Atomic Purple Joy-Cons Being Kickstarted

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If you’ve constantly thought to yourself since its release that the Nintendo Switch just wasn’t quite retro enough for you, then this Kickstarter is absolutely for you. Partnering with ShenZhen MaiKaisi Trade Co ltd., this brave soul has worked to prototype a small run of Joy-Con shells that replicate the classic Game Boy Color visage, Atomic Purple.

The classic styling is a clear purple ABS plastic shell for the Switch Joy-Cons, as well as the Switch itself. Currently, there is also a Super Famicom button set that may also be included, though that is still currently in the works.

Nintendo Ends 3DS Production

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Nintendo has officially ceased production on the New Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The official Japanese site for the smaller-sized New Nintendo 3DS clearly states in Japanese that “production has ended,” as the little box reads 生産終了 (seisan shuuryou). This applies to both the white, and black, as well as all Special Edition models of the New 3DS.

However, fear not! The New Nintendo 3DS XL remains in full production, as it appears Nintendo has positioned the larger handheld to replace its smaller counterpart completely.

Mario Stamps Coming to Japan

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While this isn’t the first time Japan has gotten Super Mario themed stamp sets, this is most certainly the most fantastic one. Look at these, they’re fantastic. Famitsu is reporting that one full set of the stamps will run you 820 yen, or $7.30.

Hit the jump to check out a full look at the sheet itself, with a few extra, and wonderful, designs.

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SNES Classic Edition Launches in September

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Nintendo has confirmed that the Super Nintendo: Classic Edition is not only a real thing, but is launching later this year, on September 29th, for $79.99! In the box, you get an AC Adapter, HDMI Cable, and two wired SNES Classic Controllers. The system features 21 titles, including the previously unreleased StarFox 2, which is an absolute shock to the system.

The miniature console also includes: Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, Zelda LTTP, SF2 Turbo, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out, Castlevania IV, Mega Man X, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy III, Kirby’s Dream Course, StarFox 1, Yoshi’s Island (First official re-release EVER by Nintendo), Super Mario RPG, Contra 3, Secret of Mana, EarthBound, and Super Ghouls n Ghosts.

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Super Mario Odyssey Theme

Nintendo has released the endlessly-catchy theme song that present in the new gameplay trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, and it’s something else. A big brass band plays, with some fantastic meta vocals by Pauline, the damsel-in-distress from the original Donkey Kong game, who just so happens to also be the mayor of New Donk City, the home of Odyssey.

PhE3: Nintendo Recap

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Nintendo didn’t have a whole lot to say this year. With Nintendo Switch sales continuing to be the hottest ticket in the industry, right now, all they had to do was keep the hype train rolling their innovative console and its games.

The surprises were good here, albeit not very full, but there were a few moments that stood out. While there was no trailer, confirmation of a core RPG Pokemon title for the Nintendo Switch has been a fever dream for years on home consoles. Hit the jump for the full breakdown of Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight.

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PhE3: Ubisoft Recap

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To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting much from Ubisoft, but they went out and just absolutely blew my expectations away. This was a phenomenal show with some genuinely great moments. Seeing Shigeru Miyamoto on a stage other than Nintendo was jarring in such a pleasant way, and he seemed happy to be there.

The big moment, though… came at the end. After years of work, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is now officially official with a new look and characters. Acting as a prequel to the first game, it’s an open world sci-fi adventure, and it blew my socks off.

Hit the jump for a full look at Ubisoft’s wonderful presentation of upcoming games.

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Super Nintendo World Unveiled

Yesterday, Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan had their groundbreaking ceremony for the long-rumored Super Nintendo World feature in their theme park. Now, after years of waiting, we have a first official look at what the park could be. The two have released a hype-trailer detailing the possibilities with Mario running around a brightly colored Super Mario-inspired world.

Super Nintendo World is set to release in Japan in 2020.

Switch Online Service Detailed

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Nintendo has finally unveiled the long-awaited Switch Online service that will compete with Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus. Online play will be free until 2018, when the service launches for $19.99 per year. Subscribers will have access to a library of on demand Classic Games, as well as online voice chat lobbies, and even Nintendo eShop deals.

Little else is known about the service as things stand now, but more details are available at the Service’s Official Website.

ARMS: Meet Twintelle

So, I haven’t covered much of ARMS. Mostly because I’m jealous that I don’t have a Switch, and while ARMS looked like a whatever game, at first, it has most certainly won me over with its charming and over the top characters. The most of which is most definitely Twintelle, which Nintendo has released a gameplay trailer (seen above) for.

ARMS will release for the Nintendo Switch on June 16, 2017.

HORI Releasing Fightstick for Nintendo Switch

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HORI has officially announced the Real Arcade Pro.V Hayabusa Fightstick for the Nintendo Switch. There are currently no spec details on the fighstick itself, or a release date, but you can get your first look at the kick-ass looking peripheral after the jump.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Leaks

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There’s been a long-standing rumor that, for some reason, Nintendo and Ubisoft were partnering together on a Mario and Raving Rabbids title. Most, including myself, have found it ridiculous, and didn’t believe it to be true. Well, wasn’t I wrong?

ComicBook.com has gotten their hands on some leaked key art for the title, which shows the gang with a bunch of cosplaying Rabbids shooting at who knows what. The game is expected to be a turn-based combat RPG, and will be officially unveiled at E3 this year, in time for an August release.

You can hit the jump for the full breakdown, from slides of what appears to be a very well put-together Powerpoint presentation on the title.

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Nintendo Releases E3 Schedule

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Nintendo has posted their schedule for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, per their usual E3 Page on the Official site. As with the last several years, Nintendo has opted to skip hosting a keynote, in favor of a Nintendo Direct that will air at 9am PT/11am CT/12pm ET on June 13, 2017. Once that is finished, the Nintendo Treehouse will air each day of the show, spotlighting the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, the new Nintendo 2DS XL (most likely), and many of the new games and titles being shown.

Nintendo will also be hosting two tournaments. On June 13, the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational will begin, with squads of players from around the world competing.  The next day, the first ARMS Open Invitational will be held. Both tournaments will be available for streaming online.

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UNIQLO Getting Kick Ass Nintendo Designs

UNIQLO has unveiled the winners of their UT Grand Prix design contest after a partnership with Nintendo. The video above shows many of the designs in the entire line, which look fantastic. The Magikarp, Pikachu, Star Fox, Kirby, and Metroid designs being some of the stand-outs in the crowd for me.

For the full line, you can check out the OFFICIAL PAGE ON UNIQLO. No word on these making it to the North American UNIQLO stores, but there really isn’t any reason for them not to.