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Miyamoto: Pikmin 3 is Well on its Way to Completion
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Miyamoto: Pikmin 3 is Well on its Way to Completion

Nintendo fans have had to remain patient for quite some time in anticipation for the third installment in Shigeru Miyamoto's brainchild franchise that made its debut on the GameCube. It has been over a year since confirmation surfaced regarding the existence of Pikmin 3, and now it looks like fans of the series may get to sink their teeth into the latest title sooner rather than later. Hit the cut to find out what Miyamoto had to say about the game's current progress. Read More

Nintendo of America Registers New Trademark for... Luigi's Mansion?
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Nintendo of America Registers New Trademark for... Luigi's Mansion?

Nintendo has registered a new, yet familiar trademark that is sure to please some people. Superannuation shows that Nintendo of America has registered a new trademark for Luigi's Mansion, but no other information seems to be available... not even that the trademark has been used before. Popular speculation points at this meaning one of two things: a New Play Control! version of the original GameCube launch title, or a possible sequel. Personally, I am hoping this could be a Pikmin-esque situation which leads to us getting both. After all, the game deserves it. [Image] Read More

More Retired Wii Games from Nintendo
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More Retired Wii Games from Nintendo

Yesterday, we brought you the news that Nintendo of America was no longer shipping Metroid Prime Trilogy, a title which had only been released at the end of August 2009. As it turns out, the list of titles Nintendo is no longer shipping runs quite a bit deeper than that. Read More

The Last Metroid Prime Trilogies Have Been Shipped, But is the Galaxy at Peace?
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The Last Metroid Prime Trilogies Have Been Shipped, But is the Galaxy at Peace?

If you've been pondering whether or not you want to drop your hard-earned dime on Metroid Prime Trilogy, you should probably make you your mind, and fast. The Wii title, which as the name implies is a compilation of all three main Metroid Prime games, was released on August 24th, but supplies have begun to dwindle at some retailers. This includes online retailers such as Amazon.com, who themselves have had no copies available for some time now (what they do have is through other sellers). Read More

This Week in Nintendo History: November 29th to December 5th
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This Week in Nintendo History: November 29th to December 5th

Okay, I know I said I would need to quit acknowledging every anniversary of every little thing that comes along in gaming (unless you people like them, that is), but then Nintendo Okie had to go and drop a big batch of big ones on us. To keep it brief, their article looks back at games released on Nintendo platforms this very week, including Startropics, 1080 Avalanche, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pikmin, Kirby Squeak Squad, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Super Mario Strikers, Mario Tennis: Power Tour, and Konami's Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. That's quite a noteworthy list. Animal Crossing, Melee, and Castlevania are some definite favorites of mine, while I never got to play Mario Tennis, 1080, or Squeak Squad. Pikmin is good, but made even better with the New Play Control! version on the Wii. Super Mario Strikers is a fun game I never got to purchase, but I should get the Wii sequel sometime. And then there is Startropics, which I wish would be revisited. There is so much I love about the game, but for one rather prohibitive factor: the gameplay. It just feels far cheaper and less polished than the Zelda game it was based on, I'm sorry to say, and as a result, I've been reluctant to touch its sequel, Zoda's Revenge. Read More

Fangame: Luigi's Boo H<strike>a</strike>unt
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Fangame: Luigi's Boo H<strike>a</strike>unt

In the spirit of Halloween, BlazeHedgehog has whipped up this little fangame based on one of the most criminally underrated titles from the GameCube era, Luigi's Mansion: Video Games | | Luigi's Boo HuntXBox 360 | Playstation 3 | Nintendo Wii Okay, Nintendo, this is exactly the kind of thing you need on DSiWare. Please, make it happen! And while you're at it, how about a New Play Control! Luigi's Mansion? For that matter, where's Pikmin 2? Read More

My Games This Weekend - 07.31.09 - More Trials and Tribulations
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My Games This Weekend - 07.31.09 - More Trials and Tribulations

I've been playing quite a bit of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations lately, thanks to you kind people steering me in that direction. I just wrapped up Case 3 a few nights ago, and I was pretty much on fire during that one. Now, I'm on Case 4, and I've got this cool guy named Diego Armando (pictured at right)helping me out. He seems familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Interestingly enough, I imagine him talking in a sort of Phil Hartman voice. Strangely, that's also the same sort of voice I imagine that jerk Godot using. Go figure. Ah well, I'm sure it will all come to me in time. If I get through that, I may take a brief sabbatical from the courtroom to pursue Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, which some of you may recall was my alternate choice when trying to figure out what to play next. I've also got a few days left on a borrowed copy of New Play Control! Pikmin, which I've been enjoying thus far. The pointer controls feel like they make all the difference in the world. So, those are my games for this weekend; what are yours? Anyone going for a ride with Marvel vs. Capcom 2? Read More

