Pokémon Bank update (v1.2) now available on eShop

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Planning on transferring your living Dex over from Pokémon X and once the new games launch on Saturday? It’s time to do some prep work! Pokémon Bank users can now hop onto the eShop to download an update to that application and add compatibility with the incoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Update Details:
Added compatibility with the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games
Other adjustments have also been made to make for a better gaming experience

You’ll be able to access and transfer to/from your Pokémon Bank boxes upon receiving the Pokédex from Professor Birch, and can pick up those transferred Pokémon upon reaching the Pokémon Center in Oldale Town.

Twili Midna Set to Join Hyrule Warriors

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Downloadable content may still seem like a foreign concept to many Nintendo fans. It’s not that Nintendo has avoided DLC altogether, but sometimes it feels like they aren’t quite ready to get their feet wet. A handful of games including the most recent Super Mario Bros. and Fire Emblem games have featured DLC, but for many players this has gone practically unnoticed. A recent announcement got fans exited to see Mewtwo return to Super Smash Bros., but only as a free gift to those who purchase both versions of the game – as of yet, it does not look like he will be purchasable as DLC on his own.

Cue Hyrule Warriors, a new addition to the Legend of Zelda franchise modeled after tactical action games such as Dynasty Warriors. The game features a handful of playable characters, from the classic Link and Zelda to some brand new faces. The roster does leave something to be desired by long-time fans of the series though, and this is where supervisor Eiji Aonuma just chimed in. The second DLC pack for the game will give buyers a whole new, highly anticipated character to play: Twili Midna, the true form of Twilight Princess‘s loveable guide Midna.

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Meta Knight amiibo exclusive to Best Buy

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Retail giant Best Buy has just announced that the Meta Knight amiibo for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for 3DS will be available exclusively from them. The Meta Knight amiibo will be available in “early 2015.” It is not yet available for pre-order.

It has already been announced that the Shulk amiibo is similarly a retailer-exclusive, coming to GameStop in February. It is expected that the amiibos for Rosalina and Lucario will also be retailer exclusive, likely to Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us and thus rounding out the four big gaming retailers in the United States.

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Latest Mario Kart 8 update reduces collision knock-back

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Well, there goes part of my strategy in playing heavyweights like Rosalina: The latest Mario Kart 8 v3.0 update, which adds compatibility with DLC pack #1, features a minor tweak to lessen the knock-back lightweights such as Toad or Shy Guy experience when colliding with heavier characters.

In an interview with GameSpot, Mario Kart 8 director Kosuke Yabuki explained the change:

For this update, we made just a minor tweak to the way two players deflect when they collide with each other. Up until now, when two players collided, the more lightweight racers would get knocked too far away. That, combined with other overall elements we considered, made us conclude that the lighter racers were at a bit of a disadvantage. If you like Toad or Shy Guy and feel like you can’t win at all, go ahead and give them another try after applying the update.

The rest of the interview discusses the DLC pack’s inclusion of non-Mario courses and characters, as well as secret shortcuts and references. Head on over for the read!

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Nintendo to Endorse Creation of Fan Works

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In a recent announcement about the upcoming event Tokaigi Game Party Japan 2015, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata declared that Nintendo will now officially give permission for its intellectual property to be used in derivative works. That means fans would be able to create art, games, and other projects based on Nintendo titles without fear of legal repercussions. In a class act, Iwata made this announcement with a backdrop of famous fan-made art and music covers.

In addition, Iwata announced Nintendo’s cooperation with the Creative Endorsement Program launched by Niconico, a Japanese video-sharing website, in which creators of popular videos can be monetarily rewarded. That’s right – not only can fans submit content based on Nintendo titles, but they can even potentially make money off of their content, and Nintendo will not intervene. This arrangement will go into effect starting December 1st.

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Deoxys vs. Rayquaza: The “Delta Episode” announced for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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The DNA Pokémon is back! Deoxys returns in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire as part of the newly announced story, the Delta Episode. In addition to a confrontation between Deoxys and Rayquaza, the Delta Episode features brand new characters, such as the mysterious Zinnia, as you set out to save the world from a giant, incoming asteroid.

