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Tetris Ultimate is also coming to Nintendo 3DS

Tetris Ultimate, this generation's hi-fi answer to the classic block-stacking puzzle game of yore, is coming to Nintendo 3DS this fall with a handful of exclusive modes, publisher Ubisoft announced. In addition to a single-player challenge mode, the 3DS version will feature seven different modes for between one and four players: Marathon: Complete up to level 15 racking up as many points as possible. Endless: Quickly clear lines until the stamina bar runs out. Ultra: Players have three minutes to complete as many lines as possible. Sprint: Clear 40 lines as fast as possible. Battle: A one- to four-player brawl. Battle Ultimate: The above, but with power-ups that allow players to shift opponents' screens in different directions, dump garbage on their lines and rapidly clear...
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How the next Harvest Moon is making it easy for newcomers to play with virtual farm tools

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley wants to make harvesting more friendly to new players with easily upgradable, context-sensitive tools, developer Natsume Inc. announced today. Context-based tools mean that specific items will automatically be selected for the player to use. Approaching a tree, for example, will trigger an axe to chop it down, rather than the player having to open the game's menus to find it. Upgrades are accomplished through a faster way as well; players can seek out in-game characters to water crops or collect lumber. According to producer Taka Maekawa, the team wanted to maintain the "core value" of hard work ending with positive rewards. "We took a long, hard look at the tool system and decided to go back to the drawing board," Maekawa said. "We came to the...
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Move over Muppets, The Cat Mario Show is here to steal your thunder with puppets

Nintendo's kid-friendly puppet show hosted by a cat-suited Mario and Peach, The Cat Mario Show, is now available to watch on Nintendo 3DS, 2DS and Wii U, the company announced today. The Cat Mario Show features fun facts, quizzes and tips on different Nintendo games. The first episode is available on the European Nintendo eShop; releases in other territories have not been announced. "In the first video, the two hand-puppet hosts reveal insider secrets on becoming a Mario Expert and challenge kids to spot the hidden Luigi in Super Mario 3D World," the announcement reads, "while the show also delivers some top tips on becoming super powerful in the Kirby Fighters battle mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe." The cat suit version of Mario is a play off the new power-up in Super Mario 3D World,...
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These are the free games available for Club Nintendo's Elite members

Club Nintendo is offering free Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games in lieu of physical rewards to its Gold and Platinum Elite Status members, according to its official website. Platinum members who have racked up 600 or more coins by registering products with Club Nintendo and taking related surveys can choose one of the following games: Dillon's Rolling Western — 3DS Dr. Luigi — Wii U Donkey Kong 3 — 3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D — 3DS Earthbound — Wii U Fluidity: Spin Cycle — 3DS Game and Wario — Wii U Ice Climber — Wii U Kid Icarus — Wii U Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move — 3DS Metroid — 3DS NES Remix — Wii U Super Mario Bros. — Wii U Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins — 3DS Wario Land 2 — 3DS Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link —...
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Nintendo bringing Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros., Shovel Knight and more to Comic-Con

Nintendo fans in San Diego during Comic-Con International 2014 will be able to get their hands on nearly 20 games from the publisher, Nintendo announced today. The lineup encompasses titles on Nintendo 3DS as well as Wii U, and includes recent releases along with upcoming games. Here's the full list: Nintendo 3DS Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo Pokémon Art Academy from Nintendo Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Nintendo Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal from Sega Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call from Square Enix Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games Siesta Fiesta from Mojo Bones Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U from Nintendo Hyrule Warriors from Nintendo Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from Nintendo Yoshi's...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's Comic-Con panel will feature former Batman Adam West

This year's upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel features special guest Adam West, best known for his starring role in the 1960s Batman television series, Warner Bros. announced. The Warner Bros. Interactive-hosted panel will also feature game director Arthur Parsons, producer Phill Ring and several members of the voice class, including Troy Baker. The game will also be shown during the event in its first public hands-on. An image of Adam West recording dialog next to a portrait of his own Lego Minifigure was released on the official Lego Batman Twitter account earlier today. You can check that out below. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is due for release this fall. The puzzles-and-combat game will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4,...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham pre-order toys revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced a list of retailer-specific pre-order bonuses for for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The game, due out on most platforms later this year, allows players to take on the roles of 150 DC characters including those from the Justice League and the Legion of Doom. It's the latest in a highly successful series of kid-friendly action puzzle games from developer TT Games. Here's the list of retail offers... Amazon: Lego Batgirl KeychainBest Buy: Digital Comic BookGameStop: Plastic Man toy (right image)Target: Batwing Miniset (top image)Toys R Us: The Joker Keychain Walmart: Lego Tumbler Miniset "Lego Batman 1 was all about Batman and Robin," explained game director Arthur Parsons in a recent Polygon interview. "Lego Batman 2 was...
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Meet Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire's Cosplay Pikachu, Mega Metagross and more

