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

  • 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/.

Written by Darrel Scott; edited by David Oxford

Many gamers would say that Nintendo has fallen behind Sony and Microsoft when it comes to major console gaming in the past decade or so. While there are legions of hardcore Nintendo loyalists out there, the Wii and Wii U simply weren’t as powerful as the latest Xbox and PlayStation devices. But if there’s one clear advantage that remains with Nintendo, it’s the company’s ability to tap into nostalgia and build on games that people grew up with.

So far, the new Nintendo Switch is looking like an interesting play. Sales for the new console are reportedly off to a phenomenal start, and it seems that the experiment is paying off. Gamers appreciate the idea of a console that essentially doubles as a mobile gaming device, and Nintendo appears to have executed the concept pretty well.

Another reason the Switch seems to be performing well is related to the aforementioned ability to tap into nostalgia. Among the console’s best launch titles, players can find new games for the likes of The Legend of Zelda and Bomberman, two beloved franchises that have been off the shelves for quite some time. These aren’t the only good games you can play on the Switch, but it stands to reason they’re helping to drive sales.

With that said, here are a few more games Nintendo might be wise to explore for the Switch, both from its own past and to get at gamers’ nostalgia in general.

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Super Mario RPG

There will be plenty of Mario-related games that come out on the Switch, but Nintendo would still do well to reboot this underrated classic. Those who played Super Mario RPG (on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Wii Virtual Console) know that it still stands as one of the most entertaining role playing games of all time. In fact, just last year an article emerged expressing that in 20 years, few Nintendo games have lived up to this one. Throw in the fact that an RPG is one of the easier genres or formats to flip seamlessly between mobile and console gaming, and this seems like a no-brainer.

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GoldenEye 007

Shooters are tricky on a device like the mobile component of the Switch. This iconic first person shooter was actually rebooted to somewhat mediocre effect for the Wii a few years ago, but a new flagship Nintendo device without a fresh attempt at resurrecting GoldenEye’s glory just seems like a shame! Plus, it could pave the way for a new generation of James Bond games, which have always been fun.

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X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

In a way, it feels like the year of Wolverine (thanks to Hugh Jackman’s final film as the legendary Canadian hero). Still, despite the recent surge in popularity we haven’t seen a major Wolverine game in quite some time. Some of the most recent games starring the fearsome mutant are online slot reels that are more fun than you might think. These casual web games are actually considered to be among the most popular and entertaining around, and frequently adopt characters and series from popular entertainment, with the result that there are currently multiple Wolverine– and X-Men-related games in circulation. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse was a classic platformer for the SNES back in 1994, and could be a great candidate for an update to the hybrid mobile and home console.

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Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version

Pokémon is more relevant than ever thanks to the explosive popularity of Pokémon GO, and Nintendo ought to go ahead and capitalize. Brand new versions of the original games, with better graphics and perhaps slightly more complex gameplay, would be a wonderful surprise. These games could work well on both mobile and console modes, and it’s hard to imagine this being anything but a major seller for the Nintendo Switch. It’s hard that there’s never been a proper Pokémon game for consoles (outside of titles like Pokkén Tournament and Pokémon Snap), but there are rumors that Game Freak might be looking to develop a new Pokémon game for the Switch, although it’s still far too early to know any details.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Turtles are also riding a wave of popularity with a younger generation but older fans probably still have fond memories of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games from the ’90s. These arcade brawlers recall a time when Nintendo dominated the console market and arcades were filled with the sounds of clinking quarters and the smell of stale pizza. While not exclusive to Nintendo, the Switch is perfectly suited to make the most of the iconic arcade gameplay and help acquaint a new audience with the older games starring the heroes in a half shell.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Mario’s Hat or any of Nyteworks’ staff.

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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.

New3DSXL_Pikachu_boxFor 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.

More immediately, Nintendo of Canada has also announced that two new best-sellers are joining the $29.99 Nintendo Selects lineup: The fantastic Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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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.

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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In case you hadn’t heard: After being released in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain… well, most of the free world in the days and weeks prior, The Pokémon Company and Niantic finally remembered that Canada exists and released Pokémon GO here last night.

