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Mewtwo may become premium DLC for Super Smash Bros.

Nearly one month ago, Nintendo revealed legendary Pokemon Mewtwo as a playable fighter for Super Smash Bros, available only to those that own both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game. Expected to arrive in spring 2015, the downloadable character will be free to the dual-Smash players, but new information on Club Nintendo notes that all players may have access to Mewtwo down the road. While it's no guarantee, the promotion page includes a footnote that the "Mewtwo DLC may be available for purchase in the future," as corroborated by the game's Japanese site.

To make the prospect of purchasing the Pokemon character in Super Smash Bros. cloudier, Game Director Masahiro Sakurai told Video Gamer this week in regards to paid DLC for the games that the development team isn't "working on anything at the moment." Those looking to guarantee that they'll get a download code for Mewtwo will need to register their copies of both Smash Bros. games on Club Nintendo by March 31, 2015. Super Smash Bros. will launch on Wii U tomorrow in North America and November 28 in Europe. For more information on the game, be sure to check out our review.
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Watch every taunt in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is still a few hours away, so we whipped up a little video to help you pass the time. Here's every single taunt in the game. Once you're done with that, you can read our review. We're waiting until Nintendo switches on the game's online modes before we give it a final score, but so far we've enjoyed every smashing minute.

New Super Mario Bros Wii crosses 10 million copies sold

New Super Mario Bros Wii reached 10 million copies sold, Nintendo announced via Twitter. The side-scrolling platformer first launched on Wii in November 2009 and became Japan's fastest-selling game for the console two months later.

Nintendo's return to 2D platforming action in the Mario series was popular for its multiplayer offerings; up to four players could traverse the Mushroom Kingdom's environments together, knocking into one another along the way. The publisher has since returned to Mario-leaping action on Wii U with games like 2012's New Super Mario Bros. U and last year's Super Mario 3D World, the latter listed by Joystiq as one of the ten best titles that launched in 2013. Nintendo shipped over two million copies of Super Mario 3D World as of May.
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New Nintendo eShop releases: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire

In the case of Nintendo eShop's new releases this week, size does indeed matter. With just a smattering of games on Wii U, one of them a late spring PS4/Xbox One hit and another being an obscure Game Boy Advance curio, you'd think the console would be on shaky ground. Not so. It's got big, big goods. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, with all its 8-player insanity and high definition glory, finally comes home. That's the good news. The bad news is that, unlike the other eShop releases this week, you'll have to wait until Friday, November 21 to play it.

If you have a Nintendo 3DS, though, you can tide yourself over with plenty of other, admittedly slower fights. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, new 3D remakes of classic GBA Pokemon games are available to download. If you absolutely need to see Charizard burn something on Thursday, they're perfect options.

Poke-shenanigans are the top options on 3DS, but Wii U does have those aforementioned Smash Bros. boosters in the wings. First is the long-awaited, rumored-to-be-cancelled Watch Dogs from Ubisoft. Finally, Wii U Virtual Console gets yet another Game Boy Advance game in its library with puzzle game DK: King of Swing, wherein you swing Donkey Kong around from an overhead view. It's trickier than it sounds.

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Joystiq Deals: Free year of GameFly, free Ouya giveaways

We've got a pair of can't-miss giveaways on offer today at Joystiq Deals. First up is our Year Of Free GameFly Giveaway, a prize package that includes a free year of GameFly's deluxe 2-games-out-at-a-time subscription service (valued at $275).

You'll also want to check out our Triple Crown Ouya Giveaway, which offers up three Ouya consoles free of charge for three lucky winners. You can enter both of today's featured contests by submitting your e-mail address, and you can earn additional entries by referring your friends via Twitter. Good luck!


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Joystiq Streams: Free to be Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Captain Falcon had opened a chain of family eateries. Kirby was working on Pink on the Outside, a treacly memoir that wasn't going anywhere. Link and Zelda were waiting on production for their next project, but feeling anxious and lost. Samus was looking into starring in a Quentin Tarantino picture to revitalize her post-Other M image, but development was slow. They all needed relief. Something new. Something to smash. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is here to give Nintendo's icons the focused release they've been longing for, in glorious high definition. Finally: a moment of clarity to knock someone in the jaw so hard they fly into the horizon.

