Nintendo Eshop Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Nintendo Eshop RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The Nintendo Switch eShop Needs Some Sort of Review System Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:23:26 -0400 Ashley Shankle

You know one easy and efficient way to ruin your day? Spending money on the Nintendo Switch eShop only to find the game you've purchased is a total dud in one way or the other.

I've made three disastrous purchases on the eShop over this past year, but none are as infuriating as my most recent. The first, Assault Gunners HD Edition, is simply a very poor game from top to bottom. The second, DEFOLIATION, has almost passable localization but puzzles it seems no one can figure out at a point and an utterly useless hint system.

The third and final, Junk Planet, is the biggest slap in the face of the three. Not because Junk Planet is a bad game, but because the game's English is not intelligible in any sense of the word.

I'm not sure what happened here, but it's bad. The speech patterns found in this game's "English" localization read like machine translations (such as Google Translate).

But that's not the problem machine translations are often hard to understand but can be parsed to some degree. You barely get that benefit here.

I have a long history of pushing through games I barely understand; I would not say I'm the type to give up on a game just because I don't understand the text. I had to give up on and uninstall Junk Planet, hence the tutorial screen above. Anyone would.

The game does an incredible job of not telling you how to play it at all. Despite all the dialogue in the intro, it's so garbled and inexplicable that it's almost impossible to figure out what you're supposed to do.

I get I'm supposed to build and craft, I get that garbage falls from the sky and I have to clean it up. That is about it.

It's not for a lack of trying. I have tried (very hard I might add) to play this game. It's cute, it's got what appear to be loads of little gimmicks, and seems like an interesting take on the 2D sandbox/builder. But it is simply unplayable.

A Switch Problem

This purchase, and the other three mentioned, aren't the only troubles I've had with Nintendo Switch exclusives and ports. At this point, one has to wonder whether it's worth it to browse the eShop in the first place when you can barely determine the quality of the game without whipping out your phone and looking up reviews.

Like the Wii and Wii U shops before it, the Switch eShop is slowly filling with low-effort titles that aren't even worth half the price they're listed for, and most are hobbled ports.

Unless you roll on over to the Web and look up reviews, you're basically shooting in the dark when you make a third-party purchase on the eShop. This includes buying from larger publishers.

You may remember the FIFA 19 advertising debacle that led buyers to believe the game was running on the newer Frostbite engine, and not the previous Impact engine. Or maybe you remember the Final Fantasy IX port on the Switch, which is by no means busted but is not in what anyone would call "great shape". A console game crashing every so often isn't "great shape".

I'm not bringing these games up to mock them, but to highlight the need for the Nintendo Switch eShop to have some sort of review system to provide some clarity on the state or quality of a release right there on the console. It's standard with the competition, why not on the eShop?

The community at large likes to give Nintendo a lot of free passes because it's Nintendo. The company has always been there and have been a staple of millions of childhoods over the past decades.

It's difficult to even bring myself to criticize the company much past the odd-off jokes about peripherals and bizarre controllers, but the average quality of what's available on the eShop paired with the lack of a review system is something that should be a discussion among Nintendo Switch owners.

What was acceptable in past generations is not necessarily acceptable today.

Nintendo has notoriously taken its time integrating internet-based systems the industry as a whole sees as necessities. In this day and age, the eShop needs some sort of review system not just to keep up, but to at least give consumers a minimum surface layer of protection from making uninformed purchases.

You can look online to get a general consensus on a game on the eShop, but you shouldn't have to look elsewhere to get a simple numbered rating. Third-party purchases on the Nintendo Switch eShop are a gamble, but they don't have to be.

Minecraft Dominated the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop in 2017 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:53:57 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

Nintendo has revealed its biggest Switch sellers on the eShop in 2017 across Japan and overseas regions. Which downloadable title earned top spot in Japan? Of course, it was none other than gaming’s Western behemoth, Minecraft.

The Microsoft-owned franchise which released commercially over six years ago is showing no signs of slowing down. It would seem Switch players just couldn’t resist the comfort of portable crafting.

Internationally, Stardew Valley took the crown, with Minecraft following closely behind. It’s interesting to note that Snipperclips is the only first-party game to have made the top five in any region, which just goes to show the success the Switch has enjoyed with third-parties in its first year alone.

The full lists might surprise you (look at all those successful indies!):

Japanese Top 30:

  1. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  2. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
  3. Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura
  4. Kamiko
  5. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug 3
  6. Overcooked: Special Edition
  7. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: The King of Fighters 98
  8. Arcade Archives: VS Super Mario Bros.
  9. Othello
  10. STRIKERS1945 for Nintendo Switch
  11. Resident Evil Revelations 2
  12. VOEZ
  13. Arcade Archives: Mario Brothers
  14. Touhou Kobuto V
  15. Human Resource Machine
  16. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
  17. DEEMO
  18. Shovel Knight
  19. Picross S
  20. Nazotoki Mail
  21. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug
  22. Sonic Mania
  23. Romancing Saga 2
  24. Maison de MAOU
  25. Rocket League
  27. Blaster Master Zero
  28. Cat Quest
  29. Battle Sports Mekuru
  30. Levels+

Worldwide Top 30:

