PlayStation E3 Experience coming to over 75 movie theaters this year

Sony is bringing back the PlayStation E3 Experience, where their pre-E3 press conference will be streamed live in HD to movie theaters across the continent. Following the success of last year’s event, this year’s experience will be expanded to over 75 theaters across the U.S. and Canada, including at least one theater in every single state of the U.S. and three cities in Canada.

Those attending will be able to stick around to the end, when they’ll be treated to an exclusive 30-minute post-show segment hosted by Geoff Keighley and featuring extended footage, developer interviews, and a “PlayStation surprise” consisting of freebies and goodies.

Tickets will be available for free starting May 27th at the PlayStation E3 Experience site linked below. 80% of each theater’s tickets will be made available in advance, and 20% will be held for the waitlist. You’ll need to be at least 17 years old to attend and need to bring your ID.

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Pokémon Shuffle: Relicanth now available through Daily Pokémon challenge

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Shuckle is gone until next week, and today is your chance to catch Relicanth! The Daily Pokémon challenge for Relicanth is now available for players of Pokémon Shuffle, and will be for each of the next few Thursdays.

The Relicanth challenge will be available until 6am UTC (2am EDT / 11pm PDT). It can be played more than once while available, and is the only means through which you can obtain Relicanth in the game.

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Nintendo discontinuing the white 8GB Wii U Basic Set in Japan

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The entry-level Wii U Basic Set will be discontinued in Japan. Nintendo has indicated that the 8GB white model is scheduled to go out of production soon.

The black Premium Set, known outside of Japan as the Deluxe Set, will remain on the market. Additionally, a white 32GB Premium Set will be released in Japan in June. No word on if or when other regions will get the white Deluxe Set.

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Today only: Buy one Nintendo 3DS game at Best Buy, get another one for 50% off

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Hope you’re reading this on Thursday, May 21st, because Best Buy’s got a one-day-only sale where you can buy any one of 31 select Nintendo 3DS games and get another for just 50% off.

It’s a pretty great selection of games, too. Included in the eligibility list are titles like Super Smash Bros., Majora’s Mask 3D, Pokémon, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., and more. You can even pick up Ultimate NES Remix under the deal to practice for those Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifiers happening next weekend!

There are 31 eligible titles on the list, which you can check out in full after the break.

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Best Buy Canada confirms restock of Meta Knight amiibo

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While it’s already clear that more supplies of the Meta Knight amiibo figures are headed to stores across the country and continent, it’s nice to hear a confirmation from a source that isn’t endangering their job in any way.

Best Buy Canada Community Manager BBY Juby has confirmed that the Meta Knight amiibo, still exclusive to Best Buy, will be available in select stores and online for Canadians in the near future – presumably next Friday.

Will you be taking advantage of Meta Knight’s return to store shelves? Or, apparently, “select” store shelves? Or do you already have that amiibo?

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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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