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Nintendo’s new eShop hub page for indies ⊟
Nintendo’s new, nicely designed, eShop hub page has a space to highlight a few (rotating, I hope!) indie games available on Wii U and 3DS, systems you maybe don’t think of as indie destinations.
Nintendo’s systems are surprisingly rich with indie content, and the list is growing especially on the Wii U, where developers can get free Unity licenses from Nintendo – which can then be used to develop multiplatform games.
There could be even more games on 3DS and Wii U from small teams, if Nintendo was a bit freer with devkits, as Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail notes in this Ask.fm answer:

Essentially, letting a developer make a game for a console is not doing us a favour. We’re spending months of our lives getting a game to work, adhering to strict technical standards and going through yet another launch just to achieve a fraction of the Steam revenue.
At that point, I feel it’s super reasonable for a platform to not charge for the ‘honour’ of being allowed to do the above for them. As such, we’ll only start seriously considering developing for Nintendo if they get us 3DS and Wii U devkits without any time limits or similar restrictions.

Sorry to end this post on a sorta down note! Go get Attack of the Friday Monsters (that kind of counts as indie even if it’s Level-5-published, right?)! And good job Nintendo on promoting the eShop with a nice clean website!
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Nintendo’s new eShop hub page for indies ⊟

Nintendo’s new, nicely designed, eShop hub page has a space to highlight a few (rotating, I hope!) indie games available on Wii U and 3DS, systems you maybe don’t think of as indie destinations.

Nintendo’s systems are surprisingly rich with indie content, and the list is growing especially on the Wii U, where developers can get free Unity licenses from Nintendo – which can then be used to develop multiplatform games.

There could be even more games on 3DS and Wii U from small teams, if Nintendo was a bit freer with devkits, as Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail notes in this Ask.fm answer:

Essentially, letting a developer make a game for a console is not doing us a favour. We’re spending months of our lives getting a game to work, adhering to strict technical standards and going through yet another launch just to achieve a fraction of the Steam revenue.

At that point, I feel it’s super reasonable for a platform to not charge for the ‘honour’ of being allowed to do the above for them. As such, we’ll only start seriously considering developing for Nintendo if they get us 3DS and Wii U devkits without any time limits or similar restrictions.

Sorry to end this post on a sorta down note! Go get Attack of the Friday Monsters (that kind of counts as indie even if it’s Level-5-published, right?)! And good job Nintendo on promoting the eShop with a nice clean website!

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Pokemon XY, ACNL's stages in Smash 3DS ⊟

Neat, it’s Lumiose City! Hopefully this is the post-patch version. I’m not sure if this is a 3DS-exclusive stage for the new Smash Bros., but the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai did provide this comment on the level: “The Prism Tower rises above Lumiose City. Up until a few seconds ago, the fighters were brawling on top of that tower.”

This Animal Crossing: New Leaf stage, though, is 3DS-only (the Wii U version has City Folk's Smashville). Sakurai offered these details on Tortimer Island: “On this stage, fighters are randomly placed on a different island layout every time they visit.” Hopefully they cleared all the wharf roaches.

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He’s extremely popular overseas and has been around since the Famicom days. I only learned about him from Captain Rainbow, though.

Quote from an alternate universe where Captain Rainbow was better-known than Punch-Out!! Okay, maybe it’s Japan and not an alternate universe, but it might as well be.

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Some other forum reactions to Little Mac in the new Smash Bros., collected by Legends of Localization:

  • I dunno who this is. They should’ve used the guy from Kung Fu instead
  • The guy from Punch-Out? Is he really that memorable enough to be in Smash Bros?
  • Basically, if you wanna know who this is, you gotta buy Smash Bros.?

In their defense, it’s not like Japanese gamers intentionally ignored Punch-Out!! The game was originally only released as a prize in Japan! The Mike Tyson version came out later, but I guess the re-release didn’t catch on either.

I guess this is basically what I felt like when those Fire Emblem characters showed up in Melee. Image via Revias!

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Grab Shovel Knight, Treasurenauts, or Tadpole Treble with Nintendo Force subscription ⊟
Cooooool! Three new bundles added to the Nintendo Force Year 2 Kickstarter allow you to add an upcoming game to your purchase!
For $40, you get both print and digital subscriptions, plus Tadpole Treble, a PC music game by Brawl in the Family creator Matthew Taranto. $45 gets you the magazine and Renegade Kid’s 3DS eShop game Treasurenauts; $50 gets you the magazine and a 3DS/Wii U/PC download of Shovel Knight (at a discount)!
So yeah, if you want to read that and play one of those, do this.
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Grab Shovel Knight, Treasurenauts, or Tadpole Treble with Nintendo Force subscription ⊟

Cooooool! Three new bundles added to the Nintendo Force Year 2 Kickstarter allow you to add an upcoming game to your purchase!

