Nintendo Reveals New Nintendo Switch Fortnite Bundle

If you’re not quite up to waiting until November 2nd to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set bundle, then Nintendo has another solution coming soon that may appeal more to you.

On that day, they’ll be releasing the Fortnite – Double Helix bundle, which includes the console and a bunch of in-game goodies for the free-to-play hit title. There’s the eponymous “Double Helix Set,” which is comprised of a unique Character Outfit, Back Bling, Glider, and Pickaxe (which is apparently a proper noun now? That’s branding for you). You’ll also get 1,000 V-bucks, the in-game currency, with which you can purchase a Battle Pass, which itself unlocks even more in-game content, or can alternatively be used to purchase still other in-game items.

All this can be yours for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $379.99 on October 5th — just a fortnight away.

For more information on Fortnite on Nintendo Switch, click here. And if you’d like to know more about the Nintendo Switch before laying down your hard-earned dosh, you can find that here.

On Thursday, September 13th, Nintendo held its initially postponed “Nintendo Direct” presentation. In addition to several new game announcements, updates were provided for many previously-announced titles as well. If you’ve seen the video already, here is the most relevant information provided in terms of Canadian pricing and release dates.

In addition to further details about the soon-to-be-launched Nintendo Switch Online service, Nintendo revealed that those who opt to partake in the selection of Nintendo Entertainment System titles available through the service can now purchase special wireless NES controllers that attach to the sides of the Nintendo Switch console for recharging. This offer is available only to those who have a paid membership to Nintendo Switch Online, and you will get two controllers for $79.99. Pre-orders open on September 18th, and you can find more information about this offer here.

For those who haven’t yet made the switch to Switch, Nintendo is offering up one more bundle in addition to those previously announced. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set will include the console, game (via download code), and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded Joy-Cons and a dock for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $449.99. Interestingly enough, while the game doesn’t release until December 7th, this bundle will be available on November 2nd — you just won’t be able to download the game until it’s officially released.

And that’s pretty much it for the Canada-specific details. If you haven’t seen the Nintendo Direct yet, you can view it right below, followed by Nintendo of Canada’s full press release.

NEW GAMES IN THE ANIMAL CROSSING AND LUIGI’S MANSION SERIES COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH

Isabelle from the Animal Crossing Series
Will Also be a Playable Fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

VANCOUVER, B.C., Sept. 13, 2018 – In a new Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo revealed that new games in two major Nintendo series are currently in development for the Nintendo Switch system. Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch(working title), a new main game in the Animal Crossingseries, andLuigi’s Mansion 3 (working title), will both come exclusively to Nintendo Switch in 2019. The video presentation also debuted a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch hardware and software bundle.

The Nintendo Direct revealed a diverse lineup of games headed to Nintendo Switch, including a massive collection of classic FINAL FANTASYgames, an HD remake of the beloved Katamari Damacygame and adaptations of some best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne and Pandemic. If that’s not already enough, the Nintendo Direct also unveiled new details for Nintendo Switch Online, highlighted a solid selection of Nintendo 3DS games and revealed more details about previously announced Nintendo Switch games like Yoshi’s Crafted World, DAEMON X MACHINA and Mega Man 11.

“The announcements for Nintendo Switch keep coming,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With the additions of new games in the Animal Crossingand Luigi’s Mansionseries, as well as a surge of new games from our development partners, there really is something for everyone in the ever-growing Nintendo Switch library.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Nintendo Switch

· Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch(working title): A new mainline game in the Animal Crossingseries – the first sinceAnimal Crossing: New Leafdebuted on Nintendo 3DS in 2013 – is slated for a 2019 release exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

· Isabelle Joins the Fight!: Taking a break from assisting mayors and just being an all-around lovely pup, Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series is joining the roster as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

· Luigi’s Mansion 3(working title): The next installment in the spooky series is currently in production and launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

· Nintendo Switch Online: With Nintendo Switch Online, members gain access to online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, the NES – Nintendo Switch Online collection of classic games with added online play,special offers and a smartphone app with features to make online gaming sessions more fun and engaging for supported games. In addition to Splatoon 2, more online games will support voice chat through the app, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Mario Tennis Aces. Nintendo Switch owners won’t automatically become members when the service launches on Sept. 18,so they will need to purchase an individual or family membership in order to continue enjoying their online play in compatible games. For pricing information, and to pre-order a 3- or 12-month individual membership from select retailers so you can be ready to go once the service launches, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/online-service/pricing/. A free seven-day trial will also be available. At launch, 20 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and the newly announced Ice Hockeyand Pro Wrestling(available for the first time since its 1987 release) will be available to play, with more games added regularly.

· Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers: Playing NES – Nintendo Switch Online will feel even more authentic by using the new wireless Nintendo Entertainment System Controller, available for purchase exclusively for Nintendo Switch owners with a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership in the U.S. and Canada. This re-creation of the original, iconic NEScontroller comes in a pack of two for $79.99 and can be charged by attaching to a docked Nintendo Switch system. NES controllers will be available for pre-order on Sept. 18. For more details, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/online-service/special-offers/.

