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Pokémon TCG: Shiny Kalos Tins available now

Three great Legendary Pokémon-EX are revealed in the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Shiny Kalos Tin! Choose the forest majesty of Shiny Xerneas-EX, the destructive force of Shiny Yveltal-EX, or the battle-ready power of Zygarde-EX! Each of these rugged tins contains a mighty Pokémon-EX from the Kalos region—ready to battle and ready to win!

In each Pokémon TCG: Shiny Kalos Tin, you'll find:

1 of 3 special foil Pokémon-EX cards: Shiny Xerneas-EX, Shiny Yveltal-EX, or Zygarde-EX

4 Pokémon TCG booster packs

A code card to unlock a playable deck in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Until May 18, 2016, Shiny Kalos Tin will be available only at Walmart stores.

Nintendo UK - Choose your path at our official Fire Emblem Fates website

In Fire Emblem Fates, coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS family systems on May 20th, two kingdoms are on the brink of war – and you must decide where your loyalties lie. Born to Hoshidan royalty but raised by the Nohrian monarchy, consider your decision carefully, then command your army with expert precision to further your cause in this ambitious strategy game. Ahead of launch, choose a side and seal your fate at our official Fire Emblem Fates website!

In turn-based battles, move your units strategically, ambush foes and face enemies in exciting encounters. By partnering allies on the battlefield, they’ll support one another in combat and build relationships, allowing them to fight better together. Fire Emblem Fates is also packed with new possibilities: you can bring fan-favourite Fire Emblem characters into the game with compatible amiibo (sold separately), build your home base with the castle feature, or change the environment using the power of a dragon! You can learn about all of this, and more, in the website’s Gameplay section.

There are several sides to the story in Fire Emblem Fates. From launch, you can join Hoshido in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, or fight alongside Nohr in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. At the website, you can visit the Conquest and Birthright sections to learn about how each story path differs, and enter the Characters section to meet some of the diverse characters you might ally with – or oppose – depending on your choice.

Meanwhile, if you want to discover what would happen if you didn’t side with either Hoshido or Nohr, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will be available to purchase as downloadable content from Nintendo eShop* from June 9th 2016. New maps will also be available to purchase as downloadable content over the coming months. You can learn about all the upcoming extra content at the website in the DLC & Revelation section.

Find out everything you need to know at our official Fire Emblem Fates website. Whether you pick Nohr, Hoshido, or refuse to choose, hours of strategic battles await in Fire Emblem Fates, only on Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Japan - 3DS theme charts for April 25th to May 1st, 2016

01. Kirby Planet Robobot
02. Pokémon Red & Green
03. Pokémon Ash-Greninja
04. Splatoon Squid Sisters
05. Splatoon
06. Osomatsu’s All Set
07. Star Fox Zero
08. Assassination Classroom: New Theme of Time ③
09. Kurousa-P feat. Hatsune Miku ‘Senbonzakura’
10. Monster Hunter X
11. Pokémon: Mega Mewtwo & BREAK Evolution
12. ONE PIECE Nami Vacation
13. Dragon Ball Super: Goku and Vegeta
14. Assassination Classroom: New Theme of Time
15. Soraru × Mafumafu 'Sekai-sick ni Shounen Shoujo’
16. Osomatsu’s Name Scene Collection
17. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
18. ONE PIECE Pirate Empress Boa Hancock
19. Pokémon: Mega Charizard Y
20. The Little Mermaid
21. ONE PIECE Luffy Sabo Ace
22. Mikito-P feat. GUMI & Kagamine Rin 'Ii Aru Fanclub’
23. Osamatsu’s Six Children
24. Kirby Wai Wai Craft
25. Pokémon Champion Daigo

PR- Let the Games Begin for Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games for Wii U

4th May 2016 – The worlds of Mario and Sonic come together once more for 17 exciting events in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™, arriving on Wii U across Europe on 24th June. Taking place in Rio de Janeiro, host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, the latest instalment of the series features over 30 playable characters, the ability to play as your Mii, and plenty of frantic four-player multiplayer action to enjoy with friends and family, including the new Duel Events, which give familiar sports a classic Mario & Sonic twist.

