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Gamers will have plenty to be excited about over the next few months as the 2015 holiday season is upon us. Prepare for the release of long anticipated games and sweet video game hardware bundles. To help guide you with your game gifts (or wishes!), here is a list of some of the hottest video games and killer video game bundles to round out 2015.

Keep this page bookmarked as game titles, bundles and gaming goods will be updated over the coming weeks and months. Do you have any suggestions for the 2015 holiday gaming list? Email alexis@gamingbits.com for consideration on the GamingBits 2015 Holiday Video Game Gift Guide!

See the full guide here!

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Nintendo Experience 2015

Nintendo lands in select malls through December 20th to bring wishful gamers, and parents, an easy and fun way to experience its key holiday video game titles. A variety of Nintendo Wii U and 3DS gaming stations gives players hands-on preview experiences of games such as Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Yo-Kai Watch, The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and more.

Nintendo Gurus give gamers Mario Maker hats, as pictured above, and are guided through Nintendo’s diverse and fun holiday lineup.  It’s a great way for parents and friends to learn more about the fun Nintendo game gift giving brings – from the co-op team building The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and taste of creativity and game development in Super Mario Maker.

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My Nintendo Guru took me through cuteness overload in Yoshi’s Woolly World – an amazingly colorful platforming game. Visitors can ask to see how Nintendo’s Amiibo interact with the games – as demonstrated to me when a Nintendo Guru took out a Mario Amiibo and brought it alive in a character outfit in Yoshi’s Woolly World. There are quite a few Amiibo on display throughout Nintendo’s kiosks as well.

Amiibo showcase

The star highlights of this year’s Nintendo holiday experience includes Super Mario Maker and Splatoon, which are showcased on large, multiple flatscreen TV walls. No doubt these will be among Nintendo’s biggest hits for the Wii U this holiday season.

Super Mario Maker kiosk

Experience the platforming action, edit and create levels, or download sample levels for Super Mario Maker. You can easily jump into an all-ages Splatoon splat-fest in this multi-screen setup (wow, can I get one of those for home?):

Splatoon

A gift guide is available from Nintendo at the booth. That makes it easy for gamers to drop a hint to parents or friends, or just to digest all of what Nintendo is offering for its Wii U and 3DS for gift giving. Check out at least four games to claim a Yo-Kai Watch prize too!

Yo-Kai Watch

This portion of the Nintendo display allows you to see some of the latest on-going deals, which are updated throughout the time of the display. Several Nintendo bundles are highlighted and there are a few of Nintendo’s Amiibo collection on display as well.

Where can you experience Nintendo’s holiday lineup? Below is the list of participating mall locations where you can find Nintendo showcasing its games:

  • South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas
  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, Colorado
  • Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas
  • The Oaks in Thousand Oaks, California
  • Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida
  • Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, New York
  • King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Washington Square in Portland, Oregon
  • Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
  • Westfield Southcenter in Seattle, Washington
  • Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia

Make sure to check it out and enjoy through December 20th!

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Iwata

In memory of Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, who passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Nintendo of America briefly stated on its Twitter feed: “In remembrance of Mr. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will not be posting on our social media channels today.”

From an AP announcement: “Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, died on Saturday after a lengthy illness, drawing a flood of emotional tributes from game fans and industry rivals. He was 55.”

From a brief bio on Nintendo’s executive bio of Iwata:
“In 2002, Satoru Iwata was named president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. He joined Nintendo in 2000 as the head of the Corporate Planning Division, where he was responsible for Nintendo’s global corporate planning.

Iwata was born in 1959 in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan. He studied at and graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology University, where he majored in computer science. Shortly after graduating, Iwata joined HAL Laboratory, Inc. and in 1983 began coordinating the software production and development of Nintendo titles, such as the Kirby series. By 1993, he had become president of that company.”

Always in our hearts, and forever in our games. Thanks to Iwata who contributed so much to the gaming industry.

Source: AP

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Mega Man Legacy Collection coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC and 3DS

I’ve always enjoyed retro games and absolutely love it when retro games are remade or repackaged for current-gen consoles. Obviously a complete remake is better than a repackage, but there is nothing wrong with putting a new coat of paint on an absolute classic game!

Reminisce the fun days of 8-bit gaming, soon on your current gen-console. Capcom has announced the Mega Man Legacy Collection is coming this summer to the PS4, Xbox One and PC (and in winter for the Nintendo 3DS). The collection packs faithful reproductions of the original six Mega Man games in one, some additional challenges and Mega Man history.

“In addition to the six Mega Man games, Mega Man Legacy Collection features new ways to experience the classic games with the Museum Mode and new Challenge Mode. Challenge Mode remixes gameplay segments from all six games, with plenty of scaling difficulty objectives for experienced players to conquer yet serving as a good starting point for new players, too,” said Capcom, “Museum Mode contains a comprehensive collection of history, high-res art and original concept pieces – a mega treat for any fan of Mega Man and video game history.”

Can’t go wrong with the side-scrolling classic Mega Man. What retro games would you like to see revived in their classic presentation for today’s systems?  There has been loads of lists and polls of most wanted/most likely classic gaming remakes (here is an example). Honestly, any one of those games on this list would be great for a remake, but the arcade classics never get old.

Tried and true arcade games such as Space Invaders, PAC-MAN and Asteroids, in pixel-perfect form would be great to see this on today’s latest systems. Whatever your gaming wish, there is no better way to introduce today’s gamers to some fun history of video games than with some hands-on gameplay.

From Capcom-Unity and Digital Eclipse

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Nintendo has provided some information on how you can be part of the Nintendo World Championships as revealed by Nintendo during it’s recent E3 announcement video (seen here).

To compete in this competition, head out to a participating Best Buy location on May 30th. Entrants will compete in the Championship mode featured in Ultimate NES Remix for the Nintendo 3DS and will attempt to achieve the highest possible score in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario. The winners of the qualifying rounds will then travel to E3 and face off against 15 other players for the title of Nintendo World Champion.

These are the locations of the eight participating Best Buy stores:

  • 1717 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA
  • 3675 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA
  • 10760 NW 17th St., Miami, FL
  • 900 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL
  • 12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove, MN
  • 5001 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY
  • 9378 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX
  • 2214 S. 48th St., Tacoma, WA

If you’re near one of the Best Buy locations will you enter the qualifying rounds? Sound off below!

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