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It’s no secret that both Donkey Kong and Bowser are appearing in Vicarious Visions’ upcoming Skylander SuperChargers. However, it’s been revealed that the developers had their sights on a number of other Nintendo characters that unfortunately never came to fruition.

One idea was for Princess Peach to become a Warrior Princess, complete with sword. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo didn’t approve of such an idea, stating that this would be out of character for Mario’s dainty little lady. This led to Nintendo stating that, going forward, all Super Mario Bros. hero characters were off limits. A real shame, especially when a developer is trying to attract more female gamers by having strong female protagonists.

Undeterred, the developer proposed Kirby as a potential character, explaining that his ability to suck up enemies and bounce around the screen would be perfect for the Skylanders game. The only problem here was that Kirby is still partly owned by HAL Laboratory, therefore creating a whole world of licensing issues.

Fox McCloud was also a possibility that was toyed with. Once again, however, our favorite furry Arwing pilot didn’t make it in, possibly due to the fact that a certain Star Fox game is about to hit the Wii U and Nintendo want as much focus on its own title rather than a third party.

Skylanders SuperChargers will release on September 20. We will be sure to keep you updated should there be any developments regarding further Nintendo characters appearing in the game after its release.

What are your thoughts on this? Are Nintendo’s reasons for withholding certain characters from the game valid? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Nintendo Download: 09.03.2015 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:00:22 +0000 Craig Harnett

Another week and another selection of downloads are released for your gaming pleasure. This week sees one of 3DS’s best 2D platforming shooters now making its way over to Wii U, as well as our old friend Mario popping over, golf clubs in hand, ready to take you on again in an N64 sporting classic.


Wii U eShop

  • Gunman Clive HD Collection - $3.99 – This should be a no-brainer for any Gunman Clive fan out there– both games presented in HD for Wii U and for less than four bucks! This wonderful 2D platform shooter with its unique art style and intense gameplay has already seen considerable success on 3DS and iOS. We’ll see how the remastered Wii U version stacks up in our upcoming review.

Wii U Virtual Console

  • VS. Excitebike $4.99 – Previously only released in Japan, this was the Famicom Disk version of the original but with extra features such as new tracks, music, and most notably a track editor feature. Who needs Super Mario Maker? (Er…me!)
  • Mario Golf – $9.99 – This excellent golf sim featuring Mario and co. was actually one of Mario’s earliest ventures into the world of sports. His first, Mario Tennis on Virtual Boy, wasn’t a great success to say the least, so this time Nintendo wanted to get it right. Enter N64 and Mario Golf and you get a fun and surprisingly realistic golf game with tons of extra features, modes, and characters to choose from.


Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

  • Never Alone – Reduced from $14.99 to $9.99 until September 17
  • Jet Tailfin – Reduced from $12.99 to $9.99 until September 8
  • Land it Rocket – Reduced from $2.99 to $1.99 until September 17

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon $29.99 until September 7, normally $39.99
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth $29.99 until September 7, normally $49.99
  • AeternoBlade – $7.99 until September 24, normally $14.99
  • Art of Balance TOUCH! – $5.20 until September 24, normally $6.99
  • Witch and Hero – on discount until September 24
  • World Conqueror 3D – on discount until September 24
  • WAKEDA S – on discount until September 24

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

  • Proun+ $4.99, was $6.99
  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains $29.99 from September 7, was $39.99
  • GravBlocks+ $3.49, was $4.99

Source: Nintendo

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Space Hulk Slated for Wii U This Holiday Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:00:33 +0000 Robert Marrujo

Space Hulk, a strategy game based off of the board game of the same name, was supposed to have rampaged its way to a Wii U this past spring, but sadly the game was delayed, and fans have been wondering ever since when the title would finally arrive on the console. Well, the wait is over, as publisher HR Games has stepped in to confirm that the title will be heading to the Wii U eShop this coming holiday season! Good news for a system that continues to be a magnet for indie titles, but all might not be rosey, as Space Hulk wasn’t particularly well-received by the gaming media when it dropped on PC.