A trailer released today for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire introduces new creatures and features headed to developer Game Freak's upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. Pokémon League Champion Steven — a helpful character who doubles as the final Champion Pokémon Trainers face — will wield Mega Metagross, a beast that stands at 8 feet 2 inches tall, weighs in at 2,078.7 pounds and boasts upgraded attack, defense and speed statistics. Must Read What is the Pokémon Company? Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will also introduce Cosplay Pikachu, versions of the famous yellow critter dressed as Pikachu Belle, Pikachu Libre, Pikachu Pop Star, Pikachu Rock Star and Pikachu Ph.D. You can see them all in the gallery below. Pokémon-Amie, which allows you to play...
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Fire Emblem: Awakening's Lucina and Robin join the new Super Smash Bros. roster (update: Captain Falcon too)

The latest characters to join the roster of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Captain Falcon, Nintendo and Team Sora announced today in a stream on the game's official website. Lucina was introduced in Awakening, which launched for Nintendo 3DS in January 2013. Robin is a named version of the character players create at the start of the game, the avatar that serves as players' vehicle through Awakening's story. Robin can be played as a male or female character. The video teased Captain Falcon (shown in the screenshot below) and he is now listed as an official fighter on the game's website. Chrom, another Awakening character, was shown fighting, but it is unclear if he is an alternate for Lucina or an assist trophy. A...
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be playable at TGS 2014

A demo of Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be available at Tokyo Game Show later this year, Capcom announced. The demo will also include a challenge quest, according to the publisher, where attendees can face against the game's new main monster. Check out Polygon's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate review to learn about the latest in the franchise's Ultimate manifestations. Tokyo Game Show runs from Sept. 18-21 this year.
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Skylanders makes its Comic-Con debut with hands-on Trap Team

Skylanders: Trap Team, the next entry in Activision's toy/action-adventure series, will be playable at San Diego Comic-Con and will be the subject of a panel there in the series' first appearance at the expo. The panel is "Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life," and it will be Thursday at 6 p.m. PT in Room 7AB at the San Diego Convention Center. Featured speakers include Richard Horvitz, the voice of Kaos in the series; Ron Marz, known for his work on Green Lantern and the Marvel vs. DC crossover book, and executives from Activision and Trap Team developer Toys for Bob. Activision is stoking hype for the panel by offering a cosplay contest giving out more than $5,000 in prizes to those who dress up as a character from the series. Skylanders: Trap Team is scheduled...
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Classic NES baseball title Bases Loaded now available on Virtual Console

Classic NES title Bases Loaded is now available on Virtual Console for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo announced. Originally launched for NES and arcades in Japan in 1987 and the following year in North America, Bases Loaded is the first installment in the TOSE-developed baseball simulation series. Players can select from 12 teams, choose a lineup of 30 players each boasting their own unique strengths and stats and then throw them out onto the field. Players can tackle single games at a time or attempt, play several in a row in an attempt to win a pennant, and tempt into view the famous disembodied catcher's mitt — or "phantom paw" — with outside pitches. Earlier this year, the Virtual Console began stocking Game Boy Advance games. Nintendo DS titles are slated to hit the VC later...
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A new challenger approaching Super Smash Bros. on July 14

Nintendo will reveal a new character for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS this upcoming Monday, July 14, the company announced today. The reveal will be streamed through the official Super Smash Bros. website in each territory beginning at 10 a.m. ET. In a post on Miiverse, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai said rather than host a new Nintendo Direct video presentation to announce the character, the team wanted to showcase the new fighter in a livestream. "Looks like we're nearing the bottom of the stash of new challenger videos that we've made..." Sakurai wrote, suggesting that the game's roster is almost full. "Like always, we put a lot of effort into it, so I hope you'll enjoy watching it live." The latest challengers to be added to the legendary fighting series'...
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Challengers Wanted for Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS Tournament at San Diego Comic-Con

