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A few new details regarding Namco Bandai’s Kuroko’s Basketball title for 3DS have emerged. You can find a roundup of the information, thanks to a Siliconera translation, below.

AR functionality

– Comes with AR cards
– Use the cards to create a 3D image of team members such as Kuroko or Akashi
– Characters will then be poseable
– Can have more than one character at once

General

– Basketball simulation game
– New original storyline following the Generation of Miracles
– Includes special moves also not found in the anime or manga series so far
– Unclear what the story is
– There’s speculation it might be telling the tale when all five of the team were still together

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We’ve previously heard rumblings of a new Pokemon game in development starring Pikachu. Today, the speculation has apparently come to fruition.

Tsunekazu Ishihara will be appearing on an NHK program next week as part of a profile on Pokemon Company, where the new title will make its debut. A preview of the episode gives the first glimpses of the project. It seems to confirm 3DS as the game’s platform and shows a very brief snippet of Pikachu in action.

What’s included in the video almost looks like an AR experience. There’s also a couple of moments showing Pikachu mimicking a woman’s facial gestures.

A synopsis of the upcoming episode indicates that the footage is from a brand new title with development having started this summer. This new game is said to be changing Pikachu in some unknown fashion. Based on the synopsis, Ishihara apparently has a few concerns as to how this will affect the Pokemon’s popularity.

Remember, a lot of this is still unclear. Until NHK’s episode airs next week, we won’t know what exactly will be shown.

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Two Nintendo collaborations were previously announced for Monster Hunter 4.

The first, a pair of Super Mario Bros. crossover costumes for Felyne, are now available through 7-Eleven’s 7spot service. Players can download the garb until November 11.

Also, Capcom will distribute costumes based on The Legend of Zelda starting on December 2. This promotion will run until January 10.

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A few weeks ago, we found out about Nintendo’s plans to discontinue the Wii in Japan. Now the move has been made official.

Nintendo’s official Wii page says that the console has been discontinued. Going forward, the company will no longer produce and distribute new units in Japan.

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