Is this just a placeholder date, or is it the real deal? That’s a great question, and that’s EXACTLY why I listed this under the rumors category. Well, here’s the scoop: GameStop recently listed Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS to launch on April 8th, 2014. This goes right with Nintendo saying that the games would launch during the first quarter of 2014. Hopefully we get a statement from the Smash Bros. team on this subject soon.
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It’s been a very long time coming, but I’d say it looks to be worth the wait.
Back in 2011, we told you about a new Castlevania-esque 3DS adventure called Chronoblade. Fast-forward two years and we have finally found more details. Since we last heard about the game it has undergone a name change. The successfully crowdfunded Aeternoblade is landing in Europe and North America on January 14th. While both regions are getting a chance to play this new game, only Europe will get a demo on the eShop. The Europe-exclusive demo will be available on December 12th.
Check out the trailer below, and be sure to stay tuned for our coverage on Aeternoblade for Nintendo 3DS! -Greg Boe
It may have been a shocker to them, but not to us.
We are quickly approaching the highly-anticipated North American release of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on Nintendo 3DS. The traditional Japanese RPG has already launched in Europe and is seeing some great reviews. Apparently, the game’s success in the United Kingdom totally took the developers by surprise. This is what they posted in response on their official Twitter account:
“Bravely Default is a game that was designed only taking RPG fans in Japan into consideration. We thought overseas expansion was impossible. Seeing this much anticipation moves me deeply.”
Bravely Default (title shortened for localization) is launching in the United States on February 7th, 2014. If you live in Europe, you can purchase the game now. -Greg Boe
Now there is officially NO reason NOT to buy this version if you own a Wii U.
Sure, the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins does not include the multiplayer mode, but let’s be honest, it was garbage anyways. This version does support the fantastic DLC, which is available right now for download. The two DLC packs are the Infinite Earth Skins Pack and Black Mask Challenge Pack. The full game will cost you $49.99, which is $10 cheaper than other console versions. To go along with the main game as being the most affordable Arkham Origins experience available, the Infinite Earth skin DLC pack is up for download for only $3.99 (opposed to $4.99 on competing consoles. The Black Mask Challenge pack, however will cot you $1.99, which is the same price as on all other versions.
Be sure to download the Deathstroke DLC, which comes packaged free with the game! My review on this game goes live tomorrow at 8:00 AM CST. Don’t miss it! -Greg Boe
It seems as if everything is getting a makeover in the new Super Smash Bros.
Series producer Masahiro Sakurai is still keeping many details under wraps on the new project, which explains why we haven’t seen many items yet. Well, the screenshot above proves that the items have undergone some changes, and they are AWESOME. I’m sure we’ll see some more items in the near future, at some point before the early 2014 release date.
Stay tuned for more updates on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS right here on Nintendo Charged! -Greg Boe
Here’s another smashing deal on Nintendo products at Target this week!
If you don’t own a Nintendo 3DS, or just wish to upgrade to a bigger console, Target’s got one heck of a deal for you. From now until November 30th, you can purchase any 3DS XL handheld for the reduced price of $149.99. Yes, that even includes the golden limited edition Zelda edition. Dang it, I wish I had waited a week to buy it, but at least I ensured I got one.
Stay tuned for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2013 deals! Trust me, there’s more where that came from. -Greg Boe
Does anyone remember the Fossil Fighter series from the original DS? Yeah, I didn’t think so. The series had a few good ideas, but never really got there in my opinion and ended up stopping short, becoming an anticlimax by comparison to similar games like Pokémon. Two years back, I gave you a review of the latest entry, Fossil Fighters: Champions – a game that seemed to be the last attempt to keep the series going. Well, we’ve received word that Nintendo is publishing a new fossil fighting adventure on the 3DS family of systems. There’s not much info on this new installment, but we do know that you’ll control a new protagonist named Shura, and you’ll be able to traverse the world with a number of all-terrain vehicles, making land travel much faster.
So far, we only have a confirmation of a 2014 release in Japan, but seeing that the first two games ended up in Western regions, I’d say we’ll be seeing dates for Europe and the United States soon too. -Greg Boe
Are you looking for some hot Cyber Monday buys? Well, here’s one we found last night. For those of you looking for a special edition 3DS XL to claim your own, there’s another design to choose from. If you love the Mario Brothers, then you’ll get a kick outta this new special edition handheld. The system will be bundled with a Silver/Black 3DS XL handheld with the summer release Mario & Luigi: Dream Team already installed from the first time you power it on.
I’m sure these limited edition handhelds won’t stay available for long, so be sure to order it quick if you plan on picking one up! More Cyber Monday updates are on the way. -Greg Boe
The first half of 2013 for Nintendo Wii U was, well… Disappointing. There were like no good new games for new systems owners to pick up until summer time. The software lineup for this year really only started with games like Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101. Super Mario 3D World was the REAL savior of Nintendo this year, and that game only hit store shelves on Friday. Nintendo of America (NOA) president Reggie Fils-Aime recently went on GameTrailers TV and admitted that the early 2013 lineup was weak. He didn’t just leave it there, though. Mr. Fils-Aime promises us a steadier pace of games for both Wii U and 3DS in 2014. Here’s what he said.
“The way we’re going to be different is, we’re gonna certainly have a steadier pace of games – both for Wii U and for 3DS. The marketing activity is going to be constant throughout the entire year. You tease me a little bit that ‘boy the first half [of 2013] was a little quiet,’ and y’know what, you look back and it was. We’re not going to be making that same mistake in 2014. So the pace, the ongoing activity, touching the consumer, and messaging what we’re all about. That’s going to be a big difference next year.”
From the ever-growing list we’ve seen of games that are coming next year, we are quite confident that Nintendo will be able to do much better as long as they spread them all over the year. -Greg Boe
For the first time in the history of the critically-acclaimed Persona series, Nintendo platform owners will be able to experience the excitement. In the past, the games were only released on Sony handhelds, but that’s about to change. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is hitting Nintendo 3DS in June 5th in Japan.
We’ll keep you posted for any news regarding this new title’s inevitable localization right here on the site. -Greg Boe