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Detective Pikachu

You've got the right stuff, Detective Pikachu


This freakin' game
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
I've been following Great Detective Pikachu for years, and what a journey it has been. There was a time when we just had a scant few seconds of nightmarish facial-capture footage to go on for the 3DS game and even then, in it...
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Friday Night Fights - Krang-arang Rufio!


Game with the Ninjatoid Community!
Jan 29
// Mike Martin
Huh. That thing kind of freaks me out... yet... deep down, I want to stick the D in it. I wonder if it has teeth? Hrm. Moving on... How is everyone this week? Doing good? Ready to play some games together? Sign up below if y...
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Wii Street U

Another Wii U app bites the dust, probably because no one is using it


Poor Wii U
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
I'm sad that the Wii U hasn't hit it off with a lot of third party developers and the general public. It seems like every day an awesome looking game is announced for litrally every platform but the Wii U -- a platform w...
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DeVitochu

Fans petition Nintendo to get Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu


I signed it, so should you
Jan 28
// Jed Whitaker
Sairith Aramor has started a petition to get Nintendo of America to hire Hollywood superstar Danny DeVito to voice the English localization of the recently announced Detective Pikachu.  "There are a number of us tha...
Super Smash Bros. for NX photo
Super Smash Bros. for NX

Rumor: Super Smash Bros. to be a launch title for Nintendo NX


Might be a port, might not
Jan 28
// Jed Whitaker
Dr. Serkan Toto, the CEO of a Tokyo-based game industry consultancy, has taken to Twitter to reveal some inside information from an unnamed source. Supposedly, Bandai Namco has several titles in development for Nintendo's upc...
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Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance hits Wii U today via Virtual Console


Goodbye, free time
Jan 28
// Alissa McAloon
The second game in the Final Fantasy Tactics family can now be found on the Wii U. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, originally released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003, follows the journey of a boy named Marche after he and hi...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Final Fantasy Explorers


Also, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
If you're a Final Fantasy fan you're in luck this week. The Wii U is kicking things off with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA VC), as well as Shadow Puppeteer, Joe's Diner, Level 22, and LEGO Marvel's Avengers,&nb...
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Super Mystery Dungeon

Watch a posh kid get turned into a Pokemon in this Super Mystery Dungeon trailer


This kid sure does love his apples...
Jan 28
// Joe Parlock
While Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has been out for the 3DS in Japan and the States for months now, it isn’t being released here in Blighty until February 19. I think it’s some weird punishment for us get...
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Just watching this Mario Maker level gave me PTSD


Props to the first man to defeat the pit
Jan 27
// Nic Rowen
I'm sure you've all seen hard Mario Maker levels by now, but The Pit of Panga: Cape Escape by the eponymous Panga has to take the cake. It is a bottomless chasm of certain death, fiendish puzzles, and devilish dexterity chall...
Mario Maker maintenance photo
Mario Maker maintenance

Super Mario Maker is offline until tomorrow


Online services will return at 5pm PT
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Nintendo says everything's back to normal. Happy level hunting.] While you can still play and build levels in Super Mario Maker offline, the game's online features are temporarily unavailable while Nintendo fixes a b...
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Deals

The amiibo Retro 3-pack is now on sale for $25.97 at GameStop


Right on the four-month mark
Jan 27
// Dealzon
Remember this puppy? It came out eons ago, and now that it has pass its four-month release mark, the amiibo Retro 3-pack GameStop exclusive is now discounted at uh... GameStop (surprise meat bags!). For a limited time, you ca...
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No petting humans

Nintendo removes character petting during Fire Emblem Fates localization


Get your pet on in Nintendogs instead
Jan 26
// Jed Whitaker
Kotaku has confirmed with Nintendo that the ability to pet your characters has been removed from the English localization of Fire Emblem Fates. "Yes, that is the case [that petting isn't in the English version]," a Nintendo r...
Hyrule Warriors Legends photo
Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends is adding a save data reset option in a patch


You can't do it now
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
Hyrule Warriors Legends came out last week on 3DS in Japan, and people are already clamoring for a pretty basic feature -- save data reset. Yep, if you just want to replay the game from a fresh file or resell your game with n...

Nintendo 3DS's spring is an oasis of JRPGs

Jan 26 // Steven Hansen
Project X Zone 2 is full Japanese gaming fan service with appearances by the likes of anyone from Street Fighter's Ryu to Devil May Cry's Dante and Vergil to Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki to SPace Channel 5's Ulala. It's coming to 3DS February 16. Bravely Second: End Layer hits Europe on February 26 and the states on April 15. There are 12 new jobs in this old school JRPG from Square Enix, including Catmancer, a class that trains cats to use enemies' skills (like the past game's Vampire). Another involves throwing cake at people. It also tried to "take the pain out of the grinding" with a "let it ride" system where random battles will flow into one another so you don't have to run back and forth to trigger another. The caveat is that if you finally lose, there goes all the accumulated experience from those battles. It also "might be longer than Bravely Default." Plus, here are some actual lines of dialogue from Bravely Second: End Layer. Note: "Ba'als" is pronounced "balls." Like balls. "She studies Ba'als." "Ba'al buster Magnolia Arch is on the job." "A new Ba'al is headed this way and it's my job to bust it." "It's...it's huge [referring to a Ba'al]." "I'm Magnolia Arch and it's time to bust some Ba'als." The localization team went Ba'als to the wall with this joke. Oh, hey, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow -- yes, the originals -- are coming to the 3DS eShop on February 27? Time to find out how well that game is actually balanced 20 years later. Also to argue over which version's sprites were best. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past are also coming to 3DS in 2016, with Dragon Quest VII coming first. It won't have random battles, instead getting treats like Dragon Quest VIII with enemies on a world map and other additions.
JRPG spring lineup photo
Six within a month
Fire Emblem Fates is just a few weeks away (February 19) and I'll finally have a reason to re-glue my face to my 3DS and play nosy match-maker. But the two versions of Fates are just, uh, two of the JRPGs (and adjacent genres...

Hands-on with Fire Emblem: Fates comes with Maid service

Jan 26 // Steven Hansen
That's not all that's new. There are little touches abound. Phoenix Mode revives dead allies right after the turn, so it's super-casual. There's a first-person view in the battle mode (though if you're anything like me you'll turn the 3D fights off anyways in favor of faster sword-shaking-sprites and falling numbers. "My Castle" mode -- real-time barracks -- is built up with Dragon Vane Points to build shops and daikon gardens and springs, netting you items. You can visit other castles over StreetPass or protect your own in one-on-one battles. There's also local and online multiplayer (with handicaps to account for level discrepancy) for direct battling. The first DLC map will feature Awakening characters and be free. On the pure turn-to-turn side, there are new classes like Butler and Maid whose Live to Serve ability grants them health when they restore an ally. Turrets also litter the battlefield, though they can only be operated by characters with the same affinities (magic users on the Fire Orb, archers on the Ballista). Their range and area of effects are great for weakening oncoming, far off troops, though these weapons won't drop enemies below 1HP. I started out in Conquest's 10th chapter with my big-bosom sister Camilla (she of the famous gif). This is the more challenging of the two with less resources and opportunity to grind. And the scenario was very back-against-the-wall, needing to defend a sea port for 10 turns. Rolling out with a crew you're not familiar with slowed me down at first, but I was handling things pretty ok. Later in the fight the opposing force took advantage of a spot on the field that those with dragon's blood (like the customizable lead Corrin) can activate abilities. In this case, it cleared all the water from the port and allowed full traversal between canals and waterways. Later, in Birthright, I used it to call down a bolt of lightning that reduced high-HP'd, opposing boss Camilla down to 1HP to finish her off easy (in Birthright she's fighting against you). I'm still pretty turned off by the three storyline paths that make for an $80 game, but everything else about Fates feel like smart additions to a solid core. Well, except the protagonist turning into a weird Pokemon-looking dragon for certain attacks. I imagine I'll pick my one canon/point of view and stick with it, though that also might mean waiting for the third Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation.
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Waifu wars return to 3DS next month
Fire Emblem Fates has been out in Japan for a while, but I love Awakening's person-story-focused shipping mechanics, which really elevates the game into something consuming, so I messed about in both of the upcoming US versio...

