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Nintendo 3DS firmware v9.6.0-24 now available
March 24, 2015, 01:04:31 AM by Link-NM
Nintendo has released a new firmware version for the 3DS. The main changes include the ability to save up to 8 different Home Menu layouts and support for the NFC reader on the original 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS. More details in the changelog below:

Quote from: Nintendo of America
Version 9.6.0-24U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:
Changes to HOME Menu:

A Home Menu Layout setting has been added to HOME Menu Settings. Users can save and load up to 8 layouts of the HOME Menu with different theme and software icon arrangements

Changes to Theme Shop:

Additional categories have been added under “View More” for easier navigation of the Theme Shop

Improvements to system stability and usability:

Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS Systems Only:
Changes to HOME Menu Settings

amiibo Settings has been added to HOME Menu Settings. amiibo Settings allows users to register an amiibo owner and nickname, delete data written to an amiibo by supported software, or reset an amiibo*

*This feature will require a peripheral device scheduled to launch in 2015

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Mario Party 10 arrives!
March 20, 2015, 04:06:14 PM by Link-NM
The next entry in the Mario Party franchise is now available. Mario Party 10 for Wii U also includes amiibo support. Launch trailer and press release below:

Quote from: Nintendo of America PR

Join the amiibo Party with a New Set of amiibo That Includes a New Toad Figure

​REDMOND, Wash., March 18, 2015 – On March 20, you are invited to the biggest and baddest bash of the year: Mario Party 10 for Wii U! In addition to a power-packed lineup of new features, new boards and new mini-games, new revelers join the Mario Party fun in the game’s ground-breaking Bowser Party and amiibo Party modes. When bad guy Bowser crashes the party to playfully torment up to four additional players on Team Mario, the franchise’s social experience takes an unprecedented and deviously good turn. In amiibo Party mode, which requires at least one compatible amiibo figure to access, you and up to three other players can tap amiibo to the Wii U GamePad controller to play with and customize your amiibo, and change a portion of the board to match your character.
To add more fun to the Mario Party 10 game, a new set of amiibo called the Super Mario series will also launch simultaneously on March 20. The Super Mario series features the amiibo debut of Toad, as well as new designs for Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach and Yoshi. The new “Super Mario series” Mario amiibo design will be available exclusively in a Mario Party 10 bundle that also launches on March 20 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The other amiibo figures will be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $12.99 each.
“Mario Party 10 is one party you definitely don’t want to miss,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Brimming with innovative ways to play and featuring creative GamePad and amiibo support, Mario Party 10 delivers hours of family-friendly fun exclusively for Wii U.”
For the first time in the Mario Party series, you can pick up the GamePad and have a fiery blast stepping into the trouble-making role of everyone’s favorite bad guy: Bowser. You and up to four other players can participate in this wild new mode, with four players joining Team Mario using Wii Remote controllers (sold separately) and one playing as Bowser using the GamePad. As Bowser, your goal is simple: Prevent Team Mario from stealing the Star at the end of the board. Trying to succeed is the fun part! By playing a series of mini-games exclusive to this mode, Bowser can spit fire, spin an electric wheel, shoot Bullet Bills and cause general mayhem. The welcome role reversal adds a new layer of fun and friendly competition to the Mario Party series.
In the traditional Mario Party mode, up to four players travel together around a variety of colorful and detailed boards like Mushroom Park, Haunted Trail and the high-flying Airship Central. Although you are traveling with friends, every player is still out for him- or herself, since whoever collects the most Mini Stars at the end of the board wins! Earn these coveted Mini Stars by winning a variety of multiplayer mini-games or by participating in events around the board. The easy-to-learn and highly entertaining mini-games break up the game play by letting you and your friends compete to race up a tower, dodge angry bees or quickly pump up a balloon. You can even team up in “2 vs. 2” or “1 vs. 3” games, or even battle bosses as a group.
Even after playing with amiibo in amiibo Party mode, crashing the party as Bowser or tackling the dizzying number of mini-games in classic Mario Party mode, Mario Party 10 still offers more things to do. In Toad’s Room, you can pose your characters in a Photo Studio and shop for new characters and vehicles to use in the game. In Bonus Games mode, challenge yourself to a series of Bowser Jr. Challenges and even experience the jewel-matching fun of Jewel Drop.
With all this great content, you probably want to invite all your friends and family members over for a Mario Party 10 party as soon as the game launches. To throw the best Mario Party 10 party ever, visit http://marioparty10.nintendo.com/#partyplanner for all your party-planning needs. And before the big event, head to Twitter today and follow @NintendoAmerica starting at 1 p.m. PT for a virtual launch party with fun quizzes, a chance to win awesome prizes and a very special guest that you seriously won’t want to miss. (Hint: He says “MUAHAHAHA” a lot and likes to stand on poorly constructed bridges over pits of molten lava.)
Mario Party 10 will be available in stores, in the Nintendo eShop and at Nintendo.com on March 20 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. For more information about the game, visit http://marioparty10.nintendo.com.
Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

