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Animal Crossing

Starting on the 22nd of April, the following five games on the 3DS will be available for the more affordable price of $29.99 (both via the eShop and at stores):

  • Mario Kart 7
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

But of course, these games sold so well that you might already own most or all of them. If you haven’t though, wait a week and you’ll be able to grab some great titles for less money.

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Mario Golf World tour

Mario Golf: World Tour features thirteen characters by default and a further four that can be unlocked as you progress through the game. If you want to see the full list, check it out after the break.

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For those who missed the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, which focused entirely on the next Smash Bros. game, the above video holds the entire presentation. I’ll leave this post “stuck” to the top of the blog for a while but will continue publishing content below.

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Master Ball

Within the next Smash Bros. game, Poké Balls are back and these are some of the Pokémon available:

  • Eevee
  • Meowth
  • Staryu
  • Metagross
  • Fennekin
  • Meloetta
  • Gogoat
  • Entei
  • Deoxys
  • Palkai
  • Kyurem
  • Victini
  • Keledo

There are, however, also Master Balls which will unleash rare and legendary Pokémon (such as Arceus) into the battle

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Yoshi is returning to Smash Bros.

Yoshi

In one of the least surprising (but not less grand) announcements during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, Yoshi will be a returning challenger in the next Smash Bros. game.

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Bans

As previously confirmed, a complete online mode is coming to the next Smash Bros. game. To maintain this, Nintendo will also have a reporting and banning system in place to maintain as much order as possible. You can see the possible reasons for being banned in the image above.

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Release Window

Nintendo has confirmed that the next Smash Bros. game is set for release on the 3DS during Summer 2014. This is before the release of the Wii U version during Winter 2014.

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Smash Bros. to run in 60 FPS

60 FPS

Without a high frame rate, a fighting game starts to feel more like a slideshow than a stream of fluid motion. Luckily, the next Smash Bros. game won’t have this problem since, even in full 3D, it will run at 60 frames per second. This is partly achieved because assist trophies will be running at the slower frame rate of 30 frames per second but, in either case, the final product should appear quite smooth.

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Smash Bros Wii U 3DS

Since the next Smash Bros. game is coming to both 3DS and the Wii U, some of the most exciting features will surely relate to how the games connect. Unfortunately, as confirmed by Masahiro Sakurai during the recent Nintendo Direct event, these features will be announced “at a later date.”

I imagine we’ll hear about them at E3.

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Live Stream: Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct

We’re less than an hour and a half from the next Nintendo Direct broadcast — a live stream that will focus entirely on the upcoming Smash Bros. game for 3DS and Wii U. You can watch the stream above when it starts and I’ll also be posting all of the details to the blog.

Enjoy.

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