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Nintendo wasn’t fooling around yesterday with the announcement of all their upcoming games and amiibo for its Wii U and 3DS. Interestingly, Nintendo found itself back to its days of hanafuda playing cards with the announcement of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards. And if there weren’t enough forms of amiibo, they will be available in a special plush form as well.

New amiibo Cards debut with the release of  Animal Crossing character cards coming this fall, playable with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game. If you own an older 3DS or 2DS, Nintendo will release a standalone NFC reader/writer peripheral.

The hunt for more amiibo figures will continue with the impending release of additional characters starting in May. On May 29, new Super Smash Bros. amiibo will include Charizard, PAC-MAN, Wario, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Robin, Lucina and Ness. Splatoon amiibo will be available with the release of Splatoon for Wii U on May 29 as well. Three new amiibo include Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid. Then in July, Dark Pit and Palutena will be released. Further on in September, Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Dr. Mario and Bowser Jr. will debut. Pick, choose and pre-order if you can! Put amiibo to use in the upcoming amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits to unlock NES and SNES games on the Wii U. More amiibo abilities will be put to use with Mii Racing Suits in Mario Kart 8 when a new update is released on April 29th. To find out which amiibo work with which games, check out the amiibo compatibility chart lineup here on Nintendo.com.

Besides the amiibo cards and character figures, there is yet another manifestation of amiibo – plushies. In fall, Nintendo will release Yoshi amiibo yarn plushies along with Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U. Yoshi yarn plush amiibo will be available in three colors: green, pink and light blue.

So now that you’ve been overwhelmed with all of Nintendo’s amiibo plans, let’s get to the games. Here’s a breakdown of what is planned for the Wii U and 3DS in the coming year:

Wii U announcements:

  • N64 and NDS games available on Virtual Console ServiceYoshi’s Island DS for Nintendo DS and Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64 are now available. Upcoming releases include WarioWare: Touched! (NDS) on April 9 and Donkey Kong 64 (N64) on April 16.
  • Splatoon arrives on May 29
  • Mario Kart 8: 200cc class free DLC and paid DLC Pack 2 on April 23
  • Mario Maker coming in September
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World in fall
  • Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem Crossover Project announced (release date TBA)
  • Fatal Frame later in 2015

Nintendo 3DS announcements:

  • BOXBOY! (from Kirby series creators) releases today
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. software update and Tom Sawyer character
  • Pokémon Rumble World on April 8
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D available on April 10
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza games launch April 16: Ultimate Angler, Battleground Z and StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium
  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains available in May
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition available on May 22 with a demo available on April 30.
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer  available in fall
  • New Fire Emblem game coming sometime in 2016

Independent game developer release announcements:

  • Adventures of Pip from Tic Toc Games available in May for Wii U.
  • Mutant Mudds Super Challenge from Renegade Kid available in June for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition from Klei Entertainment available in May for Wii U.
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses, Inc. available this summer for Wii U.

And finally, in Super Smash Bros. news, Mewtwo DLC arrives on April 28. Club Nintendo participants can get Mewtwo on April 15 if the game has been previously registered. On April 15, Super Smash Bros. players can buy costumes for their Mii fighters which include Mega Man X and Proto Man from the Mega Man game series. Later in June, Lucas from Mother 3 arrives. Want more characters? Nintendo is listening! Go to www.smashbros.com to participate in the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. to vote on what character to add to Super Smash Bros.

Plenty of Nintendo related games and accessories to experience in the year to come!

Source: Nintendo

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The first Mario Party hit store shelves around the world in the late 90′s and was an immediate success with kids and adults alike. Since then a dozen more have come out and a recent financial report from Nintendo revealed that the entire series has sold over 39.6 million copies.

The games included in the list were: Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6, Mario Party 7, Mario Party 8, Mario Party 9, Mario Party Advance, Mario Party DS, and Mario Party: Island Tour.

While not including any preorder figures for the latest in the series which releases next month for the WiiU; Mario party 10 should sell very well according to the success to the past series. Will you be picking it up?

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Some surprising news came out of Nintendo today as they announced that they will be discontinuing their loyalty program, Club Nintendo, in the coming months.

Nintendo states that any games released beyond January 20th, 2015 will not be eligible for it’s Club Nintendo program and March 31st will be the last day you can earn coins on your account from redeeming codes & completing surveys. This of course means that you will be unable to register your shiny ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL,’ The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS & Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate when they are released on February 13th, 2015.

There is a little bit of good news though for current Club Nintendo members. Anyone who has an active account starting February 1st will be eligible for a free copy of Flipnote Studio 3D. Also, Nintendo plans to release “a limited quantity of exclusive reward items” throughout the next couple months; This will vary from digital and physical rewards.

Finally, Nintendo will fully shut down Club Nintendo come July 1st, 2015. This means any coins, digital codes and registered product will be deleted by then. Make sure you head on over to Club.Nintendo.com to register your products soon before it is too late!

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UPDATE 2: Most retailers are already sold out! If you want one of these bundles, you better act fast!

UPDATE: You can pre-order the bundle now at Gamestop! The bundle will retail for $199.99; The same price as the New Nintendo 3DSXL by itself.

Continuing the slew of announcements coming fresh from the Nintendo Direct, Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will hit store shelves on February 13th, 2015. This also confirms that the game will launch alongside the New Nintendo 3DSXL.

With the announcement of the release date, Nintendo has also shown off the New Nintendo 3DSXL that includes a Majora’s Mask faceplate which will launch on February 13th, 2015 as well. Unfortunately, the game will not be included with the bundle.

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Following multiple leaks last night regarding the possible release date of the New Nintendo 3DS XL in North America, Nintendo has confirmed this morning via their Nintendo Direct, that the new handheld will be available on February 13th, 2015. Here are some of the new features on the New Nintendo 3DS XL:

- A new 3DS c-Stick which is supposed to simulate a smaller sized circle pad as featured on the current 3DS.
- 3DS tracks your movement so that the 3D effect isn’t lost when viewing it at different angles.
- Game card slot moved to the bottom of the 3DS console.
- Faster Processor and GPU (Graphics).
- Two Triggers on either side (ZL and ZR as seen on Wii U and Circle Pad Pro).
- 3DS will adjust brightness depending on the light in the area.
- Micro SD slot as opposed to a standard SD card slot.

Nintendo has also confirmed that the New Nintendo 3DS XL will not include a AC adapter. While it will utilize the same adapter from the Nintendo 3DS or DSi systems, new adopters will need to purchase one separately in order to experience the New Nintendo 3DS.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available on February 13th, 2015 and will retail for $199.99. There is currently no announcement if the previous Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL will drop in price as a result of the launch of this handheld.

UPDATE – You can now pre-order the New Nintendo 3DSXL at Gamestop!

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