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Fans of cute pink fluffball Kirby should take note, then, as Sword Kirby is the latest offering on the way in Q1 2015.

Standing at 16 inches tall, this figurine will come in two variations — the Exclusive model costs $239.99 and will only have 850 pieces; this one benefits from an LED for extra whizz-bang in Kirby's sword power swish. The standard edition is $219.99 and comes without the LED, and there'll be 2500 pieces made.

Hyrule Warriors was released in Japan last week, and it appears that the unprecedented level of promotion and advertising the game received has paid off. The crossover game holds second place in Japan's charts this week with just shy of 70,000 copies sold. This is certainly a promising figure, and we can only hope for a similarly positive sales report when the game hits Western shops.

Yokai Watch 2 is still in the lead spot, dwarfing all of the competition with nearly 120,000 copies sold this week. Mario Kart 8 has increased its sales by roughly 8,000 compared to last week, and unexpectedly Animal Crossing: New Leaf has seen a return to the charts.

Nintendo's two consoles have managed to muscle their way up to take the top five positions for software this week – a terrifically encouraging statistic. You can see all the sales below with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 118,526 (2,212,518)
2. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors – 69,090 (New)
3. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 29,933 (144,162)
4. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 28,221 (627,635)
5. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 – 27,273 (108,857)
6. [PSV] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginners Package – 21,169 (New)
7. [PS3] Ultra Street Fighter IV – 11,604 (53,931)
8. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 10,879 (138,721)
9. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 10,420 (1,245,042)
10. [3DS] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson – 9,624 (56,119)
11. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 6,644 (91,232)
12. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 6,286 (45,283)
13. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 6,053 (4,127,888)
14. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 5,535 (2,368,112)
15. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 4,728 (423,075)
16. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP – 4,705 (41,748)
17. [PSV] Freedom Wars – 4,542 (280,209)
18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 4,447 (3,774,698)
19. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – 3,984 (238,539)
20. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 3,796 (3,327,503)

Hardware sales show an increase for all systems bar the PlayStation 3. The Wii U shows a massive 35% increase in units sold with the 3DS LL not far behind with a 30% rise. Hyrule Warriors and Yokai Watch 2 are undoubtedly the reason behind these encouraging numbers, and with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS not far away, you could safely expect similar if not larger increases in the sales of these two consoles.

Check out the full hardware sales below for yourself – last week's sales are in brackets.

1. 3DS LL – 42,365 (33,172)
2. PlayStation Vita – 20,825 (17,084)
3. Wii U – 18,161 (13,598)
4. 3DS – 9,429 (7,873)
5. PlayStation 4 – 6,913 (5,470)
6. PlayStation 3 – 6,260 (6,486)
7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,491 (1,344)
8. PSP – 416 (301)
9. Xbox 360 – 160 (151)

Last week Nintendo of Europe announced a huge range of eShop discounts to celebrate Super Smash Bros., with a focus on newcomers to the fighting line-up. As promised it's now unveiled more Super Smash Bros.-themed discounts that'll run from 21st August until 28th August, this time celebrating veteran fighters from the franchise.

There are a variety of terrific discounts on download and retail games for both Wii U and 3DS on the way; details are below.
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem: Awakening — €29.99 / £25.99, regular price is €44.99 / £39.99
Fire Emblem — €4.89 / £4.40, regular price is €6.99 / £6.29

New Super Mario Bros. U — €47.99 / £39.99, regular price is €59.99 / £49.99
New Super Mario Bros. 2 — €35.99 / £31.99, regular price is €44.99 / £39.99

Pokémon Rumble U — €9.99 / £8.99, regular price is €14.99 / £13.49
Pokémon Rumble Blast — €29.99 / £25.99, regular price is €44.99 / £39.99

Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong (3DS Virtual Console) — €2.79 / £2.51, regular price is €3.99 / £3.59
Donkey Kong (Wii U Virtual Console) — €3.49 / £2.44, regular price is €4.99 / £3.49

Kirby's Adventure (Wii U Virtual Console) — €3.49 / £2.44, regular price is €4.99 / £3.49
Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U Virtual Console) — €5.60 / £3.85, regular price is €7.99 / £5.49
3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure — €4.20 / £3.78, regular price is €6.00 / £5.40
Kirby's Dream Land (3DS Virtual Console) — €2.80 / £2.52, regular price is €4.00 / £3.60
Kirby's Dream Land 2 (3DS Virtual Console) — €2.80 / £2.52, regular price is €4.00 / £3.60

