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Nintendo successfully fends off another patent case against Wii U and 3DS

Add it to the list
Nov 16
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo's hardware seems to be a magnet for litigation. Everyone thinks the Wii U or the 3DS infringe on their patents, but Nintendo proves time and time again that they don't. The Japanese platform-holder has another succes...
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Mario amiibo

Walmart will have a 'minimum' of 21 Modern Mario amiibo for Black Friday

Uh...don't do it
Nov 16
// Chris Carter
According to Walmart's Black Friday ad, it will have a "minimum" of 21 Modern Color Mario amiibo at its stores. For those of you who are wondering why this matters, the figure was previously exclusive to a Wii U bundle in the...
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Mega Yarn Yoshi

The hunt is on for the Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, here is what I found

I hope you're waiting in line
Nov 15
// Chris Carter
Ever since July, I haven't waited in line for an amiibo launch. Today it would be my undoing it seems, as I missed out on the Mega Yarn Yoshi figure today at Toys"R"Us. Why did I go? My wife loves Yoshi, and hell, the thing i...

Everything from the November Nintendo Direct

Nov 14 // Chris Carter
Zelda: Twilight Princess HD confirmed for Wii U Twilight Princess HD's Wolf Link amiibo looks hot Zelda: Tri Force Heroes gets a lot deeper next month Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon looks to please its fans Finding new Super Mario Maker levels gets easy in December New Splatoon map coming out tomorrow 'Free to start' Pokemon Picross is coming in December Zelda: Tri Force Heroes gets a lot deeper next month Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam finally has a release date Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow are coming to 3DS Lucas and other amiibo are coming January 22 Star Fox Zero launches for Wii U April 22, 2016 Final Fantasy Explorers Collector's Edition is the real deal Linkle confirmed for Hyrule Warriors Golden Mega Man amiibo confirmed, with exclusive challenges for Mega Man Legacy Collection Cloud Strife is the newest Smash Bros. character Fire Emblem Fates will have three different versions Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII finally coming to North America and Europe Bravely Second journeys west next spring Pokken Tournament strikes Wii U spring 2016 Such a tease! Mother 3 is headed to Wii U in Japan [embed]320911:61108:0[/embed]
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Cloud Nine
That Nintendo Direct won E3. With a far better showing than its June event (sans the amazing puppets), Nintendo knocked it out of the park. While the Direct itself would have won over many fans, it blew up the entire Internet on Thursday with the unveiling of Cloud Strife in Super Smash Bros. Here's everything else that happened.

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Animal Crossing

Target exclusive Timmy and Tommy Nook amiibo sighted, Roy exclusive to GameStop

Nov 14
// Chris Carter
Being an amiibo collector is an expensive hobby. But really, limiting yourself to the Super Smash Bros. line wasn't all that impossible to do. It's the other waves that are starting to get out of control, particularly Animal ...

Xenoblade Chronicles X is sprawling and unforgiving, and I love that

Nov 14 // Chris Carter
Xenoblade Chronicles X starts off with a straight-forward premise: humans have been pushed off Earth by aliens in the future, and only one "ark" is said to have made it to a far off new planet. It's a Macross-esque setting where humans are fairly advanced with their weaponry and warfare, including the Skells (mechs). From there, your character (male or female) awakens in a pod, is greeted by your first party member, and the adventure begins. I really mean "your adventure," because early on, the story mostly takes a backseat beyond a brief rundown of the situation on this new planet. This is something I'm completely okay with because of how Monolith Soft has crafted each gigantic map. There are hundreds of locations to find, secret dungeons to delve into, and enemies to battle -- and nearly all of it rewards you for your efforts. Seeing gigantic, screens-high enemies towering over me induced Final Fantasy XI Notorious Monster flashbacks, you know, in a good way. Your primary source of damage is by way of auto-attacks, but combat gets much deeper once players start unlocking more abilities. Flanking options, bonus effects (for those who patiently wait for double cooldowns), and the power to instantly switch between melee and ranged attacks are a few mechanics that pop up. Dashing is also enabled in combat, which makes for some awesome fights when popping off an enemy appendage with a rifle, and running in with dual daggers to slash at their exposed body. [embed]320860:61101:0[/embed] I'm over 20 hours in so far and still don't have access to the Skells. Very early on there's an option to buy one for an exorbitantly unattainable price, but you still need a "license" to pilot them, which I haven't obtained yet. I've already seen this design choice turn off some prospective players out there after hearing impressions from the Japanese release, but I have to say, it doesn't bother me. Movement is fairly swift, as players can sprint indefinitely and leap high into the air like a superhero. It's very easy to get from place to place, and fast travel -- it still exists. Stay tuned for our review at the end of the month.
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Our review is coming later this month
I've played MMOs with smaller zones than Xenoblade Chronicles X. The scale here is absolutely breathtaking, and a mite surreal once you realize that you're playing on the Wii U, where the development team couldn't even optimize the game on a single disc. Here's a few thoughts after spending a ton of time with the experience.

