Fire Emblem Awakening Comic Anthology available in Japan starting December 25th

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According to 4Gamer, Japan will be getting the Fire Emblem Awakening Comic Anthology in its entirety next Thursday, December 25th. The anthology will be available for ¥910, tax included. In addition, Fire Emblem Awakening 4 Frames Kings (???, according to the online translation) will be available separately on January 24th for ¥740.

Not sure about the rest of you, but I’m pretty certain I’ll be importing these for myself. If you’re curious, the full version of the anthology cover can be seen after the break.

Fire Emblem: Awakening for the Nintendo 3DS is currently available worldwide in stores and on the Nintendo eShop.

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Target confirms Rosalina existing pre-orders valid; no more pre-orders online

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We finally have a resolution to the Rosalina amiibo fiasco, and depending on whether or not you were up at 5am in the morning, you may or may not like what you’re about to hear (or see, rather).

Amiibo Inquirer has obtained an official statement from Target’s PR team — not merely customer service — regarding Rosalina pre-orders, which reads as follows:

“Rosalina Amiibo [sic] pre-orders were available on Target.com and based on guest demand, sold out quickly. Target stores and Target.com will begin to sell actual units on February 1, 2015.”

So it seems like this morning’s orders were valid, and it seems this nullifies what was implied by Target’s Twitter team regarding Wednesday morning’s order. We presume those were also valid. When asked by Amiibo Inquirer if the sell out meant that no more pre-orders would be offered online, Target PR confirmed that to be the case.

If you’re still looking to claim one, you’ll have to wait just over a month for another shot with Target. You still have overseas options such as Amazon France and Amazon Germany.

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Online Lucario pre-orders briefly return, then all Wave 3 amiibo disappear from Toys”R”Us

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If you’ve set an alert to tell you when certain sold out amiibo come back in stock, or if you’ve simply been refreshing Toys”R”Us’s website, you may have noticed that the Lucario amiibo was available for pre-order again starting around 8:10am CT. This of course was confusing, due to the mass cancelations earlier in the morning.

Now, however, it seems that not only has Toys”R”Us ceased taking pre-orders for the Lucario amiibo, it has completely taken down the store listing for Lucario. Furthermore, all third wave amiibo have been delisted, and are literally as existent in TRU’s system as Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer.

Were any of you able to sneak a Lucario pre-order in before everything vanished? Have you heard back from Toys”R”Us yet?

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We may have to wait until Nintendo’s next console for the next true Super Mario game

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If there’s going to be a Super Mario Galaxy 3 or something along those lines, I wouldn’t hold my breath for it any time soon. At the very least, don’t expect it on the Wii U.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto was recently interviewed on a number of topics by Derrik J. Lang of the Associated Press. Asked if Mario would take next year off, after last year’s Super Mario 3D World and this year’s Mario Kart 8, Miyamoto had the following response:

“Since we first created Mario, people have compared him to Mickey Mouse. I’ve always said Mickey Mouse evolved with each evolution in animation. You saw Mickey Mouse each step of the way. From early on, I wanted Mario to be that character in the digital world, so that with each digital evolution, he was there to usher in the next era. I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game.”

Basically, unless the Wii U is going to have a life cycle of less than three years, yes: Mario will probably be taking a bit of a breather in 2015.

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Target.com pre-orders for Rosalina & Luma’s Super Smash Bros. amiibo now live

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UPDATE 5:22am CT: …aaaannnndddd gone again. That was quick.

In a strange twist of fate for amiibo shoppers this morning, Rosalina’s Target-exclusive amiibo is once again available for pre-order on Target.com, with an estimated shipping window of February 3-6.

The Rosalina (& Luma) amiibo is exclusive to Target in the United States, similar to Shulk (to GameStop), Meta Knight (to Best Buy), and Lucario (to Toys”R”Us). Other Wave 3 amiibo figures — Bowser, Toon Link, Sheik, Ike, King Dedede, Mega Man, and Sonic — are available through all participating retailers… some of them, anyway.

To pre-order, hit the link below. Amid cancelations from Toys”R”Us and even Target itself over the last few hours, it’s hard to know if this pre-order opportunity can be trusted. That said, you’ve got nothing to lose.

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Target seemingly delaying and/or canceling amiibo pre-orders as well

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In a developing story that could be even bigger than we thought, a second U.S. retailer has begun sending late night emails to customers with amiibo pre-orders.

