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Tetris games to be removed from the European 3DS eShop at the end of this year

tetris-removed Posted 4 hours ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Nintendo is pulling two Tetris games from the European 3DS eShop at the very end of this year. You have until December 31 to purchase the 3DS retail game Tetris as well as the classic Virtual Console release.

It’s unclear why the Tetris titles are being removed at this time. As far as we know, there are no similar plans for North America.

Thanks to Simonsskidor for the tip.



Nintendo files patent for Game Boy emulation on various devices including phones and PC

2_p5qfb7 Posted 8 hours ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Back in late June, Nintendo filed a patent in the US for “Hand-held Video Game Platform Emulation”. The application was just made public today.

The core of Nintendo’s patent is about Game Boy emulation on mobile phones, PDA’s, PC, and other devices. Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance are all mentioned in the filing.

Here’s the official abstract, which should give you a pretty good idea about what this entire thing is about:

A software emulator for emulating a handheld video game platform such as GAME BOY.RTM., GAME BOY COLOR.RTM. and/or GAME BOY ADVANCE.RTM. on a low-capability target platform (e.g., a seat-back display for airline or train use, a personal digital assistant, a cell phone) uses a number of features and optimizations to provide high quality graphics and sound that nearly duplicates the game playing experience on the native platform. Some exemplary features include use of bit BLITing, graphics character reformatting, modeling of a native platform liquid crystal display controller using a sequential state machine, and selective skipping of frame display updates if the game play falls behind what would occur on the native platform.

You can find some images from the patent below. If you’d like to check out the full filing, head on over to this link. Keep in mind that patents often are filed, but are never acted upon.



Hyrule Warriors – Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time costume DLC to be sold in Japan next month

1218_1_b Posted 12 hours ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Remember those retailer exclusive Hyrule Warriors costumes? By pre-ordering the game at Amazon, Best Buy, or GameStop, players could receive Link and Zelda costumes based on Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Ocarina of Time respectively.

Koei Tecmo has now revealed that these costumes will be available for purchase – at least in Japan – starting on December 18.

Here’s the full breakdown of content:

“Courage” Costume Set

– 400 yen
– Includes Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, and Ocarina of Time Link costumes

“Wisdom” Costume Set

– 400 yen
– Includes Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, and Ocarina of Time Zelda costumes

“Power” Costume Set

– 300 yen
– Includes Twilight Princess and Ocarina of Time Ganondorf costumes

Nintendo hasn’t said anything about selling this DLC in the west, but I’d say it’s likely that the costumes will be offered in North America and Europe next month as well.

Thanks to David S for the tip.



Nintendo Download (11/27/14, North America)

eshop_l Posted 14 hours ago
By (@NE_Brian)

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

Thomas Was Alone
GetClose: A game for RIVALS
Shiny the Firefly

Wii U Virtual Console

Mario Pinball Land
Mighty Final Fight

3DS Retail

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

3DS Download

Mighty Gunvolt (available Friday)
My First Songs
My Life on a Farm 3D

3DS Virtual Console

Mighty Final Fight

3DS Demos

Ohno Odyssey
AiRace Xeno

eShop Sales

The Nintendo eShop Cyber Deals will let you save up to 30 percent each on 10 select games from Thursday, Nov. 27, at 9 a.m. PT until Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8:59 a.m. PT. Visit for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out discounts on other great games! Head to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and look under “Price Drops” to find out more about these great deals.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is on sale for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 1.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Rock Zombie is more than 10 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $5.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 27 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.

ZaciSa’s Last Stand is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 7.

Code of Princess is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 15.

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $39.99 to $24.99) starting at starting at 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 15.

Azure Striker GUNVOLT is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $9.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 28 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 15.

Farming Simulator 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec 11.

Farming Simulator 14 is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 11.

Parking Star 3D is over 30 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 18.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec 2.

Chain Blaster, Crazy Construction and other games from G-Style are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 31.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Dec 1. Until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 8.


Spend Thanksgiving holiday with your family fans in the Turkey Fest community on Miiverse. From Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, you’ll be able to join in all kinds of special events such as tournaments, polls and challenges featuring Nintendo games and characters. And what better time to bowl a turkey in Wii Sports Club Bowling? Don’t miss out on tons of fun activities featuring Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Fantasy Life and Pokémon Art Academy. Also be sure to join our Miiverse Turkey Fest tournament in Mario Kart 8 using the new DLC Pack 1 this Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament code is 2593-0985-4929.

Source: Nintendo PR


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U screenshot (11/27/14)

Posted 21 hours ago
By (@NE_Jarop)

Today Sakurai shares with us some gameplay tips for Smash Tour:

He continues:

If you look reaaally closely, you’ll see that by rolling a 5, you can pass through the center of the map to the other end. This means that you’ll have an advantage if you keep rolling 5s!! Trophies like Ashley’s that slow down the roulette wheel may help you out here.


[Giveaway] Thomas Was Alone

thomas-was-alone Posted 22 hours ago
By (@NE_Brian)

It’s time for another giveaway! With the launch of Thomas Was Alone on the Wii U eShop this week, we’re ready to hand out six codes (thanks Max Criden and Curve Studios!). We have three codes for North America and three for Europe.

To enter, leave a comment below about a game whose story emotionally affected you (note: please specify your region in your comment!). We’ll give more consideration to those who put some effort into their post, as it’s only fair! That being said, we’re not expecting you to write a novel or anything – far from that!

We’ll let this latest giveaway run through Saturday. Good luck to everyone!


Sakurai on Smash Bros. Wii U’s different regional release dates

smash_bros_for_wii_u_screenshot_april_21 Posted 23 hours ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has three different release dates around the world. The game arrived in North America last Friday, but the European launch is taking place this Friday. Japan will be getting the game on December 6.

Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai decided to tackle the topic of the Wii U title’s different regional release dates in his latest Famitsu column. Here’s a translation of what was shared:



Hyrule Warriors 1.0.4 update and DLC out now

hyrule-warriors-update Posted 1 day ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Hyrule Warriors’ 1.0.4 update is now available. The same also goes for the game’s latest DLC.

Below are the official notes for the latest patch:

The maximum warrior level is now 150!
You can now carry up to 999 of a single type of material!
New mixtures have appeared in the Apothecary!
New medals are waiting to be won!
You can now receive amiibo presents! Touch an amiibo to the GamePad while on the title screen to get a random bonus. An amiibo can give you only one present a day, but you can receive up to five presents if you use five different amiibo!

Hyrule Warriors’ new DLC, the Twilight Princess Pack, features Twili Midna, the Copy Rod weapon for Zelda, a new Adventure Map, and new costumes for Link and Zelda.

Source 1, Source 2


Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire sales top 3 million worldwide

pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-teaser-trailer-revealed Posted 1 day ago
By (@NE_Brian)

A few hours ago, a report from Famitsu revealed that Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire sold more than 1.5 million copies in Japan over the weekend (from Friday through Sunday). We now have a bit of additional news about how the games are performing worldwide.

In a follow-up report from The Pokemon Company, Famitsu reveals that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire collectively sold 3.04 million copies in North America and Japan. This number indicates that roughly 1.5 million units were sold in North America alone.