  1. Stardew Valley
  2. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  3. Sonic Mania
  4. Rocket League
  5. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
  6. Overcooked: Special Edition
  7. Shovel Knight
  8. Fast RMX
  9. Kamiko
  10. SteamWorld Dig 2
  11. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: VS Super Mario Bros.
  12. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  13. Blaster Master Zero
  14. Arcade Archives: Metal Slug 3
  15. Enter the Gungeon
  16. Oceanhorn
  17. Mighty Gunvolt Burst
  18. Arcade Archives: Mario Brothers
  19. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug
  20. Picross S
  22. Graceful Explosion Machine
  23. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: The King Of Fighters 98
  24. Mr. Shifty
  25. World of Goo
  26. Brawlout
  27. Human Fall Flat
  28. UNO
  29. GoNNER

One conclusive point to take away from this data is that the future is looking bright for third-parties on Switch.

Pokémon Gold and Silver Now Available on 3DS eShop Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:44:51 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

The classic second generation of Pokémon games for the Game Boy Color, Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version, have been digitally re-released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop today at a bargain price of $10 each.

The digital re-releases feature wireless trading capabilities between different 3DS users, in place of the old-fashioned link cable -- just as the case was with the re-releases of Pokémon Blue, Red, and Yellow Version on the eShop. If you intend on purchasing either of these games form the eShop, be sure to download the version with the correct language for you, as the various versions in different languages have all been listed individually on the eShop and labelled for your convenience.

There is also a bonus for purchasing either Gold or Silver directly off of the 3DS eShop that can be utilized in Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, and Pokémon Ultra Moon. If you purchase either game between September 22, 2017 and September 21, 2018, you will receive a code that can redeemed in any of the above Pokémon games in order to receive the legendary Pokémon Celebi as a mystery gift. Unfortunately, seeing how Celebi was an even-only Pokémon in the original Gold and Silver, there is no way to legitimately acquire one in the original games, and the code is only applicable to the newer titles mentioned above.

You can watch a trailer for the eShop releases below:

Error 2811-7503 Caused By Extreme Traffic While Players Try to Buy Splatoon 2 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:41:45 -0400 eleccross

Thursday night, at midnight, Switch owners flocked to the eShop in order to buy Splatoon 2 as quickly as possible. Unfortunately this was too much for Nintendo's serves to handle, and most fans were unable to access the eShop for a while after the midnight release.

When players were kicked from the eShop, they were given the error code 2811-7503, which according to Nintendo official support means you're unable to access online features due to failure to connect to the service.

This is not exactly something players can fix, as it's a server side issue.

Many players were met with an issue where their credit/debit account got a pending transaction, but Splatoon 2 remained unpurchased by their account as they were kicked before confirming the purchase. This is because Nintendo preemptively charges you with a pending transaction after you confirm your card information, before you confirm the purchase. However, it will not actually charge you unless the purchase is completed -- and according to Nintendo's support site, the pending transaction should go away within the next 1-3 days.

It's understandable that it would be taking a long time purge all the pending transactions, considering just how many people tried and failed to buy Splatoon 2 last night. If after three days the pending transaction is still there I would recommend calling Nintendo's support line (1 (800) 255-3700).

As for error 2811-7503, there doesn't seem to be a problem with accessing the eShop or any network features anymore, so we can assume it's all fixed on Nintendo's end. So if you're looking to buy Splatoon 2, you're all clear.

More Developers and Publishers Should be as Transparent as Valve Wed, 24 May 2017 12:21:41 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

In a bold, yet unsurprisingly decisive move from Valve, the distributor has decided that image isn't everything. The team behind the world's biggest digital gaming storefront has recently introduced a page that aggregates the number of Steam support requests they receive and work on each day. And a lot of fans are making a hubbub about it. 

This seems like a small gesture that’s being blown out of proportion, right? You’re probably telling yourself: “Well, of course, Valve has plenty of help tickets to sort out... so what’s the big deal about this page?”

That's a fair assessment, but there’s actually plenty of fuss to make about a company that’s making an active attempt to demonstrate accountability and generate transparency between it and its user base.

Let's Clarify What Valve is Really Doing Here

The digital distributor is not only breaking down statistics to show exactly how many tickets the Steam team receives at any given time, but it's also coming clean with how many they’re able to get done — allowing Steam users to see what the work volume from both sides of the spectrum.

It’s a concept that seems a bit out of place — and rightfully so. Despite the advancements that have been made in regards to the convenience of digital consumerism, the powers that be have never given customers this much information about what's going on behind the scenes. How hard they're really working to take care of the gamers that keep their businesses alive often goes unnoticed. 

In short, Valve is being more transparent with its Steam users than any other top dog in the industry right now. And that's great news for us.

This is especially true when you look specifically at refund requests. Gaming is an expensive hobby, so gamers like to educate themselves about prospective purchases before actually spending their hard-earned cash. Where we'd normally have to rely on reviews and community sentiment to help us make those decisions, Valve is giving us new insight that will keep us even more informed. Seeing how many refund requests come through for a specific game is powerful information that can really tell gamers whether they'll be getting their money's worth—and that's a rare thing in an industry that seems to be more money-grubbing than ever before.

Distributors, Take Note — This Is How a Digital Marketplace Should Be Run

Is there a chance that releasing this information could negatively affect Steam's profit margins in the long run? Certainly. But the risks involved are well worth it for the good will it's going to create between sellers and buyers. And there are many other companies that should follow suit.

