A spooky StreetPass Weekend starts 10/28

Are you ready for Halloween? This year, skip the tricks and head straight to the treats with National StreetPass Weekend: Halloween Edition!

Stop by any of the more than 29,000 Nintendo Zone hotspots across North America with your Nintendo 3DS system from Oct. 28 through 31st—you could get up to six StreetPass tags from across the globe.

Wondering which games have StreetPass features? Here are a few to get you started:

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Entertainment Hero coming to Switch

In terms of gameplay, Mega Man is the largest inspiration here, that much is obvious. It's the series I know the best, and there's a nice harmony to the idea that the first game that I make resembles the first game that I played. It's a simple style as well which makes it a great first game to design.

The game will have ten stages to complete, in any order, before it's over. It won't be the longest or greatest game in the world and I'm aware of that, so expect a price point of under five dollars when the game launches. Another element driving the price point is competition. Entertainment Hero, even if it turns out exactly as I want it, will pale in comparison to Freedom Planet, Shovel Knight, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, 20XX, and plenty of other games out there that went after the same basic idea that I'm going after.

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Egmont to launch exclusive Yo-Kai Watch-themed issue of Showcase

UK children’s publisher Egmont is gearing up for the launch of an exclusive Yo-Kai Watch themed issue of its hit magazine, Showcase.

The popular anime series shot to fame across the globe last year, having originated in Japan where sales of the franchise outpaced the popularity of Pokemon.

The property currently spans a videogame from Level-5, a toy range from Hasbro as well as a hit anime series that currently airs in the UK on Cartoon Network.

The new Yo-Kai Watch special issue of Showcase will tell the story of the show’s lead character Nate and his adventures with the various Yo-Kai featured in the series.

The magazine will feature information about the different Yo-Kai tribes, which Yo-kai are the strongest and how to summon them with the Yo-Kai Watch.

It will also include a number of puzzles, games and cut out masks as well as a Yo-Kai disc spinner with a chance to win a Nintendo 2DS and a copy of the Yo-Kai Watch videogame.

Aimed at boys aged seven and upwards, Showcase: Yo-Kai Watch magazine will hit shelves on November 2nd priced at £3.99.

Nintendo Switch World Premiere Demonstrates New Entertainment Experiences from a Home Gaming System

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 20, 2016 – In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:
505 Games
Activision Publishing, Inc.
Audiokinetic Inc.
Autodesk, Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
DeNA Co., Ltd.
Electronic Arts
Epic Games Inc.
Firelight Technologies
FromSoftware, Inc.
Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
HAMSTER Corporation
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
LEVEL-5 Inc.
Marvelous Inc.
Maximum Games, LLC
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Parity Bit Inc.
PlatinumGames Inc.
RAD Game Tools, Inc.
RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
Silicon Studio Corporation
Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
Starbreeze Studios
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Telltale Games
THQ Nordic
Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
TT Games
Ubitus Inc.
Unity Technologies, Inc.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Web Technology Corp

Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.

Mythical Pokémon Distribution Round-Up, Part 3

The Pokémon 20th celebration has given players the opportunity to have some hard-to-get Mythical Pokémon join their teams. The Mythical Pokémon Victini was available to Trainers via Nintendo Network in September 2016. It's Keldeo's turn to start adventuring in October, so check out the Pokémon 20th website for more details on how you can add Keldeo to your team. Plus, for a limited time, you'll be able to team up with the newly discovered Volcanion to commemorate the launch of the Pokémon TCG expansion XY—Steam Siege. Make sure to check out Volcanion on the XY—Steam Siege website for more details about how you can receive Volcanion.

You'll discover how powerful Mythical Pokémon are as soon as they join your team, but a dedicated Trainer can bring out their hidden potential. Read on to find some tips that will make your adventure with them even more legendary. You can find out more about all of the Mythical Pokémon distribution events at Pokemon.com/20.

