Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS National Championship 2014 (UK)

We’ll be there, why don’t you join us?

Super Smash Bros. fans across the UK have been battling it out for a chance to be crowned National Champion 2014. The qualifying heats took place at selected GAME stores which determined 32 finalists — 4 from each of the 8 regional heats — who are now ready to battle it out one final time tomorrow, Friday 31st October at York Hall in London, all to take home the prestigious Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Championship title and prizes:

  • Ultimate Champion: Wii U Premium Pack, a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. goodies
  • Runner Up: A copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. goodies
  • Cosplay Winners and Runner Ups will receive Nintendo eShop vouchers

Nintendo UK has kindly provided us with 50+ pairs of tickets for the special event at which you’ll also be able to get your hands on upcoming titles Ultimate NES Remix, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

Nintendo Life Invitational

Those attending with Nintendo Life tickets will also have the chance to win a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in our Nintendo Life Invitational Tournament. Tickets are still available if you contact us today we’ll do our best to get you on our guest list whilst tickets remain.

Event Details

Date of Final: Friday 31st October
Location: York Hall, London
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green (Central line)

11.00am – Guests arrive with drinks available
12.00pm – Welcome guests & introduce the tournament
12.15pm – 2.55pm – Round 1 (16 battles total)
1.30pm – 5.30pm – Food available
2.55pm – 3.10pm – Swag wheel
3.10pm – 4.30pm – Round 2 (8 battles total)
4.30pm – 4.45pm – Swag wheel
4.45pm – 5.15pm – Nintendo Life Invitational
5.15pm – 5.55pm – Quarter Finals (4 battles total)
5.55pm – 6.10pm – Swag wheel
6.10pm – 6.25pm – Cosplay parade & prizes awarded
6.25pm – 7.05pm – Semi Finals (2 battles total)
7.05pm – 7.30pm – SSB Melee Community invitational
7.30pm – 8.00pm – Grand Final & awards ceremony
8.00pm – Event ends
8.30pm – Venue closes to public

Want to attend?

If you’re interested in attending please email us and state your name (and a friend’s name if you wish) and we will get back to you as to whether your confirmed on our guest list. Remaining tickets are in limited supply.

Please Note: you must be able to make your own way to the venue, tickets cannot be sold or transferred to others, if you are selected and unable to attend the event please let us know so we can issue your tickets to another reader. All decisions are final.


Pre-loading coming to Wii U with Super Smash Bros., to 3DS next year

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will feature pre-downloading when it is released later this year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said during a briefing today.

“The ‘pre-download’ system is a system in which consumers who have purchased the game before its release can download most of the game content in advance,” he explained. “Using this system, consumers will not have to wait for a long time to download the game after its release. They will then be able to start playing the game by only downloading a requisite minimum amount of update data.”

Pre-loading will be available for the game both by purchasing it online through certain retailers and by purchasing download cards at stores and then entering the download code at the Nintendo eShop in advance.

“Consumers will not be required to save the download card until the release of the game if they enter the download code on the day of purchase,” he said. “This system will be implemented on Wii U first, and is planned for Nintendo 3DS next year.”

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Super Smash Bros for Wii U Playable With GameCube Controllers, Nintendo Re-Releases …

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October 30, 2014|10:05 am

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“Super Smash Bros for Wii U” is scheduled for a release this coming November 21 in the U.S. and on December 5 for Europe and December 6 for Japan. The Wii U version of the game is essentially the same as the Nintendo 3DS version.

The Super Smash Bros series of games is one of Nintendo’s most successful titles in the company’s history with its wide range of characters from different Nintendo game titles as well as its four-player local multiplayer capabilities. Nintendo is upping the ante however and is introducing eight-player local multiplayer on certain maps.

To make this possible, Nintendo has issue re-releases of its GameCube controllers. The Smash Bros for the GameCube is considered by fans to be one of the best releases by Nintendo and the controller was deemed as perfect and fitting for the game itself. Thus, Nintendo is re-releasing its GameCube controllers as well as the four-port adapters to enable compatibility with the Wii U.

Essentially, four of the eight players would be using the GameCube controllers on the four-port adapters while the remaining four will be using the Wii U gamepads to play as the GameCube four-port adapters use up to USB ports.