Some fans may recall that Nintendo trademarked “Delta Emerald” a while back, sparking speculation of a Pokémon Emerald remake. As the version mascot for Emerald, perhaps Rayquaza is the key to this new Delta Episode.

Additional information about the Delta Episode, the Eon Ticket distribution, Mirage spots and Legendary Pokémon, the Regi trio, and more can be found after the break,

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GameStop to distribute Diancie, Shiny Gengar this fall

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U.S. Pokémon trainers will have two more event distributions coming their way this fall. The Pokémon Company International has confirmed that from October 13th through the 26th, fans can visit their local GameStop to pick up a special code card, redeemable in-game for a Shiny Gengar holding a Gengarite Mega Stone. Then, from October 27th through November 16th, GameStop will distribute another code card, this time for the legendary Diancie. The distribution process will be similar to that of the Heracronite and Pinsirite distribution in the U.S., but hopefully without the mass confusion.

Diancie won’t be holding a Mega Stone in the distribution, but players can transfer her to the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire in which the Diancite Mega Stone will be available.

The distributions are not pre-order bonuses for the new games, but rather in celebration of the new releases, as well as the Pokémon TCG: XY Phantom Forces expansion launching November 5th. This is in addition to the Nintendo Network distribution of a Shiny Beldum, starting November 21st.

Pokkén Tournament announced for 2015

It looks like Super Smash Bros. isn’t the only Nintendo franchise on Bandai Namco’s desk — the Tekken team is working on a brand new Pokémon fighting game!

The Pokémon Company has just announced that Pokkén Tournament will becoming to Japanese arcades in 2015, and we presume it will land on Nintendo platforms at some point afterwards. The two-player arcade fighter, revealed via a Lucario vs. Machamp sneak peek battle, looks to be running Bandai Namco’s Tekken engine. Tekken‘s Katsuhiro Harada and SoulCalibur‘s Masaaki Hoshino are both involved in development.

What do you think so far? Are you looking forward to trying out Pokkén Tournament? Which Pokémon are you hoping to fight as?

North American Club Nintendo offers downloadable games for 2014 Elite Status members

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Did you spend enough money and take enough surveys to reach “Gold” or even “Platinum” Elite Status for the 2014 Club Nintendo year? Congratulations! In appreciation of your loyalty, Nintendo has finally announced your reward gift options, and they all allow Nintendo to eliminate their shipping fees!

That’s right, no physical gifts this year. You’ll be able to choose a download code for any one of the eShop and/or Virtual Console titles listed after the break. To be fair, the Elite Status gifts are still a nice gesture, no matter the offer. That being said, one has to wonder if anyone fan enough to reach Club Nintendo’s Elite Status is really still aching to obtain the original Super Mario Bros. It just seems like less of an incentive to keep taking surveys, compared to Mario hats and Majora’s Mask soundtracks.

Eight choices for Gold members, sixteen for Platinum. Wondering what they are?

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Lucina, Robin, and Captain Falcon make a Smashing entrance

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As promised by Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai, a newcomer to the Smash Universe was revealed this morning at 7:00am PDT (or 9am for all us cool kids). As a pleasant surprise, we ended up with more than one newcomer, as well as confirmation of a returning Smash veteran.

Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s Lucina and Robin (the latter also known in FE circles as “MU/MyUnit” or “Avatar”) are seen battling Captain Falcon in the reveal trailer. Lucina, current wielder of the Falchion blade, possesses a similar moveset to other sword wielders in the game. Robin, skilled with swords and tomes, is seen using a Levin Sword, Bronze Sword, and the tomes Thunder, Elthunder, Arcthunder, Thoron, Arcfire, Elwind, and Nosferatu. I imagine the tomes will either be in a rotation, or part of the customizable moveset options, but it should be noted that Nosferatu is seen in the trailer as a health-replenishing move. Robin’s Final Smash involves a Dual Strike with Chrom, the latter with a critical hit animation. You can also play as Female Robin.

You can view the full reveal trailer after the break. If you have no idea who these characters are, we suggest you pick up Fire Emblem: Awakening for your Nintendo 3DS library before Super Smash Bros. joins it in October.

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