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Ganondorf’s in Hyrule Warriors ⊟

In case anyone didn’t think one of the, like, three Zelda characters I can name would be playable in Hyrule Warriors, last night’s Nintendo Direct officially revealed him. For four weeks after launch, Club Nintendo members will be able to download a costume pack for Ganondorf for free. Is one of the characters based on Tim Conway’s hilarious sports humor character Dorf? I cannot confirm this.

Costume packs for other characters, like Skyward Sword Link, will be retailer-exclusive pre-order DLC. Cool cool cool cool cool. 

There are also weapons in the game that can be found later, like the Fire Rod and a dang Chain Chomp! There’s a co-op mode for two players, and an Adventure Mode that puts specific challenges on each square of a grid that looks like the Zelda NES map.

Hey, and since we all like Warriors games now, Koei Tecmo just announced Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 for 3DS and Vita!

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Smash Bros’ latest assist is a Game Boy gem ⊟

The newest assist trophy — items that allow fighters to summon a video game character to help them in Smash Bros. — is Sable Prince from Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru, or The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls.

"He transforms into a snake or a frog, and unloads multiple attacks on any opponent he catches. Keep attacking your foes when they’re trapped in his dust cloud."

Longtime readers will remember the title as first-party Game Boy release that never made it outside of Japan. We’ve featured it here several times in the past because it’s super charming, it shares a lot of similarities with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and it received a fan translation a few years ago — go back and play it!

Boxart image is via Shinju Forest.

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  • Source shinjuforest.blogspot.com

Sonic Boom boxarts ⊟

Hey, Tails, can you stop playing Minecraft and put your tablet down for a sec? We’re trying to take a photo for the 3DS game’s boxart here. And is there any way we can crop out Knuckles’ creepy mummy fingers? No? Okay, whatever. 

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There’s an Angry Birds bit in the new Smash Bros. ⊟

It’s in a new mode called Target Blast: 

"What’s up with this bomb? This looks like the stadium for the Home-run Contest, but there’s no bat. Once you touch the bomb, it begins to count down. Give it enough damage and launch it at the right time…then once the bomb’s countdown hits zero…!!

…It goes BOOOOOM! Not only will the blast destroy targets, but it’ll also cause a chain reaction by using shattered walls and bomb blocks—all of which contributes to you getting a high score!! This is a new activity that combines the concepts of Target Smash and the Home-run Contest—it’s called Target Blast! Your final score is the total you rack up over two rounds. Of course, your Target Blast scores contribute to your Global Smash Power, too.”

Stay tuned for a Flappy Char minigame.

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Here’s the nice thing about the Bayonetta anime ⊟

I can’t get past like level 3 of the game, but it doesn’t take reflexes, pattern recognition, memorization or really any skills at all to watch all the way through Bayonetta: Bloody Fate.

Here’s the other nice thing: it’ll be out October 21 on Blu-Ray/DVD.

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Nazo no Murasame-jou on US 3DS August 7 ⊟

Nintendo announced on its SDCC stream (via Wario64) that this Famicom Disk System game, never before released in North America, will be on 3DS Virtual Console August 7. It came out in Europe back in May.

Here’s a cool thing: this game was one of the demos shown off back at E3 2010, along with Mega Man 2, Super Mario Bros. and some other stuff. Back then, Nintendo was showing them off as 3D updates like the 3D Classics series, but yeah.

So pumped about finally being able to buy and play this game! I have a Disk System, but didn’t pick the game up with it for whatever reason; also my Disk System doesn’t work.

BUY Nintendo 2DS & 3DS/XL, upcoming games
NES Remix Pack coming to U.S. stores ⊟
NES Remix 1 and 2, Nintendo’s fun collections of remixed NES games previously released on the Wii U eShop, will have a physical disc release in North American stores this holiday season. Yay, Super Luigi Bros. and Nintendo World Championships mode.
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NES Remix Pack coming to U.S. stores ⊟

NES Remix 1 and 2, Nintendo’s fun collections of remixed NES games previously released on the Wii U eShop, will have a physical disc release in North American stores this holiday season. Yay, Super Luigi Bros. and Nintendo World Championships mode.

