Nintendo responds to petition to include Robin Williams tribute in Zelda game

A fan-petition for Nintendo to include a character named after Robin Williams, who died earlier this week, has so far collected almost 90,000 signatures.Nintendo tonight responded to Polygon's request for comment on the petition, which asks that Nintendo name one of its non-player characters 'Robin' in the next Zelda game. Williams, who had recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and suffered from Depression, took his own life on Monday. He had been a keen fan of Nintendo games and named his daughter, Zelda, after The Legend of Zelda. At this point, Nintendo has declined to make any commitment to the petition. "Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo." offered a Nintendo spokesperson. "Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've...

Zelda carry case adds a little Hyrule glamour

This stylish Legend of Zelda carry case recently showed up on Club Nintendo's rewards catalog in Europe. Featuring the Hylian Crest from The Legend of Zelda series, it's about seven inches long (19.5cm x 12cm x 6.5cm). It also sports two slider grips;  one is stamped with a Zelda Heart Container emblem, the other with the Club Nintendo logo. Nintendo's copy-writers suggest that the nylon case is "just the ticket" for carrying a 3DS with some games, or toiletries or stationery. Club Nintendo is a rewards scheme that allows fans to trade loyalty tokens for digital and real goodies. The carry case costs 4,000 stars.

Inafune: Gunvolt hits eShop Aug. 29 for $15

Azure Striker Gunvolt, a 2D action platformer for the 2DS and 3DS executive produced by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, hits Nintendo's eShop on Aug. 29 for $14.99, Inafune announced today. The game was developed by Inti Creates, a Tokyo-based indie developer best known for their work on Mega Man 9 and 10 and the Mega Man Zero series. The studio, which specializes in 2D handheld titles, is also working on Inafune's Mighty No. 9. You can check out a video of the game right here.

Sonic meets his demise in the first minute of this new Sonic Boom trailer

"Not my finest moment," the blue hedgehog narrates as he tumbles down a cliff and we watch his unconscious body get buried until a pile of boulders. Certainly not, Sonic. Certainly not. The latest trailer for Sonic Boom, however, seems suggest that the game is the opposite of the hedgehog's lament: a new adventure for Sonic and friends to prove their mettle against an adversary other than their forever-nemesis, the bumbling Dr. Eggman. Borrowing objectives from the Mass Effect series' nefarious Reapers, new villain Lyric — a giant snake in a mech suit, basically —  wants to destroy all organic life on earth and replace it with robot people. Robot animals. Robot sentient animals? The trailer also gives a quick look at Sonic's new makeover, including a new sassy way of talking and a s...

The next Pokémon evolution is a mega surprise

The Pokemon Company International released this new trailer from GamesCom today showing off the mega-evolved form of Audino in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Audino, we were told, was not known to evolve from or to any other form. So, surprise! Before Mega Evolving, Audino is known to use the feelers on its ears to tell how others are feeling or when a Pokémon Egg might hatch. It may have either the Healer Ability or the Regenerator Ability. After Mega Evolving, Mega Audino adds Fairy-type to its Normal-type, automatically gaining all the advantages of a Fairy-type Pokémon. Mega Audino also always has the Healer Ability. Thanks to its improved Defense and Special Defense stats, Mega Audino can be a great support in Double Battles. The Pokémon-athon: 719...

Black, white and red, this Super Smash Bros. 3DS is gorgeous (update)

No word on whether this is hitting North America yet, but Nintendo of Europe announced a limited edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL bundle today. The set comes with a copy of the game and a stunning Smash Bros.-themed 3DS XL. The pack is set for an Oct. 3 release, but no price was mentioned. We've reached out to Nintendo of America to ask when and if it will be coming here. Update: Nintendo responded with a smooth sidestep. "Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products. We have nothing to announce at this time."
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Go for a stroll to collect trophies in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS

The trophies that will be offered in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS can be purchased, director Masuhiro Sakurai said on Miiverse recently, and a screenshot he included indicates they may be purchased with the handheld's Play Coins. If so, that means players who are having a hard time collecting a rare trophy could add it to their collection simply by taking a long (probably very long) walk. Play Coins accrue when you carry around a 3DS in sleep mode. Trophies in the 3DS edition will be different from the Wii U version. The trophies also can be purchased with Super Smash Bros. in-game currency, and Sakurai said some will periodically be placed "on sale."

