microsoft and retailers? Is that retailers not picking up on the notion that the PS4 is selling better? Is it the assumption that the...

Steven Hansen