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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Jul, 2017 At 08:28 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The amiibo functionality for Metroid Samus Returns has been revealed.

 

 

Samus Aran (Metroid Series)
Elon Reserve Tank (special ability recovery)
Metroid II Art Gallery (unlocked after beating game)

Metroid (Metroid Series)
Metroid Marker (tells you location of nearest Metroid)
FUSION Difficulty Mode, play in the Fusion suit (unlocked after beating game)

Samus Aran (Super Smash Bros. Series)
Missile Reserve Tank (missile recovery)
Concept Art Gallery (unlocked after beating game)

Zero Suit Samus (Super Smash Bros. Series)
Energy Reserve Tank (energy recovery)
Sound Test (unlocked after beating game)

These are very interesting amiibo features for the game, and should provide some good experiences.

Will you check out the amiibo features?

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By Nate VanLindt On 10 May, 2017 At 12:35 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Opinion, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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If you’ve made it past the title of this article, you’ve probably already formed an opinion on this issue.  However, let’s set the record straight.  I love Nintendo’s games.  They make fantastic first party software and many of their games are quite fun.  They also make some durable hardware and their handhelds have excellent battery life.  I’m not a fanboy for any system, I’m just a gamer who likes to play a variety of games.  Unfortunately, Nintendo is making it harder and harder to do just that.  I simply want to buy a system, buy a game, play the game.  It should be a simple recipe, but things have somehow gone wrong.

First up is the hardware.  Forget about all the older systems as we already know how great those are.  Let’s only look at the newer systems.  The WiiU has a painfully paltry 32 GB of storage space without buying a hard drive for your system.  Essentially there is no storage for modern games, especially with the trend towards digital distribution that Nintendo is trying to push.  The same goes for the Switch: a brand new console that has 32 GB of storage space (expandable with MicroSD).   Add the fact that Nintendo’s systems rely on gimmicks like the WiiU tablet and the Switch’s portability instead of raw power for higher-end software like the Xbox and the PS4 and you have an underwhelming experience.

On the portable front, Nintendo is also shooting themselves in the foot.  Since the original Game Boy Advance, they’ve made multiple hardware revisions to every single system they’ve released without offering any rebates to the consumer.  Being an early adopter with Nintendo is a punishing experience.  The 3DS is on its third revision since its release currently (the New 3DS XL) and the announcement just came that  they’re putting out a 2DS XL system and are likely to retire the 3DS line altogether.  As an early adopter to the 3DS line, I lost money replacing the 3DS with the 3DS XL when it came out due to the vastly superior screen and system design.  I did the same on the New 3DS XL which could play some games that the previous iterations couldn’t in addition to a more stable 3D experience and better battery life and screen quality.  In looking at the 2DS XL reviews, it also appears that the build quality has cheapened on the new units with thinner, flimsier top screens and a messy and easily fingerprinted matte color scheme to save fifty dollars on the price.

At this point you may be wondering why anyone even bothers, with 5 versions of the hardware out there.  Nintendo really needs to take the time to determine a solid design and stick with it.  Every version of hardware I have to buy means less games that I buy for that system.  And software makes more money than hardware.  Simple, right?   Don’t even get me started on the NES Classic, one of the most high demand Nintendo products in recent memory, which was under-manufactured, poorly distributed, and then shut down before demand was ever filled.  It was essentially a console that was one big ad to remind people that Nintendo was still around and it was purposely made scarce to fuel demand for Nintendo products.

Now we come to software.  Nintendo, like all game companies, is putting out software that’s unfinished, requiring internet connections and updates for optimization.  In addition, they’ve begun catching up on the DLC market that other consoles and computers have been exploiting for over a decade.  But Nintendo has terrible internet connectivity in their devices, a poorly optimized digital storefront, and worst of all, their digital content is extremely expensive.  If they run sales on DLC, the sales are 10-20% off, not the deep discounts everyone else does.  And now they are leaving out large chunks of their games and charging full price for the remainder of the games too.

