March 2018 Nintendo Direct is a Smash Hit with Fans
Earlier today, Nintendo streamed a brand-new Nintendo Direct that revealed all sorts of new and renewed games coming to the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch.
The biggest announcement of all of these is that a new Super Smash Bros. title is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Is it an enhanced port of the Wii U/Nintendo 3DS game? Is it a full-fledged sequel? We don’t know! All we know is that there are some familiar faces, the addition of the Inklings (not as Mii costumes this time), and that they don’t have an official title for it yet, which would probably help answer at least some of that.
In terms of anything else that is specifically regarding Canada, there isn’t much — it’s all pretty general. Well, except for one thing.
Nintendo has announced the ARMS US & Canada Online Open Tournament. That’s right — we may be shut out of stuff like the Nintendo World Championships (unless you want to travel to one of the handful of U.S. locations to try your luck), but this one is open to a little northern hospitality.
Just don’t expect any time to warm up — this thing is going on right now, and you have until March 18th to participate in ARMS‘ Ranked Match mode and be a contender. The eight top-ranked competitors will then get to take part in the finals, streamed live from Nintendo of America headquarters on March 31st at 10am PT, which you’ll be able to view through this link. The finalists will not only receive bragging rights, but also a custom piece of artwork as well.
If you don’t have your own copy of ARMS, you may also be interested to learn that a new Global Testpunch will run from March 30th to April 1st.
So that’s the big stuff. If you missed the Nintendo Direct, you can catch it right here, and find more details in the press release below.
THE SUPER SMASH BROS. SERIES HEADS TO NINTENDO SWITCH IN 2018
Nintendo Direct Presentation Highlights Many Upcoming Games for Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems
VANCOUVER B.C., March 8, 2018 – During its latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that the Super Smash Bros. franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch this year. The video also showcased more than a dozen upcoming games for both the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, with many of the featured games coming from third-party developers, including SQUARE ENIX, Capcom, Grasshopper Manufacture, From Software and Ubisoft.
“Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS are being propelled through 2018 with an energized lineup of games of all kinds,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These games contain a solid mix of first-party franchises starring some of Nintendo’s most recognizable characters, acclaimed third-party titles and promising indies.”
To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:
- Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros.(working title): The Super Smash Bros. series comes to Nintendo Switch in 2018. The teaser trailer featured recognizable faces like Mario, Link and the Inklings from the Splatoon series.
- New Single-Player Expansion Coming to Splatoon 2: The first paid DLC is coming to Splatoon 2this summer. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion adds a hefty new single-player mode that lets players play as new character Agent 8, an Octoling (!) with lost memories. The new single-player campaign features 80 missions, as well as new stories that shed new light on beloved characters. Players that complete the Octo Expansion campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer battles. While Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion launches this summer, players can pre-purchase the DLC starting today in Nintendo eShop to immediately receive Octo-themed in-game gear to use in battle right away. (The full version of the game is required to use DLC.)
- Major Splatoon 2Update: In April, Splatoon 2 is getting a major free update (Version 3.0) that contains 100+ new pieces of gear, more stages rolling out throughout spring (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) and a new rank (Rank X). Rank X is an extreme rank, even higher than S+.
- Mario Tennis Aces: Unleash an arsenal of shots and strategies in all-out tennis battles with friends, family and fan-favourite Mushroom Kingdom characters. With up to four-player local (additional accessories may be required and are sold separately) and online* multiplayer, and a story mode that even includes creative boss battles, Mario Tennis Acesis one of the most robust Mario sports games yet. The intuitive and deep gameplay allows for exciting competitions in the living room or, really, anywhere using the power of Nintendo Switch. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, swinging them to initiate the tennis swings in the game. Mario Tennis Aces launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 22.
- Mario Tennis AcesPre-launch Online Tournament: More details will be revealed in the future, but a free Mario Tennis Aces demo is coming soon. For a limited time, players can try out online* tournament matches in the game before it launches. To participate, players just have to download the Pre-launch Online Tournament in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
- Kirby Star Allies: Kirby is coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time next week! As players make their way through the robust adventure, they will reach dream palaces where fan-favourite legacy characters can become Kirby’s Dream Friends. Eventually, more Dream Friends will be added to the game through free updates. The first such update hits March 28 and adds classic characters Marx, Gooey and character set “Rick & Kine & Coo” to the game. Kirby Star Allieslaunches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on March 16. A free demo for the game is currently available in Nintendo eShop.
- Octopath Traveler: Producer Masashi Takahashi from SQUARE ENIX revealed new details about the upcoming RPG, including the final game name, Octopath Traveler, two more main characters (Tressa the Merchant and Alfyn the Apothecary) and the ability to equip multiple jobs per character for use in battle. Octopath Travelerlaunches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 13. Octopath Traveler: Wayfarer’s Edition, a special edition bundle that includes a stylized pop-up book, a helpful cloth map, the Octopath Traveler: Sound Selections CD and a replica coin based on the in-game currency, launches the same day.
