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Themes are coming to Nintendo 3DS to make your old 3DS prettier

The New Nintendo 3DS is coming with customizable faceplates that will let players deck out their handheld with Peach, Mario, Isabelle and more, but you don't have to upgrade your hardware to get a little personalization on the 3DS. Nintendo is adding themes to 3DS systems new and old this October. 3DS themes will let owners of the handheld decorate the system's home screen with Nintendo-themed designs from Super Mario Bros., Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda. 3DS owners will be able to apply wallpapers — like the A Link Between Worlds wallpaper shown above — to both top and bottom screens. There will be themed folders as well: question blocks in the 8-bit Super Mario Bros.-style, treasure chests from Zelda and even Mario's overalls. Nintendo says music and sound effects will...
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Costume Quest 2's tricky twins are back on their beat

Double Fine released a PAX trailer for Costume Quest 2 today, and announced an exclusive costume offer for anyone who pre-orders the game on Steam. Coming to Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U this October, the creepy turn-based combat and exploration game puts players in control of twins Reynold and Wren as they set off on a trick or treating adventure. They'll fight evil characters in Halloween costumes that grant them superhuman powers. "It's probably our most requested sequel, besides Psychonauts," said Double Fine's Greg Rice in a recent Polygon interview. "People have been asking for it forever. I think it's that every Halloween you're reminded about the game. We have a lot of people who are coming back to us saying they replay it...
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Eight GIFs that tell you everything about the New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo announced a new 3DS this morning called, simply, the New Nintendo 3DS. Following in Nintendo's handheld tradition, the New Nintendo 3DS is an iterative improvement on the original 3DS with some notable, and not-so-notable, changes. Instead of just listing those changes, we thought we'd share them using the power of the animated GIF. Behold! TWO NEW SHOULDER BUTTONS The new ZL and ZR buttons provide closer parity to home console controllers. BUILT-IN NFC READER While an attachment is being made available in 2015 for existing 3DS handhelds, the New Nintendo 3DS has built-in NFC support for Nintendo's upcoming amiibo toys (which are available for pre-order now, priced at $12.99 each). BETTER 3D VIEWING ANGLES The New Nintendo 3DS promises an improved viewing...
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Nintendo lays off 320 workers in Europe, despite speaking against the practice last year

320 individuals, including 130 full-time Nintendo of Europe employees and 190 who worked for the localization department through a leasing agency, will be laid off effective August 31. "As previously communicated in June 2014, approximately 130 permanent employees will be released by Nintendo of Europe (Germany) at the end of August 2014 as part of a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment," Nintendo explained in a statement to Kotaku. "As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganizing its European Localization Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the l...
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The New Nintendo 3DS is everything fun, exhausting, about Nintendo's strategy

Nintendo has announced a "new" 3DS system coming to Japan later this year, to be released in other regions in 2015.The changes are interesting, and include another analog stick above the face buttons, two extra shoulder buttons, some speed improvements that are said to help make the menus and downloading a bit zippier, and the 3D effect should be enhanced. Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to the new system, and it will only work on the upgraded 3DS. If that becomes a trend we're in for some scary times. Retailers are going to have a hard time explaining that there is a system called the 3DS that plays this subset of 3DS games, but not all the 3DS games. Customers will glaze over before they get to the part where if they want to play every 3DS game they'll need to buy the latest model,...
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Nintendo amiibo figurines available for preorder, priced at $12.99

Nintendo today opened up preorders for its line of amiibo figurines, with a suggested retail price of $12.99 and a delivery date of holiday 2014. The first dozen characters available will be iconic Nintendo characters; Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer. Amiibos are Nintendo-themed miniatures embedded with near field communication chips. When placed near a Wii U the figures will be able to communicate with the console and contribute unique functionality to various Nintendo games. Similar technology has been in use for several years already with the wildly popular Skylanders series and Disney Infinity, which is now entering its second iteration. Unlike other NFC figurine systems, Nintendos amiibos will be...
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Ultimate NES Remix bringing 8-bit mash-ups to 3DS on Dec. 5

Ultimate NES Remix, the next installment in Nintendo's bizarre series of NES-era mini-game compilations, will launch on Nintendo 3DS Dec. 5 both on the eShop and at retail for $29.99, the company announced today. Two NES Remix titles have launched on Wii U to date, challenging players to complete increasingly difficult timed challenges in classic titles like Super Mario Bros. 2, Dr. Mario and more. The games also included "Remixed" versions of those games, in which characters from one franchise found their way into another — among other bizarre mutations. Ultimate NES Remix will follow that formula, and will include challenges from 16 8-bit titles. Ultimate NES Remix will also include online leaderboards, letting players measure their best scores against those in their region. It will...
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Super Smash Bros. leaked roster seemingly confirmed by Nintendo announcement

Today Nintendo announced Shulk, the protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles, will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U. The announcement lends more credit to last week's leak of what may be the roster of characters in the upcoming fighting game. In the leaked footage, Shulk appeared to fight in the Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. Those leaked videos were shutdown by a Nintendo of America. Inc. copyright claim. Shulk's announcement comes at the beginning of the following Nintendo Direct video.
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Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to the new 3DS, won't work on older hardware