· New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: Up to four players can enjoy this revamped version of the classic Wii U launch game when it comes to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 11. Mario, Luigi and Toad return as playable characters, and are joined by Nabbit and Toadette, who can also turn into Peachette by getting a Super Crown, offering new ways for beginners to play together with friends and family. New Super Luigi U, the first platformer with Luigi in a starring role, will also be included in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxeat no extra charge. Between both games, there are a whopping 164 courses to play. Mamma mia!

· Yoshi’s Crafted World: Play as an adorable Yoshi traveling through a world crafted from household items like boxes and paper cups in this new Nintendo Switch platforming adventure. After traveling through a perfectly constructed stage, players can start at the goal and journey back to the start on the “flip side,” the backside of the course, to discover secrets. Yoshi’s Crafted Worldlaunches on Nintendo Switch in spring 2019.

· Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set: This upcoming Nintendo Switch bundle features the Nintendo Switch system – complete with Super Smash Bros. Ultimatebranded Joy-Con controllers and dock – and a download code for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimategame, all at a suggested retail price of $449.99. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Setlaunches on Nov. 2. (The download code for the game won’t be active until the game launches on Dec. 7.)

· FINAL FANTASY Extravaganza!: High-definition versions of some of the most beloved FINAL FANTASY games of all time are coming to Nintendo Switch. This includes FINAL FANTASY VII, IX and X / X-2HD Remaster, as well as the recently released FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE. This is the first time any of these FINAL FANTASY games has been released on a Nintendo system. Starting today, FINAL FANTASY XV Pocket Edition HD will be available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. In addition, three other games in the FINAL FANTASY universe will launch on Nintendo Switch in the near future: The leveled-up edition of WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA launches Nov. 6, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! launches this winter and Nintendo GameCube co-op game FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition with online multiplayer and no need for a link cable comes to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Kupo!

· TOWN (working title): GAME FREAK, the developer of the Pokémon series, has created a new RPG for Nintendo Switch. In TOWN, players must take up arms against invading monsters, all within the walls of a single village. TOWN launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

· Super Mario Party: In the newly revealed Sound Stage mode, up to four players can each shake a Joy-Con in rhythm-based gameplay, while the River Survival mode offers the series’ first four-player co-op. Plus, there’s 80 new mini-games, a single-player Challenge Road, the mini-game gauntlet Online Mariothon and much more. Super Mario Party launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 5 and is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and the game’s website beginning today.

· Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!: During the adventure, players will be able to overcome obstacles with their partner Pokémon (either Pikachu or Eevee) using Secret Techniques. These are skills that only partner Pokémon can use, like chopping down trees, traveling across water or soaring in the sky. Both games launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16. A bundle that includes a Pikachu and Eevee themed Nintendo Switch system and Joy-Con, a Pokémon: Let’s Go! game and the Poké Ball Plus controller will also be available on the same day.

· Katamari Damacy REROLL: “Na naaaaah na na na naaah na na naaaaah na na na na na naaaaaaaaah.” Fans of the groundbreaking Katamari Damacy game can hum its theme song at a moment’s notice. But new fans will be joining the chorus when an HD remaster of the classic game comes to Nintendo Switch, complete with HD Rumble, gyro control and multiplayer support with the Joy-Con controllers. Katamari Damacy REROLL launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Nov. 30, with the physical packaged version coming winter 2018.

· Asmodee Digital: With a literal Tabletop mode, tabletop gaming is a perfect fit for Nintendo Switch. To prove it, Asmodee Digital is bringing full adaptations of best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne, The Lord the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic, Munchkin and Catan to Nintendo Switch, starting this December.

· DAEMON X MACHINA: In this stylish action game first revealed at E3, the world and its inhabitants are on the brink of extinction. As a mercenary, players will pilot a powered suit called an Arsenal and face runaway AI. Defeat enemies and acquire parts that can be equipped on the fly or brought back to base to craft new armaments. Use additional tactics by changing between projectile and melee attacks or take the fight on foot to gain an advantage in battle. DAEMON X MACHINA launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

· Capcom Beat ’Em Up Bundle: Some of Capcom’s most classic arcade games like Final Fight, Captain Commando and Knights of the Roundare coming to Nintendo Switch with up to four-player local or online play. This also includes games that have never launched on home consoles before like Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit. The digital version of this bundle launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this winter.

· Cities: Skylines: The acclaimed city-building game is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, which means players can manage resources, improve quality of life, energize businesses and stimulate growth anytime or anywhere.

· Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: When the acclaimed strategy game comes to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16, it will do so with an exclusive four-player wireless LAN multiplayer mode.

· Mega Man 11: The Blue Bomber is back! Mega Man 11 rocks on Nintendo Switch on Oct. 2, with a free demo already available in Nintendo eShop. In addition, players will be able to unlock helpful in-game items for use in the full game by tapping the existing Mega Man amiibo figure, or a new Mega Man amiibo figure.

· Splatoon 2 Version 4 Update: Starting tonight, the first set of weapons in the Kensa Collection is coming to Splatoon 2as part of the new Version 4.0 update. These familiar weapons are painted with stylish monotone designs. In addition, significant new Splatfest changes are coming as part of this update. In early October, Version 4.1 will bring a new stage, new songs and more Kensa Collection weapon sets complete with new sub and special weapons. Check out the Squid Research Lab Tumblrfor more details.

