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Nintendo of Japan had a 30 minute Direct this morning and revealled a few nice little tidbits, if which I’ll get to in another piece. The focus of this article is the addition of yet another new character To Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Shulk from Xenosaga is the latest to join the battle, which makes you wonder just how many more are yet to be revealled. With the game set for release in just over a month, how many more surprises does Nintendo have in store?

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Masami Ueda, lead composer for Bayonetta 2, posted a sneak preview of some the music from the game today. The post was made on the official blog for Platinum Games. Ueda was a composer on the first game as well.

Most of the composers for the original Bayonetta returned to help out on Bayonetta 2. Compared to the original’s 150 songs, Bayonetta 2 will have 183 songs in total. Ueda showcased sone if the music in a video previously released at E3.

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Square Enix is putting Dragon Quest VIII for mobile devices on sale this weekend.

Dragon Quest fans are in for a treat as Square Enix today announced that the mobile versions of its fan-favorite RPG, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, is now available at a reduced price until September 4th for $14.99.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King lets mobile players explore the game’s vast grassy fields, snow-capped mountains, daunting dungeons and restless seas. Players can slide their screens to pan the camera in a full 360 degrees around the character. In addition, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King also features the original title’s revolutionary synthesizer score, orchestrated by the series’ long time music composer Koichi Sugiyama.

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SteamWorld Dig – After its positive reception on Nintendo 3DS, indie hit SteamWorld Dig is making its way to Wii U for the first time. In this platform mining adventure, take on the role of Rusty as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Explore an underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors with interface elements that use the Wii U GamePad controller. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

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The epic conclusion to the latest crossover has finally arrived on comic store shelves with “Dawn of X” Part Four! The time-traveling adventure reaches its explosive finale as the mystery of Mega Man’s confrontation with the rogue Wily robot is revealed! X and the Maverick Hunters have their final showdown with the mechanical monsters! And Xander Payne’s fate comes to a startling conclusion!

Don’t miss this crossover between iconic eras, with a shocking and surprise ending!

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Well it’s a brand new story arc launching this week in Sonic Universe. The events of Shadow Fall and The Great Chaos Caper have come to a collision with the epic new tale “Total Eclipse” Part One in Sonic Universe issue #67!

The third chapter in the DARK TRILOGY begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse. But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality! Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over how to protect the world! Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts the heroes! It’s the first-ever SU TRILOGY and you’ll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from TRACY YARDLEY and BEN HUNZEKER and a special “Pixel Cutscene” variant cover from RYAN JAMPOLE!

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The DLC additions to Mario Kart 8 keep coming!

Two new downloadable content packs coming to Mario Kart 8, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting August 27th at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both). Included in the packs are crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.

In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live August 27th that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race.

“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”

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Nintendo and the Pokémon company released a teaser video today of a new collaboration between the companies and Bandai Namco Games. In the unlikliest of games, Pokémon will be made into an arcade fighting game to be called Pokkén Tournament.

Not a lot of information has been released about the game aside from the title and tentative release date. The game will be released in arcades in Japan in 2015, but I haven’t seen any information about if the game will be released in North American arcades OR on the Nintendo Wii U.

The game is the second recent collaboration between Nintendo and outside developers, with the most recent being Hyrule Warriors with Koei Tecmo Games. Personally it’s nice to see Nintendo branching out a little bit with different genre twists to their existing catalog of properties. Perhaps next we’ll see an MMORPG with the Pokémon license to be produced alongside Square Enix?

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You know, I’ve never tried one of the Art Academy series of games from Nintendo, though they do look pretty interesting. This fall, Pokémon Art Academy will be released on the Nintendo 3DS. Ever wanted to draw your favourite Pokémon character?

Starting October 24th, aspiring artists can hone their skills through a series of easy-to-follow lessons under the tutelage of esteemed Professor Andy in this new 2D art-instruction game for the Nintendo 3DS.

Drawing their way toward graduation – from the art basics of simple shapes and coloring, to exciting advanced techniques of shading and blending – players will wield a variety of tools, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and paints to illustrate popular Pokémon from all known regions. As they advance, players can unlock special lessons featuring Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

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I’m not going to pretend that I fully understand everything that is going on in this trailer for Dragon Quest X, but one thing is for sure. It looks epic.

The game looks beautiful and is breathtaking. It looks like you can fully customise your primary character, the game is filed with mini games and a lot to keep the game occupied, aside from the main story.

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