Pokkén Tournament coming to Wii U in 2016

It looks like Pokémon battling is leveling up (lame pun intended)! At the 2015 Pokémon World Championships, Nintendo confirmed that Pokkén Tournament, currently only playable in Japanese arcades, will be released internationally for the Wii U next spring. As not-so-subtly suggested by the game’s title, the same publisher of Tekken, Bandai Namco, will also develop the Pokémon incarnation of the immensely popular fighting game. Not to be left out of the fray, Pikachu Libre will be making a special appearance in the ring to sweeten the deal.

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All Aboard the “Nope” Train: Arachnophobia in Gaming

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Spiders in our culture are synonymous with horror. They are a favorite tool for many types of entertainers, including game designers, and a staple of the fantasy genre (thanks, Tolkien). Spider encounters aren’t new; we’ve been hunting Skulltulas, for example, for almost two decades now. However, as graphical fidelity and mastery of the three-dimensional setting has improved over the years, those nasty critters have gotten a lot scarier, especially in heavy-hitting RPGs like The Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age. Most would consider this a success in game design, and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree… but there is a type of gamer out there for whom this innovation is complete torture, and for whom certain genres of gaming — like fantasy RPGs and Action-Adventures — are becoming less and less accessible.

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A new Darkrai event in Pokémon Shuffle begins, runs until August 31st

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An event that gives players a chance to capture Darkrai in Pokémon Shuffle has begun. The event runs through August 31st 6:00am UTC (that is August 30th 11:00pm PDT/August 31st 2:00am EDT).

In an Escalation Battle, each time you win the stage, the difficulty level increases along with your chance to capture the Pokémon. You can also receive several prizes at certain levels. Head past the break below to see what these prizes are!

The Daily Pokémon challenge also returns and runs until August 29th. The event features the many forms of Rotom that cannot be acquired anywhere else.

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A Resident Evil 2 remake has been officially announced by Capcom

Capcom confirmed that a Resident Evil 2 remake is beginning development. It will be headed by R&D Divison 1, who were also responsible for bringing Resident Evil Remake HD to current generation consoles.

They cite fan passion and support for a remake as being a major reason for this project to have been possible, and thank the fans and hope to be able to bring them what they want. They wish to bring news about development to fans directly, but state that it will be some time before the first news is heard.

Capcom has yet to say just which consoles the game will be on, which will likely be revealed later in development.

 

Shiny Mega Rayquaza event now live for Pokémon OR/AS, runs through September 14th

An event that allows players to acquire a Shiny Rayquaza via the Nintendo Network in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions has begun! The event runs from August 12th to September 14th.

You can download this rare Pokémon in its “shiny” form via the Nintendo Network by selecting the “Mystery Gift” option on the main menu, and then “Get via Internet.” That’s all there is to it!

The Rayquaza will come with the move “Dragon Ascent” that will allow it to mega evolve without the mega stone. Don’t miss this event! Read more about it on the official Pokémon website.

GameStop to offer Duck Hunt, R.O.B, and Mr. Game & Watch amiibo 3-pack for preorder August 8th in North America

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According to an Amiibo News tweet picturing a recent GameStop flyer, a 3-pack including the Duck Hunt, R.O.B., and Mr. Game & Watch amiibo figures will be available for preorder on August 8th. The flyer image is credited to Reddit user ‘subz3r0x2’. Updates will be available as additional details emerge.

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Pokémon Safari returns in Pokémon Shuffle along with new Pignite event; run until August 17th

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Following up from last week’s Tepig event, an event that gives players a chance to capture Pignite in Pokémon Shuffle has gone live. The event runs until August 17th 6:00am UTC (that is August 16th 11:00pm PDT/August 17th 2:00am EDT). This is in preparation for an event that will feature Pignite’s evolution Emboar later this month.

Along with the Pignite event is the return of the Pokémon Safari event which also runs through August 17th 6:00 AM UTC. It features unknown Pokémon and the lack of “optimizing” to add a twist to the usual game modes.

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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