GrubberGamer's Nintendo deals and discounts for October 31st 2012

Target: Wii U basic and deluxe system bundles available for pre-order; Buy 2 video games, get 1 free - for Wii, 3DS, DS and other popular systems; 3DS base systems for $145 (save $24.99); Wii system with Wii Sports & Wii Sports Resort ($119, save $10.00, available in-store)

NewEgg: Paper Mario: Sticker Star pre-order (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00, free S&H, enter promo code EMCYTZT2452 during checkout)

Best Buy: Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS, $11.99, save $23.00, free S&H); Buy 1 select video game, get a second for 50% off (free S&H); Save $10 on 3DS base systems (free S&H); 100% trade-in bonus when you trade in any video game (in-store only); Best Buy exclusive Launch Loot bonus with your Skylanders: Giants Starter Pack or Portal Owner's Pack purchase (free S&H) - includes wristband, stickers, drawstring backpack, poster, and decorative carabiner; Free WWE: D-Generation X One Last Stand DVD with your WWE '13 purchase (Wii, $49.99, free S&H)

Walmart: Walmart exclusive Glow-In-The-Dark Skylanders Giants Starter Pack ($74.96; for Wii, Wii U, 3DS and other popular systems); Skylanders Giants Ultimate Figure Bundle - includes all non-exclusive first wave single-character packs ($168.00, free site-to-store shipping); 3 DS games for $20; 3 Wii games for $20; Frogger 3D (3DS, $13.65, free site-to-store shipping); Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS, $10.15, free site-to-store shipping); Walmart exclusive Chase McCain Lego figure with your Lego City: Undercover pre-order (Wii U, $59.96, available November 18th), Resident Evil Revelations (3DS, $19.96, free site-to-store S&H); Kirby's Dream Collection ($39.96, free site-to-store S&H); Code of Princess with artbook and soundtrack (3DS, $39.96, free site-to-store shipping)

Gamefly: Pre-Owned Game Sale - for Wii, 3DS, DS and other popular systems. Purchases are guaranteed and include original game case, manual and any included codes.

Toys R Us: Toys R Us exclusive Skylanders Giants Legendary Bouncer Character Pack ($14.99); Toys R Us exclusive Skylanders Giants Legendary 3-Character Pack ($24.99); Buy 2 select video game accessories, get 1 free (for 3DS and DS, online only offer); Free $20 gift card with the purchase of a 3DS or 3DS XL system (in-store only); Free Skylanders Giants Castle Display Case and Wham-Shell character pack with your combined Skylanders purchase of $100 or more (expires 11/21); 2-For-$25 on all Wii and DS "R Super Buy" marked games (in-store only, expires 11/21); Buy 1, Get 1 40% off all Skylanders plush toys (expires 11/21); Buy 1, Get 1 40% off all Skylanders Mega Blok construction sets (expires 11/21)

Kmart: Mario Party 9 (Wii, $39.99, save $10.00), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with music CD (Wii, $34.99, save $15.00, in-store), New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii, $39.99, save $10.00, in-store)

Amazon, Castlevania and friends: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS, $18.84, order fulfilled by Amazon), Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate pre-order (3DS, $39.99, free S&H), Aliens Infestation (DS, $10.30, 66% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS, $26.70, order fulfilled by Amazon), Monster Tale (DS, $17.99, order fulfilled by Amazon), Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS, $19.28, order fulfilled by Amazon), Cave Story 3D (3DS, $29.99, free S&H)