In further “in case you didn’t know,” Pokémon GO is a free-to-play Augmented Reality (AR) game available for iOS and Android mobile devices which uses a Global Positioning System to track your location, with the various Pokémon popping up “in real life” (read: viewable among your surroundings via your device’s screen) for you to catch. Various landmarks serve as PokéStops, where you can stock up on Poké Balls, and the occasional egg, while others (often churches, strangely enough) serve as Pokémon gyms, which various teams (Valor, Mystic, and Instinct — you’ll choose yours when you reach Level 5) fight for control over.

I’ve only been playing it since last night, and it’s been fun so far. You can read more about the game on the official website if you still need to better familiarize yourself with it.

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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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.”

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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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.

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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Wow! Quite a few marquee names are headlining the Nintendo Download this week. Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for Wii U – The worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem come together in the modern day as you battle through dungeons and strategize against your foes in this role playing game.

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Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Wii U – Happy Birthday, Sonic! The Blue Blur turns 25 today, and is ready to show his stuff in the latest version of his rivalry with Mario at the Olympic Games for the Wii U. 17 sports are featured, including Soccer, Beach Volleyball, and the Olympic Games debut of Rugby Sevens.

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Mighty No. 9 for Wii U – Keiji Inafune’s action platformer introduces Beck, a robot with the ability to absorb the Xels which comprise other robots. As the other Mighty Numbers run amuck, it’s up to Beck — aka Mighty No. 9 — to help hunt down his brethren, find the cause, and save the world from destruction!

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team/Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team for Wii U – The world is in a state of crisis, but by forming rescue teams, your Pokémon can save the day!

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky for Wii U – Learn the secrets of Time and Darkness as you set out on an adventure to save the world!

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Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts for Wii U – Sir Arthur and his breezy boxers are back as the princess is kidnapped by underworld creatures once again.

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Splashy Duck for Wii U – Collect the coins, dodge the whales, and reach the finish line!

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Star Sky 2 for Wii U – Slow down, relax, and learn what consequences your choices bring in this nighttime adventure game.

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Blackjack 21 for Wii U – Not just Blackjack, but a simulator that aims to bring the experience as close to the casino as possible.

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Educational Pack of Kids Games for Wii U – A set of learning games for young children that teaches about math, colors, shapes, and more.

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Rubik’s Cube for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – “The most authentic digital representation of the Rubik’s Cube available,” you’ll find both 2x2x2 and 3x3x3 here with touch controls, a solver, and leaderboards.

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Unholy Heights for Nintendo 3DS – Sucker monsters into your apartment building to charge them rent while keeping them happy with new furniture, then turn them loose on any “heroes” who dare to invade!

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new themes are “Rhythm Heaven Megamix Costumed Tebiri” and “Rhythm Heaven Megamix Ringside.”

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Vector Assault is 20 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Infinity Runner is more than 40 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 7.
    • Star Sky is 50 percent off (reduced from $4 to $2) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 7.
    • Steel Rivals is more than 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Super Destronaut is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to 99 cents) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 14.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

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Remember the Pokémon title that came out in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS just over a year ago, Pokémon Rumble World?

Well, if you happened to miss the digital release for whatever reason — not enough memory, not into digital, what have you — you’re in luck! Nintendo has decided to release it on a physical Game Card at retail, and you can purchase it now for $39.99.

“We love giving our fans as many purchase options as possible,” Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, said in a press releae. “Players that love collecting physical games and all things Pokémon will now be able to add Pokémon Rumble World to their Nintendo 3DS collection.”

Pokémon Rumble World features 700 toy Pokémon that you can battle and collect — er, “befriend,” and the StreetPass, SpotPass, and “Call Someone Online” features allow players to summon a fellow player’s Mii to their in-game town to assist with helpful items.

For more information on Pokémon Rumble World, 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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Hm, the Nintendo Download feels a little slim this week; there aren’t any headlining Nintendo 3DS releases (only one, in fact), no Nintendo 3DS themes, and even the sales feel fewer than normal, while the Activity promoted is U.S. only. Maybe it’s due to the release of Miitomo happening today as well? Yet even that isn’t mentioned here. Go figure.

