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10/21/2014: Nintendo Is Looking For A Lead Graphic Engineer For Next-Gen Console.

Nintendo of America has announced that they’re looking for a lead graphic engineer for their next video game console. The job description reads, Nintendo Technology Development is looking for a lead graphics architect in the system-on-chip architecture group in Redmond, WA. The group is responsible for the architecture of Nintendo’s game console SoCs. The graphics architect plays a key role in determining the SoC architecture.

The job responsibilities are:

Evaluate HW graphics (GPU) offerings from SoC solutions available in the market based on performance, power, and silicon area.
Evaluate the performance of the SoC solutions for both proprietary and standard graphics APIs.
Determine workloads and simulation models for both performance and power characteristics of GPUs.
Keep track of GPU architectural improvements in the industry and devise strategies to incorporate them for future Nintendo gaming platforms.
Act as the graphics architectural evangelist working with global Nintendo teams for future and on-going programs
Work with external SoC vendors as the Nintendo focal point for graphics GPU architecture.
Should be prepared to work through architecture, design, validation, and bring-up stages of SoC design in cooperation with internal and external teams.

Summary of Requirements

The ideal candidate will have had experience working directly in a GPU architecture and design team with significant responsibilities.
Low power and SoC design experience would be a plus.
The candidate is expected to have good architectural insights and the ability to apply that for setting future graphics direction for Nintendo.
A bachelors degree (graduate degree preferred) in computer science/engineering or electrical engineering.
5+ years of lead or architectural role experience are required.

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10/18/2014: Add a little Nintendo spookiness to your Halloween festivities.

Add a little Nintendo spookiness to your Halloween festivities by printing out these helpful pumpkin-carving stencils. Just place them on your pumpkin, start carving and a Nintendo-flavored jack-o-lantern will be born!

HOVER CURSOR OVER THE IMAGES, THEN RIGHT CLICK TO SAVE IMAGE. TO THE 3 IMAGES BELOW:

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10/18/2014: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Delay Seems to be Due to 8GB Basic Model.

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"If you're going to make a Wii U game, it better run on the 8GB unit"

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a critically acclaimed title that has been praised for being an accomplished reboot of a retro classic. It arrived on PSN earlier this year, though the promised Wii U eShop iteration has been absent. An explanation for the delay seems to have arrived, with series creator Lorne Lanning telling the Fragments of Silicon podcast that the issue is with the lack of a sizeable hard drive. The problem seems to be the 8GB white model, and ensuring that the game will run on that system — despite its phasing out by Nintendo in recent times. Lanning said the following.
We’re having challenges with not having a hard disk, but we’re trying to overcome those challenges. We have a significant amount of money and time invested in trying to resolve that issue, but if I guaranteed it, I might be silly. If you're going to make a Wii U game, it better run on the 8GB unit. Otherwise, it's not really a Wii U game. As some reassurance, however, the developer tweeted that the Wii U version isn't cancelled.

While retail downloads do not concern themselves with the limited hard drive space of the 8GB model — due to physical retail alternatives — that's not a luxury that download-only games can afford. The developer is clearly trying to avoid a scenario where those without an external hard drive for an 8GB system are excluded.

Hopefully this title will overcome its hurdles with Wii U soon.

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10/18/2014: Here’s How to Snag The Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo.

Unlike most 3DS demos, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire won’t be posted on the eShop straight away, so how does one get their grubby little mitts on the bite-sized Hoenn experience ASAP? The Pokémon Company just announced that subscribers of the official Trainer Club newsletter are eligible to receive a North American demo code on October 21st.

Here’s the catch, though: you have to be signed up for the newsletter by October 19th, otherwise no dice, so you’ll want to sign up soonish. Just swing on by this link to create a Trainer Club account, but make sure you opt-in to receive any and all email messages. Shouldn’t take you more than five minutes, so Why not?

Apparently there will be other methods of obtaining the demo code too, but those remain currently unannounced. If you miss out on the whole demo shebang, never fear, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire releases November 21st in the US, Japan, and Australia and November 28th in Europe.

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10/17/2014: Bayonetta 3 Could Happen as Nintendo Exclusive, Says Dev.

Bayonetta 2 may not be out yet, but already the developer is talking about continuing the franchise as a Nintendo exclusive. Speaking with CVG, game director Yusuke Hashimoto explained that he'd be very interested in creating a third installment in the franchise with Nintendo.

"Should the opportunity arise I’d definitely like to keep nurturing this franchise," he said. "In terms of nurturing the content of this game, there’s a lot that we learned from Nintendo and if possible we would love to do it again and keep nurturing our child. “I feel that it’s important to let your creativity flow and Nintendo has been able to provide us with the freedom to create what we had originally envisioned. We were able to have a lot of back-and-forth and they were able to provide objective feedback. I feel that was really good and helped push Bayonetta 2 to even higher quality. “We started out with a fundamental freedom, with Nintendo telling us to go and create the game as we saw fit. But as the game started to take shape and we were starting to put all the pieces together, they were able to point out some things that we didn’t realise ourselves. That was really helpful for us.”
Bayonetta 2 / 26 Jun 2014 Bayonetta 3 Could Happen as Nintendo Exclusive, Says Dev 173 "We would love to do it again and keep nurturing our child." By Luke KarmaliBayonetta 2 may not be out yet, but already the developer is talking about continuing the franchise as a Nintendo exclusive. Speaking with CVG, game director Yusuke Hashimoto explained that he'd be very interested in creating a third installment in the franchise with Nintendo. "Should the opportunity arise I’d definitely like to keep nurturing this franchise," he said. "In terms of nurturing the content of this game, there’s a lot that we learned from Nintendo and if possible we would love to do it again and keep nurturing our child. “I feel that it’s important to let your creativity flow and Nintendo has been able to provide us with the freedom to create what we had originally envisioned. We were able to have a lot of back-and-forth and they were able to provide objective feedback. I feel that was really good and helped push Bayonetta 2 to even higher quality. “We started out with a fundamental freedom, with Nintendo telling us to go and create the game as we saw fit. But as the game started to take shape and we were starting to put all the pieces together, they were able to point out some things that we didn’t realise ourselves. That was really helpful for us.” Bayonetta 2 Gameplay Demo - IGN Live: E3 2014 26:26 Bayonetta 2 is due to hit Wii U in October as a Wii U exclusive, and will come bundled with the original game too.

