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Nintendo News Roundup August 28th, 2014

Here is the latest news from Nintendo, on behalf of On Request Magazine.

1) Nintendo is bringing some of its best video games from the year, including Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, for playable demos at PAX Prime convention in Seattle, WA. From August 29th-September 1st at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Nintendo will have the Super Smash Bros for a #SmashBash to showcase the first time the series will go portable. Other games include an event for Hyrule Warriors, located at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel after the PAX floors close on Saturday, and anyone cosplaying as a character from The Legend of Zelda will be immediately fast tracked past the general public into the event. There will also be other cool games and events at the Nintendo booth, including a dedicated Pokemon area where fans can meet other Pokemon trainers to battle and trade with. Other games include Bayonetta 2, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Pokemon Art Academy and more!

2) Speaking of Pokemon Art Academy, the game is set to premiere on October 24th of this year, and will allow fans of the series to and students of all ages to learn to draw their favorite Pokemon under the tutelage of the well regarded Professor Andy in this new 2D art-instruction game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. As players advance through the game/course, they will unlock the chance to learn to draw Mega-Evolved Pokemon. Players will be able to showcase their art in the Miiverse galleries or save it onto an SD card and print the limited edition artwork.

3) Two massive Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs are set to add 16 new course, plus new drivers and Karts as well. The packs are set to launch this fall and the spring of 2015, and starting August 27th each game is available for preorder for either $7.99 each or $11.99 for both. The packs look to make history as the first time characters from The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing will become playable drivers in the game. These include  Link, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser. On top of these packs, the already announced free DLC Mercedes-Benz cars are already available for download to players, and include three custom designed Mercedes-Benz cars.

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Nintendo News Roundup: June 13th, 2014

With E3 2014 having come and gone, a lot of video game news has hit the world. Trailers, gameplay, and so much more was showcased at the biggest gaming convention in the world, and Nintendo showed the world some pretty amazing new features. Here is our look at the latest news in the Nintendo world!

1) PAC-Man has joined the all-star roster of characters for the ever popular franchise Super-Smash Bros. He will be featured on the latest installment of the franchise along with Mario, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles. The game will launch October 3rd for 3DS and later in the 2014 holiday season for the Wii U.

2) Nintendo has reinvented the way gaming works with their new lineup of games and technology. Interactive figures called “amiibo” are scheduled to arrive later this year, and will be able to be used on multiple Nintendo games, bringing Nintendo’s unique touch to the toys-to-life category. Mario Maker, a new Nintendo game, will allow players to create levels for Mario games, either in the original 8-bit format or the new designs, using the Wii U Gamepad. The game will launch in 2015.

     Also, a new Star Fox game is on the way, and using the Wii U Gamepad, players will be able to see through the view of the inside of Fox McCloud’s cockpit, while you see the game from behind the Arwing on your televisions. This game is also scheduled for 2015. Nintendo is also designing an adapter that will allow up to four original Gamecube or WaveBird controllers to work with the Wii U, for those who grew up playing Super Smash Bros. Melee. The adapter will be available for $19.99 at launch.

3) Splatoon was announced at E3 2014. The game is a four-on-four multiplayer experience that pits two teams against each other in an effort to claim a battle arena as their own. Each team uses ink to splash the walls and floors of the arena with their own color while trying to blot out the opposing teams. The ink allows players to turn into squid-like creatures and swim through their team’s ink anywhere in the arena. Splatoon will be available in the first half of 2015.

4) Popular franchises are returning as well, as well as beloved characters. Games such as Super Smash Bros., Yoshi’s Woolly World, in which Yoshi finds himself in a world of yarn, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Sonic Boom, and the highly anticipated Hyrule Warriors, in which the world of The Legend of Zelda blends with the style of Dynasty Warriors, giving players the chance to control Princess Zelda or Link, are but a few of the games showcased this year at E3 2014.

5) Wii Sports Club for Wii U will be in store July 25th, 2014. The game will retail at $39.99, and will allow players on the Wii U to play Golf, Baseball, Boxing, Tennis, and Bowling, and will be enhanced with online multiplayer and optimization for Wii U GamePad controllers.

6) A new Wii U System Update will add GamePad Quick Start features to the system. The update will also include an improved user setting and selection experience, the update can be downloaded in standby mode now, full-screen alerts can be viewed even while in standby mode, there will be an easier Nintendo Network ID setup for new users, and notifications can be accessed from the Home menu as well as the Wii U Menu.

That’s our news roundup. Be sure to stay tuned to On Request Magazine for all the latest news from Nintendo and the gaming world!