This week's North American downloads - December 8 (Demon's Crest, Fire Emblem SD and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – There’s more to discover than ever before in the Animal Crossing: New Leaf—Welcome amiibo game. This updated version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf adds new features and activities, as well as support for all Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and cards. Discover new villagers, explore the Campground, and interact with characters—all with the tap of compatible amiibo cards or figures.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Demon’s Crest – Firebrand must set off to recover the six magical stones of the Demon Crest before the realms of humans and demons fall into the hands of his evil nemesis, Phalanx. In this Super NES action platformer, breathe fire, claw walls and hover across seven intense levels as you fight to save the realms from eternal unrest.

Virtual Console on Wii U
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – Discover the origin of classic character Marth in this Nintendo DS retelling of the original Fire Emblem game. Alternate turns with the enemy and shape your army to suit your strategy by selecting from dozens of units with unique spells, abilities and weapons. Each unit has its own strategic benefits, so guide them wisely or risk losing them on the battlefield.

Wii Retail on Wii U
Metroid: Other M – Join Samus for an action-packed space adventure that takes the best elements of first- and third-person gaming to create a seamless blend of gameplay, storytelling and cinematography. Players hold the Wii Remote controller sideways while navigating and battling in third person. However, at any moment, players can switch immediately to Wii Remote pointer controls to examine and explore the environments in a first-person perspective.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week include Brunch Panic, The Keep and Rorrim, plus several more. Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.


My Nintendo Celebrates The Legend of Zelda – The latest My Nintendo rewards are inspired by the 30th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda franchise. Fans can redeem My Nintendo points for discounts on digital games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS) and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii U). There is also a commemorative 30th anniversary Home Menu theme for the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system. On top of that, enjoy the incredible music of The Legend of Zelda with orchestral music videos. Head to https://my.nintendo.com to check out the rewards.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Disney Tsum Tsum
Mickey & Friends Holiday Season

Also new this week:
GALAXY BLASTER (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Teslapunk (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Bridge Constructor Playground (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

My Nintendo - new rewards for Miitomo available, up until February 28

[Mobile] Snowman Brooch (Miitomo): 100 Platinum Coins [available until February 28th]
[Mobile] Snowman Long-Sleeve Tee (Miitomo): 150 Platinum Coins [available until February 28th]
[Mobile] Cosy Snowman Leggings (Miitomo): 150 Platinum Coins [available until February 28th]

Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon - details and screenshots

Genre: Board Game
Players: 1 (Single Player), from 2 to 4 players (Local Multiplayer)
Save data files: 5
Save data file sizes: 170KB
File size: 866 blocks / 108MB
Stereoscopic 3D: No

More pictures here!

Pokemon Sun/Moon - over 2.1 million copies have been sold across Europe

Analysts predict Super Mario Run's success, Reggie on lack of microtransactions, Miyamoto on mobile approach

“This is definitely a defining moment for Nintendo. If Mario can’t get the job done, I don’t know what other character could.” - Yoshio Osaki, president of IDG Consulting Inc.

The following comes from Tero Kuittinen, a strategist at investment firm Kuuhubb Oy...

- premium price for “Super Mario Run” is risky
- consumers expect high-quality games free
- Nintendo could shortchange itself by not converting players into recurring payers

“Nintendo may make hundreds of millions with the Mario game, but it has effectively ruled out making billions of dollars.”

Coming from Reggie Fils-Aime...

- Super Mario Run is fast-paced and players won’t want interruptions from advertisements or in-app sales pitches
- “It’s not ‘Super Mario play, stop, and then have to pay more.’”

Coming from Shigeru Miyamoto

- phones weren’t powerful enough, which is why Nintendo hadn't created content for them
- now “there are more opportunities for consumers to come into contact with a mobile phone than our own gaming devices.”

Pokemon GO datamined once again, tons of new features found

Another big round of leaked data for Pokemon GO has come from dataminers. If you want the next big round of content ruined, hit the jump!

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Miaymoto on Mario as a mascot, Super Mario Run, Mario's future, mobile efforts, Animal Crossing & more

Coming from a Verge interview with Shigeru Miyamoto...

On Mario's role as a gaming mascot

“I feel like Mario was what introduced millions of people to video games and interactive entertainment, and I think that Mario will continue to serve that role and I think with Super Mario Run that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”

On one-button game experiments that started on Wii

“As we were doing those Wii experiments, we thought that that kind of approach would perhaps best be suited to iPhone. So that became the basis for Super Mario Run. Nintendo has been making Mario games for a long time, and the longer you continue to make a series, the more complex the gameplay becomes, and the harder it becomes for new players to be able to get into the series. We felt that by having this simple tap interaction to make Mario jump, we’d be able to make a game that the broadest audience of people could play.”

On the Pokemon GO success

“Certainly when we first embarked on our mobile strategy, a key element for us was the idea of bringing our characters and [intellectual property] to a much broader audience, but I think we were surprised by the impact that [Pokémon Go] has had in terms of bringing that audience back to our own games.”

On releasing Animal Crossing to mobile and expanding the audience for the next traditional Animal Crossing game

“We have Super Mario Run releasing now, and it’s already decided that we’ll be making a Mario game for our next system and similarly with Animal Crossing, the hope is that when we release the Animal Crossing mobile game, we’ll have more people who become familiar with the Animal Crossing world and characters, so that when we next release an Animal Crossing game we’ll have a much larger audience who will be interested.”

On what kinds of Mario games fans of Super Mario Run will want

“Super Mario Run is going to introduce millions of more people to the fun of Mario, and it’ll become the entry point for them and then the question becomes, once you’ve gone through that entry point, then what comes next? Is it a more traditional Mario experience? Is it something like the Mario Galaxy games? We’ll then have to look at what it is these new fans want from a Mario game, and we’ll continue to see Mario evolve in that way.”

On Mario's first step into mobile and the legacy of the Wii U

“I hope people will continue to recognize the areas where Nintendo has taken that first step and hopefully someday people will look back on the Wii U and think ‘Oh wow, I remember when Nintendo did that, and now look at what’s come of that.’”

Miyamoto also said that franchises like Nintendogs could potentially work better as mobile-only experiences. He went on to say that, "depending on the IP there are different opportunities."