Lovely Planet for Wii U – You’re on a quest to reach Lovely Planet, and to get there, you’ve got to make use of speed-boosting boots, infinite ammo, and the ability to jump more than twice your own height. No sweat, right?

You can save 15 percent off the purchase of this game until May 5th, 2016, provided you downloaded the demo during the [email protected] promotion.

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Pokkén Tournament – Demo Version for Wii U – Not sure if the world of Pokémon fisticuffs is right for you? Find out with this free demo!

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Mario Super Sluggers for Wii U – If you missed this title on the Wii, now’s your chance to swing for the fences and steal some bases. You’ll need a Wii Remote to pitch and use as your surrogate bat, though, but with that in hand, you’ll be able to play with up to four players across nine stadiums ranging from ice castles to an urban cityscape to become champion.

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6-Hand Video Poker for Wii U – “Multiple hands, unlimited play, a realistic pay-table, and a moving Las Vegas theme” are what this release has stakes in.

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Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus for Wii U – Solve puzzles, gain skills, and talk to townsfolk to save Exidus in this 2D adventure.

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Now I Know My ABCs for Wii U – This program for the younger crowd uses color association, audio cues, and positive reinforcement to help teach children about how to write letters (actual letters, not long-form correspondence).

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Pixlcross for Wii U – More than 150 puzzles ranging from 5×5 to 35×35 span four levels of difficulty in this Picross game.

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Justice Chronicles for Nintendo 3DS – Two heroes must work together to thwart destiny and save the world in this 40+ hour role playing game.

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Vanguard Down – For $1.99 USD, you can take part in a trial ground that uses Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn‘s “Elincia’s Gambit” stage. You can also purchase Map Pack 1 to get everything released through April 21st for less than you’d pay individually.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • 99Moves (Wii U), Soccer Up 3D (Nintendo 3DS) and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 21.
    • Baila Latino (Wii U), Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Oxygene are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 15.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Stone Shire is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1) starting at 9 a.m. PT on April 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 1.
    • Canvaleon is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.95 to $4.95) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 7.​
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

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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On the go or on the couch, Nintendo has two big titles lined up. Plus, a pair of retro classics on Wii U’s Virtual Console and a sequel to an indie darling, to boot. It’s looking like a good week from here.

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Pokkén Tournament for Wii U – Available March 18th: Enough with the turn-based stuff, these Pokemon are ready to throw down with fighting game fisticuffs. With the Super Smash Bros. roster packed to the gills, however, what are they to do? Start their own tournament, Tekken-style, of course!

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DIG DUG II for Wii U – Dig Dug is taking a break from his side-scrolling adventures and going on a top-down island vacation. Too bad the swarms of Pooka and Fygar won’t allow him to rest! Inflate them to the point of bursting, or dig some clever traps to ensnare them!

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City Connection for Wii U – You’re out to make your mark on the world by painting the roadways around the globe by driving over them. Unfortunately, the cops aren’t too keen on your activities and are giving chase. Can you paint all the roads while making a clean getaway?

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Bird Mania Party for Wii U – Up to five players can compete for the best score as you soar past bushes, treetops, and stinging bees. Collect points and unlock achievements to the pumping music, or bring a friend along for co-op play!

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U Host for Wii U – Get together up to four friends or teams and create your own game show! Choose from more than 1,000 questions across ten categories, or create your own custom categories and questions that can add a personal touch to an upcoming event! All this, and mini-games, too!

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Mutant Mudds Super Challenge for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Max is back for a bigger challenge than any he’s ever faced! Purchase the game on one console and cross-buy will allow you to get it on the other. What’s more, the Loyalty Discount will save you 15 percent if you own the original Mutant Mudds or downloaded the [email protected] Preview version of this title.

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Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Nintendo 3DS – Available March 18th: It’s time to train for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro! As your Mii, join Mario and Sonic in their separate Adventure Mode stories and take part in 14 events, including BMX, 110m Hurdles, golf, and soccer! (On a personal note, I always prefer the portables for their Adventure Modes, so this is the version I’m most interested in.)

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Royal Royale – A new map is available to download, or you can purchase Map Pack 1 to get everything released through April 21st for less than you’d pay individually.

