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It’s a big week for celebrations and bargains. Not only have you got Thanksgiving to enjoy and spend with your families, there’s also Black Friday to enjoy and spend all of your money! The Nintendo eShop is no exception when it comes to helping you to part with some of that hard-earned cash, tempting you with some great offers and discounts, and all from the comfort of your own home. These discounts are for a limited time only, so go on…they aren’t going to grab themselves!


Wii U eShop Cyber Deals – valid until December 2

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – $34.99
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – $34.99
  • Pikmin 3 – $38.99
  • The Wonderful 101 – $19.49
  • Rayman Legends – $19.99
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – $27.99
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition – $7.49
  • Teslagrad – $7.49
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $9.99
  • Adventures of Pip – $7.49
  • Chariot – $7.49
  • Never Alone – $5.99
  • SteamWorld Dig – $4.99
  • Child of Light – $7.49
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut – $9.99
  • Little Inferno – $4.99
  • Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails – $4.99
  • Pushmo World – $4.99
  • Art of Balance – $4.49
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe – $4.99
  • Blek – $2.99
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land – $12.99
  • Star Fox Command – $4.99
  • Mario Golf – $4.99
  • Metroid Fusion – $4.79

3DS eShop Cyber Deals – valid until December 2

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening – $27.99
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – $23.99
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising – $24.49
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – $20.99
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – $27.99
  • Mario Golf: World Tour – $20.99
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – $20.09
  • Rune Factory 4 – $19.99
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $9.99
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt – $7.50
  • BoxBoy! – $3.49
  • Crashmo – $4.49
  • SteamWorld Dig – $4.99
  • Inazuma Eleven – $9.99
  • 1001 Spikes – $9.99
  • Retro City Rampage: DX – $4.99
  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99
  • 3D Out Run – $4.19
  • Siesta Fiesta – $2.99
  • Mutant Mudds – $4.49
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – $6.49
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream – $2.49
  • Metroid – $2.49

Wii U eShop

  • Cutie Pets Jump Rope – $1.99 – For two bucks and a title like this, don’t expect an immersive and intense story-driven game with more depth than the Atlantic Ocean. However, if it’s a game involving well-timed button presses and a platypus playing jump rope, then look no further!

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Konami Krazy Racers – $6.99 – This little karting gem is from a time when nearly every developer and publisher was making racing games featuring a host of their most famous gaming characters, all in a bid to be a Mario Kart killer. Luckily, none succeeded, but this is still a great GBA title from yesteryear, featuring Konami characters such as Cyber Ninja from Metal Gear Solid and Dracula from Castlevania.

3DS eShop

  • Pet Hospital – $29.99 – Surely you know the drill by now when it comes to gaming sims. This one is pretty self explanatory– pets in hospital, now make them better. Job done.


Wii U eShop

  • Skylanders SuperChargers: Portal Owner’s Pack – $29.99 until December 4 (normally $49.99)
  • Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX – $2.99 until December 31 (normally $5.99)
  • Jeopardy!on discount until December 3
  • Wheel of Fortune – on discount until December 3

3DS eShop

  • Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai - $6.70 until December 17 (normally $8.99)
  • Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version - $4.99 until December 3 (normally $9.99)

Source: Nintendo

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Nintendojo Jukebox: Thanksgiving Playlist Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:00:56 +0000 Kevin Knezevic

For those of us living in the United States, today is Thanksgiving, a day we reflect on all of the good fortunes we have to be thankful for and, of course, eat plenty of delicious food. To make your holiday even more enjoyable, we’ve compiled a small playlist of video game tunes that, we think, represent what Thanksgiving is all about!

Harvest Festival (Animal Crossing)

The Harvest Festival is Animal Crossing’s equivalent of Thanksgiving, making it the quintessential tune to listen to today. Just as the holiday it is based on, the staple dish of the Harvest Festival is turkey, so it is the one day of the year that Animal Crossing’s resident turkey, Franklin, is invited to town. Unfortunately for him, it’s not as a guest– he’s going to be the main course! Luckily, the villagers seem to have given up their turkey-hunting ways once Mayor Tortimer retired, and now Franklin serves as the chef in charge of preparing the town’s annual feast in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He sure has a lot to be thankful for!

Twilight River (Pikmin 3)

Thanksgiving has always been the unofficial start of the Christmas season, and few video game tunes capture the feeling of late autumn as well as the Twilight River theme from Pikmin 3. With winter right around the corner, there’s a lingering chill in the air that’s perfectly reflected in the gentle chimes that ring throughout the piece, as if it could begin snowing at any minute. It’s hard not to feel the crispness of the autumn air on your skin when you listen to this tune, so enjoy the weather while you can before you need to break out your winter clothes!