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Fossil Fighters: Frontier is now available!
March 20, 2015, 04:01:24 PM by Link-NM
Fossil Fighters: Frontier for Nintendo 3DS is now available. Full press release with more info about the game below:

Quote from: Nintendo of America PR

Battle, Dig and Drive Through the Prehistoric World of Vivosaurs

REDMOND, Wash., March 17, 2015 – Brave explorers of the Fossil Fighters: Frontier game will discover a huge 3D world filled with fossils to excavate, prehistoric creatures to revive and primeval battles to conquer. The new portable game, launching for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on March 20, has players grabbing their excavation tools, hopping in fully customizable vehicles and heading out into the wild world to dig up fossils and revive them into vivosaurs (think of them as extra powerful, extra colorful and extra awesome dinosaurs). These collectible vivosaurs can then be trained and sent into turn-based battles with other mighty beasts. Fossil Fighters: Frontier also lets friends explore and excavate together, fight as a team against rogue vivosaurs and battle in six-player multiplayer reptilian rumbles.

“Video game fans are about to get an adventure of prehistoric proportions,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Between Fossil Fighters: Frontier, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and the upcoming Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition games, it’s a great time to be a Nintendo 3DS owner.”
The expansive world of Fossil Fighters: Frontier is rich with things to discover. By hopping behind the wheel of a customizable Bone Buggy, players can explore to excavate fossils that can transform into a wide variety of different vivosaurs. After unearthing fossils, players place them in the back of their Bone Buggies to carefully clean and revive them using the touch screen of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Various upgradeable tools like drills and hammers can be found in the game and used in the fun and intuitive excavation process. Select dig sites might even host puzzle- or speed-based challenges, which can be completed to earn valuable and power-enhancing rare fossils.
Finding fossils and collecting resurrected vivosaurs is only part of the fun, as these prehistoric creatures can be sent into truly epic battles that pit vivosaur versus vivosaur. All vivosaurs fall into one of five elemental categories – Water, Fire, Air, Earth and Neutral – and possess a special ability that will assist them in battle. Players will encounter many different types of battles in the game, whether a story-based battle that takes place in the main campaign, daily tournaments or even StreetPass battles that let players train against other vivosaurs they pick up while using the StreetPass feature.
And the robust multiplayer options in the game don’t end there. In co-op local wireless, friends who each own a Nintendo 3DS system and the Fossil Fighters: Frontier game can team up and visit dig sites together. Each player travels in his or her own Bone Buggy and can work together to excavate the same fossils or work together to dig out hard to excavate fossils more effectively. Fossil Fighters: Frontier even features local wireless battles with up to six players or tournaments with up to two friends! Players who want to take their battles online using broadband Internet access can compete in one-on-one battles against random players to fight to the top of monthly online leaderboards.
For more information about Fossil Fighters: Frontier, visit http://fossilfighters.nintendo.com. Excavators-in-training that visit the game’s website will also have the ability to search for hidden fossils. These five fossils are hidden all over the site, and each time one is found, a new bonus, like wallpapers, game tips and exclusive activity, is unlocked. The site can be browsed right now, but the fossil hunt unlocks on March 20, the same day the game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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N Masters amiibo Gallery now open
March 20, 2015, 03:56:38 PM by Link-NM
New site feature! We have now opened an amiibo Gallery page that will display good quality pictures of amiibos. Besides that, you are also free to submit pictures of your own amiibos.