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This week’s new theme is “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess : Light & Twilight.”

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

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A big week of releases has just occurred, particularly if you’re into Rock-Paper-Scissors styled combat games.

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Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition for Nintendo 3DS – Available February 27th: The trio that launched a phenomenon! Fine-tuned for the Nintendo 3DS so you can still trade all of your pocket monsters with friends — wirelessly!

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Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale for Nintendo 3DS – Turn-based combat and farming mini-games abound in this title of Harvest Moon lineage.

Mega Man Legacy Collection for Nintendo 3DS – Do the math: Six classic Mega Man titles from the Nintendo Entertainment System for the price of three, and with a crisper presentation and a plethora of bonuses to boot! You can read my review of the PlayStation 4 version here, while Nadia talks about what this specific version entails here.

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Sadame for Nintendo 3DS – As a Samurai, Ninja, Monk, or Rogue, you must hack and slash your way through an army of monstrous invading Yokai. Watch out!

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Toy Defense for Nintendo 3DS – Test your skills as a military commander in this tower defense game set during the height of World War I. Don’t sweat it too much, though — the combatants are actual toy soldiers!

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Medabots AX: Metabee and Medabots AX: Rokusho for Wii U – Following the previous releases, Ikki and Metabee (or Rokusho) want to win top honors in the World Robattle tournament. Beat the other bots to gain new weapons and abilities from their Medaparts to aid you on your journey!

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6180 the moon for Wii U – The moon is on a quest to find the missing sun in this unique platformer that connects the Wii U GamePad and television screens.

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Inside My Radio for Wii U – “Music/Platformer/Rhythm/Puzzle.” That just about says it all, doesn’t it?

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Replay: VHS is not dead for Wii U – This puzzle platformer allows you to rewind time in order to get things right throughout numerous movie settings.

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Smart Adventures – Mission Math for Wii U – As a member of the Science Math and Radical Technology Agency, you’ve been called upon to use your skills to help fix the space station and determine the identity of the saboteur.

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Volcanic Field 2 for Wii U – Magma (lava after it surfaces, really) is spewing forth from the weakened crust of the Earth, and it’s up to you to rescue civilians and keep casualties to a minimum.

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LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – Demo Version for Wii U – Not sure if you’ve got what it takes to bash bricks with the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Find out before you buy with this demo!

New DLC

Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Free Update and DLC – Many anticipated features are finally here, including new potions, blocks, biomes, and mobs — for free! Meanwhile the paid downloadable content brings in 24 new settlers and new biome skins. You can find all the details here.

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Maps – The new Boo Camp and Beach Brawl maps are now available for $2.49 each.

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 1 – Nintendo offers a reminder that you can still purchase this pack for $17.99 (everything would be more than $24 separately) to get 11 downloadable content maps and bonuses as they’re released through April 21st.

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This week’s new themes are Mega Man “Stage Select” and “Mega Man vs. Dr. Wily!”.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 1.
    • Jewel Match 3, Joe’s Diner and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 10.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Keytari: 8-Bit Music Maker is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.
    • Land it Rocket is more than 45 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.59) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.
    • Defense Dome and SDK Paint from Hullbreach Studios are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Kami and Witch & Hero from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 10.
    • Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! is 25 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $2.24) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 17.
    • Bloo Kid 2 is 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 17.

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

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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amiibo_Timmy-and-TommyAfter some teasing of various upcoming amiibo figure announcements, Nintendo of Canada has pulled back the curtain on a pretty good chunk of it. Leading off with the previously-announced Ryu, Roy, and R.O.B. in Famicom colors coming in March, they’ve also announced that a new wave of Animal Crossing amiibo will arrive in stores on March 18th, headlined by Rover, Kapp’n, and the duo of Timmy & Tommy, as well as a stand-alone Digby figure.

If that’s not enough Animal Crossing for you, another wave of Animal Crossing amiibo cards will be released, bringing the grand total to 300!

Returning to store shelves will be new shipments of Charizard, Greninja, and Lucario, who will arrive to help celebrate Pokémon‘s 20th anniversary.

