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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn't coming to Wii U

This year's Call of Duty is skipping the Wii U, developer Sledgehammer Games confirmed today. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was announced in May for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions confirmed later. Sledgehammer Games is focusing its efforts on developing the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, with an unconfirmed studio handling development on previous generation platforms. Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey said today that there won't be a Wii U version of the game, which he explained on Twitter was "an Activision decision." In previous years, Activision confirmed Call of Duty games for Nintendo platforms well after announcing each year's entry. The Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 was announced in Aug. 2011, months after other...
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Ghost-catching RPG Youkai Watch could come West next year

Popular Japanese role-playing game Youkai Watch could be coming West next year, developer Level-5's president Akihiro Hino told Japanese publication Zakzak. Youkai Watch launched for Nintendo 3DS in Japan in July, 2013. The game follows the player character — a young boy or girl — and their pet ghost Whisper throughout their quiet hometown, solving mysteries and capturing ghosts for use in battle against other ghosts. Speaking with Zakzak, Hino said Level-5 is currently evaluating Western markets in hopes of bringing the well-loved series to international territories. He noted that the popularity of Japanese culture could mean the game will be successful in non-Japanese regions. "Our plan for next year includes worldwide expansion," Hino said of bringing Youkai Watch West. "I believe...
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Watch Dogs will be 'the only mature game' Ubisoft publishes for Wii U

Ubisoft will shift its focus when it comes to publishing games for Nintendo's Wii U. While the company will continue to release types of games that are already doing well — like the Just Dance franchise — it will back away from more mature titles. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs for Wii U will likely be the last mature game published for the console. One of the reasons for this is the poor reception for Assassin's Creed games on Wii U. Both Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received Wii U versions, but neither game appears to have done as well as the Just Dance games. "What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," Guillemot said. "So what we are trying to do is to...
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The Pikachu Detective game may finally be announced next week

A "shocking" new Pokémon project will be announced next week, according to The Pokémon Company. The announcement, made in collaboration with Famitsu magazine, will be made via livestream and feature The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara, along with Pokémon anime voice actors Nobuhiko Okamoto and Aoi Yuuki. The stream will be viewable at Nicovideo.jp on August 26th at 9 am EST. What will be announced? Taking a leap off the "shocking" comment, a likely choice is the Pikachu detective game. In November of last year, Nintendo copyrighted the title "Great Pikachu Detective." A month prior to that, Nintendo revealed details about a Pikachu-focused detective game for 3DS shown on the Japanese television show, "The Professionals." In the detective game, Pikachu solves crimes while...
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Pokémon's latest Mega Evolution is Slowbro

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the upcoming remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, will introduce the next stage in Slowbro evolution with Mega Slowbro, The Pokémon Company International announced. Mega Evolutions are special forms Pokémon transform into with the help of unique items. Slowbro's evolution was revealed at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships being held in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Water and Psychic-type Pokémon Slowbro is one of Slowpoke's final forms; the other is Slowking. "When Slowbro Mega Evolves into Mega Slowbro, its energy gathers in the Shellder clamped onto its tail," the description reads. "As a result, the hardness of its shell is boosted, making its armor incredibly strong. In battle, Mega Slowbro balances on its tail, wearing Shellder as an...
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Night Trap Kickstarter slams Nintendo; applies for Nintendo license

The Night Trap Kickstarter soap opera took another twist yesterday, with organizer Tom Zito lashing out at Nintendo in a lengthy update, while pledging to apply to that same company for a Wii U release of the game, as a potential stretch goal. Zito's blog post (which includes a host of surprising anecdotes from gaming's past) recounts his animosity towards Nintendo due to an episode 20 years ago, when the original Night Trap, a schlocky horror game, was the subject of media and federal scrutiny into the game industry. He wrote that Nintendo's then management had thrown Zito and his team under the bus by creating a reel of Night Trap, which was then on the Sega CD, and presenting the footage to a U.S Senate hearing. Night Trap was subsequently withdrawn from sale. "Through its...
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Nintendo responds to petition to include Robin Williams tribute in Zelda game

A fan-petition for Nintendo to include a character named after Robin Williams, who died earlier this week, has so far collected almost 90,000 signatures.Nintendo tonight responded to Polygon's request for comment on the Change.org petition, which asks that Nintendo name one of its non-player characters 'Robin' in the next Zelda game. Williams, who had recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and suffered from Depression, took his own life on Monday. He had been a keen fan of Nintendo games and named his daughter, Zelda, after The Legend of Zelda. At this point, Nintendo has declined to make any commitment to the petition. "Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo." offered a Nintendo spokesperson. "Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've...
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Pokemon is coming to the iPad ... as a card game!

