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This New Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trailer is Battle Hardened

It'll potentially give you a sense of seething injustice and jealousy, but Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS arrives in Japan on 13th September, a few weeks ahead of its Western release. That does mean all the more marketing as Nintendo builds hype for that arrival, which does no harm at all.

Nintendo's official YouTube account in Japan has just recently published a new trailer that includes over five minutes of 3DS footage. It's very careful to only show modes and details already revealed by Masahiro Sakurai, so some elements of the overall offering remain a mystery; nevertheless it's an attractive batch of footage as it covers basic rules, modes, customisation and more.

Nintendo's Italian Twitter Feed Shows off a Super Smash Bros. Double Pack for Nintendo 3DS

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is going to be very popular in local multiplayer; that's inevitable. Interestingly, confirmed by a packshot tweeted by Nintendo of Italy, Nintendo is attempting to cash in on that idea with a Smash Bros. double pack.

The package, which is yet to be confirmed outside of this tweet, looks likely to contain two copies of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – one for you, and one for a friend / would-be adversary. If this is released in wider Europe then it's definitely something worth considering for a pair of hardcore Smash fans.

Providing the price is right, of course. A single copy of Smash Bros. for 3DS is priced at €39.99 in Europe, $39.99 in the U.S, and around £34.99 in the United Kingdom. So it'll be interesting to see how this double pack is priced – we reckon it'll have to be a reasonably noteworthy saving in order to make any major impact.
Witch time

Following a wait which felt like an eternity, it's finally been revealed when exactly gamers will be getting their hands on Bayonetta 2. Well, gamers in North America at least. You see, we've yet to see a European release date for Platinum's much-anticipated Wii U exclusive, but we finally know when the American launch will be taking place – and it's not very far away.

The 24th of October is when it'll all be kicking off for our friends across the pond, who'll also be able to bag themselves a free copy of the original Bayonetta with a purchase of Bayonetta 2. However, for those over in Europe that process is a little different.

To get both games in a single retail package in Europe, you'll have to shell out for a special 2-disc edition. Or, alternatively, you'll be able to grab the original game from the eShop as a separate purchase. Hopefully we'll be able to report on a European release date very soon

Kirby Mini-Games Now Available on North American eShop

You can now download two of the mini-games from Kirby: Triple Deluxe from the eShop without buying the full title if you happen to live in North America.

The two games in question are Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe and promise to contain enhanced gameplay features rather than just being a straight port from the original cartridge. For example, Dedede's title has seven additional stages on top of the standard version's.

Should you already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe and have StreetPass data for it, you can get even more content from the additional downloadable versions of the mini-games.

Both games are available for $6.99 each on the North American eShop.
Register Smash Bros. on Both Wii U and 3DS and Get a Soundtrack Disc for Free

Club Nintendo members rejoice!

Nintendo has announced a special gift for fans who register both versions of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and it's something definitely worth having:

"As another offering for fans, those who register both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the games in Club Nintendo – before a set time - can claim the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection, a free soundtrack CD packed with tunes taken from and inspired by the games. Further details on the timings pertaining to this offering will follow at a later date."

This offer is available to members in Europe and North America, but unfortunately is not currently available elsewhere.
New Wii U and 2DS Bundles Announced, Rolling Out in North America this Fall

Shaping up for the holiday season

It may seem a little anticlimactic after today's big news, but for those happy to stick with trusty, old, familiar hardware, Nintendo have lined up a couple of decent bundles for this Fall.

If you're in North America, you can expect some new Wii U and 2DS bundles to arrive on your shores just in time for the Holiday season. The first is the Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set, which brings together the following: a Wii U console, Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land. The bundled games are in physical, boxed form, and we reckon they're a great way to start your Wii U collection – Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World received scores of 9 and 10 respectively in our reviews. The bundle has a recommended retail price $299.99, which isn't a bad price at all.

The second Wii U bundle is very similar to the first, except this one is a Walmart exclusive, and it replaces Super Mario 3D World with Mario Kart 8. It also has a suggested retail price of $299.99, and launches in mid-September, just like the first bundle.

Now onto the 2DS bundle. Cheap and cheerful as ever, these bundles feature three differently coloured 2DS systems for you to choose from – Crimson Red, Electric Blue, or Sea Green – along with a download code for Mario Kart 7. This one will be priced at around $129.99.

All in all, these bundles seem like pretty decent value to us; even though they've only been officially announced in North America, we wouldn't be at all surprised if similar bundles appeared in Europe before Christmas rolls around.

Wii U games of the past, present and future
As we move into the holiday season, Nintendo is stepping up their marketing for the Wii U. The Mario Kart 8 bundle that debuted earlier this year did a lot to boost awareness around the Wii U, with many sites giving a “worth a buy” mention to the Wii U thanks to its excellent catalogue.

Either way, the Wii U is definitely a system with some great must have games currently on the way, with plenty to play while you wait.

Hyrule Warriors English website is now live

Today Nintendo launched the english language version of its Hyrule Warriors website, which features several of the dozens of trailers that have been released over the past few months. The hype surrounding the release of Hyrule Warriors on September 26 is very real, so if you’re interested in seeing all the relevant information about the game, be sure and check it out.

The site also includes the Hyrule Warriors Direct that we saw at the beginning of this month, in addition to more details on the Ganondorf costume that’s available through Club Nintendo. The site also features player profiles for all thirteen playable characters, so be sure and check that out if you’re having trouble deciding who you should play once the game is released.
Reggie and Nintendo of America tackle the Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the nation in a viral effort to raise more money for, a charity dedicated to funding and researching the development of new treatments for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. This disease is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States, as the famous Yankee retired after being diagnosed with the illness. Perhaps the most famous person alive today with the disease is theoretical physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking.

Regardless, earlier this week Xbox’s Phil Spencer challenged Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to the ice bucket challenge and Reggie accepted over Twitter. Today, we see the results of that challenge, where Reggie and the entire team at Nintendo of America have taken the challenge. It’s a great heart-warming video, and remember that Ubisoft’s CEO has challenged Shigeru Miyamoto to join in on the fun.

The Blue Shell makes Mario Kart a better game

One of the most loathed objects in the history of Mario Kart, if you haven’t been hit with the blue shell at least once in your karting career, then you’re probably the one throwing them. Either way, it’s an interesting design decision from Nintendo that has received a lot of hate, and a lot of love from certain gamers. The guys at Extra Credits decided to take a look at this specific mechanic, and why it’s so important to Mario Kart as a whole.

Nintendo considered making Mario the main character of Splatoon

Next month Edge Magazine is running a big feature on Shigeru Miyamoto, though several quotes from this interview have already leaked online. Yesterday we saw a quote from Miyamoto discussing the attitudes of casual gamers in the market, and how Miyamoto says he’s thankful for smartphones that attract the attention of these gamers, so Nintendo can focus on those who want to challenge themselves.

Despite that, it seems Mario is always the go-to character for Nintendo, as a section of that interview has revealed that in the initial concept for Splatoon didn’t feature the squid characters we saw unveiled at E3. Instead, the developers argued over whether there were any advantages to portraying Mario in this setting. As some fans have mentioned upon seeing the initial reveal, the backpacks on the characters are very similar to the one Mario wields in Super Mario Sunshine.

“There were heated debates over who the main player character should be. Whether it should be Mario, or a squid. When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn’t be able to create any new IP.”

It’s nice to see the team acknowledge that creating new IPs with characters outside of established franchises is something that Nintendo should still work on. Splatoon will be released sometime in 2015.

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