Nintendo is a prime example here. The Big N's digital distribution practices have been lacking in a number of ways for quite some time. Its current eShop platforms don't offer any sort of account management system that allows for transfers or back-up copies of games. And there's a complete lack of curation that causes plenty of great games to go largely unnoticed, especially if they don't have the marketing budget or promotional help from Nintendo. To summarize, buyers in the eShop aren't privy to the user feedback that's been central to Steam's store pages. The community is inconsequential, and the buyers within it are suffering for that. 

To summarize, buyers in the eShop aren't privy to the user feedback that's been central to Steam's store pages. The community is inconsequential, and the buyers within it are suffering for that. 

I'm not saying Nintendo should (or would) implement something as transparent (and possibly profit-damaging) as Valve's refund request tracking. But at the very least, a download count or something similar would be a nice start, just so players can see how other players are reacting to a particular game. The eShop could even take some cues from the now-defunct Miiverse and put a thread on each store page that would allow users to engage in positive or negative discussion about the games being sold. 

Doing so could cultivate a connection and a level of transparency between Nintendo and its eShop users that has never existed before.

But let's not throw all the shade at Nintendo. As iconic as the company is, it's still relatively new to this whole digital distribution thing. So let's turn our keen consumerist eyes toward the other two giants in digital distribution — Microsoft and Sony. 

Console Storefronts Need a Transparency Facelift, Too

Both Microsoft and Sony currently offer premium memberships that give their players access to a number of online multiplayer games and exclusive sales. And while both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Gold are novel services, neither of them has done much to serve the consumer as best they can. 

Plus and Gold memberships have so much potential to be something more, like a guaranteed access to Tier 2 technical support for anything that goes wrong with the operation of your system, for example. Hell, even give exclusive access to a backlog of games that can be digitally streamed is something that we could all get behind shelling out a few extra bucks for — at least something more than what we already have and is included in the membership. 

One of the more glaring omissions between Steam and these two console storefronts is the lack of curation between users, and the ability to communicate feedback on a product or service for other users to consult with.

Sure, you could say that the community groups that Sony and Microsoft offer are a step in the right direction, but what about something like Green Light? Or games getting their own store pages where players can participate in specific congress of the title and the various topics associated with them?

The liberties that Valve grants you when it comes to expressing your thoughts in these forums is another benefit that we won't see from the other two storefronts. And it isn't due to a lack of moderation by Valve, either — they're fully aware of what they're granting.

Sony and Microsoft are much too busy shifting between the roles of publicist and spin-doctor to even consider those options; These two companies believe that they only way they can succeed is to control as much player influence as they can in order to keep the consumer from getting none the savvier. 

The line is undoubtedly drawn somewhere, and I’m fully aware that the inmates can’t be asked to run the asylum, but the step that Valve has taken has given us some food for thought that we should all chew on. From Nintendo to Microsoft to Sony, a little more transparency into statistics like concurrent players, refunds, and workflows -- and even community engagement with native forums -- would be a welcomed change. 

Nintendo Direct Highlights (April 12, 2017): Release Dates Galore! Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:38:33 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Nintendo Direct is the place for all things Nintendo related -- and we just got treated to another one on April 12. During the sizeable stream, we got all the latest news on release dates, upcoming games, and more.

Here's a recap of tonight's live coverage:

Nintendo Switch

Since the release of the Nintendo Switch people have been speculating what games will come out and when. During the Nintendo Direct coverage, we got a glimpse as to what to expect in the next year.

Nintendo, Switch, Nintendo Switch

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, according to Nintendo, allows you to:

Create, Explore and Survive alone or with up to 8 'crafters together online, while 4 can join each other in local multiplayer on the TV or in tabletop mode, supporting both split screen and the Pro Controller.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

The game will be released on May 11, 2017 with Super Mario Bros. themed content such as: 40 themed skins (Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, etc.), Super Mario World, islands shaped like Warp Pipes, Mario themed puzzles, etc.

Sine Mora EX

Sine Mora EX is a shoot-em-up game that has both a story and arcade mode. Story mode can be played in local co-op mode. This game has two story lines. In one, you are a father who seeks revenge against the Empire that murdered your son. In the second, you want revenge on the Empire for destroying your race -- known as Enkies. You are one of the few remaining survivors. The game is set in different eras on a planet similar to Earth.

This version has 7 diverse stages, risk and reward, a versus mode, and time extension based gameplay. It is set to release this Summer (2017).

Namco Museum

Namco Museum is essentially a compilation of several Nintendo games including: Pac-Man (1980), Galaga (1981), Dig Dug (1982), Tower of Druaga (1984), Sky Kid (1985), Rolling Thunder (1986), Galaga '88 (1987), Splatterhouse (1988), Rolling Thunder 2 (1990), and Tank Force (1991).

Nintendo has had success with this type of compilation in the past, so we'll see if it's the same for the Switch. Namco Museum is set to release in Summer 2017.

Battlechasers: Nightcrawler

According to Nintendo, Battlechasers: Nightcrawler is:

An RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and a rich story driven by exploration of the world.

In this game, you have a choice of playing one of three characters, who you must help survive. The game has a lot of exploration, and is known for its world building. It will be available for the Nintendo Switch during Late Summer of 2017.


