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National Student Esports and Nintendo UK Announce the launch of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship

Why study when you can Smash?

[London, September 23]: National Student Esports (NSE) and Nintendo UK today announced a partnership to officially launch the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship, which will become a part of the NSE winter season allowing players to earn points for their University as part of the British University Esports Championship.

“Since launch, there have been many requests from students for Super Smash Bros Ultimate., so we are delighted to be able to add such a prestigious, sought-after title to the roster” Said Jonathan Tilbury, Executive Director at NSE. “We will be working closely with Nintendo UK to ensure that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship exceeds all expectations, especially for players who are extremely passionate about the community”

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship will consist of an eight-week online circuit, which will contain four weeks of 3 v 3 team tournaments and four weeks of 1 v 1 singles tournaments. Sign-ups for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship will open later this week to UK university students via the NSE Championship portal on NSE.gg. The first tournament of the circuit will take place on October 10 and will continue weekly until the finals, which will take place at the British University Esports Championship live winter finals in December. Event attendees will be able to play other Nintendo titles whilst also taking part in a last chance qualifier.

On top of the stand-alone championship and with the support of Nintendo UK, NSE will be holding up to five Super Smash Bros. Ultimate regional university tournaments, which will accompany existing student regional events across the country. More details on the tournaments will be revealed soon.

NSE will be distributing Nintendo swag to participating university societies as a part of the partnership and societies will be encouraged to run Nintendo events as part of their planned society activity. More details of what the partnership will include will follow in the coming weeks.

Pokémon Red and Blue Get Metal Tribute by Ro Panuganti

A metal take on the classics

SEATTLE - September 23, 2019 - Materia Collective has released Metal Trainer, a thrashin' progressive rock and metal cover album featuring nine tracks from the original Pokémon Red and Blue for the Nintendo Game Boy. Arranged and performed by Ro Panuganti--best known for his game music remix performances on YouTube and past albums dedicated to Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time--Metal Trainer captures the fierce battles, intriguing locales, and remarkable moments Pokémon's heaviest journey yet. Metal Trainer is now available wherever digital music is sold:

"Metal Trainer was started as a simpler, more traditional rock album that people could enjoy hearing live and playing on the go, or working out," comments arranger Ro Panuganti. "I quickly got pulled in the nostalgia of those first Pokémon games, and realized that I had to keep things more progressive rock and metal to properly capture that epic journey. Some of my proudest arranging happened for 'Lavender,' where most of my ideas came when I just had my guitar in a room with no computer. I played with how that song should go in a story, and eventually wrote some of my proudest, spookiest music yet. I hope that listener's feel that innocent charm of Pokémon's city anthems, that fire in your belly from wanting to beat the intimidating gym leaders, and those ghostly chills that came from traversing Lavender Town."

Key themes from across Pokémon Red and Blue are included. The track list for Metal Trainer is as follows:

01. Pokémon Master
02. Viridian
03. A Wild Encounter
04. Pokémon Hospital
05. Mt. Moon
06. Cerulean
07. Lavender
08. Pokémon Mansion
09. Gym Battle

About Ro Panuganti

Ro Panuganti is an active musician, recording and playing in the avante-garde yet remarkable style of progressive rock/metal and more. His skills range from electric guitar to bass, vocal, piano, and a slew of traditional Indian instruments. Influences range from Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and modern prog artists to Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and varieties of musicals and soundtracks.

Ro has been creating rock and metal versions of videogame, television, and movie themes since 2011 and has performed at a variety of events including National Harbor MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival) in 2017 and ConBravo 2018. His music has been featured on Nickelodeon, Smosh, in small indie games including Bacon Man: An Adventure, and on albums that performed in the Top 20 Bandcamp Albums in their respective genres.

Ro continues to create a variety of game remixes, original music, gear reviews, tutorials, contests, and more for his YouTube channel on a near-weekly basis and works to grow the world of exciting fan music and videogame scores.

