Wii U Miiverse’s redesign removes activity feed, adds new features

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Nintendo recently announced that its Miiverse software on the Wii U has undergone a pretty drastic makeover. They have nixed the activity feed and replaced it with the Play Journal, where you can write journal entries about the games as you play them, accompanied by a screenshot from that point in the game.

The community page is now categorized by type of post, so if you’re looking for artwork, you can go straight to that section. Discussions and play journal entries also have their own sections, and the layout for each game seems more organized.

Finally, Nintendo mentioned that limitations on posting in rapid succession will be less strict, with a cap of 30 posts per day per player. Look out for this Wii U update!

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This is what the Zelda theme song would sound like with lyrics

Have you ever listened to your favorite instrumental video game song and wondered how the lyrics would go, if it had any? Apparently, the folks behind this very honest animated The Legend of Zelda spoof did just that and delivered 1 minute and 18 seconds of truth. Hopefully, no Cuccos were harmed in the process. Check out the video for yourself!

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Nintendo to discontinue Wii U TVii service August 11th

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Not even reaching its third year, Wii U TVii will be on the chopping block next month. Launched in December 2012, TVii offers users the ability to browse content on platforms including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and even their cable network. With Nintendo Network integration, users can also utilize Miiverse features like voting on and discussing shows. Nintendo had only this to say about its decision to end the service:

Every service has a life cycle, and it is time to focus our resources on other projects.

As the company’s brief foray into the world of television, the discontinuation of TVii begs the question of whether or not Nintendo is scrapping the service in favor of something better in the future.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to PS4 and Steam in 2016

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I can’t imagine Microsoft is happy about this, but Square Enix confirmed today that Rise of The Tomb Raider will indeed be releasing on PlayStation 4 and Steam in 2016. The Steam release will come first alongside the Windows 10 release in early 2016 while the PlayStation 4 release will happen around Holiday 2016 because of the console exclusive deal Square Enix has with Xbox for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Many PlayStation 4 owners are probably glad to finally get a confirmation that Rise of The Tomb Raider will be coming to the platform. PlayStation players were really bummed when it was first announced  as a Xbox exclusive because most of them couldn’t justify paying for both an Xbox One and a PlayStation 4. Personally I really enjoyed the reboot when it released back in 2013 and I can’t wait to go on another wild adventure with Lara Croft. What are your thoughts?

You can read the full press release below the break from Square Enix themselves after the break.
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Pokémon Shuffle’s Kyogre event returns, runs until July 31st

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An event that gives players a chance to capture Kyogre in Pokémon Shuffle has returned. The event is until July 31s 6:00am UTC (that is July 30th 11:00pm PDT/July 31st 2:00am EDT).

This is a repeat event, having occurred before in March. Like last time, it will be followed up with a Groudon event next week, and Rayquaza the week after.

If you missed Kyogre last time, then don’t miss this chance to nab the Pokémon this time around!

Never-before-seen Crash Bandicoot animation surfaces online

A scrapped (and perhaps cringe-worthy) animation short designed to be included as two cutscenes in the original Crash Bandicoot game has appeared on YouTube. David Siller, game producer and the original uploader of the video, stated that the purpose of the animation —produced by Universal Animation during the game’s early development— was to test both the concept’s viability as a possible cartoon series and its inclusion in the game before Sony acquired the project. Interestingly, Siller says of the elusive video:

There are many close to the development of the original game that do not even know that this material even existed.

Siller also mentioned that the cartoon was inspired by the popular Animaniacs and other successful animated shows of the time.

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Batman Arkham Knight Review: Be The Batman… Again!

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Warner Bros. Interactive’s tagline for the Batman Arkham series has always been “Be The Batman.” It’s a great selling point because you see “Be The Batman” and you think in your head, “Yeah I’m gonna be the Batman and kick some butt! When Arkham Asylum came out back in 2009 – it does not seem like this series is six years old – it blew away gamers with how much you did felt like the Batman playing it. The use of his gadgets and your intuition to complete mysteries and take down bad guys made it one of the best comic book game adaptations of all time.

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Amazon Releases Details for Palutena amiibo

SI_Amiibo_38_SSBBatch6_PalutenaGet ready for some hardcore refreshing, because the Amazon-exclusive Palutena amiibo is set to come out this Friday! The Kid Icarus goddess will go on sale at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST on Friday, July 24, according to Amazon.

For the best chance to snag one, ensure that your payment and shipping information is up to date. Keep in mind that one-click ordering is disabled for this release.

Amazon stated that they have “ample quantities” of the figure, but that they expect to sell out and encourage customers to buy ASAP. Good luck, amiibo hunters!

We have listed the complete announcement from Amazon Video Games after the break. The link below leads straight to the Amazon listing!

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Nintendo Wins Handheld System Patent Case

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On July 17, 2015, Judge Saundra Armstrong found that eight of Nintendo’s handheld systems, including the Nintendo 3DS, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DSi, do not infringe on patents held by Quintal Research Group, Inc. QRG is a patent-assertion company (which means that their entire business is filing patent lawsuits).

Many companies pay to settle cases like these to avoid going to court, but not Nintendo. “We are very pleased to have this case dismissed,” said Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. “The result in this case continues to prove that Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits. … Nintendo continues to support patent reform efforts that reduce the … burden cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.”

It’s fun to imagine Phoenix Wright as Nintendo’s lawyer; he definitely would not object to the verdict in this case. Check out the full press release after the break.

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Kensuke Tanabe Defends Metroid Prime: Federation Force

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Nintendo’s E3 showing this year was decidedly lackluster, but one revelation sparked a particularly impassioned negative reaction: the announcement of a Metroid Prime spin-off title for the 3Ds called Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Rather than producing the next-generation Metroid Prime game that the fanbase had dared to hope for, Nintendo gave us a co-operative first person shooter that features a multiplayer mode called “Blast Ball,” but does not feature Samus as a playable character. This, understandably, led fans to very angrily question where their beloved franchise had gone, even leading to the creation of a petition to cancel the game entirely.

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