Players will also be able to carry their fighters from Wii U to Wii U with the use of Amiibo figurines. The figurines use the same principle as Disney’s own console game “Disney Infinity” where players would purchase figurines of their favorite characters.

A character’s progress can also be stored on the figurines but only carries one version of the character. This means that a player must decide one which version of the character he wants to carry with him. Buying two of the same figurines for different versions of the characters are possible but expensive as the figurines cost $12.99 each.


Nintendo Reveals Plans for ‘Pre-Download’ Feature for Wii U and 3DS

Saving you time on the day

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata has announced a new system to reduce the long download times for retail games.

This ‘pre-download’ function will be coming to the Wii U with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and will become available in 2015 on the 3DS. The process involves downloading a bulk of the data of a game before its release date, and then only requiring a small download of update data required when the release date comes about.

This new scheme is designed to reduce the enormous download times of modern retail games, which can be tens of gigabytes. It would also alleviate a lot of the strain that is put on Nintendo’s servers on the day of a big release.

Nintendo appears to be pushing the eShop as a feasible method for using the Wii U, despite the small hard drive space available on both currently available Wii U models. If this is something that Nintendo really wants to push, they’re going to have to consider a larger amount of storage space for a potential new Wii U system.

What’s your take on this new pre-download idea? Let us know in the comments!

Nintendo’s Financials Show Profit Alongside Rising Wii U Sales

The Wii U seems to be gaining momentum now, with Nintendo reporting that since the release of Mario Kart in May, they’ve seen improved sales, and believe that Smash Bros. and their new amiibo range of figurines will only add to their profits.

In the six months from April to September, Nintendo sold 1.12 million Wii U units, bringing the total since its release in 2012 to 7.29 million. They also sold 2.09 3DS systems in the same timeframe.

Despite only releasing towards the end of September, Smash Bros. For 3DS sold a staggering 3.22 million units globally, and over the last six months a total of 23.3 million units of 3DS software were sold. For Wii U software, Nintendo shifted 9.3 million copies.

That means that Nintendo have been able to post a profit of 14.3 billion yen, which is about £82 million. It’s certainly a great improvement, and one which Nintendo expects to grow even more with the release of Smash Bros. For Wii U and amiibo.

Source: Nintendo Financial Highlights


Club Nintendo Now Offers Super Smash Bros. Themed Posters

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Club Nintendo has been around for years as Nintendo’s perks program basically, allowing gamers to get special products by redeeming coins that are earned by registering games and doing surveys. However, over the last few years, it has gradually gone down hill with very few physical rewards like there were in the past. However, they are not giving up completely as they are now offering a brand new poster set.

With perfect timing, Club Nintendo is offering a set of three posters for 700 coins that are based on Super Smash Bros. for both 3DS and Wii U. The three posters each show off a few fighters from the game, with two utilizing a 3D design, but the third taking on an anime like design, just like we saw in a few of the reveal trailers.

Both Mario and Link are featured on two of the three posters, while we also get other characters like Rosalina, Kirby, and Palutena. As always, the posters are a generous size, each coming in at 22″ x 28″. In addition, they will ship in a poster tube, so you will not have to worry about them being damaged in transit.

Based on past history with the poster sets, it will likely sell out very quickly. As a result, make sure to redeem your 700 coins now and guarantee yourself this poster set before they run out!


Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Cost $39.99 To $79.98: Nintendo Stresses That The …


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Nintendo announced today that the remakes of the 2002 Game Boy Advance titles Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire– Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be available separately or together as a special Dual Pack when the game launches November 21.

Individually, each game will cost $39.99, while the dual pack is available for $79.98 and includes a download code that gives players 100 free potions each that will only be available at Best Buy and Amazon.

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According to Gamespot, Nintendo is pulling the deal by including pair of download codes that gives players free 100 potions each with the dual pack. “Starting a new Pokémon game with 100 extra potions is a treat for players who want to be well-stocked for their epic journey through the Hoenn region,” Nintendo said.

