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Polygon's Griffin McElroy elected vice president of Earth

A round of applause, please, for Polygon editor and my close personal friend, Griffin McElroy. Surely you've heard the news? The most charming and affable of the McElroy Brothers has officially been elected vice president! ...in a video game, at least. Join in the celebration by watching our video of the wacky new RPG Citizens of Earth above. See Justin McElroy and Chris Grant make their video game debuts, and discover the legend of Butt Fartman.
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Jan. 21, 2015

Life in Japan

An 18-part look inside Japan's game industry: Night Cry, Scalebound, Final Fantasy 15, Street Fighter 5, Summer Lesson and more.

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Conservative, stuffy old Nintendo and its weird habit of wild radicalism

Every big game company has its own personality, its own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Few companies are as quirky and idiosyncratic as Nintendo.One of Nintendo's characteristics is the fierce loyalty of its employees (and its fans), and their everlasting fealty, even after they have moved on. It's almost like a code. I have good friends who once worked there. No matter how much I beg and plead for tidbits of gossip, they just smile down at me, like I'm asking to meet the Tooth Fairy. If you walk through the offices at Nintendo of America, the desks are covered with knickknacks and toys, just like any other game industry place of work. The only difference is that they are almost all Nintendo-themed. It's kinda cute and it's kinda creepy. So it's rare for a former employee to come out and...
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Play Nintendo's New 3DS, Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter 4 this week at PAX South

Nintendo will bring the New Nintendo 3DS XL to PAX South in San Antonio, Tx. this week, the company announced today. Alongside the redesigned handheld, Nintendo will have The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate available to play. Both games take advantage of the New 3DS' features, which include a C-stick and ZL/ZR buttons on the back of the handheld. PAX South attendees can find the new hardware and games at Nintendo's booth, #1234. For more on the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which will launch Feb. 13 in North America, be sure to read our hands-on impressions. You can learn more about Nintendo's spring lineup for 3DS and Wii U in Polygon's StoryStream. PAX South will take place Jan. 23-25, and Polygon will be there to bring you all the news.
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Here's a longer look at Saints Row's strange, canceled 'Money Shot'

More footage has surfaced of an unreleased, canceled Saints Row game — Money Shot — giving a fuller picture of an arcade-style game that ended up a casualty of THQ's troubles in the year before it cratered. Footage of Money Shot has been seen before and the game's existence was confirmed back in 2011. This video from YouTuber Banana Swag (who uncovered this footage of the also-canceled Star Wars: Battlefront 3) gives the longest look yet at the game, more than 14 minutes in all. The setup is typically Saints-Row bizarre: as a sniper/assassin, the player (a new character: "Cypher") fires a shot from a ridiculously remote location and then steers it past obstacles (and through collateral targets and boosts) toward the intended target at the end. The game features 11 missions and a 12th,...
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Nintendo says Wii U just had its biggest month of sales

Nintendo of America announced today that December sales of its Wii U console and Wii U games were up 29 percent and 75 percent respectively on the same month in 2013. The company did not release actual sales numbers, but said that Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold over 1.7 million units and 1.3 million units respectively in 2014. Nintendo 3DS recorded its largest month ever for first-party software sales, with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, passing the 2 million units sold mark, since its launch in October. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire have combined to sell over 2.6 million units since their launch in November. In 2014, 16 Nintendo 3DS titles sold at least 250,000 units. Of those titles, eight sold more than 500,000 units and three sold over a...
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The new Nintendo 3DS XL handles like a dream

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is launching in about a month, on Feb. 13. At a recent preview event for the new hardware, I was able to get hands-on time with the unit, while playing new builds of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Code Name: STEAM. The most obvious thing about the new unit is its size — it's just a bit bigger than the existing XL unit, and a bit thinner. It has a decent heft to it, so if you're used to the "regular" 3DS, you may be in for a slight surprise. The top screen appears sharper than the existing XL's, however, and the sleek black case is a huge improvement over the cheaper-looking plastic used in the older XL models. There are new triggers on the back of the unit — ZL and ZR triggers, but the new button that got the biggest workout in my play session was...
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D stands the test of time

