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August Splatoon Update details
Yesterday at 06:18:11 PM by Link-NM
Nintendo has revealed lots of new details about the upcoming Splatoon update. Details in the press release below:


Quote from: Press Release
Massive August Update Brings a Boatload of New Content to Splatoon
On Aug. 5, a free software update in the Splatoon game for the Wii U console brings a large amount of new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level cap and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Players will now be able to create a winning strategy and fight to be the best and most battle-tested squid squad around.

The new update introduces Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking options. In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection. After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.

In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customizable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favorite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: If the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.

With this robust new update also comes an increased level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle modes. After downloading the software update, players will be able to reach level 50 (raised from level 20) and rank S and S+ (both higher than A+).

While Inklings around the world are enjoying and mastering the current arsenal of weapons in Splatoon, two new weapon types will be available with the update, adding a new layer of strategy to the game. The bucket-like Slosher weapons hurl ink straight ahead at an impressive range. By adjusting the angle, these new weapons can be used to splat opponents who are up high or even on the other side of a wall. With the Gatling-style Splatling, players can charge blasts of all-powerful ink. A maximum charge unleashes the full potential of this particular weapon type. In addition to the new weapons, more than 40 pieces of gear, including everything from a leather jacket to a sushi-chef costume, are coming to the various in-game shops in Splatoon.

Despite its size and scope, this massive August update is not the end of the splat-acular free content coming to Splatoon. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and fall, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. More details about these additions will be revealed in the future.

For more information about Splatoon, visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com/

Screenshots:

Splatoon August Update Press Release screenshots


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Nintendo eShop update - July 23, 2015
July 23, 2015, 04:25:42 PM by Link-NM
This week's update includes several highlights for both Wii U and 3DS. On the 3DS, there's the 3D remaster of Streets of Rage 2. On the Wii U, there's one more DS VC game with DK Jungle Climber. Full list of additions and sales below:



Quote from: Press Release
Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems - July 23, 2015
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:


Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
3D Streets of Rage 2 – The sequel to the original rumbler is back and re-mastered in 3D. Slam the asphalt with bigger, better and totally devastating attacks. Use secret weapons to bash your way through gangs of bikers to rescue your friend and defeat Mr. X.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS XL
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth – Rebirth is a remake and expansion of The Binding of Isaac – now with new playable characters, enemies and bosses, and more than 110 new items. Available on both Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS XL, this totally retooled and greatly expanded version of the game also features new graphics rendered in a semi-16-bit style.

Virtual Console on Wii U
DK Jungle Climber – King K. Rool is up to no good again, and it’s up to Donkey Kong to swing into action. This Nintendo DS platformer uses a simple control scheme that makes the game fun and easy to play – players of all skill levels can swing and climb to new heights.

Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) from Wayforward are on sale beginning at 9 a.m. PT on July 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 2.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Midnight is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 6.​

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is 20 percent off (reduced from $49.99 to $39.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 27.
- Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 6.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
New themes this week include:

- ​Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 : Café Theme
- Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
- BOXBOY! : Qbby & Friends by Starlight

Also new this week:
- Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U)
- Canvaleon (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Legend of Kay Anniversary (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Available July 28
- The Quiet Collection (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Epic Word Search Collection (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Fantasy Pirates (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- I Love My Cats (Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS)

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.


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Devil’s Third releasing in the Americas in Q4
July 21, 2015, 11:05:34 PM by Link-NM
A short press release by Nintendo of America has confirmed the release window for Devil's Third in America. Details below:



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Tomonobu Itagaki’s Devil’s Third Heads to Wii U in the Americas in Q4
Devil’s Third, an upcoming shooter game with melee combat from Valhalla Game Studios Co., Ltd. and renowned game developer Tomonobu Itagaki, will launch for the Wii U console in retail locations and in the Nintendo eShop in Q4 of this year. The game is an over-the-top, third-person action shooter that combines modern military weaponry with ninja-style swordplay and melee combat.