Look at the forthcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.  It’s a $40 game which you can buy the season pass for, providing all five DLC packs for the low discount price of $45, five dollars more than the game itself!   And that $45 is a 30% savings off of the retail price of the downloadable content!  On top of that, the game has a pair of Amiibos that can only be bought in a set for $24.99 which unlock additional content.  In the end, to get the complete game with all content works out to $110 plus tax!  This is becoming a standardized marketing tactic and a large number of consumers are falling for it.  I’ve purchased every North American Fire Emblem game since the original release on the Game Boy Advance  and due to this style of predatory sales, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be the first Fire Emblem I will not buy.  I feel confident in saying that it won’t be the last one I skip either.

This isn’t an isolated incident either.  Many of Nintendo’s larger first party titles have expensive Amiibos that had very little to actual gameplay.  The much-lauded Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU, Switch) which only came out a month ago suffers from Amiibo diarrhea.  Eighteen (yes, you read that right) Amiibos add content to this $60 title, five of which were released just for the game totalling an MSRP of $84 plus tax excluding the other 13 figures.   It also already has an Expansion Pass available at a whopping $20.  It’s a large pack, to be fair, but it brings the grand total for the official Breath of the Wild content and main game to a ridiculous $164.   And don’t forget that if you don’t rush to get these short-printed Amiibos, the price goes up quickly on the secondary market and you may end up paying as much as $60 on eBay for an ‘out-of-print’ figure that was just released.  Not all consumers will buy all the extras, but the point is that they shouldn’t have to in the first place.  A game should be overall self-contained when it is released and this is certainly going overboard.

Finally, Nintendo also has a unique view on digital rights management which only allows the transfer of your digital content to another console a total of eight times.  With my upgrades to various iterations of Nintendo systems, I’m personally up to five transfers on some items and that’s without ever having broken a system or had one stolen.  A few more upgrades and I won’t even own the content I paid for anymore, whether I’ve had a chance to play it or not.  No other company does this.  Not Sony, not Microsoft, not Steam.  For everyone else, once you buy it, it’s yours as long as it’s on your system or still available on the server.  What makes Nintendo so different about this?  As far as I can tell, simple greed.  There’s absolutely no excuse for this system of DRM.

I’m tired of paying for inferior processing power on my hardware, multiple hardware upgrades, add-ons that don’t add-on and content that should by all rights be free downloadable additions or already in the game.  As consumers, why are we tolerating this ridiculous amount of nickel and dime-ing for a sub-standard payoff?  I find that for the amount of money I have to spend on Nintendo’s products, I’m simply not getting enough enjoyment out of them anymore.  As gamers, we need to speak with our wallets if we ever want this to stop and Nintendo is the place to start that conversation.   We need to ask ourselves if we are buying for the love of gaming anymore or just simply buying because we can’t stop ourselves.  And we need to be aware that the money we spend, even if it’s just a couple of bucks on a random DLC that interests us, equates to millions of dollars worldwide for companies that don’t put out a better product with that money.  I’ve loved your products for a long time, Nintendo, but I just don’t think I can support your company any longer.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Mar, 2017 At 07:29 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, but will it do well? It is coming out a year after the special edition released on other consoles and PC and several years after the original game. To succeed on Switch it needs to be different, and I think it will be.

If Skyrim on Switch were just the original version of the game, it would have come early at launch. If it were just the special edition….it would also have been a quick port. The fact that it is coming out so late, makes me feel that more work is being done on this. In fact this might even be a special Nintendo themed edition of the game. But what would that entail. Well, probably exclusive mods that allow Nintendo content. maybe some items, armor and weapons from Nintendo games. Heck maybe some cameos and even a sidequest if we are lucky. The game could also make use of HD rumble to give the shouts more of an impact.

But what can really make a difference is amiibo. Hear me out on this. Imagine scanning an amiibo into the game and getting new items based off that amiibo for the dovahkiin. Scanning one of the many amiibo from Legend of Zelda will bring weapons, armor and more from that series. Maybe even a location or two will make an appearance. Or you could even bring Epona into the game, to replace the horses in Skyrim. The same for a fire emblem amiibo, with it giving you the armor and weapons from that series, and maybe some changes to the dragons. The Mario amiibo could make osmall changes to Parthuunax who is voiced by Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario himself, or we could see some new enemies and more appear, all to give the game a unique feel that has a Nintendo feeling.

