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Pokémon TCG: Volcanion and Magearna Mythical Collections

A big handful of Mythical Pokémon assemble in a powerful lineup, with Volcanion or Magearna taking the lead as a stunning full-art card! You get at least six foil promo cards featuring Mythical Pokémon, each an awesome addition to any collection—plus five Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs.

The Pokémon TCG: Volcanion and Magearna Mythical Collections include:

1 full-art foil promo card featuring Volcanion or Magearna

In the Volcanion Mythical Collection, get 5 more foil promo cards featuring Mythical Pokémon: Celebi, Jirachi, Darkrai, Victini, and Keldeo

In the Magearna Mythical Collection, get 6 more foil promo cards featuring Mythical Pokémon: Mew, Manaphy, Shaymin, Arceus, Genesect, and Meloetta

5 Pokémon TCG booster packs

A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The Pokémon TCG: Volcanion and Magearna Mythical Collection will be available January 20th, 2017 in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Try a Trio of Sun & Moon Theme Decks

Receive a warm welcome to the Alola region with Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon theme decks, available now.

Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon theme decks are now available, weeks before the Sun & Moon expansion officially launches on February 3, 2017. Theme decks are a great introduction to playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game, providing everything you need to start battling. You'll find a complete 60-card deck, damage counters, playmat, rulesheet, and more in each box. With a friend and a second theme deck, you can start playing right away.

There are three theme decks for the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion. In the Forest Shadow theme deck, you'll control the stealthy strength of Decidueye. In the Roaring Heat theme deck, unleash the fiery power of Incineroar. And in the Bright Tide theme deck, overwhelm your foe with the graceful Primarina.

Look for Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon theme decks today in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold. And look forward to expanding your collection and battling with more Pokémon from the Alola region when the full Sun & Moon expansion launches on February 3, 2017!

Begin the year by saving the world in DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

20th January 2017 – Celebrate the beginning of a new year with a great adventure in DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, releasing today for Nintendo 3DS family systems. In this handheld retelling of the DRAGON QUEST title that introduced the series to Europe, adventurers can see away the winter with a grander and greater tale filled with new story content, side quests, and the ability to recruit two new characters, all playable wherever heroes venture. Get a taste of the epic adventure that awaits with the DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King launch trailer.

When the evil jester Dhoulmagus comes to Castle Trodain and steals King Trode’s sceptre, he carves a trail of chaos in his wake, beginning by turning his majesty into a troll, Princess Medea into a horse, and the residents of the castle into plants. Only one castle guard escapes the curse, and escorts the King and his daughter on an adventure to retrieve the sceptre, put an end to Dhoulmagus’ diabolical plans, and restore the kingdom of Trodain.

Whether players are revisiting the rich story of DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King or diving into the adventure for the first time, they can enjoy brand new content that provides more backstory about the dastardly Dhoulmagus and The Hero who aims to stop him. All cut-scenes vital to the plot are also accompanied by full voice-acting, including the new story content and a new alternative ending.

As well as new adventure content, two new characters can be recruited in the form of Red, a former rival of The Hero’s sidekick Yangus, and Morrie, the owner of the Monster Arena. By capturing specific monsters throughout their adventure, players can create their own bands of monsters to send into battle inside the Monster Arena. More powerful monsters means stronger teams and more cunning strategies to be devised in the quest to best all seven ranks, including the new X Rank.

DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King has already proven itself a hit with critics, who found that this title is an ideal way for players to begin their year in gaming:

Nintendo Life: "Dungeons and towns are equally thoughtfully designed, indicative of a welcome wider attention to detail"
Eurogamer: "Dragon Quest 8's Grimm-like story is told with clarity, sincerity and exquisite wit."
IGN UK: "Character design is nothing short of incredible and surely represents some of famed designer Akira Toriyama’s best work."

There are even more enhancements to the classic adventure for players to enjoy, with the new Quick Save function allowing for the action to be paused and saved any time outside of battle and cut-scenes, while the Speed Up feature allows warriors in a hurry to battle monsters with greater haste.

Adventurers can even share mementos of their journey with friends, and at the press of a button can begin setting up and taking their ideal photos, complete with special poses, stickers, filters, and frames to add a personal touch to their memory. All of these images can be saved to the SD card and shared via StreetPass to other DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King owners, who can give these images an approving thumbs-up. The more thumbs-up a player earns for their images, the higher the chance that they’ll earn new items to aid them in their quest to defeat Dhoulmagus. For more information about these new features, check out our DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King website.

Begin the New Year with an adventure to save the world with DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, out now for Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Pokemon Sun/Moon - Sign Up Now for the Alola Friendly Online Competition

Registration for the Alola Friendly Online Competition has started. To register, log on to your account from the Pokémon Global Link (PGL) homepage and select Online Competitions in the main menu. You’ll then be able to read and accept the regulations on the PGL.

The competition goes from Friday, January 27, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 23:59 UTC.

You’ll need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, your own Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon video game, and a Battle Team of eligible Pokémon. Accept the regulations on the Pokémon Global Link before Friday, January 27, at 00:00 UTC, and get ready to battle!