Media: Behold the Arrival of Captain Olimar's Spaceship in Animal Crossing: City Folk
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Media: Behold the Arrival of Captain Olimar's Spaceship in Animal Crossing: City Folk

A couple of weeks ago, we discovered with great joy that Captain Olimar of Pikmin fame would see his ship, the Dolphin, join the list of downloadable collectibles for Animal Crossing: City Folk. At the time, we thought it might be to commemorate the release of Pikmin 2 in the New Play Control! lineup of Wii games, just as the Pikmin cap did for the original. But that would seem a bit sudden. As it turns out, it was to commemorate another, arguably more important event. You can find out what and see the model for yourself in the following video: Sadly, it suffers from the same flaw as so many other AC:CF items, in that it just doesn't really do anything. Aeropause notes, "Back in Wild World, there was a Pikmin planter box that held three pikmin buds… they made happy little sounds when you clicked on them." I like one idea I'd seen somewhere that suggested it should have blasted off and then crashed back down to Earth. On a separate note, I wonder if that thing is to scale? Read More

Animal Crossing: City Folk Gets New Pikmin Download on July 20th
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Animal Crossing: City Folk Gets New Pikmin Download on July 20th

Nintendo appears to be just a little tardy with their latest update to the upcoming items for Animal Crossing: City Folk via the Nintendo Channel. Aeropause reports that a pair of "Ladder Shades" were available for delivery from June 23rd-30th, but with the update only going live today, some people probably missed it. Still active, however, is the "Hot Dog Hat," which will run until July 18th. But the best will be available from July 20th through August 3rd, as it is during that time that AC:CF players will receive a gift from Nintendo which contains the Dolphin, spaceship of Pikmin's Captain Olimar, named for the codename of Nintendo's console of the previous generation. The last time Nintendo offered Pikmin DLC, it tied into the original game's "New Play Control!" release on the Wii; might the Dolphin signify the impending release of Pikmin 2 under the same banner? Read More

My Games This Weekend - 06.26.09 - Who You Gonna Call?
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My Games This Weekend - 06.26.09 - Who You Gonna Call?

When you need a game... to play this weekend... who you gonna call? Indeed, the USPS-Canada Post connection sure took it's sweet time, but the game finally came. The wife and I gave co-op a try last night, and I have to admit, I'm rather enjoying Ghostbusters thus far. We've just completed the first mission, and we're looking at giving it another go soon, perhaps later tonight. Playing on the Wii took a little bit of getting used to, but once I adjusted to moving the Wii Remote to turn, it was smooth sailing from there. Read More

My Game This Weekend - 06.19.09
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My Game This Weekend - 06.19.09

For my games this weekend, I get a special treat. Well, special for me, anyway. I've got a couple of Nintendo's New Play Control! titles on loan in Mario's Power Tennis and Pikmin. I've already given MPT a go, and it's not too bad. That means that I now have my eyes set on Pikmin to see how that fares versus the GameCube version of the title, which I have around here somewhere. I hear the interface is quite the improvement. I know I've said I'd review Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, but finding the time lately has been difficult. Hopefully I can get something up soon, but in the meantime, I'll just say: Get it. For $30, it's hard to beat the price (see what I did there?), and while different in a number of ways from the GameCube original, it definitely hits all the right notes. Also, I'll likely try to squeeze in a bit of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. That, and the usual Animal Crossing: City Folk. I'm beginning to strongly dislike the wearing-down of grass, though; my town's starting to look like an old-west desert town. With trees. So, those are my games this weekend. What are yours? Read More

Nintendo Presents: Louie's Notes - Musings of a Sidekick
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Nintendo Presents: Louie's Notes - Musings of a Sidekick

Nintendo of Europe has added something amusing to their website: The musings of Louie. Who's Louie, you ask? Why, none other than the sidekick of Captain Olimar in Pikmin 2, of course. And that's just what he's musing about-- the role of himself, and others, as sidekicks to greater stars. He's happy to work with Olimar, and realizes the Captain's need for his help, but it has not escaped his notice that his lot usually don't get as much spotlight as the bigger stars of the company. He looks at how sidekicks such as Luigi, Diddy Kong, Pikachu, and Navi have gotten along over the years with their respective partners. It's an amusing in-character piece that I've not seen on their site before, and the timing is odd-- New Play Control! Pikmin 2 was released almost two months ago in Europe, making this an odd time to promote the title (though the article does both). Might this be a regular feature, be it from Louie or other Nintendo characters? One can only hope. Read More

New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat's Hidden Surprise
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New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat's Hidden Surprise

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (don't worry, the June release is only for Europe), and I've been having a blast with it so far. I don't want to say too much, since there is probably a review coming soon, but let's just say that Nintendo did quite well with this-- even without the bongo controller. That said, I know there are some people out there who are very particular about the box art of a game they have to put among their collection, and it's these people which I imagine look upon the "New Play Control!" box art with disdain. Fortunately, there is good news. Read More