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We had the opportunity to play an early version of Super Smash Bros for 3DS which included playable characters such as Pac-Man and Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. In this nearly completed build, we were able to try out these new characters as well as a majority of stages that were going to be included in the final game. Unfortunately, the characters featured in the recent leak were not playable at this time.

I can confirm that all of the menus were functional including the functionality that allows you to use the 3DS as a WiiU controller for the upcoming Super Smash Bros for WiiU. The main menu was very clean and easy to navigate as it followed the same menu patterns that was shown in Kid Icarus 3DS or Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Needless to say, Super Smash Bros for 3DS plays very smooth and I surprisingly got a good handle of the circle pad – One of my many complaints from when I played Super Smash Bros for 3DS at Best Buy. While I still experience difficulties playing with the 3DS control style, one of the Nintendo Reps mentioned thatyou can fully customize the control scheme, meaning jump can be moved from the X button to the Y button and so on.

Based on the couple times I have played the games, I would strongly recommend that 3DS owners pick up Super Smash Bros for 3DS. It packs everything that was good about Super Smash Bros and crams it in to a handheld for on-the-go gameplay.

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UPDATE: We have just confirmed that Bowser Jr. will also be one of the playable characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Super Smash Bros for WiiU.

ORIGINAL: The user ‘hamayama‘ from Twitch has confirmed that the Duck Hunt Dog, Dr.Mario, Dark Pit, Ganondorf, Falco, Jigglypuff, Mr. Game & Watch, Ness, Wario, and ROB are all available characters in Super Smash Bros for 3DS via a live stream. It appears that he was playing a copy of the full retail game as Super Smash Bros for 3DS is set to launch on Saturday, September 13th in Japan.

This also confirms that these characters will also be playable in Super Smash Bros for WiiU when it launches later this year. Unfortunately, it is also very unlikely that characters such as Wolf, Lucas, Snake, Ice Climbers, Ivysaur & Squirtle from Super Smash Bros Brawl have been cut from the game.

Last month, Nintendo confirmed that Lucina, Robin, Captain Falcon and Shulk would be playable in the next iteration. Super Smash Bros for 3DS is expected to launch on October 3rd, 2014 while Super Smash Bros for WiiU is slated for release this holiday season.

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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 an earlier announcement today via Nintendo Direct, the company has announced that a new version of the Nintendo 3DS will be available in the Japanese market later this year.

The new console will be titled ‘The new Nintendo 3DS” and will be improving on the original 3DS and introducing frequently requested missing features such as dual triggers and improved 3D imagery. The complete breakdown for the currently announced features of “The new Nintendo 3DS” are listed below:

- 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 (similar to what the iPhone features).
- Micro SD slot as opposed to a standard SD card slot.

The console is slated to be released in Japan on October 11th, 2014 with no news detailing other markets at this time. For more information regarding “The New Nintendo 3DS” and everything gaming, please stay tuned to Gamingbits.com

Source: Kotaku

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Mario Kart 8′s Mercedes-Benz DLC launches tomorrow and some fans aren’t happy about the news (even though it is free). Well, cheer up, because Nintendo has something even better planned for the future of Mario Kart 8!

According to the Nintendo.co.uk, Mario Kart 8 will see two downloadable content packs in the foreseeable future, each pack consisting of new characters, courses & vehicles. This will also mark the inclusion of characters not from the Mario universe such as Link from Legend of Zelda and The Villager from the Animal Crossing games.

Here is a list of what will be included in the downloadable content to come:

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1
Released: November 2014
New characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach & Link
4 New Vehicles
8 New Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2
Released: May 2015
New Characters: Villager, Isabelle & Dry Bowser
4 New Vehicles
8 New Courses

Nintendo has also detailed that the courses in these packs will include “Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.” Unfortunately, Nintendo has yet to announce any details regarding a North American release date for this content but we should expect to see an announcement shortly.

For the latest on Mario Kart, keep an eye on Gamingbits.com!

Source: Store.Nintendo.co.uk

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