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Mah tee tees

Nintendo removes boob size customization from Xenoblade Chronicles X localizations

All versions lack bulge sliders
Nov 13
// Jed Whitaker
The lovely people at GameXplain report that not only have the swimsuits for the teenage character Lin been changed during the localization of Xenoblade Chronicles X, but a breast-size customization slider has also been removed. According to the YouTube group, the rest of game remains largely unchanged gameplay-wise, and I'd say that is what is important.
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Wolf Link

A bunch of up-close pictures of that sweet Wolf Link amiibo

Nice moves, Puppy Link
Nov 13
// Brett Makedonski
It's Friday and you should all be gearing up for the weekend. I'm not the type who's going to make you think a bunch when it's the non-thinking part of the week. I'm not a monster. So, I just want you to use your eyeballs and...
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PSA: Mewtwo and Animal Crossing amiibo go on sale on Amazon in 15 minutes

Mewtwo, Mabel, Tom Nook, and a 3-pack
Nov 13
// Brett Makedonski
Friends, Romans, amiibo-hunters: lend me your ears. The day is upon us for another amiibo release. It's a little bit of Smash Bros. and a lot of Animal Crossing. Mostly cute (like last time) with just a dash of badass. Mewtwo...
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Xenoblade Chronicles X

You'll want to install the Xenoblade Chronicles X data packs before launch

Live on the eShop now
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
Yesterday during its Nintendo Direct event, the publisher let loose upon the world four loading packs for Xenoblade Chronicles X, which isn't even set to launch until early December. So what's the deal? Basically, you can ins...
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FAST Racing Neo

FAST Racing Neo looks like a new F-Zero game for Wii U

Race fast in future space
Nov 13
// Laura Kate Dale
As part of yesterday's new Nintendo Direct presentation, Wii U owners around the world were treated to a new trailer for FAST Racing Neo. Now, where have I seen this style of game before? What possible game, much demanded by...
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Looks better, duh

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD graphical comparison

Wii U vs. GameCube / Wii
Nov 12
// Jed Whitaker
Check out the above video that compares The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD's graphics to the original releases for Wii and GameCube from 2006. I can't believe it has been nine years already, and it is hard to bel...
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Electronic Super Joy

Electronic Super Joy Wii U team talks self-censorship and the ESRB

Sexy sounds, slashes, & business reality
Nov 12
// Jonathan Holmes
It pains me that some game publishers and developers feel the need to arbitrarily add or remove sexual content to their games in order to make them more marketable, but that need is an inevitable part of any art business. If ...
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Mother 3... in Japan

Such a tease! Mother 3 is headed to Wii U in Japan

Virtual Console
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
There was at least one noticeable difference between today's Nintendo Direct in North America and Japan, and of course it involved Mother 3. The latter region is getting the treasured role-playing game on the Wii U Virtual Console next month. It's not our year, apparently. Will it ever be? Perhaps in my lifetime. The port will be available digitally in Japan on December 17, 2015.
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Pokken Tournament strikes Wii U spring 2016

Japanese debut slated for March 18
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
The Wii U version of The Pokémon Company and Bandai Namco's fighter Pokkén Tournament will debut in Japan on March 18 and sometime in the spring across Europe and North America. An amiibo card for Shadow Mewtwo will be included with first-run copies of the game worldwide. Nintendo says the creature can also be unlocked sans card "after you fulfill certain conditions."
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Not a drill
This is not a drill. Nintendo has announced the newest Smash Bros. character, and it’s only god damn Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. The trailer up top shows both his FFVII and Advent Children costumes, as well as...

