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Legend of Zelda's Aonuma wants Link's motorcycle in more games

Eiji Aonuma, veteran director and producer on The Legend of Zelda franchise, wants to work Link's new Mario Kart 8 motorcycle into more of his games, according to a post on Miiverse. Nintendo revealed the Master Cycle yesterday, a motorcycle tailored to suit upcoming challenger Link in Mario Kart 8's first downloadable content pack. The pack, slated to launch in November, includes Zelda's green-clad hero, cat-suit Princess Peach and tanooki Mario as a playable characters. Fittingly, the Master Cycle bears some resemblance to Link's longtime horse companion Epona; Nintendo also commented on how the bike packs "plenty of horse power." This morning, Aonuma posted on Miiverse a few more details on the bike — "literally a horse of steel." The bike was designed to allow characters to make...
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Nintendo nostalgia gets creepy in this text adventure

Everyone had that one friend during their childhood. That one special little guy or gal who had all the coolest toys and gadgets as soon as they came out. The one friend whom everyone would constantly bully into hosting sleepovers so you could play their Nintendo 64 or Sega Dreamcast. Then finally one day they came into school boasting they had caught Mew in Pokemon Red, and jealousy reared its ugly head. Disbelieving, indignant, you confronted your friend. How do you get all these games? Where the hell did you get Mew? Why are you such a boastful jerk? Our gifted friends always seemed to have the same person on their side: An uncle who worked at Nintendo. As adults, we know now that our little friends were full of crap and lied to feel superior. Chances are, their parents were just...
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Carve a Luigi Death Stare pumpkin for Halloween with this pattern

If you want to carve the Luigi Death Stare from Mario Kart 8 into your pumpkin this Halloween, this link has the pattern for you to use. It's one of a baker's dozen of pop-culture patterns for pumpkins this year. HalloweenCostumes.com puts them out annually as part of a big promotion for the biggest month on its calendar. The gray area is where the orange rind is peeled off but the shell is left intact. White is left untouched. Black is a full cut through the rind, which in this case deepens the spoooooky spoooooky glare of Luigi's death-filled eyeballs. The full-sized pattern is here. Other patterns include the Doctor Who Tardis (which looks incredibly complicated), Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (ditto — in fact most people would probably ask who that is...
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PSA: You can now purchase and pre-order Nintendo eShop games on the web

Nintendo 3DS and Wii U owners in North America now have the option to purchase and pre-order digital games via the web and send the download to their consoles, similar to Microsoft's browser-based Xbox Games Store and the Sony Entertainment Network store. According to posts pointing out the service on NeoGAF and Tiny Cartridge, the service extends to a select number of games, all of which are Nintendo-published titles. These include Hyrule Warriors, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Here's how it works: when purchasing a game via Nintendo's website, select the "Buy Digital" option. You'll be asked if you'd like the download code to be sent directly to your Wii U or 3DS. A Nintendo Network ID is required for this to work. Additionally, Nintendo is...
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Check out Link's sweet ride in Mario Kart 8

Link from The Legend of Zelda is making his way to Mario Kart 8 this November as part of the game's first downloadable content pack — which also includes cat-suit Princess Peach and tanooki-suit Mario. He'll also get a ride suited to his particular style of travel in what Nintendo is calling the Master Cycle. Nintendo revealed the Master Cycle this morning, saying the gorgeous new motorcycle has "plenty of horse power." The first of two planned add-on packs for Mario Kart 8 comes to Wii U next month, adding new characters, new vehicles (including the F-Zero-inspired Blue Falcon kart) and new tracks. A second add-on pack is scheduled for May 2015. It will include Animal Crossing's Villager, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Dry Bowser, four vehicles and eight tracks. Here's more...
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Super Smash Bros. director teases two new modes for Wii U version

The Wii U version of the latest Super Smash Bros. title could launch with two more new modes, if a post on Miiverse by series director Masahiro Sakurai is anything to go by. On Nintendo's social networking service, Sakurai posted what looks like a screenshot of Super Smash Bros.' modes menu. The top left identifies these as single-player stages, while the image in the middle shows the famous Master Hand boss and two different modes: Master and Crazy, both with what looks like a second word blurred out. "Now, what mode is this...?!" Sakurai wrote coyly. In the past, Sakurai has made frequent use of Miiverse to tease new Super Smash Bros. content and explain the reasoning behind certain design choices. It is plausible that this most recent tease carries some weight. Super Smash Bros. f...
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Local multiplayer achieves peak madness in Runbow, a 9-player frenzy for Wii U

