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Nintendo nostalgia gets creepy in this text adventure

Everyone had that one friend during their childhood. That one special little guy or gal who had all the coolest toys and gadgets as soon as they came out. The one friend whom everyone would constantly bully into hosting sleepovers so you could play their Nintendo 64 or Sega Dreamcast. Then finally one day they came into school boasting they had caught Mew in Pokemon Red, and jealousy reared its ugly head. Disbelieving, indignant, you confronted your friend. How do you get all these games? Where the hell did you get Mew? Why are you such a boastful jerk? Our gifted friends always seemed to have the same person on their side: An uncle who worked at Nintendo. As adults, we know now that our little friends were full of crap and lied to feel superior. Chances are, their parents were just...
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PSA: You can now purchase and pre-order Nintendo eShop games on the web

Nintendo 3DS and Wii U owners in North America now have the option to purchase and pre-order digital games via the web and send the download to their consoles, similar to Microsoft's browser-based Xbox Games Store and the Sony Entertainment Network store. According to posts pointing out the service on NeoGAF and Tiny Cartridge, the service extends to a select number of games, all of which are Nintendo-published titles. These include Hyrule Warriors, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Here's how it works: when purchasing a game via Nintendo's website, select the "Buy Digital" option. You'll be asked if you'd like the download code to be sent directly to your Wii U or 3DS. A Nintendo Network ID is required for this to work. Additionally, Nintendo is...
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Super Smash Bros. director teases two new modes for Wii U version

The Wii U version of the latest Super Smash Bros. title could launch with two more new modes, if a post on Miiverse by series director Masahiro Sakurai is anything to go by. On Nintendo's social networking service, Sakurai posted what looks like a screenshot of Super Smash Bros.' modes menu. The top left identifies these as single-player stages, while the image in the middle shows the famous Master Hand boss and two different modes: Master and Crazy, both with what looks like a second word blurred out. "Now, what mode is this...?!" Sakurai wrote coyly. In the past, Sakurai has made frequent use of Miiverse to tease new Super Smash Bros. content and explain the reasoning behind certain design choices. It is plausible that this most recent tease carries some weight. Super Smash Bros. f...
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Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire demo available Oct. 21

The demo for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be available on Nintendo 3DS Oct. 21, The Pokémon Company International announced today. The demo will allow players the chance to battle with the evolved forms of the game's starters, Sceptile, Blaziken and Swampert, and see their Mega-Evolved forms. Those who play the demo will be able to keep their items and one special Pokémon to transfer into the full game. The Pokémon Company International also released a new trailer, which you can watch above, showing off several new Mega-Evolutions and gameplay. Players will be able to catch legendary Pokémon Latios or Latias (which also Mega-Evolve) in Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, respectively. To catch these Pokémon, players will need the Eon Ticket, available later this year; neither...
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Game Freak will only bring Pokémon to mobile if it solves a 'problem'

Pokémon may be heading into mobile territory with the recent release of the official trading card game for iPad, but fans shouldn't expect to see a port of the handheld games anytime soon. Producer Junichi Masuda served with Game Freak on design, script writing and more since the launch of the first Pokémon game before more recently acting as the director on Pokémon X and Y. During an interview with Polygon, Masuda said that there would "need to be a justification there" to bring the creature catching franchise to smartphones or tablets. "If we were to bring Pokémon to iPad or mobile or smartphones or anything, I think there would need to be ... some sort of problem it would be solving, not just that it would be porting over old games, for example," Masuda said via translator. When...
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Monster Hunter's latest crossover puts a cat in Mega Man armor

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's crossovers so far include Link, Samus, Animal Crossing, Sonic the Hedgehog and Taiko Drum Master. Capcom this weekend announced a new one: Mega Man, in the form of gear for Monster Hunter's palico companions. See the video for what that means, but it's basically a cat running around in Mega Man armor, swinging the helmet of the Blue Bomber's faithful dog. These special items will be available for the Western version of the game when it launches early next year. (It's already out in Japan, where Samus herself will be playable in-game come December.)
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Ace Attorney Trilogy comes to Nintendo 3DS in December

Nintendo 3DS owners will get a triple shot of Phoenix Wright this holiday season with the release of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. Capcom confirmed at New York Comic Con today that the game will hit the Nintendo eShop in North America on Dec. 9. The compilation will be released on Dec. 11 in Europe. The Ace Attorney Trilogy includes updated versions of three Nintendo DS games, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Justice For All and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Trials and Tribulations. You can see how the updated version of Justice For All compares to the DS original in the gallery below. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy will be available for download for $29.99 in North America, €29.99 / £24.99 in Europe.
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Metroid's Samus comes to Monster Hunter 4G

