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$40,000 on the line at UGC's Super Smash Bros. tournament in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - The largest tournament prize-pool in Super Smash Brothers history will be at stake this weekend in St. Louis. The Ultimate Gaming Championship, one of the fastest growing eSports tournament brands in the country, will be hosting the UGC Smash Open December 2-4 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville.

"This tournament will be the largest eSports event in St. Louis History," said UGC's Matt Jackson. "It will feature Super Smash Brothers Melee for the GameCube and Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U." More than two-dozen of the top-ranked Smash players in the world will be in attendance. "With over 400 competitors and $40,000 in prizes, it will set the stage for many more eSports tournaments to come in the area," Jackson said. "It is the second tournament in our UGC eSports Open Series - our $25,000 Halo event last month was a massive success."

In October, the organization hosted the UGC Open Halo 5 Tournament, and plans to roll out events for Gears of War 4, Overwatch and Rocket League in 2017. "If you love video games and want to have a good time, this is the place for you," said Jackson. "On top of the tournaments we play, we are also offering dedicated areas for friendly games. This is a great opportunity to test your skills against the best players in the world."

For more information about the UGC Smash Open, please visit the event website at smash.gg/ugc or UGCEvents.com. Additionally, you can find the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Battle Today Using the 2017 Pokémon VG Championships Format

The new format for the 2017 Pokémon Video Game Championships (VGC) season goes into effect on December 1, 2016, giving players a new opportunity to compete using the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games. All Championship Series events will use these new rules immediately, including the Premier Challenge Winter Series beginning on December 1 and the upcoming Pokémon European Video Game International Championships.

Here is a brief summary of the new format:

Only Pokémon in the Alola Pokédex are allowed

Pokémon must have the Alola symbol showing they were caught in the Alola region

No Mythical or Legendary Pokémon are allowed

No Mega Stones are allowed

All other items are allowed, including Z-Crystals

Double Battle format

90-second team preview, 45-second turn limit, 10-minute “player time”

All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50

View the entire 2017 Pokémon VGC rules document here. Players are expected to understand the rules when participating in a competition, so please look them over before your next event.

A new feature at the Pokémon Global Link lets players download rule sets, so you can practice with the 2017 VGC rules. Visit Festival Plaza in your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game to download the rules and start battling and training with your friends.

Look forward to many exciting battles in 2017 under the new Pokémon VGC format starting December 1, 2016.

Meloetta is the last to take the stage as the Pokémon 20th celebration concludes

The Pokémon 20th celebration is heading toward its big finish in December. This month, the Melody Pokémon Meloetta takes the stage. Be sure to get Meloetta via Nintendo Network by December 24 for your Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y game, concluding an epic year of Mythical Pokémon distributions.

Meloetta steps into the spotlight on Pokémon TV with an assortment of exciting episodes. All of the fun Meloetta animation will be available on Pokemon.com, as well as the Pokémon TV mobile app. But this special Meloetta animation event will be available for only a limited time, so watch it while you can.

The final Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection features Meloetta, too. It includes a special Meloetta promo card and a collectible pin. Plus, it contains two Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs, which are available in only a limited number of Pokémon 20th products. You can find the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection—Meloetta in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Visit Toys“R”Us stores to check out Meloetta 8" crushed velvet plush and 2" Meloetta figure that comes with a Quick Ball. These products won't be around long, so check them out at participating Toys“R”Us stores while supplies last.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating 20 years of Pokémon throughout the year! And look forward to even more Pokémon fun next year and beyond.

Nintendo EU: Out now – Super Mario Maker for 3DS, Picross 3D: Round 2, Legend of Zelda Collection amiibo

Grab your hard hat – Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is out now on Nintendo 3DS family systems. Create your own Super Mario courses anytime, anywhere using crazy combinations of objects, enemies and platforms, then share them with your friends via local wireless or StreetPass. You can even collaborate on courses with a fellow Super Mario Maker!

Don’t feel like creating? Jump into Super Mario Challenge to take on 100 original courses designed by Nintendo, each with their own additional challenge objectives to beat! Want more? Check out the Course World* where you can play loads of courses created by Wii U players. Take your pick from Recommended Courses or test your platforming skills in 100 Mario Challenge.

For even more Mario, check out the Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS website where you’ll find a variety of extras like wallpapers for your computer, smartphone and tablet!

