Nepas de les Super NES Classique dans Quebec

nosupernesclassicPardon my French, so to speak; the title translation came from my wife, who isn’t quite fluent.

Anyway, it was only about two short months ago when Nintendo announced that they would be following up the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition last holiday season with a Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition this Fall, featuring 20 games from their successful 16-bit platform’s iconic video game library, as well as one phenomenal extra in the form of Star Fox 2, the never-released sequel to the Super NES original (also included, as well as the first re-release of the similarly Super FX Chip-powered Yoshi’s Island).

Pre-orders opened in the dead of night earlier this week, and were literally sold out within minutes. Nintendo’s announcement indicated there would be higher production numbers for this iteration, but the inability to acquire a pre-order through crashing sites, small numbers in-store, and even having the items ripped right out of their online carts as they enter their payment info has left faith in that statement rattled at best.

For my part, I checked the sites listed on Nintendo’s own Super NES Classic page, where they said pre-orders were “now available” at Amazon.ca, BestBuy.ca, and EBGames.ca, but none of them had any listings at all for the console when I checked — not even to say that they were sold out. Meanwhile, my local EB Games denied they were doing pre-orders at all, even that same day… up until I checked back and they were all spoken for.

Suffice to say, it’s not painting a pretty picture for those hoping to make good where their 8-bit dreams were dashed, but at least it sounds like stores will be getting extras on launch day.

And then there are those Nintendo fans who live in the province of Quebec, who aren’t getting the fast-moving mini-machine at all, and not just because the first round has been snatched up.

According to anonymous Montreal-based employees of EB Games who spoke to Vice’s Motherboard site (via USgamer), September 29th is going to come and go without any trace of the Super NES Classic Edition arriving at retail. A 2009 requirement for games sold in the province to be translated into Quebecois French if they’re available in French elsewhere in the world, and it’s a little more complicated than just taking a ROM from France and dumping it in, thanks to differences in format.

One employee elaborates that it’s two unnamed games in particular that are causing the holdup.

It’s easy to understand why Nintendo fans in Quebec might be upset by this, as Nintendo of Canada gave no indication in their initial press release nor on the aforementioned official web site that they would be the exception to the release. More recently, they told Motherboard by e-mail “Nintendo considers a number of factors when deciding which markets to launch its products in, but we do not discuss details about our distribution plans.”

It could be said that the folks in Quebec are in the same boat as a lot of us, but while they might have had a chance of ordering online and effectively “importing” one (I’m not sure how that works there), they’ll unfortunately have to travel beyond their borders if they want to line up at the crack of dawn just to have a chance of getting a Super NES Classic of their very own on launch day.

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In an effort to help further build up the fighting game community in Canada, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has joined forces with EB Games, Cineplex, and World Gaming to present the Injustice 2 Battlegrounds Series, a program which will allow amateurs and pros alike the opportunity to compete across programs in different regions for a chance to claim a portion of the $10,000 prize pool. (Oh, and audience prizes will be awarded at each in-theatre regional competition, too.)

The format for the tournament begins in your own home, as you compete online to qualify before moving on the in-theatre portion of the event. “The online events will accommodate up to 64 players per tournament and feature a points-based circuit format — there will be three single-elimination online tournaments per region, where players accumulate points based on their placement,” says the press release. “The top 16 players from each region qualify for Stage Two.”

From there, select Cineplex theatres will play host to regional finals in Montreal, QC; Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Chinook, AB; Edmonton, AB; and Langley, BC. The 16 per theatre who qualify will engage each other in a double-elimination tournament with the winner taking home $600, 2nd place getting $300, and 3rd $100.

Oh, and unfortunately, it’s all happening on the PlayStation 4.

For more information, or to sign up, visit the official World Gaming website. Regional online qualifiers run until July 9th, and the finals will take place on July 15th.

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If you’re a fan of Nintendo, then there’s a good chance you were up at 11pm EST last night with bated breath, awaiting the newest Nintendo Direct with all the latest details on the company’s new console. Or is that a handheld? Well, both.

