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Study finds playing 3D platformers like Super Mario 64 helps improve brain function

Video game critics love to point out the negative effects associated with the games, such as their addictive nature and reported link to violence. However, despite the constant bad rap the 100-billion-dollar industry gets, there’s now some good news for gamers: playing may help keep your brain healthy.

If you're looking to keep your mind sharp when you're a bit older in age, it looks like playing some Super Mario 64 could do the trick. According to a small study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that older adults who played Super Mario 64 had more gray matter within their hippocampus. This is an important region of the brain associated with memory.

The study involved patients who played Super Mario 64, others who played piano, and a group which did neither. The results showed those who played Super Mario 64 had an increased amount of gray matter in two regions of the brain, but those who played the piano did not.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero to get limited physical release on Nintendo Switch


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero shall be getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch for a limited amount of time. It is known as the "Ultimate Day One Edition," it is slated to be released in North America and Europe in Spring of 2018 at a $39.99 price point. It will include everything that was originally released in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero as well as the following:


  • ‘Risky Beats’ Soundtrack with 30-tracks
  • Art book
  • Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC, and Costume Mode and Friends To The End DLC all included on the cartridge.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle - Free Versus Mode DLC coming on December 8th


The following information comes from Ubisoft's blog page:

How sharp are your Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle tactics? Sharp enough to test against another human player? You’ll be able to find out on Friday, December 8, when the free Mario + Rabbids Versus mode arrives. Pitting you against a friend on the same system (and playable either with two controllers or with a pair of Joy-Cons), Versus challenges players to hand-pick their three-hero squads, and use every attack and technique available to them to claim victory across small, surprise-filled maps.

There’s a catch, however. Each player has just three available actions per turn, and how you decide to invest them is a big part of the strategy here. You may be accustomed to moving, attacking, and using techniques for each of your heroes during every turn in the campaign and co-op, but Versus is a different story. Will you move all your characters into strategic positions, or will you spend all your actions to, say, move Luigi into a sniping spot, activate his motion-attacking Steely Gaze, and then open fire on a juicy target? Whatever you do, you can bet your opponent will be watching your every move, so be careful not to leave yourself vulnerable.

Versus mode’s selectable combatants are evenly matched, from a skill-point standpoint. Instead of your leveled-up campaign characters, both players can choose from beefy, upgraded versions of all eight characters. You can stick with the solid all-around starter loadouts, or you can specialize using one of 16 unlockable variants (like Rabbid Luigi’s Vampiric option, or Mario’s BIG Stomp loadout), each with differently balanced stats and weapons. And yes, you can pick an all-Rabbid or all-Mushroom Kingdom team. Little things can make a big difference in these matches, and grabbing the optional power-ups (scattered across the map in question-mark blocks, of course) can swing the balance of a match by adding an extra action to a turn, buffing your attacks, and more.

There’s a lot of depth to uncover in these matches, but they’re also meant to be short and snappy – and if you’ve got a short attention span or just want to pump up the challenge, you can limit matches to seven or 10 turns, and set short, medium, or long time limits on those turns. And just to be sure that things heat up near the end, there’s the Showtime option, which kicks in as the match nears its end and turns regular items into super items, while also opening up new ways to get around the map, like pipes or trampolines. If one team is on the ropes, these are a potential lifeline that can yank them back into the lead.

Versus mode will be available December 8 as a free download for owners of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on Nintendo Switch.

This week's European downloads - December 7 (Nine Parchments, The Sexy Brutale, Human Fall Flat, and more)


Switch Retail

  • WWE 2K18 – €69.99
  • WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe – €89.99

Switch Download

  • ACA NeoGeo Top Hunter Roddy & Cathy – €6.99
  • Caveman Warriors – €9.74 until December 28; regularly €12.99
  • Dimension Drive – €12.99
  • Embers of Mirrim – €16.99
  • Gunbird – €6.99
  • Human Fall Flat – €14.99
  • Nine Parchments – €19.99
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive – €7.99
  • Riptide GP Renegade – €9.99
  • The Sexy Brutale – €19.99
  • Slain: Back From Hell – €19.99
  • Tennis in the Face – €4.99 (available December 8)
  • Teslagrad – €13.49 until December 28; regularly €14.99
  • Vostok Inc. – €14.99
  • Yodanji – €4.99