Join us as we stream the retail version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at 4:00PM EST on Joystiq.com/Twitch. We'll take a walk through the Wii U version's features, from the Smash Board board game, to stage creation, to 8-player brawl-downs.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review: Show me your moves

As of press time, the online mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is unavailable. Below is our evaluation of the offline content. We have not included a score. We will test online play on the game's launch day, November 21, when online play is expected to be enabled. At that time, we will update this review with relevant commentary and our final score.
"Who would win in a fight?" is the lighthearted crux of the Super Smash Bros. series, and it's impressive how extensive that conversation has become. Pitting beloved video game characters in unlikely rivalries seems as amusing as it did during the series' 1999 debut, especially when it involves a mix of iconic faces and left-field picks. With fresh contenders, several new competition types and a lite resemblance of Pokemon training in the form of Amiibos, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a meaty talking point that proves the "Who's the best?" debate is still well worth having.

Smash's bouts remain layered – newcomers can focus on throwing basic attacks by combining button presses with tilts of the joystick, learning deep-cut mastery of evasions and timing in-air knockouts as they add matches to their career. Whatever nuances your play style adopts, everyone's victory involves launching opponents from shared platforms, heaping damage on them to make banishing them to the oblivion beyond the screen's edges more feasible.

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GameStop plans pre-Black Friday Family Weekend event

Because one day of rampant consumerism just wasn't enough, GameStop has announced plans to launch a weekend-long sales event prior to its already revealed Black Friday sales.

The ubiquitous games retailer has yet to outline its full discount plans, but they include $20 discounts on the normally $75 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes starter packs and $15 off the usually $40 Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers. Continuing the Disney theme, anyone who purchases GameStop's Disney Infinity PlayStation 3 bundle will receive a $25 gift card. Further discounts are still being hammered out on a store-by-store basis.

GameStop's pre-Black Friday Family Weekend event will kick off on November 21 and run through November 23. All GameStop stores are participating, though discounts may vary between locations. If you need one last reason to visit your local games retailer this weekend, GameStop is planning midnight launch events for both Super Smash Bros. Wii U and the excellent Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on November 21.
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Watch Dogs Wii U picks up two DLC packs, still no Bad Blood

The newly-released Wii U version of Ubisoft's open-Chicago hacking game Watch Dogs has spawned two DLC content packs, though neither are the meaty Bad Blood mini campaign.

The first DLC pack includes the Conspiracy digital trip originally released for all of the other versions of Watch Dogs nearly six months ago. Each digital trip is a mini-game within the Watch Dogs world with Conspiracy seeing Aiden Pierce stalk killer robots that are invisible to everyone but him. The eShop also now hosts the Access Granted DLC pack, which compiles the costumes, weapons and perks first released as pre-order content for the game's other incarnations along with three exclusive contract missions.

Unfortunately, as far as Watch Dogs DLC goes, these two are relatively minor and Ubisoft has publicly stated that the crown jewel of the game's additions, Bad Blood, will not be coming to the Wii U. No reason for the omission was given at that time, but it's likely because the publisher has little faith in Nintendo's console.
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Holy crap, your wallet is screwed today

November 18 is the new October 7. Last month's $300 day tamed before it began, as the launch of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor moved up a few days while Dragon Age: Inquisition was delayed to the industry's new busy day, today. It's okay, friends, we're here to guide you through today's retail chaos.

Dragon Age: Inquisition reached Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC today, and was received well in our five-star review of the game. Joystiq Streams took Dragon Age for a spin earlier this week, so those that want a taste of the game's first hour should watch the archived video. Meanwhile, Ubisoft dished Far Cry 4 out to current-gen, last-gen and PC players, a game deemed the "undisputed king" of open-world shooters that offers a "staggering number of adventures."

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Hyrule Warriors takes Twili Midna for a twirl next week

Hyrule Warriors' next DLC delves into the Legend of Zelda's past and retrieves one of the series' most memorable companions as a playable character. Reprized in her True "Twili" form as seen at the end of Link's GameCube and Wii adventure, the Twilight Princess pack brings Midna and her wiles to the Wii U hack-and-slash on November 27.

Zelda series producer Eiji Anouma explained on Miiverse why the Twilight Princess returns in Hyrule Warriors as Twili Midna rather than her more familiar form.