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to iPad, according to Josh Wittenkeller on Twitter. The image above shows what looks like a version of The Pokémon Trading Card Game being played on a digital table on a white iPad. On the back of the cards is the familiar Pokéball design. The iPad game appears to be a version of The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, currently playable on Windows PC and Mac. A representative from The Pokémon Company confirmed the game is real, but could not provide a timeline for its release. The Pokémon World Championship takes place this weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C, and features events for The Pokémon Trading Card Game. The iPad game is already being shown to some attendees. While The Pokémon Company has created a...
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Disney Infinity 2.0 comes with AI builders, game makers, interiors and more

Disney Infinity 2.0 brings with it a slew of new options for the open-world, build-it-yourself Toy Box mode of the toys-to-life game, the company announced this week. The new Disney Infinity, due out Sept. 23 in North America on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Windows PC, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, includes a host of new options designed around some of the issues with the original game. Fans, myself included, found it frustrating to unlock the toys, pieces and characters they wanted to use in Toy Box mode. In the original game, things were unlocked randomly. In the new game, players can choose what they unlock. But that's the smallest of the changes coming to Toy Box. This time around players can easily control procedurally generated content on a map by simply choosing a theme they like and...
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Zelda carry case adds a little Hyrule glamour

This stylish Legend of Zelda carry case recently showed up on Club Nintendo's rewards catalog in Europe. Featuring the Hylian Crest from The Legend of Zelda series, it's about seven inches long (19.5cm x 12cm x 6.5cm). It also sports two slider grips;  one is stamped with a Zelda Heart Container emblem, the other with the Club Nintendo logo. Nintendo's copy-writers suggest that the nylon case is "just the ticket" for carrying a 3DS with some games, or toiletries or stationery. Club Nintendo is a rewards scheme that allows fans to trade loyalty tokens for digital and real goodies. The carry case costs 4,000 stars.
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Inafune: Gunvolt hits eShop Aug. 29 for $15

Azure Striker Gunvolt, a 2D action platformer for the 2DS and 3DS executive produced by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, hits Nintendo's eShop on Aug. 29 for $14.99, Inafune announced today. The game was developed by Inti Creates, a Tokyo-based indie developer best known for their work on Mega Man 9 and 10 and the Mega Man Zero series. The studio, which specializes in 2D handheld titles, is also working on Inafune's Mighty No. 9. You can check out a video of the game right here.
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Sonic meets his demise in the first minute of this new Sonic Boom trailer

"Not my finest moment," the blue hedgehog narrates as he tumbles down a cliff and we watch his unconscious body get buried until a pile of boulders. Certainly not, Sonic. Certainly not. The latest trailer for Sonic Boom, however, seems suggest that the game is the opposite of the hedgehog's lament: a new adventure for Sonic and friends to prove their mettle against an adversary other than their forever-nemesis, the bumbling Dr. Eggman. Borrowing objectives from the Mass Effect series' nefarious Reapers, new villain Lyric — a giant snake in a mech suit, basically —  wants to destroy all organic life on earth and replace it with robot people. Robot animals. Robot sentient animals? The trailer also gives a quick look at Sonic's new makeover, including a new sassy way of talking and a s...
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The next Pokémon evolution is a mega surprise

The Pokemon Company International released this new trailer from GamesCom today showing off the mega-evolved form of Audino in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Audino, we were told, was not known to evolve from or to any other form. So, surprise! Before Mega Evolving, Audino is known to use the feelers on its ears to tell how others are feeling or when a Pokémon Egg might hatch. It may have either the Healer Ability or the Regenerator Ability. After Mega Evolving, Mega Audino adds Fairy-type to its Normal-type, automatically gaining all the advantages of a Fairy-type Pokémon. Mega Audino also always has the Healer Ability. Thanks to its improved Defense and Special Defense stats, Mega Audino can be a great support in Double Battles. The Pokémon-athon: 719...
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Black, white and red, this Super Smash Bros. 3DS is gorgeous (update)

No word on whether this is hitting North America yet, but Nintendo of Europe announced a limited edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL bundle today. The set comes with a copy of the game and a stunning Smash Bros.-themed 3DS XL. The pack is set for an Oct. 3 release, but no price was mentioned. We've reached out to Nintendo of America to ask when and if it will be coming here. Update: Nintendo responded with a smooth sidestep. "Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products. We have nothing to announce at this time."
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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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How a sexy game was snuck onto the Wii U

If a developer wants to make a video game that is sexually-suggestive and can lead to a naughty time, they could learn a thing or two from slumber party games, according to Lau Korsgaard, a developer from KnapNok Games who is also part of the Copenhagen Game Collective. KnapNok is best known for Spin the Bottle, a Wii U party game inspired by the slumber party game of the same name. Sitting in a circle, players spin a virtual bottle on the Wii U GamePad and take on challenges, which often involve touching and trusting each other. The challenges themselves are innocent, and there is nothing overtly sexual about them ... which is what makes Spin the Bottle such a good, naughty game. According to Korsgaard, slumber party games grow up with players so, rather than present players with...
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