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Here we go again.

Nintendo’s knee-deep in the life cycles of Wii U and 3DS, but a recent job posting by the company has people wondering if the replacement for one (or both) of those consoles is already underway. Nintendo is looking for a Senior Software Engineer, specifically with expertise in handling software development for low powered device. That last bit suggests a handheld, but the reality is there’s no way of knowing what sort of hardware may or may not be getting worked on based off the listing alone. In any event, Nintendo is known for working on its systems years in advance, so it’s not unusual for the company to be getting the ball rolling now.

What do you want from Nintendo’s next systems? Should the company offer a 2-in-1 system that merges handheld with home console? Voice your thoughts in the comments!

Source: IGN

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Camp Pokémon Available Now on iOS Devices Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:30:49 +0000 Robert Marrujo

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company continue to flirt with mobile devices, now joining the Pokémon TV and Pokémon TCG apps with Camp Pokémon on iOS.  Essentially a minigame collection, Camp Pokémon offers players the chance to acclimate themselves to the world of Pokémon though a number of (presumably) fun activities.

Toss Poké Balls, identify Pokémon, and paste digital Pokémon stickers onto photos taken with the player’s mobile device. Certainly worth a look for Pokéfanatics, but the question does now linger larger than ever: is a true Pokémon game on a non-Nintendo console imminent?

Are you for or against Nintendo branching its properties out onto the devices of other companies? Will you be playing Camp Pokémon? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Kotaku

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Yoshi’s Circuit Is Back as Mario Kart 8 DLC Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:54 +0000 Robert Marrujo Double Dash!! course will be arriving with the first pack of DLC due in November!]]>

Mario Kart 8‘s first DLC pack is due at some point in November, bringing with it cups based on the Legend of Zelda and Yoshi. Not all of the race tracks, however, have been disclosed, but Nintendo was kind enough to peel the curtain back a bit and reveal that Yoshi Circuit from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is making a return!

As the below video demonstrates, Yoshi Circuit has been lovingly redesigned and upgraded with the same meticulous care as the rest of the courses in Mario Kart 8. It’s a pretty big deal that Nintendo is releasing DLC for a Mario Kart game, and the snippets of information unveiled so far have really gotten at least this writer’s anticipation level through the roof!

What are your thoughts on Yoshi Circuit coming back? Or Mario Kart 8‘s DLC in general? Sound off below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Hyrule Warriors to Receive Amiibo Support Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:00:36 +0000 Andy Hoover

The list of games, both new and already released, that will support Amiibos has steadily been growing, and now Hyrule Warriors has joined their ranks.

Nintendo made a very short Tweet stating that Link’s Amiibo will be made compatible with the game and that more details will be coming eventually. Since that is really the gist of the whole message, we will have to wait and see to learn more. I personally hope we will see the Zelda Amiibo supported as well, along with announcements of at least a Sheik and Ganondorf being added to the Amiibo line, which would only make sense seeing how both are already in Super Smash Bros.

Stay tuned for more on this story.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Nintendo Files New European Trademarks Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:43 +0000 Andy Hoover

Copyright and trademark filings can often prove rather interesting; sometimes they offer a glimpse into a company’s future plans, and sometimes they prove to be red herrings as nothing ultimately comes from them. Considering that, it might be fun to see what Nintendo plans to do with Virtual Boy and Polarium with their recently filed trademarks in Europe.

The Virtual Boy should, of course, be recognizable to any long time Nintendo fan. The unpopular system was released and then discontinued within six months back in 1995, but had become the butt of many jokes and something of an oddity for collectors and aficionados. Interestingly enough, the system actually never saw a European release.

The later trademark, Polarium, is actual the title of a Nintendo-published puzzle game that was released on DS and GBA in 2005 and 2006 respectively. The games received fairly decent reviews but never really set the world on fire or garnered that much attention, though the games did find their way to Europe in addition to Japan and North America.

While these trademarks might very well give some incite into Nintendo’s future plans (Virtual Boy Virtual Console, maybe?) it is possible that Nintendo might be filing these trademarks just to shelter the brands for the time being, which is a fairly common practice when companies have otherwise unused words, titles, or properties they want to prevent others from exploiting.

Source: GoNintendo

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Oddworld Facing Troubles with Wii U Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:34 +0000 Andy Hoover

When Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! was announced, people took notice. The Oddworld franchise has long had something of a cult following, featuring dark and strange visuals, mechanics that vary from title to title, and interesting social themes. The series had been sitting dormant for quite some time when series creator, Lorne Lanning, announced a complete remake and overhaul of the original in the form of New ‘n’ Tasty.

The game was finally making its way out onto the many platforms it is being made for, but word on the release date for the Wii U version has been absent. Thankfully, Lanning has reassured the world the game is still coming to Wii U, but the team has been experiencing an issue with the game file’s size.

New ‘n’ Tasty is not cancelled on Wii U. We are currently having challenges with the platform that we are striving to overcome,” Lanning announced via Twitter. “Regarding Wii U, while supporting the 8GB model is a consideration, it is neither a dealbreaker nor the only challenge.”

Lanning doesn’t go into details regarding the other challenges the team is facing, but I guess it is somewhat nice to see the developer choose to be so conscious about Wii U owners who only have the 8 GB version. Personally, I would have just told them to get an external HDD.

Source: Siliconera

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Nintendo Announces New Ways to Get Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:05 +0000 Marc Deschamps Pokémon TCG and Puzzle Challenge officially announced for Virtual Console, as well!]]> News Desk Masthead - Pokémon Pokemon

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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