Shiny Mega-Evolution awaits all players in Pokémon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire

New mega-evolutions for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire include Mega Salamence, Mega Lopunny and Mega Altaria, as seen in this latest trailer for the game, launching Nov. 21 on Nintendo 3DS. Additionally, once the game launches, players can get "an incredibly rare Shiny Beldum holding a Mega Stone," through an in-game distribution beginning on the launch date. Once evolved into Shiny Metagross, the Mega Stone allows a Mega Evolution into — wait for it — Shiny Mega Metagross. Pikachu also shows up in five cosplay outfits — Rock Star, Pop Star, Ph.D, Belle and Libre, all with special moves. For more on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, see this comparison of the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire to the remakes coming in November. The Pokémon-athon: ...

Micromon is the iOS App Store's top paid title and basically a Pokémon game

Micromon, the #1 paid app in the iOS App Store, bears a striking resemblance to Nintendo's Pokémon franchise. Released July 31, the developers at Pocket Trend describe the $0.99 universal app for iPad and iPhone as a "Fully animated monster catching game." In the role-playing game, "tamers" explore the game's world, capture and evolve more than 130 monsters and "Challenge other tamers to become the best!" The gameplay and graphics bear more than a passing resemblance to the Pokémon formula, where "trainers" capture and train their pocket monsters and battle Pokémon masters. In an October 2013 financial call, Nintendo representatives said that they had no intention of bringing games to mobile platforms, according to analyst David Gibson. By December, Nintendo of America president R...

Micromon is the iOS App Store's top paid title and basically a Pokémon game

Micromon, the #1 paid app in the iOS App Store, bears a striking resemblance to Nintendo's Pokémon franchise. Released July 31, the developers at Pocket Trend describe the $0.99 universal app for iPad and iPhone as a "Fully animated monster catching game." In the role-playing game, "tamers" explore the game's world, capture and evolve more than 130 monsters and "Challenge other tamers to become the best!" The gameplay and graphics bear more than a passing resemblance to the Pokémon formula, where "trainers" capture and train their pocket monsters and battle Pokémon masters. In an October 2013 financial call, Nintendo representatives said that they had no intention of bringing games to mobile platforms, according to analyst David Gibson. By December, Nintendo of America president R...

Etrian Odyssey 2 remake coming to 3DS

Atlus will release a remake of Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard for Nintendo 3DS called Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Knight of the Fafnir, Famitsu reports. Etrian Odyssey 2 is the second game in the series to get a makeover treatment; last year, Atlus released a new version of the first game dubbed Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl. Like the latest remake, The Knight of the Fafnir will introduce animated story scenes and new characters. Check out the Japanese trailer above for a look at the game. The original Etrian Odyssey 2 launched for Nintendo DS in 2008. Players assumed the role of a band of adventurers as they navigated through a series of deep, enemy-filled dungeons. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Knight of the Fafnir is expected to launch in Japan this winter. A...

Gotta buy 'em all: Pokémon Center delivers Poké-plushies to your doorstep (update)

The Pokémon Center, the web-based store for Pokémon fans in the U.S., launched in full today with a wide variety of Pokémon merchandise. Today's opening follows the Pokémon Center's soft launch on July 2. The website appears to be suffering from high traffic at the moment; we're seeing plenty of "the site is closed temporarily" notices. But if you can get in, you can purchase items such as Pikachu plushies ($12.99), Chespin T-shirts ($24.95) and Charizard mugs ($14.95). The Pokémon games themselves, both video and card, are also available. And the store is marking its launch with a Grand Opening Collection featuring note cards, binders, notebooks, pins and more branded with Special Delivery Pikachu and other Pokémon. Check out the Pokémon Center for the full array of Pokémon goods. U...

Why Shovel Knight's devs had to go broke to become successful

To create Shovel Knight, the developers at Yacht Club Games had to go broke first, according to a post on the developer's official website. Based on what they believe to be industry standard budget projections, creating Shovel Knight should have taken two years and $1.44 million. The core team of six developers began building the NES-inspired platformer last year with $328,682 in crowdfunded donations. Yacht Club cut costs wherever possible by deferring composer Jake Kaufman's salary, holding Kickstarter stretch goals until after the initial release and cutting salaries during development. But as the original March 31, 2014 release date crept closer, they ran out of money. "We ended up operating for five months without money or payments to the team here," the post reads. "It was a...

A Metroid-inspired adventure for Nintendo 3DS is Renegade Kid's next game

The developer of Mutant Mudds, Dementium and Moon Chronicles has another project in the works: a Metroid and Castlevania-inspired adventure for Nintendo 3DS called Xeodrifter. "I am a huge fan of Super Metroid, Metroid Zero Mission, and Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and have always wanted to develop a game in that sub-genre," Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham wrote in a developer diary posted on Go Nintendo. "The day finally came where the desire to develop it got too strong and I just had to act on it. Xeodrifter was born." Watsham describes Xeodrifter as a "small, bite-sized experience" comparable to downloadable 3DS game Ikachan from Cave Story creator Daisuke Amaya. "I want it to be something that you can dip into for fun, and accomplish in a relatively short period of...