· Mario Tennis AcesVersion 2.0 Update: After downloading a free update to the action-packed sports game on Sept. 19, players will have access to a new online co-op mode that lets players participate in time-limited missions with other players. Players who complete objectives while these missions are active will receive special outfits, characters with alternate color schemes and more. Also, be on the lookout for new upcoming playable characters like Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha.

· Diablo III: Eternal Collection: The Nintendo Switch version of this classic action-RPG will send players on a journey through Sanctuary, where they’ll vanquish the armies of Hell and plunder powerful loot as one of the seven playable classes. Up to four players can adventure together via local or online multiplayer. The Nintendo Switch version of the game features the exclusive Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, compatibility with all amiibo figures and more. Diablo III: Eternal Collection launches Nov. 2.

· Starlink: Battle for Atlas: Do a barrel roll and defeat Wolf’s team in Star Foxmissions, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.

· Two RPGs on the Way!: Fans who love playing role-playing games anytime and anywhere are in luck! The World Ends with You: Final Remix from SQUARE ENIX launches Oct. 12 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country – which is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop starting today – comes to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 21 in stores and Nintendo eShop, or on Sept. 14 for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass.

· Warframe: New fans can join more than 38 million players for free-to-start co-op space-ninja action when Warframe launches for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20.

· NBA 2K19: The highest-rated basketball simulation franchise returns to Nintendo Switch with NBA 2K19, now available.

· NBA 2K Playgrounds 2: Get ready to jam in the sequel to the smash-hit NBA arcade game, coming to Nintendo Switch this fall.

· Just Dance 2019: With Just Dance 2019 on Nintendo Switch, there’s no excuse for players to not get down to Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars and Cardi B. at home, in the middle of the park or even at the dentist’s office! Just Dance 2019 launches on Oct. 23.

· EA SPORTS FIFA 19: EA SPORTS FIFA 19 is fast approaching, and players can pre-purchase now so they won’t drop the ball when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 28.

· Team Sonic Racing: Gotta go FAST! Like, really fast. Team Sonic Racing launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.

· LEGO DC Super-Villains: Why so serious? Play as The Joker, Harley, Lex Luthor and the rest of the best of the worst in the new LEGO DC Super-Villains game, launching for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.

Nintendo 3DS

· Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn: The hit Wii game Kirby’s Epic Yarn is warping to Nintendo 3DS. Every stage in the original Wii version is stitched in, but this Nintendo 3DS version has some new features, like the ability to craft bigger yarn balls, summon bead-collecting wind and play two new modes featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is scheduled to launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.

· Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey: One of the most acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi RPG series is getting a remake on Nintendo 3DS. In addition to the game’s revamped graphics and refined gameplay, a new side story follows Bowser Jr. as he gathers an army, creates formations, supports his allies with an arsenal of moves and generally causes chaos (in the best way possible). Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey will prove two adventures are better than one on Jan. 11.

· Luigi’s Mansion: Two players who each own the game can team up to explore and capture ghosts in Luigi’s Mansion, a Nintendo 3DS remake of the classic Nintendo GameCube launch game. This new version of the game also features amiibo support. Tapping one of the four compatible amiibo will reveal where Boos are hiding and heal Luigi when he talks to Toad, among other bonuses. Luigi’s Mansion will haunt the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Oct. 12.

· YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: Whether players throw their allegiance behind the Red Cat Corps or the White Dog Squad, YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS lets players team up with friends locally or online to tackle the most action-packed battles in the series yet. A free “Moon Rabbit Crew” software update on Sept. 27 will add new missions, new areas to explore, new Yo-kai to befriend and new Big Boss Yo-kai. YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: Red Cat Corps and YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: White Dog Squad are now available for Nintendo 3DS.

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/.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™system and the Nintendo 3DS™family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.6 billion video games and more than 725 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™family of systems, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii™and Wii U™systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA.

In case you missed it early yesterday, Nintendo released a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate edition of Nintendo Direct that revealed a lot of new information about the game. If you haven’t seen the nearly half-hour video already, check it out here:

With 103 stages (more if you include the Battlefield, Final Destination, and Epic Battlefield variants), 900 music tracks that run for more than 28 hours, and an ever-increasing roster of characters that already features every previous fighter in the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is looking to live up to its name.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the biggest games Nintendo has ever released,” said Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser. “Between all the iconic fighters, stages and music, it’s the largest video game crossover ever produced –- and nothing short of a Nintendo fan’s dream come true.”

What could be even better? How about getting to play it for yourself before release?

The game launches on Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018, but if you head out to Fan Expo Canada from Thursday, August 30th through Sunday, September 2nd, you’ll not only have a chance to try out Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for yourself at Nintendo’s booth, but you’ll also be able to play other titles including Mario Tennis Aces, EA SPORTS FIFA 19, and Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion.

Plus, if you’re an aspiring Pokémon Master, you’ll also want to get your hands on the new Poké Ball Plus controller that works with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which are both coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 16th.

