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Steampunk Game Boy ⊟

So many custom Game Boys on here lately — floral Game Boys, Ninja Turtle game boys, and even Darth Vader Game Boys. This one comes from Elise Siegwald and does not look like something that’s comfortable to hold, much less play. Pretty neat accessory if you ever find yourself on an airship, though.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game launches on iPad today ⊟

It’s already out around the world, but the iPad app version of Pokemon Trading Card Game will show up on the App Store in the US today. It’s free, and comes with a bunch of cards to get started with.

Of course, you’ll be able to buy cards in-game, but (this is cool) you can also unlock cards in the app with codes you get from buying real decks. Good idea!

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Tiny Impressions: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ⊟
[Tiny Cartridge contributor Francesco Dagostino has played the dickens out of the new Smash Bros. — bet you didn’t know Dickens was an unlockable character — and offers up his enthusiastic impressions here, including thoughts on the “portable” aspect of the new game. GIF via GeminiSparkW!]
Even after trying the E3 demo, in the back of my head I still worried that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (urgh, what a bad name) would just not work. I don’t have a specific reason to justify this fear; it was a vague “Man, how will Nintendo turn this huge, complicated game into something that works on a portable system”?
While this new iteration of the Smash series was clearly built from the ground up to work on a tiny system, there’s nothing tiny about it: it’s super meaty! It’s full of content, and the game plays and looks better than its predecessor.
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Series director Masahiro Sakurai and his merry group of friends went back to the basics of the series, creating a game that sort of plays more like Melee than Brawl, adding a lot of nice little ideas to make the experience feel new and more polished while keeping its core unaltered. They listened to the wishes of the fans, and tuned and balanced the game carefully paying attention to the competitive scene.
So what’s portable about Super Smash Bros. for 3DS… besides the fact that it looks smaller? All of its game modes are more bite-sized than what you’re used to seeing on consoles, which in my opinion is a good thing. Besides the usual arcade and All-Star modes (that’s sort of a fun survival mode), Super Smash Bros. for 3DS offers a number of enjoyable minigames, such as a clever, extremely addictive Angry Birds-inspired challenge mode, Home Run Contest. There’s also the amazing Street Smash, which is one of my favorite things to do: it’s basically a Smash version of marbles, and it’s StreetPass compatible. 
Then there’s Smash Run, the biggest new inclusion, which showcases the character-customization feature introduced here for the first time in the series. You run through a maze for five minutes trying to collect power-ups and make your character grow as powerful as possible, then you’re pitted against three adversaries who were doing the same, competing in a challenge to demonstrate who is the strongest. Basically, it’s roguelike Smash Bros. The characters can also be customized beforehand with equipment that enhances basic stats and abilities, and you can even change their movesets with alternate moves unlocked by playing the different modes. 

Customized characters can also be used in most of the other modes, including versus and online , but only against friends. This, plus the fact that the roster is the biggest ever in the series, guarantees that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is one of the biggest fightingpartyfun games ever made. With all these options, the number of variables in the matchmaking alone are almost impossible to count. Which is great because even with all these single player modes, Smash is a game that’s infinitely better with friends.
Most of the modes also offer local multiplayer options, and the online mode with friends is impressive, it has almost no input lag at all. I tried playing with a friend from the Netherlands, and it was as if we were sitting next to each other on the couch. When you play with strangers to try and climb the leaderboards, things get a little tougher for the game’s netcode, and occasionally you’ll face people with bad connections, which will make the lag way more noticeable — but in my experience never as bad as it got in Brawl.
Smash is a lot of fun, and I can’t help but recommend this game to literally anyone who has a 3DS. And if you don’t have a 3DS, I would totally recommend getting one just for this game. Yes, even considering the New 3DS is right behind the corner. (Man, who picks the names for these Nintendo games and hardware anyway? So bad!)
At any rate, Smash on the go works really well, aside from the screen of the original 3DS and 2DS feeling too tiny — sometimes I have problems with distancing aerial attacks, but that’s just me whining because I’m not good enough. And you could complain that the game doesn’t really add any dramatic twist to the core of the formula, but I hate to point out that, duh, this game is not just a portable entry in the series; it also has a great online mode, and it’s definitely better than it’s predecessor, so if that’s not enough for you I don’t know what to tell you, okay?
Oh, and it has Mega Man in it. 
Mega Man.
I just can’t even conceive how awesome this is.
[You can follow Francesco Dagostino on Twitter at @franpaccio. He also appears on TinyCast, our handheld gaming podcast!]
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Tiny Impressions: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ⊟

[Tiny Cartridge contributor Francesco Dagostino has played the dickens out of the new Smash Bros. — bet you didn’t know Dickens was an unlockable character — and offers up his enthusiastic impressions here, including thoughts on the “portable” aspect of the new game. GIF via GeminiSparkW!]

Even after trying the E3 demo, in the back of my head I still worried that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (urgh, what a bad name) would just not work. I don’t have a specific reason to justify this fear; it was a vague “Man, how will Nintendo turn this huge, complicated game into something that works on a portable system”?

While this new iteration of the Smash series was clearly built from the ground up to work on a tiny system, there’s nothing tiny about it: it’s super meaty! It’s full of content, and the game plays and looks better than its predecessor.

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Namco Museum games on PS Vita today ⊟

If you haven’t checked out the PSOne Namco Museum collections and you like old-game collections, you are in for a treat. The five-volume set doesn’t have many games per volume— five-ish — but each one is accompanied by a virtual gallery of concept art and other associated material, that you wander through like a museum.