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10/01/2014: M&J Video Games.

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08/06/2014: GameStop Reveals Exclusive Zelda Monopoly Set.

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Not too long ago, a Zelda edition Monopoly game was set to be released sometime this year. As the release date (September 15th) is drawing nearer, GameStop released on their website, a special edition of the set, only to be sold at GameStop. This exclusive set will feature a special token, energy cards, and a lithograph, available only for players who purchase their set from their local GameStop or on the GameStop website.

The following will be included in the set:

6 Collectible Tokens
Bow
Hookshot
Boomerang
Triforce
Hylian Shield
Ocarina of Time (Game Stop Exclusive token)
Houses renamed Deku Sprouts, Hotels renamed Deku Trees
Chance and Community Chest cards are renamed Empty Bottle and Treasure Chest
Custom Deed Cards
6 Item Power Cards for added game play (Game Stop Exclusive)
Goddess Harp
Wind Walker
Minish Cap
Spirit Flute
Phantom Hourglass
Ocarina of Time
Zelda themed money
Custom rules including Item Card instructions
11″x17″ Hyrule Map Lithograph in Treasure Chest Holder (Game Stop Exclusive)
Personally I think this set is pretty interesting. I am a huge fan of the Zelda series, and seeing it as a board game is a dream come true. I would definitely be interested in purchasing the GameStop exclusive version, since it adds Item Power Cards and the lithograph into the set. On top of that, it will be going for the same price as the standard version, 39.99 USD, making it a great value. The only downside is that in exchange for the Ocarina of Time token, the slingshot token will be replaced, but truly that is a small loss.

What do you guys think of this GameStop exclusive set, and are you interested in getting the game when it is finally released? Let us know in the comments below.

The set will be available for purchase starting September 15th.

Source: GameStop Via: Nintendo Enthusiast

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08/02/2014: Survey Shows People Are 50% More Likely To Buy A Wii U After E3

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A recent survey done on 1000 people says that they will be more likely to buy a Wii U after the recent game announcements last month at E3. The survey was done by IHS and GamesIndustry.biz. The likeliness that a customer would buy a Wii U has risen by 50% and this is because of games like Zelda U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Maker, Starfox U and many more which are all games that were announced at E3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U which is set to be released in Winter 2014 and is expected to turn Wii U sales around. You can see the survey results for yourself down below:

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The survey also states that 89% of people who own a Wii U will buy the next installment in The Legend Of Zelda franchise code named Zelda U when it’s released next year.

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08/02/2014: NES Remix Collection Coming Out As A Retail Copy This Holiday

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Today, on Nintendo’s Comic-Con livestream, it was announced that a NES Remix Collection will be hitting retail stores this Winter in North America. The collection includes the previously digital-only NES Remix and NES Remix 2 released earlier this year. NES Remix 1 and 2 take various NES games and use parts of them and add various challenges. The games have a 3-star ranking system much like the popular Angry Birds. Altogether the games include 373 challenges.

The game includes remixes from the games:

  • NES Remix

-Super Mario Bros. -Balloon Fight -Donkey Kong Jr. -The Legend of Zelda -Excitebike -Golf -Wrecking Crew -Tennis -Donkey Kong -Pinball -Donkey Kong 3 -Clu Clu Land -Ice Climber -Mario Bros. -Baseball

  • NES Remix 2

-Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels -Punch-Out!! -Metroid -Kid Icarus -NES Open Tournament Golf -Super Mario Bros. 3 -Wario’s Woods -Dr. Mario -Kirby’s Adventure -Ice Hockey -Super Mario Bros. 2

I think it’s great that they are making a physical copy of this as I’ve been waiting for one to come out before I got the games. Are you picking up NES Remix Collection for Wii U this Holiday? Tell us if you are or if you have anything to say about the announcement in the comments section below.

Source: http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/26/5940267/nes-remix-pack-wii-u

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08/02/2014: Last Chance on for the Mario Kart 8 Deal.

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If you’ve been thinking about doing it, or just simply forgot, today is the last day to register Mario Kart 8 on Club Nintendo for a free Wii U game. If you are thinking about buying a Wii U, this is a great way to get started. Not only is Mario Kart 8 fantastic, but you have a choice between 4 other superb games. The choices are The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Pikmin 3.

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I personally have been having fun with my friends playing Wii Party U. Some of the games are silly and the modes can be completely luck, but it can still be a great time with friends of all kinds. Even when the TV is being used, I’ve picked up the game and played the Gamepad tabletop games for fun. If you don’t want to waste this opportunity for a game you might just play at a party, then Pikmin 3 is also amazing and beautiful. If you don’t believe me, read my review on it and see if it tells you enough to help you decide if it’s worth it. For me, it was a great game to play alone and with a friend, which is easier to get over to play than 3. Besides that, New Super Mario Bros. U is also perfect to play with friends or alone. The challenge mode itself can give expert players something to come back to again and again.

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Now if you are like some people at Always Nintendo, you might already have all of these games and have played them. However, you don’t need to let this great deal pass by. If just one of these games is a physical copy, then you get the downloadable version and can simply re-sell the physical copy, give it to a friend, etc. Especially once this deal is over, it should be a nice way to earn money or points towards buying another game on your wishlist. Until then, happy gaming. Head over to Club Nintendo to register your Mario Kart 8 copy! If you have the Mario Kart 8 Wii U Deluxe Bundle and still haven’t registered it, you wont be able to register the actual game, but once you register the Wii U console, the deal will pop up in your to-do list.