Nintendo is looking for challengers to play in an upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS tournament slated for this year's San Diego Comic-Con on July 25. The tournament is scheduled to start at noon with a preliminary round with groups of four competitors. After that, players duke it out one-on-one in the finals. Tournament slots are limited but fans will still be able to sign up the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who can't attend this year's Comic-Con can watch the tournament streamed live on Nintendo's official Twitch channel. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches Oct. 3, while a version for Wii U is scheduled to release this holiday season.
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Monster Hunter 4G heads to Japan on Oct. 11

Monster Hunter 4G will launch in Japan on Oct. 11, Nintendo announced during today's Nintendo Direct presentation. 4G is an updated edition of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which was released in Japan for 3DS in fall of last year. Monster Hunter 4G will launch in Japan in fall of this year while the original Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch in North America and Europe in early 2015. Monster Hunter 4 was released last September in Japan and sold 3 million copies by November. Check out Polygon's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate review to learn about the latest in the franchise's Ultimate manifestations.
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Final Fantasy Explorers coming to Nintendo 3DS in Japan this winter

Final Fantasy Explorers, a new entry in the long-running Final Fantasy series, is coming to Nintendo 3DS in Japan this winter, Nintendo announced during today's Nintendo Direct conference. In Final Fantasy Explorers, up to four players can select a job class, basically a unique combat style, and set out together exploring the in-game world and completing quests. Players will run up against Summons, powerful creatures that have made appearances in various Final Fantasy games spanning the franchise. The game will allow for connectivity through local wireless for ad-hoc multiplayer, or online via Wi-Fi connection for faraway friends. Final Fantasy Explorers can also be played in single-player mode. Currently, developer Square Enix has announced four possible job classes for players to...
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe's mini-games are heading to Japan as standalone titles

Kirby: Triple Deluxe mini-game Kirby Fighters — a fighting game in the style of Super Smash Bros — will launch in Japan as a standalone title called Kirby Z Fighters, along with rhythm mini-game King Dedede's Drum Dash, Nintendo announced. Both games will be available for Nintendo 3DS on July 23 for 750 yen (about $7.38), and neither includes online play. In the original Kirby Fighters, players battle with up to three other players using chosen abilities such as Sword or Ninja. Two power-ups will be locked, unless players already have Triple Deluxe and StreetPass enabled. Dedede's Drum Dash starred King Dedede as he bounced across drum-filled stages; the game will include new levels. Triple Deluxe did not have online play, but download play for anyone with a single copy of the game....
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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players get their own Secret Bases

Players in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, reimagined versions of Pokémon Ruby/Pokémon Sapphire, will be able build, customize and share their own personal areas with the Secret Base feature, Nintendo and The Pokémon Co. International announced today. The area lets users create mazes and traps for visitors to interact with, set Pokémon battle rules and "transform their Secret Base into their own Pokémon Gym." Players will be able to share their Secret Base with other Trainers through the StreetPass functionality or via a QR Code. When visiting another players base, users can invite the other Trainer back to their own Secret Base as Secret Pals. The more Secret Pals a player has, the more special skills available to help them. Secret Pals can interact, battle and support...
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Dragon Quest 10 heading to Nintendo 3DS in Japan

Square Enix is bringing massively-multiplayer online role-playing game Dragon Quest 10 Online to the Nintendo 3DS Sept. 4 for 3,800 yen (approximately $37) in Japan, according to an announcement on the official Japanese Dragon Quest site. Dragon Quest 10 Online will be packaged with a 60-day free trial code, according to a translation by Gematsu, along with an in-game Lemon Slime Board Prism vehicle, five Great EXP Archives that award 1,000 experience points each, Casino Coin Ticket, poster and lottery card. Once the 60-day trial period concludes, three days of play will cost 350 yen, 10 days for 650 yen, while a month will cost 1,500 yen. Dragon Quest 10 Online won't utilize the handhelds 3D capabilities but it will run Square Enix-run cloud streaming services similar to that of the...
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Pokémon National Championships Video Game winners crowned

The Pokémon National Championships running over the weekend in Indianapolis recently concluded with The Video Game Championship finals, crowning the winners of the three divisions. Cory Connor won over Miranda Burrows in the Junior Division. Mackenzio Karouzos defeated Zack Thornberg for the Senior Division title, while Alex Ogloza beat Adib Alam for the Master Division crown. You can check out the winners' respective team of Pokémon used in the finals on the Pokémon National Championships hub. In the Trading Card Game championships, Andy Younger prevailed over Jon-Luke Modory to win the Junior Division; Ishaan Jagiasi defeated Jeremiah Williams to win the Senior Division, and Brandon Salazar beat Michael Pramawat to claim the Master Division. You can watch Twitch replays of the...
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