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Last week, Nintendo revealed the first way to receive a download code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo. Today, the company revealed that there are a number of other available ways to receive a download code. We’ve mirrored the full list below!

  • At select movie theaters from November 7-13.
  • At select retailers throughout the holiday season.
  • With the purchase of Pokémon Art Academy.
  • With the purchase of Pokémon Puzzle Challenge or Pokémon Trading Card Game on the Virtual Console.
  • Codes will be given to select Nintendo Network ID customers who have signed up for Nintendo e-mails.
  • Codes will be given out during Nintendo’s holiday mall tour from November 24- December 21.

It seems that Nintendo is really doing its best to build awareness about this demo. While the demo for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS was released as a time-exclusive before a general release on the eShop, Nintendo seems to be taking a different approach this time. The method of release could be perceived as a little more inconvenient, but releasing it this way will make it a more public event, and increase awareness.

Of course, Poké-fans will also be pleased to see the official announcement of Pokémon Puzzle Challenge and Pokémon Trading Card Game on the Virtual Console, as well. The titles will arrive on the service November 6 and 13, respectively. While Puzzle Challenge comes as a bit of a surprise, Pokémon Trading Card Game has been out for a number of months in other territories, and is a favorite among some members of the Nintendojo staff.

Do you plan on checking out Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? As always, let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo

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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Pre-orders Exceeding X and Y Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:43 +0000 Marc Deschamps

As the release date for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire draws closer, Pokémon fans are apparently getting quite excited. During an interview with MCV, Shelly Pearce, the marketing boss of Nintendo UK, stated that pre-orders for the twin remakes are already exceeding those of the previous titles in the franchise– an impressive feat to say the least!

“Pre-orders for Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire are doing really well at the moment. It is pre-ordering more than X and Y, so we are quite optimistic about that one.”

UK general manager Simon Kemp also chimed in on the interview, stating that strong pre-orders for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are “…a pattern we’re seeing globally.”

Lending some credence to Kemp’s comment, Nintendojo reported just a few weeks ago that fans in Japan have endured wait times up to three hours just to pre-order the upcoming Pokémon titles. With fans already turning up in record numbers, it would be easy to shift focus elsewhere, but Nintendo seems intent on building on that momentum. According to Pearce, the upcoming demo for the games is being looked at as an opportunity to spur sales.

“That’s a big part of the campaign. We are finding that the demo versions of things are working really well for us. The Super Smash Bros. demo was really popular and converted lots of people to purchase.”

Have you pre-ordered Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire yet? As always, let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Smash Bros. Wii U Nintendo Direct Coming This Week Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:35:17 +0000 Marc Deschamps

With just about a month to go before Super Smash Bros. arrives on Wii U, fans are understandably eager to find out more about the title. We won’t have to wait much longer, though, as Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct airing this Thursday, October 23. According to a press release from the company, 50 new things will be showcased during the broadcast. That’s certainly ambitious to say the least!

It will be interesting to see exactly what Nintendo has planned for the event. While we do know that the game will boast different trophies and stages from its handheld counterpart, Nintendo will likely look to convince players to purchase both versions of the title. This week’s Direct could go a long way towards ensuring more sales. The broadcast will begin at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET. If you don’t get a chance to tune in, you can always stop by Nintendojo where we’ll have full coverage of the event.

What are you hoping to see announced during the Nintendo Direct broadcast? As always, let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Isn’t Finished Yet Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:00:22 +0000 Jon Stevens

You would be forgiven for thinking that with the release of Super Smash Bro. for Nintendo 3DS and the upcoming release of the Wii U version, creator Masahiro Sakurai’s work would be finished. When asked by a fan how it felt to be done with their development in his column in Weekly Famitsu, however, he replied that work was very much still ongoing.

Despite the fact that the game is set to be released in under two months, very little has been said about how the Wii U version will differ from the 3DS game. In addressing the connectivity between the two versions, Sakurai stated that “if you have the 3DS version of Smash Bros. you will be able to use your 3DS as a controller for the Wii U version” and that players could share  customized fighters and Mii Fighters between the two versions of the game.

He added that an announcement– possibly via a Nintendo Direct– was currently in the works which would highlight the exclusive features of the Wii U version and would show the “true potential of Smash Bros.

While it seems to be just a tease of what is yet to come, Sakurai also revealed the following image on Miiverse yesterday which hints at one new mode in particular:

It looks like we will have to wait for that looming announcement to hear more.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is scheduled for release in the US on November 21, in Europe on December 5, and in Japan and Australia on December 6.

