Mewtwo Strikes Back on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS

Mewtwo’s Finally Back to Nintendo’s All-Star Fighter. the first of many to come.

Today, Club Nintendo has begun sending the download codes to owners of both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. from all around the world, so they can once again, they’ll fight as the Legendary Pokémon himself in Smash!

A couple years ago, if you asked Smash Bros. fans and Brawl players who did they miss the most from Melee, you were very likely to hear the name Mewtwo.
Mewtwo’s moveset isn’t too different from his Melee incarnation, but he has of course been balanced to fairly work wi

th the Wii U and 3DS games. His special moves in particular, are design-wise identical to their previous versions, with only a few tweaks and overall sped-up from their GameCube versions.

If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to register both copies of the game on Club Nintendo, you’ll be able to buy and download the fighter on April 28th of this year for $3.99 for either the Wii U or the 3DS version or $4.99 to play it on both.

Source: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U Downloadable Content Info

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Virtual Console N64 and DS titles coming to the eShop.

Super Mario 64 and Yoshi’s Island DS are the first titles on their respective consoles.

Nintendo has announced the line-up of upcoming N64 and DS titles to the eShop. It is filled with classics and some interesting choices.

Star Fox 64 3D, one of the Nintendo 64 titles
remade for the Nintendo 3DS.
The Nintendo 64 is regarded historically as the console that shaped gaming on a 3D space, something that’s used to this day, and the 3DS remakes of N64 games are some of the strongest titles on the system. So it’s no surprise that we’d eventually see Nintendo release its classics on the Wii U eShop.
The first N64 title to come out on the eShop is Super Mario 64, available now, to be followed by Donkey Kong 64 April 16 and Paper Mario April 30th.
Super Mario 64 DS, a DS remake of an N64 title,
Perhaps we’ll see this remake in the VC too?
As we mentioned before, the Nintendo DS is the other console making its debut on the Wii U eShop. Yoshi’s Island DS available now.
The next titles to come up are WarioWare Touched! and Yoshi Touch & Go, both April 9. Then, on April 23, Mario Kart DS.
Both Virtual Consoles will give you different customization options of both camera and screen settings.
What do you think of this line-up? What titles are you hoping make it to the VC? Let us know in the comment section bellow.

Club Nintendo releases 2015 Elite Status Gift List

Club Nintendo delivers the last Year-end rewards, and it’s quite the list!

Nintendo released today the last Elite Status, Year-end list of rewards for their Platinum and Gold members before their closure this July, the list is digital games-based, just like last year, but with many, many more options to pick from, the list is as follows, there’ll be a link to the official website bellow:



Mario Kart 7, one of the many titles available for Platinum members..
Platinum Rewards:

3DS:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Mario Golf: World Tour.
Mario Kart 7.
Mario Party: Island Tour.
New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Yoshi’s New Island.
Ultimate NES Remix.
Wii U:
NEWS Remix 2.
Punch-Out!!
Pushmo World.
Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Gold & Platinum Rewards:
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Its Gameboy Advance
remake is one of the many titles available for
Gold & Platinum members.

3DS:
Crashmo.
Freaky forms.
Pushmo,
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons.
The Mysterious Murasame Castle.
Wii U:
Advance Wars.
The Legend of Zelda.
Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga.
Metroid Fusion.
Super Mario Bros. 2.
Super Mario Kart.
Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgames!
Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

Nintendo Direct to Stream April 1st, 2015.

No Joke.

Nintendo has announced that there’ll be a Nintendo Direct event tomorrow, April 1st. The Direct will consist of news of both Wii U and 3DS games.

The event will start at 3 p.m. PT or 6 p.m. ET. After, there’ll be a live Nintendo Treehouse presentation featuring one of spring’s upcoming games. Nintendo also urges to not be fooled by the date, the Direct is no joke!

