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Nintendo Download: Blaster Master

Jul 16 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist the call of Blaster Master. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, Tiny Galaxy
Although this week's downloads are pretty boring, Blaster Master is headlining the Wii U releases. It already existed in Virtual Console form, but now you can play it without going to the poopy Wii emulation mode. Also o...

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Pokken Tournament

Blaziken joins the Pokken Tournament roster in August


Don't Google Image Search 'Blaziken'
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
As we await the full lineup for Pokken Tournament, I can rest easy knowing that my boy Gengar is in. Gardevoir, too. The latest character announcement isn't so much a reveal as a reiteration. Long before we knew the Pok&eacut...
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Promoted blog

Satoru Iwata loved video games


A memory from a developer
Jul 14
// James Montagna
[In memory of Satoru Iwata, James Montagna of WayForward stopped by our community blogs to share a moment that encapsulated Iwata's love of games perfectly. - Pixie The Fairy] It feels like the world is coming together to mou...
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Palutena exclusive

Palutena amiibo is an Amazon exclusive


Here we go again
Jul 14
// Brett Makedonski
While four of the five other major retailers have had multiple exclusive amiibo figures, Amazon's just now getting its first. Palutena, which makes up half of North America's wave 5a release, will only be available to order t...
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Gameboy Advance Emulator

Nintendo pulls browser-based GBA emulator


No Kuru-Kuru Kururin on Chrome for you
Jul 14
// Joe Parlock
Nintendo have put an end to a browser-based Gameboy Advance Emulator. The emulator didn’t actually have a name, but instead was a Github page that hosted many Javascript versions of popular GBA games such as Pokemon Eme...
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Pikaboy

This custom 'Pikaboy' Game Boy Color is amazing


I want one
Jul 13
// Chris Carter
One of my favorite things to do at Destructoid is share passion projects from all the other gamers out there, and this "Pikaboy" is no exception. Although the project itself is a bit old in nature, eforie's creatio...
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Nintendo

Nintendo of Europe: 'He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly'


Nintendo says goodbye
Jul 13
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata has given a formal statement following the recent death of global president, Satoru Iwata. Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing of Mr Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's...
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Miyamoto for president

Miyamoto on the loss of Iwata


Will he be the next president?
Jul 13
// Jed Whitaker
In the wake of the unexpected loss of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, many people have been left wondering who is going to fill his shoes. Many people are already assuming it will be the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto,...
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May he rest in peace
It's a sad day for the video game world. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away yesterday at 55 years of age. The cause of his unfortunate death was a bile duct growth. Nintendo announced the news with a brief one-senten...

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Smash Bros

Sakurai uses action figures to plan attacks for Smash Bros.


Source Gaming spills the beans
Jul 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Source Gaming has quickly made a name for itself in the Smash community, thanks to its in-depth research on the development of the Smash series, its expert data miners, and its general passion for all aspects of the franchise...
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New Pokemon!

Brand new Pokemon teased for upcoming film


Who's that Pokemon!?
Jul 12
// Jed Whitaker
It's CliffyBee! But for real there is a leaked image from the upcoming CoroCoro magazine that shows a spooky silhouette of a brand new Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon XY movie that is releasing in Japan n...
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Australia

Australia is getting an amiibo restock injection next week


Ike, Meta Knight, Shulk, and 'others'
Jul 11
// Chris Carter
Are you feeling the amiibo burn in Australia? You should have more luck next week, as Nintendo AU has announced that they are restocking select figures very soon. Examples provided include Ike, Meta Knight, and Shulk, as...
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Splatoon

Do you use motion controls in Splatoon?


I don't want to learn
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
Earlier today, I was watching an interview conducted by the folks over at Nintendo Life with Splatoon co-director Tsubasa Sakaguchi, and it hit me -- some people actually use motion controls in this game. I still re...
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Nintendo

Nintendo is holding a 'Girls Game Museum' event


Aimed to expand its female audience
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is no stranger to marketing directly to women, and in Japan, it's holding a special event that's basically one giant marketing campaign. It's called the Nintendo Girls Museum, and will be held at the Aeon Mall M...
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amiibo > videogames

Nintendo: New Animal Crossing games were made because 'we just wanted amiibo'


Egg to chicken, amiibo to game
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
In an interview with USgamer, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival creative lead Aya Kyogoku was asked if amiibo Festival was conceptualized as a game involving amiibo or if the ...
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Next Splatfest announced

The next Splatfest announced for the Americas


How do you like your rides?
Jul 09
// Patrick Hancock
Nintendo of America has announced the details for the next Splatfest in Splatoon, and it's much sooner than I thought it would be! The Splatfest starts the night of July 17, at 9:00 PM PT, and runs for 24 hours. As for the te...
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Uh oh

Rumor: Nintendo of America drops Devil's Third for US release


Another one bites the dust
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
After Devil's Third was a no-show at E3 this year and its listing on the Wii U eShop recently disappeared, many were left scratching their heads and wondering if the game would even release in the United States. Tu...