Samus Aran, the heroine of the Metroid series, will star in Monster Hunter 4G through a side quest that becomes available for download later in December. Monster Hunter 4G, for Nintendo 3DS, is an enhanced edition of 2013's Monster Hunter 4, neither of which has yet to release in the west. The game is planned to launch in North America and Europe as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in early 2015. Capcom and Nintendo revealed Samus' presence at the end of a dedicated Monster Hunter Nintendo Direct earlier this morning. Samus, based on her appearance in Metroid: Other M, will cary outsized weapons and can wear either the Varia Suit or the Zero Suit. At Comic-Con in July, Capcom revealed that Link from The Legend of Zelda also will be a playable character skin in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
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Official Nintendo Magazine will be no more after this month

Official Nintendo Magazine, the U.K.-based publication featuring news and interviews on everything Nintendo, is coming to an end following the release of its 114th issue on Oct. 14, publisher Future and Nintendo U.K. confirmed today. As a result, the publication's official website will close on Nov. 11, with staff distributed to other projects. Nintendo will continue to release news directly via Nintendo Direct, social media and public events, while the gaming giant's U.K. office plans to work closely with remaining Future publications. "It was a joint decision," read a statement on the ONM website that has since been removed but remains available on the Nintendo Europe forums. "Nintendo has decided to direct efforts toward other communication channels to communicate with fans, and...
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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS sells more than 2.8M globally

With the release of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS in Australia, Europe and North America, sales for the game topped 2.8 million, Nintendo announced this morning."Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide, and the road ahead looks great," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Nintendo's holiday software lineup is more than impressive, and our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment. With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan." Super Smash Bros. for 3DS went on sale in Japan on Sept. 13, Oct. 3 in Europe and North America and Oct. 4 in Australia. The sales figures,...
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Speedrunner lops one minute off Shovel Knight's world record time

There's a new world record for the fastest game of Shovel Knight ever played, and it beats the old mark by nearly a minute. The owner of the new mark is BustahWuff, and his run of 48 minutes, 35 seconds came in the "any percentage" category, meaning he simply had to finish the sidescrolling old-school platformer, not collect every item hidden in it. The old record was 49 minutes, 34 seconds, held by Capndrake Of the run, BustahWuff says "I feel like this will stand for a good amount of time." You can see the entire run above. The column at left in the video keeps count of his split times and tallies a prediction of his final run. He trails the world record by a few seconds until he blows through the Flying Machine stage, shaving nearly 50 seconds off the next best split time. For...
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Sonic Boom cartoon debuts Nov. 8 on Cartoon Network

Sonic Boom is a game coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 11. It's also a cartoon series debuting on Cartoon Network on Nov. 8, Sega announced this week. The trailer above gives Sonic fans an idea of what the show's all about. Canonically, the stories of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U) and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS) will precede what takes place in the cartoon, though Sonic Boom will borrow some elements, such as Sonic's redesign, from the video games. It's part of a strategy that, along with a line of toys from Tomy, Sega is rolling out to reinvigorate its 23-year-old star. "Sonic Boom provides an exciting mix of comedy and action," said a news release, "with each episode beginning with a small character-driven storyline that explodes into an epic tale of...
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Celebrate Super Smash Bros. for 3DS release day on our game review podcast, Quality Control

Our podcast, Quality Control, is a pretty simple idea. In each episode, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Griffin McElroy about his review of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire roll out new legendary Mega-Evolution

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will introduce a Mega-Evolution for Rayquaza, the third legendary Pokémon in the game's Hoenn region. Rayquaza, a dragon-and-flying-type Pokémon, will be able to block moves such as Rain Dance, Sandstorm or Hail in its Mega form and more. For a look at Mega Rayquaza, check out the trailer above. The Pokémon Company International previously revealed the original and primal forms for legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre, which make up the game's trio along with Rayquaza. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will launch Nov. 21 for Nintendo 3DS. For more Pokémon news, check out our hub.
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Japan's New Nintendo 3DS TV ad gives Link, Mario and Pikachu amazing J-pop makeovers