For $40, you get both print and digital subscriptions, plus Tadpole Treble, a PC music game by Brawl in the Family creator Matthew Taranto. $45 gets you the magazine and Renegade Kid’s 3DS eShop game Treasurenauts; $50 gets you the magazine and a 3DS/Wii U/PC download of Shovel Knight (at a discount)!

So yeah, if you want to read that and play one of those, do this.

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Gachapin Accessory Update ⊟

Can you believe it’s been a year since I posted a Gachapin accessory? What have we even been putting on this website? Well anyway, let’s get back to business.

Here’s Cyber Gadget’s Gachapin X Mukku Silicon Cover for 3DS XL and Protection Sheet for Wii U GamePad. One day I’m actually going to watch some of their show so I know something non-accessory related about the characters, but I’ll never stop posting these things.

I’ll never stop.

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Smash Bros. played A Link Between Worlds-style ⊟

Nintendo has posted the winners of its recent Art Academy Sketchpad x Zelda drawing Miiverse competition. The bottom entry took home the grand prize, but Zapp’s Silver Medal-winning entry was totally robbed. Via L~A!

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Waluigi not good enough to be playable in new Smash Bros. because he is a garbage person, let’s be honest ⊟
That’s basically what Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai posted today when announcing that Waluigi would only be an Assist Trophy in the next game, and even that he seemed to admit begrudgingly.
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Waluigi not good enough to be playable in new Smash Bros. because he is a garbage person, let’s be honest ⊟

That’s basically what Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai posted today when announcing that Waluigi would only be an Assist Trophy in the next game, and even that he seemed to admit begrudgingly.

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eShop cards 20% off at Best Buy ⊟
Here you go, have some free money with purchase of money. All eShop cards are 20% off this week at Best Buy, and for some reason the shipping is free too.
I know, it’s dumb to have to have a physical card shipped to you in the first place when they could just email you a code. I’d be irritated if the shipping weren’t free.
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eShop cards 20% off at Best Buy ⊟

Here you go, have some free money with purchase of money. All eShop cards are 20% off this week at Best Buy, and for some reason the shipping is free too.

I know, it’s dumb to have to have a physical card shipped to you in the first place when they could just email you a code. I’d be irritated if the shipping weren’t free.

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TinyCast 024 - Virtue's Last Ronpa - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 024 - Virtue's Last Ronpa

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TinyCast 24! We spent some time here discussing Level’s 5 eShop surprises and Nintendo’s free-to-play experiments, but we also go in-depth on the uncertain future of Zero Escape, and why you need to play Danganronpa. There’s also a great discussion in the second half on how the teams behind these two visual novel series riffed off each other when designing their respective titles. If you love the Zero Escape series, don’t miss this episode!

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The other new mode has you trying for high scores in three rapid-fire levels from different NES games, using a scoring system inspired by the 1990 Nintendo World Championships.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, I missed this detail about NES Remix 2. I’m not sure how this mode (which requires you to own both games) works, since two of the games from NWC 1990 (Tetris and Rad Racer) aren’t in Remix 2, but the scoring system there took your time to pick up 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., score in a Rad Racer course, and Tetris score into account.

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I guess it could just be the coin time plus score in a few other selected games. In any case, this is awesome and amazing and I am shocked that Nintendo acknowledged the NWC in a game in 2014.

Between this and Super Luigi Bros., NES Remix 2 is turning into a dream game! Credit to Fabian for this GIF from The Wizard!

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My favorite part from the new Smash trailer ⊟

I saw these GIFs reblogged on Nadia Oxford’s tumblr, where she wrote, “Glad to see it acknowledged that Samus is tall as hell and not the tiny, frail waif Other M makes her out to be.”

Agreed! She’s supposed to be close to 6’3” and 200 lbs out of her armor, according to this Nintendo Power comics scan. Little Mac is like 5’7”.

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NES Remix 2 includes full Super Luigi Bros. ⊟
Blah blah blah more challenges based on Metroid/Punch-Out, et al. ANYWAY it comes with a full version of Super Luigi Bros.! Play the original Super Mario Bros. in reverse! With Luigi! And his messed-up jump somehow?
COME ON how awesome is that? It’s out April 30 on Wii U and I’m not lying when I say it has system selling potential.
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NES Remix 2 includes full Super Luigi Bros. ⊟

Blah blah blah more challenges based on Metroid/Punch-Out, et al. ANYWAY it comes with a full version of Super Luigi Bros.! Play the original Super Mario Bros. in reverse! With Luigi! And his messed-up jump somehow?

COME ON how awesome is that? It’s out April 30 on Wii U and I’m not lying when I say it has system selling potential.

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