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GameXplain has uploaded yet another video for Fire Emblem Fates showing amiibo functionality and what the revamped Private Quarters visits are now like in My Castle. View the full video below.

Buddy & Me, a 2D platformer featuring Metroid Prime developer Jason Behr as creative director, started out as a Kickstarter project back in 2013. It launched on mobile platforms a little bit later, and has been ported to a number of mobile platforms over the past couple of years.

Buddy & Me now appears to be setting its sights on Wii U. On Kickstarter, the team teased the following:

“So what’s next?

With all the effort put into transitioning into Unity, we’re anxious to take advantage of Unity’s cross-platform support. While we don’t quite have the budget to retroactively update all our old platforms’ builds, we do still want to do something very special. In next week’s update, I’ll share about what we’re working on now, plus some hints about other future project ideas.

I hate to tease, but, I wonder what’s in the box Buddy got for the holidays? Hint: Wii haven’t forgotten our promises.”

For Buddy & Me’s Kickstarter, a Wii U version was actually a stretch goal. It fell around $13,000 shy of that target, though it now seems as though an eShop release could be happening.


We have yet another video for Fire Emblem Fates, this time for the Nohr side of things. Check out an hour of English footage below.

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge originally landed on DSiWare back in 2010. It’s been on several platforms since then, and WayForward is now gearing up to bring it to the Wii U eShop.

The studio wrote in a Kickstarter update for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero today:

“Breaking news today for Shantae fans! Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut is moving into submissions at Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe. Now Wii U owners will be able to play the most popular Shantae game on the planet, with all of those fancy bonus features like the new Warp System, improved balancing, HD illustrations, and the infamous Magic Mode Costume!”

In other news, here’s a look at Tuki, an enemy in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero designed by a fan:


“This is it! The final Backer Enemy to appear in Half-Genie Hero! Say hello to Tuki, the sneaky, snakey seller of magical secrets by Backer Matt B! Matt B worked with our Matt B on several designs, and eventually landed on this devious shop keeper rather than a traditional combat enemy. Tuki will appear at various points throughout the game to offer the player new dances in exchange for old ones. What could go wrong? Traditional enemy? – No. Interesting choice? Abso-slither-lutely!””

Thanks to Andrew for the tip.


Update: Now gone. That actually lasted longer than I thought it would!

Devil’s Third is a game that’s been pretty tough to find at retail for awhile now. If you’re looking to obtain a copy though, Amazon currently has the game available. It’s back-ordered, but stock should be arriving on February 14. We’ll see how long this lasts!

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. Today, Kit and Krysta unbox the Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition and Fire Emblem Fates New 3DS XL. There are also some giveaways in store for fans. View today’s full Nintendo Minute below.

More Shutshimi footage

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Another round of footage is in for Shutshimi, which hit the North American Wii U eShop yesterday. Take a look at the newest video below.

Nintendo was the top-rated publisher in Metacritic’s 2014 rankings. In 2015, the company came in at the sixth spot.

Nintendo’s best overall release last year was Mario Kart 8’s second DLC pack, which earned a 90 percent average (also users’ favorite at 9.2). On the other end of the spectrum, Devil’s Third was the worst with an average of 43 percent from critics. Splatoon was the best new IP with 81 percent.

Here’s the analysis from Metacritic:

“It wasn’t a good year for the Nintendo brand. A year after finishing first in our rankings, Nintendo saw its average Metascore decline by nearly five points and its percentage of games receiving positive reviews fall from 56% to just 41%. The company once again released more unique titles than any other publisher, but too few of them connected with critics. The duds seemed to be spread fairly evenly among Nintendo’s two platforms, with its Wii U titles averaging 71.3 and its 3DS games averaging 71.9.”

And here are the overall 2015 rankings:

The Play Nintendo YouTube account has returned with another off-beat video, once again for Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon: “It’s Your Store Now!”. You can view it below.

The third wave of Animal Crossing amiibo cards can be pre-ordered on Amazon once again. These were up for a very brief period a week or two ago, but quickly sold out. Place an order here.

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