Nintendo News Roundup October 11 Feature

Oct. 5 to 11 Nintendo News Roundup

Super Mario Maker

In this week’s Nintendo Minute, Kit and Krysta show off some more Super Mario Maker levels they found interesting. Check them out in the video below:

Additionally, Polygon has released another video in its “Devs Make Mario” series, featuring Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread developer Luke Williams. You can watch him build his own level in the video below:


During the week, Splatoon got two new weapons for players to use, the Custom E-litre 3K Scope and the Custom Range Blaster. You can find the official weapon overviews, screenshots and some footage below:

Custom E-litre 3K Scope:

“The range and zoom are impressive, but the viewfinder is so narrow that it’s easy to leave yourself open to attack while aiming. If you’re using this bad boy, you’ll need to learn to watch your back, lest ye get splatted from behind.”

Custom Range Blaster:

“The Custom Range Blaster comes with a versatile sub weapon – Splat Bombs – and a special weapon that excels in close-quarters combat – the Kraken! Grab a Custom Range Blaster tonight and get ready to UNLEASH THE KRAKEN!”

Next, let’s cover Splatfest results and announcements.

The recent Splatfests for Japan and North America are now over and the results are as following:

splatoon-splatfest-6-results-jpJapan (6th Splatfest) – Squid Sushi vs. Octopus Sushi

– Votes – 66% / 34%

– Wins – 47% / 53%

– Final Results – 254 / 246 – Squid Sushi Wins

splatoon-splatfest-6-results-naNorth America (6th Splatfest) – Car vs. Plane

– Votes – 36% / 64%

– Wins – 54% / 46%

– Final Results – 252 / 248 – Car Wins

Meanwhile, Europe didn’t get a new Splatfest this weekend, but a confirmation for next week has since then showed up. Europe’s 6th Splatfest will begin at 7 PM in Europe / 6 PM in the UK on October 17, pitting Cats against Dogs (just like in the 1st North American Splatfest).

CQ8pPQWWUAAk2Qq.jpg largeNintendo also announced this week that SplatNet, the multiplayer service hub for Splatoon that has been available in Japan, is now also accessible in English, and you can access it here.

splatoon-splatnetSplatoon players can check a variety of information on SplatNet, including:

– Friend List status (see if your friends are playing);
– Rank data;
– Gear and weapons you’ve equipped while playing online;
– Information about stages.

It’s also possible to link your Nintendo Network ID to your Twitter account.

Finally, Game Memo has posted a few images from the Splatoon artbook, which just released in Japan this weekend. Check them out in the gallery below:

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Our weekly Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer news are all related to the Amiibo Cards this time.

First, we have a new commercial recently released by Nintendo, that you can view below:

Besides that, an info card included with Happy Home Designer, seems to confirm that additional games compatible with the cards will be announced in the future.

animal-crossing-amiibo-info-cardFinally, although the Collectors Album has only been available in Europe, it seems like Nintendo of America has started handing out something similar to fans.

Below you’ll find some photos of the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer amiibo Card Collector’s Book, which has been given out to attendees at certain Nintendo events, like the GameStop event for Yoshi’s Woolly World this weekend. It holds 104 cards, making it 100 card slots and four extras.

As of now, this item is only available in the United States, and is likely a sort of replacement fot the European Collectors Album.

Yoshi’s Woolly World

Nintendo recently released another North American commercial for Yoshi’s Woolly World. Check it out below:

(That was too much Yoshi for a 30 seconds video! XD)

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Nintendo of America has now opened the official website for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. You can check it out here, for information, screenshots and videos related to the game.

Nintendo also revealed that there’s a special costume in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes that can’t be accessed through normal play. Instead, it can only be obtained by teaming up with friends locally or through Download play.

When playing local multiplayer (including Download Play), you’ll receive an item called the “proof of friendship”. Each system will get one copy of this item and a currently unspecified amount is needed in order to obtain the special costume mentioned above.

While speaking with Japanese website 4Gamer, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and Tri Force Heroes director Hiromasa Shikata explained that the team thought they should make a reward for those players that do play locally with friends. Here’s what they had to say regarding that, according to Nintendo Everything:

4Gamer: I’ll change the subject a bit, but please tell me about a matter that is on my mind. You need items called “proof of friendship” in creating a special costume, but can you get those in single player?Shikata: You get them only if you play together with other people locally or with Download Play.