Ideally, this would also work with third party amiibo. Imagine using the Mega Man amiibo to get his iconic look and then kill a dragon and take its soul. The music could even change to the turn that plays when Mega Man absorbs a new ability. Using the upcoming Cloud amiibo could give you the buster sword, which could be an over powered sword in the game. Ryu could give the player the Hadouken either as a spell or a new shout, which would be something many fans would like. And let us not forget the Shovel Knight amiibo. This could unlock Shovel Knight’s armor and shovel blade for use in the game. The amiibo could give specific armors depending on gender, but otherwise it could be all uniform.

The best thing about this, is that all these changes would be optional. There would be no need to force these on people who just want the game, but it  would be available if people want, via the amiibo. There should still be something in game without the amiibo, just to be there for people who don’t want the amiibo. But still the main focus should be on the amiibo and their optional use.

This is an idea, I hope Bethesda considers and Nintendo helps make happen. Using amiibo could be the big selling point for Skyrim on Switch.

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The above was an opinion piece and solely that of the author. It does not necessarily reflect the views of Real Otaku Gamer or that of its staff besides the author.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Mar, 2017 At 12:55 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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News on Smash Bros might be coming very soon, which should excite a lot of people.

Four new CPSIA certificates appeared on Nintendo’s website, and all seem to be tied to the Smash Bros. amiibo line. Those amiibo start with “AA”, and these ones do as well, indicating a connection.

Bayonetta, Cloud, and Corrin amiibo were already announced, but who is the fourth? This could be a sign that the rumors are in fact true, and Smash Bros on Switch will be coming with a new character. But who could this new character be?  It could be the inklings, but they all have several amiibo already and would not just have one amiibo since there are the boy and girl inkling. Could it be that we actually be seeing more than one new character coming to Smash on the Switch?

Hopefully we do not have much longer to wait for more information.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Mar, 2017 At 01:55 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarYacht Club Games has taken to their website to reveal new details about Shovel Knight on Nintendo Switch. Using your amiibo will still allow custom knight, and since the data is saved to the amiibo, you can transfer your character over. You no longer need the amiibo to unlock co-op mode however, as that now comes with the game.

The big news however, is that the amiibo now unlocks new content in Shovel Knight, Plague of Shadows, and Specter of Torment

Introducing Madame Meeber and the Fairy of Shovelry!

That’s all very well and good, but… what does it do in Specter Knight’s campaign? And now that we think about it… it doesn’t do anything for Plague Knight either! Well, that just wouldn’t do! How could we squeeze a little more shovel love out of the amiibo?

Boopity Boo! Introducing Madame Meeber, summoner of fairies and fun! This affable conjurer can be found in the Village, Potionarium, and even the Tower of Fate! If you speak with her and scan your Shovel Knight amiibo, she will summon a flying friend for you: the Fairy of Shovelry!!

This new companion character will help dig for treasure, attack enemies and cheer you on. But if you are worried that he will get in the way or annoy you, you can rest easy. Yacht Club has reassured players that the Fairy of Shovelry will not cause a distraction to the player and will only be around in helpful ways. In addition the character is an optional one, but he does look cool.

Shovel Knight on Switch looks to be the definitive version of the game, and this is another reason why.  I am looking forward to this game on Switch and we only have a couple of days left to wait.

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With Animal Crossing New Leaf being priced at the Nintendo Selects of $19.99 during the summer, Nintendo announced a Fall update to the game, with turn 4 years old on November 8th, 2016.

Now the update includes, new Amiibo and Amiibo card functionality, new villagers, some Splatoon content, and Sanrio and Hello Kitty Amiibo cards (from the Japanese AC Nintendo Direct). We will also get complete details where we will see these in the US.

