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Nintendo kills off the basic Wii U in Japan

May 21, 2015 - 3:21 PM - by garyopa
Say goodbye to the original 8gb White console, that no wanted compare to the 32gb Deluxe model

Nintendo is about to halt production of its 8GB Wii U Basic in Japan, according to a notice on its product site. The white-clad product has been around since 2012, but was never super popular.


It seems this time it is an 'solid fact' not like all previous rumors, this one is real, the 8gb White basic Wii U is being killed off, starting in Japan, but no comment yet from big 'N' on their plans for other regions, but most likely it will soon follow suit in NA and EU.

Nintendo is about to halt production of its 8GB Wii U Basic in Japan, according to a notice on its product site. The white-clad product has been around since 2012, but was never super popular since the 32GB version is typically only $50 more.

In fact, the rumor mill had it being killed off two years ago after it went out of stock at GameStop and Best Buy, though Nintendo later called that a "misperception." Somehow the model has hung on until now, but has gradually become harder to find.

There's no word on whether Nintendo plans to kill the basic version in the US and Europe, but a Japanese death often presages a similar fate elsewhere. However, the company plans to launch a white version of the 32GB Premium model, so at least you won't get too nostalgic for the color.
So what you think about this happening? -- Is it an early sign that Wii U life in total is over, even tho recently Nintendo said the NX will NOT be replacement for Wii U or 3DS, meaning the Wii U console will live on along side the NX system when it appears later on in '16.

NEWS SOURCE: Nintendo kills off the basic Wii U in Japan (via) EnGadget
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Launching Winter 2015

May 21, 2015 - 10:51 AM - by garyopa
Latest Chapter in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Series Coming to Nintendo 3DS

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today the upcoming release of the Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.


Get Ready, Get Set, Throw your trained Pokemon into the arena, as the latest Pokemon is set to explode onto your 3DS screen come Winter 2015, giving you something to do while stuck indoors during the cold wintery months.

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today the upcoming release of the Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the latest installment of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series that has sold more than 13 million units worldwide.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will be available in North America in winter 2015. Players can look forward to even greater, randomly created dungeons that change each time they enter. In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, players will battle alongside Legendary and Mythical Pokémon to save the world in a sweeping tale of adventure and mystery.

About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.
Of course this I am sure will be another hot-seller for big 'N' and will as usual spawn some more custom themed 3DS's later on this holiday season. -- Mario & Pokemon seems like we are always posting news of the two each month for the 3DS from Nintendo.
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Nintendo Launches Two Gigantic Puzzle Games for 3DS

May 21, 2015 - 1:52 AM - by garyopa
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition Come Packaged Together on One Game Card

Nintendo is doubling down on puzzle gaming with two adventures for Nintendo 3DS – so big and so immersive that they have room for dragons and Mario – in one power-packed game package.


Soon you will be able to enjoy two amazing puzzle games on your Nintendo 3DS handheld, and best of all you only have to buy one to get both, as they are packaged 'together' on the same 'game cart' giving you two great new games for you to switch back and forth between without swapping in and out different game carts.

Nintendo is doubling down on puzzle gaming with two adventures for Nintendo 3DS - so big and so immersive that they have room for dragons and Mario - in one power-packed game package. Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition will challenge gamers to drag and match colored orbs to create combos and take down enemies. And Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition will delight them with the chance to befriend Mario baddies across multiple worlds to rescue Princess Peach. Both games will be available on a single game card in stores and as a game download at Nintendo.com and in the Nintendo eShop on May 22 for one suggested retail price of just $29.99.

"The drag-and-match fun of these games will attract fans of puzzle games," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "Then it will surprise them with a much deeper and richer experience than they expected."

Mushroom Kingdom devotees will feel at home navigating the familiar overworld map of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition as Mario. But in a unique twist, players can assemble a team of Mushroom Kingdom baddies, like Koopa Troopas or Goombas, and recruit friends like Toad and Yoshi to work together on a mission to rescue Princess Peach. Players must drag and match colorful orbs to create chains of three or more orbs to launch an attack. By chaining multiple combos together, players can deal massive amounts of damage to their foes. The game's unique depth unfolds over a variety of worlds filled with more than 80 classic enemies, most of which can join the player's team.

A free special demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition is available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS to let players sample the drag-and-match game play.

