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Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing’ and ‘Fire Emblem mobile games will be free to download

This fall, Nintendo will follow up its hit social messaging app Miitomo with mobile games dedicated to its familiar Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises. Both titles will be free-to-download, according to a recent Wall Street Journal interview with Nintendo’s mobile partner DeNA. Almost all of the top gaming apps available in Android and iOS […]

This week on the Nintendo Canada eShop: May 12, 2016

This week’s new Canadian Nintendo eShop offerings include a Disney-themed installment of Art Academy, Super Meat Boy and new DLC for Minecraft and Fire Emblem Fates. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Nintendo 3DS Disney Art Academy ($39.99) In the Disney Art Academy game, discover your inner artist to capture the stunning visuals of more […]

‘Monster Hunter Generations’ New Nintendo 3DS XL priced at $239.99 in Canada

Monster Hunter fans finally have a release date for the upcoming Monster Hunter Generations: July 15. The Nintendo 3DS game will also launch with two limited edition New 3DS XL handheld systems — blue in North America, and red in Europe. In Canada, the New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations edition will sell for […]

Video Game Review: ‘Mega Man: Legacy Collection’ (Nintendo 3DS)

I am terrible at Mega Man games. Back in the ’80s, I used to play Mega Man II at my friend’s house, and despite numerous attempts, I could never get very far. But don’t get me wrong: I can do old-school difficult games. Just not Mega Man, unfortunately. I am forced to confront old-school Mega Man again with […]

‘Pokémon Sun’ and ‘Moon’ release date, box art revealed

Get ready trainers, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America on November 18. In a new gameplay trailer released today, the starter Pokémon were announced: Rowlet (grass/flying), Litten (fire) and Popplio (water). The box art for both upcoming titles was revealed with the as-yet unnamed Legendary Pokémon on each cover. […]

Super Mario DLC coming to ‘Minecraft’ on Wii U

Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom friends are already used to dealing with blocks, so they’re a natural fit for Microsoft’s Minecraft series. On May 17, Minecraft: Wii U Edition will make available an exclusive, free DLC update, including characters, elements and music from the Super Mario franchise. Players will be able to fend off Dry Bones and Hammer Bros. along […]

‘Kirby: Planet Robobot’ debuts to strong sales in Japan

Kirby: Planet Robobot made a strong sales debut in Japan, moving 145,000 copies of the Nintendo 3DS game. According to Media Create Sales, Kirby: Planet Robobot was the second-best selling title in the country during the week of April 25 to May 1. After a disappointing debut last week, sales for the Star Fox Zero/Star Fox Guard bundle fell by 55 per […]

Video Game Review: ‘Bravely Second: End Layer’ (Nintendo 3DS)

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That motto clearly applies to Bravely Second: End Layer, the sequel to the hit 2012 RPG Bravely Default, available on the portable Nintendo 3DS. Usually, video game sequels attempt to top themselves, but when your source material is as exquisite as Bravely Default, there’s no need. Consistency looks […]
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Video Game Review: ‘Mini-Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge’ (Wii U and 3DS)

Mini-Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is a treat for Nintendo fans who have been slavishly collecting their toys-to-life amiibo figures. Technically, the game is free to download on both the Wii U and 3DS, but to play the game, you need to own at least one amiibo, and ideally, the following 10 amiibo: Bowser, Bowser […]
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Video Game Review: ‘Star Fox Guard’ (Wii U)

Nintendo couldn’t have bundled a more different game with its 3D shooter Star Fox Zero. This charming tower defense game does have lasers and characters from the Star Fox series — namely Slippy Toad and his uncle Grippy Toad — but that’s where the similarities end. In Star Fox Guard, you use the Wii U […]

Wii U could be discontinued by March 2018: Nintendo president

During Nintendo’s earnings briefing on April 27, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced the possible discontinuation date of the low-selling Wii U console. According to Reuters, Kimishima said the Wii U “could cease production” by March 2018. The company still expects to sell about 800,000 units this fiscal year, down from 3.26 million last year.

This week on the Nintendo eShop: April 28, 2016

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content: Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge – Make Minis march like never before in this free download. To get started, simply tap any amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad controller or a New Nintendo 3DS system. Or, tap select […]