Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops to be down tomorrow (5/21) for scheduled maintenance

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Just a heads up: From 1pm to 3pm PDT (4-6 EDT), the North American eShops for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be closed and unavailable for maintenance. Following the maintenance window, access to the Nintendo eShop should be restored to normal.

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Splatoon screenshot update: A look at the 1-on-1 Battle Dojo

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This is the Battle Dojo building. The Battle Dojo allows you to play one-on-one offline matches with a friend, with one person using a Wii U GamePad while the other player uses a Wii U Pro Controller.

Unlike an online turf war battle, the Battle Dojo requires combatants to break as many balloons as possible within the time limit. Popping a balloon earns you one point, and new balloons will spawn throughout the session. During the last 1 minute of the match, popped balloons will be worth double – 2 points – encouraging players to fight until the bitter end.

You can check out more screens of the Battle Dojo matches below. You’ll be able to try it out for yourselves when Splatoon launches in North America on May 29th.

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LEGO Dimensions trailer: “Great Scott!” featuring Christopher Lloyd

He’s alive! The Doc’s alive!

A new LEGO Dimensions trailer has been released, and it features Christopher Lloyd, who starred as Doctor Emmett “Doc” Brown in Universal’s Back to the Future trilogy. In it, Lloyd’s character receives a mysterious parcel delivery. Upon opening the TRON-like glowing box, he finds a handsome LEGO version of himself and assembles some additional pieces into a portal to a new dimension.

LEGO Dimensions features toys-to-life figures, much like Disney Infinity and Nintendo’s amiibo lines. Of course, when you have the licensing deals that LEGO has in place, you have a seemingly unlimited number of possibilities.

LEGO Dimensions launches September 27th for Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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Yes, Amazon is still planning on doing amiibo pre-orders ahead of May 29th

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A verified member of the Amazon Games team known only as “AmazonJosh” has provided the following update on the status of Amazon’s pre-orders for the fourth wave of Smash Bros. amiibo, as well as the Splatoon and Silver Mario amiibo:

“We’re trying to make sure our ducks are in a row before letting everyone know, but the plan is definitely to still give some advanced notice before we do anything. As I mentioned before, we’re targeting normal business hours and trying to avoid fowl [sic] play by limiting to 1 per customer. Sorry for the vague answer (I know you’ve been egging me on to give you a specific time/date), but we don’t want to put early info out there if it ends up changing — people might be caught counting their chickens before they hatch.”

Basically, yes, they’re still planning to do pre-orders, but they want to make sure they don’t screw things up (like overselling stock or crashing their servers nationwide). Once pre-orders do go up, you can quickly add all the amiibo you want to your shopping cart with just a single click using our handy little guide.

Those chicken puns, though…

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Bowser taking over as Nintendo of America’s new Vice President of Sales

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No, King Koopa isn’t taking over Nintendo. Rather, Doug Bowser joins Nintendo of America as VP of Sales after having served as EA’s VP of Global Business Planning since 2007.

At Nintendo, Bowser will oversee Sales, In-store Merchandising, Retail Strategy, and Retail Marketing. He’ll report to Scott Moffit (EVP of Sales/Marketing), who had some great things to say about Bowser:

“Doug Bowser is an outstanding addition to our Nintendo team, as he brings a deep blend of both consumer package goods and video game sales experience. I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to ensure the broad Nintendo product lineup of hardware, software and accessories are strongly represented throughout U.S. retail points of distribution.”

Full press release after the break.

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Shuckle now available via Pokémon Shuffle’s Daily Pokémon challenge

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If you’re trying to catch ’em all in Pokémon Shuffle, know that Shuckle isn’t available through normal gameplay. Luckily, it’s available right now (and for the next couple Wednesdays after today) through the Daily Pokémon challenge. You’ll only have 5 moves to defeat it, so choose your moves carefully!

If you missed out on Kecleon yesterday, don’t worry – you’ll be able to try again next Tuesday!

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Fire Emblem If will feature a tweaked weapon triangle mechanic

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It looks like Fire Emblem If will feature a tweaked weapon triangle mechanic which is launches in Japan on June 25th. Unlike the removal of weapon durability and the concept of death, however, the weapon triangle mechanic has occasionally seen alterations or variations in previous entries, such as the inclusion of a magic weapon triangle.

This time around, it’s not just swords over axes over lances over swords. Both swords and magic are strong against both axes and bows, which are both strong against both lances and concealed weapons, which are both strong against both swords and magic.

Famitsu also revealed the new ally characters of Felicia (a maid), Joker (a butler), Gunther (a great butler), and Suzukaze appearing in both versions of the game, while Saizou and Kagerou (a shinobi) will only be allies in the White Kingdom version of the game. The maid, butler, and shinobi classes use the aforementioned concealed weapons.

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Best Buy rumored to be receiving more Meta Knight amiibo tomorrow for May 29th availability

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While Best Buy stores won’t be getting a new exclusive amiibo figure next Friday, it appears they may be getting more stock of their existing exclusive. Nintendo Inquirer reports that multiple Best Buy stores have shipments of the Meta Knight amiibo inbound for arrival tomorrow, which the stores are being told to hold for Friday, May 29th when the rest of the new Smash Bros.Splatoon, and Silver Mario amiibo launch.

The rumor doesn’t seem all that farfetched, given previous reports of the figure seemingly miraculously reappearing in Best Buy’s inventory system. The real question is: would stock on May 29th be much better than they were on February 20th?

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Target stores will be limiting customers to two Jigglypuff amiibo each

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The Day of Reckoning additional amiibo launches is fast approaching, and Target ads are popping up all over the place. The latest ad, ambiguously seems to imply that customers will be limited to two figures total on May 29th (despite ten different amiibo SKUs launching at Target that day). Upon closer inspection, it seems the limit may only apply to the Target-exclusive Jigglypuff amiibo, indicated by the double dagger symbol appearing next to both the Jigglypuff text and the limit indication (see the full photo after the break).

Still, one would imagine that Target stores will implement some sort of limit on the rest of the fourth wave of Smash Bros. figures, the Splatoon amiibo, and the Silver Mario figure, just as was done for previous amiibo launches. Jigglypuff won’t exactly be hard to find at 8am next Friday, but you probably won’t want to wait too long to head out and pick the amiibo up.

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Nintendo has realized that quality hardware and software sell better

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Speaking at the Q&A following Nintendo’s recent Financial Results Briefing, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata noted that sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware seemed sluggish outside of Japan, especially when compared to home console sales. With the launch of updated hardware alongside strong titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, it seems Nintendo has unlocked the secret to selling more 3DS systems.

“In the overseas video game markets, consumer attention tends to focus on home consoles and we have not yet been able to overcome this hurdle. By observing the market reactions after the launch of New Nintendo 3DS, we started to see that with good software and hardware offerings we will almost be able to overcome that hurdle. This year, we intend to open that door.”

Basically, they’ve discovered that if they continue making great hardware and great games, people will buy their products. I wonder how many people it took to come to that conclusion.

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