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No GravatarWe at Real Otaku Gamer love giving back, and we love our friends and fans. Some of us are real fans of Nintendo and Animal Crossing. Since we have a working relationship with Nintendo, and we held a local Animal Crossing event at our home office, we are now reaching out to fans on the series and also collectors alike. Nintendo has sent us some of the Amiibo card binders that some of you have seen if you were at a local Nintendo event or if you bought your copy of the game at the Nintendo World Store in NYC. It is Giveaway time!! Let’s see how good your designs are! Share your Happy Home Network designs with Real Otaku Gamer!!

Here is the Animal Crossing Binder we are Giving away!

Here is the Animal Crossing Binder we are Giving away!

Here are the rules for the contest:

1. You must have the game to play.

2. You must “like” Real Otaku Gamer on Facebook. *

3. You must follow us on Twitter.*

4. Leave a comment on this post with your Twitter handle, Facebook Name and Happy Home Network Number here. (Please don’t post on our social media platforms.)

5. Cross your fingers!

Winners will be chosen after the deadline of Februrary 29th! Good Luck!

*If you don’t use either Facebook or Twitter, say so in the Comments and you will still be entered in the contest.

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No GravatarNintendo has released more information on amiibo coming this year and how they will interact with the games. We also have confirmation that Star Fox Zero was not delayed after all. It also seems all physical copies of Twilight Princess HD are bundled with the amiibo so supply should not be a problem. It also seems Star Fox Zero will have its own amiibo compatibility. This could mean new amiibo or simply the Smash Bros line. As well, several amiibo will be restocked. See the press release below for more information

 

The Nintendo games launching in the first part of the year are going to include some fun amiibo functionality. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U console and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, both launching in March, use a wide variety of different compatible amiibo figures. Some new amiibo figures will also launch in March, including the legendary Wolf Link amiibo that is included in every physical version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, as well as three new figures in the Animal Crossing amiibo series, featuring fan-favourite characters like Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover. The previously announced Ryu, Roy and R.O.B. (Famicom Colors) amiibo figures will also launch in March.

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“New amiibo figures and functionality will keep surprising fans in 2016,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director. “All the upcoming amiibo prove that the must-have figures are continuing to evolve in unexpected and fun ways.”

When the physical version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD launches on March 4 , it will include a beautiful Wolf Link amiibo figure based on the same character from the classic game. Purchasing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and Wolf Link amiibo bundle will currently be the only way to get this amiibo figure. When tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller, this legendary lupine opens the Cave of Shadows, a challenging new bonus dungeon in the game. After completing the Cave of Shadows, players can save their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and then use those hearts inside the Cave of Shadows to replenish life energy.

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After conquering the cave, players can save a record of their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo and attempt to beat their score at any time. Some of the data stored on the Wolf Link amiibo figure can also be used with The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U, which launches this year. More details about this functionality will be revealed in the future.

In addition to the Wolf Link amiibo, other amiibo figures in the Super Smash Bros. series like Link, Toon Link, Zelda, Sheik and Ganondorf will work with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. By tapping the Link or Toon Link amiibo, players can replenish their arrows. Tapping Zelda or Sheik will refill the player’s hearts, while, in a devious twist, tapping the Ganondorf figure will actually make Link take double the damage!

On March 18, new amiibo figures in the Animal Crossing series will launch in stores, including characters like Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover. Digby will also be made available as a stand-alone amiibo. The next series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards also launches in March, bringing the grand total of available amiibo cards to be used in games like Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival for Wii U and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for Nintendo 3DS to a whopping 300. Let the collecting begin!

Fans who are ready to compete in Rio de Janeiro with Mario, Sonic and the gang in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will also have to warm up their amiibo-tapping fingers. When the action-filled game launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 18, both Mario and Sonic amiibo figures will be compatible*. By tapping the Mario or Sonic amiibo figures to the New Nintendo 3DS system (or on a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory), players can boost Mario and Sonic’s outfits with that character’s power for the day.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, some of the Pokémon amiibo will be made available again at select retailers. Fans should be on the lookout for Charizard, Greninja and Lucario to once again return to shelves right next to Pikachu.

