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Shovel Knight Amiibo figure (and possibly a sequel) officially announced by Nintendo

shovelknight-amiiboWii U and 3DS owners were left out in the cold earlier this year when Shovel Knight‘s PS4 and Xbox One debut included exclusive platform-specific content. We could only sit back and watch as our knightly brethren did battle with Kratos and the Battletoads. However, the wait was probably worth it as Yacht Club Games had a very important Shovel Knight-related announcement to make during Nindies@Night, Nintendo’s pre-PAX event at the EMP Museum.

This news is three-pronged, and huge, so let’s start small. You what else is small? Amiibo figures are small. Even a Shovel Knight Amiibo figure, which will be available this Fall and which unlocks exclusive content in the 3DS and Wii U game. On the Wii U, players will be able to team up with a friend and take on the Order of No Quarter in a co-op mode. In addition, customizable gear (featuring new visual enhancements, relics, and abilities) and a special Challenge Mode will also be available on the Wii U and the 3DS.

Let me pause for a moment and mention that Nintendo did not announce Shovel Knight’s addition to the DLC slate for Super Smash Bros. For 3DS/Wii U, even though an extensive fan campaign has been pushing for the character’s inclusion in the fighting game for months. However, the commission of an Amiibo figure (the first to be compatible with a Nindie game) is certainly a strong indicator that Nintendo is at least considering it.

Moving on, Nintendo also confirmed that the Shovel Knight Amiibo will also be compatible with future Shovel Knight games released for Nintendo platforms. So, in a roundabout way, Nintendo just confirmed the existence of Shovel Knight 2! Yacht Club teased a “MEGATON” announcement earlier this week, and the announcement of a sequel to their beloved debut game certainly fits the bill.

Finally, the developer revealed that the Plague of Shadows expansion will be available to download in September. And if you’re interested in seeing the Shovel Knight Amiibo figure “in action,” I recommend checking out the comedic trailer from Game Grumps after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Disney Infinity Star Wars, Runbow, Sin & Punishment 1 & 2

disneyinfinitystarwarsToday’s Nintendo Download is a big one for the Wii U as four fantastic games are now available to download (or will be soon):

  • Available on August 30, Disney Infinity: Star Wars will bring the Disney Infinity formula to the Star Wars universe, including a brand new series of figures.
  • But available today is Runbow, a “frantic party-platforming game” for up to nine players that will also include a huge number of guest characters from Nintendo’s ever-expanding slate of “Nindies.”
  • Rounding this week’s new releases are Sin & Punishment and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, a beloved pair of rail shooters that are available to download on the Wii U for the first time.

More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo dates Star Fox Zero, Fatal Frame 5, Devil’s Third, and more games for this Fall

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While most Nintendo fans are pretty broken up about The Legend of Zelda Wii U‘s delay, the consolemaker still has an extensive lineup of games on track to launch this Fall. Earlier this week, they announced official release dates for three of these games…

  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, a horror game developed in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, will be available exclusively through the Wii U eShop on October 22. Players will also be able to download a free-to-start demo that includes the prologue, the first chapter, and a good portion of the second.
  • Star Fox Zero, the first game in the franchise for the Wii U, will be released on November 20.
  • Devil’s Third, a melee brawler for the Wii U from Tomonobu Itagaki, will be released on December 11.

In addition to these three titles, Nintendo also nailed down release dates for several new Amiibo figures. The Mii Fighters 3-Pack, which is compatible with Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, will be released on November 1. It’ll be followed by Mewtwo on November 13, Mega Yarn Yoshi (for use with Yoshi’s Woolly World) on November 15, and Falco on November 20.

And don’t forget about Mario. A Wii U System Bundle featuring Super Mario Maker will be available exclusively at Walmart on September 11. The bundle, which will retail for $299.96, will include the system, the game, an Idea Book, and a 30th Anniversary Mario Amiibo in “Modern Colors.” Mario’s first Wii U adventure will even get a makeover this Fall as a special New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U package will be released on October 16 with a $59.99 price tag.

Finally, Nintendo promised that Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, both of which are in development for the Wii U, will be released sometime during the “Holiday” season. I guess it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows release date is “imminent”

Yacht Club Games has announced that Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, their free expansion to Shovel Knight, will be available to download very soon.

According to the latest Kickstarter update, development was completed on August 5 and Plague of Shadows is now going through the submission process with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. So while a final release date is still up in the air, Yacht Club is confident that the expansion’s launch can be considered “imminent.” To celebrate, they’ve released a brand new trailer for the expansion, which gives us a glimpse at some of the new areas and the wide array of potions that Plague Knight has access to.