Monopoly is a classic game that is beloved by most people -- when blood isn't being shed over who owns what property, that is.

In the Nintendo Switch version, set to release in Fall of 2017 there are three different 3D boards to choose from, you can play using 1 of 6 different sets of rules (no making it up like you do with the board game), and you can play with other people online. It's the game that keeps on giving.


Arms is a fighting game created by Nintendo themselves. It's a two player game in which competitors are able to choose a character and the type of arm that they wish to battle with.

Choose from characters like Minmin, who fights using ramen and martial arts, Springman, who is able to emit waves that deflect punches and powerful counterattacks, as well as a few others. Their arms vary as well including a glove type, multi-shot, curve, heavy, and whip. Each arm has special attributes like Fire, Electric, Wind, Ice, Explosion, Stun, and Blind.

One thing that might be interesting to see with this game is the two on two battle mode.

Although Amazon had released two different dates for the game, the official release date was confirmed as being set for June 16, 2017.

Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is a team based third person shooter that was created by Nintendo for the Switch. In this game, there can be up to eight players in online four-versus-four matches. This version contains a new boss known as a "Steelhead" and the goal of the game is to beat him while placing Golden Eggs in a basket to be harvested.

Along with Splatoon 2 is the release of three Splatoon Amiibo's including: Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid. Each of these figures can appear in game as friends. You can swap outfits with them, snap pictures, and they'll even remember your favorite settings. The game is even compatible with previous Amiibo models.

Although Amazon had two different release dates for Splatoon 2, rest assured that the official release date is July 21, 2017.

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo Switch is not the only console worth covering on the Nintendo Direct page. The Nintendo 3DS is also getting an entire new set of games to be released this year. Below are a few of the titles mentioned.

Bye-Bye BoxBoy

Nintendo's Bye-Bye BoxBoy seems like it will be intense. Nintendo uses the following description as a way to lure players to the world where a box named Qbby is the only hope for the world:

Qbby is no ordinary box. Using his four startling new powers, you must solve hundreds of puzzles across 18 deadly worlds. Create boxes to climb, hover, warp, and bomb your way to salvation! Whether you're a newcomer or an old vet, thinking outside the box has never been more fun.

The game lets you visit 18 different worlds, create boxes that help you solve never before seen puzzles, and save something known as a QBaby. It is set to release tonight, April 12, 2017.

Team Kirby Clash

For the 25th Anniversary of Kirby, Nintendo has released Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, a free-to-start multi-player action game. You can play as four different characters: Sword Hero, Beam Mage, Dr. Healmore, or the Hammer Lord.

This version contains a ton of quests, new armor and weapons, and new amiibo figures! It was released today.

RPG Maker Fes

Have you ever wanted to create a game, but didn't have the know-how to do so? Enter: RPG Maker Fes. A game that allows you to create your very own RPG.

The easy to use tools, customized content, and the ability to play and share makes developing games look easy. Be ready for it on June 27, 2017.

Culdcept Revolt

Last on our list of Nintendo 3DS games is Culdcept Revolt. It's celebrating its 20th Anniversary in style. Nintendo had this to say about it:

...the addictive card game-meets-board game is back, bigger and better than ever with hundreds of new cards, inventive boards, and exciting multiplayer! 

In this game, you follow a character named Allen who is a recruit for a force known as the "Free Bat" forces. Your job is to fight for freedom and gain your independence from the dictator Count Krannis.

With its boasts of addictive fantasy gameplay, near endless strategy, and the ability to play solo or online Culdcept Revolt might just make it to the top of games to play. It will be on the market on August 29, 2017.

In Case You Missed It...

If you missed the Nintendo Direct coverage, don't fret. I've got you covered. Just check out the video below!

Happy Playing

Whether you decide to wait for the releases of Arms and Splatoon 2 or play a few games in between, I support your gaming decisions -- probably.

Happy Playing!

New Rewards at My Nintendo Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:59:02 -0400 Janette Ceballos

The My Nintendo website has announced a list of new rewards available for both the Wii U and 3DS systems. You can exchange gold coins earned from buying Nintendo eShop games or platinum coins from logging onto Miitomo for discounts on selected games. Just remember that these rewards are being offered until February 1.

European members can purchase these Wii U eShop rewards:

  • 30% off Typoman: 250 platinum coins
  • 25% off Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure: 300 platinum coins

The 3DS eShop offers these rewards to Europeans:

  • 20% off Pocket Card Jockey: 10 gold coins
  • 50% off KORG M01D: 80 gold coins
  • 15% off Ultimate NES Remix: 300 platinum coins

North American members can get these Wii U eShop rewards:

  • 30% off Xenoblade Chronicles: 70 gold coins
  • 30% off EarthBound: 40 gold coins
  • 30% off Kirby Super Star: 200 platinum coins

The North American 3DS eShop rewards are:

  • 30% off EarthBound: 40 gold coins
  • 15% off Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: 600 platinum coins
  • 20% off BOXBOY!: 100 platinum coins
  • 20% off HarmoKnight: 300 platinum coins

Head on over to My Nintendo to grab some discounts just in time for the holiday season!

