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David Jaffe has a suggestion for Nintendo: try selling the company to Disney. He believes “they clearly understand marketing, they clearly understand their audience.”

Now, Jaffe’s words shouldn’t be taken as him looking to openly blast Nintendo. While speaking with HipHopGamer, Jaffe acknowledged his respect and admiration for the company. The thing is, he wants them to do something new.

Jaffe labeled Shigeru Miyamoto’s contributions to gaming as “industry-altering and super important”. However, he feels “some new blood getting in there” could only improve Nintendo.

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Wii Party U will not be sold on the eShop in Canada, a Nintendo representative has said. Consumers will need to purchase the game at retail if they’re interested in adding it to their collection.

It’s currently unclear if this also applies to the US and Europe. For the latter territory, things aren’t looking good. You may have noticed that Wii Party U was absent from the European Nintendo Download report earlier this week.

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GungHo Online Entertainment has given a new update on the overseas release of Puzzle & Dragons Z. While there’s still no set date, president Kazuki Morishita told Siliconera it will happen “sooner or later.”

“Nothing has been finalized, we don’t know how we will release it or have a price, but we will release it sooner or later.”

Morishita also spoke about Puzzle & Dragons Z is more RPG-oriented compared to the smartphone version. In doing so, he revealed how the 3DS title “has always been in the works” – meaning it was planned from the series’ very beginning.

“Initially, when we were still tinkering with the concept for the smartphone version in summer of 2011, we already started talking about the 3DS release as well. The 3DS version has always been in the works, we have always been planning it while we were coming up with the smartphone version concept. So, it isn’t a new idea we came up with. We were always going to add that RPG element into the game.”

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This week’s Famitsu has a feature with Game Freak character art director Ken Sugimori and 3D art director Takao Unno. The two talked about working with 3D models for the first time, creating new Pokemon designs, and more.

You can find a Q&A roundup after the break. Many thanks to Polygon for the translations.

Nintendo may very well be preparing the first specially-designed 2DS system. Kotaku has obtained several images showing what appears to be a Year of Luigi-themed handheld.

Nintendo hasn’t made any announcement, but perhaps the unique 2DS will be out in time for the holidays.

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A rather interesting reward tier has been added to the Boogerman 20th Anniversary Kickstarter. Those who pledge $40 or more will receive access to a new two-player co-op mode featuring Earthworm Jim. Exclusive levels and a t-shirt are also included as part of the pledge.

You can find more information in the official Kickstarter update notice here.

Amazon and Nintendo have long maintained a certain “spat”, so to speak. For some unknown reasons, the company’s hardware was never stocked and sold directly. If you were interested in purchasing any of Nintendo’s systems from Amazon, you would need to do so through a third-party seller.

But now it seems there may have been a breakthrough between the two. One eagle-eyed NeoGAF user noticed that 3DS XL systems are being shipped and sold by Amazon..

It doesn’t appear that the situation has been completely remedied, as the Wii U and 2DS still can’t be purchased straight from the retailer. Still, this looks like a good sign!

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Notion Games originally changed the name of Super Ubie Land from “Super Ubi Land” in hopes of avoiding any potential issues with Ubisoft. Now, the indie Wii U title is getting another name change.

On Twitter, Notion confirmed that Super Ubie Land will be receiving a new title before hitting Wii U. What the new name is hasn’t been announced as of yet.


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Amazon is selling the Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia for a little over $10. The item just began shipping on Monday.

The hardcover encyclopedia contains over 200 pages of Capcom goodness. Inside, you’ll find art and information pertaining to a whole slew of Capcom characters.

You can place an order for the Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia here.

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Thanks to a prior announcement during a recent Nintendo Direct, we knew Nintendo would release a special collector’s edition for Bravely Default in Europe. The package was officially announced today, and the items included inside were revealed.

Following the news, the official Japanese Bravely Default Twitter account posted a brief message: “For those jealous of the European Deluxe Edition, we’ll make it up to you.”

What could that mean? Might a collector’s edition for Bravely Default be coming to North America as well? Or maybe Square Enix is just preparing something unique for Japan…

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