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which originally launched for Wii U, is coming to Nintendo Switch. The new version includes new miniature courses based on various Kingdoms in the Super Mario Odysseygame. Also, anyone can play with a friend or family member by sharing a pair of Joy-Con controllers. While one player controls Captain Toad, the other can assist with things like turnip cover fire. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches for Nintendo Switch on July 13. A Nintendo 3DS version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which includes stereoscopic 3D visuals and touch-screen controls, also launches on July 13.
- Crash Bandicoot Crashes Nintendo Switch: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which includes remastered versions of the first three Crash Bandicootgames, launches for Nintendo Switch on July 10.
- Okami HD: The gorgeous and ethereal remake of classic action-adventure game Okamiis coming to Nintendo Switch. In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, players can use the touch screen in Handheld Mode or the Joy-Con motion controls in TV or Tabletop Mode to control the Celestial Brush to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Okami HD launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer.
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole: The South Park gang is back in an outrageously offensive superhero RPG adventure. And with Nintendo Switch, players can now drop into South Park anytime, anywhere. In addition to the main game, all of the game’s add-on content will be available for purchase. South Park: The Fractured But Wholelaunches for Nintendo Switch on April 24.
- Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido: Originally announced for Nintendo 3DS at last year’s E3, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushidois also coming to Nintendo Switch! The action puzzle game finds players devouring conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and then throwing them to defeat enemies. The basics are simple, but the gameplay is deep … and tasty! In the game’s multiplayer mode, players can even compete locally or online* against other players in intense matches. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido launches for both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS on June 8.
- DARK SOULS: REMASTERED: The remake of the genre-defining and beloved original DARK SOULSgame launches for Nintendo Switch on May 25. On the same day, an amiibo figure based on Solaire of Astora will also be released. By tapping this amiibo, the popular “Praise the Sun” gesture can be used with reckless abandon from the start of the game. (The gesture can also be obtained through regular gameplay.) Players who want to take the game for a spin can participate in a “network test.” The free network test launches in Nintendo eShop, and will allow players to download and play a part of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED before it launches to try out the gameplay and unique online features. More details about the network test will be revealed soon.
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: When Travis Touchdown wanders into the game world, he goes on a rampage of epic proportions. The latest title in the cult classic No More Heroesseries contains a total of seven game titles, including an action game, racing game and puzzle game. By using another Joy-Con controller, two players can team up for co-op multiplayer action. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this year.
- Little Nightmares: Complete Edition:From award-winning developer Tarsier Studios comes Little Nightmares, a charmingly horrific puzzle-platforming adventure. The Complete Edition contains the two haunting tales of Six and The Runaway Kid in one package. You can even tap the PAC-MAN amiibo figure (sold separately) to unlock the Pakku Mask when playing. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition launches on May 18.
- UNDERTALE: The million-selling role-playing game in which nobody has to die is headed to Nintendo Switch. Launch details will arrive at a later date.
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition: The definitive edition (it’s in the title!) of Hyrule Warriorsbrings together dozens of characters from the Legend of Zelda series in an over-the-top action game. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 18.
- ARMSUS & Canada Online Open Tournament**: Players who want to show off their ARMS skills will be able to enter the ARMS US & Canada Online Open Tournament, which takes place in the Nintendo Switch game’s Ranked Match mode now through March 18. The eight top players in these preliminary rounds will have an opportunity to move on to the online finals on March 31. The finals will be streamed live from Nintendo of America HQ at https://arms.nintendo.com/videos/.
- ARMSTestpunch: A new global Testpunch for the ARMS game, which lets Nintendo Switch owners try out select modes for free, will be running for three days starting on March 31. To participate, players just have to download the Testpunch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
- WarioWare Gold: The frenetic WarioWareseries is back, and for the first time it’s on Nintendo 3DS! With 300 fast-paced microgames that can be controlled by pressing buttons, tilting the system, tapping the touch screen or using the microphone, WarioWare Gold is the biggest entry in the series. And for the first time, the game includes fully voiced characters. WarioWare Gold launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Aug. 3.
- Luigi’s Mansion: The original Luigi’s Mansion, which was a launch game for the Nintendo GameCube system in 2001, is coming to Nintendo 3DS. This remake has an updated look and new features, like a map that displays on the bottom screen and a boss rush mode. Luigi’s Mansionlaunches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this year.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey: In this Nintendo 3DS remake of a classic Mario & Luigiaction RPG adventure, fans can replay (or play for the first time) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, one of the most critically acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi series. It features new graphics and a new mode that tells the behind-the-scenes story of Bowser Jr. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.
- Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers: Action meets tower defense in Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. In this new game, players take on the role of armadillo ranger Dillon, who teams up with an animalized version of the player’s Mii character to help stop enemy invasions and save the post-apocalyptic frontier. Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakerslaunches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in Nintendo eShop on May 24. A free demo for the game will be available to download on May 10.
- Detective Pikachu: Starting today, this new detective adventure game starring self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and Nintendo.com. The game, as well as an extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo figure (sold separately), launches on March 23. (The game is playable in 2D only.)
Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/ or https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/3ds/.
*Nintendo Account is required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in September 2018.
**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of US and CAN; high-speed internet required. Qualifier Period begins 3/8/18 at 5PM PT and ends 3/18/18 at 4:59PM PT. To participate, play at least 50 matches in Ranked Matchduring Qualifier Period (Ranked Match only available after you beat Grand Prix). Based on ARMS in-game ranking system and winning percentages during Qualifier Period, 8 Finalists and 4 Alternates will be selected to be available to participate in Finals to be held 3/31/18. Winner of Finals will get 1 color artwork (ARV $125). Other Finalists and Alternates will get 1 artwork (ARV $50 each). Odds of winning depend on no. of participants. Restrictions apply. Visit https://arms.nintendo.com/rules.pdf and https://arms.nintendo.com/fr/rules.pdf for additional details and full rules. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc.
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With the release of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia releasing in less than a week, Victor Lucas of Electric Playground has teamed up with Nintendo of Canada Communications Manager Andrew Collins and Johnny Millennium from “Happy Console Gamer” to look back at the history of Fire Emblem and the impact it’s had since arriving on the scene — all in just over twelve minutes!
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be available Friday, May 19th in both regular and limited edition bundles for the Nintendo 3DS.
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will soon be released on May 19th, and Nintendo of Canada has outlined their downloadable content strategy for the game. Beginning the same day the game launches, there will be five individually-priced DLC Packs containing 22 pieces of content, such as characters, maps, items, and dungeons. Alternatively, you can opt in to the Season Pass and get it all at one reduced price.
A press release from Nintendo of Canada breaks the content down like so:
· DLC Pack #1 – Fledgling Warriors Pack (May 19, $11.29, three pieces of content): Ideal for early- to mid-game adventurers, this pack includes a new dungeon (The Astral Temple) and two new maps, great for gaining more items, money and experience points.
· DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack (May 25, $14.09, three pieces of content): In addition to a new dungeon (The Inner Sanctum), this pack also includes two challenging news maps that stronger, more seasoned heroes will want to tackle.
· DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack (May 25, $21.19, 10 pieces of content): The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don’t appear in the main game.
· DLC Pack #4 – Rise of the Deliverance Pack (June 1, $18.39, four pieces of content): Discover the previously untold history of Valentia in this Prologue pack. Complete with new story content and additional voice acting that details the rise of the Deliverance in Zofia, this collection of challenging maps includes new support conversations between selected heroes, as well as the ability to take command of a character players won’t be able to control in the main game.
· DLC Pack #5 ($8.49, two pieces of content): More information about this final DLC pack will be revealed in the future.
While you can purchase each pack — or even just the contents of each pack — individually, the best value appears to be the Season Pass that will be available alongside the game on the May 19th launch for $63.59, a savings of more than 30 percent versus buying them piecemeal.
In addition to all of this, there will also be free downloadable content available for a limited time after the game’s launch, the first of which is a free gift from the goddess Mila that you can obtain by playing the game.
Just in case you missed it, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia launches for the Nintendo 3DS on May 19th, and there will even be a special limited edition bundle available on that day for $79.99. There will also be an amiibo two-pack featuring Alm and Celica available that day for $29.99.
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Though Nintendo has new hotness on their hands with the Switch, they’re not done with the Nintendo 3DS just yet. Or at the very least, not with two-thirds of it.
The company has just announced with the following trailer that a new version of the handheld called the New Nintendo 2DS XL will be available this summer:
Like the original Nintendo 2DS, the New Nintendo 2DS XL features all of the same functionality you expect from a member of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but for one: Stereoscopic 3D visuals. Unlike the original Nintendo 2DS, this version features a lighter clamshell design, as well as the amenities of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, including a built-in amiibo reader, additional ZL and ZL shoulder buttons, a C-stick for enhanced controls, and of course, XL screens that are 82 percent larger than those found on the original Nintendo 2DS.
On top of all that, the New Nintendo 2DS XL also boasts a faster processor speed, which will presumably allow it to play the Virtual Console titles from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System library available in the Nintendo eShop, as well as games that are exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. That said, Nintendo has not explicitly stated in their trailer or press release that they’ll work, though it seems like a safe bet.
The New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch alongside new releases Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia on July 28th at a price of $199.99. For more details, visit the official website.
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On May 19th, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems are bringing Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia to the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld devices. Today, however, Nintendo of Canada has revealed that there will be more than one way to purchase the game.
In addition to the vanilla release, a Limited Edition bundle will also be available, with both hitting stores on the same day. Behold its contents:
In addition to a copy of the game itself, the Limited Edition bundle includes a hardcover copy of the Valentia Artbook; a Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Sound Selection CD; a Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia pin set which depicts the characters of Alm, Celica, and fan-favorite Marth; and a reversible cover sheet which looks like the packaging for Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second game in the series and the Famicom game upon which this new release is based.