Sonic Lost World (Wii U) — €29.99 / £23.99, regular price is €49.99 / £39.99
Sonic Lost World (3DS U) — €23.99 / £20.99, regular price is €39.99 / £34.99

Smashboards has always been a hive of activity for Super Smash Bros. fans, but now several leaks have come forth with supposed new information about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. While the leaked screenshots only showcase the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the information that was leaked applies to both. Here’s the text of the leak:

So I got more info…
Unless my friend is pulling my leg, there’s some pretty crazy crap left to be revealed.

-Snake, Lucas, Ice Climbers (Why), and Wolf are cut
-Doctor Mario is back as a clone
-Dark Pit is a newcomer as a clone
-Each character gets 8 alternate costumes, whether they be pallet swaps or new costumes.
-Alph appears as 4 of Olimar’s costumes, while the other 4 are Olimar’s.
-Shulk will be playable with Gaur Plains as his stage, his neutral B changes his Monado mode which essentially makes him dish more damage and take more, or do less damage, and take less.
-Bowser Jr appears as a new comer and allegedly fights from a mario kart… has no alt colors, but instead has the 7 koopalings as alts.
-Duck Hunt is in… from what I’ve been told it’s the duck hunt dog fighting with ducks on his back who assist for certain attacks…

*Edit more info
-Shulk has like 5 different mode swaps
-Bowser Jr rides in a koopa kart that attacks with cannon balls and boxing gloves and stuff that eject from the clowns mouth.

note* The kart sounds more like the koopa clown car to me as I read it.

Now I’m not even sure from this stuff so take it with a grain of salt, but my friend recently quit as a tester due to family reasons, so if he decided he no longer cares what leaks, I could see why he’d tell me.
He was also unclear to me as to if that is the rest of the roster so also be wary.

Of course this is a huge case of hearsay since it’s a “my friend said this”, but a few screenshots from three different leakers were provided as well.

There are some head scratchers here that lead us to wonder if any of this is true, mainly because of the positioning of some of the characters. Shulk looks like he has the same positioning as Little Mac and has been photoshopped to look like Shulk. Additionally, Yoshi looks a bit weird in his positioning.

In the first screenshot you’ll see.. the Duck Hunt Dog? It’s long been a running joke that the dog from Duck Hunt would be included in a Super Smash Bros. game, which seems sort of fishy. Either way, it’s interesting to see so many rumors surrounding an upcoming game, especially when some parts of the supposed leaks have turned out to be true. Meta Knight is back!

James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan recently appeared on American TV show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It wouldn’t be complete without Fallon inviting Pierce Brosnan to play the iconic Nintendo 64 shooter, GoldenEye 007. You can watch the pair getting to grips with the legendary first person shooter in amusing ways, below.

If you’ve been looking to purchase a Nintendo GameCube at a reasonable price, today could be your day. Select GameStop locations across the U.S. are now selling refurbished GameCube systems for just $19.99.

Each system is guaranteed to work and includes a controller and all necessary cables required to operate the system; the original box and instruction manual is not included. The digital instruction manual can be downloaded from Nintendo’s official website in PDF form, however.

The GameCube is the successor to the Nintendo 64 and was first released in Japan on September 14, 2001. It was later released in North America on November 18, 2001, and in Europe and Australia on May 3 and May 17, 2002, respectively.

Metroid’s fearless female hero and intergalactic alien assassin, Samus Aran, will sport stylish jet boots in the upcoming pair of Super Smash Bros. titles for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. But she’ll also show off some skin by donning flashy red and blue Zero Suit outfits, as seen during the ending sequence in 2004 Game Boy Advance title Metroid: Zero Mission.

Masahiro Sakurai, the game series’ director, wouldn’t have been able to include the new Zero Suit outfits for the next games if it weren’t for the hard work and determination Samus’s human female character designer, however. Additionally, each outfit will be available for use in both versions of Super Smash Bros.

Here’s what Mr. Sakurai has shared with fans in his most recent Miiverse post.

Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this… That’s what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here’s Samus in shorts!

Here’s a look at the 3DS version. You can use the same outfit variations in both the 3DS and Wii U versions.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be released in Japan on September 13 and in North America and Europe on October 3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is slated to debut this holiday season.


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