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Home run bat item returns for Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS

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Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai has announced that the popular home run bat item from the series will return in the next titles for Wii U and 3DS. The home run bat has been designed with a cool new design and the picture below shows the item’s transformation as each Smash Bros title is released. The home run bat allows a player to knock out an opponent with one successful swing of the sport’s item.

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Wii U about to surpass Xbox 360′s lifetime sales in Japan

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Nintendo has not been able to celebrate much concerning any sales achievements since it launched its latest home console, Wii U, to the gaming market. However, in Japan, a small victory has been gained as Wii U is just about ready to surpass Xbox 360′s accumulated sales in the nation. Considering Xbox 360 has never been a popular console for Microsoft in Japan Nintendo can only give a smile of relief that at least Japanese gamers are interested in its first HD gaming console.

Sakurai announces Palkia as first Pokemon usable from Poke Ball item in next Smash Bros titles

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Super Smash Bros developer Masahiro Sakurai has announced via the official Smash Bros site that Palkia will be accessible to use from the well known Poke Ball item for the titles coming to Wii U and 3DS. The Poke Ball is used in-game to release a random Pokemon creature which attacks your opponents, usually giving them a handful of damage. Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS will be released sometime in 2014.

“Palkia appeared in the Spear Pillar stage of the previous game…but now it’s coming out of a Poké Ball?! Here’s Palkia’s signature move, Spacial Rend!”

Pokemon Bank is now available in Australia

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After a month of delay, Nintendo has finally released Pokemon Bank on the 3DS eShop. Nintendo Australia has confirmed the details this morning via the latest press release. You can also acquire the legendary Pokemon, Celebi, by using the Pokemon Bank application.
 
Good morning,

Just a quick note to let you know the highly anticipated Pokémon Bank application is now available from Nintendo eShop.

Pokémon Bank is an application and service for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that allows you to deposit, store, and manage your Pokémon in private Boxes on the Internet!
Those who use Pokémon Bank can also receive a special Legendary Pokémon – Celebi.  

http://www.nintendo.com.au/news

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze receives 9.25 score from Game Informer

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Reviews from the latest edition of magazine publication, Game Informer, have been unveiled with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze making a highlighted appearance. Game Informer seems to have enjoyed the upcoming Wii U platformer as it has given the title a 9.25 out of 10. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was developed by Retro Studios and will be released on February 21st in Europe and North America. You can read comments from the review below!

  • Seems like generic worlds, ice, beach, jungle but “the variety is amazing”
  • Ride minecarts through saw mills, dash through a forest with a raging fire, etc.
  • Great difficulty balance, bonus stages are a bit ridiculous in difficulty though that is expected.
  • Water levels return, are very fun, better to control with analog stick than d-pad. For some reason you have to access the menu to pick one or the other.
  • Dixie and Cranky add new moves that work best to reach certain collectibles or specific platforming challenges. Rotating barrels allow you to select the best Kong for the job.
  • “Local Co-op is as much a mixed bag as the first installment.”
  • 6 worlds instead of 8 in the last game. But each level is larger. Reviewer says it rather have a smaller collection of the best levels Retro can make than a more bloated game with less quality levels and that is exactly what this game does.

DS software announced for Wii U virtual console

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Nintendo has officially announced that it will be starting to release Nintendo DS software for the Wii U virtual console in a bid to add more content for users. Nintendo previously announced that Wii U would also gain GBA and N64 titles but with the release of these console games still unknown we hope that these DS titles are released very soon.

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