Finally, Star Fox Zero delivers a new beginning for the classic shooter series. With a unique control scheme that uses both the TV screen and the screen on the GamePad, players pilot multiple vehicles through intergalactic levels with Fox and his classic crew. The game launches exclusively for Wii U on April 22 and will feature amiibo compatibility. More details will be revealed at a later time.

For more information about amiibo, visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo.

 

Source:Nintendo Co, LTD.

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No GravatarPokémon is turning 20 this year, and Nintendo is pulling out all the stops. Pokémon Red and Green were released in Japan on February 27, 1996, with the American Red and Blue released two years later on September 28, 1998. Since then, Pokémon has gone on to make more than 50 games, an anime running for about 19 years, 18 movies, and has made more than $37 billion world wide. So when one of your biggest franchises is about to turn 20, you celebrate. 2016 is going to be the year of the Pokémon.

 

Nintendo began their #Pokemon20 campaign, where they ask fans to tell them their favorite Pokémon memory on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. It’s a great way for both old fans and new fans alike to reminisce about what got them into Pokémon in the first play and why the love the franchise. It’s also a good way for Nintendo to spread the word about upcoming events, games, and merchandise for the fans.

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Starting in February, Nintendo will have something every month for Pokémon fans starting with the Monthly Mystical Pokémon Distributions. Each month, you will be able to download a legendary Pokémon you couldn’t normally get without either hacking or waiting for a special event beginning with the original legendary Pokémon, Mew. Also on February 27, a new New Nintendo 3DS special edition is coming out. The bundle includes both original Pokémon Red and Blue preinstalled and 2 cover plates featuring Charizard and Blastoise.

 

For all of you trading card enthusiast, there are going to be some new expansions coming; we have Pokémon TCG: Generations, focusing on the original 151 Pokémon, and we have the Mythical Pokémon Collection. These packs come with come with a specific Legendary Pokémon, plus booster packs of generations. We also have other 20th anniversary merchandise such as hats, mugs, and even a special edition Pokémon Trainer Red: Champion Ver. figure.

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And finally, we have two new games set to release this year: Pokémon Go, and Pokken Tournament, along with the release of the first 3 Pokémon movies digitally remastered. So there you have it, a jam packed Pokémon jamboree. How do you plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary? What got you into Pokémon in the first place? Whether you are a new comer or a long time fan, young or old, it’s a good time to love Pokémon. Train on Trainers, train on!

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No GravatarThis article is an opinion piece. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of Real Otaku Gamer or the collective staff.

Yes, Its time for NX speculation. I like many others have thoughts on what the NX should be. Here are 7 things I think Nintendo needs to do with the NX.

 