Here’s the full schedule for visiting the Nintendo booth at Fan Expo Canada:

  • Thursday, August 30: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 31: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 1: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 2: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you’ve never been before (or just need a reminder), Fan Expo Canada is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, located at 222 Bremner Boulevard in Toronto, Ontario.

For more info on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, be sure to check out smashbros.com, and for more info on Fan Expo Canada, be sure to visit fanexpocanada.com.

Hot on the heels of their first two Nintendo Labo cardboard folding game kits, Nintendo is ready to bring a third to the Nintendo Switch this September with the Vehicle Kit:

Players will be able to construct Toy-Con driving mechanisms for their Joy-Con “keys” which allow them to control vehicles over land, sea, and air. Changing vehicles is instantaneous — just remove the key from its slot and put it into another mechanism to morph your vehicle into a new form more appropriate for the task at hand.

“Nintendo Labo is a collaborative and creative experience designed to encourage imagination in people of all ages,” said Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser. “We’re excited to offer a variety of fun gameplay experiences with Vehicle Kit, and look forward to seeing the creative Nintendo Labo community continue to grow.”

The Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit will be available on September 14th, 2018 at a suggested retail price of $89.99 CAD. For more info on this and other Nintendo Labo sets, be sure to visit the official website.

As if from out of nowhere, Nintendo of Canada has announced their plans for the long-awaited yet still upcoming online service for the Nintendo Switch, which will be known fittingly enough as “Nintendo Switch Online.”

The biggest news is that we finally have a date we can mark on our calendars to look forward to as the launch of the service approaches: September 2018. (Okay, so that’s less a “date” and more of narrowing things down to a specific 30-day period, but it’s still something.)

Arguably the key element that will be provided with Nintendo Switch Online is the ability to play numerous Switch games… well, online. “But wait,” you might be saying. “I can do that already! And I’m totally on the winning side of Raphael in the latest Splatoon 2 Splatfest! So what do I need this service for?” Well, Nintendo’s always made it clear that free online play in the games that support it will only be temporary at best, so the time is now ticking — enjoy it while it lasts.

However, the ability to continue playing online is but only one thing you get when you sign on. Nintendo has also previously stated that those who take part in the service will also not only get access to a selection of games from the Nintendo Entertainment System library, but also be able to play those with multiplayer elements online. To that end, “NES – Nintendo Switch Online” (as this element is officially called) will kick off with 20 games to partake in, with more added “regularly.”

Previously announced games included Balloon Fight (huzzah!), Dr. Mario, and Super Mario Bros. 3. Those will be joined by Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Soccer, Super Mario Bros., and Tennis, while the remaining ten will be announced at a later date.

You may notice an outlier in this crowd of 2-player titles — The Legend of Zelda — and you might be thinking there’s no way to enjoy that game online, but you would be wrong. Not only can you allow friends to watch as you play through these classics in their single-player capacities, but you can even pass off control to them in case you get stuck — or simply want to relive the shared experience from days spent in front of the ol’ telly-vee.

And then we have the big one, the one I’ve been waiting to here announced: We’re getting a Save Data Cloud! This is great news in case anything were to happen to one’s Nintendo Switch console, which is probably statistically more likely than ever, given its handy portable nature. Now if you lose or break your Switch, all those hours spent completing Shrine puzzles and gathering Moons won’t all be for naught (to say nothing of if they release an Animal Crossing game for it — R.I.P., Little Iacon on the GameCube, you’ll forever be missed).

Oh, and if you get an additional Switch? You can apparently download your Save Data Cloud info to that, too.

Additional functionality will also be available to those with Apple and Android devices, as Nintendo will also be launching the Nintendo Switch Online App, which will allow Nintendo Switch Online users to engage in voice chat, online lounges, and more game-specific features such as Splatoon 2‘s SplatNet 2.

Sounds good, right? Now, how much would you expect to pay for a service like this? $100? $500?

Nope, not even close! Here’s how it all breaks down:

· One month: $4.99
· Three months: $9.99
· 12 months: $24.99

For comparison, Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus memberships normally sell at a price of $11.99 for one month, $29.99 for three months, and $69.99 for 12 months.

What’s more, unlike those comparable competing services, Nintendo Switch Online also features a Family Membership that costs $44.99 for a 12-month duration. With that, up to eight Nintendo Account holders will be able to make use of the service, even across multiple devices!

And if all that wasn’t enough? They’ve also got “Special Offers” in the works, but we’re going to have to wait for further details on that. Perhaps we could see some special Nintendo eShop discounts for members, similar to what Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus provide for theirs?

If you’ve still got questions about Nintendo Switch Online, be sure to check out the official website, and you may find some answers.

As promised back in January, Nintendo of Canada has released the new Nintendo Labo sets to retail. And this time, we have prices!

