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New Retro amiibo Figures Launching in September

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Nintendo’s amiibo line of gaming figurines are all the rage and beginning September 11, an exciting new line is hitting stores. Nintendo is launching a variety of amiibo figures, including many fan-favorite characters from the Super Smash Bros. series and retro gaming characters fans will love.

The amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September feature many fan-favorite characters from the Super Smash Bros. series like Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf and Bowser Jr. A special Super Mario Bros. 30th series Mario amiibo modeled after Mario’s 8-bit look in the original Super Mario Bros.game will offer compatibility with the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console.

The full list of amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September includes:

  • 30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Ganondorf
  • Olimar
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Dr. Mario

On Sept. 25, a Retro 3 Pack will launch, which includes R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series in a single package.

Further details about availability and pre-order schedules for these figures will be announced directly from various retailers in the near future. Three figures based on Mii Fighters, which were previously announced for release in September, will now launch as a 3 pack in November. More information about launch plans for the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo in North America will be shared in the future.

New Smart Boy Product Can Turn Your iPhone 6 Into a Game Boy

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It is not uncommon to have classic and iconic games on mobile platforms these days but soon you may be able to turn your iPhone 6 into a fully functional Gameboy thanks to a new company called Hyperkin. The invention would allow you to play those iconic games of the past with the controls they were meant to have.

The device from Hyperkin is called the Smart Boy was originally announced last week on Reddit. The post outlines how the device would look in a conceptual stage as they plan to develop it for users. However, users of the site were wary as the post came out on April 1, the Fool’s Day. Overall, however, response was positive towards the Smart Boy and it was apparent there is a market for it. (If you have ever tried to play an old-school RPG on a touchscreen mobile platform, you know it can be pretty difficult.)

Currently, the design for the Smart Boy is catered towards to iPhone 6 and resembles a case for phone that you just slide on to the bottom. Once inside, you can use the traditional directional pad as well as the A, B, select and start buttons.

The most interesting aspect of the Smart Boy is that the blueprints show that you can play traditional Game Boy games by sliding them in the back cover. The cartridges slide into the back of the device and can support both original Game Boy games as well as Game Boy Color titles. Chris Gallazi, the product developer for Hyperkin, said,

”We wanted to create a retro device that can be easily adapted into any modern gamer’s arsenal of devices.”

The company reports that the first release of the device will come in 80’s grey but more colors will come later. Additionally, the device will include its own battery to extend your playing time so you can go uninterrupted while playing your favorite titles.

Currently, Nintendo has not commented on device.

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Nintendo Celebrates Women’s History Month

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In honor of Women’s History Month, Nintendo is celebrating some of the best and favorite female characters in gaming such as  Samus Aran, Princess Zelda, and Rosalina! These characters and more helped pave the way for diverse and interesting female protagonists in video games.

To honor the female characters in gaming, Nintendo has picked a few of their popular leading ladies that merit this recognition for the month that celebrates outstanding women. These iconic female characters that have been an important part of Nintendo through the years.

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  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Princess Zelda was actually a tough and spunky captain of a ragtag group of pirates. Tetra saves Link from Ganondorf’s clutches, and later helps Link defeat Ganondorf for good to save the world.

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  • Toadette is a recurring Toad character in the Mario series. These days, she’s a plucky treasure-hunter in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, who puts on a brave face to find rare goodies and save Captain Toad from the monstrous and greedy bird, Wingo.

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  • Bayonetta is a sassy and incredibly stylish witch with pistol-stilettos and a vendetta against the armies of angels and demons that hunt her. She’s a force to be reckoned with, an ally to her best friend and fellow witch Jeanne and doesn’t take flak from anybody.

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  • Rosalina is an interstellar observer, protector of the Lumas and friend to Mario in Super Mario Galaxy. She is mother to the Lumas, who are little star-like creatures capable of becoming new galaxies!

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  • Lucina is an unwavering warrior with a strong sense of justice and commitment to her family. Her power, determination and wisdom gained from watching the destruction of her world are priceless strengths as one of Fire Emblem Awakening’s many playable female protagonists.

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  • Samus Aran shocked the video game world at the end of the original Metroidgame by revealing her gender and changing the way we think about video game characters in the process. Video game protagonists need not be male in order to be strong. Samus is a space bounty hunter in an armored suit, outfitted with a powerful blaster on the arm and extreme heat resistance.