  1. Move away from the Wii era: The Wii era of gaming was an interesting era of gaming since while the Wii did have many great games, most flew under the radar and weren’t well known. The Wii, for good or bad was associated with lesser gaming by most and that hurt the Wii U. In fact so many thought the Wii U was an add on for the Wii that it hurt sales. Moving away from the Wii brand would mark a great new direction for Nintendo.
  2. Large hard drive at launch: The Wii U came with 2 models, and 8 gb Hard Drive and a 32 gb Hard Drive. However in today’s gaming world, that just doesn’t work anymore seeing as some games are well over 30 gb and just getting bigger. With digital only titles like  Fatal Frame and more as well as the Xenoblade data packs taking up several gb, Nintendo’s own titles show that there is a need for a much larger native hard drive. It should come with no less than 1 TB, with an option for a 2 TB model.
  3. Region Free: Nintendo is at present, the only console maker to region lock their consoles. This may not seem like much but the truth is, Region Free consoles are far more appealing to hardcore gamers than region locked ones. With region free, you could play games that normally just stay in Japan. Its something Nintendo must consider for the NX.
  4. An Expanded Retro Catalog: The Virtual Console has been a major attraction for the Wii and Wii U but the fact is that on Wii U the service is rather lacking. The NX needs to have a large retro catalogue of games at launch and soon after. They need Gamecube games, more Nintendo 64 games, more NES and SNES and GBA games. They need Sega systems games and Turbo grafx games and arcade games and Square-Enix games outside Japan. Further it would be good if games people bought on Wii or Wii U automatically were available on NX’s equivalent of the virtual console
  5. More New IPs: When Splatoon was revealed at E3 2014 most were taken aback. Contrary to what many thing, Nintendo has made many new IP in the last few years but they are usually either smaller downloadable IP or games made by external devs (i.e. The wonderful 101, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower). Splatoon turned many heads as the first major new EAD developed IP in several years. Many thought Splatoon would fail due to being an online multiplayer focused shooter on a Nintendo platform, but it ended up being a major System seller. Xenoblade is another recent internally developed new Nintendo IP (albeit not from an EAD studio) and these are a nice start but what they show is that there is major interest in what Nintendo has to offer. If Nintendo can continue creating new IP, maybe letting Retro Studios try their hand at one, then they can bring a lot more attention to the NX.
  6. Revive more older IPs: Nintendo has a major library of games, the majority of which many don’t know about. There are lesser known titles with a hardcore fanbase like F-Zero, and then there are Japan only games like Nazo No Murasame Jo, which would make a great action game on a modern console,  For the Frog The Bell Tolls, a Zelda like adventure that Link’s Awakening was built on the engine of, and titles like Advance Wars which hasn’t been seen since the DS. In addition to making new IP, Nintendo could easily reboot a classic IP and make it seem like a brand new IP which will attract new fans.
  7. Backwards Compatibility: The sad fact is that not as many people have bought the Wii U as Nintendo would have liked. As such, Nintendo should make the NX backwards compatible, even if only digitally, to allow more people the chance to play these games, when and if they bring in a new audience to the NX.
  8. A strong launch lineup: The Wii U did not have a good launch lineup, lets get that out of the way. NSMBU was the 4th NSMB game and the 2nd in less than a year. It wasn’t anything new as an experience. The rest of the launch lineup was likewise lacking. The NX needs a strong launch lineup because if the games are not there, why would anyone have a reason to buy it?

But those are just my thoughts. Let me know yours and share your opinions in the comments.

By Daniel Fugate On 8 Jan, 2016 At 12:29 AM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Smash Bros, and more were up for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Video Game last night.   However, it was Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS smashed the competition and went home with the award.

Since the two games came out in 2014, Super Smash Bros has continued to be in the spotlight thanks to the various paid and free DLC that Nintendo has brought to the game. That DLC support is ending this year, but we have no doubt that many will continue to play and enjoy both games.

Do you still play Super Smash Bros? Which version of the game do you like better? What DLC have you bought for the game? Let us know what you think of Super Smash Bros in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Everything

By Daniel Fugate On 6 Jan, 2016 At 10:28 PM | Categorized As Nintendo 3DS, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails will be coming to the 3DS on January 14. The game will let you build trains and build environments for the trains to travel through. Plus you’ll be able to share these creations with anyone else who has the game via QR codes.

Here’s the full description of the game:

“Create your own world and drive your custom-built train right through it in Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails. Choose from Creative Mode, where you’ll create your own cities to drive your custom trains through, or from Story Mode, where you’ll learn to drive trains, repair tracks, and help keep the rail system alive. The game’s innovative design and Stereoscopic 3D gameplay graphics are perfect for train-lovers and gamers alike, providing a creative and strategic game play experience with a dose of Lionel fun that’s guaranteed to be off the tracks.

Features:

  • Select from hundreds of objects to build amazingly unique environments
  • Learn to drive numerous trains, and pick up/deliver cargo and passengers efficiently
  • Unlock various exciting achievements for more action-packed train track building and world creation
  • Stereoscopic 3D gameplay graphics enable you to view your worlds from many wide-ranging camera perspectives
  • Share your creative worlds with friends via QR Codes “

Check out this trailer for a look at Lionel City Builder:

What do you think of this game? Will you be downloading it on the 14th?

Source: Big John Games

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No GravatarNintendo and HAL Laboratory have announced a sequel to the 3DS eShop hit BoxBoy!. The game is already out in Japan right now and goes by the title of BoxBoy: Mou Hito Hako ( BoxBoy! One More Box).

