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Mega Glalie and Steelix details, Glalie catchable in Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo

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Nintendo of America following up on previously leaked details

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As ever, Nintendo of America has now officially confirmed several Pokemon details already revealed by Nintendo of Japan and other sources recently. Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix will both be joining trainers in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. Nintendo of America did have one big surprise for us, however. Should player capture Glalie in the demo version of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, they'll then be able to transfer it to the launch version of the game on November 21 with Pokemon Link.

As for Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix, let's go over some of the finer details that were passed over due to translation issues last week. Mega Steelix will retain its Steel/Ground typing, greatly increasing its Defense stat upon Mega Evolution. The Steel-type move Iron Tail will be gained as well.

Mega Glalie's Mega Evolution will also retain its pre-evolition typing, Ice. Speed will be increased dramtically, but Glalie's Attack and Special Attack will also be raised. As for temporarily-learned skills, Mega Glalie will learn Refridgerate, which turns Normal Moves in Ice, and also Sheer Cold, which apparently can knock out a target in a single blow.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be available starting November 21 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. Hopefully everyone was able to follow through and acquire a demo code. Be cool and acquire that Glalie before everyone else even has the game.



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Nintendo streaming event on 50 new things in Super Smash Bros. Wii U airs October 23

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Jigglypuff introduction video or else

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There's been a lack of Nintendo Direct events in recent months, likely due to the health issues related to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. The show must go on, however, and so Nintendo has announced a special streaming event for this year's big holiday Wii U release -- Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Nintendo went out of its way to note that this is a "special streaming event" and avoided the Nintendo Direct label entirely. The stream begins Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3pm PT / 6pm ET.

Without the constraints that the Nintendo Direct structure imposes on a streaming event, Nintendo will be trying something different. The livestream event will instead focus on showing "50 new things in Super Smash Bros. Wii U."

Speculation largely revolves around a mix of content that's already included in the currently available Super Smash Bros. 3DS and content unique to the platform. For instance, four characters which are playable in both titles, given their identical rosters, have not yet had "reveals" and character trailers. Both Bowser Jr. and Duck Hunt are new characters which deserve introductions, but Jigglypuff and Game & Watch shouldn't be left to sneak in the back door either.

As for entirely new content, well, the conversation there largely revolves around practical ideas like unique game modes just for the Wii U and of course less reasonable hopes. Is there 8-man multiplayer? Will Ridley make a surprise appearance? The answer is likely no, but fans can dream. Fans can certainly dream.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be available starting November 21 in North America. Catch Nintendo's "50 new things in Super Smash Bros. Wii U" livestream event on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3pm PT / 6pm ET.

 
 

September NPD Number Crunch: Destiny unsurprisingly tops charts, fueling PS4 sales

2 comments Leo Chan - 6:13pm (PST) Like Share

But Microsoft's Destiny fragrance didn't smell too bad after all

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September saw the launch of Activision and Bungie's Destiny, and so it would come to rule U.S. retail that month by the NPD Group's reckoning. The market research firm confirms that the online shooter for PS4 and Xbox One led console software sales. NPD also backs Destiny's claim to enjoying the best launch month for a new IP yet (we already know the title scored $325 million USD in sales worldwide in its first five days), and it certainly played no small part in driving hardware sales to boot.

Indeed, console hardware continued to display growth last month with sales doubling from August to hit $432.7 million USD. That also makes for a 136 percent year-over-year growth in console hardware sales from September 2013. Sony wasted no time in boasting how the PS4 remained the top-selling console last month, tripling in sales over August. No doubt the console and electronics giant pointed to the "overwhelming popularity" of the limited-edition Destiny PS4 bundle as a major factor.

The Xbox One continued to tail behind the PS4 in hardware sales even with the free game offer, though it's worth noting Destiny reportedly sold better on Microsoft's next-gen platform in terms of unit sales as those opting for the PS4 version jumped aboard with the aforementioned hardware bundle instead.

For all the good Destiny did for PS4 and Xbox One sales, total software sales last month would ultimately drop 36 percent year-over-year to $481.2 million. Recall that September 2013 saw the release of Grand Theft Auto V, which alone secured sales of $800 million in just 24 hours. It goes to show that GTA is still one tough act to follow.

While Super Smash Bros. 3DS was technically an October release, it actually squeezed into the final two days of NPD's reporting period for August and still managed to secure fourth place on the monthly top ten ahead of similarly well-received new releases like Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Global sales for Super Smash Bros. on handheld were sitting at 2.8 million units as of last week, and Nintendo confirms U.S. sales alone were 705,000 units. The new Disney Infinity titles endorsed by Marvel Super Heroes also made a fine accounting of themselves during August.

