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Nintendo Power doors officially closed, last issue ready to ship next month

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Xbox World and PSM3 aren't the only gaming magazines shutting down. As we learned back in August, Nintendo Power got canned after an agreement couldn't be reached between publisher Future US and Nintendo.

Writer Phil Theobald, who is now technically former Nintendo Power staff, announced via Twitter that the magazine's offices had all but closed their doors. "The Nintendo Power office is packed up, and we're close to shutting it down," he tweeted. "Thanks for all the kind thoughts and words of support, folks."

Theobald went on to say that the final issue of Nintendo Power will be available on December 11. It's a bit surreal to think about such a long-running publication reaching the end of its journey. Here's hoping the magazine's staff finds work soon. Here at GameZone, we'd like to wish the very best to all the great writers who have been involved with Nintendo Power.

[@WhimsicalPhil]

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Tags: Nintendo Power

By David Sanchez

Pokemon Black and White 2 scheduled for this fall

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Pokemon BW 2

Nintendo has announced a North American release date for Pokemon Black 2 and White 2.

The sequels will hit DS on October 5, transporting players back to the Unova region to explore new areas and a fresh storyline that picks up two years after the previous games' events.

Black 2 and White 2 also feature more Pokemon, including ones not previously found in Unova.

Those playing on the 3DS can utilize the Pokemon Dream Radar app, which allows you to catch Pokemon using the handheld's AR capabilities. The feature will launch simultaneously with the new versions.

The games have pushed more than 1.6 million copies in Japan in the first two days.

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[Eurogamer]

Tags: Nintendo, Game Freak, Pokemon

By Stephanie Carmichael

What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 7/19/2012

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Look at that main image! Seriously, low quality is so in these days! Anyway, it's Thursday (at least here in California), which means Nintendo's released a bunch of digital content on its various download shops. Oddly enough, the Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare are nowhere to be seen, but there's plenty of downloadable stuff on tap for 3DS and DSi owners. Check it all out here.

On the 3DS eShop we see the return of Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, a Game Boy original, for $3.99. There's also a newer entry titled Masyu by Nikoli. The game, priced at $4.99, requires you to draw lines to solve puzzles … and stuff. The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels is a horrible-looking game that allows you to unleash your inner kleptomaniac. Also making a return is the Game Boy title Tumble Pop for $2.99. The game requires you to vacuum up ghosts, all the while featuring a title that's really fun to say. Tumble Pop! If you're looking for discounts, Mario's Picross is priced at $2.99 as the Game of the Weekend.

On DSiWare we've got two different offerings. The first is Petit Computer. Priced at 800 DSi Points (or $7.99 for 3DS users), the game allows you to write BASIC code to create games and small programs. Seems kind of cool, actually, even though I don't get it. Last is Rabi Laby 2, a 2D puzzler available for 200 DSi Points ($1.99 for you eShop folks).

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

By David Sanchez

What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 11/15//2012: Couple days late edition

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It's hard to keep up with the latest Nintendo downloads when you've got so much gaming news to take care of. As a result of a lot of other stuff going on, our Nintendo download recap had to take a backseat. But regardless of that fact, here it is just a couple of days late. Because I know just how important every single downloadable Nintendo game is to the lot of ya.

The first game on hand in the 3DS eShop is American Mensa Academy, an edutainment title priced at $29.99. Due out on Sunday is Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion for $39.99, but you can also score the 2D platformer on the eShop that day. Hotel Transylvania is an action-platformer that will run you $29.99. Then there's Monster Shooter, a game where you shoot monsters, for $6.99. Last is Myst, an old school-looking adventure game, which is available for $29.99.

It seems we've only got two games on the DSiWare side of things. First is Jump Trials, a platformer that requires you to tackle challenges in 10 seconds. That one will cost you 200 DSi Points ($1.99 on the eShop). Not going to lie, the game looks kind of cool, but I probably still won't play it. There's also Working Dawgs: A-Maze-ing Pipes, which showcases dogs doing manual labor. This game comes bundled with a stupid title and a 200 DSi Points ($1.99 on the eShop) asking price.

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Tags: Nintendo, 3DS, DS, eShop, DSiWare, Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion

By David Sanchez

Rise of the Guardians hitting Wii U this November as possible launch title

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Rise of the Guardians Movie

Rise of the Guardians, an action-adventure video game based on the upcoming eponymous animated movie from DreamWorks, is expected to hit the Wii U on November 20, despite no actual launch date for the console itself.

The game's release date coincides with the movie's premiere on November 21. D3 plans to publish the title, which Torus Games is developing.

Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game will also release on Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Players can explore childhood legends based on Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, Sandman, and others, and enjoy drop-in-and-out multiplayer for up to four people.

Nintendo previously stated it would reveal the Wii U's launch information this fall.

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[Polygon]

Tags: Rise of the Guardians, D3Publisher, Torus Games

By Stephanie Carmichael

Is Nintendo trying to buy the Banjo-Kazooie license?

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It's been a long time since we've had a humongous sexy rumor on the site, so here's a juicy one that will get you all riled up. Nintendo is trying to buy Banjo-Kazooie! Well, maybe. Okay, probably not, but that's what the rumor's about.

According to an anonymous source close to Zelda Informer, the Big N has been in talks with Microsoft for some time now in an attempt to buy out Rare. While the main reason for this is supposedly to get the rights for Banjo-Kazooie, obtaining the developer would mean that Nintendo gets other major franchises like Conker and Jet Force Gemini, one of my personal faves.

Of course, the rumors don't end there (Do they ever?). According to this wily source, Retro Studios has been actively working on a Banjo-Kazooie game. That's utter insanity!

Again, this is all gossipy stuff, so whether or not there's any truth to it, well, I guess we'll find out. How will we do that? Simple: If a Banjo-Kazooie game is announced for the Wii U, we'll know.

[Zelda Informer]

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Tags: Banjo-Kazooie, Nintendo, Microsoft, Rare, Rumor

By David Sanchez

Weekly wrap-up: PAX Prime 2012 edition

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The first week of September has come and gone, and we've got a bunch of video game content right here for ya. PAX Prime 2012 made for an awesome weekend, and we delivered some sweet previews throughout the week. Miss anything? Interested in an upcoming title? You'll find all the week's gaming coverage right here.

Reviews

Lawless review (Movies)

While not without a few hitches and questionable production elements, this flick ultimately delivers a highly entertaining experience.

The Possession review (Movies)

Exorcist inspiration be damned! It looks like we've got another clone on our hands, but at least this one's actually okay.

Mutant Mudds review (PC)

Renegade Kid's eShop gem invades the PC and provides gamers with a genuinely satisfying (and challenging) 2D platforming romp.

The Walking Dead Episode 3: Long Road Ahead review (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Telltale has really managed to outdo itself here, delivering the most shocking and thought-provoking chapter of The Walking Dead to date.

Previews

This Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn 'Cryo' trailer is more chilling than the last vignette … literally

GameZone takes a look at the latest trailer for Halo 4.

PAX Prime 2012: Adventure Time hands-on preview

We give the upcoming Adventure Time game a go and take a quick glimpse at what we can expect when the game launches for the DS and 3DS.

PAX Prime 2012: Sacred 3 hands-off preview

If you're looking for some cool co-op dungeon crawling, you may want to keep an eye on this one.

PAX Prime 2012: Injustice: Gods Among Us hands-on preview

GameZone enters the fray and gives the upcoming DC Comics-based fighter a whirl.

PAX Prime 2012: Epic Mickey 2 hands off preview with Warren Spector

Disney fans, be on the lookout for the next Epic Mickey adventure, because it may just be a good one.

PAX Prime 2012: Talking End of Nations with Chris Lena

GameZone gets the scoop on End of Nations straight from Chris Lena.

Pax Prime 2012: League of Legends Syndra preview

We take an in-depth look at Syndra from League of Legends and dish out all the details regarding her abilities.

Alien Spidy updated impressions

This upcoming 2D platformer is nearing its October launch, and if you’re looking for a retro-inspired challenge, you should definitely watch out for it.

PAX Prime 2012: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance hands-on preview

We check out Revengeance and leave PAX Prime thoroughly impressed by the Metal Gear spin-off.

Demo impression: NHL 13 makes tremendous leaps with gameplay

If you’re a hockey game buff, you’re probably going to want to check out NHL 13 as it may just be the best entry in the series yet.

Pax Prime 2012: Dead Island Riptide hands-off preview

GameZone has the skinny on the follow-up to Dead Island.

PAX Prime 2012: Phantasy Star Online 2 hands-on preview

Some major strides are being taken to provide Phantasy Star fans with a legitimately enthralling free-to-play experience.

Pax Prime 2012: Oculus Rift hands-on preview

We enter virtual reality with the Oculus Rift. Check out our preview and see if you should be stoked about this venture.

PAX Prime 2012: Marvel Heroes hands-on preview

The Marvel brand goes free-to-play and throws its heroes into an action-RPG experience that fans of the license may want to check out.

PAX Prime 2012: Torchlight 2 hands-on preview

Due out later this month, this Diablo-inspired title should definitely be on your must-watch list if you’re a fan of action-RPGs.