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07/30/2014: Nintendo UK/Europe Now Allowing eShop Cards to be Purchased Via PayPal.

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Nintendo UK/Europe has announced that residents of the two regions will be able to purchase Nintendo eShop cards via PayPal starting today. Players will be able to purchase these eShop cards via PayPal for £15, £25 and £50. In case you weren’t aware, these eShop cards can be used to purchase both Retail and Downloadable titles.

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Check out the official PayPal Nintendo eShop card website to order cards for yourself or as a gift for friends and family. What are your thoughts on this new approach? Do you think this is the right direction for Nintendo or is it the wrong one? Let us know by leaving a comment below. The following two tabs change content below.

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07/30/2014: You Can Craft Link’s Equipment in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

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A few days ago, the official Monster Hunter YouTube page uploaded a video showcasing new equipment you can craft in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which turned out to be Link’s armor from The Legend of Zelda series. Yes, you can now craft Link’s infamous green tunic and weapons, which include the Master Sword, the Hylian Shield, and his bow. It also looks like his appearance is based off of Skyward Sword’s Link. Here is the video showcasing his weapons, him hunting monsters, using other items alongside his infamous Master Sword and bow, and more:

I think this is awesome. I mean, if it’s The Legend of Zelda related in anyway, I’m all up for it. It will be fun killing different varieties of monsters as the Hero of Hyrule. This also makes me wonder if there will be a Ganon-like monster you can hunt. It probably won’t happen, but a gamer can dream. What are your thoughts on this? Any other The Legend of Zelda references you want to see in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate?

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07/04/2014: Nintendo Makes. Sony Copies & Paste.

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07/03/2014: Mario actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71.

Bob Hoskins portrayed Mario in the live-action Super Mario Bros. film, citing it as the worst role he ever took on.

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British actor Bob Hoskins has passed away due to complications of pneumonia. He was 71 and while he was remembered for greater roles than that of his portrayal of Mario in the Super Mario Bros. movie, it is one of his most famous roles considering how unpopular the movie eventually was. Hoskins himself hated his part in the movie and publicly stated it was the worst decision he could have made in his career.

The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Brothers. It was a f****** nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! F****** nightmare. F****** idiots.

Hoskins was the last actor alive to have portrayed Mario in a live action capacity, as Lou Albano from the Mario TV show passed away a few years ago at the age of 76.

Hoskins was the last actor alive to have portrayed Mario in a live action capacity, as Lou Albano from the Mario TV show passed away a few years ago at the age of 76.

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06/19/2014: Lostwinds 1 can now be transfer to the Wii U console.

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We inform you that there's a new update for Lost Winds.
This update allows you to transfer the game to a Wii U console by using the Wii's data transfer. If you want to enjoy Lost Winds in your Wii U console, download the update and then carry on the data transfer.

As a Gamer and a webmaster. I can confirm this. I just transferred my lost winds game from the Wii to the Wii U last night. For almost two years. I almost gave up hope. Than this miracle happen. There was a light at the end of the tunnel. shining bright. Than the Rocket took off carrying the Lostwinds game to the Wii U. Nintendo and Frontier has finally done it.

So you all can now update the system transfer and move your Lostwinds data from the Wii to the Wii U.

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06/17/2014: Nintendo E3 2014 Digital Press Conference.

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06/17/2014: GameCube Virtual Console Could Give Wii U Direction.

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GameCube Virtual Console possible struggles and triumphs
“Could the lack of analog triggers on the Wii U’s controller affect the possibility of GameCube games coming to the Virtual Console?” asks Facebook user, Kalman Molnar. The Virtual Console, for those who are not aware, is a Wii Shop/eShop subcategory that features the gems of Nintendo’s past. On the Wii you can find NES, SNES, and N64 titles such as, Castlevania, the original The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, PunchOut!!, and Starfox 64. The Wii U isn’t quite there yet, currently featuring only NES, SNES, and soon to be DS games, and with the 3DS featuring NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, and Sega Game Gear titles; it’s easy to see why the Virtual Console is kind of a big deal.

I’m a huge Nintendo fan, but due to life events, extracurricular activities, and planning for college, I missed a ton of awesome things during the GameCube era. During that time, all I really ever played was my PlayStation 2. Ratchet and Clank (I owned 3 of 4), Pac-Man World 2, God of War 1 and 2, and the not-so-occasional Mario Kart 64 with friends was my routine. For lack of a better term, I was pretty dang casual. It wasn’t until around college graduation and beyond that I experienced games such as Mario Kart: Double Dash, Metroid Prime, and Super Smash Bros. Melee on my ex-boyfriend’s GameCube.

To those of you more familiar with the GameCube, there are a few titles such as, F-Zero GX, Mario Kart: Double Dash, and many other games that took advantage of the GameCube’s back triggers – a function that is not found on the Wii U Gamepad Controller nor the Wii U Pro Controller and the sole reason for this article

Also Nintendo is working on a Gamecube controller input for their new Wii U hit Super Smash Bros Brawl.

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A question many fans want the answer to is, “will we be seeing any GameCube Virtual Console games on the Wii U”? According to this quote from a NintendoGal interview with Amber McCollum, Nintendo of America’s Director of Entertainment & Trend Marketing, the answer is: maybe.