There will also be announced a new version of the game called Animal Crossing Welcome Amiibo with all of the updated features and includes an amiibo card from the new set of cards commemorating the update.

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You can find out all of the information and watch the Nintendo Direct right here

No GravatarOn September 1st, 2016, Nintendo launched a new Nintendo Direct Presentation. While people on the internet are trying to dig up any news about the NX (the reveal will be here sooner than you think), Nintendo delivered and lot of games and updates for the massively successful handheld. Here is the breakdown of the event.

Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS (tentative title): A new side-scrolling Pikmin adventure game unlike Pikmin games of the past is coming to Nintendo 3DS. Pikmin follow Olimar around, and players tap the touch screen where they want to throw them. This is designed as an action game that makes players think fast and use every Pikmin to overcome anything that stands in their way. The game is scheduled to launch in 2017.The Legend of Zelda: Fans will have plenty of chances to celebrate the 30thanniversary of the legendary series this fall. A sampling of the products on the way includes:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, previously released on the Wii console, launches for the Virtual Console service today in Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
  • This holiday season Nintendo will release four special amiibo figures: 8-Bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link and a two-pack that includes both Toon Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. These amiibo will work the same as Super Smash Bros. series Link, Toon Link and Zelda amiibo, and will also have special functionality in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when it launches next year.
  • The original game that launched the Zelda franchise will be included when the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition launches on Nov. 11.

Mario Sports Superstars: This five-sport compilation is scheduled to launch next spring. The game includes full-fledged versions of baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing and 11-on-11 soccer games. The game includes single-player tournaments for each sport, plus local and online multiplayer modes.

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: Now Nintendo 3DS owners will have access to a near-unlimited wealth of Super Mario courses to play! Players can also create courses with nearly all the tools available in the original Wii U version, along with interactive lessons. In a feature unique to the Nintendo 3DS version, friends who each have their own game and system can collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete. While courses can’t be shared online, players can connect to the internet to download and play select courses from the Wii U version. Additionally, the game—which is scheduled to launch Dec. 2—includes 100 Nintendo-designed courses with new challenges, like collecting every coin or defeating all enemies.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World: This gorgeous Wii U game is making its way to Nintendo 3DS. This version contains some new features, plus every stage available in the original. Exclusive new stages focus on Poochy: Players must time Poochy’s jump to collect beads, and Poochy Pups as they head for the goal. Poochy Pups are curious little helpers who jump on suspicious spots to indicate where players should look for secrets and collectables. Nintendo and Japanese stop-motion animation studio Dwarf are collaborating on 30 animated shorts featuring Yoshi and Poochy that will be included in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game. A yarn amiibo figure of Poochy will launch at the same time as the game on Feb. 3, 2017.

StreetPass Mii Plaza: A new update adds a Quick Plaza to streamline StreetPass gameplay. StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium members can now use the new “Line” feature to hold up to 100 encountered players’ Mii characters instead of 10. Five new, fast-paced StreetPass games are also launching at $2.99 each: Slot Car Rivals, Market Crashers, Feed Mii, Mii Trek and Ninja Launcher. Everyone who downloads the StreetPass Mii Plaza update can choose to get either Slot Car Rivals or Market Crashers for free, while the four other new games will be available in a special discounted bundle for just $8.99. All of this launches shortly after the Nintendo Direct.

Picross 3D Round 2: In this new version of the puzzling favorite, blocks can be painted with two colors of paint to reveal more elaborate shapes. Using the numbers as hints, players can search for the hidden object in more than 300 puzzles. Tapping compatible amiibo figures might uncover secret Nintendo characters. A free demo will be available shortly after the Nintendo Direct in Nintendo eShop, along with the full game at $29.99.

Ever Oasis: Koichi Ishii of Grezzo is the producer and the director of the game, and character design is done by famed illustrator Yoshinori Shizuma. Ever Oasis takes place in a sprawling desert with the oasis at its heart. Travelers with different wants, needs and wishes will visit the oasis. Players must head into the desert and locate dungeons. Allies with specific weapons and unique skill sets will join and strengthen the team. Items claimed in the desert can be used as materials to craft items to sell at shops in the game, or give to certain travelers. The game is scheduled to launch in 2017.