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  • Bombette is a Bob-omb who joins Mario on his quest in the original Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. As a member of Mario’s diverse team of fighters, she has an explosive fighting style and isn’t afraid to get physical with her body slam and powerful bomb attacks.

Pokémon Art Academy Competition to Award Promotional Pokémon TCG Cards

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The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo are inviting fans and artists to bring their creative ideas to the international Pokémon Art Academy Competition using the Pokémon Art Academy game available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Entries for the competition will be accepted via the Miiverse and accessible via the Nintendo 3DS. This is an exciting opportunity for would-be Pokémon artists from around the world, as the competition’s winners will have their masterpiece turned into their very own Pokémon TCG card!

Six talented winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of some of the creators of the much-loved Pokémon universe. Each winner will receive 100 cards featuring his or her winning image–meaning that they will be in possession of some TCG cards of their own making!

There are two categories for budding Pokémon artists to enter: Dress-Up Pikachu and Your Favorite Pokémon.

Dress-Up Pikachu

Inspired by the special Cosplay Pikachu, which can be discovered in the recently launched Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, this category gives entrants the chance to play fashion designer and create their very own Pikachu outfit!

In the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, Pikachu can dress up as Pikachu Belle; Pikachu Rock Star; Pikachu Pop Star; Pikachu, Ph.D.; and Pikachu Libre. Donning an array of new looks, Cosplay Pikachu can learn moves that ordinary Pikachu cannot learn in normal gameplay, and all have fun costumes that are sure to inspire the would-be costume designers who enter this category.

Your Favorite Pokémon

This category gives entrants the chance to submit their own artistic impressions of a favorite Pokémon, which they can do using the Free Paint mode of Pokémon Art Academy. So, if Snorlax awakens an inner Leonardo da Vinci, or Rayquaza gets fans painting with flying colors, then this is their perfect category!

Details of how to enter can be found below, so all that remains is for Pokémon fans to grab a stylus and start discovering their inner artist with Pokémon Art Academy!

Pokémon Art Academy offers aspiring Pokémon artists 40 lessons in how to paint, sketch, and draw popular Pokémon. Users can pick up illustration skills that they can transfer onto real canvas, or they can share their digital masterpieces with the world. Now, would-be artists can enter a special competition via Miiverse which allows them to showcase their talents as graduates of the Pokémon Art Academy!

The competition officially opens on February 18, 2015, and closes on March 29, 2015. Winners will be announced in May 2015. 

How to Enter the Pokémon Art Academy Competition

  • Create and save an image in Pokémon Art Academy using Free Paint mode.
  • Select the “Share” option from Pokémon Art Academy’s main menu and connect to Miiverse.
  • Select the “Post to Competition” option and select “I Agree” if you agree to the Official Rules.
  • Highlight the category you’d like to enter (Dress-Up Pikachu or Your Favorite Pokémon) and then choose “Select Competition”. Only the first post you make will be recognized as your entry.
  • Slide over the image and select it and then choose “Share Selected”.
  • Enter a title to accompany your artwork in the comment field and then select “Post”. The image will be posted to Miiverse and entered into the competition.
  • The only way to enter the competition directly is from the Pokémon Art Academy game, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

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Nintendo Phasing Out Club Nintendo

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Nintendo has announced that is beginning a plan to phase out Club Nintendo, their customer loyalty program, worldwide this year. However, they also revealed this is to make way for a brand new loyalty program for customers.

All products released in North America after January 20 will not be eligible for Club Nintendo registration while March 31 is the last day that members in the region to earn coins, register products, and sign up for new Club Nintendo membership. The Club Nintendo program shuts down in North America on June 30 at 11:59 p.m. PT and all Coins will be deleted when Club Nintendo accounts are closed on July 1, 2015.

As a way for members to use their coins before the accounts are closed, dozens of downloadable games and “a limited quantity of exclusive reward items” will be added to the catalog before its termination. Also all Club Nintendo members in North America will receive a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D in February 2015.

“In order to reach Elite Status, you must earn 300 Coins (for Gold Status) or 600 Coins (for Platinum Status) between July 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015,’ according to the North American announcement. “Members who reach Elite Status will be able to choose a downloadable game from a wide selection of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles. Your free Elite Status gift will be available between April 1 and April 30, 2015. A list of the Elite Status 2015 gifts will be posted here once announced.”

