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Prey chooses interesting time to prey on the Japanese market

It's still a down season in Japan as we progress out of the post-Golden Week slump into summer. Overall software and hardware sales remained on par with the low numbers last week while little changed: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Monster Hu...   read

 
 
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Nintendo announces 'Summer of Play' tour with demos of upcoming games

In previous years, Nintendo has held a "Play Nintendo" event to showcase upcoming games in a public setting. In addition to being like an E3 that most people can actually visit, the kiosks are full of Nintendo charm and glee while also offe...   read

 
 

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Check your email for some bonus My Nintendo points

It's a small thing, but a number of people who are registered with My Nintendo (myself included) have obtained an email asking them to take a survey, which nets you some extra (albeit useless) Platinum Points. Some of it is Switch related, ...   read

 
 
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Review: Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop

I still remember the day I bought Cooking Mama for the Nintendo DS. It was a hot September afternoon in the Bay Area. My best friend at the time and I visited the Best Buy in Sausalito and each purchased a copy. Giggling like the schoolgirl...   read

 
 
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Mighty Gunvolt Burst looks streets ahead of the original

When Azure Striker Gunvolt first hit the 3DS, I picked it up right away. Not because I was zealous to play it, but rather I wanted to get my hands on the included freebie Mighty Gunvolt right away. Looking like a side-project Inti Creates s...   read

 
 
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Here's a look at the Fire Emblem: Echoes Season Pass that costs more than the game

When I first saw the price for Fire Emblem Echoes' season pass I had to do a double take. $45? That's five bucks more than the base game! Alas, it exists, it's here today, and you can buy it. While Nintendo has been pretty upfront about wha...   read

 
 
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Japan: console and game sales plummet following Golden Week

After a boom in sales for one of the longest holidays of the year, sales receded back to lower-than-average numbers across the board. Basically, everything evens out. Sales should begin to return to average figures in the following weeks. T...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Download: Fire Emblem Echoes

It's a big day for the 3DS, as Fire Emblem Echoes, a remake of the second game in the series, is out. Strangely you can also opt to buy the Season Pass, which is $5 more than the $40 retail game. Also on 3DS is Drancia Saga, Mysterious Star...   read

 
 
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Mighty Gunvolt Burst announced for Switch and 3DS

As revealed in the new issue of Famitsu, Inti Creates is prepping another Mighty Gunvolt. This new project, Mighty Gunvolt Burst, is headed to both Nintendo Switch and 3DS (the system is still hanging in there!). It'll have Gunvolt and Migh...   read

 
 
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Review: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

With the move back to the second entry in the series, there was bound to be some regression with Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. But the team over at Intelligent Systems managed to give us a little more than just a remake, wit...   read

 
 


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Go grab your Mega Steelix and Mega Pidgeot stones in Pokemon Sun and Moon

Nintendo is still rolling out Mega Stones in various ways, and this one just happens to be easy peasy code-based. If you own Pokemon Sun or Moon, log in, then type in the code "AZUL." You'll get a set of Mega Pidgeot, Mega Steelix, Meg...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Download: Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

It's not a particularly exciting week for Nintendo platforms, but some of you may appreciate these ports, especially if you didn't grab them before this week. Switch is getting its own version of Minecraft, which basically makes the Wii U v...   read

 
 
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Nintendo reveals its E3 plans, including its streams

Your move, Ubisoft. Basically everyone else has sounded off with their E3 plans, including Nintendo as of this morning. The publisher shared their streaming schedule with the world (which again, doesn't include a proper press briefing), and...   read

 
 
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The first ever manga is now a video game

The Choju-jinbutsu-giga is an ancient set of picture scrolls drawn around the 12th or 13th century Japan, also known as the Kamakura period (when first Shogun took over the country). The images of frolicking animals are considered by schol...   read

 
 
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Yep, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still king during Golden Week

Round two of Japan game sales this week, this time covering the actual Golden Week. So what did people buy? Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. A lot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. No new games were released during the holidays, so people bought more Mario Kart....   read

 
 
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Yo-kai Watch boom is dying, total earnings down 80%

Looks like the Yo-kai Watch craze is fading away. In 2016's financial report, Bandai Namco listed earnings by IP. Gundam, Dragon Ball, and One Piece are as popular as ever, but Yo-kai Watch only pulled in just 10.4 billion ye...   read

 
 
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bursts on scene, surging Switch sales prior to big holiday

The sales number are in for Japan from April 24-30, 2017. Typically these release on Wednesday, but last week was Golden Week, a series of holidays smushed together. That big holiday is why these numbers are a little delayed (and also incid...   read

 
 
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GameStop is giving away Midnight Form Lycanroc for Pokemon Sun and Moon

Bring your 3DS and Pokemon Sun or Moon into a GameStop between May 15 and June 5 to snag a code for a special Midnight Form Lycanroc. The level-50 rock monster features a hidden ability that guarantees all moves -- its own and its opponent...   read

 
 
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PSA: Grab the free Azure Striker Gunvolt DLC for Blaster Master Zero

Blaster Master Zero's free 1.2 update arrived yesterday on the eShop, which came with an extra difficulty mode and an extra character (Gunvolt) as DLC. While the update will naturally be applied instantly by way of a patch the DLC is housed...   read

 
 
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Fire Emblem Echoes might be the last main Fire Emblem game on the 3DS

According to the latest issue of Dengeki Nintendo, Fire Emblem producer Hitoshi Yamagami has cleared the air regarding the future of the core Fire Emblem series on the 3DS -- that is to say, it has no future. Speaking to Dengeki he not...   read

 
 
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How much longer will Nintendo support the 3DS?

Nintendo is not giving up on the 3DS. Well, "giving up" isn't the perfect turn of phrase as it's been quite successful over the years, but rather than focus fully on the Switch they chose to just kill off the Wii U instead and keep creating...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Download: NBA Playgrounds

On May 9 you'll be able to pick up NBA Playgrounds on Switch, which hopes to be the next generation of NBA Jam after the semi-recent On Fire Edition. Also on Switch is a Blaster Master Zero demo version today, and be sure to ...   read

 
 
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As the Smash line comes to a close, here's an amiibo availability recap

In the past year and change, Nintendo has drastically improved their amiibo production process. It might be due in part to a lack of interest, but either way pretty much every single figure was readily available in the US when it launched i...   read

 
 
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Mario Maker player avoids bans, does Nintendo's job in supporting the game

Super Mario Maker was a fantastic game at launch on Wii U, but it just needed some extra love and care to really be the best it could be. Nintendo sort of kind of obliged with a few content updates and some officially sanctioned levels...   read

 
 
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With two more exclusive amiibo up for pre-order, we just need Amazon to get with the program

You might want to consult the great amiibo chart, as things are getting confusing. As we head into June, a boat load of amiibo are coming. So far we have three new Link variants, three Splatoon variants, a new single Pikmin five-c...   read

 
 


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