Puzzle & Dragons Z, a sensation in Japan, also makes its North American debut in this two-in-one puzzle RPG adventure pack for Nintendo 3DS. Puzzle & Dragons Z sets the engaging drag-and-match game play against an even richer storyline. On a quest to save their hometown and rebuild the fantasy world of Dracomacia, players will hatch, collect, battle and evolve more than 250 Monsters to unlock powerful skills to customize their team. Players will need all the strength they can muster to harness the power of the Orbs to battle the five legendary Skydragons and defeat Lord Dogma's evil group, Paradox.

For more information about Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, visit http://puzzleanddragons.nintendo.com.. Nintendo 3DS owners can pre-purchase Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition directly from the Nintendo eShop, on Nintendo.com at https://checkout.nintendo.com/#/item/CTRNAZGE/billing or by purchasing a download code for the game from participating retailers. Players can use the download code right away to pre-load the game to their systems and then begin playing as soon as the game launches.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
Well at least it does not have tons of 'items to buy' like 'Candy Crush', but will it be a hit in North America like it was in Japan?
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Nintendo Hires Doug Bowser as VP of Sales

May 20, 2015 - 11:45 PM - by garyopa
Yes, A Real-Life Bowser! - Not, the famous Evil Character from their Mario video games!

According to Nintendo, Bowser 'brings decades of experience, not fire breath, to the role,' which involves overseeing 'a variety of functions, including merchandising, retail strategy, and marketing.


We are going to see alot more Bowser - Action at Nintendo, but not the Fire Breath kind in their video games, but the Fire Sales kind in getting more people to purchase Mario games at various stores around the world, as Doug Bowser been hired as the new VP of Sales.

According to Nintendo, Bowser "brings decades of experience, not fire breath, to the role," which involves overseeing "a variety of sales-related functions, including in-store merchandising, retail strategy, and retail marketing."

Bowser will also play a key role in "driving national sales strategies to generate demand and achieve revenue objectives across all of Nintendo's product lines."

"Doug Bowser is an outstanding addition to our Nintendo team, as he brings a deep blend of both consumer package goods and video game sales experience," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive VP of sales and marketing.

"I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to ensure the broad Nintendo product lineup of hardware, software, and accessories are strongly represented throughout U.S. retail points of distribution."

Prior to joining Nintendo, Bowser worked at EA as VP of global business planning, and at Procter & Gamble before that.
Big 'N' have of course confirmed that their new VP is not related in any shape or form to King Koopa of the evil Bowser clan in their video games, but personally I been wondering if he is related to me in any way, I will have to check out my family tree later on.

NEWS SOURCE: Nintendo Hires Doug Bowser as VP of Sales (via) GameSpot
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Nintendo Defeats Patent Case Involving Wii Balance Board

May 19, 2015 - 2:30 PM - by garyopa
Plaintiff Withdraws Case Following Loss in Germany

On May 18th, 2015, Nintendo defeated a patent case in Seattle federal court. In May 2013, Ithaca Development sued Nintendo, alleging that Nintendo’s 'Wii Balance Board' accessory infringed its patent.


Nintendo has a long history of stamping out 'patent trolls' and they are proud to announce they stomped another to the ground just like how Super Mario kills the creatures he comes across during a level or two.

On May 18, 2015, Nintendo defeated a patent case in Seattle federal court. In May 2013, non-practicing entities Ithaca Ventures and Ithaca Development sued Nintendo, alleging that Nintendo's Wii Balance Board accessory infringed its patent.

Nintendo responded by seeking sanctions for filing a meritless case. Ithaca then withdrew its case in Seattle following a finding by a German court that Ithaca's European patent could not cover the Wii Balance Board and that Ithaca must pay Nintendo's attorneys' fees.

"Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits, and will not pay to resolve meritless accusations, no matter whether the case is filed in the United States or elsewhere," said Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Richard Medway of Nintendo of America.
So yet another win for big 'N', and yet another loss for a 'troll'. What is the total score so far of the longest session of Pong ever?
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Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifying Events

May 19, 2015 - 1:06 PM - by garyopa
8 Best Buy locations are getting ready for the return, after 25 years of waiting for a new NWC Event

Nintendo has chosen eight Best Buy locations across the country to host the qualifying events on May 30th, for the upcoming Nintendo World Championships 2015 before the final round to take place at E3


Big 'N' is gearing up for the very first NWC to be held in over 25 years, and they sent us today a PR a list of 8 locations where you be able to play the early rounds to try to get a high-score so you just might win your regional area prize of going to the find round to take place in late June at the the big E3 '15 conference in LA.

