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Live Coverage of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Live coverage of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show





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Last day to vote in the Smash Ballot!

Today, October 3rd, is the last day that the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot will be open. That means that you have less than 24 hours to cast your vote for your desired fighter. Characters like Mewtwo, Lucas, and Roy were added as DLC due to their fan demand even before the Ballot was put into action.

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that they would permit fans to vote for the next DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. This can be done on their official website. The Ballot will show Nintendo which characters are in the highest demand to join the roster. Obviously, the characters chosen will have to be reasonable, as well as originating from a video game, so that means people suggesting Shrek and John Cena will be out of luck this time around, no matter how many votes those suggestions get.

For the most part, everyone who wanted to vote already submitted their pick long ago, but the Ballot is still open for anyone who is making a last-minute decision.

Possible characters that could win include Shovel Knight, King K. Rool, and Wolf, among others. Check out my discussion on the matter on my new podcast, Smash Talk!

But anyway, who will you/did you vote for? Sound off in the comments!

Nintendo Announces the New 3DS for the US

Nintendo has finally announced that the New 3DS will indeed be coming to the US. People have clamored for the smaller version of Nintendo’s advanced 3DS for quite a while now. The system itself will launch in the form of two bundles, one being an Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle.

The Animal Crossing bundle will feature the white system with Happy Home Designer, as well as two cover plates and an amiibo card. It will cost $219.99 at retail and be released on September 25.

 

Smaller New 3DS Finally Coming To North America

The Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Bundle, Courtesy of Kotaku

 

The Animal Crossing bundle will share its release day with the separate 3DS NFC Reader. The NFC Reader will allow those who own a regular 3DS and 2DS to be able to scan amiibo. It will retail for $19.99.

On October 23, Nintendo also plans to release a New 3DS XL “Hyrule Edition” system as a Gamestop exclusive. It is colored gold and features the Hyrulian Crest on the cover. The system will cost $199.99 at retail and launches a week after The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes.

The New 3DS is a more powerful version of the 3DS which features better 3D tracking as well as built-in NFC support. The smaller model can use changeable face plates, while the larger version does not.

On a side note, new themed Wii Remote Plus controllers will be released alongside Super Mario Maker for Wii U on September 11, featuring Bowser and Toad. A Yoshi Wii Remote Plus will come when Yoshi’s Wooly World launches on October 16. These remotes will accompany the already available Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus controllers.

Are you excited for the release of these new consoles and accessories? Let us know in the comments!

Pokken Tournament Announced for Wii U

Many were excited when the arcade fighting game Pokken Tournament, was announced. Previously, it was speculated that it may get a full console release on Nintendo’s Wii U. And now, that suspicion has been confirmed.

At this year’s Pokemon World Championships, in Boston, Nintendo announced the official Wii U release of Pokken Tournament. It can be expected worldwide in Spring 2016.

Pokken Tournament boasts many fighters taken from the popular RPG, including Pikachu, Charizard, Machamp, Suicune, Gardevior, Weavile, Gengar, Lucario, and the soon to arrive Blaziken. Nintendo also announced a new fighter, Pikachu Libre. This makes it likely that more fighters will be announced as the Wii U release gets closer.

Pikachu Libre, courtesy of Gamespot

 

According to the European version, Pokken is rumored to include Amiibo support, but this remains unconfirmed.

Pokken Tournament is an arcade fighting game featuring Pokemon fighting in the style of Tekken games. It is developed by Bandai Namco.

Are you ready to fight ’em all?

 

New Nintendo 3DS XL Getting a Monster Hunter X Version in Japan

Capcom has just recently announced a Monster Hunter X Limited Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL. So far, it is only known to be released in Japan, which is unfortunate for all of us here in the west.

It differs from the first Monster Hunter New Nintendo 3DS XL in the fact that it is red with a more detailed symbol (the logo and four monsters) on the front as opposed to a blue and grey console with a simpler symbol.

The console is to be released alongside the game it represents: Monster Hunter X. A game bundle, titled “Monster Hunter X Special pack”, will also release. It will cost 26,000 yen plus tax.

 

The Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS

 

Added on to that, for a limited time, two Nintendo 3DS Menu Themes will be available when the game releases.

One is a lighthearted theme with Felynes:

The other one is more serious with the game’s four central monsters:

Monster Hunter X, the limited edition Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the regular sized New Nintendo 3DS’s shown in the pictures above (white), are all exclusive to Japan as of now. Reggie Fils-Aime did state before that a North American release for the regular sized New Nintendo 3DS may happen, though. C’mon, who doesn’t want faceplates?

Monster Hunter X and the Monster Hunter X New 3DS XL bundle will release in Japan on November 28, 2015.

 

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Passed Away on July 11

Satoru Iwata, the President of Nintendo since 2002, programmer, and gaming icon has passed away on July 11, 2015 at the young age of 55. No one could have predicted it, and it was a shock to everyone.

Nintendo released an official statement, saying, “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth”.

The growth can be traced back a few years ago, when Mr. Iwata first announced that he was battling it. It was the reason he was absent from last year’s E3 presentation.

Mr. Iwata, who started as a programmer for Hal Laboratory in the 1980’s, became director of the company back in 2000, and not too long after that, became the President of Nintendo in 2002.

Mr. Iwata was known in the company, and all over the gaming industry, for encouraging unique and creative ideas in games. He once stated that, “If we continue down the same path as we have in the past, people may become tired of gaming.” He believed that new ideas were the only way to keep gaming alive. Iwata also reminded players that, “Above all, video games are meant to be just one thing: Fun for everyone.”

I, for one, would not want Nintendo to stray from that path. R.I.P, Iwata-san, and thank you for the great memories.