All this can be yours in the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition Bundle, which will be carried at select retailers for a suggested retail price of $79.99 (versus $49.99 for the bare-bones version).
When scanned, these two will activate their own exclusive dungeons that grant heroes the opportunity to not only earn items, but also to further level up their armies through defeating bosses. Players can also select Mila’s Turnwheel from the overworld map menu to utilize these two characters in battle by sacrificing a portion of their health during combat. Doing so summons reinforcements to the field for one turn in the form of a computer-controlled illusory hero. What’s more, as Alm and Celica each grow stronger, players can save their stats to the respective amiibo so that the unit they summon grows in strength as well.
As it happens, though, Alm and Celica are not the only Fire Emblem amiibo to get in on the illusory action; all of the Fire Emblem characters featured in the Super Smash Bros. amiibo series can also be used to summon spectral visages of not only Marth, Roy, Robin, Ike, and Lucina, but the upcoming Corrin as well. Plus, if you so choose, any other amiibo you endeavor to use will also work with the game, though instead of calling illusory heroes of Mario or Link to the field (awesome as that would be), you’ll bring forth an additional monster to assist you on the field of battle — handy for when the odds are stacked against you.
Remember to mark your calendars, as May 19th is the day you’ll rally your troops for glory and honor. But in the meantime, if you’d like to read up a bit more on what Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is all about, you can check out the official website.
While the Nintendo Switch is only a little over a month away from its release (don’t forget that if you’re in Toronto, you can play it early this weekend), Nintendo isn’t letting up on their Nintendo 3DS support any time soon.
For starters, there’s a new variant of the New Nintendo 3DS XL coming out on February 24th. Known as the “Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL,” this lemony-hued device sports a picture of the popular Pokémon Pikachu across its lid, and will be available for #239.99. So if you’re in need of a Nintendo 3DS, this one’s sure to be a hit.
Whether you’ve got a Nintendo 3DS or are in the market for one, there are still plenty of new titles coming down the pipe from Nintendo themselves. Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World brings what is quite possibly the best game in the Yoshi series since the original Yoshi’s Island from the Wii U to the 3D handheld, and offers a variety of new features to boot. Playable Poochy, a Craft Yoshi Editor, and even some stop-motion animated videos are there to make this package all the more enticing for those who played the original and holdouts alike. An adorable new Yarn Poochy figure will also be available at launch, and if you’re still not convinced, there’s a demo in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS right now.
Other releases include the Nintendo eShop-exclusive Tank Troopers on February 16th, Mario Sports Superstars and an accompanying series of amiibo cards (with one included with the game for a limited time) on March 24th, and the tentatively-titled Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS sometime later this year.
All this, and they didn’t even mention the new Fire Emblem announced last week. So while the Wii U has pretty much all but breathed its last, at least there will still be a bit more first-party love for Nintendo 3DS owners to look forward to throughout 2017.
Update: Added Dead Rising 4 and LEGO Dimensions expansion packs.
With apologies to Maffew, as well as everyone else for not getting this up a little sooner as I’d have liked.
Following is a quick list of titles and things good for grabbing as gifts for the gamer in your life this holiday season. Mind, these come as my own personal recommendations, and don’t account for everything, including some “obvious” picks (such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Final Fantasy XV, and Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon). Everything here has been released in some form or fashion since Christmas 2015.
Xbox One S – Your mileage may vary on this one; if you or the intended recipient don’t own an Xbox One already, then this is the way to go. If you/they are planning on getting a 4K TV in the next year, however, then you might want to wait for Microsoft’s Project Scorpio — or at least more details about it — to emerge.
Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition – Originally introduced in 2013, the revival of Killer Instinct has finally reached completion after three “seasons” of releases. While I only reviewed the first season, much more content has been made available since then, including new guest stars from Halo, Gears of War, and Battletoads! What’s more, you can now get everything in one complete package at retail with the Definitive Edition, which also includes a soundtrack CD and code for a gold Gargos skin. Now that’s what I call an Ultra Combo! (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)
Forza Horizon 3 – This open-world driving game is great for relaxing, but also provides plenty of excitement as you partake in various races, challenges, and even hunts for classic vehicles. Sync up your own custom soundtrack (or use one of the stations in the game) and hit the road — as well as the plains, beaches, and anywhere else you can think to drive! (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Review Pending) – Alongside Killer Instinct, this was one of the games which made me want an Xbox One in the first place, and I haven’t been disappointed. This Metroidvania-styled platformer has a beautifully eerie presence a surprising degree of emotion as well. I was saving this to say in my already long-overdue review, but to me, Ori feels like the perfect mascot for the Xbox One, and deserves to be adopted as one. Plus, for the price, how can you afford not to try it? (Also available for Windows via Steam)
ReCore (Review Pending) – From some of the creative minds who brought you Mega Man and Metroid Prime comes this mysterious tale from another world. As Joule Adams, you’re tasked with exploring the planet of Far Eden and finding out what happened to those who were supposed to colonize it for mankind’s survival. But while you seem to be the only human around, you’re not alone — a group of Corebots use the special abilities granted by their customizable frames (such as the “dog,” Mack) to assist you throughout this third-person adventure that feels in some ways like a mix of Mega Man Legends and Metroid Prime, coupled with its own unique elements as well. (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)
Quantum Break (Review Pending) – Yeah, I know — I’m juggling a lot of balls in the air here (and yes, it’s driving me nuts). This is an extremely story-oriented third-person shooter with some interesting characters and some content that’s set up like an actual television serial interspersed with the game’s chapters. If you’re cool with a game you watch as or more often than you play, then this one’s definitely worth a look. (Also available on Windows 10)
Xbox Design Lab – The Xbox One Wireless Controller is one of my favorite controllers to come around in some time, with a comfortable feel and a Dpad that’s not only finally worth a damn, but pretty dang good in its own right! So what could make it better? How about your own choice of color scheme, and maybe a laser-engraved message as well? This holiday season, you can give a custom Xbox Design Lab controller as a gift by purchasing a code which the recipient can then redeem to make the controller of their dreams (and 14-day shipping is free!).