In an effort to promote next week's Japanese launch of the New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo's recruited singer and model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to highlight the system's cute, customizable backing plates that add patterns, pops of color and Nintendo characters to the hardware. Nintendo has also given the likes of Mario, Luigi, Link, Pikachu and Kirby a surprising stylish revamp. Watch Kyary's new TV spot to see Link sporting a Hylian tuxedo, Mario trying out some bold patterns, hipster Bowser and the royal Pikachu. There's a ton of other highlights — like the amazing pink Bullet Bill that Kyary rides — but it's the fresh outfits that warrant the most attention (and definitely need to find their way into future Nintendo games). While we wait for these sartorial explorations to appear in, say, S...
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Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS bug supersizes Yoshi and friends

Super Smash Bros. players are reporting a glitch in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game that blows up characters into comically huge monsters. Super Smash Bros. is currently available in Japan; players have demonstrated the glitch in several videos on YouTube and in photos posted on Twitter. Although Yoshi appears to be the most common character to grow to Godzilla-sized proportions, Twitter user ti_owo posted a photo of Pokémon Greninja, who appears to be just as large and in charge on the battlefield. スーパーキノコとかはダメでどうやら組手限定のようです。ヨッシー以外も大きくなるようなので好きな子を是非。 pic.twitter.com/3U9rTCmI4G — ちー(*゚ー゚)@紅楼夢そ-26b (@ti_owo) September 27, 2014 According to YouTube user pikatto64, who uses the bug to supersize Yoshi in the video above, the glitch can only be exploited in Multi-Man mode. ...
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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is kind of ruining my life (and my hands)

How much do you love your hands? It's a valid question, especially when a game like Super Smash Bros. is released for a mobile system. I'm playing on a 3DS XL, because I'm the sicko who has a collection of 3DS hardware and wants to pick the best tool for every job. I thought the larger size and easier access to buttons would make it more comfortable to play. I don't have a basis for comparison with the smaller models. They may actually be harder on the hands, but after an hour or so with the biggest 3DS I could find every muscle aches in both of my hands. Regardless, I've been tempted to tape myself up like a boxer in order to keep playing. Super Smash Bros. mixes in just about every hook you could possibly imagine in order to keep your interest and enthusiasm at a maximum level....
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Extended Miiverse maintenance running from Sept. 26-30

Nintendo will run maintenance on Miiverse for the next few days, but the company doesn't expect the work to completely take the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS social network offline. The extended maintenance window will begin at 3 p.m. PT today, Sept. 26, and run all the way until 1 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Sept. 30 — that's a whopping 82 hours, nearly three and a half days. The maintenance announcement from Nintendo suggests that Miiverse won't be down entirely during this period — "you may encounter some issues while trying to connect to Miiverse," the post reads. Nintendo advises players who receive error messages while attempting to access Miiverse to "wait a while before trying to use the service again." Wii U and 3DS owners can keep track of the Nintendo Network on Nintendo's status page....
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Super Smash Bros 3DS review: pocket monster

Super Smash Bros. 3DS is a people-pleaser. Describing the contents of Super Smash Bros. 3DS makes it sound like some kind of mythical horn of plenty. It's got nearly 50 playable characters from games across franchises, universes and publishers. It's got RPG customization systems with shocking depth. It's got game modes for days, and unlockables for even longer. All that stuff isn't filler for a threadbare core. Fears that the game would be compressed to the point of being unrecognizable can safely be assuaged — Super Smash Bros. 3DS proves this franchise belongs in your pocket. Super Smash Bros. 3DS contains a gameplay loop that no other title in the franchise has before. All its modes — and again, there are so many — can be played in short bursts, all...
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Hands-on with Nintendo's better looking, better playing New Nintendo 3DS

The New Nintendo 3DS is a big improvement in many immediately noticeable ways, based on some hands-on time with the forthcoming Nintendo handheld at Tokyo Game Show 2014. It certainly makes playing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, the Capcom game chosen to show off the New Nintendo 3DS to the public for the first time, a lot easier. The biggest addition to the New Nintendo 3DS are the handheld's new inputs: a new analog nub that sits above the ABXY button cluster and the new ZL and ZR shoulder buttons. Compared to the current Nintendo 3DS XL, a few other inputs, like the start and select buttons, have been shifted around — they've moved from below the bottom 3DS screen to below the ABXY buttons, just like the Nintendo 2DS. That analog nub was initially the most worrying aspect of the New...
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