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Tour the next great Metroidvania with its developer

Bodie Lee has had an idea since he was a child — a strange, fantasy world where playing with time is just a part of every day life. Now Lee is bringing that idea into reality in the form of a gorgeous, exploration-heavy action-adventure game.Lee joined me to record a playthrough of his demo for Timespinner, which you can watch above. While the game is far from done — he's currently aiming for a November 2015 release — Lee already has the basics of gameplay down and a strong art style as demonstrated in the demo. If you like what you see, you can check out the Timespinner Kickstarter, which has just over a day left until completion.
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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...
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Want to win the console war? Here's how

Isn't it about time the console companies finally figured out the big, big secret about making a successful games console?You and I know this secret, but if the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony understand it, they seem to let it slip their minds from time to time. The trick is to make something that people want to buy; not something that companies want to sell. The trick is to make sure that you are selling games consoles and not high-falutin' super-boxes. Undoubtedly, Xbox One was launched as something that its creators wanted to sell, rather than something an appropriately sizeable number of people wanted to buy. Must Read Why you should wait before buying a new console Microsoft spent much of 2013 telling anyone who would listen that Xbox One was more than a...
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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.
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Up to half of Redbox game rentals translate into game sales (update)

An increasing number of people are streaming and downloading video games, but this doesn't mean the end for physical goods, nor does it spell trouble for game rentals — that's according to Redbox's director of video games, Ryan Calnan. Redbox currently has automated rental kiosks for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and video games at more than 35,000 locations across North America and offers game rentals for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Select markets also offer games from the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. During the company's first quarter for this year it topped 200 million rentals, of which video games accounted for two percent. While this number may seem small, Calnan told Polygon it's actually a big deal for the games industry. "We have a 20-50 percent conversion rate...
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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...
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  • Watch Dogs
    • Platforms: Win, 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Ubisoft
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Release Date: 2014-05-27
  • Destiny
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
    • Platforms: Mac, Win, iOS, Android
    • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
  • Dark Souls 2
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, Win
    • Publisher: Namco Bandai
    • Developer: From Software
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time favorites join the Hyrule Warriors roster

The roster of Nintendo and Tecmo Koei's Zelda-themed hack-and-slash Hyrule Warriors is three more strong today, with Sheik, Darunia and Princess Ruto added to the ranks, according to Famitsu. Warning: Some spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ahead! All three characters first made appearances in 1998 Nintendo 64 title The Ocarina of Time. Darunia is the leader of the stony, mountain-dwelling Goron race, while Ruto is the headstrong young princess of the waterbound Zora people. Sheik's presence in Hyrule Warriors is interesting, as in Ocarina of Time Sheik is the alter-ego disguise for Princess Zelda. Sheik has been included as a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series since 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee, but as a completely separate fighter from Zelda. Sheik's gender...
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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...
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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...
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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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Nintendo has officially adopted the Luigi Death Stare

No one is immune to the lure of the Luigi Death Stare, it seems, as Mario Kart 8's latest Japanese commercial capitalizes on the meme in a rather dramatic way. We're pretty sure the chorus chanting in the background is warbling some wordless version of ballad "Danny Boy" or the inspirational tune "You Raise Me Up," which makes complete sense in advertising the latest Mario-themed kart racer. You've got your gliders, your shells knocking people into the air, the feeling of mounting despair as your race progress is ground a halt and Luigi's cold, dead eyes punctuate your failure with a glare that could curdle milk. Luigi's Death Stare is everywhere. All of YouTube and the dedicated Mario Kart TV clip-sharing channel, fan conventions (this cosplay is pretty amazing) and Tumblr. If you're...
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Wii U owners can now transfer their data to another Wii U

