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11:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Every Club Nintendo Platinum reward is digital this year

Well, this is disappointing. Although Nintendo used to release cool products like hats and statues for its Club Nintendo Platinum members, this year it's all digital. Yep, both the Platinum and Gold ranks are digital-only, wi...

Chris Carter





10:00 AM on 07.16.2014

All of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire's gym leaders have giant eyes now

The one thing that irked me about Pokemon X and Y was the 2D art, which seemed to shy away from the series' trademark look to a more homogenized anime blob style. Brawly's re-design has to b the worst. He wears those creepy toe shoes.  Compare for yourself below.

Steven Hansen

7:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Finally, I can be the female Saiyan I always roleplayed as in AOL chatrooms

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 is a port of the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes and is a card battling fighting game. So, you already know I'm interested. It contains more than 2000 cards to collect and fight with an...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Lucina has the same moves as Marth in Super Smash Bros.

Lucina, originally introduced to us as Marth in Fire Emblem: Awakening, will in fact share his move set in the upcoming Smash Bros. Masahiro Sakurai explained on the Miiverse: "Her physical ablilites are identical to Mar...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Every 3DS Super Smash fighter, stage in next month's CoroCoro

Following surprising Fire Emblem additions to Super Smash Bros, CoroCoro announced (translation via GoNintendo): "We're including an additional jam-packed volume containing all of the characters and stages for the u...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby's secret bases are the base-t

Somehow, the revival of secret bases is enough to have me considering Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. I wasted ages originally seeking out the best laid out base so I could build a rocking pad with music mats, wa...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Get the scoop on the Wii U Fatal Frame entry this Thursday via NicoNico

Koei Tecmo is hosting a NicoNico stream this Thursday that's all about the Fatal Frame series in general as well as the upcoming Fatal Frame title for the Wii U. In addition, the stream will cover the upcoming Fatal Frame fil...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Did you know the Wii U GamePad uses the Earth's magnetic field for positioning?

Vsauce3 has been pumping out these cool stop-motion videos for some time now, and they're actually quite interesting to watch. This one's about the Wii U, the first Nintendo console to support HD. But I'm sure you already kn...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Here's a new batch of Super Smash Bros. screenshots with Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin

Following this morning's announcement that Lucina and Robin from the Fire Emblem series would be joining the fray along with Super Smash Bros. mainstay Captain Falcon, Nintendo has released a new batch of screens showing off ...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate at Tokyo Game Show

September's Tokyo Game Show will play host to a playable demo of the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS. While the game itself will be available this fall as we reported a couple of days ago, 4Gamer (via Gematsu) repo...

Brittany Vincent

2:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Ex-Rare concept artist reimagines Metroid as a Hanna-Barbera cartoon

As a kid, I was lucky to have parents who showed me things that came before my time. One such medium was Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I watched hours upon hours of Hong Kong Phooey, Snagglepuss, and Wacky Races alongside...

Chris Carter

12:45 PM on 07.14.2014

Cosplay Pikachu and Mega Metagross look neat in this Ruby/Sapphire video

If you haven't been paying much attention to the recent Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire details to come out of Japanese magazine CoroCoro and promptly appear online in blurry scans, not to worry -- it's pretty m...

Jordan Devore





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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