Hovering in the high 50 percentile range on Metacritic, Space Hulk certainly underachieved in the eyes of critics when it launched, but there’s hope that some of the kinks will have been ironed out when the title comes to Wii U. This writer is actually curious to see how well the development team takes advantage of the GamePad, which seems like it would be a perfect fit for Space Hulk‘s gameplay; there’s a lot of potential there! Fingers crossed as we tick off the days on the calendar awaiting the game’s debut.

Are you excited for Space Hulk? Has your experience with the game on other platforms been more satisfying than what the pundits painted theirs as? Speak up in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Life

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Freedom Planet Might Hit the eShop Soon Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:06 +0000 Robert Marrujo

I hope I wasn’t alone in feeling my heart break when the news arrived that developer GalaxyTrail’s upcoming Wii U title Freedom Planet was being delayed. The platformer bears a striking resemblance to that wonderful time in history when Sonic games could do no wrong. The visuals, too, are reminiscent of the Blue Blur’s halcyon days, but GalaxyTrail certainly doesn’t seem content to merely replicate Sega’s mascot’s signature play style. Along with running, anticipate doing lots of riding, whacking, and anything else that could make a TV screen explode with color and excitement. Sounds great, right? Well, we’ve been waiting to see when we’d be able to find out one way or the other how Freedom Planet stacks up, and now there appears to be a timetable.

Website Shigeru Reviews posted a capture of a brief Twitter exchange in which GalaxyTrail offhandedly declares that the game will be coming to Wii U… this month! Good to hear, and hopefully when the title hits the eShop it’ll be good to play, too. If you’re wondering where all this anticipation is coming from, treat your eyes to the trailer below, and prepare to begin counting the minutes until Freedom Planet drops!

Source: Shigeru Reviews

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Another Potential Virtual Console Leak Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:00:29 +0000 Robert Marrujo

Last week, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the ESRB had put out new ratings for both Sin & Punishment and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, only to see the two titles released in tandem on the eShop that very week. If the recent past is any kind of indicator, we might see the same thing happen again this week when the eShop updates tomorrow, as Mario Golf has also received an updated rating from the ESRB. The Nintendo 64 original installment is pretty beloved by Nintendophiles, so it would be a nice followup to last week’s duo of similarly fan-favorite titles!

Mario Golf, for the uninitiated, is an arcade-like take on the game of golf starring Mario and his band of buddies. Gameplay is tight and precise, but throw in exotic locales and flaming golf balls, and it becomes the funnest version of the sport out there. Even someone who’s grown up on Tiger Woods EA golfing games can appreciate the amusement that Mario Golf offers. This inaugural outing holds its own pretty well, too, so be sure to give the game a look when/if it releases this week!

Are you excited by Mario Golf coming to Virtual Console? What other games are you waiting to see hit the service? Sound off below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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New 3DS Coming to North America Along with Special Edition Consoles Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:00:35 +0000 Andy Hoover

While many gamers to were more than happy to wrap their hands around a New 3DS XL when it launched in North America earlier this year, some were confused as to why Nintendo didn’t bring its smaller sibling, the New 3DS, along with it. Those who prefer their portables to be petite will be glad to hear they’ll finally be able to get the smaller handheld without having to ship it from Europe or Japan.

The New 3DS will be available in a special bundle including Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, an Isabelle Amiibo card, an NFC Reader for the system, and two New 3DS face plates featuring Animal Crossing-inspired designs. This bundle will retail for $219.99 and will be available for purchase on September 25.

For those who prefer bigger systems and/or have an immeasurable love for the adventures of Link, a gold, Zelda-themed New 3DS XL was also announced. Strangely enough, the system isn’t being released alongside The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, but is instead coming out a week after, on October 30, and doesn’t include a copy of the game. This limited edition handheld will cost $199.99.

So if you are a hardcore Zelda or Animal Crossing fan, or have large or small hands, you pretty much no longer have an excuse for not upgrading to New 3DS.

Source: IGN

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Capcom Announces Ace Attorney 6 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:30:09 +0000 Andy Hoover

Phoenix Wright, gaming’s favorite attorney since Jack Thompson was disbarred, is returning to 3DS in a brand new courtroom adventure. Along with expected new batch of cases to try and characters to question, Ace Attorney 6 will also take place in a completely different country.