Nintendo has announced a new model of the popular 3DS line of portable systems, and the updated hardware has its first exclusive game: Xenoblade Chronicles, a port of the 2010 open-world Wii title. This explains Shulk's now-confirmed appearance in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. release, use of Xenoblade characters will only help to promote the 3DS game. Very little is known about the 3DS version of the game, although you can watch the trailer below, straight from Nintendo Direct this morning. Here's the catch: This version of the game will only be able to be played on the new 3DS hardware, meaning owners of the older hardware will be locked out. "The remake is something they’ve previously wanted to do for the Nintendo 3DS, but were not able to due to its lack of CPU power, but now...
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Nintendo reveals the New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo revealed today its New Nintendo 3DS system, an upcoming version of the 3DS hardware that features a second stick built in, in addition to new shoulder buttons. The new system was confirmed today during the Japanese Nintendo Direct. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL feature a smaller analog "nub" above the A, B, X and Y buttons. Likewise, existing buttons have been colored to match the old-school SNES controller. The hardware will also arrive with new shoulder buttons which will be situated next to the existing ZL and ZR buttons. Check out a front-on view below. Additionally, the system will features a better CPU than previous models, according to Nintendo, which allows for faster eShop browsing and downloading. The New Nintendo 3DS' more powerful internals...
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Narrative exploration game Gone Home is coming to Wii U

Experimental narrative game Gone Home is coming to Wii U, Nintendo of America senior manager of licensing and marketing Damon Baker revealed during a presentation at Unite 2014. Confirmation of the Wii U release was made as part of a discussion on future Unity Engine based titles on the Nintendo system. "We've got tons of titles that are also confirmed and coming out in the near future, things like The Swapper, things like Gone Home, so we're really excited about the level of Unity support that we're receiving on the platform," said Baker. We've reached out to the developer for further details. Earlier in the year it was confirmed that Gone Home would be headed to consoles this fall, without specifying which exact systems. The Fullbright Company, developer of Polygon's 2013 Game of...
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Nintendo finally solves the problem of everyone wanting to play Yoshi

The brutal battles over who gets to be Yoshi in Mario Kart are done, thanks to new color palette swaps in Mario Kart 8. YouTube user gameonion uploaded a video of the eight new color palette swaps for Yoshi and Shy Guy — including pink, blue and orange — that you can watch above. The new colors are available immediately to players who pre-order both of the game's upcoming DLC packs, which incorporate non-Mario universe characters into the main series of the kart-racing franchise for the first time ever. In November, players can download a pack that adds The Legend of Zelda's Link, cat-suit Peach and Tanooki-suit Mario. The second pack, due in May 2015, includes Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the skeletal Dry Bowser and the Animal Crossing villager. Both DLC packs, priced at...
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Miyamoto signals Nintendo desire to focus on hardcore

One of Nintendo's mantras, for the past three decades, has been the desirability of expanding gaming into every corner of popular culture.But in a new interview published this week by Edge magazine, the company's talismanic creative leader Shigeru Miyamoto signals a strong desire to appeal to highly engaged consumers, aka the hardcore. In an unusually frank answer, Miyamoto seems to almost dismiss casual gamers. "[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland," he said. "Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to...
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In loving memory of video games

I'm working from my parents' home this week in the suburbs of Kansas City. The space is familiar, even though I haven't lived here for a decade. I find a bowl of grapes for a snack in the fridge. I taste the vanilla candles if I inhale. And if I look anywhere for more than a moment, I spot — hidden beneath a couch, tucked inside a drawer or concealed behind the hangers — a video game. I find a dusty stack of Game Boy cartridges on my old headboard; my Game Boy Color, painted by younger me in acrylic paint, iS under the guest bed, the buttons still sticky; a collection of "rare" PlayStation games sits in the entertainment center; there is a pile of now-defunct game magazines on the corner table. My sock drawer is full of socks that no longer fit, but beneath them is an instruction...
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The Pokemon fighting game won't play like Tekken (or feature Tekken characters)

Pokkén Tournament, the Pokémon fighting game in development at Bandai Namco with the involvement of the Tekken and Soulcalibur teams, may look like a Tekken game in some ways, but don't expect it to play like one, producer Katsuhiro Harada says. On Twitter, Harada said that Pokkén Tournament won't have a high-mid-low guard mechanic like Tekken, but will explore new gameplay mechanics, according to tweets translated by EventHubs. The game also won't include Tekken fighters as guest characters. Harada said the game's roster won't be limited to humanoid-style Pokémon. Responding to concerns that Pokémon Lucario and Machamp were representative of the characters we'd see in Pokkén Tournament, Harada said, "Technologically-speaking, we shouldn't face any problems in implementing whatever...
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Link, F-Zero and Animal Crossing are coming to Mario Kart 8 as DLC

The Mario Kart franchise has always been about racing with characters from the Mario universe — until now. With two upcoming downloadable content packs, Mario Kart 8 players will be able to add The Legend of Zelda's Link and the villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing, according to a post from Nintendo's official UK store. The first pack of the two adds Link, cat-suit Peach and tanooki-suit Mario, as well as four vehicles and eight tracks. It will be available in November of this year. Pack 2, available in May 2015, adds Animal Crossing's Villager, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the skeletal Dry Bowser, four vehicles and eight tracks. "Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses...
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