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The Nintendo eShop for the Wii U and 3DS id back up and running after being down. Nintendo has confirmed that it is back up and that they will continue to monitor the situation. This is what Nintendo had said on their facebook page regarding to the doen time;

"Thank you very much for your patience while we perform maintenance on the Nintendo eShop and Nintendo Network. We sincerely appreciate your ongoing support. We wanted to share some details on what is causing this downtime, and update you on the current outage in service.

The initial outage was primarily caused by a one-time surge in demand over the recent holidays, compounded by the following:

1) An influx of new Nintendo Network accounts being created and accessing the Nintendo eShop.
2) Existing Nintendo 3DS account information being moved to new Nintendo Network accounts.

We are continuing to adjust our network to meet the needs of all our services and applications. To ensure our global audience has an expected level of consistency in service, we took the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS offline. We expect to have it back online no later than 4 a.m. ET on Dec. 29, but may have to perform more maintenance in the future.

We truly apologize for the inconsistencies in our online services. We are working hard around the clock to fully restore these functions, and will continue to keep you updated on our progress."

GameStop has listed Bayonetta 2 with a May 1st release date. However, Nintendo and Platinum Games have yet to mentioned a release date. Could this be another mistake by GameStop?

It's very simple to download project M. All it consists of is basically downloading the files and placing them on an SD card. You don't have to do a single thing to your wii or brawl disk for this to even work.


You'll obviously need a Super Smash Brothers Brawl game disk and an SD card)


Step 1. Make sure your SD card has nothing on it and make sure that you have deleted every custom made stage on brawl.


Step 2. Click here and the files you need should automatically begin to download. If not, go here and click on the "Hackless Wii Zip (Full Set)".


Step 3. After it finishes downloading unzip the folder that just downloaded and take the folders contents and put them over onto your SD card. (Do not just copy over the folder, only whats in the folder.)


Step 4. Now insert it into your wii and launch up brawl and head back over to the stage builder which you previously just deleted every custom stage. Now it will load up and only press on "Launch Game".

Best deal yet for getting your hands on a Nintendo 3DS XL. Originally priced at $199.99 the handheld is now going for only $149.99 all week at Target.

Nintendo of America tweeted the following:

" Score! All Nintendo #3DS XL systems are $149.99 in-store at @Target this week!"

So just around the start of the month Nintendo released Miiverse on the Nintendo 3DS. Miiverse started out on the Wii U and it's  popularity since then has grabbed it's attention to the 3DS owners.


Now that Miiverse is in my possession I'm going to share my thoughts on it.
Miiverse let's players discuss anything involving the games on both Nintendo platforms through communities. Essientially it's like Twitter, kind of. I really enjoy how organized everything is. Once you get the hang of the layout you will instantly get hooked on it, like I did, maybe.


The entire Miiverse community is helpful and friendly at all times. But, there's always that one smartass that comes in and ruins the fun for everyone.
Miiverse is fairly strict, unfortunately, but keep in mind that the younger demographic is on Miiverse too.


You can't exchange Friend Codes or your post will be deleted by an administrator.

You can follow me on Miiverse. NNID: DampeThePoeHntr.

I was finally able to get myself to sit down and install Project M. A surprisingly simple process that takes no less than a minute. (Excluding the download time which roughly took about 10-15 minutes. Depends on the power of your computer)
You can find more information about Project M on their website. Without further ado, let's get to the review.


After the insanely simple installation, Project M (Project Melee) gave Super Smash Brothers Brawl a complete makeover. Decking out the character rooster with new inclusions of Roy and Mewtwo and countless new skins for almost about every character.


It updated the stages and added new one's such as Dracula's Castle and Skyloft. There's also the Training Room which all of these stages are completely new and original Project M stages.


What I like about the updated stages is they basically redesigned them. An example of that is Rumble Falls where they made the stage stationary instead of being a vertical moving stage.


More stages from the previous games are also included. Saffron City and Hyrule Castle from Super Smash Brothers on the Nintendo 64 also see the light of day.
The two new characters that weren't in Brawl, Mewtwo and Roy, are exactly the same as they were from Melee. The only thing that was updated on their movesets were their final smashes. Also Mewtwo's skin is noticeably updated. Both of them fit perfectly into the game and don't standout among the other characters as Melee characters.
Turbo Mode, which is accessable by going to Special Brawl (and also a new in battle item), is a brand new mode Project M added in the game. Essentially you can perform combo attacks.


Whenever you pause the game during a battle you can move the camera angle freely. Which wasn't possible at all in Brawl. It's perfect when wanting to get those picture perfect screenshots of the battle.


One of my favorite things about Project M is that you can play against your friends online that also have Project M installed.


There's ALOT to cover regarding what Project M fixes. Everything that I have said is the most noticeable changes in the game.


