The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

Masahiro Sakurai reflects on Satoru Iwata's funeral in his weekly Famitsu column

This week, Smash Bros. developer Masahiro Sakurai reflected on the funeral of Satoru Iwata in his latest weekly column for Famitsu. Kotaku provided a summary of the column, with Sakurai receiving special guest seating and feeling honored by that gesture. He also reflects on the impact his death has on the people who knew him. Check out Kotaku's article on the source link for more from this week's column.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - review

Here is a portion from a NintendoLife review...

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has some minor issues with combat, but excellent enemy variety, in both their design and combat abilities, makes every new run a different challenge. With so many items added to the mix, each run at the dungeon becomes unique, making Rebirth feel like a new game every time you start it up. It's gross, but also funny, striking up a great balance between discomfort and fun that gives its visuals an interesting appeal. All of its various elements just click together well, creating a solid game that will be hard to put down as you struggle your way to the deepest recesses of Isaac's basement.

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Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations - more screenshots


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Final Fantasy Explorers coming to the west in 2016, announcement video

While we're waiting for other Square Enix games to be localized westward, Square Enix today announced that Final Fantasy Explorers will be coming to North America and Europe. North America will get it on January 26, 2016 and Europe a few days later on January 29. You can check out the announcement trailer below.


This week's North American downloads - July 30 (Badland, Xeodrifter, Kirby and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U


BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition – Fly through the award-winning world of BADLAND and discover an astonishing number of imaginative traps, puzzles and obstacles on the way. BADLAND is a side-scrolling action adventure with innovative physics-based game play and stunning atmospheric graphics and audio. Purchase and download now to enjoy beautiful HD visuals, more than 15 hours of single-player levels and up to four-player local multiplayer awesomeness with co-op and death matches!

Xeodrifter – Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration. Blast your way through alien landscapes, seek out valuable secrets and defeat ancient guardians to unlock powers in this exciting journey of mystery and adventure. People who buy the Wii U version of Xeodrifter will also be able to download the game for Nintendo 3DS for free – and vice versa!

New Splatoon Update – On Aug. 5, a free software update for the Splatoon game on the Wii U console brings new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level caps and more than 40 pieces of new gear. 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. For more information visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com.

Just Dance 2016 – Demo Version – Play the free Just Dance 2016 demo today in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U! No additional Wii Remote controllers are required – you can download the free Just Dance Controller app to your iOS or Android device to turn your smartphone into a controller.

Virtual Console on Wii U


Celebrate Kirby’s Aug. 1 Birthday Today with Three Classic Games – Kirby first appeared in North America in August 1992 in the Kirby’s Dream Land game for the Game Boy system. To celebrate this special occasion, we are releasing three classic Kirby games in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U today – Kirby Squeak Squad (Nintendo DS), Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64) and Kirby’s Return to Dream Land (Wii). Learn more by visiting http://kirby.nintendo.com.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Elliot Quest is 15 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $10.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on August 13.
High Strangeness is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 3 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 9.
99Moves, Abyss and Rock Zombie from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 27.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Castle Conqueror Defender, Demon King Box and Quell Memento from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 20.
Toys vs. Monsters is 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 23.

Activities:

Miiverse has an entire new look and new features! – With a new Screen Shot Album and Play Journal features, there is a lot to explore! Get ready to have more fun than ever sharing tips, drawings and comments on Miiverse. Check out https://miiverse.nintendo.net/special/redesign_announcement for all the fun details.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Sink or Swim” Tournament – See how your squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with your friends and around the world. The new “Sink or Swim” tournament runs July 31 through Aug. 9. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications about future tournaments. Good luck, agents!

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: Classic Theme

Price reduction:
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has been reduced to $19.99 (from $29.99).

Also new this week:
Endless Golf (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Best of Board Games – Mahjong (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Best of Board Games – Solitaire (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Flick Golf 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)


Facebook/Nintendo Hackathon event - pictures


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LBX: Little Battlers eXperience - more screenshots


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LBX: Little Battlers eXperience - press release

COLLECT, BUILD & BATTLE YOUR PALM-SIZED ROBOTS IN LITTLE BATTLERS EXPERIENCE ON NINTENDO 3DS

The next hit series from LEVEL-5 comes to Europe on 4th September

30th July, 2015 – In a world where toy robots constitute more than just child’s play, can a group of middle-school children fight the forces of corruption to save that world from the brink of disaster? The answer awaits in Little Battlers eXperience, a role-playing game with real-time battle action launching 4th September on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, which gives players a near-infinite amount of possibilities to customise their own LBX robot and bring it to life in battle.

Little Battlers eXperience is the first game for Nintendo 3DS in the next hit series from developer LEVEL-5 - the force behind series like Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton - which also spans a successful anime series, manga and toy line. The game follows the first season of the anime, set in the year 2046 and telling the story of Van Yamano, a middle-school student who is a fan of the palm-sized LBX robots: a range of toys that were previously deemed too dangerous to control. Since the invention of Battle Boxes – dioramas made from an advanced type of fortified cardboard – kids can safely let their LBXs duke it out in dedicated arenas via remote control units.

The story kicks off when a mysterious woman entrusts Van with a special “AX-00” model LBX that she says could either save the world… or destroy it. Van soon finds himself in battle with a rival at school, as he tries to secure the Armor parts for his Achilles set. But as an evil organization called the New Dawn Raisers sets its eyes on Van’s prized possession, the stakes are about to get a lot higher – not only for Van and his friends, but for the whole world!

Customisation is key when it comes to besting your opponents - whether that’s the New Dawn Raisers or your mates down the road. So with more than 130 different models and over 4.000 individual parts to collect, it’s down to you to build a truly unique LBX, assigning Weapons, Armor and Core Units before you watch your creation come to life in battle.

These battles take place in the aforementioned Battle Boxes, which may look like little dioramas but in fact conceal miniature worlds inside. As you control your LBX from a third-person perspective, make sure you use the environments to your advantage, dashing and jumping to manoeuver your LBX in place for a well-timed attack. From melee attacks to long-raged assaults, your actions will deplete your Tension Gage and when that runs out, your power and speed will be dramatically reduced, so use your wits and adapt your play style to your LBX and its load-out.

Be on the lookout for heavily damaged opponents: you could risk a Breaking Blow to see them off once and for all, but failure will cause your LBX to overheat, which limits your movement speed and leaves you open to attack…

Up to 6 players can compete in battles via local wireless multiplayer, but whether playing solo or with friends, keep in mind that LBXs gradually wear out as they battle. If the Maintenance Gage depletes fully, the LBX parts won’t gain as many Tune-up Points at the end of a successful battle, so be sure to grease up your LBX to keep it in fighting shape.

Free Add-on Content will be made available via SpotPass on a weekly basis from launch until June 2016. Players just need to connect their Nintendo 3DS family system to the internet in order to download new LBX Cards, Quests and Capsule Toys. Some LBX models will be made available exclusively via Nintendo Zones, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements!

Build the best LBX in the world and watch it come to life in battle as you take down the evil New Dawn Raisers from 4th September in Little Battlers eXperience on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems