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What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 10/4/2012

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Whoa! There's a ton of content available for download on Nintendo platforms. Like, a lot, you guys! Most of it is on the 3DS, but we've also got some WiiWare and DSiWare content. Check out the Big N's digital offerings right here. Do any of these interest you?

On WiiWare this week we've got Drop Zone: Under Fire. The game is, like, this free-falling rail shooter. This one will run you 500 Wii Points. Sadly, there's no two-player mode, which I imagine would be a hard sell for a rail shooter.

The 3DS is stacked, with its first offering being Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! This instructional game is priced at $2.99 and will learn ya how to draw! There's also Cave Story, which is pretty damn awesome, for $9.99. Then Crosswords Plus is pretty self-explanatory. That one's a whopping $29.99. We've also got Samurai G for $1.99, which has you hacking and slashing as an automatically running samurai.

3DS owners can also download the Game Boy title Dr. Mario. The game gives you plenty of retro puzzle action for $3.99. There's also Pokemon Dream Radar, which is a neat little app available for $3.99. It totally lets you capture Pokemon in your surroundings so you can send them to your copy of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. If you were on the fence about Style Savvy: Trendsetters (heh), you can now demo the game for free. Rounding out the 3DS content, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is getting some Coin Rush DLC.

Finally, there's a lone title on DSiWare. This week it's Academy: Chess Puzzles for 200 DSi Points ($1.99 on the eShop). Once again, pretty self-explanatory.

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Tags: Nintendo, Wii, 3DS, DS, WiiWare, Virtual Console, eShop, DSiWare

By David Sanchez

LEGO The Lord of the Rings releases today on DS, 3DS, and PS Vita

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment'sLEGO The Lord of the Rings game is now available across North America for Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation Vita, giving players a chance to experience the epic adventure to save Middle-earth in LEGO form.

The game tells the epic story of the Fellowship's journey across the imaginative world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, but with the added fun, humor, and creativity that comes with the LEGO game franchise.

“With LEGO The Lord of the Rings, we are taking players on a truly remarkable adventure that is more epic than any they’ve experienced before in a LEGO game,” said TT Games managing director Tom Stone. “The game has a wonderful cast of characters, dramatic battles, and amazing locations, all of which bring The Lord of the Rings story to life in a uniquely LEGO way that the entire family will enjoy together.”

Iconic scenes from the books and films, like Helms Deep, The Shire, and Mount Doom, will be recreated in LEGO fashion. You'll also enjoy playing as blocky versions of Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, and others as you traverse these lands, solving puzzles and collecting a variety of weapons and magical items.

Although the game is out today for handheld devices, it won't launch on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, or PC until November 13, 2012.

Tags: LEGO The Lord of the Rings

By Matt Liebl

Limited edition pink Nintendo 3DS XL now available

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An online retailer has a deal on a limited edition pink-and-white 3DS XL that's the first to sell in North America.

Gilt is currently the only store with the version in stock — in its "Baby and Kids" section, of course. Two bundles are available for the handheld. The one that comes with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is sold out; the other features Style Savvy: Trendsetters.

Both cost $219.99. The sale ends in a day.

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[Game Informer]

Tags: Nintendo, 3DS XL

By Stephanie Carmichael

Bit.Trip Saga sends CommanderVideo to the 3DS eShop on Dec. 20, set priced at $15

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It looks like developer Gaijin Games is taking its retail 3DS compilation Bit.Trip Saga and releasing it on the digital space. The collection, which features all six of the original Bit.Trip games, will be available to download on the 3DS eShop on December 20. The best part about all of this is that Saga will only run you $14.99.

All of the Bit.Trip games have been well-received thus far, and for 3DS owners, these awesome rhythm-action titles make for excellent portable experiences. Also, at 15 bucks, they're pretty darn cheap!

Saga includes Bit.Trip Beat, Bit.Trip Core, Bit.Trip Void, Bit.Trip Runner, Bit.Trip Fate, and Bit.Trip Flux. That's not a shabby compilation by any means. Now if we can just get this whole series of games on the Wii U eShop.

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Tags: Bit. Trip Saga, Gaijin Games, Aksys Games, Indie games, 3DS, eShop, Nintendo

By David Sanchez

What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 11/1//2012

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After a couple of weeks of delivering a bunch of content, Nintendo's download platforms are looking fairly light today. We've got two new titles on the 3DS eShop (plus a demo) and two games on DSiWare.

Originally released on WiiWare, the runner game 2 Fast 4 Gnomz is now available for download on the 3DS for $4.99. Freakyforms Deluxe provides an updated version of the original game for $19.99. This time around you can take your created critters through multiplayer and battle modes. The eShop has also received yet another Style Savvy: Trendsetters demo, so there's that.

First up on DSiWare is Cake Ninja 2 for 500 DSi Points ($4.99 on the eShop). It's like Fruit Ninja, but with cakes. It's also like the original Cake Ninja, but with the number two added at the end of the title. Last is Spot It! Mean Machines, a hidden object game about toys. That one's available for 200 DSi Points ($1.99 for the 3DS crowd).

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Tags: Nintendo, 3DS, DS, eShop, DSiWare

By David Sanchez

3DS dominating Vita in Japan 47-to-1

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Whether the 3DS is outselling the PlayStation Vita is not even a question at this point, but just how much is Nintendo winning?

Sony's PlayStation Vita hit bottom in Japan last week with 4,021 units sold — a new low. The 3DS sold nearly 47 times that number with 187,077 units.

The release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS helped significantly as the game debuted at No. 1 with 721,786 copies sold.

Still, the Vita is struggling — none of its games are in the top 30 while Nintendo has 14 titles on that chart. No new games came out for the Vita last week, either.

Support for the Vita is low everywhere, though, it seems. Sony lowered its sales forecast for PS VIta and the PSP this month for the third time this year.

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[Gamasutra]

Tags: 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Animal Crossing: New Leaf

By Stephanie Carmichael

Resident Evil Revelations porting to consoles and PC this May

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Capcom, the developer and publisher of the Resident Evil game franchise, confirmed today that Resident Evil Revelations will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC in North America on the May 21st (24th in Europe).

Originally for the 3DS, Resident Evil Revelationsis the link between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. The game follows Jill Valentine and her new partner Parker Luciani on their search for Chris Redfield. Revelations onthe 3DSadded a new feature to the gamebygiving players the ability to swim and fight enemies under water, as well as alternate aiming perspectives.

Luckily enough for us the port will add new features to a game that already had new features! There will be additional content – a new enemy, a harderhard mode, and improvedRaid mode. Although, Raid mode was previously featured in Revelations,the console/PC port adds new weapons, skill sets and more characters to play.

If you are as gung ho for the game as I am, you can pre-register at ResidentEvil.net on January 24th to have early access toResident Evil Revelationsthemed content and information on events that will be revealed closer to the games launch date.

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Tags: Resident Evil, Capcom, 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U

By Tatiana Morris

3DS will make Miiverse ‘huge,’ says Nintendo president

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is confident that once the Miiverse expands to the 3DS, it'll tap into a greater potential.

“Once the Miiverse hits the 3DS, it will be huge," he said, according to Siliconera. "Just imagine the possibilities of playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf while sharing your experiences on the Miiverse. Now that’s something!”

Currently, the social network is only available on the Wii U, with gamers sharing experiences, pictures, and more on its community pages.

“I noticed that there’s been lesser Nintendo talk going on in the Twitterverse," said Iwata. "Then, I realized that those who always spoke highly of Nintendo were happily doing the same in Miiverse. When I checked the Miiverse, it was full of comments on people’s accomplishments in [New Super Mario Bros. U] and discussing the game itself.”

The idea for the Miiverse almost never came to fruition because of the presence and popularity of existing social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which easily dominate over the competition. But they serve a different purpose than the Miiverse.

“The primary use of Twitter and Facebook is not gaming, but a means of communication," said Iwata. "Although I don’t use either of them, if I did, I imagine I’d use it to talk about my outings and vacations to people who aren’t exactly video game enthusiasts. I don’t think my former classmates would care to hear about my new Mario Kart record and so on.”

Nintendo considers the Miiverse an "experience sharing network." It plans to bring it to the 3DS and even PCs and smartphones.

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Tags: Nintendo, Satoru Iwata

By Stephanie Carmichael

Capcom confirms Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for 3DS and Wii U

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Though Monster Hunter has never endured mega-popularity in the states, the cult favorite action RPG continues to thrive in Japan, with the releases eventually trickling out to Western gamers. So, though its been six months since Monster Hunter 3G dropped for the 3DS in glorious Nippon, we finally have a release date slated for North America: March of 2013. Not only that, but the game will drop alongside the newly announced Wii U port, and allow hunters to transfer their save data between the two platforms. Very cool.

The game will be rebranded for Western audiences as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and though it looks like little more than a souped up port of the Wii's Monster Hunter Tri, the portability (and save data transfer) will be a definite hook. Its unlikely to be a major system seller, but those desperate for some hunting action will surely be pre-ordering the title. Also, seeing as how the Classic Controler Pro launched alongside Monster Hunter Tri, we're assuming MH3U will utilize the Wii U's pro controller as well.

We'll have more information on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate as it becomes available. Here's hoping for a Circle Pad Pro for 3DS XL Players!

Tags: monster hunter, monster hunter 3

By Vito Gesualdi

Nintendo announces playable Wii U games at PAX Prime

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Fans attending PAX Prime later this week will have a chance to go hands-on with Nintendo's Wii U console, the co

Detailing their plans for the game expo, Nintendo confirmed several upcoming games for the Wii U, including Pikmin 3, ZombiU, and New Super Mario Bros. U will be playable. The Nintendo booth will have plenty of hands-on Wii U game demos giving fans an early chance to check out the system's GamePad and its unique second-screen.

For those more interested in Nintendo's handhelds, you should check out the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on levels 2 and 3 of the North Galleria to experience unreleased games for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. Fans will be able to enjoy a wide variety of titles on the recently released Nintendo 3DS XL.

The Nintendo Gaming Lounge will also include a special Pokémon area, where fans can gather to battle and trade with other Pokémon Trainers.

On August 31 at 6:30 pm, a live Kid Icarus: Uprising multiplayer tournament will be held in the Gaming Lounge on the third floor of the Washington State Convention Center. First, second, and third place winners will receive a Core Set of the Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards. Series 2 AR Card packs will also be given away in the Nintendo booth during show hours, while supplies last.

On September 1, Kirby fans can take part in a special Guinness World Records attempt to break the record for most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. This is in celebration of Kirby's 20th anniversary and upcoming launch of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition for Wii.

When roaming the halls of PAX Prime be on the look out for special stickers in celebration of the launch of Paper Mario: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS. Attendees who find three game-themed stickers by following the clues posted on Nintendo's official Twitter Account can bring them to a Nintendo representative where they will be awarded a special bonus sticker.

Below is a complete list of Nintendo games available to play at PAX Prime:

Wii U

  • ZombiU(Ubisoft)
  • Pikmin 3
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Project P-100(working title)
  • Ninja Gaiden™3: Razor’s Edge
  • Nintendo Land™
  • Scribblenauts™Unlimited(Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Trine 2™:Director’s Cut(Frozenbyte)

Nintendo 3DS

  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask™
  • Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon
  • Adventure Time™: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!(D3Publisher)
  • Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion(Disney Interactive)
  • Skylanders Giants™(Activision Publishing)
  • New Super Mario Bros.™2
  • Mario Kart™7
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising

Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS

  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle
  • Pokédex™3D Pro
  • Pushmo™
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure™

Nintendo DS

  • Pokémon™Conquest

Wii

  • Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition

Tags: Wii U, PAX Prime 2012

By Matt Liebl

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