Nintendo loses one of its few known forces for positive change

Working with independent developers is a full-contact sport, and it involves maintaining relationships, being flexible enough to deal with a wide variety of teams and their immediate needs as well as supporting platform rules that help keep your ecosystem strong. It's not an easy job, and it's by necessity a public one.Dan Adelman, the head of Nintendo of America's indie program, has left the company. His tweet says just about everything you need to know about how much Nintendo understands about the modern world of development. Happy to announce I reached an arrangement w/ @NintendoAmerica whereby I can tweet again. Arrangement includes my not working there anymore. — Dan Adelman (@Dan_Adelman) August 4, 2014 Adelman's history with the company is a laundry list of Nintendo's...

Nintendo of America indie program head leaves, but will still be helping indies

Dan Adelman — the man responsible for bringing indie games to the Nintendo eShops — has left his position as the head of Nintendo of America's indie program after almost nine years with the company, according to a tweet from Adelman today. Adelman led Nintendo's indie outreach program, working with developers to bring their games — like Cave Story and World of Goo — to Nintendo's platforms. Last fall, Adelman ran afoul of his employer for speaking out publicly against Nintendo's region locking practices with the 3DS and stating the company should be "a bit more flexible" with submissions after the rejection of a 3DS version of The Binding of Isaac. Earlier this year it was revealed that Nintendo had stonewalled him from speaking publicly and told him he was not allowed to use his...

Pokémon X and Y to offer Mega Evolution Pokémon for download this month

Two Mega Evolution-enabled Pokémon in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will become available to download by owners of both games for one month beginning Aug. 13. Pinsir (shown above in mega evolved form above) previously restricted to just Pokémon X, and Heracross, found only in Pokémon Y, are the two monsters available. The download period runs from Aug. 13 to Sept. 17. Further, on Aug. 18 players can go to GameStop to get a code to download the mega stone for either Pokémon to enable its Mega Evolution. A week ago, Pokémon X was brought to the Twitch Plays Pokemon phenomenon. You can watch its progress here.

Brazil's professional league will not appear in FIFA 15 — in any form (Update)

No team from Brazil's domestic leagues will be licensed to appear in FIFA 15, following an apparent change in licensing terms between EA Sports and the clubs or their players there. EA Sports confirmed the absence of Brazil's professional teams in a statement to IGN; however, FIFA 15 will feature Brazil's national team and all of its players under their own names. Additionally, any Brazilian player with another team licensed to appear in the game also will appear under his own name. Nineteen of the 21 clubs in Brazil's top division for 2013-2014 were licensed for FIFA 14 — enough that EA Sports touted their inclusion as big news a year ago. In a statement to IGN, EA Sports attributed the absence of Brazilian teams to "some changes in the ways players are licensed in Brazil domestic...

Japanese console market down 16 percent

The Japanese games console market dipped 16 percent last year, according to a report by the country's Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association. According to CESA, as reported by analyst Serkan Toto, the market for console gaming (hardware and software combined) in Japan in 2013 reached $4 billion, down from $4.8 billion in 2012. Console hardware sales in 2013 were $1.5 billion, down from $1.9 billion the year before. In contrast, Japanese consumers are continuing their love affair with mobile games. According to CESA, which organizes the annual Tokyo Games Show, Japan's market for smartphone games reached $3.5 billion in 2013. CESA's console stats include mobile devices like Nintendo DS, which holds a 47 percent market share and PlayStation Vita (12 percent). PlayStation 4...

Nintendo lost $97M last quarter even with the success of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo lost $97.2 million in the yearly quarter ending June 30, the company confirmed in its latest quarterly results. The loss comes even despite the successful sales of Mario Kart 8 earlier this year, which saw shipments of 2.82 million. Why? Nintendo states that these sales can be attributed to existing Wii U owners and not new buyers. The company shipped just 510,000 units of the console between April and June. Nintendo still expects to hit its target of 3.6 million units sold for this fiscal year. The Wii U's total shipments rose to 6.68 million as of June. The company confirms Mario Kart 8 represents 65 percent of the total 4.39 million software shipments made in this three month period, 80 percent of which came from outside Japan. Nintendo appears to be finding most of its...
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