3DS_MSROG_Pack-ShotWhen Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games arrives on the Nintendo 3DS on March 18th for $49.99, amiibo functionality will be includes there as well. However, perhaps due to the vast rosters on either side versus the number of amiibo available for either, only the title characters’ figures will be usable here.

The functionality here is rather curious, as the press release states “By tapping the Mario or Sonic amiibo figures to the New Nintendo 3DS system (or on a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory), players can boost Mario and Sonic’s outfits with that character’s power for the day.”

I’m guessing that there might be some sort of stats associated with clothing/equipment, but it’s hard to say for sure without more information about the game itself (I’m still crossing my fingers that it features an Adventure Mode).

Incidentally and interestingly, no mention is made of similar compatibility with the Wii U version.

The biggest news of the entire press release, however, came from the Wolf Link and Midna amiibo figure’s compatibility with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD:

The retail version of the game will arrive on March 4th at a suggested retail price of $79.99, and it includes the aforementioned Wolf Link and Midna amiibo figure, which “currently” will be the only way to get said figure. Still, if Digby is any indication, the duo will likely strike out on their own before too long.

In any case, tapping the figure to the Wii U GamePad controller will open the 40-floor “Cave of Shadows” bonus dungeon, and according to GameXplain, awards the “Bottomless Wallet” (provided you already have the Giant Wallet) that holds 9,999 rupees upon completion. Plus, players can save their remaining hearts at the end of the Cave of Shadows to the amiibo, allowing them to use them to replenish their life energy inside the cave should one wish to try to beat their previous record.

Data stored to the Wolf Link amiibo will also be usable in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda game coming to Wii U later this year, but the specifics are being kept hush-hush.

Wolf Link isn’t the only one that works with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, though — Link and Toon Link from the Super Smash Bros. series can be used once per day to refill your arrow count, while Princess Zelda and Sheik will do the same for the player’s hearts. Those seeking a challenge, though, will want to seek out the Ganondorf amiibo — scanning his figure doubles the damage that Link will take. Stack that on top of the rumored Hero Mode, and you’ll find a challenge worthy of any truly great Hero.

Finally, Star Fox Zero has a release date of April 22nd confirmed. However, while amiibo compatibility is also reiterated, Nintendo has elected to keep its lips sealed on that particular matter for now — sort of an odd way to conclude a list of amiibo functionality announcements, one has to admit.

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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Oh yeah, now we’re talkin’.

Pokémon has been around for two decades now, and during that time, most of the famed Pokémon Battles to take place have been menu-based affairs in the core series. Options for pure fighting, however, have been a bit slimmer — there have been a handful of the eponymous pocket monsters featured in Super Smash Bros., of course, but only a handful as part of a much larger ensemble.

That all changes come March 18th, however, as the pure Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament comes exclusively to the Wii U. For $74.99 CAD, you’ll be ready to rumble with high-definition visuals some of the most recognizable Pokémon characters take each other straight down to the mat — or whatever surface they end up fighting on.

Plus, those who buy in to the first production run of physical copies will receive a special amiibo card featuring Shadow Mewtwo. Tap it on the Wii U GamePad controller, and you’ll unlock this shadowy psychic as a playable character in the game.

That’s not all, though! To further commemorate the launch of the Pokémon franchise 20 years ago in Japan, the previously announced Virtual Console releases of the original Pokémon games (Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition) will be available in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS at a price of $12.49 each on February 27th — the day the original games were first released all those years ago. While that price does sound incredibly steep for Game Boy Virtual Console games, do bear in mind that extra effort was put into these, allowing players to use the system’s wireless communication to battle and trade Pokémon just like in the good ol’ days.

Also on that day, a New Nintendo 3DS Pokémon 20th Anniversary bundle will be released. For $239.99 CAD, you’ll receive the New Nintendo 3DS (not XL) system, both Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version pre-installed on the system alongside an exclusive Pokémon Home menu theme, and perhaps the best part of all: a pair of Pokémon-themed cover plates — one showing off Charizard, and the other featuring Blastoise.

All this Pokémon goodness, and the year is just beginning — who knows what else Nintendo may have in store for us with nine months remaining in the year?

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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