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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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With only 30 days until E3, most of the major video game companies have announced a time slot for their press conferences. Expect to hear a plethora of new announcements for whats coming up in the game industry in the next couple of years.

The full schedule is as follows:

June 14th
Bethesda – 7PM PDT/10PM EDT

June 15th
Microsoft – 9:30 AM PDT/12:30 EDT
EA –  1PM PDT/4PM EDT
Ubisoft – 3PM PDT/6PM EDT
Sony – 6PM PDT/9PM EDT

June 16th
Nintendo –  9AM PDT/12PM EDT
Square Enix –  10AM PDT/1PM EDT
AMD’s PC Gaming Show – 5PM PDT/ 8PM EDT

Are there any particular announcements you wish to see come out of these press conferences? Are you excited to see what Virtual Reality has in store for this fall? Let us know in the comments below!

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Once inspired by the mouse, Nintendo is now taking Mario and its iconic characters to Universal Parks & Resorts. Today Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts announced they have partnered to create “spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds.” No specifics on what kind of Nintendo game worlds you will be warped into, but you can only imagine the possibilities with the colorful, pipe-laden worlds of Super Mario or the fantasy lands and characters of Zelda.

From the announcement:
“The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games. More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.”

Keep a lookout for more details from Nintendo and keep dreaming, Kirby!

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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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