Dead Rising 4 – This late arrival to stores and this list alike is a must-own this holiday season for its Yuletide setting alone, but for fans of beat ’em up-styled gameplay, the latest adventure of Frank West really hits home.
Paper Mario: Color Splash – After Paper Mario: Sticker Star, I thought that the magic of the series I loved might never return. Imagine my surprise when Nintendo took such great strides towards a return to form just one installment later! While still not quite on the level of the masterpiece that is Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, this lite-RPG adventure is a great choice for all ages.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – Nintendo’s next console, the Switch, isn’t destined to join us until March of next year, and the Zelda title designed to bridge it and the Wii U, Breath of the Wild, may take even longer still. In the meantime, they’ve updated the game which bridged the GameCube and the Wii with improved visuals and other features, including amiibo support! Get the game with the Wolf Link w/Midna amiibo, and you can begin prepping it to join you in the next Zelda adventure, whenever it may come!
Kirby: Planet Robobot – Simply put, this is a must-have for any Nintendo 3DS owner. To say anything more would simply diminish it; if you or someone you know hasn’t played it, then rectify that immediately (or at least come the holidays).
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack – This spiritual successor to games such as Mega Man Zero really brings the thunder — or the lightning, at least! And with the recent release of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the Nintendo eShop, you can now get both chapters together on a single game card at retail!
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – It’s a crossover no one knew they wanted — or was even possible! Establishing the Paper Mario series as a separate entity (well, even more so), Nintendo’s two long-running Mario role playing game series collide as denizens of the Paper world are released into the regular Mario world, and chaos ensues! This one is definitely a “cut” above!
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – While the original Sonic Boom games did little to endear the world to this iteration of the franchise, Fire & Ice is a much better second go. With humorous writing and voice acting that’s in keeping with the Sonic Boom cartoon and the addition of Amy Rose to the playable character roster, Fire & Ice doesn’t excel, but it is comfort gaming at its finest.
Project X Zone 2 – Let’s get crazy! This turn-based strategy game brings together characters from several of SEGA, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Nintendo’s top titles for a fan service smorgasbord! Even if you don’t know all the characters involved (and the odds are pretty good that you won’t know everyone), don’t worry — you’ll probably find yourself wanting to check out some new games by the end of it. Heck, I never had any interest in SEGA’s Yakuza before, but now I can’t wait for Yakuza 0 to arrive on PlayStation 4 early next year!
PlayStation 4 Pro – Speaking of PlayStation 4, if you’re interested in 4K gaming or virtual reality with PlayStation VR, then this is the model to look into. Just know that while it can stream 4K video, it won’t play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.
Dragon Quest Builders – Part of Minecraft‘s strength is its go anywhere, do anything you want freedom. However, if you’re interested in a game which captures the building and resource mechanics while providing you with a bit more of a purpose, then this alternate timeline sequel to the original Dragon Quest ought to be right up your alley.
Ratchet & Clank – This latest release in the long-running PlayStation-exclusive franchise combines what made the original game great with a bit of added flair from the motion picture release, turns it on its head, sprinkles in some elements from other installments, and provides an experience great for longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike. And given that the film (which is based on the original game, with this being based on that) didn’t quite set hearts aflutter while the game was a number-one bestseller, it’s probably safe to say that if you have to choose between the two, going with the game is probably the best choice.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Review Pending) – The Canadian Video Game Awards 2016 winner for Best Console Game, Best Game Design, Best Narrative, Best Performance, and oh yeah, Game of the Year. As Adam Jensen, you’re a cybernetically-enhanced human (though you didn’t ask for this) who is putting his myriad tools to good use as you make the decisions you think will best see you through to victory. Lethal or non-lethal weapons? Employ stealth, or go in guns blazing? These choices and many more are yours.
Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration (Review Pending) – For as iconic a figure as Lara Croft has been for the industry over the years, this installment follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by being decidedly not for children — or the faint of heart. It’s definitely an intense game that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and some parts can be pretty gruesome as well. That said, the original version came to Xbox One last year, but 20 Year Celebration throws in all the extra content that has been released since then, including some additional skins (such as a Retro Lara for a nostalgic kick), a co-op mode, and an Extreme Difficulty mode. On PlayStation 4, it’s also one of the first games to take advantage of the HDR features and 4K resolution provided by the Pro version, as well as a chapter playable in PlayStation VR.
WWE 2K17 – The latest installment in 2K Games’ long-running sports entertainment adaptation is opting for a little more of a sim flavor this year. Create your own Superstars and events, alter others, and have the full run of Raw, Smackdown, and the rest of the shows WWE brings to a worldwide audience every week.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan – On the half-shell, they’re the heroes four; in this day and age, who could ask for more? This IDW Comics-styled game is all about teamwork, whether you’re working with friends or strangers in online multiplayer, or managing all four green teens yourself.
Skylanders Imaginators – Continuing the ever-growing theme of player-created content, this year’s Skylanders title allows you to create your very own Skylander called an Imaginator. They come in all different types, and become more powerful when one of the new Senseis shows them their moves. Plus, if you get the PlayStation 4 version (though it should come to the others next year), you can also get Skylanders of Spyro’s old pal, Crash Bandicoot and his rival Dr. Neo Cortex.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens – “Chewie… we’re home.” These words from Han Solo reflect the feeling of this LEGO title as the series gets back to its roots, but with some new tricks as well. And it just feels so right.
Mega Man Legacy Collection – Released as a digital download for Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 late last year, this collection of the Blue Bomber’s six Nintendo Entertainment System adventures (and all the gobs of additional related content included) not only arrived on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year, but at retail for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well. Plus, if you go for the physical Nintendo 3DS version, you can also add an exclusive gold Mega Man amiibo figure to your collection!
Mighty No. 9 – This spiritual successor to Mega Man comes with a pretty severe caveat, as the game has been very divisive: If you or someone you know wants a challenge, then this one may deliver. That said, it’s best to look around and see if you can find a good bargain on it to keep your bets safe. Think of this one as “stocking stuffer” material, or consider trying the free demo first. Oh, and be careful about getting the Wii U version — that one apparently suffered from some pretty nasty hardware crashing issues, and I’m not sure if they ever got all those fixed.
LEGO Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack – The toys alone are cool enough, but getting to use them in a game which does a pretty good job of marrying the LEGO and Sonic styles of gameplay is even better.
LEGO Dimensions Gremlins Team Pack – Based on one of my favorite holiday movies, exploring the town of Kingston Falls during the snowy holiday season makes this a perfect holiday gift for anyone who owns (or will soon own) LEGO Dimensions.
Super Mario Run – Though this game is available now, you won’t be able to buy it in stores. However, as it commands a $13.99 price tag, an iTunes gift card or two for the intended recipient may not be the worst idea. Just remember that it launches as an iOS exclusive, while the Android version comes sometime later.
Super Mario Adventures – This recently republished collection of the comic which originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine 25 years ago is, for many, one of the definitive pieces of Mario fiction (outside of the games, that is). A loose adaptation of Super Mario World, this also includes an additional chapter which loosely adapts Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and gives us the origin of Wario. Sadly, the 14th and final installment was not included; thankfully, it was a standalone story, so the rest of the book holds up quite well on its own otherwise.
NES Classic Edition and NES Controllers – Good luck finding either of these! Even if you’re not interested in this plug ‘n play collection of 30 classic games for yourself, you’re almost guaranteed to know someone who is, so if you see one in the wild — grab it! And if you happen to come across the even rarer controller, a replica of the original NES input device, consider that it also works with some games (pretty much anything a sideways Wii Remote would) on the Wii and Wii U!
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.
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!
Update: I mistakenly posted that it was the New Nintendo 3DS XL which received the price drop, but it’s actually the regular New Nintendo 3DS which will receive the drop and new deco. Adjustments to the article have been made accordingly.
Nintendo of Canada has announced today that on Black Friday, for the first time ever, the New Nintendo 3DS will be available for a suggested retail price of $139.99. The November 25th price drop will also be accompanied by a one-two punch of lovely new designs featuring a varied cast of characters from the Mushroom Kingdom — including the brothers Mario, of course.
On your left below, you can see the design as applied to the white version, while the left shows what box to look for with a peek of the black version.
Though the Nintendo Switch is still several months away, it’s difficult at this point to say what — if any — aspects of the New Nintendo 3DS will be made redundant by the new machine. So whether you want to wait and see how that development pans out, or you just want what will undoubtedly be the lower-cost alternative, this is a good opportunity to check out the New Nintendo 3DS if you haven’t already.
You can check out my review of the XL version of the device here, but it probably goes without saying that if you’re in the market for something in the Nintendo 3DS family, this is the one to get (unless you’d prefer a larger size, of course). In addition to a built-in NFC scanner for amiibo figures, the “New” model is also the only one that can play some games, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Super Nintendo Entertainment System Virtual Console titles, or just plays them better (Hyrule Warriors Legends).