Nintendo Download: Mario Tennis

Jul 09 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, nothing for me this week. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
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Also, Asteroid Quarry
Wow, this is one of the most barren Nintendo Downloads I've seen in some time! The Wii U's heavy hitter today is Mario Tennis, a Virtual Console rendition of the original Nintendo 64 game. The Wii U is also getting Asteroid Q...

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Mewtwo

This might be our first look at the Mewtwo amiibo


Found at Comic-Con
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
We knew that every Smash Bros. character, DLC or not, would have an accompanying amiibo figure, but seeing it in the wild is something else entirely. Found at San Diego Comic-Con encased in glass by games writer Alan Lop...
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Metroid Dread

The curious case of the missing 2D Metroid Dread


Inside information on the Metroid series
Jul 08
// Jed Whitaker
Unseen64 is back with some more insider information after its exposé of Project H.A.M.M.E.R. and this time it deals with the Metroid series.  According to Unseen64's sources, Metroid Prime Hunters was origin...
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Nintendo mobile games

Nintendo will put out five mobile games by April 2017


One of which is releasing this year
Jul 08
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo's collaboration with Japanese mobile giant DeNA will result in one game by the end of 2015 and four more titles leading up to April 2017, according to DeNA West CEO Shintaro Asako. "Nintendo has by far the best gamin...

Review: Yoshi's Woolly World

Jul 08 // Laura Kate Dale
Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)Developer: Good-FeelPublisher: NintendoMSRP: $49.99Release Date: June 26 (EU) / October 16 (NA) Sitting at around 10 hours to complete, Yoshi's Woolly World is a delightful journey through a world full of pleasantly enjoyable surprises. Colours are bright, wool textures are detailed, and animations are always fluid. The game's world is polished where it needs to be, but isn't afraid to have the kind of natural rough edges present in a game about thread and sewing materials. From loose threads that unravel when pulled to fabrics that fold in asymmetrical ways, the game world just feels like an incredibly tangible physical space. Woolly World really shines when it takes advantage of the design aesthetic. From Shy Guys brandishing crochet hooks threateningly to fish spitting out water that, thanks to being made of wool, can be run along, the game excels when it fully commits to its core design concept. Mechanically, Woolly World is at its best and most challenging when it pushes Yoshi out of his comfort zone. Yoshi's abilities are all designed to keep him out of harm, from eggs that can dispatch enemies at a distance to a very forgiving and lengthy jump arc. The times when Yoshi's Woolly World forces you to take a leap of faith that pushes that jump to its limits, requires you to fight enemies in close quarters and experiments with the characters weaknesses are some of the best moments of Yoshi gameplay out there. It's just a shame those moments are few and far between. [embed]295585:59414:0[/embed] The vast majority of Yoshi's Woolly World doesn't push the titular hero's moveset in ways that really challenge the player. While levels frequently throw minor new gimmicks in that freshen up the feel of progression, they rarely have any real effect on the challenge of playing the game. It's not necessarily a problem; if you're looking for a calm and relaxed exploration of new mechanics in a colourful world then this certainly delivers that in spades. But yeah, be aware that the challenges are often spread out for the player. There are a bunch of collectibles to go after in the game, most of which are monotonous to collect and offer very little reward. The main exception to this is collectibles that allow you to re-skin your Yoshi, which are pretty enjoyable to seek out. The game's co-op mode does give you the benefit of being able to use your partner as a source of wool if you run low, but the levels in the game were very clearly designed to be played single player and more often than not, your secondary player will feel like they're hindering progression rather than helping with it. Yoshi's Woolly World is best described as easy, beautiful, and inventive. While the times it offers challenge are a little too spread out for my liking, the game looks and sounds stunning, and offers players a variety of new sights to experience along their journey. If you're looking for something to play to unwind, something pleasant and positive, this would be a pretty darn solid choice to go with. [This review is based on a retail build of the game purchased by the reviewer].
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Pleasantly fluffy
Yoshi's Woolly World is the epitome of adorable. From Yoshi's cute, easily read facial expressions to the bright colourful world he inhabits, the intricate minor details to the tactile physicality of the world, this game took...