TANK TROOPERS: This newly announced game lets players customize their tank through special characteristics of tank-pilot Troopers, enabling abilities such as hitting enemies with a freeze attack, launching paint balls to block the opponents’ views or using electric shocks to stall rival tanks where they stand. The game offers a six-person multiplayer mode, along with Download Play as well.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice: The new game puts the legendary attorney in the Kingdom of Khura’in, where mysterious séance trials decide the fate of all defendants. The game includes puzzling mysteries to solve, a striking cast of characters and new investigation techniques. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice launches Sept. 8 exclusively in Nintendo eShop.

Hyrule Warriors Legends: The third DLC pack, the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack, will be available today in the in-game Extras menu. The pack is available for $6.99, or players can buy the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass for $14.99, including the first three DLC packs, and the fourth once it’s released.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: A free new update for the 2013 game hits this fall and expands the game by adding compatibility with the Animal Crossing series amiibo and select figures from other series. Fans can also watch for 50 new Animal Crossing amiibo cards to arrive on Dec. 2. The cards feature villagers who did not appear originally and give players a chance to bring them into their towns. Also on Dec. 2, people who haven’t yet picked up the game can purchase a version called Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo!, which includes the update and an amiibo card. For more details, watch for an Animal Crossing-themed Mini-Direct this fall.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon: Some of the Pokémon found in the Alola Region have unique looks adapted to the region’s native environment, such as Alolan Rattata. A new element called a Z-Move is an extremely powerful skill initiated when Pokémon and Trainer unleash their full powers together. The type of Z-Move a Pokémon can use depends on the type of Z-Crystal the player gives that Pokémon. As a bonus, anyone who buys one of the games when they launch on Nov. 18 and connects a Nintendo 3DS family system to the internet before Jan. 11, 2017, will receive Munchlax in the game, along with a “Snorlium Z” crystal to unlock the special Z-Move known as Pulverizing Pancake.

Mario Party Star Rush: Think fast and have a blast with a variety of ways to party with Mario, Toad and more! The game features seven modes, including Toad Scramble, a mode with open maps to push your strategy, fast-paced mini-game gantlet Coinathon or Mario Shuffle, in which players maneuver three pieces to their opponent’s side of the board. In Toad Scramble, everyone plays as a Toad, but Mushroom Kingdom allies are waiting around the board to team up and take down bosses in mini-games. The game is also compatible with the Super Mario series amiibo figures. The game releases alongside seven new amiibo for purchase separately, including Daisy, Waluigi and glow-in-the-dark Boo, on Nov. 4.

Mario Party Star Rush: This renewed classic has been completely remade with many hours of new content. The StreetPass feature allows players to swap Traveller’s Tablets to access special dungeons and items. Through online distributions, players can encounter new monsters, explore new dungeons and even obtain unique items. Anyone who pre-orders the game before it launches Sept. 16 exclusively on Nintendo 3DS will receive a free Dragon Quest VII menu theme.

Mario Party Star Rush: The Nintendo 3DS game includes modes for both single-player and two-player competitions. With a return to speed, the game harnesses the tone of the popular Sonic Boom animated series and also forges a new path in order to tell its own story. The game launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS on Sept. 27 and comes with a three-episode Sonic Boom DVD.
 
YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls: Travel to the past to witness the origin of the Yo-kai Watch and put an end to an age-old war between two Yo-kai factions! Discover the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero, which gives players two new tactics that make for more strategic battles. Each version also has many unique Yo-kai. Hailing from ancient Japan, the leader of the Bony Spirits faction is Arachnus, who harbors a spidery secret. As for Fleshy Souls, the leader is Toadal Dude, the essence of a toad who lived for several centuries thanks to his fresh sense of style. The initial production run of the retail versions of the game will come with a physical medal that unlocks a new Soultimate Move for Jibanyan. The digital versions come with the ability to battle and befriend Robonyan F or Sailornyan. The free demo version arrives in Nintendo eShop in mid-September and the full games launch on Sept. 30.