Nintendo is also pushing a selection of games this holiday, ranging from the new and upcoming releases of Mario Party Star Rush, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls (all available now), Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (available November 18th), Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (available December 2nd), and classics such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf (which just received a big update), Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, or The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. With 2017 on the horizon, there will still be more to come in the form of a new Pikmin game, Ever Oasis, and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.
Even on the chance that the Nintendo Switch does supplant the Nintendo 3DS as the portable of choice sometime next year, it’s hard to argue against the handheld’s legacy as being something worth owning.
Nintendo of Canada has announced that buyers interested in purchasing a Nintendo 2DS might find a slight change to their desired product come this November.
Whereas the more durable, kid-friendly handheld had previously sported a black front on either a red or blue casing, the new versions will now feature these same color schemes, only swapped:
The bundles will still be available for $109.99 CAD with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed in specially-marked packages.
Now, you might be asking yourself “Why? How could this have happened?” As luck would have it, cameras at Nintendo 2DS HQ caught the following events as they transpired:
Poor Luigi. This is probably why you’re usually Player 2, but at least things worked out for you (this time).
Yo-Kai Watch is making its grand return to the Nintendo 3DS on September 30th with not one, but two games (like you do): Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. However, you don’t have to wait that long to play it — Nintendo of Canada is giving you the chance to get your hands on it a full six days early!
That is, if you’re in Toronto.
From 12pm to 4pm local time on Saturday, September 24th, Yo-Kai Watch fans can rally to 99 Sudbury Street in Toronto, where they’ll have the opportunity to play the new games, get their face painted, check out the new Yo-Kai Watch toys from Hasbro, watch the first episode of Yo-Kai Watch Season 2, and perhaps best of all, meet and greet with everyone’s favorite truck-sparring cat Yo-kai, Jibanyan!
If you’re not going to be in Toronto that day for the pre-launch, don’t despair; you can still have a chance to demo the game, as Nintendo of Canada has listed the following locations to try the game on October 1st, from 12pm to 4pm local time:
|10450 MacLeod Trail SE||Calgary||AB|
|3625 Shaganappi Trail NW||Calgary||AB|
|13029 97th St NW||Edmonton||AB|
|3940 Gateway Blvd NW||Edmonton||AB|
|9908 170th St||Edmonton||AB|
|261055 Cross Iron Blvd||Rocky View||AB|
|5300 No 3 Rd||Richmond||BC|
|1164 W Broadway Ave||Vancouver||BC|
|1445 St Mathews Ave||Winnipeg||MB|
|1560 Regent Ave W||Winnipeg||MB|
|150 West Dr||Brampton||ON|
|690 Evans Ave||Etobicoke||ON|
|419 Fairway Rd S||Kitchener||ON|
|#E002 – 5000 Hwy 7||Markham||ON|
|4559 Hurontario St||Mississauga||ON|
|1200 St Laurent Blvd||Ottawa||ON|
|295 High Tech Rd||Richmond Hill||ON|
|2300 Yonge Street||Toronto||ON|
|#C2 – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr||Vaughan||ON|
|50 Thickson Rd S||Whitby||ON|
|50 Thickson Rd S||Whitby||ON|
|200 Windflower Gate||Woodbridge||ON|
|730 Albert St||Regina||SK|
If none of these work for you, it’s possible that they may add more before October, so keep an eye on this page to see if there are any changes.
Nintendo of Canada has announced that they will be releasing a limited edition New Nintendo 3DS XL console to celebrate the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
While those games won’t be available until November 18th, you can get a jump on things by purchasing the Solgaleo Lunala Black Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL on November 11th at retailers across Canada for a suggested retail price of $239.99.
That said, the system does not come with the games in question (as Nintendo is wont to do). That said, Best Buy and EB Games will both be the exclusive carrier of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Dual Pack, which contains both games and codes for 100 Poké Balls each. No price was given for the Dual Pack, however, but it will be available November 18th, same as the single versions.
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved Pokémon series and people have never been talking about Pokémon more,” said Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, in a press release. “Playing Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on this new Pokémon system is the best way for fans to show their love for this iconic series.”
More information about Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon can be found at the official website.
Nintendo of Canada has announced that beginning Friday, July 15th, they are bringing the price of their kid-friendly Nintendo 2DS handheld down to a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $109.99, down $20 from its previous price point of $129.99.
“Nintendo 2DS is the best value available for a portable dedicated gaming system and is great for gaming on the go,” said Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, in a press release. “The system has a library full of high-quality games for purchase, some in our Nintendo Selects category for less than $30 each, featuring Mario, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Zelda.”
Nintendo considers this version of the handheld a perfect entry point into their library of portable games, and are including Mario Kart 7 as a free download with the purchase of the system (though some may have other games available, such as Yo-Kai Watch). What’s more, with the enormous success of Pokémon Go on mobile devices, they’re keen to remind everyone that “the Nintendo 2DS plays all the best Pokémon games from the last 20 years — from the Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition originals to the future-classics Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, out November 18th.”