Amazon: Thor: God of Thunder (DS, $6.10, 69% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Thor: God of Thunder (3DS, $9.47, 68% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA, $9.39, order fulfilled by Amazon), Viewtiful Joe 2 (GC, $9.95, order fulfilled by Amazon), Bangai-O Spirits (DS, $9.99, 50% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii, $9.99), Cursed Mountain Limited Edition (Wii, $8.42, 72% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Paper Mario: Sticker Star pre-order (3DS, $39.99, free S&H, available November 11th), The History of Sonic the Hedgehog pre-order (hardcover, $31.49, free S&H); The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia pre-order (hardcover, $20.04, 43% off, available January 29th, 2013); $10.00 store credit with your LEGO Lord of the Rings pre-order (Wii, $38.99, free S&H, available 11/13), Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (DS, $9.59, 52% off), Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (DS, $12.00, 40% off), Scooby-Doo! First Frights (DS, $12.04, 40% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS, $16.22, 46% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS, $11.64, 67% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS, $19.99, 50% off), Shinobi (3DS, $10.34, 65% off, order fulfilled by Amazon)

Gamestop exclusives: Skylanders Giants Golden Dragonfire Cannon Battle Pack ($24.99); Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, $44.99 pre-owned); 3DS Circle Pad Pro accessory (3DS, $19.99 new); Crush 3D (3DS, $14.99 new); Gamestop exclusive Scribblenauts Unlimited bundle (3DS, $54.99, available 11/18) - includes game, pencil themed stylus, Maxwell themed silicon hardware jacket, includes Maxwell hat bonus with pre-order; May's Mystery: Forbidden Memories (DS, $14.99 new)

Gamestop: Save $5 and receive a free Oswald Ears hat with your Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two pre-order (for Wii, Wii U, and other systems, available 11/18, hat must be picked up in-store); Save $5 and receive a free Oswald Ears hat with your Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS, $34.99, available 11/18, hat must be picked up in-store); Exclusive Aliens Unlockables in-game content plus two free digital songs with your Ben 10 Omniverse pre-order (Wii U available 11/20; Wii, DS or 3DS available 11/13); Gamestop exclusive Elrond LEGO mini-figure with your LEGO The Lords of the Rings pre-order (Wii, $39.99, available 11/13); Gamestop exclusive Maxwell hat with your Scribblenauts Unlimited pre-order (Wii U, 3DS, available 11/18); Free Adventure Time lanyard with your Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?! pre-order (Collector's Edition 3DS or DS, Standard Edition 3DS or DS, available 11/20); Free Yak plush with your Harvest Moon 3D: New Beginnings pre-order (3DS, $39.99, available 11/6); Free value shipping on purchases of $24.99 or more, excluding consoles, handhelds and laptops. Use code SAVER (expires 11/1); Buy a new Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL base system, get Steel Diver free; $10 off Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Packs ($59.99 each); Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Single Character Packs for $4.99 each with the purchase of 3 or more; 30% extra in-store credit when you trade any item toward a new copy of select games (expires 12/16); Get 50% extra in-store credit when you trade any items toward a new 3DS or 3DS XL system (expires 11/4); Double in-store credit when you trade any system (expires 10/28); Buy 2 pre-owned Gamecube games, get 2 free

Skylanders Giants- Wave Two checklist

Wave Two of the Skylanders Giants toy line are making their way to Toys R Us. The toys are scheduled to be released on November 29th but Toys R Us has them available now.

Hot Head (Fire Giant)

New Characters
Sprocket (Tech) - Individually and three-pack with Sonic Boom and Stump Smash
Flashwing (Earth) - Individually and three-pack with Gill Grunt and Double Trouble
Lightcore Jet-Vac (Air)

Resposed/Series 2 Characters
Double Trouble (Magic) - Individually and three-pack with Flashwing and GIll Grunt
Drill Sergeant (Tech)
Gill Grunt (Water) - Individually and three-pack with Flashwing and Double Trouble
Flameslinger (Fire)
Stump Smash (Life) - Individually and three-pack with Sonic Boom and Sprocket
Hex (Undead)
Bash (Earth)
Sonic Boom (Air) - Individually and three-pack with Sprocket and Stump Smash


New Ace Attorney 5 details

Coming from an interview with Nintendo Dream Magazine:

-Phoenix’s return as the protagonist of the game raised some concerns
-the team wanted to create a Phoenix that inherited his traits from Apollo Justice, but also brought back some of his “youth” from Trials and Tribulations.
-Ace Attorney 5 also gives Phoenix a new partner—Kokone Kizuki, whose name comes from a play on words for “to notice things” and “listening to the heart or soul”
-designed to be a heroine who actively fights alongside Phoenix, and so, is a defense attorney working under Phoenix.
-Heart Scope was an idea they had from the begining
-See various emotions of witnesses
-Gives you insight to preconception and prejudices
-First time voice actors used in game
-Eshiro considered very popular characters when choosing which ones to return, but he also thought about if they fit into the story

- They talk about the reception at TGS and the pressure of developing a proper sequel to the AA series.
- Yamazaki is a 'scenario director', which is a rare function actually. The scenario is written together by four people, with Yamazaki having the last call on edits and such.
- They talk about the theme of the 'trials falling apart'. They had played with a concept of a 'torture trial' if you get a guilty verdict.
- They talk about how it is to have to change from writing from Edgeworth's point of view to Nick's (as they are different characters, naturally)
- In the animated parts, you see that Nick is still using the same cellphone he has always used.
- Because of the better sound quality of the 3DS, they couldn't use the old sound bites Takumi Shuu had done (Objection! etc). And as they are using animation anyway, they have hired proper voice actors. But for smaller parts, they might still use company workers (in the demo, the voice of Shinobu was actually also a company worker)
- Dark Payne (little brother) was conceived because they wanted a evil prosecutor, but they couldn't just change Payne (older brother) in someone evil suddenly. They do still think that Payne is still working. They joke about how the Paynes are now the Turnabout Brothers. Yamazaki throws in an idea for a new game: Turnabout Payne (Eshiro: What are they going to turnabout?!).
- If Kay is a genki girl, then Kotone is a determined girl, who will do everything to help her superior, according to Yamazaki.
- The pendant Kotone is wearing is called a Monita (モニ太). Because a monitor comes out of it. One of the apps in it, is the Heart Scope.


Operation Rainfall working on bring Bravely Default to the west

The same people behind Operation Rainfall, which saw the localization of several games are hard at work again to bring another game to the rest of the work. Now they are putting their efforts behind bringing Bravely Default: Flying Fairy to the west. Here is what they have to say about their goal.
"Operation Rainfall started out as a project to bring three JRPGs on the Wii to the United States. The American Wii desperately needed JRPGs and these three games would hopefully drench the desert of the Wii in JRPG goodness. The 3DS is now in an arguably worse situation, that is why Bravely Default: Flying Fairy needs to come to the West! (That and the fact that it is a brilliant piece of work) That is our goal, to localize Bravely Default from Japan', and show Square Enix that there is interest in the other regions for this amazing JRPG!

Let's hope their efforts will pay off like last time. You can show your support by going to their Facebook page or following them on Twitter.


Disney Interactive working on new title involving Disney and Pixar characters

Disney and Pixar characters will meet up for the first time ever in a new game being developed by Disney Interactive. Not much is known about that game except that it's currently being called "Toy Box"

According to the New York Times, this will be a console game with with a lot of mobile and online features.

It's not known what consoles this game will be hitting, as Disney hasn't officially announced this game. But I'm willing to bet "Toy Box" will land on a Nintendo console.


Why "Yoshi's Island" should be studied at game design schools

Emily Rogers has written a compelling article arguing why Yoshi's Islands art style should be studied at game design schools. She makes some very good arguments. I for one would love to see more games with a similar art style! How about you all?

You can read her article by clicking on this link!

A big thanks to guek for sending this in!

3DS accessories by Hori coming to U.S. by the end of year

Hori will be releasing accessories for the Nintendo 3DS by the end of the year.

The 3DS accessories include:

-Hard Pouch (Super Mario version)
-Protector and Pouch set (Super Mario version)
-3DS Protector (Super Mario version)

They are all scheduled for a December 10th release.

Thanks to NintendoTweet for the heads up!


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