As the Wii U Controller lacks analog triggers, how will games like those mentioned above be featured on the Virtual Console, if at all, without being completely botched? There are certain titles that will be ok without the added button sensitivity, but in certain games, mainly racers, the level of trigger depression played a big part in drifting, acceleration changes within gear shifts, etc. If GameCube games that required this precision were put onto the Virtual Console, would Nintendo opt for different modes of play like touch screen controls, the gyroscope, or perhaps utilizing that second analog stick? Or would they simply create a separate controller that does feature analog triggers? All in all, I don’t think that it’s that big of an issue to correct. We’ve seen Nintendo remap the controls from setups as odd as the Nintendo 64 to the original Wii Classic Controller. We’ve also seen Nintendo recreate the control scheme altogether with Wii Motion Plus and the aforementioned original Wii Classic Controller. As someone who missed out on a great portion of the GameCube’s library, I’d definitely leap for joy with such an inclusion on the eShop. Many critics of the Wii U say that it’s setting itself up to be the GameCube 2.0. My rebuttal to that would be “Yes!”, using my best Captain Falcon impression. If the Wii U were to make their current audience familiar again with games such as, Geist, Eternal Darkness, Baiten Kaitos, Timesplitters, Viewtiful Joe, the Metroid Prime series, Wave Race, Battalion Wars, etc., that could lead to Nintendo go back in that direction and give the core gamers what they truly want – core titles.

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06/14/2014: {RUMOR} Nintendo Planning HD Remakes Of Seven N64 Titles On Wii U As “ReUmagined” Series?.

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A new rumor making the rounds on the internet is touting the idea that Nintendo will be making a “ReUmagined” series in which the company gives seven Nintendo 64 games “the Wind Waker HD treatment,” remaking them in HD to be sold on the Wii U eShop. Supposedly, Super Mario 64 would be the first title, followed by six others, and all seven games would feature new content and retail at $30. The idea is that Nintendo would be filling gaps in their Wii U lineup of games by re-releasing the old N64 classics.

Some of the details on the hypothetical Mario 64 remake include a two-player mode in which both Mario and Luigi can be controlled simultaneously, with one camera following Mario on the main screen, and the other following Luigi on the gamepad. Does this all sound too good to be true? If the ReUmagined series turned out to be real, which N64 games would you want to see remade into Wii U titles?

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05/31/2014: Gameboy Advanced Emulator GBA4iOS Has Been Taken Down by Nintendo.

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Riley Testut, Developer of the extremely popular Gameboy Advanced emulator GBA4iOS has recently announced on Twitter that Nintendo has sent a DMCA Notice for the popular Gameboy Advanced Emulation iOS application to be shut down.

Riley Testut, Developer of the extremely popular Gameboy Advanced emulator GBA4iOS has recently announced on Twitter that Nintendo has sent a DMCA Notice for the popular Gameboy Advanced Emulation iOS application to be shut down.

The issue doesn’t seem to be the emulator, but the fact that the in-app browser links directly to a ROM website. The solution would be to link the in-app browser to a search engine like Google, and let user find the Rom files themselves, which isn’t hard. This shutdown will not effect anyone who already has the Gameboy Advanced emulator installed on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but will affect people who do not already own the app and want to download it.
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The app was just about to reach it’s 10 million download mark, and the 18 year old Dallas-based high school developer seems to be determined to get the app back up and running. We’ll be sure to keep you guys posted for more news about the return of GBA4iOS, and any problems the app may face in the future. A lot of people seem to think it may be a sign that Nintendo is trying to remove all other competitors as they may porting some old Gameboy classics to the iOS platform, but only time can tell what the future holds for Nintendo’s relationship with iOS.

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05/31/2014: Player Line-up and Other Details Confirmed for the Smash Bros. 2014 Invitational.

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Nintendo has been dropping many announcements on Smash Bros. fans today, one of which included a new Smash Bros. Invitational video that includes the new player line-up, venue and rules.
This competition will take place on Tuesday, June 10th, at 4:00 – 6:30 PM PT via popular game streaming service Twitch. 16 lucky players will get the opportunity to face off in the competition of a lifetime (player names listed in the video above). There will be three announcers and one host: Wynton “Prog” Smith, Bobby “Scar” Scarnewman, D’Ron “D1″ Maingrette and Geoff Keighley respectively. The contestants will chose a single character for the whole tournament from a limited roster through a special draft. Nintendo has yet to tell us why the entire (announced) roster isn’t playable in the competition, but fans are excited for the opportunity to finally see a full battle go down. Are you excited for this competition? You can let me know by leaving a comment below!

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05/30/2014: Nintendo PR – E4 partners with Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart TV.

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Channel 4 Sales today announced a new partnership with E4 and Nintendo to celebrate its latest release Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, due to hit the shelves on Friday 30th May. Mario Kart 8’s new Mario Kart TV feature allows players to share a 30, 45 or 60-second highlight reel of their best race moments with their friends immediately after play via Nintendo’s Miiverse social network and YouTube. In this exclusive partnership with E4, from the game’s release on Friday 30th May to Monday 2nd June, players using Mario Kart TV to upload their race highlights to MiiVerse and YouTube, will also be able to enter a competition to win one of five chances to have their race highlights broadcast on E4. Players can enter their details for a chance to win via a linked E4 Nintendo competition page.

Each evening from Monday 2nd June to Friday 6th June, one winning player’s race highlights showreel, including the player’s name, will be broadcast in commercial airtime at approx. 8.10pm on E4. The five winners will also each win a real-life Mario Kart cup. To promote the competition to win this unique opportunity – and find out more about the new Mario Kart 8 game – ad spots will be broadcast across E4 between Friday 23rd May and Sunday 1st June. E4 viewers will be given the chance to win a Wii U – the competition will be advertised in the winning players ad spots. The partnership was brokered by Matt Waller, Group Partnerships Manager, Channel 4 Sales and Liam Hannan, Communications Manager at MEC.

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05/30/2014: Nintendo and Tecmo Talk about the Creation of Hyrule Warriors.