Switch Pre-Order

  • Mutant Mudds Collection – €12.99
  • Yooka-Laylee – €39.99

Switch Demos

  • Embers of Mirrim
  • Lost Sphear

Switch DLC

  • WWE 2K18 Season Pass – €29.99
  • WWE 2K18 Accelerator – €4.99
  • WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) Pack – €7.99
  • WWE 2K18 MyPlayer Kick Start – €9.99
  • WWE 2K18 Kurt Angle Pack – free until December 13; regularly €4.99

3DS Download

  • Christmas Night Archery – €1.99
  • Japanese Rail Sim 3D Travel of Steam – €14.99
  • Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition – €4.99

3DS DLC

  • Culdcept Revolt – Pandemonium – free

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Bomberman Panic Bomber – €7.99
  • Salamander – €5.99

eShop Sales

Switch

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 2 – €14.79 until December 14; regularly €20.99

3DS

  • Bird Mania Christmas 3D – €0.79 until January 4; regularly €0.99
  • Darts Up 3D – €0.98 until January 1; regularly €2.99
  • FootballUp 3D – €1.97 until January 4; regularly €2.99

New 3DS

  • Box Up – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Brick Race – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Color Cubes – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Cup Critters – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Galaxy Blaster – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Galaxy Blaster Code Red – €0.99 until December 14; regularly €1.49
  • Guide the Ghost – €0.99 until December 14; regularly €1.49
  • Shoot the Ball – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49

Wii U

  • Inside My Radio – €3.89 until January 4; regularly €14.99
  • Brick Race – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Color Cubes – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Cup Critters – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • I C Redd – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Jackpot 777 – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
  • Panda Love – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99
  • Splashy Duck – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99
  • Shoot the Ball – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99
  • Titans Tower – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99

Permanent Conditional Offers

  • Sparkle 2 Evo – €3.99; regularly €4.99 (20% off for owners of Violett)
  • Violett – €7.99; regularly €9.99 (20% off for owners of Sparkle 2 Evo)


This week's North American downloads - December 7 (Floor Kids, The Sexy Brutale, and more)

• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
• Floor Kids – Floor Kids is a unique breakdance game featuring dance battles, freestyle gameplay and funky beats. Discover original hand-drawn animation by JonJon, a fresh soundtrack by Kid Koala and innovative controls that allow you the freedom to play the way you like. Lead your crew of B-boys and B-girls through the city, unlock new characters and locations, battle against your friends, and discover new combos as you rock to the beat and find your style.
• The End Is Nigh – The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer in which the player takes control over Ash, one of few “things” that have survived the “end of the world.” Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures, and help aid his final epic quest … to simply make a friend. The End Is Nigh will be available Dec. 12.
WWE 2K18 – The most realistic WWE video game experience just became more intense with the addition of eight-man matches, a new grapple carry system, new weight detection, thousands of new animations and a massive backstage area. A new rendering engine also gives WWE 2K18 a visual overhaul and will bring the drama of WWE to life like never before.
Nintendo eShop sales:
• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
• Nintendo eShop Cyber Deals – Last Chance – Treat yourself this holiday season with big savings on select digital games. Act fast, though, as the sale only runs until Dec. 11 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
My Nintendo Activities:
• Happy Holidays, Animal Crossing Fans! – Did you already download the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game on your smart device? You can build your own dream campsite and invite adorable animal friends to hang out! You can also visit your friends’ campsites, craft your own furniture and lots more fun things. Now is the perfect time to join in the fun, as a limited-time holiday event just started. Unlock seasonal outfits and collect in-game candy canes to craft cute holiday-themed items. To help everyone get into the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a Santa hat for your campsite manager. Be sure to check your in-game mailbox! By the way, did you know that linking your Nintendo Account to the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game can help save your in-game progress? Sign up today and keep your camp data!
• My Nintendo is also offering some adorable Animal Crossing Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu themes this month. You can redeem your My Nintendo points and get these:
• Animal Crossing – Winter Frolics theme – Available Dec. 8
• Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Jingle’s Toy Day theme – Available Dec. 8
• Animal Crossing: Isabelle theme
• Want to catch up on other Animal Crossing games? You can redeem your My Nintendo points and get the following discounts to help you get started:
• 20 percent discount on Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Available Dec. 8
• 40 percent discount on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Available Dec. 8
• You can also redeem your Gold Points to get online access to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Prima Official Game Guide.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
• New themes this week include:
• Pokémon: Winter Hide-and-Seek
Also new this week:
• ACA NEOGEO TOP HUNTER RODDY& CATHY (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• ACORN Tactics (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Dimension Drive (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Embers of Mirrim (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• GUNBIRD for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Human: Fall Flat (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• LOST SPHEAR – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Party Planet (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 12
• Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Plague Road (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Plantera Deluxe (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Red Game Without a Great Name (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Riptide GP: Renegade (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Slain: Back From Hell (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Tennis in the Face (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 8
• Teslagrad (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• The Sexy Brutale (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• TouchBattleTankSP (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Vostok Inc. (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Yōdanji (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Robonauts – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• 80’S OVERDRIVE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Christmas Night Archery (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Japanese Rail Sim 3D Travel of Steam (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• RTO (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Account.

Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel.

Sony's Head of Corporate says they can't ignore the Switch and its success

The following comes from a Nikkei interview with Kazuhiko Takeda, Sony's Head of Corporate Planning...

Q: So it's possible Sony could exceed its profit forecast?

A: At the moment, we can say with certainty that 630 billion yen is achievable. But even our strongest operations have issues to be tackled. Our greatest risk now is losing our intensity.

Q: What sort of issues?

A: At our gaming business, sales of the PlayStation 4 are strong heading into the holidays. But we can't ignore the Nintendo Switch, which has also captured consumers' attention. Our business model involves selling both the game console and the software for it, so we're working to get more customers paying continuously for content, for example through paid subscription services.

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Well now, that's certainly an interesting response. Makes you wonder what Sony is going to cook up to combat the Switch's success. Seems like they're finally taking the Switch as serious competition.

Ryan Reynolds to play the part of Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu movie

Well I'll be damned, the rumors were true. Ryan Reynolds was one of the names floated as a potential actor to voice Detective Pikachu in the movie of the same name, and now we have confirmation on that news. Reynolds will indeed be playing Detective Pikachu. How do you feel about this pick?

Thanks to the tons of you who sent this in!

GoNintendo Video - Super Mario Cereal taste test!

From rumor to real in the matter of a couple weeks, Super Mario Cereal is here! Want to watch me eat some? Probably not, but if you do, you can check out the video below!

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50 Pokémon Originally Found in the Hoenn Region Now Available to Discover, Catch, and Collect in Pokémon GO

SAN FRANCISCO—December 6, 2017—Dozens of Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are now available to discover, catch, and collect in Pokémon GO. Pokémon including Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip can now be discovered “in the real world,” with more Hoenn region Pokémon arriving in the coming weeks. Niantic, Inc., and The Pokémon Company International have also introduced dynamic weather gameplay in Pokémon GO, which will add unique ways for Trainers to engage with Pokémon based on real-world weather.

For the first time in an augmented reality mobile game, real-world weather will now be a factor in the gameplay experience. As Trainers are exploring the world around them in search of Pokémon, the current weather in their vicinity will be visible on the in-game map. The real-world weather around Trainers will impact the gameplay of Pokémon GO in a variety of ways that include changing Pokémon habitats and where they can be found, increasing Combat Power, and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokémon.

Ace Trainers can take advantage of their climates to level up their Pokémon GO experience. Trainers can look forward to finding Mudkip splashing when it rains, Cacnea basking in the sun, and Snorunt huddling together in the snow. Certain Pokémon will be more likely to appear in the weather that suits them the most, so Pokémon GO Trainers will be excited to learn more about their local weather patterns and ecology to find these rare Pokémon and make progress on their Pokédexes. As the seasons change, they’ll encounter different Pokémon, thereby keeping their gameplay experience fresh.

Whether they're looking for the largest Wailord at a beach, chasing Swablu blowing on the wind, battling alongside their Salamence, or making their Feebas feel beautiful, players will know that as sure as the seasons change, Hoenn Pokémon have arrived. Rainy days just got more interesting for that next outdoor excursion.

To learn more about Pokémon GO, please visit the official Pokémon GO blog at PokémonGOLive.com.

Resident Evil was originally in development for the SNES, set in a "hellish place"

Talk about a unique bit of info. According to Capcom director Koji Oda, Resident Evil was originally in the works for the SNES. Oda let the info loose during a Game Informer interview.

“Typically, games would take half a year and no longer than a year to develop, so I feel like I was able to take part in a lot of different projects. It’s not that well known, but before Resident Evil went to the PlayStation, I was working on it for the Super NES.

This was back before the name Resident Evil had even been assigned to it. The codename for this was literally just ‘horror game.’ On the SNES, we were working with limited hard drive space, so it’s not like we could dump a movie in there. If we had actually completed it on the SNES, I’m sure it would have been considerably different. For example, it was originally set in a place that had nothing to do with reality – more of a hellish place.”

What I wouldn't give to see some prototype footage of that one! You have to wonder if any bit of it is still floating around inside Capcom's offices.