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Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller bundle pre-orders are open now

The GameCube controller bundle for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which includes the game, a GameCube controller and an adapter, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Nintendo previously announced that the Wii U entry of its fighting franchise would support GameCube controllers. The bundle itself, available for $99.99, was revealed at E3 2014. The adapter supports up to four GameCube or WaveBird controllers on the Wii U. The bundle currently lists a release date of Dec. 31, 2014, though it's likely a placeholder. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is expected to launch this winter. The 3DS version — which includes the same characters but a few different levels — will be available Oct. 3. For more on both games, check out our in-depth preview from E3 2014.

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Wii U owners will be able to make eShop payments with an NFC card … in Japan

Japanese Wii U owners will be able to make eShop payments using the GamePad's NFC capabilities beginning July 22, Nintendo announced today. Payments will work with the Sucia rechargeable smart cards, which are used primarily to pay train fares. Tapping a Sucia card on the lower left of the GamePad will let customers bypass the requirement to use a credit card or add funds through the eShop. In its May 7 fiscal earnings report, Nintendo reiterated its desire to provide software that uses the Wii U's NFC capabilities, including a line of Skylanders-like NFC figurines. Games like Mario Party 10 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will use Nintendo's amiibo characters. For more on amiibos, be sure to read our report from E3 2014 and watch the video below.

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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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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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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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Evolve takes four E3 2014 Game Critics Awards

Evolve has picked up four E3 2014 Game Critics Awards including Best of Show, the awards organizers announced today. Evolve is a shooting game from Turtle Rock and 2K Games, pitting hunters against a monster in asynchronous arena action. The awards, chosen by games journalists from 29 publications (including Polygon), also handed No Man's Sky three awards including Best Original Game and Special Commendation for Innovation. Here's the full list... Best of Show:Evolve(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Best Original Game:No Man's Sky(Hello Games for PlayStation 4) Best Console Game:Evolve(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Best Handheld/Mobile GameSuper Smash Bros. for 3DS(Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo for 3DS) Best PC GameTom Clancy's Rainbow...

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Super Smash Bros. Mii Fighter trailer, E3 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii and 3DS will allow players to create and import Miis directly into the game to fight alongside Nintendo's roster of popular characters. Mii Fighters can be customized into one of three classes — gunner, swordfighter or brawler — and be given their own move sets. Super Smash Bros. will launch for 3DS on Oct. 3 and for Wii U this holiday. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.

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Mii Fighters were added to Super Smash Bros due to growing presence and fan requests

Mii Fighters — the recent addition to the Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS rosters — were initially considered for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and despite initial misgivings about using Miis to fight, the evolution of their overall use eventually made the idea possible, according to Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai in his Weekly Famitsu column. Sakurai said that the initial view of Miis — light-hearted, whimsical caricatures of Nintendo's players — made it hard for him to accept the idea of them brawling. There were also concerns that, if Miis were used in Super Smash, they would be associated with any potential bullying. "Incorporating Miis was explored in the previous game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but I thought it over for about a minute and immediately decided against it," Sakurai...

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Super Smash Bros. Pac-Man trailer, E3 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS is being developed in collaboration with Bandai Namco Games. This little yellow guy, star of one of Namco's most famous franchises, was a natural addition to the roster. Super Smash Bros. will launch for Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 3 and for Wii U this holiday. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U off-screen gameplay and preview, E3 2014

We thought we were much better at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U than we actually turned out to be, but hey, that's okay! You still get to hear our thoughts on the upcoming, super polished fighting game while watching several other, more competent players get their Smash on while we get volleyed around like a beach ball. If you want to see our humiliation in action, check out our video preview above.

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