That's it, I'm done with hardcore amiibo collecting

Jul 08 // Chris Carter
I know, it's dramatic, right? Declaring that I'm not going to collect a series of toys with this level of bravado? But here's the thing -- Nintendo had every opportunity to fix these issues along the way, and outside of recognizing the situation a handful of times over the past eight months or so, hasn't made any real efforts to patch things up. In fact, most of the time, it's oblivious to what's going on. It's getting so bad that in multiple regions, it has stopped shipping to the US due to the fact that scalpers and customers alike are basically leeching the entire stock, causing shortages all over the world. Here are some recent developments that gave me pause. More exclusives -- because it worked out so well in the past Right out of the gate, exclusive amiibo promotions were a bad idea, but they net a hefty profit for Nintendo, so they're going to keep happening -- this was unfortunately confirmed by a Nintendo representative late last year in a Reddit AMA. While other portions of the world don't have to deal with them, they've been increasingly annoying to handle in the US. I thought maybe with each increasing day Nintendo would learn a thing or two about customer satisfaction, but each wave comes with...well...a unique wave of disappointment. Just recently, Nintendo announced that Dark Pit would be exclusive to Best Buy, and that pre-orders would not be happening at all. This situation has "nope" written all over it. For the last wave, you had to basically choose what store you wanted to wait in front of overnight -- Target, or Toys"R"Us, to get the exclusive you wanted. I waited outside of a few retailers with friends for fun, but I'm not doing it every other month. There's too many damn amiibo Oh hey there's eight Animal Crossing amiibo now, in addition to the AR card line, none of which have release dates outside of "fall" and "holiday." Like Dark Pit and most of Wave 4, I doubt any of these will be available for pre-order. Then there's Chibo Robo, which you can only get by buying the entire game as a bundle. Then there's the rest of the Smash Bros. line, three Yoshi's Woolly World variants (that don't even come out in the US until the fall), two retro Mario variants (making this the fifth Mario variant), three amiibo for Miis, and two R.O.B. colorations. Eight Animal Crossing amiibo? Who asked for this? I mean, I get the need for Tom Nook and K.K. Slider figures, and maybe Mabel, but Cyrus and Dibby -- who are these people clamoring for these characters? I get that I don't have to buy them, but at this point Nintendo is just asking for over-saturation, while gating content out of their respective games unless you buy them. If they were easy to purchase it wouldn't be as big of a deal. Expensive cross-promotions? ::I'm out.gif:: It finally happened. Nintendo decided that exclusive retailer deals weren't lucrative enough, and struck a deal with Activision. At first, I was hesitant -- okay, so there's two amiibo total, and they work with both Nintendo and Activision products with a little switch on the bottom, cool! Then they announced that each figure would be exclusive to the expensive starter edition of the game. Shortly after, they announced "Dark" variants on top of that, for sale in the $99.99 editions of the game. Maybe I'll end up having them all eventually. I have a lot of great friends, and they've randomly gifted me amiibo in the past, and gave me a heads-up when figures go up for retail price. At this point though, I'm no longer making it my goal to "catch 'em all." Nintendo is a business first for sure, but it's bungled this situation beyond recognition. [Image via reddit]
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It's becoming a shit-show
I currently own every amiibo released in the US, including variants. It was very fun for a time, collecting them with friends, but it got increasingly less fun. I always said that I would stop when it got ridiculous, and lead...

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3DS

You can pre-order the 'old 3DS' NFC amiibo reader right now


Go go
Jul 08
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has been stupidly silent on the NFC reader/writer accessory, which will allow "old" 3DS owners to use amiibo in their games. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that a number of 3DS games have supported the figures...
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SMT x FE

Genei Ibun Roku #FE is long like its title


Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
I'm no longer trying to cram "Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem" into headlines along with the Wii U crossover's already-lengthy name, Genei Ibun Roku #FE, so I'm counting on you all to remember it. Say it with me: Genei Ibun ...
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Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates has straightforward amiibo functionality


A simple guest interaction
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
Fire Emblem fates will ship with amiibo support for Ike, Marth, Robin, and Lucina -- for the select few of you who were able to actually find them (I was one of the lucky few). According to Siliconera, they will all be m...
Skylanders amiibo photo
Skylanders amiibo

Get ready to drop a lot of cash on the Skylanders line, amiibo collectors


Very expensive variants
Jul 07
// Brett Makedonski
Those who collect amiibo are no stranger to the variant game. It was just this past spring when both Gold Mario and Silver Mario released -- the former significantly more sought-after than the latter. Two more variants were a...
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Popularity contest burns Team Cat
Perhaps the greatest injustice of the year happened over the July 4 weekend. Nintendo's shooter Splatoon ran its first splatfest event, pitting cats versus dogs. The sides shot it out while less patriotic Americans were shoot...

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Cutie Patooties

This live action Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon commercial brings the cuteness


Be my husband Pikachu
Jul 06
// Jed Whitaker
A new commercial has been released in Japan for the upcoming 3DS dungeon crawler Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and it is super adorable. Seeing Pokémon characters wander around a spooky dungeon in rea...
Meow photo
Meow

Squid Now 2: Splatfest - A Splatoon avant-garde art film sequel


Splatfests change a kid
Jul 05
// Jed Whitaker
[Warning: The above video is not safe for life and features a large man only wearing booty shorts.] Splatoon's Splatfest may be over, with those bastard dogs winning via popularity when cats are clearly better, but that didn't stop me from making a sequel to the critically acclaimed avant-garde short film Squid Now. Eat your hearts out David Cage, David Lynch, and David Duchovny. 

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