PAX Prime 2012: Neverwinter's Foundry preview

GameZone tries its hand at creating quests in Neverwinter’s new Foundry component.

PAX Prime 2012: League of Legends panel Q&A

We ask some important League of Legends questions and get great answers straight from Riot.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 preview

Looking forward to Tekken Tag Tournament 2? Check out this close look at the upcoming fighter’s modes and online features.

PAX Prime 2012: Hitman Absolution: Contracts Mode preview

Get the skinny on the online leaderboard-based challenge mode in Hitman: Absolution.

PAX Prime 2012: God of War: Ascension multiplayer hands-on

Despite raising a few eyebrows, the multiplayer component in God of War: Ascension is surprisingly fun and worth watching out for.

An in-depth look into Dead Space 3’s weapon crafting with John Calhoun

GameZone talks weapons with Dead Space 3 producer John Calhoun and gets some details on the upcoming horror shooter’s crafting system.

GZ Originals

Checking out the 45 Flavors booth at Dragon*Con

GameZone takes a detour after PAX Prime, heads to Dragon*Con, and gives the 45 Flavors booth a look-see.

Seeing the sights of Dragon*Con 2012

This year’s Dragon*Con was rife with sights to see. GameZone gives you a look at a lot of what was on hand at the event.

Talking Fix-it Felix, Donkey Kong, breaking records and ongoing rivalries with Steve Wiebe

In this video interview, we talk to the former King of Kong and a legend to many, Steve Wiebe.

Is Mario fatigue setting in? AKA How Mario lost his smile

Is Nintendo’s 2D Mario formula getting stale? More importantly, is it leading to the iconic Italian plumber's ultimate demise at the hands of alcoholism?

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Tags: PAX Prime 2012, DragonCon 2012, Previews, Reviews, Movies

By David Sanchez

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes scheduled to save the world this Fall

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It's time for the DC heroes to take a break and let the Marvel guys kick some butt. TT Games' latest LEGO announcement comes in the form of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes which will be available Fall 2013.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will feature an original storyline where Nick Fury calls upon Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe to save Earth from various threats which include Loki and Galactus. The game will feature over 100 Marvel characters to unlock and play as in true LEGO fashion.

“We’re very excited to bring a myriad of classic Marvel characters to life in LEGO form for some fun, family-friendly gameplay in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “Players will brave the ultimate mission to save the world as they explore famous landmarks in LEGO New York and take the adventure beyond Earth to iconic locations in the Marvel Universe.”

The game is scheduled to release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, DS and 3DS as well as the PlayStation Vita. No word on next-gen releases as of yet.

Tags: Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego

By Mike Splechta

Nintendo Direct broadcast to focus on Wii, 3DS, and DS

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Nintendo has announced that their next online broadcast, scheduled for June 21 at 9 pm PT (12 am ET), will focus on the Wii, 3DS, and DS systems.

Unfortunately, that means we will get no more information about the Wii U. Seeing as how their last Nintendo Direct broadcast, just two weeks ago at E3, focused largely on the Wii U GamePad tablet controller, this isn't really a surprise.

With all of the attention on the Wii U, it's nice to see Nintendo supporting its other products. The 3DS was largely ignored at E3, although Nintendo did hold a separate online briefing for their handheld system afterward where they revealed a lineup of upcoming games. While the DS and the Wii seem to be on the way out, it doesn't look like Nintendo is ready to say goodbye to them. Given the Wii's success and global reach, can you blame them?

You can tune in to the NIntendo Direct broadcast when it airs tonight.

Tags: Nintendo

By Matt Liebl

What was downloadable last week, Nintendo? 11/22/2012

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With all the Thanksgiving hubbub that went on over the past few days, I figured I'd wait to post my very important weekly update on Nintendo's downloadable games. Also, I was lazy. (Also, I forgot to do it on Thursday.) In any case, we've got four new 3DS and DSi titles, so check 'em out here.

First up is Crashmo on the 3DS eShop. The game is priced at $8.99 and features block-pushing gameplay akin to its successful predecessor Pushmo. There's also Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link for $4.99, and really, that's just a lovely and criminally underrated game.

DSiWare's got two games of its own, though they seem very similar. You can get Spirit Hunters Inc: Light and Spirit Hunters Inc: Shadow for 800 DSi Points ($7.99 on the eShop) each and capture critters through the wonders of augmented reality. These games almost seem like the capture sequences in Denpa Men.

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Tags: Nintendo, 3DS, eShop, DSiWare, DS, Crashmo, Zelda 2

By David Sanchez