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In a recent interview with Japanese gaming website Famitsu, Nintendo’s very own Legend of Zelda Director Eiji Anouma talked with Hyrule Warriors Producer Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi about the creation of the unimaginable crossover. Here are a few excerpts from the interview: “Warriors has teamed up with series such as Gundam, Fist of the North Star and One Piece, and I thought about doing something with Nintendo,” explains Koinuma. “While thinking about what would make for a good collaboration, it was Hayashi that proposed [the idea] by saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to do a collaboration with The Legend of Zelda?’” They spoke with Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto, whom agreed on the collaboration. Aonuma apparently considered the idea of a cross over years ago when Tecmo announced the One Piecegame. “Miyamoto told me, ‘The folks at Tecmo Koei are talking about a Zelda Musou. Are you interested?’” Aonuma said, “and I responded with ‘definitely!’”

“You can say that luck also played a role,” Koinuma said. “The title that our company wanted to do a Musou game collaboration with the most just so happened to be the one title that the folks at Nintendo said ‘we can entrust them with this one’ to, so we were both able to come to an agreement regarding The Legend of Zelda.” From the looks of it, both Nintendo and Tecmo had been very open to the idea of a crossover and the result of this collaboration is stellar. If you’re interested in reading more, why not check out the entire interview? There’s bound to be a ton of new info!

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05/29/2014: Wii U Version of Super Smash Bros. To Support Gamecube Controllers.

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Nintendo has announced that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will be playable with the famed Gamecube Controller through the use of its new, licensed Gamecube Controller Adapter for the Wii U. This is big news because the Gamecube controller is a fan favorite for professional Smash players and regular Smash fans alike! The accessory will plug in to your Wii U via the two USB ports on the front of the system, from there you will be able to plug in the up four Gamecube controllers!

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A small problem seems to occur when you realise that not everyone who wants to play with a Gamecube controller will own a Gamecube controller, a solution may be for Nintendo to start reproducing the controller, and we may have some evidence of that via the pictures above. The hint that Nintendo is reproducing Gamecube Controllers is the fact that the controller pictured above sports the official Smash Bros. logo instead of the Gamecube logo, and if they were to reproduce the Gamecube controller, it would not be very smart to have it branded for a ten year old system, so the picture above shows an entirely new controller design that we have never seen before. What are your thoughts on the use of the Gamecube controller with the Wii U? You can let us know by leaving a comment below!

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05/17/2014: Nintendo finally does right by hardcore fighting fans with Smash Bros..

It's a good day to be a Smash Bros. fan--and an even better one if you love watching high-level Smash Bros. play. Today's Nintendo Direct revolved entirely around Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS--the latter coming in Summer 2014, the former in Winter 2014. And while the Internet and GamesRadar offices are abuzz with talk of new modes and character reveals, I'm actually most intrigued by the announcement of the online functionality and balance changes that minimize randomness. In particular, the new "For Glory" mode of online play sends a message to Smash Bros. players: we want to foster and cater to skilled players just as much as casual fans.
If you missed the Nintendo Direct and/or became too overcome by glee to take in new information, here's a quick refresher. Both versions of the new Smash Bros. have online functionality, divided into two modes of play: For Fun, and For Glory. For Fun is the classic Smash Bros. free-for-all, with all items enabled and randomized stages--except Final Destination. Such an iconic stage is only available online in the For Glory mode of play, which is essentially the Smash Bros. version of Ranked matches. For Glory takes everything you know about expert-level Smash Bros. and condenses it into a single online environment. Matches can be one-on-one duels, there are no items turned on, and Final Destination is the only battlefield available. Since Smash Bros. Melee, Final Destination has been the de facto stage for proving one's skill. The flat, predictable nature of the stage lets you focus purely on the fight at hand, without shifting platforms or ridiculous items getting in the way. In an ingenious move, Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will include a Final Destination version of almost all the stages, so expert players won't have to stare at the same in-space theme for hours on end.
While there don't seem to be any plans for a formal ranked ladder (the confusing reverse leaderboard that is Global Smash Power notwithstanding), the new Smash Bros. will include matchmaking so that newcomers won't be pitted against the best players. That's invaluable for the growth of an online community, because the best players can only get better if they're constantly playing against competitors of their own caliber. And unlike the For Fun mode, which only records your total wins, For Glory keeps track of your win-loss ratio. A dedicated fighting game player wouldn't have it any other way. On top of the normalized settings of For Glory, game director Masahiro Sakurai emphasized that there will be repercussions for anyone who detracts from the online experience--as with any self-respecting fighting game. If you are constantly rage-quitting matches, griefing players by only attacking them, purposely killing yourself, or out-and-out cheating, you will get banned. Sakurai implied that the duration of your ban will increase with repeat offenses. Recent fighters like Killer Instinct have implemented similar punishments to great effect, so this is a welcome modern addition to the bare-bones, unregulated online play seen in Brawl.
Combined, these changes should do wonders to improve Nintendo's image, proving that it's not a company that's miles behind the curve in regards to the online gaming space. Sakurai also made a point about calling out the 60FPS frame rate for both the 3DS and Wii U versions, which sounds like a statement aimed directly at appeasing professional-level players. The average gamer appreciates the smoothness of 60FPS, but probably can't tell the difference in frames during a match. But since pro players need to know how every frame of their attack animations function, they'll definitely appreciate the high frame rate. And changes aimed at improving high-level Smash Bros. play aren't just limited to new online modes or technical improvements. Remember tripping, the totally random Smash Bros. Brawl mechanic that everyone hated? Randomness in fighting games is awful: the person on the receiving end feels like they got screwed over by an unpredictable force, and their opponent feels like they only won by chance. Tripping is gone in the new Smash Bros., but Nintendo has gone as far as to rebalance the variable aspects out of existing characters. Olimar's Pikmin now pop up in a reliable order, and King Dedede's projectiles only come in one variety.
In addition, players won't have to worry about switching everything up while playing as or against Samus, Zelda and Charizard, now that their alternate forms have been turned into standalone fighters. All these changes go a long way towards making the fights feel more consistent, and emphasize player skill over dumb luck. (I wouldn't be surprised if Peach's turnips also get standardized in the same manner.) So what does all this really mean? Nintendo has finally come to appreciate its most dedicated fans. This is the same company that wanted to shut down the Smash Bros. Melee tournament at EVO, the nation's biggest annual fighting game tourney, in 2013--which went on to break livestream records. Instead of making online matchmaking an afterthought, the newest Smash Bros. has given pro-level players their own mode to enjoy, all without detracting any fun from the casual fan.
If I have one concern, it's the discrepancy between the 3DS and Wii U release dates. Information is invaluable in a fighting game, because knowledge is power. If you know a match-up by heart, understanding everything that you and your opponent are capable of, you're going to have a huge advantage. It's almost forcing serious Smash Bros. players to pick up the 3DS version and train up, lest they know far less about the game's systems on the Wii U version's launch day. But on the whole, Nintendo has done everything in its power to make high-level Smash play the best it can be. After the slapdash implementation of online play in Smash Bros. Brawl, I had my doubts--but after today's news, Nintendo has asserted that they have the interest of the players, be they rookies or professionals, at heart. For people who like to play--or watch--Smash Bros. in its purest, most skill-intensive form, this is an exciting time. Oh, and the fact that Nintendo credits Mega Man's uppercut move to Marvel vs. Capcom is incredible. It just had to be said.

