Regirock, Regice, and Registeel with Hidden Abilities now available via Pokémon Bank


From now through Halloween, players of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire can log into Pokémon Bank to obtain the legendary trio of Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. Not only will the Regi trio arrive at level 50, but they’ll come with their Hidden Abilities: Regirock with Stury, Regice with Ice Body, and Registeel with Light Metal.

You’ll receive them one at a time through Pokémon Bank, so you’ll need to sign in and out a few times. You’ll also only be able to receive them once, so cross your fingers for some good natures and IVs. Once you’ve received the Regis in Pokémon Bank, you can use the Pokémon Link feature in your copy of X/Y/OR/AS to transfer the legendary trio into your games.

Again, these Bank-exclusive event distributions will be going on through October 31st, but don’t delay or you might forget – like I did with the evolved Unova starters. Be sure to check out the full press release after the break for more information!

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Amazon Japan and CDJapan now offering 8-disc Fire Emblem Fates Original Soundtrack for pre-order


Heard yesterday’s announcement of the massive 8-disc soundtrack for Fire Emblem Fates releasing in Japan next month and just can’t wait to order it? You’re in luck! Online retailers Amazon Japan (link) and CDJapan (link) have begun taking pre-orders of the highly coveted music collection. CDJapan offers it for a cheaper ¥6,296 (about $56), but shipping will be over $20 if you don’t want to wait several weeks. Amazon Japan offers it for ¥6,800 but offers much cheaper – yet still quite protective – shipping.

As a reminder, the 8 discs include 7 music CDs containing 134 tracks and 14 hours of audio, while an additional DVD contains HD versions of the games’ video cutscenes. The soundtrack also includes a 24-page booklet containing artwork and production notes. If that wasn’t enough incentive to pre-order, know that all first press copies of the soundtrack will come with can badges featuring Corrin.

While the Fire Emblem If Original Soundtrack won’t be out until April 27th, remember that you can also purchase the previously released Fire Emblem: Awakening Original Soundtrack, the Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Original Soundtrack, and the Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Original Soundtrack from Amazon. Also, don’t forget that we’re currently running a free giveaway for the Path of Radiance Premium Soundtrack, which was only available as a pre-order bonus for the game!

Japan getting 8-disc official soundtrack for Fire Emblem Fates on April 27th


As if Fire Emblem merchandise wasn’t already draining my bank account, the Fire Emblem If Original Soundtrack has finally been announced. Tablier Communications has announced the new OST will be released under their Symphony No. 5 label, which previously handled the Japanese soundtrack releases for Fire Emblem: AwakeningFire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, as well as some 25th anniversary merchandise last year.

The massive eight-disc digipak will contain fourteen hours of music split into 134 tracks across seven CDs (hmm… that doesn’t bode well for bit rates…) and will feature cover art work by Yusuke Kozaki, the character designer behind Awakening and Fates. A DVD-ROM will also contain HD versions of all three versions of the opening movie, Hoshido and Nohr character movies, two versions of Azura’s singing performance, and more. A 24 page, full-color booklet will be included with artwork and production notes, and can badges featuring Corrin will be a bonus.

The Fire Emblem If Original Soundtrack will be released in Japan on April 27, 2016 for ¥6,800. You can also purchase the previously released Fire Emblem: Awakening Original Soundtrack, the Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Original Soundtrack, and the Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Original Soundtrack, all Prime-eligible.

via Famitsu

Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition launches in Europe May 20th; will include Steelbook, art book, and poster

I guess I’ll be looking to obtain a third copy of the Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition for my Fire Emblem collection, and from a third region, no less!

Nintendo UK revealed today that the Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition bundle, launching across Europe on May 20, will include the Fire Emblem Fates game with all three paths on one cartridge, a hardcover art book, a Steelbook case, and a poster with character artwork on one side and a region map on the other. This bundle will also be the only way European fans will be able to experience Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation until the path is released as DLC for owners of all other versions of the game on June 9th.

I’ve never ordered or even obtained a European game before, but yeah – I’m going to need this bundle. Anyone able to help me out would be greatly appreciated!


The Tanooki’s Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Premium Soundtrack Giveaway!


Many of you no doubt still have Fire Emblem on the brain, thanks to the recent release of Fire Emblem Fates to commercial and critical success! With Fire Emblem in mind, we’ve got another series relic up for grabs in our giveaway for the month of March.

From now through March 31st, you can enter our giveaway for your chances to win a sealed copy of the Fire Emblem: Souen no Kiseki (Path of Radiance) Premium Soundtrack. This five-track soundtrack CD was distributed as a pre-order bonus with Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance in Japan, and is rare enough that it almost never pops up for sale these days, even from secondhand sellers!