Aonuma: Generally speaking, you’d want to play the multiplayer. This time everyone can play with just one copy of the game via Download Play as long as you have three systems. Playing noisily with other people is the greatest flavor of this Zelda and you’d want to experience it. I think it can be hard to gather people if you’re an adult, but I’d like people to try to come and play together in order to collect proofs of friendship.

4Gamer: To confirm: you don’t get proof of friendship when playing online?

Shikata: That’s true. You don’t get them when playing online.

4Gamer: It seems like it is good to have a reward for people who gather together and experience the local play.

Aonuma: Yes. Be sure to invite friends and play together.

You can also find some new commercials and gameplay videos from the game below, including one with series producer Eiji Aonuma showing off the game.

Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash

Nintendo of America has announced this week on the official Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash website that the Chibi-Robo amiibo will also be sold as a standalone product in the region this holiday. So if you just wanted the amiibo, you no longer need to buy the bundle anymore.

We also got an official release announcement for the game and a new overview trailer from Nintendo Europe. You can find both below, followed by some gameplay footage from the game.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– When Earth’s resources are in danger from a mischievous group of aliens, there’s only one robot with the skill to save the world! That robot’s name is Chibi-Robo, and he’s the star of the energetic new game Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Oct. 9. Chibi-Robo might be small in size, but his adventuring skills are as big as the most intrepid explorer’s! Using his plug and cord, Chibi-Robo can whip, grapple and swing his way through a huge side-scrolling platformer filled with dangerous enemies and clever environmental puzzles. And by scanning the Chibi-Robo amiibo figure that is included with a special bundle, players can access bonus features like the ability to power up to Super Chibi-Robo, increasing Chibi-Robo’s speed and watts and allowing him to travel for longer distances without having to charge up.

“With colorful graphics, accessible game play and a lovable main character, Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash is perfect for every member of the family,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “It is a terrific addition to the robust series of fun Nintendo games launching between now and the end of year.”

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash takes the much-loved Chibi-Robo series in a new direction. While previous games focused on completing chores in a third-person 3D environment, this new Nintendo 3DS game is a classic side-scrolling adventure with a strong focus on discovery and exploration. In the game, Chibi-Robo travels through a variety of action-packed environments. Using his signature plug and cord, he can whip enemies, swing over chasms, ricochet shots and grapple to scale walls. By collecting boost balls, his cord can be extended, allowing Chibi-Robo to access previously out-of-reach areas and search for a variety of different collectibles, including many surprising real-world snacks. The game is overflowing with tons of collectibles to find, bosses to battle and hidden areas to discover.

In addition to activating Super Chibi-Robo, players can use a Toy Capsule Machine by scanning the Chibi-Robo amiibo to the New Nintendo 3DS system or Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory (sold separately). This fun machine, located in the Chibi-House, can only be accessed using the amiibo figure and unlocks delightful items like collectible figures and bonus stages. Players can even level up the Chibi-Robo amiibo itself by recording in-game score data. The higher the level of the amiibo, the more times the player can become Super Chibi-Robo each day during game play and the better chance the player will receive rare items from the Toy Capsule Machine.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash will launch in stores, in the Nintendo eShop and at on Oct. 9 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. Players who want to also purchase the Chibi-Robo amiibo can find him in a special bundle that includes the game and amiibo figure at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

For more information about Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, visit

Genei Ibun Roku #FE

Since we are getting closer to the Japanese release of Genei Ibun Roku #FE, the crossover project between Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series and Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei series, Nintendo has recently released some brand new trailers and gameplay clips, showing off a bit of the story for the upcoming title. The trailer also features the “debut single” which will obviously be released sometime in the future to promote the game even more. You can check all the videos below:

In addition, Famitsu also published another batch of screenshots from Genei Ibun Roku #FE, covering, among other things, the previously mentioned collaboration costumes, which are as follows:

– Itsuki Aoi (collaboration costume: Devil Survivor 2 protagonist);
– Tsubasa Oribe (collaboration costume: Persona Q’s Rei);
– Toma Akagi (collaboration costume: Shin Megami Tensei IV’s Walter);
– Kiria Kurono (collaboration costume: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City’s Princess)

You can view all the screenshots in the gallery below:

Hyrule Warriors Legends

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have recently confirmed that Skull Kid, from Majora’s Mask, will be a playable character in Hyrule Warriors Legends, while Phantom Ganon, from the Wind Waker, will also be in the gaeme as a boss character.