And if you missed it? You can catch up on things here:

With that said, here are the specific details not documented in the program which concern Canadians who want to Switch it up.

Like in the U.S., the Nintendo Switch will launch here on March 3rd, 2017. The suggested retail price is $399, and included in the package is the Switch console itself, a dock which holds the console and connects it to your television, one each of the L(eft) and R(ight) Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip which connects the two to form a more traditional controller, a set of Joy-Con wrist straps for when they’re not attached to the console or the grip, an HDMI cable, and AC adapter.

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While there have been different hardware bundles, colors, and configurations in the past, there will be two versions of the Nintendo Switch package at retail, and the sole difference is in the color of the two Joy-Cons included. One features both in the same grey color as the system, while the other makes Joy-Con L a neon blue and Joy-Con R a neon red. It’s anecdotal from my experience at EB Games earlier this morning, but it would seem that the neon red/blue one is the rarer of the two, so if you decide to pre-order, you might consider going for that and swapping to grey later if you change your mind.

Several game were shown off in the video above, but the ones which will be available at launch are 1-2-Switch ($64.99), Super Bomberman R (price To Be Announced), Skylanders Imaginators (price TBA), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

For The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there is not one, not two, but three different ways to get the game (not including the likely digital download from the Nintendo eShop): standard for $79.99; Special, which includes the game, a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, a Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, the Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and a soundtrack CD for $99.99; and Master, which has the contents of the Special Edition, plus a “Master Sword of Resurrection” statue.

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This is where things get a touch weird, however. At EB Games, they only had the standard and Master Edition in their computer, and while Nintendo of Canada’s website there says $129.99, they are charging $199.99 for it. Suffice to say, I hope it’s EB Games and not Nintendo who is wrong about the price, though I may need to find somewhere else to pre-order.

For videos of these and other titles to come, check out Nintendo’s YouTube playlist. You can also get a gander of the full list currently named on Nintendo of Canada’s website here.

There are first-party accessories that will presumably (I say as I remember I’ve yet to get a second controller for my NES Classic Edition, having been told no more have been received since launch) be available as well, though EB Games did not have any of them in their system when I was there, so call ahead if you’re pre-ordering in-store. The traditional Pro Controller will run you $89.99, while individual L and R Joy-Cons can be had for $64.99, or you can get a pair in combinations of gray/gray, red/blue, red/red, and blue/blue for $99.99.

Then there’s the Joy-Con Charging Grip, which looks much like the grip included with the console, but charges the Joy-Cons while you play for non-stop action. Those who fondly remember Mario Kart Wii and prefer to race with a wheel can get a pair for their two Joy-Cons for $19.99. Finally, if you want to be able to play the Switch on any television in your house but don’t want to move the dock, you can pick up additional docks for a price that’s yet to be announced for us (though Polygon says that they’re $90 in the States).

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If you’re interested in trying out the Switch yourself ahead of launch, you’re in luck! Well, if you’ll be in Toronto at the end of this month, that is, as the Nintendo Switch and Play event tour will hit Hall A of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West) at 10am EST on Sunday, January 29th. Minors ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and Nintendo asks that you don’t arrive before 7am EST, as “lines will not begin forming until that time.”

I’ll be checking it out myself and I’ll see what info I can dig up, should the opportunity present itself. If nothing else, some impressions will be nice, right?

In the meantime, if you still want more Switch, then head on over to their official website, where more of the general details about online service, features, and more will be waiting for you.

Finally, here’s a video of Bowser employing parental controls for young Bowser Jr., which is possibly the greatest thing of all.

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NESClassicEdition_box_artTo celebrate a number of product launches and sales, Nintendo of Canada has declared that Friday, November 11th, will be “Nintendo Day 2016.”

First and foremost in everyone’s mind is the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, which retails for $79.99 and comes with one controller (additional controllers are sold separately for $12.99 each) and comes with 30 games, which you can read about in further detail here.
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Joining it will be the launch of the limited edition New Nintendo 3DS XL Solgaleo Laluna Black Edition, customized with artwork of both new legendary Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The system, found exclusively at Best Buy and EB Games, will retail for $239.99 when it is released a week ahead of the games it’s designed to promote.

