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Nintendo Announces Big eShop Sale for Europe

Nintendo Switch has been immensely successful through two years on the market, and a major factor in that success is just how many high-quality games have been released on the console. Between Nintendo’s first-party smash hits like Zelda and Mario and third-party releases like DOOM, there’s plenty to see, and it can get expensive to keep up with all the latest and greatest games.

Fortunately for European Switch owners, Nintendo has just announced a huge sale. Starting today, European customers can download a variety of games that have been discounted by as much as 66%. All of the latest discounts knock at least 30% off the price, so there’s plenty of good deals to be found. There are even a few 3DS games on sale! You can check out the full list below.

Switch Games on Sale:

  • Super Mario Odyssey: 33% off
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: 50% off
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: 50% off
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 30% off
  • L.A. Noire: 66% off
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 33% off
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: 34% off
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection: 30%
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate: 42% off
  • Octopath Traveler: 33% off
  • Dark Souls Remastered: 30% off
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: 33% off
  • Doom: 50% off

3DS Games on Sale:

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: 33% off
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: 33% off
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2: 33% off

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Trailer: Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn Is Out Now


Kirby’s Epic Yarn began its life on Nintendo’s Wii, but this adorable platformer didn’t stop there. After porting the game to Wii U in 2015, Nintendo decided to bring it to 3DS as well. The latest version of the game, now with “Extra” tossed in the title, includes new abilities, a new game mode, and new mini-games, and it’s out now in most regions of the world. Sorry, Australia, but you have to wait until tomorrow.

Click above for the launch trailer!

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Nintendo Advertises Their Three Newest 3DS Selects


First-party Nintendo games tend to keep their full price tag for years after launch, but every now and then Nintendo adds some popular titles to their $20 “Nintendo Selects” lineup. They
recently announced that Super Mario Maker, Majora’s Mask 3D, and Star Fox 64 3D, all 3DS titles, are joining the Selects brand. To spread the word, Nintendo just released a new commercial to highlighting these discounted games.

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Nintendo Adds Three New Games to its Selects Lineup

Nintendo’s first-party exclusives don’t often drop in price. It’s not uncommon to see Nintendo’s big sellers keep their launch day price tag throughout an entire console generation and even beyond, but every now and then they buck that trend by adding a game to their “Nintendo Selects” program. Today is one of those times.

As Nintendo Selects, these games are dropped from the standard $60 (home console) or $40 (handheld only) price tags to just $20, and the discounted lineup just got a little better with the addition of three new games, all on Nintendo 3DS. The newcomers are Super Mario Maker, Majora’s Mask 3D, and Star Fox 64 3D, all of which are either enhanced ports or remakes of past releases. Will you be taking advantage of these new price points?

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Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn Launches in March

Nintendo usually saves the release date announcements for Nintendo Direct presentations, but this week they dropped two out of nowhere. First they announced that Yoshi’s Crafted World launches March 29th, and now they’ve also revealed that Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, a 3DS enhanced port of the Wii original, is also launching in March.

Kirby fans won’t have to wait as long as Yoshi fans, as Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn will make its 3DS debut three weeks earlier on March 8th. New features include “Ravel Abilities that power up Kirby in fun ways, new mini-games featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight, new furniture to personalize and decorate Kirby’s Pad, and a new Devilish mode that adds an extra layer of challenge to each stage.”

Source: Nintendo Everything

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See How Smash Ultimate’s Graphics Improved on Past Games

Super Smash Bros. has evolved considerably since its debut on Nintendo 64. From Melee to Brawl to making the leap to HD on Wii U, Nintendo’s popular fighting game continues to look better and better, and the freshly-launched Switch iteration is the best yet. Digital Foundry just completed a deep dive into the graphics and performance of Smash Ultimate, and they’ve put together a fantastic comparison between it and the 3DS and Wii U iterations.

Ultimate shines with drastically overhauled lighting that makes environments more vibrant. Backgrounds are for more clear and detailed, and in many (but not all) cases resolutions have been upgraded substantially as well. Even the clothes the fighters wear have been upgraded or changed to new styles. Shadows are also cast in a more realistic way, although strangely they are at a lower resolution than on Wii U, especially in handheld mode. Donkey Kong’s ultra-realistic fur has also been removed, but that may have been a stylistic choice.