Gourmet Race (Kirby Super Star)

It’s always nice to bask in the warmth of family and friends on a holiday, but everyone knows the real purpose of Thanksgiving is to eat lots of food, and what better tune to get you motivated for the upcoming feast than Gourment Race from Kirby Super Star? Friendship and familial bonds are thrown out the proverbial window once dinner begins, and it becomes a cutthroat race to pile as many delectable trimmings as you can before they run out. Even Kirby and King Dedede have never had a rivalry as intense as the family table at Thanksgiving!

Fat Wario (Wario Land 3)

Of course, once dinner ends, that bloated feeling that has become so familiar at Thanksgiving sets in. It’s easy to imagine that’s how Wario felt in Wario Land 3 after he’d consume donuts and transform into an even larger, more sluggish version of himself, capable of crashing through floors thanks to his extra weight. I’m sure a lot of us will be able to sympathize with him tonight when it becomes a struggle to just get up from the table!

We hope these tracks help make your holiday even more festive, and from all of us here at Nintendojo, happy Thanksgiving!

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Shakedown Hawaii Announced Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:00:46 +0000 Robert Marrujo Retro City Rampage is coming to a Nintendo console-- but which one?]]>

Retro City Rampage was an excellent open-world, 8-bit homage to both Grand Theft Auto and ’80s pop culture that made quite the impression when it landed on Wii and 3DS back in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Vblank Entertainment, the development studio of the game’s mastermind and designer Brian Provinciano, is hard at work to bring the next installment of the series to home consoles in the form of Shakedown Hawaii!

The game follows the original protagonist Player some 30 years after the conclusion of Retro City Rampage, this time with 16-bit inspired aesthetic in tow. The original game was both funny and engaging, so hopes are high for Shakedown Hawaii… though it’s unclear which Nintendo system(s) the game will be appearing on. NX? Wii U? 3DS? It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but keep it posted to Nintendojo for all the latest as it develops!

Source: Vblank Entertainment, Inc.

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Nintendo Announces eShop Cyber Deals Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:00:14 +0000 Robert Marrujo yay after Thanksgiving!]]> Favorite Holiday Gifts Round Table

There’s nothing better than a good deal, and Nintendo seems set on delivering just that to its fans this coming Black Friday! Starting today, players can head to the eShop on both the Wii U and 3DS to download some excellent games and discounted prices! Here are some highlights from each system:

Wii U

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – $34.99 (formerly $49.99)
  • Metroid Fusion – $4.79 (formerly $7.99)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – $27.99 (formerly $39.99)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $9.99 (formerly $19.99)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – $34.99 (formerly $49.99)
  • Rayman Legends – $19.99 (formerly $39.99)
  • SteamWorld Dig – $4.99 (formerly $9.99)
  • Pikmin 3 – $38.99 (formerly $59.99)
  • Art of Balance – $4.49 (formerly $8.99)
  • Child of Light – $7.49 (formerly $14.99)
  • Little Inferno – $4.99 (formerly $9.99)
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe – $4.99 (formerly $9.99)
  • Scram Kitty – $4.99 (formerly $9.99)


  • Fire Emblem Awakening – $27.99 (formerly $39.99)
  • Metroid – $2.49 (formerly $4.99)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – $23.99 (formerly $39.99)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – $20.99 (formerly $29.99)
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt – $7.50 (formerly $14.99)
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – $27.99 (formerly $39.99)
  • BoxBoy! – $3.49 (formerly $4.99)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – $20.09 (formerly $29.99)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $9.99 (formerly $19.99)
  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99 (formerly $5.99)
  • 3D Out Run – $4.19 (formerly $5.99)
  • Retro City Rampage DX – $4.99 (formerly $9.99)
  • Mutant Mudds – $4.49 (formerly $8.99)
  • Siesta Fiesta – $2.99 (formerly $5.99)

Head to the link below for the full list of discounts. The sale ends December 2, so be sure to jump on these deals with a swiftness!

Source: Nintendo

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Playset Heading to Disney Infinity 3.0 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:30:11 +0000 Robert Marrujo

Disney Infinity 3.0 launched this past August with a number of Star Wars figures in tow, but nary a sniff of anything from the upcoming seventh movie, The Force Awakens, was on offer. That’s about to change on December 18 when both the movie and the Disney Infinity 3.0 playset launch together! Here’s the trailer:

There doesn’t appear to be any story details to glean from the footage, but if nothing else the game expansion sure looks like it’s packed with action! Disney’s toys-to-life series has been solid since its inception, so if that’s any indication, The Force Awakens playset should be on the radars of Star Wars and Disney Infinity fans, alike!

Source: Disney (via YouTube)

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Gaming Items Headed to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:00:25 +0000 Robert Marrujo

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was a pleasant surprise when it launched on 3DS back in September, mixing familiar elements of the series with new, arcade-like design challenges. A big part of the fun has been seeing all the fresh items that the game has brought along with it; I was blown away by the variety of new objects that I was able to play with when I reviewed Happy Home Designer– especially because I was finally able to perfectly center all these pieces of furniture and move everything around in tiny increments! Well, it looks like Nintendo isn’t quite done with the game, as besides a second wave of Amiibo Cards heading to the title this January, fans can also look forward to a treasure trove of gaming items to use in their home designs.