We currently only have access to a few of them and from the Super Smash Bros. series, but hopefully that'll change soon. To see the current galleries, you can visit the following URL: http://www.n-masters.com/forum/index.php?topic=4692.msg9996#msg9996

(I'll open a page soon on the site that links to all the gallery threads too.)

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Nintendo eShop update - March 19, 2015
March 19, 2015, 02:17:12 PM by Link-NM
This week's eShop update includes Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament for VC and Elliot Quest, both on Wii U. Besides that, there's sales and the upcoming release of Mario Party 10 and Fossil Fighters: Frontier. Full press release below:

Quote from: Nintendo of America

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Mario Party 10 – Crash the party as bad guy Bowser in Mario Party 10. Challenge and tease your friends in three great party games in one. Be the bad guy in the new Bowser Party mode to playfully antagonize your buddies. Play with at least one compatible amiibo to unlock the inventive amiibo Party mode. And have an all-around blast! Mario Party 10 will be available on March 20. Click here to view a trailer for the game.

Elliot Quest – Elliot Quest from PlayEveryWare and Ansimuz Games is an 8-bit retro adventure/RPG that follows a hero on a quest to cure his curse of immortality. Explore Urele Island to uncover its secrets and discover powerful weapons as you search for an ancient demon.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Fossil Fighters: Frontier – Buckle up for a wild ride across a fully 3D world in your own custom vehicle. While exploring the unknown, you’ll discover fossils to dig up and bring to life as vivosaurs. You can then pit these prehistoric beasts against other vivosaurs in massive reptile rumbles. Deck out your ride with digging and battle tools, and then set out on an adventure of prehistoric proportions! Fossil Fighters: Frontier will be available on March 20. Click here to view an ad for the game.

Virtual Console on Wii U

KLONOA 2: Dream Champ Tournament – In this Game Boy Advance platformer, guide Klonoa through five worlds that make up the Dream Champ Tournament. Complete each world by eliminating fellow contestants and collecting magical items. Use the Wind Bullet to draw in enemies, using them either as a jumping boost or a projectile against other foes.

Events / Activities

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.  – Medal March Tournament – See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world! The Medal March Tournament will run through March 22. To keep updated on Nintendo’s Public Tournaments, opt in to notifications via the SpotPass feature in the game. Click here for more information. Good luck, agents!

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Create your own levels in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars game and challenge players all over the world to complete them. You can also give tips to other creators and spread the word about your favorite levels. Click here to learn more about building levels so you can start earning stars!

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – The results of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D drawing challenge in Miiverse have been revealed by Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda games. Aonuma also gave his comments on the recognized drawings. Click here to see the gallery!

Nintendo eShop Sales

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Moon Chronicles, Xeodrifter and other Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games from Renegade Kid are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 2.
- Turtle Tale on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 2.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Paper Monsters Recut is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 2.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Glory of Generals, Quell Reflect and Swords & Soldiers 3D from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 9.
- Spot the Differences!, Viking Invasion 2 – Tower Defense and other games from Bigben Interactive are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 2.
- Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay and Disney Frozen: Olaf’s Quest from GameMill Entertainment are on sale from 9 a.m. PT on March 20 until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 27.
- Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is 37 percent off (reduced from $8.00 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 18.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include:
- Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Lincoln vs. the Aliens
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
- Skylanders Trap Team Air Theme
- Skylanders Trap Team Life Theme
- Skylanders Trap Team Magic Theme
- Skylanders Trap Team Tech Theme

Permanent Price Reduction

- GetClose: A game for RIVALS is $2.99 (reduced from $4.99).

Also new this week:

- PENTAPUZZLE (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Super Destronaut (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Iron Combat: War in the Air (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Navy Commander (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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