Even with all of these upgrades, the game still runs at a silky smooth 60 frames per second in both docked and portable mode, although there is one notable exception. Remember how the Ice Climbers were left out last gen due to technical difficulties on 3DS? It turns out they’re still the most taxing fighters in the game. The one exception to the near-perfect frame rate is that playing in eight-player mode with nothing but Ice Climbers (giving you 16 characters on-screen) causes the frame rate to hover around 45-50 with occasional dips down to 30.

All in all, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has improved on the already-impressive Wii U iteration in numerous ways. For those who enjoy the handheld experience, it’s also a massive improvement over the 3DS iteration. You can check out Digital Foundry’s full breakdown by clicking above!

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Luigi’s Mansion 3DS Debuts On Top in Japan

The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, and although it was a fairly mundane week for software, a few new titles launched. Luigi’s Mansion for Nintendo 3DS, which launched last month in most territories, finally made its Japanese debut. With 27,370 units sold, it’s far from a smash hit… but it was still good enough to top the charts in a slow week. Tetris Effect and Deracine, the other two newcomers this week, each sold less than 5,000 copies.

Hardware sales failed to impress as well, with only Switch seeing a notable “holiday season” bump. Despite a lack of compelling new software for the week, Switch saw its sales jump from 43,747 to 54,235. However, PlayStation 4 saw a sales decline across both its standard and Pro models. You can check out the full breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo, 11/08/18) – 27,370 (New)
  2. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 25,740 (443,731)
  3. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 23,333 (324,685)
  4. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption 2 (Limited Editions Included) (Take-Two Interactive, 10/26/18) – 16,819 (184,061)
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 8,466 (1,826,744)
  6. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,562 (357,898)
  7. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 6,783 (2,690,893)
  8. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 5,706 (1,153,183)
  9. [PS4] Tetris Effect (SIE, 11/08/18) – 4,372 (New)
  10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 3,780 (1,831,692)
  11. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man (Bundle Version Included) (SIE, 09/07/18) – 3,771 (301,895)
  12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 3,349 (1,756,810)
  13. [PS4] Deracine (Limited Edition Incldued) (SIE, 11/08/18) – 3,086 (New)
  14. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 2,963 (639,247)
  15. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Limited Edition Included) (Ubisoft, 10/05/18) – 2,832 (85,706)
  16. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 2,481 (223,236)
  17. [NSW] Neko Tomo (Bandai Namco, 11/01/18) – 2,148 (6,298)
  18. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 09/27/18) – 2,025 (153,214)
  19. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (Square Enix, 03/09/17) – 1,977 (198,896)
  20. [PS4] Soulcalibur VI (Bandai Namco, 10/18/18) – 1,824 (35,590)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 54,235 (43,747)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 8,154 (8,693)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 7,927 (8,847)
  4. New 2DS LL – 4,243 (4,226)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,869 (1,945)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,681 (1,775)
  7. Xbox One X – 360 (129)
  8. 2DS – 294 (273)
  9. Xbox One – 46 (61)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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Luigi Reveals Nintendo’s Black Friday Deals

It’s the holiday season, and that means deals all around! Microsoft and Sony have already unveiled deals on Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, and more, and now it’s Nintendo’s turn. To show off their bargains, Nintendo released a video starring Luigi as well as GandaKris, a talented Amiibo modder who Nintendo hired as an Ambassador.

So what savings do the two have to show off? Nintendo revealed three deals today, including hardware bundles for two of their consoles. You’ll be able to get a Nintendo Switch bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $300, essentially saving you the cost of the game itself. If you’d like to drive your kart in style, you can also pick up a set of two white Joy-Con Wheel accessories for $15. If a more traditional handheld experience is what you’re looking for, you can also pick up a yellow and red Nintendo 2DS bundle with Super Mario Maker pre-installed for $80.

These deals aren’t quite as numerous or enticing as what the competition is offering, but that’s not terribly surprising. Nintendo’s sales this holiday season will be driven by new releases like Pokémon: Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo knows those titles will be mega-sellers without a discount, so they can focus on an older title like Mario Kart when offering savings.

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Nintendo Trademarks Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Zelda: Spirit Tracks for Consoles and Smartphones

Mario VS Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks are two very different Nintendo games. The former was a Game Boy Advance puzzle-platformer that brought a strategic edge to the old Donkey Kong formula, and the latter is a touch-screen-based Zelda game that sees us traversing Hyrule via locomotive. These games are two well-enjoyed extensions to Nintendo’s most prolific franchises, and they have something in common: they’ve both been given new trademarks, meaning we might see more of them in the future!