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Feed Your 8-bit Itch With Pirate Pop Plus – Out Today

Relive Game Boy-era graphics and arcade-style gameplay with 8-bit action game Pirate Pop Plus from 13AM (Runbow) and indie developer Dadako. A touch of Buster Bros (Pang Adventures), a bevy of weapons and power ups, and gravity-altering mechanics make Pirate Pop Plus the perfect nostalgic retro game. The game launches today on Wii U and New 3DS for $4.99.

Pirate Pop Plus has you build chains and combos for high scores while battling the devastating Bubble Pirate and dealing with gravity that can turn you upside down or side to side at any moment. Game Boy aesthetic art from Justin Chan (Nuclear Throne) and killer chip tune music from a bevy of artists including Harry Waters (son of Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters) further enhance the nostalgic gameplay.

This week's North American downloads - October 20 (Pirate Pop Plus, SW Heist and more)

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

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Pirate Pop Plus – Join Pete Jr. on his quest to defeat the nefarious Bubble Pirate, an evil villain who has trapped the innocent townsfolk in bubbles. Dodge and pop bubbles with your anchor while collecting power-ups and managing Bubble Pirate’s constant gravity-switching mischief. You can even buy the New Nintendo 3DS version of Pirate Pop Plus and receive a free digital version for the Wii U console (and vice versa). The same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems as well as your Nintendo eShop account prior to purchase in order to be eligible for the offer.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
SteamWorld Heist – From the makers of SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist is a space adventure with turn-based tactical shootouts in which you aim in real time and perform awesome bullet-bouncing trick shots. For a limited time, you can buy SteamWorld Heist from Nintendo eShop on Wii U at an introductory price of $14.99. Buy or own the Nintendo 3DS version of SteamWorld Heist, the Nintendo 3DS version of SteamWorld Dig or the Wii U version of SteamWorld Dig and receive a 10 percent discount off the Wii U version of SteamWorld Heist. The same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems as well as your Nintendo eShop account prior to purchase in order to be eligible for the offer. This offer lasts from 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 20 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov 3.

Virtual Console on Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks – Spirit Tracks have long protected the kingdom from evil. But when they start disappearing mysteriously, Link and Zelda must travel together to restore them and keep the dark forces at bay. In this Nintendo DS adventure, fight enemies and explore the world as you travel by train and take control of a hulking suit of armor.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
BREATH OF FIRE – Join Ryu as he embarks on an adventure of a lifetime. He will need to rely on his companions if he is to rediscover the lost powers of the Light Dragons and save his sister, Sara, from the evil clutches of the Dark Dragons. Dive into this epic Super NES RPG and prove that the Warrior of the Dragon is not just a myth!

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week include Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U) and Witch & Hero 2 (Nintendo 3DS) plus several more! Check out the fill 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:
Fairune2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Retro Road Rumble (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Super Destronaut 2: Go Duck Yourself (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Mr. Pumpkin Adventure (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Shooting Range by Thornbury Software (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Available Oct. 21

PR - First Glimpse of Nintendo NX Coming Tomorrow at 7 a.m. PT

Visit http://www.nintendo.com/ on Thursday, October 20 at 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET to be among the first to discover Nintendo NX. This preview trailer will serve as Nintendo's preliminary announcement of information regarding the platform.

THQ Nordic confirms Nov. 22nd release for Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

today, publisher THQ Nordic announces not just one, not just two, but three new release dates for their upcoming products:

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is now scheduled for release on November 22nd for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system by Microsoft, Sony's Playstation 4™ and as download for Nintendo's Wii U™ system. The PC version will follow on November 29th, 2016. A retail version for Wii U will be released at a later stage.

Disney Magical World 2 - Magical AR Cards available

Magical AR

You can take advantage of the Augmented Reality capabilities of Nintendo 3DS family systems with Disney Magical World 2-specific AR Cards. These are special pieces of artwork that give you presents when activated using your Nintendo 3DS system’s camera.

To scan an AR Card, select ‘Search for Gifts’ from the main menu, then select ‘Magical AR’ and follow the instructions. Once you've scanned the AR Card, Tinker Bell will appear and give you a present! Why not give it a try?

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