All the Smash Bros Announcements from E3!

Nintendo’s Smash Bros announcement for E3 revealed a lot of new features for the game. First of all was the announcement for Roy and the new Mii costumes, which were already leaked a day before, but it still felt great to see them for real in the official announcement. Roy himself looks a little different from Marth this time around, as he was a clone of him in Melee.

The new Mii costumes include characters from Tekken and Virtua Fighter, as well as the Inklings from Splatoon, Isabelle from Animal Crossing, MegaMan.EXE, and Zero from Mega Man X.

Next up was Amiibos. Sakurai said that every fighter in Smash Bros would get an Amiibo, including the newly announced fighters and the Mii Fighters. He also showed off Amiibos for ROB, Duck Hunt, Mr. Game and Watch, and Falco. The Mr. Game and Watch Amiibo comes with different poses for the character that can be switched out on the base.

Stages were also included in the announcement. Sakurai confirmed the Dream Land 64 stage from Smash Bros 64, as well as other stages from the original game, like Peach’s castle and The Hyrule Castle stage. I can only hope that Saffron City is given a chance.

The Miiverse stage is available for free and features different Miiverse posts based on which characters are fighting. People can posts drawings of a certain character on that fighter’s respective page on Miiverse. That post will continue to show up on fights that certain character participates in.

A new tourney mode will be available in August. It includes online features.

By far the biggest announcement, though, was the reveal of Ryu from Street Fighter, specifically Street Fighter II. Again, Ryu was already previously leaked yesterday, but the details Sakurai mentioned about him were not.

In Street Fighter, there are six buttons, but in Smash, there are only two. To work around this and at the same time keep Ryu close to his source material, the harder and longer you put an input in, then Ryu will do a different attack. For example, if you put in his side tilt, but did it breifly, it would come out as a light attack. If you did it for a little longer, then it would be a mid attack, as so on for a heavy attack. This gives so many possibilities for combos. Sakurai himself said that Ryu is mainly focused on combos.

He also touched up on Ryu’s specials. Ryu sports his iconic attacks like Haduken and Shoryuken. If the original input for these moves are put in, (for example, down/right-down/right) then the attack will be stronger. This goes for some of Ryu’s other moves, too. One can only imagine how awesome it would be if this would be done for the other fighters. It would add so much more depth and combo potential to Smash then there already is.

Ryu is the first fighter to ever have two final smashes. That’s right, TWO. The first one, a projectile, is activated if you are separated from everyone else. The second one, a close-quarters killing combo, is activated if you are, you guessed it, in close quarters with someone.

Ryu also has his own stage from Street Fighter II, which also has an omega form.

Ryu AND Ken’s trophies will be included, as well as other trophies for Roy, Ryu’s final smash, Roy’s final smash, and the Inklings.

And the best thing about it? It’s all available RIGHT NOW. So go ahead and enjoy all the Smash Bros goodness!

Remember, Nintendo’s Digital Event for E3 (just like last year) happens on the 16th. For now, tell us what you think about all the new announcements in the comments section below!

The best job hiring has just happened at Nintendo

It’s official. Bowser works for Nintendo. Just not the Bowser you think.

Nintendo has just announced in a press release that they have hired Doug Bowser (not the King Koopa) as their Vice President of Sales in the United States. If his decision to apply for Nintendo was a coincidence or not, we’ll never know. All we know is that it’s awesome to have this sort of thing happen.

Before joining Nintendo, Bowser actually worked for Electronic Arts (EA) since 2007, which makes it all the more amusing.

In all seriousness, though, Nintendo is very happy with their choice.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, states in a press release on the matter:

“Doug Bowser is an outstanding addition to our Nintendo team, as he brings a deep blend of both consumer package goods and video game sales experience,” Moffitt says. “I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to  ensure the broad Nintendo lineup of hardware, software, and accessories are strongly represented throughout US retail points of distribution.”

We wish Bowser a long and successful run at Nintendo.

Ultimate NES Remix to be in Nintendo World Championships 2015

The Nintendo World Championships is actually coming back this year after a whopping 15 years! The qualifying will take place at 8 Best Buy stores around the country.

To qualify, one must play three score-based challenges of games in Ultimate NES Remix for 3DS. Those games are Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario. The top scorer of the games for each of the 8 Best Buy locations will move on to the last event in Los Angeles. The final event will consist of multiple challenges spanning different Nintendo Games. Another 8 competitors will be chosen, but as of now no one know how Nintendo will pick them.

A copy of Ultimate NES Remix for 3DS and a 3DS System will be provided for competitors at each store.

The Nintendo World Championships 2015 will take place on June 14th at 10 am  until 7 pm, local time.

The stores are at the following locations:

 

1717 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA

3675 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA

10760 NW 17th St., Miami, FL

900 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL

12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove, MN

5001 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY

9378 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX

2214 S. 48th St., Tacoma, WA

 

For more info on the Nintendo World Championships 2015, visit the official website. Will you be participating?

The “NX” may not be Region-Locked

In a recent investor’s meeting, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata stated that the upcoming Nintendo console, the “NX”, may actually not be region-locked. He states that, “… although we have nothing concrete at the moment, we are internally analyzing what hurdles exist to lifting region locks.” So it’s nothing definite, but there’s a very good chance that it is possible.

Fans have been clamoring for the liftng of region locks for Nintendo’s current consoles for year, to no avail. Iwata stated that the current gen systems would still be region locked because “unlocking them after they are already on the market poses a number of hurdles.” Oh, well.

Nintendo also stated that the “NX” would not replace the current consoles, but actually stand alongside them.

Are you excited for the “NX” and the possibility of a lack of region lock?

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