Source: Kotaku

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Link’s Latest Ride for Mario Kart 8 Revealed Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:30:55 +0000 Jon Stevens

Nintendo UK today tweeted the first image of the motorcycle that Link will be riding in the upcoming DLC pack for Mario Kart 8. According to the post, the ride is called the “Master Cycle” and (in case you were wondering), it has “plenty of horse power.”

The bike (and Link himself) are part of the first DLC pack for Mario Kart 8, which includes two other characters (Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario), eight new courses, and four new vehicles. It is set to be released this November and will cost you $8.

The second DLC pack has a release date of May 2015 and will include, among other things, the Villager and Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series.

Will that Hylian shield block blue shells?  Does that sinister “horse power” pun mean that Epona has been transmogrified into a motorcycle? Let us know your thoughts on Link’s new motorcycle in the comments below.

Source: IGN

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Nintendo Download 10.16.2014 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:40 +0000 Jon Stevens

Friday is almost here, which means another Nintendo Download, of course! This week, we have the following titles to choose from:


Wii U eShop

  • Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut – $TBC
  • Ballpoint Universe: Infinite – $TBC
  • Paper Monsters Recut – $7.99
  • Chests ‘O Booty – $1.99
  • PING 1.5+ – $4.99

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance ($7.99)


  • Hyrule Warriors: Master Quest Pack – $7.99 or $19.99 for a four-pack season pass

3DS eShop

  • Pyramids 2 – $4.99
  • The Legend of Dark Witch – $3.99

3DS Virtual Console

  • Harvest Moon 2 – $4.99


Wii U eShop

  • SteamWorld Dig – Reduced from $8.99 to $6.99 until 10.30.14
  • Squids Odyssey – Reduced from $14.99 to $5.99 until 10.30.14
  • TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition – Reduced from $7.99 to $4.99 until 10.30.14
  • Master Reboot – Reduced from $14.99 to $6.99 until 10.30.14
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Reduced from $19.99 to $9.99 until 11.03.14
  • SHUT THE BOX – Reduced from $0.99 to $0.69 until 11.13.14

3DS eShop

  • SteamWorld Dig – Reduced from $8.99 to $5.99 until 10.30.14
  • Squids Odyssey – Reeduced from $14.99 to $5.99 until 10.30.14
  • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan – On discount from 10.20.14 until 11.03.14
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl - On discount from 10.20.14 until 11.03.14
  • Snow Moto Racing 2D – Reduced from $7.99 to $5.99 until 11.27.14
  • Johnny Impossible – On discount from 10.17.14 until 11.03.14
  • Samurai Sword Destiny - On discount from 10.17.14 until 11.03.14

And there you have it. Is there anything in there that can pry your attention away from Super Smash Bros. or the Bayonetta 2 demo? Let us know below.

Source: Nintendo

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Pokémon X and Y Won’t Be Able to Accomodate New Mega Evolutions Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:51 +0000 Anthony Pershkin

During a recent interview, Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori of Game Freak revealed that new Mega Evolutions won’t make it into Pokémon X and Y. Even though Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are both compatible with X and Y to a certain degree (no solid information at this point), the developers decided not to transfer the new Mega Evolutions to the previous installments.

I’m sure this piece of news is going to disappoint some X and Y fans, but hopefully Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be able to make those people forget about that by being wonderful games on their own.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Shovel Knight Finally Coming Out in Europe and Australia This November Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:35 +0000 Anthony Pershkin

Shovel Knight, the critically acclaimed indie gem from Yacht Club Games, is at last ready to be released in Europe and Australia this November.

I personally understand the pain of our PAL brothers, as I too haven’t had a chance to play this title yet. While the wait was certainly pretty long, I’m glad the rest of the world can finally enjoy this wonderful game.

Let’s hope Azure Striker Gunvolt won’t take as long as Shovel Knight to come out in Europe.

Source: Destructoid

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Sakurai Teases New Modes for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:22 +0000 Anthony Pershkin

If you felt like the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. lacked content, don’t you worry about the Wii U installment. Director Masahiro Sakurai published yet another so called pic of the day on his Miiverse account, teasing fans with the question, “Now, what mode is this…?!”

If you have any theories regarding this tease, let us know in the comments below.

Source: Miiverse

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Game Downloads Now Available on Nintendo Website Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:00:14 +0000 Robin Wilde

Digital copies of games can now be purchased and downloaded from Nintendo’s official website, Players who wish to pre-order or purchase full games can enter their Nintendo Network ID and have the game sent to their system automatically, or can choose to receive their purchase as a downloadable code to be entered later.

At present the range of games available on the site is quite limited, but is expected to expand with time. It currently includes major titles such as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Fantasy Life. The website also includes an option for players to see a range of third-party retailers selling physical copies of the game.

Source: My Nintendo News

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