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Hyrule Warriors

Linkle confirmed for Hyrule Warriors

I hope Zeldathan is next
Nov 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Looks like those eagle-eyed internet sleuths were right. Linkle, the woman version of Link who was previously revealed as a cut character from the game, will be making it to the upcoming 3DS re-release of Hyrule Warriors as ...
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Star Fox Zero

Star Fox Zero launches for Wii U April 22, 2016

Do a barrel roll!
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Star Fox Zero was initially supposed to launch this year, but the space shooter suffered bit of a delay. Now we know just how long we'll have to wait. During today's Nintendo Direct, the publisher announced plans to release the game in North America and Europe on April 22, 2016.
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Splatoon DLC

New Splatoon map coming out tomorrow

New guns today
Nov 12
// Darren Nakamura
During today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced the immediate DLC plans for its hit multiplayer shooter Splatoon. Starting today, an update with new gear will be rolling out. The bigger deal is the new map, Museum d'Alfons...
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Finding new Super Mario Maker levels gets easy in December

Website to queue up levels
Nov 12
// Jed Whitaker
A new website for Super Mario Maker is going to be released in December to make it easier to find levels and queue them up to be played the next time you're at your console. The site will be available on both PC and Mobile. Players can search for various parameters to find the kinds of levels they want.  More details to be revealed closer to launch.
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Twilight Princess HD

Twilight Princess HD's Wolf Link amiibo looks hot

Coming March 4, 2016
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Nintendo just announced a new amiibo depicting Wolf Link (and Midna) from Twilight Princess. The figure will launch in North America on March 4, 2016 bundled alongside Twilight Princess HD, which can be pre-ordered today, and...
Twilight Princess HD photo
Twilight Princess HD

Zelda: Twilight Princess HD confirmed for Wii U

It's a bit of a wait, though
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
After a short message about the tragic passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata earlier this year, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aimé dove right into some news in today's Nintendo Direct presentation. First up, T...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Nintendo Badge Arcade

Also, Stella Glow
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
This is a pleasant surprise -- the 3DS just got the Nintendo Badge Arcade app, which allows you to play a crane game to obtain icons, which you can customize your home screen with. Also on 3DS is Horse Life 4, as well as...
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Walmart Black Friday

Walmart Black Friday deals include amiibo, $250 Wii U, $299 PS4, and more

Get ready to stand on the edge
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
Best Black Friday, one of the many sites dedicated to collating deals available during the ebony-black altar of consumerism and bloodlust known as Black Friday, has published an early version of Walmart's ad, detailing its en...
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Minecraft Wii U

PEGI site lists Minecraft for Wii U

Super Enderman Maker
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
PEGI, also known as the Pan European Game Information (the video games rating board for most PAL territories), may have leaked a Minecraft port for the Wii U via its official website, apparently set for release tomorrow, Nove...
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Yooka-Laylee character

New Yooka-Laylee character channels old school graphics

Nov 11
// Darren Nakamura
Ever since the announcement that Team17 would be publishing the Kickstarter-funded Banjo-Kazooie-like Yooka-Laylee, news has been pretty quiet on it. There have been a couple of backer updates, including one showing a cute sk...
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Guitar Hero TV adds Iggy Pop and White Stripes this week

And not much else
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
I'm surprised at how much I'm still playing Guitar Hero Live. It's really easy for me to boot up the TV function and just play random songs, which cycle in new tracks on a constant basis. I have over a hundred "free plays" an...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Cat Mario is still adorable in his Super Mario Maker 8-bit form

Also, Cat Peach
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
I'm still miffed that the costumes in Super Mario Maker only work in their 8-bit renditions, but you have to give it to Nintendo for adding so many to the game. Next up on the block is Cat Mario and Cat Peach, which can be u...
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Animal Crossing

PSA: Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is not a free download, it's actually a $60 bundle

Nov 11
// Chris Carter
Well, this kind of came out of nowhere, and I don't see a lot of people talking about it. Earlier this year during E3, Nintendo reps informed multiple outlets that Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival would be a free eShop d...
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Sonic creator asks you play Wii version of his new Wii U, 3DS game

Listen to it on vinyl
Nov 11
// Steven Hansen
Rodea: The Sky Soldier went through a heck of a development cycle and somehow came out the other side but not unscathed. Chris gave it a good score, though he noted, "the game's tumultuous development process bleeds through t...

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