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Nintendo has officially announced the next Fire Emblem game

It’s been three long years since Fire Emblem: Awakening first graced our 3DS systems. Today, during their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, the consolemaker has confirmed that the series will return to the 3DS in a game that’s currently known as “The Latest in the Fire Emblem Series.”

Known in Japan as Fire Emblem If, the game will be developed by the same team that worked on Awakening and promises a “new adventure [that] adds challenges never before seen in the series” and asks players “to make decisions that will affect the game’s world in new ways.”

“The Latest in the Fire Emblem Series” will be the 12th game in Fire Emblem’s main series and it might be a while before we can play it. Nintendo did not reveal a release date to go along with their game announcement.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will launch for New 3DS in April

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Nintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be released for the 3DS in April. Due to the size and complexity of the game, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be exclusively available for Nintendo’s New 3DS XL handheld, which will launch on February 13.

In addition to including a handheld version of the original Wii game, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will include maps and character stats on the bottom screen as well as a 3D character model viewer and a music player to listen to the game’ soundtrack.

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Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition bundle will be released in May 2015

There’s been a whole lot of Puzzle & Dragons news over the last few days. Today, during their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo has delivered the final word on the franchise’s future on the 3DS.

Released separately in Japan, Nintendo of America has confirmed that Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be released in a special combined package sometime this May.

The first trailer for the bundle has been embedded above.

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New 3DS XL, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate all launching on February 13

February 13 is going to be a big day for Nintendo and their 3DS handheld. On that day, which is also Friday the 13th, Nintendo will release their New 3DS XL handheld in America along with several hotly-anticipated 3DS games.

The New 3DS XL includes a bevy of new features such as expanded control options (a C-Stick and ZL/ZR buttons), enhanced 3D viewing thanks to face-tracking technology, and built-in NFC functionality for Amiibo figures. Four different versions of the handheld will be released including the system-only New Red and New Black packages (priced at $199.99 each). A New 3DS XL featuring artwork based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will also be available for $199.99. Finally, a bundle pack that includes the handheld and a copy of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be released for $229.99.

As you might have guessed from the bundle options, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will also be released on February 13. They’ll be joined on store shelves on February 13 by a third new 3DS game… Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+, the latest game in the dogfighting simulation series.

Nintendo wants to be sure that no one feels unlucky on this Friday the 13th.

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Puzzle & Dragons Z is still on track for a western release

gungho-logoWith the recent announcement of Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, some people have become worried that the North American release of the previously-announced Puzzle & Dragons Z would be canceled.

But the Twitter account for publisher GungHo Online has confirmed that there’s no need to worry, as it looks like the 3DS game is still on track for a North American (and likely European) release:

Puzzle & Dragons Z is a match-3 puzzler that includes RPG elements. It is extremely popular in Japan, where it has sold more than 1.3 million copies since its release in December 2013.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor leads the pack with 5 nominations at 2015 GDC Awards

gdcawardsThe nominees for this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced and, unsurprisingly, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor leads the way with five nominations, including “Game of the Year.”

Shadow of Mordor will compete for the top prize with other four multi-category nominees including Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Believe it or not, the next-most-nominated game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, was actually shut out of the “Game of the Year” category. The Astronauts’ mystery title was nominated for “Best Narrative,” “Best Audio,” the “Innovation Award,” and “Best Debut.”

Alien: Isolation (“Best Visual Art” and “Best Audio”), Destiny (“Best Audio” and “Best Technology”), and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (“Best Design” and “Best Handheld/Mobile Game”) are each up for two additional awards while Bayonetta 2 is also up for “Best Visual Art.”

A complete list of the nominees for this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards can be found after the break. And be sure to check back for a look at the winners, which will be announced on March 4 during the Game Developers Conference.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz] (more…)

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This War of Mine, The Talos Principle, 80 Days lead nominees of 2015 IGF Awards

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The Independent Games Festival has unveiled the nominees for their 17th annual awards show, which will take place on March 4, just before the GDC Awards during this year’s Game Developers Conference. Leading the way is Inkle Studios’ 80 Days, which was nominated for three awards. 11 Bit’s This War of Mine and Croteam’s The Talos Principle weren’t far behind, as each garnered two nominations apiece.

All three games will be competing for the “Seumas McNally Grand Prize” against Klei’s Invisible Inc., Team Outer Wilds’ Outer Wilds, and Patrick Smith’s Metamorphabet.

You can find a complete list of finalists and honorable mentions for all six awards (including “Excellence In Visual Art,” “Excellence In Narrative,” “Excellence In Design,” “Excellence In Audio,” and the “Nuovo Award”) after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Chariot, Mega Man Battle Network 2, Adventures of Lolo, more

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Welcome to another edition of the weekly Nintendo Download. This week, Wii U and 3DS players will be able to download…

  • Chariot (Wii U), a physics-based platformer where two players guide a deceased monarch to his final resting place.
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U), Mega Man does the RPG thing in this Game Boy Advance favorite.
  • Adventures of Lolo (3DS), an NES puzzler starring Lolo, a puffy blue ball.

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

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