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The Super Smash Bros. series has got throwbacks to the classics littered literally everywhere throughout the game, but Sakurai takes us even further back in time with today’s screenshots:


And that’s not all:

See? There’s a variety of characters. Huh? One of them looks pretty recent.

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Eiji Aonuma has shared the one Zelda-related memory that moved him the most.

Back in the day, Aonuma received a fan letter from the mother of an elementary school girl who was sadly hospitalized due to an illness. She gave her daughter Zelda: Ocarina of Time to play.

After initially thinking that it would be impossible to complete, the girl started to get the hang of things and ended up deciding, “if Link is trying this hard, then I will, too!” – referring to her rehabilitation. “And before they knew it, she was back to her healthy self,” Aonuma said.

Check out Aonuma’s full words below.

The latest issue of MCV has a few more comments from Ubisoft about Wii U, courtesy of CEO Yves Guillemot and Alain Corre.

First, Guillemot commented on how the Wii U needs additional sales to become a mass market device. He also spoke about Nintendo’s games and how fans are waiting on them to arrive.

In the latest issue of Famitsu, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino commented on a wide array of topics pertaining to the Youkai Watch franchise. This includes the creation of the actual IP, the anime, Youkai Watch 2, and more.

Head past the break for Hino’s comments.

“We’ve created a lot of different IPs, and I figured it was about time that we made something like Doraemon, that could be loved by many people over a long period of time. That was the start of it. I researched what would give something appeal and longevity, and pondered what would be relatable to people and developed the open world RPG that children could play, Yokai Watch. I think title’s popularity is the fruits of trial and error.”

“Anime is content that is offered for free, and I strongly promote its use. The [Yokai Watch] anime focuses on problems that modern children face and is made so that the audience can laugh off such problems and be entertained as well.”

“Keita isn’t a child who always does the right thing, but has his own flaws as well, like trying to watch naughty TV shows late at night or making fun of people. Keita’s actions are depicting what is ‘normal’ for modern children. He’s not a good boy, but someone who says what he thinks. I believe that character setting made him very relatable to people.”

“I’m working on bringing out a third yokai that is different from those 2. It’s like with a variety show – you don’t continue with the same members all the time, but switch them out every now and then to change the atmosphere. That’s what makes a show last longer. I believe that Yokai Watch needs such a device.”

“When planning the first Yokai Watch, I already thought to release the sequel as 2 different versions. Children like having things that other people don’t have, so from a marketing perspective, having 2 versions is a good idea. Also, a lot of people play Yokai Watch with their parents. Where people would have some hesitation about getting 2 copies of the same game, if you have different versions, it’s a lot easier for them to buy both.”

“The key for a long-lasting hit piece of entertainment is whether the business side like merchandise, games, and movies is successful. That’s why you develop commercial goods necessary for cutting edge entertainment and include the latest features in your games.”

On another important note, international expansion for Youkai Watch is “in consideration in a big way.”

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A new Pokemon Mega Evolution has been revealed in this month’s issue of CoroCoro: Mega Metagross. In Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Elite Four Champion Daigo uses a Mega Brooch to evolve his Metagross.

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

Wii U Retail

One Piece: Unlimited World Red

Wii U Download

The Letter

Wii U Virtual Console

Bases Loaded

3DS Retail

One Piece: Unlimited World Red

3DS Download

Rabi Laby 3
Me & My Pets 3

3DS Demo

Jett Rocket II

3DS Virtual Console

Bases Loaded

eShop sales

Swords & Soldiers 3D – Rewrite history as you take control of various factions in their global quest to win the favor of the Gods. Starting today through 9 a.m. PT on July 31, Swords & Soldiers 3D is available at the discounted price of $3.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai – To celebrate the launch of the Nintendo eShop demo, Shin’en is offering the full version of Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai at the discounted price of $4.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. This offer lasts until 9 a.m. PT on July 24.
Witch & Hero – Starting today until 9 a.m. PT on July 31, Witch & Hero is 30 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
I’ve Got to Run! – For a limited time, I’ve Got to Run! is 40 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. This offer is valid from 9 a.m. PT on July 11 until 9 a.m. PT on July 13.

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Nintendo has announced the first-ever Super Smash Bros. for 3DS tournament, which is set to take place at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Fans can have a shot at participating by visiting the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the Marriott Marquis & Marina located at 333 W. Harbor Drive.

Here’s an overview as to how the tournament will work:

Starting at noon, there will be a preliminary round in which groups of four competitors battle it out, with the winner advancing. During the finals, players will duke it out one-on-one to determine the top smasher. Tournament slots are limited, and fans will be able to sign up the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who are not attending San Diego Comic-Con can watch the tournament live on Nintendo’s Twitch channel. News about additional Nintendo Gaming Lounge activities will be announced in the future.

You’ll find today’s official announcement after the break.

A special Nintendo Direct will air in Japan tomorrow, Nintendo has announced. The presentation will focus on third-party titles for 3DS.

The Nintendo Direct will kick off at 8 PM Japan time. That’s 7 AM ET / 4 AM PT.

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The official Hyrule Warriors website was just updated with a whole heap of new screenshots in relation to the recent announcements regarding Skyward Sword and the additional DLC costumes. Check them out below! (Updating the post with more screenshots as they come through)

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Alternate costumes anyone? Today Sakurai shows off some unexpected alternates for some Nintendo mainstays!