Gurumin 3D Gets A European Release Date Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:19:55 -0400 Joshua Harris

Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure, an ARPG from the legendary developer, Nihon Falcom, will be coming to the Nintendo eShop sooner than expected. Gurumin 3D is slated for a European release for the Nintendo 3DS coming October 27, 2016 for only €14.99 (~$16 US Dollars).

As a special limited-time bonus, people who purchase Gurumin 3D from the Nintendo eShop from October 27 to November 29, 2016, will receive the 'Gurumin Party Time Theme.' This can of course be used to decorate the home screen of your Nintendo 3DS system. Several additional Gurumin 3D themes will be available to purchase from the eShop as well.

Mastiff, the publisher, will be hosting an AMA on Reddit's /r/Games subreddit as well on October 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST.

Gurumin 3D boasts an immersive experience in a highly-vivid 3D fantasy world voiced by an all-star cast. With real-time combat, mini-games, alternate gameplay modes, and even hidden characters, Gurumin promises quite the creative and fast-paced gaming experience, but can it deliver on this?

Full Version of Paper Mario: Color Splash Released Early on Accident Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:47:17 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Paper Mario: Color Splash, the upcoming action-adventure installment in the Paper Mario series, was released two weeks earlier than intended by Nintendo due to an accident on the Wii U eShop.

On September 22nd, Nintendo loaded Paper Mario: Color Splash onto the eShop in order to make it available for pre-purchase, but accidentally put the entire game up for purchase. The game was successfully downloaded by numerous people during the day that it was up, but Nintendo noticed their mistake quickly, and removed it the very same day.   

Paper Mario: Color Splash is the newest installment in the long-running Paper Mario series, and is an installment that will focus more on exploration and puzzle solving, rather than the RPG-style gameplay that the series is best known for. The game is expected to release on October 7th in North America and Europe, October 8th in Australia, and October 13th in Japan.  

You can watch the most recent trailer for Paper Mario: Color Splash below:

Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice: Episode 2 Walkthrough (Spoiler-free) Mon, 19 Sep 2016 03:34:06 -0400 ForTheTwo

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice isn't just a mouthful of a title, it's the game fans have been clamoring for since 2007's Trials and Tribulations. True to form, not only are the cases more challenging then ever, it's just as difficult as ever to know what to do next, who to talk to, or what pixel needs to be hunted down before the game lets you continue. 

Episode 2, The Magical Turnabout, sees players puzzling out the secret of a magician murdered mid-performance, but the real puzzle is working through the game's 'Investigation' mode, and the lengthy 'Trial' segment that follows. This guide attempts to be as spoiler free as possible: when the introduction of a character constitutes a spoiler, pronouns are used for their first appearance, but their name, as shown in-game will be used in all subsequent instructions.

Suggested Navigation: In Investigation Mode, use your browser's find function to look for your current in-game location; in Trial Mode, search for the name of the current witness to find a guide to their testimony. In Investigation Mode, it is possible to progress in a slightly different order than listed below: if the options presented do not appear as described, double-check that all proceeding actions have been completed, and try again.

The Magical Turnabout: Investigation

Playing in Investigation Mode involves two different activities: talking to characters to advance the plot, or examining different locations to find evidence for the trial section. For Talk, every topic must be read at least once to proceed, while Presenting evidence during Investigations is only occasionally required. The only exception for Talk is with each chapter's assistant character: the dialogue options "Any ideas?" and "What to do" are entirely optional.

Experimentation is highly recommended, and may lead to unexpected dialogue or scenarios. Certain items can elicit unique responses as well: Present the Attorney's Badge to any other character, and they're guaranteed to react. Examining thoroughly is also recommended, although only the items required to proceed will be listed below.

Investigation - Day 1

  • Talk to Trucy Wright
  • Move to Stage
  • Move to Wright Anything Agency
  • Move to Detention Center
  • Talk to Trucy Wright
  • Perceive Trucy's Eyes while 'I'm fine!' is being spoken.
  • Present Attorney's Badge
  • Talk to Trucy Wright again, select the new option
The Leg Work Begins

  • Move to Penrose Theater
  • Talk to the Police Officer who appears. 
  • Move to Dressing Room
  • Examine the bag and blue notebook (on the table), green and purple luggage (on left table) and poster (left wall).
  • Move to Stage
  • Examine the boxes, curtains, camera and crashed dragon prop. 
  • Rotate to the back of the stage by pressing left and right on the D-Pad during Examination mode.
  • Examine the sword, and then the entire coffin: the white outline on the front, back, sides and bottom
  • Dust the area: thoroughness is key. Apply powder to any areas that seem incomplete, and blow off the excess powder until you are prompted to compare the fingerprints.
  • Compare to Mr. Reus
  • Dust again, but this time, manually select the most distinct fingerprint, and present it for examination.
  • Dust to the left of the emblem, on the left edge of the coffin.
  • Compare to Bonny de Fame
  • Dust the top of the coffin and examine any of the fingerprints.