They also have cool games you may not have played, like Bosconian, Metro-Cross, and Legend of the Valkyrie! All five volumes launch on PSN today, playable on PS3 and Vita. Images via MobyGames.

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Because this is all I thought about today ⊟

Bowser dad, Toon Link in a tophat, and sparkle suit Samus. I couldn’t find any fanart of the last one, so enjoy this pic of Peach and Zelda workin’ it instead.

Credit to Usbdongle, Uzusbutt, and Shinypaopu for these awesome tributes.

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How to make your own 3DS GameCube controller mod ⊟
The immediate question most ask after seeing our posts about 3DS GameCube controller mods is “How do I get one?” If you’re comfortable with hacking the hardware, DekuNukem posted instructions and open source code for making your own mod with $12 in parts (not including the system and controller).
If that sounds like a complete nightmare to you, DekuNukem is accepting (a limited number of) requests from people who want to send in their 3DSes to have them modded. Watch a video of the setup in action after the break:
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You can contact DekuNukem with the details posted on that video’s YouTube page.
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How to make your own 3DS GameCube controller mod ⊟

The immediate question most ask after seeing our posts about 3DS GameCube controller mods is “How do I get one?” If you’re comfortable with hacking the hardware, DekuNukem posted instructions and open source code for making your own mod with $12 in parts (not including the system and controller).

If that sounds like a complete nightmare to you, DekuNukem is accepting (a limited number of) requests from people who want to send in their 3DSes to have them modded. Watch a video of the setup in action after the break:

Read more

"Kawaii" cover plates and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu promo for New 3DS ⊟
The pop singer is the spokesperson for the New 3DS in Japan, appearing in this commercial singing a new song “Kisekae” alongside Nintendo characters in weird clothes.
Just like Mario putting on a terrible new outfit, you too can change your style with the New 3DS! Definitely watch that commercial, and read Chic Pixel’s excellent writeup.
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"Kawaii" cover plates and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu promo for New 3DS ⊟

The pop singer is the spokesperson for the New 3DS in Japan, appearing in this commercial singing a new song “Kisekae” alongside Nintendo characters in weird clothes.

Just like Mario putting on a terrible new outfit, you too can change your style with the New 3DS! Definitely watch that commercial, and read Chic Pixel’s excellent writeup.

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Can we talk about Bowser and his dad glasses for a minute ⊟

Because this Kyary Pamyu Pamyu commercial for the New 3DS, and that shot in which all the Nintendo characters transform into the most fabulous versions of themselves, is the best. And there’s also Samus looking around like, “What is this. Why is this happening to me.” I tried to make a million GIFs of this Japanese commercial and publish those instead, but Tumblr refused to upload them. I hit Post, and the site said, “I can’t.”

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Preview the 3DS themes ⊟

Coming soon after an update, you’ll be able to buy 3DS themes from a new Theme Shop. Nintendo has posted a list of all the available themes for the service’s Japanese launch, which mostly seem to cost 200 yen, about two bucks each, with some also at 150, 100, or free. Above, third-party themes! For Monster Hunter 4G,Yo-kai Watch, and Gunvolt.

These will be usable on all 3DS systems with the updated firmware, not just the New 3DS!

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Glitch PokéZine now available to preorder ⊟
This latest PokéZine, which features 68 illustrations of glitchy Pokémon from as many artists, ships in October and is available to preorder for $20.
As with the previous Ghost and Ice editions, the zine is curated and designed by Jordan Rosenberg and Iasmin Omar Ata. The other participating artists include familiar names like Jane Mai, Jake Lawrence, Mayuiki, and many others. This is good stuff; get on this. Buy an extra copy for me too.
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Glitch PokéZine now available to preorder 

This latest PokéZine, which features 68 illustrations of glitchy Pokémon from as many artists, ships in October and is available to preorder for $20.

As with the previous Ghost and Ice editions, the zine is curated and designed by Jordan Rosenberg and Iasmin Omar Ata. The other participating artists include familiar names like Jane Mai, Jake Lawrence, Mayuiki, and many others. This is good stuff; get on this. Buy an extra copy for me too.

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Harvest Moon’s collector’s edition bunny ⊟
Natsume is making all the right moves with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: the Minecrafty land customization, the $30 price point (for the standard edition), and this bunny.
It’s included with the Collector’s Edition of the game — other details of which have yet to be announced. But, like, what else do you need to know? Unless it’s outrageously overpriced beyond the standard edition, game + awesome bunny seems like a winner.
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Harvest Moon’s collector’s edition bunny ⊟

Natsume is making all the right moves with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: the Minecrafty land customization, the $30 price point (for the standard edition), and this bunny.

It’s included with the Collector’s Edition of the game — other details of which have yet to be announced. But, like, what else do you need to know? Unless it’s outrageously overpriced beyond the standard edition, game + awesome bunny seems like a winner.

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I love the Club Nintendo 2015 calendar ⊟

Going to all Club Nintendo Platinum and Gold members in Japan— along with an exclusive Club Nintendo Picross+ game! — this is the best Club Nintendo calendar I’ve ever seen. It features art of Mario characters in traditional Japanese outfits.

Aaaaaand it’s probably going to be the last Club Nintendo calendar, because Nintendo is doing away with the Platinum and Gold statuses at the end of this month in Japan. People will still be able to earn points (on software only!) and redeem those for items, but no more special status rewards. :(

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