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Ninja Usagimaru Releases Today on the 3DS

Aksys Games with Arc System Works and F K Digital proudly announce that Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle is available today in North America and Europe for the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system! Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle is an action puzzle game that challenges players to put their sharpened ninja skills to the test! Taking place in a time long forgotten by men, players assume the role of Usagimaru, a legendary hero who embarks on a massive quest to save his village from the clutches of vile monsters.

Key Features

Path of the Ninja- Travel through 60+ mindboggling levels to rescue captured villagers and restore order to the land. Ready to reap the rewards of a true ninja warrior? Freeing villagers will bestow items to boost Usagimaru's abilities!

Master Your Surroundings- Navigate tough traps, manipulate the environment and overcome brain twisting puzzles as the one and only Usagimaru!

A Hero's Challenge- Once you've bested the main game, unlock even more levels to test your might! Earn and collect definitive titles based on in game performance and play style!

Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle has been rated E by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). For more information, visit www.esrb.org.

North America - 3DS themes for Sept. 29th, 2016

- Pokémon: A Sinister Organization—Team Galactic ($1.99)
- Pokémon: A Sinister Organization—Team Rocket ($1.99)
- Shantae Beach ($1.99)
- Pirate Pop Plus ($1.99)
- YO-KAI WATCH Komasan – Available Sept. 30 ($1.99)
- YO-KAI WATCH Komajiro – Available Sept. 30 ($1.99)
- YO-KAI WATCH Robonyan – Available Sept. 30 ($1.99)

Videos for themes here (thanks AlienboyVA!)

Google Cloud team reveals how they helped Niantic with Pokemon GO server load

Our peers in the technical community have asked about the infrastructure that helped bring Pokémon GO to life for millions of players. Niantic and the Google Cloud teams put together this post to highlight some of the key components powering one of the most popular mobile games to date.

If you're interested in seeing how Niantic and Google worked together to bring Pokemon GO back from the brink of server overload, you'll want to check out the Google blog below. For the tech side of things, it's quite an interesting read!

Feature here (thanks MrThee!)

Paper Mario: Color Splash - Japanese commercial 'blooper reel'

Thanks to MegaJacobF for the heads up!

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom seeing release in Japan

- published by Bergsala Lightweight
- due out Dec. 15th, 2016 for ¥5,184

Pokemon fans, Team Up with New Nintendo 3DS Themes

Known as two of the most nefarious groups in the Pokémon universe, Team Rocket and Team Galactic are now here to take over your Nintendo 3DS screen! With A Sinister Organization—Team Rocket and A Sinister Organization—Team Galactic, you'll have nefarious new ways to customize your Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu. Both themes feature original illustrations from Hitoshi Ariga.

On the A Sinister Organization—Team Rocket theme, the upper screen features illustrations of the Boss Giovanni; the Admins Archer, Ariana, Proton, and Petrel; and several Pokémon. When you scroll the lower screen, there's flip animation of Grunts walking. On the A Sinister Organization—Team Galactic theme, the upper screen features illustrations of the Boss Cyrus; the Commanders Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Charon; and several Pokémon. When you scroll the lower screen of each theme, you'll see flip animation of Grunts walking, and both themes include sound effects and background music.

You can browse all of the Nintendo 3DS system themes in the Theme Shop on your Nintendo 3DS. Select the HOME Menu Settings in the upper left corner, and then select Change Theme to see your currently installed themes and to visit the Theme Shop. Pokémon themes are available for $1.99 apiece using funds from your Nintendo eShop account.

Give your Nintendo 3DS system a villainous new look with A Sinister Organization—Team Rocket and A Sinister Organization—Team Galactic themes today!

Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for Sept. 29th, 2016

Nintendo Badge Arcade

- Super Mario Maker badges from last week extended to this week <--- the link is to last Thursday's Badge Arcade post on GN
- 1 FREE play being given away

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!