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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate got Mega Man ⊟

Monster Hunter really is becoming Smash Bros. What with the new game featuring so many cameos from other companies’ mascots, it’s no surprise Capcom has thrown Mega Man into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Along with featuring Mega Man’s classic armor for your Palico companions, the release will include a weapon that looks like Rush’s helmet.

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Want to preview the 3DS’s Home menu themes? ⊟
Nintendo has posted video previews for all of the 3DS Home menu themes in Japan, showing off the background music, icons, and cute animations when you’re scrolling through apps/games. The Yokai Watch/Jibanyan theme is too good.
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Want to preview the 3DS’s Home menu themes? ⊟

Nintendo has posted video previews for all of the 3DS Home menu themes in Japan, showing off the background music, icons, and cute animations when you’re scrolling through apps/games. The Yokai Watch/Jibanyan theme is too good.

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The New 3DS’s stylus has an extra function ⊟
The head of the stylus is used to pop the New 3DS’s cover plates off! It looks like the top plate comes off easily, but the bottom one requires a Phillips head screwdriver to replace that plate, the MicroSD card, or the battery.
You can watch an instructional cover plate replacement video after the break:


The New 3DS and XL launched today in Japan today, by the way. Hopefully the unit I imported will make it here soon!
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The New 3DS’s stylus has an extra function ⊟

The head of the stylus is used to pop the New 3DS’s cover plates off! It looks like the top plate comes off easily, but the bottom one requires a Phillips head screwdriver to replace that plate, the MicroSD card, or the battery.

You can watch an instructional cover plate replacement video after the break:

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TinyCast 045 - Bagel Brothers - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 045 - Bagel Brothers

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TinyCast 45! Get ready for a weird episode — weird because it’s just JC and Eric in this episode, and we go off on some odd tangents. We also talk about home menu themes, cover plates, Smash Bros. dickery, and bagels.

If you miss Christian and Fran, or if you just want to hear us talk about the latest eShop releases, check out the TinyCast Downloads episode we recorded and posted yesterday for Club Tiny members.

Direct download (MP3, 24.3 MB) / RSS
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Atonement ⊟

In case you were wondering how the Duck Hunt dog and his partner — once presumed enemies — became so close, John Pading delivers a comic to explain it all. Follow his Tumblr for more rad video game comics!

Speaking of these two animal friends, PRguitarman has shared these amusing screenshots of the duo in Smash Bros. Much like Megane Bowser’s existence, the Duck Hunt pair’s presence in Smash Bros. will never get old for me.

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Luigi and other Amiibo figures up for preorder now ⊟

The second wave of Amiibo figures, which will release in North America some time in December, is now available to reserve online. Included in the second line-up are Luigi, Diddy Kong, Zelda, Pit, Captain Falcon, and Little Mac.

Credit to Joddums for the GIF of Luigi’s victory pose!

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Purrfect Game Boy case ⊟
This old Japanese ad for Konami’s Case Boy comes from a 1990 issue of Famitsu (credit to @chou_nosuke, via noise-wave).
It’s the perfect accessory for cats who want to look like Game Boy FBI special agents. Like, “No, officer, I am authorized to investigate this crime scene.” *holds up Alleyway*
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Purrfect Game Boy case ⊟

This old Japanese ad for Konami’s Case Boy comes from a 1990 issue of Famitsu (credit to @chou_nosuke, via noise-wave).

It’s the perfect accessory for cats who want to look like Game Boy FBI special agents. Like, “No, officer, I am authorized to investigate this crime scene.” *holds up Alleyway*

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Samus is in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate too ⊟

Metroid’s intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran’s will appear in the next MonHun, or at least her Varia Suit, Zero Suit, and Arm Cannon will. Users in Japan will be able to obtain them by completing quests downloaded at 7-Eleven stores, but the equipment will also come to the North American version in some form.

The game also features collaborations with Sonic the Hedgehog, Taiko: Drum Master, The Legend of Zelda, and Animal Crossing. Pretty soon, we won’t even need Smash Bros. anymore because the entire roster will be available in MonHun anyway.

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This is a real article at The Washington Post ⊟
The newspaper brings up a valid question: why would he do this? Maybe Obama appreciates the villain’s moveset in Smash? Or perhaps our commander-in-chief watched the latest Kyary Pamyu Pamyu commercial (he’s a big fan of her work) for the New 3DS, and fell in love with Megane Bowser?
It’s actually a lot less interesting than that — the headline makes more sense when you realize the opponent running against our President’s nominee for Washington, D.C.’s mayoral race is city council member David Waluigi.
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This is a real article at The Washington Post ⊟

The newspaper brings up a valid question: why would he do this? Maybe Obama appreciates the villain’s moveset in Smash? Or perhaps our commander-in-chief watched the latest Kyary Pamyu Pamyu commercial (he’s a big fan of her work) for the New 3DS, and fell in love with Megane Bowser?

