Hurry and Get Your Amiibo, Some of Them Aren't Sticking Around

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In a statement to Wired, Nintendo commented on the seeming lack of restocking for some Amiibo characters, confirming that some 'less popular' figures will not se a second run of production:

We will aim for certain amiibo to always be available. These will be for our most popular characters like Mario and Link. Due to shelf space constraints, other figures likely will not return to the market once they have sold through their initial shipment.

If you want a character that isn't so popular, you might want to go out and get one now, otherwise you may find yourself forced to pay exorbitant prices on eBay.

Tapping the Mario Theme on a New 3DS Unlocks Breakout in Your Browser!

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Nintendo's latest awesome Easter Egg will keep you busy for hours, even if you don't have a game to play on your New 3DS. Opening the web browser and tapping out the first six notes of the Super Mario Bros theme unlocks a game that lets you destroy bricks of a URL of your choice. See it in action in the video above.

Probably Don't Panic About Your Wii U Breaking

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A problem has arisen with Smash for the Wii U that's causing some users to encounter error codes, leaving their games and sometimes their consoles unplayable. The most common error codes are 160-0103 when the game is booted up, and 160-1710 on the Data Management page. Many are suspicious that this error is related to an update, but there's no official word yet. These errors can sometimes leave a console bricked, especially after deleting an update, so proceed with caution. Affected users who have contacted Nintendo are being directed to format the system (which can leave it bricked), or mail the console to Nintendo.


The issue is not currently very widespread, but be careful out there, Wii U owners.

UPDATE: Internet sleuthing has revealed that it isn't necessarily Smash's fault; it's been happening with a variety of games.


UPDATE 2: Nintendo is investigating the issue, but maintains that it's only affecting a small percentage of consumers.

Don't Get Too Excited About That Nintendo Emulator Patent

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4chanOver the weekend, people got excited about a Nintendo patent that was published by the US Patent Trademark Office for a software emulator for handheld video game platforms such as the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance. This patent allows Nintendo to make game emulators for things like your smart phone, tablet, or in-flight entertainment devices. But before you have a heart attack, this also allows Nintendo to stop others from doing the same thing. Nintendo has held similar patents since 2000, and this one could be just continuing to cover their bases. Keep in mind that they're already doing basically this on their own existing platforms with the Virtual Console for 3DS and Wii U.

That said, the patent does contain language like "in some circumstances, it may be desirable to enable people to play GAME BOY.RTM. video games and other GAME BOY.RTM. applications on a personal digital assistant, cellular telephone or other such device," so keep your dreams alive if you're set on playing Pokémon on your iPhone.

Nintendo Has No Plans for Paid DLC for Smash

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Good guy Nintendo isn't working on any paid DLC for Super Smash Bros. because they don't want people to feel shorted. In an interview with Videogamer, Sakurai said, "I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros., and I appreciate that a major part of the excitement for these games come from which characters will appear in the roster, so I think fans could really enjoy DLC that could keep this excitement going. However, I think there might be criticism that we are cutting up content to sell characters one by one, or that we are adding things later that should have been there from the start."

Creating a character is a lot of work and costs a lot of money, says Sakurai, and he doesn't know that adding more DLC characters would be worth it. Unfortunately, that also means he thinks adding characters like Reggie and Iwata isn't a good idea. When asked about it, he said, "I don't think the inclusion of these characters would be very interesting to a wide audience. For the amount of effort involved, I would actually prefer to add another roster character. As it takes a lot of work to add a character to the game, it's not a decision that can be taken lightly."

For now at least, it looks like Mewtwo is the only DLC character we can look forward to.

Kirby's Coming Just in Time for Valentine's Day

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse's release date has been announced as February 13, 2015.

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