Nintendo has chosen eight Best Buy locations across the country to host qualifying events on May 30 for the upcoming Nintendo World Championships 2015. Nintendo invites video game fans of all skill levels who are United States residents ages 13 and up to take part in the qualifying events for a chance to compete in the Nintendo World Championships 2015 on June 14 in Los Angeles during the week of the E3 video game trade show.

The qualifying competition will feature the Championship mode of the Ultimate NES Remix game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. In this mode, players will take on a series of three score-based challenges in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario. Games and systems will be provided at each location, although Ultimate NES Remix is available now in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for anyone who wants to start practicing for the competition. The top scorer from each of the eight regional competitions will move on to the final event in Los Angeles, which will be a multi-round competition with a variety of Nintendo games. An additional eight competitors selected by Nintendo will also compete in the Nintendo World Championships 2015. Nintendo will reveal these competitors in the near future.

The qualifying events will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time at Best Buy stores at the following locations:

  • 1717 Harrison St. -- San Francisco, CA
  • 3675 Pacific Coast Highway -- Torrance, CA
  • 10760 NW 17th St. -- Miami, FL
  • 900 E. Golf Road -- Schaumburg, IL
  • 12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N -- Maple Grove, MN
  • 5001 Northern Blvd. -- Long Island City, NY
  • 9378 N. Central Expressway -- Dallas, TX
  • 2214 S. 48th St. -- Tacoma, WA

For more information about the Nintendo World Championships 2015, including the Official Rules for the qualifying events, visit http://e3.nintendo.com/.
So now you got the list of where you have to travel to, so pack up your kids, and hit the road, you just might become a winner!
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Square Enix moves its E3 talks because of Nintendo

May 17, 2015 - 12:32 PM - by garyopa
Square Enix will now hold their press conference an hour later after Nintendo's E3 Direct broadcast.

Square Enix was going to hold its E3 press conference on June 16 at 9 AM, but when Nintendo announced that they were going to have their 'Direct' at the same time, Square-Enix decided to move theirs.


Originally, Square-Enix and Nintendo were going ahead to ahead at the same time during the E3 2015 event, but now Square-Enix has decided to move to an hour later time-slot, so that everyone will be able to enjoy all the E3 press conferences in full live-stream mode.

It makes sense, as having overlapping conferences would hurt both Nintendo and Square Enix. Both the Nintendo and Square Enix events will happen after Microsoft and Sony's events, which will take place a day earlier. Additionally, both EA and Ubisoft will also host their events a day before Nintendo.

Here is the full lineup of E3 press conferences, their dates, and times (thanks to PS4Daily). Of course, all of these will also be live-streamed online, so you'll be able to watch no matter where you are.

Sunday, June 14

  • Bethesda, 6:30 PM

Monday, June 15

  • Microsoft, 9:30 AM
  • EA, 1 PM
  • Ubisoft, 3 PM
  • Sony, 6 PM

Tuesday, June 16

  • Nintendo, 9 AM
  • Square Enix, 10 AM
  • PC Gaming Show, 5 PM
Of note is the PC Gaming Show, which has graphics card manufacturer AMD teaming up with PC Gamer for an hour long, PC exclusive bonanza of announcements.

All the above times, are in the Pacific Time zone, and which ones in the list above, do you think will win this year's E3 console war?

NEWS SOURCE: Square Enix moves its E3 press conference because of Nintendo (via) WiiUDaily
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Nintendo Celebrates the Launch of Splatoon

May 16, 2015 - 8:40 PM - by garyopa
Big 'N' shares with us some photos from the Get Ink'ed Party at the Santa Monica Pier for Splatoon!

Nintendo’s Colorful New Action Shooter Game Launching Exclusively for Wii U on May 29, 2015

The new action/shooter game that will be alot of fun for the whole family is coming soon for your Nintendo Wii U console, and big 'N' recently threw a ink-filled party to launch the new game, and here is some photos from the recent event for you to see how much fun this new type of 'shooter' will be for everyone young and old out there, giving you more reasons to buy a Wii U for you or your family.



In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, James Marsden from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and his daughter Mary get inked as they navigate through a massive obstacle course inspired by Nintendo's new colorful action shooter game Splatoon at the Santa Monica Pier on May 15, 2015. The game, packed with ink-spraying, turf-claiming action, launches exclusively for Wii U on May 29, 2015.



In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, celebrities Alli Simpson, Willow Shields, Dylan Riley Snyder and Veronica Dunne team up to celebrate the launch of Splatoon, Nintendo's colorful new action shooter launching exclusively for Wii U on May 29, 2015.