The thrill of local multiplayer, notably explored recently in the likes of Samurai Gunn, Nidhogg and TowerFall, is going to an extreme with next year with Runbow. The multiplayer game, a competitively running and platforming game, pits up to nine players against each other in fast, frenzied battles to the death. Toronto-based developer 13AM Games brought the maniacal fun of Runbow to this weekend's Indiecade festival in Culver City, California, drawing big crowds. On hand was the game's Run mode, in which nine players sprint from one side of the screen to the other, punching each other and hopping from platform-to-platform along the way. The twist in Runbow comes from its use of color. Colored gates, platforms and other obstacles are strewn throughout each level. They come in green,...
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Killing so many angels in so many ways in Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 is really great about doling out rewards for just about everything you do in the game, from exploration, to combat trial speedrunning to angelic evisceration. Want weapon, costume and upgrade unlocks tossed at you, in beefy piles? You've got it. It's just one of the ways Bayonetta 2 expands on the core tenets of its predecessor: Elements like bonkers set pieces, winged horses made out of ceramic faces and what could safely be described as an unrelenting torrent of gratuitous butt close-ups. Check out the Overview above to see Bayonetta 2 in action, and read our review to hear how all these disparate tastes taste together.
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Bayonetta 2 review: heaven and hell

Bayonetta 2 is unapologetically, even defiantly old-school. This is a knife that cuts both ways. Developer Platinum Games has once again gone for broke, creating an action game of spectacle so big that it's occasionally incomprehensible. Bayonetta 2 is the kind of game where you might ask, seriously, why you're not allowed to strap a massive multi-bladed scythe to your high heels. It's extravagant, like the golden age of Japanese action games never ended, like that arms race just escalated on and on. It's also the kind of game that left me asking how many times and how many different ways developer Platinum could run a camera up the main character's spread legs and cleavage. On one side of the knife is a character action game that refines the incredible combat foundations of the...
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will include Toad's pink pal as an unlockable character

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, an isometric puzzle-based spin-off from Super Mario 3D World, will include Toadette as a playable character in addition to Toad, Nintendo announced today. In Captain Toad, players collect items while making their way through over 70 puzzle-filled levels. To play Toadette, players must first unlock her; while the game begins with both characters, Toadette is whisked away along with the power star and must be saved. Watch the trailer above for a look at the character. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was announced during E3 2014. For more on the game, check out our preview. It launches for Wii U Dec. 5.
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Skylanders: Trap Team is on the new Quality Control podcast

Our podcast, Quality Control, is a pretty simple idea. In each episode, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Ben Kuchera about his review of Skylanders: Trap Team which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Read the review Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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Skylanders Trap Team review: figure study

Skylanders Trap Team balances two clear goals. First, and perhaps most important to Activision, it’s a mechanism for selling expensive, high-margin toys to a large audience of children and dedicated collectors. There are few properties that have been able to take over both the electronics and standard toy sections of retail to such a degree. The game goes out of its way to push these toys on you, and a large amount of content is gated in such a way that you need a wide array of toys and accessories to see everything the game has to offer. Trap Team is shameless about using every hook it can to get you to buy toys, as you’ll need to buy new figures and the titular plastic traps to play the game in the most enjoyable way. Which is the second, and perhaps most important aspect of...
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Is The Binding of Isaac being teased for Wii U?