September 2014 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. Destiny Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 09/2014
2. Madden NFL 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 08/2014
3. FIFA 15 Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / Vita / 3DS 09/2014
4. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Nintendo 3DS 10/2014
5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PC 09/2014
6. NHL 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 09/2014
7. Minecraft Microsoft Game Studios / Sony Computer Entertainment Xbox 360 / PS3 05/2014
8. The Sims 4 Electronics Arts PC 09/2014
9. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Disney Interactive PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U 09/2014
10. Diablo III: Reapear of Souls Blizzard Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 08/2014
 
 

Hyrule Warriors 'Master Quest' DLC trailer features Epona, villain scenarios, weapons and skins

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Will seeing Epona stomp on moblins ever get old? No, not it won't

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Sneaking its way out on Koei Tecmo's Japanese Youtube channel is a trailer for the upcoming "Master Quest" DLC from Hyrule Warriors. Yes, the first major paid DLC pack for everyone's favorite Zelda/Dynasty Warriors hybrid is just a day from being released (October 16). Now's the perfect time to watch the trailer and decide whether it's worth picking up.

We already know what will be included in the DLC pack, but it's great to see all of that content in-motion. Deciding whether it's worth the cash, however, is another matter entirely. If anyone's already finished a bulk of the content and ready for more, this is the perfect opportunity. Here's what's included:

  • Epona Weapon for Link
  • 5 Villainous Legend Mode Scenarios
  • Lana and Cia Costumes
  • Master Quest Adventure Mode Map
  • 7 8-bit Weapon Skins (via Adventure Mode)
  • 16 Alt-Color Costumes (via Adventure Mode)

The bulk of the trailer is spent showing off Link riding Epona, which I assume is either the most marketable part of the DLC pack or simply just the most requested addition. I find the villain scenarios and adventure mode additions much more compelling. Unlocking all of those 8-bit weapon skins and costume colors is where the bulk of time for players will be spent. Epona is Epona though. Everyone loves that silly horse.

Hyrule Warriors is currently available on Nintendo Wii U. The Master Quest DLC pack is part of a combo deal which includes two future packs and costs $19.99 total.

 
 

Mega Glalie and Steelix leak in Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo, Latios/Latias flying trailer

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So this is what it feels like to fly

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Accompanying the latest Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire trailer, featuring last weeks CoroCoro Mega reveals, are even more leaked Mega details. While Mega Latios and Mega Latias are looking fine in motion, two previously unrevealed Megas were revealed after early details from the Oct. 21 demo have come out of nowhere. Let's introduce everyone to Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix.

Game Freak seems to be going Mega crazy with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with two more Megas before we've even had time to fully introduce the previous ones. I be there's a ton more coming down the pipeline too. One by one, however. While full details on Mega Glalie, a straight Ice-type Pokemon, and Mega Steelix, a Steel/Ground-type Pokemon, are yet to be revealed, we do have official artwork for them (from who knows where). 

Let's not bypass the new trailer entirely, however. While it does focus on Latios and Latias' Mega Evolutions it's important to note something else of huge priority tied to these Pokemon. Recall that they'll each allow players to fly over the world now. The trailer today shows just what that feat will look like. It is, as expected, amazing. Several of the Legendary Pokemon which can be acquired by exploring while flying on Latios or Latias are also shown (also in the header image).

   

Finally, the trailer talks a bit about the Pokenav Plus tool featured in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. The tool helps players find: "hidden or specific types of Pokémon in tall grass via the DexNav, check all kinds of Hoenn region information via the AreaNav, and view news from around Hoenn and from other players whom you¹ve passed with BuzzNav." The other half of the Pokenav Plus is the return of three popular Pokemon X/Y features, the Player Search System, Pokemon-Amie and Super Training.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will both be available starting November 21, exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. For those who just can't wait, a special demo version of each game will be available starting October 21, but only with a special code. In order to get this code, register for a Pokemon Trainer Club account at Pokemon.com before October 19 and make sure you're signed up for the Pokemon Trainer Club Newsletter. Gah, I can't believe I'm recommending folk sign up for a newsletter, but this is Pokemon we're talking about. Don't miss out, Neoseeker Poke-Addicts.

   



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Shiny Gengar distribution begins today in North America, trailer shows his spooky Sludge Wave

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Mega Gengar looks like a spooky scary tuft of cotton candy

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Header image is an awesome piece of fan-art from artist Ishmam.

Here's a heads up to Pokemon trainers in North America. The distribution event for the spooky Halloween Shiny Gengar, carrying his very own Gengarite, has begun. Anyone who wants to collect their own for their Pokemon X and Pokemon Y game, perhaps just to save it in storage until Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are released, better locate the closest GameStop. Yup, unfortunately it's a retailer exclusive distribution event.

Running from today through October 26, participating GameStop stores will be offering trainers with X or Y a special code card which will unlock the Shiny Gengar. There aren't any other hoops to jump through to acquire it. Just head to a GameStop that's participating (call first) and ask for the card. Halloween starts early for Pokemon fans. 

The Shiny Gengar distribution event is just one part of an ongoing Pokemon Halloween extravaganza. The other parts revolve around a special "Super-Size" Pumpkaboo currently available via Pokemon X and Pokemon Y's Nintendo Network distribution. I won't go into the full details, but after evolving the Pumpkaboo through trade, trainers can then participate in a friendly online tournament. Don't miss out.