Rugby Sevens is one of three sports, along with Football and Beach Volleyball, that comes with its own Duel Event. The action’s powered-up, familiar items like Bullet Bills and Chaos Emeralds are allowed, and chaotic multiplayer matches are guaranteed. In Duel Events, players build up Duel Points by pulling off actions like tackling, spiking or shooting, then have to score a try, point or goal to add these Duel Points to their total score. Last-gasp turnarounds and severe drubbings on an unprecedented scale await!

Players can also vie for gold medals in classic Olympic Games events like Boxing, Archery, and the 100m sprint, using either the Wii U GamePad in single-player, or with Wii Remote button controls in multiplayer. All events take place in venues modelled after the real-life venues of the Olympic Games, bringing an authentic touch of Rio to the proceedings. Rhythm Gymnastics (with clubs) and Rugby Sevens – the latter making its debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – are also playable for the first time.

Alongside the new events comes the new Heroes Showdown mode: an addition for only the most dedicated Mario and Sonic fans out there, as it’s unlocked after achieving first place or being in the winning team in all 17 player events in single-player, or by winning the Bronze Medal more than seven times in tournaments. Competitors join up with Team Mario or Team Sonic and battle it out against the other side in knockout rounds. Events are picked at random for a real test of all-around skill, and each round a character from the losing team is knocked out until either all members are knocked out, or Team Captains Mario and Sonic are eliminated, so it’s all on the line to be the last team standing.

Over 30 playable characters from the Mario and Sonic series appear, including some that are exclusive to certain events. Sporting hopefuls can put themselves in the game as their Mii, and take part in tournaments for each event. Coins and rings earned through gameplay can be used to buy additional costumes from the Mario series or Sonic series respectively.

Additional special tournaments can be accessed through the use of amiibo figures, which can be used after completing 25 tournaments. By tapping a Sonic amiibo to the Wii U GamePad, the Sonic League will begin, pitting a player’s Mii against characters from the Sonic series. Meanwhile, the Mario League can be played if any Mario amiibo is tapped, and will see players squaring off against characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. A special Mario or Sonic Mii costume will be earned for winning their respective leagues, while scanning in any other amiibo will reward the player with either coins or rings to use at the Item Stand for a chance to win additional costumes.

With 14 official Olympic Games disciplines and three Duel Events, over 30 playable characters and the ability to play as your Mii, and local multiplayer for up to four players, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™ will offer everyone a chance to go for the gold when it comes to Wii U on 24th June!

For further details:

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games website:

http://www.olympicvideogames.com

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MarioSonicGames

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mariosonicgames


GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Last week's video content from GoNintendo

Man, the allergies are flowing strong within me this week. All my friends are complaining about being hit hard by allergies. I guess we're all getting old and our feeble bodies can't keep up with the attacks. It'll all be over soon. Until then, I guess I'll just have to live it up! See you in a few, short hours.

As I said last night, we're going to be switching our weekly video roundup to Tuesdays instead of Monday. We've given the precious Monday slot to Austin and the Eggbusters series. Well deserved, I say! But now Monday is over, so get the hell outta here, Austin! It's time to make way for some other content!

First up is the latest episode of Parents Play, where my Mom and Dad got introduced to the world of Wario Land Shake It!. My Dad is actually getting somewhat better at games! I think you see that on display here. He's still horrendous...but slightly less horrendous than he used to be!

We also have the latest episode of the GoNintendo Podcast. We're up to 559 now! You can check out all the info in this week's show, which centers in on the tons of news from Nintendo's investor briefing. if that doesn't tickle your fancy, you can just stare at the weird thumbnail!

Finally, just incase you missed it yesterday, you can check out the newest episode of Eggbusters. Austin checks out some glitches in Sonic Adventure 2 and ends up questioning his existence.