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Several Wii U and 3DS titles will be playable at a number of different malls as part of Nintendo’s “Holiday Mall Experience”. The event will take place between November 25 and December 22.

Playable titles include:

Wii U

Super Mario 3D World
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014
Pikmin 3
The Wonderful 101
Wii Fit U
Wii Sports Club
Wii Party U
Rayman Legends
Just Dance 2014
Splinter Cell Blacklist
Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Disney Infinity
Batman Arkham Origins


The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Super Mario 3D Land
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Mario Kart 7
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Mario & Luigi Dream Team
Pokémon X & Y
Mario Party Island Tour
Scribblenauts Unmasked
Sonic Lost World
Skylanders Swap Force
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

You can find the full list of participating locations here.

Nintendo Land appears to have been removed from the North American Wii U eShop. It’s simply no longer available for purchase as a digital download.

This only applies to North America. As far as we know, Nintendo Land is still up on the European eShop.


How many hours of gameplay will Super Mario 3D World have to offer? TheBitBlock’s Josh Thomas, who has been playing through the title for review, said it took him about eight hours to complete. Naturally, this amount will differ by person.

Before you get too concerned, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, Super Mario 3D World has two extra modes available: Captain Toad and Mystery House. It’s unclear how much gameplay is contained in each, but it will surely extend the experience – even if it’s just by a bit.

We may also be dealing with a similar situation as Super Mario 3D Land’s post-game levels. Two separate reviewers, writing on NeoGAF, said the following about World’s length:

I won’t spoil anything, but anyone who has played 3D Land, knows that finishing the game is really not finishing it at all. That’s all I can say.

It’s a lot longer than 8 hours, folks. I can’t really say much more than that, but don’t worry.

So it may take you eight hours to complete Super Mario 3D World’s main story, but there should be more for players to see and do.


Eiji Aonuma

Technical difficulties do not prevent Nintendo from adding certain elements to Zelda games. That’s according to series producer Eiji Aonuma, who was speaking with GamesTM last month.

Aonuma gave an example by discussing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Aonuma said “it was a technical challenge to make Link’s sword swings match the motion controls completely,” and he also had some concerns as to how the feature would be received by players. However, the team ended up pursuing motion controls because Aonuma felt “in the end many users would enjoy the unique gameplay”.

Aonuma told GamesTM:

A few of Target’s Black Friday 2013 deals have been revealed in the form of a preview. While there isn’t too much to see just yet, it appears that a discount will be available for the 3DS XL. Target will be selling the system for $150 later this month for $50 savings.


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