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

3DS Retail

Bravely Default – $39.99 (available Feb. 7)
The LEGO Movie Videogame – $29.99 (available Feb. 7)
One Piece: Romance Dawn – $39.99 (available Feb. 7)

3DS Download

Retro City Rampage: DX – $9.99

Wii U Retail

The LEGO Movie Videogame – $49.99 (available Feb. 7)

Wii U Download

Percy’s Predicament

Wii U Virtual Console

Ninja Gaiden – $4.99

eShop sale

Urban Trial Freestyle – Race through a wide range of environments in this fresh take on the action bike-racer genre. Starting today, download Urban Trial Freestyle from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at a discounted price of $3.49 until 9 a.m. PT on Feb. 20.

Source: Nintendo PR

Along with the above screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message via Miiverse:

Pic of the day. It is said that the cosmos is beneath Rosalina’s gown. This was actually featured briefly in her debut video.


“2014 will mark a renaissance for Sonic the Hedgehog,” a press invitation from SEGA reads. The company will be hosting an event tomorrow so that announcements and future plans for Sonic can be shared.

Based on the art above Sonic Boom will be one of the highlights of the press gathering. A logical assumption would be that a game or two will be appearing as well.

Just don’t expect news out of the gate – there’s a good chance information will be embargoed.


Warner Bros. Games Montreal, developer of Batman: Arkham Origins and the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham City, has a new game in the works for Nintendo’s console.

Lead game designer Pierre-Luc Foisy lists an “Unannounced Project” on his LinkedIn profile. Along with Wii U, the title is slated for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Given Warner Bros. Montreal’s past, one would think that the project has a chance of being Batman-related. That’s most definitely not confirmed though and is one of many possibilities.

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REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– With each week, Nintendo continues to grow the number of fantastic digital titles available on the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Talented independent developers are showcasing their creativity through upcoming releases, representing a variety of styles and genres, and might even be inventing a few new ones along the way. Key upcoming releases include:

Polygon has shared a batch of new details covering Shovel Knight’s Miiverse and StreetPass functionality. You can find up a roundup of information below, which also includes quotes from Yacht Club Games’ Sean Velasco.

– Wii U version allows players to leave hints for others
– Choose “The Digger’s Diary” from the GamePad, then leave advice on how to defeat enemies, find hidden gems, etc.
– Can also leave drawings of bosses in rooms just before the encounter
– Digger’s Diary name will probably change

“The cool part is that it’s room-based. Every time there’s a room where you don’t know what to do, or if you just want some more information, you can tap on this diary. [Maybe you’ll] leave a message for other players or get a message yourself, or maybe learn a little more the same way you would trade secrets on the school ground.”

– StreetPass Arena confirmed for 3DS
– StreetPass Arena name is also tentative
– In these levels, players will record five-second clips, which are then used against other player’s recorded gameplay during a pass
– Need to collect gems or hit the opposing Shovel Knight with whatever strategy you’ve recorded
– Can watch the recorded battle and revise your moves once the StreetPass battle is over
– Velasco compared it to a game of rock-paper-scissors, but with a little more strategy

“We’ve done it, and it’s just ridiculous. There are some goals that you’re all going for, but you don’t know what the other player is doing. You don’t know which gem they’re going to go for first. You don’t know if they’re going to use a weapon … It’s just craziness because you do it in these little five second rounds, and you do three rounds over and over. And then it’s just done.”

– Earn gold if you emerge from these battles successfully
– Can rework your strategy if you lose

“It’s a classic-style game, but we’re trying to do as much as we can with whatever modern tech we have.”


Kotaku recently had the chance to speak with Bravely Default producer Tomoya Asano and assistant producer Shinji Takahashi. The two commented on the game’s Final Fantasy ties and name, interest in localizing Bravely Second, and more.

You can find some excerpts from the interview below. Kotaku’s full piece is located here.

Pokemon Bank as well as Poke Transporter have launched across North America. 3DS owners can download the two apps at no extra cost, via the eShop. Pokemon Bank takes up 238 blocks of space on an SD card while Poke Transporter requires 218 blocks.

The wait won’t be much longer for Shin’en’s next Wii U game reveal. Via Twitter, the studio confirmed that an announcement will be taking place in “Just in a few days”.

Shin’en’s message in full:


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