According to Nintendo Everything’s translation of Famitsu:

The mischievous imp Skull Kid uses an ocarina as his main tool. Famitsu describes him as a demon who stole the hero’s ocarina from a parallel world and then placed the curse of the mask upon him. He may be violent and love pranks, but deep in his heart he treasures his friends. Using the ocarina, he fights alongside fairies.

Skull Kid fights using the power of darkness to its full potential through the magic of his mask. By concentrating his magic into the front of his mask, he can release a heat laser. After restraining his enemy, he can use a ball of darkness to release a huge explosion. Skull Kid can also gather a number of enemies together and have attack them at once. If he uses his ocarina, he can call his two fairies Tael and Tatl to support him. Blowing his trumpet will cause scarecrow puppets to appear and fight for him, which is done automatically so players will not have to control the dolls. Skull Kid’s main feature is his ability to use all these tricky attacks.

Phantom Ganon is a new boss character, and he’s shown in Famitsu with dual swords. Wielding great magic, he appears before Link and company blocking the way. Phantom Ganon is skilled at confusing his enemies through the use of teleportation and controlling a number of illusions. Like in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, it looks like he can throw energy attacks at players. He also has a new feature that will allow him to intercept the use of items and gimmicks.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, a maximum of four characters can be deployed. However, in battles against big bosses, if the player gathers all the characters that can operate together, they can activate the special effect known as Smash Boost Power. Using this restores the magic gauge as well as grants beneficial effects to the player. In addition, activating Smash Boost Power will cause lightning of sorts to appear on the screen. The enemy will be covered in green light, and will remain that way until defeated. More characters leads to more beneficial effects.

Finally, the Earth Temple and Wind Temple are both mentioned in Famitsu’s article. There also seems to be a new enemy (not a boss) in one of the screenshots that we don’t have information on at the moment.

You can find several new screenshots of these characters and more in the gallery below:

Pokémon XY & ORAS

According to the Pokémon Company, Hoopa will be made available at select GAME stores between October 23 and November 5, 2015. A copy of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be required to receive the Mythical Pokemon, and the distribution will also provide players the prison bottle item, that allows Hoopa to transform into Hoopa Unbound in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games.

You’ll be able to get Hoopa “later this year” if you live in North America, according to The Pokemon Company:

The Pokémon Company International is pleased to announce the upcoming character distribution of Mythical Hoopa. The distribution will allow fans to gain this special Level 50 Pokémon, which cannot be found during normal gameplay. Fans will need to have a copy of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family. Mythical Hoopa has the Magician Ability and is recognized by its two horns and the golden ring that adorns its body. The ring allows it to bend dimensions and move objects across great distances. Hoopa’s moves include Hyperspace Hole, Psychic, Astonish, and Nasty Plot.

You can view some screenshots from this distribution below:

Additionally, three new Pokémon distributions have been announced for Japan in this month’s issue of CoroCoro. These distributions will begin on October 29 and will take place in a weekly fashion.

Here are details about each Pokémon:

Shiny Xerneas:

– October 29
– Level 100
– Moves: Geomancy, Moonblast, Aromatherapy and Focus Blast

Shiny Yveltal:

– November 5
– Level 100
– Moves Oblivion Wing, Sucker Punch, Dark Pulse and Foul Play


– November 12
– Level 100
– Moves: Land’s Wrath, Extreme Speed, Glare & Outrage

pokemon-shiny-distributionsYo-Kai Watch

Nintendo Australia recently released a new Trailer for Yo-Kai Watch that you can watch below. Moreover, a rating popped up on the Australian classification site for a Yo-kai Watch demo, which means the game is probably getting one pretty soon.

Meanwhile, Level-5 is thinking about how to approach Yo-kai Watch 2’s western release. In an interview with Nintendo World Report at the New York Comic-Con, chief operating officer Yukari Hayakawa said:

“One is called Ganzo, Honke, and Shinuchi so there’s actually three titles and we are still kind of, we haven’t made the decision on which one to release in the U.S., whether it’s all three or just one, whether it’s all physical or digital.”

Hayakawa also said that amiibo support for the Yo-kai Watch series is a possibility in the future.

In Japan, just like with Yo-kai Watch 2, Yo-kai Watch Busters is getting a third version called “Moon Rabbit Team”. The game will feature USApyon as the main Yo-kai, and owners of the older Yo-kai Watch Busters games should be eligible for some sort of free update. Yo-kai Watch Busters will launch in Japan this December for the 3DS.


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