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Tomodachi Life coming on June 6 ⊟

The announcement is here! Tomodachi Life, (or Tomodachi Collection: New Life as it’s known in Japan), will release to the States on June 6 for just $34.99! The 3DS life sim for your Miis will also hit Europe on June 6.

Here’s a Nintendo Direct with all the details, starring Bill Trinen and Satoru Iwata’s Miis (there’s one for Europe with Satoru Shibata), with adorable text-to-speech voices. If you ever wanted a peek at the secret virtual lives of Nintendo’s executives, there are like 50 million amazing things in this video.

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In case you forgot this happened last night ⊟

It happened. It wasn’t a dream. Mega Man’s “Final Smash” move in the new Smash Bros. has the hero lined up with Volnutt, X, and other variations to deliver a light show.

And here are Mega Man’s moves that were shown off during yesterday’s Smash Direct. GIFs via Revengeance!

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New Smash Bros. coming to 3DS this summer ⊟

… and this Winter for Wii U. Not great news for those hoping to play this on a big screen TV, but it’s awesome for people who are fans of tiny cartridges, which I believe we have a few of.

Along with offering 60 FPS gameplay even while in stereoscopic 3D mode, the 3DS version will have an exclusive Smash Run mode. The mode has you and up to three other players fighting a mix of enemies from Nintendo games in a huge dungeon, gathering power-ups and eventually battling each other.

Both the Wii U and 3DS versions will feature online multiplayer, allowing you to play For Fun or For Glory (detailed in shots above!). They’ll also offer Charizard and Greninja as playable fighters!

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Less hair, belly button for Gunvolt in the U.S. ⊟

Not a less hairy belly button mind you — I assure you that Gunvolt, alias STEVE VOLT, has a belly button that’s just as smooth in Japan as in North America. But we won’t get to see that sleek tummy or his braids Stateside, due to the UNACCEPTABLE censorship in our version, all due to some rogue producer at Inti Creates.

Yes this might seem trivial, but it’s a slippery slope (much like Gunvolt’s velvety navel), one we shouldn’t stand for when this releases to the 3DS eShop this Summer. Thankfully there are heroes out there voicing their dissent over the matter, who will hopefully persuade Inti Creates to reconsider this foolish decision. Thanks to Rockman ZX for bringing this to our attention.

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Here are the folks announced for the new Smash Bros. so far ⊟

The top image contains the new Smash Bros. game’s Assist Trophies (here’s a version with the Metroid shown this morning), while the other pic shows the playable characters with their ancillary buddies, like Olimar with his Pikmin. Both are from Neorice, who is on Tumblr so you should follow him.

Don’t forget that there will be a Nintendo Direct dedicated to the 3DS/Wii U game tomorrow, streaming at 6PM ET (12AM EU time) — we’ll probably see one or two new faces to add to the roster!

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Nintendo included its HQ building in this company guide ⊟

Before Mario posted photos from Nintendo’s beautiful company guide book for 2013, including these shots for a fold-out section. The pages mimic the drab, window-dominated exterior of Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto, Japan.

What’s great is you can prop the book up and pull the pages out to form the cube building. And you can peek over the top at what goes on behind those boring windows, to see employees having fun at work, creating colorful and exciting games. Check out the cartridge art prototypes!

The photos also showcase another point Nintendo is emphasizing lately — that the company is striving to create a gender-diverse workplace. I’d love to get a hold of one of these books, but Nintendo only hands them out to potential employees who pass the company’s initial application process. Via Sergio!

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The new Game Center CX game looks great ⊟

Not Game Center CX 3, mind you — most people are calling that import booty butt. No, I mean Arino of 3rd Street, which the fan-translation group SA:GCCX introduced on April 1st.

So, even though GCCX3 and apparently the GCCX feature film are both disappointing, at least the series’ fans are making up for it with productions like this and the GCCX2 translation. The latter is coming along nicely, and that group’s lead Aaron Chmielowiec says he’s interested in eventually translating Namco Bandai’s retro minigame collection for DS, TV Game Exam/Our Video Game Exams! I’ve heard that game isn’t too great either, but it’s a DS import I never expected to see a translation for.

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I wonder what Tharja has been reading… ⊟

Oh, those are some interesting books. Sorc Booty makes more sense if you’ve seen some of the other angles for Max Factory’s Tharja figure. Figure no Oni has plenty of photos taken from those angles, though I picked this relatively innocent one from their gallery for this post.

Thanks to Vhayste for the Fire Emblem: Awakening screenshot, and to @johntv for reminding me this figure exists.

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Here’s why we need another Mega Man cartoon ⊟

Two reasons:

  1. We need more Cut Man shenanigans
  2. We need Lamar Abrams to work on the show, so he can incorporate these character designs he just posted (he has one for Roll, too!)

Since that’s probably not going to happen, I’ll settle for buying copies of Remake and watching the cartoon that Abrams is already contributing to, Steven Universe.

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Not sure what the Nooks did to piss off Isabelle ⊟

But whatever it was, it must have been serious! Maybe Lloid can set up a campaign to fund a new Nookling Junction.

This scene was made possible by Bandai’s Impact Action accessories — check out all the hilarious and awesome setups people made with them here (NSFW ads). Via Muhplastic.

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Kirby gets his own Pink + White 2DS in Europe ⊟
It’s like an inverted version of the Peach Pink 2DS North America will receive for Disney Magical World's launch (I prefer the one we're getting in the States). Like that system, this limited edition hardware won't include a pre-installed game copy when it releases alongside Kirby: Triple Deluxe in Europe on May 16. Nintendo, however, will put out a new silver 2DS carrying case on the same day.
Here’s a new Kirby: Triple Deluxe trailer for Europe, too.
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Kirby gets his own Pink + White 2DS in Europe ⊟

It’s like an inverted version of the Peach Pink 2DS North America will receive for Disney Magical World's launch (I prefer the one we're getting in the States). Like that system, this limited edition hardware won't include a pre-installed game copy when it releases alongside Kirby: Triple Deluxe in Europe on May 16. Nintendo, however, will put out a new silver 2DS carrying case on the same day.

Here’s a new Kirby: Triple Deluxe trailer for Europe, too.

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What’s the deal with special edition 3DSes lately? ⊟
It looks like the Mickey 3DS XL that’s coming to Walmart in two weeks, priced at $199, doesn’t include a copy of Disney Magical World, despite releasing on the same day as the game and bearing its name on the lid.
It’s understandable that the GameStop-exclusive Peach Pink 2DS won’t come with the game either, as it’s not explicitly linked to the title even though it comes with a branded Disney Magical World case. But last month’s Yoshi 3DS XL didn’t include Yoshi’s New Island either? Is this the new deal with limited edition hardware releases?
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What’s the deal with special edition 3DSes lately? ⊟

It looks like the Mickey 3DS XL that’s coming to Walmart in two weeks, priced at $199, doesn’t include a copy of Disney Magical World, despite releasing on the same day as the game and bearing its name on the lid.

It’s understandable that the GameStop-exclusive Peach Pink 2DS won’t come with the game either, as it’s not explicitly linked to the title even though it comes with a branded Disney Magical World case. But last month’s Yoshi 3DS XL didn’t include Yoshi’s New Island either? Is this the new deal with limited edition hardware releases?

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