Disney Magical World 2: Live your dream life alongside classic Disney characters in six Disney-themed worlds! Anyone who pre-purchases the title in Nintendo eShop or at select retailers will receive three in-game Frozen outfits free for characters like Elsa, Anna and Olaf. The game launches Oct. 14.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse: The game, which launches Sept. 20, is now available for pre-order. This sequel shows another side to the story, and takes players into the events that follow. All first-run retail versions of the game contain a metal emblem set as a free bonus.

New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL: The New Nintendo 3DS system is getting an out-of-this-world new look. The new system sports a cool new color, with a celestial image on the cover. The system is shipping now, and should start appearing on store shelves in the next week or so for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Overall, the Direct was very meaty for the fan of the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds. You have an abundance of content for the remainder of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2016 At 07:17 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo’s PR team sent out the following

 

There is so much more to Style Savvy: Fashion Forward than just playing dress up. The refreshingly deep Nintendo 3DS game, which launches on Aug. 19, teaches fashionistas of all ages about creativity, fashion and management skills. The game lets you enjoy an incredibly fun lifestyle, while also learning the ins and outs of the fashion world! By taking on five different professions with their own game mechanics and challenges, you can help customers look and feel glamorous, while also shaping fashion trends all around town. Think you know fashion? Put your sense of style to the test!

“There’s a reason fans have fallen in love with the Style Savvy series,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director. “The games are a pleasant surprise for anyone that plays them, and the feeling of nailing your looks and pleasing customers in the game is as satisfying as ever in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward.”

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward features five different professions that you can master: boutique manager, designer, hair stylist, makeup artist and model. Each one has unique gameplay and can be switched on the fly. That means you can play the game while focusing on the one job you really want, or mix it up and dip your feet into everything.

 

As a boutique manager, you recommend clothing based on customers’ requests and personal styles. By selecting from an eventual collection of more than 19,000 pieces of clothing and accessories, you can gain your customers’ trust, which, in turn, will make them want to purchase more items at your store. But make sure you keep your shop well stocked! Stop by the Exhibition Hall’s wholesale outlets to stock up on fashion items that are constantly changing. Play your fashion cards right and everyone will be wearing your clothes and following your style trends.

Taking on the role of designer will push the limits of your creativity. After you receive a request for a new article of clothing, you can enter your shop to create it. By speaking with locals around town, you will discover new patterns to use in your creations. You can even discover what’s “hot” by using the awesome in-game Fashion 101 guide to learn about real-world fashion topics like accent colors and clothing styles. Once you perfect your line, you can sell your clothes in the shop or collect commissions to make even more clothes. Will your clothes be the hit of the new season? Or will they end up in the bargain bin? You won’t know until you try!

Some customers will enter your shop looking for a chic new haircut or flawless makeover. That’s when your hair styling and makeup artist skills come into play. Asking the right questions and finding the right look will determine which style is right for each customer. If you’re confident you know what they want, grab your tools and get styling! Customers that love your choice will come back for future appointments and, most importantly, recommend you to more people around town.

Designing all these clothes and inspiring all these new fashion trends is great, but what good is being a fashion mogul if you can’t show off your work? By choosing to be a top model, you can model for photo shoots in the Photo Studio and at fashion shows, or even share your styles via the StreetPass feature to showcase some of your best looks. If you have wireless internet access, you can also visit a friend’s shop to explore and take pictures, compete in Miiverse contests and swap designs online with friends. You can even personalize a miniature dollhouse that holds showrooms and spare rooms, which you can furnish and decorate with items. These custom dollhouses can also be shared via StreetPass.

A wide variety of different amiibo figures like Mario, Peach, Rosalina, Samus and Isabelle can also be used in the game. Each different character provides a new, exclusive clothing item or accessory related to that character. For example, tap the Kirby amiibo while playing to get a stylish (and adorable) pink Kirby purse. Discovering the fashion items that each amiibo provides and putting them to good use is a big part of the fun.

