Non-fighting-type Pokémon Suicune, Gardevoir, Pikachu confirmed playable in Pokkén Tournament

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There’s quite a bit of Pokkén Tournament news coming out of Japan this morning, the first of which being the revelation of some new characters. We already know about Lucario and Machamp officially being in the game, and we’ve seen leaks of Blaziken, but who else will be playable once the game hits Japanese arcades?

Well, as evident by the title of this post and the screenshot you’ve already seen above, Pikachu will be in the game (because duh), joined by the legendary Suicune and the elegant Gardevoir. The latter two can be seen in screens after the break. The inclusion of these three clarifies that the Pokkén Tournament team is not restricting themselves to just fighting-type Pokémon, opening the door to hundreds of potential candidates — possibly even ghost-types.

Thus, I am altering my wishlist from merely Meloetta-P to Meloetta as a whole. Make it happen, guys.

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You can customize your Splatoon gear to make you more effective in battle!

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The latest Splatoon screenshots are in, and they talk about your customizable clothing. All wearable items — headgear, clothing, and shoes — are collectively referred to as “gear” in the game, and have  properties that can change your effectiveness in battle. The shoes shown above has a property called “Ink Effectiveness Up (Main)” that reduces the amount of ink used in main weapon attacks.

Each gear will only have one property available at first, but the more you use it, the more you’ll unlock. There’s a chance you can unlock a “top-class skill” from each gear piece!

Full screens after the break.

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Meg Hinklein painted her Zelda amiibo as Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, and she can’t Let It Go

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We have another custom Zelda amiibo to share with you this week… I simply couldn’t hold it back anymore!

You previously saw Meagan Hinklein’s The Walking Dead Pikachu. This time around, she decided to see what she could do; to test the limits and break through with “Zelsa” — a Zelda amiibo customized with acrylic paint and lots of glitter in the likeness of Queen Elsa from Disney Animation Studio’s 2013 blockbuster smash hit, Frozen. Want one? Don’t get your hopes up, since she made it as a gift to herself. She actually can’t let it go.

You can check out several photos of “Zelsa” after the break. Visit Meg’s Instagram to follow her and her future works!

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Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai went to buy the new amiibo, but they were sold out

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Just how prevalent are the supply issues when it comes to Nintendo’s amiibo figures? Well, you know there’s a problem when the director of the game they were made for can’t even get them.

Super Smash Bros. series creator and director Masahiro Sakurai just tweeted that he went out during his lunch break to buy the new Sheik, Meta Knight, Lucario, and Rosalina amiibo figures, only to find himself in a pickle — they were all sold out.

Of course, Sakurai-san probably just went back to his office and laughed about it. He’ll be able to get them eventually.

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Some Toys”R”Us store have begun selling Bowser, Sheik, Toon Link, and Lucario amiibo

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While we already know GameStop is allowing its stores to start selling Wave 3 amiibo as soon as they arrive, there’s been no indication they’ve received any figures yet. Some Toys”R”Us stores, on the other hand, have them… and they’re going quickly.

There have been countless reports and visual evidence that Toys”R”Us stores across the United States have received shipments of Bowser, Sheik, Toon Link, and the TRU-exclusive Lucario amiibo. Some are not placing them out on the floor just yet, some have them out but are blocking sales of some or all figures at the register, while others have them out and aren’t hesitating to sell any of them.

Is your local Toys”R”Us selling Wave 3 amiibo yet? Were you able to pick one up?

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Best Buy Canada “will not be carrying Ike and King Dedede” amiibo

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I’m just going to say this upfront: We’re missing a ton of context. That said, eager amiibo collectors in Canada have been speaking with Best Buy personnel regarding the retailer’s release dates for the third wave of Super Smash Bros. amiibo figures. A Best Buy community coordinator provided the following tidbit when the topic came up:

“We have confirmation that we will not be carrying Ike and King Dedede, I will provide more details as soon as I have them.”

Best Buy has not followed up, so we don’t know whether this means they won’t be carrying those figures for in-store walk-ins, at all in-store, or at all anywhere. We’ll have to wait and see how Best Buy responds, but those with pre-orders are certainly on alert.

Thanks to d0rk s0ul for the heads up!

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Level 257 sign goes up as Pac-Man-inspired Chicagoland restaurant prepares to open

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Namco Entertainment’s experiment at Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall is one step closer to opening its doors, evident by the official Facebook Page sharing a photo of the restaurant’s sign having been installed.

The high-end restaurant hopes to open in early February by Valentine’s Day. Either way, they’ll be open in plenty of time for Pac-Man’s 35th anniversary this May. Level 257 will feature nearly 200 seats, lounges with fire pits, leather booths, a sports bar, bowling lanes, table tennis, pinball machines, and more.

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GameStop will release Wave 3 amiibo in smaller waves through February

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A verified GameStop employee has passed along an internal memo detailing that “Wave 3″ of the Super Smash Bros. amiibo will be broken up into three smaller waves — ripples, if you will — throughout the month of February.

While the amiibo figures don’t have set street dates and can be sold whenever they feel like showing up, GameStop retail stores have been given the following ETAs for the various figures:

  • February 6: Bowser
  • February 13: Ike, King Dedede, Sheik, Shulk, Toon Link
  • February 20: Mega Man, Sonic

The memo confirms that Wave 3 will be shipping in these mini waves to all retailers (not just GameStop), and that different retailers will be getting different characters at different times. Sounds like we’re in for a fun month!

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Hidden Ability Unova distribution event for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

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Looks like Japan, Europe, and Australia aren’t the only ones getting the hidden ability Unova (evolved) starter Pokémon distribution!

North American owners of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be able to download a Serperior with its Hidden Ability, Contrary, starting today. To do so, select “Mystery Gift” from your game’s menu screen and input the serial code POKEMON497. After downloading, you can go to the nearest Pokémon Center to claim a level 50 Serperior with the Hidden Ability, Contrary, and knowing the moves Leaf Storm, Hold Back, Wring Out, and Giga Drain.

Hidden Ability Emboar and Samurott distributions will follow starting on January 29th and February 5th, respectively, and all three distributions will run through November 30th. Emboar’s code will be revealed on Pokémon.com, while Samurott’s code will be given out via the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter — though there’s a strong possibility they’ll use the same codes as the Japanese distribution.

Target listing for Majora’s Mask edition New Nintendo 3DS XL online; not yet available

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If you were still hoping to get your hands on that golden Majora’s Mask edition New Nintendo 3DS XL but had the terrible fate of missing out with GameStop and Best Buy, you may have another chance coming soon.

Target has posted its listing for the special edition system. Pre-orders are not yet live, and there is no indication when — or if — the option to pre-order will become available. Get ready to start mashing Cmd+R (or F5, if that’s how you roll) like crazy.

Here’s hoping Target handles this system a little better than it did the Rosalina & Luma amiibo pre-orders. Anyone here actually like getting up at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning?

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