Now I would like to take the time to personally thank the Project M developer for letting fellow Smash players have access to Project M absolutely free.

Yesterday, December 12th, a patch for Pokemon X and Y was released. You can get the updated version from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Here's what that patch fixes:
Fixes an occasional bug causing Pokémon not to learn new moves after evolving through Wonder Trade. Fixes an occasional bug where certain captions for Trainer PR Videos were not unlocked in Lumiose City. Updates an Internet communication issue.
This update also includes the previous Ver. 1.1 update (released on October 25, 2013).


Prevents the occurrence of a rare issue in which players are unable to resume playing after saving their game in certain areas of Lumiose City. More info Players already affected by this issue will also be able to resume playing normally after downloading and installing this update data.


Prevents errors which sometimes occur when using certain functions of the GTS (a feature allowing players all around the world to exchange Pokémon).


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Nintendo Online has reported that the 2014 spring release of Super Smash Brothers was actually a mistake. There actually hasn't been a set release date for the game.
"As we were told today, the statement about the spring release for Super Smash. Bros. was a mistake. Therefore no actual date has been set except for the year 2014. Mario Kart 8 will still be released in spring 2014."

The most recent screenshot revealed by the creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has shown what appears to be a brand new item which is called the "Steel Diver".

"Pic of the day. Q: "Is this a Steel Diver?" A: "Yes, indeed, that is a Steel Diver." The sub from Steel Diver is now a cute projectile weapon--it launches torpedoes that fly slowly at first."


Last night Cranky Kong was just recently announced and was confirmed as a playable character for the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Nintendo 3DS. Now there's supposedly a fifth playable character. During an interview Reggie hinted at the fifth playable character by stating:


"We're not going to reveal a fifth for you."


After being asked if there will be another hidden character. Could he mean that they will reveal it later on or will we have to play it ourselves to find out?


Masahiro Sakurai, series creator, revealed on Miiverse that Majora’s Mask will appear as an assist trophy in the upcoming Super Smash Bros on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

"Here’s a new Assist Trophy–the Skull Kid! I repeat, it’s an Assist Trophy, not a new fighter. The characters announced on the website are the fighters."

It's no secret that I'm a huge Final Fantasy fan. Hell I even named my cat after Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. Back in the day the Final Fantasy games were on Nintendo consoles and they were great but when Nintendo didn't make the switch to disk based games the franchise moved to the Play Station. Now Nintendo has disk based consoles yet we don't see many new Final Fantasy's for them. In all honesty it doesn't bother me at all, but I do want to know why they haven't brought any of the main titles to the Wii, Wii U, or 3DS. The only reason I could think of is legal reasons or that Nintendo's consoles are held back by it's software. I know a lot of people will be mad that I said this but Nintendo consoles are almost always a step behind in technology. Perhaps there systems just can't do what Square Enix wants. Despite this I wish that Nintendo would get something because I would like to see my favorite game company have games with my favorite game franchise again.

Reggie is opened to the idea of including him in the next Super Smash Brothers game. He has recently tweeted:


" My #FinalSmash in Super Smash Bros. would be the MY BODY IS READY SLAM #Regginator"


Reggie has also said that the series creator, Masahiro Sakurai, might consider adding him if the petition gets 100,000 signatures.


The petition has already reached over 34,000 signatures.
Reggie's final smash would be called “MY BODY IS READY SLAM.”


You can now go set yourself up with a Pre-order of Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS on Amazon or at Gamestop.

The long awaited Youtube Application is finally available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The application is
really buggy and the video quality is lacking abit but at least it's finally on our favorite handheld console.










Okay, let me begin saying that this particular type of game is NOT in any way interesting to me. So don't get the wrong idea and for starters I wasn't the one who even made the game. Of it doesn't surprise me that a game like this came out of Japan and understandable why the game will never be localized...


But that doesn't take away the fact that the game actually looks pretty awesome. The art style is really cool. Not because of the boobs... 


If you want to see more of the game you can watch the trailer.




















Today Nintendo had made some changes to Miiverse. This could potentially have been because of the upcoming 3DS version of the Nintendo Wii U's Social Network. The 3DS version will be coming over sometime in December.


The update consists of the following;


Now able to display more than one community at once, filter the communities by categories, and a minor change to the profile page.


Tales of the Abyss was ported over to the Nintendo 3DS which was originally for the Playstation 2. I haven't played the PS2 version but from the looks of it, it's a pretty good damn ported version.

You're Luke, a son from the royal family of kimlasca, and he's never stepped one foot out of the manor. Not to mention that he lost all his memories 7 years ago. As he was out training with Master Van a mysterious character by the name of Tear comes out of nowhere and tries to attack Van.
I won't go into the plot anymore to avoid potential spoilers. It'll unfold as you go on, as a typical RPG should.