BUY Retro Game Challenge, GCCX2, Retro Game Master DVD set

Captain Falcon and Kirby acting the fool ⊟

Captain Falcon’s booty game is out of control. Nintendo put out 100+ screenshots of the new Smash Bros. this morning, focusing on recently announced fighters Robin, Captain Falcon, and Lucina. You can check them out all here, but I don’t understand why you need to see anything else after that Captain Falcon booty pic. Real talk, looks like he stuffed two basketballs in his pants. Not sure how anyone is going to be able to pay attention to their battle when he starts bouncing around.

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  • Source neogaf.com

Subtitled trailer for the new Fatal Frame ⊟

Cheers to PepsimanGB for subtitling the trailer Tecmo Koei put out last week for Fatal Frame: The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden. I was one of the people who asked for subtitles when he offered to put this video together, so it would’ve been a jerk move if I didn’t share this after he went through all that trouble.

Again, this releases for the Wii U in Japan on September 27.

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  • Source pepsimangb

New Mighty No. 9 footage ⊟

There’s a bit of old clips in here, but you’ll see a lot of new video in here too, showing off Call and the game’s bosses. While it still looks really unfinished and without the polish (the stage shown with Call looks super basic with only placeholder art), Comcept and Inti Creates still have a long way to go — around 9 months — before this releases.

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Cute Mario Kart racer GIFs ⊟

Here’s a non-animated Koopa one, too. These are all courtesy of Paper Beats Scissors, which post a lot of great comics and adorable video game tribute GIFs/sketches — very much worth a follow!

If you open up a bunch of browser windows and load one of these GIFs in each, you can line them up and move them around, pretending their racing and passing each other while making your own sound effects. Great way to spend your afternoon, or get fired after you’re caught goofing off at work.

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Marth looks different… ⊟
This mysterious pink puffball in the mask… could it really be the legendary hero Marth? But… isn’t that also Marth standing next to him? Gods, I’m so confused! The image are via these Famitsu scans. Note the lack of visible feet!
Okay, that’s a lot of Marth. I can’t account for the mystery pink Marth, but Lucina seems to be somewhat clone-like in play compared to OG Marth, which Masahiro Sakurai explains in this translated column:

"Lucina uses the same techniques as Marth, a fighter with whom I’m sure most of you are already familiar. I even went so far as to make their strength, speed, and special attacks almost identical.
However, what sets Lucina apart is the fact that the strength of her attacks is uniform along the blade. Marth’s playstyle emulates the elegant swordplay of a fencer by dealing more damage when he strikes with the tip of his blade, but the damage Lucina deals is evened out. Thus, I think Lucina will be much easier than Marth for novice players to play with.”

He says tweaked characters like that play differently enough to earn their own slot, unlike simple alternate costumes like Wii Fit trainer. “When two such similar characters function in an even slightly different manner, I give them a separate spot on the roster since that will affect battle records and whatnot.”
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Marth looks different… ⊟

This mysterious pink puffball in the mask… could it really be the legendary hero Marth? But… isn’t that also Marth standing next to him? Gods, I’m so confused! The image are via these Famitsu scans. Note the lack of visible feet!

Okay, that’s a lot of Marth. I can’t account for the mystery pink Marth, but Lucina seems to be somewhat clone-like in play compared to OG Marth, which Masahiro Sakurai explains in this translated column:

"Lucina uses the same techniques as Marth, a fighter with whom I’m sure most of you are already familiar. I even went so far as to make their strength, speed, and special attacks almost identical.

However, what sets Lucina apart is the fact that the strength of her attacks is uniform along the blade. Marth’s playstyle emulates the elegant swordplay of a fencer by dealing more damage when he strikes with the tip of his blade, but the damage Lucina deals is evened out. Thus, I think Lucina will be much easier than Marth for novice players to play with.”

He says tweaked characters like that play differently enough to earn their own slot, unlike simple alternate costumes like Wii Fit trainer. “When two such similar characters function in an even slightly different manner, I give them a separate spot on the roster since that will affect battle records and whatnot.”

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