For $89.99 (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price), the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit contains all the materials necessary to construct the following Toy-Con projects (per the press release):

  • RC Car: The RC Car is powered by vibrations in the Joy-Con controllers and can follow a path of reflective tape by using the IR Motion Camera in the right Joy-Con controller – it even works in the dark! Materials to build two RC Cars are included, so two players can race or battle each other!****
  • Fishing Rod: Build a working rod and reel, and then go fishing on the screen of your Nintendo Switch console to catch a variety of exotic fish. You can also enter Aquarium mode – accessed via Toy-Con Piano – to view all the fish you’ve caught or even design your own colourful fish.
  • House: Insert different blocks into your newly constructed House to interact with the adorable creature inside. Combining multiple blocks can unlock special features and mini-games, including an exhilarating mine cart ride!
  • Motorbike: Rev the throttle of your Motorbike by twisting the right handle, just like the real thing! You can even create and race on tracks you design.
  • Piano: Compose and record music using different octaves, reverb and sound effects – even cat noises!

Meanwhile, the $99.99 (MSRP) Nintendo Labo Robot Kit allows you to channel your inner Tony Stark on a whole new level by charging you with building a robotic suit, not from a box of scraps, but by building it from the box itself.

The robot suit — which you’ll actually be able to wear — includes a backpack and visor, allowing you to take control of the Megazord-sized (or Jaeger, or whatever giant mech you prefer) robot on your television screen. After customizing your big bad box bot in the Hangar and creating sound effects with your Toy-Con Robot in the Robo Studio, you’ll be able to enter Robot Mode and start smashing buildings to rubble and swatting UFOs out of the sky.

What’s more, a second Nintendo Labo Robot Kit and pair of Joy-Con controllers, you and a friend can take each other on in a battle of robo-dominance with a single Nintendo Switch system.

Finally, the $12.99 (MSRP) Customization Kit will allow you to further make these creations your own by providing colorful tape, stencils, and Nintendo-themed stickers to bling things out to your heart’s desire.

“As with anything we do at Nintendo, our primary goal with Nintendo Labo is to make people smile,” said Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser. “Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, we hope the playful spirit of Nintendo Labo ignites imagination and creativity in people of all ages as they interact with Nintendo Switch in new ways.”

Coinciding with the launch of Nintendo Labo is a new contest for kids across Canada and the United States ages 13 years and up:

Winners will receive a Nintendo Labo prize package, which includes a Nintendo Labo kit, special jacket, and a signed framed certificate. You can learn more about the contest by clicking here.

Finally, the one and only Bill Nye (the Science Guy) recently took Nintendo Labo for a spin by creating his own custom-decorated RC Car:

You can see more from Nye, as well as other creations from social media influencers and Nintendo employees alike, by visiting the user-generated content (UGC) hub over the next few weeks.

For more information about Nintendo Labo, be sure to visit the official website.

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

  • 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 13Octopath 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 TrackerCaptain 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.

Nintendo 3DS

  • 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.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 billion video games and more than 710 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at https://www.nintendo.ca/.

March 3rd marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and to celebrate, Nintendo of Canada is giving away a Switch! …plus one of every amiibo available.

That’s right, you can be the one to walk away with not only the hottest new handheld/console hybrid of this generation, but also a whopping 143 amiibo figures as well, so you can put that NFC reader right to work in hits such as Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bayonetta 2, and more!

So, what do you have to do? Simple! Between now and March 16th, Nintendo wants to see how the Switch has inspired the way you play, and by using the hashtags #1YearWithNintendoSwitch & #NintendoContest at the beginning of a tweet (this is a Twitter contest, by the way, so sign up if you haven’t already), you can share with them your artwork, photos, or videos celebrating this occasion. For further details, click here.

On top of all that, Nintendo also has a variety of Nintendo Switch (and Nintendo 3DS) offers that are underway right now, and you can find out more about those right here.

Nintendo of Canada has issued a press release announcing that according to a report from the market research firm The NPD Group, the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest selling home console in the history of Canada, its sales “the strongest for the first 10 months of any video game system in Canadian history.”

Prior to this, the record was held by none other than Nintendo’s Wii console.

“The response that the Nintendo Switch has received from Canadians has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier. “We’re thrilled to have seen such record-breaking momentum in 2017.”

Titles such as The Game Awards’ Game of the Year winner The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and runner-up Super Mario Odyssey have helped keep the platform at the forefront of consumers’ minds throughout 2017, and Nintendo promises more titles are on the way to help further bolster their catalog, including Kirby Star Allies, an as-yet untitled game starring Yoshi, and the recently announced Mario Tennis Aces, as well a new release of Bayonetta 1&2.

The news mirrors a recent report from CTV about the Nintendo Switch reaching a similar milestone in the United States and Japan, tallying up more than 10 million sold worldwide by mid-December. They also note that the Switch’s predecessor, the Wii U, sold 7.3 million units over its first 10 months, and only reached 13.56 million by the time Nintendo pulled the plug on its production in January last year. At the current rate, they believe that the Switch will at the very least match that number come March 2018.

As for the competition, CTV also notes that Sony, whose PlayStation 4 sold 14.4 million in its first year, has yet to post any holiday sales figures. Meanwhile, Microsoft has seemingly been reluctant to share their sales figures following Sony taking the sales lead in 2014. However, the release of their mid-cycle upgrade and most powerful gaming console in history to date, the Xbox One X, could potentially give them something to talk about.

