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Wii U

The Wii U turns three years old today in the US

Time flies when you're collecting dust
Nov 18
// Chris Carter
Ok, I couldn't resist that "dust" joke. But really, my Wii U has gotten a lot of play over the past three years. Today marks the third anniversary of the US launch, which took place on November 18, 2012. Since then it's reall...

Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Nov 18 // Chris Carter
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)Developer: Camelot SoftwarePublisher: NintendoMSRP: $49.99Release Date: November 20, 2015 There's no two ways about it -- Ultra Smash  is a bare-bones game. If you came to this court expecting anything other than basic tennis, you will walk away disappointed. And even then, it doesn't handle the basics as well as its predecessors. There is a degree of strategy at work in Ultra Smash, just like in the past games in the series. Serves can be timed for greater effect, specific hits can be returned as direct counters (such as returning a topspin with a slice), while twitch movement and the ability to predict your opponent's moves are still paramount to your success. In that regard, nothing really has changed. You do have a few extra control options as the GamePad can mirror the TV (and I do mean "mirror," as perspectives aren't shifted for same-screen play, sadly) or function as a scoreboard. The Wii U Pro Controller and the Wii mote can also be used, though the latter does not feature motion support. The core modes are Classic or Mega Battle, the latter of which just throws in a Mega Mushroom occasionally to allow your characters to grow larger for a limited time, with enhanced stats to boot. Yep, the big gimmick this time is a power-up, and only one of them, on top of the fact that only one player per side can get it at a time. There's no story mode and no real experience to gain outside of coins (which unlock a mere four characters and courts paved with new material, like carpet) -- what you see is what you get. [embed]320462:61082:0[/embed] Other modes are just as paltry. There's the Mega Ball Rally, which tasks players with slicing a ball back and forth until someone (either another person or the CPU) screws up. It's literally one round and then it's over. It's almost indistinguishable from the other modes. Then there's the amiibo-based Knockout Challenge, which is the closest you're going to get to a progression-based system. In short, you'll be pitted against a crescendoing circuit of matches one after another, earning some bonus rewards (which again, can just be bought with coins) along the way. It's basically Classic mode with the ability to play with an amiibo partner, without any of the amiibo depth from other games like Smash Bros. I had a chance to try out online play before launch, and things seemed rather smooth, even if there are no lobbies or extras of any kind. It's probably the only real shining light of this package, but even then, it feels odd that it's a surprise for a Nintendo game to feature it in 2015. Of course there's a caveat -- you cannot play directly with friends. And... that's all you're getting. If you can stomach playing classic mode for hours on end with someone local, you'll probably find something to love here. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash feels like it was rushed into the holiday season to mask the absence of Star Fox. You're better off just playing any other previous game in the series, which is particularly easy to do since the first game is on the Wii U Virtual Console for just 10 bucks. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Swing low
Once upon a time, Mario Tennis was a national pastime at pretty much every household I visited. Back in the year 2000 there weren't a whole lot of alternative sports games outside of a few gems (I miss EA Sports Big), an...

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Puzzle & Dragons X

X comes after Z as far as new Puzzle & Dragons is concerned

Puzzle & Dragons X coming to 3DS
Nov 17
// Steven Hansen
Puzzle & Dragons X is confirmed for a 2016 3DS release in Japan. The money-printing series' (50 million downloads as of a couple months ago) next dedicated console entry is a follow up to Puzzle & Dragons Z, which was...
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Cloud in Smash

Everything we know about Cloud in Smash Bros. from both a Final Fantasy and Smash perspective

In incredible detail
Nov 17
// Brett Makedonski
In the wake of last week's reveal of Final Fantasy's Cloud coming to Super Smash Bros., some people have managed to put together videos analyzing his introduction in great detail. We have two great examples for you. The firs...
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Amazon is listing Pokemon Generation 1 on 3DS at $9.99 each

A premium for Pokemon
Nov 17
// Chris Carter
Well, I guess this would make sense, but it's probably not ideal for a lot of you who were expecting to scoop up the upcoming releases of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow all at once. Up at Amazon, there's a $9.99 pre-order...
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Star Fox