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03/12/2014: Future video Game Movies in the works.

Need for Speed March 14, 2014 TBC TBC TBC Electronic Arts
Heavenly Sword June 2014[55] TBC TBC TBC Ninja Theory
Untitled sixth Resident Evil film September 12, 2014 TBC TBC TBC Capcom
Agent 47 TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Assassin's Creed August 7, 2015[59] TBC TBC TBC Ubisoft
Ratchet and Clank 2015 TBC TBC TBC Insomniac Games
Warcraft March 11, 2016[62] TBC TBC TBC Blizzard Entertainment
Angry Birds July 1, 2016 TBC TBC TBC Rovio Entertainment
Metal Gear Solid 2016 TBC TBC TBC Konami
Sly Cooper Q1 2016 TBC TBC TBC Sucker Punch Productions
Mass Effect 2018-2019 TBC TBC TBC Bioware
Untitled Tomb Raider reboot TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Just Cause: Scorpion Rising[68] TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Deus Ex: Human Revolution TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Splinter Cell TBC TBC TBC TBC Ubisoft
Mortal Kombat reboot TBC TBC TBC TBC NetherRealm Studios
The Last of Us[73] TBC TBC TBC TBC Naughty Dog
Gran Turismo TBC TBC TBC TBC Polyphony Digital
Uncharted TBC TBC TBC TBC Naughty Dog

03/07/2014: Warning! A Huge Steam Locomotive Is Approaching In Steel Empire.

Steel Empire, a vintage Sega Genesis shooter, is coming to Nintendo 3DS on March 19. Mebius and Starfish are re-releasing the game via eShop with a few extra features. Steel Empire for 3DS has a replay saving feature and achievements. Same steampunk bosses and leveling up system from the original game.
Steel Empire has only been announced for Japan, but UFO Interactive has published many of Starfish’s games. Perhaps there’s a chance for this to come over. Read more at http://www.siliconera.com/2014/03/06/warning-huge-steam-locomotive-approaching-steel-empire/#HaQOXqlSORzbFwWk.99

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03/07/2014: Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson - more screens, art, official site open.

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02/23/2014: To All Nintendo Gamers.

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02/18/2014: Rumour: Minecraft Is Already In Development For Wii U, GamePad Said To Be The Focus.

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Could be released by the end of 2014

Minecraft is something of a smash hit, having sold over 30 million copies since its launch a few years back. The game is currently being ported to the PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One — and, if a new rumour is to be believed, the Wii U. The source is a retailer who has previously shared inside information with Nintendo Enthusiast, so it might be wise to take this with a fairly large bag of salt. According to the source, Minecraft studio Mojang has taken possession of Wii U developer kits — although quite how a retailer would know this kind of information is unclear — and the game will make heavy use of the GamePad. Nintendo's Dan Adelman and Damon Baker have previously stated that they have a "continuing relationship" with Mojang, so getting Minecraft on the Wii U is clearly one of the company's aims. However, whether or not you believe that is actually happening right now depends on how much stock you place in this mysterious retail "source". Let us know what your gut feeling is, and how much you'd love to play Minecraft on your GamePad.

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02/14/2014: Dreamcast developer has plans for Wii U and 3DS.

Did you guys know the Dreamcast is still around? Yup, it is. Even though Sega’s left it for dead, 16 years after it’s release developers still continue to make games for it. Just this year developers Hucast and KonTechs Ltd. released their Kickstarter funded bullet-hell space shooter Redux: Dark Matters onto the old system. Which itself was a remake of the 2009 Dreamcast title DUX.

What you might find more interesting though is that one of the developers, René Hellwig, was recently quoted as saying:

We have plans for Wii U and 3DS. We think Redux would look amazing with stereoscopic 3D graphics! Since we developed the game on PC with HD graphics it will be easy for us to port the game to Nintendo consoles. Nintendo is more straightforward with Indie devs, and we believe that in the coming years Nintendo consoles will be a great place to publish Indie games.

Which suggests that Dark Matters may make it’s way to a Nintendo console sometime soon. Of course, if you’re interested in the game but don’t want to wait for an eventual eShop release you can order it here from the developers. Of course you’ll need to have a Dreamcast to play it on. The game’s gotten rave reviews, so if you get the chance there’s no reason not to try it out!