When you finish, Ema will raise the curtain, revealing the backstage. To move there:

  • Examine the backstage area
  • Examine the sign reading Understage, the smaller coffin, guillotine, bucket, and winch.
  • Examine the ladder last, which will move you to the catwalk above the stage. On the catwalk:
  • Examine both winches, both the unoccupied green cushions, the caped dummy laying across the closest one, and the rabbit and moon props.
  • When you've finished, the characters will conclude their business and move off the stage to the auditorium. Examine the new figure on-stage.
  • Talk to the big man himself, Roger Retinz.
Questions for Bonny

  • Move to the Dressing Room
  • Talk to Bonny de Famme
  • Percieve her hat while she says 'perform it perfectly!'
  • Talk to Bonny again, picking the new option.
  • Move to the Detention Center, and Present Trucy with her own notebook.
  • Talk to Trucy again.
  • Move back to the dressing room, this time, Examine the green board on the table (see above).
  • In order, Examine the front of the board, screw in the bottom right corner, backside of the board, and the black sheet of paper.
Beneath the Stage

  • Move to the Stage area again, Examine the back of the stage, and Examine the Understage sign.
  • Examine Stage Lifts #1 and #2, the sword and stand, the red tape in an X on the ground, the hat, the two ladders, and the writing on the wall.
  • Move to the final area of investigation, the Take-2 TV Studio
  • Examine the standing crewman, the big screen, and the coffee adorned workstation.
  • Move back to the Wright Anything Agency
  • Have another lovely Talk with Roger Retinz to end the Investigation.

The Magical Turnabout: Trial

Pressing statements and Presenting contradictory evidence is the game here. Sometimes, you'll also be asked to choose from a list of options, often to give theories about the case or to justify an argument. While presenting the wrong piece of evidence results in a penalty, pressing certain statements, and picking incorrect answers can result in some fantastic moments. Again, only the most necessary steps are listed below.

Witness: Ema Skye

  • Press Ema's 5th Statement. When new testimony is added:
  • Present Fingerprinting Results against the new 6th Statement.
  • Choose option 2 first.
  • Choose option 3, and wait for the next witness to be called.
Witness: Bonny de Famme

  • Press all of Bonny's statements to proceed.
  • Choose either option.
  • Select Happy(the smiling green face) at the 6th statement.
  • Choose the 3rd option.
  • Present Trucy's Statement to the new 6th statement.
  • Choose the 2nd option.
  • Present Fingerprint Results when challenged for proof.
Witness: Bonny de Famme and Suprise Guest-Witness

  • Press the witness to your content. While it won't change a thing, the real take away from this testimony is the plot.
  • Present Fire Bucket at the 3rd statement, then Choose the second option.
  • Next Present the Sword Stand.
Witness: Trucy Wright

  • Present Show Footage at the 5th statement.
  • Watch the following videos, and pause when cards come flying towards the camera. Present any of these cards to end this cross-examination.
Witness: Roger Retinz

  • First, Press the 5th statement, and when challenged, Present the Clipboard.
  • Retinz will update his testimony: at the new 5th statement, Present Trucy's Note, and Select the 3rd option.
  • Respond to the following challenges: first Present the Thirteen-Year-Old Poster, then Present the profile of Roger Retinz.
  • On the poster, highlight and Present the scars on Mr. Reus's right arm.
  • Retinz will give a new piece of testimony: Press every statement.
  • Select the second option, and review the show footage one more time.
  • Pause the video right after Mr. Hat (The caped dummy) disappears in a puff of smoke. Go frame by frame, until a shadow appears on the curtain next to Bonny. Select this shadow, and Present it to the court.
  • Present the Crime Photo.
  • Select Option 2, then during the next segment, select Options 2, 3, 1, and then 2 as they are presented.
  • Present the Fingerprint Results, and watch the result play out.
  • Some time later, remember the last peice of unused evidence, the Gramaraye Notebook. Present it to finish the episode.

Phoenix Wright, and this Guide will Return In

The Rite of Turnabout 

September will be 'Nindie' month for Nintento eShop Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:18:11 -0400 Janiece Sebris

Nintendo plans to digitally release one indie game each Thursday in September on its eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platforms in a promotion called #Nindies Summer Jam.

With PAX West right around the corner at the beginning of September, Nintendo wants to make sure that every one has the opportunity to see games that indie developers worked to make. 

Nintendo had this to say about the #Nindie Summer Jam:

"The #Nindies Summer Jam promotion not only makes it easy for fans to check out all the latest and greatest indie games on Nintendo eShop, but to also learn more about the developers that have worked so hard to create them.”

The games will be discounted at 10 percent during the week of their release.

The schedule of release will be as follows: Sept. 1, Axiom Verge; Sept. 8, Jotun: Valhalla Edition; Sept. 15, Noitu Love: Devolution; Sept. 22, Severed; and Sept. 30, Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 

In addition to the discount, featured indie developers responsible for the games will release videos sharing their experiences developing in the Nintendo eShop. Find a full list of indie released game on Nintendo's website.

When Will Chroma Blast Be Available on Wii U? Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:15:41 -0400 Joe Passantino

According to a tweet by developer WizByte Games, also responsible for Vector Assault, Chroma Blast will be available for Wii U on Thursday, July 14.

You can view the tweet below:

According to MyNintendoNews, the game will be available for $1.49 via the Nintendo eShop and will feature two modes: Normal and Survival.

The trailer for the game, which you can watch above, shows a diamond-shaped object made up of four colors: red, yellow, blue and green. The player moves the object so that the color facing the approaching enemy matches the color of the enemy itself. Doing such allows the player to get rid of his or her foes and build up a high score in the process.