Following a “surprise” Nintendo Direct Mini last week, Nintendo sat poised to make another announcement today with only less than a day’s notice. But unlike last week’s feature, which focused on video games, today’s announcement feels like the company is returning to an earlier point in its history from before they became the gaming giant they are known as today.

Incidentally, despite the headline, I suppose the amiibo line could also be seen as a return to making toys, but something about this seems more evocative of innovations such as Ultra-Hand and the Nintendo tumbler puzzle/”Ten Billion Barrel” than their figurines. See for yourself:

“Make, Play, and Discover” are the themes driving Nintendo Labo, a series of do-it-yourself (DIY) kits which change how one can interact with their Nintendo Switch. Each kit includes modular sheets of cardboard which can be folded into what Nintendo calls “Toy-Cons,” which can house the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Cons in various ways. “As you build, you will have fun discovering how the technology works, and might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con!” says the press release.

For example, you can build a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical creations to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted. As you play, the IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and translates them into unique notes that are heard through the console. You can even take control of your very own motorbike by constructing a functioning set of handlebars, with a Joy-Con inserted in each side and the Nintendo Switch console cradled in the middle. Simply hit the ignition button, turn the right handle to engage the accelerator and watch your adventure unfold on the Nintendo Switch screen, as you race to new destinations.

Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences,” said Nintendo of America’s President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, in the press release. “It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform – one designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in people of all ages.”

Two kits will kick off the line on April 20th, the “Variety Kit” and the “Robot Kit”. Via the press release:

Variety Kit 

  • Toy-Con RC Car: Insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into your newly built RC Car and control its movement using touch screen controls on the Nintendo Switch console. The HD Rumble feature in the Joy-Con controllers will cause vibrations that move the car in the direction you choose. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included.
  • Toy-Con Fishing Rod: Construct the Fishing Rod with an active, rotating reel that is attached by string to a cradle holding the Nintendo Switch console. Catch one of many exotic fish shown swimming on the Nintendo Switch screen by casting your Fishing Rod and unwinding the reel to lower the hook. Once you feel a vibration from the Joy-Con inserted in the reel, you must tug the Fishing Rod upward and crank the reel quickly to try and complete the catch!
  • Toy-Con House: By inserting various assembled blocks into openings in the sides and bottom of the House, you can interact with, play games with and feed a cute creature on the front-facing Nintendo Switch screen. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House.
  • Toy-Con Motorbike: Insert each Joy-Con into an assembled set of handlebars to drive a motorbike on the Nintendo Switch screen. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle. Leaning your body or turning the handlebars left and right controls the motorbike.
  • Toy-Con Piano: After assembling a beautifully crafted 13-key piano and inserting the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con, you can experiment with your own musical creations by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones!

“Dr. Light will never be able to stop me now!”

Robot Kit 

  • Toy-Con Robot: Create a wearable Robot suit, and insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into the designated slots on the backpack and visor to assume control of the robot, which is shown on the TV when the Nintendo Switch console is docked. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.

Interestingly enough, one has to wonder if the Robot Kit didn’t manage to somehow spring out of the “Project Giant Robot” game that Nintendo was working on for Wii U, but confirmed as cancelled last year.

No Canadian pricing has been announced yet, but in the States, the Variety Kit will be priced at $69.99 USD, while the Robot Kit will go for $79.99 USD. Most big first-party Nintendo Switch games have been priced at $59.99 USD, which has translated to $79.99 CAD (going by listings on their website), so hopefully that gives us some idea of what we’ll be paying when they’re released here. For more information, be sure to visit the official Nintendo Labo website.

Nintendo of Canada, in conjunction with Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., have announced a new licensing partnership that will kick off at Build-A-Bear Workshops across the United States, the United Kingdom, and of course, Canada.

“Bringing beloved characters like Mario, Yoshi and Bowser to Build-A-Bear aligns our shared goal of engaging kids and families in fun and new ways,” said Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Tom Prata. “Now, even the youngest member of the family can interact with Nintendo by creating their own powered-up furry friend.”

Indeed, fans of the Mario series will be able to create their very own 16-inch Mario Bear ($28*) or Yoshi ($25.50*), or a 15-inch Bowser ($35*). They can be further enhanced with sound chips that play the Super Mario Bros. theme song or five distinctly Koopa Kingly sounds from the maw of Bowser himself ($7 each*).

Other options include a pre-stuffed plush of Toad ($10.50*), the option to dress a bear in two-piece Princess Peach or Luigi costumes ($16 each*), or deck them out in a red Super Mario branded hoodie with a picture of Mario and Yoshi on the front ($10*). You can also top them off with a three-piece set of Super Mario wrist accessories that includes a Super Star, Super Mushroom, and Yoshi Egg ($8.50*).

Super Mario is a classic game franchise many of our Guests know and love, and we’ve had a lot of fun bringing these characters into furry friend form,” said Build-A-Bear Workshop chief product officer Jennifer Kretchmar. “Like Build-A-Bear, Nintendo’s characters appeal to everyone, so we couldn’t wait to team up for the first time and offer another way for Guests to enjoy the timeless brand.”