Nintendo updates their trademarks rather frequently to keep the rights to their biggest franchises, but what makes these trademarks unique is how they describe the games as ‘
program[s] for home video game machine‘, ‘downloadable video game program[s]‘ and ‘program[s] for smartphone‘. This means we may be able to see these titles reappear in the future, perhaps on the Nintendo Switch, as a mobile revamp, or something completely different!

What do you make of these new trademarks? Do you think they’ll lead to a new version of
Mario vs. Donkey Kong or something like Spirit Tracks? Hit the comments below to let us know how you feel!

Source: Japanese Nintendo (1, 2)

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Analysis: Luigi’s Mansion 3DS is More Remake Than Port

GameCube classic Luigi’s Mansion is out now on Nintendo 3DS, which means it had to undergo a significant re-working to run properly on the new hardware. Back in March, GameXplain did a comparison based on trailer footage, but now that the game is out, Digital Foundry has taken a deep dive into the finished product to determine just how much has changed and whether we should think of this as a port or a remake.

Digital Foundry’s expert analysis shows that, although the overall experience is comparable, much has changed in this new version of Luigi’s Mansion. Digital Foundry believes the 3DS game isn’t running on the same engine as either Luigi’s Mansion on GameCube or Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS, but rather a new engine altogether. Additionally, lighting has overhauled, and most objects feature all new textures.

So which version of the game is superior? There really isn’t a short, clear answer to that question. Both versions of the game have their strengths, as they’re each designed to take advantage of the specific hardware they run on. 3DS has superior texture work in most places and offers a the stereoscopic 3D experience that was planned for the original. However, the GameCube version is technically superior in other ways, including better geometry in certain areas and a more stable frame rate.

Whether you want to call it a port or remake is up to you, but Digital Foundry believes the differences are significant enough that this should be considered a fresh, new version of the game. They also found that it performed better overall than some of the Wii to 3DS ports, like Xenoblade Chronicles.

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Target’s Distributing the Legendary ​Pokémon Zekrom and Reshiram

If you thought Game Freak and The Pokémon Company would slow down on their Legendary giveaways, you’d be dead wrong. Just days after announcing that Zeraora is finally coming to Sun and Moon, another distribution event has already been announced. This time around it’s the flagship Pokémon of the fifth generation: Zekrom and Reshiram.

The Deep Black and Vast White Pokémon will be free to download for those with a copy of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon later this month. Zekrom is exclusive to the Sun brand while Reshiram is tied to Moon. You can pick yours up by heading to your local Target anytime between October 19th and 28th. The stats and moves of your Legendary Pokémon will vary based on whether or not you have the Ultra version. Here’s the full breakdown of what you’ll get:

Source: The Pokémon Company

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GameStop’s Giving Away Zeraora to Pokémon Players

Much of the Pokémon community is looking ahead to Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, but Game Freak hasn’t forgotten about those of you who are still enjoying the Sun and Moon line of games. They’ve been distributing rare, Legendary, and Mythical Pokémon every month all year, and that trend will soon continue in October, with an all-new monster becoming available.

The long-rumored Zeroara was officially revealed back in April, and soon it can be yours. Game Freak is teaming up with GameStop to distribute it across the US. All you have to do to snag one for yourself is head to GameStop between October 19th and November 9th. The Thunderclap Pokémon joins your team at level 50 with the Volt Absorb ability. Its moves include Thunder Punch, Close Combat, Thunder, and its signature move, Plasma Fists.

Source: The Pokémon Company

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Switched On! Breaks Down the Latest Nintendo Direct

Welcome to Switched On!, the new Nintendo-themed podcast from Gamnesia. If you were a fan of our old show, Nintendo Week, you’ll love Switched On! too. In our inaugural episode, Ben, Alex, and Jeff break down all the exciting news from the recent Nintendo Direct, including updates on games like
Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and thrilling reveals like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing for Switch. Stick around after the show for an update on the future of this podcast and Gamnesia podcasting in general!

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be listening to your feedback from this first episode in order to make Switched On! a better experience. Consider this first episode a pilot with changes and improvements to come. Once we hit our stride, you can expect Switched On! to become a regular weekly feature. We look forward to sharing more Nintendo fun with all of you going forward. For now, sit back and enjoy episode one!

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Bowser’s Inside Story 3DS Launches Next January

Earlier this year Nintendo revealed that the DS hit Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is getting a remake on 3DS with new content, including the all-new Bowser Jr.’s Journey sub-game. At the time Nintendo stated that it would be a 2019 release, and today they confirmed that we won’t have to wait too long. You can look forward to playing it on January 11th, 2019.

