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New 3DS with second analog stick, more buttons, NFC announced

For all the jokes about Nintendo’s conservatism, sometimes they really can surprise you. A Japan-only Nintendo Direct presentation on Friday revealed that the company is working on a “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL,” which will sport a second analog stick, more buttons, built-in NFC functionality, and more.

Yes, you read that right. Nintendo has grafted three additional buttons onto the New 3DS (a second analog stick and two new trigger buttons up top). The handheld has also been given a power boost, allowing for “Super Stable” 3D play and built-in NFC functionality for Nintendo’s upcoming line of Amiibo figures. A bigger set of screens will also give gamers a better look at the new 3D effects.

To wring every bit of power out of the New 3DS, Nintendo has announced that games designed to run exclusively on the new hardware will be produced. The first such game, a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles, will be available in Japan this October alongside the launch of the New 3DS itself.

So where does that leave 3DS fans in North America and Europe who want to get their hands on this new handheld? They’ll have to wait until 2015 as Nintendo has no plans to release the New 3DS in either territory until next year.

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Gone Home leads Nintendo’s upcoming slate of Wii U and 3DS eShop releases


Fullbright’s award-winning Gone Home will be coming home to the Wii U (via the Wii U eShop) this Fall. That’s rather fitting as a stash of Super NES games play a small part in the game’s plot. Gone Home is just one of more than three dozen games that Nintendo plans to add to the eShop through the end of the year and into early 2015.

Other highlights include the announcement that Slightly Mad’s Project CARS will be available exclusively through the Wii U eShop sometime in 2015 and that Renegade Kid has three 3DS games planned for this Fall: Treasurenauts, Xeodrifter, and Moon Chronicles: Episode 2.

Nintendo’s complete eShop release calendar for the next six months (or so) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, Azure Striker Gunvolt, SteamWorld Dig, more


If you’re a fan of retro games, then I recommend taking a gander at this week’s Nintendo eShop update… you might just find something you like.

Wii U owners will be able to download Mega Man X3, the final Mega Man game released for the Super NES. SteamWorld Dig, Image & Form’s critically-acclaimed 3DS platformer, is also available for the Wii U today. Finally, The Fall, a moody platformer that the developer has compared to Super Metroid, was released earlier this week.

Over on the 3DS, players will get the chance to download Azure Striker Gunvolt, a Super NES-inspired game created by Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates. And for a limited time, players who purchase Azure Striker Gunvolt will also receive Mighty Gunbolt, an NES-inspired platformer, for free. Also available this week is Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter, a space shooter, and Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a puzzle/crime-filled crossover of epic proportions.

You can find more information on all of these games after the break. (more…)

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Rumor: Super Smash Bros. 4 full roster leaked


It looks like someone (possibly from the ESRB or Nintendo themselves) has leaked the full roster of fighters slated to be included in Super Smash Bros. For 3DS. Turn back now if you want to be surprised, but everyone else should plow ahead for yet another reason why the next Smash is going to be a must have.

Ready? Here it comes…

If this leak turns out to true, the Duck Hunt Dog will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4! He’ll be joined by a few other never-before-seen fighters including Bowser Jr. and Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. Eight unannounced returning characters round the rumored final roster: Ganondorf, Ness, Star Fox, Falco, Wario, Jigglypuff, Dark Pit, Dr. Mario, and R.O.B. Pictures and video from the leak can be found at Kotaku.

I really want this leak to be true as the inclusion of the Duck Hunt Dog is just amazing (and completely unexpected). Nintendo hasn’t commented on the leak yet (nor do I expect them to), but we’ll all get to try it out for ourselves when Super Smash Bros. For 3DS is released on October 3. Super Smash Bros. For Wii U is slated to follow it into stores someone this Fall.

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New Releases: Madden NFL 15, Metro Redux, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, More


The month of August is coming to a close and its taking the Summer gaming drought with it.

As they do every year, EA Sports wants to ask: “Are you ready for some football?” If you are, then you’re probably already aware that Madden NFL 15 will be available this week. Just like last year, the game will be released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. And if you haven’t made your next-generation console choice yet, there’s going to be a Madden NFL 15 Xbox One Bundle available as well.

A different kind of battle will take place on the 3DS this week with the release of Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. These two titans of the handheld puzzle game genre will go head-to-head to prove once and for all that… actually, nevermind. Neither character challenges the other and, in fact, they team up in Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney to solve a crime. So I’m not sure where the “vs” in the title comes from.

Finally this week, a trio of games will receive spiffy re-releases on a new platform. NIS America resurrects the first game in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series on the Vita as Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth 1. And Deep Silver is bringing back Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light in a next-generation package known as Metro Redux on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Nintendo bashes into PAX 2014 with Smash Bros. 4, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, more


Are you attending next weekend’s PAX Prime convention? If so, you’ll have a chance to try out Nintendo’s entire Fall lineup as the consolemaker is planning to display ten games on the show floor.

But if you live in the Seattle area you couldn’t make it into PAX Prime, don’t worry, The Big N has got you covered. On Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 the company will pop in to various public spots in Seattle with copies of Super Smash Bros. For 3DS in hand. To find out where, follow along with Nintendo’s Twitter feed and keep an eye out for the #SmashBash hashtag.

Nintendo will also hold a special after hours event for Hyrule Warriors at Renaissance Seattle Hotel (515 Madison St.) on Friday from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Fans will be allowed inside on a first-come, first-served basis, but you can jump to the head of the line if you cosplay as your favorite character from The Legend of Zelda.

Both games will also be available on the PAX Prime show floor, along with Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and several others.

Hit the jump for the complete list. (more…)

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NIntendo Download: Disney Infinity, Mega Man VI, more


With the launch of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes less than a month away, Disney Interactive doesn’t want anyone to forget about the first entry in their crossover franchise. So, beginning today, they’ve partnered with Nintendo to offer a free download of Disney Infinity from the Wii U eShop. Obviously, you’ll have to purchase your own Portal Base and figures, but this is a good deal for someone looking to break into the Disney Infinity universe for the first time.

Elsewhere on this week’s eShop update is a trio of Virtual Console titles now available for the first time. The last Mega Man game on the NES, Mega Man VI, can be downloaded on the Wii U along with Life Force, the first of many spinoffs/sequels to Gradius. Meanwhile, the 3DS is now home to Xtreme Sports, one of the first games developed by WayForward and originally released for the Game Boy Color in 2000.

Rounding this week’s new releases are Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U), an arcade-style racer; BlazBlue: Clonephantasma (3DS), a cartoony brawler; and Demon King Box (3DS), a mature RPG.

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

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Evolve takes home Best of Gamescom 2014 Award


Evolve continues to add to its list of pre-release accolades as it took home five 2014 Gamescom Awards including the coveted “Best of Gamescom Award.” Turtle Rock’s 4v1 shooter also earned the awards for “Best PC Game,” “Best Console Game (Sony PlayStation),” “Best Console Game (Microsoft Xbox),” and “Best Online Multiplayer Game.”

Super Smash Bros. 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3 were the only other games to win multiple awards. The 3DS version of Nintendo’s fighter was selected by the judges as “Best Mobile Game” while both versions were picked by attendees as “Most Wanted.” Meanwhile, LittleBigPlanet 3 was awarded “Best Social / Casual / Online Game” and “Best Family Game.”

The full list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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