All participants in the Alola Friendly Online Competition receive 50 Battle Points.

To practice battling in the Alola Friendly Online Competition, go to Festival Plaza in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, select Battle and then Download Rules. You can then select the Alola Friendly regulations as the rules when you battle with your friends in Festival Plaza or via Quick Link.

Errata for Electrode in Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions

Due to an error in the card text for Electrode's (XY—Evolutions, 40/108) Buzzap Thunder Ability, the text on this card will be changed. The original text for this Ability says:

Once during your turn (before your attack), you may Knock Out this Pokémon and attach it to one of your Lightning-type Pokémon as a Special Energy card. This card provides 2 Lightning Energy only while this card is attached to a Pokémon.

The original intention of this Ability was for Electrode to provide 2 Lightning Energy as long as it's attached to any Pokémon, not just a Lightning-type Pokémon.

The new text will say:

Once during your turn (before your attack), you may Knock Out this Pokémon and attach it to one of your Lightning-type Pokémon as a Special Energy card. This card provides 2 Lightning Energy only while this card is attached to a Pokémon.

Effective immediately, Electrode's Buzzap Thunder Ability will use this updated text instead of the original text. This will be reflected on the Pokémon TCG Errata document.

Toby: The Secret Mine Now Available in the Wii U eShop

Headup Games is proud to announce today's Wii U™ launch of Toby: The Secret Mine, a beautifully handcrafted puzzle platformer inspired by games like Limbo and Badland. During Toby's adventure, the players solve challenging puzzles in an otherworldly and hostile scenery while mastering the jump'n'run gameplay passages on the fly.

Toby: The Secret Mine will be available in the Nintendo eShop today for the price of $9.99 (€9,99 / £6.99).

A peaceful way of life in a small mountain village is shattered. Someone has kidnapped most of its residents. A few brave souls tried to rescue their friends but none have returned.

... Brave little Toby didn’t want to just sit and wait to see what happens next, so he has set about on his own to solve the mystery. Entering the deep forest, he sees this may be an adventure bigger than him, but he won’t stop.

In “Toby: The Secret Mine”, go with little Toby on an eerie adventure in a dark and creepy world full of dangerous situations, enemies and challenging puzzles. Use our wits, platforming skills and puzzle-solving abilities to bypass mind-bending puzzles, while avoiding traps and monsters.

FEATURES:

Beautifully handcrafted environments and great visual effects bring an ethereal world to life
Puzzles of all shapes and sizes await
Beware traps and enemies, both of which can quickly end Toby’s adventure

Graceful Explosion Machine Coming To Switch this Spring

Check out screens here (thanks Cloud2049 and ContraNetwork!)

Graceful Explosion Machine Debuts on Nintendo Switch! Action-packed shooter hits Nintendo’s new console during its launch window this Spring!

Toronto, Canada: Vertex Pop, an indie game developer specializing in focused arcade-style games, announced that they’re bringing their dazzlingly intense shoot-em-up, Graceful Explosion Machine, to Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch™.

Graceful Explosion Machine has already made waves at the Indie MegaBooth at both PAX East and PAX West in 2016, as well as PlayStation Experience this past December.

“The Nintendo Switch’s responsive controls and beautiful display means you can play Graceful Explosion Machine anywhere”, says Vertex Pop’s founder Mobeen Fikree. “It’s perfect for short, intense sessions on the go or for long high-score runs on the big-screen.

“Graceful Explosion Machine fits perfectly as a premiere indie game in our launch window lineup,” says Nintendo of America Indie Game Manager Kirk Scott. “It reflects the diversity and breadth of the kinds of top-notch games we’re looking for on the Nintendo Switch system.”

Site: http://www.vertexpop.com/gem

Graceful Explosion Machine Nintendo Switch Announcement Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCiMciOjDC0
About Graceful Explosion Machine: Graceful Explosion Machine (GEM) is a side-scrolling arcade shooter where you blast crystalline enemies with your GEM’s ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array. Lost in deep space, you’ll shoot, dash and combo your way through neon alien worlds, fighting to find a way home.

This week's North American downloads - January 19 (Dragon Quest VIII, Punch Club and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Uncover the story of the Cursed King as you save the world from a twisted magician in this genre-defining role-playing game. Across the vast world you’ll wage turn-based battles against more than 250 monsters designed by artist Akira Toriyama. This updated classic also includes new dungeons, bosses, items, quests, scenes and a new possible ending!

Punch Club – Punch Club is a boxing tycoon management game with multiple branching storylines. Your goal is clear, but how you get there depends on whether you want to legitimately climb the rankings, or take the more ridiculous, shady route.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World – Demo Version – Before the Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World game launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Feb. 3, try it out with this free demo. Download it now to experience the beautifully handcrafted world and clever side-scrolling action.

