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Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct coming Aug. 4

Nintendo will host a special Nintendo Direct video presentation focused on upcoming hack-and-slash game Hyrule Warriors, according to a tweet from its official account. The presentation will be broadcast through Nintendo's website on Monday, Aug. 4 at 11 p.m. ET and will feature new details on the Wii U title, which will launch in Japan on Aug. 14, Europe on Sept. 19 and in North America on Sept. 26. Hyrule Warriors, developed in collaboration with Tecmo Koei and created in the vein of the Dynasty Warriors games, features characters heralding from across The Legend of Zelda franchise duking it out and crunching through mobs of enemies. The current roster includes Link, Princess Zelda, Impa, new character Lana, Midna and Agitha from Twilight Princess, Fi from Skyward Sword, and...
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Japanese console market down 16 percent

The Japanese games console market dipped 16 percent last year, according to a report by the country's Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association. According to CESA, as reported by analyst Serkan Toto, the market for console gaming (hardware and software combined) in Japan in 2013 reached $4 billion, down from $4.8 billion in 2012. Console hardware sales in 2013 were $1.5 billion, down from $1.9 billion the year before. In contrast, Japanese consumers are continuing their love affair with mobile games. According to CESA, which organizes the annual Tokyo Games Show, Japan's market for smartphone games reached $3.5 billion in 2013. CESA's console stats include mobile devices like Nintendo DS, which holds a 47 percent market share and PlayStation Vita (12 percent). PlayStation 4...
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Nintendo lost $97M last quarter even with the success of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo lost $97.2 million in the yearly quarter ending June 30, the company confirmed in its latest quarterly results. The loss comes even despite the successful sales of Mario Kart 8 earlier this year, which saw shipments of 2.82 million. Why? Nintendo states that these sales can be attributed to existing Wii U owners and not new buyers. The company shipped just 510,000 units of the console between April and June. Nintendo still expects to hit its target of 3.6 million units sold for this fiscal year. The Wii U's total shipments rose to 6.68 million as of June. The company confirms Mario Kart 8 represents 65 percent of the total 4.39 million software shipments made in this three month period, 80 percent of which came from outside Japan. Nintendo appears to be finding most of its...
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You can pre-order this beautiful $365 Metroid statue starting today

First 4 Figures, a maker of fine collectibles, opened pre-orders for one of its best-looking statues today, a one-quarter scale Samus Aran wearing her light suit from GameCube game Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. The price tag for this LED-lighted work isn't cheap: $364.99. The Samus statue, which stands 20 inches tall, is the first in a new series of Metroid Master Arts resin statues from First 4 Figures. The company has already released statues of Samus wearing her gravity suit, varia suit, phazon suit and zero suit, as well as recreations of her gunship. The light suit Samus is available in two options, the less expensive standard version ($339.99) and the "exclusive" light up version ($364.99). The standard version is limited to 2,500 pieces and the exclusive version is limited to 750...
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Animal Crossing chief celebrates greater diversity at Nintendo

Aya Kyogoku is one of the most influential women in Japanese gaming. As Animal Crossing: New Leaf director, she is responsible for one of the biggest hits of the last year. She is also that rarity; a woman in a position of seniority at Nintendo. Animal Crossing on 3DS was a huge hit with gamers of all kinds, allowing players to inhabit an alternative life and build their own character and surroundings. In an interview with US Gamer today, Kyogoku said that more inclusiveness is aiding game designers at Nintendo. "When I first got into the industry, into game development, it was at a time where overall, the ratio of men to women was very much in favor of men," she said. "I definitely noticed I was the only woman developer here. But it wasn't something shocking. It was something I had...
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PAX Prime 2014's featured indies include Mushroom 11, Duet, Framed

Each year, 50 industry experts sit down to discuss which 10 up-and-coming indie games to feature in PAX Prime's PAX 10 showcase. This year's selection includes a few you may have already heard about and a handful of unfamiliar newbies. This year's PAX 10 featured indie games includes: Duet, by Kumobius: Set to a soundtrack by Melbourne composer Tim Shiel, players navigate two orbiting spheres past mazes of falling obstacles that get increase in difficulty as players progress. Flickers, by DigiPen's Neat Snake: In this abstract 2D platformer, players become a dying flower escaping a world in "perpetual twilight." Jumping through hovering "flickers," players must reach the moon and change the surrounding landscape. Framed, by Loveshack: An interactive comic book that allows...
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Yes, you can dress up like Link when Monster Hunter 4 comes stateside next year

When Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate hits Nintendo 3DS next year in North America, players will be able to dress up like Link from The Legend of Zelda and wield his famous gear, Capcom has confirmed. At its Monster Hunter panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Capcom showed off the Monster Hunter 4 announcement trailer that showcases Link's weapon and armor set, but didn't provide specifics about the release. Nintendo and Capcom announced last September that the two companies were collaborating on a crossover that would bring Mario and Luigi and The Legend of Zelda to Monster Hunter, but it was never clear whether that content would ever leave Japan. Capcom hasn't specified whether the Super Mario Bros.-inspired items — which Felynes can wear in Monster Hunter 4 — are also coming...
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Loki and the Green Goblin introduce Marvel Villains to Disney Infinity 2.0

