Written by: J.H. Longman
From Mario to Link, to Inklings to Pokémon, as always, we’re here to keep you updated on all of the latest news. Below you can catch all of our choice picks of noteworthy news this week. These are the Miketendo64 News Highlights of the week!
Super Mario Maker (A TOUCH OF KANTO):
Why merely have six playable Pokémon costumes in Super Mario Maker, when you can have 9? Joining Pokémon originals Charizard, Pikachu and Mewtwo, were the starters a lot of us began our journey with, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. In one of the most clever event courses in Super Mario Maker, a trip to Professor Oak’s lab sees you having to choice between one of the original three and making it to the end of level just to unlock the Pokémon you chose. That’s right, completing it only unlocks the Pokémon you choose, meaning you will have to play and beat it again and again, as the other two starters.
“Why make it easy and unlock all three at once after one completion when you can make a level that needs to be completed three times?” I like your thinking Nintendo. If you have yet to beat the level, you can check out our video play-through below:
Splatoon (RED & BLUE ALL OVER):
If you thought only Super Mario Maker was reliving Pokémon Red and Blue, think again because come the 19th of February, the next European and North America Splatfest will see players divided when they must make the ultimate choice, Pokémon Red? Or Pokémon Blue? This is going to be a Splatfest you don’t want to miss, so hopefully the server won’t have issues like it did this week and be taken offline to undergo emergency maintenance like it did on Thursday.
Source: Michael Martin of IGN
Pokémon Movie (NEW DETAILS REVEALED):
Sticking to the world of Pokémon, this week came the reveal in CoroCoro of Magearna, the latest Pokémon to be revealed, who we still don’t know all that much about it, except for the fact Magiana is in the new film, is abducted and that Volcanion is attempting to rescue the man-made Pokémon, but needs Ash’s help to do so. There have currently been three different translated into English titles for the film, so until the official name is given, for now, we’ll just stick to the one Serebii is using, “Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna.”
If you can’t wait to see the new film, you can always watch Pokémon: The First Movie, to tide you over for now, as Nintendo are currently streaming the film on the Pokémon website and you can see it yourself with the link below:
You can even watch the film on your phone with the Pokémon TV app.
Pokkén Tournament (MEWTWO HOLDS NO PUNCHES):
Also revealed in CoroCoro, details regarding Shadow Mewtwo from the 18th of March release, Pokken Tournament. Shadow Mewtwo’s moves include a wide array of punches, such as Thunder Punch, Fire Punch and Ice Punch, all of which if dealt in swift succession, will administer a huge amount of hurt!
Then there is Psywave, a move with many uses, which includes sucking in your opponents and able to be used as a projectile. For anyone who are really looking forwards to playing Shadow Mewtwo, you can unlock the Pokémon in-game as you progress through, or you can speed up the entire process and buy the special Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card along with the First Edition copy of the game and use the card to unlock the fighter a lot sooner!
Pokémon Everywhere (BADGES & DISTRIBUTION DETAILS):
Because we haven’t given you enough Pokémon news this week, here’s more. For anyone still playing Nintendo Badge Arcade in Europe, there are now two panels packed full of badges for you to collect, as part of Valentine’s Day celebrations. The Xerneas and Flabébé panels have already been available in both North America and Japan and now it’s our turn.
Sticking to Europe, details were also shared for how players in France can get their own special Mew. From February the 26th to the 31st of March, you will be able to get a code staight from Micromania stores all across the country.
But Mew isn’t the only Pokémon up for grabs, a Surfing Pikachu is available as well. With the opening of the Pokémon Center Online Services website in Japan, anyone who makes their first order on the website between the 16th of February to the 22nd of May, will be able to receive a Pikachu learned in the ways of: Surf, Fly, Agility and Celebrate and anyone who signs up on the Japanese website before the 14th will also receive 100 PokéPoints.
For additional details regarding the site, you can find them here:
Out in the eShop (MYSTERY DUNGEON & ODDWORLD: NEW ‘N’ TASTY):
Keeping to Pokémon, available for digital download, as part of the Virtual Console offerings is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, but if you have had enough of Pokémon, also newly released is 2014’s Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty, a complete remake of the original Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, and now that PlayStation and Xbox gamers have had their fun, those of us who are still Team Nintendo can have ours. If you are torn between getting the game and not getting the game, we’ve included the trailer below to help you out with such a troubling decision.
It’s been a long time for Oddworld to get the Nintendo attention it properly deserved and this week, Series creator Lorne Lanning, went on to do an interview with NintendoLife regarding the digital release on Wii U and the future of Oddworld. You can find the interview right here:
Source: Alex Olney of NintendoLife
Weekly Review (MASS EFFECT 3: SPECIAL EDITON):
For something other than Pokémon, this week our chosen review is our latest one of 2012’s ever brilliant Mass Effect 3. With fast packed action, choices and consequences and a multiplayer to just love, Mass Effect 3 is fine game and fitting end to an amazing story, the Shepard Saga is not one you want to miss: You can catch our review of the ever brilliant game below:
Nintendo Selects (AN ALL NEW SELECTION):
Taking our Big news section this week is the latest batch of Nintendo Selects games to come out. For those of us who want to buy some great games but unable to do so, the Nintendo Selects series of games are a great way for our dreams to come true and now, to be made available from the 11th of March at the usual affordable price, those of you in North America can expect to see the following games on the following platforms:
-Animal Crossing: City Folk
-Donkey Kong Country Returns
-Super Mario All-Stars
-Super Mario Galaxy 2
-Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
-Mario Party: Island Tour
-The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
-Yoshi’s New Island
Nintendo Wii U:
-Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
-NES Remix Pack
-Super Mario 3D World
You can’t deny that it isn’t a great line-up of games, but I just wish the same, or even a slightly altered one, would be made available to Europe so that I could buy a couple of them! Why should North America get all the fun?
Source: Shawn Long of Nintendo Enthusiast
It’s been a very Pokémon packed week, but we love it all the same and if this is what we got this week, next week’s could be even better. Fingers crossed, we might even get some Zelda U, it’s about time we did! Or at least the reveal of a new Zelda game for the 3DS.
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