There are also gray-colored enemies, which it appears you can destroy with any of these four diamond colors. The diamond also sometimes has a black segment, although its function is not clear in the trailer.

Chroma Blast coming on the Wii U Mon, 04 Jul 2016 14:14:45 -0400 JessDambach

The Vector Assault developer announced that Chroma Blast will be coming out on the Wii U on July 14th. You can buy this game through the Nintendo eShop for $1.49. The game is a like an arcade shooting game.

At first, there will be two game modes, Normal and Survival. There are plans to have 3 more modes added in August or September. The object of the game is to shoot down as many enemies (color dots) as you can while avoiding any missiles to get the highest score you can get. Your cursor is a diamond with a color in each corner, and you can shoot blasts out of your corners. If there is a green enemy dot, then you need to fixate your cursor to be pointing at the green enemy and shoot it. There is a way to press a button and make all of your enemies to a non color so you can shoot any enemies with any color.

It's a pretty simple game, like any other arcade game. Although if you have some tricks up your sleeve, you can do really well and get a really high score.


Nintendo E3 Digital Sale: Great Games at Discounted Prices Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:16:34 -0400 Phil Fry

Amidst all of the E3 excitement and announcements, Nintendo of America is offering their fans discounts on various franchise games available for digital download on the Nintendo eShop. You could potentially save up to 40% off of select games through this sale. 

The list contains games from the Zelda series, Pokemon games like the Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy, and the pinball game from Game Boy Advance. The popular Super Smash Bros games for both 3DS and Wii U are marked down, as well as Nintendo's well-received Splatoon. 

In addition to these discounts, My Nintendo Members will also receive an extra 10% off the items they purchase. The sale will end June 21 at 8:59 a.m. PT

Here's the list of discounted games and their prices in-full: 

Legend of Zelda:
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – $29.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – $23.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – $4.79
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap – $4.79
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages – $3.59
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – $3.59
  • Pokémon Rumble U – $9.71
  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire – $4.31
  • Pokémon Battle Trozei – $4.31
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game – $3.23
 3DS Games:
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX – $29.99
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – $25.99
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – $23.99
  • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $20.99
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – $19.99
  • Story of Seasons – $19.99
  • Project X Zone 2 – $19.99
  • Terraria – $14.99
  • DRAGON BALL Z: Extreme Butoden – $14.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV – $13.99
  • Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward – $12.99
  • Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe – $3.77
Wii U Games and Virtual Console: 
  • Splatoon – $44.99
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – $38.99
  • Just Dance 2016 – $29.99
  • Skylanders Superchargers Portal Owner’s Pack – $24.99
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – $21.59
  • FAST Racing NEO – $11.20
  • Typoman – $8.99
  • Mutant Mudds Super Challenge – $6.99
  • Lovely Planet – $6.99
  • Extreme Exorcism – $6.49
  • Paper Mario – $5.99
  • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – $4.99
Nintendo Discounts for 5th Anniversary of eShop Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:45:15 -0400 John Robson

The Nintendo eShop is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a massive discount on some of the most popular eShop download-exclusive games for both the Wii U and 3DS. This sale will run from June 9th through June 23rd

Various extremely popular franchises are available for the Nintendo 3DS at a 50% discount, such as The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. Pokemon fans are also covered with the same discount available for Pokédex 3D Pro and Virtual Console title Pokémon Trading Card Game. Furthermore, there will be indie titles available, such as Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig and Hörberg Productions’ Gunman Clive, again at 50% off.

For fans of classic Wii titles, Metroid Prime Trilogy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 are available for the Wii U at 50% off. Other titles include Shin’en Multimedia’s FAST Racing NEO and F-Zero, both with 25% and 50% off, respectively. There are further discounts available on NES Remix and NES Remix 2, both again at 50% off, along with SNES Classic EarthBound.

A full list of discounted titles is available on Nintendo's official website. Remember, the sale runs from June 9-23rd. 

Donkey Kong Country 3 and Two Other Titles Now Available in Nintendo eShop Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:10:25 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2 on the NES have been in the Nintendo eShop for quite some time now. These titles have brought nostalgia to fans of the series and the trio of games is finally complete.

Nintendo of America tweeted today that Donkey Kong Country 3 is now available on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS alongside Metroid Prime Hunters and Kick & Fennick on the Wii U. Donkey Kong Country 3 focuses on Dixie Kong’s quest to find Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong while babysitting her brother, Kiddy Kong. The Nintendo website also reveals that this title will only be playable on new Nintendo 3DS systems. The Virtual Console title can be purchased in the 3DS eShop for $7.99.

Metroid Prime Hunters was originally released on the Nintendo DS back in 2006. In the game, Samus is challenged by six bounty hunters from across the galaxy to claim ancient relics. The Wii U GamePad is required to play the game and can now be purchased in the eShop for $9.99.

Kick & Fennick is an Indie platforming game and the final title released today in the Wii U eShop. The game centers on a young boy, Kick, waking up in a desolate world. Here he meets the small flying robot, Fennick. When they find out Fennick’s battery is broken, the duo embarks on an adventure to the Core Tower to find a new energy core for Fennick. The Wii U GamePad is required to play the game and is compatible with the Wii U Pro Controller. Kick & Fennick can be purchased in the Wii U eShop for $10.49.