To get a better look at everything that’s available and even order online (Bowser is only available in select stores and online), check out Build-A-Bear’s page here. To find your nearest Build-A-Bear Workshop, click here.

* Build-A-Bear Workshop doesn’t appear to have a dedicated Canadian website, but it did recognize that I’m in Canada, and these are the prices displayed when visiting.

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.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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NES-Classic-1I feel like I should make one thing very clear from the outset: I am NOT a fan of how Nintendo handled the NES Classic Edition. The holiday product that helped fill the gaping hole in their holiday lineup was produced in astoundingly short supply, with the majority of the units seemingly winding up in the hands of scalpers who were able to — pardon the expression — game the system through hacks, bots, and other means.

As far as I know, I’m the only person among those I know offline as well as on who even owns one, and even that only occurred thanks to the generosity of an EB Games employee who graciously allowed me to take the one he’d set aside for himself, after I’d waited 41st in line on a shipment of 40 units on launch day in the hopes something wouldn’t pan out for someone in front of me. I do hope he was able to get one for himself later, as quantities and further shipments were all big question marks, never mind the prospect of pre-ordering. EB Games, owned by GameStop, a company that’s downright notorious for the way it pushes pre-orders, couldn’t even offer pre-orders on this thing.

But friends and family who were interested wound up disappointed, and ultimately opted to just forget about the idea of ever owning one.

Even managing to acquire one myself through what I’ll gladly call a miracle, I was severely disappointed and even angry. Disappointed and angry for others who were interested in this one little grey box which promised to recapture moments from their childhoods and possibly even share that magic with their own children.

But beyond the short supply of NES Classic Edition consoles were the controllers. If the NES Classic Edition was gold in terms of rarity, additional controllers were rarer than platinum. At launch, the EB Games I went to — who had a veritable wealth of the units compared to most places — only got three of the additional controllers. Three. That means fewer than one in every ten people who got an NES Classic Edition could even play the assortment of 2-player games included — at least, without partially disassembling their Wii Pro Controllers, anyway.

By virtue of being compatible with the Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles through attachment to the Wii Remote should have meant there would be more of them produced than the console they were marketed with. Instead, I’ve yet to visit a store which saw any since launch day, if at all.

In the end, I believe that for most people, the NES Classic Edition equals disappointment. Even for me; part of my intent of getting one was to be able to take it on the road with me to Otakon and other places to play in our hotel room, or even to some friends, maybe share it with the in-laws. Instead, I’m afraid to take it outside of my home for fear that if anything happens to it, that’s that.

That is not how you enjoy a product.

Which brings us to today. Only a few months after Nintendo announced that they were discontinuing the product and revealing that it was apparently never meant to be a long-term proposition like its contemporaries in the market, they have announced a successor that many felt would follow — that is, if Nintendo didn’t create an NES Classic Edition 2 or even just release another batch of the original for the holidays.

supernesclassicHearing that the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition (or Super NES Classic for short) is coming this fall is enough to make one wince — my own knee-jerk reaction when my wife told me the news was something along the lines of “**** off”. But my cursing might have been a bit hasty, as digging deeper than the headline reveals Nintendo may have learned some lessons from before, and will hopefully be working harder to avoid disappointing their fans and consumers so immensely this time around.

While the Super NES Classic is arriving in the fall once again, this time it’s much earlier: September 29th, 2017, roughly a month and a half sooner than the more holiday-oriented November 11th “Nintendo Day” they released the NES Classic on last year. Hopefully the added time will work out, as Nintendo has told Kotaku that they intend to ship them through the end of the calendar year, giving us a much clearer time table for acquiring one than before.

What’s more, they note that while they won’t provide specific numbers, they will be shipping “significantly” greater quantities than they did for the NES Classic. The official website even states “Retailer info coming soon!” at the bottom, which I believe is already an improvement over the situation leading up to the launch of the NES Classic.

“While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,” said Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, in a press release. “With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favourite retro classics with family and friends.”

The cost for the unit will be $99.99, but the contents will differ somewhat. In addition to the console itself, loaded with 21 games versus the NES Classic’s 30, there will be a USB charging cable with AC adapter and an HDMI cable included, as well as two controllers. Nintendo has not mentioned selling these separately, however, but the second controller is probably what balances out the reduction in the number of games. As modders have shown, the NES Classic could hold many more games than what came pre-installed, and the same probably holds true here, but Nintendo has a value prospect they like to maintain for their titles.

As for the games, a second controller is arguably of more use in the batch included here:

·      Contra III: The Alien Wars

·      Donkey Kong Country

·      EarthBound

·      Final Fantasy III

·      F-ZERO

·      Kirby Super Star

·      Kirby’s Dream Course

·      The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

·      Mega Man X

·      Secret of Mana

·      Star Fox

·      Star Fox 2

·      Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

·      Super Castlevania IV

·      Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts

·      Super Mario Kart

·      Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

·      Super Mario World

·      Super Metroid

·      Super Punch-Out!!

·      Yoshi’s Island 

supernesclassicboxThe quantity may be smaller here, but the significance is unmistakably larger. While all of the NES Classic games appeared on one Virtual Console or another across the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U, three titles here never have. Well, sort of.

