Orbital Gate Joins the Set of Stages in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In today’s Smash Bros. Miiverse picture of the day, Sakurai has revealed a new Star Fox themed stage called Orbital Gate, exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The stage, based off of Star Fox: Assault, goes through a few sequences, from fighting atop of an Arwing to missiles then into an orbital gate. You can check out the other two screenshots in Sakurai’s Miiverse post here. Here’s the captain he included along with the main screenshot:

Pic of the day. This is the Orbital Gate stage. This is a Wii U version-exclusive stage reenacting Team Star Fox’s defense of the Orbital Gate from an Aparoid missile attack.

New Wii U Firmware Update available, adds Folders

Nintendo has recently released a brand new firmware update for Wii U, finally adding folders with color options and other various changes to the Home Menu and the eShop.  Here’s the official update notes of update 5.2.0 from Nintendo:

Version 5.2.0 U:

Released September 29th, 2014

Changes to the Wii U Menu:

  • Folders can now be created in the Wii U Menu to hold and organize software icons
  • A Download Management icon has been added to the Wii U Menu

Changes to Quick Start Menu:

  • The Quick Start Menu will now display when the Wii U is powered on from the Wii U GamePad TV Remote
  • Options have been added to Power Settings that allow users to hide certain software from the Quick Start Menu

Changes to the HOME Menu:

  • The design and layout of the HOME Menu has been updated

Changes to the Nintendo eShop:

  • Disabled usage of characters not used when redeeming Nintendo eShop cards (O, I, Z, etc.)

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience


SPOILER: Check out this Star Fox Easter Egg in Bayonetta 2

The upcoming Wii U exclusive title Bayonetta 2 features plenty of nods to SEGA and Nintendo, such as costumes of Mario, Peach, Samus, and Fox, but the best lies somewhere within the game. It is a spoiler however, so check out the easter egg after the jump at your own risk. Bayonetta 2 launches in North America and Europe on the 24th in October, and includes a copy of Bayonetta 1 as well.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Bundle Listed on Amazon

Amazon has put up a listing for a GameCube Controller bundle for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that includes a copy of the game, a Super Smash Bros. themed GameCube controller, and the GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U for $99, saving you $10 if all were purchased separately. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is rumored to be releasing November 21st, and will be the first Wii U game to support Amiibos, as indicated by the new mini logo on the upper right side of the boxart above.

Mario Kart 8 B Dasher DLC Trailer

A few days ago, Nintendo revealed that the Mario Kart DS B Dasher kart will be returning once again in the upcoming first DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 this November. The kart is also included along with the Blue Falcon and two other mystery karts, as well as 16 tracks and three new characters. You can check out the trailer of the kart in action above.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Transparent 2DS Models coming to Europe

In theme of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, two transparent Nintendo 2DS models will be releasing in Europe, similar to the original Game Boy Advance cartridges for Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. The bundle for Pokemon Omega Ruby will include a pre-installed version of the game as well as a red transparent model, and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire bundle will also include a pre-installed version of the game and a blue transparent model, both available on November 21st. You can also buy the standalone models without the games on November 7th.

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B Dasher Kart returning in Mario Kart 8 DLC

Nintendo of Europe has revealed that the B Dasher kart will be returning in the first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack that will be releasing in November. The B Dasher first made its debut in Mario Kart DS, and since then has made its way in Mario Kart 7 and soon Mario Kart 8. The first DLC pack will also come with a Blue Falcon kart from F-Zero, as well as two other secret karts.

Bayonetta 1 Wii U Comparison

YouTuber NiNTENDOMINATi0N has uploaded a comparison video of the Wii U version of Bayonetta 1, up against the Playstation 3. You can check out the video above to get an idea of the improvement of the Wii U version over the PS3, or areas that might seem about the same or not as great as the other version. Bayonetta 1 comes included for free when you purchase Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U on the eShop or a retail store.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Demo Available on the eShop

A free demo of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is now available for everyone to download on the 3DS Nintendo eShop. Unlike the special Club Nintendo demo, this version is limited to 30 plays, so make sure to use that wisely between the two week wait for the full version of release. The demo includes five playable characters including Mario, Link, Pikachu, Mega Man, and Villager, as well as Battlefield in both regular and Final Destination mode. Be sure to download the demo today!

This Week’s Nintendo eShop Downloads (9/18)


This week you can download Secret Empires of the Ancient World and Horse Vet 3D, as well as digital-retail versions of THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALLCooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit FIFA 15 (9/23). A free demo for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will also be available on the 19th. Legend of the River King 2 and Wild Guns are also available on Virtual Console.

Wii U

This week you can check out Arrow Time U and SPIKEY WALLS, as well as the retail-digtial download version of Hyrule Warriors (9/26).