Nintendo DS, DSi, 3DS News Bits

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UPDATE: Nintendo has announced via press release that the red Super Smash Bros 3DSXL (Shown above) will be exclusive to EBGames and Gamestop while a blue version of the same 3DSXL will be exclusive to Futureshop and Best Buy. This means that the handhelds will launch in Canadian markets as well.

Original: Nintendo and Gamestop have partnered up to bring three new 3DSXL designs to the North American Gamestop stores. Nintendo announced at the Gamestop Expo today that the European exclusive Super Smash Bros 3DSXL will make its ways overseas next week and will launch on September 19th, 2014.

Nintendo also revealed that a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) themed 3DSXL and a Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DSXL will be made available later this year as well. The NES-styled 3DSXL will be released on October 10th, 2014 and the Persona 3DSXL will launch on November 25th, 2014. Unfortunately, the Super Smash Bros and Persona 3DS’s will not include their respective games.

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All three handhelds will retail for $200 at Gamestop Locations across the US and is available for preorder starting today. There is currently no word on if these handhelds will retail in EBGames locations throughout Canada.

Source: IGN

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In celebration of it’s 100 millionth trade milestone via the Global Trade Station, the special edition Vivillon as seen above will be available for anyone with a copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y.

Players will receive the Fancy Patterned Vivillon by selecting the Mystery Gift option from within the game via the Nintendo network. This is the only time that this special edition Vivillon will be available so Nintendo urges you to act fast in order to secure it!

Source: Pokemon.com

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Nintendo has announced via press release that a new Pokemon concert titled Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions will be premiering in Washington, DC in the coming months. Brought to you by the same creative directors who brought The Legend of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses to life last year, Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions plans to deliver an entertainment experience for both old and new fans of the series.

Nintendo plans to bring the whole Pokemon experience together in concert format both in visuals and sound. The Pokemon games planned to be included in this concert include:

  • Pokemon Red, Blue & Yellow
  • Pokemon Gold, Silver & Crystal
  • Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald
  • Pokemon Diamond, Peral & Platinum
  • Pokemon White & Black
  • Pokemon X & Y

J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International said,“The concert series serves as a thank-you to fans and an invitation to share our passion for Pokémon by reliving some of our fondest memories. We’re looking forward to seeing fans of all ages meeting up and enjoying this very special Pokémon orchestral event together.”

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions will premiere at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC which are currently available for purchase over at Ticketmaster.com. For more details regarding this event, including future show dates and information, please visit PokemonSymphony.com.

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A couple weeks ago, Nintendo announced details regarding a “Super Smash Bros Smash Fest @ Best Buy“ event where gamers can get a first look at the upcoming brawler, Super Smash Bros for WiiU. Over 200 Best Buy locations across North America were participating in this event and we managed to visit the Best Buy store in Calgary, Alberta to get in on the action.

While attendees were patiently awaiting their chance to join the fight on the WiiU version, Nintendo set up stations along the line-up with 3DSXL demos of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, which featured a new mode called Smash Run, which we were also excited to play!

To start off, the action-packed brawler for WiiU is a very crisp, clean, and refreshing take on the Smash Bros franchise. I had the chance to play Greninja  and Megaman for the first time and in my experience, Super Smash Bros for WiiU shined brightly above the other existing Smash Bros titles. Not only did the game feel faster than Super Smash Bros Brawl, it also felt like the attacks that each character impacted on one another were stronger. While seeming equally balanced for both new and returning fighters, Nintendo presented new ideas such as Megaman’s ranged smash attack, new items like Mario Kart’s Blue shell, and new Pokemon like Aeris who creates a powerful meteor-smash to all airborne opponents. In my experience, Nintendo definitely went above and beyond to make sure Super Smash Bros for WiiU felt natural and looked graphically stunning.

As I mentioned earlier, only Smash Run was available for play for Super Smash Bros for 3DS. If you don’t already know, Smash Run is a new game mode made exclusively for the 3DS port of the game. Smash Run is a side-scrolling beat-em-up mode similar to the adventure mode found in Super Smash Bros Brawl in where the player runs around beating up enemies from various series such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Zombies or Find Mii’s ghosts. Upon defeating enemies, players gather certain power-ups that increase the characters speed, power, and special attacks which they use to defeat other players in a 4-player free-for-all battle.

In my experience with Super Smash Bros for 3DS, I felt the circle pad was not as responsive as traditional control sticks. With Smash Bros being a intense brawler, the circle-pad felt like it was holding back some of the potential that Super Smash Bros for 3DS could have. That being said, this may be that I am inexperienced with the 3DS version of the game, however my initial thoughts were that improvements needed to be made in order for Super Smash Bros for 3DS to be taken seriously in a competitive market. Despite my complaints about the circle pad, Super Smash Bros for 3DS at its core, is an entertaining fighting experience similar to what the WiiU will provide for its fans.

Super Smash Bros for 3DS is expected to be released on October 3rd while Super Smash Bros for WiiU hits retail shelves this holiday season.

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A gameplay trailer for the new Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire was shown at Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event. The games appear to follow the same conventions as Pokemon X & Y in terms of over world gameplay down to the battle system.

Pokemon Alpha Ruby & Omega Sapphire are set to launch this year on November 21.

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