As promised at Comic-Con 2014, here is the video introducing the first three baddies in the Marvel Villains lineup that will join the Marvel Heroes in Disney Infinity 2.0 this fall. Loki, the Green Goblin and Ronan the Accuser (main bad guy of Guardians of the Galaxy) are playable figurines in the game. Disney Infinity 2.0 will bring more than just a roster of Marvel superheroes and villains when it launches Sept. 23 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. A slew of changes are also coming to the game's popular Toy Box mode; read more about them here.
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Here's the opening to that Bayonetta anime they've been talking about forever

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, the feature-length anime film starring Platinum Games' gun-toting witch, is slated to launch in North America on Oct. 21 — and if you're too impatient to wait until then, you can check out the English dub's opening below. The anime, led by Afro Samurai director Fuminori Kizaki and produced by animation studio Gonzo, was first released in Japan last year. The film follows Bayonetta through the events of the original game, a series of battles against angels as she unravels the mystery of her long-forgotten past. The Western version will see Hellena Taylor reprise her role as Bayonetta, as well as most of the game's voice actors returning for their own respective roles. Fans can currently pre-order Bayonetta: Bloody Fate on Blu-ray or DVD for $26.24 through...
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Bravely Default outshines modern Final Fantasy titles by selling one million units

Nintendo 3DS role-playing game Bravely Default has sold one million copies worldwide, placing it ahead of most recent titles in Square Enix's long-lived Final Fantasy RPG series, Dengeki Online reports. Bravely Default launched in Japan in 2012, in December 2013 in Europe and in North America this past February. The game's lifetime sales, including downloads, exceed one million copies — 400,000 copies in Japan and 600,000 copies overseas, Square Enix told Dengeki. While the game is not a true Final Fantasy title, the game does borrow many elements of the 27-year-old JRPG franchise: a focus on narrative and character development, different job classes players can develop — such as mages, warriors and thieves — and a storyline focused around crystals that protect and power the earth. A...
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Hulk, Tinkerbell and a flying bed make Disney Infinity's 'Toy Box' a whole lot weirder

Disney Infinity 2.0 may still be seen as a kids' game, primarily — but it will also let you put Tinkerbell and The Incredible Hulk in bed together. "That's the bed from Bedknobs and Broomsticks," said John Vignocchi, the game's executive producer, just so we were both clear. It's a vehicle, OK, in Disney Infinity's "Toy Box" mode, where gamers take all of their virtual toys and play with them together, regardless of what continuity or movie or product line they come from. (Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a Mary Poppins clone from 1971 starring Angela Lansbury. It featured a flying bed.) Disney Infinity is the latest money-printer in the toys-to-life genre, in which players bring heroes and other characters into the game by stacking a cool little figurine on a special controller. With...
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Marvel is adding more Guardians of the Galaxy content to its games (Update)

In addition to a dedicated playset in Disney Infinity, Marvel is spreading Guardians of the Galaxy content across a handful of its other games, including Marvel Heroes and its social and mobile games, the company announced during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con today. (Update:) Additionally, in a surprise announcement, Marvel said a playable Green Goblin, Loki and more would join Disney Infinity 2.0 in a special Marvel Villains figurine set. The trailer for that set will be released on Monday. Villains had been seen in the original trailer announcing Marvel would join Disney Infinity's lineup, this confirms them as a separate set. Just in time for the launch of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy film in theaters on Aug. 1, free-to-play MMO Marvel Heroes 2015 will allow players to join...
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NES Remix collection coming to Wii U this holiday

NES Remix Pack, a disc-based release featuring NES Remix and NES Remix 2, is coming to retail in North America later this year, Nintendo announced today on its Comic-Con livestream. The NES Remix titles are a collection of 8-bit games that modify and mash-up Nintendo Entertainment System games like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, Punch-Out!! and more. Super Luigi Bros., a mirrored version of the original Super Mario Bros., is also part of NES Remix 2. Both NES Remix titles were first released digitally through the Wii U eShop. For more, read Polygon's reviews of NES Remix and NES Remix 2.
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Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team bundled with Wii U download code

The Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team will include a download code for the Wii U version, effectively creating a cross-buy benefit for the toys-to-life game coming soon from Activision. Skylanders' official Twitter feed pointed out the bonus on Wednesday, meaning that those who buy the game on Wii won't have to buy a new set (at $75) if they upgrade to Wii U. Those who have both consoles may wish to consider this even if the Wii U will be the primary option. Only the software is different; the physical toys and the portal they use are the same for both consoles. Skylanders Trap Team launches Oct. 5 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and 3DS. There will be a "Dark Edition" collectors pack that allows players to play as the series' main villain, Portal...
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