Picross 3D: Round 2

Uncover hidden shapes and your inner puzzling prowess in Picross 3D: Round 2, only for Nintendo 3DS family systems! FIND OUT MORE

Prepare to put your mind to the test in Picross 3D: Round 2, out now exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems. In this brain-teasing puzzle game, you’ll chisel away at blocks, and paint others blue and orange, to reveal all sorts of surprising hidden shapes in over 300 puzzles!

You can take on every enigma at three different difficulty levels, so whether you’re a newcomer or a Picross pro, you can play at your own speed. What’s more, if you have a compatible amiibo (sold separately), you can tap it in and unlock additional puzzles based on Nintendo characters like Mario, Kirby and more.

If you’re wondering how it all works, you can visit our How to play section on the official Picross 3D: Round 2 website, and while you’re there, you can even download a free demo to your system**.

Today also marks the arrival of a special series of amiibo figures in The Legend of Zelda Collection. Four new amiibo based on classic characters including an 8-bit style Link, Link (Ocarina of Time), and Toon Link (The Wind Waker) and Zelda (The Wind Waker) are available in shops now.

These amiibo will work as existing Link, Toon Link and Zelda amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Collection, and will also have special functionality in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when it launches next year for Wii U and Nintendo’s next home gaming system Nintendo Switch.

Whether you want to start creating the Mario courses of your dreams, solve polygonal 3D Picross puzzles, or add some classic The Legend of Zelda characters to your amiibo collection, there’s something for every type of Nintendo fan to enjoy with this week’s new releases!

Australia - The ultimate 2DS bundle for new and long-time Pokémon fans is OUT NOW

Make a Pokémon fan’s wishes come true this Christmas with Nintendo 2DS Special Edition + pre-installed software!

With many exciting new features to discover, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon is a must-have adventure for new and returning Pokémon fans to embark on – and now you can play the game on your own Nintendo 2DS Pokémon Sun Special Edition or Nintendo 2DS Pokémon Moon Special Edition console!

Each Nintendo 2DS* Special Edition console comes pre-installed with either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon software – depending on the console bundle that you choose!

The console hardware features silhouette artwork of the three starter Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – Rowlet, Litten and Popplio – on the back, and Pikachu silhouette artwork on the front.

SRP AUD $169.95

This Nintendo 2DS Special Edition console comes pre-installed with Pokémon Sun software.

In Pokémon Sun, become a Pokémon Trainer and embark on a journey through the tropical Alola region to collect, train and battle Pokémon to beat the island trials!

This Nintendo 2DS Special Edition console comes pre-installed with Pokémon Moon software.

In Pokémon Moon, become a Pokémon Trainer and embark on a journey through the tropical Alola region to collect, train and battle Pokémon to beat the island trials!

Orchestral Memories unveils more on its lineup with an exclusive Tales Of trailer

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and La Fée Sauvage revealed today an exclusive teaser trailer for the upcoming series of symphonic concerts: Orchestral Memories.

Among many other brands, players will be able to (re)discover acclaimed songs from the Tales Of universe performed by a live symphonic orchestra!

The first show, on February 4th at 20.00 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, will feature exclusive appearances of two well-known veteran composers: Motoi Sakuraba and Go-Shiina.

Tickets are available at shop.wildfaery.com. Additionally, 150 VIP tickets permitting spectators to meet & greet both Motoi Sakuraba and Go Shiina for signing sessions and photo shoots after the concert are available exclusively on shop.wildfaery.com.

SEGA and Sanrio Team Up For Sonic the Hedgehog Collection Available Dec. 15

Los Angeles, Calif. (December 1, 2016) – SEGA® and Sanrio announce the launch of the first phase of the Sonic the Hedgehog x Sanrio collection at select Sanrio stores and Sanrio.com starting on December 15. The initial collection will include 10-inch plush featuring mash-ups of SEGA’s Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy with Sanrio characters Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, Chococat and My Melody.

“SEGA and Sanrio both have a rich history in creating whimsical creative characters that transcend generations along with a loyal dedicated fan base,” said Licensing Director of SEGA of America, Anoulay Tsai. “With 2016 marking Sonic's 25th anniversary, we've stepped out of the box by creating innovative collaborations with iconic brands like Hello Kitty to reinforce the relevance, longevity and strength of our beloved blue hedgehog. We hope to surprise and delight our fans through our combined efforts.”

The second phase of the collection will feature expanded categories including plush and collectible vinyl figures from Toynami and include variations of co-branded SEGA and Sanrio character designs. Launch details for the second phase will be announced later in 2017.

