Amazon outlines organized plan for May 29th amiibo sales; instant add-to-cart links here


Amazon has emailed me their plan for sales of Nintendo’s many amiibo figures launching tomorrow. In order to ensure that everyone gets a chance to get the figures they want, they’ll be making each of them available one character at a time, with sales of each individual character opening up at a random time within scheduled half-hour windows, listed below:

Each figure will be limited to 1 per customer, and 1-click ordering will be disabled. Amazon does recommend you update your credit card and shipping info to help you get through the transaction as quickly as possible. To help you get through transactions even quicker, we’ve added special links after the break that can be used to instantly add the amiibo of your choice to your cart. You still have to go through the order process due to the lack of 1-click ordering, but it’s one less step for you to take.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL charging cradles in stock at Nintendo’s Online Store


If you’re a fan of pick-up-and-play efficiency, you might want to act quickly on this one: the Nintendo Online Store has the New Nintendo 3DS XL charging cradle in stock for purchase.

The cradle, which will cost you $14.99 plus tax and at least $5 shipping, allows you to plop your system into the slot with ease to begin charging – no need to fiddle around with trying to plug the AC adapter (also sold separately) into the device. If you want to start playing again, it’s as simple as lifting the system right out of the cradle.

If that weren’t enough of a benefit, it also saves you some room on your desk or nightstand: the system is held vertically, resulting in a small footprint and tidy workspace!

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Here are the major online retailer listings for the amiibo launching on May 29th


While many North American amiibo fanatics – perhaps including you – will be waiting outside of a retail store on Friday morning in hopes of securing a favorite character amiibo figure in person, many of those same retailers will be opening up online sales for those figures as well.

We’ve compiled a list of all online product listings for the amiibo figures launching on May 29th below, sorted by retailer since we assume you’d prefer to checkout one cart at a time rather than risk having multiple open carts simultaneously. Note that as of today (5/26), none of these are available for pre-order anymore or purchase yet. We encourage you to bookmark this page so that you can pull it up on Friday morning and easily place your orders while at work, in between classes, from your own home, or even in line at a brick-and-mortar store.

Canadian? Head on over to Page 2 for links to the major Canadian retailers. We’ll try to update all links as they go up or go back up.

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Best Buy offering 3-for-$30 on select amiibo figures


If you have yet to pick up some commonly found amiibo figures such as Mario, Sonic, and Toon Link, you can get them from Best Buy today for an incredibly reasonable deal!

Best Buy is offering a 3-for-$30 deal on the following amiibo for the rest of the day: Bowser (SSB), Sonic, Toon Link, Luigi (SSB), Diddy Kong, Zelda, Mario (MP10), Shiek, Luigi (MP10), Mario (SSB), Bowser (MP10), Pikachu, Yoshi (MP10), and Peach (MP10). Sure sounds like they’re clearing warehouse space. Maybe they’re getting more amiibo soon?

Simply head on over with the link below, add at least three amiibo to your cart, and reap the savings!

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses adds five dates to Master Quest tour


If you have yet to experience the third season of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour “Master Quest,” they’ve just made it easier to make it out to a performance!

Five additional concerts have been added to the tour’s late summer and early fall schedule. If you’re from Charlottesville, D.C., Columbus, Dallas, or Portland, you’ll can add the following venues and dates to your calendar:

  • Charlottesville, John Paul Jones Arena; August 28
  • District of Columbia, Strathmore; September 16
  • Columbus, Ohio Theater; October 18
  • Dallas, Music Hall at Fair Park; October 24
  • Portland, Keller Auditorium; October 25

Of course, there are still 26 other concerts scheduled for the rest of this year besides those new dates, so check past the break for the full list and press release and see if the production is coming to a concert hall near you!

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A trio of Pokémon-inspired Nintendo 3DS themes heading to Europe this Friday


Nintendo of Europe has revealed three new Pokémon-inspired themes coming to the Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop this Friday. On the left side of the above image, you can see the Pokémon Shuffle theme. A theme showcasing all of the various Eevee evolutions can be seen on the New 3DS in the center, while the Mega Charizard X theme can be seen on the New XL to the right.

The themes have not been announced for other regions yet, but will likely be on the way soon.


Nintendo files for third extension with intent to use Eternal Darkness trademark


Nintendo has filed for a third extension to retain the Eternal Darkness trademark.

Nintendo has held the rights to the trademark ever since publishing the original Eternal Darkness: Sanity Requiem, developed by Silicon Knights, for the Nintendo GameCube. At the end of 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office informed Nintendo of America that they had to file a statement of continued use as well as file for a sixth-month extension, or else forfeit the trademark. They first filed for extension in June 2014 and again in December.

In order to retain the mark, Nintendo indicated it has been continuing with “product or service research or development” intending to use the trademark. Perhaps Nintendo hopes to use the franchise in the near future, but are not sure how to go about doing so. Could we see a sequel to Sanity’s Requiem? Maybe an HD remake would be easier? Who would develop it?

In any case, they’d better make up their minds soon – the trademark rights can only be extended five times without actually using them, and this is extension #3.

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Slightly Mad Studios struggling to get Project CARS running on Wii U; considering shift to NX


Even though Nintendo already confirmed that their NX platform won’t be addressed at E3 2015, at least one developer is hoping that claim will turn out to be a red herring.

Ian Bell of Slightly Mad Studios has revealed that the development team behind Project CARS is struggling to get the game running up to their standards on the Wii U. The game, which was released earlier this month for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs, is a stunning graphical achievement. On the Wii U, the current build is barely managing to run at a resolution of 720p and a frame rate of 23fps. Bell is confident they could reach a solid 30fps, but that it “might take a hell of a lot of work.”

Bell hopes that Nintendo does indeed announce the imminent launch of the NX at E3 next month, in which case the Wii U version of Project CARS would be scrapped and assets moved to an NX release. However, if Nintendo does indeed stay quiet on the NX this year, the developer “will have a go” at releasing a decent Wii U version.

Project CARS

Pokémon Shuffle reaches 4 million downloads; gets Shaymin event, free Complexity -1


Over 4 million Nintendo 3DS owners worldwide now own Pokémon Shuffle, and Nintendo is celebrating! Everyone who checks in online and updates to version 1.1.14 gets a free Complexity -1 item, which should come in handy on harder stages.

In addition, a new event allowing players to catch the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin has begun. You’ll have until 6am UTC (2am PDT) on June 15, 2015 to capture it. You’ll also receive 1,000 coins the first time you clear the stage.

Splatoon update: You can use Miiverse to spread graffiti in other players’ plazas


The latest update from the Squid Research Lab, Nintendo’s official Tumblr account for Splatoon, is in with a look at some of the Miiverse perks of the game. As it turns out, handwritten notes that you drop into the mailbox near Inkopolis Tower may show up other players’ games as graffiti in their game plaza.

Will you be spreading gorgeous Splatoon art to other fans? Or are you looking forward to receiving all the graffiti? Or both?