Pokémon Shuffle’s Mega Manectric event begins today, runs until July 6th

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A Mega Manectric Competitive Event is now live for Pokémon Shuffle. It runs from today until July 6th 05:00 UTC, and the rewards will be handed out from July 6 through July 13.

Placing in the top 40,000 (NA) / 20,000 (EU) / 50,000 (JP) will earn you a Manectite and a Mega Speedup. If you place even higher in the top 6,000 (NA) / 3,000 (EU) / 15,000 (JP), then you will get a Mega Start instead of a Mega Speedup. If you fail to place in any of the top score ranges, you will still be awarded with a Jewel.

Don’t miss this opportunity, it will only last for one week!

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Following Wii U, Miyamoto steps away from Nintendo hardware R&D to focus on software development

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While Nintendo’s famed Shigeru Miyamoto has been particularly involved with the development of Nintendo’s hardware in recent years, it seems that may not be the case going forward. With the failure of the Wii U moving into the rearview mirror and Nintendo looking forward to the NX platform, Miyamoto is shifting his focus to software:

“I’ve pulled myself back out of some of the hardware section and I’m really focused on some of the software that I’m involved in—for example, the new Starfox game. Of course I am observing and looking at the hardware, but I am not actively participating and making decisions.”

It looks like we’ll possibly be getting a lot of fresh input on this next console…

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Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival to use cards only for minigames

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While we’ve known Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival would be compatible with both Animal Crossing amiibo figures and amiibo cards, word is making rounds that the cards will apparently only be used in conjunction with minigames, according to the game’s official description on Nintendo’s site. Of course, with amiibo Festival being a board-style party game, it’s hard to imagine how else people expected to use the cards.

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival will be released for the Wii U this holiday season. You can view a trailer for the game here. The cards will of course also function with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS as originally announced. Happy Home Designer launches in September.

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Sakurai thought about dropping Pac-Man from Smash Bros. if old-school design was rejected

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In volume 456 of Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai’s Famitsu column, Sakurai discusses the inclusion of Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and for Wii U. Interestingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, Sakurai was in complete control of the games’ rosters, and even though Bandai Namco was developing the game, Pac-Man wasn’t a shoe-in. In fact, he very easily could have been cut:

Pac-man’s design was updated in a 2013 CGI cartoon titled, “Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures.” This new design has been used in a variety of products. But in the end I felt that his old-school design was better, and used that in the design plan. If that was rejected, I thought about dropping Pac-man altogether.

I recall breathing a sigh of relief in that small theater when Sakurai revealed Pac-Man in his classic design for the new games, and I’m sure many of you felt the same way. For more insights into Pac-Man’s design and inclusion into the game, check out the fully translated interview below!

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Club Nintendo Europe gets new Captain Toad Figurine Lamp for 6000 stars

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Club Nintendo may be shutting down, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo can’t add amazing new rewards to the program to help members spend their last remaining stars! European Club Nintendo members (because American Club Nintendo members need to be snubbed one last time) with at least 6,000 stars left can now redeem them for a light-up Captain Toad lamp. The official description is as follows:

Time for adventure! Plan your adventures in the soft light of this Captain Toad figurine lamp! Whether you’re planning a treasure hunt or getting ready for a Toad-sized nap, let Captain Toad’s headlamp guide the way! Approximately 12cm tall, made of ABS, transparent ABS and PVC.

If you’re one of the lucky ones in Europe, head on over to the Club Nintendo Stars Catalog(ue) below and claim your treasure as soon as you can!

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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and Splatoon tournaments coming in July

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Once again, Independence Day is just around the corner, bringing with it the usual exploding colors in the sky and lots of grilled meat. If you’re looking for something a little different to do next holiday weekend, though, Nintendo has you covered.

First up is the Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. tournament (aptly named “Independence”) running July 2-6. Players can help Abe Lincoln and his crew of literary characters protect a Victorian-era world from an alien threat. The Medal Battle rules will be in effect for this competition.

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Nintendo confirms Fire Emblem Fates will allow for same-sex marriages

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Today while doing press for Fire Emblem Fates, Nintendo confirmed that the marriage mechanic will be getting a change for the new game. Players will be able to have same-sex marriages between characters within the game for the first time in the series. Nintendo said in a statement that:

“We can confirm that Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS, which launches in Japan on June 25, 2015, and is coming to the U.S. and Europe in 2016, includes the possibility for a same-sex marriage to take place between the main character created by the gamer and another character in the game.”

Given the heavy backlash Nintendo received for not allowing same-sex marriages in last year’s simulation game, Tomodachi Life, it’s awesome to see Nintendo realizing their mistake and deciding not to make it again with Fire Emblem Fates, which has already begun earning great reviews ahead of its release in Japan. 2016 can’t come soon enough!

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Splatoon crosses the 1 million mark in worldwide sales in less than a month

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Nintendo’s new IP Splatoon has crossed 1 million units sold worldwide in less than a month since release. Nintendo issued a press release today citing internal figures, with 476,000 physical and digital sales in the Americas alone.

Japan was second with 368,000 units sold, followed by Europe with 230,000. Last was Australia and New Zealand, which gave an additional 20,000 units.

The game released just a little under a month ago on May 29th in North America. This is very promising for a new IP! Head past the break for the full press release.

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Iwata Asks for Fire Emblem Fates now live

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The Iwata Asks for Fire Emblem Fates has gone live in English today. Five people involved with the game are interviewed, including the famous writer, Shin Kibayashi.

They make particular note of how Awakening was well reviewed in most categories but often fell short in story. To make up for this, they hired writer Shin Kibayashi to write an enticing story that eventually became that of Fire Emblem Fates.

The game releases June 25th in Japan, and 2016 in the West. Follow the link below to the full feature!

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Fire Emblem Fates coming to the West in two versions

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A hotly debated topic among Fire Emblem fans was whether or not Fire Emblem Fates would come to the west in two versions like it will in Japan.

The answer to this long debated question is: yes. Nintendo has confirmed this in a statement today.

Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions. In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan. For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage.

The game releases on June 25th for Japan, and in 2016 for the west. This makes one wonder whether the West will get the special edition bundle too? Head past the break for the full statement!

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