Virtual Console on Wii U
Star Fox 64 – The Lylat system has been invaded! In this Nintendo 64 classic, take control of the Arwing and skim over the surface of an alien sea, weave through the concrete canyons of a futuristic metropolis or dodge planetoids the size of mountains. Complete 15 missions on your way to the final showdown on planet Venom. It’s up to Fox McCloud and his team of space mercenaries to save the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Andross.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
January Digital Deals – Nintendo kicked off its first Nintendo eShop sale of the year with January Digital Deals. Fans can save on select digital games for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, and My Nintendo members can get extra bonus savings on eligible games. Sale ends 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25. See the details at www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.
Great deals this week include Word Logic by POWGI, Family Tennis SP, 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:
COLOR CUBES (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Koi DX (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Mega Maze (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Snowball (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Toby: The Secret Mine (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Mini Golf Resort for Nintendo 3DS coming to Europe Jan. 26th

Check out screens here

The ultimate mini golf experience!
Welcome to the most amazing mini golf resort ever on Nintendo 3DS! Grab your golf clubs and get ready to play through 56 incredible courses in 4 unique worlds. Enjoy a combination of real golf club rules and wacky mini golf fun as you shoot your ball through pipes, up extreme ramps and around crazy obstacles towards the hole!

With over 1001 fun and challenging courses available, packed with a character customization, a large selection of items and bonuses and 10 trophies to unlock, it's the ultimate mini golf experience!
Features:

Over 1001 holes on 56 courses
4 distinct worlds: Pirate's Bay, Spooky World, Pyramids of Egypt and Legends of Greece
A large selection of clubs, clothes and bonuses in the golf shop
10 player trophies and 8 special power-up bonuses
Full character customization

Nintendo Announces Fire Emblem Games for Mobile, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo surprised Fire Emblem fans today via a Nintendo Direct announcement with the news that multiple games from the hit strategy-RPG franchise are in development. These include a new game for smart devices, two games for Nintendo Switch and multiple games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. There’s no question that this is by far the most fiery, most emblematic Nintendo Direct ever.

In recent years, the popularity of the Fire Emblem franchise has grown exponentially,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The devoted fan base and series newcomers alike will soon have an abundance of new games to play on a variety of devices. There’s never been a better time to be a Fire Emblem fan or jump in for the first time.”

Fire Emblem Heroes comes to smart devices: Nintendo launches its next adventure when Fire Emblem Heroes arrives soon on mobile. For detailed information about release timings by platform, please check https://fire-emblem-heroes.com/. Fire Emblem Heroes is an original strategy RPG about two warring kingdoms in a bitter clash. As a summoner, players build their army by calling upon popular Fire Emblem heroes from worlds that span the breadth of the series. Players will wage tactical battles streamlined for on-the-go play and level up a mix of new combatants and legendary heroes. Some familiar hero characters will become allies, while others will become enemy generals. Players can enjoy the full majesty of tactical role playing on bite-sized maps designed to fit nicely on a smartphone screen, even when playing in short bursts. Players lead their armies with easy touch-and-drag controls, including the ability to attack by simply swiping an ally hero over an enemy. If they manage to defeat every enemy on a given map, victory will be theirs. The heroes are depicted in new art hand-drawn by a variety of illustrators, and their voices have been newly recorded. Beyond the main story mode, players can engage in other modes to strengthen their army or to compete against others. Free and timely updates will add new characters and content for additional hours of gameplay as well. Fire Emblem Heroes will be available as a free download with optional in-app purchases available. Visit the Fire Emblem Heroes website for details about pre-registration.

To prepare for the launch of Fire Emblem Heroes, today Nintendo kicks off the Fire Emblem Heroes: Choose Your Legends event. Fans can visit https://events.fire-emblem-heroes.com/vote to browse through characters from the Fire Emblem franchise and select the ones they’d like to see make an appearance in Fire Emblem Heroes. The global community’s top-ranked hero and heroine will then be featured in Fire Emblem Heroes as Choose Your Legends event characters. Nintendo Account holders will receive a Platinum point bonus for voting.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia: In 1992, the second game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Gaiden, launched exclusively in Japan. Now, for the first time, fans outside of Japan will get a taste of this classic game on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is inspired by the 1992 original, reimagined on a grander scale. Every aspect of the Fire Emblem Gaiden game’s presentation has been updated, along with the game being fully voiced. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia recreates classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a modern twist, mixing in exploration of dungeons crawling with enemies. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will launch on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems May 19. Characters from the game, Alm and Celica, will be available as amiibo figures in a two-pack, also on May 19.

Fire Emblem meets KOEI TECMO GAMES’ Warriors series: Fire Emblem Warriors is coming to both the Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS systems, which includes New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. It’s being developed by the team that created Hyrule Warriors, and is scheduled to launch this fall.

Fire Emblem is coming to Nintendo Switch: For the first time since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on the Wii console in 2007, a new mainline game in the series is being developed for a Nintendo home system, with the ability to also be played on the go! The new game is scheduled to launch in 2018. Nintendo Switch goes on sale March 3 at a suggested retail price of $299.99, and lets players take their home games with them wherever they go (games sold separately).