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Very Quick Tips: Pokémon Shuffle photo
Very Quick Tips: Pokémon Shuffle
by Chris Carter

Pokémon Shuffle has an under-handed microtransaction system that heavily relies on making you wait to play, unless you pay.

But for some of you, casually picking up five games per day will be enough, and there is some fun to be had when you wade through all the nonsense. Here are some tips to help you stay free.

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1:30 PM on 02.19.2015

Splatoon's adorable squids originally looked like tofu

Can you imagine Splatoon's "Inklings" looking more like tofu than squids? Speaking with Famitsu, the shooter's designers (Hisashi Nogami, Yusuke Amano, and Tsubasa Sakaguchi) revealed the creatures actually started out that w...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Pokémon Shuffle photo
Review: Pokémon Shuffle
by Chris Carter

Nintendo takes on the world of microtransactions with Pokémon Shuffle. What could go wrong?

A lot. 

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11:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Nintendo Download: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

The Wii U has a bit of eShop life this week with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, which looks all sorts of cute. It's also getting a Citizens of Earth demo and Axelay, one of my personal favorite SNES shoot-'em-ups. The 3DS ...

Chris Carter

9:45 PM on 02.18.2015

Australians, you can get the New 3DS XL for 20% off

Australia, the land of overpriced videogames actually gets a break this week with Target offering a 20% off voucher code on its Target eBay store front (use voucher code CTARGET20 at checkout). This means the New 3DS XL gets ...

Dealzon

9:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Flex those muscles, Machamp

This is vaguely the same footage of Pokkén Tournament we've seen over the past couple weeks, but it's a direct capture of the game, so what the hell. Good recap of the current roster, though do note that the voice over and text are in Japanese. Long way to go before this'll get localized. What's going on with Pikachu (starting at 1:25)? That expression is Kirby-in-the-USA angry.

Jordan Devore





3:30 PM on 02.18.2015

Nerdist's spoof Star Fox trailer reminds me of the old Nintendo Power comic

Star Fox is possibly the most under-appreciated Nintendo series. It's had games cancelled, been snubbed entirely for a whole console generation, and hasn't received an original entry since 2006 (although an untitled Sta...

Jason Faulkner

2:51 PM on 02.18.2015

Internal GameStop memo notes massive delay for some pre-ordered amiibo, no duplicates even with reserves

The amiibo situation gets crazier with each passing wave. The running joke among the community is that every figure will be rare in Wave 4. You know what? That could happen. Based on an internal memo that just went out nation...

Chris Carter



True Life: One man's descent into deliriumiibo photo
True Life: One man's descent into deliriumiibo
by Brett Makedonski

It's 11 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and I sit at my laptop writing. That's a half-truth; the bulk of my time is spent on a large retailer's website refreshing a page for a children's toy. Sorry, "collector's figure." F5, F5, one poorly thought-out sentence, F5 -- repeat ad nauseam, and I ain't gettin' sick of this anytime soon. Not when amiibo are on the line.

I was having a great night. I was over at a friend's playing music, talking, laughing. You know, acting like a social creature. Well-adjusted, and all that. That all changed when I pulled up reddit to see a thread informing anyone and (unfortunately) everyone that King Dedede was finally available on Target's site.

If you've lived this nightmare, you know how the story it goes. Any time lost is an amiibo lost. By the time I reacted, I was met with the unsightly message telling me that the product is "not sold online." Bullshit. It's just not sold online to me.

I immediately left my friend's place. I had to be in the comforting glow of my computer monitor. I needed to be in my safe place where all my cookies are saved and my accounts are logged into.

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9:00 AM on 02.18.2015

Sin and Punishment 2 and Pandora's Tower come out next month for Wii U in Japan

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor and Pandora's Tower are two of my favorite Wii games, and now they're coming to the Wii U eShop. As per Nintendo's YouTube channel they will both be arriving next month in Japan -- the former has a March 25 date, with the latter coming earlier on March 4. Both games support the Classic Controller, in case you were wondering.

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions are even worse than I thought

I just obtained my review copy for the upcoming 3DS match-three puzzler Pokémon Shuffle, and man, is it rough to get on-board with this microtransaction scheme. If you want the full rundown of what to expect you c...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 02.17.2015

This gold Mario amiibo looks to be a Wallyworld exclusive

What do you do if you're a die-hard amiibo fiend and you hate Walmart? Well, what if you hate Walmart so much you boycott it? Time to throw away those morals and standards because it looks like your favorite box store might be getting an exclusive amiibo -- a golden Mario. Thanks to this picture snapped by a fan, the signage says it all: Only at Walmart. Your move, hippies.

Robert Summa

3:30 PM on 02.17.2015

There's no regular-size New 3DS in North America because it'd be too confusing

Nintendo has made some unconventional decisions lately when naming new iterations of its hardware. The successor to the Wii was called the Wii U. The upgraded 3DS was named the New 3DS. It's easy to see how that branding coul...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 02.17.2015

What would it be like if Nintendo ran a theme park?

Nintendo is a company whose name is synonymous with videogames (just point at any console and ask my granny what it's called). It's produced some of the most beloved and iconic characters of the last century, and is still goi...

Jason Faulkner

11:30 AM on 02.17.2015

Hyrule Warriors has another max level increase on the way, also its last announced DLC

Soon, Hyrule Warriors will get its 1.6.0 update, which brings in more free enhancements to the mix. The max level cap will be increased, new potions and medals will be added, challenge mode will be enhanced, and there wi...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 02.17.2015

Still haven't picked up Majora's Mask 3D yet? Here's another comparison video

Based on all of the happy pictures I saw of people getting their shiny new Majora 3DS and Majora's Mask collectors editions, I'm thinking a lot of people have been playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D this past week...

Chris Carter