An old great, some new greats… so much this week is looking great!
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for Wii U – The original — and still hailed by many as the best — Mario role playing game, it’s business as usual in the Mushroom Kingdom until a mysterious giant sword comes crashing down on Bowser’s Keep, flinging the king of the Koopas, Princess Peach, and Mario across the four corners of the kingdom. It’s up to you (as Mario, of course) to reunite the group against a common foe and expel this threat to the land!
Runbow – Demo Version for Wii U – Unsure if this multicolored race to the finish is right for you? Try out this demo version — maybe then you’ll be interested in the Nintendo 3DS version, too!
Prism Pets for Wii U – Craft new colors by sliding some of your favorite animals around the field, but don’t fill it up!
INVANOID for Wii U – Blast the alien bad guys for as long as you can, then compare your score with others on Miiverse to see who’s the best!
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Not too long ago, in a theatre that was probably pretty close by, Star Wars triumphantly returned to the big screen, and now the LEGO version is back to continue their take on the story.
BOXBOXBOY! for Nintendo 3DS – Qbby is back with a new power that allows him to create double the number of boxes he could before! But will it be enough for you and him to survive all of the treacherous trap-laden levels?
Monster Hunter Generations – Special Demo for Nintendo 3DS – The next generation of Capcom’s smash hit franchise is on its way July 15th, but until then, you can find out if it’s right for you by taking on the three quests available in this special demo. What’s more, if a friend has the demo as well, you can both team up to hunt some monsters down!
The Battle Cats POP! for Nintendo 3DS – Tower defense gets weird as you recruit a variety of bizarre cats to take out your unusual enemies and claim treasure across the world!
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma for Nintendo 3DS – Your humanity is on the line as you’re forced to make difficult decisions in order to earn your freedom. You may escape, but will you be the same person you were when you went in? The choice is yours.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Unsure if you want to fight dragons on July 12th? Find out now with this free demo!
Hyrule Warriors Legends – Link’s Awakening Pack – Marin from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening soars into battle, and along with her comes a new weapon for Linkle, a new Adventure Mode map, 16 My Fairy Costume pieces, and two new Challenge Battles.
Minecraft: Story Mode, A Telltale Game Series – Episodes 2-5 are now available for purchase, as is a Season Pass which includes access to all the remaining episodes.
Nintendo Badge Arcade – Rhythm is the name of the game this week, as Rhythm Heaven Megamix machines are being rolled out from June 30th to July 3rd. Plus, free plays will be offered from July 4th through July 6th!
Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Etrian Mystery Dungeon, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 11.
- Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! is 25 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $2.24) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 21.
- Epic Word Search Collection 2 is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 7.
- The Delusions of Von Sottendorf and His Squared Mind is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 14.
For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.
Nintendo of Canada is bringing the fun this summer with the Nintendo 3DS and a whole lineup of games to try out as the Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour crosses the country starting in July and running until early September. There will also be play zones, meet ‘n greets with your favorite characters, and giveaways (while supplies last).
Games on tap will include the brand-spanking new Kirby: Planet Robobot (see my glowing review here), Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Mario Kart 7, Yo-Kai Watch, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Yoshi’s New Island, and New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Here’s how the tour breaks down when Nintendo comes to town:
Quebec Tour Dates:
- Jul 1 @3pm-10pm: Dorval- Canada Day Celebration
- Jul 2 @12pm-9pm: Montreal-Midway Fun, Place Bourassa*
- Jul 3 @12pm-9pm: Montreal-Midway Fun, Place Bourassa*
- Jul 9 @2pm-6pm: Montreal- Fete Des Enfants*
- Jul 10 @2pm-6pm: Montreal- Fete Des Enfants*
- Jul 15 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
- Jul 16 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
- Jul 17 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
- Jul 22 @11am-9pm: Granby- Mascot Festival
- Jul 23 @10am-5pm: Granby- Mascot Festival
- Jul 24 @10am-5pm: Granby- Mascot Festival
Ontario Tour Dates:
- Jul 29 @11:30am-5pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
- Jul 30 @11:30am-8pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
- Jul 31 @10:30am-8pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
- Aug 5 @12pm-6pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
- Aug 6 @8am-2pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
- Aug 7 @9am-3pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
- Aug 13 @11am-10:30pm: Toronto- York-Eglinton International Street Festival
- Aug 14 @11am-7pm: Toronto- York-Eglinton International Street Festival
- Aug 19 @7pm-11pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest
- Aug 20 @1pm-11pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest
- Aug 21 @1pm-7pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest
BC Tour Dates:
- Aug 31 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
- Sep 1 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
- Sep 2 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
- Sep 3 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
- Sep 4 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
- Sep 5 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
The above comes from Nintendo of Canada’s website, where you can check back for the latest up-to-the-minute changes that may occur, including the possibility of more events.
Also, do note that the events marked with an asterisk have entry fees applicable, so be sure you’re ready to pay your way at the door.