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Okami is coming to Monster Hunter Generations in cute kitty form! Sat, 23 Apr 2016 04:37:51 -0400 Joshua Potter

In celebration of the classic Playstation 2 game Okami turning 10 this week, Capcom announced how they'll be paying respect to the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu.

LOOK AT HOW CUTE IT IS!  I can't get enough of those little, "mew-mews" the cat keeps making. Sorry, lost my composure for a second when I saw a a cat dressed as a sun goddess taking the form of a wolf. 

The downloadable content will be available alongside the release of Monster Hunter Generations this summer. Players will receive an outfit for their companion Felyne, which is essentially a cat that stands on its hind legs and beats down monsters alongside your hunter. They are so adorable it's almost criminal. Also included in the deal is Amaterasu's signature divine Glaive for cutting down those who stand against her divine power. 

The Monster Hunter series is known for its cross references, with the previous title also making mention of games such as Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter, Super Mario and more.

Additionally, other content has been promised with the release of this game for owners of the previous title, and Japan has received an equally adorable Mega Man gear update.

Monster Hunter Generations will also have several other new features, including a Prowler mode where players can take control of the Felyne. There will be three villages from previous titles, as well as a newer location called Verma Village. Weapons will also now have attack styles, which will allow for variation for players even when using the same weapon types.

Capcom has always done a great job with their Monster Hunter franchise, and it's going to be pretty exciting being able to play as Amaterasu again, even if it is only in homage to the fantastic Playstation 2 title from over a decade ago.

Metroid: Zero Mission available for NA Virtual Console Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:40:10 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

Metroid: Zero Mission is available now for download on the Wii U Virtual Console!

Originally released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004, Metroid: Zero Mission serves as a remake of the Nintendo Entertainment System original title Metroid. It served as an introduction to the franchise for those who had never played the original NES title, or other earlier games in the series. 

While the two games share many similarities, there are a variety of differences to be found between the titles as well. The GBA edition sports extra bosses, new items and more areas to explore in addition to all of the content from the original game.

There is also an extra segment found near the end of the game where a player can, for the first time, play as Zero Suit Samus, where she is without her famed power suit.

Metroid: Zero Mission has been available in Japan and Europe's Virtual Console for some time now, and is much appreciated for North American fans of the series. You can purchase the game now for $7.99 on the Nintendo Wii U Eshop.

Original Pokemon games re-releasing on virtual console Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:36:47 -0500 Goldenbolt

The Nintendo Direct event gave a lot of new information featuring information on a ton of games slated for the end of the year and a good portion of 2016. In the midst of explaining a lot of the new titles coming to the Nintendo 3DS and the eShop, Bill Trinen took a moment to announce that the original Pokémon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow, would be finally arriving on the 3DS Virtual Console.

He promised that the games are going to stay as true to the originals as possible, meaning that linking and trading Pokémon will have to make an appearance of some sort! Luckily, the games will allow you to battle and trade without the need for a link cable. 

And if all of that doesn't have you feeling nostalgic enough yet, the games are being re-released on February 27th, 2016. Does the date sound familiar? It's actually the original launch day of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue in the United States back in 1996!

Why is there no family sharing program for Nintendo? Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:27:38 -0400 Courtney Gamache

One of the biggest issues I have with Nintendo on a consumer level is the lack of a family sharing program, like the one Valve implemented on Steam. It makes little sense to me why Nintendo hasn't tried to replicate the family sharing option that Steam perfected.

Going Digital

For the first time in Nintendo's history, all new games that they're releasing are instantly available on the eShop on the Nintendo Wii U, 3DS, and 2DS. It's clear that a move to go completely digital is on the rise.

Steam was only able to set up their family sharing program because their customers havie an all-digital library. That way when a user shares games with someone, they give them access to their entire library for download. The same thing could be done with the 3DS, where someone has access to a person's gaming library and can pick what they want to download onto their own 3DS.

It's not a crazy rocket science technology, if anything it would make the 3DS a more popular device.

Financial Decisions and Popularity

I feel that Nintendo should step it up a notch and set up a system that gives families a break during the hard financial times that have hit economies around the world. It's difficult enough to justify buying a Nintendo console, which is already expensive and can only exclusively play their games. Add in the factor that each game ranges between $30 and $40 USD, and it makes it a near impossible dream for some people.

One of the great benefits of having a PC and Steam is the fact that almost every popular game that is released on the Xbox One and PS4 also has a PC edition. To play the newest Assassin's Creed game, the user isn't required to buy a whole new console for it - but instead they can play it on their PC, paying only the game price (or a discounted one, as is often the case on Steam). 

With Nintendo facing competitors like this in the video game business, offering a family sharing program that could be active between 4 systems (ranging in Wii U, 3DS, and 2DS) would boost their console sales, and people would be able to purchase a wider variety of games. 

It's not that Nintendo games are bad - it's that they're only exclusive to a few consoles that you have to purchase first to then play the game. By giving the consumers a sharing program, people would most likely buy more consoles. It's easier to justify the expense when you know you'll have access to a library of games you won't have to pay full-price for. This would also open up a larger array of games to be purchased over time.

Why do you think Nintendo hasn't implemented a program as genius as Valve's? Do you think people would be more willing to buy a Nintendo console? Let me know in the comments!