Check out Metal Trainer on all storefronts

Car Mechanic Simulator Pocket Edition coming to Switch on Sept. 27th, 2019

Fix it again, Tony

The best-selling Car Mechanic Simulator that has gained great popularity on PC will soon be available on Nintendo Switch. The simulator created by Red Dot Games lets you create your own car workshop empire. The premiere date of Car Mechanic Simulator Pocket Edition in the digital distribution (Nintendo eShop) is set for September 27 this year.

The simulator was created by the Polish studio Red Dot Games. The publisher of Car Mechanic Simulator Pocket Edition on Nintendo Switch is Ultimate Games S.A.

This production of Red Dot Games offers players very extensive capabilities. For example, each vehicle has several hundred separate parts (including elements of the interior, body and engine) and can be disassembled into the basic parts.

The key element of the gameplay in the Car Mechanic Simulator Pocket Edition is car repairs. Accepting orders from customers allows you to earn money, which can later be spent on improving the workshop and deepening your skills. The orders available in the game are very diverse – both in terms of difficulty and complexity. The player can take part in an auction to buy demolished cars and then renew and sell them at a profit or add them to his collection.

Car Mechanic Simulator Pocket Edition is based on the very well-received PC version of the series – Car Mechanic Simulator 2015. This title currently has 90 percent favorable reviews on the Steam platform. “The Pocket Edition has the same content as the original known from the PC. This version of the game is of course adjusted accordingly in terms of control to the particularities of the console, so fans can count on comfortable play at a high level and to see why the Car Mechanic
Simulator series has gained so much popularity on PC and other platforms” says the CEO of Ultimate Games S.A., Mateusz Zawadzki.

The main features of Car Mechanic Simulator Pocket Edition:

- creation of a car workshop empire;
- extensive order system;
- each vehicle consists of a few hundred separate parts;
- wide possibilities of developing the workshop and skills;
- an auction system;
- your own collection of cars.

Batman glides to Fortnite on Batman Day

Full details on the Batman collab

The Bat-Signal has appeared over the Island. Answer the call in this Caped Crossover from now until October 6 in celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary!

A Rift Zone has brought Gotham City to Fortnite. Of course, it wouldn’t be Gotham City if villainy didn’t come along with it. This POI lets you be the hero the citizens of Gotham City need by giving you your own Batman cape and the power of Glider Redeploy!

Being a hero is even more fun when you have some “wonderful toys” at your disposal. Drop in the game now to try out the Batman Grapnel Gun and Explosive Batarang!

One of the best parts of being a Super Hero is the suit — save the day in style with the Batman Caped Crusader Pack! In addition to other Batman-themed cosmetics, this Pack includes the Batman Comic Book Outfit and The Dark Knight Movie Outfit!

The Batman Caped Crusader Pack will be in the Store until October 6.

The Shop features individual Batman-themed items too, including an Outfit for his feline frenemy Catwoman!

Rescue the Island from danger by taking on the heroic Challenges available until October 1. Completing these Challenges will earn you free rewards from the Welcome to Gotham City Challenge Bundle, including the Catwing Glider! (But stopping evil is reward enough, right?)

Join in on the action today. Long Live The Bat, Fortnite-style.

Mewtwo with Shadow Ball joins Pokemon GO EX Raids

Having a ball!

The Genetic Pokémon, Mewtwo, will be returning to EX Raids!

Date + Time

Starting on September 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. PDT—Trainers can receive EX Raid Passes to be invited to EX Raids featuring Mewtwo.

Features

Challenge Mewtwo with the Shadow Ball attack exclusively in EX Raids!
If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Mewtwo!
Are you new to EX Raids? You can become eligible to receive an EX Raid Pass when you win a Raid Battle at a qualifying Gym! To see whether a Gym can host EX Raids, take a look at the Gym’s details. If you triumph in a qualifying Raid Battle and receive an invitation to an EX Raid, you can check your EX Raid Pass for the date and time when you’ll be able to challenge Mewtwo.