That's more like it, Star Fox Zero

A pair of gameplay clips
Nov 16
// Jordan Devore
Comparing recent Star Fox Zero footage to what was shown in June, it's clear Nintendo made the right call when it delayed the Wii U game to April 22, 2016. Besides visual upgrades, the extra time is going toward improving the...
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Smash Direct

Smash Bros. gets one more dedicated Direct, and it's happening next month

What does Nintendo have left?
Nov 16
// Brett Makedonski
Last week's Nintendo Direct had a Smash-centric bombshell in the announcement of Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife coming to the game as DLC. That closed out the show, but the rest was dedicated to an array of other Nintendo t...
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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...
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Twilight Princess HD + amiibo still available at GameStop for pre-order

Amazon & Best Buy "sold out"
Nov 15
// Dealzon
Announced on Thursday's Nintendo Direct, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is heading to the Wii U next spring. While the package with the Wolf Link amiibo figure quickly went up for pre-order on Amazon and ...

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 ...
Ryu photo

This is likely our first look at the Ryu amiibo

A Toys"R"Us terminal
Nov 14
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is slow to provide nearly any news for upcoming amiibo, outside of some recent exceptions for bundles. Basically, we have very little idea of what newer amiibo even look like, or where they may be exclusive. While we...
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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.
Wolf Link photo
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...
Star Fox outfit photo
Star Fox outfit

Star Fox and Monster Hunter X are a winning combination

Let's rock 'n' roll
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
There's no real reason for me to get this much enjoyment out of costumes in Monster Hunter, a series I don't even play, and yet here we are once again. The little promo videos are entertaining. Monster Hunter X, which releases in Japan on November 28, also has a Star Fox outfit. So, an animal character wearing another animal character's iconic garb. It's about as great as you'd hope.
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - Ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges

Change with the Dtoid community
Nov 13
// Mike Martin
Well isn't this Hunky Dory? A nice little Friday. We have a new Call of Duty to play together. We have a new Fallout to play with ourselves (HA! HA!). We have herpes. Wait, that's just me. My bad. "So shut up and tell us what...
Looks better, duh photo
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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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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Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII finally coming to North America and Europe

Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Good news, eveyone! Nintendo just announced plans to bring the Nintendo 3DS versions of Square Enix's Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King to weste...
Fire Emblem Fates photo
Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates will have three different versions

Birthright, Conquest, Revelation
Nov 12
// Darren Nakamura
Nintendo's Bill Trinen detailed the release for the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates. When the 3DS strategy title releases on February 19, 2016, it will come in two flavors: Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Birthr...
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Mega Gold

Golden Mega Man amiibo confirmed, with exclusive challenges for Mega Man Legacy Collection

All gold everything
Nov 12
// Jed Whitaker
The upcoming Mega Man Legacy Collection for 3DS will have exclusive extras including challenge levels that can only be unlocked with a Mega Man amiibo. A gold Mega Man amiibo will be available exclusively as a pack-in with the collection for 3DS. Reminder: spray paint is cheaper.
Smash Bros. photo
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...

FF Explorers CollectorsEd photo
FF Explorers CollectorsEd

Final Fantasy Explorers Collector's Edition is the real deal

A nice collection of goodies!
Nov 12
// Patrick Hancock
Final Fantasy Explorers was shown off today during the Nintendo Direct, and man does it look great. It's coming to North America on January 26, 2016, and will come with all the DLC that's been released in Japan, for free...
Star Fox Zero photo
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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amiibo dates

Lucas and other amiibo are coming January 22

Dolls for days
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo is putting out another batch of amiibo figures and cards on January 22, 2016, as announced during today's Nintendo Direct. Good luck securing your Lucas amiibo! Wouldn't want Ness to feel lonely.
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Pokemon Picross

'Free to start' Pokemon Picross is coming in December

Got your puzzles, got your Pokemon
Nov 12
// Joe Parlock
In the first Nintendo Direct in a long time, Nintendo has announced that the popular puzzle series Picross will be getting a Pokemon-themed makeover in early December, with the release of Pokemon Picross digitally on the 3DS....

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