Nightly News Roundup: 08.30.2012

This week’s eShop releases, GameStop looking to embrace “vintage” gaming, and Nintendo gives away a special Pokémon.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 08/30/2012 23:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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Toki Tori, Theatrhythm Demo Added to eShop

After a couple of non-eventful weeks on the eShop (which shouldn’t be all that surprising considering that Nintendo blew its load, so to speak, with its 8-Bit Summer promotion), we’re finally back in the swing of things with this week’s new releases.

In addition to the tunnel racer SpeedX 3D and the latest Escape the Virus title, Shoot ‘Em Up!, this week saw the (re)release of the Game Boy Color classic, Toki Tori. This is rather fortuitous as developer Two Tribes recently announced that it would be releasing Toki Tori 2 for Nintendo’s upcoming home console, Wii U, giving fans a chance to experience the original title (which I hear is quite good) before its sequel hits the market.

This week also saw the addition of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy…albeit in demo form. Still, that should be exciting news for fans who may not yet be on sold on the title, especially as this is the first eShop demo to not carry with it a play count limit, allowing them to sample it for as long as they please. Let’s just hope this will be a trend that continues in future demos.

Source: Press Release

GameStop to Add “Vintage” Games to Its Online Store

Fans of retro gaming know just how difficult it can be to track down older video games, particularly ones that are more than a generation or two removed from their release. While the likes of Nintendo’s Virtual Console and Sony’s PlayStation Store have eased this problem a bit, allowing gamers to purchase these titles quickly and easily through their respective platforms, those who grew up with these games (and still have the appropriate console lying around their house) tend to prefer a physical copy of them, particularly if the game in question is rare or will likely never see a re-release. *cough*EarthBound*cough*

It seems GameStop is interested in capturing this segment of the market, as the company has recently begun acquiring “some inventory” to bulk up its vintage offerings. GameStop CEO Paul Raines noted the demand for these products, which prompted the company’s decision to pursue this market: “If you go to eBay and look at all of the gaming stuff that’s on there, it’s unbelievable. Collector’s stuff. We’ve got to be in that business. We will be.”

There’s no word on when GameStop plans to roll out its new vintage catalog, nor how it will price said products when it does finally add them to its online store, but I’m personally curious to see how this venture plays out. Anything that keeps old games in circulation, I think, can only be a good thing.

Source: IGN

Legendary Pokémon Keldeo Now Available Through GameStop

Pokémaniacs, particularly those with a copy of either Pokémon Black or Pokémon White (or both– we’re not ones to judge), will be happy to know that they now have a chance to snag the legendary Pokémon Keldeo from their local GameStop store.

From now until October 6, fans can take their games to a participating GameStop location to receive the special Pokémon, which can be done via the titles’ Mystery Gift function (full instructions are included in the link below). Keldeo is an equine Water/Fighting hybrid that rounds out Black and White’s “Musketeer Trio” (appropriate considering there were, in fact, four musketeers in Dumas’ novel). This also marks the first time that Keldeo is attainable in either game– legally, at least– which should be especially exciting to those who are still trying to complete their National Pokédex.

As you can tell from the trailer above, what’s particularly special about this Pokémon is that it takes on a completely new form when it is transferred over to either Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2, which are slated to hit North America on October 7 (just one day after the distribution ends). What better way to start your new adventure than with powerful legendary Pokémon at your side? Provided you don’t mind it disobeying you, of course.

Source: Official Pokémon Website

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