“We are honored to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary and collaborate with SEGA to bring our characters together with Sonic and friends in his fantastic world,” said David Marchi, Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing at Sanrio, Inc. “We hope our both fan bases will love the product collections and the digital play during the limited time mobile game event.”

Also launching today is a limited four-week in-game event for the hit mobile game Sonic Dash, which has been downloaded over 220 million times. Throughout the month long event, fans can race through Sonic’s world as they play as My Melody, Chococat, Badtz-Maru and Hello Kitty. Players can unlock the Sanrio cast of characters by completing the in-game challenge each week. Once unlocked, the Sanrio characters will be available for play into perpetuity. Download now for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play, Amazon Underground and for Windows Phones.

To stay current on Sonic the Hedgehog news, follow Sonic on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and subscribe to the Twitch Channel and the YouTube Channel. For the latest in Sonic fashion and toys, follow the Instagram account @SonicStyles.
For more information on Sanrio, please visit www.sanrio.com.

This week's North American downloads - December 1 (Mario Maker 3DS, Advance Wars and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS – Get ready to play a near-infinite number of side-scrolling 2D Mario courses anytime, anywhere! Earn in-game medals in 100 built-in courses and access recommended courses from the Super Mario Maker game on the Wii U console. Plus, design courses and share them with other players via the StreetPass feature and local wireless. The Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS game will be available on Dec. 2.

Swapdoodle – Just in case you missed it, the Swapdoodle game is now available. Swapdoodle is an easy way to write messages, draw 3D pictures and share them with your Nintendo 3DS friends. Swapping doodles is a snap thanks to stamps based on the icons of played games and your Mii character. You can also purchase in-game add-on packs that have doodle lessons of Nintendo characters!

Virtual Console on Wii U
Advance Wars: Dual Strike – On the heels of its last defeat, the nefarious Black Hole Army has fallen under the control of a deadly new commanding officer. He has sent its new COs to attack the nations of Wars World once again, and it’s up to the allied armies of Orange Star, Blue Moon, Yellow Comet and Green Earth to put an end to Black Hole once and for all. In this classic Nintendo DS strategy game, players lead their new Commanding Officers to fend off the Black Hole Army’s latest invasion. With massive battles that sweep across both screens, the Advance Wars: Dual Strike game will change the face of dual-screen warfare forever.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Last chance for Cyber Deals: Up to 50% off select games ends Dec. 5 – A gift for them ... a gift (or two) for you! Treat yourself this holiday season with big savings on select digital games for both Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points on qualifying digital purchases, so it’s a win-win. This sale runs until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 5.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week include Jeopardy!, Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! and Astral Breakers, plus several more! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week:
CUP CRITTERS (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Hyperlight EX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
SHOOT THE BALL (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Become Fastest-Selling Games in Nintendo History in the Americas

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 30, 2016 – After becoming the most pre-ordered video games in Nintendo history, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – the latest games in the wildly popular Pokémon franchise – have now become the fastest-selling games that Nintendo has ever launched in the Americas. In less than two weeks, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems sold a combined total of 3.7 million units. That’s an 85 percent increase over Pokémon X and Pokémon Y – the previous record holders for Nintendo’s fastest-selling games – during the same period when those games launched in 2013.

“With these huge sales figures, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have proved themselves as two of the hottest video games to buy this holiday season,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With great reviews and outstanding fan response, these next iterations in the Pokémon series are sure to please any player in the family.”

All Pokémon-related software has sold more than 280 million units* worldwide since launching with the Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version games in 1996. The Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Versiongames are both available for download in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Other notable launches in the Pokémon series include Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (15.64 million games sold globally life-to-date), Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire(13.18 million games sold globally life-to-date).

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Trainers-in-the-making head to the game’s new Alola Region – a series of tropical islands – to catch, battle and trade Pokémon. By discovering new Z-Moves, Pokémon can unleash powerful attacks in battle. The new Poké Ride feature allows certain Pokémon to help people get to places they wouldn’t be able to reach by using human strength alone. In addition to three new partner Pokémon, players can catch a host of new Pokémon, as well as the unique regional variants of some familiar favorites.

For more information about Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, visit Pokemon.com/SunMoon.

Nintendo Canada updates list of Nintendo mall kiosks

Join us at the Kiosks this holiday season! We carry a wide variety of awesome Nintendo merchandise that would make great gifts for the whole family. Items include tuques, ornaments, holiday sweaters, plush, hats and a ton more! Visit us at the locations listed below.

Don’t forget to check this page regularly for more information on exclusive events, new merchandise and limited time promotions!

Check out the new locations here