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10:00 AM on 07.14.2014

Put up an entire level of Mario on your walls with these decals

If you find yourself in need of some new Mario decor for your place, why not check out this line of Nintendo Power-Ups by Blik? Ranging from Mario to Bowser, each decal is printed on-demand and allow you to move them from pla...

Brittany Vincent



Those new Smash Bros. mystery characters are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem photo
Those new Smash Bros. mystery characters are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem
by Chris Carter

Today, Nintendo was set to tease a "New Fighter Intro Video" at 7AM PST, and tease they did. The new fighter was revealed to be none other than Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening. But wait, there's more! Robin from Fire Emblem is also in, and he has a female gender swapped costume! Chrom was revealed as well, but it isn't clear if he is a playable character or just a skin/assist trophy/Final Smash, but all signs point to the latter.

Finally, Captain Falcon was revealed as a returning fighter. That's three confirmed characters with two new additions and one returning character (we'll see what Chrom is soon enough). Sakurai noted last week that they were "nearing the bottom of the stash" in terms of new announcements, so I wouldn't expect a whole lot more.

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8:00 AM on 07.14.2014

Sakurai teases Rayman trophy for Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS producer Sakurai has been steadily providing us with a "pic of the day" series on Miiverse -- some of them more enlightening than others. Today is one of the more interesting days, as Ubis...

Chris Carter



I'm going to miss tripping in Super Smash Bros. 4 photo
I'm going to miss tripping in Super Smash Bros. 4
by Jonathan Holmes

[Art by Fallen Party]

[Update: Some of you are pretty upset about the article! Sorry about that.

Also, a few people pointed out a couple of mistakes I made. First, I wrote that you can block in the air in Smash Bros. Looks like I "tripped" up! I meant to say "dodge." Sometimes when you type too fast, you put down the wrong word, and it may not get caught in the proofread. My apologies.

Also, there is some dispute over if "L-canceling" is an "unintended abuse" of the game's system, or something intended by the developers. My guess is that it's both -- that "L-canceling" was intended by the developers, but players learned to exploit it to a degree that Sakurai and the gang didn't intend, which could be why it was removed from Brawl entirely. It's hard to say for sure though, as Sakurai hasn't made any comment on the subject that I know of. Either way, you should know that "L-canceling" may be an intended mechanic in Melee and Smash Bros on the N64. Hope that helps, and if you find any other mistakes, you can let me know on twitter- @tronknotts. Thanks everybody!]

[Update 2: I asked Michael "Mr Bean" Molinary to write a counterpoint to my point and it's really good.]

There's a Smash Bros. tournament going on tonight at a local comic book store. The creator of Catlateral Damage and I were planning on attending, but they changed the game from Brawl to Melee at the last minute. We both backed out, resigned to the reality of the situation, but still disappointed. It's totally understandable that the majority of competitive Smash players prefer the increased level of fast and precise character control that Melee offers over Brawl, but as diehard Lucas, Olimar, and Squirtle fans, Melee isn't worth the $15 entry fee. 

I figured I'd get over it by watching some Melee at EVO, and I quickly found myself feeling frowny. It seems like the longer the game is played, the less high level competitors try new things. Most of the matches were just a high-speed poke and fake contest. The only times things got really interesting was when a character is in the clutch, trying to recover from being knocked off the edge, but those mechanics are just as fun to watch in Brawl or even the original N64 Smash Bros

I wondered how much more interesting it would be to watch some aggressive play in Brawl. Yes, even though it has tripping. Especially because it has tripping. 

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2:45 PM on 07.11.2014

Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma says finding treasure is 'the most fun' part of Zelda

Legend of Zelda director and producer Eiji Aonuma talked a bit about the series on Nintendo Japan's new (nicely designed) Nintendo News page (as translated by Nintendo Everything). Remember when you had to...

Steven Hansen

2:15 PM on 07.11.2014

Dress your Pikachu in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

More Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire information out of CoroCoro following yesterday's news of Mega Metagross. Courtesy of magazine scans posted on Serebii, we have a look at the gym leaders' new appearances for ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Final Fantasy Explorers will hit Japan this winter

Japan just had a third-party Nintendo Direct, and it decidedly focused on Final Fantasy Explorers at the start. Square Enix revealed that the game will be hitting Japan sometime this winter, which is a fairly quick release given that it was just announced. If you want to see the game overseas, make sure you pray to your favorite summon that it sells well over in Japan. I call Odin!

Chris Carter





9:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Couldn't you just inhale these Kirby 3DS accessories?

It's about time we saw some more Kirby 3DS XL accessories, and these are far too cute to pass up. I thought I was going to have some difficulty passing up that Kirby keychain puzzle, but now I'm practically throwing money at ...

Brittany Vincent

2:45 PM on 07.10.2014

Megagross! Metagross gets a Mega Evolution

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire can add another Mega Evolution to their stable, courtesy of this scan from CoroCoro and Serebii explanation.  "It revealed Mega Metagross, which will be used by Steven...

Steven Hansen

2:15 PM on 07.10.2014

Going to Comic-Con? Nintendo's doing a 3DS Smash Bros. tourney

E3 attendees could take part in a t-shirt-prized Wii U Smash Bros. tournament, but it looks like Nintendo's letting the 3DS version strut at Comic-Con (July 25), ahead of its October 3 release.  "Starting at noon, t...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 07.10.2014

Haha, this alternate Mario costume in Super Smash Bros.

I love Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai's description of these palette swaps: "The character farther in the back isn't from the Imperial forces, and the character in the front is not the infamous drum-playing pupp...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Japan has an awesome Mega Man StreetPass puzzle now

The marriage of Mega Man and Nintendo continues past Smash Bros. as the classic NES hero now has his own 3DS StreetPass puzzle. It features classic Mega Man imagery, including an old school 8-bit feel, Wily, Proto M...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 07.10.2014

Nintendo Download: One Piece Unlimited World Red

The big highlight for today on Wii U is One Piece Unlimited World Red, be warned Wii U owners -- the download is roughly 11 GB! On the rest of the Wii U side we have Bases Loaded and The Letter. That's all, folks. The 3DS has...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 07.10.2014

Miiverse gets an update, allows favorite system

The Miiverse is constantly evolving with smaller quality of life updates, and that's just fine by me. Posted on the Miiverse itself, Nintendo has given us info on a new update that adds a few extra features. Most notably, you...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 07.10.2014

Japan is set to get a third party Nintendo Direct tomorrow

When Nintendo Directs drop, you can always expect some sort of news to follow. Whether it's by way of new developments from existing titles or new game announcements, Directs usually have at least one surprise up their sleeve...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Japan: The PS3 is beating the Wii U in sales in 2014

Following news of the PS4 not quite picking it up in Japan, we know have a fuller picture of the first half of 2014 in Japan. Hardware sales are up, software sales are down, and it's not new hardware that's shifting any more ...

Steven Hansen