In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, James Marsden from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and his daughter Mary attend Nintendo's colorful Splatoon Mess Fest event at the Santa Monica Pier on May 15, 2015.



In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Nolan Gould from Modern Family competed in Nintendo's Splatoon Mess Fest ink-filled obstacle course on May 15, 2015, at the Santa Monica Pier in California. Splatoon, packed with ink-spraying, turf-claiming action, launches exclusively for Wii U on May 29, 2015.



In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans gather to cheer on teams as they participate in an ink-filled obstacle course at the Splatoon Mess Fest event at the Santa Monica Pier in California. The event celebrates Splatoon, Nintendo's colorful action shooter game launching exclusively for Wii U on May 29, 2015.
So what do you think so far about this game, will it make Wii U stand out and get seen by owners of other consoles?
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Stretchmo, the Newest Game in the Pushmo Series

May 16, 2015 - 1:07 PM - by garyopa
Now Available on Nintendo 3DS

Starting this week, more specifically, right now! -- Stretchmo, a customizable new 3D puzzle game in the Pushmo series, is available to download exclusively in the eShop on the 3DS family of systems!


Nintendo is please to announce that Pushmo is expanding on the 3DS with the addition of Stretchmo now available to download.

Starting today - more specifically, right now! - Stretchmo, a customizable new 3D puzzle game in the Pushmo series, is available to download exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

For the first time in the well-received series, the first seven starter puzzles of the Stretchmo game are free. After trying the fun levels out for no charge, players can then choose to purchase passes for the game's main attractions individually or as one of multiple bundles. The attractions and respective prices are as follows:

  • Mallo's Playtime Plaza ($4.99): 100 progressively challenging levels that introduce the basics of the game.
  • Poppy's Sculpture Square ($2.99): 50 puzzle levels shaped like animals and objects.
  • Corin's Fortress of Fun ($2.99): 50 levels featuring new gizmo obstacles and enemies.
  • Papa Blox's NES Expo ($2.99): A treat for retro fans that features 50 levels based on classic NES characters.

The following attraction pack bundles are also available:

  • Bundle featuring all four attractions ($9.99).
  • Bundle containing "Poppy's Sculpture Square," "Corin's Fortress of Fun" and "Papa Blox's NES Expo" after "Mallo's Playtime Plaza" has already been purchased ($6.99).
  • Bundle of the remaining three attractions after purchasing either "Poppy's Sculpture Square," "Corin's Fortress of Fun" or "Papa Blox's NES Expo" ($8.99).

In addition to pushing and pulling colorful blocks, the active verb in Stretchmo is right there in the game's name: stretching. Players make their way through multiple puzzling levels by moving around blocks to reach the goal - even stretching certain blocks to extend them from every side.

Players can even stretch the limits of their own imaginations and create levels in Stretchmo Studio, save them and share via a QR Code with friends and family members who also own the game! Stretchmo Studio is unlocked by purchasing any attraction pass. Additionally, different features are unlocked as players complete more levels throughout the attractions.

Stretchmo is now available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. For more information about the game, visit http://stretchmo.nintendo.com.
What you think of the 'Pushmo' series so far, and are you going to grab some of the new Stretchmo additions?
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Mario – Silver Edition amiibo Figure Hits Stores on May 29

May 14, 2015 - 10:07 PM - by garyopa
With your Gold Mario safely stored away in your vault. -- Now it is time to Polish your Silverwares!

The Mario - Silver Edition amiibo figure will be available May 29 at major retailers nationwide and their respective online destinations at a suggested retail price of $12.99


It is that time again. Time to hit up your mom for a loan, or your boss for advance on next week's paycheck, because if you don't get the latest amiibo figure you will not in the game, so get ready to place your orders as Silver Mario is coming to town.

A new Mario - Silver Edition amiibo figure is headed to major retailers nationwide and their respective online destinations at a suggested retail price of $12.99. The silver-colored figure will be available in stores on May 29.

As with the other Mario amiibo figures that have already launched, the Mario - Silver Edition amiibo will have the same functionality and work with all games that are compatible with Mario amiibo. For a full list of compatible games, visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo/compatibility.

For more information about amiibo, visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo.
Is it just me, or is something 'missing' with these amiibo's, where is the 'accessories' like a Nintendo Playland set to place your figures into, or little Mario Kart that you can sit a amiibo in, -- Oh'dear.. I better not give big 'N' any new ideas, they already making billions!
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