Australia getting Netflix on Wii U (and everything else) starting March 24th

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While the U.S. and Europe have been enjoying Netflix on their Wii U consoles for quite some time, the service is finally heading to customers in Australia and New Zealand this month.

Netflix is the leading Internet TV service, streaming licensed and original content directly to the receiving platform of choice. Netflix already has plenty of programming, and they’re always adding more all the time (*cough*#saveSelfie). The service goes live in Australia and New Zealand starting on March 24th.

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Nintendo confirms additional production of Villager, Little Mac, and Captain Falcon amiibo; shipping in May

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Nintendo of Japan has posted an apology to customers unable to find certain amiibo due to scarcity, and has promised that additional productions of the Villager, Captain Falcon, and Little Mac figures are under way. Those are expected to ship out by mid-May.

The company points out that the amiibo assembly process is very detailed, sometimes requiring hands-on work. This meticulous manufacturing process leads to a turnaround time of several months from the beginning of production to actual shipment. Nintendo asks customers to please understand.

Since the figures are all manufactured at the same place, one can assume that this production run will lead to additional supply for other regions in the world, but depending on Nintendo’s allocation and rollout plans, shipment dates may vary per region.

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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance & Radiant Dawn soundtracks now shipping from Amazon Japan

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In an admittedly not-news turn of events, Amazon has begun shipping out a pair of products in time for their release date. The Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn official soundtracks are scheduled to launch in Japan on March 4th, and Amazon Japan has begun sending out shipping notifications to customers (such as myself) expecting the CDs this month.

Each soundtrack collections span 4-discs, comes with a 12-page booklet, and is listed for ¥3,300 – though my confirmation email shows ¥2,861 for each, so Amazon’s Price Match Guarantee may have kicked in at some point.

Both soundtracks are still available for order (Path of RadianceRadiant Dawn), so you might want to pick them up if you haven’t already, before they go out of print and skyrocket in resale price by a factor of ten… if the Fire Emblem: Awakening 5-disc soundtrack is any indication.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4) coming May 12; pre-orders get calendar by Yoshitaka Amano

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The PlayStation 4 release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster has finally been given a North American release date: May 12, 2015. The will feature cross-save compatibility with the PS3 and PSVita versions (sold separately) as well as Remote Play from the PSVita. Exclusive to the PS4 release, players will be able to switch back and forth between the remastered soundtracks and the original games’ soundtracks.

As a bonus, fans who pre-order the game at select retailers or from the new Square Enix Online Store will receive an exclusive desktop calendar with artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, who designs all the logos and promotional artwork for the series.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will retail for $49.99. For more information, check past the break for the full press release!

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Nintendo releases “Heir to the Monado” trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be the first New Nintendo 3DS-exclusive title when it arrives in April, and Nintendo is certainly doing all it can to get fans excited about the remake. A new trailer titled “Heir to the Monado” has been released, which you can view above.

Will you be picking up the game when it arrives on April 10th? Will you be using your Shulk amiibo with the game?

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Nintendo 3DS firmware update 9.5.0-23U now available

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Nintendo of America has just released a firmware update for all Nintendo 3DS systems. Update 9.5.0-23U has the following description:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

To download, go to “Settings” in your Nintendo 3DS, then “Other Settings,” and choose “System Update” to confirm you want to update.

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Reminder: Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire Eon Ticket distribution ends tonight

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The clock is ticking! If you have yet to obtain the Eon Ticket in your game of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, you can do so with the following Mystery Gift serial codes:

  • North America: 2015LATIOSLATIAS
  • Europe: POKEMON380381

The Eon Ticket allows you to return to Southern Island in the games and gives you a chance to catch Latios or Latias, whichever Pokémon is not normally obtainable in your game. If you miss out on redeeming the above serial code tonight, you’ll have to StreetPass with someone who does have the Eon Ticket (and has StreetPass activated for their game) in order to obtain it.

Nintendo of America confirms additional shipments of Marth amiibo for late April

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If you felt a disturbance in the Force, it’s because thousands of scalpers suddenly cried out in terror.

Nintendo has confirmed via Twitter that North America will receive a new supply of Marth amiibo figures in late April, in order to provide sufficient supply for fans to actually use the figure with the upcoming Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. for Nintendo 3DS.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also work with the amiibo figures for Ike, Robin, and Lucina, since the game’s developer, Intelligent Systems, also develops the Fire Emblem series.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X battle system to be feature of video presentation on Friday

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Nintendo has announced via Twitter that a special direct video will be streamed on Friday, March 6, showcasing the combat system players will need to survive on the planet Mira in Xenoblade Chronicles X.

The video will be streamed on YouTube and NicoNico at 10pm Japan time, which is 1pm in the UK, 8am Eastern, 5am Pacific.

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Custom Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube case mod by Vadu Amka

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Artist Vadu Amka customizes retro gaming items, and has completed this case mod for a Nintendo GameCube with a custom The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker theme. Using resin, double component epoxy paste, and acrylic and gel texturizing, Amka meticulously hand-crafted this beauty over the span of three months.

The controller ports are labeled not with your usual Arabic numerals, but rather with Hylian numerals for “1” through “4.” The casing is meant to resemble a stone wall, and there are even cracks in the bricks reminiscent of those as a cue for Link to whip out some bombs. The back handle is padded in faux leather.

You can see more images of Vadu Amka after the break, as well as a video showing off the custom case mod (and set to a dubstep arrangement of the Dragon Roost Isle theme, no less). For more of Amka’s work, be sure to check out the Pimp My Retro blog.

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