Duck Hunt lands on Wii U Virtual Console this Christmas Day

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Last month’s Nintendo Direct revealed that Duck Hunt from the original NES would be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. Now, we know when exactly that title will be flying in, and it’ll be available for purchase starting next Thursday, allowing many of you to use on the game the eShop cards that Santa may leave in your Christmas stockings!

The Virtual Console version will use the Wii Remote in lieu of the NES Zapper light gun, which means they’ll probably add an on-screen reticle to make things easier instead of having you squint and aim through a Zapper’s sight — which many of you probably didn’t even realize was there.

London seeing additional shipments of Marth amiibo; will U.S. follow?

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Gave up on trying to find the rare trio of Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer amiibo figures? A sighting earlier today in London gives us cause for hope.

NeoGAF user budpikmin received the above photo from his brother, who was at a GAME inside Hamleys. Reportedly, they had no Marth figures as of the other day, but in the original version of the photo seen above, at least nine were shown to have arrived in a new shipment.

There was no indication of a restock of the Villager or Wii Fit Trainer amiibo figures, but any restock of Marth at all is a huge development. While gamers all over the world are still actively seeking these figures, perhaps they can rest a little easier now that there’s evidence suggesting that supplies could be replenished at some point.

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Mario Golf Balls arrive in Club Nintendo (Europe) Stars Catalog(ue)

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If the Mario Kart 8 pins aren’t your thing, Club Nintendo has more new goodies for European members. For just 3500 stars, you can pick up a set of FORE four Mario-themed golf balls. Granted, this probably isn’t the best season for golf (unless you’re one of those folks who lives in an area that celebrates Christmas without snow), but you can admire them for a few months until golfing weather comes around.

Brighten up the green with these eye-catching golf balls! Tired of swinging at plain old golf balls? Bring fun to the fore with this set of four colourful balls, decorated with some of your favourite Mario characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi! Box dimensions approximately 9.5cm x 9.5cm x 4.5cm. Ball materials: rubber and synthetic resin.

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Best Buy Canada on amiibo figures: “There will be more exclusives”

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While the Best Buy-exclusive Meta Knight amiibo remains available for pre-order here in the United States, Best Buy Canada has already sold out of their pre-order allocations. Fans asking on the retailer’s community forum about the status of additional stock are being told to check back in case more becomes available, but Community Coordinator BBYJuby has dangled a little bit more information to tease us.

Apparently, there will be more Best Buy amiibo exclusives in the future. This isn’t too much of a surprise as I’m sure these exclusives are sending their pre-order amiibo sales through the roof, but it is the first we’re actually hearing of additional retailer exclusives beyond Best Buy’s Meta Knight, GameStop’s Shulk, Toys”R”Us’s Lucario, and Target’s Rosalina.

After Wave 3, there are likely 19 Super Smash Bros. amiibo left — 20 if Mewtwo gets one. Which characters do you see as retailer exclusives? Which do you think will be the Best Buy exclusive that Juby was hinting at?

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Unboxing the European Club Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 pins

North America’s Club Nintendo may just be a graveyard for your dust-collecting coins — I think I have over 3000 now with nothing worth spending them on — but the Club Nintendo offerings in Japan and Europe are still pretty awesome. While the soundtracks are what interest me the most, occasionally an item will come around that wows me with its production quality.

Check out the Mario Kart 8 pins that were recently added. The unboxing video above shows just how well they’re made. If you’re like me, you’re thinking of either importing one of these sets from Europe or shooting a kind email to Club Nintendo here in the States on the off-chance they’ll consider your request to stock these.

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Target says Rosalina & Luma amiibo wasn’t actually available for pre-order

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Were you able to get into the system and pre-order Rosalina’s amiibo when Target’s page went live early Wednesday morning? Seemed like an hour to start pre-orders, right? Well, there’s a chance it may have all been a dream… or at the very least, not real.

When asked if it was true that “pre-orders went up and were already taken down,” Target’s @AskTarget Twitter account responded with the following:

“You didn’t miss your chance! It wasn’t available for preorder, but showed it was for a short time. It’s been corrected.”

…wasn’t available for preorder? It erroneously showed as available for a short time? Could that mean all those Wednesday pre-orders are illegitimate and will be cancelled? Could that mean scalpers who have already pre-sold their dozens and dozens of Rosalina pre-orders on eBay for upwards of $70 each might be at risk for scam complaints? We have to do this all over again?

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The 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has begun!

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Steam’s Holiday sale has begun, though gamers looking for a bargain have managed to crash Valve’s servers since the sale began. Things seem to be clearing up now, so you can head on over and take advantage of some great deals. Special deals run every 12 hours, with featured deals changing each day. The Community Choice promo even lets fans vote on games for bigger discounts.

The sale runs through January 2nd, though start keeping an eye on the offers now so you don’t miss out on any daily deals! Head on over to the Steam Store to check things out!

Luigi and Pit amiibo figures starting to pop up; Captain Falcon lagging behind

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According to amiibo hunters on NeoGAF, the Pit amiibo is starting to show up at some retailers, specifically at Fred Meyer (which I’d never heard of before, but apparently it’s well known in the Northwest). Many have already spotted Luigi in stores, including yours truly who snapped the above photo while putting down a buck each on Lucario and Ike.

With Zelda, Diddy Kong, and Little Mac already having been in U.S. retailers for up to a week in some places, only Captain Falcon is left to round out the “Wave 2″ amiibo. Many retailers are still listing his release date as being on or around December 30th, but expect him to possibly trickle into stores soon. After that, we can all hopefully take about a month off from amiibo madness.

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Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow, Chao, and Amy Rose themes now available for Nintendo 3DS

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A quartet of new themes for your Nintendo 3DS via the Theme Shop, and they’re all themed after Sonic Adventure 2 characters. There’s a Shadow the Hedgehog theme. There’s an Amy Rose theme. There’s even a Sonic the Hedgehog theme that uses the Sonic Adventure 2 character design (sans Soap Shoes), instead of his almost-as-bad-as-Knuckles Sonic Boom design. Thank goodness.

The best one? There’s a Chao theme. If its purpose is to remind me that we don’t yet have any kind of 3DS game (or DS game, for that matter) that allows us to interact with Chao on the touchscreen, and wish that Sonic Team would take back the reigns of the franchise and make Sonic Adventure 3 for Wii U, well, it’s doing a pretty good job.

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Shigeru Miyamoto clarifies the use of the GamePad in Star Fox for Wii U

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In an interview with YouTuber iJustine, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that he is personally working on the new Star Fox game for Wii U each day, and reiterated how the GamePad will be incorporated to control and view the game.

“What we have on the GamePad screen is a cockpit view, and on the TV screen you’ve got a third-person, more cinematic view. As you’re playing, what you’ll find is that you’ll spend your time looking back and forth between the two. When you want to see the really cool cinematic visuals as you’re playing, you’ll look up at the TV screen, and when you want to get really serious about battling an enemy, you’ll look down at the cockpit view. It gives a lot of different perspectives and how you’re able to kind of switch between the two and play while there’s these beautiful cinematics going on on the TV screen.”

In addition, Mr. Miyamoto confirmed — without going into specifics — that they’re looking into amiibo support for the game, at the very least allowing players who have invested in amiibo figures to get some additional enjoyment out of the game.

Star Fox for Wii U is still on track for a 2015 release.

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