The eShop celebrates the 25th Anniversary of WayForward games

Developer WayForward games has all their games on the eShop with discounts of up to 75% to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Mighty Switch Force!, Mighty Switch Force ! 2 Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, are all on the list.

WayForward games is one of the developers with the best eShop titles out there, so a chance to get any of their titles for  a discount is a great opportunity to play their games for less. The list of titles on this special discount are: 
Mighty Switch Force! (3DS) 75%
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U) 75%
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U, 3DS) 75%
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U, 3DS) 75%
The discounts started March 12 and they’ll last until March 19, 9 a.m. PT. Will you be picking up any of these titles on discounts? Let us know in the comment section bellow.
Link from Nintendo Official page: Save up to 75% on WayForward games

Video: TVG Talk – Nintendo Goes Digital.

Nintendo on digital gaming: Virtual Console, eShop exclusives, DLC and more.

We sit down for the very first TVG Talk video and we talk about Nintendo’s evolution on their digital front. Their Virtual Console, the eShop exclusive offerings and the first party DLC so far. plus we talk a little about other media available on Nintendo systems.

A couple weeks ago we talked about Nintendo’s evolution on DLC, now we take a look at their digital world as a whole and we share our thoughts on the subject.
Check out the full video right here:

TVG Talk – Nintendo and its evolution on DLC.

Has Nintendo gone from a company that didn’t have any DLC, to one with some of the best?

Nintendo adopted DLC not too long ago, and yet, it seems that it has some of the best offers in the market. With extensive content for a reasonable price.


Villager amiibo has become one
of the rarest and most expensive
amiibo on the aftermaket.

Nintendo can be pointed at for some of their business decisions, with supply of amiibo and collector items not meeting with demand, their new Youtube program, lack of advertisement of their products, among other things. But when it comes down to their DLC, for the most part, has proved to be excelent. It has mainly to do with the fact that they’ve been releasing extensive amounts of content for very reasonable prices.

It’s important to notice first that before DLC arrives to a major game, it first releases a DLC, as some sort of test, Mario Kart 8 had the Mercedez Benz free cars. Hyrule Warriors had the free Ganondorf skin pack for people who owned it the first few weeks of release. And soon Super Smash Bros. will give away Mewtwo for free to owners of both the Wii U and 3DS versions. After releasing said free DLC, Nintendo then proceeds to deliver the paid DLC to said games.

Mario Kart 8 DLC pack has half the amount of tracks
the  retail game has for  a quarter its retail price.

Mario Kart 8 DLC packs 1 & 2, for example, together give you 16 new tracks and a handful of new vehicles and characters including Link of the Legend of Zelda and Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing for a quarter the price of the retail game.

Who knows if there’ll be any more DLC for Mario Kart 8, but many fans already have their lists of tracks and characters from previous entries in the series that they’d like to see make a comeback.

Link from Majora’s Mask is available
through Hyrule Warriors’ DLC

Hyrule Warriors is easily the Wii U’s most DLC-filled first party title to date, and its DLC doesn’t seem to be slowing down soon. Weapons, Costumes, Skins, Modes, Characters, the list is quite long, and while it isn’t as generous as Mario Kart’s offer, it’s also quite on a reasonable price, with maybe the exception of skin packs like those for Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf.

The list of DLC is so long now, that if you wanted to buy it all at once you would be paying just a bit short of the retail game, but for people eager to play more of Hyrule Warriors, the content is extensive and different enough to justify the buy.


Mewtwo was in the GameCube entry of the series,
Super Smash Bros, Melee, now is coming back as DLC.

We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves when talking about Super Smash Bros. DLC. So far all there’s confirmed is the free Mewtwo we mentioned earlier, but honestly, it’s been hinted at so much in the past few months that its basically a fact that more DLC is coming. 

Whether it’s veteran fighters who didn’t return this for the latest entry (like the fan-favorite Mewtwo), stages from previous entries, or entirely new content, fans can’t wait to see what’s next for Smash.