"When I was developing Twilight Princess," Anouma wrote, "I thought it was such a waste to let a beautiful princess like her only appear in the ending. Now Koei Tecmo Games has made my wish to see more of her come true."

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Captain Toad's base diorama concept initially starred Link

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an upcoming expansion of a minigame concept that debuted in Super Mario 3D Land, but the play style's conception involved a different, Toad-less kingdom of the Nintendo universe.

According to a report from Game Informer, Treasure Tracker director Shinya Hiratake wanted to build a game several years ago that was focused on small worlds. Hiratake reasoned that if the ability to jump was absent from, say, a platformer, it would drastically reduce the size of the game's levels. With that in mind, his idea incorporated The Legend of Zelda series' Link, a character that has largely conquered quests without a dedicated jump button (without the Roc's Feather, anyway).

When Hiratake and a small team presented a comparable tech demo to several members of Nintendo's upper management, he joked that they must have done a good job, because Shigeru Miyamoto asked how they were planning on bringing the stages into production. "He thought we were pitching him an actual physical product design," Hiratake explained.

Though a diorama-sized adventure starring Link was dismissed, Miyamoto told Hiratake the idea had potential. After recalling Captain Toad, the Super Mario Galaxy series' backpacking explorer, Hiratake reasoned that he would be too weighed down by his pack to be able to jump. Captain Toad's performance in 3D Land impressed Miyamoto enough for him to encourage a comparable standalone game, and Wii U owners will be able to play the results of that decision next month.
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Nintendo clarifies Hyrule Warriors Amiibo functionality

While it is true that all Amiibo figures are compatible with the Legend of Zelda-themed musou brawler known as Hyrule Warriors, certain Amiibos will have added functionality, according to Nintendo.

As you'd expect, the Amiibos that add the most to Hyrule Warriors are the game's stars, Hylian hero Link and Princess Zelda. When connected to the game, the Link Amiibo grants players access to the Spinner weapon first seen in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The rewards granted by the Zelda Amiibo are less specific, but Nintendo claims that players can link the figure to the game as frequently as once a day to unlock a random weapon of three-star quality or better. All other Amiibo figures can be linked to Hyrule Warriors once a day to unlock a rupee bonus, crafting materials or a weapon below three-star quality.

The first wave of Amiibo figures will roll out alongside Super Smash Bros. Wii U on November 21, while Nintendo plans to launch a software update to enable Amiibo functionality in Hyrule Warriors in "late November 2014."
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CoD: Advanced Warfare sees off big names to retain UK No. 1

It's that time of year when big-name franchises chuck lengthily-titled entries onto shelves, and the games with the longest names prevail. This week, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare kept top spot in the UK charts, holding off the likes of Assassin's Creed: Unity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor and Fédération Internationale de Football Association 15 - or FIFA 15 for short.

While the latest CoD is king of the sea for the second week running, there are interesting details throughout the UK top ten. For example:
  1. The split for UK physical sales of Assassin's Creed: Unity was 52 percent PS4, 46 percent Xbox One and 2 percent PC.
  2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection notched the biggest UK launch for a first-party Xbox One game. If you include all publishers i.e. all Xbox One games, it came in 7th.
  3. Minecraft Vita hit British retail shelves and scored the third biggest launch for any game on the portable, only behind Uncharted: Golden Abyss and FIFA Football.
You'll find more on this week's UK charts below the break, including the top ten and the oft-ignored but stubbornly customary music video

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Mighty No. 9 protagonist Beck gets a color change

Beck, the hero of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's upcoming Mighty No. 9, has taken a look in the mirror and deemed his duds too drab - or rather, developer Comcept has. In an update post on the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter page, game director Koji Imaeda explains that Beck's color scheme has gone from one dominated by gray to one defined by white.

"From the very beginning we designed Beck to have a neutral, grey base, with the idea of wanting to make something completely new and unique," Imaeda writes. "But development soldiered on, and as we approached the last leg, we started looking closer at Beck. As a protagonist that could absorb the abilities of his siblings and take on various forms, our image of his appropriate color shifted from 'neutrality' to 'containing all possibilities' ... and since white is a combination of all colors of light, we felt that would actually suit his character better!"

Makes sense to us. The justification also sounds a little familiar ...
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