For Club Nintendo members in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, the discontinuation will begin on April 1 with the complete termination happening on September 30.

Nintendo Releasing New Zelda Game on 3DS?

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Legendary game creator Shigero Miyamoto, has been hinting at releasing another installment in the “Legend of Zelda” game franchise at a recent shareholders meeting.

During a Q&A session with investors, Miyamoto mentioned that Nintendo has plans to “evolve the series” after reaching the halfway point with the recent release “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.” Miyamoto also apparently has some secret ideas for another entry in the series. I am not surprised.

“… We are gradually changing the structure of The Legend of Zelda series, and we are preparing to newly evolve the series for Wii U,” said Miyamoto. “In addition to that, we have ideas for Nintendo 3DS which we have not announced yet, so I hope you will look forward to them.”

So far, no more details have been revealed about this mystery new entry into the Zelda series but it seems like there is something new and exciting on the horizon.

Fans are also left desperately awaiting the rumored Majora’s Mask remake that Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma has been teasing us with for years. So far, it remains unsubstantiated as there was no mention of it during this year’s E3. It appears right now all we have to look forward to is “Hyrule Warriors” and “The Legend of Zelda Wii U.”

Nintendo Loses Lawsuit to Philips in U.K.

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Nintendo has spent the last week battling a lawsuit in the U.K. that it has unfortunately lost when the court decided that the company is indeed infringing on two of Philips’ motion control patents.

According to the ruling by Judge Colin Birss, the Wii, Wii Remote, Wii Motion Plus controllers, Nunchuck, Balance Board, Wii U console and GamePad violate patents filed by Philips in the U.K.

However, Birss decided that Nintendo did not infringe on a third of the Dutch company’s patents, which involved modeling a body in a virtual environment.

Birss wrote in the decision at the U.K. High Court,

“The common general knowledge did not include a device combining a physical motion sensor with a camera and the reasons advanced by Nintendo for putting those two sensors together in one unit are unconvincing.”

Of course, Nintendo is not giving up. The company said they are planning to seek an appeal to the court’s ruling claiming that the patents are invalid.

There is currently another trial underway between the two companies. Philips has filed similar lawsuits in Germany, France, and The U.S. in June alleging that the Wii and Wii U hardware violated the same patents in these countries.

Final Fantasy Explorers Announced for 3DS

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The Nintendo 3DS is getting a new “Final Fantasy” game. According to Jump Magazine, “Final Fantasy Explorers” is a multiplayer role-playing game that is currently in development for the 3DS.

In the new installment, the game will see players as they search for crystals while fighting Summons, which you might remember as the magical creatures that have appeared in Final Fantasy titles since FF III. As an explorer you will be able to level up in a variety of jobs including our favorites the Black Mage, White Mage, Knight, and Monk.

According to the announcement, the goal of “Final Fantasy Explorers” is to defeat the different generations of Summons the player finds such as Ifrit, the fire elemental creature present in several series entries.

Currently, there is no official release date but we do know that Square Enix is the official developer.

In other “Final Fantasy” news, at E3 Square Enix announced that it will allow same ex marriage in “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.” They also showed two new classes: the rogue, which in turn allows players to specialize in the ninja job.

New Nintendo eShop Releases Announced

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Nintendo has officially announced their newest eShop releases for the next few weeks! Some releases include the anticipated title “Tomodachi Life” and “The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.”

Some prices drops were also announced with “Conception 2” on sale for $30 and the “Just Dance” series down to half price and “Just Dance 4” at $25. (Note: both of these offers end on June 9.)

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Nintendo Reveals GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

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The collective internet can now yell simultaneously, “FINALLY!” Nintendo has released an officially licensed adapter that will allow us the play “Super Smash Bros.” with GameCube controllers for the upcoming Wii U release.

The adapter will allow you to connect up to four GameCube controllers. Nintendo has not announced whether WaveBird wireless controllers are supported, or if GameCube controller support is planned for other Wii U games.

If you don’t want to use the GameCube controller, you can choose the Wii U Pro controller, Wii classic controllers, or the upcoming Wired Fight Pad.

The Wii U version of “Super Smash Bros.” is expected to launch this winter.