We’ll be using Gleam’s competition platform to run our event. There are several ways to enter (mostly involving our social media channels), and we’ll be adding more ways to enter throughout the month! Thanks for participating and spreading the word! Good luck to you all!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY for U.S. residents to enter. Some entry methods can even be performed multiple times (once each day), so be sure to get your entries in early and often and we’ll pick the lucky winner of the set of four amiibo on April 1st!

The Tanooki's Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Premium Soundtrack Giveaway!

Fire Emblem Fates: New DLC maps today, Revelation launching 3/10; Fates launches in Europe May 20


Continuing the weekly release schedule of DLC maps for Fire Emblem Fates through April 21st, Nintendo reminded us today that two new maps, “Museum Melee” and “Ghostly Gold,” are now available from the Dragon’s Gate feature within the game, with “Royal Royale” to follow next week on March 10th.

Speaking of the 10th, Nintendo will make the third branch path, Revelation, available to owners of the Birthright and Conquest versions of the game next Thursday for $19.99. Once purchased, players will have the option to “Refuse to Choose a Side” at the Branch of Fate moment in Chapter 6 of Fates and pursue the game’s third and final branch. Revelation is available for pre-order now.

Lastly, it was confirmed in the European version of the Nintendo Direct that our friends on the other side of the pond will finally be getting their hands on Fire Emblem Fates beginning May 20th. …or 20 May, as they prefer.

Nintendo rolls out Super Nintendo games on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console


If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that the Nintendo 3DS is the ultimate system for playing The Legend of Zelda games. It can play Ocarina of Time 3DA Link Between WorldsMajora’s Mask 3DTri-Force Heroes via 3DS releases. It’s backwards compatible with Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, along with the DSiWare release of Four Swords. The Virtual Console has given us The Legend of Zelda, Adventure of LinkLink’s AwakeningOracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons. Lastly, if you’re a 3DS Ambassador, you can also play The Minish Cap! But the question has always been: When will the 3DS get A Link to the Past?

The answer has been revealed in today’s Nintendo Direct, and we’ll be playing the Super Nintendo version of A Link to the Past on (some of) our 3DSs starting April 14th. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will be the exclusive home for SNES titles on handhelds, as Nintendo rolled out Super Mario World, F-Zero, and Pilotwings earlier today to mirror the original Super NES launch. On March 24th, they’ll be joined by Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart, and EarthBound. After that, the aforementioned The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, along with Super Metroid and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Quest, will launch on April 14th.

The New Nintendo 3DS hardware will allow all of these Super Nintendo games to be played in their original resolutions via the Perfect Pixel Mode. Still need to upgrade to the New Nintendo 3DS XL? You can do so here!

Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei will launch as Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE in the West


The English title of Atlus’s Fire Emblem Shin Megami Tensei crossover has been confirmed as Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.

In it, you’ll fight monsters in turn-based battles amidst a modern-day Tokyo setting. The music, from Japanese entertainment giant Avex, is unmistakably J-pop. With so many Japanese inspirations behind the game’s environment, Nintendo and Atlus have decided to leave the game’s original Japanese voice track intact and simply add English subtitles for the rest of us to follow along.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will launch for the Wii U in North America on June 24.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix for the Nintendo 3DS will launch in North America this year


The 3DS iteration of Rhythm Heaven, known in Japan as Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus, has been confirmed for a Western release later in 2016. The game features over 100 rhythm games, most of which have been selected to return from the previous titles Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo DS) and Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii). If that wasn’t enough, rhythm games are included from the original Game Boy Advance title, Rhythm Tengoku, which was never released outside of Japan!

In addition to serving as a sort of “Greatest Hits” entry into the series, an additional 30 brand new rhythm games can be enjoyed in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. A collection of screenshots and character art can be view in the gallery after the break. Again, Megamix will launch for the Nintendo 3DS in North America later this year.

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Kirby: Planet Robobot launching June 10th alongside new line of amiibo


The newly revealed Kirby: Planet Robobot will be arriving for Nintendo 3DS on June 10th with support for amiibo. Tapping any existing amiibo will grant Kirby some copy abilities, and certain amiibo, such as those of Mario and Link, will give character-specific abilities, such as fire and swords.

In addition, a new line of Kirby amiibo will also launch on June 10th. Shown below, the first wave will include Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee!

Are you excited for the newest series of amiibo coming out? Which one(s) will you be picking up?