Scans from the game’s announcement in Famitsu show the game taking place in a mystical, Himalayan looking land where it appears spirits play some sort of role. Also important to the game will be a watery mirror that will play into the game’s presentation and gameplay. The magazine also revealed a new character, Bokuto Tsuani, a young priest/tour guide with a profound love for this mysterious country.

Aside from a few pictures, which include what appears to be the head of a new female character, there weren’t many other major revelations concerning the content of the game. However, Capcom was at least kind enough to reveal that Ace Attorney 6 will be coming to the West, though we don’t know when we’ll get to play it.

Source: Siliconera

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Yacht Club Games talks Shovel Knight Amiibo and Smash Rumors Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:00:41 +0000 Andy Hoover

The revelation of a Shovel Night Amiibo proved to be quite the pleasant surprise, and the game’s developers at Yacht Club games aren’t done in sharing their excitement for their continued success.

“We’re the first third-party amiibo being made,” said Sean Velasco, the Captain of Yacht Club. “Nintendo, they do this thing where they go to developers and tell them what’s next, we brought up amiibo, and they gave us a run-down of everything. We never thought we could do a third-party amiibo, but that’s what Nintendo’s plan was.”

Furthermore, Velasco also revealed that Yacht Club would be the ones making the figures. “We’re manufacturing and distributing the thing ourselves, but Nintendo is there with oversight. They’ve helped us out every step of the way. We’ve been working on this deal for a year now, so it’s exciting to be able to tell everyone ‘here it is!’”

When asked about the persistent rumors about Shovel Knight joining the cast of Super Smash Bros. Velasco responded by saying, “No, we don’t have anything to say about that.”

In other words, we still really don’t have a concrete statement that it isn’t going to happen. Saying you don’t have anything to say on the matter isn’t the same as just saying “no.” Hopefully we’ll get a solid answer sooner, rather than later.

Source: iDigital Times

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Minor Splatoon Update Coming This Week Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:45:45 +0000 Marc Deschamps

In the old days, when a glitch caused problems in multiplayer games, that was just how it was. Some players would consistently exploit them, and it would often be to the detriment of fair play. In this era of gaming, however, developers and publishers can keep a watchful eye on what works and doesn’t, and even adjust things based on fan feedback.

While Splatoon has had a number of updates that have added new stages and weapons, the latest update will instead focus on fine-tuning the title’s gameplay. Below, we’ve mirrored a list of the changes fans can expect in the game’s latest patch!

  • Arowana Mall and Camp Triggerfish will both see changes. Unexpected shortcuts for squids will be eliminated from Arrowana Mall, while players in Camp Triggerfish can no longer jump directly to the opposing team’s respawn point.
  • Bombs released when the opposing player is close by will no longer affect shielded players.
  • Fix to camera issues regarding rollers.
  • Fix to issues regarding Tower Control results not being displayed correctly.
  • Other bug fixes.

Nintendo will implement these changes on September 2, starting at 7PM PT. Unsurprisingly, online gameplay will not be available while Nintendo makes the necessary changes.

Source: IGN

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Pokémon Shuffle Is Now Available on iOS Devices Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:15:05 +0000 Marc Deschamps

The 3DS eShop title Pokémon Shuffle is now available on iOS devices. Earlier this summer, The Pokémon Company announced that the free-to-play title would see release on cell phones, actually arriving before Nintendo’s own mobile game initiative officially kicks off. The title is also expected to arrive on Android devices as well, but a release date has yet to be announced.

The puzzle title seems to be a good fit for phone devices, where free-to-play games like Candy Crush have found quite a bit of success. The Pokémon brand name will also likely stir downloads, as Shuffle will be the first title in the franchise available in this format. It probably won’t hold the same appeal for players as, say, one of the main series titles, but lapsed fans that don’t own a 3DS just might find themselves tempted by the price tag!

Do you plan on checking out Pokémon Shuffle on iOS? Or are you one of the more than four million players that have already downloaded it on 3DS? As always, let us know in the comments below!


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