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This is an interesting looking game from Nintendo and we hope to cover it more in the future.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Aug, 2016 At 02:58 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo has announced new deals for the Back to School season involving some of their biggest games. Check out the details below.

 

 

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 9, 2016 – Everyone deserves to have a little fun before back-to-school season begins – and this applies to both kids and their parents. Starting on Aug. 26, Nintendo rolls out a stellar set of offers for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, including some of Nintendo’s biggest hits dropping to a suggested retail price of $19.99 each, like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, as well as the debut of a new Mario-themed New Nintendo 3DS system that comes with the Super Mario 3D Land game pre-installed at the low suggested retail price of only $149.99. And starting on Sept. 9, five convenient bundles each packed with a select Wii U game and an amiibo figure will be available. All of these great deals make getting ready for school a much more entertaining (and affordable) process.

“These back-to-school deals are some of the best and most varied we have ever offered,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Now is clearly the best time to get started on your essential Nintendo game collection.”

Great Games for Under $20: On Aug. 26, some of Nintendo’s most popular and premium Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games are joining the Nintendo Selects honor roll of games sold at a suggested retail price of only $19.99. The list of games being added to the Nintendo Selects collection is as follows:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Tomodachi Life

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LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

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LEGO® City Undercover

 

This is in addition to the dozens of Nintendo Selects games already available, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS to Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. Check out the other Nintendo Selects games at http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-selects.

Super Mario 3D Land Edition New Nintendo 3DS: Also on Aug. 26, a New Nintendo 3DS bundle that includes the system, the wildly fun Super Mario 3D Land game pre-installed and two extra interchangeable Mario-themed cover plates (one inspired by Mario and one featuring 8-bit renditions of classic Nintendo characters) will go on sale exclusively at Walmart and Target stores at a low suggested retail price of $149.99. New Nintendo 3DS is more compact than New Nintendo 3DS XL and also sports removable cover plates that let you customize the system’s look. New Nintendo 3DS is one of the most versatile video game systems out there, and this price (with an included game!) really can’t be beat. The suggested retail price is $50 less than the suggested retail price of any New Nintendo 3DS bundle previously offered. For more information about New Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/.

Wii U Games + amiibo Bundles: Starting on Sept. 9, select Wii U games will be packaged with specific amiibo at a suggested retail price of only $39.99 each. These bundles are a great way for players to be introduced to the world of Nintendo’s amiibo figures (and to have something to talk about with friends on the school bus). When tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller, each of the amiibo figures included in the bundles will unlock something special in its respective game. The bundles include:

Yoshi’s Woolly World/Pink Yarn Yoshi

Activates “Double Yoshi” in single-player mode, allows players to save favorite collected patterns to the amiibo figure

Yoshi’s Woolly World/Light Blue Yarn Yoshi

Activates “Double Yoshi” in single-player mode, allows players to save favorite collected patterns to the amiibo figure

Mario Party 10/Peach

Play with and customize the amiibo in Party Mode

Mario Party 10/Bowser

Play with and customize the amiibo in Party Mode

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker/Toad

Unlocks a hide-and-seek challenge

 

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

Nintendo 2DS + Mario Kart 7 for a Suggested Retail Price of Only $79.99: Available now, the affordable and kid-friendly portable Nintendo 2DS system is ideal for parents looking to purchase a Nintendo system for their youngest gamers (and star students!) The system can play nearly every Nintendo 3DS game in 2D, is available at a suggested retail price of only $79.99 and specifically marked packages of the system include the hit Mario Kart 7 racing game, pre-installed. Combining this great package with one of the newly available Nintendo Selects games for Nintendo 3DS gives you a new Nintendo system and two awesome games – all for the great value of less than $100. For more information about Nintendo 2DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/2ds.

For more information about all of Nintendo’s products, visit http://www.nintendo.com/. Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Jul, 2016 At 12:51 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo has released a new trailer showing off new mystery mushroom costumes for Callie and Marie, the Squid Sisters. The new event course comes available on 7/8. Until then, you can check out the trailer below.