The battle style is completely different than your typical turned base strategies. It mixes more with a hack and slash style. You only control the person that you're playing as. So you cannot select attacks for your allies that are out in the battle.
It keeps the battles feeling fresh as you can play as your teamates during battles, you can't switch during battle so you'll have to select them before you encounter 
an enemy. It has a variety of close range and long range characters.




One thing that I dislike about the fact you can't switch during battle is that when the character you're playing as dies you have to sit watching the rest of the battle go on. This is especially annoying when you're in the middle of a boss battle.


You can throw away all of you hatred towards random encounters as the enemies are visible on both the overworld and in the dungeons. You can easily choose wether or not you want to battle. But, level grinding is kind of vital in order to progress without any trouble.



The game's story is kind of lengthy so it will definitely keep you busy.
The overworld has quite abit to explore ranging from dungeons to cities. Later in the game you can even travel by sea.





If you're looking for an RPG on the 3DS, Tales of Abyss is definitely worth the buy. I give Tales of Abyss an 7.5/10.


Square Enix has registered some recent trademarks involving the Dragon Quest series. The trademarked titles are "Luminaries of the Legendary Line" and "The Seeds of Salvation". Could this finally be the western release of the Dragon Quest VII that everyone has been expecting?


To help keep the anticipation of the upcoming release of A Link Between World's at an all time high Nintendo releases The Misadventures of Link on the Nintendo 3DS application, Nintendo Video.

One Piece: Romance Dawn has been announced for North America. The game will be arriving on the Nintendo 3DS on February 11th of next year. You will be able to purchase the game through the Nintendo 3DS eShop or through retailers.

Recently Nintendo put out a demo for Sonic Lost Worlds on the Nintendo 3DS eshop prior to their latest Nintendo Direct that happened earlier this week. One of many things mention was this demo and I've found spare time to set back and play what the demo has to offer and so these are my impressions of playing the demo.

The demo only has one available mode to choose from and that is the story mode. It gives you cutscene of Sonic riding ontop of Tails' airplane chasing after eggman for whatever reason and Sonic spots something called the "Lost Hex", according to Tails. The cutscene isn't bad but the quality of it is terrible. It's blurry and just out right a pain to watch. Not to mention the new voice acting. Which I'm not calling bad per say but it's weird not hearing Sonic's original voice. Actually, everyone's original voice actor for that matter is comepletely new. Amy is a thousand times annoying than she previously was just from her new voice which I will not further discuss because of it's brutality it did on my ears.

The first level it gives you is actually decent. Alongside with decent controls and okay visuals. It's pleasantly smooth. The only complaint I have is that it didn't feel fast pace as it should have.

After completing the first level you are rewarded with another beautiful cutscene! Killing your ears with Amy's previously mentioned voice. Once that is all over you're greeted to the game's "overworld". There's nothing to do there so it offers you another level (Windy Hill: Zone 1) to try out. I felt like this one was to allow players to practice jumping. As to the first level (the tutorial) was more about the running mechanic.

It opens up a new level only to tease you about getting the full version of the game. Not allowing you to have any access to it. It pretty much leaves you off with that. Leaving you with only two demo levels you already played through without a proper "thanks for playing the demo" or for not even telling you that the demo is over.

With the game's soundtrack and level design it's without a doubt comparable to Super Mario Galaxy. But saying that does not mean it's as good. It just has alot of similarities to it.

Okay, so I recently played through Pokemon X and after it's been out for a little over a month I can finally say I have seen all it has to offer. This review will be as spoiler free as possible. Nothing from the main plot will be given away. Now let's begin.
Story: You are a young boy/girl who just moved to Vaniville. It starts with you waking up to a fletchling flying in your room. When you go downstairs your mom asks you to go outside and say hi to the neighbors. You are then greeted buy Shauna and Serena. They give you a letter from Professor Sycamore that says you have been invited to go on a pokemon journey. You continue to the next town where you meet a group of friends. They also have the Kalos's three new starters Chespin (grass), Froakie (water), and Fennekin (fire). After getting your first pokemon you go town to town until you reach Lumiose City where you finally meet the great Professor Sycamore. He challenges you to a battle. 

After the battle he offers you one of the starter pokemon from generation one. Your starter options are Bulbasaur (grass), Squirtle (water), and Charmander (fire). When in Lumiose you learn that half of the city's power is out for some odd reason. Soon after you meet the games main villain. (SMALL SPOILER) The villain is Lysandre. They don't refer to him as the bad guy until later, however its strongly hinted. His plot is a good one. He wants to unleash a great weapon to kill all people and pokemon except Team Flare members, Team Flare being the main bad guy team in the game. Team Flare itself felt very unexciting and was always just kind of there never doing much harm. Now I can't go further in the story without spoiling anymore but I can give my thoughts on it. The story was honestly good. A lot of people are saying it's your stereotypical boring lack luster pokemon story but I strongly disagree. I was playing the game for it's story. They also went with a very mature topic for the villain. He wants to kill everyone, yes actually KILL them. As for the rest of the story it's great. There are even hints of romance between you and another character. For the story I give it a 7 out of 10.