Pick up the special Pokemon X and Pokemon Y event Shiny Gengar starting today by picking up a code card from your local GameStop (hopefully they're participating). This is only officially confirmed for North America, so make sure to call in and ask about the details if you're in Canada or Europe. 

 
 

Forget Link, play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate as Varia and Zero Suit Samus thanks to quest DLC

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Trailer shows costume (and giant weapons) in action

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is about to get a whole lot better, arguably speaking, with the addition of Samus as a playable character. Yes, this includes both Varia and Zero Suit Samus, who will be making their way into the game by quest DLC this winter.

The downloadable costume will be available in Japan for members of 7-Eleven's free Seven Spot wifi service, from December 17 through January 28, 2015. Don't worry, international Monster Hunter fans! This Metroid: Other M crossover looks like a sure thing outside of Japan as well, if Capcom's announcement today is any indication.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be making its way to 3DS units around the globe sometime in early 2015. Check out our preview and get hyped.

Thanks for the tip, The5thAvocado!

 
 

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker arrives December 5, Amiibo support coming in 2015

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Toad from Super Mario Bros. 2 is the only one for me

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A Toad may finally be starring in their very own game with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, but he'll still be playing second bill to Nintendo major releases this holiday season. It seems the puzzle-y treasure hunting game will now be launching on December 5 in North America, with a European release pushed back into early 2015. While Captain Toad may be missing Black Friday, he'll be there to pick up any late-to-the-party Wii U owners looking for another new game.

I'm speaking, of course, about the inevitable wave of Wii U purchasers who will join the team upon Super Smash Bros. Wii U's launch November 21. They'll be looking for those fresh new Wii U games and beyond the October release of Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad is going to be about it. Really though, Super Smash Bros. is everything most new Wii U buyers will need.

The next question folk will naturally have is whether or not Captain Toad will really be a worthwhile investment. Compared to Bayonetta 2 or Super Smash Bros., Captain Toad's scale doesn't exactly match up. It's an expansion on a mini-game from Super Mario 3D World, after all. Luckily Nintendo is making that decision a little easier for potential buyers. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will cost $39.99 rather than the standard $59.99 retail price for full Wii U games.

Pick up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker starting December 5 exclusively for the Wii U. That is, pick it up if you're in North America. Otherwise folk may be waiting a tad longer. 

 
 

Super Smash Bros. 3DS hits 2.8 million sales worldwide, Little Mac's tyranny begins

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Super Smash. Bros. delivering as expected

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Sales this early after a game's launch can mean only one thing -- things are going pretty damn good for Super Smash Bros. 3DS. Then again, did anyone really expect it to be any different? The Nintendo 3DS is most popular handheld in the world, so when Nintendo says they've already sold at least 2.8 million copies of Super Smash Bros. 3DS my first thought isn't, "Wow, that's a lot!" Rather, it's, "That's only scratching the surface." 

Sure, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, now with its November 21 release date, will probably be the definitive version of the game. It'll have more reliable online, the ability to use a controller designed for more intense games, and will be played on big screens with high resolutions. The 3DS can't compare in that regard. Still, for the franchise's first foray onto handhelds they've really gone all out. 

Now if only players could get through several matches without running into Little Mac over and over again. The tyranny of the little boxer that could knows no bounds. I'd actually guess the little guy has become intelligent and self aware, beating players to a pulp and forcing them to purchase additional copies of the game. Someone must put a stop to his reign of terror.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS is now available worldwide. Expect another sales update in a couple of weeks, because this game is only going to keep flying off of shelves and Nintendo's going to want everyone to know about it.

 
 

Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date is officially November 21 in North America

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What's really the bigger title? Smash 3DS or Smash Wii U?

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It's happening! With Super Smash Bros. 3DS now readily available and already hugely successful, Nintendo's gaze is already turning towards the Wii U title's launch. That is to say, we now have a launch date. Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be available starting November 21 in North America. Unfortunately European gamers are getting to be a bit disappointed, as the Euro version of the fighting game won't arrive until December 5. That's still earlier than Japan's December 6 launch!

The reasons for the pushed up North American launch should be apparent to all holiday shoppers in North America. Black Friday is the largest shopping day in North America, as our consumerist culture rushes out in a modern holiday to the true god of America -- cash. All jokes aside, games sell like hot cakes on Black Friday, so Nintendo definitely wants their game on-shelf by November 28. Having it there for a week beforehand is just good form, so retailers can deal with the launch rush prior to Black Friday.

This is the Wii U's game of 2015 and perhaps the defining game of the whole platform. Everything up until Super Smash Bros. Wii U will have been in effort to build to this moment and everything afterwards will be dependent on its success. If it fails, we could see previously announced titles like the next Zelda game either rushed or delayed, perhaps even pushed to Nintendo's next platform. Super Smash Bros. Wii U is a big deal -- mostly for Nintendo, but for our gaming community as well.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U will launch on November 21 in North America, December 5 in Europe and is of course exclusive to Wii U. Pick it its sister title Super Smash Bros. 3DS today.

 
 
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