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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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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 —...
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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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Fatal Frame creeps onto Wii U in its first trailer for the console

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have revealed the first trailer for the upcoming Wii U Fatal Frame sequel. Known in Japan as Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko, roughly translating to Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden, the game will launch in Japan on Sept. 27. There's no word just yet on a North American release. In this new series installment, players take control of Kozukata Yuuri, a girl who can see spirits of those taken into the "Ghost World." On top of this, Yuuri discovers she has the ability to bring the spirits back into the real world by reaching Mount Hikamiyama. According to Koei Tecmo, this sacred mountain is known as the mountain of death where those who wish to die can enter at a certain hour and cross from the world of the living to the world of the dead. The company states...
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Disney Infinity 2.0 roster grows with Tinker Bell and Stitch

Tinker Bell and Stitch are the latest Disney characters to be featured in Disney Infinity 2.0, publisher Disney Interactive announced today. According to Disney Interactive, the fairy and Experiment 626 were two of the characters that Disney Infinity fans requested most often. The in-game version of Stitch comes with his cosmic blaster, and his abilities include a high jump. Tinker Bell, meanwhile, has magical Pixie Dust and can fly through the air. Stitch debuted in the 2002 animated film Lilo & Stitch, which was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation (now known as Walt Disney Animation Studios). Tinker Bell originated in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and became a beloved Disney character in the 1953 animated film of the same name. You can check out screenshots of Stitch and Tinker...
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