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Exclusive 3DS Models Coming To GameStop

Justin Riley On Sep 18th 2014 with 2 Comments

A triforce of unique 3DS designs have been announced for the coming months, two of which will be exclusive to GameStop locations. These models were presented recently at the GameStop Expo 2014.

First, released on September 19th, will be the Super Smash Bros. Edition 3DS XL. We have already seen glimpses of this, as it had been previously announced for the UK. Available in two colors, red and blue, this 3DS XL features a black and white depiction of a wide variety of the Smash Bros. characters, along with the Super Smash Bros. logo.

The second new model to be released, on October 10th, is an homage to the original NES. Packaged in a beautiful box representing the NES console, complete with audio/video connectors, this 3DS features the NES controller design on the outside. While it is fantastic to see Nintendo paying tribute to its roots, the complaint could be made that this 3DS would have been far more striking had the outside represented the console, and the inside represented the controller.

Lastly, on November 25th, comes the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS. A must have for any fan of Persona, this 3DS features imagery from the game on the top and bottom of the body.

All three will be available at GameStop, and the Super Smash Bros. edition will be available at all retailers. Neither the Super Smash Bros. or Persona Q editions will come with the game preloaded.

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[Update] Hyrule Warriors DLC announced, due in October

Colin Crompton On Sep 18th 2014 with 4 Comments

[Second Update] The DLC packs are:

  • The Master Quest pack (includes a new scenario, a new weapon, a new adventure mode map and two new costumes).
  • The Twilight Princess Pack out in November (includes a brand new character, a new weapon, a new adventure mode map and two new costumes).
  • Majora’S Mask Pack out in January (includes two new characters, a new adventure mode map and three new costumes).
  • Ganon Pack out in February (includes two new game modes)

[Update] Nintendo of America has announced the DLC will be coming to North America and will be available either separately or as a bundle pack priced at $19.99.

[Original story]

Nintendo of Europe has announced that four packs of paid DLC for Hyrule Warriors will arrive on sixteenth of October. On top of this, there will be free DLC granting the ability to play as the villains Cia, Volga and Wizzro¬†also arriving on the same day. If you pre-purchase all four paid DLC packs you will receive a Dark Link costume for Link straight away. There is no word yet on whether this will be made available for North America, although I cannot see a reason it won’t be.

Will having even more content available push you towards picking up a copy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Review and More: Spikey Walls (Wii U eShop Download)

Holly Fellmeth On Sep 17th 2014 with 0 Comments

If there’s one thing I never expected to see on a Nintendo console, it’s a Flappy Bird clone. But that’s exactly what we’re getting on the Wii U eShop with developer RCMADIAX’s Spikey Walls! I’m going to “review” this game a little later. FIRST, some background information! I feel that it’s necessary, what with the long and very strange history of Flappy Bird…

Early this year, I heard about Flappy Bird; how could I not? I didn’t have any reason to try it out, though, so I passed. As the game took the world by storm, I had only a few screen shots to go on for a long time. I was actually rather offended by its graphics, which bore resemblance to Super Mario World on the SNES…that’s how I saw it, anyway.

I finally saw the game being played via this YouTube video:

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This sent a clear message to me: Flappy Bird must be getting all the attention because it’s abnormally difficult! I would later discover that that was only half of it: Flappy Bird also had an addictive quality, which is allegedly why the developer, Dong Nguyen, removed Flappy Bird from the various mobile app stores.

Spikey Walls marks my first attempt at a Flappy Bird clone, but after playing it, I had the unusual desire to try a clone more closely matched with the original:

“Such app. Much pleased. Very doge. Wow.”

With at least a sense of what the original Flappy Bird felt and looked like, it’s time to see how Spikey Walls compares. In case you’re suffering from amnesia and don’t remember what Flappy Bird gameplay is, let me briefly describe it: use the touch screen (or in the case of Spikey Walls, the A button) to “flap” through gaps in the walls, side-scrolling style. Each successfully cleared gap adds just one point to your total score.

The use of a button as opposed to a touch screen to control Spikey Walls is a real plus. And, thankfully, the game saves your all-time highest score, so you always have something to aim for. Aside from that, though, Spikey Walls is fairly underwhelming, even for a Flappy Bird clone. As far as graphics go, I appreciate the spikey walls themselves, which somehow remind me of the spikes found in the fortress levels of Super Mario World. However, the scrolling brick wall in the background is actually quite hard on the eyes and is actually made worse on a big HD TV screen. The game is better to play looking at the GamePad’s screen, but it could still use some color and variety.

There are unfortunately no sound effects to speak of in Spikey Walls either, which is a missed opportunity, as sound effects in Flappy Bird and its various clones give the player that satisfying jolt to the heart when an unexpected collision occurs.

Spikey Walls finds itself in a position where it must be compared to other games of its kind, and this turns out to be its greatest downfall. It just doesn’t stand out as a worthy Flappy Bird clone. I have really enjoyed RCMADIAX’s previous efforts on the Wii U, but Spikey Walls scores:

2/5 Stars

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Infendo Radio Episode 325: The Treehouse Take

Holly Fellmeth On Sep 15th 2014 with 0 Comments
Infendo Radio Episode 325: The Treehouse Take

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to episode 325 of Infendo Radio! In this episode, Harrison Milfeld, Lewis Pugh, and myself cover three sections that you may not be used to: we start with what we’ve been playing (the Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo and Mighty Gunvolt), move into our feature for the week (“The Treehouse Take”), and finish with a community comments section.

Coming sometime in the future, the Infendo Radio crew will be answering basic questions about Nintendo and video games in general, in an episode tentatively titled “Super Guide”. What confuses non-gamers the most about Nintendo? If you or your friends have any questions at all, please send them to us for our upcoming discussion! You can reach me and the others via:

Enjoy the show!

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Amiibo NFC Figurines Ready For Pre-order

Markus Lai On Sep 12th 2014 with 6 Comments
Amiibo NFC Figurines Ready For Pre-order

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The first batch of Amiibo figurines from Nintendo are now available for pre-order on Amazon. They will carry a pricetag of $12.99 and the characters that will be available at this point are:

  • Peach
  • Donkey Kong
  • Fox
  • Kirby
  • Link
  • Mario
  • Marth
  • Pikachu
  • Samus
  • Villager
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Yoshi

These Amiibo Figurines will be used in games like Smash Bros and you’ll be able to level and improve the stats of these characters to Lv. 50.

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I want to believe: Ridley in Smash Bros.

Harrison Milfeld On Sep 10th 2014 with 5 Comments
I want to believe: Ridley in Smash Bros.

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If you have been listening to Infendo Radio for the past year, you will know that with any mention of playable characters in the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., I tend to grasp at straws for possible roster additions. Some have been true while others have been de-confirmed with the swift iron fist of Masahiro Sakurai himself. But, the one addition that I’ve been clamoring for with each Smash Bros. release has always been Ridley from the Metroid series. I’m clearly obsessed. The mere mention of it to friends online and outside of the podcast have been met with disagreement. Like I said in the headline: I want to believe. But, why am I still holding out for hope on one of Nintendo’s greatest villains to get his Smash Bros. due?

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