A new software update for Wii U was released today, giving owners of Nintendo's current console the ability to transfer their content from one Wii U to another. The Wii U to Wii U system transfer works similarly to the process utilized by Nintendo on 3DS. Wii U owners must have both consoles up to date with the latest system software (version 5.1.0) and once the transfer from system to system is complete, the source Wii U will have its storage formatted. Wii U owners will be able to transfer users, Nintendo Network IDs, save data and downloaded content to a new system. Details on the system transfer and step-by-step instructions are available at Nintendo's support website. The newly released system update for Wii U also adds another welcome feature: the option to navigate the eShop...
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New Mighty No. 9 footage shows Beck's transformation and Call's moves

With a new crowdfunding campaign and development on the animated series underway, Comcept has released a new video offering a peek at the world of Mighty No. 9. The video below shows off the moves of protagonist Beck — one of the Mighty Numbers, a group of powerful robots — and a handful of his transformations. Beck cycles through the power of several different robots that harness machine guns and spikes, the powers of water and ice and a lethal-looking sword, among others. Viewers also get a quick look at two of the game's bosses — Mighty No. 2 and Mighty No. 5. — and how Beck can battle them. Around the 50-second mark, viewers can briefly ogle gameplay for Call, Beck's equally-robotic gal companion. Like Beck, she can run, jump and scale walls, as well as propel herself across short...
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Banjo-Kazooie's musical magic recreated by one man band

Banjo-Kazooie was one of the Nintendo 64 era's best games; a colorful world crammed with great characters and tons of stuff to explore. And that soundtrack! Developer Rare married a wacky set of tunes with goofy sound effects to bring zany cartoon magic to 3D roaming and puzzle-solving. Here's YouTuber SquidPhysics recreating the game's theme-tune intro using a marvelous variety of instruments, including trombone, percussion, fife, violin, trumpet as well as, of course, banjo and kazoo. SquidPhysics has released a number of recreated soundtracks, including Crash Bandicoot 3 and Lord of the Rings: Concerning Hobbits. "This was definitely the hardest cover I've done so far," he said.
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Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series will give Inafune's excitable robot more time to shine

In February, Keiji Inafune told us that he was interested in seeing a cartoon made for his new game, Mighty No. 9.Now, less than 10 months after the game was successfully funded through Kickstarter, racking up more than four times its crowdfunding goal, that interest is going to be a reality. Earlier this month, alongside the announcement of a second funding campaign to bring English voice acting to Mighty No. 9, developer Comcept revealed that the Blue Bomber's baby cousin would be getting his own cartoon series. In development with Tokyo-based company Digital Frontier, Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series is currently looking at a 2016 release date. According to Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, one of the Mighty No. 9 project leads at Digital Frontier, the company approached Comcept last...
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Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition lets you play as the series' biggest villain

The Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition collectors pack — available for pre-order starting today — will allow players to trap and play the franchise's main antagonist, the evil Portal Master Kaos, publisher Activision announced today. The Dark Edition will feature the Ultimate Kaos Trap, which allows players to grab Kaos and put him into play. A limited number of standard-sized Kaos Traps will be released worldwide when the game launches on Oct. 5, but the Dark Edition features a larger collectors trap only available within the pack. This special edition also includes exclusive black and silver variant figures of two new Skylanders, Food Fight and Wildfire; two additional traps; and limited-run Skylanders posters, sticker sheets and trading cards. The $99 Dark Edition will be available...
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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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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is fun, but does it need to be on Wii U?

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the follow-up to 2005's Kirby: Canvas Curse, a Nintendo DS title in which players controlled the eponymous puffy pink ball with the handheld's stylus. The sequel uses the same mechanic, but is in development at HAL Laboratory exclusively on Wii U. We had a lot of fun playing the challenging puzzle-platformer at Nintendo of America's offices in New York today, but came away wondering what Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is doing on a console rather than a handheld. One possible explanation lies in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse's graphics. Kirby's effervescent charm was the star of the show in the warm, inviting, woolly world of Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii, and the same is true here, even though this game swaps out wool for clay in the environment. The material...
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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...
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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,...
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