How to join Nintendo's roving band of Smash Bros. players at Comic-Con

Nintendo is bringing Super Smash Bros. to San Diego Comic-Con, and attendees will have the chance to play the 3DS version of the game with a roaming group of Nintendo employees, the company announced. The "Smash Bros. on Demand" service works like this: after an alert from Nintendo's official Twitter, people tweet their location with a photo to the account. Those selected will then be direct messaged on Twitter and joined by a group of employees carrying the game, who will be moving throughout the convention center to play. Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is also at the show, for anyone interested in the console version. The game is expected to launch Oct. 3 for Nintendo 3DS and this winter for Wii U. Nintendo will have almost 20 games at the convention, which takes place today...

Attention: we now have dates for your Sonic Boom launch party

Sega's upcoming Sonic Boom games are coming this November, according to a post on the Sega Blog. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS will be available on Nov. 11, while Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U will hit one week later on Nov. 18. The games, announced earlier this year, as part of a new spin-off branch of the main Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, in which Sonic and friends take on a new villain that isn't Dr. Eggman and dress like Nathan Drake. Accompanying the games will be a new cartoon TV show, featuring almost a dozen additional characters new to Sonic's world. The games are also part of a deal with Nintendo, in which the publishing giant has exclusive platform rights to Sega's Sonic games.

These Pokemon GIFs are good enough to replace comments

Like practically everyone who earns their bread off the internet, I have mixed feelings about comments. The relationship is at best love/hate, similar to my feelings for Twitter, Facebook and any other social network really. Comments introduce me to interesting and challenging people. And they also, sometimes — OK, relatively often — suck the life force from my very core. Negativity is like deadly radiation, and I won't last long when exposed. Sometimes I prefer to just use GIFs in comments. They're lighthearted. It's easy to sense the emotion of the message, which I can't always say about text. Today, I came across these GIFs of Pokemon evolving, and giddily imagined a world in which Pokemon GIFs were the de facto method of communicating online. Everything would be happy and sweet and...

In the face of recent wins, Nintendo's lack of online functions is no longer forgivable

Nintendo is a company that, for better or worse, is completely blind to the trends and innovations of the gaming world around it. This allows the company to make interesting and bold leaps with its software and hardware, but it also means that Nintendo is often laughably behind the rest of the gaming world when it comes to basic features. Small steps are being made to fix this issue, but the baffling lack of competitive online or account-based features make the Wii U feel like a prior-generation console. At this point we're not mad at Nintendo, just disappointed. Especially after the release of games like Mario Kart 8 that help breathe new life in the hardware, and a wonderful slate of games shown at E3. The problem A recent update to the Wii U allows you to move your content to...

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth launches Nov. 25 in North America

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' Etrian-style dungeon crawler featuring Persona characters, will launch in North America for Nintendo 3DS Nov. 25, the developer announced today. In Persona Q, players team up characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 to explore Etrian Odyssey-like dungeons. Players will use their own maps and explore the game's world from a first-person perspective while battling monsters. The game will be available as a regular retail edition, which includes a collection of Tarot cards from Persona 4, and a special "The Wild Cards" Premium Edition. This collector's edition includes the Tarot card set, an art booklet, hardcover case and the game's soundtrack. Persona Q was announced for a North American release, alongside Persona 5 and several other spin-off...

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...

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,...

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 —...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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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