Yoshi’s Island was a part of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program, as well as a part of the Virtual Console library proper on the Wii U — but only the Game Boy Advance version, whose audio and resolution is generally regarded as inferior to the Super FX Chip-powered original release on the Super NES.

The Super FX Chip is the key to what makes this collection so significant, as games which used it were never released on the Virtual Console. That includes the original Star Fox, whose soundtrack greatly outdoes those of any subsequent release in the series, in my opinion. I’ve long waited for Nintendo to overcome whatever hurdle might have been preventing it (or to just remake it), and if this is how they do it, I’m all in.

Sweetening the pot is the unthinkable: Star Fox 2. When Nadia told me that this was included on the Super NES Classic, I immediately went from “**** off” and thinking “not this again” to “Day One, must have.” Though elements were cribbed to varying degrees of success (Star Fox Command just didn’t work for me, thanks to its controls), this game has never seen an official release, despite having been finished literal decades ago — which is also how long I’ve been waiting for this opportunity.

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Playing as Falco, yes! (Image via Unseen64.)

Sadly, one game I had hoped would be alongside its Super FX siblings is Stunt Race FX. It’s not the only classic “missing” from this collection, though, as my wife points out over on USgamer, so hopefully we’ll see a Super NES Classic Edition 2 someday that helps fill in a few gaps.

As for the two controllers, they’ll be usable in nine of the 21 titles featured here: Contra III: The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Kirby Super Star, Kirby’s Dream Course, Star Fox 2, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, and Secret of Mana, which unfortunately looks like it’s been left a little short due to the game originally supporting three players.

Only time will tell if Nintendo has truly managed to remedy where the NES Classic Edition fell short of hopes, dreams, and expectations when the Super NES Classic Edition is released in just a few short months. But clearer communication about the duration of the product, a pack-in solution to the second controller issue, promises of greater quantities, and a selection which goes beyond warmed-over Virtual Console releases shows a lot of promise, and may even get a few people who shrugged off the existence of the original to take a look.

As for me? Well, I’ve got an early day ahead of me on September 29th, so I’ll say I’m glad the weather will be warmer than the last time I did this song and dance. And maybe this time, I’ll even be able to get a spare, just in case, so I can take one with me without worry or fear.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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The Nintendo Switch has been selling hot and fast ever since its early March release, so there’s a possibility you may not have one yet. Whether that’s the case, or you just want to try out the hottest new games on the new on-the-go home console, Nintendo of Canada has just the news for you.

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Throughout the summer of 2017, fans across Canada will have the chance to take part in the Nintendo Switch Play Together events featuring 1-2-Switch, Snipperclips – Cut It Out, Together!, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and eventually Splatoon 2, once it’s been released on July 21st. Other activities for visitors include snapping pics at the themed Photo Walls, competing in the Competition Zone for prizes, getting to grab some Nintendo goods (while supplies last, of course), and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm*, meet Mario or Luigi!

Lucky participants will also score a Nintendo Switch Play Together prize pack, which includes a Nintendo Switch system and one copy each of ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2. Full contest rules and regulations can be found here.

Here is the full schedule as it currently stands:

Date City Location
June 25 Vancouver, BC Greek Day on Broadway
July 1 Surrey, BC Canada Day Celebrations [Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre]
July 1 – 3 Toronto, ON Redpath Waterfront Festival
July 7 – 9 Montreal, QC Montreal Comiccon+
July 7 – 16 Calgary, AB Calgary Stampede+
July 15 – 23 Montreal, QC Mondial des Jeux+
Aug 2 – 6 Lévis, QC Festivent Ville de Lévis+
Aug 11 – 13 Montreal, QC La Ronde+
Aug 18 – Sept 4 Toronto, ON Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)+
Aug 19 – Sept 4 Vancouver, BC Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)+**


*Mario/Luigi schedule subject to change. 12-4pm is approximate timing and does not include breaks.
** Closed August 21 and 28
+Require general ticket purchase to events for access to grounds.

For further information and updates, be sure to check here and also visit Nintendo.ca.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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Back in February, I brought you word that the Real Escape Game “Defenders of the Triforce,” based on Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda franchise, would be coming to Canada. Unfortunately, at the time, that and the cities that would play host to the game were all that was known — no dates or any other info.

In the interim, it seems that Nintendo and Secret City Adventures’ contest of wits has crossed our border and begun. I was just recently informed that while some events have already taken place, there are still several more to come in the days ahead. Here is what the schedule looks like:

– Montreal (in French; the English version just wrapped up – June 14th to 16th)
– Edmonton (June 23rd to 25th)
– Calgary (June 30th to July 2nd)
– Vancouver (July 5th-9th)

So if you live in one of those cities, then there’s still time to take part! And if you’re so lucky as to still have this event to look forward to, then I have even better news: The kind folks of Secret City Adventures who reached out to me have told me that you can now use the code MARIOHAT25 in order to save 25 percent off the cost of your admission! A discovery such as that is surely worthy of one of these, is it not?

Also, it’s dangerous to go alone, so maybe take friends?

For more information about “Defenders of the Triforce,” be sure to visit the official website.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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