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has always stood apart from the other 3D Zelda games. After the almost universal crowd pleaser that was Ocarina of Time — the game that essentially reinvented the Zelda series into 3D — Majora's Mask arrived in 2000 as an odd, alt-universe side story. With a time travel mechanic that had players repeat a series of three days in order to avert a horrific apocalypse, there was somber streak to the game. Sure, you could be the hero — but only after you saw the end of the world a few dozen times. That experience — innovative, slightly weird and definitely different for a series that plays it safe with its core formula — will arrive in a few short weeks on the Nintendo 3DS. From what I played in a long hands-on session yesterday, the game has held up...
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Watch more than 20 minutes of Majora's Mask 3D gameplay, see what's new

Nintendo released a pair of gameplay videos for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D today, and while they're only available in Japanese, they show off some important improvements and changes coming to the Nintendo 3DS game. In the above video, Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma walks us through more than 16 minutes of gameplay. In general, Majora's Mask 3D is just brighter looking and more color-saturated than the Nintendo 64 original. But there are some more important changes, like the updated notebook for tracking NPCs and their side quests, as well as an in-game calendar that helps keep track of events. Watch Aonuma's video for a look at some visual tweaks, like a simplified sundial and Majora's Mask 3D's second screen map. You might also noticed some locations have been moved...
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Why isn't the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

Nintendo of America announced that it will bring the New Nintendo 3DS XL stateside next month, but not the smaller-sized New Nintendo 3DS that's already been released in Japan and Australia. That means no retro-Super Famicom styling and no interchangeable faceplates. So why isn't Nintendo of America bringing the non-XL size New 3DS over? "Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing," Nintendo of America said in a statement. "We think New Nintendo 3DS XL makes the most sense for our market. Nintendo makes different systems at different price points for a whole range of consumers, and New Nintendo 3DS XL simply expands those choices even further." Nintendo of America is actively marketing the Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, which...
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New Nintendo 3DS XL doesn't include an AC adapter, and you should get the official one

Nintendo is releasing the New Nintendo 3DS XL without an AC adapter in the box in North America and Europe, so buyers who don't already own a DSi or 3DS (and their associated charger) will have to purchase an AC adapter separately. Nintendo explained the decision to Polygon as a cost-cutting measure. "Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter," a Nintendo representative told Polygon. The spokesperson noted that the New 3DS XL is compatible with the same AC adapter used by all 2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, DSi and DSi XL devices. Must Read Nintendo in 2015 is all about toys, add-ons and above all, profit This will be the first time Nintendo has...
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These are Nintendo's spring 2015 amiibos and their compatible games

Nintendo has six new amiibos scheduled for release this spring, and the NFC-powered figures will be compatible with multiple games. EarthBound's Ness, Fire Emblem's Robin and Lucina, Pokémon's Charizard, as well as Pac-Man and Wario will receive the action figure treatment, according to Nintendo's amiibo chart. Each figure will work with Hyrule Warriors, Mario Party 10, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. As previously announced, Robin and Lucina will also be able to enter Code Name: STEAM. During a Nintendo Direct event today, Nintendo also announced a series of Mario series amiibos set for a March 20 release.
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New Rhythm Heaven coming to Nintendo 3DS in 2015

Nintendo will release a new Rhythm Heaven game for Nintendo 3DS in Japan this year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct. Rhythm Heaven for 3DS will include more than 100 timing-based musical minigames, 70 of which are pulled from previous entries in the series. Iwata showed a selection of minigames adapted from the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and Wii Rhythm Heaven games and promised 30 new minigames. New games include robot ballroom dancing and a conversation between an alien jellyfish and an astronaut. The 3DS version of Rhythm Heaven is slated for release this summer in Japan. A North American release was not announced during this morning's Nintendo Direct. For a peek at Rhythm Heaven 3DS in action, check out the Japanese Nintendo...
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Majora's Mask 3DS XL sold out in 15 minutes on GameStop's site, stores too [update]

Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL sold out on GameStop's website in 15 minutes, a store spokesperson told Polygon this morning. "Online, the [Majora's] Mask bundle sold out within 15 minutes," an official said. "However, customers can still order one by visiting any of our stores. This order will have to be paid in-full at a store, and can be shipped to the customers home, rather than having to go to the store for pick-up." Both the special 3DS XL and the remake of Majora's Mask arrive on Feb. 13. The handheld costs $199.99, the same as the standard models of the New 3DS XL, and does not come with Majora's Mask 3D. Update: The 3DS XL is now sold out at GameStop stores as well, a rep tells Polygon.
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Nintendo in 2015 is all about toys, add-ons and above all, profit

Nintendo crammed a ton into its latest Nintendo Direct presentation, almost to the point of absurdity. There's much to think about here, but what are the big lessons that Nintendo seems to be learning?The company is doing a great job of ramping up amiibo integration, and the addition of near-field communication to the New 3DS XL hardware is a big part of that initiative. Adding amiibo support to existing games, including Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros., is also a big step in the right direction. Code Name: STEAM has been confirmed to have support for the toys, including the ability to import Fire Emblem characters. Don't worry, Nintendo is making more Marth toys! There's a reason for this push, and it benefits both Nintendo and the retailers. T...
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Harvest Moon's Story of Seasons has a sublime new trailer

Publisher Xseed Games shared a new trailer for Story of Seasons, the latest in the Harvest Moon series, during today's Nintendo Direct presentation. Slated for a winter release on the Nintendo 3DS, Seasons is the localized version of a game released last year in Japan called Bokujou Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World), developed by Marvelous AQL. In Seasons players will take on a new identity in the game world, stake a claim in Oak Tree Town, and then help to make their farmlands as productive as possible. Using an ever expanding assortment of seeds, livestock and decorative options players will even be able to visit their friends' homesteads and share resources.
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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus is coming to 3DS on Feb. 13

Bandai Namco's upcoming dogfighting game Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus is heading to Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 13 for $39.99, it was announced during today's Nintendo Direct conference. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus is a re-release of an earlier Namco Bandai title, this time with updated controls. The will be compatible with the New 3DS's C-stick and will also use the ZL/ZR buttons for "better control and handling of the aircraft's movement and weaponry," Nintendo confirms. The new handheld title is based on Namco Bandai's Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy, which launched on Nintendo 3DS in late 2011. The game, which was developed by Access Games, was a remake of Ace Combat 2. The new release is in development from Project Aces, the Bandai Namco design team.
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Watch the new trailer for Etrian Mystery Dungeon

During today's Nintendo Direct presentation Atlus showed a new trailer for Etrian Mystery Dungeon, a top-down RPG from developer Spike Chunsoft. Etrian Mystery Dungeon will be a crossover RPG, featuring characters from many other stories in the Etrian universe. No release date has been announced yet, but Atlus says the game is headed to the Nintendo 3DS this spring.
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IronFall: Invasion is bringing six-player multiplayer to the 3DS eShop this February

IronFall: Invasion, a new 60 frames-per-second third-person shooter, is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop this February, it was revealed during today's Nintendo Direct. The upcoming release will be compatible with the New Nintendo 3DS, and will feature gameplay that will use the device's C stick, allowing for more precise control. IronFall is in development at indie studio VD-Dev and will feature six-player online and local multiplayer as well as an "intense" single-player campaign.
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate launches Feb. 13

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch on the Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 13, Capcom announced today. A bundle including the game and a Monster Hunter-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL also will be available on the same day for $229.99, Nintendo announced. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will drawn on the Japan-only Monster Hunter 4G but is expected to have more content. Features like the ability to hunt with up to three friends online, the new C-stick functionality, as well as local wireless co-operative play also were highlighted. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will also launch a demo soon, featuring all 14 weapon classes in the game (two are new) and a tutorial introducing beginners to the series. Monster Hunter 4 launched in Japan in September 2013, and was followed by Monster Hunter 4G in October 2014. M...
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, themed New Nintendo 3DS launch Feb. 13

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D for Nintendo 3DS and a limited-edition Majora's Mask-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch Feb. 13, Nintendo announced today. The date coincidences with the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which was announced just today. You can view the themed New Nintendo 3DS below. The handheld will not include the game and is expected to retail for $199.99. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D was announced for spring 2015 during a Nintendo Direct presentation last November. The game is expected to play a little differently than the original version, which was originally released for Nintendo 64.
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