If you’re looking for another model, then you may be interested in Toys R Us’s sale on New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. Kicking off on Nintendo Day 2016 and lasting until November 17th, you’ll be able to save $20 on any version of that system type.

Elsewhere, there are amiibo sales aplenty kicking off on Nintendo Day 2016. Until November 17th, EB Games will have a sale where you can buy any two amiibo and get one Animal Crossing amiibo free. During that same time period, Amazon.ca will be discounting amiibo purchased through them by $6, while Toys R Us will have a “buy two, get one free” sale of their own.

Finally, if you can’t wait until Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are released and want to hone your trainer skills in the meantime, Best Buy and BestBuy.ca will have $5 off of what are only specified as “great Pokémon games.”

Is that enough to make you feel like celebrating? I know I’ll be if I can nab an NES Classic Edition before my appointment with the gastroenterologist tomorrow!

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Still don’t have a Nintendo 3DS XL, or you’re just a huge fan of the Monster Hunter series, then there is good news heading your way!

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Nintendo of Canada has announced that pre-orders will be open “soon” for the new Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition. The system will retail for $239.99, and be available through Amazon, Best Buy, EBGames, Videotron, and as an online exclusive from Walmart.

Unlike some versions of the Nintendo 3DS XL, this one does include an AC adapter, but the eponymous game is not included.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is out, and people are loving it.

Would you like to celebrate the game’s launch? Yeah, the game’s already been released (as of May 10th), so I guess this is sort of a postmortem celebration? Posthumous? I mean, if A Thief’s End really is the last in the series, I guess that technically means it’s dead, so it could be posthumous, right?

Whatever; the point is, the game is out, but the launch party is this Saturday, May 14th at the EBGames located at 267 Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario from either 12am to 4am or 12pm to 4pm (the announcement has both. Maybe call ahead to be sure, but I’m more confident in the latter times). While you’re there, you can play the game if you haven’t already (or if you have, your call) and potentially win some “sweet” prizes of no further description.

If you’re not going to be in Toronto this weekend, fret not, for there are other events happening all across the country at the following locations:

  • Les Galeries de la Capitale, Quebec
  • Devonshire Mall, Windsor
  • Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
  • Southcentre Mall, Calgary
  • Coquitlam Centre, Port Coquitlam
  • Les Galeries d’Anjou, Anjou
  • Kingsway Garden, Edmonton
  • Centre Fairview Pointe-Claire, Pointe-Claire
  • Market Mall, Calgary
  • Victoria Place, London
  • Laval West, Laval
  • First Pro Stavanger, St. John’s
  • Quartiers DIX30, Brossard
  • West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton

If none of those work for you? Okay, now you can fret. Or you can keep an eye on the event page on Facebook to see if any other locations get added, or for further details on the ones we know about above.

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Star Wars Battlefront won’t be released until November 17th, but you can get in on the galactic conflict early if you’re in Toronto come this Saturday, November 14th.

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced via their Facebook page that the Star Wars Battlefront Pre-launch Event will be held on that day from 12pm to 5pm local time at the EB Games PlayStation Lounge, located upstairs at their flagship store at 267 Yonge Street. In addition to getting to play the game days before its official launch, you can also compete for a chance to win a PlayStation 4 Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront 500GB Bundle and copies of the Star Wars Battlefront game.

For further details/updates on the event, click here to see their Facebook event post.

Star Wars Battlefront will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on November 17th, 2015 in a Standard Edition for $79.99 and a Deluxe Edition for $89.99. The Limited Edition 500GB PlayStation 4 Star Wars Battlefront Bundle will also be available for $469.99.

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playassassinscreedsyndicateWant to play Assassin’s Creed Syndicate before it’s officially released on October 24th? Ubisoft Canada, PlayStation, and EB Games are teaming up to give you the opportunity.