From the abnormal sight of a fully-stocked Amiibo display kiosk, to a New 3DS LL, the content will be heading to Happy Home Designer owners in Japan this December as part of a challenge to design a gaming haven for animal neighbor Claude. There’s no word on these items coming to North America or Europe yet, but it seems really likely that they will. Eventually. Hopefully. Okay, look, they better show up, because they look awesome and if they don’t my heart will broken, okay, Nintendo? There, I said it. I admitted to a burning desire for digital items that really won’t have any legitimate impact on my life other than to make my designs exponentially cooler.

Source: Tiny Cartridge

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Splatoon has proven to be quite the success, moving a surprisingly large number of copies for a new IP on a system with a relatively small install base and earning plenty of respect among gamers and critics alike. Most recently, the respect was further proven with a big win at the BAFTA Children’s Awards.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners for its annual Children’s Awards, and Splatoon took away the win for the video game category. Considering the fact the shooter was going up against big names like Minecraft, Adventure Time, and even Nintendo’s own Yoshi’s Woolly World, the win is made all the more impressive.

Furthermore, Nintendo announced that everyone’s favorite paint bucket, the Slosher, will be getting a makeover in the form of the Slosher Deco. The re-skinned weapon will come packed with the Splash Wall and Kraken, which should combine to allow for some pretty interesting strategies.

Source: Nintendo Everything 1, 2

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Chasing Dead Could Shamble to Wii U This year Wed, 25 Nov 2015 02:30:27 +0000 Andy Hoover News Desk Masthead - Wii U 3

Some might argue that zombies are played out, having spent so much time in the limelight that they’re starting to smell a little old. Developer 2020 Venture hopes to enliven the walking dead a little with Chasing Dead, a first-person shooter the studio is hoping to bring to Wii U before 2015 ends.

Chasing Dead begins with a somewhat unique premise for a zombie game; a second Earth appears next to our own home planet and its population consists mostly of the undead, among many other horrible monsters. Not only does the trailer promise everything from your average, shambling zombies to towering, skyscraper-sized horrors, but it also looks like your options for blowing the baddies to pieces will be equally diverse, featuring guns, baseball bats, chainsaws, and even tanks. I think it’s safe to say that Chasing Dead looks to lean a bit more toward the action side of the horror genre.

While 2020 Venture hasn’t set an official release date, it has confirmed that the product is almost finished, and they studio is in the process of getting everything fixed up to meet final approval standards. 2020 hopes Chasing Dead will be ready to go before the we roll over into 2016.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Nintendo Selling the Wii U GamePad Individually in Japan Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:00:43 +0000 Andy Hoover News Desk Masthead - Wii U 1

Considering how integral the Wii U GamePad is to the the console’s general operation and user experience, it’s somewhat surprising how inconvenient it has been to get your hands on a new one. Yes, broken units could be repaired by Nintendo and you could even buy new ones through the company’s service department (for $140 USD), but there wasn’t a way to pick up another one easily. Thankfully, that has changed, at least in Japan.

For the first time, Nintendo is offering new GamePads directly through its website, for 12,800 Yen, which comes out to $104.65, €98.07, or £69.28. Unfortunately, no plans have been announced for releasing individual GamePads in other markets yet, nor is there any indication that this is somehow a sign of imminent plans to launch support for multiple GamePads on a single Wii U.

The market for purchasing new GamePads is likely rather limited, though it would be quite nice for Nintendo to make it an easier, more convenient option for gamers around the world.

Source: IGN

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Gregg Mayles Reveals New Information About Donkey Kong Country 2 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:45:03 +0000 Marc Deschamps

This weekend marked the 20th anniversary of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, a title which many consider to be the highlight of that particular franchise. To commemorate the occasion, Gregg Mayles, the game’s producer and designer, has taken to Twitter over the last few days to reveal a number of concept sketches and heretofore unknown details regarding the development of the SNES classic.

The original Donkey Kong Country introduced a group of animal friends that could assist Donkey and Diddy in their travels. The sequel expanded upon those characters, but apparently more were also going to be introduced. “Banana animals” were at one point considered for the game, with at least twelve different characters in early design stages. Mayles has also revealed a number of concept sketches, level layouts and a lot more!

Perhaps the most interesting thing Mayles has revealed so far is a list of potential names that Rare and Nintendo had on the table for the character that would become Dixie Kong. Interestingly enough, Diddiane seemed to be a favorite at one point. Dee Dee Kong was also in consideration, despite the fact that it sounds a bit too similar to DK’s other simian companion.

It’s always interesting to get a glimpse at what happened behind-the-scenes of our favorite games. Mayles has released a number of gems about the game, and it looks like he’ll continue to do so over the next few days. Be sure to check out his Twitter account at the link below!

Source: Twitter

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