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Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to the ‘New 3DS’

With the increased processing power and additional buttons present on Nintendo’s recently announced new line of 3DS systems, the ‘New 3DS’ and ‘New 3DS XL,’ there will come a day when quite a choice selection of games will be released that will not be compatible with any of the currently available models. However, with the new line of 3DSs not coming West until at least next year, it’s unlikely that anyone will feel ‘forced’ to upgrade until early 2016.

However, during this morning’s Japanese Nintendo Direct, the first of these inevitable ‘New 3DS’-only titles was announced. A port of the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles, featuring recently-revealed Smash fighter Shulk, will be released on the ‘New 3DS.’

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Nintendo Announces ‘New 3DS’ and ‘New 3DS XL’

Two brand-new 3DS models were revealed today by Iwata during Nintendo’s Japanese Direct.  The simply titled, ‘New 3DS’ and ‘New 3DS XL’ will launch in Japan on October 11 for the price of ¥16,000  (around $150) and ¥18,800 (around $180) respectively. Bigger screens, lengthened battery-life, added buttons and improved 3D effect are just some of the new features.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Delayed 2 Weeks

Ubisoft has confirmed that their next Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Unity has been delayed. Thankfully, the release date has only gone back two weeks, and now matches up with Assassin’s Creed Rogue, meaning the games will launch on the same day. Both Unity and Rogue will launch Nov 11 in North America and Nov 13 in Europe and Australasia. 

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Plants vs Zombies – Mutton Chop Game Critiques

Mutton Chop Game Critiques is a show where I look at video games past and and present and grade them as academically as possible based on the narrative, the aesthetics, the gameplay, and how the game make one feel through those three aspects combined. This week, I’m looking at Plants vs Zombies!

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Nintendo Opens US Preorders for Mario Kart 8 DLC

Yesterday, Nintendo UK unveiled two upcoming DLC packs for the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8. Not only will these packs feature new playable characters from both within and outside of Mario Kart’s traditional pool of characters from the Mario franchise, but each pack will also feature eight new courses (that’s sixteen new tracks total or four new cups).

As of today, we now have the pre-order information for the DLC’s North American release.

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Hyrule Warriors Update Coming to Japan September 1st

Nintendo and Tecmo Koei’s Hyrule Warriors, which has been available in Japan since earlier this month, will receive a much-needed updated on September 1st. However, besides simply providing a fix for some of the game’s bugs, the update will also include a new challenge mode, the ability to change the background music during play, and a new weapon.

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Don’t Starve Coming to Vita

With the popularity of the indie genre taking off pretty well on the PlayStation 4, it should come as no surprise that Don’t Starve is coming to the Vita. Klei Entertainment has been dropping subtle hints that it was on the way, but they’ve finally announced an official date along with some other goodies involving those who are going to purchase the game, or already have on the PlayStation 4.