First, they’ll be coming to Montreal on Saturday, September 19th at the EB Games Complexe Les Ailes, 667 Ste-Catherine Ouest from 11am to 5pm. Then on Sunday, September 20th, they’ll be in Brossard during the same set of hours at EB Games Cartier DIX30, 9160 boulevard Leduc #210.

The following week, the fun comes to Ontario as the EB Games PlayStation Lounge at 267 Yonge Street in Toronto hosts the event from 11am to 7pm on Saturday, September 26th. Mississauga is the next stop on Sunday, September 27th when they pull in to EB Games at the Erin Mills Town Centre, located at 5100 Erin Mills Pkwy, and it runs from 11am to 6pm.

From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, fight and triumph across the massive open world of Victorian London. Parkour across moving vehicles to track down enemies or escape after a daring raid, hijack carriages to engage in a no-holds-barred street race, or blaze a trail of destruction aboard steamboats. along the River Thames.

We hope to see you there, Ontario. The London Underworld awaits.

For more information about the Quebec stops, you can visit the Facebook event page set up here. Likewise, you can check in for the Ontario events here.

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order1886thumbPlayStation Canada announced today that those who can’t wait until February 20th to get their hands on The Order: 1886 won’t have to. At least, if they’re going to be in Toronto this weekend.

From 11am to 4pm on February 7th, the EB Games PlayStation Lounge at 267 Yonge Street (right across from the Eaton Centre) will be hosting an event which allows gamers to get their hands on the PlayStation 4-exclusive Victorian era shooter two weeks before its release.

The Order brings players into an alternate history world where you, as Galahad, battle in a centuries-old war that will determine the course of history forever. In this cinematic 3rd-person action-adventure shooter, fight otherworldly threats like the “half-breeds” with advanced technological weapons.

What’s more, those who come sporting mustaches– be they fake or the genuine article– will have the opportunity to win one of a number of The Order-themed prizes: A PlayStation 4, The Order 1886: Premium Edition Statues, copies of The Order, PS Plus memberships, The Order t-shirts, and more.

Hmm, I wonder if beards count? That guy on the right has one…

Incidentally, PlayStation Canada encourages RSVPing on this Facebook event page, though I honestly don’t know if that’s really required for anything.

amiibo_rosalinaWith the recent announcement that Target Canada would be ceasing operations in Canada, there was one question on the minds of Nintendo fans: Will they still be carrying the Target-exclusive Rosalina (and Luma) amiibo figure?

The answer, simply, is no. No, they will not.

However, their loss is effectively a gain for everyone else. In response to my query, a statement from Nintendo of Canada reads “The Rosalina amiibo will be available soon in limited quantities at the following retailers in Canada: Best Buy, Future Shop, Wal-Mart, EB Games, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.ca. Please see your local retailer for more information on timing and availability.”

As of this writing, however, only Amazon.ca has any listing on their website for the figure of the Cosmic Travelers, and even those only appear to be from scal– er, resellers who have marked up the price considerably, rather than from Amazon themselves.

Still, now fans don’t have to rely on the small spread of Target stores across Canada to get Rosalina, though it sounds like the quantity will still be rather limited. But then, that’s nothing new with these figures, though at least the good and the bad seem to balance each other out.

Worth noting is that Rosalina and Luma are scheduled for a 2/1 release date in the U.S., but with the change in plans here, it’s difficult to say whether it will be available here on the same day. As per Nintendo’s statement, we’ll just have to check with the retailers to find out what we can. If you learn anything, feel free to drop me a tip!

In something of a surprise announcement today, Nintendo of Canada has revealed three new designs for the Nintendo 3DS XL (four if you count the one that’s in two colors) as they go into the holiday season.

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First up is the one-two punch of the Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL. In advance and honor of the October 3rd release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, these special edition versions of the Nintendo 3DS XL hardware are going on sale September 19th with a suggested retail price of $199.99 each. You won’t find them just anywhere, though; EB Games has a lock on the red version, whereas the blue can be found at either Future Shop or Best Buy.