Nintendo stresses that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are “reimagined” versions of Ruby and Sapphire, which launches for Game Boy Advance more than ten years ago in 2003, and “not just simple remakes.”

What to expect from the game Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are: (Source: Gamespot.com)

  •  The main story will be the same, but some elements have been expanded upon. There will also be a brand new plot regarding mega evolutions.
  • Finding wild Pokemon will now be easier than ever thanks to the Area Nav, a new addition that shows you all of the available Pokemon on any given route, as well as letting you visually track them.
  •  You can invite players to your secret bases, and customise the base’s layout specifically for those players.
  •  A special Pikachu joins you for Pokemon contests, and this unique Pokemon can wear different “costumes” that can be used both in contests and battles.
  •  Pokemon Amie and Super Training will be back, but don’t expect any changes in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  •  The move Soar, when used with one specific Pokemon, will allow you to fly anywhere in Hoenn. Anywhere.
  •  For the first time on the 3DS, you’ll be able to catch them all.

In addition to this, Pokémon Company International have announced that two more Mega-Evolutions are set to be added in the game:
Steelix, the evolution of rock-and-ground-type Pokémon Onix, will be one of the new hard hitters now available to train, alongside Glalie, an ice-type that evolves from Snorunt.

Meanwhile, a demo for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which allows players to carry over items and Pokémon Glalie, is available now on Nintendo 3DS.

“You can play the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version as many times as you like, Nintendo said of the sneak peek.

“Look for special scenarios that occur if you play every day.”

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Yet More Mario 3DS HOME Themes Arrive in Japan, Smash Bros. Options on the Way

There’s even one for the Cat Mario show

The range of 3DS HOME Themes is expanding rapidly, but it’s in Japan where the most variety is available on a weekly basis. There’s now yet another batch in Nintendo’s homeland celebrating Mario games and the Mushroom Kingdom cast, while some Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS themes are on the way in early November.

First of all there are three new Mario themes of various styles, each with their own mix of characters from the franchise; they’re available now in Japan for 200 Yen. At the end is one for the Cat Mario video series, which is a weekly show in Japan but only makes occasional appearances in the West, with only a comparatively small number of episodes translated; this theme is free until 4th November, after which time it’ll cost 200 Yen.

Moving onto the Super Smash Bros. themes, these are all set to arrive in Japan on 8th November for 200 Yen each. Check them out below.

Which one of these — if localised — are you hoping to eventually pick up for your 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.


Nintendo Earnings: What to Watch

Visitors to the Tokyo Game Show 2014 in September play video games on Nintendo Co. 3DS handheld game players.
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Nintendo Co. is scheduled to announce its second-quarter earnings after the market closes on Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:

EARNINGS FORECAST: The Japanese videogame company is expected to report a net profit of ¥6.8 billion ($63 million) in the quarter through September, according to a poll of analysts surveyed by financial data provider Quick. A year earlier, it reported a net loss of ¥8.02 billion. It is also expected to largely wipe out its operating loss.

REVENUE FORECAST: Revenue is expected to fall to ¥106 billion in the quarter from ¥115 billion a year earlier.

-EARNINGS OUTLOOK: While the figures for the second quarter are set to look more encouraging, helped by robust sales of high-margin software, analysts say the real test for Nintendo will be the quarter through December, including the holiday shopping season. Jefferies analyst Atul Goyal says it is possible Nintendo will lower its guidance for the current fiscal year due to weak hardware sales. While Nintendo forecasts an operating profit of ¥40 billion for the year through March, Goyal predicts a loss of ¥25 billion.

-NEW SERVICES, APPS: The company has said it will launch a new healthcare-related service with more details to come before the end of the year. Some analysts also predict the unveiling of a smartphone application. Investors will keep an eye out for any information on these possible new offerings. But some Nintendo watchers say what the company really needs is a more drastic change in its strategy, such as making its games available through smartphones.

-RESTRUCTURING: The company has so far been reluctant to embrace wider restructuring measures. Investors will pay close attention to any specific steps aimed at cutting expenses and streamlining operations, including potential job cuts.

-CHINA STRATEGY: Analysts are hoping Nintendo will explain how it will expand its business in China as well as other emerging markets, where many see the biggest potential growth.


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