Mario amiibo is one of the amiibo
compatible with the most games.

We touched earlier a bit upon the subject of amiibo, and they’ve turned into a popular new form of DLC, the interesting thing here is, these figurines have compatibility with different games, Mario amiibo, for example, is compatible with Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, Mario Kart 8, and soon will be compatible with Captain Toad and Mario Party 10.

And they do different things in each game, in Smash, they turn into fighters you can train and level up. In Mario Kart they provide costumes for your Mii. In Hyrule Warriors, Link, Zelda and Sheik amiibo give you special items and all other amiibo give you Rupees or other goods. In Mario Party 10 they’ll unlock an amiibo-based mode. The list expands as new compatible games get announced and released.

It’s amazing how quickly Nintendo has adopted the concept of DLC on its releases in the past few years. These are but a few examples of this, we didn’t mention New Super Luigi U, or Pikmin 3’s DLC, or most of the upcoming titles that are compatible with amiibo. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

Nintendo’s Official Amiibo Site

TVG Talk – Retro Games

The Rise of Retro Gaming

It’s no secret that retro games are “a thing” now, and that for many, if you’re not into the old classics, then you’re not a “true” gamer, but how have classic games found a spot in modern gaming?
Let’s not forget that a few years back, once the 32 and 64 bit era began, everybody was going 3D, and it was not always pretty, ideas that were great and worked in 2D, once changed into 3D it didn’t always work, of course, you have games like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, where not only did they work but they changed their genre for years to come.
Then, during the Gamecube and PlayStation 2 era we had these “classic collection” games from famous franchises like Zelda or Megaman and nobody was buying them, collections now desired by collectors and gamers alike.
So how did we get from an era where old games were pretty much look down upon, to one where they are welcome? a generation where games like Earthbound and A Link to the Past sell even better than other games on the eShop? Not only that, but games like Sonic the Hedgehog 4 part 1 & 2, and the whole New Super Mario Bros. Series, that welcome and revisit those concepts and ideas in modern day graphics, and games like Megaman 9 and 10, and Shovel Knight, which mimic games from the 8-bit era can be not only critically-acclaimed, but also commercially successful?
It’ll probably sound funny, but I believe it’s because of the games. That’s right, it’s about gamers telling the industry “We don’t care about graphics and specs as much as we care about the gameplay” because let’s face it, those cutting edge graphics you see, will age, not always all that well, but a game with a fun gameplay has a better chance of survival over time.
What do you think of these classic titles returning to the masses? Do you believe that retro games like Megaman 9 and Shovel Knight have a future in the industry? Please tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Super Smashing Sale – Week 3

Pokémon, Metroid and Wii are all featured.

Nintendo has announced this week’s eShop offers to celebrate the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and just as the 2 previous weeks, it features games from different fighters of the upcoming game, this week’s special offerings are:

Pokémon

(Wii U) Pokémon Rumble U. from $17.99 to $10.99
(3DS) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity. from $34.99 to $24.99
(3DS) Pokémon Battle Trozei. from $7.99 to $5.49

Metroid

(Wii U) Metrod. from $4.99 to $3.49
(3DS) Metrod. from $4.99 to $3.49

Wii

(Wii U) Wii Fit U. from $29.99 to $19.99

Do these games have you interested? Do you feel that the sale has good discounts? Please feel free to tell us on the comment section below.

To check Nintendo’s official announcement click here: http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers

Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo is Here

SMASH!

Starting today, you can dowload the Free Demo for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS on the Nintendo eShop, all you need of course is a Nintendo Network ID and your 3DS, The playable characters on this Demo are: Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Megaman, and the only stage available is Battlefield.

The catch is, you can only open it from your menu 30 times, but they should be enough for you to try the game and see if it’s of your fancy.
For more information, and Nintendo’s official announcement, click here: http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/fdIU6QLvLVCAfxYMuOo5OPT30dqbSit5