So what do you all think of this? Would you be interested in playing a game like Redux: Dark Matters on the Wii U or 3DS? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Nintendo Life]

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02/10/2014: Get Pokémon Bank!.

Pokémon Bank is available via the Nintendo eShop. We've made it easy for you to locate and purchase Pokémon Bank with this handy QR Code®. Simply press both the L and R buttons from your Nintendo 3DS system's HOME Menu, then tap the QR Code® button in the lower left. Aim the camera at the QR Code here to be taken directly to Pokémon Bank in the Nintendo eShop. Be sure your Nintendo 3DS system is connected to the Internet!

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02/04/2014: Don't judge Nintendo to QUICKLY!!!!!.

For all the people, that are saying Nintendo is failing, The Wii U is in Big Trouble. I got news for you.

You're underestimating Nintendo. The Wii U isn't in more trouble than the 3DS. Poor marketing and advertising maybe, but there is still hope for their HD console. More Nintendo and indie games are coming up this year like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (next month), Mario Kart 8 (this spring), FAST Racing NEO, Watch_Dogs (from Ubisoft), Project CARS, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem (published by ATLUS)-- and their most anticipating titles from Nintendo-- Super Smash Bros. (co-developed by Sora and Bandai-Namco), Bayonetta 2 (published by Nintendo and developed by PlatinumGames, Inc.) and X (developed by MonolithSoft, Inc.). 2014 is just the beginning for the Big N... and there's hope that the Wii U will deliver these games this year and beyond. For the xbox/Playstation Fanboys out there.
At least Nintendo makes a console that works. The Xbox One is having major problems & The PS4 is have major console problems. Yes Microsoft & Sony has got some great games. But what is the point of getting those games for those consoles when the Xbox One/PS4 refuses to work. Those to consoles are the Atari 5200 & the Atari Jaguar CD all over again. And you fanboys are just wasting money on a overprice paper weight. EA, the biggest crappy game company that is also the worst video game company said the Wii U is crap. when they can't make good games for them self's. Also EA, AKA Electronic Arts has been voted the Worst company two years in a row. Also since the launch of the xbox One and the PS4, Both of those consoles have been breaking down and NOT working!! How do you like them apples? Nintendo haters.

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02/03/2014: Project Cars "Promising" on Wii U .

project C.A.R.S. trailer - Speed and Sound from JonZ on Vimeo.


Project CARS is a game developed by Slightly Mad Studio (creator of Shift series and GTR). Based on realistic physics and outstanding graphics. As this project is on initial stage of development, all seen footage is pre-alpha. This project is currently funded by SMS under World Mass Development. WMD is a platform that let the community join the project as investors and tester. wmdportal.com

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02/03/2014: Wii U Virtual Console will be getting DS games soon.


Nintendo President Satoru Iwata gave a presentation detailing what they're doing to turnaround the company's poor performance. It was also revealed that the Wii U will be seeing Nintendo DS games appearing on the Virtual Console. A slide on this page gives one example of what DS a game like Brain Age will look like on the Wii U GamePad. About time. We'll share more on what to expect from this as soon as we hear anything.

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02/03/2014: ReVeN is the next 2D Metroid-inspired game to watch.


Since Nintendo seems dead set on never giving us another proper 2D Metroid game, it is up to the indie community to pull up the slack. Ghost Song, a game heavily inspired by old school Metroid titles, and Paradise Lost, a gorgeous pixelated stealth Metroidvania, both enjoyed pretty immense crowdfunding success on Kickstarter last year. A few days into its own campaign, ReVeN looks like it might just do the same.

To be fair, whether ReVeN will employ classic Metroidvania exploration and backtracking is unclear from the video, but what is clear is that the team takes a lot of inspiration from the legendary Nintendo franchise. The developer is named Varia Games, after all.

After about a week of its campaign, ReVeN has earned more than two-thirds of its funding goal of $18,000 on Kickstarter. Additionally, it is up for voting on Steam Greenlight. Are you paying attention to this, Nintendo? People want another 2D Metroid game so badly that they are now making their own, and those games are becoming fairly successful.

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02/02/2014: Boy tries to rape mom, kills her, over Call of Duty ban, Uses the gun he was given at 11-years-old.


A 14-year-old boy from rural Iowa has been charged with first degree murder after shooting his mother with a .22 caliber rifle he received as a present. Noah Crooks, who was 13 at the time, attempted to rape his mother in a fit of rage after he was grounded from Call of Duty. "I’m not joking at all. She’s dead. I’m scared. I killed my mom with my .22. I don’t know why I did it," confessed Crooks in a 911 call after the act. "I feel crazy and I know I'm not. I think I have some form of ADD. "I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn't do it. Who tries to rape their own mom? My life is down the drain now." According to Crooks' own confession, his game was taken from him due to bad grades at school, at which point he snapped. After finding himself unable to follow through with the first act of violence, he used the rifle his mother had given him as a gift when he was 11-years-old. Gretchen Crooks was shot over 20 times. Her pajama top had been undone and she was naked from the waist down. After the boy killed his mother, he texted his dad to confess that he'd killed his mother "accidentally." The father, thinking his son was joking, joshingly responded by telling him to "throw her in the grove." According to the father, the mother and son would fight often, but would make up and play videogames together. Noah did once say he wanted to kill his mother, but the father didn't take it too seriously. Crooks' lawyers are attempting to argue that the murder was the result of a "tumor of rage" that rendered him unable to control himself. A child psychologist will also be attempting to see if he suffers from intermittent explosive disorder.

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02/02/2014: Watch the Super Bowl with Nintendo TVii, enter for a chance to win a special Nintendo jersey.