Game Play: The game play is absolutely spectacular. For the pokemons first 3D adventure they did a great job. All the controls feel fantastic and battling is great. This installment in the serious adds roller blades as a means of transportation. It's after than running and slower than a bike so it can get you where you need to go and you can still take in the breath taking  environments. To use the roller blades you just use the 3D's built in joy stick. This gives you free 360 degree movement, a first for the handheld pokemon games. The games also have a nice steady difficulty increase. But the games are easy. Not once did I level up my pokemon and I was still at least 5 to 10 levels over everyone else. I never had to challenge a gym leader more than once and the Elite Four was a breeze. My over all thoughts on the game play are a 8.5 out 10. All though it handles like a dream the game is very easy and no challenger will ever pose a real threat to you.


New/ Old Pokemon: This game did not bring many new pokemon to the table, but the 69 brand new ones they did bring are outstanding. Some of my favorites are Delphox, Greninja, Sylveon, and Meowsic. But all of them are great. And for what everyone was excited for Mega Evolution's. This is a new feature to X and Y. Some pokemon were given a new evolution that they can evolve into during a battle with the help of a mega stone. This is great because pokemon like Absol and Mawile are now great additions to your team. And my personal favorite pokemon even got one, that being Gardevoir. The only downfall is that mega stones are hard to come by and if you buy there insanely expensive. But it's well worth it because you get a crazy OP pokemon for a short time. In all honesty I don't have complaints when it comes to the new pokemon in the game. If I had to choose one this it would be all the Pokmon they give you. Pokemon you don't even have to catch. In total I believe there are 7 and I personally aren't crazy about it because I feel forced to use them on my team. None the less I have give it a 10 out of 10.


Post Game and Side quests: In all honesty the game is really lacking in post game and side quests. There are a few side quest but nothing major. And as for post game there is almost nothing you can't do in the main story. Despite this the post game is still very fun because of how easy the online capability's are. Not to mention it's very easy to shiny hunt now, so if you want an awesome team with a shiny pokemon on it you can do just that if you take a day or two to dedicate to it. However I do have high hopes for them releasing DLC for the game. So in the future we could see more added to this wonderful game. This is some what generous but I will give the post game a 7.5 out 10.



Final Thoughts: If I was being totally honest I would have to say that this is definitely the best installment in the franchise. However I never did play the generations 5 titles. I feel this is a step in the right direction for the Pokemon franchise and I'm excited to see what else Gamefreak can bring us. This game was not perfect but still fantastic none the less. My final score on the game is 9 out 10.

(Not regarding the review) Hey guys hope you liked my review. This was my very first one so it may be a bit shaky but I'm sure that they will get better over time. If you did like this review make sure you follow NintenKami on twitter where you can find all of our newest announcements. If you liked my content follow me on twitter @MrUnshyGuy. You can ask me questions of any kind there. A big thanks to my good friend @YoBaka on twitter for allowing me to do this.

Nintendo has opened the site for The Legend if Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. They have already released brand new gameplay footage and additional information on the dungeons and the items that we will be seeing in the game.

Beyond The Labyrinth was released in 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS. A dungeon crawler RPG only released in Japan. This game displays beautiful visuals for being on the Nintendo 3DS. It's yet to come over sea's and actually may never will. This is one of many titles that we have yet to get our hands on. Watch the trailer here.

With recent Zelda titles the art styles are always different. Providing players with a new aspect and with completely new visuals to make the experience differ from the last. This is what makes the Zelda franchise so great. Going back to when the Wind Waker released it sparked alot of controversy which everyone is already aware of. Again going back but not as far we come to Skyward Sword, another visual and somewhat gameplay "let down". I personally enjoyed Skyward Sword. Now what I'm actually getting at is there's seemingly an absent of criticism for the newest upcoming Zelda installment, A Link Between Worlds.
Not much have I heard of anything negative reflecting upon it's art style. I for one like the art style and it totally suits the game. Maybe people don't view it as they previously did the others as it's not a 3D adventure. Yes, I'm aware it's for the 3DS but you know what I mean.

According to an investment site states that Nintendo will be forced to discontinue their latest home console, the Wii U, sometime next year. Says they are even still losing money from every console sold. With competition by the likes of Sony and Microsoft approaching with their latest home consoles aren't going to help Wii U sales this holiday season.

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Fire Emblem's Marth is taking role in the latest Smash Bros installment once again. This is his 3rd time making an appearance in the Super Smash Brothers roster. He's available in both the Wii U version and 3DS version


Here's some screenshots that have been shown as of now