Unlike the European version, however, which is scheduled to be released on October 3rd, a copy of the game will not be included in the Canadian/North American release, be it pre-installed or physical.

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Next up is the Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL, which is presumably coming out on November 25th alongside the game which inspired it, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Per the press release, “The design evokes the essence of Persona Q with the iconic Grimoire styling on the front – the tome used by the attendants of the Velvet Room and containing information on the many Personas – and the new style of character art represented on the back.”

This EB Games exclusive will also retail for $199.99, and you guessed it: It doesn’t come with a copy of its game, either.

Last, but certainly not least, is this beauty:

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The instant I saw this one, a flurry of curses rushed through my mind with the knowledge that though I already own a Nintendo 3DS XL, this was the one I wanted to own, yet probably won’t be able to afford. “Oh my god” was how my mouth translated it to those around me.

One other thing instantly rushed into my mind upon seeing this as well:

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Several years ago, Nintendo released a limited edition version of the Game Boy Advance SP that was similarly inspired by the NES. Naturally, it was the one everyone wanted, myself included. Unfortunately, unlike the limited edition platinum GameCube, this one was gone and gone quick, thus eluding me (and probably many others). I had hoped that the Nintendo DS would feature a similar scheme, but no luck there. Who would have imagined we would see it again on the Nintendo 3DS XL– and with a box designed to look like the NES itself, no less?

This thing of beauty goes on sale October 10th for $199.99, and unlike the others, it will be available at retailers everywhere.

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With all of that said, it’s only right to note that Nintendo of Japan recently announced the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. These iterations of the system upgrade the hardware in a number of ways, including an analog nub on the right side of the system (think of the C-stick from the GameCube controller), additional shoulder buttons, a built-in NFC reader for amiibo (versus the external one for the current hardware), Micro SD card support, and a sensor which adjusts the “sweet spot” of the 3D visuals depending on where you look at. In addition, the regular-sized version will feature interchangeable faceplates, similar to those seen on some cell phones.

There is a little more power under the hood as well, though only one game so far has been said to make any use of it in such a way as to be exclusive to the New model: A port of the Wii title, Xenoblade Chronicles, whose protagonist, Shulk, was recently revealed as a character in the new Super Smash Bros. titles.

Scheduled for an October 11th release in Japan, no date has been given for markets outside of the country, save for it being sometime in 2015. Oh, and before you think of importing: Yes, it’s region-locked.

The timing of these announcements and releases is at best questionable, as word of the New Nintendo 3DS has quickly spread over the past week or so. So whether what is being offered in the new model with its unspecified release has more value to you than the aesthetic appeal (and whether upgrading is viable, should the time come) is a call you can only make for yourself.

240234_LELGThough Nintendo announced previously that EBGames would have an exclusive retail version of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD which includes a Ganondorf figure, all for $54.99, no images were provided. Despite this, some pictures have managed to find there way online, and now we know what we’re getting for five more dollars when the time comes.

You can see the full package at right (click to enlarge) as it appears on GameStop’s website (this edition is not yet listed on EBGames’ website). Pretty slick, all told, but there’s an even better picture yet.

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In a move many have been saying the company should make, yet few ever actually expected them to actually do, Nintendo announced today the release of the new Nintendo 2DS: A new, more cost-effective version of the Nintendo 3DS which dispenses with the somewhat controversial stereoscopic 3D and clamshell design in favor of a form which should be more appealing to– among others– children, and moreover, the parents who buy things such as video game systems for them.

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In the above video, Nintendo of America Corporate Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime has just announced that gamers will get the opportunity to try out Pikmin 3 at participating EBGames locations on July 20th and 21st, from 1pm to 4pm. As an added bonus, if you pre-order the downloadable Nintendo eShop version of the game on either of those days, Nintendo will allow you to download the title on August 3rd, one full day before its official launch.

You can find my hands-on with the game from last year here. I got to play the game again after E3, and much of what is said there holds true now, but there is a better idea of how the time limit plays into things. Stay tuned for that preview soon.

Rounding off today’s coverage, here’s everything else I don’t have enough to comment on for their own posts.

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