“Devil’s Third delivers a unique combination of shooting and melee combat to provide Wii U owners with a fresh action-oriented experience,” said Valhalla Game Studios founder Tomonobu Itagaki. “We’ve been working hard on the game and can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it later this year.”

While the Wii U version of the game will be published by Nintendo in the Americas, Valhalla Game Studios will release a standalone version of the game for PC. The Wii U version will feature a full multiplayer mode as well as an exciting single-player story mode, while the free-to-start PC version will offer a multiplayer experience tailored for the platform.


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Nintendo eShop update - July 17, 2015
July 17, 2015, 03:32:14 PM by Link-NM
The eShop update of this week doesn't bring much. The only highlight is Blaster Master on the Virtual Console for Wii U. Besides that, it's mostly sales. (Also, the eShop update was pushed to today, Friday.) Full list below:


Quote from: Press Release
Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems - July 17, 2015

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


Blaster Master – In this NES cult classic, main character Jason goes after his rogue pet frog, Fred, and both fall into a world of monsters. Jason must join forces with a combat tank code-named SOPHIA and find a way to survive, while ending the mutant forces set to destroy Earth!

Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Ubisoft Summer Sale – Take up to 75 percent off games like Rayman Origins (Nintendo 3DS), Child of Light (Wii U) and many more games from Ubisoft from 9 a.m. PT on July 20 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 3! Visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more details.

- I’ve Got to Run (Wii U) and I’ve Got to Run: Complete Edition! (Nintendo 3DS) from 4 Corner Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 18

- 99Seconds (Wii U), Soccer Up 3D (Nintendo 3DS) and other select games from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 13. 

- Squids Odyssey (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 60 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 13.

- Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Wii U), Angry Bunnies (Nintendo 3DS), Color Zen (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more titles from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on August 31.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Super Toy Cars is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 23.
- uWordsmith is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 6.​

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Code of Princess, Etrian Mystery Dungeon and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan from Atlus are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 21.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 21
- Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 3. 
- Castle Conqueror EX, Fairune and Parking Star 3D from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 6.
- Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is 37 percent off (reduced from $8 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 15.
- Bit Boy!! Arcade and PUZZLEBOX Setup from Bplus are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on August 31.

Activities:
- Splatoon Splatfest: Thrill seekers rejoice! The theme for the second Splatoon Splatfest is “Roller Coasters vs. Water Slides” and it starts July 17 at 9 p.m. PT and ends July 18 at 9 p.m. PT. You can pick your team at the Splatfest booth in the Inkopolis plaza prior to the event, but pick wisely because you won’t be able to change your team once you choose! Learn more here: http://splatoon.nintendo.com/news/.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
New themes this week include:
- Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 : Café Theme
- Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
- Miiverse 2015 Theme

Also new this week:
- Tiny Galaxy (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- I Am An Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Narita – Full and Demo Versions (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- I Love My Dogs (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Castle Conqueror EX – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- G.G Series SCORE ATTACKER (DSiWare on Nintendo DSi)
- G.G Series VECTOR (DSiWare on Nintendo DSi)

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.


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President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has passed away
July 12, 2015, 11:48:02 PM by Link-NM
Nintendo has published the following document which confirms that Satoru Iwata has passed away yesterday.


Satoru Iwata was recently in a surgery to treat a bile duct growth and seemed to be fine and recovering already. Sadly, it seems the situation was actually worse than what we knew. Due to complications with the bile duct growth, he has passed away yesterday. At the moment, Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto have been appointed as Representative Directors until a new President is chosen.

Satoru Iwata was not only the president of Nintendo, but also was a great programmer and a gamer at heart. He helped resolve several important issues with several Nintendo games including Earthbound and Pokémon Gold and Silver. As a president, he guided Nintendo with new ideas that have revolutionized the gaming industry and helped the company become more successful.

Thank you for everything, Satoru Iwata. Rest in peace.

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