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Japan - eShop sales for Dec. 10th, 2016

Osomatsu-san Matsumatsuri! Early Purchase Campaign (7 December - 18 January)

– Osomatsu-san Matsumatsuri! (¥5,184 → ¥4,666) 3DS

ONE PIECE Game Festival Winter Sale (16 December - 11 January)

– One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (¥6,145 → ¥3,700) 3DS
– One Piece: Dai Kaizoku Colosseum (¥6,156 → ¥5,200) 3DS

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns 20% OFF Campaign (14 December - 11 January)

– Bokujou Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi (¥5,378 → ¥4,302) 3DS

Cross Function New Year Sale (14 December - 11 January)

– Chariot (¥1,499 → ¥749) Wii U
– Runbow (¥1,619 → ¥971) Wii U
– Master Reboot (¥1,619 → ¥971) Wii U

Cosen Winter Sale * (14 - 28 December)

– FreezeME (¥1,500 → ¥??) Wii U
– Puddle (¥900 → ¥??) Wii U
– Wooden Sen'Sey (¥1,000 → ¥??) Wii U
– 99 Seconds (¥300 → ¥??) Wii U
– Super Toy Cars (¥900 → ¥??) Wii U
– Rock ‘N Racing Off Road (¥800 → ¥??) Wii U
– Kung Fu Rabbit (¥600 → ¥??) Wii U
– Abyss (¥300 → ¥??) Wii U

Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Early Purchase Campaign (16 November - 28 December)

– Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters (¥6,156 → ¥5,540) 3DS

Kemco 2nd Super Sale (7 - 21 December)

– D.M.L.C.: Death Match Love Comi (¥1,080 → ¥500) Wii U
– Asdivine Hearts (¥1,080 → ¥500) Wii U

Detective Conan TV Anime 20th Anniversary Campaign (30 November - 14 December)

– Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony (¥5,637 → ¥3,400) 3DS
– Detective Conan: Phantom Rhapsody (¥6,156 → ¥4,000) 3DS

Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for Dec. 10th, 2016

Nintendo Badge Arcade

- 5 returning sets of Fire Emblem Fates badges
- 4 returning sets of NES Remix badges (featuring Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong, & Metroid)

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Universal Studios patents point to Mario Kart, Donkey Kong rides

The following are summaries of two patents filed by Universal Studios, which seem to pertain to Nintendo-related attractions.

Drift racers: A two-rider, car-based amusement racing attraction with the ability to simulate drifting sensations. Two passengers, who could be in time/points competition with another car, will have control over some aspect of their ride vehicle: The driver would have a steering wheel and an acceleration and brake pedal to control the turning/drifting of the vehicle and speed; the rear passenger would have a control interface with buttons that could control the vehicle or bounce the ride vehicle, provide a boost to the vehicle during the race or affect the performance of another ride vehicle on the track, said the patent. For any Nintendo fan, that description brings to mind the video game company's popular Mario Kart game series. In one version of the series, called Mario Kart: Double Dash, each car had two racers — including a driver and a rear passenger — who controlled the use of items during the race that could impact their car or others in the race.

Boom coaster: This is a unique arm that would attach to a ride vehicle to help enhance rides that appear to be on a track system, but are actually controlled by a separate arm. For example, the arm could be C-shaped connected to a secondary hidden track underneath the track guests see. As a result, rides that have story element breaks in the track — say like an upcoming jump from one track to another — could cause suspense. "Because the passenger may believe that the simulated ride surface controls a path of the passenger vehicle, the passenger may fear or anticipate that the passenger vehicle may crash or otherwise incur damage as a result of the elevated gap," said the patent. This has many fans thinking it could also be related to Nintendo via the Donkey Kong Country video game series, which features areas with cars traveling through dangerous mines filled with jumps, dips and turns.

Puyo Puyo series producer acknowledges fan requests for Puyo Puyo Tetris localization

Coming from Puyo series producer, Hosoyamada Mizuki....

Later, we received a considerable amount of demand asking, "Give us an English version!" from overseas hardcore puzzle game fans. Not only did we hear from western countries like U.S. and France, we also got requests from Brazil, Korea, and so on. One of our goals was to spread the Puyo Puyo scene worldwide with a dream match versus Tetris, so in that regard, the reaction we got was really great.

It's odd, because the rest of the interview doesn't make any mention of actually localizing the game or if the idea was shot down. Perhaps there's still hope for the game to get an official English release? I'm guessing the Wii U version is out of the question, but 3DS should still have a shot.

Pokemon GO glitch causing super-sized buddy Pokemon

Pokemon GO is currently causing an issue with buddy Pokemon, and it's a BIG issue. As you can see above, a random glitch is causing buddy Pokemon to grow absolutely huge in size. Niantic hasn't addressed the bug yet, so enjoy the silliness while you still can!

My Nintendo update gives you info on points expiring over the next 6 months

Over at My Nintendo, you used to only be able to see what points were expiring over the next 3 months. It seems that in the recent My Nintendo update, this amount has been doubled. Now you get a look at your points and what ones expire over the next 6 months. This should certainly help in planning for what you'd like to spend things on.