Battling Mewtwo will be a difficult challenge that requires Trainers to take advantage of every opportunity—so don’t forget to invite a friend to go along with you! Invites can only be sent to an Ultra Friend or Best Friend, so don’t forget to battle with friends, send Gifts, and trade Pokémon to build up your Friendship level.

Do you have what it takes? Best of luck—Mewtwo won’t back down!

OC ReMix presents Songs of the Sirens, A Link's Awakening ReMixed Album

The perfect time for a tribute album

Celebrating today's highly anticipated re-release of Link's Awakening on the Nintendo Switch, OverClocked ReMix today released its 71st free community arrangement album, Songs of the Sirens: Link's Awakening ReMixed!

Featuring 14 tracks from 14 artists, Songs of the Sirens pays tribute to Nintendo's 1993 handheld classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and is co-directed by OC ReMix veterans William "WillRock" Harby & Emery "DaMonz" Monzerol.

The album's artwork -- depicting a stone carving of Koholint Island's mysterious Owl and Wind Fish characters -- was designed by Canadian artist Roxanne Chartrand.

Songs of the Sirens marks OC ReMix's fourth Legend of Zelda series album, following 2017's Mirror Image tributing A Link to the Past, 2011's 25YEARLEGEND commemorating the franchise's 25th anniversary, and 2010's Threshold of a Dream previously honoring Link's Awakening.

Check out the album here

The Rocket League World Championship returns to Europe

Kicks off Dec. 13th!

You read that right! The Season 8 Rocket League World Championship is headed to Europe later this year! Set for December 13-15, the best teams on the planet will be heading to the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain to battle for glory and their shot at the title of World Champion.

More information about tickets will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to our Twitter for official updates, and make sure to tune into the first week of League Play on October 5.

In the meantime, check out a map of the surrounding area and get a headstart on planning your stay during the World Championship. Stay tuned for your opportunity to grab tickets and experience the exhilaration of top-flight Rocket League live and in-person. We'll see you in Madrid!

Altered Forme Giratina Returns to Pokémon GO Raids, and It Might Be Shiny

Altered beast

Alter your plans and prepare to battle the Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO Raid Battles starting September 23.

The Renegade Pokémon returns to five-star Pokémon GO Raid Battles from September 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT, to October 17, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT. The Legendary Pokémon is a capable combatant because of its powerful Ghost-type attacks, but even if you're more interested in collecting than battling, there's reason to get excited. Lucky Trainers may encounter Shiny Giratina for the first time during its return to Raid Battles, so make sure to challenge the Legendary Pokémon as often as you can.

The same tactics you used to face Giratina in previous encounters will work again here. It's weak against Ice-, Ghost-, Dragon-, Dark-, and Fairy-type attacks, so use your most powerful attacks of those types to earn as many Premier Balls as you can. Good luck, Trainers!

Play great Switch games, take part in tournaments and enter the The Legend of Zelda cosplay competition at EGX 2019

Nintendo goes big at EGX 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be at EGX 2019 and we’ll have plenty of things happening, including a great selection of Nintendo Switch games to play, tournaments to get involved in and even a cosplay competition with a The Legend of Zelda theme.

Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and more will be playable on the Nintendo stand! Check out the full list of playable titles below:

- Pokémon Sword & Shield
- Luigi's Mansion 3
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- Super Mario Maker 2
- DRAGON QUEST® XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
- LAYTON'S MYSTERY JOURNEY™: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition

Tournaments

Saturday 19th October – Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2019-2020 Qualifier

EGX 2019 will host a qualifier for the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2019-2020.

We’re accepting pre-registration for the qualifier from full teams of four or five people. To secure your team’s place in the tournament please send an email to NintendoCommunity@Nintendo.co.uk with the subject line “Splatoon 2 Tournament EGX 2019”, providing the names or tags of your team members*. Please note that you will need to purchase a ticket to enter EGX 2019, which you can do so at the EGX 2019 website.

Teams can also still register at the event from 10am on Thursday 17th October, if there is space available, at the Tournament desk at the Nintendo stand. For players not in full teams that attend the event and wish to compete, we will endeavour to match any squids for hire with others looking to create a team if there is space in the tournament.