Detective Pikachu photo
Detective Pikachu

That Detective Pikachu game has been revealed for 3DS


'Birth of a New Partnership'
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
We knew some sort of Detective Pikachu game was coming at some point, but now we have final confirmation. It's called Birth of a New Partnership, and it's due for a February 3, 2016 release date on the 3DS eShop in Japan, at ...
Pokemon Shuffle photo
Pokemon Shuffle

Use this code for 3,000 coins in Pokemon Shuffle


20160123
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
You can never have enough coins in Pokemon Shuffle, particularly if you're playing on mobile and are trying to catch 'em all, which I foolishly am. There's no escaping this fate, but I've come to accept that. After spending I...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

You can watch Pokemon's Super Bowl commercial now


Commercials? Everyone loves those!
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
The Pokémon Company International is airing its "first ever" Super Bowl commercial for Pokémon this February 7 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. It's shot in Rio de Janiero, and although there wi...
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Also included: Kirby's penis
Another week, another wave of gaming news that’s almost impossible to keep up with! Last week we had dog poo, this week we have Jonathan Blow’s wee. I kind of hope that bodily waste doesn’t become a running ...

Wii U photo
Wii U

How many more big Wii U announcements do you think we'll get?


How many would you even want?
Jan 24
// Jonathan Holmes
The Wii U is in a interesting place right now. The past 12 months have seen the console spawn relatively big hits like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, plus the ongoing sales juggernaut known as amiibo. While the toys aren't c...
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Friday Night Fights - Go ninja, go ninja, go!


Game with the Hemorrtoid Community!
Jan 22
// Mike Martin
I am currently overworked and exhausted. I got nothing. I just want to play some Infamous Second Son and Destiny. I want that new Platinum Turtles game to hit too. I need to play through Transformers: Devastation again also. ...
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New 3DS XL

Europe is getting that Hyrule Edition New 3DS XL in March


Kept you waiting, huh?
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Just in time for Hyrule Warriors Legends, Nintendo is bringing the gorgeous New 3DS XL Hyrule Edition to Europe on March 24, 2016. (Though, again, the game isn't included. As per usual.) Are you still holding out for this mod...
Wii U photo
Wii U

Here's some HD footage of Linkle in Hyrule Warriors Wii U


Transfered
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
The vast majority of the footage so far for Hyrule Warriors Legends has been by way of the 3DS, but it's not exactly the most impressive platform for showing off the new characters. Compliments of NintenDaan on YouTube, we no...
Nintendo Download photo
Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam


Also, Minecraft Story Mode
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
After weeks of dry spells other than some gem Virtual Console releases, it's finally time for a rocking Nintendo Download! On Wii U, fans are getting Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1, which is a nice change of pace from Ninten...
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Animal Crossing amiibo

Nintendo confirms March Animal Crossing amiibo line, and launch date


March 18
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Well, finally. Leaks have suggested that a new Animal Crossing line would arrive at some point this year, and now Nintendo has confirmed it. On March 18, Timmy & Tommy Nook (Target exclusive), Kapp'n, and Rover will launc...
Splatoon photo
Splatoon

Here's Splatoon's final map, Ancho-V Games


#ithinkimoutofajob
Jan 21
// Vikki Blake
Splatoon’s final map, Ancho-V Games, will roll out at 6.00pm PT today in the US, and tomorrow in Europe. This final stage is set within the office of an independent video game developer.
Fire Emblem Fates photo
Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates is having controversial scenes removed from the Western release


No more slipping Soleil magic powder
Jan 21
// Joe Parlock
The Western release of Fire Emblem Fates will be removing a scene that caused controversy last year, when some interpreted a subplot to be about the drugging and forced gay conversion of a lesbian character. Soleil, a charact...
Zelda photo
Zelda

Official Zelda: Twilight Princess HD trailer explains amiibo functionality


Extra dungeon confirmed
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
[Update: Nintendo has provided even more information for the dungeon. "After completing the Cave of Shadows, players can save their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and then use those hearts inside the Cave of Shadow...
Hyrule Warriors Legends photo
Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends will also support amiibo on 3DS


More daily items
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Hyrule Wariors Legends is nearly out in Japan, and as a result, more concrete info is coming out of the woodwork. Due to pre-loading, fans have learned that the file size is 16,101 blocks (2GB). Additionally, there's only one...
Tri Force Heroes photo
Tri Force Heroes

Nintendo officially adds Tri Force Heroes to the Zelda timeline


A few years after A Link Between Worlds
Jan 20
// Joe Parlock
For a series about an elf in tights saving the world, The Legend of Zelda has one hell of a convoluted timeline. Somewhere around Ocarina of Time, the timeline split into three branches: one with A Link to the Past and A Link...

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