Mere hours after Toys”R”Us began its mass cancelations, gamers with amiibo pre-orders at Target began getting notices in their inbox. Some reported seeing their Wave 2B (Pit) amiibo delayed from December dates to large windows in January. Others say their orders were first similarly delayed, then outright canceled shortly after.

It seems the theory that there is a delay or supply issue on Nintendo’s end may be gaining supporting evidence. It would be highly coincidental for two big retailers to suddenly and simultaneously begin canceling orders for several of the hottest-selling items this winter.

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Pokkén Tournament producer talks development rules, scrubbed ideas, sequels

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Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada, one of the producers on the upcoming Pokémon fighting game, Pokkén Tournament, revealed some interesting tidbits on the game in a recent interview.

Understandably, The Pokémon Company has very strict guidelines for anyone working with their franchise, particularly because the series has a fanbase largely composed of young children. That said, The Pokémon Company denied only one of about twenty ideas pitched by Harada and the Tekken team, an idea involving different human Pokémon trainers as fighters on the roster.

Asked if sequels would be made should the game prove successful, producer Harada was confident that if sequels were to be made, they would always be able to improve upon themselves. He added that with (currently) over 700 Pokémon to choose from, the game could easily be expanded.

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Toys”R”Us amiibo cancelations reportedly due to delays and constrained supply

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While we’re still trying to paint a clear picture as to why everyone’s amiibo pre-orders at Toys”R”Us are being canceled, more information is popping up. It does NOT appear to be a technical error as was previously reported, and the orders are actively being canceled. (Luckily, they haven’t gotten to mine yet…)

According to customers who called in, Toys”R”Us is citing a product delay on the end of the manufacturer (Nintendo), and that a corporate email has gone out internally explaining that pre-orders on amiibo are being canceled.

Some fans are coming to the conclusion that Toys”R”Us was initially promised certain numbers of amiibo, numbers which dictated their pre-order allotment. When their shipments turned out to be significantly lower for whatever reason, TRU decided to play it safe and cancel all outstanding amiibo pre-orders. Others are speculating that due to the extreme demand amiibo figures have seen since launch, Wave 3 may be delayed beyond February to ensure adequate supply.

We want to stress that this story is still developing, and there is a lot of misinformation and speculation going around. Please check back for more updates.

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Japan to get hidden ability Serperior, Emboar, Samurott event distributions

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Of course Japan gets them.

On December 28th, Japanese players of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire can tune in to Pokémon Get*TV for a serial code to claim (starting January 9th) a Serperior with the hidden ability Contrary and the moves Leaf Storm, Hold Back, Wring Out, and Giga Drain. Then on January 11th, Pokémon Get*TV will give out a code for Emboar with the ability Reckless and the moves Flare Blitz, Hold Back, Head Smash, and Take Down, with the code active from January 16th. The code for Samurott with the ability Shell Armor and moves Razor Shell, Hold Back, Confide, and Hydro Pump will be distributed via CoroCoro magazine on January 15th, and can be redeemed starting the 16th. All codes expire November 30th.

Also, a special Pokémon Café will be open in Shibuya from January 9th to February 28th. Visitors can obtain a special distribution of Pikachu, coming with the moves Play Nice, Charm, Nuzzle, and Sweet Kiss, and holding a Sweet Heart. (aww.)

I, of course, will be looking to obtain legitimate and untouched (UT) specimens of all these events, so be sure to pick some up for me!

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Toys”R”Us canceling an alarming number of Wave 2, 3, and Lucario amiibo pre-orders

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UPDATE 2:43am CT: The cancelations are not a mistake.

Amiibo-related threads on sites like NeoGAF and Reddit are in a panic mode right now. It seems many users are receiving emails from Toys”R”Us that their amiibo pre-orders are being canceled, citing an inability to fulfill the orders. This doesn’t seem to be restricted to recent pre-orders, either, which might be a bit more understandable if the retailer accidentally oversold their pre-order allocation. Instead, the orders being canceled range from Lucario orders placed days ago to Pit orders placed prior to Black Friday and everything in between — including orders placed as soon as specific figures first became available for reservation.

Before you, too, go into a panic, some customers have already spoken to Toys”R”Us customer service reps, and it sounds like a technical error on the retailer’s end has accidentally canceled those orders. We have yet to verify this as being true. If this is indeed the case, keep an eye on your inboxes in case Toys”R”Us rectifies the situation on their own, or will need cooperation from you.

We’ll report more on this as it develops.

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