Sunday 20th October - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate UK Team Cup 2019-2020 Qualifier

EGX 2019 will host a qualifier for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate UK Team Cup 2019-2020.

We’re accepting pre-registration for the qualifier. To secure your team’s place in the tournament please send an email to NintendoCommunity@Nintendo.co.uk with the subject line “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament EGX 2019”, providing the names or tags of your team members*. Please note that you will need to purchase a ticket to enter EGX 2019, which you can do so at the EGX 2019 website.

Teams can also still register at the event from 10am on Thursday 17th October, if there is space available, at the Tournament desk at the Nintendo stand. For players not in full teams that attend the event and wish to compete, we will endeavour to match any individual players with others looking to create a team if there is space in the tournament.

The Legend of Zelda cosplay competition

Cosplayers in a The Legend of Zelda cosplay, as any character from the history of the franchise, who attend EGX 2019 on Saturday 19th October 2019 can take part in an on-stage cosplay event on the Nintendo stage between 3pm and 4pm! The competition will be judged by professional cosplayers, and photos of the entrants will be published on official Nintendo social channels. The winner of the competition will be awarded a special pack of The Legend of Zelda prizes including:

• A Nintendo Switch Lite

• The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Limited Edition

• Link (Link’s Awakening) amiibo

• A The Legend of Zelda themed goody bag from the Nintendo UK Store

If you’d like to take part in this celebration of The Legend of Zelda then please send an email to nintendocommunity@nintendo.co.uk under the subject line “The Legend of Zelda Cosplay” with your contact details and the name of the character you will be cosplaying as at the event. Entries close 12:00 noon on Tuesday 15th October 2019. You can also still register at the event from 10am on Thursday 17th October, if there is space available. Please see below for full terms and conditions.

EGX 2019 takes place at the ExCeL, London. Tickets can be purchased from the EGX 2019 website.

Stay tuned for more details on playable titles and follow @NintendoUK and @NintendoUKVS on Twitter to get updates about all the activities taking place at the event.

Whether you want to get hands-on with upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, seek glory in our headline competitions, like showing off your favourite cosplay or simply want to bring your own Nintendo Switch to find like-minded fans, we’re looking forward to welcoming you at our stand!

*Registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis. Registration closes at 23:59 BST on 13th October 2019

Full rules here

The breathtaking world of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch arrives on Switch

Ready for a magical adventure?

Santa Clara, CA., (September 20, 2019) - Leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today released Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered™, an enhanced version of 2013’s beloved action role-playing game featuring upgraded graphics on PlayStation 4 and STEAM. The original version of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is also be available on Nintendo Switch, marking its official debut on a handheld platform.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered on PlayStation 4 and PC features brilliant new visual enhancements, giving PlayStation 4 players the ability to enjoy the game at 1080p resolution and with a super-smooth frame rate of 60 frames per second (fps). PlayStation 4 Pro users can also opt for a true 4K resolution at 30 fps, or 1440p at 60fps. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on Nintendo Switch is the first handheld iteration of the acclaimed title, letting Switch players experience the game with 720p resolution at 30 fps while docked in TV mode at home, or in handheld mode on the go. The game retains the same dynamic fight system combining real-time action and turn-based tactical elements, as well as the dozens of locations and hundreds of creatures that comprise the vast universe of Ni no Kuni.

Developed by LEVEL-5, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’s tale unfolds through animation storyboarded and created by the legendary Studio Ghibli, with music composed by award-winning musician Joe Hisaishi. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch tells the charming yet tragic story of Oliver, a young boy who embarks on a journey to another world—one filled with familiars and foes—in hopes of bringing back his mother following a tragic incident. With a copy of the Wizard’s Companion book in hand and trusted friend Drippy by his side, Oliver must traverse exotic lands to tame familiars and take on malevolent foes. With his newly formed team of friends and familiars, it’s up to Oliver to overcome the challenges of personal growth and fierce enemies in order to save his mom.

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