Special Darkrai Pokémon distribution coming to Korean movie theaters

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The latest Pokémon movie, Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, is coming to Korea, and select theaters will be distributing a special Darkrai to ticket holders from January 15th through the 18th. The event Darkrai will be level 50, have the ability Bad Dreams, and have a moveset comprised of Dark Void, Dark Pulse, Phantom Force, and Dream Eater. It holds an Enigma Berry (as usual), has the Wishing Ribbon, and comes in a Cherish Ball.

Players can obtain the Darkrai by seeing the movie at select theaters, including ????? (Lotte Cinema), CGV, and ???? (Megabox) in COEX on the dates previously stated. Darkrai will be distributed by infrared (so you’ll need your 3DS and any of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

An additional method of obtaining presumably this same Darkrai involves a limited edition calendar based on the new movie, which comes with a ticket and the Darkrai. Head to the D-Cube Department Store during the Pokémon Winter Carnival 2014 event to purchase the calendar.

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Square Enix reveals new Final Fantasy XV trailer at Jump Festa 2015

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Who’s that? Oh, that’s Cidney… as in Cidney. Mind blown.

A new trailer for Final Fantasy XV was shown by Square Enix at this year’s Jump Festa, giving fans a new look at the game’s features, including the gargantuan Titan summon, driving through towns, the camping mechanic, and the first female incarnation of the Cid character. Not surprisingly, she’s a mechanic.

Check out the full trailer after the break.

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The Tanooki’s Guide to Proudly Displaying Your amiibo Collection

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You’ve purchased some Super Smash Bros. amiibo. Perhaps you purchased more than you intended. Maybe you’ve even put yourself on the fast track to obtaining all of them. Good for you. Now what?

Many fans have started looking for options to display their colorful collections. Of course, while the original boxes for these figures look great, they can be a big waste of space: one look at your Kirby amiibo in its packaging and you’ll be saying, “There’s got to be a better way!”

Well, there are! After the break, we’ll show you some of the display options people from around the Internet have been using to display their unboxed amiibo armies. We’ll keep updating this list, too, so be sure to let us know if you’ve got a great solution of your own!

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Theatrhythm Dragon Quest scores its first gameplay trailer

The recently revealed Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is just over three months away from release (in Japan), but we’re getting our first look at the game via the new trailer above.

Expectedly, the game very much resembles other rhythm games such as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan in terms of gameplay, but we’re getting a look at some of the different modes in this game. We’re also getting a sneak preview of some of the music selections for this title.

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest arrives in Japan on March 26th; no word on a Western release yet.

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Rosalina amiibo goes back up for pre-order… and then back down

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Despite a firm “No more!” from Target on the subject of further online pre-orders of the Target-exclusive Rosalina amiibo, a few more people were able to reserve the space princess this morning according to NeoGAF’s mega thread.

Similarly to the previous pre-order opportunities, Rosalina was available for only a few minutes, and once again that window happened to be during the most inconvenient hours of the early morning — luckily, it’s a weekend. Unlike the previous reserve windows, those who reportedly managed to add Rosalina to their shopping cart and beyond all used Target’s mobile app. Given Target’s previous statement, it’s a shot in the dark to assume more pre-order opportunities will arise, but you can download the app to give yourself a sliver of a chance in the future.

Were you one of the lucky ones to get through tonight?

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The Tanooki’s Daily Recap – December 19, 2014

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I’ve got to admit: amiibo are tiring me out. No, it’s not the whole collecting-them-all thing, but rather the fact that I had to stay up all night just to cover that TRU fiasco! What a day!

Since amiibo are the hot topic of discussion these days, let me ask you a question. Do you find it odd that a number of Smash Bros. amiibo are reportedly being discontinued already, long before the NFC/amiibo reader for the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL actually launches? Sure, gamers in Japan and Australia can just scan their amiibo on their fancy New 3DS and New 3DS XL units. The rest of us? We have to wait. By the time that amiibo reader launches in North America and Europe, Marth et al. will have been long gone.

Does that seem right to you?

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Japan to get hidden ability Serperior, Emboar, Samurott event distributions
Pokkén Tournament producer talks development rules, scrubbed ideas, sequels
We may have to wait until Nintendo’s next console for the next true Super Mario game
Nintendo files for extension to declare intent to use Eternal Darkness trademark
Miyamoto: Discontinued amiibo figures could be brought back in card form

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Toys”R”Us canceling an alarming number of Wave 2, 3, and Lucario amiibo pre-orders
Toys”R”Us amiibo cancelations reportedly due to delays and constrained supply
Target seemingly delaying and/or canceling amiibo pre-orders as well
Target.com pre-orders for Rosalina & Luma’s Super Smash Bros. amiibo now live
Online Lucario pre-orders briefly return, then all Wave 3 amiibo disappear from Toys”R”Us
Target confirms Rosalina existing pre-orders valid; no more pre-orders online
Toys”R”Us says amiibo pre-orders not canceled; cites “technical issue”

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Fire Emblem Awakening Comic Anthology available in Japan starting December 25th

Miyamoto: Discontinued amiibo figures could be brought back in card form

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In his recent interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto talked about the amiibo platform and how the company plans to use them going forward, beyond the games that have already been announced to include support. When asked if those future games would still include amiibo support for figures that have have been discontinued, Miyamoto reassured the interviewer that Nintendo has the option to easily bring back the functionality of past figures no longer in production.

“We’re not making promises for certain figures, but the way ‘amiibo’ is designed is that certain games can have ‘amiibo’ specifically for that game. Other games can take advantage of past “amiibo” that developers want to make their game compatible with. In the future, we have the option, if certain ‘amiibo’ figures are no longer available in stores, to release an ‘amiibo’ in card form with the same functionality.”

Amiibo in card form might be a great idea. They’re more portable, easier to store, and allow collectors to keep their figures in their original or custom cases. Then again, given Nintendo’s history with card platforms (eReader, AR cards), one might wonder for how long Nintendo would actually support an NFC card platform.

Maybe Pogs would be better?

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Miyamoto: Nintendo working on ideas for the Wii U’s successor

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In a revelation that should surprise no one, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed to the Associated Press that Nintendo has plenty of people trying to figure out how to follow up a high-definition Wii with a tablet controller. When asked if, after Star Fox, he would continue to work on Wii U titles or shift to the system’s successor, Miyamoto had the following to say:

“We’re focused on providing a robust line-up of Wii U software for next year. It seems like we’ve managed to do that this year and people are very happy with what we’ve done on Wii U. For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems. While we’re busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.”

As soon as (or perhaps even before) Nintendo launches one console, they’re already brainstorming the next. It’s always been that way, but perhaps the surprising realization here is that the Wii U is already 2 years old — we should be nearing the halfway point of its life cycle sometime during the back half of next year, depending on how long Nintendo wants it to last. Won’t be long before we start hearing codenames…

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Nintendo files for extension to declare intent to use Eternal Darkness trademark

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As the publisher of Silicon Knights’ Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem for the Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo holds the rights to the Eternal Darkness trademark. However, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice to Nintendo of America at the end of last year that they publisher had six months to file a statement of use, file for a six-month extension, or forfeit the trademark. Nintendo filed for a first extension in June, and has now filed for a second extension, claiming they have made ongoing efforts in product development to use the mark. They can file for extension a total of five times.

Sounds like Nintendo’s holding on to the trademark hoping to use the Eternal Darkness franchise in the future, but maybe they’re not quite sure yet how to do so. Would you like to see more Eternal Darkness? Perhaps an HD remake of the original? Maybe a sequel, but then who could develop it?

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Toys”R”Us says amiibo pre-orders not canceled; cites “technical issue”

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Following the many different reasonings and rationales we’ve heard this morning surrounding Toys”R”Us’s sudden and mysterious cancelations of existing pre-orders, the retailer has told Joystiq that the cancelation emails were the result of a “technical issue” and that pre-orders will not be canceled and will be fulfilled eventually. This is in line with the original explanation given by customer service.

In addition, Toys”R”Us appears to be getting its giraffes in line and is now providing customers with the following cookie-cutter response:

“We apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused pertaining to your amiibo pre-order. Please know that we are working on an email communication to all customers effected [sic], which will provide instructions on how we plan to fulfill your order. We thank you for your patience as we work to remedy this situation and ensure you receive the product you ordered. Thank you.”

We’re continuing to follow the story and will provide you with further updates.

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