However, if you’d prefer to hobnob with the development team on the eve of their next triumph, you can. Yacht Club Games is planning to attend Nintendo’s pre-PAX Prime party, Nindies@Night. If you’re in the Seattle area this Thursday, be sure to stop by the EMP Museum at 8:00 PM (Pacific Time) to give Shovel Knight’s Challenge Mode a whirl.

Yacht Club Games will also have a booth at PAX Prime proper as well, so you can test out Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows in Seattle all weekend long.

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Nintendo plans to reissue rare Amiibo figures (Little Mac, Villager, Marth, more) this Fall

noa-amiibosIt looks like several previously rare Amiibo figures will be reissued this Fall, including Little Mac, Villager, Marth, and many others. A re-release for these figures was confirmed after they were included in a list of “Certificates of Compliance” that Nintendo recently filed in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

The full list of certificates available on Nintendo’s website also includes a number of figures announced as part of the company’s next wave of Amiibo figures. So it’s safe to assume that the restocked rarities will also appear on store shelves sometime in the next two months.

So which figures should Amiibo hunters be on the lookout for in the coming days? Here’s the complete list:

  • Bowser (Super Mario series)
  • Captain Falcon (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Charizard (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Inkling Boy (Splatoon series)
  • Inkling Girl (Splatoon series)
  • Ike (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • King Dedede (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Little Mac (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Luigi (Super Mario series)
  • Marth (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Pac-Man (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Peach (Super Mario series)
  • Pikachu (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Splatoon 3-Pack (Splatoon series)
  • Toad (Super Mario series)
  • Villager (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Wario (Super Smash Bros. series)

Hopefully, these re-releases will satisfy the demand of Amiibo fans everywhere as a huge number of figures have become impossible to find on store shelves since Nintendo introduced Amiibo figures in 2014. Personally, I’m just thrilled that my own white whale, Little Mac, is on the list. But even with renewed stock, I still might have to dance like a fly and bite like a mosquito to get one.

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Square Enix is bringing playable demos of Just Cause 3, Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest Heroes, more to PAX Prime 2015

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Square Enix has big plans for PAX Prime 2015 including half a dozen panels and playable demos of seven games.

A playable demo of Just Cause 3 will make its North American debut at the Square Enix booth (#3646), where it will share floor space with demos for Final Fantasy XV (Episode Duscae 2.0), Final Fantasy Explorers, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Dragon Qest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, Lara Croft Go, and Life Is Strange.

The publisher also plans to set up a “pop-up barber shop” in their booth to give fans of the Hitman franchise the chance to share Agent 47’s signature look. For every head they shave, Square Enix will donate $47 to the GameChanger Charity, which supports children with cancer. The shavee will even receive a Steam code for Hitman: Absolution. Though anyone who wants to donate their own money (and keep their hair) can do so at 47vsCancer.org.

Finally, Square Enix’s series of panels will fly in developers from all over the world to talk about Hitman, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Just Cause 3, and more. The publisher even plans to host a “Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report Live” panel with Director Hajime Tabata.

The PAX Prime expo will be held from August 28-31 in Seattle, Washington. More details about all of Square Enix’s panels and playable demos can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: The Bridge, LBX Little Battlers Experience, 3D Gunstar Heroes, more

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It’s a big day for the Nintendo eShop as the publisher’s tiniest new heroes will make their digital debut.

LBX: Little Battlers Experience, a 3DS game developed by Level-5, follows a group of kids who pit “customizable palm-sized robots” against each other in a small-scale war. The 3DS is now also home to 3D Gunstar Heroes, a 3D-enabled version of Treasure’s famed side-scrolling shooter.

If you’d prefer to do your gaming on the Wii U, a number of new titles were released for Nintendo’s living room console today including The Bridge, a puzzle platformer inspired by M.C. Escher; Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, a Virtual Console re-release of the strategy favorite; and Woah Dave!, a crazy platformer from the makers of the Bit.Trip series.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo’s 2DS handheld will be permanently discounted to $99.99 on August 30

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Nintendo has announced that their 2DS handheld will receive a price drop very soon. Currently available at a retail price of $129.99, the portable system will be permanently discounted to $99.99 on August 30. Even at this lower price, every 2DS box will still contain a download code for Mario Kart 7.

“At a suggested retail price of $99.99, [the] 2DS is an even more attractive introductory option for first-time gamers,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The new lower-priced hardware combined with the strong lineup of new games launching this year and arguably the best library of games in this generation makes it a great time to be a Nintendo fan.”

While Nintendo doesn’t talk about the 2DS much, it is an interesting alternative in their handheld lineup. It doesn’t have the clamshell design or 3D display options of the 3DS, but the 2DS is compatible with nearly every 3DS game.

This price drop is Nintendo’s first salvo in a major Fall push, which includes a ton of semi-large 3DS releases (which are all playable on the 2DS) including Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, and Yo-Kai Watch.

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