 

 

Here is the trailer

 

By Daniel Fugate On 5 Jan, 2016 At 10:27 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Alien Dinosaurs, an arcade shooter, will be coming to the Wii U and 3DS eshops. The game will include a story and survival mode. There will be character progression and a “huge variety of weapons. From basic weapons like a gun or a shotgun to a mop or a fork, even laser weapons…”.

Here is Alien Dinosaur’s story:

” An alien dinosaur race which lives in outer space is in danger due to their lack of resources. Since always they have been travelling and conquering other planets, until they extract their resources, not because they want, but because they consume them to fast. During the last research done by the intelligence department, they have discovered a planet that can offer them the necessary natural resources they need to survive a good amount of time.

The problem is, this new planet (Earth) lives a species know as, Humans. T-Rex has been always used to fight other species known to them, sometimes even against themselves, but this time they have to study who are they going to attack.

To do this research they decide to make a quick trip to Earth and capture a human to test their defenses. The way they decide to test the skills of the human is with a cube with chambers full of traps and lethal experiments. There, they will release the human only armed with a knife and a gun…what will be his luck? Will he determine the fate of humanity? “

There is currently no release date for the 3DS or Wii U versions of the game. Check out Alien Dinosaur’s Steam trailer below.

Sources: Nintendo Enthusiast and Nintendo Everything

By Daniel Fugate On 5 Jan, 2016 At 10:18 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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The latest update for Shovel Knight will be released for the Wii U and 3DS soon.

Here is a full list of what the update will add to the game:

” New: [Plague] Mail Minion will now read a letter to you which includes all sorts of neat stats.
New: [Plague] Minion can now appear within Plains of Passage to explain how to perform a bomb burst in case you’re stuck!
New: [Plague] Shovel Knight’s Secret Palette Cheats now work when playing as Plague Knight (Plague uses #1-16, SK uses #1-32)
Adjustment: [Plague] vs Propeller Knight has been tuned to be less difficult.
Adjustment: [Plague] Alchemy menu is slightly faster to open, close, and select items.
Fix: [Plague] Lock up when defeating Mole Knight when Mole Knight is hiding in the wall.
Fix: [Plague] Health display inconsistencies when upgrading health while maxed out on health tonics.
Fix: Re-added some missing treasure in the first enemy map encounter
Fix: Item Completion percent surpassing 100%. (armors were being counted twice)
Fix: Crash when defeated by Mr. Hat, quitting while in the Fancy Shop, or returning to the fancy shop after defeating Mr. Hat in the Armor Outpost. (2.1 only)
Fix: Player can collect pickups while in chest open surprise animation.
3DS & Wii U: [Plague] Relic heap icons appear on the touch screen now too!
3DS: Crash when viewing Plague Knight Feats in German while stereoscopic 3D is enabled.
3DS and Wii U: [Shovel] Fixed crash when exiting stage while the Troupple Chalice is selected. (2.1 only)
3DS and Wii U: [Plague] Fixed crash (and made other improvements) when using relic quick and arcana touch menu at the same time.
3DS: Fixed crash when quitting to world map when recording a ghost in the StreetPass arena while playing with Custom Knight. (2.1 only)
Wii U: [Co-Op] Treasure Knight Chest doesn’t pull in respawning players “

Do you still play Shovel Knight on Wii U and 3DS? Share your Shovel Knight thoughts with us in the comments!

Sources: Go Nintendo and Yacht Club Games

 

By Daniel Fugate On 28 Dec, 2015 At 09:08 PM | Categorized As Nintendo 3DS, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarMario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be coming to the 3DS in 2016. Recently, Nintendo’s Japanese website released new footage and information about the game.

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The new Mario & Sonic game will include 14 sports via Olympic & extra events and 40 characters (and also Miis) in total. The 3DS version will include local multiplayer, download play, online leaderboards, Amiibo support, and street pass.

The game also has a story mode and a brand new Outing Marathon mode, which uses the 3DS pedometer to count the player’s real life steps with a walking goal of 42.195km. Check out this article for more information about Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

And here are two new videos featuring footage from the Japanese version of the game:

Are you looking forward to Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games?

Sources: Nintendo Everything articles here and here

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