It’s actually a lot less interesting than that — the headline makes more sense when you realize the opponent running against our President’s nominee for Washington, D.C.’s mayoral race is city council member David Waluigi.

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Smash Bros. Wii U coming November 21 ⊟
Nintendo announced that the Wii U version of Smash Bros. will release in North America on November 21 (same day as Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), while Europe will get the game on December 5. The company says the 3DS edition has already sold 2.8 million copies worldwide.
The first wave of 12 Amiibo figures will release on the same day, while a second set for six more characters — Luigi, Diddy Kong, Zelda, Pit, Captain Falcon, and Little Mac — debuts in December. The upcoming GameCube adapter for Wii U, Smash Bros. GameCube controller, and bundle that includes both of those with a copy of the game will all launch November 21.
Preorder everything here and not at GameStop:
Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS
First wave of Amiibo figures
Super Smash Bros. Wii U bundle
Smash Bros.-edition GameCube controller
Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter
Prima’s Official Guide for Smash Bros
I’ll let you know once the second wave of Amiibos are up for sale, since we all definitely need one of those Luigis.

Smash Bros. Wii U coming November 21 ⊟

Nintendo announced that the Wii U version of Smash Bros. will release in North America on November 21 (same day as Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), while Europe will get the game on December 5. The company says the 3DS edition has already sold 2.8 million copies worldwide.

The first wave of 12 Amiibo figures will release on the same day, while a second set for six more characters — Luigi, Diddy Kong, Zelda, Pit, Captain Falcon, and Little Mac — debuts in December. The upcoming GameCube adapter for Wii U, Smash Bros. GameCube controller, and bundle that includes both of those with a copy of the game will all launch November 21.

Preorder everything here and not at GameStop:

I’ll let you know once the second wave of Amiibos are up for sale, since we all definitely need one of those Luigis.

3DS’s new firmware update, themes are here! ⊟
Yay, home menu themes! Changelog for version 9.0.0-20U:
Users can now use themes to customize the design and sounds of the HOME Menu
Five themes are pre-installed and additional themes can be purchased from the Theme Shop
Themes can be changed by using settings located within the HOME Menu settings

A feature has been added that allows users to capture screenshots of their HOME Menu
The Nintendo eShop Title Information page has been updated to provide easier access to any available videos, demos, user reviews, and other information
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
The five pre-installed themes are plain color variations (black, pink, yellow, blue, and red). You can also buy themes for popular characters and to match future New 3DS cover plates. There are 15 designs available on the Theme Shop right now (no Animal Crossing theme yet, though), each priced at around $0.99 to $1.99. Time to grab one to complement my future wooden New 3DS covers!
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3DS’s new firmware update, themes are here! ⊟

Yay, home menu themes! Changelog for version 9.0.0-20U:

  • Users can now use themes to customize the design and sounds of the HOME Menu
    • Five themes are pre-installed and additional themes can be purchased from the Theme Shop
    • Themes can be changed by using settings located within the HOME Menu settings
  • A feature has been added that allows users to capture screenshots of their HOME Menu
  • The Nintendo eShop Title Information page has been updated to provide easier access to any available videos, demos, user reviews, and other information
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

The five pre-installed themes are plain color variations (black, pink, yellow, blue, and red). You can also buy themes for popular characters and to match future New 3DS cover plates. There are 15 designs available on the Theme Shop right now (no Animal Crossing theme yet, though), each priced at around $0.99 to $1.99. Time to grab one to complement my future wooden New 3DS covers!

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Handheld gaming pioneer retires from Nintendo ⊟

Like me, you probably weren’t familiar with Satoru Okada until today, but his contributions to our portable gaming hobby are immeasurable. He frequently collaborated with fellow legendary developer Gunpei Yokoi, helping create the Game & Watch and Game Boy. Okada also went on to work on the many iterations of the Game Boy, GBA, DS, and presumably 3DS.

Along with his hardware work as General Manager at Nintendo’s Research & Engineering department, Okada directed a number of classic NES titles like Metroid, Kid Icarus, Super Mario Land, Balloon Fight, Duck Hunt, and Famicom Wars (Advance Wars). After more than 40 years at the company and a career that almost any other developer would be jealous of, he has retired.

Shout-out to Per Erik Voskuil for the initial report — he’s the author of upcoming book Before Mario, based on his blog that digs up Nintendo’s curious works before the company became a household name with the NES. Check out the book here. Credit also to Dadot, who created the handheld gaming tribute video that the above GIFs were taken from.

[Update: Erik points out that Okada actually retired a while ago! Still, it was worth taking a moment recognizing this crucial but often forgotten figure from portable gaming’s history.]

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