Source: Nintendo Direct

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Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is Coming to 3DS Next Year

Nintendo has previously stated that they aren’t giving up on the 3DS yet, and today’s Nintendo Direct is proving that commitment. Good-Feel Co. is porting Kirby’s Epic Yarn to the handheld, under the title Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn. This 3DS port features all of the stages from the Wii version of the game, but it also includes new abilities, a new “Devilish mode”, and new minigames! Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is scheduled for launch next year.

Source: Nintendo Direct

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Luigi’s Mansion 3DS Features a New Co-Op Mode

During tonight’s Nintendo Direct we learned that Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch next year, but that’s not the only news that was revealed for Luigi’s ghost-hunting franchise. Nintendo also spent some time detailing the upcoming 3DS remake of the original GameCube game. Most importantly, they revealed a new two-player co-op mode.

If you and a friend both own the game, you can team up to tackle the campaign together. If just one player owns the game, you can still team up via Download Play for the Boss Battle mode. Nintendo also revealed that the remake will feature amiibo compatibility, allowing you to do things like locating hidden ghosts or healing Luigi. You can check out the latest trailer above!

Source: Nintendo Direct

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Watch Tonight’s Nintendo Direct Right Here!

It’s that time again! Every few months or so Nintendo holds special broadcasts to bring exciting news about upcoming games directly to their fans. The latest Nintendo Direct was originally scheduled for last week, but
Nintendo opted to delay it after an earthquake struck Japan. Fortunately, it was a short delay, and all the big news is coming tonight.

This Nintendo Direct is scheduled to be about 35 minutes long, and it will cover upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Switch games. It all kicks off at 3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern, and you can watch it live right here. We’ll be covering all the news as it breaks, so stay tuned to Gamnesia for everything Nintendo.

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Nintendo Direct Officially Announced for Tomorrow

And we’re back! A lengthy Nintendo Direct was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 6th, but the earthquake that struck Hokkaido, Japan caused Nintendo to delay the broadcast. We’ve seen lots of evidence over the past week that the new date for the Direct will be September 13th, and now we finally have official word from Nintendo on the matter.

Nintendo has just announced via social media that the Direct will indeed air tomorrow, September 13th. The broadcast goes live at 3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern. That’s 11:00 PM in the UK and midnight in Europe. The Direct will still be 35 minutes as previously planned, which is longer than most. As usual, we’ll be streaming it all live right here at Gamnesia and covering the exciting news as it breaks.

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Rumor: Nintendo Direct Happening This Thursday

Last week Nintendo announced plans for a lengthy Nintendo Direct presentation that was scheduled for this past Thursday. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans. After Hokkaido, Japan was rocked by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, Nintendo opted to delay the Direct. While we’ve received no official word on when the Direct will air, evidence of the new date is starting to pile up.

According to Nintendo Life’s sources, the Direct has been moved to Thursday, September 13th, and it will air around 3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern. Nintendo Life has previously been correct on scoops when it came to recent Directs, so although unconfirmed, there’s good reason to trust their judgment here. Additionally, Splatoon 2 dataminers recently found that the game’s rotation was changed to match this date, and a Japanese developer is teasing an announcement on that date as well.

If this date is correct, it will mark a one week delay for the Direct. Nintendo previously announced it as a 35-minute long broadcast, but it’s unclear at this time whether that will still be the case or whether some of this week’s announcements were originally planned to be part of the Direct. Either way, we’ll be covering it all live here at Gamnesia, so tune in then!

Source: Nintendo Life

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GameStop’s Giving Away Shiny Poipole for Pokémon Sun & Moon

The Pokémon giveaways just keep on rolling! Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokémon Company have been regularly distributing rare and legendary Pokémon to Sun and Moon players (Ultra, too!) every month, including September’s Latias and Latios distribution event at Best Buy. On top of that, they’ve just revealed an extra giveaway for September, but this one’s exclusive to GameStop.

Starting on September 17th and lasting through October 7th, you can head to GameStop to download a shiny version of the Poison Pokémon Poipole, also known as UB Adhesive. UK fans can take advantage of the same event at Smyths from the 17th through October 15th. It will also be available to other European gamers through the Trainer Club Newsletter sometime in September.

Instead of its usual purple look, the shiny version is white and gold. It comes at level 40 with the moves Venom Drench, Nasty Plot, Poison Jab, and Dragon Pulse.

Source: Serebii