Those who watch the Super Bowl with Nintendo TVii tomorrow can enter for a chance to win a special, limited edition Nintendo jersey. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shared the giveaway news on Twitter just a few minutes ago. He also made note of how Nintendo TVii users can make predictions about the game in real-time and earn high standings on the Leaderboard against other football fans. The tweets in full:



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02/02/2014: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze footage.

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02/02/2014: Wii U Outsells Xbox One The Week Before Christmas According To VGChartz.


We’ll start with the obligatory caveat: VGChartz is a controversial website. Any sales numbers taken from the site should, for a variety of reasons, be taken with a grain of salt. The numbers presented below should be viewed as estimates rather than hard data. That being said, VGChartz’ weekly global sales figures for the week ending Dec. 21st place Nintendo’s Wii U one spot ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One. The Wii U sold 319,860 units globally according to VGChartz, while the Xbox One sold just 307,366. Notably, the Xbox One is still not for sale in Japan. But Microsoft has never mounted much of a threat in that region. (According to the below chart, the PSP sold nearly 9,000 units in Japan, while the Xbox 360 sold a paltry 688, lower than any other system currently for sale in the region. There is little reason to believe the Xbox One will change this.)

While the Wii U does appear to have some new legs this holiday season following the release of Super Mario 3D World, the real holiday power-houses are Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system and Sony’s PS4, with 1.07m units and 656,655 units sold respectively. But even the Xbox 360 and PS3 outsold the Wii U and Xbox One during the major shopping week before Christmas according to these estimates. I’m not sure if this bodes well for the Wii U, or ill for the Xbox One. One week of sales data—or sales estimates—can only provide so much insight. Certainly the Wii U has a better stockpile of exclusive video games at this point than either of its major rivals’ next-gen systems, and enjoys a price-point well below either the PS4 ($100 less) or the Xbox One ($200 less) making it an attractive holiday purchase. But analysts remain dubious about the Wii U’s sales prospects. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter doubts the system will top 20m units by 2016.

“This is how it goes,” says Pachter. “We expect Sony’s and Microsoft’s new consoles to thrive over the next three years, with cumulative worldwide sales of 37.7 million PS4 and 29 million Xbox One consoles by year-end 2016. We do not expect Nintendo’s Wii U to fare as well, with cumulative sales of under 20 million by 2016.” The Wii U is a peculiar animal. I’ve sounded doubts and praise for the system, which I believe has both great potential and absolutely terrible marketing, and may yet surprise us all in the end. If Nintendo can really come through with must-have exclusive content, the Wii U might start catching up with its cousin, the 3DS, which itself was something of a surprise. 2014 should be an interesting year for all three systems, as we see the next-gen race really take off. I suspect that by next New Years Eve we’ll have a much clearer portrait of where the console wars are headed. My best guess: The 3DS will still be the system to beat. Update: Shawn Long of Nintendo Enthusiast (who, it appears, stumbled on this story before anyone else) asks an interesting question: “Could [the boost in sales] be the reason for the downtime of the Nintendo eShop that plagued the world this past week?” I’d say, possibly. But if so, Nintendo needs to bolster its eShop for any other unexpected successes in the future.

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02/02/2014: Silent Hill 3 Coming To Movie Theaters In 3D.


Konami's grisly horror game franchise, Silent Hill, is coming back to movie theaters, this time with a story based on one of its best entries, Silent Hill 3. Like any movie worth watching, it will be filmed in stereoscopic 3D. Fangoria reports that the next Silent Hill flick, Silent Hill Revelation, will tell the tale of Silent Hill 3 star Heather Mason and the search for her father. "For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand," reads the official synopsis.

"Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever." The first Silent Hill movie was somewhat loosely based on the plot of the debut PlayStation entry in the series. Original screenwriter Roger Avary will not return for the sequel, according to Fangoria, with Michael J. Bassett taking over writing duties.

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01/25/2014: 8-Year-Old Finds Porn On Nintendo System He Got For Christmas.

A Hampton, Va., father wants answers after his 8-year-old son discovered porn on a Nintendo handheld gaming console that he got for Christmas. Tom Mayhew told Virginia TV news website WAVY that his son and some other young children discovered pornographic stills on the gaming system when he was playing with it Christmas morning. "It was a shocker because we had family here, and there were a lot of kids here," Mayhew told the station. "The kids were the ones that discovered those pictures." There were 12 images in all, with time stamps from early December. Mayhew said he bought the Nintendo at a local Walmart on Dec. 23. He originally thought the images came with the toy, but he now thinks someone bought it previously, put the porn on it, and then returned it. Mayhew said thought the Nintendo was new, not used.

"There is no reason for them to be even really on there. It's disgusting for one. It seems that this was the only thing left on it," Mayhew said. Although WAVY reported that the system was a Nintendo DS, that system was discontinued in 2007. The Nintendo DSi, a redesign of the system, is capable of web browsing. It comes with several cameras, and can store external content. Those feature might explain how a previous user was able to get porn onto it. This isn't the only incident in which a child discovered porn on a Nintendo device. Last year, a Colorado father was furious to find that a used Nintendo 3DS he bought as a Christmas gift for his 5-year-old son had 9 racy images on it. "You can't unsee this," father Mark Giles told KUSA at the time. "He's not going to forget about this tomorrow." GameStop gave him a new Nintendo 3DS and some games for his trouble. The store said that despite stringent refurbishing policies, occasionally things slip through.
On Christmas morning 2012, a 9-year-old girl in Sacramento, Calif., discovered pornographic videos on an Android tablet. The device was purchased through Target, which suggested the child's mother return the gift, CBS 13 reports. In October 2012, a mother in Georgia filed a lawsuit against Sprint and RadioShack after her 13-year-old daughter allegedly found pornographic images on a cell phone.

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12/24/2013: GTA V Weekly signatures on NC.

December 24/2013, GTA V Wii U Petition has reached,7,663 signatures.

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