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Mario Kart 8 is a Wii U title, not a Nintendo 3DS title, but Club Nintendo rewards concern both platforms - and anyway, this item is too neat not to show off.
Club Nintendo members in Japan can get this cool T-shirt for 600 points (500 points if they register Mario Kart 8). It's stamped with silhouettes of the game's racers, all of which appear on the game's loading screen.
No word on whether this is coming to North America's Club Nintendo, but my heart is racing. Get it? Eh.
Mario Kart 8 comes out for the Wii U on May 30. TinyCartridge, NeoGAF
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Pokemon fans have done a whole lot of trading through the Global Trade Station. More than 90 million Pokemon have gone back and forth through the GTS, and when that number reaches 100 million, the Pokemon Company will distribute a special Pokemon.
Vivillon, a butterfly Pokemon introduced in Pokemon X/Y, has a striking wing pattern that varies according to the player's geographical location. As a result, Vivillon is one of the most frequently traded Pokemon on the GTS. When the overall number of trades hits the magical 100 million mark, the Pokemon Company will begin distributing a new Fancy Pattern Vivillon.
When will we hit 100 million trades? Hard to say. It'll happen eventually, though. In the meantime, trade! Do your part! SiliconEra
Image © The Pokemon Company
Know what's nice? Video game systems that are soothing just to look at. The upcoming sea green Nintendo 2DS certainly fits that bill.
This foamy 2DS color variation is available on June 6 - the same day as the highly-anticipated life sim, Tomodachi Life. Coincidence? Nah.
The sea green Nintendo 2DS costs $129.99, same as its blue and red brethren.
Miis used in the demo can be transferred to the full game. They also get a special bonus item! Is it the Virtual Boy? Only in a perfect world.
The villager from Animal Crossing was confirmed for Smash Bros on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS ages ago. What we didn't know is whether or not players would be able to fight as the female villager. Now we know for sure. The female villager from the Animal Crossing games is confirmed as a fighter.
Both the male and female villagers have different outfits, so when you kick in your opponent's face, you'll be able to do so wearing a dress that matches your personality.
Smash Bros is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in Summer, and the Wii U in Winter.
Mega Man IV for the Game Boy is now available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. As someone that owns the original cart (manufactured in 1993!), I suggest you download it.
Mega Man IV is one of Mega Man's better Game Boy outings, thanks to a great soundtrack and a compelling mix of bosses from the Mega Man 4 and Mega Man 5 NES games. Both have their flaws on their home console, but all the good stuff comes together nicely for the Game Boy "hybrid." Take a look at the game's trailer.
It's $2.99 USD. You can't go wrong. Unless you're Dr Wily. Then everything you attempt in life, including downloading nice video games, is doomed to failure.
Image © Capcom
Forget landscapes and life drawing; your art priorities should lie with Pikachu. Pokemon Art Academy, coming to North American Nintendo 3DS systems this fall, will help you capture Serperior's curves.
Once you've learned how to draw your favorite Pokemon step-by-step, you'll be able to post your masterpieces on the Miiverse. Mega Evolution Pokemon are included in the 40 lesson set as well.
Think you'll be able to out-sketch Smeargle?
Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, both of which hit the Game Boy Advance in 2002, are receiving Nintendo 3DS remakes.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire were announced today via a press release from Nintendo and the Pokemon Company. Not a whole lot has been revealed about the game so far; even the accompanying trailer is very basic. What is confirmed is that our new journey across the Hoenn region will take place this November.
More info will go up as it becomes available. E3 is sure to be Poke-tastic.
Image © GameFreak