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth developer Nicalis has released a video that appears to show six seconds worth of the game playing on Nintendo's Wii U. Eurogamer is reporting that off-screen footage of the Mega Maw loading animation suggests the game is currently in development for the Nintendo system; however, neither Nicalis nor original developer Edmund McMillen have offered confirmation of this. On the subject of a possible port, Mcmillen instead told the publication: "Could just be a reflection or something... My theory is its casting a shadow from one limb, to the other limb?" You can decide for yourself in the video below. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, a completely remade and expanded version of the original game, was previously announced to be coming to the PlayStation 4,...
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We've got more Costume Quest 2 talk on Quality Control

Our podcast, Quality Control, is a pretty simple idea. In each episode, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, Polygon's Griffin McElroy takes the hosting chair to ask Justin about his review of Costume Quest 2, which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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Doing totally sick coffin stunts in Chariot

Chartiot is so clever and adorable that you might forget, at times, that you're essentially surfing on top of your dad's coffin for most of the game. That might sound like a soul-crushingly morose experience, but it's actually kind of delightful — that coffin can be used for so many physics-based forms of locomotion, and is never a drag, despite the fact that you're literally dragging it. Check out the Overview above to see some coffin stunts in action, and watch as I propel Justin into a state of catatonic existential horror.
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Official Nintendo Magazine will be no more after this month

Official Nintendo Magazine, the U.K.-based publication featuring news and interviews on everything Nintendo, is coming to an end following the release of its 114th issue on Oct. 14, publisher Future and Nintendo U.K. confirmed today. As a result, the publication's official website will close on Nov. 11, with staff distributed to other projects. Nintendo will continue to release news directly via Nintendo Direct, social media and public events, while the gaming giant's U.K. office plans to work closely with remaining Future publications. "It was a joint decision," read a statement on the ONM website that has since been removed but remains available on the Nintendo Europe forums. "Nintendo has decided to direct efforts toward other communication channels to communicate with fans, and...
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Super Smash Bros., first amiibo hit Wii U Nov. 21, Captain Toad Dec. 5

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U hits North America on Nov. 21 and Europe on Dec. 5, and Captain Toad will be released on Dec. 5, in North America and in January in Europe, Nintendo announced this morning. The first wave of Nintendo's interactive amiibo figures will also hit on Nov. 21 for $12.99 a pop in North America. The figures will hit Europe on Nov. 28. The first wave will include a dozen characters with a second wave of six hitting in December. The first wave of amiibo includes Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth. The second wave that launches in December includes Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon. Nintendo's amiibo figures were announced at E3 earlier this year. Players tap a figure on...
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Speedrunner lops one minute off Shovel Knight's world record time

There's a new world record for the fastest game of Shovel Knight ever played, and it beats the old mark by nearly a minute. The owner of the new mark is BustahWuff, and his run of 48 minutes, 35 seconds came in the "any percentage" category, meaning he simply had to finish the sidescrolling old-school platformer, not collect every item hidden in it. The old record was 49 minutes, 34 seconds, held by Capndrake Of the run, BustahWuff says "I feel like this will stand for a good amount of time." You can see the entire run above. The column at left in the video keeps count of his split times and tallies a prediction of his final run. He trails the world record by a few seconds until he blows through the Flying Machine stage, shaving nearly 50 seconds off the next best split time. For...
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Sonic Boom cartoon debuts Nov. 8 on Cartoon Network

Sonic Boom is a game coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 11. It's also a cartoon series debuting on Cartoon Network on Nov. 8, Sega announced this week. The trailer above gives Sonic fans an idea of what the show's all about. Canonically, the stories of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U) and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS) will precede what takes place in the cartoon, though Sonic Boom will borrow some elements, such as Sonic's redesign, from the video games. It's part of a strategy that, along with a line of toys from Tomy, Sega is rolling out to reinvigorate its 23-year-old star. "Sonic Boom provides an exciting mix of comedy and action," said a news release, "with each episode beginning with a small character-driven storyline that explodes into an epic tale of...
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Bayonetta 2 Easter egg is an amazing ode to Star Fox

Bayonetta 2, Platinum Games Wii U-exclusive sequel, already includes a nod to classic Nintendo heroes such as Link and Fox McCloud. But an Easter egg found within the game pays more than just a small tribute to iconic series Star Fox. YouTube user Maximilian Dood posted a video of his discovery, which is nothing short of awesome. Watch the video above to see it — but beware of spoilers, obviously. Earlier this month, Platinum Games revealed a Nintendo-themed wardrobe for Bayonetta, including costumes based on Princess Peach and Metroid's Samus. The original Bayonetta also included references to several old Sega titles, such as Spacer Harrier and After Burner. Bayonetta 2 launches for Wii U Oct. 24. The game is already out in Japan.
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